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2018 Writer's Digest Writing Competition

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Sisters in Crime

Best Kept Secrets

Best friends tell each other everything.

Even their deepest, darkest secrets.

Morgan Jewell and Fay Ramsey are enjoying their last summer together before college. Fay is shy, with a controlling mother, and Morgan is the perfect, wild, loud-mouthed yang to Fay’s yin. But when Fay is found dead, Morgan’s entire world crumbles.

Best Kept Secrets

Reviews

This debut novel... deserves high praise for its ability to show how we all share the same complicated needs and emotions, whether we end up committing murders or solving them.
There's a "sway" to this novel that caught me off-guard in a good way. -Amazon Review
Excellent thriller!!!! Love it - one of the best! - Amazon review

Best Kept Secrets

Reviews

This debut novel... deserves high praise for its ability to show how we all share the same complicated needs and emotions, whether we end up committing murders or solving them.
There's a "sway" to this novel that caught me off-guard in a good way. -Amazon Review
Excellent thriller!!!! Love it - one of the best! - Amazon review

Litbop is an annual literary journal containing short fiction, poetry, art, and photography. This is the second issue, which touches on the theme of loss. Tracey S. Phillips is a contributor to this issue.

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May, 2022 release, Taking Flight is a compilation of short stories written by ten mystery authors. The anthology includes Forbiddance, an award winning story by Tracey S. Phillips. Other authors include, Laurie Buchanan, Timothy Chapman and Joy Ribar.

Boys mean trouble. Melanie Ann Matula hears her mother's voice as she breaks curfew to meet Larry, a boy she hardly knows. On the way, Larry's friend joins her. Melanie didn't know he invited someone else to their secret meeting. What else is up his sleeve? It's dusk and getting darker. Her mother's voice plays on auto repeat. Only killers and criminals stay out after dark. Will Melanie prove her mother wrong?

Find out in this FREE anthology. To get your edition, sign up for Blackbird Writers' newsletter here:

Tracey S. Phillips writing as Karissa Knight

The Mina’s Choice Series

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Articles by

Tracey S. Phillips

The Big Thrill

The Big Thrill Recommends: The Night Side, by M. M. Deluca

Archeologist Ruby Carlson moved to England to get away from her childhood haunt, the small town of Stoneybrook, Montana, and her controlling, manipulative mother, Ida. Now that Ida is presumed dead, Ruby must face a past she buried long ago and dig into the mystery surrounding Ida’s death.

And no one wants her here. Read More Here.

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Do You Love How You Share? 

Account deactivated. Thousands of posts deleted from the stratosphere. Suddenly you’re disconnected from 4000 (or more) followers. Those words could strike terror into an author’s bones. But today, I did it on purpose. I deactivated my 2 largest social media accounts. And it’s opening doors. Read More

103.5 Sun Prairie, Wisconsin Public Radio

Interview with Rex Owens

The interview aired on Monday, August 1st, 2022. Click here to listen! 

About Tracey

Tracey S. Phillips has played the piano since age three and attended Berklee College of Music.  She considers herself a serial artist who gardens, teaches piano lessons, loves to draw, and writes in two genres. In 2020 she founded Blackbird Writers, authors flying under the mystery umbrella.

BEST KEPT SECRETS won a Hugh Holton Award in 2018. Tracey’s manuscript, Mother of Secrets, was a finalist for the Clayton Award in 2022. Her short story, On Angel Wings, is published in LitBop Vol. 1, issue #2. She also writes romantic thriller under a pen-name.

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