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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    Torn Sky Releases in ONE WEEK!

    Guys, I'm still kind of in shock about this.

    When I wrote the original version of REBEL WING, I wasn't sure if I'd ever have a chance to continue Aris's story. But thanks to Alloy and Amazon, this trilogy will be complete a week from today.

    Sigh....the pretty.

    But this means I WROTE TWO BOOKS IN A YEAR. While going through a long, stressful move to Hawaii. It still blows my mind. (I don't even know how I'm functioning anymore. Sheesh.)

    The truth is, I couldn't have done it without the awesome folks at Alloy and my wonderful inlaws, who let us live with them during the move and watched my toddler so I'd have more time to work. 

    And boy am I ready to celebrate all that hard work! Please join me and some of my awesome YA writer friends on release day - August 4 - on Facebook, for a party full of prizes, games, and fun extras. Click here to RSVP!

    And get ready......TORN SKY will be out a week from today!! Hooray!!

     Want to know what Aris and the crew are up to?

    Here are a few hints...

    Spy games!

    New romance!

    Debilitating injuries!


    A bomb that could destroy the world!

    It's gonna be a good time. ;-)


    The Big Reveal!!

    At long last, I can share with you the title AND cover for the sequel to REBEL WING! I AM SO EXCITED!! I think I might actually love this cover MORE than Rebel Wing's, if that's possible. I love the ominous feel of the sky, and the...oh well, I don't want to ruin it. ;-)

    Click on the image below to read about what's in store for Aris and Galena (slight spoilers for book 2 and larger ones for Rebel Wing ahead!)


    I'm also THRILLED to announce book 2 has a release date! It will be available on DECEMBER 16th!! Just over a month now! CRAZY!! :-D Even awesomer? You can preorder your copy now!

    And last but not least, I'm celebrating with a giveaway! Enter below to win a $25 Amazon gift card! And after you click on the link above to see the full cover and title in all its glory, I hope you'll come back and tell me what you think in the comments! 

    Cheers! :)

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    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!


    Who I Write For

    Lately, there's been a lot of talk about who "should" read YA. There was the Salon article, saying adults should be "embarrassed" to read YA (eye roll) and the myriad (wonderfully articulate) responses from YA writers and readers alike. There's always stuff like this around, and I find the articles and their responses really interesting.

    On a more personal level, it seems like every time I tell someone in publishing that I'd like teenagers to read my book...I get cynical laughter in response. And I get told "over 50% of YA readers are adults" teenaged readers are mythical, unicorn-rare creatures that only exist in my mind. 

    I'm aware of the "most YA readers are adult" statistic...I've used it plenty of times myself to defend the fact that I write for young adults when family or well-meaning friends ask when I'm going to write a "real" book (ie for adults).

    And so, okay, teenaged book readers are hard to reach, in terms of marketing strategy or social media. Got it. But here's the thing. That doesn't change the fact that I write my young adult books FOR teenagers. Even if they'll never find or read them. I don't care how many times someone tells me only adults read YA and teenagers will never read my books...I am not going to start writing FOR adults reading YA. 

    The truth is, I write YA books for a very specific teenager. She's fourteen or fifteen years old. Scrawny but she thinks she's fat. Smart but thinks she might be dumb because her parents and teachers lose patience with her a lot. She feels awkward and hyper and silly, and spends her time bouncing between the occasional, thrilling realization that she's actually pretty awesome... and the rest of the time, when she sternly reminds herself she's not...because she's not supposed to think she's cool. She's supposed to be humble and quiet and put together. She'd only be "cool" if she was like that girl her mom keeps telling her she should be more like: pretty, polite, accomplished, athletic, altruistic, etc.

    This teenaged girl is goofy and weird and loves things, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Robin McKinley books, that her parents just don't understand. She giggles hysterically with her friends, cries when she reads good books, and fantasticizes about what it actually would feel like to have someone be in love with her.

    I write for that girl, who feels powerless and out of control...who's treated like she's weak and helpless but who inside just wants to be STRONG. POWERFUL. Her own person. The girl who has dreams and ambitions that people tell her are nice hobbies, so she starts to believe that maybe they're NOT attainable. Maybe she should settle for something easier. "Real."

    The girl who fears everything but so desperately, desperately wants to be brave.

    I write for the girl who grows up wanting a boyfriend SO BADLY but doesn't have a clue how to talk to guys or be self-confident or know when that boy who acts like a tool isn't WORTH it. She deserves so much more.

    I write for the girl who doesn't believe she deserves all the things...but absolutely 100% DOES deserve all the things. She deserves to feel safe to embrace her sillies, her creativity, her strength, her dreams.

    This girl - this sweet, lost, insecure, wishful girl - she looks a little bit like this:

    And she has big, big dreams that she wants DESPERATELY to achieve, but believes, even as a teenager, they are out of her grasp because she's a girl. Because she's not smart enough. Or because she's not one of those "pretty, put together, accomplished" girls. But she doesn't stop trying, anyway. Just in case.

    When I write about strong girls who defy expectations, girls who prove to THEMSELVES how strong and capable they are...when I write about close, supportive female friendships, and girls who find love for being themselves...I think about this teenager in my head. How she needs those kinds of role models in her life. She needs stories about girls who prove everyone wrong.

    So, yeah. Maybe those mythical teenage unicorns out there in the wild don't read my books. But there's this one special teenager, still with me after all these years, who reads every single word. 


    Fellow writer friends, do you have someone in particular you write for? A "perfect reader" in your head, who you hope will find and love your stories?


    Into the cave...

    Hey y'all! Just a quick heads up...the blog is going to be pretty boring over the next week or so. I have to head into the writing cave and get some serious work done. But in June I'll have posts about my upcoming events and will have lots of other fun stuff to share with you!

    Later dudes! :-)