About me, huh? Well, my official bio reads like this: Patti Larsen is an award-winning middle grade and young adult author with a passion for the paranormal. But that sounds so freaking formal, doesn’t it? I’m a storyteller who hears teenager’s voices so loud I have to write them down. I love the idea of sports even though sports hate me. I’ve dabbled in everything from improv theater to film making and writing TV shows, singing in an all girl band to running my own hair salon.
But always, always, writing books calls me home.
I’ve had my sights set on world literary domination for a while now. Which means getting my books out there, to you, my darling readers. It’s the coolest thing ever, this job of mine, being able to tell stories I love, only to see them all shiny and happy in your hands… thank you for reading.
As for the rest of it, I’m short (permanent), slightly round (changeable) and blonde (for ever and ever). I love to talk one on one about the deepest topics and can’t seem to stop seeing the big picture. I happily live on Prince Edward Island, Canada, home to Anne of Green Gables and the most beautiful red beaches in the world, with my very patient husband and four massive cats.
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Shelter (Episode Four: The Nightshade Cases)
When a woman’s tortured body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse, Gerri and Ray can’t help but think it might be a weird case. With Jackson Pierce stirring trouble against them, can they solve it without Kinsey’s help?
Stolen (Episode Three: The Nightshade Cases)
The Sonnicker family didn't stand a chance. But, is this a weird case, or just a distraction from the truth? While Kinsey continues to translate the artifacts that could lead to exposing paranormals to the world, Gerri uncovers a connection to an organization she thought destroyed by the fall of their broken leader...
Exotica (Episode Two: The Nightshade Cases)
Bodies wash up on the Silver City beach all the time, but this one is different. Detective Geraldine Meyers is hot on the case, with help from medical examiner Dr. Rachel Hunter and anthropologist Dr. Kinsey DanAllart. Will they deduce a logical explanation for the murders? Or will the three friends uncover a deeper conspiracy hiding the truth about what's stalking their city's nightclubs?
Freak Show (Episode One: The Nightshade Cases)
As three friends unravel the mystery of a transsexual dancer’s death, one thing is made absolutely apparent—something isn’t right in their new hometown of Silver City. And someone is doing everything they can to make sure the truth doesn’t come out.
Unable to track the pieces of Creator without her son, Gabriel, and the gates he’s able to open to the veil, Syd instead uses every resource to discover how Liander Belaisle is tracking her. When Charlotte approaches Syd about the wereking and his enduring hatred for all vampires, Syd uncovers a dangerous alliance that could mean the disastrous exposure of all paranormals to humankind.
It’s been six weeks since the Brotherhood attack on North America. Nervous times intensify as other paranormal races begin their own power struggles, drawing Syd into an endless spiral of complications. Add to that her frustrating search for the next piece of Creator, and Syd has her hands full. Too bad not everyone she trusts has earned her faith...
Things have never been better for Sydlynn Hayle and her family. Her battles and struggles have come to a halt, her two young children happy, marriage to her beloved Quaid all she could ever ask for. But when a woman of flame appears and warns of impending danger, Syd understands the quiet she’s enjoyed has been a smoke screen. Her old enemies are back, the repercussions threatening the Universe.
Zoe Helios is a powerful Oracle, dedicated to interpreting the future. But her encounter with sorcerer Piers Southway has led her to believe everything she’s been taught is a lie. Searching for the truth, she must avoid the attention of her grandmother’s lover, Liander Belaisle, while rewriting the the visions she's seen about the woman known as the Dark One.
The woman named Sydlynn Hayle.
Sage has completed his transformation, but their troubles aren’t over yet. While trying to convince the powers that be he is no threat to the werenation, Charlotte must face her past head on and survive to reinvent herself, all while saving her grandfather from the clutches of a power-hungry sorcerer and the werewolf who would be king.
Pins and Needles
Alice isn't popular. Alice isn't pretty. Alice isn't likable--at least, that's what she's told. Moving to a new town hasn't helped, not with her brother torturing her and her uber-popular cousin making life miserable. When Alice finds an old doll in her grandmother's attic, she feels a connection. She just can't bring herself to feel bad when horrible things happen to those who are cruel to her...
Exit Stage Left
When Riley James loses the love of her life to leukemia, she doesn’t know if she can go on alone. But the lure of the New York theater scene, her only other passion, draws her into the world of acting and stardom. Making friends—and an enemy bound to see her fail—Riley struggles to come to terms with loss, new love and her past under the floodlights of the stage.
Charlotte and Sage flee across Europe, heading for the cure she hopes will save him from devolving into a soulless animal. But escape is much more complicated than she thought. Hunted by those with magic and driven by her refusal to quit, Charlotte’s past and the laws of her people push her to put them both at risk on a long shot that might end up hurrying Sage’s transformation into a revenant.
Seven years as heir, Charlotte still resists her position. She longs for freedom, and life with a mortal man she loves. When a powerful new pack appears, Charlotte is instantly suspicious. Cicero Caine and his weres aren’t exactly what they seem. But the arrival of old enemies and a rising threat to all werewolves throws her into a conspiracy that challenges everything she believes.
Demonicon is coming apart at the seams, the Node holding the planes together separating with barely a complaint, and there is nothing Meira or her friends can do about it. Even the mighty drach, the first race, are at a loss to stop the Planeless leader from tearing her world apart. And though the young and worried Ruler faces defeat, losing Demonicon might be her only hope.
While Meira's grandfather continues to undermine her authority, the Planeless sweep across Demonicon, recruiting demons to their control. What’s worse, parts of the Node seem to be disappearing without a trace. With the help of some unlikely allies, Meira must find the source of the decay of Demonicon or risk the total destruction of her world.
Meira’s first four years as Ruler haven’t been easy. Thanks to new policies, her power has been diverted into the hands of her grandfather and the court. Constantly bullied and tormented while trying to regain control, Meira faces a cult of mysterious demons preaching love and peace, finding followers where no religion has ever succeeded before.
The Last Call
Syd is ready to have the freedom to pursue Ameline and avenge Liam’s loss. But being a mother is far more pacifying than she expected, and she finds it easy to get lost in her new baby. It turns out, Ameline is the least of her worries. How much pain can one heart take? Syd is about to find out...
Syd’s made her choice, marrying Liam, much to the pleasure of the High Council and her family. But her honeymoon is cut short when Fate comes calling at last. Syd’s final confrontation with the Brotherhood leads her into more danger than she’s ever faced—and throws her headlong into a last battle even her power might not be enough to overcome…
Conclave approaches, two months after Syd’s twenty-first birthday. With no husband decision in sight, she focuses on the gathering of witches come to debate and create law. Her plan to scour all of witchdom for Brotherhood influence encourages Miriam to open the proceedings to every magical race. But, in doing so, she leaves the door gaping for the enemy to come knocking...
Dreams and Echoes
(5.00 from 1 review)
This prequel novella to Family Magic explores Syd's first job--while she struggles to save a ghost.
Syd struggles with her feelings for Liam, still at odds with the choice she must make. A message about Charlotte pushes marriage from her mind as she runs to save her friend. But her introduction to a handsome Steam Union member makes Syd’s decision all the harder, even as she agonizes over two options: save her werefriend and start a war or leave Charlotte to her fate.
Syd has enough on her plate, leader of her coven, becoming maji, trying to keep the world safe from evil. Finding out she has to get married by her 21st birthday adds to the pressure on her shoulders. That pressure doubles when the Sidhe contact her, their realm under attack by the Brotherhood. And the only way to save them is to find her own balance. A balance she needs Ameline to achieve.
Syd’s second year at Harvard is over, but her troubles are just beginning. Liam’s mother is making it impossible for them to have a relationship, and Syd wonders if they have a future. All thoughts of romance vanish when the Dumont coven power is stolen. Syd’s mother refuses to act, leaving it up to Syd to hunt down the power thief and return her friend Mia's family magic.
Second year of witch college has been boring for Syd so far. She suddenly wishes she could go back to her boredom when the Unseelie Lord Venemeth appears, a guest lecturer at Harvard. Despite all her warnings about him, Venner is given free rein. But what his handlers don’t understand is he’s not working alone—and his partner has her own plans for the Sidhe realm.
When a colony ship is attacked by an unknown force and sent crashing into a settlement that has suffered the same fate, eight teenagers, the only ones left behind, have to work together to resurrect an ancient ark ship so they can pursue the aliens who kidnapped their parents.
Syd is the prime suspect when her demon grandmother is murdered. But Ahbi Sanghamitra’s last act was to geas Syd with the task of finding the real killer—even if it means allying with the rebels who threaten to tear Demonicon apart.
When demon boy Sassafras breaks Demonicon’s oldest law, he is sentenced to death. Only his father’s pleading commutes Sass’s sentence. Forced into the body of a silver Persian, he is dumped in the dark streets of Victorian London and left to die. Rescued by a young witch and her family, Sassafras finds purpose with the Hayles, sharing his heart with the remarkable coven he claims as his own.
Queen of Darkness
Kidnapped by the Wilhelm vampire clan, Syd is forced to face the ruling Queens who claim possession of the undead essence Syd carries, with the intent of having her give it up or, if she resists, removing it from her by any means necessary.
Light and Shadow
When Syd dreams of a terrible battle between sorcerers and all other magical races, she is tasked by a mysterious maji with protecting the Light and the Shadow, a pair of teenagers she rescues from the veil. Forced to track down the Chosen of the Light for assistance against this new threat, Syd teams with an unlikely foe turned ally in a stand against the rise of the sorcerer’s Brotherhood.
Syd is home for Christmas break when Harry tells his daughters their paternal grandmother wants to meet them. Syd and Meira eagerly leave for the demon plane. Their long-delayed family reunion is really a disguise for political games that put both of their lives at risk, forcing the Hayle sisters to fight for status given to them by the woman who Rules everything and wants what she can't have-Syd.
Syd is finally off to Harvard, leaving things back in Wilding Springs in her grandmother’s capable hands. The rush of excitement about her new beginning is doused when Syd stumbles on a secret club taking advantage of normal students. An unhappy roommate, troubles with Quaid and Liam's protectiveness makes it hard for her to focus. If only her Coven Leader mother would listen...
New York looms, the task at hand. Betrayal after betrayal, loss after loss have taken their toll on Trio, but she’s made it at last. But nothing could prepare her and Duet for what and who comes next—for the darkest deception of all. The sister clones must accept the ultimate sacrifice, risking everyone they love for a dying humanity before the very person they've sought can remake the world.
Trio and her friends have escaped the remains of Los Angeles and the horrible Crawlers intent on her capture. But the train they ride offers more threats than comfort, both from the uncertain track stretching out before them to the open dislike from train boss Chime and her crew. Trio has no choice, her heart and soul pushing her across the country, toward a damaged clone who will call her sister.
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Clone Three wakes in a decaying city with no memory of who she is. She has a purpose at least--to find her fellow clones, and the statue whose image is embedded in her mind. But she is lost, surrounded by a dead and crumbling metropolis, fought over by those altered by the illness ravaging humankind, turning survivors into terrible new forms. Is she this world's salvation... or it's downfall?
The Hercules Project
Sixteen-year-old Wyatt Simons has spent his entire life in a wheelchair,ignored by his scientist father. Wyatt is shocked when his dad brings him to his underground lab where Wyatt is exposed to a secret military experiment, one that transforms his body beyond all expectations. But physical changes do nothing to erase his father's treatment of him or help find the saboteur undermining the project.
Guardians of the Edge: Last of the Portal Keys
Twelve-year-old master thief Aiden Trent has been trained by the best—his parents. It's rumored there is nothing they can’t steal. So when an easy job comes up, they take it. Trouble is, the goal is no ordinary prize. In a flash of light, his parents disappear, leaving Aiden to uncover the secret behind the artifact while he flees from the man who hired them to steal it in the first place.
Syd’s finally going on her first date with Quaid. Her calm is shattered when a group of High Council Enforcers arrest her mother. Desperate to defend Miriam, Syd calls on all of her family’s allies, even seeking out those she should probably leave in peace. Syd is shocked to discover there is more to this attack, led by an old enemy who holds Miriam's life in her hands.
Flesh and Blood
(5.00 from 1 review)
When Syd’s father uses blood magic to return to Demonicon, he not only seals his own fate, a death sentence, he transfers all of his remaining power into the demon cat, Sassafras. Transformed by Harry’s magic, Sassafras is suddenly back to his human form. Faced with a teen demon who refuses to help, Syd must somehow find a way to reach the other plane before Harry is killed for his crime.
(5.00 from 1 review)
Syd's dreams of a Sidhe gate take second seat when Miriam leaves her in charge to pursue her missing grandmother. All fine and good, except no one trusts or believes in her. Meanwhile, her new friend Liam seems tied to the dreams, not to mention the fact her sister Meira is suddenly acting a brat. Syd has her hands full--maybe too full. Someone is knocking at the Gate and she can't seem to answer.
The Long Lost
Syd’s worst fear has come true-Quaid found his family and chose them over her. Not to be outdone, her friends are going their separate ways, her foundation falling out from beneath her. When the Dumonts come for a visit, Syd’s family history unfolds, leading her to discover things that shake her beliefs about herself and those she loves while struggling to accept she's lost her one true love.
Best Friends Forever
(5.00 from 1 review)
(NOTE:contains content that may not be suitable for all YA readers)A tragic accident strips sixteen-year-old Emily of her best friends. Depression consumes her as life becomes the endless gray place of feeling nothing. Until her little brother goes missing, jerking her out of her emotional coma. That’s when her friends appear. Haunting her, driving her to madness. Trying to tell her something.
Steam and Sorcery
Things can’t possibly be any worse for Auburdeen Hayle. What began as a quiet trip for her own protection has turned into a nightmare of capture and escape. Infected with living metal, Burdie is to be used to start a war. Meanwhile, she battles to combine her witchcraft with the sorcery awakened inside her. If she can't bring balance to her magic, she could well be lost forever.
The Diamond City (Book Three: The Diamond City Trilogy)
Fresco is finally free of the blue joy forever. Even better, his brother Daniel is alive and clean, the leader of a group fighting the corporation for years. But Fresco faces worse than his own self-doubt and hatred at his weakness. A new strain of Wasteland has hit the streets, one that turns his kind into savage killers. Their only recourse is to invade the project and end it once and for all.
Wasteland (Book Two: The Diamond City Trilogy)
Last Stand is no more and Fresco is left to pick up the pieces. With his damaged brother Daniel stashed for safe keeping, Fresco and the old scientist Medley gather the remaining survivors and do their best to protect them. But the Garbagemen have other ideas, their leader’s goal to capture Fresco and make him one of their own.
Fresco (Book One The Diamond City Trilogy)
Seventeen-year-old Fresco Conte is an ordinary All-American kid from an upper middle-class family. Life is good. Until unexplained things, scary things, start to take him over. When the men in the dark blue coveralls come for him, Fresco is forced into addiction to the blue joy known as Wasteland and set free on the street, with no answers and only his hunger to keep him company.
HENRY is SHORT FICTION: Avlin, Texas is just like any other small town. Quiet. A little run down. But mostly full of decent folks. At least, on the surface. Henry knows better. Understands the darkness running underneath. The needs and wants that can ruin everything.
He's about to teach them all the true meaning of cruelty.
Fire and Illusion
Auburdeen Hayle is in London for her own protection. But since she chose to help Jack Bishop, everything she knows and understands has fallen to pieces. Worse, her friend is lost and in the hands of those who will use him as a weapon, being slowly devoured by the living metal infecting him. Hunted by the man holding Jack captive, Burdie must trust those for which truth is only a convenience.
Smoke and Magic
Auburdeen Hayle is the 16-year-old daughter of the next leader of her coven. When the transition of power grows tense, Burdie is sent to stay with old friends in London. But a handsome young man chooses to hide from the police in her hansom, drawing Burdie into an underground world of magic that challenges even her sense of adventure and puts her at odds with those meant to protect her.
The Wild (Book Four The Hayle Coven Novels)
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Syd has what she's always wanted. Thanks to her demon's sacrifice, she is finally normal. Why then does she want her magic back so badly? Her loss couldn't come at a worse time. A storm is brewing, one that could devour the entire world. Syd refuses to accept she will never be a witch again, doing everything possible to rescue her demon.
Demon Child (Book Three-Hayle Coven Novels)
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Now that the rift between Syd and her demon is growing wider, becoming normal is finally a real possibility. But Syd is having second thoughts. A vampire kidnaps her little sister, and her school life is falling apart around her. Syd finally understands the value of what she has, but it may be too late. The demon inside her has her own agenda and will no longer be ignored.
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Smashwords book reviews by Patti Larsen
- Pilate's Cross
on Jan. 25, 2011
I sat down to read Pilate's Cross today and couldn't stop until I reached the end. I'm not normally a mystery reader but I enjoyed it from start to finish. Great voices and strong storytelling, highly recommended! Looking forward to the next John Pilate's adventure.
- The First Tale
on Jan. 25, 2011
Great read, fast pace, fun characters and environments with tons of twists and turns... it almost wore me out! My only complaint? More please!
on July 18, 2011
Fantastic book so far! Fast paced, well written... really got into the MC.
Kind of a nice to have it look like a book format rather than those annoying line spaces between paragraphs. I feel like I'm reading a book rather than a manual.