January 7, 2015

happy release day to tracie banister and 'twin piques'

Congratulations to my friend Tracie Banister, who is releasing her third novel, Twin Piques, today. I had an opportunity to see an early copy of this novel, and it has a lot of intrigue and fun for fans of Chick Lit.

Twin Piques tells the story of Sloane and Willa, twins who look everything alike, but are nothing alike in personality. Told from both perspectives, I truly enjoyed being able to see what each sister was experiencing from her perspective. I'm a fan of Tracie's work (read my reviews here and here), and I'm looking forward to picking up the final version of this book now that it is available for sale.

In honor of Tracie's new book about sisters, I'm sharing five things I love most about the relationship I have with my sister, Sarah.

1. We have history. We have a whole lifetime of memories. We've seen the same movies and TV shows. We've been at the same family dinners. While we may not always have the same sense of humor or the same point of view on a topic, we're comfortable sharing our perspective with each other without having to worry about judgement. Also, between the two of us, one is usually bound to remember something that happened and the other forgot, which is pretty handy.

2. She listens to me. Whether it's complaining about the awful day I've had or dreaming about what I would like to be when I grow up, my sister is my best sounding board. She listens and offers good advice (even if I'm not sure I want it at the time, I always come to realize she made an excellent point). And she listens to the little things. Like when I said I wanted her to make me paper cutout pictures of the cats. Ultimately, they made it under the Christmas tree.

3. She indulges me and my schemes. Within reason. While I like planning and structure in my life, I also like some pockets of spontaneity. Whether I'm coming to Sarah with a long-term plan, like wanting to go ice skating on Christmas Eve or a short-term plan like wanting to build a snowman, my sister is usually game. Unless it's ridiculous. Then she's there to talk sense into me.

4. How proud I am of her. Sometimes I find myself looking at the amazing twenty-five-year-old woman my sister has become, and I remember helping her learn to tie her shoes as a tot. I was proud of her then, just like I was proud of her when she graduated high school and college. And I am proud of her now as she does things like hike the Grand Canyon rim to rim, volunteers at an orphanage in Haiti, or works two often thankless jobs with a resolve to do her best.

5. She's my best friend. That description says it all. You don't always get to pick your family, but in my case I totally lucked out.

Again, congrats on the new release, Tracie!

About the Book
Forensic accountant Sloane Tobin and kooky pet psychic Willa may have the same face, but that’s the only thing these identical twins have in common. 
How she can read the hearts and minds of animals has always been a mystery to Willa, and her rotten luck with men is equally baffling. Although she’s been looking for “The One” for what feels like forever (A teenage marriage to a French mime and dating a guy named Spider seemed like good ideas at the time!), optimistic Willa refuses to give up on love. When she meets Brody, the handsome rose expert hired to save her grandmother’s garden, she’s instantly smitten, but why does he keep sending her mixed signals? Does he return her feelings, or is their attraction all in her fanciful head? 
Unlike her twin, Sloane has zero interest in romance. Her passion is her job, where she uses her gift for numbers to take down slimy embezzlers and asset-hiding spouses. When she’s assigned two high profile cases, Sloane feels confident the promotion she’s been angling for is within her grasp. But will her plan to climb the corporate ladder be thwarted by difficult clients, her co-worker-with-benefits, or – most surprisingly of all – her own sister? And how’s she supposed to stay focused on the drama at work when her childhood friend, Gav, moves in next door and the spark between them becomes impossible to ignore? 
To get what they both want, can Willa and Sloane band together and rely on each other’s strengths? Or will their differences drive them apart once and for all?
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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 that 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. Twin Piques is her third Chick Lit release. The pet psychic character in this novel was inspired by Tracie’s rascally rescue dogs. She’d love to know what goes on in their heads!

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1 comment:

  1. Aw, Laura, I got verklemmt reading this lovely tribute to your sister. Having a sister is such a blessing; there's no other relationship like it!

    Thanks so much for hosting me and my book today and for your input while Twin Piques was a WIP. You're the best! :)