Book Tour: Guest Post by Tracy Deebs Author of Tempest Rising

Tempest Rising Book Blog Tour

Today we welcome Author Tracy Deebs to the blog. Her stop today here brings us a guest post and a wonderful giveaway. Tracy is offering one winner the chance to win a summer lotion bath set from Victoria Secrets. So help me welcome her and enjoy reading the post. 

First off, thanks Yara, for having me. I really appreciate it. There are a lot of books throughout my lifetime that have touched me, inspired me, made me think. I’m one of those people who love books, the characters in them and the ideas that they set forth. Which is why, when I got this prompt, I spent a lot of time thinking about books that I’ve read—in the past—and the present—that really got to me. Books that got their hooks in, worked their way inside of me and wouldn’t let go. The conclusion I reached, was that I can’t name just one. There have simply been too many.

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 

Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates 

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson 

The Awakening by Kate Chopin 

These are just a few off the top of my head—books that changed how I viewed the world or the way I fit into it. But since we’re talking about young adult books today—books that Yara reads and books that I write—I thought it would be fitting if I chose one book that I’ve read in the last year that really blew my mind. For me, that book is Little Brother by Cory Doctorow.

I picked Little Brother up on a whim and was hooked from the first page. In Winston, his main character, Doctorow creates a smart, funny, well-intentioned narrator. He’s a genuine nice guy, but one who refuses to lie down and let the government roll over him. He sees something wrong and he tries to fix it.

The basic premise of the book is that Winston and his friends are in San Francisco (ditching school) when a huge bomb goes off. As they try to flee the BART station (train station) they are picked up by the military, detained and tortured for the next few days—all because Winston is a computer genius. When they are finally released, his best friend is near dead and the girl he likes is an emotional mess. Winston decides that it isn’t right that the government should have been able to pick them up and do what it did to them—not in a free country and one where the Constitution is supposed to be prized.

From that point on, Winston becomes Little Brother—the guy who does everything he can to make sure that Big Brother doesn’t have the right to abuse its people. He takes on the establishment—and his parents—all to ensure that we have the freedoms guaranteed to us. This book touched me on so many different levels. Winston was a genuine, deep-down good guy, couched in hacker clothes and a kick-butt attitude (exactly my kind of guy, lol). Add to that the fact that Doctorow is an incredible, smart, funny writer and Little Brother was my idea of an incredible read.

Tempest Rising 
Author: Tracy Deebs
Pages: 352 pgs
Reading Level: YA
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Available: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Summary: (from goodreads) Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water's temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her—and that the entire ocean's future hangs in the balance.

To Enter:

  • Fill out the FORM
  • Entering to win a Victoria Secrets Summer lotion bath set
  • Must leave a comment below
  • Giveaway for the US only
  • Giveaway will ends May 11th at Midnight
  • You dont have to be a follower but we love if you were


  1. This looks like a fun book! Would love to win it!

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

  3. Mermaids!! Might be time for a change from wolves and vampires! I'm looking forward to it!

  4. count me in!! ill add it to my to-read list

  5. I love this cover! I have been hoping for a mermaid book for so long!

  6. This sounds really good. I love that cover, too.

  7. I definitely love this cover and I am very excited to read about mermaids!!

  8. Beautiful cover. I've been missing some mermaid stories.

  9. I am now so very curious about those reads. I always find it amazing the kind of stories that are peoples' favorites. I mean, they must be favorites for a reason right?

    I really want to read this book! I love anything having to do with mermaids (I adore The Little Mermaid, don't get me started haha) so I'm especially curious :)

  10. Thanks for hosting - this looks like a good one!

  11. The book looks excellent, I marked this as a to-read on Good Reads. Unfortunately, my library isn't getting the book anytime soon :( I really hope I win, thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!

  12. Looks like a great book!!!!

  13. Would love to read this!!!
    Looks like a good book:)

  14. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. Sounds very good.

  15. Sounds like a great book. I'd love to be entered to win it!

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  16. Mermaids! I love mermaid books so I really want this!

  17. I enjoyed the guest post and would love to read Tempest Rising :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  18. Everyone, Its seems you all think this is to win a book, it snot. You are entering to win a Victoria Secrets lotion bath set. Thanks.

  19. lol. A lotion bath set is very useful.

  20. Yay, another book to put on my tbr list. It sounds great. Thanks for the interview and telling about another book to put on tbr list. I would love to win the bath lotion set. :0)

  21. Great giveaway! Please count me in.

  22. Thanks for the author post and giveaway!

  23. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Tempest Rising!!

  24. This book sounds really good, I really want to read it!!!!

  25. Sounds great. Congrats on the release!

  26. Sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway! The cover is great.

  27. Mermaids! Snot! Lotion! Ahh!

    This is great, Yara.

    Seriously. The interview was great. The book does sound great, even though the giveway is not actually for the book. Come to think of it, I'm low on lotion -- this could save me a trip to the mall. Yay for Yara's giveaway!

    Thanks for this creative giveaway and thought out interview. :)

    Happy Reading!

  28. I would love to read this book :)


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...