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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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Published on January 19, 2017, by in Authors.

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

 
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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.

 
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Published on January 10, 2017, by in Authors.

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

 
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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

 
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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!

 
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Today we welcome yet another author! Katherine Bogle is the author of Haven, a YA book that we think you’re going to love, and she has lots of BIG plans for the future. We can’t wait to see what she achieves as part of team Patchwork Press.


katherineKatherine Bogle’s debut young adult novel, Haven, came second in the World’s Best Story contest 2015. She currently resides in Saint John, New Brunswick with her partner in crime, and plethora of cats. She can be found at www.katherinebogle.com.

A note from Katherine: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. Since as early as elementary school I had what I like to call “epic-story dreams”, which have influenced me creatively over the years. A lot of inspiration and story ideas have come from these dreams, so I’m glad to have such an awesome subconscious. I became a writer because these stories weren’t going away. From my early years writing fan fiction and roleplaying online, to the few books I’ve written now, I know this is what I was meant to do.

 
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Published on October 12, 2016, by in Authors.

b4rpbtfnToday we are getting to know our newest member of the Patchwork Press family, Amy Sousa, a little bit better!


  • What was the first book you wrote? Published?

The first book I ever wrote was “Love Unexpected” (Formerly titled “Unexpected Love”). I was 11 years old and I would post each chapter to the Sims Resource along with screenshots of my Sims. I later migrated the story to Wattpad and it remains unedited until today. I keep it up because it’s hilarious to me to see how awful my grammar was back then. The first book I ever published was “It Started with a Phone Call,” back in 2013. I self published it on Amazon, but at that point the fame had gone down for over a year so very few purchased it. I also had many complains from new readers (young teens) who weren’t allowed to buy it so I decided to take it down from Amazon and put it back on Wattpad.

  • Which author do you most look up to?

This might seem like a weird answer, but Meg Cabot. I haven’t read her books in years, mainly because I’ve outgrown her style of writing. Growing up, her books were the ones that helped me learn English and really got me into reading and writing. I remember several years ago she followed me on Twitter and I actually squealed, even though she follows a lot of people.

  • What is your ultimate goal as an author?

Honestly, to have people read my books from beginning to end. It might seem silly, but I notice that a lot of people start books, but never finish them. I’m guilty of this, but I don’t do it often because I’m easily impressed. I want people to read my story and make the decision that it’s interesting enough for them to read it to the end, and even want more.

  • Which of your characters do you most connect with?

Jacqueline/Princess Annabella for sure. I always put bits of my personality into my female protagonists, but she is definitely really special to me. I basically wrote her as me, but changed her appearance and minor aspects of her personality. She’s also funnier than me because I don’t have to come up with comebacks on the spot when I have time to think about them.

  • What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

Fantasy 100%. I love reading about magical creatures, mythology, and different worlds because it’s not something that I could possibly experience. It’s an escape for me. It’s also my favourite genre to watch. I think it’s mainly because there aren’t any rules because it’s not a reflection of reality.

  • What is the most challenging part of your writing process?

Avoiding writing “he said” or “____ said” too often.  I feel like I’m pretty terrible at describing things instead of just sticking to straight dialogue.

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

I don’t really have a routine. When I have ideas and spare time I’ll get into bed and start writing away on my laptop.  The only real routine thing I do is to write out a descriptive storyboard so I know exactly what to mention in each chapter, but the rest of the content gets made up as I go, or I’ll jot down ideas that come to me randomly during the day.

  • Do you have any go-to snacks while writing?

Cherry Blasters for sure if they’re available to me. I try to avoid buying them because I have no self-control, but when I do I love to munch on them (the entire bag) while I write. Then again I also eat them when I’m doing anything productive (or unproductive) at all. I pretty much eat them any chance I get.

  • What is your all-time favorite novel to read?

This might sound weird because it wasn’t intended to be a novel, but “The Odyssey” by Homer. I read this for the first time when I was eight, but my reading skills were really bad back then so I count the first time during my first year of university in my mythology class. I just really love Greek mythology.

  • What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?

Being able to come up with something creative at the last second. This doesn’t only apply to my writing, but life things such as gift ideas. I always feel stumped for a long time about what I’m going to write, but every time without fail I think of something that works pretty well. I’m also good at writing in little jokes (mainly dad jokes) into my stories because I don’t have to come out with them at the same moment, but I can actually think of them.

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

Proof read your work. The amount of times that I’ve fully edited my books is ridiculous. Once Upon A Tear was edited by me at least four times, and each of those times I found massive mistakes (repeating sentences, the use of the wrong names, contradictions). You can never proof read too much.

  • 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?

This is really hard because my favourite characters probably wouldn’t get along. Odysseus from “The Odyssey,” both Lilly and Mr. Ambrose from the “Storm and Silence” series by Robert Their, and both Violet and Ryn from the “Creepy Hallow” series by Rachel Morgan. There would probably be a lot of bickering going on between everyone, but I feel like all of the females would get along well while the males would try to prove who is the smartest.

  • What’s the best thing about being a writer?

I get to write whatever I want to. I make my own choices because everything is coming from my imagination. I have so much freedom and it’s not something that I have to do. I do it for fun and as a hobby. I also love it when people like my work. It makes me feel like there’s a bigger purpose behind it all.

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

This is SO difficult because my style of writing doesn’t really fit in with my favourite authors. I guess I’d have to say Meg Cabot or Sarah Dessen because their target audience for the most part is younger and I loved their books growing up. I’d obviously want to write fantasy, but with a teen fiction twist by either of them I feel like a good story might come out of it.

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

If I were better at Biology and Math I’d love to be a vet. Animals are my favourite things in the world and I want to do whatever possible to make them happy and healthy. I’d probably cry a lot with the ones I can’t save or the ones that come in in bad shape, but I’d try my best to make them better again.Or an otter cuddler.

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

Quite a long time. I feel like most people only take a few months, but it takes me a few weeks just to plan out the entire storyline. It probably takes me a good six months to write all of the chapters out and another month to edit it a few times. As for publishing, I’ve only ever self published so that took me a few days. I guess I’ll have to find out how long it takes!

  • What is your favorite place to write?

In my bed with my dog near me. I can’t write in public because I feel like everyone is looking at my screen. My bed is my safe zone (and it’s really comfortable with the foam topper) so I can fully relax.

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

I have a planner (from Erin Condren) that I design stickers for. It’s surprisingly a really big thing and there are tons of stickers shops online, especially through Etsy. I make my own stickers and sometimes buy stickers from other people, but I’m hoping to save up and buy a sticker cutter so I can just buy printables and not waste hours trying to cut everything out perfectly by hand. You should really look into it if you like planning! I’m a bit of an organizational freak so I like everything to be colour coted and perfectly layed out. My planner helps me get through everyday with less anxiety.