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Painted Maidens Review Contest

The Painted Maidens Trilogy is a three book, young adult fantasy series. Eco-fantasy, actually. There is plenty of action, some gore, some romance (which gets steamier as the series goes on), and it is definitely unique to anything you’ve read before. A young maiden (the youngest of her species, actually), Serena, is caught going beyond the borders of her kingdom to The Dry. As punishment, she is assigned to be the Werewolf Liaison which puts her in The Dry semi-permanently. She must contend with the hostile werewolf clan that has a long-standing, bloody history with the maidens. There are plenty of twists along the way – We hope each of you give this series a chance!

Terra has two great giveaways planned for anyone who posts a review for each of the books. In the final book, ‘The Taking’, two pieces of jewelry play a big role. Here are excerpts from the book describing the jewelry:

Mermaid Necklace:

When Danny extends his hand and opens his palm, a silver-chained necklace with a small charm rests on it. Leaning in for a closer look, Serena and Liam both emit an awed sigh. The charm is a tiny mermaid, her tail curved up so the entire shape makes a small ‘U’. Her upper body is bare but only her back shows. Serena runs the pad of her thumb down the long locks of hair cascading down the mermaid’s shoulders almost to her scales at her waistline.
“You made this?” whispers Serena.
“Out of them poles you let me have.” Danny nods. “Except the hair. That comes from a special stone.”
“What is special about it?” asks Liam.
“It has luminescence.”
“Like our hair?” asks Serena.
“Of sorts,” says Danny. “But this one lights up only when another type of stone is close. The energy of the both of them together creates the light. Look…” Danny motions down the dock and another man with two large boxes comes forward. As he walks closer, the hair of the mermaid in Serena’s hand begins to glow. At first, only subtle glimmers are perceptible, but by the time the man with the boxes is next to them the charm is at full radiance.
Danny reaches into one of the boxes pulling out several more mermaid charms. “These are for your maidens. They won’t glow—that quality is unique to yours, meant to help you find a maiden if she gets lost along the way.”
“Danny,” says Serena. “Thank you. I don’t… I mean…”
“The least I could do,” says Danny. “You are the best thing that has ever happened to the clan, well, since Liam here anyway.”

Werewolf Bracelet:

“I’ve got somethin’ for Mr. Second Best too,” Danny reaches into the next box.
Liam crosses his arms. “I ain’t wearin’ no necklaces.”
“What about a bracelet?” Danny smiles. He pulls out several silver bracelets. The twisted band ends with a wolf head on either side. “Don’t worry, yours is just as special.” Danny pulls out an envelope, emptying the contents—one of the wolf bracelets—into Liam’s palm. “In yours, the eyes light up when one of your wolves is close.”
Turning his arm, moonlight flashes along the ridges of the bracelet until Liam’s wrist is pointed toward the heavens, and the eyes of each wolf glow red.
“Brilliant,” Serena says the same time as Liam says, “awesome.”

Enter the contest below by voting for either Team Mermaid or Team Werewolf. Don’t forget there are extra entry options, and five entries if you post a link to your review of any of the books in the series. Remember, the first e-book is free across all platforms – go and get it now! The contest is over soon! Good luck!

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Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway, hosted by urban fantasy & paranormal romance author Ash Krafton

Just like last year, more than FIFTY AUTHORS of fantasy and paranormal books are giving away books and swag. Hope you’re ready to start clicking and start winning because the Rafflecopters await!

In order to ensure you get a book you will love, we have divided our prizes into two groups—adult books and YA books. Feel free to enter either giveaway or both.

Giveaway runs until October 31st… plenty of time to get all your entries in!

The authors:
Tricia Schneider, Nicole Zoltack, Marsha A. Moore, Mimi Sebastian, Terri Rochenski, Jonathan D Allen, Kiru Taye, Julie Reece, Lori J. Fitzgerald, Debbie Christiana, Georgia Lyn Hunter, M. Pax, Sharon Saracino, Shah Wharton, H. L. Burke, Angela Myron, Jocelyn Adams, James Garcia Jr, Tina Moss, Danielle DeVor, Sharon Buchbinder, April Aasheim, CL Bledsoe, Mara Valderran, Angela Yseult, Kallysten, Juli D. Revezzo, Aldrea Alien, Loralie Hall, Allyson Lindt, Sotia Lazu, Angela Castillo, Valerie Twombly, R.M. James, Shanyn Hosier,
Ronesa Aveela, Sofia Grey, Konstanz Silverbow, Melissa McPhail, Jamie Marchant, Brandy L Rivers, JC Andrijeski, Stacey Nash, Nancy Corrigan, Scarlett Dawn, Jami Gray, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Tonya Macalino, Christine E. Schulze, Selah Janel, and Ash Krafton.

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

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

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

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

Cut is the first book in the Undying series.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Okay, I’m way too excited about this, and I’m sooo pumped to finally show you these beautiful new covers. The Beautiful Madness series stalled a little out of the gate initially for a whollleee bunch of reasons that I wont get into here, but I’m finally back on track. Once I revamped what I wanted to do with this series, I knew I needed to give the covers a new look. But I was still so in love with the photoshoot that initially inspired this series (check out the photographer, Voodica). So what to do, what to do?

Well, it just so happens I know a pretty fantastic cover designer, the one and only, Erica Crouch! So we talked a bit about the series, what I wanted to change with the covers, and her (always brilliant) ideas. And so, a new look for Beautiful Madness was born!

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About the book: For centuries, Wonderland thrived as the domain of beautiful bedlam and unapologetic madness. It was a place like no other. All it took was one girl slipping in through the cracks of the universe to start chaos spiraling toward order. In the 150 years since Alice’s visit, the realm has become tainted—almost normal. Rabbits in waistcoats and playing card minions are little more than creatures of myth, and Wonderland is literally falling to pieces.

For Gwen, Rose, and Lucky, Wonderland is home, and yet they know little of its former glory. When the Alice prophecy resurfaces, they’ll have one chance to use Wonderland’s own legends to bring a little mayhem back into their reality. For she who controls Alice controls the fate of Wonderland.

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Awake and Dreaming
Coming Spring 2014

About the bookGenerations ago, the White Queen, the Mad Hatter, and the Rabbit all played their parts in dethroning the Red Queen. Now, nearly one hundred and fifty years later, few remember the story, but those who do know that one valuable girl can change Wonderland forever: Alice.

When Alice arrives in Neverwood Forest, there is little to suggest she’s no longer in her world. But as things she comes into contact with start to change—becoming both strange and oddly charming—there is no denying she has power over Wonderland and its people. 

Nothing could have prepared Alice for Wonderland; Wonderland will be equally unprepared for her.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s the official synopsis and our temporary cover:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cover Reveal: Incite, by Erica CrouchIncite by Erica Crouch
Series: Ignite #2
Published by Patchwork PressPublished Summer 2014
Genres: FantasyParanormal,Young Adult
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In this thrilling conclusion to the Ignite series, Pen and Azael return to finish what they started. The earth is in ruins, and the war of Heaven and Hell has spilled over into the mortal world.

In the frozen wasteland of the apocalypse, Azael and his band of cohorts search for Pen and Michael with orders to kill. Little does he know that his sister has incited a rebel army of her own. Angels and demons alike stand side by side, ready and willing to fight for a future they didn’t realize they could have.

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I have been waiting for today for months now. I am so excited to reveal the cover of Incite, the final installment in the Ignite series! I love this cover so much (and I guess I should, since I designed it myself!). Pen finally truly fights back in Incite, and the cover shows that no nonsense attitude you’ll see. Compared to the cover of Ignite, where she’s got her back to us, she’s facing her advisories head on in Incite. And of course the nature of Ignite is replaced with an industrial background (which may or may not become a pivotal location in the story). If you look closely, you’ll see the feathers of her wings are falling off… I’ll leave you to decide what that means!

Here are the three covers of the Ignite series, all lined up:

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Incite should be coming out this summer, and it’s going to be a doozy. Let me tell you a bit about it…

It opens just a little bit after where Ignite leaves off. Azael is up in Heaven with Gus, Lilith, and Lucifer. He’s bent on revenge after Pen’s betrayal, but there may be a small part of him not ready to kill his sister, no matter how divergent their loyalties have grown. But when Lucifer gives  the order to find her and kill her, he wrangles together a group of some of the nastiest demons to hunt her. (Remember the mention of Zepar in Ignite? Well, you’ll finally get to meet the Ripper himself in Incite!)

Meanwhile, Pen and Michael are fugitives, running from both angels and demons. They’re on the run in the midst of the apocalypse, living a very reactive life until they run into a very curious angel who offers them something more: an army of their own. Without meaning to, Pen and Michael’s actions have incited a rebellion (it’s called Incite for a reason!). A cohort of misfits who aren’t satisfied with the way Heaven and Hell has been running things are ready for a change, and they’re ready and willing to fight for it. Angels and demons are fighting side by side for the same cause, and we’ll be meeting some new (awesome!) faces: Kala, Ana, and Eli. I promise, you’re going to love them (I already do!). I hope you’ve read Entice, because someone from the first war will be coming back to save Pen’s life for a second time.

Incite is going to be a lot of fun. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeves, and let me just say this… You may be looking in the wrong direction regarding the true villain of the story. Have I said too much? ;)

Make sure to add Incite on GoodReads! And keep an eye out on the 29th, because I will be posting ANOTHER cover reveal in honor of Patchwork Press’ one year anniversary. It’s the first book in the Undying series — my upcoming new adult science fiction — called Cut. It’s one of my favorites, so you won’t want to miss it!

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About Erica Crouch

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Erica Crouch is a young adult author from the colorful city of Baltimore, Maryland. Her debut novel, Ignite, was published June 2013, and its e-novella sequel, Entice, was released Nov. 2013. The final book in the Ignite series, Incite, is expected 2014. A compilation of the series will be released winter 2014.

Erica is the cofounder of Patchwork Press, an author-powered publisher of MG, YA, and NA titles. She is the head of editorial services and design, with more than ten projects to her name.

Currently, she is studying English and Creative Writing with a specialization in Fiction at Southern New Hampshire University. She is a vlogger for the YAWordNerds with over 400 subscribers. When Erica isn’t writing, she’s reading an overwhelming stack of books, watching an obscene amount of Netflix, and procrastinating.

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