The Reading Habits of Tracie Peterson with a giveaway



The Reading Habits


Tracie Peterson



Are you a re-reader? Why, or why not? And if you are, what are some of the books you have read over and over? 

I am a re-reader.  I’ve re-read many of the classics over and over.  I re-read a lot of romances by Jude Deveraux and Kathleen Woodiwiss, as well as books by Bodie Thone, Herman Wouk and Grace Livingston Hill.  One of the reasons I like to re-read is as a writer I love to see how the author develops the story. The other is just a love of the story itself.  The characters are like old friends.

When is your optimal time to read – do you prefer to read in one long block, or do you also read for five minutes here or there when you can?

I love to read in the evening after work is done and I can just relax and not feel guilty.  However, I take a book with me everywhere and will read while I am waiting on someone.

I’d love your thoughts on novellas. Are you thumbs up or down? Or does it depend?! 

I’m all for them.  Some stories don’t need 400 pages to get the point across.  Calvin Miller wrote a wonderful novella that is still a favorite of mine called Snow.  It was beautifully written.  I’ve written novellas as well and find that they can be a lot of fun.

Are you faithful to a genre, an author, or simply quality writing?

I love to read a wide variety.  I like to read some of the best-sellers and other times I read something someone has recommended.  I have my favorite authors as well and will continue to look for their books too.

Which factors most influence your selection of a book?  

The author is my first influence.  Other influences come from my friends and family.  When someone I trust tells me a certain book is a must-read, I’ll usually go get it.  When I’m just wandering the book store I’m probably drawn first by cover art and then back cover copy.

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Tracie’s Reading Stack

Your fiction pet peeve?  

Probably a lack of research would be my biggest pet peeve.  If you’re going to write about something – learn about it and don’t just guess.  My second pet peeve would be the issue of possibility vs. probability or plausibility.  Yes an event or action that sets the story might very well be possible, but is it probable for the time period and setting?  And lastly, I hate stories where the conflict is weakly motivated and continued.

What book have you read this year that you could not put down, and why?

Jodi Picoult’s VANISHING ACTS and Jen Turano’s CHANGE OF FORTUNE.  Jodi’s keep me turning the pages because of the mystery and Jen’s because it made me laugh out loud.

How do you mark your spot – folded page corner, bookmark, dollar bill, whatever is at hand?  

Honestly I use whatever is at hand.  I have a million bookmarks and I do use them, but if I can’t lay my hands on one, I’ll grab a receipt or tear off a piece of paper, etc.

Whose debut novel impressed you more than you anticipated?

Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse.  This is a mother-daughter team and they wrote NO SAFE HAVEN together and it was amazing.  I really enjoyed it.

When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you?

Again the lack of research or glaring research errors will destroy a book for me and I probably won’t even finish it because my trust with the author is broken.  I expect my authors to strive towards accuracy.  That doesn’t mean I won’t overlook a mistake.  I make plenty of them myself.  However when a book is just one glaring error after another I lose interest.

What are some of your favourite CF reads from around 10 years ago, or further back?  

Definitely The Zion Chronicles and Zion Covenant by Bodie Thone.  Of course that was more like 30+ years ago.

Thanks Tracie!

Don’t miss Tracie’s latest historical romance…

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Abrianna Cunningham has always viewed her longtime friend, Wade Ackerman, as a protective brother. Lately, however, she’s begun to see him differently and finds herself attracted romantically to him. But she’s confused and overwhelmed by these unfamiliar feelings.

Wade, on the other hand, has loved Abrianna for some time and has been waiting for her to realize they are more than just friends. When he asks her to marry him, she asks for time to adjust to their changed relationship.

And then there’s Priam Welby, who has been relentlessly pursuing Abrianna. Will his underhanded tactics succeed in luring Abrianna into marriage with him?


Relz Reviewz Extras
Get to know Tracie
Character Spotlight on Jessica & Todd (A Matter of Heart)
Character Spotlight on Emmalyne Knox (The Quarryman’s Bride)
Character Spotlight on Merrill Krause (The Icecutter’s Daughter)
Character Spotlight on Carissa & Tyler (Taming the Wind)
Visit Tracie’s website and journal
Buy at Amazon: Love Everlasting or Koorong

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26 Responses to The Reading Habits of Tracie Peterson with a giveaway

  1. Awesome!

  2. I think i have read almost all of them , i always pick up her books at the library and search out her new releases. I also enjoy the books she co authored with Judith Miller. Love the cover on Love Everlasting, looks like another inspiring story.

  3. I have not EVER read anything by Tracie but have heard great things about her writing. Thank you!

  4. I don’t know my daughters have read some and I have. We love her books thanks

  5. I have three on my shelf, but haven’t read any others. Why? I don’t know, because I loved the ones I have. I guess my problem in that I love so many books and I have to make time to eat, sleep, take care of the kids, etc. :)

  6. I’ve read 3 or 4 and really enjoyed them!

  7. I think I’ve read all but 3 or 4 of Tracie’s books. She’s great!

  8. I’ve read several of Tracie’s books and had the pleasure of meeting her at the Christian Book Expo (it’s one and only year of existence) several years ago. My favorite series is probably the Land of the Shining Water series.

    I’m right there with Tracie on her fiction pet peeves!

  9. I have had the pleasure of reading 6 Tracie Peterson titles so far and I have a few more ready to read on my kindle.
    Good research makes fiction come to life!

  10. I have read many, many of her books. Just this past weekend I picked up one of her Alaska series at the library. This is a very talented author . I love how she incorporates her research into her books. I would love to read her newest series.

  11. As many as the library or used book store has of her books. Hoping the books sale next week might have a few.

  12. Well… I knew I had read a lot of Tracie’s books, but I wasn’t sure how many so I went on Goodreads and counted. I have read 41 of her books. Obviously, I love this author! 😉 Thanks for the chance to win another of her books! :)

  13. I know Tracie has written quite a few books… I’ve probably read a dozen or more, but not any of her more recent series.

  14. Hi Relz. I have not read any of Tracies books but have a couple in my TBR books. Would love to win this one. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  15. I’ve read several of Tracie’s books: Heirs of Montana series, Land of Shining Water series,Yukon Quest series, Alaskan Quest series, and probably one or two others! I absolutely LOVE her writing and would love to win a copy of “Love Everlasting”, thank you for the chance!

  16. I haven’t read any but I hope to change that this winter. Thanks for this giveaway.

  17. I have read at least one of her books. I have some of them on my TBR pile. Love Everlasting sounds great. I love stories where what you were searching for has always been in front of you.

  18. I’ve read a few and she in on list of authors to read in the future. I try to read a lot of different authors. Can’t wait to read this one.

  19. I’ve read at least 8 of Tracie’s books. There may be more but they were long enough ago that the titles don’t really bring back what the story is. Would love to win this one. I’ve just started reading this series and so far it’s good!

  20. I love re-reading books, especially my favorite books!! I still get lost in them. I can’t say that I have read any by Tracie. However, that being said, I love coming to blogs recommended by friends to learn about authors and their series because that is how you fall in love with new books and then they become the books you re-read.

  21. I have read most all of Tracey’s books. Loved them all! Always looking for new ones to come out!

  22. I have quite a few of Tracie’s books, and I can’t wait to read all of them! I’m really looking forward to her newest one too!

  23. How many has she written? I’ve read a large majority of her books.

  24. We have all of Tracie’s books in the Church Library and yes, I’ve read them all.

  25. I have read between 6-10 of your books. I do not usually count. Really do like them a lot.

  26. Too many to count, but if I had to guess it would be over 40. Love her books.

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