Thursday, June 11, 2015

Infinite Blog Tour - Interview, Excerpt, and Giveaway!

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 Goodreads  
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.

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Excerpt 3

Azael freezes, his back stiffening with indignation as he turns to look at me and then back at Michael. “Are you going to kill me now?” he asks, smiling.

My mouth goes dry. Now is our chance to stop him—to finish this once and for all. But killing Azael here, like this... It will get us nowhere. There are enough soldiers fighting for him who would easily take his place if he were to fall. There’s always someone else to step up into power, and who’s to say that they wouldn’t be worse than Azael?

I hold my daggers out to Azael and look at Michael. “How many are injured?” I ask, nodding to the door.

He looks behind him and shakes his head. “A lot.”

“Dead?” I ask.

He shakes his head again.

Azael, laughing, gets to his feet. He looks pathetic and insane, his hair a mess and his eyes wild with anarchy. Everything about him screams savagery—the blood on his face, on his hands, in his hair—but he holds himself so still, so calm, even when he stumbles. He is Pandora’s box: madness, chaos, and death locked within. I don’t want to see what happens when that lid flips open.

“Kill me!” His words are high and hysterical, a disturbing singsong to its pitch. With wide gestures, he sweeps his arms in front of him, beckoning Michael forth. He even bows a little at the waist like he’s about to join in on a dance. “Kill me! Isn’t that what you’re both here to do?” He swivels toward me. “My sister. Come on now. Bury that blade in my heart. Pull my head off my body and put it on a pike to serve as a warning to others.”


How does it feel to finally have finished the series?

Really weird, actually. But good weird, I think. Ignite was the first book I published, and this is the first series I’ve written, so to actually be finished with the stories and the characters I imagined about three years ago…it’s clich√© to say it, but it’s like saying goodbye to old friends. I think what makes me more excited than sad about it, though, is that I really love the conclusion to the series and feel that I left the characters in places that make sense—and in places where the reader knows the story continues after The End. Plus, I’m now free to write all these other books I have floating around in my brain, so that helps with the mourning process!

Are your fans going to be devastated with the events in Infinite? 

Devastated? Gosh, I hope not. Well…maybe. It depends. I had the final scenes of the series pretty much written when I started writing Ignite; I knew where the characters would all end up. While I got deeper into the series, I reevaluated that ending to see if it’s still what I wanted, and I tried about three different versions. There are some character deaths in Infinite, and I didn’t make those choices lightly. I tried writing some scenes a few times, with different outcomes, to make sure that anything that might come across as devastating was something that 1) needed to happen and 2) made sense to happen. Hopefully that consideration will come across and readers won’t be completely devastated. That being said, my editor had a few scenes where her comments were just: “NOOOOOOOO!” So…

What are you currently reading? 

Right now, I’m reading Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and I love it! I picked it up and nearly finished it in a day, so I don’t know how much longer I’ll be reading that one. Up next, I’m reading Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (who is one of my favorite authors) and then Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray which I am SO! EXCITED! FOR!!!!! 

What's your next project, now that you have finished Infinite? 

That’s the million dollar question right now, and it’s one that has me a liiiittle bit nervous! I think I want to write a standalone first to get out of the Ignite series, and I’m toying around with a really fun one — it’s a dark fantasy (that I haven’t mentioned anywhere yet!) inspired by European folklore and the Blair Witch Project stories. I also have a few contemporaries on the back burner, and a number of new adult projects. Basically, I’m going to be playing around a little bit with everything until I find the one

Do you plan on writing another novella for the series ( I would thank you forever if you did)!

Haha, for now… I don’t think so. I might later on decide to publish really short flash-fiction in the world of Ignite on WattPad or something. But I’m really happy with where I’ve left the world, and I think something really major would have to happen in my mind to these characters to revisit and write something more. We’ll see, though. I will never say definitively no!

Now that Infinite is being released, which of the books was your favorite to write? 

This is a tricky one, because I want to say Incite. But Incite was really both Incite and Infinite in the end. I think my favorite scenes are in Infinite, and I really loved exploring Lilith’s voice. She was so different from Azael and Pen — darker in a completely new way. It also felt really good to finish the entire series and close the book (ahhhh) on that chapter (ahhhhh!) of my life. But seriously, I think I’m most excited for people to read Infinite and see how everything ends, so I’ll probably say that was also the most fun to write!

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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 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.

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