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The Lost Locket of Lahari: Blog Tour and Scavenger Hunt

LLoL coverPatchwork Press is celebrating the release of  The Lost Locket of Lahari! The blog tour features several posts that are part of a scavenger hunt.  At each stop, we reveal one letter that, when put together with the other letters from each of the other stops, will spell out a secret message to announce the topic of our next anthology.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to the main characters from each of the short stories in the anthology. Take a look, comment on who is your favorite, and don’t forget to visit the other stops on the tour by clicking here to find all of the letters and solve the puzzle!

Meet Adara from The Seeker, by Kara Baird

Kara picIn my past life I would be a tropical bird—so I could see a world beyond the desert, a place where pools of water with flowers floating on top are almost everywhere.

My favorite quote comes from a Latin phrase: esse quam videri, or, to be rather than to seem.

My favorite food is anything bready. My father is a baker and has learned how to make the most delicious naan in the land.

My favorite music is from Aamir, Isa’s father. He had a small wooden flute when I was growing up. He would play it sometimes while telling Isa and I one of his fairy stories. I remember it added a sense of spookiness or cheeriness when the story called for it.

If I had one wish, it would be to cook for others like my father did. There is no greater charity then feeding a man who is hungry.

 

 

Meet Odessa from The Empath, by Erica Crouch

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My favorite quote is, “Fortune favors the bold.” — Virgil

If I could go anywhere, it would be somewhere new and very far from here. I’ve always had an interest to visit big cities and get lost in a crowd. Maybe New York, or London. I’m tired of roadside towns. I want to travel the world.

If I had one wish, it would be to fix the mistakes of my past and save the people I couldn’t.

My worst fear is losing myself and not being able to maintain control.

In a past life, I would be Michel de Nostredame (Nostradamus).

 

 

 

Meet Olivia from The Dreamer, by Terra Harmony

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My favorite quote is, “Hope is a waking dream.” – Aristotle

I think a fun date would involve a fancy dress, a hopping speakeasy, and a handsome beau on my arm.

My worst fear is to end up back in an orphanage.

If I could go anywhere, it would be Paris!

My favorite color is glitzy gold, of course!

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Emma from The Confidant, by Janna Jennings

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My favorite book is For Whom the Bell Tolls. Robert Jordan sneaking behind enemy lines, risking his life to slow the fascist forces, Pablo’s betrayal… You won’t tell Mamma, will you? She would say it’s not appropriate reading for me. I’m not sure I’m really my favorite anymore. I think I’ve had enough adventures for awhile.

My favorite food is sugar. Anything made with sugar. Cakes, puddings, toffee bars, ice cream… pretty much anything we haven’t been able to make in the past four years.

If I could go anywhere, it would be home! I was old enough when we left America I have some memories of living there. With the war over I’m ready to go back.

My worst fear is losing Mamma. When Papa died it was like living in a nightmare. If Mamma were gone to, it would be worse. I’d be alone.

 

 Meet Madeline from The Adventurer, by Ruth Silver

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My favorite color is black. I prefer to blend into the background. It’s something I’ve always been good at.

If I could be any animal, I’d be a cheetah. I’m fast but I could always be faster. I also think they’re beautiful creatures.

If I had one wish, it would be complete freedom; never having to look over my shoulder.

My worst fear is being caught.

I have a lot of trouble with trusting others. I’ve been alone for so long, I’ve gotten used to it.

 

 

 

 Meet Ben and Serra from The Dancer, by Kellie Sheridan

 

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I’m not really a big reader, but my favorite books are the Percy Jackson books.

 

A fun date would be something super romantic and cheesy – whatever will make her feel special.

 

In a past life I would have been Charles Darwin – looking for answers to life’s big questions.

 

 

 

 

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My favorite quote is, “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”  ― Voltaire

 

If I could go anywhere, it would everywhere! Paris, Rome, London. I’d love to backpack around Europe after college.

 

My favorite author is anyone who writes contemporary. Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Gayle Forman are my favorites.

I hope you enjoyed meeting all the characters!

And now to reveal my piece of the puzzle:

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 Download your copy of the Lost Locket of Lahari from:

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Release Day and Scavenger Hunt Kick Off

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Synopsis:

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

 

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

 

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JOIN THE SCAVENGER HUNT!

 

Welcome to the first ever Patchwork Press Scavenger Hunt. 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. The letters will 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!

 

There will be 14 posts. Two weeks of hunting!! Go to each post and collect the letters and read all of the fun posts. We will tweet each post on the official @patchwork_press twitter, and the master key of all the posts in case you miss any will be at Patchwork Press.

 

Grab your copy of The Lost Locket of Lahari and join the scavenger hunt fun!

 

‘The Betrayed’ Cover Reveal

It has been a week full of cover reveals. If you missed the last two be sure to check out the art for The Lost Locket of Lahari, an anthology from Patchwork Press (including one of my own short stories), as well as the art for Puppet by new PWP author Pauline C. Harris. Both compliments of amazing author/artist Erica Crouch.

I’ve got one more, very exciting cover reveal to top off the week for you!

‘The Betrayed, Book Two of the Painted Maidens Trilogy’ is almost here! And I can’t wait to hear what you think of the awesome cover:

The Betrayed MOCK UP 2

Thank you again to Keary Taylor, who has done each one of my awesome covers! Here are the two books in the series side by side.

THE RISING-final coverThe Betrayed MOCK UP 2Synopsis: Two separate worlds; the Undine of the Deep and the Wolves of the Dry. A history muddled in war but thick with family bonds blur the lines of right and wrong. The youngest members of each race unite, trying to steer their people away from the brink of disaster. Serena and Liam must work together to resolve the problems of their people before the pressure tears these twin siblings apart. But the betrayed are angry, and are out for revenge.

 

For those that want to know more about Clan Werich, ‘The Betrayed’ goes deep into the lives of the werewolves, and we get to see their society from Liam’s point of view! If you loved ‘The Rising’, you are going to absolutely fall for the second book of the series. ‘The Betrayed’ will be available September 26th, 2014.

Don’t wait! Add it to your Goodreads TBR list now!

 

 

 

 

My Short Story Cover Reveal

Amidst finishing up The Painted Maidens Trilogy, I’ve been busy – and so have the other ladies of Patchwork Press. We have teamed up to create something we really think you’re going to enjoy… our first anthology! Five of our authors, including your truly, plus one of our fantastic interns, have each contributed a story to The Lost Locket of Lahariwhich is being released into the world on September 9th! We can’t wait to share it with all of you! But for now, here is the amazing cover given to you by talented author/artist Erica Crouch:

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Add it to your Goodreads TBR list now!

Synopsis:

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

With the guidance of fate, the locket skips through time and journeys across oceans, traveling from person to person in a constant search for the souls whispered into its vessel. Centuries after the magical old man in the Bazaar became near-forgotten myth and whispered legend, the locket has fallen into the hands of those with echoes of the six dragonflies: 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 to modern day and beyond, this anthology is a collection of stories as dynamic as the authors themselves.

 

PWP Author Cover Reveal

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone enjoyed their last weeks of summer and found some awesome summer reads!  If you haven’t, no worries.  I have found one for you! Puppet by new Patchwork Press author Pauline C. Harris is coming out later this month and you don’t want to miss it!  Add it to your Goodreads TBR list now. In the meantime, I give you her awesome cover:

 

Puppet Cover

 

The beautiful cover was designed by another Patchwork Press author, Erica Crouch. I love this team!  Be sure to check out the rest of our reads at: www.patchwork-press.com and stay tuned for two more exciting cover reveals this week!

About the book

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.

pauline picAbout Pauline

Pauline 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

 

 

Sex in Young Adult Books

THE RISING-final coverI am currently writing my third and final novel for ‘The Painted Maidens Trilogy’. The first book ‘The Rising’ is available now on Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, and iTunes. The second book ‘The Betrayed’ will be available this fall.

Without giving too much away, in the third book (tentatively named ‘The Taking’) the main character, Serena – who is 18 – makes the decision to share herself with her boyfriend. This is not within the confines of marriage because well, they are mermaids and they don’t get married.

I’ve done my fair share of research on sex in young adult books and am admittedly nervous to include it. I want to do it right. The best article I found so far is by ‘Writing Teen Novels‘. Advice in writing sex in young adult novels includes “how important it is to be honest, to be sober and to be in a committed respectful and loving relationship before you take the leap” and “girls should decide that they are in control of their bodies and of their decision-making”.

Another great article I found is by Amber Skye Forbes. Here the author says “Sexual experiences vary widely among teenagers, which is what is so great about YA literature. It encompasses experiences from a myriad of teenagers from all different walks of life” (like mermaids – LOL) and “sex between two teenagers doesn’t always have negative consequences”.

These are exactly the points that I want to portray in my book. My work up to the scene does include a lot of soul-searching for the main character as mermaid 2to why she is choosing to do this.

My next conundrum is how graphic should I get? I have to keep it PG-13 but I don’t want to completely gloss over the event.

One big benefit I have to this is my oldest son just turned 15 – and he reads this series. I can keep myself in check knowing he will be reading the book, but I can also include everything I want him to know about it wrapped into an entertaining fantasy story.

I would love to hear your advice on the subject – especially coming from avid readers, other YA authors, parents, and even teens. What lessons should I preach (without sounding too preachy, of course)? How graphic can I get? What were some of your favorite YA books that touched this subject?

It’s My Birthday – Let Me Treat You!!!

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!

I’m having a great day so far, and it is about to get better.  My husband has tickets (don’t know where), he got a babysitter (my oldest son), and told me to dress nice. Needless to say, I’m very excited! So…..

Let’s Have a Giveaway!!!

Okay, this morning started out a little discerning – at 5 am I woke to my 7 year-old standing over me with blood smeared all over his face and hands. He also had the widest grin I’ve ever seen. I pushed myself up, eyes wide.

“Something very exciting just happened!” he said.

My eyes got even wider.

“My wiggly tooth came out!”

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As a good friend pointed out, there could have been much worse endings to that story. But I figure I’m just being prepped for the future.

So, to enter the giveaway, comment below with your BEST birthday story.  Good or bad, awesome or gruesome, it doesn’t matter. Then I will pick one winner to giveaway my entire selection of e-books. There will be  six in all, plus several short stories.

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So give me your best, and don’t forget to include your email so I can contact you (or email me with your contact info terra(dot)harmony11(at)gmail.com). The giveaway will close Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 at midnight EST. Good luck!

Madly, Deeply Blog Tour and Giveaway

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Blog tour time! Check out the latest by very talented PWP author Erica Crouch:

 

Madly, Deeply

 

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.

Sign up for your free copy of Madly, Deeply! Click here: win a free copy now.

And don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

 

My 7th Book, and Why it is Different

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Catching up on all thing social media, and I realized I haven’t posted since…January. Oops. But I promise I’ve been working! I just finished my 7th full length novel – it is now in the editing stages. ‘The Betrayed, Book Two of the Painted Maidens Trilogy’ follows ‘The Rising’, my young adult mermaid fantasy series. Catch up now before the release date; you can get The Rising on Amazon, B&N, or Smashwords.

Even though ‘The Betrayed’ falls in the middle of a series, I think the book – or at least the writing process for the book – stands apart from any I’ve ever done, for several reasons:

  1. 100% of this book was written between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am. There were no exceptions. Writing time competed heavily with my brain telling me I need to sleep. When life gets busy, my desire to write is not put on hold – I just have to make a few adjustments, and a few sacrifices.
  2. This book was hard to write! As any author will tell you, significant time and energy go into creating a full length novel. But with my Akasha Series, and to an extent the first book of this mermaid trilogy, the ideas were plentiful. Looking back, I almost feel like the stories flowed straight from my brain out through my fingers and onto my keyboard. They were fun to write and they went quick. ‘The Betrayed’ was slow writing. There was a lot of stopping to research and lots of solid brick walls that sent me tumbling backward. I really had to pull out all the stops to finish this one.
  3. I almost quit. Or at least I told myself I should just quit, which is as close to quitting as I’ve ever come since I started writing. Maybe it was the difficulty level of the book, or maybe it was writing hours, but for the first time, my second job as author became too cumbersome.
  4. “Great work. Certainly your best yet, I would say. I very much enjoyed reading it.” Exact words of my primary editor, who has edited every one of my other six books. Now, the novel still has several editors and beta readers to go, but I am certainly going to ride the high of her words for as long as I can!

Over the next few months, get ready for some fun posts. Guest interviews, cover reveals, writing samples and lots of giveaways. My goal is to reconnect with my readers in the best ways possible. Please sign up to follow my blog via email if you haven’t already, you don’t want to miss out!

Thanks for reading!

World-Building with Werewolves

werewolf skullFollowing my World Building with Mermaids Blog Post about nine months ago, I thought I’d give the wolves their fair share of the spotlight.  I’m currently writing the second book in ‘The Painted Maidens Trilogy’. In this book, tentatively titled ‘The Betrayed’, we rise up from The Deep and explore the world of The Dry a little more. I have to admit, I’ve not done a lot of research on werewolves, possibly because I don’t want my ‘wolf world’ to turn out too cliché.  So here is what I’ve come up with so far, comparing commonly accepted facts about werewolves to the wolf clan in ‘The Betrayed':

  1. A person becomes a werewolf by being bitten or scratched by another werewolf. Not true in ‘The Betrayed’.  I definitely don’t want to give anything away for those that haven’t read ‘The Rising’, but werewolves come from somewhere else entirely.
  2. Silver will kill or slow down a werewolf. Haven’t touched on the subject in ‘The Betrayed’, and I’m not sure if I will. They are, however, extremely afraid of wolfsbane, a small, yellow and poisonous flower.
  3. Werewolves communicate through a form of telepathy. Absolutely not true in ‘The Betrayed’.  I didn’t play that card with mermaids and I certainly won’t do it with the wolves!  Good old fashioned growls, scents, and body gestures will have to work.
  4. Werewolves in the same pack or clan have a link that binds them together. True in ‘The Betrayed’. This is why Liam, the good Werewolf, can’t part from the pack no matter how hard he tries.
  5. Werewolves are afraid of the water. True in ‘The Betrayed’. However, they feel bonded to it, unable to go far from the shores just as they can’t part from the pack.
  6. Werewolves only transform with the full moon. Nope! But their transformation in ‘The Betrayed’ is not always under their control, and it does occur as a response to the energy around them (again – don’t want to give too much away).

So what are some of your favorite werewolf myths or facts? What are some of your favorite werewolf books?  Comment below and help an author with her research!

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