Friday, August 26, 2011

Author Interview: Shelley Workinger "Solid Series"

  Shelley Workinger author of "Solid" is here to talk about her first novel in a new and exciting young adult series.

How would you describe Solid?
The simplest synopsis would be: genetically-altered teens brought to secret Army campus develop super-abilities, find love, and uncover conspiracy. The greater message of the series as a whole is about finding yourself and your place in the world.

What inspired the idea for Solid?
I first dreamed the romantic scene that is now Chapter 12. I have wild and vivid dreams regularly, but my thoughts kept coming back to that one until I finally sat down and explored the idea by backing out of that scene and developing how those two people could end up in that setting.

Did any of the characters surprise you while writing?
Yes. Someone who is hardly mentioned in Solid steps up as a major player in Settling. As the new plot evolved, I realized how much I'd always liked that (practically non-) character.

Which book(s) have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Probably James Patterson's Alex Cross novels because you really feel like you know Alex and his family without ever being inundated with history and background. I'd like my characters to come to life so easily and naturally.

Which fictional character most resembles you?
Scurry from Who Moved My Cheese?

What book do you wish you had written?
The Harry Potter series, so I could've known how the story would unfold! I didn't read the series until the final installment was released because I heard from other fans that the wait between books was almost unbearable. 

If you could save one character from “Solid” in the event of a disaster, which one would it be? Why?
That's tough! I feel like the core group comes together because they are each one vital part of the greater whole. If I HAD to choose, it would be Clio. Or Garrett, Alexis, or Jack :)

What books are currently on your bedside table?
A Reliable Wife, A Continual Feast, and Switch. And of course I'm waiting for Mockingjay to come in.

What are you working on now?
Settling - the sequel to Solid.  Since Solid took care of most of the exposition for the series, the characters are ready to move forward in the second book.

Finish the sentence with as much or as little detail as you’d like-You’ll like this book if you like…
...the intrigue of Fringe but don't need the gore.

Thanks for dropping by and sharing "Solid" with us today, Shelly. We'd love to have you back anytime.

"Settling" is the second installment of Shelley's series and is currently available at you local library. If you're ready for an exciting adventure then this is the story for you.

What's New at the Library?

August is flying by and we have a ton of books on our new release shelf waiting for you to give them a read. What are you waiting for?

To learn more about the books listed below simply click on the title.


Treasure Hunt by John Lescroart
Hold Tight by Harlan Coben


Art and Madness by Anne Roiphe
It's All about Him by Denise Jackson
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

Adult Fiction:

A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer
Back of Beyond by C.J. Box
Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah
Buried Prey by John Sandford
Careless In Red by Elizabeth George
Castles in the Sand by Sally John
Cold Wind by C.J. Box
Compulsion by Jonathan Kellerman
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
The Disorder of Longing by Natasha Bauman
The Faraday Girls by Monica McInerney
Friday Nights by Joanna Trollope
From Dead to Worse by John Herrick
The Genius by Jesse Kellerman
Home Another Way by Christa Parrish 
I Remember You by Harriet Evens
The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood
The Kingdom by Clive Cussler
Labyrinth by Kate Moss
Last Resort by Hannah Alexander
Merciless by Diana Palmer
Now You See Her by James Patterson
Quinn by Iris Johansen
Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
Sister by Rosamund Lupton
Smokin Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong
Split Second by Catherine Coulter
Talismans by Sybil Baker
Torn Apart by Diony George
Traitor's Gate by Kate Elliott
When Passion Rules by Johanna Lindsey
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe by Charlaine Harris

Adult Paperbacks:

Almost Home by Mariah Stewart
Altar of Eden by James Rollins
Atlantis by David Gibbons
Bedeviled Eggs by Laura Childs
Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison
Blue Smoke and Murder by Elizabeth Lowell
Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick
Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole
The Enemy by Lee Child
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris
Harmony's Way by Lora Leigh
A Hunger like No Other by Kresley Cole
Hush by Cherry Adair
The Knitting Diaries by Debbie Macomber
The Last Oracle by James Rollins
The Lost Tomb by David Gibbins
Morning Star by Kerry Newcomb (Western)
Mystical Warrior by Janet Chapman
One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
The Sanctuary by Raymond Khoury
Sinful in Satin by Madeline Hunter
Something Blue by Emily Giffin
The Spy by Clive Cussler
Storm Prey by John Sandford
Takedown by Brad Thor
13 ½ by Nevada Barr


How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Intolerable Cruelty
Last Chance Harvey
P.S. I Love You

Remember, that you can reserve a book that is on the shelf or currently out on loan. 

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Reading Corner

Welcome to The Reading Corner. When you're looking for a break from your school work, you can drop by The Reading Corner and see what hot titles we have waiting for you to dive in to. This month, we have a great selection that we are sure you will enjoy.

Make The Reading Corner a regular stop while you're online; that way you won't miss out on what's waiting for you here at the library.

Want to find out more about one of the titles listed below? Click on the title to read a summary of the book, and find out more interesting details about the author too.

Youth Fiction:

Halloween Bugs Me! By R.L. Stine
The Haunted Mask II by R.L. Stine
Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann Martin
The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
The Magic Thief: Found by Sarah Prineas
The Magic Thief: Lost by Sarah Prineas
My Hairiest Adventure by R.L. Stine
Pond Scum by Alan Silberberg
Puppy Patrol by Jenny Dale
Shrek 2 the Movie novel by Jesse Leon McCann
Smasher by Dick King-Smith
The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary by Jeff Kinney

Did you find something on the list you have to read? If you did, stop by the library or give us a call and we will hold the book for you!

Teens and Tweens

The Teens and Tweens section is where you will find the latest news on the greatest Middle Grade and Young Adult titles hitting the shelves at the library. Each month we will share author interviews, author spotlights, and new books just for you right here.

If you see a book you're interested in, just click on the title to read a summary for that book and give us a call so we can reserve the book for you.

We hope that you enjoy the titles we have available this month. If you don't see the book you're dying to read, let us know. We can always add it to the wishlist.

Happy Reading!

Young Adult Fiction:

The Boyfriend by R.L. Stine
The Boxer and the Spy by Robert Parker
Chasing the Bear by Robert Parker
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber
Crystal Bones by C. Aubrey Hall
Darkhedge by Catherine Fisher
Demigods and Monsters by Rick Riordan
Eon by Alison Goodman
Eona by Alison Goodman
Fearless by Tim Lott
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Flawless by Lara Chapman
Flight of the Eagles
by Gilbert Morris
The Gift by James Patterson
Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber
Phantom Dream (graphic novel) by Natsuki Takaya
Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Settling by Shelley Workinger
Solid by Shelley Workinger
Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck 
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Young Adult Audio:

The New Policeman by Kate Thompson
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson