Holiday Chat with Tracey Sinclair + gifts!

  Tracey Sinclair is back at The Book Tart. I adore her! She loves all the yummy sci-fi fantasy shows I do and we both have crushes on Dean Winchester… And she brought presents. 😀 Two of the stories in her urban fantasy The Cassandra Bick Chronicles are FREE from Amazon till Christmas!

Dark Dates

for free from Amazon.

Click HERE


  her brand new

holiday novella

A Vampire Christmas is FREE too!

Click HERE

the other novella, A Vampire Walks Into a Bar is only $0.99 😀

I love this series! I reviewed Dark Dates already, Click HERE

I am planning on reviewing the 2 novella in the next day or so. <g> I adored them. Devoured them last weekend and I want more already. Yep, I’m greedy. If you enjoy urban fantasy with humor, snarky pop culture fun, a relatable heroine who’s not a super hero, and strong fascinating world building, grab the Christmas goodies and enjoy the free reads… Then you’ll be hooked like me and we can all bug Tracey for the next book!

(((hugs))) Kat

The Queen of Tarts


Me: Hey Darlin’ Merry Christmas! Thank you for the early present in releasing A Vampire Christmas this December. It will help make the wait till next full length Cassandra book a little bit more bearable.


Tracey: My pleasure! It was great fun to write a couple of stories to keep the Dark Dates withdrawal at bay, and to show a different angle on the characters, particularly in A Vampire Walks into a Bar, where I had to put Cain and Laclos together without the civilising influence of Cass! (Obviously all the resulting sexual tension between the two was just a bonus. Cough! Ahem…)


Me: *snorts* The bonus was appreciated 😀

I actually love short stories. They’re like little desserts and you can snack on them again and again. They make me happy. How are they to write for you compared to a full length novel?


Tracey: I love them as well, and lately I’ve been downloading loads from authors like Tess Gerritsen, Kelley Armstrong and Lee Child, who regularly publish shorts between their full length works. They are enormously fun – and fast – to write (though they take a lot of reworking, as you need to get a lot across in a short space of time). And it’s great to get the buzz of getting something out there without having to wait to finish a full length book!


Me: 😯 That is good news! I hope it becomes a regular thing in your Cassandra Chronicles 😉

Soooo Can you tell us what you’re working on now? *whispers* sequel, sequel, sequel


Tracey: Yes! It’s the Dark Dates sequel – book 2 is out with my beta readers for comments and I’ve just started making notes for Book 3…



Me: *couch Kermit Flail* Yay! I can’t wait!image


Ok I was chatting with you on twitter and you are from the UK and there are a few things from the states that are unfamiliar to you… like Madlibs!

I like the game Madlibs and have just started using them in interviews. Sooo here’s how the game goes… you fill in the required words without knowing what they’re for 🙂 and I will plug them into the blanks in a story and show you the results… silliness ensues.  Ready? It’s kinda like homework. Honestly we used to do it in school in English because you have to know your word parts like adjectives, nouns… lol I figure author are perfect for this. <g>

Side note: To introduce Tracey to madlibs I sent her this youtube vid. Silly festive fun 😀

Looking at this it’s rather long! lol But Tracey’s a good sport and she plays a great game of madlibs!
If you want to play this one it’s from Dork Diaries 🙂

verb ending in -ing


A noun that’s a place


a holiday song

Let it snow





your friend

Raylan (OK, he’s not really my friend, but a girl can hope)

Verb with –ed


Verb with –ed


Amount of time

1 hour



plural noun


the place you chose up top

I don’t understand this question…lol I had to re-read too 😉 it wanted the cemetary from up there *points up*

A relative


A number


A food item


A relative


A verb with -ed




A singer

Lada Gaga



A person

The Queen

A messy food


A body part


Amount of time

2 hours

A holiday food

Christmas pudding


Me: Kissing at the Cemetary and chased by Raylan? oooo I like where this is going 😀





I was KISSING  at the CEMETARY the other day when I heard LET IT SNOW come on the radio. I was feeling really LUSTILY and I’m pretty sure I looked super PASSIONATE because RAYLAN walked in and almost CHASED. Seriously, she he SMACKED for close to 1 HOUR! This time every year I SWOONED all the time because I get really exciting thinking about holiday SQUIRRELS! That’s why I was sitting at the CEMETARY I was really hoping COUSIN would come by and give me at least 9 pieces of holiday CHEESE!That didn’t happen, but suddenly MUM  SPRINKLED by in a huge FLOWER on wheels dressed up as LADY GAGA. I know SPITEFUL things happen around the holidays, but this didn’t make any sense! I picked up the phone to call THE QUEEN but the phone turned into a big pile of PASTA and dripped all the way down to my WRIST! Then my alarm clock went off for about 2 HOURS . It was all a dream! I had a ton of CHRISTMAS PUDDING before I went to sleep. Maybe that’s what gave me the crazy dream!


Me: *giggles* Call The Queen! and your mum in a flower car! bwahahaha and, and holiday squ- *chortles* Squirrels!

Oh! I hope you like your first madlibs. lol

Speaking of things that are unfamiliar or confusing between cultures … Are there any words or phrases you can think of that mean something completely different in the UK than in the US? Such as for us in the States boots are footwear and in the England its the trunk of a car. Oh! My friend Dawn just asked me to ask you about Cockney slang. Lol I have no idea what that is.


Tracey: Well, I did notice one of your earlier interviewees mention the most famous one, which is of course fanny – which doesn’t mean ‘ass’ in Britain (or arse, as we Brits would say! This which is why you’ll always find British people laughing at Americans wearing ‘fanny packs’. Americanisms are more common here now but I can’t see that one ever changing! There’s also ‘pants’ – which (generally) means underwear (and can be used as a derogatory term – if you don’t like something, you can say “it’s pants” or even ‘a pile of pants’), bum – which means bottom (am I right that you don’t use it in that context?), fag, which is of course homophobic slang in American English, but means ‘cigarette’ in most of the UK… there’s lots! I love slang, I’ve lived all over the UK and it differs from city to city… (My favourite saying, which doesn’t seem to have crossed the Atlantic, is ‘I cannot be arsed to do that’ – meaning I can’t be bothered. Imagine saying ‘I can’t be assed to do that’ and it just sounds bonkers). Oh and I’m guessing in the States a buttie isn’t a sandwich…


Me: I canNOT be arsed to do that! *nods* I like it 😀 and ummm noooo a buttie isn’t a sandwich here lol


Tracey: A lot of Cockney Rhyming slang is actually dying out – you rarely hear it in common usage now – but it’s great, and some terms you hear without even realising that’s where they’ve come from. It includes such terms as calling a suit a whistle (from ‘whistle and flute’) Butcher’s (as in, ‘Let’s have a butcher’s’ – which means ‘let’s have a look’, from Butcher’s hook), apples and pears = stairs, Ruby – which means curry (from Ruby Murray) and ‘would you Adam and Eve it?’ which means, ‘would you believe it’…


Me: Oh! how fun <g> I often trip up the apples and pears…

Thank you so much Tracey for hanging out with me again at The Book Tart. You are one of my favorite people that I’ve met in the last 6 months. I can’t wait till your next story… Literally. I’ll become a better stalker. 😛


Tracey: Thank you so much – it’s always fun to be on your couch! (Oo-er…)


Me: *blush* Open invitations darling 😉

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

(((hugs))) Kat


More Tracey:

Tracey Sinclair works as freelance copywriter, editor and legal directories consultant.  A diverse and slightly wandering career has included writing factsheets for small businesses, creating web content for law firms, subtitling film and TV and editing one of the UK’s largest legal directories. A keen blogger, she regularly writes for online theatre site Exeunt and science fiction site Unleash the Fanboy and her blog Body of a Geek Goddess was shortlisted in the Cosmopolitan Blogger Awards 2011. Her work has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies and her short play Bystanders was premiered in 2011 as part of the CP Players New Writing Season at Baron’s Court Theatre, London. She has published two small press books (Doll and No Love is This, both Kennedy & Boyd) and is now dipping a toe in the digital self-publishing world with her new urban fantasy novel, Dark Dates.

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Dark Dates

(Cassandra Bick Chronicles )

Release date: Apr. 3, 2012
ASIN: B007RH5PF4 |
Format: eBook
All Cassandra Bick wants is to be left to get on with doing her job. But when you’re a Sensitive whose business is running a dating agency for vampires, life is never going to be straightforward – especially when there’s a supernatural war brewing in London, a sexy new bloodsucker in town and your mysterious, homicidal and vampire hating ex-lover chooses this moment to reappear in your life…
Witty, sharp and entertaining, Dark Dates is a heady mix of vampires, witches and werewolves – with the occasional angel thrown in – and introduces Cassandra Bick, a likeable heroine destined to join the ranks of fantasy’s feistiest females.
Buy this ebook from: Amazon


A Vampire Walks Into A Bar

(Cassandra Bick Chronicles)

Release date: Nov. 7, 2012
Format: eBook
The hunter just wanted to be left alone – one last drink before leaving London forever. Then the vampire Laclos walked into the bar, and suddenly his night wasn’t looking so quiet after all…
There’s a new hunter in the city and he’d targeting Dark Dates – the vampire/human dating agency run by Cassandra Bick, who also happens to be the woman that both Cain and Laclos love. These two fierce rivals must work together to stop him before he drags London’s vampires into the spotlight and destroys Cassandra’s life – that’s if they don’t kill each other first.
Explore a darker side of London with this exciting short story from author, Tracey Sinclair. The first novel in “The Cassandra Bick Chronicles”, “Dark Dates” is out now
Buy this ebook from: Amazon |


A Vampire Christmas

(Cassandra Bick Chronicles)

Release date: Dec. 7, 2012
Format: eBook
It’s Christmas in London but Cassandra Bick, owner of the human/vampire dating agency Dark Dates, doesn’t feel much like celebrating. There’s a rogue vampire running loose on the streets and Cassandra and her friends must try to stop him before he strikes again – even if that means enlisting the help of Laclos, the flirtatious vampire with very definite ideas of what (or who) he wants to unwrap this Christmas…
Buy this ebook from: Amazon |

2 Replies to “Holiday Chat with Tracey Sinclair + gifts!”

  1. Fun interview – The Cassandra Bickle series sounds really interesting – thanks for the links to the freebies – I went ahead and picked them up and the other one too:)

    1. Hi Maria!
      Merry Christmas hon 🙂 I’m glad you picked ap the gifts from Tracey and are giving the Cassandra Bick Chronicles a try. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 😀

      (((Hugs))) Kat

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