Star of Wonder Launch

The incense RoadStar of Wonder, Star of Night, and Royal Beauty
all release on June 1!

You can pre-order Star of Wonder on
Amazon for only 99 cents here
All other sellers will be available on June 1

Here’s a quick sneak peek!

Be sure to answer my video question in the comments below!

34 comments


  • Theresa Hoerle

    I am really excited to read these books. Do you think the magi were descended from Daniel? How could they have safely waited for and taught of a coming King while living in the palace and city among Babylonian royalty? Perhaps it took great faithfulness and courage to keep the traditions and teachings of the scriptures alive in the hearts of their families. I am a great fan and have read and own all of your books except for “Marduk’s Tablet” which I have and am planning to read this summer. Thanks so much for making these bible stories so much more real!

    May 29, 2015
    • Thanks, Theresa! Yes, I do suspect that Daniel’s influence was ongoing in that area of the world. I’ve had fun tracing him and his influence through various books, including Garden of Madness, The Queen’s Handmaid, and now The Incense Road Trilogy. Hope you enjoy it!

      May 29, 2015
  • Were the maji from a country that believed in the one true
    God? What was the name of that country?
    Were they astronomers or astrologers?

    May 29, 2015
  • Thanks for weighing in, Linda. That astronomer/astrologer question has always been one of mine, even from a young age.

    May 29, 2015
  • Evelyn Hobel

    I have wondered EVERYTHING about the maggi… like of course, where did they come from?, did they know each other before the trip? How did they travel so far? like daily living things, what did they look like? Were they of Jewish descent? Why did God chose them? Did the camels have fleas and did the maggi have fleas. lol I really do wonder about that.

    Looking forward to learning what you are going to say. VERY EXCITED about the new books. Thanks for entertaining and teaching us all at the same time. I’ve learned soooo much from your books.

    love you
    Evelyn

    May 30, 2015
    • Thanks for the encouragement, Evelyn! I must confess that I did not include fleas in my story. :-)

      May 30, 2015
  • I cannot wait to read them in print! I have a very good friend who reads & reviews with me. She really is my other 1/2 as far as the review ministry we do together.
    My husband laughs at me when he comes home from work and asks me how many books I got in the mail today!!
    My sons who are grown when asking what I want as gifts for birthday and such, laugh when I ask for gift cards so I can get books.
    I love building my personal library that will be passed on to the next generation, my sons and if the Lord sees fit their kids…

    May 30, 2015
    • Love this, Lisa. I still have so many books in my mind and my heart that I borrowed from the shelves of my mother and grandmother. You are leaving a legacy, and I’m honored to be a small part of it!

      May 30, 2015
  • Kim Gregory

    I too have all of your books and have read most of them – enjoying every one of the ones that I have read. They are the books that I get lost in.

    I can’t really think of a magi question. I just assume that if the Lord wants me to know it He would have put it in the Word. I do appreciate the study that you do on your books and the history on an area and a peoples that you give us which enriches your stories. Thank you for sharing your gift with us. Kim

    May 30, 2015
    • Thanks, Kim. I love hearing that readers “get lost” in my books, because that’s what I’m always looking for when I read!

      May 30, 2015
  • Carol Smith

    Exactly when did the Magi visit the Holy Family? How many
    days or weeks after the Christ child’s birthday.
    How long was each magi’s journey and how did they
    provide for their needs and the need for food for the camels?
    How long did they stay in Bethlehem and where?

    May 30, 2015
    • Hi Carol,
      So many unanswered questions we have, with the few details we have in the biblical record. I made my own suppositions on many of these, but not everyone will agree, I’m sure!

      May 30, 2015
  • Karla

    Hi Tracy, I’ve always wondered why they show the Magi at the stable when Jesus is new born, when the Bible clearly states He could have been up to as old as two years old when they found him. All the questions asked above were good questions. Thanks, Karla

    May 30, 2015
    • LOL, yes, that’s always bothered me, too, Karla. When I was a kid, I used to put the three wise men on the steps going up to our living room, instead of with the nativity. It wasn’t exactly “to scale” but it was the best I could do.
      :-)

      May 30, 2015
  • Chris

    From your study of history, about how many would there have been in the travelling party? I should think that to protect from thieves, and to care for the upper-class magi’s needs, as well as the beasts of burden, there would have been a significant number of servants and assistants.
    Also, Herod seemed to be surprised by their visit, and more obviously, by the nature of their question. I know Jerusalem was on major trade routes, so a large caravan would not be unusual. But I think of such a powerful ruler, who has his own staff of wise men, who was not informed by them of this event. They knew the prophecy, but either missed the sign, or were afraid to tell him. Which do you think it is?

    May 30, 2015
    • Great question, Chris. My own take on this: the Jewish rabbis knew of the prophecies regarding Bethlehem and the Messiah, but they considered astrology something pagan. The Persians studied the stars for signs, but they didn’t have the later Jewish prophecies, so they didn’t know the birthplace. All speculation, of course!

      May 30, 2015
  • I’ve wondered what they were watching for and why?
    Was it a personal desire to find something or were they watching for another ruler?

    May 30, 2015
    • Yes, that interests me, too, Laura. I learned some things about Zoroastrianism, which would have been prevalent in the former-Persian (now Parthian) Empire at the time, which taught of a World-Savior. So that’s a possibility.

      May 30, 2015
  • Auburn Buehring

    I love your books! I have been waiting for a new one! I am about to leave for India, and really wanted one of your books to read on the plane. Unfortunately, I don’t own a Kindle :( . I will have to wait until I get back to read it!

    May 30, 2015
    • Thanks, Auburn. Have you tried the Kindle app? It can be used on an iPad, smartphone, tablet, etc. That’s what I use, and I love it.
      Regardless, have a great trip to India!

      May 30, 2015
  • Linda

    I too really enjoy your work. Do you think the Magi were sought after and punished for not returning to Herod to report back on finding the newborn king as he had requested of them?

    May 30, 2015
    • Thanks, Linda. Hmmm… or maybe chased down? and they had to run? You’ll have to read the trilogy!
      :-)

      May 30, 2015
  • I do recall answering your survey and asking a question but I don’t remember what I asked LOL

    My question today will be “Was being a Magi a self chosen calling or did their families decide for them?”

    May 30, 2015
    • Interesting, Hope. You’ve touched a little on the main character Misha’s struggle. What is his destiny in regard to becoming a mage? Does he get to choose? Questions that are relevant for everyone, really!

      May 31, 2015
  • Julianne Huss

    I have always been fascinated with the wisemen. I wonder how the came together, did they meet on the road with the same destination in mind or start out together? I bave always wondered what happened to them, and did they know what happened to the child they honored. So pleased your books about them are ready. I have read The Queen’s Handmaid!

    May 30, 2015
    • You’ll definitely find my answers to those questions in the trilogy, Julianne. Though of course I’m only speculating! But it’s fun to imagine.
      :-)

      May 31, 2015
  • Debora Wilder

    I understand that the magi would have been wealthy. Would they have been able to become magi because of their wealth or would they have become wealthy because of being magi?

    May 30, 2015
    • Hmm, so many things to wonder about, Debora. I think we think of them as wealthy mainly because of the gifts they brought. But it’s hard to tell, really. Where did they get all that stuff?

      May 31, 2015
  • Iris

    I was reading this morning in ! Kings about the wisdom of Solomon. According to chapter 4, verse 30 “Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.” Solomon’s reign was approx. 970-930 B.C. That prompts my question: How far back do we have record of wise men of the East? When, how did they originate? And why the East?

    May 31, 2015
    • Interesting question, Iris (aka Mom) :-)
      The idea of “wise men from the East” really refers to the Chaldeans, who at one time (around the time of Solomon) were simply an ethnic group, but eventually (around the time of the Babylonian captivity) became associated with astrologers, diviners, and kingly advisors. In fact the word I use for the wise men in this trilogy, Kasdim, is simply the word for “Chaldean,” and is how they were referenced. I think this passage in 1 Kings is referring not so much to the wise men in Solomon’s time, but more of a contemporary reference by the author of 1 Kings, several hundred years after the events he’s recording, to the wise men of the East (Chaldeans) that were advising Babylonian kings at that time. (1 & 2 Kings are generally thought to have been written by Jeremiah.) In other words, Jeremiah is saying, “Solomon was even more wise than our wise men of the east, the Chaldeans.”
      [You got my most scholarly answer on this page, but of course I had to try to impress you, since you're my Mom.]
      :-)

      May 31, 2015
  • Sue Barton

    It’s so cool to think that the witness of Daniel and Esther may have carried on into the lives of people in Jesus’ day in the Middle East. “Star of Bethlehem” dvd opened up new ideas to us also. Thanks for sharing your story-telling gift. I love your books.

    May 31, 2015
    • Thanks for the encouragement, Sue. I really enjoyed that DVD, too, and watched it several times over the course of writing these books. It’s been fun tracing the influence of Daniel through Garden of Madness, The Queen’s Handmaid and now The Incense Road Trilogy!

      May 31, 2015
  • Beth Rumbaugh

    I have no major questions, just wonder how many there actually were…2 or more than 3.

    May 31, 2015
  • Teresa Loring

    Hi, Tracey. My query about the Magi would be, how did seeing the baby Jesus affect their lives? They must have known there was something special about him, to cause them to follow the star for such a long time. When they went back home, what did they tell their families and friends? Fascinating to think about!
    I love your dedication to researching the backgrounds for your stories; I love to smell the inside of books!! and I love to hold old books in my hands and wonder who has read them

    June 1, 2015

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