Pick Your Pages is a Patchwork Press feature that puts readers in control of the publishing process. With PWP PYP, two titles will compete for your vote. You’ll see the cover and have access to the first chapter. Both books will eventually be published, but your vote will decide which book hits shelves first. So take a look, read a sample, and pick your pages!


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Today for Pick Your Pages, two of Erica Crouch‘s new adult novels will be competing for votes, both from very different genres: Mostly Marceline and Lovely Dark & Deep. Check out the blurbs below, and make sure to read the first chapter of each story before you vote. Then let me know which book you want to see published first! (Click the image above to see the covers BIGGER!)

About Mostly Marceline

PWP MMGenre: New Adult Contemporary/Romance

Blurb:

Marceline has this whole “adult” thing under control… mostly.

Even after carving out a decent career for herself as a young author, she still has trouble remembering to feed her cat—who she’s sure is plotting her death—pay her bills, do the dishes, or cook anything more complicated than pasta. But most unnervingly, Marceline is having trouble writing.

Just months after a catastrophic breakdown, Marceline’s not sure she’ll be able to put pen to paper again, and it terrifies her. Critics once called her writing dark, haunting, and poignant, but now they’re only wondering if she’ll publish anything else ever again, or if her previous successes were flukes.

Post-breakdown Marceline can’t seem to fit in the same headspace as pre-breakdown Marceline, and her awkward on-again/off-again relationship with her once serious boyfriend Cyrus isn’t helping to clear her mind, especially since he’s become more on-again as of late.

With a deadline looming and her apartment quickly turning in to a blanket fort kingdom of garbage, Marceline must let go of who she once was if there’s any hope of the new Marceline shining through the mess.

Read Chapter 1 of Mostly Marceline here.

About Lovely Dark & Deep

PWP LDDGenre: New Adult Dark Fantasy

Blurb:

Here’s a dilemma: how do you destroy a witch without incurring her wrath? Sending one into the wintry woods to die didn’t work. After all, the woods loves witches, and it loves silvirn even more.

Aysel was the first girl to disappear into the woods and become a silvirn, a siren of the forest. Luring hunters deep into the dark woods to die, her and her three adopted sisters are responsible for repaying nature for its shelter by protecting it from the greed of man. But before the hunters she catches are strung up in her tree, Aysel delights in syphoning their stories.

When she snares a victim that manages to hold her attention rapt with magnificent tales, she finds herself hesitant to tie the hunter’s noose. Her fascination with Cadence puts her life in peril, especially since he’s harboring a dangerous secret and Valeria, Aysel’s vengeful mother, grows hungry for flesh. With a kingdom hellbent on destroying magic and search parties rallying to find their missing hunters, the rope is tightening—for the first time—on Aysel’s neck.

Read Chapter 1 of Lovely Dark & Deep here.


Well, what do you think? Make sure to vote below to have your voice heard in deciding which book Erica will be writing next! If the poll isn’t working below, you can vote at this link. Voting will be open until 8/28. Let me know in the comments how you voted, and why!

Which pages are you picking?

Mostly Marceline
Lovely Dark & Deep

Poll Maker

About Erica Crouch

11412214_10203693908223186_8044098458315904319_nErica 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.

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

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

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

Cut is the first book in the Undying series.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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