Love at the Edge of Seventeen Kickstarter

Spring fever has infected the teens in these 10 stories, leading to hijinks, drama, misunderstandings...and maybe even love.

In April of 2018, the YA anthology Love at the Edge of Seventeen will be released. Currently, a Kickstarter campaign is being held for the project. This anthology is shaping up to be a great one. It features the work of ten different authors — including M.T. DeSantis! To back Love at the Edge of Seventeen, please click here. To check out M.T. DeSantis’ terrific blog, click here.


Release Day!

Hello, everyone! It’s Jessica. I just want to share with you all that my newest fantasy novel — Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One — hits virtual shelves today!



Paperback copies will soon be available, too.


Until then, I invite you all to head on over to Amazon and pick up an e-copy. If you do — and if you give it a read — please let me know what you think! (I love getting to chat with readers.)

Also launching today is the book trailer for Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One. I’ve been looking forward to sharing this video with you all. It was a lot of fun to put together, and it is my hope that you’ll enjoy viewing it. (*Fingers crossed*)


Without further ado, here’s the trailer:


Intrigued? Yay! I’d hoped you’d say so. Why not head on over to Amazon and pick up a copy today? C’mon, you know you want to. 😉

Looking to Be Interviewed?

Fellow authors, come hither!I have a site that I must tell you about.

I recently had the pleasure of connecting with The Contents Page, a site dedicated to helping authors promote their books. The Contents Page offers authors the opportunity to be interviewed. What better way to reach new readers? 😀

Their publications look amazing — very aesthetically pleasing! Don’t just take my word for it, though. Click here and see for yourself.

If you’re interested in working with The Contents Page, I invite you to click here and fill out their contact form. To read through their various posts and learn about upcoming writing competitions, click here.

Won’t You Join Me on Tour?

Hello, everyone! It’s Jessica, and I have some exciting news to share. The trailer for my latest fantasy novel, Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One, has been completed.

You know what that means: I’m packing my bags and going on tour to premiere the video!

Where, exactly, am I going, you ask?

That’s a good question. Give me a minute. Let me think.

Hmm…I’ve got an idea! How about I visit you?

Oh, that would be marvelous, wouldn’t it? Now we need only set a date. How does October 7th sound? That’s the very same day that Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One is set to be released.

Let’s do this: if you THINK that you MIGHT be interested in featuring my book trailer on your blog (or in sharing it through social media), simply fill out the form below and I’ll send you a link to the video. That way, you can watch it and let me know whether you’d like to participate in my little tour of sorts and help me launch it. Please know that requesting to view the video places you under no obligation to actually feature or share it should you not feel that it’s a good fit for your site.

I hope to hear from you all soon. I’d love for nothing more than to fill my schedule with tons of stops for this virtual tour. 😀

Wishing you all the best!


Book Trailer: She Watches

Last month, author David Kummer launched the book trailer for his soon-to-be-released novel, She Watches. I had the privilege of getting to craft said video, and I’m super excited to share it with you all today. Without further ado…tada!

Looks like an intriguing story, doesn’t it? She Watches is set to be released on 8 November 2017. If you’d like to pre-order a copy and have it automatically delivered to your kindle on release day, please click here. To learn more about David Kummer’s other titles, please click here. (In addition to works of horror, he writes fantasy novels and has a short story collection.)

Want to learn more about David Kummer?  I invite you to click here and watch an interview that I conducted with him last year.

As you may have ascertained from the trailer, She Watches is a sequel. The first novel in this series, She, is available for just $0.99 on Amazon. If you’re interested in a copy of that title, please click here.

That’s all for now, everyone. Wishing you all a safe weekend!

Author Interview: Catharine Glen


Elite soldier Marian serves and protects the royal family—a responsibility she does not take lightly. But when she thwarts an assassination attempt on the king, she unwittingly becomes a prime suspect. Worse, she is left with a terrible, pulsing wound and vile, intrusive thoughts that are not her own. Now, the mysterious cult behind the attack has targeted her, and Marian soon learns of their goal to restore a devastating relic: the legendary Rose Crown.

Former mercenary Henryk has vowed to prevent the restoration of the Rose Crown at any cost. When he encounters Marian, he discovers the terrifying truth of her involvement—and the mortal danger they both face. Drawn together by the very thing that could destroy them, Henryk and Marian must forge a bond of trust—before it’s too late.

Can Marian battle against the ancient darkness consuming her soul, or will it utterly destroy them both?

Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for the author of The Rose Crown, Catharine Glen!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a Massachusettsian, born and raised. I’m really attached to this part of the country (especially when autumn rolls around), and could not picture myself living anywhere else. I am a psychologist by education, but pursued other interests in the health and medical device field (incidentally, that required a lot of writing).

Many of my hobbies stem from my childhood and continue to be things that I enjoy. I am a long-time gamer (first system was the NES) and fan of Lego (still have my sets from the 80’s). I also have a deep interest in Japan: its culture, language, music, video games, anime, and of course food. I’ve visited there twice and can easily say Tokyo is my favorite city. Reading and writing are a given, and I also play the piano.

2. Using five words or less, describe the protagonist in The Rose Crown.
Loyal, independent, stubborn, proud.

3. What does a typical writing session look like for you?
My writing sessions tend to be either midday or late at night. I can write anywhere, really. I wrote my first novel, THE ROSE CROWN, at the local Starbucks, the library, on my couch, and in my home office. Music is a must. I typically listen to instrumental music to help set the mood and to separate myself from the rest of the world. Genres include video game / anime soundtracks, classical crossover, techno and electronic, new age, and Renaissance.

Each writing session has a goal, set at the end of the previous session so I can dive right in when I start the next. I am a very process-oriented person and setting small goals is important to keeping things moving and staying positive. I track word count but do not set hard and fast goals. It’s more important that I address whatever needs attention (writing or finishing a scene, editing a certain chapter, etc.).

4. What is your favorite book genre?
Fantasy has long been my favorite genre to read, and it is what I primarily write as well.

5. What is currently on your to-be-read shelf?
Hoo boy, my TBR list has grown quite large. I read a lot of self-published work, and have been reading several books of my fellow SPFBO (Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off) participants. However, right now I am reading Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (who also facilitates the SPFBO).

6. Any project in the works?
My next fantasy novel is in development and I will have more details in early 2018. I can say that this upcoming book will not be related to THE ROSE CROWN, but rather something entirely new.

7. In your opinion, what makes a story ‘good’?
An interesting premise, fleshed-out world, or intriguing magic system is all well and good, but without believable characters a story just won’t work for me. A ‘good’ story must have characters with clear motivations and goals who act and react realistically (in line with their personality). I know when an author has achieved this when I actually care about the characters and want to know what happens next. I strive to do this in my own writing.

And now for a game of “Which Do/Would You Prefer?”
1. Summer or winter?
Summer. It always brings out the nostalgia for childhood.

2. Cake or ice-cream?
Ice cream most definitely.

3. Nights out or nights in?
Nights in. I’m a homebody, what can I say?

4. Living in the city or living in the country?
Country – I prefer the quiet.

5. Having telepathy or having telekinesis?
Telekinesis. Much more practical.

6. Being able to speak and understand every language known to humankind or being able to speak and understand every language known to animals?
Every human language.

7. Going without internet access for a week or going without watching any movies/television shows for a week?
Easy – no movies/TV. I rarely watch TV anyway!

8. Losing your ability to speak or losing your ability to hear?
I’d rather keep my hearing and not be able to speak. I could always communicate via writing or sign language.

9. To never read another book or to never watch another film?
I would give up films before books any day.

10. To never again eat a piece of chocolate or to never again drink a cup of coffee?
Tough one. I would have to give up the chocolate!

Thank you for joining us, Catharine!
Readers: want to connect with Catharine? You can find her on Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook. Also, be sure to check out her author website. The Rose Crown is available on Amazon.

New Novel–ARCs Available!

Hello, everyone! It’s Jessica, the creator and operator of Coffee with Architects of Worlds Afar. I am excited to announce that a release date has been set for my third novel, Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One, and the cover has officially been revealed. Mark your calendars because on 7 October 2017, my newest book hits virtual shelves everywhere! (Print copies will likely become available in December.) Like my first two titles, this one is a work of fantasy, as far as genres are concerned.

For those of you who haven’t seen the cover for Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One…voila!

Also, here’s the accompanying blurb:

Fifty-three families looking for a new beginning board a ship and sail to an uninhabited island. Happily they live for nearly two decades. Homes are built and the past is forgotten. Paradise, however, is no more after the adults suddenly vanish one night. For three years, the teens and children rule the island of Oridd. For three years, they survive. When an old woman unexpectedly appears on Oridd, all is cast into disarray as the strange and awful threaten to become commonplace. The old woman wants something, and she won’t leave until she gets it.

If you’re thinking that this sounds like something you’d be interested in reading, I invite you to click down below and add it to your shelf on Goodreads!

Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One
I’m also handing out a limited number of ARCs, so if you’d like to be a reviewer, please do fill out the contact form at the end of this post. Here are a few pertinent facts for potential reviewers:
  • At the moment, I only have PDF copies available, but I’m told that said format is compatible with all Kindle devices. Yay!
  • Since Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One already has a page on Goodreads, readers are free to post their reviews on there before the release date. (Click here to be taken to the aforementioned page.) Otherwise, it would be greatly appreciated if reviews be posted within three days of publication.
  • I also kindly request that readers consider posting their reviews on Amazon within three days of publication. (Click here to be taken to the corresponding page.) I make this request because there are a number of promotional opportunities that authors are unable to take advantage of until they receive a certain number of reviews on Amazon. Hence, any help in this respect would be greatly appreciated and would prove a tremendous help in allowing me to spread the word about my book.

If you’ve read this far, I’d like to thank you. Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One is a very special project to me, and I look forward to sharing it with readers.

Wishing you all a marvelous day!

– Jessica