It gives me such pleasure to share that I have sold another book! Hooray! I’m heading back to my young adult roots with a thriller about a sleepover that goes HORRIBLY wrong. In PERFECT GIRL, my main character, Jessa, is the perfect girl next door. Only she’s starting to feel like her “perfect” reputation has become more of a cage than a choice. And that’s BEFORE she discovers a serial killer has targeted her. He thinks she’s perfect…for him. She’ll have to break free of the expectations she — and everyone else — has for her if she wants to save her friends, her crush, and herself.

This book was inspired by the sleepovers I had in high school with my friends in my super creepy basement. In fact, Jessa’s house (and basement) are based on my childhood home! We never had anything truly terrifying happen, but there WAS that time we watched SCREAM and scared the crap out of ourselves. I am so grateful to my high school friends for being there for me during my INCREDIBLY awkward teenage years. I didn’t know what the heck I was doing, and I didn’t handle it nearly as gracefully as some of my friends. I tried to infuse this story with that same sense that you’re trying to figure yourself out…and it’s so confusing because everyone else has ideas about who you are or who you should be…and they all conflict! It can be so hard to tune out the noise and get to the heart of ourselves at that time in life. In Jessa’s case, her life depends on it!

PERFECT GIRL will release in 2024, and I can’t wait to share more with you as we get closer!

Happy reading!


I’m very excited to share that I’ve sold my first picture book! Here’s the announcement:

With two young kids, my life has been ALL ABOUT picture books for going on nine years now, and I love them so much. The way the words and art work together to create a funny or whimsical or sweet story…the way my kids’ eyes light up when we read their favorites. While I mostly write YA novels, as you know, my heart has been pushing me to try this new (to me) and different form of storytelling. LOVE LIKE CHOCOLATE is particularly dear to me because it’s inspired by my kiddos, and also my grandmother and her family-famous chocolate sauce. When I was a kid, I did a lot of baking with my grandmother. And now as a mom, I do a lot of baking with my kids. I wanted to write a story about how baking together (and chocolate!) can be a love language. And I wanted to share a family like mine, with an adopted child learning about how love works in their new family. I can’t wait to share more as we get closer to release. And please go follow the artist, Alina Chau, on Instagram. Her art is GORGEOUS. I can’t wait to see how she brings the family — and all the delicious chocolate treats — in LOVE LIKE CHOCOLATE alive.

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A SEASON OF SINISTER DREAMS is out in the world! This book was a labor of love, written over many years. It was inspired by my dog Scrabble, who I’m very very sad to say passed away on June 10, at 14.5 years old. He’s been my constant companion for all of that time, and it’s very weird not to have him asleep on his bed next to me as I type this. But I feel joy, knowing we got so much time together, and it’s a really special feeling to open this book and see his picture — I did a special author photoshoot so he could be in the book. At the time, I felt a little silly, but now I’m really happy I did that. Here are a few of the outtakes, plus the one that made it into the book:

At any rate, A Season of Sinister Dreams is, in part, about grief and how we deal with it, how we find hope in the face of it, and how we move forward, so it’s strangely fitting that I’m going through that process myself right now.

It’s also a book with a fun, chaotic, morally gray character, a cinnamon roll pair of best friends, and a dead prince. As my very good friend Intisar put it, “If you love flawed characters, uncontrollable magic, fierce heroines, unexpected twists, and a good dash of both romance and tragedy, this is the book for you.”

You can now purchase it wherever books are sold, in person and online. (Click here for more info, a playlist, and purchase links.) And speaking of Intisar, she’ll be joining me tonight for a virtual launch to celebrate A Season of Sinister Dreams AND her recent release, The Theft of Sunlight, a gorgeous fantasy with its own fascinating cast of characters and lush world. I read this book months ago and am still thinking (obsessing) about it. We would love for you to join us for a fun chat about morally gray characters, our very scientific (ahem) approaches to world building, and other stuff! There will be a chance to win a $25 gift card to One More Page Books, my fantastic local indie (that ships worldwide!). Click here to register!

As always, thank you so much for reading and supporting me on my author journey. I couldn’t do this without you. <3 I hope you enjoy A Season of Sinister Dreams!

Happy reading!


A SEASON OF SINISTER DREAMS comes out in less than two months, on June 22, and I am thrilled to announce that I’m partnering with my local indie, One More Page Books, for the preorder campaign! Preordering a copy of the book through One More Page will ensure you receive

* A SIGNED, PERSONALIZED copy of the book
* A gorgeous map created by Jessica Khoury
* A postcard featuring a quote from the book and an incredible piece of art by AVENDELL ART.


Be one of the first 50 to preorder, and you will receive ALL FOUR POSTCARDS, along with the map and your signed, personalized book! All orders beyond the first 50 will receive one randomly chosen postcard.

Please follow this link to preorder from One More Page Books now!!

For those who choose to purchase an ebook or request from the library, please send me your receipt or screenshot of library request to banghartpreorders at gmail dot com and I’ll send you a signed postcard. This is for ebooks and library requests only.

ALSO! I am having a virtual launch party to celebrate A SEASON OF SINISTER DREAMS! That means you don’t have to be local to attend! Yay! Please join me and Intisar Khanani, author of THE THEFT OF SUNLIGHT for a fun chat about our books…there will be silliness, I can guarantee. The event with be on June 22, 2021 at 7pm ET.

You can register here!

Hope you can make it! I can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Happy New Year!!

Now that it’s officially (FINALLY) 2021, it’s time to tell you more about A SEASON OF SINISTER DREAMS, my new YA fantasy, releasing June 22, 2021! And, of course, there’s a giveaway. 😉

A SEASON OF SINISTER DREAMS is a dark and mysterious fantasy about two girls – one a reluctant prophet, the other a vengeful imposter – who are trying to save their kingdom, leaving death and destruction in their wake.

Evra, my sweet, innocent cinnamon roll, knows her sudden, terrifying visions mean she’ll have to leave her family and her home to protect a king she hates.

And Annalise, who’s full of messy, chaotic energy, is holding onto her magic – and her sanity – by a thread. She has secrets she’ll kill to protect, and she knows it’s only a matter of time until Evra discovers them.

Also, there’s a wolf and a dead prince.

Fun times ahead!! 🙂

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the pieces of character I’ll be featuring in A SEASON OF SINISTER DREAMS’ preorder campaign – more to come on that soon! Isn’t this interpretation of Evra and Annalise by the artist Avendell gorgeous?! There’s a little secret hidden in the art as well. Hit the comments if you can spot it. 😉

In the meantime, please go and add Evra and Annalise to your Goodreads TBR, and if you’re REALLY impatient, I would love for you to head to Edelweiss and request an E-ARC to read and review early!

Early buzz can make such a huge difference in spreading the word and getting books into the hands of readers. Please consider pre-ordering (save your receipt!), requesting and reviewing, requesting from your library, adding on Goodreads, etc. Tell your friends! I’m so excited to share A SEASON OF SINISTER DREAMS with you…I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!


I’m giving away a signed ARC of A SEASON OF SINISTER DREAMS!! This is a US-only giveaway. Please enter below!

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Here’s to a healthy, happy, not-as-much-of-dumpster-fire year! Come on, 2021!

Happy reading,



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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

Requesting from your library?

Send your mailing address and a screenshot of the request to 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 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 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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