Tracy Banghart

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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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    CUTLASS Blog Tour!

    Hey y'all! I'm here today to celebrate the release of the swashbuckling, romantic CUTLASS by Ashley Nixon!

    First, here's a little more information about the book.

    Cutlass by Ashley Nixon 

    (Cutlass Series #1) 
    Publication date: April 23rd 2014
    Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


    Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy’s fiancé seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it.

    Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancé to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard.

    But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task—to find the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend, Barren sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his  strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient.

    Sounds awesome, right? Well, it's definitely a fun read! I had the honor of checking this out before publication for the tour and was immediately intrigued by the characters and world Ashley created. Much to my dismay, I wasn't able to finish the book in time for the tour (I've been on the teething toddler rollercoaster these past few weeks!) but I really enjoyed what I did get to read and look forward to finishing it when I've got some time to relax. I will say that it's a rich, intricate story that takes time to build, so it was hard to keep track of everything when I only had 5 or 10 minutes to read at a time. If you're in the mood for a short, fast-paced story, this might not be the best book for you. But if you like really immersing yourself and taking the time to really settle in and get to know the characters and the world, I recommend you give CUTLASS a try. (Especially if you like pirates! ;-))

    Lucky for you, I scored an excerpt to whet your appetite!


    Barren gazed at the crowd, sifting through the faces. While he wasn’t sure who he was looking for, he could only imagine what sort of wife William would need. A woman who was slight and meek, someone who didn’t like to stand out in the crowd, or speak up—obviously—or she would not have agreed to marry William. Then again, perhaps Barren was not giving this mystery woman enough credit. Perhaps she saw William as a way out of a situation. Either way, he felt sorry for her. 

    Barren heard Leaf chuckle and he looked at the Elf. “I think you have no idea who you are dealing with.”

    Leaf pointed toward a circle of people. Barren’s eyes shifted there, and his breath caught. What he had expected was a fragile girl—someone slight, doll-like, and silent. This girl was not so. The first thing he took in was her strength. It radiated from her like warmth from a hearth. She stood straight with her shoulders back, an observing eye upon everyone. Then he drank in the features composing her beauty. Almond-shaped eyes gleamed with emerald irises that shone like sun on the green sea. Her smile, while charming and beautiful, had something mischievous about it. She had high cheekbones, blushed with pink and long, dark curls decorated with white flowers falling down her back and over her shoulders. Her dress, crimson in color, was unlike the others, hugging her hourglass figure like it was made on her. Barren could not have thought up a more beautiful girl, and no one around her compared. 

    A smug smirk crossed Leaf’s thin lips. 

    “What am I supposed to do with her?” asked Barren. His thoughts were all muddled. He had forgotten why he was here, or how he had intended to attract this girl’s attention. Could he even do that? 

    Leaf laughed. “Oh, you silly boy, we won’t make it out of this one alive, will we?”

    Barren glared at the Elf. “Don’t tell me you expected her! How could she ever agree to marry my brother?”

    Leaf shrugged, still smirking. “Ask her.”


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    About the Author

    Ashley was born and raised in Oklahoma, where the wind really does sweep down the plains, and horses and carriages aren’t used as much as she’d like. When she’s not writing, she’s hard at work on her Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Technology, working out, or pretending she’s Sherlock Holmes. Her obsession with writing began after reading the Lord of the Rings in the eighth grade. Since then, she’s loved everything Fantasy–resulting in an unhealthy obsession with the ‘geek’ tab on Pinterest, where all things awesome go.

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    Cover Love: Honor's Lark by Rachel Hamm

    Alright, guys! So Rachel and I have become fast friends after meeting at a local write-in. And she is AWESOME. And her new book, HONOR'S LARK is also awesome. You know what ELSE is awesome? Its gorgeous cover!! Check it out!



    By Rachel Hamm
    Rachel says, "This beautiful cover was designed by Jaclyn Parks of Twin Dog Designs (she also designed the cover for my debut novel, Twenty-Five). Her website is currently undergoing re-design, but you can reach her at"

     In a world where everyone is assigned a lifemate at birth by the Gods, thirty year-old Honor is still looking for hers. When her new boss, Sedric, points out that her mate probably died before they met, Honor embarks on a quest for closure. She needs to know who her mate was and what he was like so she can move on with her life. Sedric is determined to help Honor, because he understands the emptiness she's feeling. As they search for Honor's lifemate and get to know each other, they start to wonder if the only kind of love is that which is fated and if there really is only one person for everyone.
    Excerpt from Chapter One 
    I stumbled into work the next day a half-hour late, thanks to the copious amounts of wine at Bonnie and Caron’s house. No one appeared to notice, though, as I slid into my cubicle and powered up my computer.
    "What day is it?" I muttered to myself, opening the company-wide calendar. "Ah." Wednesday, the fifteenth day of the tenth month. A meeting for my division was listed at 10:00, so I printed the agenda and answered the most urgent emails in my inbox before heading to the lounge to grab a cup of coffee.
    “Morning, Honor!” my teammate Alyscia said brightly as I added cream and sugar to my mug.
    I yawned. “Morning.”
    “Did you hear the good news?”
    I took a sip and shook my head. “What? Did Felix sit in paint again?”
    “No, silly, I found him!”
    “Found who?”
    “My lifemate, of course! Look!” She pushed aside the collar of her shirt to reveal her lark, now a complete, leafy tree. The last time she’d shown it to me, too many pieces of the puzzle were missing and I hadn’t been able to make out what it would eventually be.
    “Oh. Great. Congratulations.” It was a strange thing to offer congratulations on. It’s not like she achieved some major accomplishment. Everyone found his or her lifemate eventually. Well, everyone except me. I walked away without asking for more details, though I could tell she was dying to share exactly how she found him and what he said to her when they met and how perfect they were for each other. My stomach was already queasy from the hangover – I didn’t want to push it over the edge.
    Besides, Alyscia was only twenty-one. She started at the consulting firm a few months out of school. What right did she have to be flaunting her lark? She hadn’t been looking for a long time. Most people I knew found their mates at some point between eighteen and twenty-four.
    I slumped into a chair at the end of the conference table, as far from the front of the room as possible and gulped down my coffee, ignoring the bitter sting as it burned my throat. My co-workers filed in, bouncing to their seats like a bunch of toddlers. A few were even discussing Alyscia’s lark at high volume. To listen to them, one would think it was the biggest news to hit Linhill all year. I blocked out the conversation by reading over the agenda for the meeting.
    The leader of our division, Felix, walked in with another man I didn’t know. The new guy was tall, at least a head taller than Felix, and dressed in an expensive-looking grey suit. They took seats at the head of the table and the babble in the room quieted as Felix arranged the agenda and glass of water in front of him.
    “To kick things off today I want to introduce our new division manager, Sedric Eckland. He’ll be taking over Maling’s accounts now that she's been promoted and he’ll also be responsible for evaluating the team over the next couple of months. Sedric, would you like to say anything?”
    “I’m happy to be here and look forward to working with each of you.” Sedric surveyed the room, taking a brief second to meet each individual’s eye. When he reached me, I averted my gaze.
    Turnover was common in our section. It was kind of a joke within the company: head to Division Four if you’re looking for a life change. I was the longest-term employee at four years. The pool on how long Sedric would last was probably already forming in Divisions One, Two, and Three.
    Once Sedric finished all of his eye contact, Felix made a check on his agenda and moved to the next topic. I sank as low as I could in my chair and rested both arms on the table in front of me. Being the senior member of the team at least gave me the advantage of already knowing most, if not all, of Felix’s talking points. I tuned him out as easily as I’d tuned out the gossip regarding Alyscia and found my eyes focused on my own lark.
    When I was younger, I loved that my lark was so visible – always right there on my wrist. I could look at it whenever I wanted. I could show it to my friends, my family. It was a source of comfort and hope. I spent hours tracing the pieces over and over with my fingers. Memorizing every line, every curve. Trying to figure out what picture it would form when I found my lifemate and it completed itself.
    As Felix droned on, I found myself falling back into the old habit – using my right index finger to continually follow the outline of the lark. I didn’t care what my boss was talking about. It didn’t matter. I focused my energy on tracing and willing the damn thing to just go away already. I did what I was supposed to do – I followed my stupid erratic pull as long as it led me, but it led to nothing. Nothing. If I was going to be alone, I didn’t want the horrible, ugly reminder of it staring at me day after day, week after week, year after year.
    What were the Gods playing at, anyways? Giving humans these marks, determining destinies, but leaving me out in the cold wondering what I’d done wrong to deserve such loneliness and the constant reminder of it. And if it wasn’t bad enough that I could see the damn mark every day, everyone else could see it, too. My co-workers, friends, and family saw the unfinished lark and their eyes filled with pity for poor, lonely, lifemate-less Honor.
    “Honor?” Felix basically shouted. I straightened up. One glance around the table told me he’d called my name more than once.
    “Welcome back. Were you having a nice daydream?”
    “I was. It’s strange how your voice can lull me into fantasy land every time you speak.”
    His face reddened, probably with both anger and embarrassment. He’d never gotten used to my sarcasm and I knew he wanted to fire me on several occasions, but since my clients were so pleased with my longevity, the higher ups wouldn’t let him.
    “Did you want something from me?” I asked, putting a sweet smile on my face.
    “Um, yes, well, since you've been here longer than the rest of the team, you’ll be partnering with Sedric for a few weeks. He’ll be going on your calls to shadow you and you’ll be going on his calls to introduce him to Maling’s clients. You know, show him the ropes. Do you think you can manage that?”
    “Nothing in the world would give me greater pleasure.” I wiped the smile from my lips and peered at Sedric. I expected eye contact again, but he was staring at my hand. No, not my hand. My wrist – my lark. Great, just great. I yanked my sleeve down and put both hands in my lap.
    He looked up and faced Felix. “Sounds good. Anything else on the agenda?”
    “No, we're done for today. Back to work, everyone.”
    I jumped from my seat and was the first person out the door. Practically running to my cubicle, I tripped on a loose piece of carpet and face-planted.
    “Whoa – careful. Are you okay?” Sedric reached down and helped lift me while the rest of the departing members of my division looked on. I brushed myself off and wriggled out of his grasp.
    “I’m fine.” I could feel his stare on me as I stormed away. I tried not to speak with anyone else for the rest of the day. Embarrassed by the fall, the meeting, and Sedric’s eyes on my wrist, I couldn’t face the normal around me. I didn’t want my new boss to immediately know just how sad I was. It would make the weeks of having to work one-on-one with him unbearable.  
    Honor's Lark will be available for Kindle and in paperback on May 15, 2014.

    In the meantime, if you're looking for romance, check out Rachel's debut novel, Twenty-Five. book cover jpeg  
    Summary: Abigail Bronsen is sure her life is going nowhere when she turns twenty-five and realizes she hasn't done anything on a list of goals she made for herself as a teenager. Ben Harris is looking to find "the one" after his last girlfriend cheated on him. When they crash into each other, it appears they've both found exactly what they wanted. A year of firsts follows: first date, first kiss, first “I love you’s.” The first fight is inevitable, but neither of them saw a breakup coming. When Abigail is offered a job overseas, they’ll discover that no relationship is perfect and even true love sometimes finds itself separated by time and distance.
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    About the Author

     Rachel was born in Buffalo, NY but grew up in Burlington, NC. Raised by northern parents in the south, she likes to say she got the best of both worlds. Her writing is inspired by classic authors like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, as well as contemporary ones like JK Rowling and Claire LaZebnik. She loves to read and has been known to spend an entire weekend engrossed in the adventures of her favorite characters. Rachel now lives in Raleigh, NC, but someday hopes to make it to London. She's pretty sure (if reincarnation exists) she was British in another life.

    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!


    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?


    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
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    Blood and Snow Season 2

    Release Date: April, 19th, 2014

    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
    Blood and Snow (1-12)
    The Cindy Chronicles
    Short stories:
    Cindy Witch
    The Hunter's Tale

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    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.