The Latest from Tracy

Readers are chiming in with enthusiastic reviews for JINGLE BELL HARBOR and I’m thrilled! Thanks for your support, lovely reader people!

  • Super sweet Christmas love story. It will warm your heart and get you in the mood for a sweet Christmas romance.
  • I found myself laughing out loud numerous times. This is a great little story that’s sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
  • I always enjoy reading Christmas stories, and Jingle Bell Harbor is a wonderful, heart-warming book.
  • A fun, escapist read for the season.
  • Absolutely love Jingle Bell Harbor!! Love Tracy Brogan’s writing!!! Funny and romantic!!!
  • This rom/com holiday novella had me laughing and giggling hysterically with its witty lines and fun characters from the Bell Harbor series! The romance is sweet and a great addition to the series. I highly recommend you begin with the first book, Crazy Little Thing, but if you just want to get a taste of Tracy Brogan’s writing, this may be a great way to sample her writing style. It stands alone fine, but really, I recommend the series.
  • Kelsey’s character has an endearingly funny personality, and I fell in love with her right away. Drew, who has had a crush on her ever since they shared a kiss while playing spin the bottle when they were fourteen years old, stole my heart. Not only is he a hot, good looking guy, he’s also the boy next door, professor character archetype, a refreshing change from the typical bad boy stereo-type.
  • I adored the humor in this sweet Christmas story. The plot is believable and the romance satisfying. The chemistry between Kelsey and Drew sizzles. If you are looking for a great little pick-me-up story that will have you laughing out loud, then you will thoroughly enjoy Jingle Bell Harbor. Happy reading!
  • Awesome novella with a fun story and very witty writing. Absolutely my favorite author!
  • This is the first story I’ve read by Tracy Brogan and my first glimpse of Bell Harbor, but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
  • I enjoy all of Tracy Brogan’s Bell Harbor books. Like the other Bell Harbor books, Jingle Bell harbor was a fun, easy read. Romantic comedy! Perfect mix of love and humor!

I am now a 2015 Golden Quill WINNER for Best Medicine!

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Upcoming release dates for foreign versions!

In my quest for world domination (or at least a few more readers), I’m thrilled to announce upcoming release dates for foreign versions of my current books!

THE BEST MEDICINE/Why Dragonslayers Before Marriage Steal Jet Skis releases in German, March 2015
HOLD ON MY HEART/How To Learn to See the Whole Elephant releases in German, May 2015
LOVE ME SWEET/Title to be announced, releases in German, July 2015
CRAZY LITTLE THING/Title to be announced, releases in Italy, September 2015

Sweet Charity

Recently I asked my Facebook pals to tell me about their favorite charities and was thrilled to learn of several wonderful organizations. I’ve long been a fan of http://www.heifer.org/ and recently became aware of http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/. Now I have a bunch of other great sites to check out.

Whether you’re interested in fighting world hunger, supporting our soldiers, helping the homeless, or offering a little comfort to those facing illness, there’s a charity on this list you may want to consider looking in to. Every little bit helps! Thanks and have a wonderful, wonderful day!

http://www.taps.org/about/

http://www.stjude.org/about

http://www.hwhct.org/

http://childrenfoundation.com/

http://twloha.com/vision

http://www.usfirst.org/involved/donate

http://pldallas.org/about-us/

https://www.facebook.com/alexslemonade

http://onewarmcoat.org/

http://www.bdsra.org/

http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/vision

http://www.autism-society.org/

http://www.borderterrierrescue.com/

https://www.facebook.com/halfway.t.home

Thank you, lovely readers!

Thanks, lovely reader people, for all the wonderful reviews you’ve left for THE BEST MEDICINE! I’m humbled and thrilled that you’re enjoying the story of Evie and Tyler and their clumsy path toward happily ever after. Here’s what a few of you have said about the book:

  • I wish Bell Harbor existed so I could vacation there. I loved each of Tracy Brogan’s books, but I really love that she is doing a series of “Bell Harbor” sequels. Her latest, The Best Medicine, made me LOL, just as Crazy Little Thing had done. It was a nice touch to visit with some favorite characters from her first book too! I look forward to following all these “folks” into their old age!!
  • Laughed out loud in the “quiet car” of the train!!
  • I was so excited to return to Bell Harbor with all the quirky residents. This book had me hooked from the first sentence, such a fun laugh out loud read. The story of Evie, single,35, and a doctor. Has been too busy in her professional life to find a man. Now her friends, coworkers and mother asking about a husband. She meets Tyler in the Emergency Room as a patient, he is all wrong for her. Her friends have set her up and as she starts going on dates, Tyler keeps popping up to rescue her. Tyler does not fit her husband profile but her heart keeps pulling at him. I did not want to see this book end. I just love the humor the Tracy Brogan brings out in her books. This will be on my reread shelf.
  • I can never go wrong with the Bell harbor gang! This book lived up to the last and then some! I love reading about other characters I have grown to know and falling in love with new ones and couples. I’d recommend it.
  • This is a great book. A must read! I recommend it to everyone. In fact I’ve already told several people to read this book before I even finished reading it, it is that good! This book is a good book for a book club reading.
  • This is a sweet story of what is really important in life. The characters are good and its nice to have the roles reversed.

My next book, LOVE ME SWEET, is all about Tyler’s older brother, Grant. He’s an action-adventure show cameraman who reluctantly joins forces with a reality TV star on a road trip to romance! Good times!

Happy reading!!

Love is THE BEST MEDICINE!

TheBestMedicineRelease day is May 13th for THE BEST MEDICINE!

Dear readers, I’m so excited to share with you the story of Tyler and Evie and their sweet and clumsy path toward happily ever after.

Everyone in Bell Harbor thinks career-minded plastic surgeon Evelyn Rhoades needs a husband. Everyone, that is, except for Evelyn…sort of. Even if she did want a husband (which she doesn’t…most of the time), she’d never let something as intangible as fate determine who she marries. No, if she’s going to find someone to spend her life with, she’ll do it scientifically: with a carefully crafted list of criteria and an Internet dating site.

But when intoxicated, law-breaking Tyler Connelly crashes into her life by way of a stolen Jet Ski, unruly emotions defy common sense. Sure, he’s sexy, charming, and determined to win Evelyn’s affection, but all evidence points to him being the worst possible choice. He’s too young . Too irresponsible. Too underemployed. And, oh yeah, he’s her patient.

But Tyler knows firsthand how the best-laid plans can crumble under the weight of destiny. Now all he needs to do is to teach Evelyn that, in matters of the heart, love often supersedes logic.

Early readers are responding to this story with praise and enthusiasm!! (Thanks!!)

  • I was lucky enough to read the uncorrected proof of this book. Tracy Brogan has been one of my favorites authors since her first book: “Crazy Little Thing”. This one is just as good. I laughed, cried and stayed up til the wee hours of the morning reading, because it’s simply THAT great. It’s a MUST read. Thank you, Tracy!
  • Once again, Tracy Brogan has made me fall in love with Bell Harbor and its inhabitants. There were so many parts that were laugh-out-loud funny and I love a book that makes me laugh while also making me fall for the characters. I would highly recommend The Best Medicine as a great summer read! 
  • This book was perfection. I really loved the character development by the author. She made each character seem like someone I wanted to meet in real life. The range of emotions I felt while reading this book was surprising.
  • I frequently laughed out loud at the witty humor of the author. My eyes filled with tears at the difficult life situations of the main characters, Evelyn Rhoades and Tyler Connelly. My stomach churned at the awkward dates Evelyn endured. The author took me on an emotional journey I was not anticipating. I highly recommend this book for lovers of any romantic genre.

I hope everyone who reads THE BEST MEDICINE enjoys a few laugh-out-loud moments, and falls in love with Bell Harbor (and with Tyler and Evie, too!)

I’ll be at the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans, May 13-18 so if you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello!!

On May 22nd, I’ll be signing books at Schuler’s Books and Music at 7pm. (28th Street location) and I sure hope to see lots of familiar faces that evening!!

THE BEST MEDICINE

TheBestMedicineI’m very excited to share the summerluscious cover of my next book, THE BEST MEDICINE! I wish it could come out and play right now since so many of us are shivering from this abominable polar vortex! But, alas, this book comes out in May. Like the flowers and the sunshine. You just have to wait for it. (But feel free to pre-order it!)

Here is a little taste:

Everyone in Bell Harbor thinks career-minded plastic surgeon Evelyn Rhoades needs a husband. Everyone, that is, except for Evelyn…sort of. Even if she did want a husband (which she doesn’t…most of the time), she’d never let something as intangible as fate determine who she marries. No, if she’s going to find someone to spend her life with, she’ll do it scientifically: with a carefully crafted list of criteria and an Internet dating site.

But when intoxicated, law-breaking Tyler Connelly crashes into her life by way of a stolen Jet Ski, unruly emotions defy common sense. Sure, he’s sexy, charming, and determined to win Evelyn’s affection, but all evidence points to him being the worst possible choice. He’s too young for her. Too irresponsible. Too underemployed. And, oh yeah, he’s her patient.

But Tyler knows firsthand how the best-laid plans can crumble under the weight of destiny. Now all he needs to do is to teach Evelyn that, in matters of the heart, love often supersedes logic.

So, there you have it. A little visit back in Bell Harbor, just in time for summer! Happy reading, all!

Elf on the Shelf – Friend or Foe

 

***I originally posted this in 2011 on Peanut Butter on the Keyboard  (peanutbutteronthekeyboard.com/2012/12/11/guest-mom-tracy-brogan-the-elf-on-the-shelf-friend-or-foe) but it’s that time of year again and it seems like the Elf is back for many of you. Good luck with that…***

 

the_elfWhen December rolls around, most of us start thinking about the holidays. That most wonderful time of the year when we trim the tree and light the log, wrap the gifts and make that nog. We want to get our holly jolly on, and have a cup of cheer. (At our house, cheer tastes very much like Bailey’s on the rocks.)

Yet for many of us, December is also the season of house guests. Some are welcomed with glee and arms flung wide. Others are met with slightly less enthusiasm. The nit-picky mother-in-law perhaps, or the ubiquitous crazy uncle. You know the one I’m talking about – the uncle who never shuts the door all the way when he uses the bathroom. And he doesn’t refer it as “the bathroom,” either. He just calls it “The Toilet.”

But at this most glorious time of year, when beloved (and less-beloved) relatives descend upon us, many homes must also contend with that most insidious of houseguests. The one who requires daily attention. The one who can scarcely move from place to place without your assistance.

Yes.

You guessed it.

I’m talking about… the Elf on the Shelf.

I have a love/hate relationship with this guy.

Well, not hate, exactly. That’s a strong word. I hate prejudice, and world hunger, and shopping for a swim suit. When it comes to the Elf on the Shelf, let’s just say I have a love/don’t-love relationship.

To explain why, let me begin with a little history.

This fuzzy, flannel peeping Tom hit the scenes in 2005 as part of a picture book set. THE ELF ON THE SHELF: A CHRISTMAS TRADITION was written by the mother/daughter team of Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell. After being refused by several publishers, they decided to self-publish. Yay! Good for them. Mark that in the “love” column. Since then, they have sold over 2.5 million copies! More love for them on that! I’m always happy for a writer who hits it big – even if it’s not me, or someone I know well enough to borrow a million dollars from.

Now, the premise of this story is simple. Each December, the Elf shows up to spy on your children and then report back to Santa on whether they have been “naughty” or “nice.” Mark that in the “love” column, as well. I appreciate any type of big-brother-esque manipulation to ensure obedient behavior from our offspring. After all, a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do to keep the kids in line. How else is she supposed to write, cook, shower, or make a martini? So I have no issue with telling my kids they’re being observed by a magical, omniscient being who holds the key to how many presents they’ll get on Christmas.

The disadvantage of this Elf is that, as the story goes, each night he flies back to the North Pole to submit his report, then he returns to your house the next morning and parks his little, red-felt backside in a brand new spot. That means I have to remember to move him. Every single night.

And I have to find approximately twenty-four unique spots since he shows up on December 1st and doesn’t vanish until Christmas Eve. Definitely a mark in the NOT-love column. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve gotten out of bed at 2:00 a.m. after realizing I’d forgotten to move the darn Elf.

Thinking myself oh-so-clever, I even tried putting a reminder my cell phone calendar – only to have my husband change our settings to the icloud so my note, “Move the Elf,” showed up on my kids’ ipods. Sometimes sharing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

A few years ago, my oldest caught on to the whole Elf scheme. You’d think this would have made things easier since she could help me trick my littler one. But, oh, no. Instead, Thing One repeatedly incited Thing Two into a search and rescue frenzy with the intensity typically reserved for victims of a burning building or a sinking ship. This, of course, led to the great “Why is the Elf hiding in Mommy’s bra drawer?” debacle of 2010.

Truth is, the Elf is a pain.

So why do I do it?

Because he is also magical. Kids don’t see him as a spy. They see him as a visiting loved one. A friend to confide in. A link directly to Santa and all their Christmas wishes. And like Santa, he represents an opportunity to step outside the constraints of reality and visit a place of happy dreams. As a writer, especially a romance writer, I’m all about the place of happy dreams. I would live there all the time if I could. So, if I can create that world for my kids, even for a few, wonderful weeks, I’ll do it. It’s the same reason we do Easter baskets, and have leprechauns visit around St. Patrick’s Day. My mother did all that silly stuff for me and it made my childhood lovely. If I can give that sense of wonder and fantasy to my own kids, it’s worth a little extra effort.

Perhaps the ultimate irony is that as I was working on this post, my littlest came into my office. She sat down in the chair and said, “I know you’re busy but I need to ask you something.”

A look at her face told me it was something serious.

“Okay. What?”

“Is Santa real?”

Dun, dun, dunnnnn….

Really? She’s asking me this just as I’m typing words like “magical” and “fantasy?”

But she’s eleven and her street smart friends have been telling stories. And her older sister has been dropping hints like atom bombs. So, just now, I told my baby girl the truth about Santa. All of it. I could see the wheels and cogs in her mind spinning.

“What about the Elf? Is that you, too? You can tell me the truth. I can take it.”

So I did tell her.

And she could take it.

She listened to the news stoically, with maturity, while I puddled up like a little girl.

Now, it looks like I don’t have to move The Elf on the Shelf anymore. But the fact is, I think I’ll miss him more than my kids will.

Happy Holidays!

Charlotte & MorganAs 2013 draws to a close, I’m overwhelmed by the blessings of this year! Thanks to you, dear readers, for putting CRAZY LITTLE THING, HIGHLAND SURRENDER  and HOLD ON MY HEART on the top of the Amazon lists. I am forever grateful for your support and enthusiasm! My next book, THE BEST MEDICINE, releases in May and I’m hard at work (in my pajamas) drafting another. These are both set in Bell Harbor so if you pick them up, you’ll recognize a few familiar faces! Every book needs a splash of Fontaine, right?

Yes, this year has been fa-fa-fabulous and that’s because of you guys. If you keep reading, I’ll keep writing! 🙂

And in completely unrelated news, is my niece the cutest baby, or what???

Happy Thanksgiving!

In a world where too many have too little, please stop to remember what you do have to be thankful for. My wish is that you all enjoy good friends, loving family, great books to read, and another day to make someone happy.

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends, family, fellow writers, and all my wonderful readers who make me smile with their thoughtful notes and words of encouragement.