Tracy and Traci Virtual Event -Tuesday, 4/13!!

Tonight’s the night!

Tuesday, April 13th at 7:00pm EST

Join the fun as Australian Sci-fi Fantasy author Traci Harding and I discuss all things sci-fi, fantasy, esoteric and metaphysical. We’ll throw in a little bit about the Zero Point Energy Field, and alternative universes and states of consciousness for good measure! Zoom links below. I’m really looking forward to this and I know you’ll enjoy it.

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Out Of This World Virtual Author Event

I’m thrilled to announce an Out Of This World Virtual Author Event with me and Traci Harding, Australia’s #1 Sci-Fi Fantasy author!! Join the live conversation as Traci and I discuss our books, writing, where we get our ideas and the similar themes woven throughout the stories we create.

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One of my reviewers from the Catalyst Blog Tour last summer compared my books to Traci’s so I reached out and connected with her on social media. Our books touch on the subjects of time travel, quantum physics, the Universal Energy Field, extraterrestrials, and the esoteric and metaphysical. It was so cool to find another fiction author who writes about the things I’m interested in. An added bonus is we get along great!

Another cool thing is that Traci lives near Brisbane, Australia so when we’re chatting on the evening of Tuesday 4/13 it’ll be 10:00am in the morning on WEDNESDAY the 14th for her! It truly is a small world.

Even though she’s deep into revisions on her next book (she’s written over 22 titles!!), she graciously agreed to do this event with me. I’m extremely excited and know that you are in for a treat when you join the conversation! More details on the Zoom event below.

Want to learn more about Traci and purchase her books? Visit her website at Personally signed books by Traci Harding (allthingstraci.com.au)

There’s even more info on Traci at her publisher’s site: Traci Harding – Australia’s Best Selling Fantasy Author

Want to purchase one of THIS Tracy’s books in The Catalysts series? Click Here!

Here’s the Dirt on Traci Harding!

Traci Harding is a Science/Fantasy Novelist, published through HarperCollins/Voyager Australia and Bolinda Audio.    Her work blends fantasy, fact, esoteric theory, time travel and quantum physics, into adventurous romps through history, alternative dimensions, universes and states of consciousness.

Since its release in 1996, the Ancient Future Trilogy has had over fifty reprints, three editions and was released as an omnibus in 2014. The first book of the series made the ABC’s list of “the Most Loved Books of All Time” (2010) and “Australia’s Top 100 Homegrown Reads” (2013). TThe Ancient Future became an Australian best-seller in its first month of release, and in 2014 the omnibus shot into the Amazon US top 5 Science/Fantasy books. Every Harding novel since the Ancient Future has debuted in the top 10 on the Science/Fantasy best-sellers list soon after publication. Traci has sold in excess of a half a million books in Australia alone.

Here’s the Dirt on Tracy Richardson (that’s me!)

Tracy Richardson is the author of the young adult series The Catalysts, including Book I, The Field, and Book II, Catalyst. The Field won the Eric Hoffer award for young adult literature and was a Bronze Medalist for the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Catalyst was a Finalist in the American Fiction Awards Young Adult category and won first place in the New Age category. Tracy has a degree in biology and her science background plays a significant role in her writing through her incorporation of both true science and science fiction. Her books are set in real Earth time with both a science fiction/paranormal theme and an environmental theme. There is no second planet.

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Toucan Tuesdays

Indiana Center for The Book

Last summer I was interviewed by Sammy the Toucan for the Indiana State Library’s Indiana Center for the Book. The interview just aired on January 26th so I can share it with you now. After my boyfriend saw it, his comment was “Are you being interviewed by a puppet?” Yes. Yes, I am. 🙂 And Sammy, the puppet that is, asked some great questions! See for yourself.

Check out more videos of me talking about my books, the environment, the Universal Energy Field and writing on my YouTube Channel!

Virtual Author Event News

I’m working on several Virtual Author Events for this spring which I’m REALLY excited about. With the pandemic I haven’t been able to get out and meet with readers in person, so virtual events are the next best thing. I’m partnering with another sci-fi/fantasy author who will interview me and we’ll chat about writing and our books. You’re going to want to sign up!! She’s super cool! Stay-tuned for more details to come.

Writing News – Book III

I’m hard at work on Marcie and Eric’s next adventure. As I’m writing it from both perspectives it’s almost like writing two separate books. So far I’ve written about 170 pages and I think I have 200 more to go. Writing during the time of quarentine went well for me at first and then in the Fall I got sick (not with COVID) and had a little stretch of feeling down and discouraged. I think all of us have phased through that at some point in 2020. Fortunately I was able to pull through and got my mojo back and am back to writing. Excited to see what happens next in the story!! I write with a general outline, but once I get started, the story just flows and ideas percolate, so I never know exactly how things will play out.

How have you been coping this past year? Really looking forward to connecting in person in 2021!

CATALYST Wins American Book Fest Award!!

I’m pleased and honored to share that Catalyst has been selected as the Winner of the New Age Fiction category of the American Book Fest Best Books Awards!

Winner – New Age Fiction

Catalyst was also recognized as a Finalist in the Young Adult category by American Book Fest in August.

Book News

Receiving an award like this really helps get me motivated to work on Book III of The Catalysts series. I’m about 150 pages in with probably 200 to 250 to go. As I’m writing it from both Marcie and Eric’s perspectives it is essentially like writing two complete books and weaving them together. I’m having a LOT of fun with it. Still hoping to do a research trip to France when we can travel again!!

Virtual Book Tour

My publisher, Brown Books, and I are working on a Virtual Book Tour starting in January, 2021. We’re putting together a fun interview and Q&A format. I can’t wait to connect with readers again!! More news on dates and how to register as the schedule gets firmed up.

I hope that you are safe and well and that you can find many things to be thankful for during these challenging times.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and those you love.

Order your copy of Catalyst! Ebook and paperback available now! 

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8 1/2 Hours to VOTE

I voted on Saturday. I live in Indianapolis, which is Marion County, and voter turn out for early voting has been tremendous. But I didn’t expect to have to wait Eight. Hours. To. Vote. That’s right. But wait I did. It was too important.

Still in good spirits after 8 1/2 Hours!!

The really cool thing though? Is that EVERYONE waited. And we had fun. It was such a diverse crowd. There was me – white woman in her 50’s. And Keesha – 20-something African American woman. There was group of Anime dressed college theater students- first time voters, too! Also, Ann, and Don and Donna (who was a Vegas show-girl at one point I found out!!) approaching retirment age. The 27 year old African American couple who shared my love of Chex Mix.

5 1/2 Hours in!!

Over the course of the beautiful Fall day full of sunshine (thank goodness for that!) we bonded. We saved each other’s place in line for bathroom breaks and to do lunch runs. We shared our fold-up chairs and learned about each other. We did the WAVE and cheered when people who had voted left the building.

My young Anime friend – First Time Voter!

EVERYONE wore their masks and we mostly social distanced… 🙂

Lovely people brought us pizza, water bottles and candy. VOTE for DEMOCRACY set up a free taco truck and later a biscuit Food Truck arrived. I knitted half a baby sweater as I pushed my chair along the twists and turns of the line in the parking lot.

If you haven’t voted yet, DO IT!! This might be the most important election of our lifetimes. We get to decide what kind of a country the United States of America will be moving forward. I want it to be a country that CARES. You can probably guess who I voted for. Do your part. Get out and VOTE.

Share your voting stories with me, too!!

Favorite Books

The last book in The Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner, Return of the Thief just arrived in the mail today!! The series is possibly my all time favorite with The King of Attolia being one of my absolute favorite books. Can’t wait to read it! My boyfriend has already started it, but he’s a fast reader. 🙂

Here are some of my favorite book series. Not in any particular order. There are more of course, but these are some of the best.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore ~ and all the other books in the series

An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart ~ Third in the Merlin and King Arthur series

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis ~ The Narnia Series

The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien ~ The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Firebrand by Kristen Britain ~ The Green Rider Series

It’s interesting that I seem to be drawn to fantasy when I write science fiction/paranormal novels.

What are some of your favorites?

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Browning Mountain – Stonehenge in Southern Indiana II

To celebrate the release of CATALYST, Book II in The Catalysts Series, on September 22nd, I’m doing a blog series on some of the research I did to create the story. I LOVE research – anything for a road trip!!

In CATALYST, Lorraine and Zeke, the two mysterious graduate students on the Angel Mounds archaeological dig, take Marcie, Eric, Leo and Renee to Greystone Mountain in Southern Indiana. There they tell the teens about their mission to save Earth and demonstrate some incredible abilities while surrounded by the dozens of huge, rectangular stones for which the mountain is named

I didn’t create Greystone Mountain entirely from my imagination. As often happens in fiction, I took an actual place, in this case, Browning Mountain in Brown County, Indiana, and morphed it into a site in my story.

Browning Mountain has been called the Stonehenge of southern Indiana because resting at the hill’s summit are several dozen huge rectangular stones – many the size of a compact car – and no one knows how they got there.

Scientists say that the type of rock comprising these stones is not from the region. There are plenty of quarries in southern Indiana where it could have originated, but it didn’t. So the question is – what is it? Is it man made or naturally occurring?

Having seen the stones myself, they are so precisely rectangular, even given the effects of time, and arranged in such regular patterns, that I can’t imagine they are anything but man made.

Could the indiginous people of the area from thousands of years ago have erected a stone circle of the likes of Stonehenge in southern Indiana? I think the answer is yes. The other question, though, is how did the stones get on top of the mountain? It is a pretty tough two hour climb to the top going steadily up hill. Did they have some kind of technolgy that has been lost over the ages? I think it would be easy to simply say that the stones are naturally occuring since we don’t have the answers to these questions, but I’m not sure that we would be correct.

Ancient cultures may not have been as advanced as we are technologically, but they may have had a wisdom about the energies of the earth and the Universe that we have lost. It is definitely food for thought. What do you think?

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Catalyst Releases Sept 22nd!!

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Thanks to @cahokiamounds and @angelmounds for helping me with research and @verlunamusic for designing the cover!

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Excerpt

“Now you know,” she (Lorraine) continues softly, but her eyes are fierce. “About the terrible future that awaits Earth and humanity if we continue on our current path.” She pauses, placing her hands on the stone on either side of her legs and leaning forward for emphasis. “It can be changed. Are you ready to do your part? Will you allow us to teach you so that you know your own power?”   

I want to do whatever I can to stop the destruction I witnessed in the vision. Maybe this is what I’ve been waiting for. A mission and a purpose and connecting with the collective consciousness. I feel a little like I’m stepping off a cliff into the unknown, but if I don’t move forward, I know I’ll regret it.

I take a deep, calming breath. “Yes, I’m ready.”

“How do you know about what will happen in the future?” Leo’s posture is rigid, his voice cutting. “There’s no reason to believe any of it’s true.”

“You’re right in part. There’s no way to definitively know the future. Thousands of possibilities exist with different probabilities. However, what Zeke showed you will very likely happen if we continue to disregard the wellbeing of the Earth. She can only accommodate so much abuse before her equilibrium is tilted irrevocably. Already, floods, hurricanes, fires, volcanoes and tsunamis are increasing in frequency and strength.” I note that she only answers part of Leo’s question. How are they able to predict the future, even if it is just one of many possibilities?

Renee says what all of us are probably thinking, at least a little. “I want to help, but I’m afraid. This is all so much to take in.” Her French accent is very strong, so she must be feeling really agitated.

“Yeah, I agree.” Eric puts his arm behind her back, bracing her. “Can you give us some time and move slowly on this? I mean we just found out that you’re some kind-of shamans and now you want us to save the world?” His weak attempt at a joke falls flat.

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Endorsements for Catalyst

Just received these lovely industry endorsements for Catalyst! Also sharing a terrific review by Athena – OneReadingNurse who shares a name with a ‘character’ in the book and TOTALLY gets Catalyst! She even compares it to The Celestine Prophecy!!!

Go to the BUY page to get your copy – Ebook out now, print book in September.

Endorsements

“Tracy Richardson has created an intriguing premise that blends the worlds of sci-fi, spiritualism, and climate activism.”

—Allen Johnson, Screenwriter, The Freemason

“An ode to the responsibility of taking care of our one and only Earth, Catalyst offers an energetic and immersive experience that spotlights alternate dimensions, energy fields, and our very own human potential.”

—Genese Davis, Game Writer, Author of The Holder’s Dominion series

“Catalyst frames a portrait of collective humanity for each of us to find our likenesses rendered within a profile of the human condition.”

—Rita Kohn, Senior Writer for the NUVO Cultural Foundation

Review by Athena – OneReadingNurse

This book contains a lot of really great messages for young readers, first and foremost the environmental consequences of our actions.  Marcie and her team are dealing with an energy company that wants to expand fracking in the area, and there is a great amount of info about that and other environmental disasters.

Marcie has an interesting character arc as well.  She knows there is something about the world that she can sense, but isn’t sure what it is.  With the help of Zeke and Lorraine, two grad students on the dig, Marcie and the other teens learn about the Universal Energy Field and the implications of the fourth, fifth, and dimensions beyond.  Leo is the other main character and provides the opposing point of view on fracking, as his father works for the energy industry.   Their relationship is interesting because it pretty accurately portrays how teens have trouble with opposing viewpoints, and how to talk around issues and make compromises. I really shipped them.

I’m also Greek and ran cross country and share a name with the alien space ship…so…yeah, there are those things too.  I liked Marcie a lot.  The book reminds me of The Celestine Prophecies, which I was obsessed with in high school, and I’m really glad that this generation of young readers gets a book like this too.

The book turns from fairly normal, to paranormal, to sci-fi Jesus in a spaceship REAL quick, and I loved it.  I thought the context of spiritual leaders made sense, since it would be pretty egocentric to assume that the gods and goddesses and religious leaders are only dedicated to one planet.  The sci-fi element is definitely a bit out there in left field but it worked for me.

The book is relatively short at 248 pages.  The pacing is pretty even and I’m sad that it took me so long to start because once I did, I read it in two sittings.  I was never bored at all. I would totally and fully recommend this for teen readers as an environmentally and self-conscious read that has some great examples of conflict resolution and interpersonal relationships within the team.