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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! 

Goodreads Q and A and Covet Excerpt

  • March 15, 2013

Hello everyone,

Just a quick reminder that I’m answering questions on Goodreads today. I’ll keep taking questions until about noon CST, and I’ll answer every one of them. When you go to the listing for Covet on Goodreads (I’ll post a link below which will take you there), you’ll want to look for this:

Then click on ‘view the group.’ This is where you can ask your questions.

And, since we’ve well-exceeded our goal of 1,000 additional readers adding Covet to their “to be read” shelf, as promised, we’ve posted the first three chapters of Covet on Goodreads. Scroll down to the end of the description for Covet until you see this:

Then click on ‘download excerpt’ and you’ll be able to read the first three chapters!
Click here to go to the listing for Covet.



  • March 8, 2013

Happy Friday, everyone!

I’ve been waiting all week to show you the cover of Covet. I have lots of wonderful people who are participating in the cover reveal, and I’m so excited because they’ll all be posting the image on their blogs this morning. I also want to thank Goodreads for creating the cover reveal event. There are some really fun things going on over there, including the chance to win a galley copy (see links at the bottom of this post for more information).

Here’s the list of amazing bloggers. Please check out their blogs and follow them!

April at
Autumn at
Andrea at
Amy and Melissa at
Jenny and Gitte at
Stephanie at
Rosette at
Tina at
Gina at
Aestas at
Christine at

And now, for the moment I’ve been waiting for. I can’t wait to see this beautiful cover on the shelves of bookstores across the country. I love it and hope you do, too.

And here’s the blurb if you haven’t read it yet:
Covet asks the question: What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else?

Chris and Claire Canton’s marriage is on life support. Downsized during the recession and out of work for a year, Chris copes by retreating to a dark place where no one can reach him, not even Claire. When he’s offered a position that will keep him away from home four nights a week, he dismisses Claire’s concern that time apart could be the one thing their fragile union can’t weather. Their suburban life may look idyllic on the outside, but Claire has never felt so disconnected from Chris, or so lonely.

Local police officer Daniel Rush used to have it all, but now he goes home to an empty house every night. He pulls Claire over during a routine traffic stop, and they run into each other again at the 4th of July parade. When Claire is hired to do some graphic design work for the police department, her friendship with Daniel grows, and soon they’re spending hours together.

Claire loves the way Daniel makes her feel, and the way his face lights up when she walks into the room. Daniel knows that Claire’s marital status means their relationship will never be anything other than platonic. But it doesn’t take long before Claire and Daniel are in way over their heads, and skating close to the line that Claire has sworn she’ll never cross.

Genre: women’s fiction
On sale date, (e-book and hardcover) US and Canada: 9/17/13.
On sale date UK (e-book only): 9/17/13. Trade paperback pub date TBA.
To add Covet to your shelf on goodreads, click here. To enter to win a galley copy, click here. To ask me a question in the goodreads group, click here.
For updates on all things book-related, connect with me on Facebook here.
Let me know what you think of the cover!

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).  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!

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 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.




  • 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.


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!


  • January 3, 2013
Hello everyone!
Some of you have asked on my Facebook page about what languages/countries On the Island will be available in. Lauren Abramo, my awesome foreign rights agent, put together this wonderful list so I thought I’d pass it on. I don’t know all the publication dates, but foreign covers are starting to show up on my Facebook wall thanks to awesome readers all over the world. I sure do appreciate when they do that. 
Here’s the Russian cover. I love the starfish and the heart. Look how funky my name is in Russian.
Here’s the Italian cover. I think it’s gorgeous!
*And check out this trailer that popped up in yesterday’s Google alerts. It’s absolutely breathtaking. I probably only watched it a normal number of times. Like 2 or 3. Probably.
When foreign rights to On the Island first started selling, one of the things I got really excited about was the fact that the publishers would be sending me 2-4 copies of each book. I can’t wait to put a copy of each edition on the bookshelves in my office.
Here’s the roundup of all the publishers who have bought the foreign rights to On the Island:
UK/Ireland/Australia/New Zealand/India/South Africa/Commonwealth: Michael Joseph/Penguin (On the Island & Covet).
Brazil: Editora Intrinseca

China: Beijing Zhengqing Culture & Art

Croatia: Znanje

Czech Republic: Euromedia 

Denmark: Forlaget Turbulenz

France: Editions Bragelonne

Germany: Goldmann/Random House

Greece: Papadopoulos

Israel: Kinneret

Italy: Garzanti

Latvia: Zvaigzne

Netherlands: Luitingh-Sijthoff

Norway: Aschehoug

Poland: Albatros

Portugal: ASA/Grupo LeYa 

Russia: Azbooka/Atticus

Slovak Republic: Ikar

Spain: Ediciones Salamandra

Sweden: Forum Bokförlag

Taiwan: Kate Publishing

Thailand: Earnest Publishing

Turkey: Epsilon Yayincilik
Hungary: Pioneer Books
Indonesia:  PT Kairos Gradien Mediatama
I’ll share more covers and trailers as they come in.
Have a great day, everyone!

*Watching a book trailer repeatedly has a negative effect on productivity. Apparently.



  • December 3, 2012

Congratulations! If your name is on this list you have won a signed first edition copy of On the Island. Please send an e-mail with your mailing address to

Erin Hill
Jaime Arkin
Steve Umstead
Deborah Gutierrez
Bridget O’Neill
Leslie Trimble
Adrianna Cabrera
S.I. Scott
Nanette Bradford
Em Cxo
Raina C.
Kristy Lander
Beth Maresh-Ehemann
Leah Rhey
Maria Voulelis Malaveci

Thank you to everyone who entered 🙂

Win A Signed First Edition Of On the Island!

  • November 29, 2012

Yesterday, Amy at IndieReader sent me a link to a feature on their site about first editions, specifically those from formerly self-published authors whose books were picked up by major publishers. You can read it here.

I have a whole box of the first edition of On the Island and while they’re certainly valuable to me (sentimentally speaking), I’m not sure how valuable I think they are from a monetary standpoint. However, in the interest of getting them out of my dining room I thought I would share them with you.

I’m giving away 15 signed copies of On the Island. The ones that look like this:


PunchTab will start accepting entries at noon tomorrow! For extra entries, you can like my Facebook author page, tweet about the giveaway, or follow me on Twitter.

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!!



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