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Navigating the Neighborhood

Volume 6 of my NEIGHBORS series is out! Lester Tibbett, former rodeo cowboy, is back in Volume 6 - Navigating the Neighborhood.


Lester Tibbett is back after a near death experience that has put a few things in perspective. It hasn’t stopped his friend Jed from harassing him about women or the upcoming bull riding competition. Nor has it made life any easier when it comes to dealing with his teenage sister. Just when he is at the end of his rope, he makes an unexpected discovery. Is it fate or mere coincidence?

Are you enjoying the series? If so, drop me a line or write a short review at Amazon.com or Amazon.ca

Here are all the volumes so far. More to come!

Inscribe link and a new release

Check out my regularly scheduled post on 'Inscribe Writers Online' entitled: A Branding Nightmare. I discuss my dilemma of writing in different genres and what that does to one's 'brand'.

I also had a new release! NAVIGATING THE NEIGHBORHOOD - Volume 6 in the Neighbors series, released on Thursday!

Finally, you may wish to read this thoughtful review of WIND OVER MARSHDALE by Antony Millen.

Guest Author - Grace Yee

COLONY ZERO, a Science Fiction series that I am pleased to be collaborating on, is into it's sixth volume 'A Matter of Time' by Grace Yee. Don't miss out on this exciting series.

In the wake of a harsh betrayal, order must be sought as the Earthers run free with the aid of a Zero turncoat. Schneider and the dwindling crew must return to Earth. This must not be allowed to happen. Beneath the lightless stare of the dwarf star, it is a race against time to apprehend the Earth crew before they can send word to the Relocation Ministry about the survivors on Colony Zero. Yet even with time and ally against them, the real danger is the one the colonists can't see. It is the one that would bring devastation to both Paradise and Earth.

I talked to contributing author Grace Yee about her part in the process.

Q: What is it about Science Fiction that inspires or intrigues you?

I love that with Science Fiction, you can take a pre-existing concept and completely twist it around to create something totally mind-blowing. I have an art book by Jessica “NeonDragon” Peffer where some of her fantasy creatures are placed in a Science-Fiction-type storyline. There’s a goblin in a dystopian-England and a Harley Quinzel-type fairy in the shadow of an eclipse. But my favorite example of Science Fiction has to be the television show Firefly. Although no longer on the air, I always find it fascinating how Joss Whedon incorporated themes of the Old West with spaceships and a posh totalitarian government.

Q: How did you find the whole ‘collaborative writing’ experience? Were there any surprises, what  did you find difficult, and what was the best part of the experience for you? 

I had butterflies in my stomach the whole time! Especially in the beginning I was thinking, “This isn’t gonna work, there are too many of us, how can all of our voices come together to sound as one,” etc., etc., etc. But once the initial reluctance to a new style of working wore off, the entire experience was rather thrilling! I was surprised by how open everyone was to tweaking and sharing ideas. For some reason I was most caught off guard by how much people contributed behind-the-scenes. Travis Perry blew me away. The amount of detail he contributed to all of the technical stuff caught my attention immediately. That was when I really took this thing seriously, where I thought, “Okay. This could work. This could actually be really good!” The hardest part for me was not being able to expound on the character I chose for the series. There is so much more to her than we see in the first installment and, as was pointed out, I really had to dial it down to move the story along. I comforted myself with the knowledge that readers would see more of her in the near future. The best part for me was probably seeing the finished product. It was thrilling to read everyone’s sections as a whole. Everyone’s styles of writing coordinated so elegantly.

Q: I totally concur with everything you said. I was impressed with Travis as well, (and everyone) and in my opinion, the 'origins' story was a complete success. How did you get involved in the COLONY ZERO project?

Our mutual acquaintance, Gio, said he wanted to make a game-plan of what would be in store for me for 2014. I actually thought I was in trouble and made up this list of bullet points that I wanted to talk about so he would see I wasn’t a total waste of imagination. But he surprised me by saying, “So I’m putting together a bunch of series and I wanted to see if you’d be interested in collaborating on one with a bunch of different authors.” I was dumbstruck for about three or four seconds. Write something with other authors? It wasn’t exactly something I was comfortable with. Having other authors with way more experience read my stuff and be justified with telling me if it was schmutz. The idea was daunting to say the least. But I found myself saying yes. It had to be a God thing. Only He knows what we really need, and I have learned so much while working with everyone. Not just about subplots and subliminal messages, but about working with other authors and how to make the story the best that it can be.

Q: Working with others can be both humbling and exciting, as as you said, the learning that comes out of it is immense. Tell us a bit more about your writing ‘history’.  

I didn’t really get into writing until I was fourteen or fifteen. Wow. That sounds so long ago. Anyway, I found writing fantasy stories something that came very naturally to me. I would see the story in my head and know what I wanted to say, how I wanted to describe it, and the words would just flow onto the page. I was homeschooled, and every year we have to present a creative writing piece in our English section. My creative writing piece was something like twenty pages long. That same year I wrote the first draft to what would become my first published story, THE WOMAN IN SCARLET. (A short story.) It was eighteen pages. After that I kind of knew that writing was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Granted, I was a freshman, and when you’re a freshman, the words rest of my life carry a different weight than they do after you graduate. But even now, at twenty years old (I’m so ancient!) I know writing is something I will do for the rest of my life. I love it. I can’t imagine not doing it. If I tried, I think I would go crazy.

Q:  Interesting. I homeschooled my children for nine years and I like to think they turned into well adjusted, inquisitive adults who think outside the box. Is there anything else you’d like to share?

This is a piece of advice given to me by a good friend at my graduation party, and it has stuck with me ever since. “Dear Grace, thinking back on the time that has passed since my high school graduation, I want to offer this: Don’t wait until tomorrow! Obey the Lord and then follow your dreams with relentless vigor and passion. Do not let obstacles deter you. Don’t wait for the ‘perfect timing’ to occur. Make it happen with prayer and persistence. If you delay, time is lost, and you can’t get it back. (At least this side of Heaven!)”


COLONY ZERO A Matter of Time by Grace Yee is now available at Amazon. 
 

NEIGHBORS & COLONY ZERO - new releases! http://tracykrauss.com

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Something About Me and My Book:
Tracy Krauss is a multi-published, award winning and best selling author, artist, and playwright. She grew up in small town Saskatchewan and has always enjoyed writing, along with many other creative pursuits. She received her Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Saskatchewan with majors in Fine Art, and minors in History and English. She has lived in many interesting places in northern Canada with her husband, a pastor with the PAOC, and their four children. She currently teaches English, Art and Drama at the High School level and lives in Tumbler Ridge, BC. Visit her website for info, reviews, buying options, and more.
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ALL TITLES AVAILABLE AT MY ONLINE STORE! LOTS OF BUYING OPTIONS FROM AMAZON, TO CHAPTERS TO MORE

MOTHER THE MAN-EATER
ISBN - 978-1-60976-585-9

A forty-something ‘cougar’s’ search for fulfillment keeps getting foiled when her prospects fall for one of her daughters instead. Her ex-husband is out of prison and looking for revenge. He’ll stop at nothing – even murder – to ruin Joleen’s reputation as well as her relationship with their daughters. My Mother the Man-Eatermakes for some truly tempting and redemptive reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



AND THE BEAT GOES ON
ISBN - 978-1-60693-199-8


When an archaeologist uncovers an earthshaking discovery in the mountains of Zimbabwe, plenty of theories are unearthed to describe his find. Canadian archaeologist Mark Graham digs up the remains of a pterodactyl, found carefully buried next to a set of gigantic human bones. What could his finding mean? Was there a race of giant humans who existed near the time of the dinosaurs? Or is the find a carefully planned hoax?
One theory speculates the existence of a race of giants, believed to have descended from both men and gods. The race is called Nephilim, and scientists scurry to find the truth behind the bones. As sinister forces enter the picture and Graham is deceived by friends and colleagues, he struggles to safeguard the bones and his reputation so he can learn the mystery behind the Nephilim.

 

 

 

 


PLAY IT AGAINISBN: 978-1-61204-392-0

Sparks fly when an ex rock and roll junkie and a stuffy accountant rendezvous at a local resort, but neither are prepared for the emotional entanglements, family complications, and a threat from the past that unexpectedly resurfaces. Set in the 1980′s, this story brings two opposing forces together in a clash of romance and danger, while its musical undertones highlight the theme that God can turn anything into beautiful music.

 PLAY IT AGAIN is the much anticipated prequel to Tracy’s debut novel AND THE BEAT GOES ON.Find out where Mark Graham’s journey began in this, the story of his parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WIND OVER MARSHDALE

ISBN: 978-1-62135-041-5

Marshdale. Just a small farming community where nothing special happens.  A perfect place to start over… or get lost. There is definitely more to this prairie town than meets the eye. Once the meeting place of aboriginal tribes for miles around, some say the land itself was cursed because of the people’s sin. But its history goes farther back than even indigenous oral history can trace and there is still a direct descendant who has been handed the truth, like it or not. Exactly what ties does the land have to the medicine of the ancients? Is it cursed, or is it all superstition?

Wind Over Marshdaleis the story of the struggles within a small prairie town when hidden evil and ancient medicine resurface. Caught in the crossfire, new teacher Rachel Bosworth finds herself in love with two men at once. First, there is Thomas Lone Wolf, a Cree man whose blood lines run back to the days of ancient medicine but who has chosen to live as a Christian and faces prejudice from every side as he tries to expose the truth. Then there is Con McKinley, local farmer who has to face some demons of his own. Add to the mix a wayward minister seeking anonymity in the obscurity of the town; eccentric twin sisters – one heavily involved in the occult and the other a fundamentalist zealot; and a host of other ‘characters’ whose lives weave together unexpectedly for the final climax. This suspenseful story is one of human frailty - prejudice, cowardice, jealousy, and greed – magnified by powerful spiritual forces that have remained hidden for centuries, only to be broken in triumph by grace.

COLONY ZERO - Volume 1 Contact

a Science Fiction series

In 2810, they’re called Zeroes. Some Zeroes are born, somehow slipping through the genetic screening and purification tests in utero mandated by an overpopulated Earth. Others become Zeroes later, the worst murderers and thieves and abusers, despite the same genetic screening. Whether born or made, they are Earth’s outcasts, the dregs, sent to a perpetually dark rock orbiting a Y-class brown dwarf star by a society without the patience or desire to deal with them. 

The Relocation Ministry cites the humanity of the process, offering the Zeroes a chance at a new life. Yet the overcrowded world secretly knows with silent approval that they’re sent to Colony Zero for one reason: to die. That is until the RM ship Valkyrie 2 arrives on a routine survey mission to retrieve core samples. It is on that dark wind-swept planet that the crew discovers a far different secret. 

COLONY ZERO - VOLUME 5 - SINS OF THE FATHERS

Fear and confusion are mounting on Colony Zero since the arrival of the Earth ship Valkyrie 2. Renata, chief spiritual leader, has her hands full trying to keep the citizens calm. Her own son is not making life any easier with his radical disregard for their way of life. Then she discovers that a potentially dangerous secret could not only threaten to destroy their utopian way of life, but the very existence of the planet. 

NEIGHBORS - A Series

Volume 1 New In the Neighborhood

Volume 2 Stuck In the Neighborhood

Volume 3 Sneaking Around the Neighborhood

Volume 4 Working the Neighborhood

Volume 5 Back In the Neighborhood

 

CHILDREN'S BOOK

THE SLEEPYTOWN EXPRESS- an illustrated children's book based on the song by Haven Gillsespie

NON-FICTION

LIFE IS A HIGHWAY: Advice and Reflections on Navigating the Road of Life  (devotional)

STAGE PLAYS!

EBENEZER'S CHRISTMAS CAROL

(2010)

A fresh new twist on a Christmas classic!

Available through Pioneer Drama Services

 

Hook's Nemesis - Peter pan parody! JAC Publishing / amazon

Dorothy's Road Trip

ISBN: 978-1605131566

A modern parody of the beloved Wizard of Oz. this full length play featured fresh new characters to bring an classic to life. 

Available through JAC Publishing. Also available on amazon in BOOK or KINDLEformat.

 

A Midterm Eve's Phantasm

A parody of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' in a modern high school setting. Lots of mayhem and mishaps! Available through Big Dog Play.

 

Little Red in the Hood

A comic fairy tale classic with an anti-bullying message. Available through JAC Publishing, or Amazon as a book or kindle. 

The Western Tale - Shakespeare goes country in this adaptation of 'The Winter's Tale' From JAC Publishing or at amazon. 

 

Anthologies: 

25 Years in the Rearview Mirror - 52 Author Look Back

Taste and See - A Sampling of First Chapters by John 3:16 Marketing Network Authors

Taste and See Volume 2

 

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God's Daughter - a review

God’s Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert is a must read for historical fiction fans, those interested in Viking lore and culture, or just anyone looking for an emotionally charged and gripping read. It is written from the perspective of a Viking woman named Gudrid sometime around 1000 AD when these fierce warriors were exploring the northern seas. Most of the tale is told from a first person, present perspective, heightening the immediacy and emotional honesty of the story. Gudrid has become a…See More
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God's Daughter - a review

God’s Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert is a must read for historical fiction fans, those interested in Viking lore and culture, or just anyone looking for an emotionally charged and gripping read. It is written from the perspective of a Viking woman named Gudrid sometime around 1000 AD when these fierce warriors were exploring the northern seas. Most of the tale is told from a first person, present…

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Deja vu - a review

Deanna and Josh just keep running into each other. It’s almost as if they were destined to meet. As it turns out, they are perfect for each other and a relationship begins. But Deanna is having strange nightmares, despite her idyllic new boyfriend. Another friend convinces her to undergo hypnosis to see if they can pinpoint the root of the problem.

During this process, the reader is transported into Deanna’s past life during World War Two. This was the most intriguing part of the…

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Posted on October 19, 2013 at 9:30pm

Paint Me Althena - by Naomi Musch - a review

Paint Me Althena is a story about second chances. Ava abandoned her family three years ago in a quest to find herself – or so she claimed. But fulfillment continues to sidestep her at every turn. Then, unlikely circumstances throw her and her estranged husband Ethan back into each others’ lives. Learning to trust again isn’t easy for either of them, especially with meddlesome in-laws, complicated new relationships, and a mountain of guilt. At times I was frustrated with the heroine’s choices…

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Posted on August 11, 2013 at 9:20pm

Learning to Trust - a review

This is the fourth and final installment in the ‘Sacred Vows’ Series by Michelle Sutton. It continues to chronicle the lives of three individuals that we’ve met earlier in the series – Hope, Tony, and Jimmy. Hope is now a widow, and perhaps this part of the story is the most ‘romantic’ of the three threads as she embarks on a new relationship. Tony, Hope’s former lover, has also found true love, but his relationship with his new wife is not always stable and they must continue to seek God to…

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Posted on August 7, 2013 at 7:00pm

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At 2:59pm on August 18, 2012, donna eden vinke gave Tracy Krauss a gift
At 7:27am on July 28, 2011, Shawn Lamb said…
My daughter draws all the characters, my husband does the graphics and I direct and narrate. It's all a family enterprise. My husband used to work in animation on the old series He-Man, She-Ra, Fat Albert. Briana (daughter) is a budding feature film artist and worked on a couple of films. One is coming out next year while the other is in pre-production in New Zealand.
At 11:22am on May 18, 2011, Author Collective said…
The 2011 Nashville International Book Festival takes
place June 3rd through 5th at RiverGate Mall in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.
Throughout the mall will be local television, government and sports
personalities reading for 30 minutes to a group of children or students.
Authors will also sell and sign their books and novels and there will be several
no cost literary workshops, classes and panel discussions open to the general
public. For more information or if you want to participate please go to www.NashvilleInternationalBookFestival.info
or you can call us at 313.862.5000. Thanks and we hope to see and hear you at
the "Celebrity Read Out".
At 9:05am on July 8, 2010, Merle Savage said…
In 1989 Exxon told the cleanup workers the same story, that the crude oil is not toxic. Some of us are living proof of the toxic exposure, and many others have died. Please view the YouTube video, and help get the message to Gulf residents, BP crude oil cleanup workers, and President Obama. Respirators need to be supplied to oil cleanup crews.
Thank you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M1J7U2GYA0
At 11:19pm on July 5, 2010, Gene Cartwright said…
Tracy, thanks for the friend request. I congratulate you on your successes, nd wish you much more.

Gene
iFOGO Village, iFOGO.com
At 5:28pm on July 5, 2010, Gabriel Gherasim said…
Thank you for the invitation!
God Bless!
At 7:26pm on July 4, 2010, Bill said…
At 7:25pm on July 4, 2010, Bill said…

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There is a pool of Love . . .
that holds all things that are in existence . . .
this pool’s waters are so pure . . .
it washes away illusions . . .
of time and space . . .
. . . with this being said,
what is there to know ? . . .
for even knowledge bows ! . . .
. . . to honor love. . .

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At 10:50pm on July 2, 2010, Shon Hyneman said…
Thank you so much for the connection! Stay in touch.

Shon
www.neveragainministries.info
At 6:04am on May 21, 2010, Lisa Lickel said…
Thank you, Tracy.
 
 
 

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