Release Day: Polaris AwakeningPolaris Awakening by Kellie Sheridan, E. Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Hannah Davies, Terra Harmony, Meghan Jashinsky
Series: Polaris #1
Published by Patchwork Press on May 26, 2015
Genres: Anthology, LGBT, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 505
Formats: Paperback, ebook
Goodreads
Synopsis:

ZEUS PROTOCOL 000101: REBOOT, SCAN.

DANGER DETECTED.

THREAT LEVEL: UNKNOWN.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: INCREASE MILITARY PRESENCE.

There’s trouble brewing on Polaris. Under the watchful eye of the space station’s supercomputer, Zeus, the lower classes are awakening to the corruption of their wealthy, privileged, and protected leaders. When the quiet voices of protest get louder and alliances form, change dawns on the horizon. But the small acts of resistance won’t be enough to subvert the system for long. Zeus is alert to the growing threat level, and he will do whatever’s necessary—including purging the lower levels of Polaris—to preserve stability for all.

Inspired by the mythology of the constellations hung around Polaris, the seven stories in Polaris Awakening reimagine the classic characters in a futuristic world where alien creatures are commonplace, combat arenas are used for entertaining foreign dignitaries, slaves and soldiers stand side by side, and music orchestrates a revolution. And their first acts of defiance are just the beginning. Polaris will never be the same.

ZEUS PROTOCOL 000099: ENGAGE THREAT.

FINALLY! The release day for Polaris Awakening, the newest anthology from Patchwork Press, is today! The authors of Patchwork Press (Kellie Sheridan, E. Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Hannah Davies, Terra Harmony, and Meghan Jashinsky) have come together to compile this YA science fiction anthology, and we’ve been so excited to share it with everyone.

If you saw the announcement of the anthology, you know that each story in the book is based off of the mythology of constellation. The anthology was a lot of fun — and hard work — to write, and we hope it will be just as exciting of a read: there’s action, there’s romance, there’s rebellion, and all of the characters and stories are so unique while still existing in the same world. It’s cohesive, creative freedom at its best!

You can order the anthology right now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. It will be available as both an ebook and a paperback. Add Polaris Awakening on GoodReads, and let us know in the comments which constellation is your favorite!

Release Day: Engage, by Erica CrouchEngage by Erica Crouch
Series: Ignite #2.5
Published by Patchwork Press on May 5, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, LGBT, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 128
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Synopsis:

Kalaziel is a terrible guardian angel: her temper’s shorter than she is, she swears, she’s missing a wing, and she sees no problem with letting man make their own choices—no matter how questionable. That’s what free will is all about, right? Her overseers disagree.

After she mishandles an assignment, Heaven strips Kala of her title and throws her back into training, hoping to reinforce the covenant of vows she swore to uphold as a guardian. But the angels’ motives aren’t as pure as they appear: they want to eradicate any opinions that conflict with Heaven’s code.

With a mass cleansing on the horizon, Kala discovers she is not alone in her insubordination; there are other angels who are restless with the stasis of Heaven and ready for change. Progress doesn’t come easily, though, especially when it means uniting ancient enemies to fight for a common cause.

Engage is a novella that prequels Kala and Ana’s story in Incite.

Today’s the day — release day! We are so excited to share Kala and Ana’s story with everyone. This book is the book that almost wasn’t; without Erica Crouch splitting Incite in half, we never would have had the opportunity to hear the background of just how New Genesis came to be…at least, not in a format like this!

And really, we can’t get enough of our favorite lesbian angel couple!

Like EnticeEngage is available as both a paperback and an ebook, so you can have it sitting on both your physical bookshelf or your virtual one! You can order Engage from:

Sign up to participate in the Infinite cover reveal May 15th! Just a little over a month until the conclusion of the series comes out — Infinite will be available June 16th, so mark your calendars!

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About Erica Crouch

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Erica Crouch is a young adult and new adult author from Baltimore, Maryland. She has a strange blended aesthetic of cute and spooky, and her books reflect her ever changing mood. (You may find romance, you may find gore—sometimes both in the same book, but probably not at the same time. Probably.)

Erica is the cofounder of Patchwork Press, an author-powered publisher of middle grade, young adult, and new adult titles. She is the head of editorial services and design, with nearly fifty projects to her name.

B2.5-EngageEngage: An Ignite Novella by Erica Crouch
Series: Ignite #2.5
Published by Patchwork Press on May 5, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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Synopsis:

Kalaziel is a terrible guardian angel: her temper’s shorter than she is, she swears, she’s missing a wing, and she sees no problem with letting man make their own choices—no matter how questionable. That’s what free will is all about, right? Her overseers disagree.

After she mishandles an assignment, Heaven strips Kala of her title and throws her back into training, hoping to reinforce the covenant of vows she swore to uphold as a guardian. But the angels’ motives aren’t as pure as they appear: they want to eradicate any opinions that conflict with Heaven’s code.

With a mass cleansing on the horizon, Kala discovers she is not alone in her insubordination; there are other angels who are restless with the stasis of Heaven and ready for change. Progress doesn’t come easily, though, especially when it means uniting ancient enemies to fight for a common cause.

Engage is a novella that prequels Kala and Ana’s story in Incite.

The day is finally here! We are so thrilled to finally share the cover reveal of Erica Crouch’s Engage, the next installment in the Ignite seriesEngage follows Kala and Ana’s story before the events that unfold in Incite.

Engage comes out May 5th. You can preorder the ebook now on Amazon so you can get it the moment it’s out! Sign up to participate in the RELEASE DAY BLITZ!

We’re in love with the cover — the feathers! Kala! ANGELS FALLING FROM HEAVEN??? — but we want to know what you think! Let us know in the comments!

ABOUT ERICA CROUCH

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Erica Crouch is a young adult and new adult author from Baltimore, Maryland. She has a strange blended aesthetic of cute and spooky, and her books reflect her ever changing mood. (You may find romance, you may find gore—sometimes both in the same book, but probably not at the same time. Probably.)

Erica is the cofounder of Patchwork Press, an author-powered publisher of middle grade, young adult, and new adult titles. She is the head of editorial services and design, with nearly fifty projects to her name.

Cover Reveal: Polaris AwakeningPolaris Awakening by Kellie Sheridan, Erin Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Terra Harmony, Hannah Davies, Meghan Jashinsky
Series: Polaris Anthology #1
Published by Patchwork Press on May 26, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Goodreads
Synopsis:

ZEUS PROTOCOL 000101: REBOOT, SCAN.

DANGER DETECTED.

THREAT LEVEL: UNKNOWN.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: INCREASE MILITARY PRESENCE.

There’s trouble brewing on Polaris. Under the watchful eye of the space station’s supercomputer, Zeus, the lower classes are awakening to the corruption of their wealthy, privileged, and protected leaders. When the quiet voices of protest get louder and alliances form, change dawns on the horizon. But the small acts of resistance won’t be enough to subvert the system for long. Zeus is alert to the growing threat level, and he will do whatever’s necessary—including purging the lower levels of Polaris—to preserve stability for all.

Inspired by the mythology of the constellations hung around Polaris, the seven stories in Polaris Awakening reimagine the classic characters in a futuristic world where alien creatures are commonplace, combat arenas are used for entertaining foreign dignitaries, slaves and soldiers stand side by side, and music orchestrates a revolution. And their first acts of defiance are just the beginning. Polaris will never be the same.

ZEUS PROTOCOL 000099: ENGAGE THREAT.

We are so, so excited to finally share with you the cover for the upcoming Patchwork Press anthology, Polaris Awakening! There are some amazing authors who have been working tirelessly on this project: Kellie SheridanErin Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Terra Harmony, Hannah Davies, and Meghan Jashinsky.

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The Polaris Anthology series is a young adult science fiction that retells some classic mythological stories about constellations in new and exciting ways! In the first installment, you are introduced to the space station of Polaris and the interesting characters aboard. You’ll see action, adventure, romance, and more.

Let us know what you think of the cover, and be sure to add the anthology — which comes out May 26th— on GoodReads!

If you are interested in signing up for the blitz, click here. To participate in the blog tour, click here.

Since the release of Patchwork Press‘s first anthology (The Lost Locket of Lahari), we’ve been talking about the next anthology and how great it’s going to be. We’ve been pretty tight-lipped on the details, only revealing small facts like the theme — CONSTELLATIONS! — and the genre — YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION! — but everything else? A mystery. But no longer!

Today, we are revealing the title, the authors involved, the constellations the stories are inspired by, and the mythology behind each star cluster. We’ll begin with the title reveal. Drumroll please…

Polaris-Awakening

Polaris Awakening is the title of the newest Patchwork Press anthology! Each of the seven stories in the anthology take place aboard the space station of Polaris. The station of Polaris is the brightest star in the galaxy, with it’s shining technology and renowned space academy. But not everything on Polaris is perfect — there’s a tilt of balance in social classes, and those below are beginning to awaken to the injustice of their leaders. A rebellion is thrumming through the ship, and the characters of each story all play a part in the ripple of discontent.

There are seven stories contributing to the anthology. And our authors (in order of appearance) are: Kellie Sheridan, Erin Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Hannah Davies, Terra Harmony, and Meghan Jashinsky.

Zeus

Kellie Sheridan‘s story will not only open the anthology, but it will be peppered throughout the anthology, interspersed between the other pieces. Kellie’s story doesn’t focus on one particular constellation or origin myth, but rather she is writing as the embodiment of Zeus (you know, Mr. Lightning Bolt, the Big Guy in the Sky). Zeus is personified as the supercomputer operating Polaris, and he’s more aware than you’d expect, which could lead to some danger for our characters…

Ophiuchus

After Kellie Sheridan’s introduction, we have our first full story from Erin Latimer. Erin’s story centers around the constellation Ophiuchus. The constellation represents the god Apollo struggling with the huge snake that guards the Oracle of Delphi. After Apollo slew the snake, he was ordered by Zeus to host the Pythian Games as a form of penance.

Lyra

Next up is Erica Crouch with her story based on the constellation Lyra. In the original myth, Orpheus — a musician with almost supernatural talent — falls in love with Eurydice. But their love is doomed, and Eurydice dies, stolen away to the Underworld by Hades. When Hades hears Orpheus’s mournful music, he strikes a bargain: Orpheus will be returned his love if he continues playing his music. Eurydice will follow him from the Underworld, but if Orpheus doesn’t trust Hades and turns around to check that Eurydice is still with him, he will lose her forever. The deal is made, and Orpheus plays his lyre, but when he walks over pine needles and can no longer hear Eurydice’s footsteps, he turns around and Eurydice fades away, gone forever.

Gemini

Following Erica’s piece is Janna Jennings‘s story of the constellation Gemini. The Gemini twins, Castor and Pollux, were both born from Leda, the Queen of Sparta. Their sister is Helen of Troy and there are several myths about them, including sailing with Jason and the Argonauts to find the golden fleece and fighting in the Trojan War to bring their sister Helen home. Castor is a renowned horseman, and Pollux is a great boxer.

Scorpio

Then we have Hannah Davies‘s story, inspired by the constellation Scorpio. Scorpio has a few different mythologies to chose from, but the one Hannah chose was a story about Orion and Artemis. Orion boasted that he was the greatest hunter in all the land and could kill any animal. Artemis — Goddess of hunting and also protector of beasts — sent a scorpion after Orion to defeat him. The scorpion stung Orion’s ankle, killing him. Zeus was impressed by the scorpion, so he made a constellation for it. In the sky, the scorpion is at the opposite side of the horizon to Orion to keep them apart.

Virgo

Terra Harmony‘s story follows next, and she was inspired by the constellation Virgo. Persephone, beautiful daughter of Zeus and Demeter, is tricked by Hades who carries her off to the underworld to be his wife. Her mother was so upset by this, she completely neglected her duties as goddess of agriculture, and famine spread over the entire world. The solution was for Persephone should be with her mother for half the year, and go to the underworld with Hades for the other half of the year. When Persephone is gone, agriculture essentially dies until she returns again six months later.

Taurus

And finally, to close the anthology we have a story from Meghan Jashinsky, based on the constellation Taurus. From the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, the goddess Ishtar sends Taurus to kill Gilgamesh because he spurned her. In the sky, this is why the constellation Taurus seems to be facing off with Orion (who is representative of Gilgamesh).


Patchwork Press’s Polaris Awakening is going to be a whirlwind of a read! With so many spectacular myths interpreted into the science fiction world by an array of talented authors — all with strong, unique voices — we’re readying for an epic read. You can expect the cover reveal in March, and trust us, you won’t want to miss it! The release day is scheduled for April 28th, one day before Patchwork Press’s second birthday! So let us know…

WHAT CONSTELLATION ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO READ?
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Release Day: Incite, by Erica Crouch

Release Day: Incite, by Erica CrouchIncite by Erica Crouch
Series: Ignite #2
Published by Patchwork Press on February 17, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 380
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Synopsis:

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. Change doesn’t come easy, though. Pen is wary of joining New Genesis’s revolution, but when Azael shows his hand and Pen learns all that he holds over them, she chooses to fight back, no matter the risk. She only has to survive, one hour at a time.

“Dark, action-packed, and beautifully written. Incite will have you desperately turning pages from beginning to end!” — Kellie Sheridan, author of Four of a Kind

After all the excitement of waiting…today’s the day! 

Happy book birthday to Incite, book two in the Ignite series. We can’t wait to see where Pen, Michael, and Azael’s story goes — and we know it’s gonna be one Hell (pun intended) of a ride! Make sure to dive into the series and join in on the adventure.

Here’s what a few early reviewers have to say about the next installment in Erica Crouch’s five-part series:

“Erica has such skill, and the way she wove in beautiful descriptions with the truly awful things going on left me wanting to read more long after I had finished the book.” Meghan Jashinsky

“This will no doubt be as firm a favourite as ‘Ignite’ has been these past (nearly) two years of my reading life.”Books for a Delicate Eternity

“The element of darkness is explored in ways that will leave you terrified, breathless,and amazed all at once.”The Cursed Empire

“Incite was perfection; a compelling read that kept me on the edge of my seat.” The Bookish Owl

“The ending of this book is killer, it will keep you wanting more…I already want the next one to be out!”Bookaholic Raves

Grab your copy — in paperback or ebook format — of Incite now from AmazonBarnes & NobleApple iBooks, or KoboAnd if you haven’t done so already, make sure to get caught up on the series by reading Igniteand Entice!

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About Erica Crouch

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Erica Crouch is a young adult and new adult author from Baltimore, Maryland. She has a strange blended aesthetic of cute and spooky, and her books reflect her ever changing mood. (You may find romance, you may find gore—sometimes both in the same book, but probably not at the same time. Probably.)

Erica is the cofounder of Patchwork Press, an author-powered publisher of middle grade, young adult, and new adult titles. She is the head of editorial services and design, with nearly fifty projects to her name.

Introducing-5

It’s a new year and Patchwork Press is filled with new faces.  We have new authors and new interns and we’d like to introduce you to some new (and some familiar) faces!

IMG_20141022_143638Lily Meade

Age: 20

About me:  I’ve tried a lot of jobs!  i have been a nanny, a barista, even an ice cream lady, but I’ve always circled back to writing.  I really love writing, reading, and interacting with people.  The internet is such a fun resource for passionate fans.  I really love social media.  I have my own website and YouTube channel.  I am really into interacting and helping people.  My ultimate goal is to make a living writing Young Adult books.  I’m super excited to one day have fans of my own to interact with.

Favorite books:  What a hard decision!  I don’t think I could choose just one favorite book, but I’ll say that my favorite Harry Potter book is The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Favorite authors:  Ugh.  Again, I can’t choose.  I’m just going to stay stereotypical and say J.K. Rowling.

Favorite snack while reading:  Anything that won’t stick to my hands.  I’m super strict about the care of my books, so stains and reside is a definite no-no.

Why did you choose to intern for PWP:  I want to know more about publishing.  I really want to improve both my writing and marketing skills and this seemed like a surefire way to help.  I am also hoping to make some new friends.

You can find Lily on her blog and twitter.

 

Snapchat--6692625453070590398Hannah Davies

Age:  24

About me:  I’m an English Literature and Creative Writing student at the University of Greenwich in London.  I’ve been interested in writing and reading as long as I can remember and my goal is to work in publishing, possibly in an editorial capacity.  I recently started reviewing books on my blog.  I’m lucky that my passions are the same as my work but besides reading and writing, I like to bake, explore and travel, and draw.  I am also obsessed with Pinterest.

Favorite books:  Tough question!  Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie, The Graceling series by Kristen Cashore, the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater… there are millions more!  The best book I read recently was Tiny Pretty Things.

Favorite authors:  I’ll read anything by Sarah J. Maas.  She is queen.

Favorite snack while reading:  I generally don’t eat while I read but if I do, I eat sweets.  I mostly drink peppermint tea while reading.

Why did you choose to intern for PWP:  Well, I want to go into publishing so it’s the perfect opportunity to get lots of experience and learn how the world of publishing works.  I also feel very passionate about the ‘author-powered’ ethos of Patchwork Press so its a brilliant company to be involved in.  Besides that, the work is very interesting and the rest of the team are wonderful people.  I’ve made some fantastic friends at PWP!

You can find Hannah on her blog and twitter.

 

10850093_10202902637438050_7387529754941062729_nAyah Assem

Age:  20

About me:  I am a pharmacy student.  I am obsessed with nature and any cute animals.  I have two cats.  If only I could adopt a panda!!!  I have been reading and writing ever since I was able to do these things.

Favorite books:  My current favorite book has to be Splintered by A.G. Howard!  If you love Edgar Allan Poe and Tim Burton movies, then you will really enjoy this!

Favorite authors:  A.G. Howard, Edgar Allan Poe, Lauren Oliver, Lesley Pearse, Cassandra Clare, and this is not the end of the list!

Favorite snack while reading:  I do not usually eat while reading.  If the books is really good, then I will read while eating lunch/dinner!

Why did you choose to intern for PWP:  Because it would be great to know what happens in the backstage of publishing a book.  Being a PWP intern makes me take one step closer to fulfilling my dream of finishing my book and entering the publication world.  Besides, the Patchwork Press family is super friendly!

You can find Ayah on her blog and on twitter.

 

books phottMadeline Klepec

Age:  18

About me:  Hmmm…. I am a first year college student.  When I’m not complaining about homework and school, I like to catch up with friends, read, write, and on and off try to run.  Emphasis on the word try.  I love to tap dance ( I’m a former dancer ).  My dream is to live near an ocean because I love the beach.  Unfortunately, I grew up in a small town surrounded by corn fields.  Oh, and I work at my local library where I am literally surrounded by books.

Favorite books:  I’m going to pretend you meant to put “favorite books”  Lux series, Shatter Me series, Hunger Game series, Divergent Seres, and Dare You To.

Favorite Authors:  Again, more than one 😛  Jennifer L Armentrout, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Katy McGarry.

Favorite snack while reading:  I don’t eat while reading because I catch up with reading before bed or in the middle of the day.  Plus, I don’t want to get food on my books or kindle.

Why did you choose to intern for PWP:  Last year during my senior year of high school, everyone knew what their majors were going to be and I was still in limbo.  So, I decided I wanted to work in publishing:  I want to become a literary agent.  So, I searched for internships and found PWP, which has been a great experience for the past year.

You can find Madeline on her blog and on twitter.

 

df406683d0f56e9fce671412d5179d6e (1)Dana Cuadrado

Age:  19

About me:  I am a college student, blogger, reader, and TV addict.  I am an English major in my first year of college.  I would like to get a masters degree in publishing.  My dream is to work in a publishing house, in particular the publicity department.  It doesn’t hurt that I live in NYC.  I love to write as well.  I have been blogging on and off, for three years.  It is one of the best things I have ever done and I hope to blog for a long time.

Favorite books: I am going to go with my most recent favorites which were A Court of Thorns and Roses and Simon vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda.

Favorite authors:  Sarah J. Maas, Marie Rutkoski, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Alyssa Rose Ivy, Erica Crouch, and Kellie Sheridan are among my favorites.

Favorite snack while reading:  Just going with chocolate for all occasions, preferably in cold weather and with an e-book while radon because that can get messy.

Why did you choose to intern for PWP:  I want to work in publishing, specifically publicity/marketing, so PWP has given me some great experience as well as knowledge that I can put on my resume.  At the same time, it has been a very well rounded learning experience in all aspects of publishing.  I have loved every minute of it!

You can find Dana on her blog and on twitter.

 

IMG_0199Ashley Shannon

Age:  26

About me:  I’m a work at home single mom to the cutie pie in my picture.  His name is Graham.  I run a blog that is for other moms who are writers too.  I horde books which is one reason I have a Kindle and not many physical copies of books.  My Kindle has over 700 books on it.  My dream job would be to be a full-time writer, either traditionally or self published.  My ultimate life goal is to teach my son to enjoy reading just as much as I do.

Favorite books:  Most of the books I love to read are Young Adult Fiction however my all time favorite book is Gone with the Wind.

Favorite Authors:  J.K. Rowling, Rainbow Rowell, and George R.R. Martin.

Favorite snack while reading:  Tea.  Always Tea.  Or Diet Coke.  Those aren’t really snacks, but when I do snack its usually something sweet.

Why did you choose to intern for PWP:  I recently just finished my first book and I want to learn everything I can about publishing.  One day I hope to be listed on the PWP authors page.  I couldn’t have dreamed I would be working with such an amazing group of talented people.

You can find Ashley on her blog and on twitter.

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HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO THE LOST LOCKET OF LAHARI!

The amazing authors here at Patchwork Press published the first ever Patchwork Press anthology!

YOU CAN BUY IT NOW!

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Book Description:

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: the seeker, the empath, the dreamer, the confidant, the adventurer, and the 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 six 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, the modern day and beyond, this anthology is a collection of stories as dynamic as the authors themselves.

NOW FOR THE EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!

Instead of our usual blogtour we wanted to do something more interactive. So the first ever Patchwork Press Scavenger Hunt was born.

What is it?

Everyday for the next two weeks we will be revealing a letter. These reveals will be on fun blog posts about the anthology, pinterest, instagram, and twitter. What will these letters spell out? The theme of our next anthology. Find all of the letters and unscramble the word and you have exclusive information before we even reveal it officially.

When will it be?

There will be 14 posts. Two weeks of hunting!!

What do I do?

Go to each post and collect the letters and read all of the fun posts.

How do I find every post?

No need to worry, we will tweet each post on the official @patchwork_press twitter. The master key of all the posts in case you miss any will be right here.

LINKS

WEEK 1

Stop 1: Lost Locket of Lahari Playlist with Hannah 

Stop 2: Mood Boards with Erica Crouch

Stop 3: Author Interview with Angela Myron

Stop 4: Anthology Vlog with Aly

WEEK 2

This is your chance to get to know one of our newest authors, Angela Myron, a little bit more.  Angela is the author of Ennara and the Fallen Druid.

Q – First off, tell us a little about yourself and your books!7086152
A – I’m a nerdy girl from a middle-class family in Canada who ended up in California thanks to following my heart early on in life. I have a lovely little family here with sweet, silly two year-old twins and my own tall, dark and handsome knight. I wage a continuous war against squirrels, gophers, possums, and various critters who plunder my tomatoes, strawberries, and zucchini plants. In the very early mornings (on days when everyone sleeps until a sane hour), I write.

I long for the days when I was a kid and spent my days running through the woods and nights gazing into the star-filled sky. I relive them sometimes in my stories, and someday soon, I hope to share those days with my kids.

Q – When did you start to write?
A – Oh gosh, nineteen years ago. Hey, now I feel old! :/Picture
I started writing in my early twenties when a roommate introduced me to the Artist’s Way. I became addicted and haven’t stopped since. It took me a long time to find the courage to write what I wanted—fiction—but I’ve been writing daily, professionally for almost two decades.

 Q – What inspired your Ennara series?
 A – Ennara’s story began as a writing exercise for a Mythic Structure class. I wrote scenes that  mirrored  each stage of the Christopher Vogler and Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey. After the basic  story structure  was there, I used the story in comedy, horror, setting and character classes, and scifi  and fantasy  workshops. Before long, I only needed to flesh out a few scenes before I had a short novel.

Themes and the magical system in Ennara’s story come from my love of Buddhism. The world of Lan comes from my desire to see humanity plan for its distant future; this story takes place about 9000 years from now. Lan also reflects a big worry, only amped up: in this future, global warming and a catastrophe involving a comet has flooded almost all habitable land, and wars have devastated the human population and ended the scientific and technological revolution.

A lot of ideas I’ve been mulling during my decades of writing everything but fiction ended up in Ennara’s story. And what started out as a class assignment ended in my first novel. It was pretty exciting. I started writing it when my baby twins were four months old, in stolen moments while they napped (from birth until then, I was too exhausted to do anything other than take care of twin newborns!). I finished a bit more than a year later.

Q – Tell us about your writing process?
A – I’m a natural plotter. I’m so envious of writers who can create an amazing character and just follow her as the story unfolds! For me, everything is created beforehand, though I never really understand my characters fully until I have them in-scene confronting their obstacles.

I’m fascinated by archetypes, mythic structure, and the natural resonance these stories carry for so many people. All my stories currently explore forms of the hero’s journey and the archetypes that appear in these tales.

Q – From concept to completion, how long does it take you to write a book?
A – It seems as though it takes me a year and a half, which is a really long time! Back when I wrote manuals, I’d have maybe three months to get a new book ready. So eighteen months feels like forever to me. I hope I’ll be able to write faster (that is, more) when my little twins are a bit older. As it is now, I only have a couple hours a day in which I’m free to write.

Q – What was the first story you remember writing?
A – The earliest one I remember is a poem in the eighth grade about a Neanderthal. His home was destroyed in a lightning strike and instead of praying to his nature god (I think it was a bear?), he dropped animal deification and worshipped the lightning. I think I was trying to make a statement about how fickle human beliefs can be.

Q – Which authors have inspired you the most over the years?
A – My current favorite is Neil Gaiman. I drink his words like a parched desert traveler. His stories demand that I write better, take my time, and tell a story that’s worthwhile. I also wish someday to write with the clarity and profundity of Virginia Woolf. Though these writers are far from being my equals, it’s good to have goals to strive for.

Q – What would you say is the most difficult thing about writing fantasy books?
A – Names! The names drive me crazy. I want to name my characters simple things like “Penny” and “John”, and towns like “Hogtown” with “Market Square”, but conventions demand that I come up with names like “Vortrand” and “Hildebrandt” and such. I swear, the next series I write is going to be about Kiddo and Puppy who have an adventure in Scary Forest outside of Smalltown.

Q – If you found yourself face to face with Ennara right now, what would you tell her? (no spoilers!)
A – Like many teens, Ennara feels a lot of pressure to live up to expectations. I’d tell her to relax a little and give herself a break.

Q – Finally, what’s next for you?
A – Way back in May, September seemed like a long way off. I told myself, “Surely, I’ll be finished Ennara and the Book of Shadows long before then. I’ll set a release date.” But now, September is just around the corner and there is so much I want to do with this book before it is released. I’m looking at a mid-to-late fall release of Ennara’s sequel so I’ll have plenty of time to make it shine.

I have a sci-fi space opera planned based on the Buddhist parable “Flying White Horse”, and some ideas I’d like to explore with other characters in Ennara’s world. And a detective story featuring a werewolf sleuth that I’d love to have a few months with to fix up and sell.

I’m also having a lot of fun making book trailers. I’m a visual person, so the medium works really well for me. I’m currently brainstorming something good for the upcoming release. (My first book trailer is here http://youtu.be/-e05_FKm4gk, and my second here http://youtu.be/LBSxW_EktEo.)

Lastly, the audio book for Ennara and the Fallen Druid is coming out soon, so if anyone would like to exchange a copy for a review, let me know!