Local author schedules book signings

PDT Sports Report

March 30, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Scioto County native and author Tracee Ford has scheduled several book signings in the area. The Glenwood High School and Shawnee State University graduate writes paranormal romance, but she is always quick to add - not with vampires and werewolves. Ford also writes suspense novels with a romantic component sprinkled with some paranormal activity.

Ford, better known in this neck of the woods as Tracee Rice-Wilson, will be promoting her new Book “The Fine Line.” Ford said the story in her new book is set in southwestern Ohio, and follows the lead character, Robin Hillard.

“She falls madly in love with a doctor. His name is Matthew Gregory,” Ford Told the Daily Times. “They get married and they settle into a new home. It’s an historical home that is really run down. So they have to put a lot of time and effort into restoring it. When they start moving things in, things start happening in the house - doors slamming, the sound of footsteps when there’s no one there - a child nobody sees, giggling - a lot of paranormal phenomenon going on.”

Ford said she will be at the Portsmouth Public Library on April 2 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

“I have been selected to join some other local authors for an Author Expo,” Ford Said. “I will be promoting ‘The Fine Line’ published by Booklocker at this particular event. However, since the actual re-release isn’t coming out until April 12, if someone purchases the current publication they will be give a coupon so that they will receive the newly re-released copy for free. I always have some freebies and some prizes and lots of other stuff when we do things like this. And there is also a hat that has my name and my publisher’s emblem on it, which we will be able to take orders for.”

The first official book signing hosted by Shawnee State University’s bookstore will be April 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Ford said. “Because Portsmouth and Jackson have actually been the most supportive, and I currently live in Pike County. I’m very very happy especially to have SSU doing the actual first official signing for the re-released book. I don’t think I can even put that into words, because I’m an alumni there and they reached out to me.”

The publisher of the book is PDMI Direct Publishing. The Fine Line will be under the imprint of Injected Ink Media. Ford said, because the company publishes various types of books, including children’s books, freelance work, and paranormal novels), they have several imprints that they use to do this. I will soon have a new website and blog associated with their company. The book has been completely edited and will sport a brand new cover.

The re-release status comes about because between the time of her first interview with the Daily Times, and now, something special has happened to “The Fine Line.”

“When I did that interview, that copy of the book was more or less self published through an online publisher,” Ford said. “In the process of all of that, the book got picked up by a traditional publisher, where I had to pay nothing for editing. I got to pick the cover, and they’re putting everything together. I have to front no money at all.”

Other book signings are also scheduled, including book signings on May 25 and June 8 at the Tea Caddy in Jackson. The times for those events have yet to be set.

Ford is not letting the grass grow under her feet. Toward the end of this year, she is expected to release another book - “Idolum; Visions of the Undone.”

“A friend of mine actually read the first manuscript of that book, and was afraid to finish it,” Ford said. “I said, ‘don’t be afraid.’ She said, ‘I don’t mind The Fine Line stuff, but this is too much real. These are things that could really happen.’ I had to tell her what the ending was, so that she would finish it. She told me she thinks it will go farther than this first book has.”

Ford said “Idolum” is about a woman who is a world-renowned forensic psychologist who teams up with an FBI agent to track down a serial killer. As always, there is romance involved in the story, as the two begin by hating each other, but see their relationship evolve romantically.

“The book is dedicated to service animals, and their handlers, and victims of violent crimes and their survivors,” Ford said. “That book is dedicated to those three types of people, because, without giving too much away, I will tell you that in the end of the book, the last victim is found by a service animal.”

Ford said she wants to get more involved in causes.

“I am actually participating in a Autism Awereness Walk on April 13 from 6-9 p.m. in Jackson,” Ford said. “There will be a booth set up there. The charities that I am mainly looking at are Autism, ADHD, Diabetes, and the Humane Society.”

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.