Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Grimm Chronicles (Bk1 ) by Ken Brosky : Character Interview


Character Interview with Alice Goodenough,
the hero of The Grimm Chronicles
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
I've always wanted to go to Europe. Especially places like Italy and France and Germany where there's so much rich history. I bet you could get lost in Rome for days and it would feel like an adventure. In fact, that sounds like a lot of fun!
What was the scariest moment of your life?
The answer changes every single day! One of the downsides of being the hero is that, you know, you actually have to be a hero. That means ridding the world of some pretty terrifying monsters. They're all different. You never know what to expect. One day you're doing battle with a giant hedgehog, the next day you're fighting a man-eating lizard. That's why it's so important to always be prepared ... and I always make sure I have relaxation snacks waiting for me when I get home. Rainbow sherbet ice cream helps settle the nerves. Especially after doing battle with a dragon.
What book are you reading now?
Moby-Dick. I wanted to challenge myself to read something complex, and I've been pleasantly surprised. I really love the narrator, and I love the way Melville infuses humor into his story. Sure, there are a few chapters that are boring as all heck, but that just makes the better chapters more rewarding.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Right now i'm listening to Florence and the Machine, Sleigh Bells, the Ramones, and Dessa. My friend helped me with this playlist. I call it "Let's Train!" I listen to it when I'm outside, training to keep my body in shape. Listen to me! I sound like one of those exercise nuts you see on daytime TV advertising the newest treadmill. But if you're not in good shape, you're not going to last very long against ghost pirates. And nothing makes a workout go faster than some inspiring music.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I like to hang out with my friends. I wish I had more time for them right now, but it turns out being the hero really takes over your life. Still, finding a few hours to spend with my friends makes the hero business a lot easier. I feel sometimes like a good laugh with my friends is strong enough to relieve even the toughest stress. I'm thankful to have people around me who can constantly make me laugh.
Tell us about your favorite restaurant.
I'm partial to Mediterranean food. I love the spices. Downtown Milwaukee has lots of great places, but Tulip in the Third Ward is definitely the best. Great atmosphere, great food. All I need to do is convince my parents to take me ... they're much more into the whole "heating up frozen food" thing.
Do you have any special routines or rituals?
I like to listen to rock music to pump me up before I put myself in danger. It gets the adrenaline going. I feel like I'm about to step into a movie. Of course, life isn't a movie, and I usually get a horrible reminder in the form of bruises or cuts ... or worse.
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
My mom is obsessed with this idea that reading makes you smarter. I know, it's really weird! Right? Right?! I mean, I totally know tons of people who sit on their butts and watch TV all day and they're all smart as a whip and ... OK, OK. Sarcasm over. Sorry. I can't help being sarcastic once in a while ... and I can't say enough about how much I love people who enjoy reading. We a tight-knit, intelligent group!

The Grimm Chronicles

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.

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.

Also Available Volume 2 of the Grimm Chronicles

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

I remember ending up on a hospital bed. I remember a metallic taste in my mouth and the smell of disinfectant. I even remember the doctor’s faint voice, and the words “antibiotics,” and then some relieved sighs. But then everything went black.
The dream came on fast and vivid, more vivid than any of the dreams I’d had previously about any Corrupted. I was in the dark woods, moving between the trees with a terrifying swiftness. I could smell the pine and hear an owl calling out somewhere far above. I was following someone … no, something.
He was tall. He moved like some kind of ninja, darting from tree to tree. He breathed heavily, letting a low growl escape from his throat as he lifted his narrow snout in the air, sniffing.
There were lights far ahead coming from a building, but I couldn’t see well enough through the trees. I felt a strange unease come over me. Why had this dream come on so vividly? Was it the poison running through my body?
I moved closer to the creature. I could see its outline a little better now, and it looked strange, almost as if it had something on its back. A creature with a backpack? No, no … the shape wasn’t quite like that. The creature darted to the next tree, grabbing it with one hand-shaped paw. It bent over to sniff at the ground, and its back seemed to arch up. There were things on its back. Pointy things.
We reached the edge of the clearing. Now I could see the creature more clearly: he had a long, rat-like snout and beady black eyes and little pointed ears. On his back were long, pointy quills—hundreds of them, maybe thousands of them. The quills were black, except at the sharp tips where they were a pale white. He had the torso and arms of a strong man, with hands that were a mix between an animal’s paws and human fingers. Definitely an animal’s claws. One hand went to his furry brown belly, scratching absently as he examined his target.
A hospital.
I didn’t need a talking rabbit to help me put two and two together: I was somewhere in that hospital. He was coming for me, and I was fast asleep.
Wake up, Alice! my mind screamed.


Book 5: Blood and Thunder
Book 6: The Order of the Golden Dragon

I am currently reading this book.
My review should be posted within the next several days.


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.

Tour Giveaway

5 Kindle ebook copies of The Grimm Chronicles Volume 1

Ends 3/15/13

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