Gold Medal Winner

I’m thrilled to announce that The Reformation of Marli Meade won the gold medal in the IPPY Awards, Mid-Atlantic Best Regional Fiction category.

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On May 29, I’ll head to NYC to accept the gold medal. How cool is that? In a business where I receive more bad news than good, I’ll take all the good I can get. And this is really good!

Interested in Marli’s story?

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You can find the novel on all major sites, eBook, paperback and hard cover, or simply go to http://www.TracyHewittMeyer.com for links. What’s this book about? Why, I’m happy to tell you!

Here’s the blurb:

Born and raised on an isolated Appalachian mountain, sixteen-year-old Marli Meade yearns to break free from her father’s diabolical church but fears its clutches are so deep she may never escape.

When she meets local boy Nate Porter, though, she realizes the life she craves is worth fighting for even with the grave risk that fight would entail.

As her two worlds collide, exposing buried church secrets more sinister than she imagined and unknown facts about her mother’s death, Marli must decide if she has the courage to fight for her future or if time has run out on her chance to live.

Happy reading!

Cheers, Tracy

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Contest Finalist!

Happy New Year!! I’m thrilled to announce my YA thriller, The Reformation of Marli Meade, was a finalist in the 2017 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence contest, in the teen category.

Go, Marli!

Many thanks to Birmingham’s Southern Magic Romance Writers, and congratulations to all the winners and finalists. Onward and upward!

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Available across all avenues.

Cheers! Tracy

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New Release: On the Edge of Tomorrow

I’m thrilled to be part of this YA anthology, filled-to-the-brim with edgy YA fiction. This collection of short stories will make a fantastic present for teenage and adult readers alike.

Interested? Here’s the cover:

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Yours truly not only helped edit the anthology, along with YA author Sara Daniell, but also contributed a gritty story titled Tender is the Deception.

I hope you enjoy the anthology.

Cheers! Tracy

*Available where all books are sold.*

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Upcoming Event:

Hi folks! Long time, no blog-writing, that’s for sure. But I’m excited to announce a new event in my little future: a book signing at the Loudon County Library Eat Local, Read Local Festival and Book Sale. When? Why, this weekend, of course. Time? 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. There will be TONS of authors, children’s and adult fiction alike, as well as food trucks in case you get hungry lugging around all those fabulous books (which will be for purchase by individual authors). What better way to spend a Saturday? Come say ‘Hi’!

Here’s the flyer for the event:

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Cheers! Tracy

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The Reformation of Marli Meade Excerpt

Hi folks. I hope everyone had a peaceful, relaxing (as much as possible) holiday. I returned to my home state of West Virginia to visit my family and to drink in the beautiful, haunting and stunning landscape. Needless to say, growing up in Appalachia left many lasting impressions on me–far too many to get into here–but the mountains, trees, fog, low-lying clouds, and winding, isolated roads are in my blood and when I return, I am truly home.

The Reformation of Marli Meade is set in rural Appalachia and the landscape evolved during the writing process until it became a character all on its own. If you can’t travel to Appalachia to see Mother Nature’s finest work, then grab a copy of The Reformation of Marli Meade. I hope I did the area justice.

My latest novel, a young adult thriller, is available for preorder on most venues and will be released December 1, 2016.

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Born and raised on an isolated Appalachian mountain, sixteen-year-old Marli Meade yearns to break free from her father’s puritanical church, but fears its cult-like clutches are so deep she may never escape.

When she meets local boy Nate Porter, though, she realizes the life she craves—to be a normal teenager—is worth fighting for, even with the grave and deadly risk that fight would entail.

As her two worlds collide, exposing buried church secrets more sinister than she imagined, and unknown facts about her mother’s death, Marli must decide if she has the courage to fight for her future or if time has run out on her chance to live.

The novel is available on: amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iBooks in eBook and paperback.

I will be releasing excerpts from the novel this week leading up to release on Thursday. Hopefully they will entice you to give Marli’s story a try.

Cheers! Tracy

 

 

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal and New Release Alert

Hi folks. I am thrilled to reveal the cover art for my new Young Adult thriller, The Reformation of Marli Meade:

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Many thanks to the fab team at Blue Harvest Creative for creating another stunning cover.

The Reformation of Marli Meade will be available on December 1, 2016, in Ebook and paperback form, BUT it’s up for KINDLE PRE-ORDER now at the reduced price of $2.99. (Price increases on release date to $3.99.)

Here is the pre-order link: Marli Meade Pre-Order.

Want to know what this novel is about? Here is the blurb:

Born and raised on an isolated Appalachian mountain, sixteen-year-old Marli Meade yearns to break free from her father’s puritanical church, but fears its cult-like clutches are so deep she may never escape.

When she meets local boy Nate Porter, though, she realizes the life she craves—to be a normal teenager—is worth fighting for, even with the grave and deadly risk that fight would entail.

As her two worlds collide, exposing buried church secrets more sinister than she imagined, and unknown facts about her mother’s death, Marli must decide if she has the courage to fight for her future or if time has run out on her chance to live.

I hope you enjoy Marli’s story, and are still able to sleep at night…without the lights on…and don’t develop an unhealthy fear of snakes…or mountains…or creepy pastors whose eyes never blink…

Cheers! Tracy

 

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On Being an Introvert and NOT Suitable for…

…human companionship…

When I first thought of this title, I thought it would be: On Being an Introvert and NOT Suitable for Human Consumption. But we’re not cannibals, so I decided that wasn’t the right word and I changed it to Companionship. Or was it the right word after all?

I don’t mean that I think people will physically devour me, but when I am in a social situation, my fight or flight syndrome (quite well-honed after all these years, and quite potent), kicks in and I might as well be covered in vegan barbecue sauce with the world nibbling away at my sour self.

Last night we had two couples and their children over for the Super Bowl. These are good friends, one couple whom we see on a regular basis, the other couple pretty consistently. But all day leading up to the little party, I was on edge, grumpy and feisty. I cleaned and straightened the house and grocery shopped and cooked. My kids were well-behaved. My husband helped. There was no reason to be on edge.

No reason other than I have pretty significant, and deeply-rooted, social anxiety. I love silence. I love to be alone. I struggle with nearly every social situation I encounter, planned or otherwise. And though I initiated the party and was excited to hang out with friends, I was still anxious.

What did I do? Had a few too many glasses of wine, a typical coping mechanism of mine to loosen the lips and reduce the anxiety. The problem was, I loosened them a little too much and spewed nonsense and personal details and all kinds of strange and unusual things. I interrupted others’ talking, forced words out of my mouth in rapid-fire profession, and had nightmares all night about how I must’ve come across. Sometimes I don’t see how I have friends at all.

But I do because they’re awesome people who don’t seem too put-off by the manic energy that pours off of me in social situations. And thank goodness for them.

I wish my inner introvert could understand that I am not going to be devoured and consumed by social interaction. People are not going to destroy me. People are kinder than that. But as an introvert with social anxiety, I can’t always make my logical thoughts translate into my feelings and being the type of person I am, feelings control my actions. Not logical thoughts.

Wow, it’s fun to be me.

What about you? If you’re an introvert, do you have social anxiety? Do you feel like conversing and mingling with others taps into your fight or flight syndrome, making you act like a crazy person? Do you feel like you’re being devoured? Consumed?

How can we, as introverts, maneuver our way through social situations without feeling like parts of us are being chipped away? It’s all internal anyway. So, what do we do?

For one thing, we can surround ourselves with understanding, compassionate friends. I am blessed to say I have these. I may have been annoying last night, or obnoxious, or irritating. But, these are my friends and I have a feeling they will forgive, forget, and return again for another fun soiree.

If you have an experience to share, I’d love to hear from you. Knowing I’m not alone is one of the greatest feelings I could ever have.

Cheers! Tracy

 

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