Author Spotlight: Tracy Ellen
Meet Tracy Ellen...
Tracy, the Woman…
I’m a happy wife, mother--and still totally blown away by the magical concept--grandmother. When I am not living dangerously through the lives of my characters, I like planning the next exciting vacation. Sometimes, I even go on them. I love water and I do love long walks, but not on a sandy beach at the ocean--unless it is a flat beach. It’s not my idea of fun to walk cockeyed at a steep slant or trudge long distances in deep sand. At the ocean, I prefer to amble along under the hot sun, collect awesome shells, and purely for research purposes, check out the size of men’s brains while freezing mine sucking down a frothy, ice-cold piña colada.
Tracy, the Reader…
“The good, the admirable reader identifies himself not with the boy or the girl in the book, but with the mind that conceived and composed that book.”
--Vladimir Nabokov (1899 – 1977)
My main hobby has always been reading books. Counting the years reading and the notches on my bedposts, I’ve read approximately 12,000 books once, and many of those books two or three times. After reading Vlad’s quote for the first time, I sat back, stunned. It's exactly how I felt when reading a book that resonates inside me long after the last word. It isn't the genre, characters, or plot that I vaguely long to be besties with, or invite to dinner and possibly a weekend sleepover, but the author who creates the world I am sad to finish and leave.
Whenever I’ve been asked to name a favorite book or a favorite book boyfriend, I struggle to come up with an answer. Ask me to name my favorite authors and I immediately perk up. I can rattle off a dozen without thought.
I don’t know why I was so stunned after reading Vlad’s quote. Maybe it's because of the next thoughts that crystallized in my mind. Could it possibly be true I'm not the super-cool woman that I’ve always prided myself on being, but your common, garden-variety author groupie? In fact, am I not actually one step out of the closet from being an author whore and/or hoarder? Not in the delusional, Misery kind of way--I could never be that crazy. Sure, in my imagination I wouldn’t mind chaining up certain male authors to comfy beds in an attic dormitory, semi-naked and totally under my power, but those are only fun, harmless daydreams. I know the authors I admire don't exist simply to please me with their stories, or at least not entirely, but are real people.
I understand some authors can be shy nerds in real life, living vicariously through their writings. They use editors to help them write and tweak their stories endlessly to create the end results that thrill me as their biggest fan girl. But equally, some authors are the real deal. They've experienced many of the adventures described in their action scenes, felt the emotions so beautifully written that moved me to tears or laughter, and are as sexy hot as their characters. However, all said and done-- tall, short, thin, fat, old, young, dull or exciting--an author’s real life doesn't matter to me. What all my favorite authors do have in common, though, is an authentic voice. The writers I adore, male and female, have a zest for writing that shines through the words of their books. Authenticity cannot be easily faked. It may be a love / hate relationship, but it never bores, it never becomes a formula, and it should never be only about making a buck.
Tracy, the Writer…
Having always ruefully described myself as a Jill of all trades, Mistress of none, I was overjoyed to realize that I may have found my niche in life when I first discovered my love of writing. The unexpectedness of this gift still leaves me breathless with delight and gratitude. Now working on book seven, I can hardly believe my life as a self-published author has evolved into a full-time career. It’s hard, lonesome work, but I enjoy every minute I spend in the worlds of my characters. My mission as an author is to keep that passion the primary motivator in the choice of every writing project I take on. So, you may see some strange stuff written by me in the future--I have a tendency to be a genre-masher, but I will do my damnedest to take my readers on a fun, thrilling ride because…my dearest wish is to resonate with you long after the last word of the story.
Welcome to the world of Anabel Axelrod!
Hold on to your seat for the beginning of a fun ride! This is not your traditional romance wrapped up in a nice box and tied with a HEA pretty bow. A Date with Fate is the debut novel by Tracy Ellen, and the first volume in The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod ongoing series. Experience action, sex, wit, romance, mystery, mayhem, friends, family, flashbacks, fantasies, much laughter, and an “OMG!” cliffhanger--all in one roller-coaster ride of a wild weekend!
Smart and sexy bookstore owner Anabel Axelrod is happily satisfied with the routine of her life. She enjoys her work, the occasional company of good friends and family, and casual dates with men that are willing to follow her ironclad rules on dating.
Not too tall, deliciously dark, and definitely not handsome, the mysterious Luke Drake is a new man in town. When they meet, Anabel realizes Luke is the same man that she saw briefly in her bookstore months ago. They had never actually spoken, but sparks flew and worlds collided when their eyes clashed across the room that day.
It soon becomes apparent Luke has set his sights on Anabel, but he is no follower of rules and control is his middle name. Falling crazy in lust and sharing her darkest desires with an experienced man like Luke was definitely not in Anabel’s plans. She loves being single and will allow no man to control her, but Luke has persuasive ideas of his own.
But Anabel’s intense desire for Luke Drake is not her only concern. The slutty wife of a friend has gone missing, an employee at her store is attacked by an abusive ex, and the man who broke her heart years ago returns to town. Anabel’s orderly life dissolves into chaos. In A Date with Fate, the question remains--will the sassy, blonde bookseller follow her own rules to stay single, or will she understand that life is never simple and a certain mesmerizing complication may be worth the risk, even if it kills her?
The next two books in The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod series, Courted by Karma and In Love by Design, are available for purchase at all major booksellers. Adieu to Destiny will be available in November 2014.
*This series is meant for the entertainment of an adult, mature audience. Please do not buy my books if scenes containing strong sexual situations, moderate violence, and explicit language offend you.
Anabel Axelrod is back…and so is Luke Drake! Courted by Karma picks up right where we left off with the doorbell buzzing on Tuesday at 11:59 PM. First it was Her Turn. Now it is His Turn. Anabel’s life was sizzling before, but now its on fire! Can she handle the heat?
After her last crazy few days, Anabel’s hell bent on having nothing but a good time during the traditional upcoming Axelrod Women Weekend. Cousin Layla and some friends are flying in from Florida for a visit. Despite Chief Jack’s warning not to call him this year if they end up in jail again, the women plan to rock the town! But first our girl has to survive some Russians, some Mexicans, some Parents, Thanksgiving, and Anabel’s hottest challenge ever…Luke Drake. And Mr. Secretive has plans of his own.
Will it ever be Our Turn for Luke and Anabel, or is it her karma to get burned by the smokin’ hot flames?
Author’s note: This story is for mature audiences. This series is sequential. For the optimum reading experience, please read A Date with Fate first and then Courted by Karma.
In Love by Design is the third, rollicking volume in the ongoing series of The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod!
Anabel Axelrod returns...but the sexy, blonde bookstore owner with a sassy attitude and a brain that never stops doesn't get to prove what a fabulous girlfriend she'll make for even one day before Luke disappears out of town. Let the troubles begin! Instead of getting to enjoy being a girl passionately in love, Anabel’s shiny new feelings and trust in her boyfriend are immediately put to the test. Who is the powerfully charismatic Luke Drake? What are his dark secrets? Does he really love Anabel, or has he been coldly manipulating her feelings to further an intricate design of diabolical revenge that has been in the making for years?
In Love by Design finds the confident Anabel desperately beginning to wonder if she’s wrong to believe in her incredibly hot, yet very tricky Dark Prince. Or is this one fairy tale where love cannot conquer all?
A note from Tracy Ellen: The books in this series should definitely be read in order for the most pleasurable reading experience. I don't recap much. Thank you.
Adieu to Destiny is Volume IV in the steamy hot and hilarious series The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod---
From Fabulous Girlfriend to Freaked Out Fiancee!
Anabel's white lace fantasies have never been about weddings, so when she and Luke Drake decide to wait on the decision to marry, Anabel lets out a huge sigh of secret relief. Surrounded with crazed brides and nonstop pre-wedding activities by day, and having nightmares of those predestined, four little babies at night, Anabel’s relief soon turns into an anxiety disorder at even the thought of marriage. With a jealous murderess on the loose, big trouble brewing at Luke’s company, interfering relatives, and horrifying black circles under her eyes, Anabel knows her life is fast spiraling out of control. Matters are taken out of her hands when Luke shockingly betrays and publically dumps Anabel. Blown away by Luke's decision, it is just the buttercream icing on her "29 Forever" surprise birthday cake when Anabel is coerced by Police Chief Jack to still work with Luke to help trap a killer. In Adieu to Destiny, nothing is what it seems. Anabel learns what lengths she is willing to go in the name of love, lust, and loyalty, even as she uncovers the dark depths to which others will sink.
Prepare for laughter, sighs, tears, and shocking surprises in Family & Fortune, Volume V in the dangerously delicious ongoing series, The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod.
Floating on drama-free air, Anabel and Luke revel in their time spent together like a normal couple before the upcoming Las Vegas weddings. But their sensual idyll can’t last forever, especially when contrary to all the promises made in the ads, what happens in Vegas starts in Northfield. As the family weddings draw nearer, so does trouble. Anabel has to be on her toes like never before when confronted with a blackmailing ex-cousin, weird behavior from her niece, strangers asking strange questions, wedding havoc in the family, Vegas gangstas, jealous girlfriends, and a seriously freaky fan boy who may be more bite than bark.
If Anabel doesn't play her tarot cards right, not even the talented Mr. Tricky can save her from the fortune destined to take her breath away--for good!
Just discovering The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod? Read the first book in the series, A Date with Fate, for free!
Coupled with Chance, Volume VI…
Just discovering The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod? Read the first book in the series, A Date with Fate, for free!
Coupled with Chance, Volume VI…
Waking up in her bed, sluggish from being drugged, still single, and shocked senseless to be the surrogate mother of four little boys, Anabel returns home from Vegas swearing off destination weddings as much too stressful.
Upon discovering that Luke has a past he forgot to share with her about the kidnapper-killer-wannabe vampire, Kyle Koch, Anabel questions if her fiancé will ever get the concept of partnership.
Will Anabel take a chance to place her future happiness in the hands of a man with trust issues, even if those hands are magical?
Anabel and Luke’s relationship will soon be put to the test, and it will be trust or bust when the couple has to survive facing the demons from Luke’s past, the Tasmanian devil in Anabel’s family, and the hellishly darker side of parenting!
Part steamy romance, part thrilling suspense, and altogether laugh out loud hilarious, after reading Coupled with Chance, you may never look at relationships between couples, families, and friends quite the same way again!
*This steamy contemporary romance series was written for the entertainment of an adult audience.
“Acadia’s Law” is the stand alone first book in the “Undying Love” series, a love story and apocalyptic thriller by Tracy Ellen, the author that brought you “The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod”--
Ask yourself: How would you survive?
Acadia King is a young widow suddenly faced with answering this question, and in ways she could have never dreamed possible at the start of her evening. It has been two long years since the death of her husband. A lonely Acadia has caved to the pressure from her good friends to go on a simple blind date at a hotel bar, but she is about to get much more than she ever planned on this fateful night. Not only does Acadia meets a younger, impossibly hot man named Rod that, unbeknownst to her, is also the new Minnesota star quarterback arriving in town that day, but the hotel is host to more than just a Casino Night. A viral epidemic turning people into homicidal crazies has begun to sweep across the Twin Cities. Acadia and Rod are caught at ground zero when the hotel bar erupts into a savage battleground. Along with two offensive linemen and a beautiful blonde groupie, Acadia and Rod barely escape with their lives. Acadia brings them back to the farm she owns where she then sets out to convince her family and friends to prepare for the worst.
Pragmatic, blunt, and intelligent, forty-something Acadia King is focused solely on protecting everyone and everything she has left in life from the threats closing in on all sides. Rod "The Ram" Ramaldi, smiling player and golden-boy superstar, is a man on a mission to win Acadia’s frozen, lonely heart. Thrown together while working on defense plans for the farm and fighting off crazies, Acadia refuses to be tempted despite Rod’s attempts to drive her insane with wanting every chance he gets. Practical Acadia wants no relationship, she is convinced Rod is too young for her and she distrusts his motives. After all, what man in their right mind has time for smiling, teasing, and fooling around with love when the world could end that day>
Overnight, the epidemic tears at the thin veneer of civilization. The band of survivors at King Farm soon learns the hard way that the infected crazies aren't the only battle they’ll be fighting when greed, betrayal, and lawless chaos start to rule!
Be prepared for a steamy romance and edge-of-your-seat action in Acadia’s Law, book one of this exciting, new series!
*Acadia's Law was written for the entertainment of adults. Please don't buy my book if sexual situations, violence, and implicit language offends you.