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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    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!

    ~~

    And now, for this week's teaser!

    ~~

    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.” 

    ~~

    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.

    Wednesday
    Jun052013

    Oops! Teaser Tuesday (a little late)!

    Last week I promised a teaser from Moon Child, and I totally forgot to post one yesterday! My bad! First, here's the description:

    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!

    ~~

    And here's a little teaser....

    He doesn’t seem ready to disappear, for once, so I walk over to one of the wicker chairs sitting on the porch and flop into it. I’m tired of standing. I’m tired, period. Hot mysterious stranger popping into my life? That should be exciting. That should be like one of Emma’s adventures—she’s always meeting guys and telling us wild stories. But talking to this guy is like talking to a wall. Is he cool but weird, or just plain weird? Or maybe even dangerous?

    He’s looking out over our tiny front yard, leaning against a column and fiddling with his camera, which gives me a chance to study him. Tall, kinda thin, with wiry arms. His shoulders are broad but round just a bit, like he’s used to slouching. I try to be good and not check out his butt, but it’s right there…and looking fine in his boot-cut black cords.

    “Where do you live?” I ask.

    “Man, you don’t give up, do you. I’m not into sharing, remember?” The growl is back in his voice.

    “We don’t get that many new people here, sorry. It’s the small town curse.” He turns to look at me with a lifted brow. “You know. Nosy neighbors.”

    The flickering shadows of the lanterns dance across his face. “So far the curse only seems to apply to you.”

    I laugh a little. “It’s only a matter of time.”

    ~~

    And just for fun, here's a sneak peek at the paperback of By Blood!

     The official cover reveal is happening Monday, June 17th, along with a big-time giveaway, so be sure to check back!

    Tuesday
    Mar192013

    Teaser Tuesday!

    We've gotten a little taste of Simon and Josh, and we've met Ash. Now it's time for a sneak peak at a Druid ritual! To check out more teasers, click on the link to the right, or download a free sample for Kindle or Nook.

    Walking to the center of the circle, Simon held the blood-filled vessel up to the sky. “By earth, air, water and fire,” he said, his voice ringing, “and by our blood, we invoke the strength of flame, of living, breathing things, of stone, spring, and the sea. We invoke the strength of the very air around us and in our lungs, and we invoke the strength of thunder.”

    As he said the words, a great gust of wind blew through the glade, whipping my hair off my face. I could almost feel the earth shift beneath me, almost hear the faint rumble of thunder in the distance. My mouth was full of the taste of blood, and my skin shivered under the touch of the wind.

    For a moment, we all stared at each other, our eyes wide.

    Did that just—what was that?

    And the description:

    For 17-year-old Emma Wong, spending a summer in England should be a dream come true. Gorgeous scenery? Check. Lots of hot guys with accents? Yes, please. 

    Spending two months with her mom, Dr. Mike (don’t call him her stepdad), and their pooping, puking infant son? Not what she had in mind. It’s a disaster even her favorite cherry red leather jacket can’t fix (leather and spit-up so do not mix). 

    Not only does she get put on diaper duty (gag), but there’s also Dr. Mike’s cute research assistant to contend with. The only thing more embarrassing than her trying to plant one on him hours after they meet? Knowing he’ll be a witness to her family’s dysfunction all. summer. long.

    So when Emma meets a mysterious girl who happens to be a Druid, the summer suddenly promises to be far more intriguing than she expected. Powerful rituals, new friends, an intoxicating sense of freedom...and Simon, the sexy foreign stranger she was hoping for. It’s all a perfect distraction from dirty diapers and awkward family dinners.

    Trouble is, intriguing doesn’t often mean simple. And Emma is about to discover just how not simple her life really is.

    ~~~

    In other news, I finally got to the bookstore yesterday to use my Christmas giftcards! And boy did I score! Check out this awesome new stack of books I've added to my collection! :-)

    (Why the pic is showing up sideways I have no clue, but you get the idea. ;-))

    Wednesday
    Mar132013

    Teasers, Reviews, Giveaways, Oh My!

    Happy Hump Day!! MAJOR HOTSAUCE, the bug, and I were traveling yesterday so I didn't get a chance to post a BY BLOOD teaser. So I'm going to post TWO teasers today...and announce a giveaway!! I have three copies of BY BLOOD up for grabs, and three easy ways to enter to win!

    1) Leave a comment! Easy peasy. I'll choose one commenter at random to receive a copy for Nook or Kindle. :-)

    2) Tweet about the contest! Include a link to this blog or BY BLOOD's Amazon page (found here), or retweet my tweet/link and you're entered to win! (Be sure to include my handle @tracythewriter so I see the tweet!). I'll choose a winner at random.

    3) Share the link to this blog or the Amazon page on Facebook. (If you're my fb friend, tag me so I see the share, if not, just leave a comment here and I'll enter you in BOTH the comment AND fb giveaways!). 

    Contest is open through Sunday night at midnight, winners to be chosen Monday morning. May the odds be in your favor. ;-)

    Before we get to this week's teasers, I'm also excited to share some super awesome news...BY BLOOD received its first official review!! Booknut over at 21st Century Once Upon a Time gave it 4.2 stars! WHOO HOO!!!! Read her fabulous review here and follow her Goodreads reviews here, for some great recommendations and insights!

    Alright, time for teasers!

    This week's teasers will be short and sweet...to read more click on the "Tuesday Teaser" link on the right...or head to Amazon or Barnes and Noble to download a free sample of BY BLOOD.

    Teaser #1

    I half expected him to give me the middle school dance treatment – you know, straight arms, hands on shoulders – but he danced with me properly. His hands rested lightly on my waist and if he didn’t pull me as close as George had, his sense of rhythm was better so it was still easy to follow the sway of his hips. Even with my curves – and my dress’s full skirt – I felt small in his arms. He smiled down at me, his face red in the swirling light.

    Caught up in the moment, I ran my hands down his chest, over the smooth, slightly damp cotton of his shirt, and pulled him closer. I felt him resist, just for a second, and then his hands slid to my back and suddenly we were pressed tight against each other.

    Teaser #2

    Simon walked over. I looked down at my menu; no question my face was glowing like a bug light. He put his hand on my shoulder and bent to kiss my forehead.

    “Emma.” Just that, just my name. But it sounded exotic, rough and sweet when he said it.

    “Hey Simon.” I tried to sound casual.

    “How’s my favorite American?” He left his hand on my back and I leaned into it slightly.

    “Great,” I said, feeling suddenly as if it might be true. He seemed happy to see me and for an instant, as I felt the warmth of his hand seep into my shoulder, I forgot everything else. 

    And, to finish, here's a little visual sneak peek of the standing stones at Avebury.

     

    Tuesday
    Mar052013

    Teaser Tuesday!

    It's that time of the week again! I hope you enjoy this teaser from BY BLOOD. If so, you can download a free sample for Nook here, or Kindle here.

    “Are you ready?” Simon asked. I nodded, and he led us across the street to Christ Church Meadows, the park where I’d met Ash.

    As we walked, even the prospect of my first Druid ritual couldn’t silence the thoughts and questions that swirled through my brain.

    my whole life a lie

    Mom didn’t ask me where I was going when I left the house after dinner; we hadn’t spoken beyond the basics since Sunday afternoon. Pretty sure she hadn’t spoken to Dr. Mike either. I knew I needed to call Dad, but every time I got near the phone my stomach seized and I remembered something else I desperately needed to do. Josh hadn’t been around much, thankfully. In the grand scheme of stuff I had to worry about, he was low on the list at the moment.

    “You alright, love?” Ash said, linking an arm through mine.

    I mustered up a small smile. “Just a little preoccupied. Sorry.”

    “Not to worry. We’ll have you paying attention in no time.” She tilted her head to the sky and grinned.

    “What kind of ritual are we doing?” I asked, trying to focus. “How does it work?”

    “Tonight’s just a simple celebration ceremony.”

    “Celebrating what?” Give me a million bucks and I still couldn’t think of something to celebrate right now.

    “Just the world, the rain. Life.” She squeezed my arm. “You.”

    And here is a view of Christ Church Meadows!