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
    Feb192013

    Teaser Tuesday

    So, starting today I'm going to be sharing a little teaser from BY BLOOD each week. And, as a bonus, I'll add a picture of one of Emma's Oxford haunts!

    These will be random, no-context bits and bobs. :-) Here we go! 

    I got halfway down the block before Josh caught up with me. “Hey, wait up,” he said and grabbed my arm when I stumbled a little.

    “So did you punch him?” I giggled. If there had been a fight, I was glad Josh won. He kept his hand on my arm as we walked.

    “What?” Josh asked.

    For a second I couldn’t remember my question; I was too busy imagining Josh’s fist connecting with Colin’s too-pronounced jaw. Ha.

    “You know, all that testosterone back there…” My hand reached over of its own accord and squeezed his bicep. “I thought we were going to have an international incident.” I’d never had a guy fight over me before. Not that Josh had fought over me. Not really. Though he’d had a protective vibe going on that was kind of hot. Not that I thought he was hot. Well, I did, but—

    Suddenly my heel caught on the edge of a brick and my ankles wobbled. Josh tightened his grip on me and I tried not to lean on him too heavily as he led me forward.

    “Jeez. You don’t hold your liquor very well. Are you okay?” He really did have beautiful eyes: clear cobalt blue with dark rings around the irises.

    “It’s not like I’ve had a lot of practice,” I replied. “And yes, I’m fine. It’s just my shoes.”

    “Not just. But I see your point. Those heels look lethal.”

    There was something sexy about a guy who could appreciate my death-defying footwear. I flicked the boot’s stiletto heel in his direction, showing off a little. And teetered. My arms flailed and my elbow made contact with some portion of Josh’s anatomy. He grunted and I wobbled more. Oh crap. I was going down. 

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    And here we are, on Emma's street!

     

    That's it for now! If you're intrigued, you can download a free sample of BY BLOOD on Amazon. Coming to Nook and iBookstore soon!

    Sunday
    Feb172013

    Announcement!

    I'm very excited to announce that as of today, my novel BY BLOOD is available as an ebook on Amazon!! (Nook and iBookstore coming soon!)

    Here's a 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 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 is 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.

    ~~~

    This novel and I have been on a very long journey together. I began writing BY BLOOD back in 2010. Emma appeared even earlier, as a supporting character in a novel I wrote for Nanowrimo in the fall of 2009. I fell in love with her dramatic personality and fashionista sensibilities and decided she needed her own story. It seemed only natural to follow her to Oxford, one of my favorite places in the world. Not to mention, what's more fun than a hot guy with a sexy accent?

    I hope you enjoy reading about Emma and her adventures in Oxford as much as I enjoyed writing about them!

    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! ;-)

    Tuesday
    Dec202011

    COVER LOVE!!! 

    Alright, I am so, so excited about this post. My writer pal Corrine Jackson is letting me help spread the word about her debut novel, IF I LIE, which comes out on August 28, 2012. And not just "the word"...but the cover too! Squee!!

    I met Corrine last February when I was in San Francisco for a writer's conference. We'd "met" online and had bonded over our mutual love for Christian Slater and cheesy 90s movies, so we decided to meet for real. And proceeded to have one of the best conversations about writing and publishing and life that I've ever had. It was fantastic. Corrine is the real deal...super smart, talented, and one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. She even invited me to lunch with her Bookanista gals, who were fabulous themselves!

    Since then, Corrine and I have kept in touch, and she's been a wonderful writing/pub resource, cheerleader, and provider of awesome videos (check out her YA Rebels gig!)

     

    Wait...were you waiting to see her cover? You mean you didn't want to read about how we know each other and how cool she is? You want to hear about her BOOK?

    Oh, alright. ;-)

     

    I GUESS

     

    I could shut up

     

    And get to the good stuff...

     

    Corrine Jackson's debut, IF I LIE, comes out on AUGUST 28, 2012 from Simon Pulse.

     

    And THIS is what it's about:

     

    A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.

    Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.

    Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.

     

     

    Sounds AMAZING, right? When Corrine first told me about this book, MAJOR HOTSAUCE was deployed in Iraq, so I was particularly interested to hear how she was approaching a situation I had so much personal experience with...and listening to her talk about it, I couldn't WAIT to read it. Still can't!! (Hurry up August!)

    And now that I've seen the cover, I'm even MORE excited!

     

    What's that? YOU want to see the cover too? You don't want ME to have all the fun? 

     

    Oh, all right....

     

     

    Wait for it....

     

     

    Is this getting annoying yet? ;-)

     

     

     

    TA-DA!!!

     

    Isn't it GORGEOUS?? I love the physical tension between the girl and the boy, and the blurred edges, with that one bright splash of color in the title. LOVE IT! Plus, I don't know if this is intentional or not, but I find the fact that the guy pictured on the cover does NOT have a military haircut VERY intriguing..... 

     

    To read more about this awesome book, and the awesome Corrine Jackson, click here to visit her website. You can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook!


    Monday
    Dec192011

    Never Been...

    Last week I rewatched the 90's Drew Barrymore film NEVER BEEN KISSED. This is one of my college favorites, but oddly, I've never gotten around to adding it to my DVD collection. So it's been a while since I've seen it.

    And maybe it was because I was watching it at 2am while fighting insomnia or because I've been thinking a lot lately about young adult fiction/characters/scenarios...or perhaps because the publishing industry sometimes makes me feel like an awkward, delusional child whose dreams are there to be crushed...

    But this movie GOT to me, in a way it hasn't in the past. During the flashbacks of "Josie Geller" in high school, with her frizzy bangs and unfashionable clothes...a little chunky and a lot awkward...I ACHED for her. I was fortunate not to have to deal with too much bullying in high school, but I was absolutely, certifiably NOT. COOL. I WAS, in many ways, Josie Geller. I was a dork, not quite smart enough to be a "brain", socially awkward, glasses-wearing...I suffered the embarrassing, irrational crush on the unattainable guy(s) (in my case, there were many), the excruciatingly cheesy poetry writing...the deep and fearful suspicion that the things I wanted in life - my dreams - were nothing but that...dreams, destined never to become reality.

    The funny thing is...my dreams in high school stayed pretty consistent as I grew up. I wanted a handsome, funny guy to adore me. To accept all of my quirks and think I was the most beautiful girl in the world. I still can't believe that dream came true.

    And of course, the other one....I wanted to be a writer. A real, honest to goodness, published author. 

    The scene where Josie finds out she's being asked to prom by the coolest guy in school, the one she's had a crush on for years....yeah, that's how I felt when my agent offered representation. OMFG IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING?!? I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING!!! And....WHY is this happening? Did she really mean ME?! It's really not a mistake?

    And when Josie discovers it was all a cruel joke...when her "prom date" appears with a more beautiful, sophisticated date, and eggs her on the porch on what was supposed to be the happiest night of her life? When she's all dressed up in the prettiest dress she's ever owned and feels like a princess...only to find out she's not a princess at all, but a cinderella whose fairy godmother never bothered to show?

    I cried. Never done that before while watching this movie but boy did I cry. I could feel her agony, the buildup of happiness and excitement only to have her dreams splashed into the mud of disappointed hopes. That feeling that her dreams are within her grasp...only to have it all torn away. God, even thinking about it now makes me ache. (And I know it's only a silly movie!)

    Rejection in the publishing world - hell, in any world - can feel like that. It can take you from feeling like a princess to a loser in seconds. It can destroy you.

    But Josie Geller survived that moment. She survived high school. She survived and flourished, even, with a great job at a newspaper and...by the end of the movie, a hot boyfriend. :-) And she did that by not giving up. She didn't let her dreams die. Sure, going back to high school as an undercover reporter made her relive those awful moments, but she did it anyway. She turned a horrible experience into a defining moment. A triumph. She overcame the badness, got the guy, AND the dream job.

    Rejection sucks. On some level it really does feel like someone egging you for even supposing you could live your dream. You feel stupid, like you should have known better. Bitter, sometimes. Cynical. 

    BUT.

    It makes you stronger too. If you can get back up, clean off your pretty pink princess dress, and try again...if you can win against the bitterness and disappointment and insecurity...if you can get knocked on your ass and STILL try again...

    Well, then. You're someone who will succeed. You're someone who will learn from the experience, try harder next time...someone who will turn that awful moment into a building block on the way to achieving your dreams.