Traci Allen offers raw account of Houston street life in new novel

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‘Ghett-dough Cities’ follows young woman’s struggles with loyalty, trust, greed

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Taking inspiration from events in her own life, author Traci Allen transports readers to 1970s-era Houston in her new urban fiction, “Ghett-dough Cities: C-Manor” (published by Trafford Publishing).

“This is the beginning of what one family endures to make it and the drama that comes with it,” Allen says of her book. “It represents the struggles of most black families in America in one aspect or another.”

“Ghett-dough Cities” is told through the eyes of Samantha, a young girl growing up in Houston during the late 1960s and early ’70s. She and her friends move through the streets of Third, Fourth and Fifth Ward, creating their own rules as they go along because they don’t have sufficient parental supervision.

Bonds of friendship, family betrayal and illegal activity all affect Samantha’s life in some way. Allen believes Samantha’s coming-of-age tale will resonate with readers who grew up in similar “hoods” during that time. Allen’s settings and dialogue are authentic, a trend she plans to continue in future books about Samantha.

“Ghett-dough Cities”
By Traci Allen
Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 510 pages | ISBN 9781466979642
E-Book | ISBN 9781466979659
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Traci Allen has two children and four grandchildren. She lives in Houston and enjoys spending time with her family. “Ghett-dough Cities” is her first published book, and she plans to publish “Ghett-dough Cities: Reflections” and “Ghett-dough Cities: Changes” in the near future.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC self-publishing imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service” and has led the indie publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self-publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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