Excerpt from When we were Dragons and Feature by Goodlife Fitness

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

If you missed my release of Questing for a Dream, take a quick minute to check it out! I have been getting some great reviews (like this one by Christian Rebel).

What else has been happening? Of course I am getting reading for NaNoWriMo, trying to decide right now between the two books I may write next.

Ruby Between the Cracks has been featured on the “Stories about Making it Happen” by Goodlife Fitness on Wattpad. Wattpad is a free reading platform, a risk-free way to check out some of my writing and make new discoveries!

And on to the teaser! I have just started reading When We Were Dragons by Brandon Berntson, an interesting fantasy based on the collision between earth and a magical world inhabited by… surprise… dragons. I couldn’t help but be attracted by the gorgeous cover and intriguing title of this book.

“These mortals are a surprising people,” Karen said next to me.

I nodded. I didn’t want to mention my cynicism as to how half of them were just as willing to lynch us an hour ago.

Brandon Berntson, When We Were Dragons

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Justin Silas is a dragon who can change into mortal form at will. When his world, Paramis, collides with Earth with the aid of powerful magic, destruction ensues. Cerras, a giant god made of amber quartz, stirs, restless in his century-long slumber, and dragons are now living side by side with mankind on New Earth and Paramis Altered.

But all is not well.

Lane, a traitorous dragon to her own kind, is turning dragons against mankind and mankind against dragons. She longs to usurp the throne of Cerras, hoping to destroy the Giant God with his own power. Yet fate lies with Charlie Underhill, a small boy from Earth, who – since the collision – harbors a special kind of magic all his own.

Launch Day: Questing for a Dream

IMG_3249It really surprises me how I can feel so differently from one book release to another. Some of them I am pretty ‘chill’ about or am just happy to finally get done.

Then there are others that I anticipate with real excitement, and can’t wait to share with the world! Sometimes I am so in love with a cover that I just can’t wait to hold the paperback in my hands.

In case you haven’t already guessed, I am really excited to announce the release of Questing for a Dream to the world!

A teacher-librarian that I know (hi Dale!) suggested that there was a dearth of books on the marginalization of Canadian Aboriginal teens and perhaps I could do something about that… I already had several ideas in my Story Clip File that were appropriate, so I started to pull them together and brainstorm about a plot. I did a ton of research to become familiar with my subject matter and a couple of months later, wrote out my first draft. I also produced this infographic (please give it a few minutes to load.)

While asking an author to pick which one of her books is her best is sort of like asking a mother to pick which of her children she loves the most, I have to say that Questing for a Dream is certainly one of my favourites!

The cover was a challenge! I went through roughly 15 designs before I finally found this photograph and negotiated a license with the photographer. It is so gorgeous! I’m so glad I persisted until I found just the right picture.

Readers of my Advance Reader Copies blew me away with their praise. They really are loving this book! So now it’s your turn! Hop on over to Amazon to one-click your way to a Kindle copy or order the paperback (or if you are local, drop me a line to get an autographed copy and save yourself some shipping.)

Read more about Questing for a Dream below

Nadie is a bright but rebellious teen growing up Manitoba Cree. Living in abject poverty, she tries to help care for the younger children in the band. Devastated by the drowning death of her little cousin and unable to overcome her grief, Nadie leaves the band.

How can she find her own place in a foreign world where she is abused and discriminated against, and for the first time in her life, completely alone?

By the author of the award-winning Ruby, Between the Cracks, this engaging and unforgettable story of Nadie’s journey to find a place in the world amidst heartache and hopelessness will inspire you to face your challenges with courage and become a happier and stronger person.

Praise for Questing for a Dream

“Brilliant masterpiece.”

“P.D. Workman’s skilled narrative of Nadie and her poignant journey to wholeness is a thoughtful exposé of shattered dreams and tragic youth sure to resonate with every reader.”

“An inspiring book which can encourage the reader to face the challenges in life’s journey and to accept the lessons that come as a result.”

Praise for P.D. Workman

“Every single one of [P.D. Workman’s] books has spoken to me in ways no one or almost anything else has. And I have found strength in the books I’ve read.”

“The way that P.D. Workman writes just flows amazingly and allows the reader to get really invested in a book.”


Two Teasers: Earth Afire and Questing for a Dream

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

Two teasers for you today! One is for Earth Afire, from Orson Scott Card, which I just finished reading. This is part of the trilogy that precedes Ender’s Game. The other is from my book, Questing for a Dream, which I am launching very soon! (And may actually be available by the time you read this…)

Bingwen nodded. He should have expected this. Of course the librarian wouldn’t believe him. Something as serious as an alien threat would need to come from a credible source: the news or the government or other adults, not from an eight-year-old son of a rice farmer.

Orson Scott Card, Earth Afire

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One hundred years before Ender’s Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. This is the story of the First Formic War.

Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame.

And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

Fans of Ender’s Game will thrill to Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston’s Earth Afire.

Second Teaser…

And, from Questing for a Dream:

Nadie’s stomach growled and her mouth watered at the suggestion, but she shook her head. “I have to look after Luyu. Make sure she gets dinner. Maybe I can come over later after I put her down for bed.”

Mouse sighed dramatically. “Yeah. Sure. Whenever is good for you.”

“I need to look after Luyu,” Nadie said firmly, giving him a glare. “She depends on me.”

P.D. Workman, Questing for a Dream


Nadie is a bright but rebellious teen growing up Manitoba Cree. Living in abject poverty, she tries to help care for the younger children in the band. Devastated by the drowning death of her little cousin and unable to overcome her grief, Nadie leaves the band.
How can she find her own place in a foreign world where she is abused and discriminated against, and for the first time in her life, completely alone?

Excerpt from The Devil’s Due

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

One of the books I am reading this week is The Devil’s Due by Steven F. Freeman. It is a kidnap thriller set in Afghanistan (book five in a series, but I haven’t read the others) and has been very engaging so far!

The message header indicated the sender was Mastana, the young Afghani Alton had befriended several years ago after rescuing her from a terrorist blast in a Kabul marketplace. The terseness of Mastana’s message matched its desperation: “Alton, help me.”

Steven F. Freeman, The Devil’s Due

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Former Army Captain Alton Blackwell never thought he’d return to Afghanistan.
Now he has no choice.

While on their honeymoon, cryptologist Alton Blackwell and FBI Agent Mallory Wilson receive a frantic plea for help. Resourceful Afghani teenager Mastana Meer, once instrumental in rescuing a mutual friend from Afghanistan terrorists, finds herself coerced into a nefarious plot by her Al-Qaeda uncle.

Having escaped the clutches of her terrorist uncle, the teen is days away from leaving Kabul for a better life when Alton and Mallory lose all contact with her.

As the former soldiers race to Afghanistan to search for Mastana, they battle Al-Qaeda terrorists, a resurgent cult of evil, and a web of political intrigue in which the label of friend and foe is not easily assigned. The duo must summon all their investigatory powers and combat skills in a desperate bid to track down their young friend and rescue her before her captors’ malevolent designs can be set in motion.

First Portuguese Translation: Por Conta Própria (Stand Alone)

kindle coverPor Conta Própria is the second foreign language translation of Stand Alone. (The first was Spanish.) I really enjoyed working with Portuguese translator Juliano Timbó Martins and he put a lot of thought into giving Portuguese readers an authentic translation of my story.

Click the cover or here for buy links!

Justine é louca?

Todos acham que sim…

Sua mãe. Os garotos da escola, os professores e os coordenadores também. Até os policiais que a pegam vagueando no meio da noite – e talvez principalmente eles.

O psicólogo de Justine diz que ela é ‘problemática’, mas isso significa a mesma coisa. Ele acredita que os pesadelos vívidos e recorrentes dela, além do seu comportamento agressivo, apontam para algum trauma do passado; mas Emy, a mãe de Justine, não consegue explicar isso.

Antes Justine tinha Christian, seu melhor amigo e parceiro de skate. Ele era o único que a aceitava. Talvez por que andar de skate seja o único momento em que Justine é realmente livre para ser ela mesma. Agora que Christian se foi… Justine tem o pensamento fixo de que chegou ao fundo do poço.

Mesmo quando ela vê a sua vida girando num turbilhão cada vez mais fora de controle, Justine não pode desistir do seu sentimento de quem ela é – alguém muito diferente da amável filha que Emy espera que ela seja – para simplesmente se ajustar e ser feliz. Justine tem certeza de que Emy mantém em segredo a chave para quem ela realmente é. Mas, se este for o caso, Emy não quer abrir o jogo.

–À medida que PD Workman o leva para dentro da cabeça de Justine, você começa a imaginar o que, de fato, a faz agir da forma que age. Boa sorte, se você quiser tentar colocar o livro de lado antes de descobrir o porquê… – Tom Grusendorf, Jr.

–Este livro é uma história maravilhosa e repleta de reviravoltas… que vai fazê-lo continuar virando as páginas até altas horas da madrugada. O final vai surpreendê-lo. Uma história incrível. – Linda S.

Ruby now available in Español

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Looking to add some books to your Spanish library? The translation of the award-winning Ruby Between the Cracks is now available: El Mal Camino de Ruby.

Si le preguntas a Ruby, ella te diría que está feliz con su vida. Ella es fuerte e independiente y no necesita a nadie más. El camino que la ha llevado hasta aquí no ha sido fácil y ha bloqueado muchas cosas de su mente.

Pero las cosas no son color de rosa como todos creen y el camino que le espera está lleno no solo de pandillas, drogas y depresión, sino que también de otros desafíos que Ruby ni se había imaginado.

— Sabes que es un buen libro cuando te tienes que recordar constantemente que los personajes no son personas reales. De verdad me importó Ruby y me dio muy malos momentos. Esperé desesperadamente que su historia tuviera un final feliz.

— «Ruby» saca a luz la complicada y brutal relación entre la enfermeda mental, pobreza y abuso… un libro que no podía dejar de leer.

— «Ruby» me hizo pasar por un muy mal momento y tuve que dejar de leer el libro un par de veces porque necesitaba volver a la realidad… ¡No había ocasión que dejara de leer porque quería saber como iba terminar la historia!… ¡No puedo esperar por la segunda parte!

Excerpt from Mary Higgins Clark’s On the Street Where You Live

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

I don’t know about you, but Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favourite suspense writers. I first read my mom’s copy of The Cradle Will Fall as a young teen, and it scared the heck out of me. This week I am reading On the Street Where You Live.

The first entry was dated, September 7, 1891. It began with the words “Madeline is dead by my hand.”

Mary Higgins Clark, On the Street Where You Live

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In the gripping new novel from America’s Queen of Suspense, a young woman is haunted by two murders that are closely linked — despite the one hundred and ten years that separate them.
Following the acrimonious breakup of her marriage and the searing experience of being pursued by an obsessed stalker, criminal defense attorney Emily Graham accepts an offer to leave Albany and work in a major law firm in Manhattan.
Feeling a need for roots, she buys her ancestral home, a restored Victorian house in the historic New Jersey seaside resort town of Spring Lake. Her family had sold the house in 1892, after one of Emily’s forebears, Madeline Shapley, then still a young girl, disappeared.
Now, more than a century later, as the house is being renovated and the backyard excavated for a pool, the skeleton of a young woman is found. She is identified as Martha Lawrence, who had disappeared from Spring Lake over four year ago. Within her skeletal hand is the finger bone of another woman with a ring still on it — a Shapley family heirloom.
In seeking to find the link between her family’s past and the recent murder, Emily becomes a threat to a devious and seductive killer, who has chosen her as the next victim.

Reading List: Addiction Fiction

This is the fourth blog in my series on reading lists about mental illness. Previously published:

Young Adult books about Psychosis

Young Adult books about Depression (including Bipolar)

Fiction about Personality Disorders

I will again start with my own books featuring main characters with Addiction:

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Winner of In the Margins Top Ten Books for Teens award.

If you asked Ruby, she’d tell you she’s happy with her life. She’s tough and independent and doesn’t depend on anyone else. The road that has led her here has not been easy, and she’s blocked a lot of it from her memory.

But things aren’t as rosy as she would have everyone believe, and the road ahead of her is filled not only with gangs, drugs, and depression, but other challenges that Ruby hasn’t even imagined.


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Justin had made a mistake. A big, life-changing mistake.

He already failed June once. He wasn’t there when she needed him, and because of him, their lives will never be the same. June is everything to Justin, and he must be everything to her. He must protect June at all costs. Justin is prepared spend the rest of his life keeping her from getting hurt again.

But it seems they are always falling behind, barely keeping one step ahead of the nightmares.

There is always one more hazard, just around the corner.


“You’re a good kid, Henry.”

Everyone knew that he was a good guy; geeky, responsible, hard-working. Henry has had a lot to deal with in the past. Now, as he should be focusing on his schooling and preparing himself for the future, he is hindered by abuse, the challenge of raising his baby brother while dealing with his mother’s deep depressions, and the return of a ghost from the past Henry has tried his best to forget.

But it seems that Henry can’t avoid the nastiness of life. As hard as he tries, it’s one more disaster after another as his life spirals out of control.

Can Henry escape the darkness, or is he doomed to be consumed by it?

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Raised to a life of crime, Sandy is a teenage prostitute, junkie, and con artist. She always joked that her Da taught her a trade, that it hadn’t hurt her to be brought up like she was.

But things keep getting more complicated, more dangerous, and Sandy doesn’t want to admit even to herself that she longs for an honest, normal life.

Even when she tries to change, things don’t go smoothly. Sandy’s past keeps interfering with her new relationships. In the end, if she and her family don’t pull together, Sandy will not be able to escape yet another ghost of her past. Do they have what it takes for her to change her life completely?

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He never told what went on behind closed doors. But this time, he can’t remember.

Things never have been easy for Steven. He accepts that, and just makes the best of things. He might not have parents or a happy home. Or enough to eat most days. But at least he has a couple of loyal friends who stand by him and help out when they can. At least he has school, someplace he can go to escape the abuse.

But just when he thought things couldn’t get much worse, they did.

Steven is accused of murder. But that isn’t the worst part. The really bad part is not even knowing if he did it.

The other books that I have picked out are:

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A teen plunges into a downward spiral of addiction in this classic cautionary tale.

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After you’ve had it, there isn’t even life without drugs….

It started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth — and ultimately her life.

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Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and Ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise. In a voice that is raw and honest, Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. As we watch Nic plunge the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture for us of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself. It’s a harrowing portrait — but not one without hope.


In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the “monster,” the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or “crank.” Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne’er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: “there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, / no Kristina Georgia Snow. / There is only Bree.” Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won’t, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank.



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Mark Fallon is an overworked detective investigating a spate of attacks at a string of high profile city centre nightclubs. Scott is a dejected 24 year old struggling to make ends meet working for his brother and supplementing his income with a small-scale drug dealing operation. Angela is an attractive 23 year old, raised by her father, a career criminal and small time drug dealer who supplies Scott with cannabis. This is a chilling tale spanning a few months in the lives of Scott and Angela, where realizations about the present combine with shocking revelations from the past leading to an apocalyptic climax where they no longer know whom they can trust.

TeaserTuesday Double-Header!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

One of my ARC readers for Pursued by the Past (being released soon!) commented how much my main character reminded her of the main character in Murder with Peacocks, by Donna Andrews. So I have borrowed her copy, and it is quite funny how similar the characters are, particularly in their relationships with their mothers.

So I thought I would give you a teaser from both! First, Murder with Peacocks:

“Well, that’s settled,” Mother said, as Pam and I began clearing the dishes. “Tomorrow morning you’ll go down to Mrs. Waterston’s shop and make sure everything is going well.”

Donna Andrews, Murder with Peacocks

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Three Weddings…And a Murder

So far Meg Langslow’s summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she’s maid of honor at the nuptuals of three loved ones–each of whom has dumped the planning in her capable hands. One bride is set on including a Native American herbal purification ceremony, while another wants live peacocks on the law. Only help from the town’s drop-dead gorgeous hunk, disappointingly rumored to be gay, keeps Meg afloat in a sea of dotty relatives and outrageous neighbors.

And, in whirl of summer parties and picnics, Souther hospitality is strained to the limit by an offenseive newcomer who hints at skeletons in the guests’ closets. But it seems this lady has offended one too many when she’s found dead in suspicious circumstances, followed by a string of accidents–some fatal. Soon, level-headed Meg’s to-do list extends from flower arragements and bridal registries to catching a killer–before the next catered event is her own funeral…

And a bonus teaser from Pursued by the Past:

“Lydia didn’t want me to be upset when I heard. She didn’t want me to be surprised and be upset with you and make things tense. Are you going to meet her? You should.”

P.D. Workman, Pursued by the Past

twitter pursuedVanna had a good life. She had her challenges—like her mother’s high expectations of her—but all in all, she had a job she enjoyed, a fun hobby and friends. She didn’t need any complications.

But that all changed shortly after trying to break things off with Tino. The phone calls with no one on the other end. Anonymous gifts. Someone moving things around in her bedroom.

A restraining order changed nothing. If anything, it caused things to escalate. If Vanna wants her life back, she will have to take things into her own hands.


Excerpt from Roses are Red… Violet is Dead

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

I won a copy of Roses are Red… Violet is Dead by Monica-Marie Vincent at a book launch party I participated in. It is a teen thriller with a Native American girl (Violet) as the protagonist. The book starts off with a bang:

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Dump your boyfriend,

If you know what’s good for you.

Monica-Marie Vincent, Roses are Red… Violet is Dead

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Violet Sumner has a stalker.

Between her largely dysfunctional family of two and the friends she doesn’t feel particularly close to, Violet thinks he’s the least of her problems. What she fails to understand is that the guy is no prankster and soon people turn up dead or missing. Because of her.

Things change when Violet’s best friend disappears and realization sinks in that the stalker means business. Denial put aside, Violet has no other option but to accept the help of police Sergeant Willard Kelley and his rather sweet protégé, to come to terms with the seriousness of the situation.

Yet nothing could’ve prepared her for her close up with the psycho.

Who will survive in this tale of obsession and misplaced devotion?