Publishing News: Two poems have been accepted for publication in Wingless Dreamer’s anthologies this year. “Musings On An Overcast Morning” can be found in War Scars in My Heart, and “Apple Tree Roost” will be published in Summer Fireflies.

I’m pleased to announce that “First Night” won an award in the 2021 Writer’s Digest Poetry Competition.


Four teens

Two worlds

One perilous summer

A fantasy novel for young adults, Traitor in the Realm is now available  through bookstores and on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Walmart.

Teen artist, Kallan MacKinnon, becomes trapped with her family in a medieval kingdom that’s under attack. She and her foster brother, Matthew Webbe, tangle with magical beings and prehistoric creatures in their attempt to reach the gateway back to Earth before it closes forever. Their friendship is tested when they meet magically gifted twins from the new world. Is it worth risking their lives to save a foreign realm from a homegrown threat? How much are they willing to sacrifice in exchange for safe passage home?

An Amazon #1 New Release in Teen and Young Adult Alternative Family Fiction

Maps, cover, and interior artwork by Susan Marchand.

News Coverage:

The Independent in Livermore, CA published an article on April 1, 2021 about Traitor in the Realm which can be read here.

The Schenectady Gazette published an interview with me on March 14, 2021, which can be read here.

The Pleasanton Weekly published an article on February 17, 2021 about Traitor in the Realm which can be read here. (The Danville San Ramon Times also printed the Pleasanton Weekly’s article on February 22.)


Editorial Reviews:

In the grand storytelling tradition of The HobbitThe Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Eragon, Patricia Boyle enchants with her YA fantasy, Traitor in the Realm, Book One in the Series: Next World Over. Constructing an entire new world of adventure, Boyle engages us with believable characters who, in fighting against evil, discover amazing gifts within themselves. Each challenge evokes renewed courage and fires new friendships. Yet the story remains unpredictable and illusive, as every good story should—until the end.

~Kate Farrell, author of Story Power: Secrets to Creating, Crafting, and Telling Memorable Stories.

In Traitor in the Realm, by Patricia J. Boyle, fifteen-year-old Kallan, the daughter of a paleontologist, discovers a pre-historic-looking toothed bird that should have died out millions of years ago. Grandpa’s property has always seemed magical to Kallan and her foster brother, but when they enter an undiscovered tunnel, they soon find themselves in a real magical world, full of curious creatures. If you’re a fan of fantasy, you’ll love Boyle’s exciting story, filled with vivid details and memorable characters. Highly recommended.

Penny Warner, author of three-time award-winning middle grade series, The Code Busters Club.

Interview about Traitor in the Realm
George Cramer, author of The Mona Lisa Sisters, has an interesting and informative blog in which he reviews books and interviews authors representing a wide variety of genres. Recently he interviewed me about  A Traitor in the Realm. Visit his blog here or at to read the complete interview and learn more about my writing process. George has archives available for readers to gain insight into authors he’s interviewed in the past.