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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

Fiction Friday – What Have I Been Reading Lately?

  • May 17, 2013

One of the questions I’m frequently asked is, “Now that you’re writing full-time, do you ever get the chance to read?”

The answer is, “Yes and no.” When I was writing On the Island, I wasn’t able to read at all. I was so new to the process of writing a novel that I couldn’t crowd my brain with anything that might take me away from creating the story that was in my head but still needed to be transferred to the page. I was also nervous about inadvertently picking up another author’s voice. I was still trying to find my own, so I didn’t want to do anything that might interfere with that.

But now it’s getting easier for me. There are still times during the drafting process where I intentionally don’t read any fiction, because I just can’t, but I’ve discovered that I can read non-fiction and memoirs with no problem. It’s not quite the same as reading a novel, but it satisfies my need to read, and that’s a good compromise.

When I turn in a manuscript and I’m waiting for my editorial notes, I go on a fast and furious reading rampage, because I know as soon as I receive my edits, it’s back to work. And I’m not talking about the manuscripts I beta-read or the ARCs I read so I can provide a blurb (I have read eleven of those in the last six months or so). While I love being able to read a book before it’s published, that type of reading still falls under my “writer” job description, and as awesome and cool as it is, it’s still “work”. When I read for pleasure, it’s a book I’ve chosen based solely on my own subjective preferences as a “reader.” Sometimes it’s a book I’ve wanted to read for a while, and sometimes it’s a book I buy on a whim.

Lately I’ve received several requests for book recommendations, so here are some of the books I’ve read in the last nine months:

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I can’t recommend this book enough. I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it because I had a feeling I knew where it was going, and that it would make me cry. I was right on both counts, but it didn’t matter because it was so, so good. I’ve also got Jojo’s The Last Letter From Your Lover on my towering TBR pile. I love the title and I’m intrigued by the premise, to say the least.

Home Front by Kristin Hannah – This book was fantastic. I love Kristin Hannah and I connected with this story on a personal level because my friend Angie (we’ve known each other since Kindergarten) is in the military and was deployed to Iraq. Thankfully, Angie made it back home safe and sound, but this book really drove home the fact that many men and women who are deployed do not. Have your Kleenex box handy.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Just read this book. Okay? Okay.

This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers – My first zombie read. It was awesome. And kind of scary. I loved it and made Sarah Hansen read it and then we sort of bombarded Courtney on Facebook with our rambling praise. You should read it because ZOMBIES, people.

Breaking Night by Liz Murray – This is a memoir about a girl who graduated from not only high school, but Harvard, despite the fact that she was homeless the whole time. I finished reading this one in bed. I was afraid my crying would wake up (and freak out) my husband, but thankfully he slept right through my little meltdown. This book will make you think long and hard about just how lucky you are to have a roof over your head.

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – I loved this one. The writing is simply beautiful. I felt smarter while I was reading this book. It’s literary fiction, which is not usually my thing (I’m a straight-up genre girl, and proud of it) but wow. There was just something about The Interestings that I found very refreshing.

The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen – This novel is set primarily in Jamaica, which is where my husband and I went on our honeymoon. It’s about a group of college friends who reunite for a birthday celebration. I love ensemble books like these, and Sarah Pekkanen is one of my favorite women’s fiction authors.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (memoir) – I’ve been reading Jenny’s blog The Bloggess for years. Her posts are pee-your-pants funny and so is this book. Seriously. You will LOL.

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey (memoir) – I’m such a fan of Tina Fey and this book only makes me like her more, not only as an entertainer, but as a person. Super enjoyable read.

Market Street and Monarch Beach by Anita Hughes – I loved both of these books. Not only do I connect strongly with Anita’s writing style, but I love how she weaves the descriptions of fancy clothes, beautiful shoes, gorgeous locations, and gourmet food throughout her stories. It makes a yoga-pants-wearing girl like me want to class up her game a little bit.

Family Pictures by Jane Green – Upmarket women’s fiction at its finest. I just love Jane Green.

What She Left Us by Stephanie Elliot – This book kept me turning pages because the author does a great job of raising questions I wanted the answer to. It also highlights – beautifully – the relationship between two sisters, and how much they rely on and support each other.

Composing Myself by Elena Aitken – This is a contemporary novel that focuses on family relationships and personal growth. I love that the backstory of one of the characters was something I hadn’t read before, making this book feel original and fresh. I predict this will be Elena’s breakout book.

So, there you have it! And now that I’ve met all my deadlines I’m very eager to go on another short reading binge. But right after Memorial Day I’ll be setting down my Kindle and picking up my laptop because my next book is just begging to be written and I’m very excited to get started. I’m currently in the research and outline stage but looking forward to starting the drafting process.

Happy Friday, everyone!!

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!!

Covet galley giveaway – Canada!

  • April 1, 2013

It’s galley giveaway week!

Isn’t that fantastic?

Unless you’re saying to yourself, “Maybe? Because I’m not exactly sure what a galley is.”

In which case, let me explain. 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. One for Canada, one for the U.S., and one for my international readers. Here’s how it will work:

Day one (that’s today!) will be for Canadian residents only. In other words, if you enter the giveaway — and you win — you must live in Canada and have a Canadian mailing address.

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 CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY.

Tuesday’s giveaway will be for my international readers. Wednesday’s will be for the U.S.

Happy Monday and good luck!!

UNCHARTED cover reveal and excerpt

  • March 22, 2013

Happy Friday, everyone!!

I’m so excited to share Uncharted’s cover with you today.Once again, I have a fantastic group of bloggers who are helping me out with the reveal. Be sure to check out their blogs!

Good Choice Reading
Flirty and Dirty Book Blog
Natasha is a Book Junkie
Lori’s Book Blog
Madison Says
Unabridged Bookshelf
Mandy I read indie
The Sub Club Books 


And in case you missed it the other day, 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 17, 2013.


Here’s the cover!


And last but not least, here’s an excerpt from the novella.




UNCHARTED

Chapter 1

OWEN

 
The house is isolated, surrounded by trees and a well-kept lawn. There’s a children’s play set in one corner of the yard, and an abandoned tricycle on the front sidewalk. Spring has only just arrived in the Midwest, but someone has already drawn a hopscotch pattern with pastel-colored chalk. A sign stuck in the landscaping by the front door announces that the home is protected by ADT, and when I ring the doorbell a dog starts barking, followed by the sound of thundering paws.

The woman that answers the door has a baby in her arms and two toddlers clinging to her skirt. The dog, a large golden retriever, snarls and waits for her to let it out. I hope she doesn’t. Her blue eyes narrow as she peers at me behind the safety of a storm door that I’m certain is locked. The glass muffles her voice, but I can still understand her when she says, “Can I help you?” Her guarded tone makes sense, the way it would if you lived out in the country and the world knew your story and had a ballpark idea of your net worth. “Is your husband around?” I ask.

“He’s upstairs. On the phone,” she says.

“I’d like to talk to you both. Mind if I wait?” She doesn’t like this. I can tell by the way she pushes the kids behind her and squares her shoulders, lifting her chin slightly.

Ah, she’s a fighter. This doesn’t surprise me at all.

“You’ll have to come back some other time,” she says, and starts to close the door. But before she can swing it shut all the way a dusty pickup truck pulls into the driveway and the relief washes over her face.

The man driving slams on the brakes and gets out of the truck almost before it stops moving.  He strides up to me with a suspicious expression on his face. Suspicious and pissed off. I’m older than he is, but he looks enough like me that people could mistake us for brothers; we have the same light brown hair and build.

He glances at the woman in the doorway. “Stay inside.” Turning back toward me he says, “Who are you and what do you want?”

“Just wanted to talk to you and your wife.”

“Do we know you?”

“No.” I put my hands in my pockets and remind myself of the reason for my visit. “My name is Owen Sparks.” The man looks at me, brow furrowed as he filters through his memory for the significance of my name. But the woman, the woman knows immediately, and we both turn toward her when she gasps.

“T.J,” the woman says. She opens the door wide so we can really hear her and the dog shoots out like a bullet from a gun, sniffing me aggressively but thankfully deciding that I’m no threat. “The missing person. The man whose trail went cold in the Maldives. Do you remember? His name was Owen Sparks.”

Recognition dawns on his face and they look at me like I’m a ghost. “Are you the guy who built the shack?” he asks. 

“Yes.”

“But you’re not Bones.”

I shake my head. “No.” There’s no need for me to ask them what they mean. To ask them who Bones is.  

Because I know.

 

Uncharted: An On the Island novella will be available in the US and the UK on July 2, 2013, wherever e-books are sold.


xoxo,
Tracey

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.
 
Enjoy!
 
xoxo,
 
Tracey
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

PRESENTING…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 http://sim-sational-books.blogspot.com/
Autumn at http://www.autumnreview.com/
Andrea at http://thebookishbabes.blogspot.com/
Amy and Melissa at http://www.chicklitcentral.com/
Jenny and Gitte at http://totallybookedblog.com
Stephanie at http://www.manicmommy.blogspot.com
Rosette at http://literatiliteraturelovers.com/
Tina at http://www.tinasbookreviews.com
Gina at http://readingteam.blogspot.com
Aestas at http://aestasbookblog.com
Christine at http://shhmomsreading.com/

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!
 
xoxo,
 
Tracey

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