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Fiction Friday – Some More Really Big News

It has always been a dream of mine to walk into a bookstore, or Target, or Costco and see a book I’d written sitting there on the shelf. I’d probably walk up to it and stare at the pretty cover with my mouth hanging open. Maybe I’d linger in the vicinity and see if anyone else checked it out. If they did, I certainly wouldn’t swoop in and shout, “Hey I wrote that! That’s MY book! Are you going to buy that?” while jumping up and down like a crazy person.

I mean, I probably wouldn’t.


And honestly, I’m eternally grateful for the dream I’m already living. I’ve been incredibly blessed because readers from all over the world are reaching out to me to tell me how they’ve connected with On the Island.  They tell me they’re still thinking about Anna and T.J. days after finishing the book. They say that they’ve recommended the book to their sister or their mother or their friends. I smile every day because I believe I have the best readers an author could ever hope for, and I’m truly humbled by my good fortune.

But sometimes, things get even better. Mind-blowingly, life-changingly better. To the point where you’re not sure what you did to deserve it, but you’re beyond ecstatic and thankful that it’s happening.

Because that long-ago dream is coming true. I am beyond thrilled to announce that On the Island is being published by Plume, an imprint of the Penguin Group. The e-book is available TODAY. You can buy it on Amazon here and Barnes and Noble here. It is also available in the Apple store. The new version contains a letter I wrote to the readers and a wonderful readers guide.

And on July 17th I’ll be able to walk into a bookstore, or Target, or Costco, or anywhere books are sold and see my book on the shelf. I’ll walk up to it and stare at the pretty cover

This pretty cover.  

I’m also incredibly excited to announce that Covet will be released by Dutton – an imprint of the Penguin Group – in hardcover next spring. 

My self-publishing journey has come to an end. It’s been a wild ride and many of you have been with me from the beginning. Your kind words and your support have meant more to me than you’ll ever know, and I can’t stress enough how instrumental you all were in making this happen.
Thank you.
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  1. Tracey, you are so funny. I have been obsessing over your archives and laughing my head off! I found yiur blog because i was curious and googled whether On the Island was going to be a movie because it would be really amazing, and i saw that MGM optioned it (yay!) and found yiu! I had no idea how funny you are, so thanks for sharing your stories and making me laugh. bTW, not to brag, but i swear i bought your ebook right after you self published it last year! I looooved it and it stuck with me so much. Cheers.

  2. Tracey, I am so incredibly thrilled for you!! I cannot wait to walk into a book store and see your book staring back at me! Its amazing to think how far this has come. Congratulations I am so happy for you!! Stephanie

  3. As a fellow Iowan AND a fellow writer, I could not be happier that this amazing, wonderful opportunity has happened for you. You are truly an inspiration and one reason I will NOT give up on my dream of being published. Thank you for being a spectacular mentor!

  4. Oh. My. Gosh. I am so excited for you!!! AND, I am excited for ME, because now I can offer this book to my book club. They are going to LOVE It!

  5. I started this book yesterday and LOVE IT!! Couldn’t put it down, but had to so I could go out to eat with my youngest son and my family for his 10th bday. I am a little past the middle of the book. I wanted to bring it to work today! LOL! Awesome job! Can’t wait to read Covet.

  6. Oh WOW WOW WOW!!! Hard work and perseverence really does pay off!! Congratulations!!!

    Readers hang onto your Kindle version because it will be worth something over time. Publishers have a tendency to change things so the book packs a more powerful punch, so that original published edition is going to become like gold!!!

  7. I just finished reading your book on my kindle. I LOVED it! Great job Tracy! I will keep an eye out for your next book. Wishing you much success~
    Joann Alvarado

  8. On The Island was an amazing story that I simply could not put down!! LOVED it! I googled you to find any other books you’ve written, and found your blog. I cannot wait for Covet!!! Keep em coming, please!!

  9. Oh my goodness, Tracey, I feel like we can all honestly say, “We knew you when…” because On the Island was/is one of those self-pubbed finds that make a reader feel as if they’ve struck gold. And now to be published by a big time agency?? SO proud of you!! Can’t wait to have it in hard copy. 🙂

  10. Wow! I’m so excited for you. I’m constantly lurking on the book aisle in stores, and lately I’ve been wondering when we’d see your book among the others. I’m looking forward to it. I must say, you inspired me to choose the self-publishing route a few months ago, right after I read On the Island. You have been blessed and are incredibly lucky, but the main foundation for that luck and good fortune was your massive amount of talent.

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading your next book. And I can’t wait to purchase On the Island for my mom, who has been wanting to read it, but doesn’t do the e-reading thing.

  11. WOOOOW, I am BEYOND ECSTATIC for you!! Like above and beyond the moon and the stars happy. This is so well deserved!! I just wish these publishers saw your amazing talent BEFORE. Bunch of idiots… but whatever, I will buy EVERY version of your book. E-book, paperback annnnd the publisher edition. Your book is my favorite of the year so far and to see many more people will now enjoy it is awesome!! Congrats again Tracey!! You deserve this and even more 😀

  12. Dude. You rocked this. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT! Love the cover, too. It looks so… professional. And real. BTW, you’re going to have to change the pic of the cover in your sidebar. 🙂

  13. That is so awesome!! I cannot wait to see your books in the store!! I am so excited for you! You deserve it, On the Island is an amazing beautiful story, and I cannot wait for Covet!

  14. This is truly awesome news, Tracey. I am so pleased and happy for you. You have to be smiling now about that file of rejections!

  15. I’m so happy to hear that! I can’t wait to read Covet and congratulations on your success! You’ve inspired me to start writing again and hopefully one day I’ll be publishing my own work 🙂

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