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Towards the Light and The Mad Quest – Released!

My book of two novellas, Towards the Light and The Mad Quest, are released today!

Towards the Light and The Mad Quest
Two Novellas

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.


Posts about Towards the Light and The Mad Quest

Blurb – Two Novellas (Jan. 4, 2019)
Cover Reveal! Two Novellas (March 1, 2019)
Release Date and PreOrder (May 7, 2019)
Brandon – Toward the Light (May 10, 2019)
Guest Post on Sue Vincent’s blog (May 14, 2019)
Merla – The Mad Quest (May 17, 2019)



The book is now Available on Amazon!



If you don’t see your country’s Amazon, search for it or ask me and I’ll get a link.

book in hand


Merla – The Mad Quest

Ah, Merla.  Lorounce hadn’t seen his childhood friend in some time, and once back in her presence, all he wanted to do was watch her graceful movements.  Of course he was just a simple farmer’s son and since she had moved to the nation’s capital she had attracted attention of men all of the way up to the top.  He knew better than to set his heart at such a lofty height.

Merla, for her part, still teased Lorounce at once mercilessly, but also kindly, the way she did when they were playmates and rivals. She acted like she wanted to be friends the way they were when they were 12.

But they were no longer 12. Continue reading

Brandon – Towards the Light

Brandon is just a normal guy.  There is probably someone like him at your office.  He doesn’t seem to take things quite as seriously as everyone else.  You know the type, constantly making obscure references to not-quite-so-popular culture, or perhaps no-longer-popular culture.  A word or situation might remind him of the lyrics of a song forgotten 40 years ago or a Shakespeare quote that nobody else, even Shakespeare experts, remember.  He also seems to have every fantasy novel, story and movie memorized.  Yeah, you know the type, only Brandon rarely, if ever, quotes Monty Python….

If you got to know him a little better, you may discover that Brandon has two kids, the 11 year old Leo and the 9 year old Cate.  These super imaginative, playful kids are the center of his life, particularly since his wife, Lisa, died of cancer several years ago.  Even though it has been a few years, Brandon has not come to terms with her death.

Part of the problem is that Brandon has this feeling that he isn’t where he is supposed to be.  He hears Destiny calling, and Destiny isn’t something that happens doing small chores around the house, but something that happens “out there”. Continue reading

Book in Hand (or at Home, at least ;) )


embers-on-brickI received a copy of Embers yesterday.  Of course the first thing I had to do, after a quick leaf through to ensure my formatting changes worked, was take a photo.

Later I took out a copy of all of my books and did a new coffee share photo.  Here it is:


I will start using it on occasion for New Hampshire.  I’ll have to get a photo of them on th Cape with a coffee mug for my Cape Cod coffee shares ;)

Anyway, just making an excuse to put the photos on line.  And, of course, to plug the book one more time ;)


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.




If We Were Having Coffee on the 8th of December, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in out of the cold!  Shut the door quickly!  Brrrr.  It’s cold out there.  OK, smarty, I know, I keep the house pretty cool, what with over 45 inefficient windows and such I can’t afford to heat the entire world.  But I will get you a large mug of steaming hot, ultra-strong French Roast (yeah, I’m back to that for now) or a cuppa tea of hot cocoa.  You’ll need it!  It has been cold here all week, just peaking above freezing for a few hours a day before plunging down again.  Today it will not reach freezing.  This is January weather.  At least there was no snow.  And where are are we that we are freezing so?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as coming from New Hampshire.

What did I do besides freeze?  I worked.  I walked and played with the dogs.  For some reason they just wanted to play and not walk this week.  I went running a few times.  I bundle up with many layers.  I got a hair cut. Continue reading

Four Years – The Fireborn

Fireborn Cover

In the shadowy area where myth and history collide….

It was almost exactly four years ago that I wrote those two fateful words, “The End”, on the manuscript for the Fireborn.  There have been four major drafts, six minor revisions and over a dozen proofreads/edits (by me and others) between the 23rd of August, 2013 when I wrote those words, and the 20th of August, 2017 when I released the book to the public.  A lot of words written and changed!

Listen…. Continue reading

Release Party Continues Despite the Sun’s Disappearance

Eclipse shadows

Hey, how’re you doing?  Come on in.  The party has been going strong all day!


We took the enormous ancient cauldron, heated it up and people who dare can do an old fashioned hot tub!  We are also playing pin the tail on the zombie using those who dared the plunge into the hot tub as the targets.  It’s harder than you’d think since they are quite nimble and carry swords…  You know how the fireborn are… Continue reading

Release Party! The Fireborn

Fireborn Cover

In the shadowy area where myth and history collide

Hello!  Welcome, welcome!  Come on in.  I have some fine wine open and other beverages available.  There are several types of gourmet cheeses and crackers.  I have fresh veggies and a variety of dips, if needed.  Some fruit.  Hmm, am I missing anything?

2000 Pavillon Rouge Chateau du Margaux

Oh!  The book! Continue reading

Preorder for Kindle – the Fireborn


The Kindle version The Fireborn is available.  If you purchase it, it will be delivered to your device on Monday August 21.

For the US it is here.
For the UK it is here
For Canada it is here
For Australia it is here

It is available other places, so if you want to preorder from someplace else, you can search your Amazon for Trent McDonald The Fireborn.

I hope you enjoy!

The Collaborative Cover

Last Summer I thought I’d have my short story book out by early Autumn.  I had some beta readers going over it, I’d done some brainstorming with a few people and came up with Seasons of Imagination as a title.  All I needed was a cover.

I sat down and did a couple of quick sketches.  I liked one idea and decided to draw it out to see how it looked.  Over a weekend down on Cape Cod I got out some drawing pens and did a more complete drawing.  Here is a phone photo – yeah, the light was bad and such, but you should be able to see the basic design. Continue reading