Thursday, 28 May 2015

POLARIS AWAKENING PLAYLIST

Polaris-Awakening



We can't believe that Polaris Awakening has finally been released! From concept to production, it's been such a fun project to be a part of.

If you're a writer, you'll know that music can be a very important part of the writing process. Whether you listen to it while writing your story, or listen to it out about to get you in the mood, it can be a real driving force in getting an idea on to the page (or screen...)


Personally, I don't have music playing while I'm writing, because I can't deal with the distraction (for some reason, Rainy Cafe works really well for me), but when I'm working on a story, I'll create a playlist that I can listen to out and about to keep the inspiration alive. AND I WILL PLAY THOSE SONGS TO DEATH.

The other authors of the Polaris anthology are no different! We've put together a few tracks that inspired each author as they were writing the new Patchwork Press anthology. They're in order of how the stories appear (Kellie Sheridan, Erin Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Hannah Davies,Terra Harmony, and Meghan Jashinsky) with Kellie's tracks bookending the playlist, since she wrote the prologue and epilogue.

We think it's a really cool mix; some of the tracks capture the haunting loneliness that can be found on Polaris and some reflect the rebellious spirit brewing among the inhabitants of the space station. 



I had a longer playlist for my own story, but the three tracks I chose are the most reflective of the spirit of my story. I heard Warriors by Imagine Dragons first and to be honest, it kind of spawned the whole idea of Seth and the Academy. I listened to it on repeat for ages until I had a fully fledged idea, and whenever I would sit to write, it was my trigger song. Not only do the lyrics remind me of the Academy and how the cadets are all training to be 'warriors' but it also makes me think about how they're waiting to rise, whether that's to fulfil Zeus' grand plan, or to be part of a growing rebellion. Also, it has this thumping energy that was so important for visualising the Academy, but more importantly Seth, Astra and Orion.

Mars was an easy chose for me too. I love Sleeping At Last, and they're Atlas albums are all named after star related things so it was super inspiring. All the stories in the anthology are based on constellations and the mythology behind them. Mars is the Roman God of War (and counterpart to the Greek God of war, Ares). When we were planning the anthology, we talked about the figure running the Academy being a Mars/Ares type figure in the stories, which fit perfectly with my story in two ways - the concept of an Academy of soldiers, and that Scorpio's biggest star is Antares, or 'rival of Ares'. That fit perfectly in my head ( don't you love it when that happens?) and set up the Major, and his relationship with Seth. The song itself talks about the reality of war, and not knowing what you entered into until it was too late, which fits so well with the U.R.S.A and reminded me of Eury's plight in Erica's story too.

I found I Found by Amber Run last of all (see what I did there?) but it quickly because the song that I listened over and over again as I reviewed the conclusion to the story. It's one of those songs that taught me something about my own story! Seth is very much a character that needs to be grounded by the people around him; the whole story kind of looks at how lost he is as a result of his father's death. Yes, he's driven in his scheme, but it's not necessarily the best way to direct his passion. Thinking about all the people in Seth's life, that he's either met or heard of - Astra, Eury and Orpheus, Nara, his father - it's important for him to remember what's important, and how he fits into the bigger picture. He'll use what happened to them as a 'warning sign', or a 'makeshift gauge' to keep his focus at the top, and to always be his father's son. 

Bonus tracks for Scorpio include: 
  • We Have It All by Pim Stones
  • Wolves by Rag N' Bone Man 
  • The Draw by Bastille
  • Breath of Life by Florence + The Machine
  • Final Test by Junkie XL
What's your favorite track on the playlist and why? If you've read or are reading Polaris, do any songs come to mind when you think about the story? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

RELEASE DAY: POLARIS AWAKENING


  Polaris-Awakening

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO POLARIS AWAKENING!!


Cover Reveal: Polaris Awakening
Title: Polaris Awakening 
Authors: Kellie Sheridan, Erin Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Terra Harmony, Hannah Davies, & Meghan Jashinsky 
Series: Polaris Anthology #1 
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult 
Published: May 26, 2015 
Publisher: Patchwork Press


Book Description: 


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.

Kellie SheridanErin LatimerErica CrouchJanna JenningsTerra HarmonyHannah Davies, and Meghan Jashinsky are the authors who have brought this YA science fiction anthology to life!


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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.


Each of the seven stories in the anthology take place aboard the space station of Polaris. The station of Polaris is the brightest star in the galaxy, with it's shining technology and renowned space academy. But not everything on Polaris is perfect -- there's a tilt of balance in social classes, and those below are beginning to awaken to the injustice of their leaders. A rebellion is thrumming through the ship, and the characters of each story all play a part in the ripple of discontent. There are seven stories contributing to the anthology. And our authors (in order of appearance) are: Kellie Sheridan, Erin Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Hannah Davies, Terra Harmony, and Meghan Jashinsky.

I can't believe the book is finally out!! I'm very excited for you all to read it. I have an inspiration blog planned and a guest blog lined up over at Danasquare's page soon, but in the mean time, here's a refresher of which myths inspired each story:

Zeus
  Kellie Sheridan's story opens and closes the anthology. Kellie's story doesn't focus on one particular constellation or origin myth, but rather she is writing as the embodiment of Zeus (you know, Mr. Lightning Bolt, the Big Guy in the Sky). Zeus is personified as the supercomputer operating Polaris, and he's more aware than you'd expect, which could lead to some danger for our characters...

 Ophiuchus
 After Kellie Sheridan's introduction, we have our first full story from Erin Latimer, which takes place off-station. Erin's story centers around the constellation Ophiuchus. The constellation represents the god Apollo struggling with the huge snake that guards the Oracle of Delphi. After Apollo slew the snake, he was ordered by Zeus to host the Pythian Games as a form of penance. Erin reimagines this on a desert world, with reptilian warriors!

  Lyra


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


  Gemini
 Following Erica's piece is Janna Jennings's story of the constellation Gemini. The Gemini twins, Castor and Pollux, were both born from Leda, the Queen of Sparta. Their sister is Helen of Troy and there are several myths about them, including sailing with Jason and the Argonauts to find the golden fleece and fighting in the Trojan War to bring their sister Helen home. Castor is a renowned horseman, and Pollux is a great boxer. Janna keeps the theme of boxing with some brutal but entertaining boxing in the gritty underworld of Polaris - but the cost of losing is high!

Scorpio
 Then we have my story! Inspired by the constellation Scorpio, Scorpio has a few different mythologies to chose from, but the one I went with was a story about Orion and Artemis. Orion boasted that he was the greatest hunter in all the land and could kill any animal. Artemis -- Goddess of hunting and also protector of beasts -- sent a scorpion after Orion to defeat him. The scorpion stung Orion's ankle, killing him. Zeus was impressed by the scorpion, so he made a constellation for it. In the sky, the scorpion is at the opposite side of the horizon to Orion to keep them apart. My story follows Seth on his path of revenge, and deep into the world of the Academy that is based on the station.

  Virgo
  Terra Harmony's story follows next, and she was inspired by the constellation Virgo. Persephone, beautiful daughter of Zeus and Demeter, is tricked by Hades who carries her off to the underworld to be his wife. Her mother was so upset by this, she completely neglected her duties as goddess of agriculture, and famine spread over the entire world. The solution was for Persephone should be with her mother for half the year, and go to the underworld with Hades for the other half of the year. When Persephone is gone, agriculture essentially dies until she returns again six months later. Terra shows us more of the political dealings that people have to take part in to survive on Polaris...even the good guys!

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


Friday, 15 May 2015

RELEASE DAY BLITZ:




Title: Once Chance Night 
Author: Eliza Boyd
Series: Make a Change #1
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Pages: 188 
Published: May 15, 2015 
Publisher: Patchwork Press

Book Description:
On the surface, Chelsea Greer has it all: A loving husband. A nice house. A good job. 
In reality, she works hard to maintain the illusion that is her life.
She's also missing the most important thing:
Love. 
One night could change her life. One night could give her the strength to rediscover what's important. In one night, she could find love when she most needs it and least expects it.  
All Chelsea has to do is follow her heart after One Chance Night.




Eliza Boyd's Once Chance Night is out today! This is one New Adult romance that you will not want to miss and will make for a great summer read. The BLOG TOUR is currently taking sign-ups; it will run from June 15th to June 26th and Eliza would love for you to participate!

Purchase Links: 
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About Eliza Boyd:
Eliza Boyd is a contemporary women’s fiction and romance author. Also an avid reader, she writes novels, short stories, poetry, and whatever else strikes her fancy. Born and raised in Northern Illinois, she now lives in sunny Arizona with her husband and her plethora of animals. When she’s not reading, writing, or working, she can be found walking around her neighborhood (for exercise, not for stalking), taking photos of her pets, or catching up on her favorite shows. Catching up really means binge-watching.


This Release Day Blitz was organized by Patchwork Press.

COVER REVEAL: INFINITE (Ignite #3) by Erica Crouch

Cover Reveal: Infinite, by Erica CrouchTitle: Infinite
Series: Ignite #3
Author: Erica Crouch
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

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Synopsis:
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:

Ignite Series Full
 

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. 

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Release Day: ENGAGE by Erica Crouch (AND GIVEAWAYS)


HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!


Title: Engage
Author: Erica Crouch
Series: Ignite #2.5
Publisher: Patchwork Press 
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBT


Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Don't forget to sign up to participate in the Infinite cover reveal May 15th! Just a little over a month until the conclusion of the series comes out -- Infinite will be available June 16th, so mark your calendars!

    About Erica Crouch



    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.