Tracee Lydia Garner – Putting The Words Down

Hi friends!

Welcome to the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate this awesome genre!  Come back every day to read all three “Power of Romance” posts. Check out the full calendar of authors here. You can also find links to the last four years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook.

Happy August!

#LoveRomance #ThePowerOfRomance

My Own Voice

As a child, I grew up listening to an awesome teacher that made all the stories he would read come alive for me and the other children in my class. When it was circle time, I was the first to scoot myself into the circle, front and center, cross legged and wide-eyed, waiting as he read the Judy Blumes, Beverly Clearly and Shel Silversteins of my childhood. Their stories are still so relevant because they speak the truth of human experiences so accurately and plainly in a fun and entertaining way, spinning our everyday experiences into longer tales for us to enjoy.

To put the words down and to listen to the voices of my characters who honestly, play out my secret yearnings, desires and emotions with each and every new story I pen, is something I hope will last forever. The poem below (by Shel Silverstein, one of my favorite authors as a child) embodies what to do with the voices – listen to them, let them tell you what is right for you.

Many voices inside tell me to write their stories and through them, I find a way to share my own voice and I try to find a way to listen to each and every one of them and help them ensure they see the light of day.

 The Voice 

There is a voice inside of you

That whispers all day long. 

“I feel this is right for me, 

I know this is wrong.”

No teacher, preacher, parent, friend 

Or wise man can decide

What’s right for you – just listen to

The voice that speaks inside.

                            ~  Shel Silverstein



Tracee recommends:


Toni Shiloh   –    –    @Amazon

FINDING LOVE    –    Maple Run Series # 2

I’ve only started to read Toni Shiloh with the first in the series, Buying Love but am enjoying it so far and look forward to finishing and devouring the second book, just released, in the series.


Irene Hannon   –    –   @Amazon

DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS  Code of Honor Book 1 releases in October

I’ve read three series’ now by Irene Hannon and I’ve loved them all – 9 books in total. I can’t wait for this new one to start. I’ve only discovered her in the last two years but what an awesome discovery.


Pat Simmons  –  –  @Amazon




Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment when you felt or were aware of the power of romance.

Romance is powerful because I believe you could replace the word romance with words like hope, spring (renewal) and expectancy…. Romance is all of these things but for me at the core there is always the hope that you will receive love. I hate when people don’t get this, they choose instead to focus on the sex or physical part but romance to me is spiritual, deeper and it’s all about relationships and it’s a universal thing we all aspire to have and to find if we haven’t done so already.  Romance is eternal optimism.

I choose romance because it’s the one genre where things work out in the end. Even after murder, mayhem, disappointment, bad past relationships, romance is where you overcome ALL of those things to get to the goal. It’s such a reflection of life and in life you don’t have to always find/have a partner but you can have the same romance with things, with writing, singing and whatever you do, from work as a ministry to other art forms you may like to engage in. Romance can be applied to so much more than relationships and that’s a true multi-dimensional word.

Finally, romance is like music, there is a unifying song that we all know that we might listen to or reach for, e.g. Rocky Balboa’s theme music in Rocky, the movie. The same with romance and our varied experiences usually involve the same kinds of feelings and those shared feelings that unite us as human beings.

Tell us about an object that has powerful memories for you.

This was a tough one but I had to think that the object, something of my dad’s with his name etched in it, doesn’t have power over me but it makes me think deeply about him and time spent with him before his passing. It’s also something that goes on a desk like a name plate but it’s more ornate as it’s a piece of thick glass and my dad being a hard worker, almost signals work and dedication – when I set it out. I usually keep it tucked away on my desk but bring it out every now and again.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Planning – has the power to really motivate me. It’s only August but as we get closer to the end of the year, I try to set aside a series of evenings after work to think about my accomplishments in the last year and where I desired to go and where I ended up.  Really it’s three words together, Planning, Evaluation—which is about reflection and assessment of the past—and Gratitude that no matter what I have or have not done, I try to offer thanks about the journey and the process even if there’s a little disappointment on missing the mark – usually with a romance I didn’t complete and release.

Tell us about a powerful book you read this year (or one that’s so powerful you’ve never forgotten it).

A book that I’ve never forgotten would be Sandra Brown’s Rainwater – while I don’t usually read a ton of historical, I have read most of hers because they feel very modern and seem so relevant. One particular point in Brown’s Rainwater is that the heroine’s son has what would probably be viewed today as Autism and there is a surprising twist in the story about the child that left me with chills. In one instance it was like wow and in another instance it was sad because viewing it today it kind of perpetuates some things that have happened and some things that are believed to be true about people with disabilities.

Tell us about a person who’s had a powerful influence on your life.

Secretly (and I say secretly because I don’t think I’ve ever told him I felt this way), but my brother had a really awesome moment of inspiring me. I say a moment because when you are siblings, and when you have a disability as I do, you can feel a little second best. You can still be confident but you just try as hard as you can coming up, until you learn to shine in your own contributions you’ll make to society. My brother had returned from the military, buff, wiser, even nicer surprisingly, more attuned to the world having had the experience and I remember him telling me, “Always have a plan, Tracee.” Of course then I was like whatever that means -side eye, eyes rolling, I had it all for that lone statement. I was a teenager at that time BUT something about that must have motivated me and I look back on that and think, “Wow, I’ve been planning ever since!” LOL I actually looked up goal setting and things about Getting Things Done -the book- and to this day, my plans and lists have plans and lists. I think my frustration over what he said and my -not knowing how to apply what he said- still managed to stir in me a change to get it together and create a map and like I said, I’ve been creating the map and getting the plan done ever since.

Main Drawing:

Tracee is generously giving away paperback copies of Anchored Hearts and the sequel Deadly Affections to one lucky reader.  To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 21, 2017. (US only)

She’ll be giving away another set of books as part of the US bundles, and is supporting the tote & cup giveaway (more info. below)

There are many more drawings too—including international book bundles! See the bottom of the post for more information.



Tracee Lydia Garner is a bestselling, award-winning author who writes stories full of complex heros and heroines, relationships and families that experience tough but realistic life challenges in their quest for love. Born and raised in a suburb of the DC metro area, Tracee works in health and human service by day and loves connecting with readers. Her eighth book releases this Fall.



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Each RARM post will have one main drawing each day (posted above). Authors are also contributing to weekly (US only) bundles, which will be drawn at the end of the week. Each bundle will consist of at least five books and the amount of bundles will depend on the amount of books the authors contribute.

(Tracee is contributing to the US bundles, and sponsoring the cup/tote giveaway.)

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to with “Bundles” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

International friends!

Rather than individual drawings off posts, this year we’ll do sets of books, 3+, depending on how many authors contribute. To enter, send an email to with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

Week 3 contests are Aug 17 through Aug. 24

For the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month, many of the contributing authors  are supporting an extra-special drawing – high quality tote bags and mugs printed with a fun, pro-romance image (see below).

Read-A-Romance Month, through the generous support of many of the authors, is giving away at least 30 mug & tote combos.

Plus, at least two lucky winners will win a Read-A-Romance Month “Month of Books” Mega Bundle, consisting of 31 books!

To enter these exciting drawings,  send an email to (US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month.

(US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month. I may include an international cup/tote combo.)

You will not be automatically added to a newsletter, and I promise not to sell or give your email addresses to anyone. I do reserve the right to send you an invitation to sign up for my newsletter, which will also have opportunities to win more prizes and great romance reading tips!


Check out all three great posts everyday in August at  Or you can find the posts on the RARM Facebook page.  Also consider joining the Read-A-Romance Book Club page, where we discuss romance of all kinds and will have drawings and events throughout the year.

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