Today’s Christian author to watch, is Tracy Krauss. Tracy Krauss is an author, playwright, artist, director, and teacher. She grew up in small town Saskatchewan and received her Bachelor of Education Degree in Saskatoon with majors in Art, English and History. She has lived in many interesting places in northern Canada, many of them north of the 60th parallel. She is currently a full-time High School teacher of Art, Drama, English and History.
Check out her books below:
WIND OVER MARSHDALE –
AND THE BEAT GOES ON – is a story of mystery and intrigue set in Africa, Canada and the USA. Archeologist Mark Graham finds pterodactyl and human remains buried together in the mountains of Zimbabwe which seem to suggest the existence of the mythical race called ‘Nephilim’ mentioned in the Bible. Despite Mark’s skepticism, the find also seems to favor a creationist model of the universe and the probability of a world-wide flood. Sabotage, discreditation and even murder follow, leaving Mark and his team scrambling to preserve the evidence and make their find public before would be conspirators ruin the site and their reputations. Loaded with action, plot twists and a touch of romance, And The Beat Goes On is sure to spark debate, no matter one’s religious view.
PLAY IT AGAIN – Sparks fly when an ex-rock and roll junkie and a stuffy accountant rendezvous at a local resort, but neither are prepared for the emotional entanglements, family complications, and threat from the past that unexpectedly resurfaces. Set in the 1980s, this story brings two opposing forces together in a clash of romance and danger, while its musical undertones highlight the theme that God can turn anything into beautiful music. Play It Again is the much anticipated prequel to Tracy’s debut novel And the Beat Goes On. Find out where Mark Graham’s journey began in this, the story of his parents. About the Author: Tracy Krauss is a high school teacher by profession, and a prolific author, artist, playwright and director by choice. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has gone on to teach Art, Drama and English – all the things she is passionate about. After raising four children, she and her husband now reside in beautiful Tumbler Ridge, BC, Canada, where she continues to pursue all of her creative interests. Publisher’s website: http://www.sbpra.com/TracyKrauss
MY MOTHER THE MAN EATER – Loaded with humor, action, intrigue and romance, My Mother the Man-Eater is the exciting story of a woman whose search for meaning in life finds an unexpected outlet. Joleen Allen is on the hunt for a man. Unfortunately, every time the mother of five meets one, he falls for one of her daughters instead! At forty-four, Joleen has lived a tough life. She became a mother at 16, and her five daughters are now grown. Her ex-husband, Harold, is out of prison and back in the picture, looking for revenge. He’ll stop at nothing – even murder – to ruin Joleen’s reputation as well as her relationship with their daughters. My Mother the Man-Eater makes for some truly tempting and redemptive reading.
THE WESTERN TALE – Full-length play script based on Williams Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale”. The Bard goes cowboy – a two-act play that is anything but the typical western. This loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale has a western setting, characters and theme. In the play, Big Leo and Doc Xavier have been friends since boyhood, until Big Leo’s suspicious nature convinces him his wife, Ramona, and the Doc are having an affair. Following the original story line, he takes her to court where she collapses – apparently dead. He banishes her newly born baby in the wilderness to die, but his loyal ranch hand, Gus, secretly saves the child who is raised by some local squatters. Fast forward sixteen years, and ‘Pearl’ (Leo’s daughter) falls in love with Doc Xavier’s son. You can guess the rest… In the end, Leo repents, Ramona reappears, everyone is reunited and they all live happily ever after. True to the original Shakespearean version, the play is a comedy but there are also some dark dramatic moments. The famous ‘bear scene’ remains, and Father Time has been transformed into a traveling ‘snake oil salesman’ named Otto, who also functions as the narrator. Running time – 80 minutes.
LITTLE RED IN THE HOOD One-act play script for youth. Little Red, an adventurous girl with a mind of her own, takes on the task of befriending Mildred, the social outcast at school. On her way to Grandmother’s house, she encounters the Swine brothers who warn her about a possible predator, BB Wolf, and his nephew/apprentice, who are on the prowl. Little Red also meets up with a gang of tough ‘hooligans’ led by someone known as ‘The Man’. Fortunately for Little Red, when these ruffians find out who her grandmother is (the coolest old lady around) they escort her right to Granny’s door. Naturally, BB and Co. are waiting. After a series of mix-ups and close encounters, it’s revealed that the Swine brothers are really in cahoots with BB Wolf, and are involved in an insurance fraud scam. Granny saves the day with her karate moves and all is well… or so we think. In the end, everyone learns their lesson about honesty and staying true to oneself.
DOROTHY’S ROAD TRIP – A full-length play. Large ensemble cast. Dorothy’s Road Trip is a modern adaptation of the beloved Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, with several comical twists. Dorothy still gets transported to Oz, but she is anything but the typical naïve girl. She’s a modern, assertive teenager who is used to getting her own way! (Auntie Em might even say she’s spoiled.) Her first encounter is with the Munchkinville Police Chief, who is ready to arrest Dorothy for “flying” without a license. Heralded as a hero by the Mayor and townspeople, she sets out on her quest to find the Wizard himself so that she can find her way home. Despite the protection of Good Witch Glinda, she is stalked by Glinda’s evil cousin, the Wicked Witch of the West and her personal henchman, Watson-a bumbling but well-meaning minion. Along the way, she meets a thoughtfully brainless Scarecrow, a soft-hearted though heartless Tinman, and a cowardly Lion. After an arduous journey to the Wizard’s place, they must then get past the Wizard’s personal assistant- a “French Maid”- style character more concerned with doing her nails than anything else. Oz demands an errand of his own… bring back the Witch’s wand. And so their quest continues. Through mishaps and mayhem, with twists and turns abounding, Dorothy and her Friends accomplish the impossible and all ends well. Although this version remains true to the classic story, a modern ‘edge’ and some new characters make this play come alive for today’s audiences. Approximate running time: 90 minutes
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