Author Guest Post,  Book Reviews for 2018,  Romance

Soul of Stone (Ice and Stone Book 1) by Traci McDonald, book review and guest post

Danielle 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?

 

Review

Danielle Lyndon is left to tend to a200 year old bookstore in Greenville AL. Aaron’s little sister tries to rob Danielle’s bookstore. Then Danielle gets a text from her “dead” mother. From there Danielle finds herself helping Aaron search for his younger sister. These two are a hoot to read about as they get into some dark magic.

What roller-coaster read this was. Full of mystery, adventure, twists and turns you will love the story and the characters.

Guest Post & About the author

Between The Sound and The Silence

 

As a completely blind author, I started this journey like most new authors; at the knees of the professionals. Only in my case, I listened, touched, felt, and wrapped my brain around every word they offered.

Everything from The Hero’s Journey to ‘Save the Cat’ held nuggets of wisdom I used over the years to learn to build scenery, setting and character for my stories.

One of my first and best mentor’s was an author who asked me to teach other writers how I build characters when I can’t see what they look like? She found my sighted descriptions meaningful enough that the other five senses really came alive. “I can smell the hay in the pasture,” she told me. “The heat of the sun is blazing across my neck as I read your work. How do you do that?’

One of the many tools I use as a blind author to fill in for my lack of sight; my sensitivity to sound.

As I researched the sounds that I personally used to create my setting and scenery, places like www. soundbible.com and www.audiomicro.com/free-sound-effects, I was able to receive inspiration from the different sounds and not having enough information to know what the sound actually was representing, I imagined fantastic stories and scenery.

Godzilla stomping across a warehouse floor, sounded like a car accidentally exploding.  The Next time I heard the same sound effect it sounded like an office worker throwing themselves out of a skyscraper window and the ideas just kept coming.

As the sounds created scenery and setting to use as a backdrop in which to place my story ideas, the people were still a mystery.

What’s a blind girl to do?

My ever brilliant mentor in her experience and knowledge with three different books told me to start eaves dropping. “Find Someone who looks, or sounds in my case, interesting and follow them around for a half an hour, a few hours, or even when they’re on the phone. “Don’t you get to know real people in real life by listening to their voices?”

Somewhere between the sounds of my recordings and the silence of the characters; sound stalking was born.

Here’s the concept-

There are many people I listen to where ever I go: My kid’s teachers, the lady at the bank, the guy from the gas station. I found voices I liked, found attractive, and had deep tone or tenor and even some really cool accents. After I listened for a few minutes or hours, I’d ask one of my sighted kids, or a sighted person nearby, what the person actually looked like. Boy…did I get some surprises!

There was the guy in the mall who tried to pick up a girl nearby by telling her about his life as a navy Seal only to turn out to be about 5’5” and 95 lbs. soaking wet.

A gentleman with an excellent Australian accent, promptly-at least as soon as the cute girl beside me left with her boyfriend- dropped the Australian and sounded more like New Jersey.

To this day, one of my favorite activities is to go with my husband to the mall and Sound Stalk people who walk past. Go to my web site tracimcdonaldauthor.com and buy a copy of Killing Cassanova to see what blind people use to describe the world around them. You’ll find tastes, textures and temperatures you can feel even inside your perfectly air conditioned home.

One of my favorite characters is from my brand new novel, released April 10, 2018, Soul of Stone. The male lead in that book has Chris Hems worth’s voice. I call it ‘Liquid velvet”. Just don’t tellChris; he’s got a sound stalker.

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