The year is 2049 and in the new dystopian order, the Randoms have risen to the top like cream. Earth faces dire consequences because of the Helix Complex and their illicit use of mass-sterilization. Many who could have children, were made into mules from the virulent Zondorae concoction of 2030.
Now middle-aged, Death’s children do their best to move forward in a world where technology and paranormal powers collide in a mix of tragedy and circumstance. Zombies have been raised for the slave trade by those Randoms in power.
Paxton Hart and Parker’s twin girls are grown and on the radar for those that understand how critical they are for the future. The tight-knit circle of friends continues to network for solutions to the depravity that has taken hold.
Can the original group right a tremendous wrong? Will the new generation of Randoms find a solution for propagation, or will their power base cannibalize those who choose harmony instead of greed?
What on God's green earth are all these new monikers for authors now? Well, we're a secret club, making these classifications as difficult as possible to figure out for our readers!
Ha! Just joking. Actually, until a few years ago, it was pretty straight forward.
You (the author) wrote a really cool story, sent it out to a million agents, hoped someone gave a care, and got published by one of the Big Five publishing houses.
I wrote my first book in 2007, and was so inspired by TWILIGHT. I know there's readers out there rolling their eyes so hard in their collective heads it's like a seizure. I hear you, I do. But Twilight was a big deal. Why? It helped put YA paranormal romance on the map; big time. Did you know that Fifty Shades is fan fiction based on Twilight? Yeah. Twilight was revolutionary. I loved it. I wrote Blood Singers and finished it after reading that book. I was too chicken to send it out so I put BS in a drawer. Then I hit on the idea for Death Whispers and did get brave enough to send it out. I fully expected a ton of rejections. I got a few (lol). Then there were agents who made helpful comments (yay!). Then one agent wanted a partial (that's about 50 pages).
I was stoked like a chimney on fire.
Then he was like: revise this hard and I'll look at it again.
I was crushed! What? He doesn't like my “baby?”
Well—yeah. But the good news? The really great news? He gave me hope. I revised the MS hard (like a good girl). The day before I was going to send him the entire thing, I heard about Amanda Hocking. A chick that was truly brave had tossed her stories on Amazon. I was riveted.
So I did.
Self-publishing changed my life. A homemaker of twenty-five years that always wrote stories can [now] do it as a job?
But was I really a writer if I didn't get pubbed from a Big Five?
It sure felt real when I was working 40-60 hour weeks, at a minimum. Then Hubs encouraged me to write under a pen name. He made it up himself (super-sexy). I wrote a lot of titles under that name.
Then A Terrible Love came out under my pen name and made the New York Times list. I about died. (I had an agent by then.) She phoned and told me, because the magic reaches their ears first.
Did I feel like I was a real writer then?
No. I felt like I was a writer in 2007 when I finished Blood Singers.
Then Simon and Schuster picked up ATL and had me write two more books. That's when I became a “hybrid.”
I'm not the only indie who went on to get a traditional book deal from a Big Five publisher.
I've done both now, and love the hybrid thing. It diversifies an author. That said, I am completely pleased to self-publish and enjoy the freedom the Amazon platform provides.
I dig a guest post that breaks down the mystique of a profession. And that is the case with writing. It's a cool job. But like any job, it's hard work. Now we have Amazon and our dream of storytelling can be realized whether it be through self-pubbing or traditional.
Being a hybrid is a wonderful thing.
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About the author:
Tamara Rose Blodgett is the author of forty titles, including her NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling novel, A Terrible Love. Tamara writes a variety of dark fiction in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, romance and erotica. She lives in South Dakota with her family and is an ardent reader who enjoys interacting with her readers.