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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.

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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!

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.

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.

We are ecstatic to introduce one of our newest authors joining the Patchwork Press family. Piper Landen is an adult and new adult author. Her latest novel being published by Patchwork Press, Mugs, an adult contemporary story inspired by the friendships in sitcoms like Friends and The Big Bang Theory. We cannot wait to share her stories with you!


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Piper Landen is an author of adult and new adult contemporary titles focused on romance and friendship. She hails from somewhere that’s always either way too hot or way too cold so spends most of her time inside reading and writing, while cuddling her dogs.


A note from Piper to her readers: I’m so excited to be joining the amazing team behind Patchwork Press to bring my books into the world for their awesome readers. I’ve been an obsessive reader for as long as I can remember and the idea of publishing my own books can be pretty scary sometimes, but I love the idea of taking part in a team and believe 1000% that my books are better for it. Can’t wait to get to know all of you!

Today we are beyond excited to welcome Amy Sousa to the Patchwork Press family. Amy has been telling awesome stories for a while now on Wattpad, and we’re so thrilled to be able to  help her share her stories with an even bigger audience moving forward! Welcome!

img_2773Amy is a Canadian YA Fantasy Author who grew up in Toronto. She is also an Honours Communication Studies student in her senior year of university. Amy started writing when she was 11 years old and posted her first story on the Sims Resource, and several years later discovered Wattpad. She has accumulated over 3 million online reads between all of her stories including Once Upon A Tear.  Her other hobbies include Greek mythology, makeup, and making stickers for her life planner. Amy also has a mild obsession with dogs and will ask anyone who has one if she can pet them.


A message from Amy: Hello! I’m Amy and I’m super excited to be a part of Patchwork Press! Writing is my biggest passion and my heart lies in the fantasy genre. I love creating new worlds and creatures, while incorporating existing ones. Once Upon A Tear was my first fantasy book and continues to be my most loved. I plan my stories as extensively as I plan out my days (I’m pretty much Monica from Friends when it comes to being a control freak). I really hope you love Once Upon A Tear even a fraction of how much I do!

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Terror. Callousness. Denial. Rebellion. How the four teenage children of leaders in the duchy and the neighboring empire of Hanaobi choose to adapt to their nefarious parents’ whims is a matter of survival.

Rohesia, daughter of the duke, spends her days hunting “outsiders,” fugitives who’ve snuck onto her father’s island duchy. That she lives when even children who resemble her are subject to death hardens her heart to tackle the task.

Fastello is the son of the “king” of the raiders who steal from the rich and share with the poor. When aristocrats die in the raids, Fastello questions what his peoples’ increasingly wicked methods of survival have cost them.

An orphan raised by a convent of mothers, Cateline can think of no higher aim in life than to serve her religion, even if it means turning a blind eye to the suffering of other orphans under the mothers’ care.

Kojiro, new heir to the Hanaobi empire, must avenge his people against the “barbarians” who live in the duchy, terrified the empress, his own mother, might rather see him die than succeed.

When the paths of these four young adults cross, they must rely on one another for survival—but the love of even a malevolent guardian is hard to leave behind.

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About Amy McNulty

amy2Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently writes professionally about everything from business marketing to anime. In her down time, you can find her crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.

 

Big announcement day! This one has been in the works for a long time and we couldn’t be more excited. For the first three years of our existence Patchwork Press focused on putting out great new titles in the middle grade, teen and new adult categories. But there are always more stories to be told, and as our authors grow and evolve, so will we! From here on out we’ll still be publishing the same great stories about younger characters, but now we’ll also be putting out adult titles as well.

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And the best part of all of this is that you wont need to wait long for our first big release. An announcement is coming soon, but you can keep your eye out for our first adult title in September! (How is summer ending already?!). As always, thank you all for sticking with us this far, we’ve got a lot of great titles coming and we can’t wait to share them with all of you!

Today we are so thrilled to welcome Kathryn Renard to the Patchwork Press family. She is a fantastic author of NA romances that we know you’re going to love. We’ll be republishing her current Montgomery University novels in the coming weeks and you’re also going to see a lot of great books from her in the future!


headshotKathryn Renard is an award-winning journalist who has always enjoyed romance novels. She felt there was a need for romances that were more like real-life college years. Her modern heroines and swoon-worthy heroes have flaws, but they also have a lot of passion. They may kiss the wrong guy, or sleep with the wrong girl, but her couples are worth rooting for.

 Kathryn enjoys books with great plots and great characters, but also great sex scenes. She includes these elements in her books. Her characters do not tend to close the bedroom door on the reader.

 In her real life, Kathryn works for a well-known national news organization, and lives in Washington, DC with her husband, twin daughters, and two dogs.


A note from Kathryn: My name is Kathryn Renard, and I am thrilled to be able to connect with readers as part of Patchwork Press. I am the author of the Montgomery University series of New Adult romances. My fans have described my books as being “sexy reads” “smart” and “thoroughly entertaining.”

I enjoy writing and reading novels with strong heroines. My books have descriptive love scenes, but they’re all plot driven and consensual.

I have a few projects in the works, including a new series based in my home state of California.

I hope you enjoy my books. I’m looking forward to a long career with Patchwork Press.