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    Monday
    Sep092013

    A Very Special Giveaway

    Happy Monday! Today kicks off the amazingly awesome BY BLOOD BLOG TOUR!! The full schedule is available HERE and is hosted by Xpresso Blog Tours, the awesomest blog tour organizer ever!

    I'm so excited for this tour - there will be lots of reviews of both By Blood and Moon Child...as well as interviews, guest posts, excerpts, and Top 10 Lists (ever wonder about my top 10 favorite places in the UK? NOT TO WORRY - you will find out soon enough! ;-))

    In addition, the tour features a massive contest with TONS of prizes! To enter, see the lovely Rafflecopter below:

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    And if THAT isn't enough, I'm hosting another little giveaway right here on this blog! Here are the deets:

    I always love to hear what people have to say about my books! Reviews are an important part of any author's sales "pitch" to potential readers. If you read and reviewed By Blood or Moon Child on Amazon and/or Goodreads, I would love to thank you for sharing your thoughts about the book! Just post a link to the review in the comments and I'll send you a signed, paperback, PRE-RELEASE copy of my next novel SHATTERED VEIL (Feb 2014) this fall. (If you haven't read By Blood or Moon Child yet, not to worry! The giveaway runs until the end of the tour, Oct 4, so you've got lots of time to read and review, if you choose. :-))

    What is SHATTERED VEIL, you ask? 

    WELL. Thanks for asking! ;-)

    It is the first book in my new NA scifi series! Here's the quick and dirty:

    When the man she loves is Selected for Military and sent to war, Aris Haan gives up everything - her home, her name, even her face - to be with him, only to discover that her new role as a Military Flyer has much larger implications - it could change the fate of her entire nation.

    Sound interesting? :-)

    More about that soon!

    In the meantime, good luck in the giveaway, and thanks so much for checking out the By Blood series! If you'd like more info on new releases, contests, and other fun stuff, be sure to sign up for my newsletter (sign-up to the right)!

    Cheers!

    Saturday
    Sep072013

    Newsletter!

    I've got some pretty exciting stuff coming up - giveaways, cover reveals, etc - and I thought it'd be good to set up a newsletter for folks who would like updates on all the coolness. :-)

    If you are one of these people, check out the banner on the right...see that spot for your name and email? Yup! That's the sign-up for this totally awesome newsletter. 

    You can expect to receive one, maybe two emails a month...NO spam. Promise!

    I'll be announcing things like new releases, contests, and sales...as well as teasers of new projects and fun promotions. 

     

    It's just another way to connect to my supremely awesome readers, i.e. YOU!! :-)

    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