The Duchess Quest: 2nd Edition is Coming!!

Every now and then, you need a little makeover. I’m thrilled to announce that my very first novel, The Duchess Quest (48fourteen, 2014) has been revised, re-edited, and in some places, rewritten, and will be hitting the shelves in a SECOND EDITION! It’s happening this year, in 2017, alongside the release of The Duchess’s Descendants! Be sure to join my newsletter for a FREE eBook and to be the first to know when the shiny, all-new edition #2 – along with the debut of book 3 – is here! I cannot wait!

On Writing

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 […]

Introducing Elphame Realms E-Zine!

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 Submissions are now open to all writers, published or unpublished.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 for all the info! I […]

How Many “Master Plots” Have I Written?

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 […]

100% of December’s Royalties to Aleppo

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: The Duchess Inheritance: The Red Pearl: The Wrong Prince: Capturing the Captain: Secrets of Artemis: Fool Moon: The Golden Dove: More information: