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“Tell A Story” a Guest Post by Traci McDonald
Author of ‘Soul of Stone’

Today, I am handing over the page of Fiction Books to author, Traci McDonald, a little lady, with a big story to tell!

As much as I confess that fantasy is not one of my preferred reading genres, who can resist the pull of a two hundred year old bookstore and an emotional love story, tainted and almost all consuming, in its deep and dark power.

This story has so many other positive elements in its favour, that Soul Of Stone may well make it to my reading list and every time I look at that great cover art, I spot another small detail that I had missed before!

Over to you Traci ….

Hi! I’m TRACI McDONALD

Image Of Author Traci McDonaldMy boys will tell you that I hate the cold, love red licorice and that I’m afraid of nothing!

My husband will tell you that I love people, all people, and never turn down a good challenge.

They’ll all add as an afterthought…”Oh yeah, and she’s blind.”

It’s my favorite compliment in the world.

I’m a blogtalk radio co-host with Michigan Avenue Media and I edit for Ink and Quill Publishers.

I’m the author of Killing Casanova, Burning Bridger, and my latest non- explicit romantic suspense, Soul of Stone (Book #1 in The Ice and Stone Series).

I’m a contributing author with Behind Our Eyes: A Second Look, a group of 65 visually impaired writers and I am also a motivational speaker for book fairs, local schools and auxiliary groups, who all see the blind lady first and the lady second.

None of those titles mean as much to me as the fact that people who really know me, forget that I’ve been blind for 22 years.

My family and I live on the northern edge of the Mojave Desert, an hour and a half north of Las Vegas, NV. I have three teenagers, if you don’t count my ever fun and impulsive husband and my own adventurous streak. We’ve gone zip lining, rock climbing, parasailing and mountain biking, all while I can’t see anything.

Life is an adventure that I believe everyone should have.

Catch up with all my latest news at the website

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Join me and come ‘see’ what else I can do!

‘SOUL OF STONE’ (ICE and STONE #1)

Cover Image For The Book 'Soul Of Stone (Ice And Stone #1) By Author Traci McDonaldDanielle Lyndon, owner of a 200-year-old bookstore in Greenville, Alabama, has built a fortress of suspicion around her heart. A tragic fire has taken the lives of her beloved Grandmother and mother, leaving her with nothing but an ancient collection of magical books. 

Facing what seems like an eternity of loneliness and abandonment, her life is inexorably altered late one night when a runaway teenage girl breaks into her store and Danielle receives a mysterious text message…from her dead mother. 

The only person who can help her is Aaron Donnell, a reckless, tormented drifter with haunting silver-blue eyes who is searching for the burglar, his younger sister. Aaron somehow holds the answers to the mysterious texts, but he’s arrogant, dangerous, and is clearly no good for her. The problem is . . . . she’s falling in love with him. 

Consumed with Aaron’s mysterious darkness and the prospect of locating the source of the texts, Danielle allows him to unwittingly drag her into an insane, mystical world where human trafficking is the usual, black magic reigns supreme, and inhuman power lasts forever. 

Are the dark chasms of magic and eternity too wide and deep for love to cross? Is the collateral damage in their battle too high of a price to pay if it leaves someone with their soul encased in stone?

Image Of Author Traci McDonald

“TELL A STORY”

I started writing when I was old enough to pick up my crayons and make letters. I’ve been writing stories ever since. Before I knew what that meant they were just characters and scenes I saw in my head and created in real life through play.

Now I’m a grown up, a blind grown up, and the things I picture in my head must be created with words and imagined behind my eyes.

Isn’t that the way all stories are created? It all begins with a scene, a character, a good guy or bad guy, a mystery or tragedy, a hero and heroine?

From Cinderella and The Three Little Pigs all the way to Harry Potter and Darth Vader, it was all a world someone built inside their head and brought alive with words.

The good ones, like J.K. Rowling and George Lucas are talented, hardworking and willing to live in another place and time.

Your story lives in a place and time without words, but has the other elements already in it :-

-Who is your Hero or Heroine?

-How did they become heroic?

-Who is your villain?

-What did they do to stop your hero/heroine?

-Where do they live? what does it look like and how did it come to be created/settled/revolutionized?

-Now, what are the stakes?

-What or whom will die if the hero/heroine doesn’t show up?

-Why does your reader care?

Your feelings as the author have to be the voice of your reader. Your body, mind and heart must be your readers. If you want your reader to be worried, then you’ve got to put your characters in danger of heartache, heartbreak and/or failure

Even if you’re telling your own story, find all the characters that played these roles in your own life. Who were you at the beginning? The moment where things changed? The point where you felt the loneliest, worst or most lost and what you did to come out the winner in the end?

A story is just life happening to someone else, that feels as if you could survive because the author did.

You don’t have to write like Rowling, or Lucas or Grisham.

Just write to tell your story!

Image Of Author Traci McDonald

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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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4 comments
  • Another great guest post, Yvonne! The author presents an excellent set of questions for a potential storyteller to consider.

    She has a fascinating life and I’ll admit the story does sound good, even though I don’t read much romance or fantasy. I hope you’ll feature some more about it in the future. I really like the cover, too!

    • I do get kinda hooked on my Guest Posts, don’t I?

      However I believe they can offer an excellent and unique insight into the way an author approaches the story telling and character building elements within their books – and the one thing I have learned from collecting such posts, is that those methods are myriad and diverse – there is definitely no ‘one size fits all’!

      Although probably outside my reading genres, as it is very much a contemporary romance, one of Traci’s earlier books, ‘Killing Casanova’, features a blind female protagonist, so it would be interesting to see how Traci sets this one up as a stoyline, given her affinity with Cassie Taylor, her female lead role.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a good weekend 🙂

  • I agree, that is a great cover on Soul Of Stone and the book sounds good. I like the idea of a 200-year-old bookstore. Great inspirational guest post from the author! She’s right, life is an adventure.

    • Any book which involves a book or book shop storyline, is always going to grab my attention, which is why I am probably going to give this one a try, despite the genre not being one of my favourites.

      Traci also writes an amazing biography and guest post, so it that is the style of writing she uses throughout the book, then I should get along with it just fine.

      She is also right when she says that life is an adventure, although I know for a fact that personally, I sometimes limit my own expectations too much and don’t always get the best out of lfe that I could and should.

      As one of my friends is always telling me – “We only get one shot at this life and one thing is for certain – none of us are going to get out alive”

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope that you are enjoying your summer. We are still in the grip of a horrendous heatwave, week #4 now. Not sure how much more I can stand without locking myself away until it is all over 🙂

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