Nov 142015
 
Guest Post: Kate Blair author of Transferral

Thank you so much to Sarah for hosting me as part of my blog tour. I really appreciate being featured on Workaday Reads. My debut novel is Transferral, a YA novel set in an alternative present day UK, published by Dancing Cat Books. The initial idea for Transferral came in 2010, when I was listening to a nurse talking about her experiences during the SARS epidemic. She said she was treated like a criminal; when she wore her scrubs, people crossed the road to avoid her. That got me wondering. What if criminals were indeed contagious? What if instead of […]

Jul 232015
 
Review: Ashes of Life + Giveaway

Before I start my review, I’d just like to apologize to the authors and publisher for missing my original posting date. Thanks for being accommodating with a new date. This book is amazing. I went into it thinking it was going to be really sad, but this turned out to be a beautiful romance. Yes, there were some sad and troubling parts, but the overall feel was hope and love. This caught me off guard, but was the best kind of surprise. This was a powerful story about love, and the power of family, and really highlighted that family is […]

May 052015
 
Guest post from Debby Grahl: Do You Believe in Ghosts? + Giveaway

Out of the corner of your eye have you ever caught a glimpse of something, and then when you turn it’s gone? Have you heard creaks and bangs that can’t be explained? Has the temperature around you suddenly become chilled? Do you believe in ghosts? I do! Since ghosts play a significant part in my new book, The Silver Crescent, I thought I would share some of my ghostly encounters with you. Ghost and witches have to be the most fun and versatile creatures to write about. Your ghost can be solid or transparent, look perfectly normal or hideous, be […]

Apr 232015
 
Review: Suspected

The first book in this series blew me away with it’s incredible look at, and treatment of, gender. This second book does something similar with technology. The book showed two very different extremes of technology use, with East Country almost completely tech-free, and Mid Country totally tech focused. It was an interesting contrast, and helped to show how extremes of any nature are not healthy. Some of the technology that Mid Country employed were interesting and amazing. But some options were extremely scary, and extremist in the worst possible way. Being able to draw the line between the two types […]

Mar 242015
 
Review: Shadows Have Gone

This third book in the series picked up immediately after the second book ended. It jumped right into the action, but there were enough recaps spread out over the first few chapters to help me remember everything important from the previous books. This story surprised me with how dark it was. There was quite a bit of death in this book, including some characters that I felt I knew and liked. It was powerful, and really highlight how uncertain and unsafe a post catastrophe world would be. One thing that I really enjoyed in this book was the sense of […]

Feb 052015
 
Interview: Sharon Lynn Fisher + Giveaway

If you had to describe your book Twitter style (140 characters or less), what would you say? Love triangle between a parapsychologist, FBI agent & energy vampire from a parallel Earth. Black ops, quantum physics & dimensional travel! Maybe that should be “among.” Oh well, you get the idea! What books have influenced your writing? Probably the book that influenced me the most is A Wrinkle in Time. I read it more than a dozen times as a kid, and here I am still writing sci-fi romance mashups. (Though the romance in WiT was light, and suitable for a middle […]

Jan 282015
 
Review: They Call Me Crazy + Giveaway

This was a quick mystery story that is filled with very unique characters in a very small town. With a different narrator for every chapter, it does take a while to really get a grasp on everything that is happening, but the focus is mostly on Cass and finding out whether she actually killed her husband, and whether he deserved it. The plotline is fairly straight forward, but there are enough secrets and twists to keep a reader interested. There is a lot of charm in the story. It really highlights how small towns think and interact. You really can`t […]

Dec 262014
 
Review: The Iron Locket + Giveaway

This story wove an intriguing mixture of King Arthur legends with faery tales. Many of the faery characters were recognizable from classic stories, such as the four Faery Queens. The way the faeries and King Arthur’s knights were connected was unique and believable. In addition to mixing King Arthur and faeries, there was also some modern humans in the form of faery hunters. The set up for them was also believable. I quite liked the histories and background woven into the story as everything was cohesive and logical. The characters themselves were well formed. The personalities were realistic, and there […]

Dec 082014
 
Review: The Knife's Edge + Giveaway

It’s been a while since I read an epic fantasy that really gripped me. This book did just that with its inventive legends of The Ronin, an almost mythical group of magical heroes. I loved following Grey as he learned about his past, his talents and his connection to the Ronin. He was an easy character to like. Charming, self-doubting, and fiercely loyal to his friends, he was so easy to root for. One of the tricky things about epic fantasy sagas is the immense amount of world building needed to create a success story. This book had a great […]

Nov 122014
 
Review: Just Girls + Giveaway

Simply put, this was an amazing story. It is heartfelt and honest and is the perfect mix of drama and emotions. Ella’s story is very remarkable. I would almost say that Tucker’s is as remarkable since she takes it upon herself to protect a stranger with no benefit to herself. That is the action of a modern day hero, and one that should be applauded and respected. While there is a lot of talk of gender in the book, I enjoyed that the focus was on the story of Ella’s first year at college. I learned a lot reading the […]