Erica Crouch is an author from Baltimore, Maryland with nine titles to her name. Primarily, she writes young and new adult fiction, but has also published nonfiction on the craft of writing and publishing. Discover more about her publishing career below.
Ignite (Ignite #1) ***NOW FREE ON AMAZON***
Published June 11, 2013 from Patchwork Press
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Penemuel (Pen) fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed.
As Hell prepares for war – spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army – the lines separating the worlds blur. Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice.
With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark.
Entice (Ignite #1.5)
Published November 19, 2013 from Patchwork Press
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
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.
Entice is a novella that prequels Pen and Azael’s story in Ignite.
Incite (Ignite #2)
Published February 17, 2014 from Patchwork Press
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Earth is in ruins, and the war of Heaven and Hell has spilled over into the mortal world. In the frozen wasteland of the apocalypse, Azael and his band of cohorts search for Pen and Michael with orders to kill. Little does he know that his sister has incited a rebel army of her own.Angels and demons alike stand side by side, ready and willing to fight for a future they didn’t realize they could have. Change doesn't come easy, though. Pen is wary of joining New Genesis's revolution, but when Azael shows his hand and Pen learns all that he holds over them, she chooses to fight back, no matter the risk. She only has to survive, one hour at a time.
Engage (Ignite #2.5)
Published May 5, 2015 from Patchwork Press
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, LGBT
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.
Infinite (Ignite #3)
Published June 16, 2015 from Patchwork Press
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, LGBT
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.
Ignite: The Complete Series
Published June 26, 2015 from Patchwork Press
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, LGBT
This box set includes all five books in the series — Ignite, Entice, Incite, Engage, and Infinite — in one bundle, specially formatted. Buy the ebook bundle of the series and save more than 50% over buying the books individually.
Published June 17, 2014 from Patchwork Press
Genres: New Adult, Historical, Paranormal, Romance
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.
Published September 7, 2014 from Patchwork Press
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Paranormal
In a Victorian society fascinated by spiritualists, something wicked sinks its claws in from the other side.
Odessa is a psychic; her mother, the Great Madame Elena, is a fraud. After a séance goes terribly wrong and a woman ends up dead, an evil force slips into the land of the living.
Though Odessa and her mother try to outpace the rumors spreading, they can’t escape the danger that has taken residence within Odessa herself. When Odessa is shouldered with the responsibility of the Great Madame Elena’s business, she starts to lose control of the spirit world, and she can’t afford to make another mistake.
Asked to open the door to the other side again, Odessa witnesses a brutal murder that hints at black magic and is faced with a choice: risk her life for freedom from her mother, or go on living a life of servitude. If she goes into a trance again, will she be able to maintain control?
Published September 30, 2015 from Patchwork Press
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, LGBT
Every time Orpheus brings out the buzzing discs of his lyre, the entire Port level of Polaris falls silent and the dingy halls clogged with fumes from the docked transports don’t seem so dark. Though his home has always been on the Argo, his father Jay’s infamous cargo ship, Orpheus knows he belongs somewhere else — with someone else. But his relationship with Eury has to remain a secret, because the son of a politician cannot be seen dating a port rat like himself.When their relationship is discovered by Eury’s cruel and calculating mother Meira, she forces her son to enlist in the dangerous Elite class of the U.R.S.A., and an unprepared soldier never lasts long in training. Orpheus devises a plan to smuggle Eury to safety with the help of his father’s crew. But when Eury is late, Orpheus turns back and everything he’s ever loved begins to disappear before his very eyes.
Surviving First Drafts: motivation & advice for the art of writing
Published September 29, 2015 from Weapenry
Genres: Nonfiction, Creative
A rough first draft is like an opinion: everyone has one, few are pleasant, and most people should think twice before airing it to the public without considering their words a second time. Everyone knows first drafts suck. They’re a headache to write, and don’t even get me started on the mess of grammar there is to sort through during revisions! But, unfortunately, they’re unavoidable.
But there’s no need to pull out all of your hair in frustration! You, like so many authors before, can conquer the first draft, and this book is here to help you survive the most grueling stage of the writing process. Learn about the five stages of first draft grief and how to overcome them. Discover what style of writer you are. Know when to ignore temptation from shiny new ideas and when to give in. Condition yourself not to fear the blank page and look forward to revisions.With a healthy dose of motivation and advice, Surviving First Drafts will equip you with all the tools you need to make it to the end of your manuscript, no matter how bleak the journey ahead looks. YOU GOT THIS!
Works in Progress
Lovely Dark & Deep
Coming soon from from Patchwork Press
Genres: New Adult, Horror
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.
Available through: Coming soon
Genres: New adult, thriller
Winter, 1949, upstate New York. Four boys (James, Theo, Scottie, and Lewis) live in the cluttered attic of an old dormitory at an ivory university buried in ivy. They have ambition and art; all that's missing is the money. In walks Lucie with her romantic ideals, treacherous wit, and surprising air of serendipity. Happening upon a mysterious journal filled with a wondrous tale of forgery and fortune, rapacity runs rampant among the artists. Nothing is more deadly than desperation.