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 Moon Child (8)

    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!

    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!

    Tuesday
    Jul162013

    Moon Child Cover Reveal!!

    Hello there! My sincere apologies for the radio silence over the past couple of weeks. MAJOR HOTSAUCE and I have been moving and BOY has that been a chore! We're still navigating piles of boxes in the new house, and the Internet hasn't been installed yet, but we're getting there. It's nice to *almost* not be living out of suitcases anymore.

    In the midst of the move, exciting book things have been happening as well! Namely, the MOON CHILD cover was finalized!! I'm SOOO excited to share it with you! I think Regina Wamba of Mae I Design did another incredible job....I love how the blues and reds call back to the BY BLOOD cover...and the model is Diana through and through. Because the book takes place mostly at night, the darkness of this cover and the glowing streetlight and moon are just perfect. What do YOU think?? :-)

    Before Emma's adventures in Oxford, her best friend Diana came face-to-face with a killer...

    Diana Calvert is so over high school. Who cares if Olivia hates her? And David needs to forget about having a crush on her STAT. Even Emma’s crazy fashion choices can’t keep Diana entertained. All she can hope for is a dance scholarship to a college as far away as possible from too-small, too-boring, too-nothing-ever-happens New Freedom, PA.

    And then, of course, something does happen. Diana meets Nicholas Woodhaven. He’s pale, angry…yet weirdly charming. And she can’t stop thinking about him. The more time they spend together, the more she wonders who – or what – he really is. Because he isn’t anything like the other guys she knows. Not with the whole only-going-out-at-night thing. And living with his creepy aunt. And not going to school.

    Just when Diana thinks she’s got Nicholas all figured out, people in her small, nothing-ever-happens town start dying. She has to wonder – can she trust him? And even more alarming – could she be next?

    A murder mystery with a paranormal twist, Moon Child is best read under the covers with a flashlight...if you dare!

    MOON CHILD will be available August 16th for Kindle and in Paperback!!

    Monday
    Jul152013

    By Blood Review: The Portland Book Review

    I'm so proud to share with you the following review from The Portland Book Review. :-)

    By Blood

    By Tracy E. Banghart

    If you are looking for a YA summer read that is full of adventure, family drama, romance and mystery, look no further than Tracy Banghart’s novel By Blood. The action begins immediately as readers find 17-year-old Emma Wong trapped on a plane bound for Oxford, England. It is summer and vacationing in London is the last thing Emma had in mind. She pictured hanging out with her dad, not babysitting her stepbrother Fermin (a.k.a. Vermin). She doesn’t want to meet her stepfather and she certainly doesn’t want to spend any time with her mother, the very woman who abandoned both her and her dad when Emma was just a little girl. But it is Mom’s turn for visitation and Emma has to try to make the most of it.

    Whether you’ve had the pleasure of traveling to a foreign country or not, you’ll enjoy reading about Emma’s journey throughout London. Author Tracy Banghart writes about navigating planes, streets, cities and unknown tourist destinations in a way that brings readers right into the scenes along with Emma. A particularly laugh-out-loud moment occurs when Emma, pushing a crying Fermin’s stroller round and round a Roundabout, gets completely overwhelmed by the horns, bikes, cars, dogs, foreign languages and beautiful buildings that surround her.

    Yet it is this chaos and excitement, this diversity of experiences, that opens Emma’s eyes to the world, people and possibilities she has been ignoring. Meeting Ash, who is “a hairy armpit away from full-on hippie,” is just the beginning. Ash and her friend Simon are Druids who get strength and power from exercises meant to connect them to the earth. But in this modern world, these practitioners of ancient rituals feel quite invisible. Emma knows the feeling all too well and is drawn to them right away. Plus, Ash can get Fermin to stop crying almost immediately! That’s a good friend to have around when you are babysitting! How will Emma react to Simon and Ash’s Druid beliefs?

    Banghart keeps this YA novel moving along with her witty dialogue and flashbacks to Emma’s “better times.” Readers get to know Emma’s friends, Diana and Helen, and her dad in these reflections on the past.

    Perhaps the best part of this book is Banghart’s sense of humor and comedic timing. Emma is snarky and very funny which means she says some wild things to other characters. But thanks to Banghart’s use of inner dialogue, readers get to absorb every sarcastic comment Emma wishes she could say, which makes her all the more lovable. The plot is great and the suspense leading up to the ending will have you on the edge of your seat. If you enjoy this book, check out the companion novel Moon Child in August of this year!

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    Yay! :-) Check back tomorrow for the reveal of Moon Child's cover!

    Tuesday
    Jun112013

    Teaser Tuesday: Moon Child

    Before Emma's adventures in Oxford, her best friend Diana came face-to-face with a killer...

    Diana Calvert is so over high school. Who cares if Olivia hates her? And David needs to forget about having a crush on her STAT. Even Emma’s crazy fashion choices can’t keep Diana entertained. All she can hope for is a dance scholarship to a college as far away as possible from too-small, too-boring, too-nothing-ever-happens New Freedom, PA.

    And then, of course, something does happen. Diana meets Nicholas Woodhaven. He’s pale, angry…yet weirdly charming. And she can’t stop thinking about him. The more time they spend together, the more she wonders who – or what – he really is. Because he isn’t anything like the other guys she knows. Not with the whole only-going-out-at-night thing. And living with his creepy aunt instead of his parents. Not to mention, he doesn't even go to school!

    Just when Diana thinks she’s got Nicholas all figured out, people in her small, nothing-ever-happens town start dying. She has to wonder – can she trust him? And even more alarming – could she be next?

    A murder mystery with a paranormal twist, Moon Child is best read under the covers with a flashlight...if you dare!

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    And now, for this week's teaser!

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    Long, dark hair sweeps in finger-like shadows across his face. The guy stares at me, his ice blue eyes narrowed and wary. I stare back, wracking my brain for a name, a spark of recognition, anything. I come up empty.

    He looks young, but the skin around his mouth and eyes feathers just a bit, like he’s got laugh lines already. His lips are almost as pale as his skin but take on a bluish cast in the silver light of the moon. If I didn’t know better, I might wonder….but he’s too good looking to be a corpse.

    Even so, he’s a stranger. Less terrifying than zombie invasion, sure, but it’s still kind of freaking me out. So, I ask again, louder, “Who are you?”

    This time, finally, he answers. “I’m the one who stopped you from cracking your skull on that gravestone.” He kicks the offending rock. His voice has a gravelly tone, like he hasn’t used it in a while.

    I step away, a little unsteadily. “That’s not what I meant.”

    “You’re welcome, by the way.”

    “I—uh….” Why am I so flustered all of a sudden? It’s not like he saved my life. Bumping into somebody who might otherwise have fallen doesn’t make you Prince Charming.

    “If you’re that clumsy,” he adds, “probably shouldn’t be walking around graveyards after dark.” The corner of his lip quirks, his skin crinkling like paper.

    “I’m not clumsy,” I reply with a glower, “And you didn’t answer my question.”

    The moonlight catches against his cheekbones as he turns. “Maybe you should take the hint.”

    Just before his hair hides his face, the arrogance slips away, leaving something else. Sadness? Disappointment? I can’t tell. Without thinking, I reach out.

    “Now wait a second.” When I grab his arm, his skin is so cold I draw back in surprise.  He’s wearing a black t-shirt—no sweater, no jacket, nothing. That’s ridiculous. It’s freezing out here. As if to prove my point, a shiver tingles through me. “Seriously,  I’m not playing games. Who are you?”

    “Why do you care?” He doesn’t turn back to face me, but he doesn’t move further away either.

    “Because it’s creepy, you out here by yourself wandering around in the dark. Why are you out here?” A gust of wind sweeps down and kicks up a flurry of leaves between us.

    “Think what you want.” He starts to walk away, the darkness eating him up bit by bit.

    Oh my gosh. Why is he being so annoying? I can’t let it – him – go. “Alright, I think you’re a weirdo who grabbed my boob two minutes ago and won’t tell me who you are,” I call after him. He whirls to stare me down with those pale, nearly colorless eyes. On a roll, I keep going. “Maybe you’re a thief. A criminal escaped from juvie? Or, I don’t know, a serial killer or something.” It’s meant as a joke, but as I list the possibilities my annoyance fades into a wash of unease. What if this guy really is, like, dangerous? Maybe I’m the one who should be bailing.

    He cocks his head to the side. “Wow. Remind me never to save another stumbling beauty. It’s not worth the inquisition. Besides, why would a serial killer bother with a graveyard? Everybody’s already dead.” 

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    That's all for now! Moon Child will be coming to you in ebook and paperback on August 16th! If you'd like, you can add it to your Goodreads shelf here.