Tracey Alvarez

Biography

Tracey Alvarez is a USA TODAY BEST-SELLING author living in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand). Married to a wonderfully supportive IT guy, she has two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices.

Fueled by copious amounts of coffee, she's the author of contemporary romantic fiction set predominantly in New Zealand. Small-towns, close communities, and families are a big part of the heart-warming stories she writes. Oh, and hot, down-to-earth heroes--Kiwi men, in other words.

When she's not writing, thinking about writing, or procrastinating about writing, Tracey can be found with her nose in her e-reader, nibbling on smuggled chocolate bars, or bribing her kids to take over the housework.

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Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first started *writing* seriously when I was in my early twenties - in fact, my now husband bought me my first ever computer. You can understand why I married him! The first book I finished at around 22 or 23 was a combination of romance/suspense/paranormal/serial killer...yeah, it was a hot mess and will never, ever, see the light of day. I was never confident enough to send it out in the world (and publishing was a lot different back in the 90's) so I started writing short stories instead. I wrote a ton, won a few national based short story competitions, had a few published in women's magazines both here in New Zealand and overseas, and also tried my hand at a few articles--which I didn't enjoy as much. Fast forward to getting married and having two kids and making the decision to home-school them...writing got put on hold for a decade. When both of my kids went back into the school system at ages 10 & 13, I decided to have another go at this writing thing, and go back to my first love, novels. Specifically romance novels. This time I stuck to it, learning my craft, doing the hard hours of butt-in-chair, entering first chapter competitions for feedback and constantly editing and improving my work. Now I can't imagine doing anything else.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember in primary school aged around 7 or 8 writing my first 'fan-fiction' starring the three little pigs and being excited because my mother kept telling people how great my story was. In high school my Granddad gave me a Stephen King-esque monster of a typewriter. I wrote my first 'real' short story for an English assignment on that bad boy. I got an A+ but more importantly a scrawled note from the teacher saying I had talent and should keep writing...I can never thank that teacher enough for her encouragement, because although the story was pretty much a knock-off of every teenage horror movie I'd seen up to that point, she inspired me to have faith in myself.
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Where to find Tracey Alvarez online


Books

Mend Your Heart
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,920. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
An idiot’s guide to falling for your best friend’s widow… Former rugby star Isaac Ngata was New Zealand’s golden boy until five years ago when a tragic accident took the life of his friend and team mate. Now he’s got a screwed up knee and a burden of guilt toward his friend’s wife, Natalie Fisher. Natalie’s teenage daughter’s rugby team needs a coach and the man she can’t stand has volunteered…
Saying I Do
Series: Stewart Island, Book 8. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,570. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Marriage and happily-ever-after are for suckers… Joe Whelan was fooled once on the way to the altar, and the Irish doctor isn’t about to be an eejit over a woman again. MacKenna Jones loves a good wedding—so long as she’s sewing the bride’s gown, not walking down the aisle herself. When the stakes are so high, will these two gun-shy cynics ever say I Do?
Teach Your Heart
Series: Bounty Bay. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,730. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Some men need to learn the hard way… Doctor O-for-Awesome Owen Bennett is all about being responsible. But when he’s temporarily put in charge of three precocious kids, chaos reigns and his list of household rules gets tossed out the window. Except one. Under no circumstance will he get involved with the kids’ tempting new nanny, Gracie Cooper. Some rules are made to be broken…
Romance Down Under
Price: Free! Words: 157,940. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Read the first two full-length standalone romance novels from USA Today bestselling author Tracey Alvarez’s Stewart Island and Bounty Bay series. In Too Deep (Stewart Island Book 1) Two hearts. A second chance. Everything on the line… Hide Your Heart (Bounty Bay Book 1) Love will bring them together, distrust will tear them apart…
Kissing The Bride
Series: Stewart Island. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,530. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
WARNING: If you’re new to the Stewart Island world, this fun and sexy short story of Del & Shaye’s wedding isn’t the book to start with. It’s 7 days until Shaye Harland and Del Westlake finally tie the knot. While marrying the man of Shaye’s dreams beats chocolate as an Easter treat, a few mini-catastrophes like Boris the obstinate sea lion threaten to ruin their special day.
Drawing Me In
Series: Stewart Island, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,040. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A nine-year-old secret he never saw coming… Bree Findlow’s ordered life just got complicated. Harley, the man who once broke her heart has moved back to Stewart Island, and her sister arrives with a boy with Harley’s eyes and artistic talent. With Harley’s dark past, he never wanted to risk a family. But what choice does he have when Bree won’t see reason? Fight hard, fight dirty. Fight to win.
Playing For Fun
Series: Stewart Island, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,660. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
New Zealand’s octogenarian matchmaker is at work, with Holly Parker and Ford Komeke in the cross-hairs. One kiss forces them out of the friendzone, but the ugliness in Ford’s past holds his heart hostage. Playing for fun or playing for keeps? Holly and Ford must decide because the consequences of falling in love means that someone’s heart or someone’s dream will ultimately end up shattered.
Due South Boxed Set: 5 Sexy New Zealand Beach Romances
Series: Stewart Island. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 328,850. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The Due South Boxed set contains the first five books of USA TODAY BEST-SELLING author Tracey Alvarez’s romantic series set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like heartwarming, sexy and sweet romances with a touch of comedy, you’ll love sharing the journey with these authentic men and women struggling to find their special someone. 5 Stewart Island Books are included.
Know Your Heart
Series: Bounty Bay. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,550. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When the landlady from hell becomes the one woman he can’t live without… Kicked off a movie set, actress Savannah Payne flees to her vacation house in Bounty Bay to prepare for the audition of a lifetime. Only a stubborn, sexy lawyer is currently renting it and he won’t budge an inch. But all’s fair in love and war, including his kisses that make her want to surrender.
Hide Your Heart
Series: Bounty Bay. Price: Free! Words: 61,070. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Hiding in plain sight just got complicated… Lauren Taylor and her young son fled back to her hometown to escape fame’s cruel spotlight, and all she wants to do is start over. No press, no pictures, no problem. She thought she’d be safe in the middle-of-nowhere, but her sexy new neighbor is about to ruin everything…
My Forever Valentine
Series: Stewart Island, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,630. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(5.00)
Dive into the Due South world to find out what your favourite characters are doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day with these four short and sweet romance stories. Because these four short stories of approximately 3,000 words each contain spoilers, they are intended to be read and enjoyed after: Book #1: In Too Deep Book #2: Melting Into You Book #3: Ready To Burn Book #4: Christmas With You
Christmas With You
Series: Stewart Island, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,730. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
(5.00)
Carly Gatlin doesn’t want to spend another holiday alone so she’s come to New Zealand to be with her step-family. Kip Sullivan’s big, boisterous family have also arrived en-masse—please shoot him before the match-making gets out of hand. Kip wants to make Carly’s first Kiwi Christmas special, but will he gain more than mistletoe kisses from the woman who threatens to claim his heart?
Ready To Burn
Series: Stewart Island, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,340. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.60)
Take a little Miss Perfect. Add a bad-boy chef to the mix. Watch the sparks fly in the kitchen… There’s a fly in sous chef Shaye Harland’s soup, in the form of Del Westlake—a cocky, infuriatingly sexy outsider who muscles in on her kitchen. Can Del keep his secrets, keep his hands off Shaye, and prevent his bad-boy ways from destroying his shot at being her Mr. Perfect?
Melting Into You
Series: Stewart Island, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,590. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Big, sexy men who don’t relate well to kids need not apply… Ben Harland doesn’t need more drama in his world. So cue insta-daddyhood to an eight-year-old girl who lands on his doorstep and an out-of-control attraction to Stewart Island's widowed school teacher. But no matter how much Kezia yearns for Ben’s touch, and her daughter Zoe longs for a daddy, can he ever be the right man for the job?
In Too Deep
Series: Stewart Island, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 97,840. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.67)
To save her brother from financial ruin, police diver Piper Harland does the one thing she swore she’d never do—return to her tiny island hometown in New Zealand where Ryan “West” Westlake crushed her heart. West lost Piper once, but now she’s back for an unexpected six week visit. Maybe he wants her a little bit, but can he fall in love with such a flight risk?

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