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Author Spotlight: Tracy Solheim Talks Story Soundtracks & a Giveaway

TSolheim2017-0045-M.jpgCongratulations to Teresa Christianson–you are Tracy’s giveaway winner! Tracy will be in touch to get your prize to you. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented! 

After years of writing reports and testimony for Congress, my friend and fellow author, Tracy Solheim decided to put her creative talents to better use. A two-time finalist for the Maggie Award for Excellence and recipient of the 2020 Georgia Author of the Year Award, she’s the USA Today best-selling author of contemporary sports romance, romantic suspense, and small-town second chance novels. Tracy lives in the heart of SEC country, also known as the suburbs of Atlanta, with her husband, two adult children who frequently show up at dinner time, and a neurotic Labrador retriever who keeps her company while she writes.

Turning it over to you, Tracy!

Thanks, Nan! Movies have soundtracks, so why not books? When a write a new book, I typically have a soundtrack of songs associated with the characters and/or the setting running through my mind. Oddly enough, I don’t listen to music when I write, though. I prefer the quiet so that I can hear the voices in my head loud and clear. Sadly, my dog, Harper, apparently didn’t get the memo because she snores like a freight train while I write. But that’s a story for a different day!

In my latest release, Double Dog Dare, Summer Pearson is a YouTube famous cellist who has lost her edge after a humiliating performance streamed all over social media. Originally, I planned to make Summer a classically trained musician, but as I began to write, that seemed too serious for her. Instead, I wrote her as a musically gifted woman who possesses relative pitch and can play any tune by ear. In the book, she performs music from every genre, including a lot of recent pop hits. I had a great time coming up with a soundtrack for her various performances. If you’re interested, I have a link to the playlist for you here.

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GIVEAWAY! Do you listen to music while you read? If so, what kind? I have a signed copy of Double Dog Dare and some fun reader swag for one random person who comments (U.S. only, please).

Double Dog Dare

They say he who dares wins…

Luke Kessler is known for his daring play on the field and his carefully scripted life off it. The Growlers’ wide receiver has a strict rule of dating one woman he’s meticulously chosen per season, then letting her down gently. After all, his game is football, not love. That is until his dopey mutt falls for a French bulldog owned by a hot mess of a woman whose sassy mouth and mind-blowing curves have him fumbling his best laid plans.

After a humiliating concert performance played out in front of the world on social media, cellist Summer Pearson has sworn off a career in music. Forever. She’s hiding out with her grandparents in Milwaukee, licking her wounds and preparing for a predictable, if not boring, law career. The last person she needs challenging her life choices is a sexy, dog-rescuing jock who loves his grandma as much as he loves a good dare.

Especially when that same guy is dating her perfect cousin.

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This fun, flirty sports romance delivers a happily ever after that will have you laughing, crying, sighing, and cheering in the endzone. One-click it now for doggy hijinks, senior citizens bent on shenanigans, sexy axe-throwing, locker room bromance, steamy private cello performances, and all the feels as two people discover they are worthy of love.

Double Dog Dare is book 2 in the Milwaukee Growlers Football series but can be read as a standalone with no cliffhangers.



  • Kathleen Bylsma

    Depends on my mood (and tinnitus)
    When i do listen, i Generally switch around to find the music suited to the book…
    I’ve long been a fan of your books and proud of you and your career…

  • Beckie

    All different kinds. Depending on how I’m feeling. Sometimes it movie soundtracks, country. Sometimes completely quiet.

  • Joannie Sico

    I do not listen to any music while I read. I need to focus my attention on reading and music would distract me from that.

  • Teresa Allen

    I need total quiet when I read. During the beginning of the pandemic I would read on my front porch. Occasionally I would be distracted even by a car passing or children playing next door. I usually read just before bed which is my happy place.

  • Teresa Christianson

    Yes I listen to music when I am in bed reading. Sometimes if there is nothing on TV to listen to while reading, I will turn on the music channel. I listen to country music station on the radio and the classic country on TV.

    • Sandra Pride

      I don’t listen to music when I read. I relish the quiet away from everyone. I do take a book when headed to the doctor and am able to tune out so much. My late husband could read and watch tv at the same time. I think it was living in a house with five children.