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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    Entries in cover love (4)

    Friday
    Sep122014

    Rebel Wing Gets a New Face!

    Heya! Sorry it's been ages since I blogged - I've been hard at work on the sequel to REBEL WING, which should be coming out in December! My deadline for this round of edits is Monday so I'm still in the thick of it, but I wanted to pop in to announce that REBEL WING has a gorgeous new cover!

    Eee!! I love it so much! I loved the last one too, but I think this one fits the vibe of the book a little better. While it IS scifi, the heart of the story is about a girl making big choices for love...and realizing there's more to fight for. I love the couple on this cover - to me they're totally Aris and Calix standing on the cliffs of Lux before he's sent to war. The sunset is beautiful but ominous too, which fits the story perfectly. 

    I hope you like it! And if you're a Prime member on Amazon, you can now get REBEL WING for FREE! Click here to download your copy!

    Friday
    May092014

    COVER LOVE: PARAGON by Autumn Kalquist

    Hey y'all! Today I'm happy to be participating in the cover reveal for PARAGON, book 2 in Autumn Kalquist's Legacy Code Saga (Book one, LEGACY CODE, is amazing. Be sure to check it out!) But first, some info on PARAGON:

    Paragon by Autumn Kalquist 

    (Legacy Code Saga #2) 
    Publication date: Fall 2014
    Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult

    Synopsis

    Riots. Food shortages. Secrets. Treason.
    The last humans fled Earth centuries ago, but they're still no closer to finding their better world. They trade lives for resources on a toxic planet and lose half their unborn children to an ancient genetic defect. Yet the biggest threat to the fleet may be the colonists themselves.

    Tadeo Raines, a high-ranking member of the Paragon Guard, has dealt with traitors before. When a new plot endangers the fragile balance in the fleet, he's tasked with eliminating the threat. Permanently.

    But Tadeo has his own secrets: choices he can't forget, dark memories he can't escape. And preserving humanity's hope for the future may depend on Tadeo coming to terms with his past.

    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21806952-paragon

    Are you ready to see the awesome cover???

    Well...

    Here...

    It...

    IS!

    Lovely, no?? I can't wait to read more about Tadeo. As an extra bonus, here's a song that goes with the book:

    A Song from Paragon

    "Better World" is the second song from the Legacy Code Saga Soundtrack. The song was written and sung by Autumn Kalquist and produced by Freya Wolfe. You can listen to it here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olixyL40x6g

    It's really beautiful - you should definitely check it out!

    Here's a little more info about the talented and versatile Autumn:

    Autumn Kalquist is a singer, songwriter, music producer, and the author of the Legacy Code Saga book series.

    She writes fantasy, dystopian, and post-apocalyptic fiction that asks compelling questions--often met with morally gray answers. Her preschool-aged ballerina and code-writing husband keep her sane and happy.

    Book One of the Legacy Code Saga, Legacy Code, was published March 9th, 2014. 

    Each book in the Saga comes with a song. Visit AutumnKalquist.com to learn more about the series and get a free MP3 of "Artificial Gravity", the song from Legacy Code.

    Author links: 

    http://www.autumnkalquist.com/

    https://twitter.com/AutumnKalquist

    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7170191.Autumn_Kalquist

    And finally, an awesome giveaway! Good luck!

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    Tuesday
    Jan282014

    One Month!! + Interview with Regina Wamba

    I can't quite believe it, given the YEARS that have gone into this book, but SHATTERED VEIL comes out one month from today! I am SO excited to share Aris's story with y'all, especially as more and more positive reviews come in from early readers. There was a dark period about a year ago when I thought this book would never see the light of day. Now it's finding fans, AND looks all gorgeous and OFFICIAL and stuff!

    I always love to hear about how book covers evolve and since I got to experience the process with the AMAZING Regina Wamba of Mae I Design, I thought it'd be fun to have her stop by and answer a few questions! I've also got some screenshots of the evolution of Shattered Veil's cover, which I think is pretty neat. I hope you enjoy!

    Alright, over to Regina! :-)

    First, could you tell us a little bit about how you got into book cover design? Was it something you set out to do, or did you fall into it from another design field?

     I fell into it actually. By my graphic background and my love for reading. Goodreads forum is where I started! <3

    Being the incredible designer you are, your skills are increasingly in demand. How many covers do you create a year, on average (and when do you sleep??)?

    LOL… Hmm.. sleep comes when i hit my low. I get on a “creative splurge” and hit this wave of awesomeness and sit and design for DAYS, then I’ll crash. That’s when I catch up on tv shows, reading and SLEEP!

    Do you have a favorite genre to design covers for? Is there a genre you wish you got to design for more often?

    I love paranormal. Seriously. There is just something so awesome and challenging. PLUS it’s my fave genre.

    You do much more than just design covers; you're also a fantastic photographer and use many of your own photographs as "stock". What's your favorite part of the process? The design? The photography? 

    HAH. that’s tough. Since they go hand in hand. BUT i would say the whole process. From someone wanting a custom shoot with a specific idea. I love how we come together with an idea and make something very real from it. I love it. I love romance too, so it helps to always to be always “making love” <— pun intended.

    For you, what elements or qualities make for an amazing book cover?

    It’s all an equal balance. The eye will draw you in if you have a good balance between typography, images, and color. It’s important that they all work together as a team.

    What was your inspiration behind the Shattered Veil cover? Do you have a favorite element or detail?

    OOOH. I loved the “jewelry” hint you gave me. From that my mind just started spinning. I love this cover because 1. It has a great color combo 2. it makes your eye draw clock wise (what you want) 3. and it’s so unique, that it just makes you ask, “What is this about?”

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Regina!

    ~~

    The "jewelry hint" she's talking about? I sent her this description of Shattered Veil's world: "...his eyes lingered on the enormous sat-photo of the Five Dominions that hung on the wall above her. He had always loved the way Atalanta looked from the air, suspended like a brilliant jewel in the center of a gaudy necklace. An emerald caught between the cobalt of the ocean, the golden deserts of Safara, and the diamond ice of Ruslana." 

    I LOVE how she took that description and parlayed it into such fabulous, iconic imagery. And I can't WAIT to see what she does with Tangled Promise, Book 2 in the series!

    And now, for the evolution of Shattered Veil's cover...

    When we were originally brainstorming, Regina gave me two concepts to consider...

    And...

    I thought they were both really cool, but I was afraid the one with the boy would give the wrong feel for the book (after all, the main character is female...she just spends much of the book disguised as a man. ;-)) I was THRILLED when we were able to incorporate both covers for the paperback version of the book!

    Then it was time to play around with typography...all the fun nitty, gritty details. Like making the stone in the middle cracked, as if it's been "shattered" (ha. get what we did there?) And, of course, we played around with color too...

    One of my favorite details is the way the girl's face at the bottom kind of merges with a sunset over the beach. It brings to mind this little tidbit... "As she drifted off, she saw the lone figure of her former self, standing still as stone on the edge of a beach, the edge of the world, the sunset tangled in her long, wild hair."

    And now, the final...with lovely colors, cool typography, and a more futuristic plane!

    I'm so, so thrilled with the cover Regina created. I hope y'all have enjoyed hearing more from her and getting a little insight into the cover's evolution.

    And now, for a last announcement....if you are excited about Shattered Veil's release on Feb 28, enjoy free stuff and/or things that are awesome, be sure to sign up for my newsletter HERE. I will be sending out details of a special (AMAZING) offer EXLUSIVE to newsletter subscribers the week before release day. You don't want to miss it!

    Cheers!

     

    Tuesday
    Jul022013

    Who Doesn't Like FREE?! :-)

    I'm really sorry for the radio silence on the blog the last few days. The packing and preparing to move has been just a *wee* bit overwhelming. I'll be VERY happy next week, when we're settled in the new house and not worried about how we're going to move the 200lb antique buffett in our dining room. O_O

    At any rate, I DID want to stop in and mention that BY BLOOD is FREE on Amazon Kindle today and tomorrow!! So if you're looking for a fun/mysterious/romantic read for your long weekend...or a vacation or beach weekend coming up later in the summer, be sure to download your copy now! Here's the LINK.

    Also, BY BLOOD's new cover is being featured in a fun blog hop over at author Noelle Blakely's blog...if you love the cover, you can vote for it! Plus, there are some super cool prizes! :-)

    Happy reading!