Tracy Banghart

Tracy Banghart's books on Goodreads

Rebel Wing Rebel Wing (Rebel Wing #1)
reviews: 118
ratings: 199 (avg rating 4.18)

By Blood By Blood (By Blood, #1)
reviews: 50
ratings: 88 (avg rating 3.97)

Moon Child Moon Child (Prequel to By Blood)
reviews: 27
ratings: 49 (avg rating 3.86)

Storm Fall Storm Fall (Rebel Wing, #2)
reviews: 27
ratings: 41 (avg rating 4.22)

What the Sea Wants What the Sea Wants
reviews: 5
ratings: 20 (avg rating 3.10)

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    Saturday
    Apr262014

    When Authors Are Brave

    Last night I couldn't sleep. Just writing that gives me a lump in my throat - with an 18-month old I value my sleep even above Nutella and Veronica Mars marathons. So yeah, you know I'm serious. So here I am at one in the morning, wide eyed. I decided to read a little, hoping that would help me slide back into dreamland. The book on my Kindle: LEGACY CODE by Autumn Kalquist. I'd found LEGACY CODE on Susan Kaye Quinn's recent "Indie New Release Extravaganza" post, thought it looked interesting, and one clicked.

    Here's a quick description from Goodreads:

    The last humans fled a dying Earth 300 years ago, but there was something they couldn’t leave behind: The Legacy Code.

    Every colonist in the fleet carries mangled genes that damage the unborn, and half of all pregnancies must be terminated. 

    The day Era Corinth is supposed to find out if her baby has the Defect, her ship suffers a hull breach. And it may not have been an accident. 

    As the investigation unfolds, Era begins to question everything she’s been taught about the fleet, their search for a new Earth, and the Defect. But the answers she seeks were never meant to be found...

    Okay, so let me tell you... Autumn Kalquist is one BRAVE writer. First, she created this amazing, incredibly detailed and nuanced world. Then she populated it with interesting, well-drawn characters and gave me a heroine, in Era, that I both related to and invested in. And THEN...she stayed true to her characters and her world. She made tough choices. SHE WROTE A STORY THAT WAS REAL. Not everyone is going to love where she takes her characters. Not everyone is going to appreciate how she chose to end the book.

    But OH MY GOSH. I totally and completely respect her storytelling skill and bravery in telling her story HER way. 

    Here's the review I left on Goodreads:

    I'm still in shock over Legacy Code. This book freaking wrecked me. I finished last night at 3am because I couldn't put it down, and I honestly don't think I've been this anxious for a sequel in a WHILE. 

    Autumn's writing is beautiful: simple and poignant. Her world-building is spectacular....I loved all the technical and societal details she shared and how they worked together to drive her plot forward. 

    I have MAD respect for how she took her story to its realistic, brutal conclusion, working within the confines of the world she created. I didn't expect that, which gave it that much more of a punch. 

    I'm so glad I discovered this book and author. I will absolutely be reading the next in the series...and anything else Autumn writes!! I highly recommend you check it out!

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    Click here to purchase your own copy of LEGACY CODE!

    What makes an author brave to you? What authors do you respect for their choices and/or their truth-telling?

    Tuesday
    Apr222014

    VAMPIRE LIES: A Fairy Tale Giveaway!

     

    So I haven't gotten a chance to properly announce this yet, but a few weeks ago I was invited to join The Indelibles, a group of 25 amazingly supportive and successful indie authors. Read more about the group here. It was an incredible honor to be invited, and I've already connected some AMAZING folks. One being RaShelle Workman! Guys, this chick has got to be one of the most hardworking writers in the business. She's written a ton of fabulous books, and has an awesome new release out now! Season two of her serial, BLOOD AND SNOW, begins now! Check it out!! <3
    VAMPIRE LIES
    book 1
    Blood and Snow Season 2

    Release Date: April, 19th, 2014
    Summary

    Genre: YA Fractured Fairytale

    Born of the seven magics, Jasmine is different in every way, including the obnoxious wings on her back courtesy of the original Vampires. She wants to be normal, to be a regular teenaged girl.

    When a gorgeous dark-haired boy named Laeddin shows up and promises to sneak her away from all her problems and hide her in the human world, she agrees. 

    But an evil lurks in her nightmares, a man with red eyes. It doesn’t take long for Jasmine to realize that no matter how far she tries to run from who she is, he’s only a dream away. He wants her. He needs her. He acts as though he loves her. 

    It’s becoming harder and harder to tell the difference between the path that’ll lead to her happily ever after, and the path that’ll lead to her destruction as well as all magic.

    About the Author
    RaShelle Workman is an international bestselling author. She writes fractured fairytales with bite and young adult science fiction that's out of this world. RaShelle likes cherry pie, movies, family adventures, and chocolate. If you want to get on her good side, send chocolate  RaShelle's sold more than 500,000 copies of her books worldwide. Sleeping Roses has been translated into Turkish. Exiled, Beguiled, and Dovetailed have recently been contracted to be translated into Turkish. 

    Her books include
    Sleeping Roses
    Exiled
    Beguiled
    Dovetailed
    Blood and Snow (1-12)
    The Cindy Chronicles
    Short stories:
    Cindy Witch
    The Hunter's Tale
    Gabriel

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    Monday
    Apr142014

    Writing Process Blog Tour

    My good friend and crit partner Laurie J. Edwards asked if I wanted to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour, which is actually a really cool version of a chain letter. I had to say yes! Laurie is an incredibly hard-working writer and editor, with tons of projects going and much success ahead of her. She has TWO books coming out this year: Grace and the Guiltless under the pen name Erin Johnson, and Cyber Self-Defense, which she's co-writing with expert Alexis Moore. Both sound amazing, no? For more info on Laurie and her upcoming releases, check out her website here.

    Thank you for tagging me, Laurie!

    So on to my answers to the Writing Process Blog Tour questions!

    1) What are you working on?

    I am currently writing the first draft of the sequel to SHATTERED VEIL, called TANGLED PROMISE. I also have a YA fantasy, A SEASON OF SINISTER DREAMS, that I'll be revising this summer for an August release.

     

    2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

    My Diatous Wars trilogy (SHATTERED VEIL, TANGLED PROMISE, etc) looks at first glance like a dystopian, in the vein of The Hunger Games or Divergent. But it's actually not...the main character, rather than fighting against a corrupt and oppressive government, is in fact fighting FOR her country against an outside threat. I think the love story is also an interesting take for the genre.

    3) Why do I write what I do?

    I have always enjoyed reading young adult fiction. It's my favorite genre, in particular because I found the stories so inspiring when I was a young adult. I write YA because the voice and types of stories are comfortable to me, and also because I'd love to think that my characters could be inspiring to someone as well. I feel really passionate about showing strong girls growing up to be empowered, empathetic adults. I also really enjoy exploring healthy female friendships in my stories, which I think is somewhat lacking in current YA fiction.

    4) How does my writing (or writing with pictures/illustrating) process work?

    I tend to do some but not a lot of plotting before I start writing. I need to know where the story and characters end up...and figure out the important details of the world and major plot points. But that's about all the planning I do. I try to write my first drafts fast, so my inner editor doesn't have time to rear her red pen and slow down the process. I enjoy revising more than I do writing first drafts. But I LOVE the moments when a character takes on a life of their own, or a plot snag suddenly untangles itself. Drafting is exciting and exhausting! 

    I tend to write shorter first drafts and fill out in revisions, rather than writing long and having to cut. And I am eternally indebted to my wonderful critique partners and beta readers who offer their feedback and support throughout the process!

    I'm tagging Ali Cross to continue the chain! Ali is the author of the popular Desolation series, as well as the exciting new scifi Blood Crown (which I absolutely LOVED). She likes to say she holds a black belt in awesome since the only kind of kicking-butt she does is on paper. She's a virtual ninja.

    Friday
    Apr112014

    New Indie Releases!

     

    Courtesy of the AWESOME Susan Kaye Quinn!
    Indie Extravaganza: New Book Releases You Should Check Out - PLUS Gift Card Giveaway! Looking for some great NEW indie reads?
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    Thursday
    Apr102014

    Bookanista Review: STAR CURSED

    My life has been just a LEETLE busy lately, but I've still had time to do a little reading, thank goodness! I've been wanting to read STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood, the sequel to her incredible BORN WICKED, for ages but I put it off because I wanted to read it closer to the third book's release. Well, SISTERS' FATE doesn't come out until August, but I couldn't wait any longer!

    I'm not going to include the Goodreads description because it has spoilers for the first book in the series, and if you haven't read BORN WICKED yet, get thee to a book store immediately!

    I'm a huge fan of Jessica's writing, particularly of her gorgeous, detailed (but NOT action-slowing) descriptions. This series is set in an alternate history of New England (with real witches!) and she does such an amazing job of bringing the world to life, blending actual historical details and customs with the imaginative aspects of the witches and Brothers, etc. In that way the series reminds me a little of Harry Potter, with the "muggle" and "wizard" worlds so interwoven you start to question which is which. LOVE that!

    The second book in the series continues the character arcs of the first in interesting, satisfying, and sometimes heartbreaking ways. I loved diving back into Cate's thoughts and meeting her friends - and enemies.

    There's a darkness, an ominous quality, to this book that kept me turning pages and had me not entirely sure the "good guys" were going to make it. I absolutely love when I can't see the resolution coming, and this series is definitely one that keeps me guessing.

    STAR CURSED has it all...romance, drama, suspense...relationships tested, surprises revealed, new questions asked. I plan to reread both BORN WICKED and STAR CURSED before SISTERS' FATE comes out in August...and will be counting the days until I can get my hands on a copy!

    I highly recommend this series, especially if you enjoy historial romances, witches, or beautifully written books. :-)

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    See what the other Bookanistas are raving about this week!

    Lenore Appelhans is nuts for NOGGIN by John Corey Whaley

    Tracy Banghart swoons for STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood

    Rebecca Behrens raves about PUSH GIRL by Bookanista Jessica Love

    Christine Fonseca is riveted by SEKRET by Lindsay Smith

    Jessica Love sings the praises of OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord

    Kimberly Sabatini loves BRAZEN by Katherine Longshore

    Katy Upperman is crazy for THE SYMPTOMS OF MY INSANITY by Mindy Raf