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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

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!

ON THE ISLAND AROUND THE WORLD

  • 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!
 
Tracey
 


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

 

Winners!

  • 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 traceygarvisgraves@yahoo.com.

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 🙂

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