Blog Tour

Mind Trace is about to go on a blog tour!



From December 2nd through the 13th, Mind Trace will be featured on 16 different blogs, five of which will include exclusive excerpts!

The details are posted below (PDF):

Holly McCaghrren – Blog Tour Info

There will also be a giveaway, with five copies of Mind Trace (ebook or print) are available!

Check out these blogs to get exclusive content!

Tour Schedule:

12/2 – A Book Obsession – Spotlight
12/3 – A_TiffyFit’s Reading Corner – Excerpt
12/4 – The Reading Obsession – Spotlight
12/5 – Michelle Chew Writes – Excerpt
12/6 – Library Girl Reads and Reviews – Spotlight
12/6 – The Readiacs – Review
12/7 – Cassandra Lost in Books – Excerpt
12/9 – Chelle’s Blue and Sparkly Corner – Spotlight
12/9 – Romancing the Readers – Excerpt
12/10 – Stitch Read Cook – Spotlight
12/11 – The Qwillery – Excerpt
12/11 – What the Cat Read – Review
12/12 – Happy Tails and Tales – Spotlight
12/12 – What I’m Reading – Review
12/13 – Hot Off the Shelves – Review
12/13 – Realm of the Sapphired Dragon – Review

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

Facebook Offer for “Mind Trace”

Right now, you can claim an offer (Facebook exclusive only!) for a 40% off coupon code for the paperback version of “Mind Trace!” It is redeemable only through the Createspace store, at the following link:

That’s a savings of almost $5.00! Take advantage while the offer lasts. You can find the link for the offer on the Facebook page:

It is good for the first 250 people! Please spread the word!

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.  

Amazon is Speedy

Well, it happened much faster than I expected, but you can now purchase both the Kindle and paperback editions of Mind Trace on Amazon now!



It will take a little while for Amazon to finish uploading the information, like the picture for the paperback edition, linking the Kindle version to the paperback version, and some other minor things. But you can begin purchasing now!

I’d like to thank my family and friends for being so supportive, and for patiently reading my manuscript and offering feedback, grammar corrections, and pointing out plot holes. It’s been an interesting journey, but all your patience and help has finally paid off!

Be sure to “like” my page on Facebook, and help spread the word!