Release Day: The Taking, by Terra HarmonyThe Taking by Terra Harmony
Series: Painted Maidens #3
Published by Patchwork Press on February 27, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Eighteen-year-old Serena reigns as queen of both the Undine of The Deep and the wolves of The Dry. The alliance between her maidens and the werewolves is shaky when all at once the basic necessities of food and shelter are taken away and both their worlds fall apart. After decades of war, the two societies must work together to face what lies ahead. A promised land is theirs for the taking, but first, they must survive each other.

Happy release day to Terra Harmony and The Taking, book three in the Painted Maidens trilogy!

If you haven’t already read the first two books in the series, make sure to catch up with Serena and Liam’s story in The Rising (Book 1) and The Betrayed (Book 2). The series has mermaids, werewolves, adventure, danger… You won’t want to miss its finale!

Grab your copy of The Taking from Amazon, iTunes,Kobo, or Smashwords.

About Terra Harmony


Terra is author of the Akasha Series, a set of four contemporary eco-fantasy novels. ‘Water’, ‘Air’ and ‘Fire’ are available as e-books, and ‘Earth’ is due to release in spring 2013.

Terra also has a vampire short story anthology published as an e-book called ‘The Kindred Curse Anthology’.

Terra was born and raised in Colorado but has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina and Virginia. Terra has served a 5½ year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree and presently runs the language services division of a small business.

Terra currently lives in a suburb of Washington, DC with her husband of 13 years and three children.

Release Day Blitz: Howl at the Moon, by L.A. StarkeyHowl at the Moon by L.A. Starkey
Series: Liarus Detectives #1
Published by Patchwork Press on February 23, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Mystery

Eighth graders, Ben, Jake, and Leah need cash, and mowing lawns in the winter just isn’t cutting it. Their need for cash births the Liarus (Liars R Us) Detective Agency! Their first client is Old Lady Smitz, who is said to have murdered her three sons and husband. She’s missing a family heirloom, but it’s not just any old trinket, it’s the crest of Lykoi.

There are only two rules: No girls are allowed and never seal a deal with the witch doctor. Disregarding danger, these three discover that money is usually more trouble than it’s worth!

Happy happy happy release day to Laurie and her new (and first!) middle grade title: Howl at the Moon. We here at Patchwork Press are so excited to be adding another incredible middle grade to our list, and we couldn’t be luckier to have that story be written by Laurie! The Liarus series is full of mystery, magic, and adventure. And let’s just look at that gorgeous illustration of the cover? The moon! The wolf! The creepy gate! What’s up with the glowing thing at his wrist?!! WE NEED TO KNOW! Aren’t you dying to find out what amazing stories wait behind such an awesome cover?

Make sure to add Howl at the Moon to GoodReads. Buy a copy from: Amazon.

About L.A. Starkey


L.A. Starkey is the author of the Soul Keeper Series, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle grade series.

She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can’t help but indulge in. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn’t seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.

She writes under the following pen names: Kate Thomas (NA/Adult Paranormal); Isabella James (Sci-fi/Fantasy); and Lauren Elizabeth (Adult Contemporary Romance).

Since the release of Patchwork Press‘s first anthology (The Lost Locket of Lahari), we’ve been talking about the next anthology and how great it’s going to be. We’ve been pretty tight-lipped on the details, only revealing small facts like the theme — CONSTELLATIONS! — and the genre — YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION! — but everything else? A mystery. But no longer!

Today, we are revealing the title, the authors involved, the constellations the stories are inspired by, and the mythology behind each star cluster. We’ll begin with the title reveal. Drumroll please…


Polaris Awakening is the title of the newest Patchwork Press anthology! Each of the seven stories in the anthology take place aboard the space station of Polaris. The station of Polaris is the brightest star in the galaxy, with it’s shining technology and renowned space academy. But not everything on Polaris is perfect — there’s a tilt of balance in social classes, and those below are beginning to awaken to the injustice of their leaders. A rebellion is thrumming through the ship, and the characters of each story all play a part in the ripple of discontent.

There are seven stories contributing to the anthology. And our authors (in order of appearance) are: Kellie Sheridan, Erin Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Hannah Davies, Terra Harmony, and Meghan Jashinsky.


Kellie Sheridan‘s story will not only open the anthology, but it will be peppered throughout the anthology, interspersed between the other pieces. Kellie’s story doesn’t focus on one particular constellation or origin myth, but rather she is writing as the embodiment of Zeus (you know, Mr. Lightning Bolt, the Big Guy in the Sky). Zeus is personified as the supercomputer operating Polaris, and he’s more aware than you’d expect, which could lead to some danger for our characters…


After Kellie Sheridan’s introduction, we have our first full story from Erin Latimer. Erin’s story centers around the constellation Ophiuchus. The constellation represents the god Apollo struggling with the huge snake that guards the Oracle of Delphi. After Apollo slew the snake, he was ordered by Zeus to host the Pythian Games as a form of penance.


Next up is Erica Crouch with her story based on the constellation Lyra. In the original myth, Orpheus — a musician with almost supernatural talent — falls in love with Eurydice. But their love is doomed, and Eurydice dies, stolen away to the Underworld by Hades. When Hades hears Orpheus’s mournful music, he strikes a bargain: Orpheus will be returned his love if he continues playing his music. Eurydice will follow him from the Underworld, but if Orpheus doesn’t trust Hades and turns around to check that Eurydice is still with him, he will lose her forever. The deal is made, and Orpheus plays his lyre, but when he walks over pine needles and can no longer hear Eurydice’s footsteps, he turns around and Eurydice fades away, gone forever.


Following Erica’s piece is Janna Jennings‘s story of the constellation Gemini. The Gemini twins, Castor and Pollux, were both born from Leda, the Queen of Sparta. Their sister is Helen of Troy and there are several myths about them, including sailing with Jason and the Argonauts to find the golden fleece and fighting in the Trojan War to bring their sister Helen home. Castor is a renowned horseman, and Pollux is a great boxer.


Then we have Hannah Davies‘s story, inspired by the constellation Scorpio. Scorpio has a few different mythologies to chose from, but the one Hannah chose was a story about Orion and Artemis. Orion boasted that he was the greatest hunter in all the land and could kill any animal. Artemis — Goddess of hunting and also protector of beasts — sent a scorpion after Orion to defeat him. The scorpion stung Orion’s ankle, killing him. Zeus was impressed by the scorpion, so he made a constellation for it. In the sky, the scorpion is at the opposite side of the horizon to Orion to keep them apart.


Terra Harmony‘s story follows next, and she was inspired by the constellation Virgo. Persephone, beautiful daughter of Zeus and Demeter, is tricked by Hades who carries her off to the underworld to be his wife. Her mother was so upset by this, she completely neglected her duties as goddess of agriculture, and famine spread over the entire world. The solution was for Persephone should be with her mother for half the year, and go to the underworld with Hades for the other half of the year. When Persephone is gone, agriculture essentially dies until she returns again six months later.


And finally, to close the anthology we have a story from Meghan Jashinsky, based on the constellation Taurus. From the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, the goddess Ishtar sends Taurus to kill Gilgamesh because he spurned her. In the sky, this is why the constellation Taurus seems to be facing off with Orion (who is representative of Gilgamesh).

Patchwork Press’s Polaris Awakening is going to be a whirlwind of a read! With so many spectacular myths interpreted into the science fiction world by an array of talented authors — all with strong, unique voices — we’re readying for an epic read. You can expect the cover reveal in March, and trust us, you won’t want to miss it! The release day is scheduled for April 28th, one day before Patchwork Press’s second birthday! So let us know…

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Release Day: Incite, by Erica Crouch

Release Day: Incite, by Erica CrouchIncite by Erica Crouch
Series: Ignite #2
Published by Patchwork Press on February 17, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 380

Earth is in ruins, and the war of Heaven and Hell has spilled over into the mortal world. In the frozen wasteland of the apocalypse, Azael and his band of cohorts search for Pen and Michael with orders to kill. Little does he know that his sister has incited a rebel army of her own.

Angels and demons alike stand side by side, ready and willing to fight for a future they didn’t realize they could have. Change doesn’t come easy, though. Pen is wary of joining New Genesis’s revolution, but when Azael shows his hand and Pen learns all that he holds over them, she chooses to fight back, no matter the risk. She only has to survive, one hour at a time.

“Dark, action-packed, and beautifully written. Incite will have you desperately turning pages from beginning to end!” — Kellie Sheridan, author of Four of a Kind

After all the excitement of waiting…today’s the day! 

Happy book birthday to Incite, book two in the Ignite series. We can’t wait to see where Pen, Michael, and Azael’s story goes — and we know it’s gonna be one Hell (pun intended) of a ride! Make sure to dive into the series and join in on the adventure.

Here’s what a few early reviewers have to say about the next installment in Erica Crouch’s five-part series:

“Erica has such skill, and the way she wove in beautiful descriptions with the truly awful things going on left me wanting to read more long after I had finished the book.” Meghan Jashinsky

“This will no doubt be as firm a favourite as ‘Ignite’ has been these past (nearly) two years of my reading life.”Books for a Delicate Eternity

“The element of darkness is explored in ways that will leave you terrified, breathless,and amazed all at once.”The Cursed Empire

“Incite was perfection; a compelling read that kept me on the edge of my seat.” The Bookish Owl

“The ending of this book is killer, it will keep you wanting more…I already want the next one to be out!”Bookaholic Raves

Grab your copy — in paperback or ebook format — of Incite now from AmazonBarnes & NobleApple iBooks, or KoboAnd if you haven’t done so already, make sure to get caught up on the series by reading Igniteand Entice!

Make sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the books!

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About Erica Crouch


Erica Crouch is a young adult and new adult author from Baltimore, Maryland. She has a strange blended aesthetic of cute and spooky, and her books reflect her ever changing mood. (You may find romance, you may find gore—sometimes both in the same book, but probably not at the same time. Probably.)

Erica is the cofounder of Patchwork Press, an author-powered publisher of middle grade, young adult, and new adult titles. She is the head of editorial services and design, with nearly fifty projects to her name.


Happy Valentine’s Day folks! Maybe you love all the candy and flowers or think it’s just another day, the feeling of love being all around us is a little inescapable around February. I’ve been getting in the mood by reading YA and looking back at all the couples in YA novels. Whether you’re reading a high fantasy or a contemporary set in a high school, there’s usually a romance somewhere in the pages.

For Valentine’s Day we thought we’d look into three classic YA romantic tropes and see what the pros and cons of each one might be!



What is it?

A love triangle is usually a romantic relationship involving three people (although sometimes more), in which one individual is torn between which love interest to choose.

Examples in YA?

Lena, Alex, and Julian (Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver)

America, Maxon, and Aspen (The Selection Series by Kiera Cass)

Juliette, Adam, and Warner (Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi)

Thomas, Brenda, and Teresa (Maze Runner Series by James Dashner)

Alyssa, Jeb, and Morpheus (Splintered Series by A. G. Howard)

Katniss, Peeta and Gale (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)

Rho, Hysan and Mathias (Zodiac by Romina Russell)


Arguably the most overdone of the three examples here, I see love triangles get a lot of flack in YA reviews these days. The example list above could have been twice as long, but why are they so popular? They add conflict to a story, especially if both of the love interests are decent people that you can root for. The danger when writing a love triangle is that you might drag it out too long, or it only serves to make your main character seem like some uber desirable special snowflake. That’s when love squares, pentagons and dodecahedrons start to crop up, and you definitely want to avoid that! However, judging by the list above, they can work. There are some really good arguments in defence of the dreaded love triangle, and like most things that have a cliche element to them, the trick is to do them well, to do them differently.



What is it?

A relationship or feelings for another individual that is prohibited, by circumstances or by world-related taboos.

Examples in YA?

Alec Lightwood and Magnus Bane, Jace and Clary (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare)

Valek and Yelena (Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder)

Penemuel and Michael (Ignite Series by Erica Crouch)


I’m not going to lie: I’m a big fan of forbidden love. There’s something really good about the tension that is produced in a story where two people who want to be together, shouldn’t be together. There’s that undeniable pull between the characters and with that a whole heap of tension that makes a forbidden romance sizzle where others might not. People root for forbidden love because it symbolises something really beautiful rebelling against constraint. When it’s done well, it really works, but it can be horribly frustrating, as I’m sure anyone who has read The Mortal Instruments series can vouch for. There’s also the risk of a constant pull back and forth between no-we-musn’t and oh-what-the-heck-*kissing*. It’s important to know the difference between teasing a reader and torturing them.



What is it?

Instalove describes the quick and often unrealistic romantic attachment that two characters can have for one another.

Examples in YA?

Edward and Bella (Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer)

(I don’t have many examples, because I think Instalove is a fairly subjective topic. What I might consider ‘too fast’ might differ greatly from you!)


Instalove is a funny one; readers can accept super powers, and radioactive sea turtles, and one-eyed cyborg warriors out to harvest our spleens, but if two characters fall in love too quickly, it’s unbelievable. Why is this? Is it really that unrealistic that two teens would develop quick emotional attachments to one another? When we consider the raging minefield of hormones we all experience in our teenage years, I think we can all safely say, no, it’s not all that unrealistic. Our choices might be a little questionable too. Personally, I think the issue with instalove comes from the depth of that attachment. If the characters are saying wedding vows by the end of their first day together (and it isn’t somehow plot driven, like they have to because they’re on a planet where the unwed are incinerated), then there may be a problem. But Instalove can work, if you want it to. Be different!

For more YA Romance check out:

Kellie Sheridan’s discussion on romance in YA


Erica Crouch’s YA Romance series recommendations


The CoreThe Core by Kate Thomas
Series: Equilibrium #1
Published by Patchwork Press on February 12, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal
Format: eBook

There’s something strange about David, something that goes beyond the way he makes Ellie feel. He’s wealthy, poised, and a complete enigma. With nothing to lose but her heart, Ellie goes in search of the truth — a search that leads her down an eye-opening path that reveals secrets about the world she thought she knew.

The world’s order is held in careful balance, the essence of good and evil tilting the scale. When the fabric of reality is stripped away, Ellie is forced to make a decision to follow the path David’s constructed before her or simply walk away. The Core is missing and someone must step up and stand between the light and darkness, holding each back and maintaining equilibrium.

Happy release day to book one in the Equilibrium series, The Core! If you’re interested in genre New Adult, you’re definitely going to want to check this one out! Grab your copy of The Core on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo.


Welcome to Day Two in our Valentine’s Day Blog series! Today we asked our others for their perfect book boyfriend and the date they would take them on!

Here are some of the answers we received:

Erica Crouch

Author of the Ignite Series, Madly, Deeply, and The Empath.


Perfect book boyfriend: Noah Freaking Shaw, from Michelle Hodkin’s Mara Dyer series. He’s just the right level of annoyingly frustrating for me, plus the whole animal-loving thing. And the Sea World stunt. 

Perfect date: I’d love it if he just let me explore those bookshelves of his. Or let me read his poetry. You know how I love poetry. And then maybe we’d go see a voodoo priest and I’d have to drink chicken’s blood or something; that seems to be the way he ends a date.

Kellie Sheridan

Author of the Hitchhiker’s Strain Series, Follow the White Rabbit, The Dancer and Four of a Kind Series.


Book boyfriend: Tarver from These Broken Stars

Perfect date: A picnic on an uninhabited planet, spending the night talking and admiring the stars. And if he wants to show them too me first hand on a space ship, even better!

Terra Harmony


Author of the Akasha Series, The Painted Maidens Series, and The Dreamer.

Book Boyfriend: Liam from The Painted Maidens Series

Perfect Date: Unfortunately, Liam can’t stray too far from home so we have few options; the beach, the bowling alley, or the forest. I would choose the forest but not for a simple picnic – we are going ziplining! What better way to see his realm than a canopy tour of the Vancouver forest? A little adrenaline, a lot of privacy (especially if we do stop for that picnic 200 feet above ground on a small platform), and close to nature. My perfect date!

Angela Myron


Author of Ennara and the Fallen Druid and Ennara and the Book of Shadows.

Book boyfriend:

Perfect date: I’d love to visit another planet with Gevin and his magical astrolabe.

Who is your perfect book boyfriend or girlfriend? What would be an epic date that they would take you on?


We have put together a unique Valentine’s Day Gift Guide inspired by the wonderful books published here at Patchwork Press.

We chose a wide range of gift ideas.These are fun and quirky gifts for anyone or really any holiday. For the most part these can be found on etsy and they are all pretty reasonably priced.

Ignite Series by Erica Crouch


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Price: $24.90-$33.90 

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Pen, the main character of the series, has an affinity for words, which makes these stockings an item she would adore. Also you can customize these to say whatever you want! Maybe even get a passage from the Ignite series with some of Erica’s beautiful writing.


 Infinity Angel Wing Necklace

Price: $42 

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This necklace beautifully portray’s Michael and Pen’s relationship. We all ship that one! I love that it is simple and understated yet gorgeous. This is definitely something anyone would love. Dainty jewelry has been more trendy recently and would be a great Ignite inspired piece to wear.

Hitchhiker’s Strain Series by Kellie Sheridan 


Guitar Pick Bracelet  

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Kellie Sheridan has written an action packed zombie series that any Walking Dead fan would love. When I found this bracelet I immediately thought of her books. This bracelet is fun and looks like it would be a great edition to any zombie killing wardrobe.

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Price: $9.95

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This gift set includes “zombie” soap, lip balm, and this cute draw string bag. It is an adorable quirky gift idea for the zombie fan you know. This packing makes this gift great and I think the characters of the Hitchhiker’s Strain series would have loved some zombie repellent!

Follow The White Rabbit by Kellie Sheridan


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Price: $20.00

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Kellie is an avid tea drinker and lover of Alice in Wonderland so we thought this teacup would be rather fitting for her Follow The White Rabbit series. This pretty teacup set would be perfect for fans of Alice in Wonderland or just enthusiastic tea drinkers. I need this cup in my life.

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Price: $42

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This scarf looks gorgeous. It has illustrations as well as excerpts from Alice in Wonderland. Beyond being the dream accessory for any book lover it would be a great edition to any outfit and could definitely be worn with a casual outfit or a more fancy look.

Four of a Kind by Kellie Sheridan



Four of A Kind Tank

Price: $14.99

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Every time I hear this title I think of cards. I found the perfect tank for it. I think this is really cute and fun.

Madly, Deeply by Erica Crouch



Annabel Lee Nail Polish

Price: $10.00

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This etsy shop makes literary inspired nail polish. This one has the same origin as Madly, Deeply and has a similar tone as well. Dark and stormy with a spark that you can’t resist.


Quote Art

Price: $10.00

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This upcycled art work is beautiful. This one has a quote from Annabel Lee, which Madly, Deeply is based on. I love this quote and I think this is a wonderful gift for any Edgar Allan Poe lover.

Grimm Legacy by Janna Jennings

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Price: $20-35 

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This show is great and a lover of fairytale retellings will adore it. Obviously if you have netflix or amazon instant video then buying the dvd set isn’t a great option. If the person doesn’t have those video subscriptions this is a nice gift because you can watch it together.


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This item in particular was sold on etsy but it is more the idea of it. I think it is really nice to get someone a vintage story book. Especially a children’s one because it can make people nostalgic. If you love fairy tale retellings it is really adorable to see the artwork in some of these older children’s books.

Water by Terra Harmony


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Price: $10.00

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Terra Harmony’s Akasha series is based on the four elements and when I saw this necklace I knew it was perfect. It shows all of the four elements in not just the traditional sense. It is really pretty and has a cool design.


Four Elements Bath Salts

Price: $20.00

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I love this idea of the bath salts for each element. Products like this can be something people don’t buy for themselves or forget to buy. I think this is a really nice gift and even fits really well with this series’ inspiration.

The Rising by Terra Harmony


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Price: $15.80

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Terra Harmony’s The Rising features a mermaid and this dainty necklace is a perfect match for the book.

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Price: $15.80

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The Rising also features werewolves. So what better represents a werewolf than the moon. What I love most about these two gifts for The Rising is that they could be worn together and look really great because gold and silver combined has been very popular.

Ennara and the Book of Shadows by Angela Myron


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Price: $28

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Since the Ennara series is fantasy, I was so excited when I found this bracelet. It screams fantasy to me. It has the intriguing mystery of fantasy as well as the beautiful elegance of the genre.

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Price: $16.90

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When I think fantasy I think dragons. This pick is based off the Ennara and the Book of Shadows cover. I think ear cuffs look wicked cool and are so fun to see. This one has glitter which doesn’t make it as scary and goes really well with the cover.

Puppet by Pauline Harris


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Price: $38

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This charm bracelet is really cute and features all of the classic characters and scenes from the Pinocchio story. It is really quirky and interesting. Any Pinocchio lover will find this to be a wonderful gift.

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Price: $3.99

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The Disney Little Golden Books are my childhood and I think that goes for a lot of people. Something like this can be really meaningful to someone and especially if they are a Pinocchio junkie.

I hope you enjoyed our Patchwork Press Valentine’s Day Gift Guide! This was definitely our quirky spin on the traditional Valentine’s day gift. We definitely hope to do more posts like this in the future.

Today we’re introducing the newest member of the Patchwork Press team, the one and only Laurie Starkey who will be writing under many, many pen names and producing more books than seems possible. She’s going to help us do really amazing things here at Patchwork Press, and you’ll absolutely want to keep an eye out for her. Her next book comes out on Thursday!

First, can you introduce yourself and your books to the Patchwork Press readers?

deceivedHi everyone!

I’m Laurie Starkey, or L.A. Starkey or Kate Thomas. I write under a few pen names mostly to seperate for my readers the time of adventure they’re hoping to dive into and keep them out of the ones they aren’t interested in. I write middle grade (MG) and young adult (YA) under L.A. Starkey and New Adult (NA) and some Adult under Kate Thomas. My current series include the Soul Keeper Series (YA), of which Deceived, Book I and Destroyed, Book II are out and available on Amazon. Descent, Book III in the series was wrapped up a few days ago and will be headed to my editor shortly. 

I have the Liarus Detective Series, a hardy boys meets teen wolf series for middle grade peeps that will be mostly from a male POV. Howl at the Moon is the first one in that series and it should release at the end of February. Good to the Last Drop will be book two and it will come out later this year. I plan on writing one more in that series in 2015 and promised my 9 year old son that he can pick the paranormal creature!

Did I mention that almost everything I write is paranormal?

Lastly, my New Adult series under Kate Thomas, entitled Equilibrium has it’s first book, “The Core” coming out at the end of February and hopefully three more of the remaining four in the series coming out this year. The cover model for that series is my best friend, so that’s been a total blast. Then I’ll be working on my Resounding Series, something I’ve been wanting to do SO BAD for a really long time. It’s an 8 book Adult series that splits the stage between werewolves, vamps, hunters and demons.

I’ll leave it at that. If you want to see the full spectrum, check out my 2015 Write. Publish. Repeat. Schedule –

1.     When did you find your love for writing?

 I’ve honestly never enjoyed english or writing, but have LOVED reading since I came out of the womb. I used to read 5-10 books a week as a kid and into my early adulthood. LOVE THEM. I realized a few years ago that I’d read so much that challenging myself to put all I’d studied (not knowing it) to the test would be a great experiment. Could I write? I’d be a technical writer for various corporations writing dry accounting policy and documentation memos, but could I write fiction? I sat down and a few weeks later had Deceived and after that, it became an addiction. It’s about creating an experience for people and if writing is the vehicle to get there – I’m in. 

2.     What inspires you to write or has inspired your writing?

 Life in general. I watch the people in my life and am fueled forward by their humor and love. I’m inspired by the ambition of others and the willingness to push through whatever barriers might be in front of them. I live my life that way, and so I’ve studied how to be a better writer and I’ve allowed myself to dream big, which opens the floor gates to a rediculous amount of characters and scenarios. Or maybe I have Multiple Personality Disorder – which is just fine. It’s working whatever it is. 🙂

3.     I know you write MG, YA, and NA; so what is it about those genres that you love?

 YA has always been my favorite and I’ve read for years. I love the idea of a good story with little cursing and no explicit sex, though neither really bother me when they add to the story, but I find they rarely do. MG was done for my son honestly and when I decided to write it, the characters grabbed my thoughts and took off. It was shorter than what I’m used to, a brilliant adventure for me as a ready and that little man LOVES it, so mission accomplished. Lastly, NA and even Adult are a space I’m truely thrilled to move into because I do want to write more complex theme’s, scenarios and situations and I’ve found that my audience is mostly women from 23-65, so moving into that space while maintaining the others just makes sense. 

4.     All writers are readers; what are some of your favorite books?

 I haven’t read fiction in a while I’m sad to say, but my FAVORITE books growing up were the Vampire Diaries, The Fear Street Series, and now I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood, the Fallen Series, anything Fae or vampire – I’m IN.

5.     I heard from a little birdie (shhh Kellie Sheridan shhh) that you have an insane number of books being released this year. Can you share your magic? Any tips for being a more prolific writer?

You bet. I’m actually going to podcast on this – later this year if I can prove to myself that my schedule is adhered to. I’ll be wondering what I did if I can produce the 10-18 books I’m looking at writing this year, while doing 10,000 other things. 

Advice – In that first draft, and that’s where the speed happens, find someplace that’s yours, even if it’s the 4th table at Starbucks and TURN OFF your social media. Flip that phone over and tell your important peeps that you’re off to the moon and not to bother you, then just let the story go. You have an idea in your head and know a few of the characters, so start with them. 

You know what I do? I dive into the story. I am Samantha (from Deceived) and everything she does or sees – I show you, my reader. I write fast becuase I live it while I’m going and it’s too fun when you get rolling not to pound it out to see where YOU’RE going! 

On a practical level – if you type slow, you need to take a course on speed typing. I can write 3000-3500 words per hour in a story and that’s not all typing, so we’re talking a chapter and hour, which isn’t bad. I won’t go into the loads of alcohol my poor editor probably needs when she gets my first draft, but I’ll just defer to the fact that I am a MATHMATICIAN. 🙂

6.     What advice would you give for anyone who want to some day publish?

 Do it. Start researching the ins and outs of publishing and start working to build a platform through blogging and interacting with people in a way that is comfortable and authentic to you. Keep writing those books and when you get ready to publish, find someone (like me – or Kellie) who loves the idea of paying it forward and have the knowledge/experience of being where you want to go, and then reach out to us. 

7.     Can you give us any details on any of your projects to be released with Patchwork Press?

 I’m actually releasing all of my NA Equilibrium Series through PWP and am not entirely sure about the rest. I have my current YA series with BookTrope and plan to keep that and my MG with them, but I’m leaning toward putting some of the standalone YA with PWP as well. Should be a great year. 

 Fun This or That (or both) There is always the option of neither as well.

Coffee or Tea Coffee, all the way. 

TV Show or Movies Movies, but only on occasion. 

Twitter or Facebook Twitter. 140 characters is all I want to know or tell!

Pepsi or Coke Coke – why isn’t Mt. Dew a choice? 😛

Fantasy/SciFi or Contemporary – Fantasy/Sci-fi, but really Paranormal!!!

Morning person or night owl – Neither. I love sleep. You better catch me at noon. 

ebook or print book – Print!

chocolate or vanilla –  Chocolate x 10

Italian food or Chinese food – MMMMMM Italian

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laurieL.A. Starkey is the author of the Soul Keeper Series, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle grade series.

She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can’t help but indulge in. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn’t seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.

She writes under the following pen names:
Kate Thomas – NA/Adult Paranormal
Isabella James – Sci-fi/Fantasy
Lauren Elizabeth – Adult Contemporary Romance

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