Grimm Chronicles Volume 2 Blog Tour – Interview & Giveaway

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The Grimm Chronicles Volume 2

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm changed everything.

With the help of a little magic, fairy tales were made real, manifesting all over the world. Charming princes. Gold-hunting dwarfs. Terrible step-mothers. Heroic animals.

Then, slowly, they began to change. Everyone—from Prince Charming to the old miller—grew more evil. Corrupted. A hero was chosen to stop them, hunting them down one by one and destroying them with the help of a magic pen and a special rabbit assistant.

For 200 years, the hero’s magic pen has been passed on from generation to generation. The newest hero is Alice Goodenough, an 18-year-old junior from Washington High School. While her friends spent their summer working and having fun, Alice found herself doing battle with creatures most human beings don’t even realize exist. A giant snake. A blood-sucking prince. A terrifying half-man, half-hedgehog. Dastardly dwarfs intent on mind-controlling everyone who uses a cell phone.

Now, senior year has begun. With it comes a new challenge at school, where bullies have grown bolder and classes more challenging. As if that’s not enough, Alice must face off against a collection of Corrupted who all share a terrible secret, one that might awaken a creature capable of doing untold damage. To uncover the secret, Alice will have to face off against a man-eating lizard, a bloodthirsty sea captain, and a mysterious wizard who can see into the future …

This book contains:

Episode four: The Orphanage of Doom
Episode five: Blood and Thunder
Episode six: The Order of the Golden Dragon

Bonus material:
The Lost Journal of Eugene Washington
Assorted fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm
A Legacy of Red

The Grimm Chronicles Volume 1

This book contains the first 3 episodes of the critically acclaimed series:
Episode 1: Prince Charming Must Die!
Episode 2: Happily Never After
Episode 3: Revenge of the Castle Cats

The Grimm Chronicles is intended for Young Adults aged 13 and up. The goal is to provide Young Adult readers with a strong, charismatic young woman in the role of the hero and provide readers with a positive protagonist who uses her brain to overcome obstacles life throws in her way.





Praise

“5 stars!” ~ Bookies Book Blog

“Highly recommended for all who love fairy tales and the YA genre.” ~ My Cozie Corner

“All in all the books were excellent.” ~ LilyElement

“If you love fairy tales and them being turned into modern day stories you will love these short stories.” ~ Mom With a Kindle

5 stars (out of 5) ~ I Am, Indeed

“Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky’s incredible talent for storytelling takes the reader on an amazing action-packed ride fueled by endless creativity and limitless imagination. TGC is like a high-stakes version of Harold and the Purple Crayon meets a contemporary, above ground Alice in Wonderland. “ ~ Bookfetish

“I absolutely loved this book! No, let me rephrase that, I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK! Nope, that doesn’t even do it justice. Vol. 1 has the first three stories from the 12 that will ultimately make up the chronicles.” ~ Jesse Kimmel-Freeman

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About the Authors
Ken Brosky received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He also teaches English at Madison College. This is his first Young Adult series.

Isabella Fontaine owns a farm in Wisconsin and enjoys reading weird books like House of Leaves. This is her first Young Adult series.





Interview with author Ken Brosky

What is one book everyone should read?
Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell. It’s so insane and unlike anything I’ve ever read. Definitely one of my favorite books, hands down. A close second would be something by George Saunders, like “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline.” Great short story, and very easy to read. I’m a big fan of stories that are a little quarky and take you to a place you’re not expecting. Jim Shepard is an author who can do that really well.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It’s getting great reviews by book bloggers, and there’s definitely some buzz about it; readers are enjoying the action, but they’re also really enjoying the fact that our hero uses her brain as well as her butt-kicking skills; sorry for using semicolons to extend this sentence; it’s a perk of being an English teacher.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
We want to finish this series, which will have a total of 12 books. Then I’m going to move on to some other projects that aren’t YA-related. But we might do another YA series … we’ve been toying with the idea of a science-fiction/paranormal tale set on another planet. It sounds great when we talk about it, but it might be tough to write.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

I think the coolest thing in the world was when I read a review about a month ago–it was a positive review, which was cool enough as it is, but then I scrolled down to the COMMENTS section and I saw a couple of people had posted things like: “I love this series” and “I totally agree. I’ve been hooked on this series since the first book.” Coolest feeling in the world.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
“Only if for a Night” by Florence and the Machine. Definitely. Or “Rabbit Heart (raise it up)” by Florence and the Machine.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I’ve put a lot of my goofy quirks in Seth. Like him, I definitely end up with ketchup on my face after a big meal.

How do you react to a bad review?
Learn from it. We’ve been pretty lucky so far, but I think there are a couple things we can do differently moving forward. One of our characters needs to be pulled back a bit, because some bloggers are noticing he’s a little too involved in the action. This is Alice’s story, and Alice–our hero–needs to start being the hero. So we’re going to work on that for the last 6 books. She’s developing slowly. She’s going to need to develop a heckuva lot faster if she wants to survive this mess.

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
This is a typical day in which I’m not too busy teaching:
7:00 am – Wake up.
8:00 am – Teach English.
10:00 am – Prep for classes.
11:00 am – Write.
11:15 am – Check Facebook.
11:20 am – Write.
11:30 am – Search Wikipedia for “The Joe Schmo Show.”
12:00 pm – Eat lunch.
12:30 pm – Write.
12:45 pm – Check email.
1:00 pm – Write.
1:30 pm – Play with iPhone.
2:00 pm – Reserved for class/advising prep.
3:00 pm – Write.
3:15 pm – Surf the net.
4:00 pm – Grade papers, etc.
5:00 pm – Write.
5:15 pm – Give self pep talk on the importance of writing.
5:30 pm – Give up, go work out.
6:00 pm – Dinner.
7-10 pm – Prep, editing, Facebook, email, writing, read book or watch movie.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?
I like music. I like listening to Earth, or “Ghosts” by Nine Inch Nails. Atmospheric music with no vocals can really get me in the writing groove.

What is your favorite scene in the book?

I’m especially proud of Alice’s confrontation with the hedgehog monster. It was a challenge to create a scene that was both nerve-wracking and action-packed, but I think we nailed it. Also, a lot of Volume 1 deals with the theme of Fear and how it can affect a person. Alice has to learn to confront her fear and be able to control it and think straight in any circumstance if she wants to be the hero.

How do you come up with the characters names/personalities?

All of the monsters in the story come from Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Some were bad in the fairy tales, and some were good. It doesn’t matter. What matters is finding characters who can fit into the themes of the series and move the story forward. It’s been a lot of fun. Sometimes, we happen across a character in the fairy tales who we’ve never heard of and we absolutely HAVE to use them. Like the takling sausage.

What is next on your to read list?

Alice Munro’s Dear Life. I’m a big fan of her short stories.




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5 Kindle ebook copies of The Grimm Chronicles Volume 2
Ends 4/11/13

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Volume 2 Tour Schedule

March 25th
Oh, The Books You’ll Read! – Review
Cover2CoverBlog – Review
Inside BJ’s Head – Review
Sher A Hart: Writing Art – Guest Post

March 26th
Living a Goddess Life – Spotlight
Peace from Pieces – Guest Post

March 27th
Fade Into Fantasy – Tens List
An Avid Reader’s Musings – Review
Bunny’s Review – Spotlight
A Backward’s Story – Review

March 28th
Free Ebook Daily – Tens List
Bookshelf – Review
The Crafty Book Nerd – Review

March 29th
Curling Up with a Good Book – Guest Post
Fictitious Musings – Review & Tens List
Books and their Worldly Realm – Spotlight
Fae Books – Spotlight
Why Not? Because I Said So!! – Review

March 30th
Vonnie’s Reading Corner – Review
Moosubi Reviews – Review
Gobs & Gobs of Books – Spotlight

March 31st
Frankie Blooding’s Bookshelf – Spotlight
Mythical Books – Review
Writer Mike – Spotlight

April 1st
Spellbindings – Review & Tens List
My Devotional Thoughts – Review
Magical Manuscripts – Review
Living, Learning, and Loving Life – Spotlight

April 2nd
Read to My Heart’s Content – Review
The LUV’NV – Review
Ciska’s Book Chest – Review
Indie Author How-to – Spotlight

April 3rd
Auggie-talk – Review
Bookworm Lisa – Review
Christy’s Cozy Corner – Review
From the Bootheel Cotton Patch – Spotlight

April 4th
Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews – Review & Guest Post
Proud Book Nerd – Review
A Little Shelf of Heaven – Review & Tens List

April 5th
The Muse Unleashed – Review
Brooke Blogs – Review