I’m SO excited to share that I’ve sold another book to my fantastic editor Pam Gruber at Little Brown Books for Young Readers. It is a complete and total dream to have the opportunity to work with her and the whole Little, Brown team again, and on THIS book!! Here’s the official announcement:

And here’s a little story about A SEASON OF SINISTER DREAMS. I started writing this manuscript back in 2011. I remember exactly where I was and the circumstances: my first agent was shopping my third manuscript, and it was looking increasingly likely that this one was going to fail to sell, just as the first two had. I knew my agent and I were likely going to have to part ways. I’d written three books, including the book of my heart, without any luck selling to publishers. I was at my lowest point, in terms of my writing career. I was grieving my publishing hopes and dreams HARD. I was also on vacation, at my parents’ cabin in northern Ontario, with my husband and my dog. My dog, Scrabble, my baby. And I decided…screw it. I wanted to write a traditional fantasy with a giant dog that looked like my Scrabble. I’d probably reread a Robin McKinley book recently – she is so good at writing animals in her books, and that was probably partly the inspiration. I wanted to write something JUST for myself. I knew no one would want it – they didn’t want any of my other stuff, and this certainly wasn’t “high concept” – it was basically a story about my dog, and grieving.

And….something weird happened. The writing was GOOD. Like, level up good. Not necessarily the plotting or pacing or any of that. But the WRITING itself was the best I’d done. I fell in love with my characters and words and just had fun with it. Until I got to the part of the story where I had to do something really bad to my main character and I didn’t want to. The writing slowed down. By this point I was back home, I was pregnant, I was self publishing my first three books. I left this ms for a while, because I didn’t want to write the hard stuff. I didn’t want to get to the grieving part.

Somehow, over the course of two years, I did eventually finish the draft. And…the book languished. Because I loved the writing so much that I couldn’t seem to revise it. I couldn’t tell what it needed. I knew it needed SOMETHING, but I didn’t know what.

Fast forward six years. I really wanted to work with Pam at Little, Brown again. We’d talked about a few different projects but we hadn’t landed on anything yet. My agent asked if she wanted to take a look at A SEASON OF SINISTER DREAMS. And…she did! And this is where the magic of editors comes in, you guys. After she read the manuscript, we had a phone conversation, and without actually telling me exactly what to do to fix it, our discussion sparked so many ideas and opened my eyes to so many things, that I turned around and wrote a new outline in 24 hours, and revised the first 50 pages in a matter of days. And that coming off one of the worst dry spells/writers blocks I’d had in years. All of a sudden, this book had new life…and then it REALLY had new life, when Pam and Little, Brown loved the new direction and decided to buy it.

You can’t imagine that feeling, knowing this manuscript that had been my outlet, my grief, my love letter to my freaking dog…that had some of my favorite writing I’ve ever done…was going to be a real, honest to God book. I’m still living in a state of grateful disbelief. The story itself has changed a lot over the years, and will change a lot more before becoming what you’ll see in bookstores, but this baby saved me years ago, and it’s saving me again now.

I’m sharing this story because I want you to know that you NEVER KNOW…no writing is ever wasted, even if it never sees the light of day. It’s always teaching you something…and it could find the right editor, the right reader, the right critique partner, even YEARS LATER. You just. never. know. Also, write authentically, for yourself, whenever you can. It will make what reaches the page better. And, lastly, never EVER question the value of an awesome editor. I’ve done pretty much all the ways of publishing: self-publishing, intellectual property, digital first, traditional, and the one thing that I’ve learned and feel the MOST certain about in this vastly uncertain industry, is that having good editors, people who understand your vision and know how to ask the right questions (not necessarily give you answers!) are worth their weight in gold.

So, there we are! I can’t wait to share A SEASON OF SINISTER DREAMS with you. And don’t worry. I promise it’s about way more than grief and a dog. It’s a Tracy Banghart book after all – you know that means there’s badass girls, killer feminist vibes, and smooching!

PS. NO, the grieving is not because I kill the dog. I WOULD NEVER DO THAT COME ON.



Now that we are officially just over a month until release, I’m thrilled to announce QUEEN OF RUIN’s preorder campaign!

What is included

~ A beautiful enamel pin, designed by Hafsah Faizal of Icey Designs
~ A postcard with a hand-lettered quote from QUEEN OF RUIN (Also designed by Hafsah)
~ Signed bookplate
~ Full-color map designed by Jessica Khoury of Lizard Ink Maps

Email your mailing address and proof of purchase to banghartpreorders@gmail.com.

Requesting from your library?

Send your mailing address and a screenshot of the request to banghartpreorders@gmail.com and I’ll send you a signed postcard!

New to the series?

Are you new to the series and buying both GRACE AND FURY and QUEEN OF RUIN? Email your mailing address and proof of purchase (has to be G+F and Queen of Ruin preorder purchased at the same time) to banghartpreorders@gmail.com for all the goodies above PLUS:
~ A GRACE AND FURY enamel pin
~ G+F postcard



All of these goodies are while supplies last!

This campaign is US only, but if you’re INTL I would be happy to send you a signed postcard! If you’d like one, please send your address to banghartpreorders@gmail.com with “Postcard” in the subject line.


Hey all!

I hope you’ve had a good winter! Mine’s been…a little rough, to be honest. Which is why I’m SO excited the weather is starting to warm up and the days are getting longer! I’m also VERY excited about some awesome events I have coming up this spring. I hope to see you!


March 30, 2019
NoVa Teen Book Festival
Marshall High School
7731 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043


April 11, 2019. 7pm
In conversation with Ellen Goodlett
Trident Booksellers and Cafe 
338 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115


April 12, 2019. TBD
In conversation with Ellen Goodlett
Books of Wonder
18 West 18th street
New York, NY


April 26-27, 2019
SOKY Book Fest
Bowling Green, KY

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Hello all!

Here’s my fall schedule! If you’re interested in hosting me for a school visit, Skype bookclub, or the like, click on “Contact” above and send me a message.


October 20, 2018
Anderson’s 15th Annual Young Adult Literature Conference
Embassy Suites Naperville
1823 Abriter Ct, Naperville, IL 60563


November 2-3, 2018
Colorado Teen Book Con
Littleton, CO
Register Now!

November 8, 2018. 6pm
Barr Memorial Library
62 W Spearhead Division Ave Fort Knox 40160

November 13, 2018. 6:30pm
Truth or Dare YA, Kentucky Book Festival
University of Kentucky, 160 Avenue of Champions, Lexington, KY

Hope to see you!


Behold the awesomeness of the Grace and Fury sequel! I love that Queen of Ruin‘s cover is red and bold, and I think it’ll look awesome with both the original Grace and Fury as well as the exclusive OwlCrate edition.

Also, a fun little tidbit! Most titles are created by committee…they’re often not what the author originally thought of. Like with Grace and Fury – my original title was something very different and changed multiple times throughout the revision and publication process (which is why some foreign editions are titled “Iron Flowers”! That was the original title when it sold! Personally, I LOVE the title Grace and Fury, and can’t imagine it being called anything else. When it came time to title the sequel, we all had a lot of trouble! Coming up with two equally powerful words: __ and __ : was difficult. As I was finishing the first draft, the title Queen of Ruin popped into my head. I sent it off to my editor, not expecting much (I’d already suggested quite a few titles at that point, most of which were, admittedly, TERRIBLE. Ha ha). And then I got the news! My editor and the LBYR team loved Queen of Ruin! Yay!

I hope YOU will love it, and the cover, and the BOOK, as much as I do. I’m really excited about this one – so much of Grace and Fury was about establishing this bleak, patriarchal world. Queen of Ruin is about tearing it all down.

Please add Queen of Ruin to your Goodreads TBR shelf! (But be careful, there are spoilers for G+F in the description!)


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GRACE AND FURY has been in bookstores for a week now, and I still can’t believe it! What a thrill to see my fierce sisters staring out at me from the shelves! Family members and friends have been sending me pics of my girls in the wild all week and it’s the most incredible thing!

On Saturday afternoon, some very, very special folks came to Quail Ridge Books to help me celebrate my book baby’s launch, and it was the BEST. Kaitlyn Sage Patterson, author of THE DIMINISHED and all around spectacular human, hung out with me “on stage” as we talked about our different styles of world-building and how we both write about siblings and why we write and all that good stuff. She’s amazing. Go buy her book if you haven’t already.

There are now signed copies of GRACE AND FURY at Quail Ridge and the Southpoint and Crabtree Mall Barnes & Nobles if you’re in the Raleigh/Durham area!

If you’d prefer to have your copy personalized, or just want to come hang with me and some super cool authors, I have a few events coming up!


August 11, 12pm
In conversation with Olivia A. Cole and Gwenda Bond
Elizabethtown Barnes & Noble
1980 N. Dixie Hwy Elizabethtown, KY 42701

August 18, 2pm
In conversation with Elly Blake and Morgan Rhodes
Chapters Yorkdale
3401 Dufferin Street Unit #29, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 2T9, Canada


September 1, 3pm
“Lane Change” Panel with Becky Albertalli, Jeff Giles, and Nic Stone
Decatur Book Festival (runs August 31-September 2)
101 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030

September 22, 2pm
“Meet the Author”
Bel Air Public Library
100 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Bel Air, MD 21014

Hope to see you there! Thank you for making my release week so magical!!


Hello my reader friends! I’m very excited to announce the preorder campaign for Grace and Fury! I am so grateful to everyone who has read and reviewed early copies  – your excitement has given me life. I can’t believe the book will officially be out in the states in a little over a month. SO CRAZY.

These preorder gifts are my way of saying THANK YOU for ordering the book, for being excited about it, and for giving my sisters, Nomi and Serina, a chance to steal your heart (they’ve definitely stolen mine!).

The full swag pack includes
  1. An enamel pin created by Hafsah at IceyDesigns 
  2. A postcard with a hand-lettered quote from the book, ALSO designed by Hafsah, who is uber talented (She has a book coming out soon too! Check out WE HUNT THE FLAME and add it to your Goodreads shelf!)
  3. A beautiful map poster of the world of GRACE AND FURY designed by Jessica Khoury (who is also a talented author! Check out her newest, LAST OF HER NAME, coming in 2019)
  4. And a signed bookplate for your book!
Here’s what you need to do
  1. Pre-order a copy of GRACE AND FURY before July 31, 2018 at the following stores or anywhere GRACE AND FURY is sold.

Barnes & Noble

  1. Email banghartpreorders@gmail.com with your proof of purchase, such as a digital receipt. Be sure to include your name and mailing address. (United States addresses only. Sorry!)
  2. IMPORTANT NOTE: There are limited quantities, and goodies will be sent out on a rolling basis for as long as supplies last! (I’ll run out of pins and maps first.) So send in your pre-order receipt asap.
  3. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments or send an email to the address above.

Thank you so much for your interest in and enthusiasm for this book. I’m so thrilled to finally share it with you!

Grace and Fury


It’s hard to believe GRACE AND FURY comes out in the US on July 31st, even harder to wrap my head around the fact that the German edition is already on shelves! And the Italian edition is coming on May 29th! I don’t know if it’s common or not for foreign editions of books to publish before the US version, but it’s been a thrill to see the response from German readers. I’m so grateful to all of you for picking IRON FLOWERS up and for reviewing on Goodreads and Amazon!

We’re now just about two months from the US release and I have a lot of fun things coming up! If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, now’s a good time! In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some preorder incentives and super cool swag, and my newsletter subscribers will be the first to know all about it.

This summer I am honored to join Dhonielle Clayton and Zoraida Cordova for their Belles and Brujas tour! I’ll be joining them in St Louis, MO on Thursday, June 21 at 7pm. Read more about our specific event HERE and about the tour in general HERE. I hope if you live nearby you’ll come out and see us! Copies of GRACE AND FURY won’t be available yet, but I’ll be handing out some super fun swag and Dhonielle and Zoraida will be signing their books (which are incredible. If you haven’t yet, YOU SHOULD READ THEM.)

Another event to keep on your radar: The GRACE AND FURY launch party will be held at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC on Saturday August 4th at 2pm. Please come join the party! Click HERE for more info and to preorder a copy!

As a reminder, GRACE AND FURY is now available for preorder! Here are some handy links!

Barnes & Noble

There’s also an ARC giveaway going on on Goodreads. Click HERE to enter!

For those getting impatient to start reading, you can find the first chapter on Hypable HERE, and the second chapter on HerCampus HERE.

I am so, so excited to share this book with you. Stay tuned for more updates!

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Hello my friends! In honor of GRACE AND FURY’s cover reveal (if you missed it, here’s the link to the reveal and Q&A), I decided to do a little revamping of my own. Huge, huge thanks to the incredible Hafsah at Icey Designs for creating this beautiful new web design, making it sparkle (literally!), and helping my web-challenged brain figure out how to actually USE the darn thing. I freaking LOVE it, especially the fact that it incorporates a photograph I took from my favorite place in the whole world. (Also, did I mention the sparkle??)

SO! To celebrate GRACE AND FURY’s beautiful cover, and my website’s beautiful new look, I want to give away the VERY FIRST advance copy of GRACE AND FURY. Signed, of course! (This contest is US only, sorry! Shipping is already so expensive from Hawaii.)

Here’s the dish on GRACE AND FURY:

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

So, yeah. Lots of intrigue, secrets, fighting, romance, all set in a beautiful palace and a brutal volcanic island prison. And YOU can be the very first to read it (9 whole months early!)! Just enter below, and help me spread the word! Oh, and before you go, drop a comment and let me know what you think of the new website!

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