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Because I Love You Guys, Really I Do

****The giveaway for one of the 13 signed copies of On the Island has ended. Scroll down to the rafflecopter to see if you’ve won! If your name is listed, e-mail me your full name and mailing address at

I appreciate all of the wonderful comments; they made me cry!!

A year ago last weekend (September 3rd, 2011, to be exact), I self-published my debut novel, On the Island, with no idea what to expect.

It felt weird. Really weird. It also felt good. The availability of self-publishing programs meant I didn’t have to shove my novel in a drawer and hope that someone would take a chance on the next book I wrote. 

Not much changed. I still went to my day job. My kids still fought (constantly). And my husband and I still tried to find time to have an uninterrupted conversation (and maybe a glass of wine).

A few months later, things started to change a little bit. Sales went up, although not dramatically. I received some reviews that were so heartfelt they literally brought tears to my eyes and made me smile for days. I received some awesome e-mails from readers who lived all over the world. It was incredibly satisfying and wonderful and I considered myself lucky.

In the spring, things really got crazy. April and May are one big blur…In June, Penguin publishing offered me a two-book deal and put On the Island on bookshelves everywhere. 

A year ago, I just wanted to find an audience. I just wanted the book I spent 18 months writing to be available to those who might want to read it.

One year later:

Over half a million copies of On the Island have been sold.   
On the Island is available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook. 
Foreign rights have been sold in 23 countries.
MGM has optioned the book for a feature film.
On the Island spent over 10 weeks on the NYT bestseller list, reaching #5 in the e-book category and #12 for the trade paperback.

I no longer have a day job because writing full-time is my day job. I get to spend time with both kids every morning before sending them off to the bus stop. My work wardrobe consists of yoga pants and T-shirts. I spend my days in a quiet house with Chloe curled up next to me.

I don’t even know what to say that will convey my true feelings about this. Or how to thank all of you. Because you, the readers, are the ones who made it happen. I’m eternally grateful and I think it’s time for one big THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.

Here’s how it will work: I’m giving away 1 Kindle DX, 2 Nook Colors, and 23 signed paperbacks (13 with the original cover – because that’s how many I have stacked on my dining room table – and 10 with the Penguin cover).

This giveaway will span 4 days and I’ll be using the rafflecopter to choose the winners. And this giveaway is open to EVERYONE. I don’t care where you live. You’re eligible. You can enter every day of the giveaway, but you can only win once.

So let’s start with the signed original paperback. The one that looks like this: I have 13 to give away.

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me how you heard about On the Island (make sure you also login to rafflecopter with either your facebook login or e-mail to enter the giveaway). I want to know what led you to this book. And I want you to know how much that has meant to me.

So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.



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  1. I know this giveaway is over, but I am leaving a comment anyway. I am a reader and blogger and I told my sister about Goodreads when she was asking me what books she should read. She randomly came across yours on a listopia, read the reviews, downloaded it, read it, and called my the next day and told me that had to be my next book and I would love it! And I Did!

  2. I found this book as a spotlight item on my Nook and was so so very happy to have found it. I laughed out loud, cried rivers and screamed at the top of my lungs (a few colorful word choices) while reading On the Island. I do not have a favorite part, I loved it all.

  3. It was almost spring break here. I was in my March post winter blues and I saw the cover On the Island on Amazon. Just what I needed, but didn’t know. I downloaded and read and cried and laughed (repeat more times). When you posted you would be at your first book signing I gps’ed Beaverdale and was there. That was something I did just for me. Thank you.

  4. Before leaving for vacation back in July, I was browsing for a book to download to take along. “On the Island” popped up as a featured book. The rest is history….downloaded it, read it, loved it!

  5. So awesome all that’s happened with this story. I really found my way to this book via twitter and Goodreads friends. It just kept showing up in my timeline, I was intrigued by the storyline (I love survival stories + romance) and it was on my To Read list before I knew it. Loved, loved this story so much and can’t wait to see what’s next!

  6. Booking with Manic blog-she loved it, and she always recommends the best books! This book has been on my to-read list for a while!

  7. I cannot remember which author friend of yours first posted the link on FB, but that is where I found you. It could have been Jessica Park, I have found some of the best books from her recommendations! I wasn’t sure about it at first, but I so glad I gave it a chance. It is an amazing story!

  8. I heard about your book through Maryse’s book blog! Thank goodness I follow her blog and was able to enjoy your fabulous book!!

  9. Your success, humility, happiness and hard work gives me goosebumps Tracey! I am so happy for you!!! CONGRATS!!! I first heard about ON THE ISLAND through Facebook friends who told me I needed to read the book, so then I wanted to feature it on Booking with Manic — you know how freaked out and touched I was when I reached out to you via Facebook and learned that YOU used to read my blog! So great to be connected to you now! CONGRATS and can’t wait for COVET!! xo

  10. Hi, I’ve heard about your book through a few channels — people who read your book already, recommended or shared through a few indie authors fb pages and also through reading blogs. Good luck with your writing career and enjoy the success, you worked hard for it!

    Nicoleta D.

  11. Congratulations on the 2-book deal from Penguin + the movie option for On the Island!!!

    I heard about On the Island through Amazon recommendations. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  12. I heard about this great read on and read countless reviews of how everyone who read it, loved it. I hope I am one of the lucky ones to win a free signed copy from you.

  13. A lot of members recommended this book on and I have read countless reviews on how great of a read this book is. I hope to be one of the lucky ones to get a signed copy from you 🙂

  14. I found this awesome book on another authors page, I believe it was Jessica Park. Thanks for writing it. I enjoyed it so much!!!!

  15. I stumbled upon this book while searching for something new to read on Amazon. It was one of the recommendations so i decided to take a look. I love the “look inside” feature, I was hooked after reading the first chapter 😀

  16. Congratulations on a life-changing year. I read a RT by the Penguin twitter feed one afternoon from someone raving about the book so I researched on Goodreads, bought it from Amazon, and then finished it at 2am.

    I loved it then and I love it now when I open it up and re-read my favorite parts which I have done A LOT.

    Best to you and your family.

  17. I don’t remember exactly how I found your book. Most likely I was stalking a blog or amazon as usual, but I was so glad I came across it. I loved this book and have recommended it to numerous friends. I can’t wait to read more from you!

  18. The lovely ladies from Chick Lit Central blog and facebook group. My 6 year old daughter even shouted at the grocery store “There’s the book from the blog” when she saw it. The ladies from CLC know their stuff!

    Thank you!


  19. I found about On the Island, because of a Goodreads recommendation, I read the comments about how great it was, a romantic survival story.

    It was more than I expected, I loved T.J. and Anna, the growth of their relationship, and themselves. It was a wonderful love story.

    You’re very talented, I’m excited too see this story on the big screen. Congrats for everything!

  20. One of my Favorite Authors Jamie McGuire told her fans about this book. I knew if it was coming from her it was going to be Awesome read!! Loved it!!!

  21. A co-worker recommended your beautiful book a while ago and I put On the Island on my to read list. I am kicking myself that I didn’t read your book sooner but I am glad that I finally read it. I absolutely love, LOVE your book. I recommended On the Island to my other co-workers and sisters who have already purchased your book and have started reading. I will continue to spread the word on this treasure. Thank you for writing a beautiful book and I can’t wait to read more of your writing.

  22. I don’t remember how I heard about your wonderful book. It may have been from the weekly email I get from my city’s library system or I could’ve seen it on Pinterest or maybe I found it on the What Should I Read Next website. At any rate, I borrowed it from my local library and devoured it. Thanks for the giveaways!

  23. Read your book, it was so touching awesome work! It was a friend that recommended it to me, so glad she did!

  24. I heard about this book on Twitter when I saw your post RT’d by a few of my fav indie authors and read the blurb about it on goodreads and can’t wait to read it now!!

  25. I read On the Island based on the recommendation of Author Jamie McGuire. It was wonderful. I stayed up so late reading it (2:00 a.m.) and then had to go to work the next morning. I have re-read it again, and still love it. I am very much looking forward to the movie.

  26. I found your book because it was referred to me by Jamie McGuire. I loved it!! Congrats on your success!! You are extremely talented!!

  27. Hi there. I am from Scotland,uk. I saw a recommendation from Jamie MacGuire who I absolutely adore. If she thinks you are good then you MUST. Looking toward to reading this. Live your story. Congratulations. Gina H. Xxx

  28. On the Island was a recommended book on my Kindle App. Read the sample portion, and bought it right away. I could not put it down, it was so good! Can’t wait to read more from you.

  29. I heard about “On the Island” from Maryse’s Book Blog on Facebook earlier this year. I LOVED it and its #1 on my list out of the 103 I’ve read so far this year. I have recommended it to so many friends and they have loved it as well.

  30. I think Amazon recommended it to me when I started buying more contemporary to change things up from my usual YA paranormal. After seeing several authors, including Jamie McGuire and Colleen Hoover rave about it, I read the synopsis and immediately bought it. Its a the TOP of my TBR pile. As soon as I finish edits on my next book, I’m sequestering myself so I can read it one sitting. *crosses fingers for an original signed copy*

  31. I actually saw your book at barnes and first I didn’t think much of it. Then, on my kindle, it became a recommendation to read it….again, i didn’t think much of it. Then, i saw it as a recommendation in my Goodreads account. So now…after a few days, I decided to get buy it….AND, I’m so glad I read it!!!! You are an amazing writer!!!!!

  32. On the Island was the second book I bought on my Kindle back in November…I have read it at least a half a dozen times, if not more since then…it was recommended by Amazon after I bought Beautiful Disaster…Your story drew me in and I held on tight till the end…LOVE THIS BOOK Tracey!!! You.Are.Awesome.Girl!!!!

  33. Bookaholics baby! Loved this book! Stayed up all night and had to let it sink in before I started another…book hangover. 🙂 Congrats!
    -Deanna P

  34. Oh my gosh! How did I hear about On the Island? How could I NOT hear about it?! Jamie McGuire, Jessica Park, Colleen Hoover and I’m sure many more authors recommended it and I never looked back! It’s an absolutely amazing book! One of my top 10, most of which were written by other self publishing authors with amazing stories to tell, both in books and about their lives now that their books have gone to the top of the charts. Your success is definitely deserved, and as a blogger/reviewer I love knowing that I send other people to read such wonderful books!

  35. My hairdresser was chatting up this great read she just finished. Sounded right up my alley. Went home and downloaded Nook Book to my IPAD and stayed up hours reading, finished in 2 days. Passed on to friend at work who also read in 2 days. Word of mouth is always my #1 choice to pick for books and this recommendation was a winner! Can’t wait for Covet in the spring!!! Tracey KEEP ON WRITING!!!

  36. I heard about “On The Island” when Tammara Webber posted it on her facebook page. I had just finished her “Between The Lines” series & was looking for a new book to read so I downloaded the sample off of Amazon. Then, downloaded the book as soon as I finshed the sample & kept reading into the night. At first, I wasn’t sure about the concept, but I was hooked quickly! Looking forward to reading your next book!

  37. I stumbled upon “Island” at B&N – sorry, no witty or romantic story here – was just wishing I had the same extra cash my daughter did while she perused the shelves for her newest find. I wouldn’t have been there without her. She’s an avid reader and I’m proud of her for it. Reading is a luxury for me. As a full time single mom, I’m on my toes when I’m not at my day job. When I finally had the little extra $$, this was first on my list! It was a pleasure to read – refreshing from some of the heavy topics I tend to pick up. Thank you Tracey! BTW, I’m wondering if anyone chose Aaron Taylor-Johnson for T.J.’s role. I have a little cougar crush on him! Maybe Rachel McAdams for Anna?

  38. So it was a recommendation on Amazon but I passed it up until I saw it on a friend’s goodreads page so I gave it a try. So glad I did because I really enjoyed it.

  39. I first heard about the book on NetGalley, when I requested an ARC. I fell in love with it, published a review on my website, Amazon and Goodreads, and featured it in a giveaway. I still can’t stop thinking about it and wish I could hang out with TJ and Anna. Congratulations on your well deserved success!

  40. I first heard about your book on Maryse’s book blog. I read it, loved it, and reviewed it. I still love T.J. and Anna’s story!

  41. One of my friends posted a great review on GoodReads, which caught my eye. Over the summer I was in Des Moines, for ONE nght!, on my annual family road trip. I took the kids to B&N and saw a huge display…so I bught the book. At the time I didn’t know you lived there:). Then it went in the to-read pile (really big pile). Then I saw you on Chick Lit Is Not Dead – loved your interview and the book moved to the top. It made it to my beach bag, for a Hilton Head trip, after I saw a review on Chick Lit Central. I read it in one day, on the beach! Loved it.

    Congratulations to you! A true Cinderella story.

  42. I read blogs of other authors and one asked for recommendations to read. As I read through these recommendations On the Island was mentioned several times.

  43. I first heard about your book on goodreads! It’s gotten great reviews from the people who I follow–definitely on my list! Thanks!

  44. I was recommended your book by some pals who are part of a FB group for another author. I loved it, then recommended it to everyone I know! It is such a great story and would definitely make a good movie!

  45. You were the first Indie book I read, and it was recommended to me by Amazon! Thank god because it opened up a whole new world of reading for me 🙂

  46. I was searching Amazon one day adn stumbled across this fabolous book called On The Island, I read the back and instantly I wasn hooked, I read the entire book in one sitting. This book was a great read and since then have reccommended it to several of my friends.

  47. Congratulations!

    I found On the Island while browsing on ibooks. It had 4 and a half stars and I was hooked on the blurb and couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed it so much, I bought it in paperback too!

  48. I found this book from just searching and then stumbling across it again on I finally purchased it after reading a review of the book on Lisa’s Book Review on facebook. The timeline of this book and the way you wrote it was amazing!!! I didn’t think that a book could successfully span several yrs without it seeming too rushed. Boy you proved that wrong!!! I love this book.

  49. I found this book on a “list” of books to read if I liked another popular, guilty pleasure chick lit book. I picked this book for our small (10-15 women) book club. Everyone, and I mean Everyone, LOVE LOVE LOVED this book. A month after reading it and I still cant stop thinking about it. Might just have to read it again.

  50. We read this for my book club a few months ago and I really enjoyed it! I was still thinking about the characters for many days after I finished and I wish I knew what was going on with them now:))

  51. I was lucky to find this book through amazon. It was suggested for me from recent book purchases. I loved it!!! What a great read! It gets you interested from the get-go. I’m do excited for Tracey’s next novel!!!

  52. I’m a huge Goodreads addict! I always pay attention to what my friends are reading and always look for very excited reviews. I noticed this in the status updates section twice, from two friends that I don’t know very well but have taken their recommendations anyhow cause they have led me to many gems. This is how I found your book. Plus, it led me to a lovely little friendship with you. I’m so excited by your success. You are so deserving of it.

  53. I purchased On the Island right after Christmas when I had gotten my new Kindle. I had never been a reader of a lot of Romance, however after reading this, I dove into the Romance genre and have since read an average of 1-2 Romance books a week. I was super excited back in May (i think?) when it was announced that your book’s rights were bought out for a movie deal! I was sooooo excited! I began telling all the women I work with to read this book and told several book clubs about it. I absolutely love this story and cannot wait to read any and all of your upcoming work!

  54. I found about On The Island through Amazon. I saw the cover when looking through their Kindle store. I read the discription, bought it, and finished it all in one day. It is one of my top 5 books of all times. I have told everyone I know about it. I was so happy yo see it in paperback at Walmart. i posted a picture of my 3 year old son holding the book on your FB page.

  55. I heard about On the Island through friends on Goodreads who have been raving about it. Summer was so insane, I barely had time to read anything (shameful, I know!). So now I’m dying to finally get my hands on a copy! Congrats to you on your well-deserved success, and thank you for sharing your touching story! 🙂

  56. I got a recommendation from Goodreads. I loved your book. It was beautifully written. The story was so intense at times I could not help but feel like I was on the island with them. Congrats and I cannot wait for your new book.

  57. I follow the most wonderful blog (and Facebook friend) and she is the one who recommended your wonderful book! Maryse’s Book Blog (Paranormal & Urban Fantasy). Maryse has wonderful taste in books and I mostly read the paranormal romance (adult) type books but she only had wonderful comments about the book. After reading the premise of the book, I was unsure if I would enjoy reading this type of story. Older woman, young boy on a deserted? Sounded it a little perverted. However, I must admit that I thoroughly and honestly enjoyed this book. I never thought I would want a couple to get together as bad as I wanted this couple to get together. Well done Tracey well done!

  58. I heard about it in some blogs (don’t remember names) I’ve been reading and the reviews were amazing! 2 days ago I saw it in the bestseller’s list in my country’s duty free shop (in the airport) and I will buy it when I go back. Hope I win one signed copy as well 🙂

  59. Saw it on Maryse book blog and also on Goodreads! Sounds so good and will begin it shortly. Trying to keep up with so many good recommendations is sooooo hard!!

  60. Colleen Hoover posted a link on FB – I love her books and I’m ready to see if I love yours!

  61. I saw it on the Kindle’s Best seller list back in the spring. And then I told everyone I knew to read it! Love love love this book!

  62. This book has been on my TBR list for FAR too long. I have been seeing it everywhere, other authors recommendations, goodreads, blogs! I hope I win a copy so I can switch this from my TBR list to my read list!

  63. Thank you for the opportunity and Happy Book anniversary!!! Congratulations on all your successes. I heard about On The Island by Word of mouth (Good ol’ BA). It must be a very surreal feeling and It honestly couldn’t have happened to a greater person. 🙂

  64. Hi!! I actually found out about “On The Island” while on Goodreads. The book club I’m a member of is always picking up indie books from time to time. One of the gals mentioned she’d read this really neat book and told is it would be perfect to start as a buddy read so we could discuss it along the way. So that night I got it on my Kindle, And loved it. It has become one of my top books of 2012.

    Thank you!!

  65. Initially i loved the look of the book, i had just returned fromthe best vacation ever on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores with my husband and children, but after i had finished reading it i have become desperate to read of your books, i keep ordering more and more books eagerly awaiting more from you but nothing compares to your stlyle. PLEASE HURRY!

  66. I love On The Island so much! I am so glad I came across it and read it! I read a review on a blog called Chick Lit Chloe and read it as soon as I could! I hope I win! Thanks for the competition!

  67. Tracey thank you for the opportunity to win a signed copy of your book. I heard about your book when Barnes and Noble recommended it based on my nook book purchases. And then Abbi Glines mentioned it was a great read so I had to get it. And let me say I was not disappointed! I hope to read more from you soon.

    Thanks again

    Tamra Trent

  68. I heard about “On the Island” through Maryse’s book blog. And of course because of her it is now on my kindle (which is an old kindle and has been dropped a few times…hint hint hint)

  69. I heard about it on amazon — I was browsing the bestselling books for kindle and decided to take a chance! So glad I did!!

  70. My mom and I are both avid readers so I always ask her advice when I need a good book to read. She lives in Ankeny and was telling me about an Iowa author that she saw on TV (you, obviously!) talking about her book On the Island. I immediately downloaded it on my iPad and devoured it within less than a day (and I have 3 kids!). It was just that good!

  71. I heard about On The Island from a friend of mine who read it and some book bloggers. With all the raves I couldn’t pass it up. I was one of those people who read it on my kindle back in May and loved it. Congrats on your success!

  72. I heard of this wonderful book by another Indie Author (Jamie McGuire) at the time. This book is amazing and it has been one of a handful of books I have recommended on Facebook, and I read a lot of books. You actually commented on my post which made my week! 🙂 I really want this signed copy, I’d take it over a new kindle or nook any day!

  73. You already know how I found out about it, because I told you on GoodReads, but I’ll tell you on here too :] I found out about this amazinggggg book through GoodReads as I do with the majority of books I’ve been reading lately!! I just had to read it and I contacted you asking you how to find signed copies and you told me to keep checking your blog and facebook and so that’s what I’ve been doing ever since and thats what led me here!! Yay!! I’m so happy, and so hoping I finally win one!! P.S. Keep writing please, you’re amazing :] <3 Love, Kellee

  74. Your beautiful book cover caught my eye on a Barnes and Noble endcap while searching for a fun summer read. Read the first few pages in the store and you had me hooked. Loved the book!

  75. I heard about your book from bloggers I follow. Can’t remember which ones specifically but it was at least 2 different ones.

  76. Let me start by saying I LOVE THIS BOOK! I purched Jamie McGuires Beautiful Disaster and a ton of Abbi Glines books and Amazon kept refering me to this book. At first I kept bypassing because I was looking at the age difference between the two main characters and was like ummm really? But finally one day I was seriously lacking good reading material and I was like what the heck. Why not. So I bought it and spent 20 minutes reading it before I went to work. Well while I was working I was like I really wanna continue. I read on break. All through work all I thought of was the book. So after work I read all night and ABSOLUTELY fell in love with it! It is truly an amazing book and I literally cannot wait to see what you have in the future!! You deserve all the success you are getting!!! OOOOOOO and I do hope a movie really is made!!! I will be first in line!
    Linda Dake

  77. I broke my ankle mid July and all I have been dreaming about is being on the beach. I was drawn to the cover first, which got me to pick it up. I’ve always loved the movie The Blue Lagoon and your book was sort of along the same line. Your characters are loving and sweet, the type of people you would want to know in real life. I would love to see this brought to the big screen. Best Wishes!

  78. Hi Tracy. Great book! I heard about it because it was chosen as our book club book of the month. I think it was recommended from Would love to win! Thanks!

  79. I loved this book. I just had my mom read it last week and she loved it too! I heard about your book from Maryse at

  80. I am very excited to read your book! I heard the amazing reviews and it’s on my tbr list for very soon! I heard about the book from Maryse’s book blog 🙂 I

  81. I read on Kobo and was looking for something new. I had exhausted my favorite authors and thought your cover looked interesting. I was so taken with the book that I purchased a print copy for my daughter, who blogs under the name of kellidaisy and has been critiquing books for several publishers this past summer. I can hardly wait for Covet, which I will purchase immediately. I usually wait until it would come out in paperback but if it is as good as OTI it will be worth the extra $$$.

  82. I heard about your book through #chicklitchat on Twitter. I haven’t read it yet, but from everything I hear, it is a must and I can’t wait.
    Congratulations on your whirlwind, and I hope it continues! What an amazing story of success to give the rest of us hope.

  83. I bought On The Island because it was on someone’s Top 10 Best Books of 2011 list. I think it was Elizabeth Reyes’ list, but I’m not 100% sure on that. Anyways, I bought it, loved it, and then recommended to every book lover I knew! 🙂

  84. I found out about your book through one of my favorite Indie authors and absolutely LOVED it! It was so different from what i usually read and it was amazing!!! Thanks so much for the giveaway!! You are AMAZING!

  85. Why. Why have just I came across this now? I shall really look up indie books more! I knew it through the awesome Colleen Hoover! Your book really sounds good. Can’t wait to read it. 🙂

  86. Loved your book Tracey! Heard about it on…..she gave it a wonderful review! Congrats on all of your success!!!!!

  87. Where have I NOT heard about your book? (Can I confess that I’ve not yet read it? I bought a home and am in renovations. What can I say?) I’ve seen fabulous reviews everywhere and I’ve downloaded your book on my Nook (v1). Now I just need to find the time to actually sit down…

  88. I loved your book! I’m so happy for you and for all your success! I know how challenging it can be to be a working mother but still wanting to follow your dreams. So I congratulate you on all your hard work!! It’s truly a blessing that through the success of your fans, you are now able to stay home with your children and work on being an author full time! I am a single mother and in college full time, so that perhaps I can soon one day go on to graduate school and live my dreams just as you are today! I heard about your book through the AMAZING and silly ladies at and I know they are just as excited as I am for your next book to come out!!

  89. I found on the island b/c a friend recommended it to me. I read the ebook and then I bought the paper back version. I LOVE it. I love it so much that i brought the e-book with me to the Maldives as I type this 🙂

  90. Tracey, I found your book by wanting to read from all the authors I will be seeing and meeting in Chicago. I also follow bloggers who recommended your book. I loved it! I was very engaged in the story and found it hard to put it down. My family always suffers when I am reading a great book. I am an Iowan, so I feel a connection to you. I know, that is weird. I will be anxious to read more from you in the future. Best wishes in your writing. Hope to meet you on the 29th in Chicago.

  91. It was recommedned to me as an option on amazon. Was a little hesitant at first due to the subject (adolescent/older woman). but it is a beautiful well written story. I ahve recommended it many times!!!!

  92. First of all, it took me 5 minutes to figure out how to post my comment. I finally turned my brain on and scrolled down.

    Anyhoo, I think I found out about you book when Barb Petersen posted about it on facebook. I thought, ‘hey, I know that girl and shared a few beers with her in high school….I mean, when we were old enough to drink’, so I sampled it on my phones Kindle app and had to buy it. Now, I don’t mean to insult you by saying I was shocked at how good it was but, I was shocked at how good it was! I truly couldn’t put it down and was sad when it ended.

    We’re all so proud of you!

  93. I heard about on my recommendations on my handy kindle. It looked amazing, but I was reading another book at the time. Then while I was on Twitter another author recommended it…so i Iigured it was fate and I must read it. Wonderful and fun writing. Can’t wait for more.

  94. Congratulations on your success, Tracey! I heard about your amazing book on Maryse gave it a glowing review and listed it as one of her top reads of 2011. How could I resist that recommendation?! I thought On the Island was beautifully written, and I have recommended it to all my friends. I can’t wait for your next book.

  95. I was on amazon and On The Island was recommended as a book I might like from my purchase history. There were a few reviews, which were AMAZING, so I pre-ordered it and couldn’t wait to start reading it, it was right up my alley. 🙂

  96. Your book was a recommendation from Goodreads. It will always have a special meaning to me because I read it while on my first “girls only” trip to the RT Convention in Chicago earlier this year. It was an awesome trip with amazing friends, topped with your lovely book! So thank you for sharing and best of luck with your future books! 🙂

  97. I think I first read about your book on Maryse’s Book Blog, and then saw it on many others also. I would love to win a signed copy, Thanks for the chance to win!

  98. Dearest, Miss Tracey.

    I found your book on the goodreads, I looked up a few reviews, and I knew I had to read your book.
    First of all, because I’m a sucker for survive-catastrophe films/books. Plus, it was a love story (to my reason above)!
    I read all night, and finished it the next afternoon. Then re-read it again.
    It is so easy to fall in love with “On The Island”. SO easy. And obviously everyone did.

    My best wishes (and thanks you-s for the giveaway),

  99. Maryse from Maryse’s Book Blog opened my eyes to your book last December. I love it so much it’s on my TBR again list and will remain there for years I’m sure. It will definitely be one that I will want to go back to again and again.

  100. Hi Tracey! I first saw your book in the top 100 paid ebooks list on the Amazon website. The reviews and the book description convinced me to read it. It was an amazing and deep story. The manner you wrote the story and how the characters are developed is beyond words. One truly felt as being there and feeling their fears and hopes. One went through different phases: fear, panic, sadness, in love and hopefull. It’s the first book I can say that the story truly completes and I am left satified with no regrets. I will be reading this story many more times. Thank you for sharing this story with us. Can’t wait for your next one. Wish you all the best! Ana.

  101. Tracey, I heard about your book from the lovely Sarah Hansen. Your self-publishing success story gives me hope and has encouraged me. MANY congratulations on your success, and for the many successes to come!

    Julie Hill

  102. I found out about your book on goodreads. many of my friends were talking about how they loved this book.
    congrats for everything you achieved. you deserve everything!
    thanks for the giveaway!

  103. I heard of your book through a recommendation on amazon. Bought it and read it in less than 2 days. Best book I’ve read this year! So happy for your success and continue writing, please! 🙂

  104. Hi Tracey,

    Karly Blakemore-Mowle was talking about you on Facebook. All super sweet words, of course! Sounds like an absolutely wonderful read! Congratulations on all your success!! 🙂

  105. Tracey, I first heard about your book from around day one…you’ve been one of the most kind, friendly, and upbeat fellow authors I’ve “met” online. To see such success with your debut book is both exciting for you, and exhilarating for me (us) as a self-pub author…to know it can happen with the right combination of quality book, good reviews, good sales, and a wonderful author. Best of luck as you go forward..

    Signed, Jealous. 😉


  106. I heard about it on the local news, and was excited to see a fellow Iowa writer make good. Congratulations. It helped inspire me to start my own self-publishing adventure. Thanks.

  107. Hi!

    I found out about your novel thanks to Goodreads. I was looking for my next read and I was hooked with the blurb. I rushed to buy an e-copy and read it in one sitting! Awesome read.
    Thank you for your giveaway and congratulations for all this wonderful adventure you’re living as a writer. 🙂

  108. Some fellow Case Manager’s were discussing your book and you being a local author at a recent Conference in Des Moines. I ordered it and read it over the past weekend. Now I’m sharing it with local library so others can read and enjoy it as well!

  109. Lesson learned, don’t try to write flawless comments on iPad. Auto- correct and fingers bigger than the keys is lose- lose. Pls forgive my typos!

  110. Hey there- I found you via the NY best seller list. Fell in live with your book and with your cinderella story. Congratulations.

  111. What a coincidence! I just started reading this last night. I discovered it from the ladies at TotallyBooked. They have the greatest recommendations!

  112. What an amazing year! I really loved your book and wish you the best! I can’t wait to read what you’re working on next 🙂

  113. I found On The Island through my reccomendations on my kindle. I am so happy I bought it! I downloaded it in July and have already read it 3 times! Can’t wait to read what you have in store next! You have officially become one of my auto-buy authors!
    Congrats on your success!

  114. I saw On the Island as a recommended book on Amazon… but made the mistake of starting the book as I was getting on a plane!! Loved every word!

  115. I found the book on Amazon and decided to try it out based on the reviews. This summer has been all about indie authors and i was so pleased each and every time. Your book was no exception. I loved both characters and how well developed their time on the island was. It was easy to fall in love with TJ and Anna. This one really stays with you forever. Amazing talent.

  116. I found about it on Goodreads and I do believe that Colleen Hoover recommended it on her page too. I saw it in an airport bookstore and it was the PERFECT read for my 5 hour delay and 3 hour flight!
    And I would LOVE to win a signed copy of it!!!!!!

  117. I found out about your book on Goodreads and I loved every second of it! At first I was leery of the age difference and if I could enjoy a book about that romance. Boy was I proven wrong! I couldn’t put it down and te romance developed beautifully!

  118. I found your book on Amazon after reading Beautiful Disaster. I couldn’t put it down! I absolutely loved the unconventional love story. I totally tell all my friends to read it too!

  119. I was deep in the throes of writing a novel when I found you on I was interested in seeing how other self- published authors were faring and your book caught my attention because of the interesting premise and the glowing reviews. I have this system of checking the sample chapters before purchasing and when I read your sample, it was so flawless, I just had to buy! And I haven’t regretted it once. Then I reached out to you on Facebook and you were so genuine and un-diva-like, I was impressed with you all the more. On the Isad is a book I will read again and again, because it is so well-written and real. Your characters are people I’d love to hang out with in real life, they were so well- drawn. Thanks for encouraging me when you didn’t have to. I will always appreciate the kindness you showed me when you really didn’t have to. I am a fan for life. ~ Bev

  120. Hi Tracey, I heard about you through Colleen Hoover’s Facebook page and immediately “liked” your page and purchased “On the Island”. Oh how I loved it!!! I recommend it to every one of my *bookie* friends.

  121. I was browsing Goodread and I find On the island on a list, read the summary and it seemed interesting so I ordered the book and fell in love with the story. It was realistic and heartbreaking and hopeful and I really loved it

  122. One night I was looking for a new book to read so I saw this blue cover and it catched my eyes. OTI was called but I didn’t know who TGG was…so I said to miself what the hell, downloaded the sample, which I read that same night and bought the book. Every night I would stay till 2 am Reading it! I loved OTI. And i prefer the old cover too, it’s the one i fell in love with.

  123. I read it from recommendations of the FB Group – Bookkaholics Anonymous!!! I didn’t want to because I didn’t think I liked it but I LOVED IT! Then I told all my family and friends about it! It rocked!

  124. I heard about On the Island when I started the self-publishing journey for my own novel. I put it on my Goodreads TBR list and a few weeks later, on the recommendation of author Michele Gorman (who was holding a book club discussion on Facebook) I put it at the top of my list. I fell in love with On the Island. Cannot wait for your next book! 🙂

  125. Okay, I can’t get the raffle thingy to work so I’m putting the comment here. I was fortunate to sit by you at work and accuse you of horrible things because of your hypenated name!! But that was before you were famous! LOVE YOU WOMAN and you deserve every bit of the success you are having!!

  126. Your book was one of my first books I purchased after getting my nook. I think it was recommended By Barnes And Noble after seeing my book interests. Still one of my favorite books that I tend to read over again. You deserve all your success!

  127. This book was actually recommended to me in my Kobo account because it was similiar to books I had purchased before. I was kind of iffy at first but there were really great reviews so I decided to purchase this. That was the best decision ever! Such a great love story and I really connected with these characters. I will read this book over and over again and can’t wait until the movie 🙂

  128. I saw the book and read the reviews on Amazon for Kindle books and just had to read it! What a wonderfully written story! It was one of the first books I read after I got my Kindle, and at least 100+ books later, I haven’t stopped. Can’t wait to read more from you. Thanks for sharing your words and stories!

  129. My mom told me about the book (she saw it on the Kindle Store) and I started it and could NOT put it down. Such a good book. Can’t wait for your next one!!

  130. I saw On The Island on Amazon/Kindle’s top 10 e-books for the day back in the spring. It sounded good, the reviews were good…so I had to buy it. I absolutely LOVED the book! (Enough so that I emailed you – which I’ve never emailed an author before, imagine my shock to get a response!) LOL I’ve recommended On The Island to so many friends, who have also become fans! You are awesome, I’m looking forward to your next book…and thanks for doing these give aways!! 🙂

  131. Congratulations!

    I heard about your book through Goodreads. It showed up on my recommendations list. I bought it in eBook format and have read it twice over in the past month. It’s absolutely one of the most beautiful stories, and I’ve been spreading the word to friends of mine, telling them “you gotta read this book!”.

  132. I read the RAVE reviews on TotallyBooked’s Facebook. OTI is on my TBR (very soon) list. I’m scared to read the comments above because I don’t want to know anything about it before I read it. 🙂

  133. On the Island was the first contemporary novel which I have read from beginning to end in English (anyway I’m Hungarian) and also listened to as an audiobook. I spotted On the Island on Amazon and it was a real pleasure to read it. I’m looking forward to reading Covet too!

  134. Congrats Tracey!! You’re livin’ the dream, and I’m very happy for you!!

    I heard about your book through the fabulous Nichole Chase, Colleen Hoover, and Liz Reinhardt. They all told me about how great it was!!

  135. Amazon recommend it. I read the reviews and decided to take a chance and buy it. I’m so glad I did. I couldn’t put it down. I read it in one day and I loved it so much I also bought the audio book! Thanks for telling such a great story. Can’t wait for your next book!

  136. I heard about On the Island through Maryse’s book blog. I read it while “recovering” on New Years Day. 🙂

  137. Oh darlin’,
    I “knew” you when. I’m so excited for your success and you’re truly an inspiration for all of us!
    I remember reading OTI when you first put it out and telling everyone I knew to read it. And now…I’m busy pointing out your paperback on shelves! So cool!
    What a ride, Tracey!

  138. Tracey, I found your book through BA, the amazing book group that changes lives, and I am so glad I did! You are not only a fantastic writer, you are a wonderful person and friend and I am peeing in my pants and the excitement of getting to meet you and hang out with you in Chicago.

    I was fortunate enough to already get a signed copy from you but on the off chance that I were to win, I know lots of people that I would gift it to.

    So happy for your success and can’t wait to read more books from you.

  139. My 82 year old Granny raved about “On the Island” all summer to me. She has read it 3 times on her kindle she proudly reports! She insisted I read it and even purchased a copy on my kindle for me. I loved it just like she said I would!!! 🙂 I’ve recommended this book to all my friends!

  140. I came across the book whilst looking through Amazon, It caught my eye on the top of the screen. I am not a book reader by any means, But something drew me to it and i went over to ibooks to have a look, I bought it straight away and read it in a day ( i suprised myself) I could not put it down, it was so amazing and got my friends to read it also. It was be awesome if it gets picked up for a movie, Would love to see Anna and TJ come to life. Now i have discoverd a new found love of reading and that i THANK you for : ) Debbie

  141. I have Maryse from to thank for telling her awesome blog about your amazing book!! I can’t wait to read more stories by you.

  142. I was looking for a good, uh, ECONOMICAL book to buy for my kindle, and I saw OTI and the amazing reviews. Then I discovered you were my long lost BFF.

  143. I heard about your wonderful book through facebook. I believe Molly Harper was talking about it and I had to check it out! I was not disappointed! It is a wonderful book!!

  144. I found out about On the Island by seeing it on Facebook, and I was so impressed that you wrote your own book, I wanted to read it to support you. I was more than a little shocked that the book was your first one!! It was so well thought out, descriptive and interesting. Looking forward to reading your next book!

  145. Hi Tracy! I loved this book. We have a private group on FB that we started months ago. There we recommend books to one another. One of the girls recommended I read this book because I am such an avid reader (90 books this summer!!) You did an amazing job on this book and I can’t wait to read more of your work!

  146. I work at a bookstore here in Canada. It was recommended as our summer read. Loved it. I recommend it to everyone.

  147. I was randomly searching Amazon when I first started my obsessive reading and saw your book in my suggestions … I loved the description so I snatched it up and LOVED the book.

  148. I had broke my ankle and was surfing amazon and wa la I saw “On the Island” it was true love from that moment on. Amazing writing and story BRAVO Tracey! Your book is a keeper!

  149. LOOOVED this book, actually have my mom reading it now. I found out about it through Maryse’s Book Blog.

  150. Well, Trish wrote on FB that it was available through, and I immediately (I mean immediately!) purchased it as an ebook. Read it the same day!

  151. Opps…I posted the above comment before entering the contest. I saw On the Island on the Amazon best sellers list and read reviews on Goodreads.

  152. I read a review in the Des Moines Register. I am a retired teacher and the subject intrigued me. Thanks.

  153. Tarryn Fisher raved to me about your book and I bought it the same day…and read it until I finished! It’s excellent. So happy to see it in stores and cannot WAIT for the movie! 😉

  154. Your book was recommended on several blogs I follow. We were discussing which books we were reading and several people told me I had to read this book! They said it’s amazing!

  155. Hello ! The first time was in a review in a French blog and next I talk with other French girls who like to read in English and they told me I have to read this book. So I did and I loved it so much, I made a review on my blog and hope we are gonna have your amazing book here in France. Thanks for this giveaway.

  156. I found out about this book by seeing some of my author friends RAVING about it. I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, but I’m dying to read it (even if my TBR is in the thousands). A giveaway seems like a good place to attempt to get a copy 😉

  157. I found your book on the top 100 downloaded for Kindle. I was looking for something new to read, I read the synopsis & it sounded like something I would like & boy was I right! I absolutely loved the book & I was even more excited when I got to the end & realized we lived in the same town!!!! So happy for you & all your success!

  158. Tracey, I own a small independent bookstore in Iowa and, although I often read others reviews of books on Amazon, I seldom view what other books the reviewer has reviewed. That is how I found On The Island! I contacted you and order a few copies because of that. I have never read a book so fast. Loved it! I continue to handsell the book and tell your amazing story as encouragement to local writers. Thanks!

  159. I am part of a group on called Fifty Shades Support Group and those ladies recommended On The Island with very high reviews for the book. Basically if they recommend a book I know it will be worth reading.

  160. I had received my Kindle last Christmas and when searching for books to read I purchased On The Island for $2.99. I loved that book. So glad it is doing well 🙂

  161. I hears about your book on Facebook thru our mutual friends. So proud of you!!!! It was great running into you at Target a few weeks ago, and hearing about the amazing path your life has taken you. We have danced and had some crazy nights together and have been together thru pre school with our children. Life is good!!

  162. Hello ! I just found out about your book. I follow a french blog about books and romance… And here I am ! I read some reviews and I think this would be lovely to read your book =) !

  163. It was and is all the buzz on BA and it’s been at the top of my TBR list for months! Everyone keeps staring at me with their Facebook mouths opened, shocked that I haven’t read it!

  164. Well your twin sister Trish told me about it. And then I checked it out on Amazon, bought it, read it in two nights and have told hundreds of people about it!You ROCK Tracey! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your talent with the world! Love ya, Cindy Doty

  165. Hi,
    I came across your book one day at booksamillion. I had just read the fifty shades trilogy and was in dire need of another great read. The book was right next to fifty shades do I picked it up and after I read the back I knew immediately it would end up being one of my favorite books. It is a wonderful book and I am so glad I found it an picked it up! 🙂

  166. I was shopping on amazon and amazon recommended your book for me. So needless to say I looked at the reviews and seen that they were all good. I bought it and boy am I glad that I did. It was one word amazing!I’m looking forward to seeing more books by you!

  167. Hello!
    Thanks for writing such an emotional book! At first I didn’t want to read it because of the age difference. I glad my mother convinced me! I read it in one day. Once again thanks!

  168. I first saw this book while browsing the Barnes and Noble website. I then started seeing reviews throughout the book blogging world. I have been trying to win this on the blogs, but I really should break down and buy it. I love the story of this book.

  169. I loved this book!! I do a lot of research on a book before I read it. As soon as I read the story description I knew I wanted to read this book asap!! Loved it! Couldn’t put it down until I was done…finished it in a day!! Can’t wait for your next masterpiece!

  170. Hi!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway (and for making it international)! I think I heard about the book on the Amazon Kindle forums… I was intrigued by the description but the glowing reviews were what convinced me to read it!

    – andrea b

  171. hi, found it on netgalley, read and reviewed and posted all over the place. anything that has a beach on it i’m severely drawn to I live on an island myself and grew up on an even smaller one.
    you mention a 2 book deal, so can you tell us about the other book in the deal?

  172. Tracey, I was lucky enough to work with you while you were in the early stages of writing your book. We are so proud of you and all that you’ve accomplished! I can’t wait to read all of your books!

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