We’re All About Inspiring Kids to Become Joyful Lifelong Readers

Hi, my name is Brad Swift, and I write fantasy and science fiction. Much of my time is spent these days writing visionary fiction for children and young adults to inspire them to become joyful lifelong readers by introducing them to the pure pleasure of reading. Books like the Zak Bates Eco-adventure series and Spacehoppers. I believe reading for pleasure stretches the imagination of young readers in ways that TV, movies, or video games do not. I also love to encourage young people to write their own stories, knowing that some of them will grow into the world’s future authors as I did.

In the summer of 2021, a combination of the COVID epidemic and my personal desire to connect with young readers and parents in a more personal way led my audiobook narrator, Ben Fife, and me to create the Zak Bates Eco-adventure Readup series as live, interactive Zoom-based hours to connect with kids and their parents or guardians. They’ve been so much fun that we now are inviting other children and young adult authors of fantasy and science fiction to join us in our Guest Author Readup Series.

And We’d Like You to Join Us Too

Guest Author Readups are a fun and free way to introduce your family to some of the most creative and inspiring people in the world–children & YA authors who write fantasy and science fiction. And all from the comfort of your home via Zoom.

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Here is a Short Readup Sampler


Our Next Guest Author Readup

Saturday June 26th , from 12 noon to 1 PM ET  

Bronwyn Leroux, the author of Dawn of DREAMS

Born near the famed gold mines of South Africa (where dwarves are sure to prowl), it was the perfect place for Bronwyn to begin her adventures. They took her to another province, her Prince Charming and finally, half a world away to the dark palace of San Francisco. While the majestic Golden Gate Bridge and its Bay views were spectacular, the magical pull of the Colorado Rockies was irresistible. Bronwyn’s family set off to explore yet again. Finding a sanctuary at last, this is Bronwyn’s perfect place to create alternative universes. Here, her mind can roam and explore and she can conjure up fantastical books for young adults. Follow her at https://bronwynleroux.com or @bronwynleroux

About the Book Dawn of DREAMS!

Legendary beasts from another world. Mythical maps and magical heirlooms. All these are far from Jaden’s mind in his comfortable, futuristic life in 2073. He didn’t ask for anything to change. But it did. Without warning. Now he’s seeing terrifying creatures which are invisible to his friends. Meeting a mysterious girl–and discovering the beast stalking them isn’t the only thing they have in common. As they quest for answers, they are dragged into the adventure of a lifetime. The stakes? Only the end of their world. No pressure.


By Dr J Reads: “Dawn of Dreams is the stuff of imagination. Bronwyn Leroux writes with a voice that is clear and descriptive. A perfect title for fantasy enthusiasts and fiction that dips a little into darker corners. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading others from this author.”

By Sheila Barrett: “I don’t often read fantasy, but I was hooked from start to finish with this book. It was a wonderful balance between action and character development. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.”

By Vowskept: “A really great fantasy book full of great characters and a well designed plot. I really like the author’s writing style and so glad there are more books in the series.”

Saturday June 26th , from 12 noon to 1 PM ET  

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Coming Soon!

Tricia Copeland, the author of Kingdom of Embers

And others. Watch this space.

If you are an author of children or young adult fantasy/science fiction and would like to be one of our guest authors in 2021, complete the information form here.

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