Guest Post & Giveaway with Author Shelley Workinger

Filed in Giveaways , Guest Post , Shelley Workinger , The Cornered Lover Posted on June 20, 2011 @ 6:00 am 14 comments
Happy Monday everyone! Today we would like to welcome to Book Lovers Inc. YA Author Shelley Workinger. Her works include Solid and soon to release Settling. Shelley is here today to share a bit of an insight on how the Solid series began.
At the risk of sounding a bit corny (or should I say flaky?), the “Solid” series came together a lot like a snowman. What will eventually be one complete whole – made up of three dependent parts – all started with just one small speck.
That first idea – the romantic scene that eventually became chapter twelve of “Solid” – was born in a dream. Now, I have vivid dreams all the time, but that one really stuck with me – kind of like good snowman-making snow , I couldn’t stop thinking about how those people could’ve ended up in that setting. That tiny What? quickly rolled into a How?, then a Why?, and I just kept pushing that ball across the field of questions until I had a solid base for a story.
So that bottom piece (book one – “Solid”) was built by answering some of each of the traditional W’s: Where are they? Who are they? Why are they there? What has happened, is happening now, and how? But the main job of the first book was to provide the foundation for the series, so the only question that gets fully answered is the Where? In “Solid,” you find out where they are, why they’re there, and why their parents are not. You are also given some insight into the Who?, which is really the focus of book two. You met the characters in “Solid,” but you get to know them in “Settling” – the middle book of the series, or the core of the snowman.
You can safely assume that “Settling” will also set up the What? questions to be answered in book three (“Sound”): What can the kids do and what are they going to do with these abilities? And that’s when you’ll finally get the complete Why? and How? – the most cerebral questions saved for the head of the creation.
I hope hearing how one small idea “snow-balled” into a series gives readers a fun perspective on the whole.
You can find more about Shelley and her books at:
Check out my review of Solid HERE
Check out my review of  Settling HERE
Wanna see who I think should play the Solid Series characters in the movies?
Check out Bookish Eye Candy for this week
 Check out the Rest of Shelleys Blog Tour
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~*~*Giveaway*~*~
Shelley is offering a final copy with bookmark of Settling  to a lucky commenter.
  
All you have to do is leave a comment/question for Shelley.
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)
Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email address or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).
This giveaway is open US Only
Giveaway ends on Saturday, June 25th
and we will announce the winner on Sunday.
For those of you who don’t win Shelley is
also offering a promotion if you buy “Settling” in the month of July,
you get the ebook of “Solid” free!

Good luck!

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  • Estella June 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    The book sounds great!

    The covers are very different—who does them for you?

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • Andra June 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! I've seen this book popping up here and there and I would Love to get a chance to read it!

    :)

    andralynn7@gmail.com

  • Julie June 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I love your covers! They are very eye-catching! I would really like to read this series because I've heard good things about it, so thanks for the chance to win it:)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  • Aydrea June 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I loved Solid and I cannot wait to read & see what happens in Settling!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    danceislove27(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Jen B. June 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    This series look so interesting. I love series. I would love to win this.
    jepebATverizonDOTnet

  • Nerd Girls June 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    We would love to get a chance to read this!

    nerdgirls(at)bookstothesky(dot)com

  • Victoria June 21, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Sounds good. I like how different the covers are. Thanks for the giveaway.

    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Maureen June 21, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  • leisa June 21, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Sounds like I have a new Author to follow…Thanks for the chance to win!!! lprater@modweldco.com

  • Mare/TommyGirl June 21, 2011 at 9:54 am

    It sounds like a great series. I love how you were able to take a scene from a dream and by asking yourself a series of questions, you were able to create a whole new world.

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • shadow_kohler June 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    this sounds very good. id love for a chance to read it! thank you so much!
    shadow_kohler@att.net

  • Tore June 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Shelley your book sounds really great. I would love to read it. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  • Krystal July 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I loved Solid! Such an innovative and creative concept. Do you ever base the characters off of you? How do you do research for your books? edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

  • Shelley Workinger July 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Thank all of you so much for checking out my new series!

    And thanks for all the cover love; @ Estella – I do them myself :)

    @ Krystal – I use a lot of my own flaws for the characters; it's better than using those of my friends since I still want them to BE my friends :)
    And I do a ton of online research, so I'm sure all my interest in genetic manipulation, military bases, and bandwidth encryption has put me on some sort of government red list!

    Anyway, if you didn't win this giveaway at Book Lovers Inc., you might want to check out the "Solid" series promotion I'm offering for the month of July:
    http://solidnovel.intuitwebsites.com/CONTESTS—MORE.html

    Thanks again!
    Shelley W.

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