HAPPY bIRTHDAY!

Today is Rose’s birthday!

Giving my characters birthday’s has always been something I’ve done. Occasionally I’d mash together the birthday’s of friends and family members. I started writing the first version of Vermin when my niece was two, so her and Rose have the same birthday. So happy birthday to my super fun, creative, fashionable, warm-hearted niece…and to the outspoken young lady from my debut novel.


So…Roland and Nicholas’ birthday’s have already passed since the novels release. I actually do celebrate my character’s birthdays just like i did with my favourite toys as a little kid.

Vermin: Chapter One, Audiobook

ABOUT THE SERIES: Left for dead at the side of the road in an outlawed town, Nicholas is rescued by a human girl. Plagued by fevered dreams and a lethal illness, Nicholas doesn’t know what to make of her kindness. If she knew what he was, death would be a merciful gift.

Vermin is a Young Adult, Paranormal Urban Fantasy, Romance series by Canadian voice actress Ardin Patterson.

Available at Indigo & Amazon:

Currently there is no official audiobook for this series, this is merely a sample featuring the first chapter of the novel.

Vermin Featured by The Literary Coven & The Steam Reader

Vermin was featured in a post by The Literary Coven on VK, you can check it out here.

Book release dates for August on VK

I like that their list included little ice cream emojis. I thought that was really cute.

Vermin was also featured on The Steam Reader, which is a romance book blog, under their August 2021 Romance releases.

My book has been out for a month and I’m still processing that it’s out in the world. I’ve seen people sharing it on Instagram as well, which is really cool.

I’m excited for the sequel to come out, and am so happy that I’ve been able to share this story with you. Thank you again for your support.

Reviewer Calls Vermin, “Touching and Beautiful.”

I was so ecstatic to hear that Vermin’s received another great review! I took a screen shot of it with my phone earlier to share on my Instagram story, but I also thought I’d share it here on my blog!

Touching and Beautiful

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ardin Patterson is a gifted author and storyteller. I say both because being a great author does not always mean that the audience will be focused on every word, or invested in the characters. I don’t think I skipped a single passage, I was so worried about Nicholas, Rose, Diana, Roland, Zanna and Micha.

The author does an excellent job of portraying deep, flawed beings who love and (in some cases) hate in equal measure. These people (like us in real life) are so easily swayed to cruelty as long as they feel justified, but in the same moment, they will show compassion. I am invested in what will happen next. I want the best for Nicholas and Rose. Their blossoming romance is sweet and true, but I don’t trust those villagers.

-Liz

Thank you so much to everyone who has read the novel, and taken the time to read reviews or reach out to me personally. Your words are so encouraging and I’m so glad that you’ve come to love my characters as much as I do.

Thank you so much again! Your words are greatly appreciated, and mean so much to me.


You can order a copy of Vermin from either Indigo or Amazon:

Vermin is Now Available at Indigo

Now available at Indigo.ca

Vermin is now available to order from Indigo! This is so cool, because Indigo is my favourite store, and because I finally get to share my book with my co-workers and my community!

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about when the second books comes out. I’ll update as soon as my pages are off with my editor. I’m really, really excited about it and I’m glad to know others are too. I’ll do my best not to give away any spoilers.

So far Vermin has received 4 stars on Goodreads and 5 stars on Amazon! Thank you so much to the people who took the time to leave reviews, and also to those who reached out personally to share their love of the novel and my characters. I really appreciate it! I’m happy that you’re are enjoying Vermin, and I hope that you’ll like my future books a well.

Vermin Receives a 5 Star Review on Amazon

I was just informed that Vermin has received a 5 star review on Amazon! I’m so pleased to hear that readers are enjoying the book. I decided to go check out the review and share it here:

This is not my genre but a teen recommended this book and being twice her age I decided to humor her. I picked it up and kept turning the pages LOL ! For some reason the vibe, feel , moral message and images that it invokes for me are a combination of Avatar, twilight and Harry Potter, I suppose you have to read it to see what I mean. Main message makes you think about how you treat others who may look different or may very well be different. Good read, enjoy !

Amazon Reviewer

I’m very happy that readers are recommending my novel to others! The feedback and reviews are very sweet, and encouraging.

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! It means so much!

Isn’t the bunny cute? It reminds me of Miffy…at least that’s what I think she’s called. It was a book/show I used to like when I was little, so if I got her name wrong I apologize.

Thank you again for your kind words and support!

Chatting with a Reader About Vermin

The other day I had the opportunity to speak to a young reader, who had just finished Vermin in a day and a half! It was such a cool experience, getting to talk to someone about my book, and hearing all of their thoughts about the story and characters.

What really resonated with me from our conversation, was how much they took away from the story. They discussed how much they enjoyed the deeper meanings within the story, what certain characters symbolized, and were pleased to see these messages being presented in a way that kids their age and younger could understand.

I won’t give any major spoilers here, because I know many folks who are just starting the book, or who are only part way through, but it they definitely hit the nail on the head with their interpretation.

During our discussion, I confessed that when I’d initially begun writing Vermin, I was still in high school and that one of the main takeaways from the story was put in there subconsciously. It wasn’t until I was reviewing the early draft of those first chapters in university, that it dawned on me. What I didn’t tell them, was that at the time I’d started writing Vermin, I had been experiencing some of what my character Nicholas and his siblings were going through. As a teenager I found it difficult to talk about these things, so I wrote about them in hopes that I could try and understand for myself, why I was being mistreated by some of my peers. It wasn’t until I began editing the first book in the series, that I realized what I had written.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m being vague about what themes this young lady pulled from the book because I’d like to give others a chance to discover it for themselves. I guess after studying English Lit’ in school all those years, I’ve become a bit sentimental about ones own interpretation. I think that, a personal takeaway from a story is much more impactful than being told what one should have gotten from the text.

I do again, want to thank the people who arranged for me to have that discussion with this young reader. It was my first time discussing my writing outside of a peer review group, and it honestly made my whole day. I’m glad that Vermin had that much of an impact on someone, and I hope that it will have that effect on other readers as well.


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Vermin Gets a 4 Star Rating on Goodreads

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I’m so happy that readers are enjoying Vermin! I’ve been hearing lots of positive feedback so far, and was absolutely thrilled to find out Vermin received it’s first rating!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review my novel!

If you’re looking to get a copy, you can click the links below which will lead you to the paperback or eBook.

Author Copies Have Arrived!

My author copies of Vermin arrived! I was so excited to cut open the box and pull them out. They’re so pretty. I love unboxing new books. I kept flipping through the pages of the one I pulled from the box…it was so satisfying. My brain is still processing the fact that the first book of the series is now in print.

I’m also blown away by the support of my friends and family! I’ve gotten so much feedback, and currently Dianna’s a very popular character. One thing that I’ve noticed is that I’m constantly having to remind myself that I’m the only person who knows the events that follow after book one and have to be very careful what I say when readers discuss the book with me because I don’t want to give away any spoilers.

Signed copies will be available to purchase soon. I will be making an announcement of when that will be, and will also be working on scheduling in person events once it is possible.

If you’re currently reading Vermin, and would like to see your review displayed on my main website, leave a review of the book on either Goodreads or Amazon, and we will add them from there.