Friday, May 17, 2019

Release Blitz! In the Swim of Things by Tracie Banister ~ My Thoughts and a Giveaway!

Congrats Tracie
on the release of
In the Swim of Things!

In the Swim of Things by Tracie Banister
Kindle Edition, 361 pages
Published May 15th 2019

A sexy, sun-soaked tale about a tail-wearing girl who makes a lot of waves—perfect for fans of Lauren Layne, Meghan Quinn, and Christina Lauren. 

Ocean-loving Kyra Goodwin had to give up her dream of becoming the female Jacques Cousteau in order to take care of her father and brother, but being a mermaid at the Cape Cod Aquarium is pretty fintastic as far as alternative careers go.

Of course, life as a half-fish/half-woman isn’t all sunken treasure and Ariel twirls. Kyra has to deal with perpetually pruney fingers, eyes irritated by saltwater, and bratty kids on the daily, plus her glam alter ego can make dating really weird. (So many men have pervy siren-of-the-sea fantasies!) When she meets hunky surfer Cade, and he’s into her without knowing what she does for a living, Kyra thinks she’s finally won the romance lottery.

Unfortunately, Kyra’s plans for a carefree summer of catching waves with her new boyfriend run aground when Sea Star Beach, a place that holds great sentimental value for her, is taken over by a big-city developer who wants to build an exclusive resort. Kyra’s crusade to save her beloved beach threatens both her job and her relationship with Cade as does her growing closeness with her irresistibly broody merwrangler, Declan, whose precocious daughter is intent on playing matchmaker.

When a new family drama arises just as Kyra receives an offer that would turn her greatest desire into reality, she’s torn. Will she do what’s expected of her, or dive in and follow her heart?

In the Swim of Things is only $1.99! 
That's a whole lot of fun for under $2!!

My thoughts about In the Swim of Things ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"Diving down to the ocean floor, I deftly maneuver around a school of silvery smelt and a pair of comb jellies (unlike regular jellyfish, these gelatinous creatures don't sting and when the light hits their comb rows just right, there's a beautiful rainbow effect that always delights me)."

This story was so much fun!! I was immediately swept away with the idea of mermaids. Who doesn't love mermaids?

Kyra is awesome and I admired her devotion to her family, her love of her job as a mermaid, and her passion for Sea Star Beach where she grew up. When that beach is threatened, watch out! There is no holding her back.

I absolutely loved In the Swim of Things! It's a fanciful tale (cue the mermaids), as well as being a romantic, sexy, lighthearted, sometimes serious story, full of kind and compassionate characters who go up against some very unkind and uncompassionate people. Goodness will prevail! And the ending? Just perfect!!

In the Swim of Things is definitely a book you need to add to your summer reading list—it's the perfect beach read. Who knows, maybe you'll run into a mermaid. Wouldn't that be awesome?   

About the author

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O'Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)

Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a "real" job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. She is the proud winner of the 2017 Independent Press Award (Romantic Comedy) and a Bronze Medal in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards (Chick Lit).

In the Swim of Things is Tracie’s sixth novel and thanks to this book, she can now check another occupation off her fantasy list. She has no doubt that writing about a mermaid is much easier than actually being one!

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Purchase a copy of In the Swim of Things during the Release Blitz (May 15th - May 31st, 2019) and you could win an incredible prize pack inspired by the book’s mermaid heroine and its beachy setting in Cape Cod. People who purchased In the Swim of Things during the pre-order period are also eligible for the giveaway!

 This prize pack includes:

  • You’ve Mermaid My Day Pedestal Candle Holder
  • 3-Wick Salted Ocean Air Candle
  • Mermaid Squad Gift Set, inc. Travel-Sized At The Beach Ultra Shea Body Cream & Shower Gel & Beautiful Day PocketBac Hand Sanitizer
  • Mermaid Stemless Wine Glass with Inscription “It’s Okay to Drink Like a Fish If You’re a Mermaid”
  • Mermaid Tribe Sea Glass Necklace by Lita Sea Glass Jewelry (seafoam-colored sea glass on 18” sterling silver chain)
  • Mermaid Key Chain/Purse Charm (antique gold mermaid pendant with stunning beads and a sassy tassel)
  • Bath & Body Works Shea-Infused Mermaid Socks
  • Mermaids in Paradise: An Artist’s Coloring Book
  • Crayola Colored Pencils (36 premium quality pencils)

To enter this giveaway, e-mail Tracie Banister at with your proof of purchase. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 PM Eastern US time on Friday, May 31st when a winner will be selected via random drawing. This is an international giveaway, so anyone who buys In the Swim of Things within the allotted time frame is eligible to win. Good luck!


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