City of the Divine Sun Blog Tour

City of the Divine Sun Book Spotlight + Giveaway

A little late, but “City of the Divine Sun” is in the middle of its own blog tour now. Details below! Enjoy!

A famous archaeologist, last rumored to be in search of a hidden Maya city in Guatemala, has gone missing. Her daughter. Serena, worried and overcome by strange visions, abandons everything to search for her mother and the answers to the apparitions that have begun to haunt her.

Her mother wasn’t the only one searching for Mah K’ina. The Baron seeks to plunder the city for its untold riches and is willing to eliminate anyone that gets in his way. Out of her element and desperate to save her family, Serena must now rely on her past to show her the way.


Giveaway (5 copies – Ecopy or Print):



“Now’s our chance. We have to go before someone figure’s out we’re missing!”

A rush of adrenaline flooded her system as Serena followed the rest of the group to the side of the helicopter, ducking and sticking to the shadows as much as possible. The landing pad was strangely quiet in the absence of the recent commotion; every sound they made seemed to echo cruelly across the opening.

They reached the side of the helicopter without incident, and Ryder creaked open the driver’s door and motioned for everyone else to pile in. Serena ducked in the passenger seat while Hunac and Madeline slid into the back seat. Tossing their bags in the small open cargo space in the back, everyone looked at Ryder expectantly.

Serena noticed he seemed nervous for the first time since she’d met him. Sweat rolled down his face as he tried to make sense of all the dials and switches on the dashboard. It seemed as though there were at least a hundred different things to look at.

I hope he knows what he’s doing… None of this makes any sense to me.
“Put on your headsets, folks. It’s about to get really loud in here.”

Serena put on her headset and looked behind her. If Hunac was nervous, it was not evident on his face. Her mother, however, seemed to fear for her life. Serena reached back and laid a hand on her knee, awkwardly, and gave her a reassuring smile.

“Here goes nothing…” Ryder muttered to himself.

He moved so quickly, Serena couldn’t keep up. She knew that time was of the essence. Once the rotors began to spin, everyone would know exactly where they were.

The engine cranked up, and she heard a mechanical whine as the rotors started to turn. To her left, she could see the two men fly out of the building, dazed.

The tall man frantically pulled out his radio, speaking rapidly to someone on the other side. Serena had no idea what he was saying, but a moment later, the man seemed to realize exactly what was happening.

He turned to yell at the man next to him, and they both ran back into the building.

Please hurry! We have to get out of here!!

Then the ground shifted nauseatingly before her, and she realized they were slowly rising into the air. The helicopter rolled forward, tipping dangerously down. The blades spun mercilessly close to the building where the men had gone. They flew out now, running madly away from the landing pad.”Ryder!! Pull up!””I’m trying, darling. It seems I’m a little more rusty than I thought.”

The aircraft pulled back then, leveling out before rising again. Serena saw a jeep coming into the clearing now, men jumping out and pulling out their weapons.

They were high enough to be above the trees, but nowhere near out of the range of the assault rifles. If they did fire, however, the chopper would most likely crash into the trees. The Barón came out of the jeep last, looking up and making this realization himself. He raised his arm, signaling his men to lower their guns.

They were too high for her to be sure, but it seemed almost like the Barón had seen her and smiled. It wasn’t a good smile, either.

Tour Schedule:
1/13 - Cheryl’s Book Nook - Spotlight
1/13 - Margay Leah Justice - Guest Post
1/14 - Books R Us - Spotlight
1/15 - Pretty Girls Read Books - Guest Post
1/16 – FicHYPERLINK “”-Talk – Excerpt
1/17 - Read-Love-Blog - Excerpt
1/19 - BookwormBridgette’s World - Spotlight
1/20 - [Insert Clever Quip Here] - Spotlight
1/20 - In The Pages of a Good Book - Guest Post
1/23 – A Book Obsession – Spotlight
1/25 - Racing To Read - Excerpt & Review
1/28 - Miriam Smith - Spotlight
1/29 - What I’m Reading - Excerpt
1/31 - The Reading Obsession - Guest Post & Review
2/2 - Amethyst Daydreams - Guest Post
2/4 - Let’s Talk About Books - Spotlight & Review

Another Successful Giveaway

My second giveaway on Goodreads has officially closed, and this time, two lucky readers will receive a copy of “Mind Trace.” (Congratulations to the winners!) Almost 700 people entered the giveaway!

Things have been slow on the public front as of late, but quite busy behind the scenes. I am trying to get things rolling on the second book, getting it published through a traditional publishing house this time. If you’ve had any experience with publishing novels, you know that everything takes a super LONG time. I will keep you updated as things progress, but there are no updates as of now.

I may have mentioned this before, but it is not a direct sequel to “Mind Trace,” (but that one is not far away!) Instead, this explores a new character within the same universe. It also takes a less technical track, and focuses more on fantasy elements. This book takes place deep in the heart of the Guatemalan jungles, and explores the secret things hidden there (including some Mayan mythology!)

I’ve also started briefly outlining the plot for my third novel, which remains largely undecided at the moment. It is starting out more like the second book, which was inspired largely around one idea. The plot just wound its way around that central idea. With “Mind Trace,” it was a lot different. I had thought about that story for a long time before I ever thought about writing anything down.

I will say that writing a novel in general is a much, much more difficult proposition than I had ever imagined. I enjoy it immensely, but it is like any other job, and requires a lot of hard work, especially trying to make your thoughts come out logically on paper 🙂 You think it makes perfect sense, because you have the whole story in your head. It takes a while to figure out how to add in the right details and leave out the ones that don’t add to the story. I am still learning!

I digress. I will attempt to be more diligent in my updates, but chasing around a two year old can definitely be distracting! Expect delays around the end of May, as our second little one will be joining us! (It’s a girl!)

Contest Ended

The contest is officially over! Check back tonight or tomorrow to see the winner!

**EDIT: The winner has been chosen!

There were a total of 7 entries (including one that got lost on another post), and through random selection, Natalie Domanick was chosen as the winner!

Congratulations Natalie Domanick! Please send me a message through the Mind Trace page on Facebook with the address you would like the book to be shipped to.  Or, if you’d rather have the Kindle edition, please send me your email address.

**Note: If you do not respond in 72 hours, I will randomly select another winner! So please respond quickly!

Thanks to everyone who participated, and while I would have preferred a larger turnout, there’s always next time! Check back on the blog for more contests and updates!

Book Giveaway!

In order to get the word out there and generate some excitement, I decided to have a little contest.  The winner will receive a free copy of Mind Trace!

The rules are simple.  Leave a comment on this post if you would like to be entered in the contest. I will select a random winner after the contest ends, and post the winner here, on my webpage. So check back on 11-28-2012 to see if you won!

Good luck!


  • One entry per user.
  • Contest will run from 11/20/2012 to 11/27/2012, 6:00PM CST.
  • One winner will be picked on or around 11/28/2012.
  • Prizing will be mailed out within 2 weeks of selecting a winner.


One (1) winner will receive:

A copy of Mind Trace, by Holly McCaghren.

Some things to note:  If you are chosen as the winner, please send your contact information via a Facebook message to my “Mind Trace” page.  I will announce the winner here, on my website, so please check back here when the contest is over.

*If you do not respond within 72 hours,  you will forfeit your place, and I will select another winner. If that happens, I will post the new winner at that time.