Tracey Alvarez

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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.

Follow Tracey on Twitter as @TraceyAlvrezNZ or Facebook as http://www.facebook.com/TraceyAlvarezAuthor
Her website is http://www.traceyalvarez.com and don't forget to sign up to her newsletter here: http://bit.ly/JR3Asu

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

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Purled and Poisoned (A Humorous & Heart-warming Cozy Mystery)
Series: Knitty Kitties Mysteries. Pre-release—available March 5, 2021. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Published by Tracey Alvarez. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Wanted: Cat Mum to manage a yarn store, corral two curious cats, all the while being tangled up in murderous mayhem and mystery. Tessa Wakefield has her hands full juggling a cozy yarn store and her nutty family. When she’s not stumbling over dead bodies. It’s lucky she’s an excellent multi-tasker because digging beneath Cape Discovery’s small town surface will unearth secrets that could kill.
Knitted and Knifed (A Humorous & Heart-warming Cozy Mystery)
Series: Knitty Kitties Mysteries. Pre-release—available February 5, 2021. Price: $0.99 USD. Language: English. Published by Tracey Alvarez. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Wanted: Cat Mum to manage a yarn store, corral two curious cats, all the while being tangled up in murderous mayhem and mystery. Tessa Wakefield has her hands full juggling a cozy yarn store and her nutty family. When she’s not stumbling over dead bodies. It’s lucky she’s an excellent multi-tasker because digging beneath Cape Discovery’s small town surface will unearth secrets that could kill.
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Books

Stewart Island The Complete Series
Price: $29.99 USD. Words: 746,220. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Stewart Island The Complete Series contains all of USA TODAY bestselling author Tracey Alvarez’s romantic novels and novellas set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. 7 Full-length novels 3 Novellas 1 Short-Story Collection
Bounty Bay The Complete Series
Price: $19.99 USD. Words: 546,000. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Bounty Bay The Complete Series contains seven full-length novels from Tracey Alvarez's best-selling series set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. If you like heartwarming, sensual and sweet 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.
Trust Your Heart
Series: Bounty Bay. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,400. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
What if everyone witnessed your most humiliating moment? For teenager Allison Moore, caught making out with her BFF’s brother, Tanner Armstrong, was embarrassing enough…having it become a viral internet sensation was much, much worse. Years later, a chance meeting opens old wounds but reignites a passion neither is prepared for. Can The Ugly Duckling Virgin give Tanner a shot at winning her heart?
Bounty Bay Vol. 2
Price: $11.99 USD. Words: 257,950. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
The Bounty Bay Boxed Set Vol. 2 contains three full-length books from Tracey Alvarez’s best-selling series set against the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa, New Zealand. The three Bounty Bay books included in this bundle are: Mend Your Heart (Book #4) Break Your Heart (Book #5) Tame Your Heart (Book #6)
Beneath The Christmas Stars
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,280. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Karen Wallace's festive spirit has gone A.W.O.L 3 days before Christmas. Her perfect solution? Take a road trip to spend the holidays with her friend's family. Then a broken down car leaves Karen stranded at her friend's brother's house, along with his Grinch-like roommate, Art. Nothing will make the next few days bearable. Not even Art's stolen kisses beneath the Christmas stars.
Love Everlasting
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,630. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Darby Livingston is a survivor. If she can survive breast cancer, she can survive dealing with Reid Hudson. Reid can make Darby's amateur theater production of Cinderella a success and she needs his help, because the play's donation to a cancer charity means everything to her. Along with her terrier side-kick, can Darby convince Reid that if the shoe/slipper fits, maybe she's his Happy Ever After?
Tame Your Heart
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,270. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Loving your enemy is harder than you’d think… Tui Ngata loathes the Griffin family after a wildfire tore through her family farm 17 years ago and her father was accused of starting it. While on vacation she’s able to forget the bone-deep feud with her neighbors and find one night of pleasure in the arms of a handsome stranger. Until she finds out this stranger isn’t who she thought he was...
Bending The Rules
Series: Stewart Island. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,170. 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.
Bounty Bay Vol. 1
Series: Bounty Bay. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 219,160. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Read the first 3 full-length standalone romance novels from USA Today bestselling author Tracey Alvarez’s Bounty Bay series. Hide Your Heart (Book #1) Hiding in plain sight just got complicated… Know Your Heart (Book #2) When the landlady from hell becomes the one woman he can't live without… Teach Your Heart (Book #3) Some men need to learn the hard way…
Break Your Heart
Series: Bounty Bay. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,180. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Fake girlfriend. Real sizzle. What could possibly go wrong? Single mum Vee Sullivan has a little girl to provide for and an eye on Bounty Bay's newest shopping center to expand her clothing business-if only she could afford it. So when Sam Ngata offers her a fake girlfriend deal in exchange for his retail space, Vee is tempted. But saying yes might mean risking a broken heart…
Quake
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,780. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
He'll shake her foundations… Ana Grace is living a single mother's worst nightmare. Separated from her two kids by a catastrophic earthquake, she's trapped in her office building with a man she's just met. He's a sexy former soldier, and possibly the only man able to help her navigate the dangerous landscape home. But there's so much more at stake than just their hearts, and the clock is ticking.
Home For Christmas
Series: Stewart Island, Book 12. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,110. 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: 284,090. 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.
Mend Your Heart
Series: Bounty Bay, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,970. 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: 88,020. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A jilted small-town doctor. An allergic-to-white bridal boutique owner. Can these two gun-shy cynics ever say 'I Do'? Dr. Joe Whelan lost his taste for love when he was left at the altar; he won't be fooled again. MacKenna Jones loves a good wedding—so long as she’s not the one walking down the aisle. Is love in the cards for MacKenna and Joe when what happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas?
Teach Your Heart
Series: Bounty Bay, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,480. 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: 157,630. 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) What if the man you loved played a part in your father's death? Hide Your Heart (Bounty Bay Book 1) Hiding in plain sight just got complicated…
Kissing The Bride
Series: Stewart Island, Book 9. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,950. 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: $0.99 USD. Words: 100,510. 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: 86,190. 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: 330,570. 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, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,520. 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, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 60,740. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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: 16,220. 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: 46,340. 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: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,820. 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: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,520. 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: 97,400. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(4.67 from 9 reviews)
What if the man you loved played a part in your father's death? Piper is haunted by the ghosts of her past. As an elite police diver, she's forced back to the one place she'd sworn never to return. She left her hometown on an isolated New Zealand island, and her first and only love stayed behind. Can they face their past and be together?
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