All posts by Tracy Auerbach

I am an avid reader and writer. My favorite books to both read and write are high fantasy, paranormal, and urban fantasy. I have a huge soft spot for YA and NA, but also usually in those fantasy-type categories. Regular, plain old young adulthood wasn't so magical, so I figure why not add some oomph? Some of my favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, L.J. Smith, and JRR Tolkein. For middle grade, I think Diana Wynn Jones and Susan Cooper are just brilliant. I am a mommy to two fun, adorable and crazy-making boys who keep my hands quite full. I am a wife. I am also a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) coach and curriculum writer in the New York public school system. If someone has a really obscure bit of science trivia that they are curious about, that only a real, true nerd would know the answer to, they usually come to me. And I'm not gonna lie...I'm proud of that. I love to step into fantasy worlds during my down time. I have always been a reader and writer. I have published several articles and short stories. My first novel, "The Human Cure" was published by 48fourteen publishing several years ago, and reformatted and rereleased in print in November of 2014.

Half-Blood Review


Half-Blood (Covenant #1)

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is.

If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

Paperback, 281 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Spencer Hill Press
My Review
I read this book after reading the Lux series and then accidentally reading the first book in the Titan series, unaware that the Covenant series even existed. I am officially Jennifer Armentrout’s creepy stalker! These sort of books fulfill a need I must have to go back to being a teenager and be really unique and special and meet someone with great powers who is just too gorgeous for words, but for some reason worships me. Ah, well. Are there any thirty-something powerful god-like men out there?

As always with Armentrout’s writing, I devoured this book because I fell for the characters. Also, the great thing about my faux-pas with the series order was that now I get to go back and read Seth’s character development. I like Alex as the female protagonist, a bit more than I liked Lux’s Katy and a bit less than Josie. She has attitude to the point where I get annoyed with her, but I like the fact that she doesn’t get lost in her crush for Aiden. Some of the secondary characters didn’t seem to serve much purpose, and the story was a little slow. I give it four out of five stars, because although as a stand-alone it wasn’t the best, I see the potential in where it’s going and what it all leads toward.



When I am deeply involved in a book, the characters are my everything. I love, hate, and side with or against them. I pour my heart and soul into their outcomes and become more invested in their emotional well-being than my own. I fall into them. That is how a great character is written, like a temporary lover, enemy, or bestie.

I know I’m enjoying the book I’m reading if I’m unable to stop myself from yelling at my husband if he interrupts me.  For that brief tryst with the characters I meet, their world is more real to me than my own.

Review of The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer Armentrout

I can’t help but fall in love with Armentrout’s swoon-worthy characters. Obviously, they are designed specifically for that in-your-face hotness factor, but what can I say…I’m still a sucker for a good old teenage crush. My own books are always delving into some aspect of battling one’s nature, or addiction of some kind, so the whole aether-addict aspect (how’s that for alliteration?) is right up my alley.
With that being said, I am no prude but for some reason the explicit sexual content annoys me. i feel like it takes away from the story rather than adding to it. Granted, this is just my opinion, but I prefer to use a bit more of my imagination with the sex scenes.
Definitely a worthy read, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the Titan series.18809475 series.

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series. (less)

Paperback, 335 pages
Published February 16th 2015 by Spencer Hill Press
1939392624 (ISBN13: 9781939392626)
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Across the Universe

Although I totally worship authors such as Brandon Sanderson who span multitudes of books across a single visionary universe, I think that I would have a lot of trouble sticking to that format myself. I recently read Warbreaker and although I loved Elantris and the Mistborn series, I found myself wanting to delve deeper into the unique world of biochromatic magic. I found myself mentally begging for a prequel and a sequel.Hopefully I will get my wish! It’s an added kind of thrill knowing that all of these fantastic series ith such unique worlds are connected in the Sanderson multiverse.

When I write, I tend to go back and forth between urban fantasy and actual fantasy realms. It’s fun to think that the world in which we live contains magical and paranormal creatures, but it’s also so much fun to worldbuild! Right now I’m writing a book that takes place in a world that is sort of a spin-off of ours; a possibility. I’m enjoying living in that place right now.

So whatever book you’re reading or writing, or whatever world you’re currently living in, enjoy it and maybe we’ll cross paths somewhere in the plethora of universes floating around in our minds.

Hello Fellow Readers and Writers

I’m starting this blog because I love to read and I love to write. I often think about a plot or character in a book throughout the whole day, as I go about my activities, unable to fully participate in the real world because I’m so captivated by the fictional world. It’s fun for me and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’ve been writing for a long time, and mostly had articles and short stories published in trade magazines. The genres I prefer to write are science fiction, paranormal, fantasy (all types), and horror. My first published novel, “The Human Cure,” was published by 48fourteen and released in paperback last November. It’s a paranormal romance/urban fantasy novel.

I believe that there are always improvements to be made in my writing. I recently submitted a sequel to my publisher and I’m hoping it gets picked up. I’m also working on a new fantasy series. Writing is my joy and my passion.

The book I read most recently is “Warbreakeer” by Brandon Senderson. I think he is amazing and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on more of his work.