Friday, March 29, 2013

Blog Tour & Guest Post: The Grimm Chronicles (Brosky & Fontaine)

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world. Literally. Now the characters of the Grimms' stories walk among us. With every day that passes, they grow more evil. They are the Corrupted, and only a hero can stop them.For 18-year-old Alice Goodenough, that means taking precious time off from her summer vacation. In addition to volunteering at the local library, Alice must stop the Corrupted who are now actively hunting her down. With the help of her magic pen and her trusty rabbit friend, the world has suddenly gotten a lot more complex. The Corrupted are everywhere, and only Alice can see them for what they truly are.


What made you decide to begin writing?

It was a dark and stormy night ...

No, really! Well, to be more specific, I was reading a book about a dark and stormy night. A truck driver's truck was broken down at a gas station. There were zombies. The story intrigued me, and it was disguised as a comic book. Basically, it was a little book with lots of pictures. And it was really cool.

So I tried to write my own. It was, quite possibly, the most insane story ever written. There were zombies. There were also aliens. There was a bank heist gone bad, and a group of not-so-happy bank robbers holed up in an abandoned gas station fighting off both the zombies and aliens.

Then it got really weird. The second half of the book took place in the future, where the aliens have taken over most of the planet. The last remaining humans are fighting back. Oh yeah, did I say the aliens had four arms? They did. This was new. I didn't have this in the first part of the book. But who cared? I was thirteen and enjoying myself.

I actually found a copy of this original story about a year ago. My parents kept it. I can't imagine what they thought when they read it, but I do remember what they told me. They said, "This is good. You should write more." They were clearly lying about the "good" part. Or maybe not. Maybe a failed bank heist involving aliens and zombies is pretty good for a 13-year-old. I don't know

But my parents' comment was all I needed. Just a little encouragement from some people I looked up to.

From there, it was all downhill. The story ideas just kept coming and coming, and I had to write them down to get them out of my head. It was a lot of work. Lots of blood, sweat and tears were poured into stories that have never seen the light of day. But some have. And I'm excited to keep it going.
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

Additional features for this special edition:
- An introduction
- Two special "Lost Diaries"
- A behind-the-scenes interview
- A collection of original Grimms' Fairy Tales

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.

Volume 2 of the Grimm Chronicles (books 4-6) will be released soon.
Book 4: The Orphanage of Doom
Book 5: Blood and Thunder
Book 6: The Order of the Golden Dragon

“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


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.


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