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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing (November 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612043925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612043920
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,958,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. She is currently working on several novels and stage plays, and resides with her husband in beautiful Tumbler Ridge, BC.

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Even reading a book--it isn't just print on a page.
Carol A. Brown
A fast paced read, a believable story identifiable with everyday life with strong memorable characters.
Yvonne Pat Wright
Tracy has done a masterful job of weaving this story into my mind.
Tom Blubaugh

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Blubaugh on April 3, 2012
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Tracy has done a masterful job of weaving this story into my mind. I became very attached to the characters. Not just the protagonist, but all of them. It is an edgy story, but not out of line for the characters. Some of them reminded me of me when I was in my twenties. I wanted to punch Russ in the nose more than once and have a man-to-man talk with him. I fell in love with Deanie. She became my daughter. I wanted to protect her. Dorothy reminded me of my own mother. I understood the frustration Russ felt whenever she questioned him. It was difficult for me to put the book down and go to sleep. I've got her sequel, And the Beat Goes On, on my list to read. Great writing, Tracy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna M. Basinow on February 20, 2012
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I've gotta tell you, Play It Again is definitely a story worth reading. Yeah, it takes you through some rough scenes, but life isn't always sweet and easy. And the path we choose to follow isn't either.

Ms. Krauss did a great job of making the characters real - so real that I thoroughly disliked Russ through much of the story. Deanie on the other hand is definitely someone I could be friends with. She's so real, so willing to take on the world and accept her own faults and just deal with things as they come.

Play It Again is a wonderful story with a whole lot of life lessons within those pages! And the real message is laid out plain and simple for all to see - that yes, salvation is for all, that it's not about who we are, but about who He is.

This is one of the best gospel messages I have read in a story!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teric Darken on February 9, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Play It Again, Author Tracy Krauss' jazz-infused prequel to And the Beat Goes On. Each chapter jumped out at me as a musical movement: the pages coming to life with their true-to-form dialogue, vivid imagery, and complicated situations. Whether inside a smokey bar, enjoying each soul-filled note that saxophonist Jack and his jazz band belt out, feeling the strain between Deanie and Russ along their uphill climb via their non-traditional relationship, or simply yearning for Russ' son, Mark, to finally receive the mother and grandfather that he always longed for, Play It Again is a page turner - each chapter paced at just the right rhythm to keep the reader yearning for another encore.

What I especially enjoyed out of this read was the honesty: the author paints vivid pictures of real-life scenery and situations while upholding a very real, redemptive theme. Her works categorized by some as "Edgy Christian Fiction," Tracy Krauss doesn't shy away from placing an expletive where one could expect to find one in an emotional scene - and those scenes deal with all the passion, tension, angst and joy that we've all experienced while traversing through every day life. That redemptive theme is far from preachy: amidst the musical notes ringing out through life's circumstances - tunes of passionate yearnings, of strained relationships, of where-do-I-go-from-here - that redemptive chord is gentle, invitational, and as logical as the next sultry note emitting from the sax in complimenting the harmonic melody. This is real life.

Play It Again... Gladly.

Teric Darken
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Brown on January 21, 2012
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Being highly sensitive means that I experience whatever I do on multiple levels at the same time--sort of like a surround sound experience. Even reading a book--it isn't just print on a page. I see the print, yes, but I feel the atmosphere of each and every scene. I hear not only the words of conversation, but sense the emotions beneath the words, hear and feel the percussion of music or the smells, tension and bustle of the kitchen. Recently, I lifted the cover of a newly acquired book, Play It Again. Cigarette smoke curled up out of its pages, clung to my hair, wrapped itself around my shoulders and tickled my nose till I sneezed. I'm allergic to cigarette smoke--the smell of stale liquor makes me gag. I don't like jazz, and I really don't like sultry jazz. I hadn't considered the impact content might have when I agreed to read the novel with a view to writing a review. Hmmm, would I be able to do it? I knew the author, Tracy Krauss, classified herself as "Edgy Christian." I wondered what she meant by that. Now that I knew, I slipped into Holy Spirit so I could quit coughing and dove back into the story to see what Jesus was up to--these were His kind of people! The kind he left 99 righteous ones to find! This was going to be good.

Krauss captures the smoky bar scene, the lifestyle of those who struggle to make a living by their music, and the consequences of the loose morals and the lifestyle, of a variety of individuals you might meet on any given day of the week. I appreciated the accuracy and consistency of her characters. It wasn't long before I was pulling for the good guys, wanting to stuff a reality muffin down the bad guys, and tell the jerks to grow up! I told you I experience books, I don't just read! The author's timing and sequencing of events were very effective.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Pat Wright on December 11, 2011
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A Review of Play it Again
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Tracy Krauss

This book is hot property, and grabs your interest from page one. The reader gets a glimpse of tension between two brothers, Russ and Ken, both poles apart in personality, Russ being the reserved professional nice boy, every parent's dream child as opposed to Ken, who loves the bottled stuff a bit too much and who from a child was always getting into trouble needing to be rescued by his younger brother. That there is marital problems between Ken and his wife becomes evident during the early exchanges. Tracy Krauss is good at scene setting and this is revealed in the opening chapter, piquing my interest to find out how the story would unravel.
But Russ, nursing the wounds from a sham marriage that produced an angelic son Mark, and bitter memories, has virtually cut himself off from pleasurable entertainment, devoting himself to his work and the care and upbringing of his son. He is therefore a most unlikely candidate to fall for a girl several years his junior who turns out to be an ex rock and roll singer and part time groupie with her former band members. When Deanie is drawn to the handsome albeit stuffy accountant, and tries to be friendly, she's reels under the weight of the acerbic judgmental response she receives from Russ.
That should have been a warning to her to move on and ignore this extremely rude and unlikeable man. Little did she know that a casual one night stand would end up entangling her in horrendous emotional complications, familial dysfunctions and danger that almost cost her life.
The story is set against the background of the 1980s musical scene, when jazz bands and rock and roll groups were the order of the day.
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