Tuesday, October 19, 2010

TANDEM - Tracey Bateman - Free Book

I love having you on my blog, Tracey. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?

I write about taking off masks a lot. Being real and vulnerable. In Tandem, I discuss the issue of co-dependency. How God created us to walk together, but rather than lifting each other up, co-dependents tend to “suck” the life out of each other.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?

Next summer my second Love Finds You book comes out—written under the pen name, Tracey Cross. It’s Love Finds You in Dodge City, Kansas and I’m doing research on it right now.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?

Jodi Picoult. If we could talk in her writing office. Because I would love to share with her my gratitude for her amazing books. And if she was up for it, I’d ask her to take me through her writing process. She’s sort of my writing hero.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?

Abigail Adams (since I picked Harriett Beecher Stowe last time). Here’s why…because this woman stood behind a man who became one of the founding fathers and eventually president. She also raised a son who became president. I think about my short-term sacrifices with my husband on his second deployment in 6 years, and I’m humbled to realize she gave our country YEARS at a time without her husband so that he could help build the foundation of this nation. She amazes me. I think anyone who hasn’t read a biography of Abigail Adams should run out and grab one—post haste!! And pick up Tandem with it, maybe they’ll give you a discount :-)

Seriously, though I’m extremely patriotic and I love this country of ours. I believe we were built on the potential for honor and greatness and I believe this country has the potential to walk in honor again. VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, dear friends!!

I agree with you on that. VOTE! My grandson is on his second deployment in three years. How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?

Don’t fall into the devil’s trap of discouragement. God gives us gifts to be shared. Not just with Him, but with others as well—so keep taking the steps. If one work is rejected by everyone on your list…start over with something new. But in the meantime, be diligent to work on craft, get to conferences and join ACFW or another network organization. God can’t open doors you’re not available to walk through and sometimes we have to allow ourselves to be positioned for the open door. God set me up to meet my hero, Tracie Peterson, when I first started out. She saw my worth and obeyed God and encouraged me to keep trying and finally it paid off with a contract with Heartsong. Networking is where you’ll meet the people who want to help you move to the next step. I think sometimes we don’t want to spend the money to join organizations or go to conferences, because it’s tight these days. But it’s worth making meals stretch or doing without a weekly date night that costs money (make him take you to the park and get McDonald’s dollar menu), save that money and make an investment in the dream God has placed on your heart. If you aren’t willing to invest in your own dream, why should a publisher spend tens of thousands of dollars on you?

And realize if you’re rejected over and over, it just means you need to grow a little more or the story isn’t right at this time. Trends change. Keep working at it and don’t hide and say you’re only going to write for God. If he’s given you a dream to publish, He doesn’t intend for you to bury your talent. :-)

Another thing I agree with. Tell us about the featured book.

Tandem picks up a few months after Thirsty ended. It is not a sequel, but there are common elements, including the town of Abbey Hills, vampires, of course, and a couple of characters return. Lauryn McBride is dealing with her dad’s early onset Alzheimer’s and trying to save her family’s auction house. She is hired to oversee the estate of the late Markus Chisom, who was a character in the first book. She gets the attention of a very old vampire from New Orleans with ties to Markus and finds herself in the middle of something she never dreamed existed. Also, her old flame returns to town with a child and they have to decide whether or not to resume their friendship. If I hadn’t written this book, I’d still buy it. :-)

Please give us the first page of the book.

There is a sneak peak at Random House that will give you a couple of chapters. Please go over there and read the two chapters and if you enjoy them leave a comment! Also feel free to email me at author4god@gmail.com

Here’s the link:


How can readers find you on the Internet?


Also on facebook and I’m working on trying to get back on twitter. I had some issues with tweetdeck and gave up. But I shall prevail!! (says with fist shaking furiously at the tweetdeck demons who have given me such trouble)

I had a lot of trouble with Tweetdeck, so I deleted it and downloaded Seesmic Deck for Twitter. I like it better and haven't had any trouble with it. Just Goggle it. Thanks for another great interview, Tracey.

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~Ley said...

Wow, first comment. Somehow I missed reading Thirsty even though I wanted to when I first heard about it! It's certainly going to be moving closer to the top of my TBR list now. :)

Angela Breidenbach said...

You are really cool! Just had to say it. I love your thoughts on Abigail Adams. Did homeschooling with 2 of my kids for junior high. I loved learning about our country's founding fathers and the families that supported them.

Love your work and ideas, Tracey.
Thank you, Lena, for featuring her.
Angie Breidenbach

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Mark said...

I'd love to win a copy

fredamans said...

Tandem looks like a fascinating read. Thank you for the entry.

barbjan10 said...

I enjoy meeting authors unknown to me as well as their works. Tracey's comments about Abigail Adams makes me want to run out and get the book. I am interested in learning about her writing and am glad she is giving it in a giveaway. I'm also happy for the chance to win this great sounding book. I hope I do!

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Anonymous said...

Good Interview. I love Tracey's books. I love to win this one.


Tracey Bateman said...

Hey Angie! Thanks! :)

Cindy W. said...

Tandem sounds like a book I would love to read.

Cindy W.


Brittanie said...

I am very patriotic too. I love her chick lit books. Enter me please.
treewaterduchess at yahoo dot com

Pam said...

Tandem is already on my to read list. Have always enjoyed Tracey's books. I'd love to win a copy.

holdenj said...

I've enjoyed some of Tracey's other books, this looks interesting. Thanks!

Brook said...

What an awesome interview! I love Tracey's books and the heart she brings to them! Can't wait to read more and more...

Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

Anna W. said...

Thirsty was awesome; I'm sure this one will be just as good! Please drop my name in the hat!

Tracey Bateman said...

Thanks to everyone who entered! Sorry I didn't get over here more yesterday. I was out of office all day doing fun stuff!!

kristen said...

I love Abigail Adams, too. She's amazing!
Please enter me:)

Bakersdozen said...

This books sounds interesting. I want to read it.

Brenda said...

Sounds like a great book. Nice interview. dancealert at aol dot com

Ann Lee Miller said...

Wow! This sounds like a great book. I'd love to see how you handle codependency.
Ann Lee Miller

mariska said...

i would like to read this. enter me in please !

Nancye said...

This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the chance.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

hippmom said...

I am adding this one to my reading list! Thanks for the interview.

angelahipp (at) charter (dot) net

Maureen said...

I've always liked Abagail Adams too. I also enjoy Jodi Picoult!

barbjan10 said...

I wonder how much of herself Tracey puts into her writings? This book sounds very interesting and a good read. I'd like to read it. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win it. I hope I do!

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

I love vampire stories and Christian fiction and I'm a pretty big fan of Thirsty so I've been waiting for this Tracey! I also can't wait for the next LFYI book!

XOXO~ Renee

wmmahaney said...

This book sounds interesting. Would love to read it.

rubynreba said...

Tandem is a book I would really like to read. Thanks.

Deborah said...

i adore tracey's books and i really really loved Thirsty. vampires are awesome lol