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 […]

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 […]

Sep 182014
 
Guest Post: Stephanie Cole explains Why Alaska + Giveaway

Why does Compass North take place in Alaska? It’s the perfect place for Meredith’s story… Compass North is a romantic suspense novel about personal reinvention. Meredith narrowly escapes a catastrophic accident and is presumed dead. She slips into a new identity and a new life in Homer, Alaska, leaving behind her deceitful husband and her disastrous marriage back in Florida. She finds that it’s not that easy to leave the baggage of the past behind, but she discovers that she can peel back the layers of unhappiness that have weighed her down, to find her strength and joy again. But […]

Sep 112014
 
Guest post: Jackie Gamber’s Top Ten Dragon Movies

I love books; that’s obvious. But I really enjoy the visual storytelling of movies, too (when it’s done well, of course). And there have been wonderful dragon movies I’ve enjoyed, that have certainly influenced me from a young age to now. I’m happy to share my list of 10 dragon movies. I can’t put them in order from favorite to most favorite, because depending on my day and my mood, they all shift around in different places on the list. But these are 10 movies I would invite any friend to watch with me…and dare her not to enjoy. 1. […]

Sep 102014
 
Guest post: Gina Drayer + Giveaway

Several years ago, I came across an article from the New York Times by Carina Chocano complaining about the lazy tropes used to portray “Strong Female Characters.” “Strong female character” is one of those shorthand memes that has leached into the cultural groundwater and spawned all kinds of cinematic clichés: alpha professionals whose laserlike focus on career advancement has turned them into grim, celibate automatons; robotic, lone-wolf, ascetic action heroines whose monomaniacal devotion to their crime-fighting makes them lean and cranky and very impatient; murderous 20-something comic-book salesgirls who dream of one day sidekicking for a superhero; avenging brides; poker-faced […]

Aug 212014
 
Guest post: Lissa Bryan + Giveaway

The end of the world changes a person. Carly and Justin have been through a lot in the End of All Things series, and both of them have had to grow and adapt in ways they never would have expected. When we met Carly in the first book, she was an ordinary young woman who’d just been through an extraordinary ordeal, literally witnessing the destruction of the world she had known and the death of everyone she loved. She was in a deep state of shock and denial when Justin found her, but Justin can see she has fire and […]

Jul 162014
 
Guest post: RJ Sullivan

The Wass-onme Art of Bonnie! I’ve told the story a few times before. In 2011, I had published my first novel, Haunting Blue, for the first time, and was doing my first convention touring with a local group of authors, including Michael West. I had a chance to see Michael and Seventh Star Press publisher Stephen Zimmer interact, saw a few of their books, and knew then that SSP would end up on the short list of where I wanted to send my next completed manuscript. During this time, I had a chance to check out several titles, including Michael’s […]

May 232014
 
Guest post: AshleyRose Sullivan

There are a lot (like, a whole lot) of comic book/movie/novel super powers out there and when I was asked to do a Top Ten list for Workaday Reads, I thought, “Oh, picking ten of those would be super easy.” And then I realized that the way I approached this list wasn’t just “Top Ten Super Powers” it was “Top Ten Super Powers I Would Want To Have In My Current Life/Reality As It Stands Right Now” so don’t take this list too seriously. If the world were actually populated by super humans and villains (as it is in Awesome […]

Apr 242014
 
Guest post: Jamie Haden

I have author Jamie Haden here as part of her tour for her Talisa Santiago series (Spirit Seeker and Illuminate-Alive, She Cried. Today she’s telling us who is Talisa Santiago. This is never an easy question to answer because who we are changes, sometimes on a daily basis. It is often customary to hear a person say, “I’m not the same as I was back then,” or “I’m different now.” Although this may be the case, what I have come to learn is, our thoughts about ourselves, and our thoughts towards others, can certainly change, yet, in the end, our […]

Mar 222014
 
Guest post: D Lawrence-Young

As part of his book tour for Anne of Cleves and Catherine Howard, I have author D Lawrence-Young here with a guest post about how and why he writes historical novels. I have always liked learning history, even when I had to suffer three of the world’s most boring history teachers in high school. Fortunately, when I went home and told my parents about what I had studied, my father would ask pointed and cynical questions about the heroes or the events we had concentrated on that day. In that way, I learned that there was more than one way […]