Wednesday, May 14, 2014

TRACY BROGAN

THE BEST MEDICINE
A Bell Harbor Novel
Montlake Romance

Everyone in Bell Harbor thinks career-minded plastic surgeon Evelyn Rhoades needs a husband. Everyone, that is, except for Evelyn…sort of. Even if she did want a husband (which she doesn’t…most of the time), she’d never let something as intangible as fate determine who she marries. No, if she’s going to find someone to spend her life with, she’ll do it scientifically: with a carefully crafted list of criteria and an Internet dating site.

But when intoxicated, law-breaking Tyler Connelly crashes into her life by way of a stolen Jet Ski, unruly emotions defy common sense. Sure, he’s sexy, charming, and determined to win Evelyn’s affection, but all evidence points to him being the worst possible choice. He’s too young for her. Too irresponsible. Too underemployed. And, oh yeah, he’s her patient.

But Tyler knows firsthand how the best-laid plans can crumble under the weight of destiny. Now all he needs to do is to teach Evelyn that, in matters of the heart, love often supersedes logic.

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Past or present, TRACY BROGAN loves romance. She writes funny contemporary stories about ordinary people finding extraordinary love, and stirring historical romance full of political intrigue, damsels causing distress, and the occasional man in a kilt.

Tracy is a best-selling author, a 2013 RWA® RITA Best First Book Finalist for CRAZY LITTLE THING, and a two-time Golden Heart Finalist in both contemporary and historical romance.

Tracy lives in Michigan with her husband, her children and their overly-indulged dogs.

THE EVERYDAY Q&A
ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
TRACY: My very first was I AM A BUNNY by Richard Scarry, but my first romance novel was ISLAND FLAME by Karen Robards. I was 16 and fell madly in love with the pirate hero. I still have that book. It’s held together with surgical tape, but a few years ago I took it to the RWA national conference, met Karen, and she autographed for me. That was a thrill and I think she was tickled that I’d kept it.

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
TRACY: I love that he’s a ‘real’ kind of guy. He’s not a super-alpha, quasi-superhero. He’s a sexy guy who works hard and likes to take care of people. My tagline is “ordinary people finding extraordinary love,” so most of my heroes are men you might actually meet. They’re not perfect men, they’re just perfect for the heroine.

ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
TRACY: I have a vintage 1960’s rocking chair in my office, and a foot massager! So I like to read there, but I’ll actually read anywhere. If I have a good book in front of me, I could read in the middle of a tornado. As far as how often, I can only say not nearly often enough. I would read all day if the kids would only feed themselves.

ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
TRACY: I love the sound of wind rustling leaves on trees. When we built a house ten years ago, there were no mature trees, just lots of neighbor sounds – lawn mowers, kids on bikes, dogs barking. That can be pleasant too, but as an introvert, I like to feel as if I’m completely alone. We’ve recently moved and our new place is surrounded by big, old trees and I love it.

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
TRACY: I love A Knight’s Tale with the wonderful Heath Ledger. Loved the style and idea of it, the humor, the romance, the jousting.  I also loved Crazy Stupid Love. That is a fantastic example of a smart, engaging, authentic romantic comedy. And Ryan Gosling abs. There was that, too. 
ANGI: What is your biggest vice?
TRACY: How long is this article supposed to be? My vices are varied and ever-present but lack of self-discipline is huge. Huge. My daughter challenged me to give up Facebook for one day, and then caught me sneaking online after she’d gone to bed. This is supposed to be the other way around, isn’t it?

ANGI: How is it working with hot guys and sexy women all day?
TRACY: Tough. Oh, so tough! But someone has to do it, right? Like many writers, I ‘mentally cast’ my books with beautiful people, and I have a tendency to fixate on one actor at a time. I spend my days talking to him and get very invested, but then if someone starts posting pictures on Facebook of some other actor that I plan to use in the future, I get very distracted! And the funny thing is, once I’ve used an actor for a particular book, I’m done with him! Apparently I’m quite fickle about my men, but I use the same actresses over and over again.

ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
TRACYSo easy. I am Team Loki. Kristan Higgins sent me a picture that says, “Hiddleston in the streets, Loki in the sheets.” To date, it’s had 147 shares and almost 300 likes so clearly I’m not the only one.
  
ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: What's your favorite scene in THE BEST MEDICINE? And can you tell us a little about it?
TRACY'S GOTTA ANSWER:   Would it be self-serving to say I love them all? ; )

Okay, in that case my favorite scene is when my heroine (Evie) isn’t feeling well and the hero (Tyler) takes care of her. Because she grew up with parents who were not very nurturing, and because, as a physician, she’s accustomed to being the one in charge, this is a tender but also funny moment in the story where she has to give in to physical weakness and let him rescue her. And he’s so sweet and capable, it really helps her see him in a new light. It’s an emotional turning point in her journey.

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UP NEXT for TRACY 
My next book, LOVE ME SWEET, is all about Tyler’s brother Grant, an action-adventure show cameraman who reluctantly joins forces with beautiful but duplicitous reality TV star as they take a road trip to romance. Release date February 2015.

PREVIOUS RELEASES by TRACY: 
HOLD ON MY HEART
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HIGHLAND SURRENDER
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CRAZY LITTLE THING
A Bell Harbor romance
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TRACY'S is giving away a bag full o’Brogan swag, including signed copies of CRAZY LITTLE THING and THE BEST MEDICINE.

 International giveaway ends Sunday May 18th
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ANGI'S back next week with the release party for
THE RENEGADE RANCHER
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TRACY WANTS TO KNOWWonderful readers, I’m at the Romantic Times convention today, so I’ll be popping in as often as possible but please forgive me if I’m not around much! Still, when I check in, I’d love to know, what’s the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for you? I’ll be choosing a winner from the commenters.

8 comments:

  1. My husband's been gone a long time and he wasn't all that romantic as far as gestures go, but I think the most romantic thing ever was making love to me on a deserted island in the sunshine because I had a fantasy about doing so. We weren't kids and he was seriously worried about being noticed by a very observant lobsterman, but he took me there anyway. And he made the experience live up to my fantasy while he was at it. Skye-writer

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  2. My husband has his romantic moments. When we were dating, we worked for a frozen yogurt company. He used to bring back chocolate yogurt sundaes and treats for me and he would write a sweet note too. We have been married almost 20 years now.

    yenastone at aol dot com

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    1. But I knew I wanted to marry him, when I got sick when we were dating and he stayed to take care of me, even when I was throwing up. Not romantic to most, but it was to me. Most guys would have just left.

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    2. Reminds me of the scene from YOU'VE GOT MAIL.

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  3. can't think of anything

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  4. When my two boys (11 months apart) were past the 'nursing during the night' age my hubby took over getting up with them when the woke up at so I could sleep. It might not see romantic to others, but it meant a lot that he'd do it for me.

    Marcy Shuler
    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Sleep...after last week, I can appreciate this even more.

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