Some days, it’s easier to be anything but a writer. It’s easier to applaud others’ accomplishments than to put our own stuff out there. It’s safer to read someone else’s work than to painstakingly compose our own, then release it and let it be rejected, criticized, or worst of all, totally ignored. It’s easier just to review someone else’s story than risk someone reviewing our own, and seeing what we didn’t see, and calling us out. It’s more comforting to just hide under a book that’s already successful, to jump on the bandwagon and join thousands of readers, so at least we’ll have something in common to discuss. Because for many writers, the path is lonely and isolated. Few are reading; even fewer reach out to us when they do. Some days, it’s easy to wish we weren’t writers. To wish we had a more marketable talent. To wish we […]
I have a very exciting announcement… my publishing imprint, Elphame Press, is launching an e-zine! That’s right – fantasy writers, I want to publish you! If you’ve got a short story of any fantasy or speculative fiction sub-genre (this includes paranormal, fairy tale, dystopia, magical realism, historical, etc.), I want to read it! For all the details and submission guidelines, please see my Elphame Realms E-Zine page. Submissions are now open to all writers, published or unpublished. Your story must be clean and free of profanity so as to be suitable for a YA audience (although it doesn’t have to be specifically YA), and length-wise under 15K words, but no less than 9K words (so, about 10,000 words). I’m looking for all fantasy except sci-fi. I’m also interested in reading any fantasy-themed poetry or your 1-2 page article on any aspect of writing fantasy. Please proceed to http://ckbrooke.com/elphame-realms for all the info! I […]
I’m looking at a fascinating book for writers called 20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias (here’s the link on Amazon). While scrolling through the table of contents, I realized I’ve used some of these themes, and thought it would be fun to list them here on my blog. The ones I haven’t yet used will receive an ‘X’ – which will be my signal to go back and write that plot someday! Ready? Let’s have some fun! Master Plot #1 – Quest Well, that’s easy. It’s in the title of my first book, The Duchess Quest! In a Princess Bride-like yarn (okay, maybe some scenes are less appropriate than The Princess Bride), three outlaws seek a lost duchess and compete for her marriage hand. The first part of the story is the quest to find her…the second part is the quest to win her heart! Master Plot […]
Dear Readers & Friends: This holiday season, I will be donating 100% of my December 2016 royalties to World Vision‘s Aleppo Refugee Crisis Relief Fund. As a woman of Syrian heritage, I view the refugees as my family. By purchasing any of my books in any format this December, you too can help our brothers and sisters who are suffering right now in Syria. Some of my eBooks cost as little as $0.99, and/or are on holiday sales right now. For your convenience, links to all titles are below. Please consider sharing your support. Thank you, and God bless you. Sincerely, C.K. Brooke The Duchess Quest: http://amzn.to/2cM6tvl The Duchess Inheritance: http://amzn.to/2fDJ8P9 The Red Pearl: http://amzn.to/2h5TwNz The Wrong Prince: http://amzn.to/1riqPRl Capturing the Captain: http://amzn.to/2hzB833 Secrets of Artemis: http://amzn.to/2hBdGQn Fool Moon: http://amzn.to/2gQzlpe The Golden Dove: http://amzn.to/2hBevc9 More information: http://donate.worldvision.org/syrian-refugee-crisis
It’s official! This week, I signed the contract addendum with Limitless Publishing and Commanding His Heart, the second book in my American Pirate Romance series, will be released in October 2017! To read the book description, click here.
My Elphame Press eBook covers have had a mini-makeover, and there’s a brand new cover to celebrate! Lots more exciting #YA #fantasy novels & novellas will be coming to Elphame in 2017. I can’t wait to build this collection!
Ooh la la, the cover is here! Many thanks to AMDesignStudios.net for another stunner! Pre-order this 25,000-word standalone novella now, exclusively in the Kindle Store, only $0.99! >CLICK HERE< Add to Goodreads To learn more, read the book description!