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November 10: Razlover’s Book Blog
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November 11: Diane Craver
November 12: Tory Richards
November 12: Susquehanna Writer’s
November 13: Marianne Arkins
November 16: Book Junkie
November 16: Tamela Quijas
November 17: J. A. Saare
November 17: Mary Eason
November 18: Katie Bug aka Domestic Diva
November 19: Reading At The Beach
November 20: My Overstuffed Bookshelf
November 20: One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books
Tracey will be giving away an autographed copy of her book “Last Chance Rescue” to one randomly drawn commenter from the tour and an autographed copy of her book to the tour host with the most comments, excluding duplicates or Tracey’s responses.
When Brad Sievers runs into his old friend Jessie Van Dyke at his high school reunion, little does he know how much it will change his life. When his high-powered advertising career fizzles, he falls into a most unlikely career opportunity — becoming a member of Jessie’s search-and-rescue team. Nothing in his life has prepared Brad for this, but he finds it more fulfilling than a dozen advertising campaigns.
Through dangerous rescues and personal trials, Brad and Jessie become close friends. They share in the birth of her first colt from her rescued horse; Jessie helps Brad when one of his first rescues doesn’t make it. When one of their rescue victims turns out to be a fellow soldier from Jessie’s Iraq War days, Brad almost loses her to old demons. But when Brad is severely injured in a training accident, Jessie nurses him back to health as only she can. And when she goes missing one night, Brad realizes just how important she has become to him.
Both Brad and Jessie must fight their own defenses to finally let down the walls that will allow them to rescue each other. This is a story about breath-taking action and adventurous lives, and the heart that is behind it all.
A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A little about myself…
I live in small-town Minnesota with my husband, Tim, and our two young children (son, 6, and daughter, 2).
My hobbies include music, Taiko drumming and motorcycling (I’ve been a “biker chick” since I was 16; my current motorcycle is a Kawasaki Vulcan 900). I enjoy outdoor activities of all kinds (downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, water skiing, whitewater rafting, kayaking). I obtained my helicopter pilot license in 2001 and it remains my “first flying love,” although I am slowly pursuing my fixing-wing endorsement as well.
I spend a good deal of my time managing the family motorcycle accessories business (www.LeaderMotorcycle.com).
My writing draws extensively from my experience as an Army Reserve paramedic and exposure to helicopter medevac.
A little about my new release…
Last Chance Rescue (a finalist in the 2009 Indie Awards) is about two people who must fight their own defenses to finally let down the walls that will allow them to rescue each other. It is a story about breath-taking search-and-rescue action and adventurous lives—and the heart that is behind it all.
When did I start writing? How did I decide what to write?
I wrote during high school, and even toyed with the idea of getting a communications degree (I didn’t; I got a business management degree). During my college years I was more interested in music, and sang with different show groups and local bands. Then I got into the beaded jewelry craze. When my son was born, the beads could no longer be left spread out on a table—which meant they didn’t come out much!
By this time I had a half-dozen novels (or, more specifically, parts and pieces of) and I kept having dreams that I felt compelled to write about in the morning. Apparently there were stories inside me that just had to be told!
My writing is heavily influenced by the time I spent in the military and by the medical training I received there. When I became a helicopter pilot, it opened new relationships with some amazing people—and Last Chance really came together after I did some ride-alongs with medevac and search-and-rescue.
When I’m not writing, I read…
I like books with complex, more adult characters (Nicolas Sparks comes to mind); I am particularly fascinated by how a male character may change/be changed by events/situations (a major theme in Last Chance Rescue as well). I like unusual settings, but not to the point of unbelievability (which is why I did ride-alongs with a medevac team before I finished writing Last Chance Rescue). My ‘pet peeve’ is a book with too much ‘headhopping’ (constantly changing points of view).
Three “Must Haves” when I write:
1 – QUIET (easier said than done when you have two young children)
2 – No distractions (i.e., no internet!)
3 – I must be in the mood (I don’t write for a living and don’t want to because I never want it to stop being fun)
Favorite things to do in my downtime:
I am wife and mother to two young children (2 and 6) and I enjoy spending time with them, especially outdoors whenever possible.
I ride my motorcycle as often as I can! I just started taking lessons for my fixed-wing pilot license (an ‘add-on’ to my helicopter license). I play the taiko drums every Saturday morning and sing with my friend’s band when I can. When I can get away, I enjoy skiing (all kinds) and white-water rafting/kayaking.
You can get a signed copy directly from me at http://www.lastchancerescuebook.com/order.htm
You can also order from Amazon.com
Web site: http://www.LastChanceRescueBook.com
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What crayon color would you be:
Purple. Because it is royal (I secretly desire to be treated like a queen!) and deep (yep, I know I’m deep…)
Honestly, I’d rather read or write than watch movies (and definitely not TV), and I’m woefully ignorant of actresses (not to mention bad with names). But I would definitely want Richard Gere to be the leading man (he just might be the sexiest (older) man alive…)!
Color: purple (big surprise, huh?)
Food: chocolate (still no surprises…)
Drink: home-made Baileys, hot apple cider and Panera’s mango smoothie
Tracey Cramer-Kelly, Author
INDIE AWARD FINALIST, “Last Chance Rescue”
Please visit www.LastChanceRescueBook.com