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Comfort Food is on sale for a limited time only for $2.99 (Regular retail $4.95) at Amazon and Barnes and Noble:

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Broken Dolls Now Available in Paperback and Hardcover

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Barnes and Noble Paperback $14.95

Barnes and Noble Hardcover $18.95

Amazon.com Paperback

Amazon.com Hardcover

Amazon.co.uk Paperback

Amazon.co.uk Hardcover

Please search other Amazon country stores separately.

It’s in distribution through Lightning Source so it could appear in other places online. If you check the ISBN at one of the above links you can also get your local bookstore to order you a copy if you want paper. The Book Depository also usually sells my work, but it can be a several month long delay before it shows up there.

For more information about Broken Dolls, including book trailer, description, and ebook buy links, please go here.

I’m Back

I’m back after my something-close-to 4 week hiatus. I had hoped to finish the new book by now, but I forgot how that 2 weeks during and around the holidays throws everything off. My sleep got thrown off. And it was just WAY more socializing than I prefer to do like ever. I’m seriously all socialed-out for the whole year now. Please call back again in December. And a bunch of places I go and things I do as part of my regular routine were closed for a couple of weeks as well.

I’m such a Grinch. I find myself always wanting the holidays to hurry up and be over so we can get back to regular life. I like my routines. And even non-writing parts of my routine contribute to me getting writing done. People used to ask me if I had any writing rituals. I would always say no (probably pretty smugly, lol). Those writing rituals, HA, I’m above all that! :P But turns out my regular routine is my writing ritual. And when that gets thrown off, the writing goes to hell, too.

I finally just gave up and decided to wait until all that passed, then spent another week trying to fix my sleep schedule (success!) to get back to the book. Happily, I’m well into the new book. I had planned to finish the book and then come back online, but I also was all like “See you January 19th!”

And so I figured, so you wouldn’t think I’d fallen off the edge of the flat earth, that I would check in and reply to all my emails and messages etc. And also let you guys know where we are.

The time away was extremely beneficial, even if I didn’t get as much word count in as I’d hoped. Right after a book releases I just need to be AWAY. And this will probably be a long-term strategy. It’s just too hard for me to be interacting and hearing from my readers about the book I just released while trying to write the new one. I LOVE hearing from my readers. I just can’t engage “right then.”

Several of you sent me messages on Facebook or wrote me emails during the break (all of which I have just replied to). And I really appreciate those messages!

I’m afraid that going forward you might start to feel rather “underinformed” about where we are on things. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t want to discuss my process at all (partly because it’s annoying [to you guys], and partly because it actually hurts my process to discuss it.)

I don’t want to ramble endlessly about this character or that character or how I feel about them or tease you about the plot and on and on because then I’m letting other people into my writing room. I’m trying to carve out the space to write in solitude because I want to make a leap with my writing and grow as an artist.

Word count updates also are going to become a past thing. I am keeping track of my word counts privately in a notebook because I want to keep up with how much I do in a year and how much I do per day etc. (And per week.) And I definitely have production goals. But I don’t want to “write in public.”

I used to do it as an accountability tool, basically to shame myself into writing so my readers aren’t like “Hey, why isn’t she writing?” But now I find “paying my mortgage” keeps me plenty accountable. Gotta write to have a roof, etc.

Also, there are times when I don’t write for a few days. I used to scoff at writer’s block (another one of those things I thought I was beyond. LOL) I was right that it’s “perfectionist’s block”, but after several titles out you can really start to put a lot of pressure on yourself. And sometimes I need to let a story problem percolate in the back of my head. So, I might be doing something that doesn’t look like writing (and isn’t writing), but is necessary to be able to get the writing out in a reasonably coherent form.

And then there are other days where I write the entire day and I’ll come out with some INSANE word count. (Best day like that for me was 10,000 words or so.) And I seriously sit around thinking “If I post that I wrote 10,000 words today my readers will think I’m some hack phoning it in.”

So due to this sort of “self-consciousness” surrounding my word count, part of my 2015 goals as a writer is… writing with the door totally closed. That means no word count updates, no hints, no tentative release dates.

I understand this is going to be frustrating to some of my readers who really appreciate me keeping them that informed. All I can say is… I’m not doing it to be a bitch or to annoy you or frustrate you. I’m doing it because it’s part of a comprehensive plan to help myself become a better writer.

But you can be assured that my “need to eat” will motivate me, and words will be happening. And I care very much about what I’m writing, but I don’t want to kill the energy of it by talking about it.

I’ve decided that the kind of writer I aspire to be is: “writes a LOT, and never ever talks about it.”

But as a last parting bit of comfort, I wrote 2,543 words on the new book today. :P

Broken Dolls Now Available

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Broken Dolls by: Kitty Thomas
Now Available
Buy Links, description, and book trailer below:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

(Please check other Amazon country stores separately)

Kobo Books

Google Play

Smashwords

Barnes and Noble

Apple

Broken Dolls Trailer:

Broken Dolls Description:

Mina Calloway always finds herself in the hands of the wrong master: Gentle at first, then brutally sadistic and abusive. She no longer believes it’s possible to find a man who will be gentle with her. After seeing a kink-friendly therapist for months, the doctor makes her an illicit offer she isn’t yet smart enough to refuse: “Let me find you a good master.”

Brian Sloan is a borderline sociopath with a dark and brutal past. Only taking his sadistic urges out on the women at a submissive training house allows him to sleep through the night. When Brian sees Mina, she should be ripe for the picking, but her damage is too similar to his own. Can he fight past his demons to protect the one person he considers worth saving?

Where We Are: Broken Dolls Almost Here & New Book After That

I think it’s time for a general status update here on the blog since I’m about to go radio silent for a while. You probably know that Broken Dolls will go live in less than 48 hours. Here’s the pre-order information if for some reason you have missed it and are interested.

I’ve started a new book and am a little over 11,000 words into it. I don’t have a status bar in the right sidebar for this one because writing the rough draft is going to coincide too closely with a book release and I plan to not be online.

Typically when a new book comes out I get WAY too wrapped up in how well it’s going to do. Worrying it won’t sell, worrying about whether or not my readers will like it, worrying about whether or not anyone will write reviews on Amazon or tell their friends to facilitate word-of-mouth… which honestly, you guys talking is the only way books really sell because I’ve tried everything and the only thing that REALLY works is readers being passionate enough to talk about it amongst themselves. So really the only role I have in that is just… writing the best books I can write and hoping for the best.

Toward that end, I’ve cut out a lot of things I used to do. (I did it more on my other name than on this one, but still.) I’m just not convinced that an author pushing a title hard themselves even does anything besides alienate and annoy the core readership (which is the group of people I least want to alienate and annoy.) It “can” work, but the amount of time and energy an author has to put into it for it to have real measurable success is EPIC and takes away from the creative energy to write. And I’d really just rather write books. And I’ve gotten to the point quite frankly where if I HAVE to be some “personality” online and run all over the place flogging my work to succeed, I’d rather just… not.

Before I started publishing, I had a little over thirty jobs. I am not really suited to most job situations for a variety of reasons but there would always come this point where I couldn’t make myself do it. It was the “I would rather just starve and die in a ditch than deal with this anymore” point. Soon after, the job would be just done.

I don’t feel like that about writing, but I do feel that way about active marketing. And I feel that way about writing if active marketing is a “requirement of my job”. I’d rather just starve and die in a ditch than have to do all that shit. So I’m just… opting out.

So there is a long list of “market-y” crap that I’ve just completely deleted from my strategy. At this point my plans are… write the best books I can, have them properly edited and attractively packaged. Do a pre-order. Do some kind of brief launch on pre-order day and release day. Then BACK AWAY from the computer. Because really I’m like somebody’s mom on prom night standing off to the side wringing my hands, which serves no benefit, particularly when I can’t bring myself to do most of the marketing things that “might” help.

Then I get so wrapped up in it that the writing suffers and I end up having a hard time getting back to work. This time, I’m just not doing that.

The new book I’m working on has a title, but I’m not ready to share it. All I’ve shared so far on Facebook and Twitter are the main character names: Gabriel and Helene (note this is NOT “Gabe” from the Guilty Pleasures world. He “may” at some point get his own book but not at this time and he doesn’t go by Gabriel.) What I will say is that I’m excited about this book and the characters.

Once Broken Dolls goes live and I’ve announced it everywhere and sent out my newsletter I will be taking a full and proper internet break until after I finish this new book I’m writing. I want to get it done as well as the first round of edits and get it off my plate and to the editing team before I interact with people online. I just don’t want any distractions. But I love hearing from you guys and my inbox is always open. There just may be a delay in hearing back from me so I can finish the new book. I will reply to my emails though when I get back. Likewise for posts on my Facebook timeline, Facebook private messages, or any Tweets directed at me that imply a desire to actually converse with me.

I’ve got some serious production and publishing goals for 2015 for both this name and the paranormal romance name. I’m hoping that 2015 is a very productive year.

So, that’s where we are. Thank you for reading and supporting my work!

Kitty ^.^

Santa’s Coming Early For The Girls On the Naughty List This Year: Reserve your copy of Broken Dolls Now!

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Broken Dolls by: Kitty Thomas
Official Release Date: December 23rd, 2014!
Pre-order Links, description, and book trailer below:

Everyone knows Santa visits the naughty girls first. Pre-order Broken Dolls now on sale for $2.99 only through release day, and Santa will deliver it two days before Christmas! While everybody else is baking cookies to entice the Jolly Fat Guy their way, you can already be reading. ;)

Pre-order Links: (other stores will become available for pre-order closer to release)

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

(Please check other Amazon country stores separately)

Kobo Books

Google Play

Pre-Order Venues where unfortunately the sale price is NOT in effect. (Price is $4.95 at these places):

Smashwords

Barnes and Noble

Apple

Broken Dolls Trailer:

Broken Dolls Description:

Mina Calloway always finds herself in the hands of the wrong master: Gentle at first, then brutally sadistic and abusive. She no longer believes it’s possible to find a man who will be gentle with her. After seeing a kink-friendly therapist for months, the doctor makes her an illicit offer she isn’t yet smart enough to refuse: “Let me find you a good master.”

Brian Sloan is a borderline sociopath with a dark and brutal past. Only taking his sadistic urges out on the women at a submissive training house allows him to sleep through the night. When Brian sees Mina, she should be ripe for the picking, but her damage is too similar to his own. Can he fight past his demons to protect the one person he considers worth saving?

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