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Embers – The Blurb

book cover for Embers

One of my least favorite parts of writing, even worse than editing, is writing a blurb ;)  Oh well, it has to be done.  Here is the blurb to my upcoming collection of short stories, Embers.  What do you think?


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.

In the words of D. Wallace Peach, author of the Rose Shield series, 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.” (Taken from the foreword of Embers.)

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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Cover Reveal – Embers (Short Stories)

book cover for Embers

Yes, I have another book in the works, a book of short stories.  I call it “Embers“.  One of the short stories is Embers, which was actually named from a #writephoto challenge by Sue Vincent.  That story is in five parts, with the first being written for the challenge.  And, of course, each short story can be thought of as an ember, a little nugget of imagination packaged up in a self-contained short story, ready to burst into flames in your mind.

See that picture at the top of the page?  Yep, that is the book cover.  Maybe ;)  I’m doing my own cover again, so it is possible it will be tweaked as time goes on.  It should be pretty close to the above, though.

I am currently shooting for a December 4th release date.  Just in time for Christmas ;) Continue reading

Abigail Bradford nee Hawkins – The Halley Branch


Abigail Bradford (1725 – 1827) was the youngest child of the great patriarch of the Hawkins clan, and some would say the founder of its cult, Miles Hawkins.

After her father passed away in 1745, the young Abigail found herself in the strange position as the leader of the extended family.  Her oldest sibling, the beloved yet increasingly infuriating sister Mary, and her husband Gustav Halley, had started a feud with her brother, Ebenezer, over the inheritance of Miles’ vast estate.  The Halley’s argued that society would not accept the children of Ebenezer and Phebe, called Faith, as the head of an important family.  The problem was that Phebe was a former slave descended from African parents.  People would only see their children as dark skinned ex-slaves.  Or so the Halley’s said.

The Halley’s did win the lawsuit and the inheritance, but always assumed that the Hawkins Branch were plotting to bring them down out of vengeance.  Although this was not true, the Hawkins did not have the resolve to try to heal all of the wounds in the extended family. Continue reading

Amelie – The Halley Branch

She was familiar.  In fact, Trevor knew that she was family, at least distantly since she was from the Hawkins Branch, the African American side of the family.  Trevor was sure he had seen her a thousand times before.  But for some reason he couldn’t bring up any memories of the woman confronting him.  She stood before him, arms crossed, obviously angry.  Her sarcastic barbs and taunts confused him, made him very uncomfortable.  He had to find a way to break those mental barriers that suppressed his memory of her.

And then something happened.  It was as if he picked up a mental sledge hammer and made a hole through a concrete wall in his mind.  Some memories of the woman came back to him, stretching all of the way to his early childhood.  He even remembered flirting with her as a teen during the family events at the mausoleum.

But this break released something else that was suppressed.  Power.  A mental power.  The world changed, and the woman in front of him, the one he now knew was Amelie, was the reason.  She had wakened something in him that was long dormant.  A Power.  And he realized that he was strong. Continue reading

Quick Word on The Halley Branch


It’s been a slow beginning….

It’s actually been slower than it was for The Fireborn which was slower than Seasons of Imagination.

I have received a little positive feedback from one reader on a Facebook post “OMG-Can’t put this book down great to read during our thunder storms!

I also went to the library in my town and talked to the head librarian.  I gave her copies of all three books.  They should be put on display in the near future, starting with the “New Arrival” shelf before going to the “Local Authors” shelf.  So more people should see it.  She also discussed a book talk, which I will most likely do at some point. Continue reading

The Halley Branch is Released Today!


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

Yes, today is the day!  It is here!  I wrote, and posted, the first chapter of The Halley Branch just a little under 3 years ago (about 20 days short!).  And now it is here!

Order Here (or go to Amazon and search “The Halley Branch”): Continue reading

Discount for Print Book The Fireborn

(Note – The price went back up – Hopefully that means a lot of people picked it up at the reduced price…)

I was looking at the Amazon page for the print version of The Fireborn and was shocked to see that it was listed for $3.81.  I wrote Amazon asking if I would owe them money if people actually bout it at that price since it cost over $5 to print.  They said “No”, that I would still get the same amount as I would if it sold for what I listed it for, $12.99.

So if you want to get a paperback version of The Fireborn, do it now!  It is only $3.81 on Amazon, at least in the US.

The Fireborn on US Amazon

I have no idea how long it will stay at $3.81.

If We Were Having Coffee on the 21st of July, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large mug of strong Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  We can go out back and and sit on our brick patio and contemplate the hillside.  It is a lovely morning so there is no reason to be cooped up inside.  Oh, were are we with a nice woods view out back?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as coming from New Hampshire.


My back yard, looking across the driveway.

This is one of those weeks when I look back and don’t remember anything.  Work was busy.  Some good news there, but also some setbacks.  I did several training courses, which was good. Continue reading

In the Wild!

A loon

I just had a reporting of a sighting in the wild!  Take a look at this photo:


Notice anything?  One of the books, the smallest one, is “e Fireborn” by Trent P. |.  Hmm.  Could that be “The Fireborn” by Trent P. McDonald”?

This photo was taken (by my sister) at the Vermilion Public Library in Vermilion, Ohio.  Of course I do have an “in” at the library and my “in” submitted it, along with “Seasons of Imagination“, as works by a local author.  Of course I haven’t lived there in more years than I admit to being alive, but I did graduate from Vermilion High School.

So, since it will soon be in libraries everywhere , or perhaps just library (singular) in some small town, I guess I sort of, almost, made it.  So why don’t you pick up a copy (US paperback, US Kindle)?  Or perhaps get a copy of The Halley Branch sine the Kindle version is now available for pre-order (here).  The Halley Branch will be officially released on Tuesday 7/24.

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Pre-Order Kindle version of The Halley Branch!

The Halley Branch is available for pre-order on Amazon!  Well, at least the Kindle version is ready.  The book will be released on July 24, 2018 – 11 days from now.  At that time the paperback version will be available and all Kindle pre-orders will be “shipped”.

Here are a few places you can pre-order:


If you want to try from another country, just go to Amazon and search my name “Trent McDonald” or the title “The Halley Branch”.  Hint, using the title will bring it up as the number one choice. Continue reading