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Uncharted Release Day!

  • July 2, 2013

Hello, everyone!

I’ve been waiting so long for the release of my second title and now it’s here (and I’ll get to do it again in less than three months when Covet comes out. Yay!).

During the last year, I’ve received lots of messages from readers asking me if there would ever be a sequel to On the Island. My answer was always, “No.” Anna and T.J. got their happily ever after. They worked hard for it and they deserved it. So to try and extend their story wouldn’t feel organic, and any new conflict they encountered would pale compared to what they’d already been through. I wouldn’t have enjoyed writing that story, and you may not have enjoyed reading it either.

But last summer my editor asked if there might be another character from On the Island that I could write about, and she wanted to know if I would be open to writing a short story from this character’s perspective. Penguin wanted to release this short story as an eSpecial, and would include the first three chapters of Covet at the end. I said I would be happy to do it because – coincidentally – another character from On the Island had begun to creep into my thoughts. I remember driving home after dropping my daughter off at zoo camp when I had a tiny spark of an idea:

Whatever happened to that guy who built the shack? What, exactly, was his story? I thought, wouldn’t it be kind of fun if I could write about his time on the island? Learn more about him? Discover whose bones were in that cave? 

The answer was, “Yes.” It was fun to create the whole backstory of a character I never expected to meet. 

So, what is Uncharted about, exactly? I don’t want to spoil anything, but I can tell you what Uncharted isn’t: It’s not a sequel to On the Island. It’s not a re-telling of the story from another character’s POV because Anna and T.J. already took turns telling it in On the Island. Uncharted is a prequel of sorts, and it should answer any lingering questions you might have had from On the Island.

And I hope you enjoy it.

Uncharted is available from the following retailers:

Amazon
B&N
Apple
Google Play

xoxo,

Tracey

Covet Galley Giveaway – Day 3!

  • April 3, 2013

It’s day three of Covet galley giveaway week!

Yay!!!

This giveaway is for US residents only. So if you have a US mailing address, you’re eligible!

And just in case anyone is still wondering, a galley is another name for an ARC which is another name for an advance reader copy. ARCs are bound galleys that are printed in advance of the actual publication. ARCs are sent to the author and also bloggers and reviewers. They will usually have a little sticker or something on the front that says, Advance Reading Copy or Not For Sale or Advance Uncorrected Proof. So there may be typos or spacing issues or other things that will not be a part of the final, printed book. So if you win one, please keep that in mind.

Just like yesterday, the giveaway will run for 24 hours (starting today at 12:00 noon CST). You can earn extra entries by following me on Twitter or liking my Facebook page (but don’t worry if you’ve already done those things. You can still enter the giveaway).

One quick thing I want to mention: Comments are moderated on this blog, so if you leave a comment you might not see it right away. I try to moderate them as quickly as I can, but sometimes I’m away from my computer or phone and can’t do this immediately. I wish I didn’t have to moderate at all, but the spam was getting out of hand.

So remember, today’s giveaway is for US RESIDENTS ONLY.

I’ll be attending a luncheon this afternoon but will announce the international winner when I get home.

Happy Wednesday and good luck!!

Galley Giveaway Week – Day Two!

  • April 2, 2013

It’s day two of galley giveaway week!

Yay!!!

Wait, maybe I should mention once again what a galley is.

A galley is another name for an ARC which is another name for an advance reader copy. ARCs are bound galleys that are printed in advance of the actual publication. ARCs are sent to the author and also bloggers and reviewers. They will usually have a little sticker or something on the front that says, Advance Reading Copy or Not For Sale or Advance Uncorrected Proof. So there may be typos or spacing issues or other things that will not be a part of the final, printed book. So if you win one, please keep that in mind.

I’m going to hold three giveaways this week. Yesterday was Canada, today is for my international readers, and tomorrow will be for US residents.

So what does this mean? Well, if your mailing address is not a Canadian or US address, you can enter. One of the things I love most about being a writer is connecting with readers who live all over the world. Seriously, I think it’s one of the coolest things ever. Oftentimes, I hear about great giveaways that are going on, but they’re restricted to US residents only.

Not my giveaways.

I don’t care where you live. If you’re one of my readers, you are eligible.

Just like yesterday, the giveaway will run for 24 hours (starting today at 12:00 noon CST). You can earn extra entries by following me on Twitter or liking my Facebook page (but don’t worry if you’ve already done those things. You can still enter the giveaway).

One quick thing I want to mention: Comments are moderated on this blog, so if you leave a comment you might not see it right away. I try to moderate them as quickly as I can, but sometimes I’m away from my computer or phone and can’t do this immediately. I wish I didn’t have to moderate at all, but the spam was getting out of hand.

So remember, today’s giveaway is for INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTS ONLY.

Tomorrow’s giveaway will be for US readers.

Happy Tuesday and good luck!!

Novella cover reveal and excerpt this Friday, March 22nd

  • March 18, 2013

Happy Monday!

The On the Island companion novella cover reveal will be this Friday, March 22nd. Once again, I have some fantastic bloggers who will be helping me share the cover and the first 560 words (give or take).

But before we do that, I thought you might like to know the title. Some of you may have seen me refer to the novella as Isle of Bones. That’s the title that my editor and I had been using for months (or, IOB if I was feeling lazy). We both liked it. But then we decided that it kind of made the novella sound like a mystery, which it’s not. So, back to the drawing board.

Luckily, one of my fellow authors threw out a suggestion during an online brainstorming session and my editor and I were like, “Yes, yes that’s it. That’s the one.” So, the new title of the On the Island companion novella is…Uncharted. And to give you a little idea of what it’s about, here’s the blurb:

Tracey Garvis Graves — and Anna and T.J. — return in this companion novella to the New York Times bestseller On the Island.

When twenty-three-year-old dot-com millionaire Owen Sparks walked away from his charmed life, he had one goal in mind: get as far away as possible from the people who resented his success, or had their hand out for a piece of it. A remote uncharted island halfway around the world seemed like a perfectly logical place to get away from it all.

Calia Reed wasn’t part of Owen’s plans. The beautiful British girl — on holiday in the Maldives with her brother, James — made Owen wonder if getting away from it all might be a lot more enjoyable with a carefree girl who didn’t know anything about the life he left behind.

But Owen had no idea how much his carefully detailed plans would go awry. Nor did he realize that a decision he made would have such a catastrophic effect on two passengers who boarded a plane in Chicago .

And when Owen shows up at Anna and T.J.’s door with an incredible story to tell, everyone involved will learn just how much their lives are intertwined.

Uncharted includes an early look at Covet, coming September 2013

 
 
Check back on Friday to see the cover and read the excerpt! 

Covet Cover Reveal And Goodreads Event

  • March 2, 2013

Hello everyone,

Happy Friday! I have several exciting things to tell you about today. First of all, the cover reveal for Covet will be on March 8th (that’s one week from today!). I can’t wait for you to see the final version. When my editor sent it to me, I nearly swooned. It’s absolutely beautiful and once again I’m looking forward to seeing another gorgeous cover on the shelves of bookstores everywhere.
 
I have some fantastic bloggers who will be helping me out with the cover reveal, and I’m so thankful for their ongoing support and enthusiasm. They’re truly a wonderful group and they mean the world to me.  

I’m also really excited to announce that Goodreads has teamed up with Penguin to participate in not only the cover reveal, but also a special event which will include a chat with me (on March 15th) and the opportunity to win one of three galley copies of Covet.

Here’s how it will work: The first step is to add Covet to your goodreads shelf if you haven’t already (and if you have, thank you). http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13481759-covet  If 1,000 people or more add Covet to their “to read” shelf by March 14th, I’ll do a Q&A on Friday, March 15th and release the first three chapters of Covet. You can also join the group, enter to win a galley,  and RSVP for the cover reveal event from this page. 

I hope to see you all there, so please join me!
 
xoxo,
 
Tracey

5,000 Likes Giveaway!

  • February 20, 2013

~Update: The winners of the 5K likes giveaway are: Jess Gottschalk Iversen, Jennifer Logan, Maria Voulelis Malaveci, and Jojo Bungenaar. Congratulations! Please e-mail me at traceygarvisgraves@yahoo.com. I need your postal address and also whether you’d like an Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Thank you to everyone who entered. I’ll do it again, I promise!!

I have the best readers ever! I mentioned on Facebook last night that my author page was getting close to 5,000 likes and that as soon as I reached that number, I’d do a giveaway. Less than eight hours later, I hit that milestone (and then some!).

So, here’s what’s up for grabs in today’s giveaway: A signed paperback of On the Island, a Keep Calm and Kiss Anna/T.J. mug (your choice), a bookmark, and a $50 gift card to Amazon OR Barnes & Noble.

If you win, you get all 4 items! And here’s the best part: I’ll pick 4 winners so that means that 4 different people will win all of the above items. It’s a basket of prizes! And as always, this giveaway is open to everyone. I don’t care where you live. If you win, I’ll ship it all to you.

By the way, PunchTab is making me choose something for you to do in order to enter the giveaway. I’ve chosen “like” me on Facebook (but that’s how I got to 5,000 likes so feel free to ignore that step). Or if you haven’t “liked” me yet then feel free to do so. Whatever. Let’s make this as easy as possible.

So enter. Enter right now!

And thank you.

Once again.

For everything.

xoxo,

Tracey

Giveaway!

  • January 31, 2013

Congratulations to Lia Fairchild! She was the winner of the signed paperback and coffee mug. Thank you to everyone who participated. I’ll have another giveaway soon.

GIVEAWAY WILL NOT START UNTIL 12:00 NOON CST

Hello everyone!

I thought I’d do a quick giveaway for a signed paperback of On the Island and also a ‘Keep Calm And Kiss T.J.’ coffee mug.

All you have to do is “like” my Facebook author page (you can find the URL on the giveaway). If you’ve already “liked” my Facebook author page (thank you!) then simply share my page on your Facebook wall or Twitter. I post all kinds of information on my page such as reviews, giveaways, information on upcoming projects, and pictures of my dog.

I don’t care where you live because this giveaway is for everyone. Seriously. I have a whole stack of customs forms on my desk. Takes only a minute or two to fill one out so don’t be shy if you live outside the U.S.

I also want to take a quick moment to tell my Italian readers how much I enjoy their comments on my Facebook author page. On the Island was recently released in Italy and I get a big kick out of corresponding with readers who live so far away.

The giveaway won’t start until 12:00 noon CST so check back in a few hours.

Good luck!

P.S. I’ll do another giveaway soon for a signed paperback and a Keep Calm And Kiss Anna mug. I don’t want the boys to feel left out!

What I’m Thankful For This Year

  • November 22, 2012

Hello everyone,

I hit a pretty big milestone last year at this time: A couple of days before Thanksgiving, I sold my 1,000th copy of On the Island. I was still working my day job in human resources at Wells Fargo and my co-workers rang a cow bell to celebrate (we were always pretty noisy, in general, so this was not as disruptive as you might imagine it to be). 

I was thankful for those 1,000 sales. Eternally, unbelievably thankful. I’d read all the statistics: most self-published authors are lucky if they manage to sell 100 books. I’d already surpassed that and daily sales were starting to trend upward. I had no idea what the next six months would bring, but I was having a blast and connecting with readers all over the world.

As most of you already know, things got a whole lot better and I was able to make the transition to full-time writer. And to show you how thankful I am, I’d like to give one of you the gift of reading (or more specifically, a new Kindle Paperwhite with free 3G and Wi-Fi).

In the comments, tell me what you’re thankful for. And please know that I am truly thankful for you.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

xoxo,

Tracey

Hey, Winners. I’m Still Waiting To Hear From Some Of You

  • September 16, 2012

Happy Saturday!

The two $50 Amazon gift cards and the e-readers have been mailed/shipped to the lucky winners of my recent giveaway.

I have also mailed copies of On the Island (original cover) to:

Kristia Miltiadou
Ely Yant
Carrie Taylor
Devi Hadikusumo
Nicole Monack
Rob Zimmerman
Sharon Herbert
Miranda Hoffert

But I still need mailing addresses from:

Michelle
Emily
Megan McGallis Guntrum
Angie Tsiros
Eva

I have also mailed copies of On the Island (Penguin cover) to:

Deanna Pyles
Anaiz Jaramillo
Jennifer Condron
Jenny White
Elisha Sandell
Ashley Chapman

But I still need mailing addresses from:

Erin Arkin
Crystal Alberta
Cupcake
Dan Amsden

If you entered with only your first name and you’re not sure if you’re a winner, e-mail me at traceygarvisgraves@yahoo.com and I can verify by cross-checking your e-mail address.

And winners – e-mail me! I’d love to send you your books. I will give you another week and if I don’t hear from you, I’ll start selecting more names.

I’ll be waiting 🙂

Tracey

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