My dark HOLIDAY mafia romance, MAFIA CAPTIVE is on sale for a limited time during the holiday season for only $2.99! And in case you missed it with THE CON ARTIST sale last month, The ebook edition includes an TEASER SCENE from my upcoming January release, THE ESCAPE ARTIST.
I’m also offering SIGNED COPIES for sale (both paperback and hardcover) of MAFIA CAPTIVE now through December 22nd at midnight. (night of the 21st) To order a signed book, please CLICK HERE and scroll down. (note the teaser scene is only available in the back of the digital version. NOT the print version.)
AND I’ve also got a HUGE Rafflecopter giveaway below!
FIRST… MAFIA CAPTIVE:
Without any family, Faith Jacobson faces the grim reality of Christmas alone. Walking home one night after drinks with friends, she stumbles upon a mob hit. Faith expects to be killed for what she’s seen; instead she is given to a dangerous man tied to the Raspallo crime family. As a gift.
Leo Raspallo is beautiful, yet terrifying. But inside his home Faith is no longer alone, especially when his family arrives for the holidays, forcing her into the ruse of a fake engagement. But she isn’t his beloved fiancé; she’s his captive. And he can’t be her savior while harboring dark desires of his own.
I could not put this book down once I started reading it! Even though this story has the usual darkly erotic themes found in Kitty’s other books, Mafia Captive actually has more of a love story than some of her other stories.
-Ellen, Amazon reviewer
Google Play (Google Play may take a while to price match. They do discounting weird which throws everything off at Amazon so Google is not officially on sale but should price match down to $2.99 within a few days.)
First Time I’ve ever given five stars.
Why five stars? Flawless delivery, very good pacing and plot line, and unforgettable protagonists. Bad people made human yet still remained true to who they were. No milked-down suddenly see the light characters that make us go “Aw.”
– Amazon reviewer, rnj1
I’ve got a BIG release week giveaway for you guys! Over $200 Value! This prize package contains:
9 SIGNED books by Kitty Thomas. Which titles? It’s a surprise! 💟
A $50 Amazon Giftcard
ENTER AS MANY WAYS AS YOU WANT in the Rafflecopter below. Winner is selected randomly by Rafflecopter.
Thank you so much for helping me to spread the word about my holiday sale!
I love how Kitty Thomas writes heroes capable of anything and heroines who are tested and pushed past the brink. The uncertainty, the unknown… the danger ever present… is thrilling. And terrifying. She makes you keep turning the pages, only blinking when absolutely necessary.
-Letitia, Amazon Reviewer
In the comments below, ask me anything!
Mafia Captive held me captive from page one through to the end. I could not put this book down. Kitty Thomas understands how to engage her audience and keep their attention. She also knows how to accomplish a good mind f***. I did not expect this book to be a mind f***, but the twist at the end and the prologue… it really messes with your head.
– Leeza Vitalina, Amazon Reviewer
Thank you so much for reading and supporting my work!
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Katrina Dehart says
Who is your celebrity crush?
Also who is your favorite fictional villain/anti-hero?
Hmmm I’m not really the type that hugely crushes on celebrities, but I think Ian Sommerhalder has beautiful eyes and a wicked smile. And my favorite fictional anti-hero is Quill from The Con Artist. I know that it’s lame to mention one of my own characters, but I write these books because nobody else creates characters quite like what *I* like, so I have to create them.
Elizabeth Robinson says
Have a Merry Christmas and thanks for the giveaway.
Thanks, you too! 🎄
Mirele Dourado Pauly says
Is there any kind of scene that you dont like writing for whatever reason (it’s too intense, too lame, too close to home, you just find it boring, anything)?
believe it or not I often have trouble writing sex. LOL
Sharon E-E says
I am a big fan of Ms. Thomas’ books. Question for Ms. Thomas: where do you most get your books’ plot inspiration?
I wouldn’t know where to begin to answer that question. Ideas come from everywhere. I know that seems cliche but it’s the truth. Now if you wanted to ask me about a SPECIFIC book and where the idea for that book came from, I might be able to remember and tell you that.
Mary Preston says
On my reading list.
Sharon E-E says
Well, if I had to ask about a specific book it would be “Comfort Food”!
Comfort Food, like most books, was a combination of things. On the one hand it was influenced by books like 9 1/2 weeks and Story of O and my irritation that the author had to make some moral judgment on the characters and then “not let them stay together” because what they were doing was dirtybadwrong. I wanted to write a book that unapologetically allowed the two characters to remain together because they’d stepped outside the normal boundaries of society’s rules and so what they did only mattered to each other, and not the larger social order since they’d stepped entirely outside of it.
But Comfort Food itself started with imagery. This guy who didn’t speak. Normally in the early idea stage I get dialogue. This was the first time I had zero dialogue and the story grew out of the kernel of those two things.
Also you have to understand that art, be it visual art, music, or storytelling is a magic thing. There is an element of it you can’t explain because it is otherworldly and doesn’t come directly from your head. It comes to you from somewhere else. I think people who aren’t writers or artists or composers themselves don’t necessarily realize we aren’t being coy when we can’t give you in depth answers about this stuff. it comes from the writing gods/the muse/whatever spiritual or magic reality helps people make art. It is definitely not something you can codify and understand in a purely material way.
What are your holiday plans?
just a quiet holiday with my family.
Sandra Dufoe says
What are your holiday plans and Merry Christmas.
Just a quiet holiday with my family. 🙂
Heather S. says
What is your favorite Christmas movie or song?
Carol of the bells
Mari Ann says
What is your favorite type of Hero to write?
I think I only really write one type of hero. I pretty much write books where the hero and villain are generally the same guy.
Chari W says
Another amazing giveaway opportunity. I love your comment that you write books where your hero and villain are generally the same guy. So true in real life mostly too so I am hooked to your books because truly what true life story gives you a true HEA. Most of yours resolve to what works for these flawed people in a real way.
Ellen Thompson says
Merry Christmas! The book sounds really good!
Allison Anderson says
This is a beyond amazing giveaway. My dad has cancer this year. Just need a miracle for Christmas. Merry Christmas!!!
I hope he gets better soon! The rafflecopter is a random drawing done by rafflecopter itself, but fingers crossed, good luck!
Nancy Jones says
Sounds like a great read.
Why/how did you choose Kitty as your pen name?
I just think Kitty is a sexy/cute name and also it’s a ‘pet’.
If you were not an author, what would you be doing? 🙂
starving and dying in a ditch probably LOL
Tammy D says
Do you read romance? What is your favorite genre to read and why?
I listen to romance but i haven’t had a lot of time to lately. and PNR or dark and i don’t have an answer to why. It’s just what I like.
Becca Nedelkovski says
Merry Christmas !
Hi Kitty, thanks for the great giveaway and for opening it to international readers: it would be a great Christmas gift to be a winner!!!
Speaking of international and the upcoming holidays… Is there a place other than your home you’d like to visit on holiday season and why?
Holidays are for family, so no.
Merry Christmas in advance!
Thanks! Happy holidays!
Merry Christmas to you and your family🎄🎅🎄
This book so amazing can’t wait to read it ❤
Thank you for the awesome giveaway ❤❤
Thanks! Hope you enjoy!
Latifa Morrisette says
Hope you have a good Christmas!
thank you! you too!
Since you need to wait for your characters to speak to you before you can write them, do you see them as real people who live out their lives on some other plain? 🦄🐰🌠🤞
That’s an interesting question. There is a book called “Witch Week” by Dianna Wynne Jones (I think that’s her name0 and it was a children’s book or YA and it talked about how all stories are true somewhere. I do think inspiration is some sort of metaphysical thing. Like most art be it visual art, writing, music, involves a certain amount of “channeling”. It’s not all conscious creation. In fact most of it isn’t. And I find when I force a project it doesn’t work. It doesn’t mean I sit around and wait and don’t write because a lot of times the inspiration comes during the act of writing. But I have to have some inspiration to START a project and Brian and Mina just aren’t talking to me right now. But i do have other ideas that are. and those are sort of priorities so I will get them done first and then maybe Brian and Mina will be ready with an idea.
I think often writers experience their characters as “real in a sense”. In much the same way people consider their god or gods real based on nebulous spiritual experiences. We tend to put our experiences into these little boxes of “paranormal” “spiritual” “artistic/creative” but IMO all three of those things is the same bag of stuff just expressing differently.
So one person may experience the spiritual by going for a walk in the woods. Some may experience it by going to church. And some may experience it through creation of art. So there’s no one answer I can give you of “what this is” I just know that it’s a co-creative process between me and the writing gods. That’s all I can say after working with art for nearly 3 decades now. (I started writing very young).
I’m sure that’s a long non-answer but I’m not being intentionally oblique. It’s just that art, like all spiritual experiences are an experiential reality. It’s like how you can’t explain an orgasm to someone who has never had one or the color green to a blind person. there’s just no way to explain “what it is” and i think even most artists have to practice art and engage with it for many years before they come to a lot of these conclusions.
I mean I think you CAN just sit down and make shit up entirely from a conscious planned place, but I think it’s WAY harder and generally won’t be as awesome as it is when you work in partnership with whatever spiritual reality inspires art.
So are characters their own independent beings? I think they can “feel” that way. (But the same is true for readers. When you get sucked into a story for the time of that story that experience is absolutely really happening in your head.) Whether or not that is a literal reality who the fuck knows. I think the more one tries to explain this shit the crazier one sounds so it’s best just to let it be a mystery LOL.
It’s sort of like how people can’t explain their spiritual experiences. Every mystical/spiritual experience sounds stupid or like a lie to anyone who didn’t directly experience it. You can’t really translate experiences after the fact to explanations that can be understood or felt the same way as the original experience.
Also, I joke around that I’m basically a glorified secretary because I just follow my characters around and write down what they do and say. and there is some truth to that. with writing and probably most arts, it’s very hard when you first start. Part of that is that you are learning techniques and skills. You are developing your artists’ toolbox. But once THAT is largely achieved the big battle is getting out of your own way and listening to your hunches and intuition. Like I can have an idea of where a story should go or something I want to happen, but if I try to force that thing when the story wants to go in a different direction, I’m going to end up with a mess. In the end I think you really have to listen to the story and your instincts and you sort of have to go down the rabbit hole like Alice. And that requires trust. Trust in your own abilities, trust in the creative process, trust in whatever inspiring powers make art a thing in the first place.
But I definitely don’t believe any even solo-created art (like a painting or a song or a sculpture or a story) is JUST YOU. It’s you, and whatever creative forces work with you. Maybe they are different spiritual realities for each person. Maybe everybody has a muse or a “genius” (Fun fact, that word didn’t originally mean you were smart or brilliant, it was basically like your creative spirit house elf that helped you create or inspired you with ideas for whatever thing. There is IMO also this same spiritual component to inventions and science and discoveries of all types. Elizabeth Gilbert has some very similar ideas to me on this stuff. She wrote them down in her book, Big Magic). Or maybe the same spiritual reality works with diff people in different ways. The point is, this “whatever it is”, if you surrender to the process and accept this “help”, brings out your truest vision and the best version of your art. But if the same “whatever it is” worked with me and with 5 other people… there would be 6 different results because the artist brings their own talent their own particular view and experience of the world, their own way of thinking, their own material. And then it just gets sort of shaped together by whatever this spiritual force is in co-creative partnership with the artist.
And I know that all sounds very woo woo. But again, it’s based on experiential reality from doing this for decades. ANd though there are some artist types who acknowledge NO spiritual or inspirational help from some “other side”, most do have a sort of quasi-mystical understanding of this shit. We just sound crazy when we talk about it, so most of us don’t.
One more thing, because I have a lot of thoughts and feelz on this topic. If you read The Con Artist, Saskia’s struggle is an example of an artist trying to do it all on their own and doing what they think they SHOULD do instead of listening to their intuition and embracing their own authentic material as an artist. There is a sort of surrender that has to take place to this sort of artistic inspiration in order to create effectively and to create things that move other people.
Saskia wasn’t willing to confront her own material. She knew deep down what it was but she was afraid of it and felt exposed by it so she couldn’t go there. Quill was trying to facilitate this sort of transformation and “initiation” of sorts to help her get in touch with her own material and to surrender to that process. But in the end it had to come from Saskia. She had to make the choice to surrender to this sort of inspiration and get out of her own way and let it flow. Because she had all the technique. She knew HOW to paint technically. But it took a lot longer and was a lot harder to surrender to her own material and accept who she was and what she had to say to and about the world. But once she did, the magic happened.
And I think this is a process every artist of every stripe goes through. Learning technique…but then getting WAY too up your own butt and in your head about shit.. trying to “control the art” instead of working in partnership with it and letting it be what it wants to be… and then finally surrendering to the process, accepting one’s own material and unique contribution to the arts, and creating from that deeper place.
Kayla Pritchett says
Love your books! Thanks for the chance.🖤
Meghan Johnstone says
Happy Holidays!! Thank you for the chance to win this amazing giveaway. Thank you for writing books that make quiet slow work days zoom right by!
Thanks, you too! You’re welcome! Thanks for reading!
Ordered another ssigned copy x woot woot
Donna Sherritt says
I love your books!
Merry Christmas!!! 🎄🎁
thanks, you too!
Christina G. says
Have you ever written a Holiday specific book?
Mafia Captive is a holiday book. It’s set at Christmas and has a huge holiday theme in it. That’s why it’s on sale LOL
Amanda West says
Only 1 more month until The Escape Artist!!! I’m marking my calendar down!!!
That’s not a question. 😛
Teresa W says
looking forward to your new release in January 😊
Avephoenix Claudia says
Just finished Mafia Captive and loved it!! About to start Blood Mate, another favorite which I was missing on my e-library. (Only had the print copy)
Enjoy the Holidays, Kitty!!
Thanks, you too! Glad you enjoyed mafia captive!
Jerilynn Rodriguez says
Thanks for the awesome giveaway and Merry Christmas to you🎅🎄🎅
Thanks! You too!
Cheyenne Redding says
Do you have a favorite meal? 😀
not really. I like a lot of different foods.
Mya Murphy says
No questions.. I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity. Merry Christmas, hun.
thanks! you too!
Lisa Rae Daniels says
Amazing, as always!!
clara brotherton says
I can haz Brian?
bwahahaha you’ll have to fight Anna D. for him.
Chris Gutowski says
I’m enjoying Mafia Captive and wondered where your inspiration came from for these characters and story?
I wanted to do a dark story around the holidays with a fake marriage set-up. I liked the idea of this lonely girl with nothing going on for the holidays who witnesses a mob hit and ends up kidnapped and taken as a hostage or really more as a gift for a member of a crime family. And him having to come up with a cover story for his family who are coming for the Christmas holiday.
While the family is full of criminals… it also includes sisters, aunts, kids, wives. And they aren’t let in on the business. So on the one hand she’s a captive. But on the other hand, she’s in a house full of people for the holidays and not by herself.
I also liked the idea that he had been planning to become a priest out of some need to atone for a dark past. I think a lot of people have the “dark priest” fantasy.
Chris Gutowski says
Kitty, I LOVE the “dark priest” fantasy, especially where Leo’s concerned!
Katrina Johnson says
I just want to say that I am a HUGE fan!! Comfort Food is my favorite book of yours with Tabula Rasa running a very close second. Please never stop writing.
Thank you! Tabula Rasa is one of my faves. Are you ready for The Escape Artist next month?
Suzana T. says
No question just thank you for the giveaway and chance <3
Dusty Summerford says
Is writing something you have always done or was it on a whim? I think you are very talented!
Thanks, Dusty! I first started seriously writing fiction (as in trying to write novels) when I was 12. Back then I was writing R.L. Stine type Goosebump-ish type books.
Great book Kitty. Thank you.
Louise Hallett says
I have several of your books to read over the holidays – it’s going to be a great christmas!
thank you! Hope you enjoy!
Lori Byrd says
Thank you for this great giveaway.
Why did you start writing dark romances?
Hey Kelsey… that’s complicated… when I was a kid, I was writing these RL Stine Goosebump-y books… then I explored other things like mysteries and thrillers. I had always been one of these snobs who thought romances “weren’t real books”. But then… I got hooked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I watched that whole series like it was crack back to back. Then I was super obsessed with the disappointment that Buffy and Spike didn’t end up together and how stupid I thought that was. So I went down this WHOLE rabbit hole of buffy/spike fanfic (like it was insane LOL). I wrote a bunch of this fanfic and during that time I really developed my writing skills. I actually came across another Buffy fanfic writer who also writes original fic (Claudia D. Christian). I didn’ tknow until years later after I was already publishing that this girl wrote that fanfic and we became friends.
Anyway that was a tangent…so I was writing this fanfic. I had also read books like Story of O and 9 and a half weeks and I was always upset that the two main characters weren’t allowed to be together in the end because their relationship was ‘wrong’ so it was like the author had to make a point of not letting them be together. And I wanted to see stories that were LIKE those books in ways but where the two people ended up together.
I wrote some darker fanfic which was well-received and so I started writing Comfort Food. But also in the background I had been writing PNR (also a result o the BUffy fixation). It was at this point I started reading a lot of PNR and realized that I actually liked romance! And that it wasn’t all the stuff people who shit on it say it was. So I read a lot of PNR and I wrote some books under another pen name (Zoe Winters), in a paranormal romance series. This did pretty well.
I wasn’t going to publish Comfort Food, and I knew I couldn’t do it under the Zoe name anyway. I gave it to a writer friend of mine to see what she thought. She’s got a psychology degree. And she was like OMG you HAVE to publish this. So I did. The response to Comfort Food wasn’t what I expected. I expected people to hate it/not get it/not understand what I was trying to express in the work. But an overwhelming majority of people got it and loved it. Eventually I turned my focus just to this work and here we are.
Excited for the Escape Artist! Comfort Food is still my favorite dark read! <3
Thanks, Sarah! You will love Ari!
What is your favorite music artist? Do you write to music as well ? 🙂
Happy Holidays Kitty!
I don’t really like most music being put out these days. I usually prefer silence to write.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Loved Mafia Captive!
Thanks! YOu too!
Amy P Woolard says
I can’t wait to get started!! What I have read about them is so good!! Merry Christmas!!
thanks, hope you enjoy!
Jerilynn Rodriguez says
Merry Christmas to you and your family❤❤
thanks, you too!
thanks! you too!
Nicole Sands says
Yay! I ordered a copy of Mafia Captive!! Can’t wait to add it to my bookshelf.
Yay! Thank you for your order!
Joy Giachino says
Added this to my wish list – thank you for the opportunity – don’t really have any questions – I Do wish you and yours a very happy and safe holiday season
Thank you, you too!
Which character of yours did you have the most fun writing about?
If I were to look at your book research search history, what would I find that would raise my eyebrows? LOL
Happy Holidays! ♥
I don’t think anything would raise your eyebrows, considering what I write LOL
Amanda Shepard says
I loved your book, Twisted Fates! I am excited to read more!
Thank you! Have you read the rest of the Pleasure House series? If not, I would start with Guilty Pleasures and work your way through. Also The Con Artist I would recc.
Jacqueline Moore says
Your boss sound so good! Happy Holidays!
thanks you too!
Ruth Limeburner says
Merry Christmas!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!
thanks you too!
Jo Anne Vincenti says
When or what made you realize you wanted to be an author?
I was just a kid when I started writing so i don’t remember.
Brenda Hook says
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays. Thank you for the chance 💚
Amy Green says
Dear Ms. Thomas, My question for you is: Do you have any special foods that you like to have on hand to inspire you with your writing?
No, I don’t associate food and writing together.
Kitty, I enjoy reading your books, blog & newsletters. Thanks, for the chance to win this Awesome giveaway.
Have a blessed Christmas & New Years!!!
Bsue Hook says
Merry Christmas .Thank you for the giveaway
Stephanie Allen says
Amber C. says
Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! What an awesome giveaway! Thank you for the chance! Did you always want to be a writer? Is it hard to come up with stories to write next?
Thanks! I wanted to be a writer since I was a little kid and was making my first novel writing attempts when I was 12. (obviously not the kind of books I write now LOL). And no, I have a huge backlog of ideas. I get them faster than I can write them.
It’s like homework assignments from the writing gods.