It’s October! The absolute best month of the year, and with it, a new website!
My old website was rather static and difficult to update, so I decided to revamp the entire thing with the help of Jaime from PureNyx Designs for better functionality and easy customization. There’s not much more to this site than the old one, but I now have a proper blog again, which means more regular updates than once a month and I can actually write longer updates than before. So yay that. Plus, if I ever decide to add more pages, I can do that pretty easily (a collection of doodles and maps from the Chroniker City series? interesting trivia? an FAQ? who knows! the possibilities are endless!). Anyway, each of my books now has an individual page, where you can read the full back cover copy and find links to online sellers, and eventually, I hope to add a few more tidbits to those pages, like my favorite quotes from the books, high-profile reviews (if I get them), and other things related to each book.
I’ve been steadily plugging away at Dark Lord in Training this past month, with three new chapters up on Wattpad. It’s coming along nicely, though not as quickly as I would like. Since I’m not plotting in advance, I get stuck a lot, which means I often spend a week or two just figuring out what the hell is going to happen next, and then when I do, I write three or four chapters before I get stuck again. So, fits and starts, but making progress. I’m a little over halfway done with the first draft, I think.
I had planned to start working on another novel in September, but that just did not happen. Between getting our bathroom remodeled, working on Renaissance Faire costumes, and a lot more traveling than I expected, I didn’t get to work on much more than Dark Lord in Training. But now that it’s October, with NaNoWriMo just around the corner, I’m trying to organize my thoughts around my Persian-inspired fantasy novel, The Wizard’s Heart. I have decided to rewrite it from memory rather than try to revise the previous draft. There’s just too much I need to fix, and it will be easier and quicker to rewrite the damn thing than try to fix what’s already there. And after tirelessly editing The Guild Conspiracy earlier this year, I would much rather start with a fresh draft than edit another 125,000 word beast of a novel. Now, I just need to come up with a game plan for how I’m going to rewrite it, and hopefully I can get started on that soon.
Chroniker City #1
Seventeen-year-old Petra Wade, self-taught clockwork engineer, wants nothing more than to become a certified member of the Guild, an impossible dream for a lowly shop girl. But when Emmerich Goss—handsome, privileged, and newly recruited into the Guild—needs help designing a new clockwork system for a top-secret automaton, it seems Petra has finally found the opportunity she’s been waiting for…
Chroniker City #1.5
Petra Wade’s older brother, Solomon, has always dreamed of being an actor. Instead, he works grueling shifts in the clockwork city’s boiler rooms to help support his large adopted family. When Le Theatre Mecanique holds an open call for their upcoming performance, he decides to audition, but the only role he is suitable to fill is that of the theater’s custodian…
Chroniker City #2
It has been six months since clockwork engineer Petra Wade destroyed an automaton designed for battle, narrowly escaping with her life. But her troubles are far from over. Her partner on the project, Emmerich Goss, has been sent away to France, and his father, Julian, is still determined that a war machine will be built. Forced to create a new device, Petra subtly sabotages the design in the hopes of delaying the war, but sabotage like this isn’t just risky: it’s treason. And with a soldier, Braith, assigned to watch her every move, it may not be long before Julian finds out what she’s done…
When Alden Millard steps before the Seeress of Erilea, waiting to learn his destined profession, he hopes for a future in a less-than-deadly career. Instead, he’s named to Master Phineas Elwyn Wright, the presiding Dark Lord of the Griffinwold, who is looking to train an apprentice before he retires from his life of evil. Bound to a seemingly inevitable fate, Alden must learn how to wrangle the forces of evil and help Phineas orchestrate one last nefarious hurrah against the reigning heroes of good in order to earn himself the title of Dark Lord…
Brooke is a stay-at-home mom, amateur seamstress, RPG enthusiast, and art hobbyist, in addition to all that book writing. As the jack-of-all-trades bard of the family, she adventures through life with her fiercely-bearded paladin of a husband, their daughter the sticky-fingered rogue, and their cowardly wizard of a dog, with only a sleep spell in his spellbook.
They currently reside in Northwest Arkansas, but once they earn enough loot and experience, they’ll build a proper castle somewhere and defend against all manner of dragons and goblins, and whatever else dares take them on.