We are halfway through the Painted Maidens Blog Tour, celebrating the release of ‘The Rising’. The ladies of Patchwork Press put a lot of time into this book, and we would love, love, love to give away the Kindle to a Patchwork Press follower!

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The Rising
Book One of the Painted Maidens Trilogy

Fifteen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean—and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.

Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, Serena is determined to make things right for her people. When she ventures to The Dry, she meets Liam, the werewolf with hazel eyes, and her whole world gets turned upside down.  As Serena discovers the real history between werewolves and mermaids, she is left wondering who her true enemies are.

Pre-order ‘The Rising’ through iTunes, B&N, or Smashwords. Available on Amazon and in print on November 7th, 2013.

There’s nothing quite as exciting as a release day here at Patchwork Press. Today is one of those days!!! Please join us in celebrating the release of Janna Jennings’ debut novel, A Grimm Legacy! This book got its start in the world when Janna won a NaNoWriMo contest hosted by Ravven (who designed both this cover, and Mortality’s cover) and was then adopted into the Patchwork Press family. It has been so much fun to see this book grow into the story it is today, and we can’t wait for you all to read it.

A Grimm Legacy

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Enchanted castles and charming princes thought to exist only in stories come to life in this classically twisted fairy tale that combines the timeless quality of generations old folktales with the challenges of the modern world.

The woods of Elorium appear ordinary to Andi Grace, until birds start talking and elves answer doors. Along with three others, Andi has been whisked out of her world and finds herself the reluctant guest of the perplexing millionaire, Mr. Jackson—a stranger willing to help get them home, but who’s keeping secrets of his own.

Discovering unexpected family connections to this fairy tale land, the group must rely on each other as they dodge evil fairies and battle giants, intent on keeping them in Elorium.

Faced with characters short on whimsy and bent towards treachery, Andi, Quinn, Fredrick and Dylan are forced into fairy tale roles to find the way home. But in Elorium, happily ever after is never guaranteed.

It’s a big big day for my writing/business partner and friend Kellie Sheridan. Today is the cover reveal to Duality, the sequel to Kellie’s novel Mortality, part of the Hitchhiker Strain series. I’ve seen a few different versions of the cover, and I have to say that the final version (designed by Annette Marie) is gorgeous! But don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself:

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Duality by Kellie Sheridan
Series: The Hitchhiker Strain #2
Published by Patchwork Press
Genres: Young Adult

Synopsis:

The end of everything came quickly, but the road back is endless and full of heartbreak.

After months of only death and loss, Veritas may be the answer everyone has been searching for—a cure. Savannah wants nothing more than to begin rebuilding, but with both the Initiative and the United Militia vying for power, there are no easy answers. Ending the threat for good could mean becoming something far worse than the monsters she is fighting against.

The infected will not go quietly. For Chelsea, the choice to step back into the world of the living is anything but simple. No miracle can erase the memories of the things she saw or the people she killed. While the girl she was struggles against the beast she became, Chelsea must make a choice—succumb or fight.

OOooOooooooOOOOOOoooooOOohhhh so pretty!!! Isn’t it awesome? I love the mirror image and the two different versions of the girl in the mirror. Part zombie, part girl. Definitely sets you up for the amazing story that will be inside the pages!!! I’M EXCITED! 😀

Add Duality on GoodReads and check out Kellie’s blog for more information about about her writing!

woman reading33% of U.S. high school graduates will never read a book after high school, and 42% of college students will never read another book after they graduate. 80% of U.S. households did not buy a book this year.*

The human race loves stories and we love learning – it is part of who we are. So why the terrible statistics in reading? There is a myriad of reasons why some people just don’t read; we’ve all heard them:

  • There isn’t enough time in the day
  • I am just too tired by the time I have a chance to sit down and read
  • For me reading is too much of a chore and not enough of a pleasure

But what if instead of reading with our eyes, we were encouraged to read with our ears? Audiobooks should be considered the equivalent of reading and afforded the same respect. People have listened to stories far longer than we’ve been reading them (some 100,000 years longer, in fact). To some extent, our brains may be hard-wired to process audio easier than written text.

So are audiobooks for you? Here are some reasons to consider that you should try them out:

1 – Audio books are hands-free. Working on something else with your hands? Arthritis? Breastfeeding? Are you a one-armed pirate? Whatever the reason you can’t hold a book or even an e-reader, audio books solve that problem.

2 – Audio books allow you to multi-task. Listen up busy bodies – this one is for you. Start up that audio book while you are cleaning, cooking, working out, or whatever. ‘No time’ is no longer an excuse.

3 – Audio books are for commuters. Driving, bussing, biking, walking – however you get to where you are going, an audio book will help pass the time. The best part is, no one has to know which book you are currently reading (ahem – erotica readers).

4 – Audio books are a wonderful alternative for those with visual impairments. We aren’t just talking blindness – we are talking eye-tracking problems, dyslexia, phonemic awareness, and other processing issues.  Did you know 15% of the U.S. has a reading disorder, and 50% of NASA employees have dyslexia?

water audio on amazonThere are some downsides to audio books. One that I consistently hear about (and complain about myself) is the cost. Case in point, the first e-book of my Akasha Series, ‘Water‘ is free. The audio equivalent is $17.95 on Amazon. Ack! However, Audible (Amazon’s audio book company) does a good job of offering deals. New members start out with one free book, then get one book for $14.95 every month. Granted, it is a far cry from free, but it may be worth saving a little time, and entertaining yourself on the road or while you do chores.

Look into the program, and start listening!  Click here to listen to a sample of ‘Water, Book One of the Akasha Series’ and let me know what you think!

*statistics found on http://www.statisticbrain.com/reading-statistics/ and applies to U.S. households only