prospect

She’s back, and stronger than ever before.
Lena lives on and although she can’t remember a thing, she has woken up with powers she could only dream of. Lena has been taken over by Dr. Ravana and received the number one target on her first night in the compound.
And then she saw him and everything changes.
Lena can’t help but fight the connection she feels for Jared. Jared attempts to unlock the truth of the cure while attempting to help Lena remember the past.
If only Lena doesn’t have to kill him first.

Check out book one, Prospect, now!


About the Author

taylor-300x300It all started with an idea. That sprouted while watching a movie. That rooted in her mind. That finally she wrote down in two weeks. Until she typed it for herself and finally for others.
I’m pretty much you’re average everyday girl. I work as the hostess and cashier at the restaurant around the corner. I eat Lucky Charms in my pajamas on Saturdays. I read every day while bad crime TV shows blare in the living room. I write every day (almost, promise).
I started writing because I wasn’t satisfied with just being the reader anymore. I wanted to tell my own stories. Within two years, I became a self-published author. Born and raised in North Carolina. I haven’t traveled further than Florida. I spend most of my time reading, writing (sorta), knitting, watching the same movies over and over again and shopping online for penny books. I am the author of the Antidote trilogy. I attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and am getting a degree in English.

Visit Taylor online!

What was the first book you wrote? Published?

The first book I ever wrote (book, not short story) was basically a fanfiction (I didn’t realize this at the time) of things like the Wheel of Time and Sword of Truth series. There was every single high fantasy cliché you can imagine.

Which author do you most look up to?erin

I know saying JK Rowling is old hat, but I think I have to. She wove the most imaginative story, and captured an entire generation of readers. She basically unlocked the love of reading in many many young children, and I can’t imagine leaving a better legacy than that.

What is your ultimate goal as an author?

Basically what I’ve said above, starting a love of reading in people. And telling a killer story.

Which of your characters do you most connect with?

I connect to each one of my characters a little bit, you have to in order to write them. But I most identify with the ones who are unsure of their places in life, because that was me for so long.

What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

Fantasy, always fantasy. And for me it’s YA fantasy, because the genre is so revolutionary. It’s the kind of genre and category that makes me compelled to buy a book because the “hook” behind so many of the books is so intriguing. Plus there’s something about that teen narration that keeps me turning pages.

But yeah, it’s always going to be fantasy. There’s got to be something magical about it.

What is the most challenging part of your writing process?

Making myself sit down to do it when I know I’ve got about a dozen other things I should do.

 Do you have any go to snacks while writing?

Mostly just tea. Lots and lots of tea.

What is your all-time favorite novel to read?

Anything by Neil Gaiman

What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?

No author wants to answer that, do they? It always sounds like bragging. But if I’ve got to say, I think probably voice (can I even say that, is that allowed?) It’s getting stronger with every new book, and as I find my space and narrative within each book.

frostWhat is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t compare yourself to others. It really is the best advice, but I’ve yet to learn how to follow it completely.

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?

Characters: The Mad Hatter (because tea party, duh), Lord Henry Wotton from Dorian Gray and Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments (mostly because I think they’d have a verbal sparring match) Warren from Shatter Me, and Hermione from Harry Potter (I think she’d probably hex Warren, which would be delightful to watch).

Authors: Neil Gaiman, JK Rowling, Stephen King, Maggie Stiefvator and Maureen Johnson.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Getting to make up lies all day and being paid money for them.

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

I don’t really have one aside from writer, but if I did, I expect it would be something else ridiculous, like mattress tester or chocolatier, or “pillow fight technician”. Okay, that last one I made up.

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

It varies wildly. But the Frost books are so dang long that the proper answer is “simply ages”.

What is your favorite place to write?

At home in my library without any noises or distractions.

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

I hoop dance. Which is a bit like simple hula hooping, but with a lot more tossing and flailing and throwing things about.

Today we’re celebrating a new release from our newest author, the wonderful Taylor Hondos. Antidote is once again out in the world and we’re very much looking forward to all of you enjoying this fantastic new series right along with us!

antidoteAntidote by Taylor Hondos
Published by Patchwork Press on June 1st, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 214
Format: Paperback, ebook
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Synopsis: Life sucks, and then you rot. No one knows how Dermadecatis is contracted, but its existence has changed everything for 18-year-old Lena, in this riveting debut from Taylor Hondos.

No contact with other people.

Masks must be worn in public at all times.

Four months ago men, women and children alike began to rot from the inside out, and the world as we know it changed forever. Life goes on, but now everything revolves around the need to survive and find a cure for Dermadecatis, the disease that Lena Alona’s father discovered.

Unfortunately for Lena and everyone else who is desperate to survive, her father’s secrets died when he did.

The release day for Antidote is finally here! We’re very excited to start this incredible journey with Taylor! Make sure to add Antidote to your “to read” on GoodReads. Purchase your copy of Antidote from:

 

About Taylor Hondos⠀⠀⠀

taylor-300x300Taylor is the author of the “Antidote” trilogy. She began studying at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2013 and is getting a degree in English. She enjoys reading and writing instead of doing her homework. She is currently working on “Prospect,” the second book in the trilogy. WebsiteTwitterGoodreads

taylorTaylor Hondos prides herself in being your average, everyday girl. Born and raised in North Carolina, she lives with her family and her miniature schnauzer, Blackie. She attends the University of North Carolina and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English. When she isn’t writing, you can find her searching endlessly for new books to binge-read or watching Sex and the City. The idea for Antidote came to Taylor while she was watching I, Robot with her brother and had the sudden thought, what if I became a robot? Antidote takes place in a world where a mysterious disease called Dermadecatis causes those who contract it to rot from the inside out. The novel follows eighteen-year-old Lena Alona, whose father discovered Dermadecatis but died, taking whatever knowledge he had about the disease with him. Lena must find the cure for Dermadecatis before it has the opportunity to wipe out the human race. Antidote is her first novel.


A Note from Taylor:  Hello to all the readers out there, who stay up far past their bedtime to stay a second longer in their book realm. I am so happy to be working with Patchwork Press to republish my book, Antidote. It is the first book of The Antidote Trilogy and it is more than meets the eye. Not all lines are black and white. Not all evil means there isn’t a little bit of good in there. I have always been obsessed with why villains become just that, villains. It’s true that all of us have a little dark in us. When disease takes over the entire world, what becomes of those left of us? Do we run and hide? Or do we fight back? By any means possible; even mind control perhaps? I hope you check it out and find out what pushes humanity over the edge!

Thank you so much to Patchwork Press. I am so lucky to be a part of this group of authors.


Find Taylor online at taylorhondos.com

Another year with Patchwork Press has come and gone, adding new authors and new books to our roster. It has been a great year, so we very much wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for continuing to spend time with us, read with us and love books with us! Here’s to another great year with all of you.

You guys are the best!

All our love,
Team Patchwork Press

Today we’re getting to know another one of our fabulous authors! This time, it’s the incredible Amy McNulty!

What was the first book you wrote? Published?Luna cute 003 (Medium)
Nobody’s Goddess, a YA romantic fantasy, is the first manuscript I finished and the first one I published! I did, however, write a manuscript called Dreamalgam that was 120,000 words long and still only “half finished.” It took me nine years and I finally shelved it. I did mine some material from it for Nobody’s Goddess in the end, though.
What is your ultimate goal as an author?
I would love to be able to make a modest living as an author so I could afford to spend more time writing fiction instead of writing business content. However, to get to that point, I need to put a lot more books out. I need more time to write so I can (I hope) one day have more time to write. It’s a conundrum.

What is your favorite genre to read? Why?
YA fantasy or dystopian because I love immersing myself in fantastical settings. I specifically enjoy YA because I relate more to characters struggling to find their places in the world.

What is the most challenging part of your writing process?
Drafting! With one exception (when I wrote the first draft of Nobody’s Goddess in nine days!), I take longer than I’d like to write the draft. I have much more fun editing the manuscript and polishing it.


kISeGCcCDo you have any go to snacks while writing?
I tend to give myself an energy boost mid-afternoon with hot or iced tea and yogurt or a granola bar.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Never give up, even when you feel like your writing isn’t good enough.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Getting to spend time in imaginary worlds with imaginary people in my head and not feel like a crazy person for doing so.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would be your next choice for a dream job?
There’s literally nothing else I’d rather be! I used to want to be a translator (not an interpreter) of French or Japanese, but I struggle with anxiety so I couldn’t bring myself to study abroad. But I’ve always wanted to be an author as well.

What is your favorite place to write?
On a futon using a laptop table in my office. It’s where I do most of my writing, fiction and non-fiction.

Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!
I’m a huge geek and I fell in love with anime when I was 12 years old after I asked my parents for a doll that I discovered was from Sailor Moon. I still love anime and manga to this day, and I contribute to Anime News Network as a daily streaming reviewer.

Happy Friday! Today we’re getting to know Kellie Sheridan, author of The Hitchhiker Strain Series and co-founder of Patchwork Press, Weapenry and Write All Year!


25465318What was the first book you wrote? Published?


The first book I ever published was technically End Dayz, an ebook prequel to my first full novel, Mortality. I was definitely on a bit of a zombie kick back then!

Which author do you most look up to?

The authors I most look up to are those who dream big and take the time to try and make a difference within the publishing world. They may not be the authors that I read the most, but they’re absolutely the ones who have made the biggest difference in my life.

What is your ultimate goal as an author?


Ahhh, that’s hard! I guess to have a lifetime career in the publishing industry, both in putting out my own books and making a difference in the indie world. I may look into traditional publishing at some point just because I’d love to explore all corners of the publishing world, but anything there is more of a bonus where as indie publishing is really the goal.

Do you have any go to snacks while writing?kellie

I’m horrible with eating and writing at the same time. Either it’s too distracting, or my fingers get sticky, which is also too distracting. Basically I need to be in a bubble when I’m writing or I get distracted. Tea I can handle though!

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


Adventurer! Is that a real job?

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


Ahhh, it vaires so much lately. I’ve done a book in six months, I’ve done a book in a year. It really depends how focused I am/how many other things are going on.

dustinTell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!

In the past year or so I’ve achieved my dream of becoming a foster dog parent. We’ve had four pups stay in our house while they’ve been waiting to find their forever homes and it has been a great experience!


Learn more about Kellie online!

Today we’re getting to know about eco-fantasy author, Terra Harmony.


 

terraWhat was the first book you wrote? Published?


The first book I wrote and published was The Kindred Curse Anthology, a New Adult vampire set of connected short stories, each subsequent story a prequel to the prior. I don’t advertise this one too much, it was more of a guilty pleasure than anything to get vampires out of my system!

Which author do you most look up to?


I really look up to authors (self-published or traditionally published) that take the time to mentor and coach the rest of us. I definitely would not be where I am today without these selfless, talented people.

What is your ultimate goal as an author?


Depends on which day you ask me! Sometimes I think I’m not sure I event want to write anymore. Sometimes I want writing to be my full time thing. Sometimes I start delving into how to write screenplays. Overall, I believe life is all about balance and I’m in a good place right now where I can balance my career, my writing, and my family. I’d be content maintaining status quo – though there will always be a part of me that wants something more for my novels.img_1186

Do you have any go to snacks while writing?

Eating and writing is hard! So it is coffee, tea, water, or soda for me.

 

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


A stay at home mom. 🙂  Between crafts, the gym, volunteering at the schools and neighborhood, and being a Girl Scouts leader I would stay plenty busy.

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


Six months, give or take. I am generally able to publish two books per year.

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

I recently got into coloring.  I use fancy markers and intricate coloring books, and have ‘coloring’ parties with a fun group of ladies. It is an amazing stress relief!


Learn more about Terra online!

 

We’re kicking off this week by getting to know the one and only Janna Jennings who writes the always amazing Grimm Legacy books.


 

What was the first book you wrote? Published?

A Grimm Legacy, which started out as four character sketches, and grew from there. I entered the manuscript with all it’s many flaws into a contest on NaNoWriMo. That’s how I got hooked up PWP… and the rest is history

janna1Which author do you most look up to?

This could be a long answer. I’ve always loved C.S. Lewis, and think he’s an author who could easily be considered timeless. Kids enjoy his books as much fifty years ago as they do today. Jerry Spinelli’s language and descriptions create these amazing visuals that drag you right into the heart of the matter. Newer author Shannon Messenger really knows how to build a world and twist a tale right on its ear. Honestly, there is so much good writing out there, one is never out of things to read.

What is your ultimate goal as an author?

To connect with readers. To have them enjoy a story, to love the simple act of reading and being satisfied and a little sad when they flip to the last page of the book. To leave them wanting more.

Which of your characters do you most connect with?

I think there is always little pieces of me and my experiences in each character I write. But the troublemakers seem to flow from my pen a little too readily to deny a strong connection with them.

What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

I’m on the fence between historical fiction and fantasy. The historical fiction always seems so fascinating to me, and it’s the only way I enjoy history. Wading past the dates and facts and getting to the human heart of the story. What was this person’s experience, hopes, dreams? And fantasy is always fun, pushing the boundaries of what is possible, one great big ‘what if?’

What is the most challenging part of your writing process?

Consistently finding time to write, and probably because it is a fresh would… formatting!

Do you have any go to snacks while writing?

9781927940518I’m a tea drinker 🙂

What is your all-time favorite novel to read?

I think I’m going to have to go back to Lewis on this one. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?

Being able to absorb advice and apply it to my writing.

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

The importance of having a plan before you start writing.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

The power words have. Twenty-six simple letter, when strung together can elicit unanticipated emotions, thoughts, and dreams from anyone they come in contact with.

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

Librarian, and fortunately, I get to live it!

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

A year. It would be nice to cut that down.

What is your favorite place to write?

Surrounded by books, usually a book store or library.

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

I recently started my dream job of being a librarian at an elementary school. I get to spend all day surrounded by books and get kids as enthralled about books and reading as I am. And just how excited would you be if your employer had a substantial budget for you to buy books every year?


Learn more about Janna on her website!

 

We still have a lot of amazing authors to get to know. Let’s jump in today with Angela Shelley!


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What was the first book you wrote? Published?efd_ebook-cover
The first book I wrote was in the second grade. I co-wrote a story about some kids who found a tunnel that went into a secret world. A friend from church illustrated it, and we had big plans! I wish I still had that book.

Which author do you most look up to?
This is a difficult question, just because there are so many wonderful authors out there. I have a deep respect for any artist who commits to their art to the point that they spend decades on it, and use the medium as a means for personal growth. I’d list many authors that I’ve read since childhood, or even some newer ones who, you can tell from the story, were dedicated to it. They worked hard, and I respect that. And then there’s the unpublished authors who study craft, enter contests and break their brains learning their artform. There are so many, too many to list.

What is your favorite genre to read? Why?
It changes often, but currently I’m reading a lot of fantasy. I love the symbolism.Angela Shelley Book of Shadows

What is the most challenging part of your writing process?
Finding time to write with two preschoolers is definitely my biggest challenge. And yet, they are my biggest loves, too.

What do you consider your greatest strength as an author?
Patience, perhaps. Understanding that being a writers is being an artist. Just like a painter, not every painting is going to reach everyone. And being okay with that.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Write every day.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?
I love that as a writer, I’m both an artist and a business person. It’s the one career that allows me to exercise both halves of my brain!

What is your favorite place to write?
My office. I know, it’s kind of boring, but I’ve set it up nicely and actually rarely get to write there, oddly. I suppose the second favorite is this quiet little cafe I go to sometimes, MacLean’s Coffeehouse.

Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!
I love making and decorating cakes for my family. I’m currently making a Lightning McQueen cake and My Little Pony cake for my kids birthday. I’ll send pics when they are done!

 

Angela's cakes

Finished cakes!

 


Learn more about Angela online!