Blog Tour: Frost, by E. Latimer

Blog Tour: Frost, by E. LatimerFrost by E. Latimer
Published by Patchwork Press on August 25, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 453
Format: Paperback, ebook
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Synopsis:

Megan Walker’s touch has turned to ice. She can’t stop the frost, and the consequences of her first kiss are horrifying.

When her new powers attract attention, Megan finds herself caught up in an ancient war between Norse giants. One side fuelled by a mad queen’s obsession and an ancient prophecy about Ragnarök, the other by an age-old grudge. Both sides believe Megan to be something she’s not. Both sides will stop at nothing to have her.

Fire or frost. It’s an impossible decision, but she’ll have to act soon, because the storm is coming.

Today is the big day! It’s officially release day for E. Latimer’s debut novel, Frost. We are so excited to finally see this book out in the world, especially after all of the hard work Erin put into it.

For original fans of Frost (which was originally uploaded on Wattpad), you’ll see some of your favorite characters and moments in an entirely new light, and we hope you’re excited to join us on this crazy adventure! Make sure to add Frost to your “to read” on GoodReads. Purchase your copy of Frost from:

And, while you’re at it, enter the #FrostLaunch giveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy, ebook copy, Amazon gift card, or a swag goodie bag! HOW AWESOME IS THAT FOR A GIVEAWAY? (We have our eyes on those goodies in the swag bag!)

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About E. Latimer

 

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Erin Latimer is a young adult fantasy writer who currently resides in Vancouver, BC. She writes books, makes silly vlogs about writing with the YA Word nerds, and reads excessively. She has had an article featured in Chicken Soup For the Soul, and another in the Dear Teen Me online anthology. But mostly she writes about murderous queens and the magical teens who fight them. WebsiteTwitterGoodreads

Pick Your Pages is a Patchwork Press feature that puts readers in control of the publishing process. With PWP PYP, two titles will compete for your vote. You’ll see the cover and have access to the first chapter. Both books will eventually be published, but your vote will decide which book hits shelves first. So take a look, read a sample, and pick your pages!


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Today for Pick Your Pages, two of Erica Crouch‘s new adult novels will be competing for votes, both from very different genres: Mostly Marceline and Lovely Dark & Deep. Check out the blurbs below, and make sure to read the first chapter of each story before you vote. Then let me know which book you want to see published first! (Click the image above to see the covers BIGGER!)

About Mostly Marceline

PWP MMGenre: New Adult Contemporary/Romance

Blurb:

Marceline has this whole “adult” thing under control… mostly.

Even after carving out a decent career for herself as a young author, she still has trouble remembering to feed her cat—who she’s sure is plotting her death—pay her bills, do the dishes, or cook anything more complicated than pasta. But most unnervingly, Marceline is having trouble writing.

Just months after a catastrophic breakdown, Marceline’s not sure she’ll be able to put pen to paper again, and it terrifies her. Critics once called her writing dark, haunting, and poignant, but now they’re only wondering if she’ll publish anything else ever again, or if her previous successes were flukes.

Post-breakdown Marceline can’t seem to fit in the same headspace as pre-breakdown Marceline, and her awkward on-again/off-again relationship with her once serious boyfriend Cyrus isn’t helping to clear her mind, especially since he’s become more on-again as of late.

With a deadline looming and her apartment quickly turning in to a blanket fort kingdom of garbage, Marceline must let go of who she once was if there’s any hope of the new Marceline shining through the mess.

Read Chapter 1 of Mostly Marceline here.

About Lovely Dark & Deep

PWP LDDGenre: New Adult Dark Fantasy

Blurb:

Here’s a dilemma: how do you destroy a witch without incurring her wrath? Sending one into the wintry woods to die didn’t work. After all, the woods loves witches, and it loves silvirn even more.

Aysel was the first girl to disappear into the woods and become a silvirn, a siren of the forest. Luring hunters deep into the dark woods to die, her and her three adopted sisters are responsible for repaying nature for its shelter by protecting it from the greed of man. But before the hunters she catches are strung up in her tree, Aysel delights in syphoning their stories.

When she snares a victim that manages to hold her attention rapt with magnificent tales, she finds herself hesitant to tie the hunter’s noose. Her fascination with Cadence puts her life in peril, especially since he’s harboring a dangerous secret and Valeria, Aysel’s vengeful mother, grows hungry for flesh. With a kingdom hellbent on destroying magic and search parties rallying to find their missing hunters, the rope is tightening—for the first time—on Aysel’s neck.

Read Chapter 1 of Lovely Dark & Deep here.


Well, what do you think? Make sure to vote below to have your voice heard in deciding which book Erica will be writing next! If the poll isn’t working below, you can vote at this link. Voting will be open until 8/28. Let me know in the comments how you voted, and why!

Which pages are you picking?

Mostly Marceline
Lovely Dark & Deep

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About Erica Crouch

11412214_10203693908223186_8044098458315904319_nErica 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 indie publishing collective that produces middle grade, young adult, and new adult titles in all genres — and Weapenry — a resource for writers. She is the head of editorial services and design, with over fifty projects to her name.

Hi everyone, Erica here! Today I get the pleasure of announcing a really exciting new feature coming from Patchwork Press! It’s called Pick Your Pages. Let me tell you a little bit about it…

Pick Your Pages was created with the intention of putting readers in the driving seat. At PWP, we’re strong believers in authors and readers controlling the content. We want to publish books authors love, and that readers WANT to read. (What a novel concept, huh?) And the best way to do that is to give readers a voice and really listen to what they’re saying they want to read.

The creation of PWP PYP (loving the symmetrical acronyms) came about when I couldn’t decide which of two works in progress I wanted to write next. I couldn’t decide between the two manuscripts because they both have something I want to write, and I’m equally excited about both projects! Offhandedly, I had said it’d be so much easier to just toss it to readers and write whatever book they were more excited to see. And then…hey…what if I actually just did that? It gives readers more control of the publishing process, and I can also keep everyone updated at the progress of the book. They’ll be there every step of the way because they helped launch the project and make it happen! It’s cool to get invested in a book before it’s even out, isn’t it?

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So here’s how it all works…

With PYP, two titles will compete for your vote. You will see the covers of the two books — for the first time ever! You will also have access to the blurb and the first chapter of each project. Keep in mind these first chapters are SUPER EARLY versions of the draft, and they’re subject to change (as they go through extensive editing), but it’ll give you a basic idea of the voice/pacing/characters. Then, after you check out the cover, blurb, and first chapter, you’ll vote for which book you want to read most!

BUT ERICA??? WHAT HAPPENS TO THE BOOK THAT LOSES?!!!!

Shh, child. No worries. Both books competing in PYP will eventually be published, of course! Your vote will simply decide which book will hit shelves first. So the losing title will not go to die in that elephant graveyard in The Lion King. It’ll just be put in a drawer for a few months while the winning book is written and published. Then, expect to see that losing book — actually, I hate calling it a “losing book.” Let’s call it “the runner up book” — that runner up book shift to the “in production” phase of publishing!

Your vote for what book you want to see in print means a lot to us! We love getting readers more involved in the whole publishing process and introducing everyone to characters that we already love (even though they exist only in our heads…for now). And of course we want to publish books that people are excited for and waiting on pins and needles to read!

Let me know in the comments what you think about Patchwork Press’s new Pick Your Pages feature. And stay tuned, because the first PYP competition is coming up soon for two new adult titles that are in my publishing queue. If you’re part of my street team the OddSquad, you’ll be the first to see the books up for PYP!

Cover Reveal: Infinite, by Erica CrouchInfinite by Erica Crouch
Series: Ignite #3
Published by Patchwork Press on June 16, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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Synopsis:

There are infinite ways to die, and the fates are calling for blood. After evading Azael since her betrayal, it’s finally time for Pen to stop running and face her desperate brother. But she won’t have to challenge him alone: the rebel army of New Genesis is ready to stand strong and fight to secure the future they believe in.

As Azael spirals deeper and deeper into darkness, and Pen grapples with her new leadership role, a familiar name rises to power whose decisions have the potential to rewrite everyone’s future. Dangerous secrets, silent traitors, and unraveling fates means that time is running out. There’s no telling who will survive the final battle.

In this thrilling conclusion to the Ignite series, Pen and Azael return to finish what they started over a millennia ago.

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Add Infinite on Goodreads, and order it on Amazon, B&NKobo, or Scribd. Or, start from the beginning of the series with Ignite and buy the ebook bundle of the series for just $6.99 from Amazon, B&N, or Kobo.

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About Erica Crouch

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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 indie publishing collective that produces middle grade, young adult, and new adult titles in all genres — and Weapenry — a resource for writers. She is the head of editorial services and design, with over fifty projects to her name.

Release Day: Polaris AwakeningPolaris Awakening by Kellie Sheridan, E. Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Hannah Davies, Terra Harmony, Meghan Jashinsky
Series: Polaris #1
Published by Patchwork Press on May 26, 2015
Genres: Anthology, LGBT, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 505
Formats: Paperback, ebook
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Synopsis:

ZEUS PROTOCOL 000101: REBOOT, SCAN.

DANGER DETECTED.

THREAT LEVEL: UNKNOWN.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: INCREASE MILITARY PRESENCE.

There’s trouble brewing on Polaris. Under the watchful eye of the space station’s supercomputer, Zeus, the lower classes are awakening to the corruption of their wealthy, privileged, and protected leaders. When the quiet voices of protest get louder and alliances form, change dawns on the horizon. But the small acts of resistance won’t be enough to subvert the system for long. Zeus is alert to the growing threat level, and he will do whatever’s necessary—including purging the lower levels of Polaris—to preserve stability for all.

Inspired by the mythology of the constellations hung around Polaris, the seven stories in Polaris Awakening reimagine the classic characters in a futuristic world where alien creatures are commonplace, combat arenas are used for entertaining foreign dignitaries, slaves and soldiers stand side by side, and music orchestrates a revolution. And their first acts of defiance are just the beginning. Polaris will never be the same.

ZEUS PROTOCOL 000099: ENGAGE THREAT.

FINALLY! The release day for Polaris Awakening, the newest anthology from Patchwork Press, is today! The authors of Patchwork Press (Kellie Sheridan, E. Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Hannah Davies, Terra Harmony, and Meghan Jashinsky) have come together to compile this YA science fiction anthology, and we’ve been so excited to share it with everyone.

If you saw the announcement of the anthology, you know that each story in the book is based off of the mythology of constellation. The anthology was a lot of fun — and hard work — to write, and we hope it will be just as exciting of a read: there’s action, there’s romance, there’s rebellion, and all of the characters and stories are so unique while still existing in the same world. It’s cohesive, creative freedom at its best!

You can order the anthology right now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. It will be available as both an ebook and a paperback. Add Polaris Awakening on GoodReads, and let us know in the comments which constellation is your favorite!

Cover Reveal: Infinite, by Erica CrouchInfinite by Erica Crouch
Series: Ignite #3
Published by Patchwork Press on June 16, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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Synopsis:

There are infinite ways to die, and the fates are calling for blood. After evading Azael since her betrayal, it’s finally time for Pen to stop running and face her desperate brother. But she won’t have to challenge him alone: the rebel army of New Genesis is ready to stand strong and fight to secure the future they believe in.

As Azael spirals deeper and deeper into darkness, and Pen grapples with her new leadership role, a familiar name rises to power whose decisions have the potential to rewrite everyone’s future. Dangerous secrets, silent traitors, and unraveling fates means that time is running out. There’s no telling who will survive the final battle.

In this thrilling conclusion to the Ignite series, Pen and Azael return to finish what they started over a millennia ago.

We’re in the final stretch of celebrating the Ignite series! The final installment, Infinite, comes out in just over a month, and we are so excited to be sharing the cover with you today. Erica’s been waiting to reveal this one since January (when she first made it, after she decided to split Incite in half).

What do you think? Here’s the series all lined up:

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Add Infinite on Goodreads, and pre-order it on Amazon, B&N, or Kobo. Let us know what you think of the cover — and what you’re most excited to see in Infinite — in the comments!

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About Erica Crouch

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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 indie publishing collective that produces middle grade, young adult, and new adult titles in all genres — and Weapenry — a resource for writers. She is the head of editorial services and design, with over fifty projects to her name.

Release Day: Engage, by Erica CrouchEngage by Erica Crouch
Series: Ignite #2.5
Published by Patchwork Press on May 5, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, LGBT, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 128
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Synopsis:

Kalaziel is a terrible guardian angel: her temper’s shorter than she is, she swears, she’s missing a wing, and she sees no problem with letting man make their own choices—no matter how questionable. That’s what free will is all about, right? Her overseers disagree.

After she mishandles an assignment, Heaven strips Kala of her title and throws her back into training, hoping to reinforce the covenant of vows she swore to uphold as a guardian. But the angels’ motives aren’t as pure as they appear: they want to eradicate any opinions that conflict with Heaven’s code.

With a mass cleansing on the horizon, Kala discovers she is not alone in her insubordination; there are other angels who are restless with the stasis of Heaven and ready for change. Progress doesn’t come easily, though, especially when it means uniting ancient enemies to fight for a common cause.

Engage is a novella that prequels Kala and Ana’s story in Incite.

Today’s the day — release day! We are so excited to share Kala and Ana’s story with everyone. This book is the book that almost wasn’t; without Erica Crouch splitting Incite in half, we never would have had the opportunity to hear the background of just how New Genesis came to be…at least, not in a format like this!

And really, we can’t get enough of our favorite lesbian angel couple!

Like EnticeEngage is available as both a paperback and an ebook, so you can have it sitting on both your physical bookshelf or your virtual one! You can order Engage from:

Sign up to participate in the Infinite cover reveal May 15th! Just a little over a month until the conclusion of the series comes out — Infinite will be available June 16th, so mark your calendars!

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About Erica Crouch

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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.

Madly DeeplyMadly, Deeply by Erica Crouch 
Published by Patchwork Press, Published June 2014 
Genres: New AdultParanormal,Period PieceRomance 
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Synopsis:

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea…

Annaleigh Wells and William Calloway had a love even the angels envied. It was as if the universe spun them toward one another, like the stars crafted their souls to fit perfectly together.

With a wedding on the horizon, fate had a change of heart. Whispered warnings from phantoms and morbid nightmares darkened every night—but even visions of the future couldn’t save Annaleigh.

Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem Annabel Lee, Crouch’s period romance Madly, Deeply tells the tale of love so great, it cannot be contained in just one life.

Surprise! Cover reveal!

I would have announced this earlier, but this is kind of a last minute thing, and it’s super exciting/terrifying. So before I get into specifics about this book and the cover, let’s talk about how it came to be…

Madly, Deeply was originally supposed to be the opening story to the Patchwork Press anthology, The Lost Locket of Lahari. I’ve been working really, really hard on it for the past few months, and the other week (after a long day of writing), I finished the story! Yay! Celebrate! Throw the confetti!

Immediately after reading through it once more for basic proofing, I sent it off to my beta readers — Patchwork Press’ new intern, Kara (who is lovely and smart and a great editor), and of course I had to also send the finished manuscript on to Kellie Sheridan. Kellie read through it right away, tore through it on the weekend faster than I ever expected. I got my first email back from her right after she started reading it. It said something along the lines of…

Hey, have you considered making this a standalone story?

And I laughed. Because, no, of course not, this is the story for the anthology that’s supposed to come out in July. And if I made this a standalone, I’d have to write an entirely new story for the anthology. Don’t be crazy. So I told her…

Nah, I don’t think so. I wouldn’t have time to write a new story for the anthology.

And she said…

Are you sure? This would be a great standalone. It’s really good!

So I started thinking. Should it be a standalone? I’d have to flesh out a few chapters a bit more (since I wrote it with the idea of it being novella-ish in length). But I was already double over the anthology word count goal. It wouldn’t take too much more to make it a standalone. The Great Gatsby was only 48k, after all. This story will probably settle in around 55-60k. It could be a great, compact story. That would actually do some service, as it’s based on an Edgar Allan Poe poem — and he’s the master of telling a great story in a compressed style.

I emailed her back…

You think it would work?

And she said…

Yes! Do it! I’m loving it.

So with some convincing, I pulled it from the anthology. (Don’t worry — I’ll still be contributing a story to the Lost Locket of Lahari, I’ll just have to write it super quickly. The good news is, it’s already plotted out. So there’s that.)

I scoured for an image, lucked across a beautiful image of a girl in water, shrouded in purple fabric, and knew it would be the perfect cover for Madly, Deeply. I designed the cover, Wednesday we sent out the reveal invites, and today… The reveal!

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Sometimes that’s how self-publishing happens: suddenly, surprisingly, and quickly.

I’m really, really, really excited about this book. I feel like it’s one of my best, and I love the story (and the characters)! I’ve talked about the story a lot on this blog already, teasing linesand talking about the writing process I’ve gone through to put it all together. I can’t wait to release it into the world and have people read it for what it is. Hopefully it makes an impact. It seemed to make one on Kellie. While she was reading the book, she sent me this:

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Don’t worry, it’s a good kind of hate you. But to anyone who reads this book: I’m sorry. 🙂 Make sure to add Madly, Deeply to GoodReads, and look for it sometime late June!

It’s finally here! Today is the official one year anniversary of when Kellie and I put our heads together and created Patchwork Press. It’s been a wild, crazy-exciting year, and I’ll probably make a post about that later this afternoon because we have so many people to thank and we are just overexcited about everything we have planned for the future of PWP. Buuut, that’s for a later time. Right now, it’s all about the last cover reveal of the birthday bash celebration: book one in the Undying series, Cut!

B1 CutCut by Erica Crouch 
Series: Undying #1 
Published by Patchwork Press Published 2014 
Genres: New AdultScience Fiction 
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Synopsis:

Immortality is no longer a myth, it’s a scientific possibility — all major diseases have been cured and aging is “ancient history” thanks to Fhenix Pharmaceuticals. 

After her first life-preserving surgery, twenty-year-old Mora Avery may not have as long as she thinks. Her organs are failing, a medical impossibility in the futuristic society of Vox. In less than a year, she’ll be dead, the youngest fatality in centuries. Science can save her life, but it may mean losing her humanity. What price would you pay to live forever?

Cut is the first book in the Undying series.

It’s finally here! Today is the official one ye

I’ve been anxiously holding on to this cover for months. It’s one I am particularly enamored with because of its simplicity. Let me tell you a bit about the series…

The Undying series is going to be my first foray into the new adult genre. It’s a science fiction that I’m still developing, but have plotted out to be five books long — three full-length novels and two novellas (one of which is told through the villain’s POV).

Why am I so excited about this book? A few reasons. For one, it’s a different genre! Science fiction is such a fun genre to write, and there are so many opportunities with world building that I am excited to explore. I can’t wait to step out of the young adult genre and into the minds of characters around my age.

I’m also really interested in the idea of the series — living forever, thanks to medical advances. The idea of immortality is a complicated one, in my opinion, and I’ve often asked myself: If I could live forever, would I? I don’t think I would (though I know my sister would jump at the opportunity in a heart beat).

I really am looking forward to exploring the idea of a society that has become used to the routine of predictability, in regards to their lifespan. These characters have lived in a world that knows no disease or illness. No one is suffering from allergies, chronic illnesses, or even terminal illnesses. Science has advanced, in this fictional world in my head, to such a degree that technology can replace anything that can become diseased — our veins, our digestive and reproductive system, our brain, and even our heart.

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Once a decade (after the 20th year), you go in for surgery to slowly replace your organic material with something a bit shinier and artificial. Going even further, the aging process can be halted within years of the first surgery, so a majority of society looks to be in their early twenties, with the oldest civillians looking to be in their mid-twenties. (Can you imagine, talking to your grandfather or great grandmother who looks to be just 23? I can’t decide if that would be more cool or creepy… Probably creepy. Well, for some people *coughcough* bad guys *coughcough* definitely creepy!) But when all of that is replaced with tech, and no one fears mortality or growing old, what keeps us human?

I think that, at its core, is what I’m really excited to delve into in the series: what makes us human, and what keeps us human, even in the most extreme circumstances?

Now a bit about the characters… There are three main characters, Mora Avery, Colin Levitt, and Rin Kasamatsu. The main three novels will be told through Mora’s point of view (that’s her on the cover), and we’ll get a close insight into someone who is delivered this impossible news: that she is dying, and all of her surgeries must pushed up to occur within the span of a few months (rather than stretching nearly 50 years), something that has never been attempted before. Throw in a few different groups whispering protests against the morality of the surgeries being performed in any capacity — let alone all at once! — and you’ve got trouble brewing.

Colin and Rin are going to be a lot of fun, but I can’t tell you  much about them now (so you’ll just have to grab the book when it becomes available and see for yourself!). And the villain… well, I can’t get into that, either, but I will tell you this: it’s a female villain who is already giving me the heebie-jeebies.

Annnnd I think that’s about all I can say about the novels without ruining anything!

Cut should be out later this year, hopefully this fall or winter if I stay on schedule with everything. So, what do you think of the cover?

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of Ignite or Entice!

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We’re in the final stretch of celebrating Patchwork Press’ first birthday, and today’s post is all about the Patchwork Press anthology. In case you didn’t already know, the five original authors of Patchwork Press — Kellie Sheridan, Terra Harmony, Janna Jennings, Ruth Silver, and myself (Erica Crouch) — are collaborating to write one kickass anthology.

Now I don’t want to brag, but I think this is one of the coolest anthologies I’ve heard of (and I’m not just saying that because I’m contributing a story!). But before I get into the summary of the anthology, I guess I should tell you the title, right? Announcing… The Lost Locket of Lahari Anthology! And I’m now realizing you could have gotten that bit of information from the title, but now it’s official so… There ya go!

The Lost Locket of Lahari (or as I’ve been lovingly calling it LLoL) is a young adult fantasy centering on a mystical, kickass locket, which by the way, looks a little bit like this:

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Pretty cool, right? Well if you love it so much, you can enter to win your very own locket below!

Anyway, onto the anthology itself… There are five novella-length stories in the anthology, all centering on this locket that travels through the different decades of the book:

  • The Victorian Era (My story!)
  • The Roaring Twenties (Terra’s story)
  • The 1940s (Janna’s story)
  • Present day (Ruth’s story)
  • and the Future (Kellie’s story)

In each story, it takes on different magical qualities, becoming what the characters need it — be it a vehicle to see ghosts, or something entirely different!

So, as I was saying, this locket is special. It all ties back to an Indian Mythology that we developed especially for this story. To sum it up quickly, an elderly Indian man crafted this locket in hopes of his six children (represented by the six dragonflies) returning home to him one day. He took their most prized childhood trinkets, melted them down, and forged them into this locket. But through his wish for his children, he imparted a bit of magic… It seeks out those with the same attributes of his children, and while it never brings his children back to him, it finds the next best thing: their spirit in other people. And that’s how the locket finds all of our characters in their stories.

You can expect a lot out of this anthology, as each story is entirely unique! Different characters with different voices in different eras. Mine, for example, is a Victorian romance/ghost story, inspired by the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. (Yeah, I am EXCITED about this one!) Other stories feature a spy, a thief, a dancer, and a dreamer… Hmm, you can only guess what these great stories will be about!

Here’s the official synopsis and our temporary cover:

LostLocketCoverThe Lost Locket of Lahari Anthology by Erica Crouch, Terra Harmony, Janna Jennings, Ruth Silver, and Kellie Sheridan
Published by Patchwork Press Published Summer 2014 
Genres: FantasyParanormal,Young Adult 
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Synopsis:

In a dusty, dilapidated stall tucked away in an alcove of a bustling Bazaar in India, a man with a rickety spine and a spindly beard bends over his work bench, forging a locket with accidental magic. There’s power in a wish, and there’s nothing he wants more than for his children to return home. The locket was intricately crafted, adorned with one dragonfly for each of his children—and the power to find them.

With the guidance of fate, the locket skips through time and journeys across oceans, traveling from person to person in a constant search for the souls whispered into its vessel. Centuries after the magical old man in the Bazaar became near-forgotten myth and whispered legend, the locket has fallen into the hands of those with echoes of the six dragonflies: a seer, a specter, a dreamer, a spy, a thief, and a dancer.

In the hands of its new owners, the power of the locket adapts, bending and remaking itself to answer need. While the locket never found the children of Lahari, it found the next best thing… Their spirits.

The five novellas of the Lost Locket of Lahari anthology pause a moment in time when the locket finds the ripples of its ancestry. From the Victorian-era to the Roaring Twenties, the 1940s to modern day and beyond, this anthology is a collection of stories as dynamic as the authors themselves.

Are you excited? Because we sure are! As of now, we are expecting the anthology to be out and available this summer, so make sure you add it to your GoodReads and get ready for this awesome title to become available! For now, though, go ahead and enter the giveaway below for a chance to win the locket (with a personal message from me!).

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