Carol Hedges! Guest Blog On Her New Ebook-Jigsaw Pieces

Starting out as a writer there is one big trick in order to learn the trade; branch out and meet new people.

One person I have had the pleasure to meet is published author Carol Hedges. Carol has several traditionally published books but is expanding and trying out self-publication.

Carol calls it “reinventing herself.”  In todays publishing world things are rapidly changing.  New complications, new challenges and hurdles, and new platforms to explore.  Who says old dogs can’t learn new tricks?  I am not calling Carol old mind you, I am simply saying that for a woman who has had several traditionally published books and is agented, it might be hard to try something new.  Granted, if you get to know Carol I doubt you can say she see’s anything as a challenge, just more of a new beginning.

Carol has been a guest blogger on several other occasions.  She gave some great insight into her inspiration for Jigsaw Pieces.  Please feel free to visit her guest blog at Juliet Greenwood, Guest Blog from Carol.  I think this sentence says a lot for Carol’s book:  Jigsaw Pieces, my first ebook, is so chockfull of personal stuff that I had to put the line “Not all the characters and events in this story are fictitious” at the beginning.

Carol is proud of her new book and happy with her choice of an ebook.  She is happy for her new book to see a broad new fan-base.  Without further babbling here is Carol’s new ebook.

Jigsaw Pieces

‘He had been part of my everyday life. I hadn’t liked him much, nobody had liked him much, but he’d been there. Now, I’d never see him again.’
Annie Skjaerstad had been searching for her identity since being uprooted from her native country of Norway. With a spiky personality winning her no friends, and family members suddenly torn out of her life, she is left seeking comfort from a growing intrigue into the stories of fallen war heroes.
But one day, a boy from her school unexpectedly commits suicide, changing things forever. Confused by the tragic tale of someone she knew, Annie soon finds herself conducting her own investigation into his death.
What she uncovers will bring her to a dark and dangerous place, as suddenly – her own life is put at risk.
A tense, coming of age crime thriller by the author of ‘Dead Man Talking’.

Download Jigsaw Pieces here

Visit Carol at her Blog here

A self-published Friend said…

Okay. I have a friend who is a writer-or well, an author now. She gave up on traditional publishing and went for it. Tired of trying to fit into a cookie cutter format. (This post is for all thw writrs who don’t know where they fit in genre.)

She slf-published on Amazon. It took her a week and then she had a baby so I can’t tell you how much it stunk to get it completely done, but it did take her a full week.

She is very happy with her choice. She got to publish her story. She didnt have to fight to appease an agent, but now what? I guess only time will tell. She is a great example of not knowing what genre to market as. Political, paranormal, romantic, thriller…huh?

She made her choice based on the few authors out there that have made it big in self publishing. But the reality is that less then 10% make any money. Or that is what larger groups such as, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, claims. I think that like every writer out there we ignore the odds and think “why not me.” The truth is why can’t we become the exception? No one can know they will or won’t be.

I am not a risk taker, so as of right now I will continue to fight the traditional route, but I want to help my friend out. See the link below for her book.

If you have a great story on self publication please send me a note and let me know. I wouldn’t mind doing a blog to help promote others books, self published or traditionally. We can all use the help right?

 

Blood Mage

All Alexis Richmond wants is for life to be somewhat normal again. What she gets
is trapped in the girls’ restroom by a knife-wielding classmate, who blames her
for being forced to go to school in a lovely prison-like setting for national
security reasons. But Alexis can’t help that her father was catapulted into the
presidency when the U.S. Capitol was annihilated during the State of the Union
Address. Or that he still hasn’t found the terrorists responsible for blowing
every major city on the planet into a post-apocalyptic state. All Alexis can do
is to try to defend herself from this crazy girl. Then her late mother’s locket
starts glowing and sending waves of energy coursing down her arms, and she
nearly launches her attacker through the puke pink wall of the school
bathroom.

Fantasy becomes alarmingly real in Alexis’s already shattered
world when she learns from her aunt that she is descended from a family of
powerful mages and warned to trust no one. Thrust into Alexis’s life through
school and for those annoying security reasons, the vice president’s playboy
son, Zachary Godard, claims to have the answers about the magical legacies their
families don’t want them to know. Alexis tries to fight her dangerous attraction
to Zachary but knows that he understands her as only another mage can. Leaping
down the rabbit hole hand in hand, together they overhear a secret society of
sorcerers, the Blood Mage Order, plotting to take over the globe. As the two
young mages struggle to stop the Order and save their country, they discover
just how deep the world domination conspiracy goes. And Alexis will realize that
nothing is black and white. Especially not magic.

 

So if you have a strong stomach and want to try the less known paths to publication go for it.