Monday, September 1, 2014

Neighborhood Taglines

The final volume of my NEIGHBORS Series is set to release this month, then they will be bundled into a paperback just in time for Christmas. To pique your interest, here is a short tagline for each. For a longer synopsis, visit the NEIGHBORS page on my website:
http://tracykrauss.yolasite.com/neighbors.php




Former cowboy Lester falls for more than his horse in NEIGHBORS Vol 1 - New in the Neighborhood http://amzn.to/1c5ZJ2j

Family expectations are high. Can Sherri survive the pressure? NEIGHBORS Vol 2 - Stuck in the Neighborhood http://amzn.to/1fWDodN

To Patsi, rules are meant to be broken. NEIGHBORS Vol 3 – Sneaking Around the Neighborhood http://amzn.to/QJE4bZ

Activist, entrepreneur and single mom. Tamara hasn’t got time for love. NEIGHBORS Vol 4 - Working the Neighborhood http://amzn.to/T1YWwk

Sherman returns for love but can he really make the sacrifice? NEIGHBORS Vol 5 - Back in the Neighborhood http://amzn.to/1pOmSkQ

Meddling, maneuvering, and miracles - all in a day’s work. NEIGHBORS Vol 6 - Navigating the Neighborhood http://amzn.to/WirV0t 

A dangerous cover up has Steve scrambling to find the truth. NEIGHBORS Vol 7 - Skeletons in the Neighborhood http://amzn.to/1t3W3ZV

A devastating betrayal has Patsi on the run. NEIGHBORS Vol 8 - Leaving the Neighborhood

What happens when a whole clan of Malloy’s move in? NEIGHBORS Vol 9 – There Goes the Neighborhood


Saturday, August 30, 2014

End of Summer Links

It's been a busy one! On Thursday August 28 I was featured on 'The G-Zone' - with blogtalk radio host Giovanni Gelati. Part of Volume 1 of NEIGHBORS was narrated. (It will soon be out as an audio book) I got mixed up on the time so actually missed my interview - (whoops - what a blooper!) but enjoy the narration anyway...

As well, you may wish to read my regular post on 'The Word Guild' blog, 'Canadian Writers Who Are Christian' entitled 'This Is the Life' - some reflections on a recent mini-vacation...

Friday, August 29, 2014

You Did What?

It's been a full summer of writing, travelling, visiting, and... PARASAILING? Yes, you heard it correctly. I went parasailing last week while on vacation in the Okanagan.

My husband and I were sitting on a bench on the lovely, long walkway which winds along the beachfront in Penticton, BC. We were watching some para-sailers and Gerald commented that he really wanted to try it. He had tried to convince me quite a few years earlier to go with him and I flatly refused. (I don't like thrills... or fun, apparently.) I figured it would would be way too expensive anyway, so I made him a deal. I said, "If it's less than $150 I'll go with you."

In the recesses of my mind, I thought I remembered a price of $150 each last time we inquired, so I was sure I was safe. Hmm. I guess my memory isn't as good as I thought...

Turns out it cost $62 a piece - only $124 for the two of us. My plan backfired, to say the least.

As it turns out, I like having fun after all. I wasn't the least bit scared. It was very much like riding a ski-lift - maybe less frightening since there is water below, not rocks and trees...

The lesson? Don't be afraid to try something new, even if you're scared, don't think you'll like it, or think you can't do it. You just never know when stepping out of your comfort zone will lift you to new heights. (Pun intended.)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Interview with Cory Roberts

I am continuing my series of interviews with various characters from my series NEIGHBORS.
Today I talk with Cory Roberts, co-owner of the 'Urban Cowboy'.

Q: Excuse me for saying so, but you don't look like the typical owner of a country pub.
A: That's why you should never judge a book by its cover.

Q: What ever made you decide to start a business like the Urban Cowboy?
A: I like a challenge. It was already established but the place had gone downhill. I decided I could capitalize on the retro feel and make something out of it.

Q: You have a business partner, I take it?
A: You would have to ask that question, wouldn't you? Yes. My father is my business partner. He's got the cash and I have the charisma.

Q: Funny you should say that. I was just going to ask you about your reputation as a ladies man.
A: What about it? The ladies know a fine specimen when they see one.

Q: I see. What else do you do, besides run a bar?
A: I am actually a DJ. Not the kind where you play other people's music, but where you create original, electronic music. Beats, mash-ups, scratching. You know.

Q: I don't have a clue what you're talking about.
A: Remixing; making it danceable...? Oh, never mind.

Q: I also heard that you, Steve Russell, and Sherman Chan are friends as far back as grade school. Is that correct?
A: We used to call ourselves the three musketeers until we got older and then we switched to the United Nations. Get it? United Nations...?

Q: I think so. You're African American, Sherman is Chinese, and Steve is white. 
A: You're not as dumb as you look.

Q: Thanks. Well, I think that's it. Anything else you'd like to mention before we call it quits?
A: Tell all your friends to come down to the Urban Cowboy. We've got this sweet old mechanical bull for people to ride and some really great food, too.

Cory is the typical entrepreneur - always out to promote his establishment - or himself! He appears in several instalments, including Navigating the Neighborhood - Volume 6 in the series. 





To read other interviews in this series:


Coming interviews:
Steve Russell's interview: (featured in Skeletons In the Neighborhood)
Jed Malloy's interview: (featured throughout the series!) 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Where Has the Summer Gone?

My art classroom


This is my lament each year when the end of August rolls around. Next week I will be sitting in my classroom (hopefully) getting ready for the students who will be descending on September 3. Despite the melancholy that accompanies the passing of summer, there is always a sense of excitement, too. It's a fresh start - a time of new beginnings, and students and teachers alike are filled with anticipation for what lies ahead.

student art

I actually love my job and I'm grateful that I can wake up and go to a job that I actually like. I will be teaching Art from Grades 7 to 12, Drama 10-12, and English 11 this year. (In small towns, teachers wear many hats.) Here's to another year of grammar, drama (both my scheduled productions and the teenage variety), art critiques and essays.

and there's the door!