It’s cover reveal day for Ballad of the Beanstalk, a YA romantic fantasy fairy tale prequel. This amazing cover was created by Makeready Designs.

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As her fingers move across the strings of her family’s heirloom harp, sixteen-year-old Clarion can forget. She doesn’t dwell on the recent passing of her beloved father or the fact that her mother has just sold everything they owned, including that very same instrument that gives Clarion life. She doesn’t think about how her friends treat her like a feeble, brittle thing to be protected. She doesn’t worry about how to tell the elegant Elena, her best friend and first love, that she doesn’t want to be her sweetheart anymore. She becomes the melody and loses herself in the song.

When Mack, a lord’s dashing young son, rides into town so his father and Elena’s can arrange a marriage between the two youth, Clarion finds herself falling in love with a boy for the first time. Drawn to Clarion’s music, Mack puts Clarion and Elena’s relationship to the test, but he soon vanishes by climbing up a giant beanstalk that only Clarion has seen. When even the town witch won’t help, Clarion is determined to rescue Mack herself and prove once and for all that she doesn’t need protecting. But while she fancied herself a savior, she couldn’t have imagined the enormous world of danger that awaits her in the kingdom of the clouds.

A prequel to the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk that reveals the true story behind the magical singing harp.

Release Date: April 11th, 2017

Pre-order on Amazon (99 cents for the first week of release only!)

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The e-book will be exclusive to Amazon and will be available for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers! The paperback will be available more widely; watch for news about ordering it as the release date approaches.

Check out the paperback cover:

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Visit author Amy McNulty’s website to learn more.

hogle_author-photoToday we are getting to know one of our Patchwork Press authors, Sarah Hogle, a bit better! Check out her author interview!


Q – What was the first book you wrote? Published?

The first book I wrote was a masterpiece called MY ETERNAL, and answered the question “What if Twilight had less character development and more purple prose?” I am still surprised that I received kind replies from the poor literary agents I queried, because it was pretty cringe-worthy. The last 10% of the book featured a love triangle in a comatose, bizarre stream-of-consciousness state, which I used in the sample of my writing included with the query. You know, instead of the first chapter like you’re supposed to include.

THE BELLS OF BLACK MAGIC is my first published book. No one is in a coma in this one.

Q – Which author do you most look up to?

Sharon Creech. I devoured her books when I was in middle school, and they had such an enormous impact on what I wanted to read and write about as I grew older. Her voice is uniquely her own. I love her haunting magical realism and ability to snatch readers out of their homes and throw them right into the story.

Q – What is your ultimate goal as an author?

I think that what I want as an author, more than anything, is to create a large body of work that I can be proud of. I want to fill a shelf with my name. I hope that every year I write a novel that I love more than the last. I want to avoid following trends or letting industry noise shape my work, and focus only on stories that are fun and satisfying to write. I love the idea of being a hybrid author, and producing both self-published and traditionally published titles.

Q –  What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

Fantasy! Particularly, YA Fantasy. The future seems so open when you’re a young adult. Anything can happen, and in a fantasy setting I love to see underdog teens gather up their courage to conquer evil forces and save the day. It also helps if there’s swoon-worthy romance involved. I like a mix of magic, romance, and humor, with bonus points for spooky atmospheres.

Q – What is your writing process like? Do you have a writing routine that you follow?

My process begins with a handful of disjointed notes. I dive right into writing, because if I plot first I end up plotting it to death before the story even begins and lose the desire to write it. So I get ahead of myself, hammering out a couple of chapters to establish the tone, and once I’m about five chapters in and I know the novel is something I want to complete, I get to work on a light outline. Nothing too dense, and I leave plenty of room for spontaneity. I try to think of the outline as a suggestion. When I write I can’t listen to actual music, or else I start singing along and stop paying attention, so I listen to rainymood or atmospheric sounds on ambient-mixer.

Q – What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?

Probably my perseverance. You need it when you’re staring rejection in the face just about every day. Authors are rejected by agents, by editors, by readers, etc. I could write twenty books in a row and have all of them labeled failures and I’d still jump right back into writing the twenty-first. I never hesitate before getting back on the horse. I have to trust that someday it will take me somewhere.

Q –  Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!

I try to be crafty, but usually don’t execute my ideas very well. Last Halloween, however, I tried my hand at a homemade witch cabinet (inspired by Pinterest) and it was a lot of fun! I painted a shelf with streaks of black, green, blue, and purple and filled it with “potions” – old jars and bottles I decorated. Then I turned a snow globe into a crystal ball, stuffed Spanish moss into a cauldron, added candles and tarot cards I painted myself, and finished it off with orange and purple fairy lights. Wha-la! Halloween by my computer desk all year round.

Sarah on Twitter – on Goodreads

Half-Blood Dragon[1]

New York Times bestselling author, K.N. Lee presents Half-Blood Dragon, the first epic fantasy adventure in the Dragon Born Trilogy.

Pirates, dragons, mermaids. Embark on a coming of age journey that will leave you breathless.

Prophecy says that the half-blood dragon will destroy the world – some might be looking forward to it.

A lady-in-waiting’s job is to follow orders. For Rowen, it is to execute her stepfather’s plan to elevate the family’s station by an advantageous marriage to the crown prince.

Intrigue and seduction fill Rowen’s days, but the prophecies that haunt her dreams at night warn her that death awaits.

The taunts of her sleepless nights are realized when she is framed and sentenced to death for the prince’s murder.

For a human, there’s nowhere to run and no one to turn to in a kingdom where power is tightly held by full-blooded dragon shifters.

It will take a stranger from the shadows to save Rowen from execution and reveal a truth full of terrifying potential. It is time for Rowen to find the courage to accept her fate, awaken her gift, and set the world on fire.

Change is coming. So is a new prophecy that threatens the fate of the entire world.


“Beautifully written you will devour every page in one setting. I know I did!” -Erin Bedford, USA Today bestselling author of Chasing Rabbits

 “A land full of dragons, with one girl fighting to stay alive. This page turner will allow you to delve deep into astonishing possibilities and lots of ‘Whats going to happen?!”  M.M. Chabot, author.


Grab your copy of this action-packed sword and sorcery adventure similar to Game of Thrones and Pirates of the Caribbean for only 99 cents for a limited time.

Today we’re welcoming a new author to the Patchwork Press family! Sarah Hogle is a fantasy writer of The Fortune-Teller duology, and the first installment is called The Bells of Black Magic. We cannot wait to dive into the worlds she creates for all her readers!


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Sarah has horrible social anxiety and despises talking about herself. But when she must, she will awkwardly steer the conversation toward talking about someone else say that she lives in Ohio with her husband and two children, and is almost always working on a fantasy novel at any given time. She loves forests, witch stories, the color blue, Linda Belcher, strange magic, Harry Potter, and the movie Big Fish. Sarah is very easily amused and distracted, so productivity in the age of cat gifs is a miracle.

The Bells of Black Magic is book one in The Fortune-Teller duology.

A note from Sarah: I’ve been writing since the age of five. When I was growing up I loved trying my hand at Dear America style novels, which never advanced past ten pages in a notebook before I started something new. I also loved mimickingAmerican Girl books, and Molly was my favorite character. 🙂 These days, I still prefer historical settings over contemporary, but now most of my settings are fictional and filled with magic – partly, I think, because I dabbled in Harry Potter fan fiction. One of my favorite parts of the writing process is fleshing out magic systems.

Sarah on Twitter – on Goodreads