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


Series

Stewart Island
A steamy contemporary romance series set on a wild and beautiful island off the coast of New Zealand.
In Too Deep
Price: Free!
Melting Into You
Price: $4.99 USD.
Ready To Burn
Price: $4.99 USD.
Christmas With You
Price: $2.99 USD.
My Forever Valentine
Price: $1.99 USD.

Books

Bending The Rules
Series: Stewart Island. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,130. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Cop Noah Daniels doesn't believe in unicorns or true love, not since his life went to hell six years ago. Emotions are easier to handle when they're out of sight, out of mind. But when script writer Tilly Montgomery crash-lands into his world on Stewart Island for a month, she might just be the one to convince him that unicorns and true love do exist. If they're prepared to bend the rules a bit.
Home For Christmas
Series: Stewart Island, Book 12. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,300. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
They’re dreaming of a White Christmas… Carly Gatlin can’t wait to take her fiancé to Colorado for a snuggly snow-filled Christmas, only a freakish summer storm sweeps in disabling everyone’s plans. Still, with holiday surprises in store and even a secret admirer for Stewart Island’s elderly notorious matchmaker, the happy couples of Oban might not mind being home for Christmas after all.
Due South 2
Series: Stewart Island. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 283,920. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
The Due South 2 Boxed set contains 4 books of USA TODAY BEST-SELLING author Tracey Alvarez’s series set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like heartwarming, small-town romances with a touch of comedy, you’ll love sharing the journey with these authentic men and women struggling to find their special someone. Includes books 6,7, 7.5 & 8.
Saying I Do
Series: Stewart Island, Book 8. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,740. 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?
Kissing The Bride
Series: Stewart Island, Book 9. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,910. 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: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,470. 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: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,180. 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, Book 10. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 329,290. 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.
My Forever Valentine
Series: Stewart Island, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,050. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
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: 41,620. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
(5.00 from 1 review)
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: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,800. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
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: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,490. 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: 97,380. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.67 from 9 reviews)
Piper is haunted by the ghosts of her past. As an elite police diver, she finds herself forced back to the one place she'd sworn never to return. West lost Piper years ago. She left their small hometown on an isolated New Zealand island, and he stayed behind. Desire and tempers flare when their paths cross again. Can Piper find her way back to the man who broke her heart?

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