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    Wednesday
    Aug142013

    More Praise for By Blood!

    The San Francisco Book Review had this to say about By Blood...

    By Blood
    By Tracy E. Banghart
    Tracy E. Banghart, $2.99, 368 pages, Format: eBook

    Star Rating: 4 out of 5

    American teen Emma Wong has been condemned to spend her summer in England with a mother she hates, a father-in-law she can’t respect, and an infant brother who couldn’t possibly be actually related to her. Nothing, not even the attention of two gorgeous guys, or the fact that she’s technically of legal drinking age in England, can fully distract her from her ever-worsening disappointment. Nothing, that is, until she is drawn into a friendly-seeming group who call themselves Druids. They teach her to be at peace with herself and to be one with nature. But their simple rituals and celebration of life soon take a darker turn, and the question becomes: is this merely a cult, or is there actual power in what they are doing? And, either way, what are their true goals, and how dangerous could they become to themselves and to others?

    By Blood captures Emma’s adolescent confusion, frustration, exasperation, and her desperation to fit in, as she staggers between her family issues and the irresistible magnetism of the Druids and their leader, Simon. Along the way, the story touches on questions of rebellion, independence, family, identity, and belonging. In a genre overpopulated with modern fantasy stories, By Blood keeps its feet planted on the ground as Emma simultaneously yearns for something magical to believe in, but also quests for proof, of solidity and reality, all while disoriented by a haze of hormones and alcohol.

    The first-person narration can be frustrating at points when Emma dithers over which boy she prefers, but by frustrating the reader, it also captures her own emotional state, enacting her turmoil as she avoids thinking about the critical problems in her life. Overall, it is quite a worthwhile read, and while readers may either sympathize with Emma or not, those issues that she encounters are, in the end, genuinely thought-provoking.

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    YAY!!! :-D I love this review. I love that the reviewer didn't always LIKE Emma but did feel she was an authentic teen character and understood what she was going through (I didn't always like Emma either when I was writing her, but I didn't always like myself as teenager either!). The reviewer also seemed to pick up on and respond to the themes of the book, which is amazing. Hooray!! And... 4 STARS! WHOO HOO!!!

    Sunday
    Aug112013

    Big Weekend!

    I'm very excited to announce that MOON CHILD is now available in both print and ebook! I believe the Nook and Kindle versions are up and running, with lots more formats available through Smashwords starting tomorrow. To celebrate the release, MOON CHILD is on sale for $0.99 until Friday! I hope you get a chance to pick up a copy...and that you enjoy it! (For more info, and to read the first chapter, click on the "Moon Child" tab above.)

     

    And as an added bonus, today only you can download a copy of BY BLOOD for free! Just click on the image - it'll take you to Amazon.

    You can read By Blood and Moon Child in any order...while they share several characters, they're meant to be standalone stories. :-)

    I hope you enjoy!

    Thursday
    Jul252013

    Bookanista Review: Touching the Surface

    Hello dearies! It feels like a long time since I've blogged, especially a new Bookanista review! I guess that's what moving, vacation, and a nine month old (who just started crawling!!) will do to you. But I'm back today to talk about a book I'm VERY excited about!

    For this week's review I read TOUCHING THE SURFACE by fellow Bookanista Kimberly Sabatini. It's funny - I've said I hardly ever read afterlife books, and this was my second one in as many months!

    From Goodreads:

    Experience the afterlife in this lyrical, paranormal debut novel that will send your heart soaring.When Elliot finds herself dead for the third time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time. She doesn’t remember how she landed in the afterlife again, but she knows this is her last chance to get things right.

    Elliot just wants to move on, but first she will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried. Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed…and people she’s killed.

    As she pieces together the secrets and mistakes of her past, Elliot must find a way to earn the forgiveness of the person she’s hurt most, and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever.

    My Take

    First of all, this is a beautifully written book. The writing flows so gracefully, it was easy to sit back and get lost in the story. I was a little nervous about it being an afterlife book, but I'd heard such good things I decided to check it out anyway, and it was totally worth it. Though there were a number of serious, difficult moments, overall the story had a lightness to it that kept me turning pages. Like the balance of happy to sad in real life, Elliot's journey was filled with both positive and challenging moments. 

    I really loved the structure of this book, the way Kimberly used the afterlife setting and action to frame Elliot's memories of her life before. It kept the story moving, and I enjoyed the tension between the here and now and those past moments. I'm not always a fan of books with split timelines, but this one really worked for me. I was right there with Elliot, desperate to discover what her past life held. But the afterlife passages were also filled with drama and tension, so I never felt like one bit was dragging or I had to slog through a chapter to get to the "real" story.

    I found the romance in the story to be quite unexpected - I thought it would go one way and it went in a completely different direction. That was refreshing and kept me invested in the characters. 

    I don't want to say too much more because I don't want to give anything away, but if you enjoy stories that offer a fresh perspective on the afterlife - or you like romantic, thoughtful novels with a bit of mystery thrown in, I think you'll really enjoy TOUCHING THE SURFACE.

    I'm not sure if there's a sequel in the works or not - it's definitely a standalone story - but I would love to spend more time in Kimberly's world, so if there is...I'll be first in line for my copy!

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    Check out what the other Bookanistas are raving about this week!

    Nikki Katz is delighted by CHARM AND STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn

    Stasia Ward Kehoe meanders into adult fiction to ponder LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel

    Jessica Love has cheers for CHALKLINE by Jane Mitchell

    Gretchen McNeil  sings out for SECOND VERSE by Jennifer Walkup

    Shari Arnold adores ALSO KNOWN AS (AKA) by Robin Benway

    Christine Fonseca is held captive by ABANDON by Elana Johnson

    Katy Upperman shines a light on THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith

     

     

    Tuesday
    Jul162013

    Moon Child Cover Reveal!!

    Hello there! My sincere apologies for the radio silence over the past couple of weeks. MAJOR HOTSAUCE and I have been moving and BOY has that been a chore! We're still navigating piles of boxes in the new house, and the Internet hasn't been installed yet, but we're getting there. It's nice to *almost* not be living out of suitcases anymore.

    In the midst of the move, exciting book things have been happening as well! Namely, the MOON CHILD cover was finalized!! I'm SOOO excited to share it with you! I think Regina Wamba of Mae I Design did another incredible job....I love how the blues and reds call back to the BY BLOOD cover...and the model is Diana through and through. Because the book takes place mostly at night, the darkness of this cover and the glowing streetlight and moon are just perfect. What do YOU think?? :-)

    Before Emma's adventures in Oxford, her best friend Diana came face-to-face with a killer...

    Diana Calvert is so over high school. Who cares if Olivia hates her? And David needs to forget about having a crush on her STAT. Even Emma’s crazy fashion choices can’t keep Diana entertained. All she can hope for is a dance scholarship to a college as far away as possible from too-small, too-boring, too-nothing-ever-happens New Freedom, PA.

    And then, of course, something does happen. Diana meets Nicholas Woodhaven. He’s pale, angry…yet weirdly charming. And she can’t stop thinking about him. The more time they spend together, the more she wonders who – or what – he really is. Because he isn’t anything like the other guys she knows. Not with the whole only-going-out-at-night thing. And living with his creepy aunt. And not going to school.

    Just when Diana thinks she’s got Nicholas all figured out, people in her small, nothing-ever-happens town start dying. She has to wonder – can she trust him? And even more alarming – could she be next?

    A murder mystery with a paranormal twist, Moon Child is best read under the covers with a flashlight...if you dare!

    MOON CHILD will be available August 16th for Kindle and in Paperback!!

    Monday
    Jul152013

    By Blood Review: The Portland Book Review

    I'm so proud to share with you the following review from The Portland Book Review. :-)

    By Blood

    By Tracy E. Banghart

    If you are looking for a YA summer read that is full of adventure, family drama, romance and mystery, look no further than Tracy Banghart’s novel By Blood. The action begins immediately as readers find 17-year-old Emma Wong trapped on a plane bound for Oxford, England. It is summer and vacationing in London is the last thing Emma had in mind. She pictured hanging out with her dad, not babysitting her stepbrother Fermin (a.k.a. Vermin). She doesn’t want to meet her stepfather and she certainly doesn’t want to spend any time with her mother, the very woman who abandoned both her and her dad when Emma was just a little girl. But it is Mom’s turn for visitation and Emma has to try to make the most of it.

    Whether you’ve had the pleasure of traveling to a foreign country or not, you’ll enjoy reading about Emma’s journey throughout London. Author Tracy Banghart writes about navigating planes, streets, cities and unknown tourist destinations in a way that brings readers right into the scenes along with Emma. A particularly laugh-out-loud moment occurs when Emma, pushing a crying Fermin’s stroller round and round a Roundabout, gets completely overwhelmed by the horns, bikes, cars, dogs, foreign languages and beautiful buildings that surround her.

    Yet it is this chaos and excitement, this diversity of experiences, that opens Emma’s eyes to the world, people and possibilities she has been ignoring. Meeting Ash, who is “a hairy armpit away from full-on hippie,” is just the beginning. Ash and her friend Simon are Druids who get strength and power from exercises meant to connect them to the earth. But in this modern world, these practitioners of ancient rituals feel quite invisible. Emma knows the feeling all too well and is drawn to them right away. Plus, Ash can get Fermin to stop crying almost immediately! That’s a good friend to have around when you are babysitting! How will Emma react to Simon and Ash’s Druid beliefs?

    Banghart keeps this YA novel moving along with her witty dialogue and flashbacks to Emma’s “better times.” Readers get to know Emma’s friends, Diana and Helen, and her dad in these reflections on the past.

    Perhaps the best part of this book is Banghart’s sense of humor and comedic timing. Emma is snarky and very funny which means she says some wild things to other characters. But thanks to Banghart’s use of inner dialogue, readers get to absorb every sarcastic comment Emma wishes she could say, which makes her all the more lovable. The plot is great and the suspense leading up to the ending will have you on the edge of your seat. If you enjoy this book, check out the companion novel Moon Child in August of this year!

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    Yay! :-) Check back tomorrow for the reveal of Moon Child's cover!