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Tracey Bateman Books In Order

Publication Order of Kansas Home Books

Darling Cassidy (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tarah's Lessons (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Laney's Kiss (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Emily's Place (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Penbrook Diaries Books

The Color of the Soul (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Freedom of the Soul (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mahoney Sisters Books

Reasonable Doubt (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Suspicion of Guilt (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Betrayal of Trust (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Claire Everett Books

Leave It to Claire (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Claire Knows Best (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Love Claire (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Westward Hearts Books

Defiant Heart (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Distant Heart (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dangerous Heart (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Drama Queens Books

Catch A Rising Star (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
You Had Me at Good-Bye (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
That's (Not Exactly) Amore (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

But For Grace (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Timing Is Everything (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Everlasting Hope (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oregon Brides (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Season for Grace (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thirsty (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tandem (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Besides Still Waters (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Widow of Saunders Creek (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Second Chance (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Torey's Prayer (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Love So Tender (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Tracey Bateman is an American author that writes Christian fiction. Besides series like Kansas Home and Mahoney Dairies, Bateman has been known to upend the Christian literary market by producing unexpected stories like ‘Thirsty’, a Christian novel with vampires.

+Biography
Tracey Bateman lives a very busy life. She has a husband and four children who consume a considerable amount of her time. Bateman also tries to stay active in the music ministry at her church.

Though, the author will be the first to tell you that her church never gets nearly as much of her time and dedication as it deserves. Her writing career takes the blame for that.

Bateman did not expect to take the Christian literary market by storm. She learned to write through practice. She also listened closely to her editors, writing partners and critique groups.

The things they taught her allowed the author to churn out more than two dozen books in a little over six years. She also joined the American Christian Fiction Writers, at one point going so far as to serve as the organization’s president.

Even though Bateman identifies as a Christian author and even though her faith plays a strong role in the stories she chooses to write, she is not married to gospel literature. She does not always set out to preach to her readers. A lot of times, she simply works towards providing entertaining content.

This might explain how she ended up writing ‘Thirsty’, one of her most controversial novels. Described as Twilight for Christians, Thirsty caught a lot of readers off guard, garnering Bateman a fair amount of criticism.

It wasn’t the first time the author had drawn the ire of readers for the content she had chosen to add to the Christian literary market. However, you will never find Tracey Bateman fighting to defend the content of her novels.

Bateman is thoroughly convinced that every story she puts to paper is inspired by God. She doesn’t believe that it is her role in life to convince other Christians that there is merit in Christian novels with vampires.

She also doesn’t take offense at all the complaints that her readers throw her way. Bateman is perfectly content to write the stories that her mind churns out so long as she is convinced that every word she puts on paper glorifies God.

+Literary Career
Tracey Bateman did not set out to become a writer. She experimented with writing as a child but she was never serious about it. And after a while, she simply stopped. But then she turned 26 and everything changed.

Bateman was already married with three children at home. After a little while, for all the joy that her children gave her, the author realized that she needed a break from the hullaballoo of her home life.

That was where school came into play. Bateman went back to college because getting a job was out of the question for her at that time. One of the courses she was expected to take at the start was a writing class.

What she learned in that class gave her a new appreciation for the art. Her first real taste of writing came when she produced a short story for an assignment that got her a B. Bateman was almost immediately hooked by the exhilaration she got from telling stories and exposing them to others to critique.

The author never finished college. She got pregnant with her fourth child which forced her to drop out in her junior year. The next several months were difficult. But the author’s determination to pursue writing never wavered.

In between all the sleeping and throwing up, Bateman found time to go on the internet to locate and join critique groups. Then she began writing officially.

Bateman was fortunate enough to read a writing guide by Bodie Thoene which told her that, as a new author, she had to target publishers that accepted at least 25 percent of the submissions they got from new authors.

With this advice in mind, Bateman singled out Heartsong, wrote her first novel over the course of a year and submitted it. The manuscript was rejected but the author refused to give in to the discouragement.

She went back to the writing board, threw a second novel out and made another submission. Eight months later, Tracey Bateman got the call from Becky Germany. Heartsong loved her manuscript and wanted to use it to fill a hole in their schedule.

That was in 2000. Bateman hasn’t stopped writing since then. The author admits that her writing career isn’t without its challenges. She has come to regret all the time she spent writing as opposed to playing with her children.

She missed out on a lot of fun. She also had to sacrifice her commitment to her church to meet her deadlines. Once the contracts began rolling in, Bateman quickly found that it was all but impossible to balance all her priorities.

Tracey Bateman writes roughly five books a year each of which is an average of eighty thousand words. She normally works with multiple publishers. The author’s goal in life is to write stories that minister to women’s hearts.

+The Color of the Soul
Andy Carmichael doesn’t know where he belongs. The blacks don’t like him because he is too light-skinned. And yet he is also too dark-skinned for the whites. So Andy doesn’t really know what to expect when he goes to Georgia.

The reporter has been charged with interviewing an icon of Southern Literature. Miss Penbrook is on her deathbed when she meets Andy and gives him her journals, revealing a surprise that will change the reporter’s life.

+You Had Me at Good-bye
Dancy Ames felt stable enough in her life. Then Jack Quinn came to Lane Publishing, told her she did not have the talent to work as an editor and then fired her.

Unexpectedly unemployed, Dancy tried her hand at a number of careers, from English teacher to coffee barista. But nothing stuck. So she decided to write. The story that her fingers put on paper followed a stalker who fell in love with a coffee barista.

Once she finished it, Dancy’s friends dared her to submit it to Jack, and Dancy proceeded to do just that, unaware of the string of occurrences she was about to unleash upon both of their lives.

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