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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    Thursday
    Jul052012

    Bookanista Review: Deadly Cool

    Happy belated 4th of July! It was a quiet holiday for me. After all the stress and sadness of the last few weeks, I've been taking it easy. The puppies and I went for frozen yogurt and watched a few neighborhood fireworks on our way home. Koko and Scrabble are scaredy cats when it comes to the loud booms and crackles, so we didn't stay out for too long. Still, it was fun to see the sky light up all around us.

    In keeping with our fun beach read theme around here, this week I'm talking about DEADLY COOL by Gemma Halliday. There's nothing like a quick, entertaining murder mystery when the weather's hot! My friend Shari recommended this one, and I'm so glad she did because it was exactly what I was in the mood for.

    From Goodreads:

    Hartley Grace Featherstone is having a very bad day. First she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the Herbert Hoover High School Chastity Club. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And if that weren’t enough, now he’s depending on Hartley to clear his name. 

    But as much as Hartley wouldn’t mind seeing him squirm, she knows he’s innocent, and she’s the only one who can help him. Along with her best friend, Sam, and the school’s resident Bad Boy, Chase, Hartley starts investigating on her own. But as the dead bodies begin to pile up, the mystery deepens, the suspects multiply, and Hartley begins to fear that she may be the killer’s next victim.

    My Thoughts

    This book has a great premise, lots of twists and turns, fun characters, and a FABULOUS main character. My favorite element is definitely Hartley's voice...she sounds authentic as a teenager and has a great sense of humor. The author didn't shy away from pop culture references, and I appreciated the "here and now" feeling of the story and the characters. 

    Each of the supporting characters is well-drawn and interesting...and it was fun to see them all through Hartley's eyes. A few of them are super cute too. ;-) I particularly liked "bad boy" Chase...hot hot hot!

    I had a few minor issues with the murder/mystery elements, but nothing significant enough to take away from my enjoyment of Hartley and her story. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, SOCIAL SUICIDE. If you're looking for a snappy, entertaining summer read with snark and sexy boys, this book is for you!

     

    Monday
    Feb062012

    Woe is Koko

    So, this is what I've been dealing with for the past few days...

    The pouting is seriously getting to me, guys, I have to say. The thing is, the reason for the collar is that she recently had surgery to remove a couple of tumors (still waiting to hear what type/stage they were) and if she ISN'T wearing the collar, she licks her sutures. :-(

    But still. It is SO, SO hard to resist that face. She also has this technique of walking up to you and pressing the plastic cone into your leg and standing there, unmoving. Her passive aggressive way of saying she is NOT. PLEASED.

    Moving into position

    But overall she's been a very good sport. (And sometimes we let her take a break and curl up on the bed, cone free. Cuz we're suckers like that.)

    In other news, for the first time in MONTHS I had a good writing week last week! SO, SO excited about this and seriously hoping it continues. The past few months have been tough on the new work in progress...revisions on other projects kept needing to be done, and there were holidays and trips and...frankly...some discouraged feelings to overcome. But the WIP is starting to take over my brain again and I'm finally beginning to feel the story consume me. Yay!!

    A few of my hopes for this week: We'll get good news regarding Koko's tumors/prognosis, I'll reach 30k on the WIP, and SMASH will be as awesome as the previews make it look! ;-)

    Friday
    Nov112011

    Happy Veterans Day

    I am very happy that I live in a time when designating one specific day to honor our military doesn't feel SO necessary... On any random day, MAJOR HOTSAUCE can go out to lunch during work and find that someone has paid for his meal, often anonymously. He's frequently thanked for his service by strangers who see him in uniform or folks he strikes up conversations with in stores or when out with friends. Many businesses have military discounts, and on all three of his deployments his units were sent packages from students and various other organizations across the country. It gives me the warm fuzzies to know that strangers treat soldiers with so much consideration and support.

    But Veterans Day is still important, because it definitely wasn't always this way. There are the stories about Vietnam vets being jeered at (or worse) when they arrived home from war. Soldiers in WWI and WWII who, because of their color or religious beliefs, were not recognized properly for their accomplishments on the battlefield. 

    Every military service member, both active and former, deserves to be honored and appreciated. And those who lost their lives in defense of our country deserve to be remembered. Today and every day.

    Being an Army wife is tough sometimes, but I have so much respect for MAJOR HOTSAUCE and his compatriots. Theirs is not an easy lifestyle, and too often it requires terrible sacrifice. But this country wouldn't be the same - or as safe - without our brave men and women in uniform.

    Thank you to all active and former servicemen and women for everything you do and the sacrifices you've made to support and defend this country.

    And to my sister in law, whose husband is currently deployed, lots of love and hugs to you. He'll be home soon!

    Okay, and just for fun...there's nothing like a man(??) in uniform. ;-)

    Scrabble is a really good sport. ;-)

    (Koko is meant to be a "wounded" veteran - she wouldn't wear the uniform)

    Okay, so yeah. Now you all know MAJOR HOTSAUCE and I have, on several occasions, dressed up our dogs in his old uniforms. So. There's that.

    And now a picture of MAJOR HOTSAUCE in uniform. Cuz, you know, HE'S the actual veteran. ;-)


    Photo: David Trozzo

    Happy Veterans Day, y'all.

    :-)

    Wednesday
    Jan122011

    Get Your Own Chair!

    Happy Hump Day! And welcome to this week's Awkward Picture Day!

    Today's picture introduces THE KIDS...aka Scrabble and Koko. 

    As a bit of background, Scrabble does NOT like baths (though he loves to swim, wade, and generally get himself soaking wet. go figure). And he knows exactly what "Do you want to take a bath?" means. So, if someone says this to him, he goes scurrying for safety...or sometimes into Koko's lap.

    Voila!

    (Do I sometimes say "Do you want to take a bath?" just because his reaction is so funny?...I would never.)