Nov 19, 2013

Release Day: Erica Crouch - Entice

• Pub Date: November 19, 2013
• Publisher: Patchwork Press
• Format: Ebook, 136 pages
• Age Range: Young Adult

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.

Excerpt from Entice
by Erica Crouch

The crowd around me parts slowly as I run forward, jumping into the sky to let my now black and heavy wings carry me to my brother. When I reach him, he opens his arms as if to embrace me, but I shove the gesture away.

I grab his wrists in my hands and spin him around, checking for the fatal wound I was sure Michael was about to deliver. But he’s not hurt. Not really. I spin him around and around, checking for blood, not believing he could walk away from sure death uninjured.

“Relax, Pen,” he chastises, but I spin him around harder, turning his voice, his stupid, arrogant face away from me.

He has a collection of small scratches and half-healed scars across his arms, the back of his neck, and along his jaw. His bottom lip is split and he has a bruise over his eye so dark it looks black. But he’s not badly hurt, not broken anywhere—in fact, I’m more damaged than he is.

After I’m satisfied he’s not hiding a more serious injury, I drop his arms and step away.

“You are an imbecile,” I tell him.

“I’m a bloody hero, thank you very much.”

“You.” I step closer to him, pointing my finger in his face accusingly. His smile widens and I’m engulfed in rage—in an anger that expands with fear and the possibility of what could have happened. The probability of what should have happened…but didn’t. The almost is unbearable. I curl my finger into my fist and, before I can reel in my temper, throw the hardest punch I can muster. I hear the bones in his jaw break.

He doesn’t even blink. He just puts his hand, dark with dried blood—is it his?—to his jaw and laughs, short and irritated. “Not the typical way to reward a victor, but I appreciate the gusto.”

Hot tears burn the back of my eyes. “You could have died.” My voice comes out in a harsh whisper, and I’m suddenly very aware of all of the eyes trained on us. “What were you thinking? Were you even thinking?”

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Erica Crouch is from the always colorful city of Baltimore. Currently, she is studying English and 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, INCITE, 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 2014. 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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