Author Spotlight: Tracy Banghart and BY BLOOD
Time for more Author Spotlights! Today, I bring you Tracy Banghart. I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing her lastest book BY BLOOD a few weeks ago. She is an amazing author and someone on my list of people I'd really LOVE to meet one day.
Before I introduce Tracy's books, here is a little about Tracy:
Tracy E. Banghart is a cheesy movie–loving, fantasy football–playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began “practicing” her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. She loves visiting the international friends she met while pursuing her MA in Publishing and spends a portion of every summer at her family’s cabin in Canada, where she finds inspiration and lots of time to relax on the dock. She lives with her husband, son, two lazy dogs and one ornery cat. When not writing or spending time with her family, she is on a mission to bake the perfect cupcake.
Tracy is the author of Moon Child and the forthcoming Shattered Veil (Feb 2014), the first book in an NA scifi trilogy.
My favorite part of the Author Spotlights are the wacky Q&A I make them do! Here are Tracy's questions and answers:
- Does your main character celebrate Thanksgiving? What is the menu for his/her celebration?
- What three things are you most thankful for, besides your family or faith?
My health (cheesy, but so true), our new house and neighborhood, and the fact that my husband, who’s in the Army, has had two-plus years on US soil and is not currently scheduled for a deployment. (You said besides family, so I didn’t include my 1-yr old son, for whom I thank my lucky stars every single day. ;-))
- If you could go anywhere in this world or any other world, where would you travel to for the holidays?
See why I love these so much???!!!
And now, a little more about BY BLOOD:You can read my review of BY BLOOD here.
For 17-year-old Emma Wong, spending a summer in England should be a dream come true. Gorgeous scenery? Check. Lots of hot guys with accents? Yes, please.
Throw in an estranged mom, annoying new stepdad, and drooling baby half-brother, and it's a disaster even her favorite cherry red leather jacket can't fix. Even worse, there's (hot) live-in research assistant Josh to contend with. The only thing more embarrassing than drunk-kissing him hours after they meet? Knowing he'll be witness to her family's dysfunction all. summer. long.
But when Emma meets a mysterious girl who happens to be a Druid, her vacation suddenly promises to be far more intriguing than she anticipated. Powerful rituals, new friends, an intoxicating sense of freedom...and Simon, the sexy foreign stranger she was hoping for. It's all a perfect distraction from dirty diapers and awkward family dinners.
Trouble is, intriguing doesn't often mean simple. And Emma is about to discover just how not simple her life really is.
“BY BLOOD is an intriguing, emotionally-rich and exhilarating story full of complex characters and poignant emotional struggles as seen through the eyes of a frank, self-aware seventeen-year-old.” ~ 5 stars, Indie Reader
Be sure to join me next week, when I spotlight the author of The Obsidian Pebble, Rhys A Jones