What It’s Like to See Your Book In a Store

I work with a lot of pre-published authors and one of the things they ask me is what it feels like to see your book out there in the wilds of the bookstore.

I usually say, “Weird.”

And they usually say, “Super descriptive there, Carrie.”

So, this is what happened the first time I saw my book baby in a store.

I live in a pretty rural place and I drove forty miles to the big city of Bangor Maine to check out a Borders Bookstore. Borders still existed in 2007, which is when my first book was published. I know! I am ancient!

So there it is. My book. It was brown.

Yes! It was facing out! I didn’t even do that. How amazing is that? 

But the super cool amazing event of the day was that I moseyed into the next aisle and quietly stressed about how there is no way anyone will buy my book when there are so many super amazing books out there, when a real live person under twenty went over and actually PICKED UP MY BOOK!

My book.

Because I am cool as a cucumber, I started hyperventilating, because that is what I do.

Then she opened it. She read the back. She opened to a random page. She read the first page.

I started hyperventilating more quietly so I could also chant, “PLEASE BUY IT. PLEASE BUY IT. PLEASE BUY IT.”


I then totally freaked out, ran into a picture book aisle where no children were present and skipped around in a circle, silently shouting, “YES! Yes! YES!”

Seriously, though, how random and wonderful is that? 

The best part? At least one person under twenty will read my young-adult book.

I feel completely, totally satisfied.*

The other best part?

This is going to happen to all the other writers out there in LiveJournal land and it has already happened to so many writers. 

Man, that’s just the coolest.

*It turned out that I did not stay completely, totally satisfied.



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I have a new book out!!!!!! It’s an adult mystery set in the town where we live, which is Bar Harbor, Maine. You can order it here. And you totally should. 


Rosie Jones, small town reporter and single mom, is looking forward to her first quiet Maine winter with her young daughter, Lily. After a disastrous first marriage, she’s made a whole new life and new identities for her and her little girl. Rosie is more than ready for a winter of cookies, sledding, stories about planning board meetings, and trying not to fall in like with the local police sergeant, Seamus Kelley.

But after her car is tampered with and crashes into Sgt. Kelley’s cruiser during a blizzard, her quiet new world spirals out of control and back into the danger she thought she’d left behind. One of her new friends is murdered. She herself has been poisoned and she finds a list of anagrams on her dead friend’s floor. 

As the killer strikes again, it’s obvious that the women of Bar Harbor aren’t safe. Despite the blizzard and her struggle to keep her new identity a secret, Rosie sets out to make sure no more women die. With the help of the handsome but injured Sgt. Kelley and the town’s firefighters, it’s up to Rosie to stop the murderer before he strikes again.

You can order it here. 


My new book, IN THE WOODS, is out!


It’s with Steve Wedel. It’s scary and one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Buzz Books for Summer 2019. There’s an excerpt of it there and everything! But even cooler (for me) they’ve deemed it buzz worthy! Buzz worthy seems like an awesome thing to be deemed!

Order this bad boy, which might make it have a sequel. The sequel would be amazing. Believe me, I know. It features caves and monsters and love. Because doesn’t every story?

In the Woods
In the Woods



Buy limited-edition prints and learn more about my art here on my site. 


I’m still revising ANOTHER NOW, which is a big time travel story. It is killing me. 


And over on Patreon, I’m starting a new story this week! It’s a chapter a month if you want to check it out. It basically costs $1 a month to listen to my story and $3 a month to read it. There’s a new chapter every week. It’s super fun; I promise. Here’s an excerpt. 

Author: carriejonesbooks

I am the NYT and internationally-bestselling author of children's books, which include the NEED series, FLYING series, TIME STOPPERS series, DEAR BULLY and other books. I like hedgehogs and puppies and warm places. I have none of these things in my life.

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