Cover Reveal: Infinite, by Erica CrouchInfinite by Erica Crouch
Series: Ignite #3
Published by Patchwork Press on June 16, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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There are infinite ways to die, and the fates are calling for blood. After evading Azael since her betrayal, it’s finally time for Pen to stop running and face her desperate brother. But she won’t have to challenge him alone: the rebel army of New Genesis is ready to stand strong and fight to secure the future they believe in.

As Azael spirals deeper and deeper into darkness, and Pen grapples with her new leadership role, a familiar name rises to power whose decisions have the potential to rewrite everyone’s future. Dangerous secrets, silent traitors, and unraveling fates means that time is running out. There’s no telling who will survive the final battle.

In this thrilling conclusion to the Ignite series, Pen and Azael return to finish what they started over a millennia ago.

We’re in the final stretch of celebrating the Ignite series! The final installment, Infinite, comes out in just over a month, and we are so excited to be sharing the cover with you today. Erica’s been waiting to reveal this one since January (when she first made it, after she decided to split Incite in half).

What do you think? Here’s the series all lined up:

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Add Infinite on Goodreads, and pre-order it on Amazon, B&N, or Kobo. Let us know what you think of the cover — and what you’re most excited to see in Infinite — in the comments!

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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 indie publishing collective that produces middle grade, young adult, and new adult titles in all genres — and Weapenry — a resource for writers. She is the head of editorial services and design, with over 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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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.

Attention bloggers: we are now taking sign ups for the cover reveal of Erica Crouch’s newest book, Engage.

Engage is a novella from the point of view of Kala, an exuberant angel that readers of Incite (Ignite #2) fell head over heels for. Engage prequels Kala and Ana’s story in Incite, and its release is scheduled for May 5th. The cover reveal is April 3rd, and trust us when we say you won’t want to miss this one!

Here’s a snippet from the book, along with a mini-preview of the cover:

“‘Sorry’ will not do this time. You’ve broken the covenant of vows you swore to when you were given your wings.”

“Yeah, well, I only have one now, so I should get a little leeway.”

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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.

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
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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!

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We are so excited to reveal this cover from one of the newest members to the Patchwork Press family. Pauline C. Harris’ Puppet is a female scifi reboot of Pinocchio, and we can’t wait until its release in October! The cover was designed my our own Erica Crouch. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Penelope lives in a world of advanced technology but many claim society has yet to catch up. Marionettes have advanced in the form of robots; lifelike creations remote controlled to perform super human tasks.

When Penelope makes a deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist, she doesn’t fully realize what she’s getting herself into. In order for Jed to take her away from the orphanage she lives in, she must first agree to undergo his experiments and tests, ultimately creating something no one ever dreamed possible; the first living marionette.

As Jed shows off his scientific creation to the world, concerns arise surrounding Penelope’s abilities and what she’s capable of doing. Ordered to somehow lessen her abilities, Jed makes a desperate attempt to change Penelope to make her more human, more vulnerable. After Penelope lies to the officials about her past, Jed makes sure it’s the last one she’ll ever utter. The truth is now the only thing she is capable of telling.

As Penelope struggles with her past, her disturbingly new present, and her uncertain future, she is thrust into a magically twisted world of mayhem in search of the one thing she wants, but knows she can never have. The chance to be just a girl again. To be normal. To be real.

Madly DeeplyMadly, Deeply by Erica Crouch 
Published by Patchwork Press, Published June 2014 
Genres: New AdultParanormal,Period PieceRomance 
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Synopsis:

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea…

Annaleigh Wells and William Calloway had a love even the angels envied. It was as if the universe spun them toward one another, like the stars crafted their souls to fit perfectly together.

With a wedding on the horizon, fate had a change of heart. Whispered warnings from phantoms and morbid nightmares darkened every night—but even visions of the future couldn’t save Annaleigh.

Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem Annabel Lee, Crouch’s period romance Madly, Deeply tells the tale of love so great, it cannot be contained in just one life.

Surprise! Cover reveal!

I would have announced this earlier, but this is kind of a last minute thing, and it’s super exciting/terrifying. So before I get into specifics about this book and the cover, let’s talk about how it came to be…

Madly, Deeply was originally supposed to be the opening story to the Patchwork Press anthology, The Lost Locket of Lahari. I’ve been working really, really hard on it for the past few months, and the other week (after a long day of writing), I finished the story! Yay! Celebrate! Throw the confetti!

Immediately after reading through it once more for basic proofing, I sent it off to my beta readers — Patchwork Press’ new intern, Kara (who is lovely and smart and a great editor), and of course I had to also send the finished manuscript on to Kellie Sheridan. Kellie read through it right away, tore through it on the weekend faster than I ever expected. I got my first email back from her right after she started reading it. It said something along the lines of…

Hey, have you considered making this a standalone story?

And I laughed. Because, no, of course not, this is the story for the anthology that’s supposed to come out in July. And if I made this a standalone, I’d have to write an entirely new story for the anthology. Don’t be crazy. So I told her…

Nah, I don’t think so. I wouldn’t have time to write a new story for the anthology.

And she said…

Are you sure? This would be a great standalone. It’s really good!

So I started thinking. Should it be a standalone? I’d have to flesh out a few chapters a bit more (since I wrote it with the idea of it being novella-ish in length). But I was already double over the anthology word count goal. It wouldn’t take too much more to make it a standalone. The Great Gatsby was only 48k, after all. This story will probably settle in around 55-60k. It could be a great, compact story. That would actually do some service, as it’s based on an Edgar Allan Poe poem — and he’s the master of telling a great story in a compressed style.

I emailed her back…

You think it would work?

And she said…

Yes! Do it! I’m loving it.

So with some convincing, I pulled it from the anthology. (Don’t worry — I’ll still be contributing a story to the Lost Locket of Lahari, I’ll just have to write it super quickly. The good news is, it’s already plotted out. So there’s that.)

I scoured for an image, lucked across a beautiful image of a girl in water, shrouded in purple fabric, and knew it would be the perfect cover for Madly, Deeply. I designed the cover, Wednesday we sent out the reveal invites, and today… The reveal!

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Sometimes that’s how self-publishing happens: suddenly, surprisingly, and quickly.

I’m really, really, really excited about this book. I feel like it’s one of my best, and I love the story (and the characters)! I’ve talked about the story a lot on this blog already, teasing linesand talking about the writing process I’ve gone through to put it all together. I can’t wait to release it into the world and have people read it for what it is. Hopefully it makes an impact. It seemed to make one on Kellie. While she was reading the book, she sent me this:

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Don’t worry, it’s a good kind of hate you. But to anyone who reads this book: I’m sorry. 🙂 Make sure to add Madly, Deeply to GoodReads, and look for it sometime late June!

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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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?

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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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B1 Grimm LegacyA Grimm Legacy by Janna Jennings
Series: Grimm Tales 
Published by Patchwork PressPublished October 29, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 249
Format: Paperback
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Cover (re)Design By: Erica Crouch
Synopsis:

Enchanted castles and charming princes thought to exist only in stories come to life in this classically twisted fairy tale that combines the timeless quality of generations old folktales with the challenges of the modern world.

The woods of Elorium appear ordinary to Andi Grace, until birds start talking and elves answer doors. Along with three others, Andi has been whisked out of her world and finds herself the reluctant guest of the perplexing millionaire, Mr. Jackson—a stranger willing to help get them home, but who’s keeping secrets of his own.

Discovering unexpected family connections to this fairy tale land, the group must rely on each other as they dodge evil fairies and battle giants, intent on keeping them in Elorium.

Faced with characters short on whimsy and bent towards treachery, Andi, Quinn, Fredrick and Dylan are forced into fairy tale roles to find the way home. But in Elorium, happily ever after is never guaranteed.

Today we have a very special re-reveal of Janna Jennings’ young adult fantasy, A Grimm Legacy.

We all thought the original cover, designed by Ravven, was great, but after talking about the development of the series as a whole with Janna, the team here at Patchwork Press decided the Grimm Tales series needed a bit of a face lift to make the series nice and cohesive. And, well, you can see the results! (Just wait until you see the last to cover reveals for the series!)

The final book in the series, Grimm Memories, will be released later this year, and we are sure you’ll be seeing the cover reveal for that shortly. To cap off the series of fairy tale retelling will be a compilation book, with both A Grimm Legacy and Grimm Memories in one big, beautiful book! There might even be some bonus features, we’ll have to see. It’s going to be amazing!

The new cover of A Grimm Legacy should be available for purchase as a paperback starting February. Make sure to add it to your “to read” shelf on GoodReads! And let us know what you think about the new cover in the comments! 😀

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About Janna Jennings

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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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It’s a big big day for my writing/business partner and friend Kellie Sheridan. Today is the cover reveal to Duality, the sequel to Kellie’s novel Mortality, part of the Hitchhiker Strain series. I’ve seen a few different versions of the cover, and I have to say that the final version (designed by Annette Marie) is gorgeous! But don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself:

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Duality by Kellie Sheridan
Series: The Hitchhiker Strain #2
Published by Patchwork Press
Genres: Young Adult

Synopsis:

The end of everything came quickly, but the road back is endless and full of heartbreak.

After months of only death and loss, Veritas may be the answer everyone has been searching for—a cure. Savannah wants nothing more than to begin rebuilding, but with both the Initiative and the United Militia vying for power, there are no easy answers. Ending the threat for good could mean becoming something far worse than the monsters she is fighting against.

The infected will not go quietly. For Chelsea, the choice to step back into the world of the living is anything but simple. No miracle can erase the memories of the things she saw or the people she killed. While the girl she was struggles against the beast she became, Chelsea must make a choice—succumb or fight.

OOooOooooooOOOOOOoooooOOohhhh so pretty!!! Isn’t it awesome? I love the mirror image and the two different versions of the girl in the mirror. Part zombie, part girl. Definitely sets you up for the amazing story that will be inside the pages!!! I’M EXCITED! 😀

Add Duality on GoodReads and check out Kellie’s blog for more information about about her writing!