Monthly Archives: October 2012

Blog tour day 2: Lisa’s world of books

Blog tour day 2:

I’m blogging on Lisa’s World of Books today:
Read about inventing words in my alien language and in future English as well, including the complete list of Aleyni-English vocabulary

blog tour day 1:

Today I’m guest blogging at Books in the Hall, where my main character, Keth, shares his diary entry. Here’s the start:

Today was my first day at the school on the base, and I wish I were back with Ardaval and the Aleyni kids. Shaffa is nice, and even Darus is up-front about disliking Terrans. The kids on the base, all except maybe one, pretend to b friendly but secretly would happy to see me wander off and die. Okay, maybe not quite that bad, but they’re not nice. Dad won’t give in, though. He wants me to go to school with Terrans.

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Guest post by Traci McDonald: Tech…nooooo…ology!g


Killing Casanova



By Traci McDonald

When I first became a profoundly blind writer, it terrified me. I couldn’t see what I was writing on a note to my kids; nor could I tell if I was making individual lines or just writing on top of what I had already written. There were many things I learned to live without: TV, scenic overlooks, colors, and even the ability to drive. I could not accept that I was too blind to write.

At the time I was working for Child and Family services as a Spanish translator and peer parent. Being gainfully employed and in need of services, The Utah State Division for The Blind and Visually Impaired was contacted and I was provided a copy of a program called “Zoomtext”. This is a screen enhancement program with a speech to text feature that allowed me to work by simply magnifying the screen until I could read the letters. This program worked fairly well for me for nearly ten years. That is, until I could no longer see the screen at all.

By this time I was writing and had three manuscripts finished with no way to go on. I attempted to purchase an updated version of the program but was informed it was a ‘borrowed copy and I must spend 1000 $ to buy the newest version.

If the money part wasn’t scary enough; I hadn’t been on the world wide web in…well, ever. The new screen reading software I was given as a result of my writing was a program known as JAWS. (Job Assistance With Speech). AS part of the training I had to finally learn the program and venture out onto the web. With my old program all I ever did was write word documents; this was a whole new world I had been absent from for 15 years.

I am a techno-moron. I can barely get my cell phone to work.  I was absolutely terrified of the internet. I couldn’t learn technology. I couldn’t learn all this computer mumbo-jumbo. I can’t figure out…

“Then you will fail as an author.” I was told.

Here I am, less than six months later: opening and reading e-mail’s, maneuvering sites like facebook and goodreads, and posting to my own blog, tracimcdonald.blogspot.comwriting blind. Thanks to the technology and advancement of companies like maker of JAWS—the makers of all my talking clocks, watches, and digital recorders, and—the makers of zoomtext. I am no longer terrified of the technology. I still get frustrated with it and I yell at JAWS when he won’t just tell me where I want to go on the web, but now I know; even I can face technology with the threat of losing the ability to be a writer to motivate me to keep trying.

About the Book:

Killing Casanova is based in the small ranch community of Lindley, Nevada where Jake
Caswell claims the skills and reputation of infamous womanizer ‘Casanova’, until he
meets Cassie Taylor, who is seemingly oblivious to Jake’s irresistible charms. Jake
determines to add Cassie to Casanova’s list of conquests and unknowingly pulls her into
his troubled life. Cassie uncovers old tragic wounds and a world of violence she did not
expect, and her own life is at risk from Casanova’s enemies. Worse, she fears the truth
about him will leave her heart as the next victim of Casanova’s flawed perceptions. Will
Cassie be able to uncover the man behind the mask amidst the threat of peril? Is there
hope for love in a tangled web of danger and blind distrust?

Get a sneak peek of the book at

About the Author:

Debut author Traci McDonald has been a writer since she figured out how to make words
on a page. Traci wrote for English classes like most people, but she wrote everything else
in between. Traci won minor competitions with short stories, poetry and lyrics before
becoming visually impaired. That is just a political correct way of saying Traci
McDonald is blind. Traci lost her eyesight 17 years ago, but it never stopped her from
living life and following her dreams. She has struggled with her health and raising kids,
prior to the publication of her first novel. Traci is very excited to see her dream in life
coming true. She lives in a small cozy town in the Mojave Desert, less than 150 miles
from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Traci McDonald has four other books in the process of becoming published and a whole
list of others she plans to write.

You can find out more about Traci McDonald and her debut romance novel during her
World of Ink Author/Book Tour at

To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit

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I’ll be touring

Here are the dates for my upcoming blog tour

October 29 Guest blog
Books in the Hall

October 30 Guest blog
Lisa’s World of Books

Forget About TV, Grab a Book

November 6 Interview
Michelle @ Mom With A Kindle

November 7 Interview
Creatively Green Write at Home Mom

November 9 Interview
Roxanne’s Realm

November 10 Interview and review
Always a Booklover –

November 12 Guest blog
Fang-tastic Books


And in honor of my blog tour, you’ll be able to download the book of poems that goes with the book, Sand in the Desert, FREE on October 29, 30, and 31!

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop


I’ve been tagged! and I’m answering questions about my work-in-progress, an adult science fiction novel set in the universe of my recently-published novel, Relocated

What is the working title of your book?
Broken Bonds

Where did the idea for this book come from?
From a question I asked myself about back-story in my recently published novel, “Relocated.” I ended up with a single sentence in “Relocated” – -and another novel.

What genre does your book fall under?
Science Fiction.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Touch one — but my choices so far:

Brad Reynolds: Benjamin Bratt
Ardaval: Morgan Freeman
Imarin: Samuel L. Jackson
Nidrani: Jada Smith Pinkett
Senator Hank Manning: Mel Gibson or Harrison Ford

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When Major Brad Reynolds is assigned head the Terran Federation base on planet Aleyne, the last thing he expects to find is love, and certainly not with one of the alien Aleyni. But can he keep it, in the face of political maneuvering and of Ardaval’s feelings for his former partners — and theirs for him.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’ll be submitting the manuscript first to the publisher of “Relocated.” We’ll see what they say. But I doubt I’ll go for an agent in any case.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A couple of months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
At the moment, nothing comes to mind except, perhaps, much as I hate to say it,  some of the later Robert A. Heinleins.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My characters kept hounding me, saying “Write me.”

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I’m writing about a human man and three aliens — two men and a woman — involved in a four-way romance.

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Relocated is live on The Log Line blog

Relocated is  live on The Log Line Blog


The post will be live on the front page  for the next 15 days before it doesn’t show on the front page. Leave a comment to be  eligible for a chance at an Amazon gift certificate monthly, so come back often to check out other authors.  The winner is announced the first Wednesday of the month.

Fourteen-year-old Keth thinks he’s weird. On planet Aleyne, can he accept his differences in time to foil a terrorist plot?

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