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Happy Valentine’s Day folks! Maybe you love all the candy and flowers or think it’s just another day, the feeling of love being all around us is a little inescapable around February. I’ve been getting in the mood by reading YA and looking back at all the couples in YA novels. Whether you’re reading a high fantasy or a contemporary set in a high school, there’s usually a romance somewhere in the pages.

For Valentine’s Day we thought we’d look into three classic YA romantic tropes and see what the pros and cons of each one might be!

 

LOVE TRIANGLES

What is it?

A love triangle is usually a romantic relationship involving three people (although sometimes more), in which one individual is torn between which love interest to choose.

Examples in YA?

Lena, Alex, and Julian (Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver)

America, Maxon, and Aspen (The Selection Series by Kiera Cass)

Juliette, Adam, and Warner (Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi)

Thomas, Brenda, and Teresa (Maze Runner Series by James Dashner)

Alyssa, Jeb, and Morpheus (Splintered Series by A. G. Howard)

Katniss, Peeta and Gale (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)

Rho, Hysan and Mathias (Zodiac by Romina Russell)

 

Arguably the most overdone of the three examples here, I see love triangles get a lot of flack in YA reviews these days. The example list above could have been twice as long, but why are they so popular? They add conflict to a story, especially if both of the love interests are decent people that you can root for. The danger when writing a love triangle is that you might drag it out too long, or it only serves to make your main character seem like some uber desirable special snowflake. That’s when love squares, pentagons and dodecahedrons start to crop up, and you definitely want to avoid that! However, judging by the list above, they can work. There are some really good arguments in defence of the dreaded love triangle, and like most things that have a cliche element to them, the trick is to do them well, to do them differently.

 

FORBIDDEN LOVE

What is it?

A relationship or feelings for another individual that is prohibited, by circumstances or by world-related taboos.

Examples in YA?

Alec Lightwood and Magnus Bane, Jace and Clary (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare)

Valek and Yelena (Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder)

Penemuel and Michael (Ignite Series by Erica Crouch)

 

I’m not going to lie: I’m a big fan of forbidden love. There’s something really good about the tension that is produced in a story where two people who want to be together, shouldn’t be together. There’s that undeniable pull between the characters and with that a whole heap of tension that makes a forbidden romance sizzle where others might not. People root for forbidden love because it symbolises something really beautiful rebelling against constraint. When it’s done well, it really works, but it can be horribly frustrating, as I’m sure anyone who has read The Mortal Instruments series can vouch for. There’s also the risk of a constant pull back and forth between no-we-musn’t and oh-what-the-heck-*kissing*. It’s important to know the difference between teasing a reader and torturing them.

 

INSTALOVE

What is it?

Instalove describes the quick and often unrealistic romantic attachment that two characters can have for one another.

Examples in YA?

Edward and Bella (Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer)

(I don’t have many examples, because I think Instalove is a fairly subjective topic. What I might consider ‘too fast’ might differ greatly from you!)

 

Instalove is a funny one; readers can accept super powers, and radioactive sea turtles, and one-eyed cyborg warriors out to harvest our spleens, but if two characters fall in love too quickly, it’s unbelievable. Why is this? Is it really that unrealistic that two teens would develop quick emotional attachments to one another? When we consider the raging minefield of hormones we all experience in our teenage years, I think we can all safely say, no, it’s not all that unrealistic. Our choices might be a little questionable too. Personally, I think the issue with instalove comes from the depth of that attachment. If the characters are saying wedding vows by the end of their first day together (and it isn’t somehow plot driven, like they have to because they’re on a planet where the unwed are incinerated), then there may be a problem. But Instalove can work, if you want it to. Be different!

For more YA Romance check out:

Kellie Sheridan’s discussion on romance in YA

and

Erica Crouch’s YA Romance series recommendations

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We have put together a unique Valentine’s Day Gift Guide inspired by the wonderful books published here at Patchwork Press.


We chose a wide range of gift ideas.These are fun and quirky gifts for anyone or really any holiday. For the most part these can be found on etsy and they are all pretty reasonably priced.

Ignite Series by Erica Crouch

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Price: $24.90-$33.90 

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Pen, the main character of the series, has an affinity for words, which makes these stockings an item she would adore. Also you can customize these to say whatever you want! Maybe even get a passage from the Ignite series with some of Erica’s beautiful writing.

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 Infinity Angel Wing Necklace

Price: $42 

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This necklace beautifully portray’s Michael and Pen’s relationship. We all ship that one! I love that it is simple and understated yet gorgeous. This is definitely something anyone would love. Dainty jewelry has been more trendy recently and would be a great Ignite inspired piece to wear.

Hitchhiker’s Strain Series by Kellie Sheridan 

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Guitar Pick Bracelet  

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Kellie Sheridan has written an action packed zombie series that any Walking Dead fan would love. When I found this bracelet I immediately thought of her books. This bracelet is fun and looks like it would be a great edition to any zombie killing wardrobe.

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Price: $9.95

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This gift set includes “zombie” soap, lip balm, and this cute draw string bag. It is an adorable quirky gift idea for the zombie fan you know. This packing makes this gift great and I think the characters of the Hitchhiker’s Strain series would have loved some zombie repellent!

Follow The White Rabbit by Kellie Sheridan

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Price: $20.00

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Kellie is an avid tea drinker and lover of Alice in Wonderland so we thought this teacup would be rather fitting for her Follow The White Rabbit series. This pretty teacup set would be perfect for fans of Alice in Wonderland or just enthusiastic tea drinkers. I need this cup in my life.

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Price: $42

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This scarf looks gorgeous. It has illustrations as well as excerpts from Alice in Wonderland. Beyond being the dream accessory for any book lover it would be a great edition to any outfit and could definitely be worn with a casual outfit or a more fancy look.

Four of a Kind by Kellie Sheridan

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Four of A Kind Tank

Price: $14.99

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Every time I hear this title I think of cards. I found the perfect tank for it. I think this is really cute and fun.

Madly, Deeply by Erica Crouch

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Annabel Lee Nail Polish

Price: $10.00

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This etsy shop makes literary inspired nail polish. This one has the same origin as Madly, Deeply and has a similar tone as well. Dark and stormy with a spark that you can’t resist.

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Quote Art

Price: $10.00

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This upcycled art work is beautiful. This one has a quote from Annabel Lee, which Madly, Deeply is based on. I love this quote and I think this is a wonderful gift for any Edgar Allan Poe lover.

Grimm Legacy by Janna Jennings

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Price: $20-35 

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This show is great and a lover of fairytale retellings will adore it. Obviously if you have netflix or amazon instant video then buying the dvd set isn’t a great option. If the person doesn’t have those video subscriptions this is a nice gift because you can watch it together.

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Vintage Fairytale book

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This item in particular was sold on etsy but it is more the idea of it. I think it is really nice to get someone a vintage story book. Especially a children’s one because it can make people nostalgic. If you love fairy tale retellings it is really adorable to see the artwork in some of these older children’s books.

Water by Terra Harmony

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il_570xN.268197439Four Elements Necklace

Price: $10.00

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Terra Harmony’s Akasha series is based on the four elements and when I saw this necklace I knew it was perfect. It shows all of the four elements in not just the traditional sense. It is really pretty and has a cool design.

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Four Elements Bath Salts

Price: $20.00

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I love this idea of the bath salts for each element. Products like this can be something people don’t buy for themselves or forget to buy. I think this is a really nice gift and even fits really well with this series’ inspiration.

The Rising by Terra Harmony

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Price: $15.80

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Terra Harmony’s The Rising features a mermaid and this dainty necklace is a perfect match for the book.

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Price: $15.80

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The Rising also features werewolves. So what better represents a werewolf than the moon. What I love most about these two gifts for The Rising is that they could be worn together and look really great because gold and silver combined has been very popular.

Ennara and the Book of Shadows by Angela Myron

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Price: $28

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Since the Ennara series is fantasy, I was so excited when I found this bracelet. It screams fantasy to me. It has the intriguing mystery of fantasy as well as the beautiful elegance of the genre.

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When I think fantasy I think dragons. This pick is based off the Ennara and the Book of Shadows cover. I think ear cuffs look wicked cool and are so fun to see. This one has glitter which doesn’t make it as scary and goes really well with the cover.

Puppet by Pauline Harris

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Vintage Pinoil_570xN.346168773cchio Charm Bracelet

Price: $38

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This charm bracelet is really cute and features all of the classic characters and scenes from the Pinocchio story. It is really quirky and interesting. Any Pinocchio lover will find this to be a wonderful gift.

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Price: $3.99

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The Disney Little Golden Books are my childhood and I think that goes for a lot of people. Something like this can be really meaningful to someone and especially if they are a Pinocchio junkie.

I hope you enjoyed our Patchwork Press Valentine’s Day Gift Guide! This was definitely our quirky spin on the traditional Valentine’s day gift. We definitely hope to do more posts like this in the future.

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.

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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!

Hey Pauline! So, tell us a bit about yourself and your books. 

Well, I’m eighteen years old and am just about to start my freshman year of college with a major in English.  When school isn’t taking up the majority of my time, I like to write mostly science fiction books dealing with pretty much any aspect of sci-fi.

When did you first start writing? 

I started writing stories when I was about seven years old and I have lots of those stashed away on my computer, but I was twelve when I wrote my first novel.  And it’s just escalated from there.

You’re probably best known for your Mechanical trilogy. Where did the inspiration for the series come from? 

One of the main things I get my inspiration from is titles.  For me, a title for a book is what really pulls me in, so I’ll frequently think up cool titles that would interest me and then try to find a story to fit them.  So one day I came up with the title, MECHANICAL, asked myself what the book would be about and I decided on androids.  And it just went from there.

What’s your writing process like? Any tricks or tips you can share with us? 

It’s funny but I don’t really follow that rule that EVERY SINGLE piece of writing advice likes to tell you: write every day.  I’m more of a binge writer.  I write nonstop for three months or so to complete a book and then I take two months off and write absolutely nothing.  My writing advice is to have fun with it and figure out what works for you.  People say to write every day and to write what you know, but I write about impossible science fiction worlds, and I obviously haven’t lived in any.  So pick what advice to take and what to ignore.

How long does it take for you to complete a story, from the initial concept to completion?  

The fastest I’ve ever written a book was three weeks (thanks to NaNoWriMo), but normally it will take me about a month or two to come up with a plausible concept and then three months to actually write it.

Can you remember the first story you ever wrote? 

I can.  I remember actually printing it out and taping it together so it would look like a book, and it’s still sitting on my bookshelf in my room.  It’s a four page mystery story very much along the lines of Nancy Drew.  Nancy Drew was all I read when I was seven years old. 😉

Which author(s) have been your biggest literary inspirations? 

Well, the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson is what really got me into writing.  I remember reading his books and saying to myself, “I wish I could write something this amazing.”  So then I went and tried.  Obviously it wasn’t as good as James Patterson, but it started me writing.  Another author I totally love is Veronica Roth.  Meeting her is on my bucket list.

You write mostly science fiction – what do you love about writing in that genre and what would you say is the most difficult aspect of it? 

I love that science fiction deals with a completely made up world, but at the same time is still rooted in reality.  Although I love contemporary, there’s something so exciting and adventurous about dystopian societies and spaceships.

The hardest thing about writing sci-fi is definitely the world building.  You have to do research about technical things you include in your books, as well as making up technology that sounds plausible.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve grabbed family members and sat them down just to quiz them on random sci-fi ideas.

Without giving us any spoilers…you find yourself face to face with Penelope, the protagonist from your new title Puppet. What would you say to her and what might she want to say to you?

That’s such a great question!  Hmmmm… I think I’d tell her not to take life for granted and to look around and realize what it is you have and what it means to you.  I think she’d save a lot of time in the story if she’d heard those words from somebody. 😉 But if I just happened to see her in the street in OUR normal world, I’d probably grab her and go for ice cream and just hang out. She’s a little crazy, but I think she’d be an awesome friend.

And finally, what can we expect from you in the near future? 

Right now, I’m completely in love with fairytale retellings.  I’m writing one right now and have another idea in the works, as well as some more hard sci-fi/dystopian stuff.  And I have an early (very early!) idea for a contemporary novel.  In other words, if I didn’t have other stuff keeping me busy (mainly, college) I’d be writing nonstop and trying to get as many books as possible out into the world.

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photo 4 (2)3 - CopyPauline C. Harris is the author of middle grade and young adult science fiction novels and published her first book at the age of fourteen.  She’s currently working toward a degree in English.  Other than writing, her time is consumed mainly by reading, playing the violin, watching old black and white movies, and trying to survive her college classes.  You can find her on Twitter at: @PaulineCHarris

 

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
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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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And, of course, in the spirit of the celebration… it’s time for a giveaway!

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We are halfway through the Painted Maidens Blog Tour, celebrating the release of ‘The Rising’. The ladies of Patchwork Press put a lot of time into this book, and we would love, love, love to give away the Kindle to a Patchwork Press follower!

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Hurry, so far there are over 1,000 entries. You don’t want to miss your chance!

 

Entered? Good. Now you can read more about the book:

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The Rising
Book One of the Painted Maidens Trilogy

Fifteen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean—and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.

Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, Serena is determined to make things right for her people. When she ventures to The Dry, she meets Liam, the werewolf with hazel eyes, and her whole world gets turned upside down.  As Serena discovers the real history between werewolves and mermaids, she is left wondering who her true enemies are.

Pre-order ‘The Rising’ through iTunes, B&N, or Smashwords. Available on Amazon and in print on November 7th, 2013.

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Attention, bloggers! We are now taking signups Terra Harmony’s upcoming title, The Rising. Right now we’re focusing on the cover reveal, but we have a great giveaway coming to go along with the blog tour, so you’re welcome to sign up early to be guarenteed a spot.

The Cover Reveal: Takes place between September 19th – September 21st. Terra will be posting the cover on her wesbite on the 19th, but any day before the 22nd, works for us.

Blog Tour: Will run between October 21st and November 22nd. All types of posts are available– review, feature, guest post, excerpt… whatever you think your readers will most enjoy, and of course all participating blogs will be able to read the book before it is released (both .mobi and .epub files are available). Review copies will be available on or around October 7th!

Giveaways: There will be an ebook giveaway for participating cover reveal blogs, and a NEW KINDLE PAPERWHITE giveaway to go along with the tour–open internationally.

Mermaids and werewolves, guys! You won’t want to miss this one!

About the book: Fifteen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean — and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.

Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, Serena is determined to make things right for her people. When she ventures to The Dry, she meets Liam, the werewolf with hazel eyes, and her whole world gets turned upside down. As Serena discovers the real history between werewolves and mermaids, she is left wondering who her true enemies are.

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About Terra: Terra is author of the Akasha Series, a set of four contemporary eco-fantasy novels. She also has a vampire short story anthology published as an e-book called ‘The Kindred Curse Anthology’.

Born and raised in Colorado, Terra has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina and Virginia. Terra has served a 5½ year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree and presently runs the language services division of a small business. Terra currently lives in a suburb of Washington, DC with her husband of 13 years and three children.

Drumroll. please… We’re ready to start spreading the word about one of our upcoming releases, and we need your help to spread the word! On August 8th, we’ll be revealing the cover for Entice, the sequel to Erica Crouch’s debut, Ignite. The original cover photo was provided by Pieke Roelofs, and you can see here fantastic work here – http://photoandgrime.com

If you want to participate in the cover reveal, please fill out our Reviewer Form!

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Title: Entice, Ignite #1.5
Author: Erica Crouch
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Publication Date: November 19th, 2013

With the aftertaste of Heaven still strong, Pen and Azael cloak themselves in their new demonic destinies, fighting for Lucifer against the angels. Pen, warring against former friends turned vengeful enemies, still struggles with defecting to Hell. But in one short battle, they go from forgotten to famous, thrust into the spotlight where she has no room for uncertainty.

Suddenly top-tiered demons, they’re tasked with seeing through hell’s new agenda: corrupting man. But tarnishing Eden isn’t as simple as they thought it would be, especially when they’re forced to work with another team of demons who are trying to claw their way up the ladder of power.

IMG_1842About Erica Crouch: Erica Crouch is a 20-year-old living on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in English & Creative Writing with a specialization in Fiction at Southern New Hampshire University. She is the cofounder and head of editorial services at Patchwork Press. Her debut novel, Ignite, was published June 2013. The e-novella sequel, Entice, is due November 2013, and the last book in the series is expected Spring of 2014. Along with the YA series Ignite, she is working on publishing a New Adult series, titled the Undying series, with the first installment, Cut, due Winter of 2013. 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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Bloggers! We’ve got a new book coming out, and we need your help to spread the word. On June 27th, we’ll be revealing the cover for Janna Jennings’ debut YA novel, A Grimm Legacy–and I’ve got to say, the cover is amazing! (designed by the one and only Ravven, so you know it will be good)

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About the book:

Title: A Grimm Legacy
Author: Janna Jennings
Publisher: Patchwork press
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013

The woods of Elorium appear ordinary, at least until elves appear and the birds start talking. Four teenagers, whisked out of their own world, find themselves as the reluctant guests of the strange and secretive millionaire, Mr. Jackson—a man who knows the secrets of their families’ histories as well as the way back home. But nothing comes without a price.

Mr. Jackson’s mother is dying and the only cure is in the hands of a giant barricaded on a floating island. Unable to retrieve it himself, Mr. Jackson strikes a deal with the teens: steal the antidote and in return receive the key back to their world.

Caught in Grimm’s fairy tales with characters short on whimsy and bent towards treachery, the teens begin a race against time. Without any other way home, they are forced into fairy tale roles that may not lead to a happily ever after.

 

janna1About Janna Jennings: Janna is a Colorado based YA author who loves a good fairy tale. She’s married to her own real life Prince Charming, and will usually admit to being mom of three, including her incorrigible middle child, Benny. Besides wrangling her kids she can be found doing some therapeutic baking, dreaming of the ocean, and of course, curling up with a good book.

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