Spotlight & Giveaway: The Best Medicine by Tracy Brogan

Posted May 22nd, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 48 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome romance author Tracy Brogan to HJ!


Hi Tracy, welcome 🙂

What would you say are the defining characteristic of your novels?

Tracy BroganI like taking life’s small moments and growing them into big, significant events with heart, humor and even absurdity. Almost any topic can be rendered funny if you look at it from the right perspective, and even dark moments can be presented in a way that makes a reader laugh. It’s a tricky balance but I think my books have that characteristic. My characters often find themselves in situations that are just this side of ridiculous, and watching them stumble through that to reach their happily ever after is a fun journey.

What are the 5 best things about being an author…

Working in my pajamas. Making characters do what I want (because no one in my real life listens to me), hanging around (virtually or otherwise) with writers who understand I spend my day talking to imaginary friends, not having to do math. Is that five. Did I count that right? See? Now you know why I avoid math.

Let’s talk about your newest release: The Best Medicine

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here…

TBMCareer-minded plastic surgeon Evelyn Rhoades thinks scientific data will lead her to matrimony but when intoxicated, law-breaking Tyler Connelly crashes into her life by way of a stolen Jet Ski, she learns that love supersedes logic.

Please tell us about the characters in your book

Evelyn is pragmatic and unsentimental. Or so she thinks. Her life has always been about being the best surgeon she can be. But faced with her 35th birthday, she suddenly realizes she forgot to get married, and so she begins her quest for the perfect spouse.
Tyler Connelly is a eight years younger than Evelyn and life hasn’t gone quite as he planned. As an EMT, and a caretaker by nature, he’s caught in a cycle of attending to everyone else before himself. Meeting Evie changes that, and suddenly he decides he’s going to go after everything he wants, beginning with her.

As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

My heroine was less restrained than I thought she’d be, and much more up for living in the moment. She had a lot of pent-up sexuality ready to blossom. My hero was beta man living in an alpha body. He is big and strong and physical, but much more of a thinker than I’d realized at first. It’s what makes the very intelligent heroine fall for him.

What scene did you most enjoy writing? Why?

My heroine gives computer dating a whirl, with disastrous results. Here is a snippet of one of those dates:

Dinner progressed. In between bites, my dates peppered me with inappropriate questions. Such as “how many gallons” was the largest breast implant I’d ever given a woman?
“You know,” Marty said, screeching his knife across the plate as he carved up his virtually raw steak, “That gives me a phenomenal idea. You and I could team up on this and make a killing.”
Typically, as a doctor, I tried to avoid that phrase. “Really, and what’s that?”
He leaned forward, his face serious as bad news. “Saline-filled testicular implants. Boom!” He smacked his hands down on the table and sat up straight. “Think of it. Just like boob implants, only for the balls. ’Cause women like a good set of stones. Am I right?”
He was wrong.
No woman ever was attracted to man because of his gargantuan balls.

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

The “morning after” scene (which is really in the evening.) It was awkward because my characters didn’t quite know what to say to each other. Then I realized I could use that unease. It was authentic because that discomfort was what they were feeling as their relationship took a new turn.

Tyler came around behind me, wrapping his arms around my waist, and kissing the side my neck.
“Stop that.” I tilted my head and pressed back against him precisely so he wouldn’t stop. If I’d thought that a little sex would ease the longing he’d stirred up, I was wrong. Very, very wrong. His touch had only thrown gasoline onto a banked fire, and now I had a real inferno raging. I wanted him now more than ever.
His breath was warm against my skin. “How sturdy is that folding table?” he teased.
Not sturdy enough for what I had in mind. But that would have to wait. Using every ounce of will, I twisted away from him.
“The pizza will be here any minute. Behave yourself.” I playfully pushed at his arms. “And put on a shirt. Your chest is distracting me.”
His laughter was another warm caress. “Then you’ll have to put on bra, because, trust me, your chest is pretty distracting too.”
He reached out, but I evaded him.
“Let’s talk about something else. Do you play any musical instruments?”
Tyler burst out laughing. “What?”
I was so confused by all his testosterone, I wasn’t making any sense. I have no idea where that gem of a question came from. All I knew was I needed to dial down the sexy factor or we’d be naked again when the pizza arrived.
“It’s a legitimate question. I mean, don’t you think we should get to know each other a little better? Now that we have, you know, known each other.”

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book were optioned for a movie?

You know, this is a question I always hesitate to answer because I like my readers to form their own visuals, and do the mental casting for themselves. However, as I was writing I needed a hero who was young, seemingly carefree and somewhat irresponsible but one who I knew would grow into a cute sexy man of integrity. Paul Walker is my mental image of Tyler Connelly. I had already listed him in the acknowledgements of this book before he passed away. A percentage of the sales of this book will be donated to his charity, Reach Out Worldwide. As since I’m naming names, I think Isla Fisher would be an adorable Evie.

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

Enjoy the discovery. Let life unfold and don’t rush to the next part.

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2014?

I’m currently finishing up HERE AND NOW, the third book in the Bell Harbor series. It’s about a reality TV show darling on the run after a big scandal, and the action-adventure show cameraman who reluctantly comes to her aid. The heroes In THE BEST MEDICINE and HERE AND NOW are brothers. After that, I’m switching gears and my next novel is a WW2 love story which I’m very excited to write.

Where can readers get in touch with you? or

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

GIVEAWAY: Winners choice of Print or e-book copy of The Best Medicine (US). If International, happy to send an e-book copy.

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48 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Best Medicine by Tracy Brogan”

  1. mrsmac19

    My mom is 9 years older than my step-dad. It seems to have worked for them for the last 27+ years. I don’t know that it would work for me. I’m pretty happy with the three years that my husband has on me. I think it helps that my husband and I had similar experiences growing up that I wouldn’t have with someone significantly younger. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  2. EvelynS

    I don’t think an 8 year age gap is a big deal if both people are on the same page about what they want in a relationship. It shouldn’t matter who is older.

  3. Sue C

    Eight years can make a difference especially when the couples are in their early 20’s. I think as you get older it doesn’t mean so much.

  4. Tracey Parker

    I think it depends on the people. If you are mature and if they are compatible. Age shouldn’tbe a problem then. I ddon’t think it matters who is older.

  5. BethRe

    Funny my parents are 8 years apart in their ages.
    My dad is older
    I think the older you are the less it matters

  6. Kathleen Nichols

    It depends on the maturity and life experiences of the individuals and how comfortable they are with the age difference. My dad’s mom had 5 sisters and all six of them married younger men of at least 5 to about 9 yrs I think and it worked for them. In general I think the older you get the less age factors into things.

  7. martha lawson

    I don’t think so! My husband is almost 8 years older than me and we have done just fine for the past 33 yrs!!

  8. Morgan VanLier

    Age has nothing to do with it. If they are both mature adults that are happy and not hurting anyone then thats all that matters.

  9. stormy27

    I’m thinking that an age difference wouldn’t really matter if it’s true love. Besides, you can’t pick & choose who you fall in love with ~ or so I’ve been told…

  10. ndluebke

    The age difference can work for you if you want it to. A lot of women seem to outlive their husbands so. I notice in church there are a lot of older single women, very few older single men. As long as it’s not over 10 years, I don’t see much of a problem

  11. Taswmom

    I agree that it depends on the age and maturity of the couple. I might be wary of an 18 year old and a 26 year old, but say even 30 and 22, I might not even think twice about. I have friends who have a much larger age gap that have been very happily married for over 20 years.

  12. Shari

    I loved this book. Age is not a big problem, I think you need to look at the maturity level of both people.

  13. Leanna

    8 years is not that big of a difference. As you get older an age difference doesn’t stand out as much.

  14. Sharlene Wegner

    I’m a year older than my husband, but before him, I had dated some guys that were 5-6 years younger than me. I was 30 & they were in their 20’s. I think it was fun just hanging out, but at some point, a woman would want to settle down & most guys in their 20’s, at least in my experience, are not even close to that mind set.

  15. Cathy P

    As long as the couple is mature and have a lot in common, then age and which one is older shouldn’t matter. If you are young, 8 years can make a lot of difference though.

  16. Rachael

    I don’t think an 8 year age difference matters as long as both people are at the same maturity level and have similar interests.

  17. Kai W.

    An 8 year age difference shouldn’t make a difference. I just think it is a prejudice that is taught by society. Men tend to differ. I just think that if they like older women, they have to like the woman first to get over the age difference.

  18. marcyshuler

    I don’t think an 8 year age difference is an issue no matter who is the older one. A person’s mental age has much more bearing in a relationship, IMO.

  19. Sandie W

    I was married to a man eight years older than me. The age difference was not an issue. I do think I’d have a problem with a ten year gap the other way though.

  20. Winnie Lim

    I don’t think it makes a lot of difference when both parties are full grown adults. If one is in their teens or twenties and the other is older then I feel that there would be some difference in their level of thinking and that would cause problems.

  21. Amanda Vinson

    I think it depends on the people. My husband is 17 years older than I am. I was 21 and he was 38 when we met. We have been together for 16 years now and we couldn’t be happier!!

  22. Wilma Frana

    My husband was ten years older than me, and we were together almost fifty years before he died.

  23. Patricia Pinkston

    Eight years isn’t really all that much.I think the older you get, the less it matters.

  24. Kate I.

    An 8-year gap could have an impact if the two partners are not in the same frame of mind regarding the relationship (say, one is ready for children and the other isn’t). I don’t think it makes a whit of difference whether the woman is the older or the man (well, it might in the above example …. a 20yo woman who’s ready for kids might be willing to wait on the older man to change his mind, whereas a 40yo woman might not wait on a younger guy).

  25. Cari White

    It depends on the actual ages. 25 and 17? ewwwww!! 35 and 27 is ok. I love loser women, younger men stories, so definitely ok!

  26. Glenda

    Eight years isn’t that big of a difference once the couple are adults. The older you get the less the age difference matters. 🙂

  27. Amy Connelly

    I shouldn’t matter whether the husband or the wife is the older party as long as both are on the same page with their wants and goals in marriage.

  28. Diana Huffer

    My husband and I are 17 years apart — he’s older… When we were younger, the age thing never came into play. However, now that we’re older, there are times where it’s a major problem… However, we’ve been together nearly 32 years, so we work through it… 😉

  29. veRONIca

    Eight years can make a difference depending on how young they are, like if one of them is still in school/university. When it is two adults, I think it just depends on their personalities and life experiences

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