It’s time to get to know one of our newest authors! Say hello to Amy Sousa! You can learn more about Amy and her debut novel, Once Upon A Tear, on her website!


Q1: When did you first start writing, and who was your inspiration for getting your work out there?

A: I started writing very short stories when I was six year old, and would bring them to school to read them with my reading buddy. My biggest inspiration when I started sharing my work is definitely Meg Cabot because her books are what got me into reading non-stop!

Q2: What was the first piece of work you ever published for people to read? And what made you chose for that piece to be your first?

A: The first story that I ever posted online is called “Love Unexpected,” which was my Sims story that now resides on Wattpad. My first published work is “Once Upon A Tear,” which I just published this April! 

Q3: Which author or authoress do you consider your inspiration when you write?

A: I have so many! Meg Cabot is still a big one for me, but I love Rick Riordan as well.

Q4: What were your goals before you published your first book, and how have they changed since? Additionally, what current goals do you have as a female author?

A: I honestly didn’t have any big goals other than wanting to hold my own book in my hands, and have a few strangers buy my book! Now that it’s published, my goal is to keep writing whenever I can to keep publishing. I see a lot of female fantasy authors, but not many Latina’s, so it’d be cool if I could one day be recognized as ‘that Brazilian fantasy author.’

Q5: What is your go-to genre when you write?

A: Young adult fantasy for sure. I love epic fantasy, and have also started writing close to the urban fantasy genre, but I throw Greek mythology into the mix.

Q6: What is the genre you most like to read when you’re not writing?

A: I can’t get enough of Young adult fantasy, especially when it involves Greek mythology. I also love reading young adult romances, especially if there’s an adventure.

Q7: Do you have a set process when you write? If so, what is that process?

A: I have a pretty specific process depending on what I’m working on. I have set hours during the week dedicated to nothing but writing, or researching for my writing. I am a big plotter, so I do have the entire story mapped out before I fill in the chapters, mainly to avoid plot holes and inconsistencies. I don’t really know how to answer the question since there is so much involved in my process, but you can always ask me specifics!

Q8: What would be your advice for those looking to follow a process when writing?

A: Give everything a try and see what works best for you. Everyone is unique, so what might work for me or another author might be terrible for you. Don’t let that discourage you. When you find something that works, you’ll know because you will get a lot more writing done. Also try not to second guess yourself. If you write something that you really enjoy, but worry that people might find it stupid, don’t be afraid to take a chance because if you truly love it, odds are others will too.

Q9: What are your top three strengths you consider yourself to have as an author, and how do those strengths help combat any weaknesses you have?

A: Creativity is definitely my biggest strength. Sometimes I’ll dream about something that will turn into a story idea, and sometimes the ideas flow and make for a great story or just filling in the blanks. I also consider my characters to be relatable, because I include elements of my personality and those around me into my characters, and I feel like it helps readers connect with my books on a deeper level. Organization is a very big strength for me, which results in a lot of notes, but it helps during the editing process since I don’t run into many inconsistencies. A weakness is definitely me getting super attached to certain elements of my stories that just need to go, but my organization and creativity skills definitely help me make those changes and keep me inspired.

Q10: Name anything about yourself completely unrelated to writing, that no one knows about you that you’d love to share with the world!

A: I don’t think there’s something no one knows about me! I’m a very open person and have always been. I guess something a lot of people outside of my friends and family wouldn’t know is that I’m a big planner and budgeter. I take saving money very seriously, and I also like to plan everything (with multiple variations) long before I need to worry about things.

Today we’d like to off massive congratulations to our newest author on her debut! Presenting…. Once Upon A Tear by the incredible, Amy Sousa! We know you’re going to love this epic new fantasy adventure! If you want to know more about Amy, be sure to sign up for her newsletter! Or follow her on Facebook.

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When Annabella is pulled into her storybook, she thinks it’s a dream come true. But it’s not long before her new reality reveals its darker side and she finds herself in the middle of a war, the stakes far greater than she could have imagined. When Annabella’s parents fall victim to a family curse, the only chance she has at saving them is by completing the story the right way.

With a charming assistant and an arrogant prince, It’s up to Annabella to complete the story to save both herself and those she cares about, or she will be trapped in The Land of Dreams forever.

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Title: Turn to Dust and Ashes (Fall Far from the Tree #2)
Author: Amy McNulty
Publisher: Patchwork Press

Publication Date: 09/05/2017

Impassive. Devious. Besieged. Naive. In the ashes of their parents’ cruel sovereignty, four teenagers are left holding the reins with no idea how to lead their peoples to peace and prosperity.

Rohesia, told she is the true heir to Hanaobi, must choose between ruling the duchy in her father’s place and returning with her cousin to seek the throne that is more rightfully hers. Without her father figure, she has little interest in either, but there is no escape from the infamous legacy of her parents on both sides of the sea.

Fastello, left to lead both his father’s people and to seek the rule of the entire duchy, has never had so much responsibility in his life. Grappling with heartbreak the likes of which he’s never experienced, he doesn’t know if he has it in him to try to fill the hole so many people so desperately want him to fill.

Kojiro, adrift in a strange land and emboldened by the actions of the people he met there, is determined to find his courage and free his people from the tyranny of his mother’s reign. However, with her number one foe defeated, the empress of Hanaobi is more unstoppable than ever.

Tomiko, the perfect daughter to the strict and controlling empress, is sheltered from the reality of the world but eager to discover the truth. Before the war is over, she must decide between fealty to her mother and loyalty to her brother, knowing full well that either way, her family will never be whole again.

The goals of each of these four young adults are bound to clash—but there’s no escaping their destinies, no matter the destruction left in their paths.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34862530-turn-to-dust-and-ashes

Amazon Pre-order Link Coming Soon

Catch up with Fall Far from the Tree, Book One in the series!

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27048456-fall-far-from-the-tree
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Fall-Far-Tree-Amy-McNulty-ebook/dp/B01IMGGAFM
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fall-far-from-the-tree-amy-mcnulty/1124435001?ean=9781927940587

And of course, today is also the release day of Flame, the second book in the Frost Chronicles, from WattPad megastar E. Latimer!


Book 2 of Frost Chronicles.

After fleeing a mad Queen and taking shelter with the fire jotun, Megan Walker goes from ice to inferno, as she deals with court politics, hidden enemies and a radical cult determined to make her their goddess. All of this with the ultimate battle looming on the horizon. A prophesied war that Megan may be the deciding factor in, is only weeks away. That is, if she even makes it that long.

Get your copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo.

It’s an exciting day at Patchwork Press, we have not one but two highly anticipated releases to celebrate! First up, let’s check out The Aldar Dominion by Katherine Bogle!


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Then they damned it.

After solar flares decimated Earth’s population, the alien corporation gave humans a recipe for immortality and hope for the next generation. Cloning and the technology to transport consciousness from one body to another saved the human race from extinction. But the value of human life plummeted.

In an age when animal conservation no longer exists, Selene smuggles animals to safety. While fleeing Dominion drones during a mission gone wrong, Selene suffers a debilitating head injury. The pain unlocks memories from twenty lost years: stark labs and human experiments. These nightmares could hold the key to why natural-born human children are disappearing. But worse—they reveal a sinister plot centuries in the making.

Can Selene decipher her dreams in time to avoid enslavement to the aliens? Or will she witness the end of the human race?

Read the first book in the Dominion Rising series to find out!

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Today, we’re very excited to help reveal the cover for Katherine Bogle’s upcoming release, Savages!

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The cover was designed by Katherine Bogle! Incase you didn’t know, she has a design background, and has been loving making the covers for the Chronicles of Warshard!

ABOUT SAVAGES

Ten years before Queen Kadia decimated the six kingdoms of Warshard, her interest lay in the unborn child of a Seaburn savage.

Daughter of Chief Ruin, Breen is one of the most fearsome warriors in the Southern Delica savages-cover-onlyTribe, but nothing can stop the Emperor from reaping the Savage Lands for soldiers.

When her village is attacked, Breen is taken from her home and her family to the Seaburn Academy, where southern savages are broken and chained into a life of service to the Empire. Through the beatings and torture, Drakkone, one of the few Seaburn-born soldiers, brings solace to her days and gives her hope for the future.

Once freed of the Academy dungeons, Breen is sentenced to daily training between her plots for escape. But one night of unexpected passion turns into a problem bigger than either of them could have imagined.

Breen and Drakkone must risk capture and flee the city or death might be a blessing compared to eternal imprisonment.

Savages, the long awaited sequel to Haven, will be released April 4th, and is now available for pre-order!

Pre-order on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, or Barnes & Noble

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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.

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It’s going to take more than a little luck and a lost dog to bring two lost souls together.

When a crooked-eared dog with a big heart and no owner to be found sprinted across Casey’s path, she had no way of knowing just how much her life would change. After agreeing to temporarily foster the lost mutt, she finds a new purpose in working with a local rescue—despite having no idea how to take care of a dog. She can barely take care of herself.

A lost dog isn’t the only chance encounter Casey will have at her local park.

Charlie may have known a lot more about dogs than Casey, but it was his green eyes and relentless smile that first drew her to him. But, as the two of them connect and sparks fly, Charlie’s past comes back for him. They will both have to decide whether to face their secrets or let their pasts hold them back from finding happiness together.

Available for a limited time for $0.99 exclusively on Amazon

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

A – The first book I ever wrote was a YA paranormal called Freakshow. Let’s just say, it will NEVER see the light of day. Some day I’d love to go back and turn it into an intense adult horror, but today is not that day. My first published book was actually the third I’ve ever written. Haven was published earlier this year.

Q – Which author do you most look up to?

A – For publishing career, I’d have to say Lindsay Buroker, who’s done a kick ass job self-publishing MANY novels. For story structure/creativity/plot/etc, I love Susan Dennard, Robin LaFevers, Daniel H. Wilson, Stephen King and Kristin Cashore (and also Lindsay to be real here).

Q – What is your ultimate goal as an author?

A – Ultimately I’d love to make a living as an author, not anything crazy, just enough to support myself and my family. I also want to spread a message of female empowerment in literature, so I’d love for that to come across as well.

Q – Which of your characters do you most connect with?

A – I connect with different little bits of my character, so I don’t really identify with them all as a whole. For example, using Haven characters, I connect with Malka’s introverted nature, Blythe’s occasionally explosion temper, Lareina’s deep love for her friends, and Haven’s fierce determination.

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

A – Definitely fantasy, because fantasy can literally mean so many different things! You can read an epic fantasy, a modern one, one set in a steampunk world, etc.

Q – What is the most challenging part of your writing process?

A – Weirdly enough, writing the actual books. I overthink a lot and sometimes keep myself from just writing the dang book.

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

A – Typically I have an idea, marinate on it potentially for a year or two (or more). In that time I come up with a list of ideas, potential plot points, characters, etc. Once I have a general story in mind, I outline like a crazy person. My timelines can be anywhere from 10-20 pages, and I think my longest was over 12,000 words. Yep, I like to plan.

Once I’m happy with the timeline (which usually takes awhile), I’ll get to writing, depending if I’m working on any other projects at the time. Writing can take anywhere from 2 months to over a year. I’m starting to get much quicker though! Once all the fun writing is done, I go over the book myself for a few rounds of self-edits. Then depending on the project, I’ll send the book to my beta readers or critique partners. More rounds of edits. Time in between. More editing. Proofreading. More time. And usually more editing. There is a LOT of editing, let me tell yah.

Q – Do you have any go-to snacks while writing?

A – Not particularly, I just drink a ton of coffee.

Q – What is your all-time favorite novel to read?30119375

A – Watership Down by Richard Adams

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

A – My strong female characters. I never write a book without them!

Q – What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

A – Every story has been told; don’t worry if you think your plot is too close to another. Chances are it already exists.

Q – If you could have a literary tea party with five of your favorite characters and five of your favorite authors, alive or dead, who would they be?

A – Wow, you guys really like to ask the tough questions don’t you! I’d have to say, Lindsay Buroker, Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Kristin Cashore. Amaranthe (Emperor’s Edge), Ismae (Grave Mercy), Aragorn (LoTR), Jon Snow (GoT) and Daenerys (also GoT).

Q – What’s the best thing about being a writer?

A – Having crazy stories in your head all the time. Seriously, if you’re not a writer, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Q – If you could co-write a novel with any other author in the world, alive or dead, who would it be?

A – Another ridiculously tough question! Probably Stephen King or George R.R. Martin, though I’d be intimidated beyond belief.

Q –  If you couldn’t be an author, what would be your next choice for a dream job?

A – Youtuber, gamer or professional Netflix-watcher.

Q – How long does it usually take you to write a book from plotting to publishing?

A – Since I’ve only published one book, I’d say about four years. I’m sure this will go down drastically when I have more work ready.

Q – What is the weirdest thing you had to research for one of your novels?

A – Probably cloning. I haven’t actually had to research much, strangely enough.

Q –  What is your favorite place to write?

A – My desk, butt in chair. I find it hard to get any work done elsewhere.

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

A – I moved to Charlottetown, PEI for 2 years where I studied and received my diploma in Photography. I’ve also travelled to Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and Cuba. I hope that’s interesting enough!

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It’s finally time to reveal the book cover for Kellie Sheridan’s next novel, Four of a Kind. This book has been a long time coming, but you can pick up your copy for pre-order… now!

The odds of giving birth to identical quadruplets: 1 in 13 million.

The population of Fairview, a town where all anyone talks about is the Fairview Four’s return after fourteen years: 47,327.

The chance of Reagan meeting a guy who sees her as one of a kind: better than she thinks.

Following in her sisters’ footsteps—and, all too often, their shadows—is nothing new to Reagan. But a disastrous first day at Fairview High forces her down a new path, one that could lead to seeing herself as more than just someone else’s sister. Things aren’t going as smoothly for Reilly, Reece, and Rhiannon though. How can Reagan let herself be happy—or dare to fall in love—when she may be the only one who can bring her family back together?

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants meets Gilmore Girls in the first novel of a heartwarming new series about first loves, family, and finding your way.

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The Fairview Four have big plans for 2017 and we want you to be a part of it! Read the books, and get to know the girls by following them on Tumblr and Instagram! You can also follow each of the Donovan sisters on their personal Twitter accounts—Reagan, Reece, Reilly & Rhiannon. The fun starts January 1st, 2017! And don’t forget to read the first book, currently available to pre-order for only $0.99!

And don’t forget to pick up your free copy of the prequel in our freebies section!