Monday, October 9, 2017

New Release! JUNCTION 2020 Book 2

Hello, everyone!!! What are you up to? I miss ya!

I’d like to announce the digital release of my YA fantasy novel, JUNCTION 2020 Book 2: NIGHTMARE REALIZATION.

Psssst, Book 1 is still FREE if you haven’t read it yet. Sign up for my newsletter HERE in exchange for a digital copy, or email me at and I’ll be glad to send you one in your favorite format.

Reviews of Book 1, THE PORTAL:

"The Portal is the first in the Junction 2020 series by Carol Riggs and I loved it! Thoroughly enjoyable, it was a fast paced and highly imaginative young adult fantasy story which I flew through. I'm really looking forward to book two in the series and have no hesitation in recommending The Portal highly."  --Brenda Telford, Goodreads Reviewer

"This is the best book from Carol Riggs I have read so far." --Linda Hamonou, Goodreads Reviewer

"The Portal is an exciting fast-paced fantasy with just the right amount of darkness and light." --Kimberly Afe, author of The Headhunters Race

JUNCTION 2020. Book 2: Nightmare Realization

On New Year’s Eve, 2019, Tony Rodriguez thought it would be fun to attend Stefanie Anders’ annual celebration bash. It was pretty awesome—until he and four others accidentally opened up a portal into another dimension and got sucked into it.

Now the five of them have been branded by a strange triangular mark on their right forearms. They survived their bizarre trip to a landscape built by Mari’s best dreams and worst nightmares, and thought their dangerous adventures were over.

They couldn’t have been more wrong.

This time it’s Tony’s turn to visit a landscape created by his subconscious mind. In a gritty urban setting, he and the others must avoid capture by the ruthless sect of black-cloaked people called Shifters—and stay alive long enough to get back to the real world.


This novel (54K in length) is the second of a 5-part series, with each book written from the viewpoint of one of the five main characters as the story progresses.

Add Book Two to your to-read list: GOODREADS

Find the e-book on Amazon: HERE.
Paperback will be available in a couple of weeks.

Honest reviews GREATLY appreciated!

Meanwhile, I’m continuing to slog in the query trenches with a different manuscript. One partial and three fulls out (yay)—the rest a barrage of rejections. I’m excited about going to the SCBWI Fall Retreat October 19-22!

How was your summer? Do you like the colder weather or do you miss the sun already?
Are you revising, in the query trenches, or are you writing something fresh?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My New Release! JUNCTION 2020 Book 1

Hello, everyone!

I’ve come out of blog retirement for a moment to announce the release of my YA fantasy novella, JUNCTION 2020 Book 1: The Portal!

Even more exciting, in celebration of the release and (FINALLY) getting my newsletter off the ground, anyone who subscribes to receive my updates, new release announcements, giveaways, and cover reveals, will get a digital copy of JUNCTION 2020 FREE! The link for it will be in the welcome email once you’ve verified yourself as a subscriber.

Go HERE to sign up!

JUNCTION 2020 Book One: The Portal
New Year's Eve, 2019.

Mari Stratton attends a New Year’s Eve party with her brother Randall and her hearing-impaired friend Lauren. A collecting game begins in the dark fields outside prior to the celebration countdown. When midnight strikes, Mari finds herself and four others propelled by a violent green storm into a confusing landscape of beauty, danger, and mystery. 

In this place, ruthless black-cloaked riders on horseback called Shifters comb the countryside hunting them down. Why is this world patterned after the things Mari adores, and why does it feature the hideous things she fears the most?

More importantly—how will she and the others get back to the real world?


This novella (55K in length) is the first of a 5-part series, with each book written from the viewpoint of one of the five main characters as the story progresses.

I wrote the original book in the 1990s, released it as a paperback in 2010 for friends and my mom, who was having health problems at the time; I wanted her to read one of my books. Now I’ve rewritten the manuscript in first person/present tense and updated it for 2017. I’ve also created the updated cover myself—which was loads of fun puttering around in Photoshop and making the images fit the story. Many thanks to Lynda Young, for her professional graphic artist advice and technique tutorials. 

Add Book One to your to-read list: GOODREADS 

Find this book on Amazon: HERE. Paperback available in a week or so!
(Any purchasers, please pardon the extra line spaces between paragraphs while I figure out why KDP is inserting them and how to work around that!)

Honest reviews greatly appreciated!

I’m also excited because on May 18, my YA fantasy novel, BOTTLED, was released as an audio book! Very cool. Check it out HERE.

Meanwhile, I'm still in the query trenches with another manuscript. :o)

Do you read audio books? I've only listened to some short stories in an anthology. 
What have YOU been up to in the last 6 months while I’ve been hermit-writing and revising?!