Greetings, readers. Please join me in welcoming indie author Traci Sanders to my blog. It is both an honor and a treat to share this space with such a talented writer. Take it away, Traci…
I would like to start this post by thanking you, Beem, for having me on your blog this week. It’s no secret that I have been a huge fan of your writing from the moment I read the first chapter of Jazz Baby last year. So I am honored to be featured on your site!
Author and mother of three, Traci Sanders has been composing poetry, songs, and children’s stories since the young age of ten. In 2003, she opened her home to young children in her community offering “beyond the basics” teachings. In 2008, she was recognized by the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency as Family Childcare Provider of the Year and was featured in two local newspapers.
In 2010, she furthered her education by earning her Child Development Associates degree and was a recipient of the FIRST (First Incentive for Raising Standards among Teachers) Award presented by the Child Care Commissioner of her state. She continues to shape the young minds of the future through her home-based childcare program. Her daily interactions with these children provide constant inspiration for her writing and she plans to continue on this path until her story has reached “The End.”
Her first book was published in January 2013 titled ‘Welcome to Poop Camp: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth about Potty Training’. She released her first children’s book about family child care in May 2013.
To date, Traci has published five books, including her latest foray into adult fiction titled, ‘When Darkness Breaks’. She is an avid reader and writer, and finds inspiration all around her.
Currently, Traci is writing her second adult novel, a light paranormal romance, titled ‘UNSEVERED’.
Local news anchor, Amber Woods, seemed to have it all – a thriving career, two beautiful children, and a doting husband named Drake. Life was perfect…until her world was turned upside down in one fateful night. While the incident caused Amber to renew her priorities; Drake was unable to deal with what happened, and sank into a deep depression laced with infidelity and alcohol. Hoping a change of scenery would salvage her quickly deteriorating marriage, Amber agreed to move to New York; but it didn’t take long for her to discover that the past is not always left in the past. Can Amber save her marriage without losing herself along the way? What will she do when darkness breaks her will to keep trying?
To see the book trailer for When Darkness Breaks, click here!
Drake’s feet tore a cautious but swift path to the double doors, and stopped when he reached the waiting room. His hands trembled as he filled out the papers. Then, he alternated between sitting and standing, unable to settle, as he anticipated the doctor’s arrival. After what seemed like an eternity, Drake spied a white coat out of the corner of his eye.
“Mr. Woods?” A deep, soothing voice summoned him.
Drake turned to see a male physician, possibly in his late fifties, who sported a head full of dark black hair, and appeared to be in excellent physical shape. He shook the doctor’s hand as he confirmed his name.
“I am Dr. Davis. I am the surgeon on your wife’s case. We need to talk about your wife’s current condition.” His words were spoken in a matter-of-fact tone, almost with arrogance.
Drake sat down. The words “We need to talk,” echoed in his mind. He had heard those words from Amber many times, especially lately, and good news never followed.
“Is she alive?” He could barely summon his voice to ask the question.
“She is, but remains in critical condition. Amber suffered severe trauma to the head and is currently in a coma.
Amazingly, she came through with only a few broken bones, and those can be mended. Our major concern right now is her brain. We were able to stop the hemorrhaging, but there is still quite a bit of swelling left behind. We are monitoring that now and giving her …”
Drake’s head felt as though it had swelled. His ears rang. He wanted to hear every word the doctor said, but his heart pounded louder than the doctor’s voice, and his tears masked his sight. He pictured his sweet love lying on a hospital bed, hooked up to a plethora of machines and IV drips, as she clung to her last breath of life. He worried about the children too, but felt a powerful obligatory presence with the love of his life in that moment. After all, she was the reason he even became a father. Where have these loving thoughts about her been hiding for so long?
When Drake’s mind and ears returned to the conversation, the doctor said, “I need to get back to check on Amber now. I will send the Chaplain in to speak with you. Is there anyone else you’d like us to call? Do you have any other questions for me?”
Drake only had one: “What now?”
“Now, we wait.”
Links to my writing:
When Darkness Breaks site: http://awordwithtraci.com/wdb/
Welcome to “Poop Camp”: The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth about Potty Training:
Little Sponges: Teaching Toddler the Basic Concepts: http://tinyurl.com/qxuba9x
Right At Home: A Parent’s Guide to Choosing Quality Child Care: http://tinyurl.com/mukhyza
Just Like Home: Adventures in Family Child Care (a children’s picture book): http://tinyurl.com/lodvchw
Connect with me:
Twitter (adult writing): @tmsanders2014
Twitter (parenting/children’s): @tlckids4915