Books to This Point…

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My time for writing and blogging disappeared half way through the week, but I wanted to do a post.  Hey, why don’t I talk about my books?! So here is a list of books with their blurbs in order of publication:

Seasons of Imagination

Trent P. McDonald’s Seasons of Imagination contains an eclectic mix of stories covering many places, times and even different genre, yet they all hold one thing in common, they are all about people.

Be they silly, serious or speculative, all of the stories are about us.  What makes us tick?  Why do we say the things we do?  Why do we react as we do?

So whether it seems the stories are exploring outer or inner space, in reality they’re always exploring the human space.

Here is an invitation to open the page and come with me to explore the
Seasons of Imagination

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The Fireborn

In the shadowy area where myth and history collide, an unlikely hero is forced to save the world from an ancient Celtic curse. Dr. Elliot Everett-Jones knows that shadowy area well, having spent most of his life exploring its dimensions as given by a host of unreliable sources and imaginative speculation. Some would say he daydreams over the improbable plots of second-rate Romantic era authors. These fantasies, however, come to life after the discovery of the Cauldron of the Dead.

When the Cauldron produces the evil fireborn, Elliot is forced to confront an army of these mythic undead with nothing but his obscure knowledge and the hope of finding the legendary Lady of the Lake to give him Arthur’s sword. Even more frightening is the idea that he might have to confront his ex-wife, Eleanor.

The Fireborn is part joyful romp through history, myth and legend, and part fast paced adventure set in modern England and New York. The entire book, though, revolves around Elliot’s relationships with a large variety of characters. These relationships form the key that may unlock the mystery or lead to utter defeat.

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The Halley Branch

An evil 300 years in the making.  A trap set 150 years in the past.

The day should have been a normal “family day” at the Hawkins’ Mausoleum, but a premonition followed Trevor into the crypt. To make matters worse, he couldn’t shake his morning vision of a dead woman draped in a funeral-shroud.

After rescuing a girl trapped in the tomb, repressed memories forced him to reevaluate everything. Was his extended family a cult with roots going back to America’s colonial past?  Was the evil Benjamin Halley still stalking his tomb after 150 years? Was there any truth to the Power described by the family’s patriarch, Miles Hawkins?

Trevor realized that he was being manipulated and drawn into a trap set in the 19th century, and feared that everyone around him had already been ensnared.  Who could he trust?  The members of his own family’s Branch, The Bradford’s, like his cousins Bill or Stan?  Perhaps members of the Hawkins Branch, such as the beautiful but jaded Amelie?  The one Branch he knew not to trust was the extinct Halley Branch.

But the Halley’s were the ones who were welcoming him with open, if dead, arms.

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Embers

Meeting at that corner of time where day and night become one, where dreams and reality mix, let’s stir the coals of that fire called ‘imagination’ to discover an eclectic mix of short stories.  Each story is a bit of frozen flame, an ember, that can flare up in your mind.

These embers form a collection of “tales that cover a wide range of genres, moods, and characters, from heartbreaking and heartwarming trials of love and family to thought-provoking journeys into the future. Most importantly, the stories are peopled with richly-drawn characters gifted with unique voices, emotional depth, and the power to capture the imagination. They’re stories that will stick.” – Author D. Wallace Peach

So whether you only have time to warm yourself with a very short work of flash, or you want to get cozy and lost in a novella, there is a story, an ember, in here for you.

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Two Novellas – Towards the Light and The Mad Quest

 

In what should have been a normal day, Brandon finds himself down the rabbit hole and into a new reality where he is captured by Dwarves, gets involved in “Elemental Politics” and finds himself in a race to save the worlds – yes worlds, six, perhaps seven – and the peoples of those worlds in the tongue-in-cheek Fantasy novella, “Towards the Light”.

Lorounce, a “not only is the glass half empty, but the longer we talk about it, the more that evaporates” kind of guy, is on a reconnaissance mission with his childhood friend and secret crush, Merla, to enter the stronghold of the evil Lord of Darkness. The mission soon spins off on an adventure to try to rescue the prince, find and confront the dragon to secure the magic sword and then raise an army to defeat the evil one with said magic sword all while being chased not only by the minions of the evil one, including a pack of magical wolves, but their own people as well. Whew. It is totally impossible, mad even, but with some unexpected help and a few twists along the way, maybe they could pull it off, this adventure called “The Mad Quest”.

“Towards the Light” and “The Mad Quest” are two fast paced, farcical Fantasy novellas. With visible winks and nods to the great Fantasy works that came before, but with a few unexpected twists, these two stories are light-hearted valentines to those classic works of the past; love notes but with pokes in the ribs and “bunny-ears” behind the head fun.

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And coming soon will be The Old Mill!

 

35 thoughts on “Books to This Point…

  1. Prior...

    This was a great idea and I think I need to do a post for my books – even tho I only have three – did I say only? Well you know what I mean

    Anyhow – well done and This is great for folks who want to know which book to start with

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Y. A few other authors out there do occasional posts about their works, or they might have a little “ad” at the bottom of every post, and I decided i should do it on occasion. Not often, though! I know some people get bent out of shape when people promote their books or whatever too heavily on their blogs.

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      1. Prior...

        Yes -I know exactly what you mean… and over the summer I stopped following someone (an author) because of the way they were reposting certain posts. Nothing wrong with reposts in some ways – like America on Coffee blog does it and it fits – like they feature songs and revise kind of posts do well getting cycled again – I think at least – and I have seen some song posts go from 50 likes and a few comments to them getting closer to 200 likes and a few more comments – which indicates to me it is working for that blog. But this particular author had a subtly aggressive self-promoting –
        And it is actually something I am
        Still chewing on.
        The pride I sensed there…. so it was not about the promoting per se, more the ego!
        And that does not always have to be the case with those that promote heavily – for example Christy B – she really kept promoting her poetry book for months – and it felt smooth and not ego driven – I even asked her for tips on promoting and she said how she did it for a new book – “don’t give away too much on content” and stuff like that-
        Her mode never worked for me – and so it really is individual – and I have NEVER felt like you have overdone it! And might have said that before – but you really do it well.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          It’s hard to strike a balance, and, as you said, different things work for different people. Some people I follow do a ton of self-promotion and it works for them. One problem with me is that I got burned. When I put out The Fireborn, for two weeks I had every other post a post about the book. I tried to do it in a way saying, “if you don’t want to hear about the book, I’m doing non-book posts.” I had a couple of people write long tirades against my egotism and how stupid, untalented, lazy, etc., etc. I was. I lost over half of my followers in three days after those posts. So, yeah, every time I do a self-promotion post, I cringe and wonder how many readers I’m driving away… Anyway, I’m glad you feel I’ve never overdone it. Thanks :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Don’t you have normal family days at the mausoleum? ;) When my mom read a rough draft of the book she thought it was odd that the family did have “family days at the mausoleum”, but then she read a nonfiction book after that where the family did exactly that. After a bit of looking aro8nd, she discovered that for some old (rich) families it isn’t that unusual. What’s unusual here is that this family made it into a type of cult ;)

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