The Grimm Chronicles Blog Tour: Interview and Giveaway

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The Grimm Chronicles Blog Tour: Interview and Giveaway

The Grimm Chronicles Blog Tour: Interview and GiveawayThe Grimm Chronicles: Volume Three by Isabella Fontaine, Ken Brosky
on 8/25/2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eBook
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The award-winning Young Adult adventure series reaches its penultimate volume! This collection contains the following books:

Book 7: The Giant Slayer

Europe: birthplace of Grimms' Fairy Tales. An unfamiliar land, brimming with its own breed of Corrupted who hide in the shadows, growing more evil with each passing day. For modern-day hero Alice Goodenough, this is more than enough to worry about. But she also has a fencing tournament to think about.

And a promise to keep with Sam Grayle, a Corrupted dwarf who schemes for more and more wealth. When their train breaks down in a small town in eastern Hungary, Alice finds the legacy of the hero is alive and well. Corrupted have visited this town before, and they aren't quite vanquished just yet. There's one left, hiding away, biding his time to enact a terrible price on his enemies. A little creature with big, big plans ...

Werewolves. Vampires. Giants. Europe is a different place with new dangers, new monsters and new surprises.

Book 8: Darkness Rising

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm brought their stories to life.

But why? The question has haunted the heroes for two centuries, and no one has come close to the truth. Alice Goodenough will learn the terrible truth. And it will come at a terrible cost.

The fencing tournament is in just a few short days. Alice's team is hopelessly outmatched, facing off against fencers who have more experience and an inhuman amount of energy. But the other fencers also have a special drug, one that Alice's team can use to even the playing field. Whether they should take the drug or not threatens to tear the team apart.

Meanwhile, Alice must live up to her agreement with Sam Grayle, who lusts after a hidden treasure that once belonged to the Corrupted. Alice must team up with a group of explorers and delve deep into a forbidden cave that holds more secrets than any of them expected.

Book 9: Malevolence

The Malevolence has been biding its time inside Castle Vontescue, but now Alice must finally confront it. The very same evil force that brought the Grimms' fairy tales to life now threatens the hero and all she holds dear. No one is safe in the darkness.

But what, exactly, is this centuries-old creature? To find that out, Br'er Rabbit will have to use all of his wits and decode a series of clues before time runs out. Meanwhile, Alice must keep her friends close and fight through her numerous injuries if she hopes to stop the evil.

But nothing is certain. Alice's body is breaking down. Her loved ones are in constant danger. There is no escape now ... soon, she must face off against the ancient evil that lurks within Castle Vontescue.

And there will be blood.

This volume also contains the following extras:

  • The lost diary of Abigail Bauer
  • An exclusive introduction

... And the following Grimms' Fairy Tales:

  • Hans in Luck
  • The Brave Little Tailor
  • Tom Thumb
  • Twelve Dancing Princesses
  • Rapunzel

Interview with Author Ken Brosky

How long did it take to write the book?

We spend about 2 months on each episode. We’ve been writing on “deadline,” basically, for the past two years. It’s been a tremendously enjoyable process, and I’ve been trying to keep the stress levels low by getting ahead whenever I’m in a really deep writing mood. You know the kind … when you can just sit at the computer and totally zone out for a few hours.

Who is your favorite character, or what character was the most fun to write?

I’ve had a lot of fun with some of the side characters, especially later in the series. A lot of the supporting cast gets fleshed out over the course of the first 6 books, so readers seem to feel nice and comfortable following this group of dedicated Corrupted hunters. It’s nice. The support has been great.

Can you talk about how you wrote it? Did you do any outlining? Did it take you in any unexpected directions?

Every episode is outlined ahead of time. Then, when I write the first draft, I have a tendency to throw out about half the outline because stuff starts popping up organically and I tend to follow those roads to their unexpected ends. Sometimes, it gets me in trouble and I have to write myself out of a corner. Sometimes, it creates whole new avenues to explore and is totally worthwhile. My co-author helps keep things on track in later drafts, so we don’t normally end up stuck.

If you could go back and change anything in the novel, what would it be?

I don’t know. I feel sometimes like each of these books could be twice as long, but then the story would be too long and the amount of work would be insane. It would take half a decade to put the story down at that length. And there’s something inherently fun about making each episode only about 120 pages or so: it forces us to make conscious decisions about keeping the text lean. It’s helped a lot when it comes to keeping the plot manageable.

How did you come up with the cover?

Chris Smith designed the cover. We’re exploring other cover ideas as well.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When I was in middle school. I’d been drawing comics up to that point. Really bloody, violent comics with little to no character development. Then I “graduated” to really bad short stories with little to no character development.

What are you favorite books and authors?

Right now I’m reading a really weird one: “The Windup Girl” by Paolo Bacigalupi. I’ve also been reading a lot of Charles Stross.

What are you working on next?

A science-fiction YA series. Three books, short and sweet. It’s going to be epic …

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Read, read, read. No one ever listens to me.

Excerpt

“There’s a boat,” I told Harper. “Through these trees. It can’t be far. It’ll take us across a lake. We … well, we’re not going to be any safer on the other side, but at least we won’t be surrounded by man-eating trees.”

“Fair enough. Come on!” Harper led the way, the flashlight’s beam bouncing with each step. We followed him closely, giving every possible branch a wide berth. The groaning was getting louder, echoing all around us. The sound of creaking wood came from every direction.

McCormack, breathing heavily, started to fall behind.

“Come on, you big lug!” I shouted, grabbing him by the shirt.

“I’m … I’m … I’m done, lassy!”

“No!” I pulled him harder, swinging my axe at a twisted branch as it reached out for him. Burning blackness spread across the bark, igniting the massive tree and lighting up the forest. We both drew in a sharp breath. All of the nearby trees were swaying, their branches pulling away from the flames, their trunks reflecting the orange glow. Each trunk had a distinct face, distorted and grotesque.

We hurried to catch up, ducking low beneath the branches of another tree. Something snagged the collar of my shirt, scratching my neck. I screamed, turning and grabbing the branch with my left hand. I swung my axe at the branch, but the axe head flew off the handle, landing somewhere in the darkness.

You don’t know how to draw an axe head, Alice!

“I got ya, lass!” McCormack’s big hands wrapped around my waist and he pulled while I twisted the branch. It tore the collar of my sweater but I was free! We hurried to join the others, weaving our way around another tree.

“Up ahead!” I told them, pointing with the axe handle. The trees were thinning out, and ahead I could see the lake. On the other side of the lake were the trees with the glowing blue plums, their light reflecting on the surface of the black water.

“Careful!” Cixi said, jumping in front of Wodehouse and slicing a branch in half before its claw-like fingers could grab him. A dozen trees were still in front of us, each one swaying, each one’s branches writhing and twisting toward us. Cixi cut another branch, then another. Harper dodged and ducked, trying his best to keep the beam of the flashlight directly ahead of us.

“Gaaah!” McCormack shouted.

I turned around, cursing. The big man’s arms were pinned to his body, one thick branch squeezing him tightly around the waist.

“They’re—urk!—they’re squeezing my bladder!” he shouted.

“Hold on!” I bent down, drawing a gladius. It wasn’t an axe, but it would have to do. I pulled it from the ground and looked up. Another branch! I ducked, avoiding the shadowy limb and swinging the short sword in a wide arc. I chopped away bark, but the tree refused to burn. I chopped again and again; slowly, the burning blackness appeared. I hurried to McCormack, hacking away at the limbs holding him. Bark chipped away. The burning blackness spread, turning the branches to ash. The trunk burst into flame, sending a hickory-sweet smoke into the air. The tree burned quickly, leaving ashes scattered at our feet.

McCormack clutched his stomach, gasping. “I don’t know who ya are, lass, but I owe ya one.”

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About Ken Brosky

Ken Brosky’s first real adventure occurred when he was but 12 years old. Upon entering the family home one winter afternoon, he found himself surrounded by a cacophony of rubble. There had, over the course of the day, been a burglary. It seemed the intruders had been looking for something of vast importance.

Brosky took an inventory. The only thing missing, curiously, was his Game Boy.

It would be fifteen years before he saw it again. His journey took him around the world, where he met a strange variety of people: a simple-minded dwarf, a scarecrow with penis envy, a power-hungry dictator who enjoyed watching people eat. At each step, Brosky aged a thousand years every day. At each step, he grew closer to solving the mystery.

There was love-making along the way, of course, as well as car chases. Often the two intersected like two dusty cobblestone streets hidden away in a small Tuscan village. Brosky fell in love with the Italian countryside as well as the ancient Roman structures dotting the landscape. During one temporary bout of madness brought upon by the assassination of a high-profile seamstress (and part-time lover), Brosky dressed in robes and wandered downtown Rome in hopes of spreading his philosophic lore.

He returned to Wisconsin at the age of twenty-seven, a broken man. His mother hugged him and gave him a gift: the Game Boy. It had been sitting on the bookshelf all along.

He enrolled in Nebraska’s creative writing program in hopes of fostering a new identity, one that placed tranquility above all else. But instead he was forced to run obstacle courses, reciting obscure verses from Herman Melville stories while navigating Omaha’s treacherous swamps.

Still, Ken Brosky was unsure of what, exactly, to write. After some contemplation, he decided to go Biblical and walk out into one of Nebraska’s many deserts in hopes of being tempted by the Devil. What happened turned out to be far, far worse than that.

After three days without water or s’mores, Ken Brosky had a vision. Only it wasn’t the Devil at all–it was the ghostly visage of Stephanie Meyer, writer of the ultra-famous Twilight series! “Holy crap!” Ken shouted at the swirling hot sand.

The ghostly creature floated towards him. “How about you write a book about teenage vampires?” she asked.

“No!” Ken Brosky shouted. “The market is over-saturated and teenagers are idiots!”

The vision of Stephanie Meyer shimmered, then faded. Ken Brosky breathed a sigh of relief. Suddenly, she returned.

“OK, how about this idea,” she said, “a centaur moves to a new village and meets a dragon who understands her feelings and the two fall madly in love?”

“No!” Ken Brosky shouted again, thus denying the demonic vision a second time. “That doesn’t even make sense! Why would a dragon fall in love with a half-man, half-horse creature!”

The ghostly Stephanie Meyer shimmered, then faded. Ken Brosky held his breath, knowing full-well that 3 was a magical literary number.

Suddenly the ghost creature returned. “One more idea,” she said. “Then I’ll leave you alone. Promise. OK. What if you wrote a book about a secret clan of werewolves who go undercover at a high school and learn how to be truly human once again?”

“Jesus Christ!” Ken Brosky said. “No werewolves! No vampires! And for the love of god, no zombies!” He held his hands to the air. “Will I receive no help whatsoever from this ill-conceived trip into the Nebraska desert?”

Suddenly, the ghostly image of Stephanie Meyer disappeared. It was replaced with the ghostly visage of Jim Shepard–“ghostly images” are convenient because they avoid litigation–and Ken Brosky took a step back.

“Research,” the ghostly visage of Jim Shepard said. “And then write.”

Ken Brosky nodded and returned to his MFA program for a much-needed glass of beer. He began researching, and writing.

When he graduated, he continued writing.

Ken Brosky likes: good fiction, chicken, s’mores, amber beer, talking to

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