Kennebunkport Book Launch: I Call Him Mr. President

I am just back from Maine where I was fortunate to be able to travel to Kennebunkport for the launch of I Call Him Mr. President by Ken Raynor and Michael Patrick Shiels and want to share the weekend with all of you.

You’ve all heard the saying “it’s a small world”. Well it IS a small world indeed.

I was hoping that the whole family could make the trip to Maine, but unfortunately my husband Matt had a conference in town that he needed to attend so was unable to make the trip. Needless to say I was disappointed, but happy that I would have my able assistant/daughter to accompany me.

And as disappointed as I was that Matt wouldn’t be joining us, there was a reason he stayed in town and attended that conference. The guest speaker was a man by the name of Bryan Dodge. Bryan is a motivational speaker specializing in personal and professional development and best selling author. And he is from Texas. This is where the ‘small world’ comes in. Had he not been at the conference on Friday, he would have been at the Presidential Library in Houston for another book launch. So Matt began talking to him and told him about the book and the launch I was headed to in Kennebunkport. Bryan is friends of the Bush family and had heard about the book, wanted to read it, and wanted to know all about my connection to it. As luck would have it our flights were leaving town later that afternoon around the same time. Matt texted me his picture and I scoped out the airport looking for Bryan — not that hard to do in South Bend, Indiana (a small regional airport). I did find him and we had a nice chat about the book. He asked if he could buy a copy from me, but I told him I’d do better than that – I would get him a signed copy from the launch and send it on to him in Texas. He said would gladly promote the book in any way he could. What a start to my weekend!!

Tracy, Grace and Bryan Dodge

We arrived in Portland, Maine late Friday evening and drove on to Kport. I couldn’t wait to get to The Captain Jefferds Inn where we were staying. The Inn is an old historic sea captain’s home built in 1804 which has been turned into a Bed & Breakfast. And I do love historic homes, so this was a perfect fit!

Captain Jefferds Inn

Saturday afternoon it was time for the book launch at the Vinegar Hill Music Theatre in nearby Arundel. The first part of the launch took place in a lovely tent outdoors where we had a variety of appetizers, including Maine lobster rolls and cocktails. Ken and Michael signed books – LOTS and LOTS of books! – for over an hour, while I had the chance to reconnect with some of the people I had met when I visited in June. There was a huge turnout for the event and we sold out of books! Always a good thing.

Vinegar Hill

Warm Welcome

Tracy and Grace

Authors and Agent

Great crowd in attendance

Michael and Ken signing books

And signing more books…

Then it was time to make our way into the theatre, an old converted barn, as in not any old barn, more of a Ritz Carlton style barn – to listen to Ken tell stories from the book. And what an honor it was to see President George HW Bush and Barbara Bush come out to join us and show their support!

“41” is in the building!

President George HW Bush

Mrs. Barbara Bush

There was a special message via video from Jim Nantz who wanted to be there, but was unable to attend. Ken shared many stories about his time spent with the President on the golf course and out fishing on Fidelity, the President’s boat. Others in the audience shared stories of their friendship with the Bush family and just how gracious, kind and generous these two individuals are. It was so apparent the love and admiration the people of Kennebunkport and beyond have for President and Mrs. Bush. And the feelings are mutual.

Master of Ceremonies – Michael Patrick Shiels

Ken Raynor

Ken sharing stories

President Bush listening to stories from friends in the audience

The President’s seal of approval!

I am truly honored to be a part of this book and to know such amazing gentlemen – Ken Raynor and Michael Patrick Shiels who I consider dear friends. I know it’s going to be a huge success.

After a successful launch

I hope everyone has the chance to read this book. The stories will make you laugh and some will bring tears to your eyes, but I can assure you, you won’t soon forget the beautiful stories of life lessons gained from a friendship born outdoors that has continued to develop over decades during rounds of golf, in the Bush family home on nearby Walker’s Point, international fishing trips, retreats at Camp David, flying in Marine One, and many other unforgettable experiences.

To get your copy please click on the link here: I CALL HIM MR. PRESIDENT


Welcome to our newest author: Amy Lynch

Amy Lynch

Trace Literary Agency is pleased to introduce our newest author Amy Lynch from Wicklow Ireland.

Amy received her Bachelors Degree in Geography from Trinity College Dublin and her Masters Degree in Developmental Studies from University College Dublin.
She is an author of women’s commercial fiction and writing is her passion.

Amy returned to creative writing as an outlet while on maternity leave when her children were very young – it was an excuse to get out of the house in the evenings and use her brain again.

This quickly led to publishing short stories in women’s magazines, and finally finishing her first romantic comedy novel Bride Without a Groom. Amy self published her debut novel before securing a book deal with Harper Collins UK. Bride Without a Groom launched in 2015, and quickly hit the Number 1 spot on Amazon.

The following year, Amy completed her second novel Does My Bump Look Big In This?

Amy has published fiction in magazines and newspapers and wrote about her publishing experience in The Sunday Times.

Amy loves to write humorous romantic fiction, but not always with fairy tale endings!
She has been working in the charity sector for fifteen years.

Amy is married to Eoin and is the mother of two young children. When Amy is not writing, she can be found juggling school lunches and her two Shetland Pony-sized rescue dogs Bella and Roly.

We are so happy to have Amy on our list of talented authors. Welcome Amy!

You can connect with Amy on Facebook and Twitter.

Today’s Author Focus: Michael Patrick Shiels

Michael Patrick Shiels

I am honored to be working with author and radio host Michael Patrick Shiels.

Michael has collaborated on titles with British golf broadcaster Ben Wright, President Donald Trump, talk show host Larry King, and golf architect Arthur Hills.

He authored Golf’s Short Game For Dummies, and his biography of Hall of Fame radio host J.P. McCarthy was a regional bestseller and sported dust jacket endorsements from Frank Sinatra Jr., Elmore Leonard and others.

His book, Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects featured his interviews with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and more.

Shiels has written magazine articles for Celebrated LivingTravel + LeisureNorthwest Airlines World TravelerDelta VacationsAAA Michigan LivingPGA Tour.comGolf MagazineLA TimesBermuda Royal Gazette, and various other international publications. He pens a Sunday print edition syndicated newspaper column read in various publications and on

Shiels also hosts an award winning syndicated morning radio and television show in Michigan which airs on 14 radio stations and one Fox TV affiliate. He has been named “Network Radio Personality of the Year” by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters six times.

Details, podcasts, plus the affiliate list can be found at

He is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and the Golf Writers Association of America.

His book, Invite Yourself to the Party, featured a cover endorsement from CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz, a note from President George H.W. Bush, and supportive words from celebrities including Sparky Anderson, Brady Hoke, and more.

His most recent book, I Call Him Mr. President, co-written with Ken Raynor and foreword from Barbara Bush was published in September by Skyhorse Publishers (NYC).

In June I was fortunate to attend the George H.W. Bush Celebrity Golf Classic in beautiful Kennebunkport, Maine as Michael’s guest.  Here are some pictures from our visit.

The Brennan’s in Kennebunkport

Grace in Ganny’s Garden

In Ganny’s Garden

The Bush Compound – Walker’s Point

“Anchor” to Windward

Anchor to Windward

Tracy and Michael Patrick Shiels

Getting ready for The President’s Club reception

St. Anne’s Church

At Sunday Mass, reminds me a bit of Ireland here

After Mass – We sat behind the entire Bush family at services this morning.

Cape Arundel Golf Club

Grace meeting the 43rd President of the United States

Grace and George W Bush

The Colony Hotel – the venue for the George HW Bush Celebrity Golf Classic Auction

“Bid high and bid often”

Tracy, Ken Raynor, Anne Raynor and Michael Patrick Shiels

MPS and ’41’

MPS with Barbara Bush

Michael and I are currently working on some new projects, so be sure to stayed tuned…..

Trace Literary is pleased to introduce V. M. Devine

Michael Mahony and Valerie Ganzevoort

Trace Literary is pleased to introduce Valerie Ganzevoort and her father, Michael (Mike) Mahony who write under the pen name of V.M. Devine.

Their first novel, “A Terrible Beauty – the murder at Joyce’s Tower”, is a chilling detective story that is both clever and sophisticated. It draws the reader into the mystery that is Ireland – both in its beauty ad its terror. A sequel in what is intended to be a series featuring the beautiful and intelligent Chief Superintendent Fírinne Jeffries of An Garda Síochána (Ireland’s national police force) is currently underway. The setting for this second novel is also Dublin, this time in the world renowned Chester Beatty Library.

Michael Mahony hails originally from Dublin, Ireland. In 1966, he graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with an honours degree in Physics and Mathematics, and in 1982 with a Masters degree in Business from the University of South Africa (UNISA). He has spent the greater part of his life in Africa, both in Nigeria and South Africa. Now, a retired IT guy, he lives with his wife Mary in Johannesburg. They have been blessed with three sons and three daughters and a wonderful multinational clan of grandchildren.

Valerie Ganzevoort was born in Johannesburg. In 2001 she graduated with a BCom degree from the The University of the Witwatersrand, and lives in Johannesburg with her husband, Wybrand, and their three children. In between exploring her interest in Children’s Fiction, and writing in collaboration with her dad, she is primarily focussed upon raising and home-schooling her three very young children.

The book has been cataloged into the Dublin Writers Museum and is on permanent display at the James Joyce Tower for visitors and tourists to flick through at their leisure.

“A Terrible Beauty – the murder at Joyce’s Tower” is currently under submission.

Welcome Mike and Valerie!

Today’s Author Focus: David Heilwagen

David Heilwagen

Trace Literary Agency is pleased to represent Indiana author David Heilwagen.

David grew up in Indianapolis and is a graduate of Lawrence Central High School. He then went on to study at Vincennes University and the Indiana University School of Journalism.

David Heilwagen survived early 30 years as a police officer on the streets of our capital city, Indianapolis.  He retired in 2008 with the rank of Sergeant.

He continues to call Indianapolis home, where he lives with his wife, Julie, and daughter, Tara. When Indiana turns cold, David can be found on his sailing vessel, Wind Bandit, cruising somewhere in the Florida Keys.

He has written and published several travel articles on the Florida Keys, as well as hiking and snowshoeing in Colorado.  He is an active member in the International Thriller Writers organization.

David’s debut  thriller, Cone of Uncertainty, was published by Soul Mate Publishing in August of 2013 and continues to receive five star reviews on Amazon. Cone of Uncertainty is the first novel in a series of Key West thrillers. 


David’s second novel, Ninety Degrees at Sunset, was again published by Soul Mate in December of 2014.

His third novel, Remember Last Summer, was published in August 2016 by Endeavor Press, one of the UK’s leading independent digital publishers.

All three are available through the publisher and can be found on Amazon. Please click on the link to read more and to purchase these great books.

Cone of Uncertainty

Ninety Degrees at Sunset

Remember Last Summer


Today’s Author Focus: Lisa Hobman

With her first Aria book coming out on October 1st, I thought it would be a good time to focus on author Lisa Hobman.

Lisa was born 1972 in Yorkshire, England. Her passion for writing began at a young age when she began to pen stories and poetry whilst at school. Nowadays she can be found tapping away at her laptop almost full time.

When she takes a break from writing she spends time looking after her daughter and husband or walking her two canine companions. Throughout her adult life Lisa has worked in administration, assisted the running of a Homeless Charity and spent time working as a singer. But after relocating with her family to Southern Scotland in 2012 she began to write her Scotland based debut novel, Bridge Over the Atlantic (published 2013).

In 2014 the novel was shortlisted in the Contemporary Romance category of the Romantic Novelists Association RoNAs. This meant a trip to London for an awards ceremony where she had the opportunity to meet some of her favourite authors—some of whom were also shortlisted in the same category.

Three years after beginning her writing career in earnest Lisa now has a total of seven contemporary romance novels published—several of which have become bestsellers on Amazon, iTunes and Barnes & Noble—and one erotic romance under the pen name Lissa Jay.

Her erotic debut, Bad Company, also hit the best selling eBook charts in the USA and the UK on Amazon and iTunes. Being a crafty and creative person, Lisa spends any spare time singing in a trio with a guitarist and drummer or making book related items to give away to her readers via her Facebook page.

Lisa was offered a 3 book publishing deal from Caroline Ridding of Aria an imprint of UK’s Head of Zeus. Her first book, A Seaside Escape, previously titled as Bridge Over the Atlantic, will be published October 1st.

A day in the life of…debut author Nicola Cassidy & COVER REVEAL

Lovely blog post on Nicola Cassidy by Louise Jensen of Fabricating Fiction. And just look at this cover. Gorgeous. Can’t wait for publication day! So happy to be working with you Nicci.

fabricating fiction

This is such an exciting time for Nicola Cassidy. I remember the huge excitement blended with nerves as I prepared to release my debut. One of the things I was hugely looking forward to was seeing my first cover and I know Nicola felt the same – look how gorgeous her cover is! She’s understandably thrilled.

So, Nicola. It’s such a busy time for you. Please tell us about a typical day.

I’m not sure when my day begins. Is it at 7.30am when the eldest appears, hovering at the bedside, pawing at my head or arm, requesting ‘juice’ at intermittent pitch levels until I waken and acknowledge her and tell her to shush or she’ll waken the baby? Or is it at the 3am feed? For the six-month-old? She comes into the bed, snuffling and mooching, ready for milk, animalistic and hungry – my favourite form of her –…

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