Author Interview with K. S. Brooks

Today I host an interview with author K. S. Brooks. She’s here to talk about her book, Night Undone.

Here’s the blurb:

Former Special Agent Kathrin Night is not adjusting to civilian life. More than a year after her career-ending injury, she still can’t get the hang of it. This is wearing thin on her lover, Russian FSB Agent Aleksey Khovechkin, who tricks Kathrin into seeing a psychiatrist specializing in post-military/espionage patients. The therapy doesn’t go exactly as Aleksey hopes, but before he can react, Russia recalls him to make him an offer he can’t refuse. Before his departure, Aleksey reveals his deepest, darkest secret to Kathrin. Had he, in fact, used her to escape his duties in Russia, or was his allegiance to her genuine? Determined to see justice served, Kathrin hatches a scheme to help Aleksey while at the same time reviving her career in espionage. The Vancouver Winter Olympics could be the perfect venue for her plan, but can she pull it off without destroying their relationship, causing an international incident, or getting either of them killed?

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It’s Alive!

Broods of Fenrir has been spotted in the wild!

Amazon (UK Version)

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Read an excerpt here.

Because I love you guys, you get a sweetheart deal. Until December 1st, Broods is available for only 99 cents at Smashwords if you enter the coupon code UB98X after you add it to your cart.

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Desperately Seeking Guest Blogging Spots

Hello my little chickadees!

I’ve finally picked a release date for Broods, November 25th. I think it’s good timing on my part, but it’s also a little horrifying for me because it’s coming up so quick! Keep your eyes peeled because I’m going to offer limited time discount coupons here right after the release so my buds can pick it up on the cheap–an idea I’ve stolen from Alan Ryker. Shh, don’t tell him.

So, this is me asking you for the opportunity to appear on your blog after the release of my book. I can do anything you would like, from original Broodsworld (yes, I just made that a thing) story content, to author or character interviews, to guest posts about whatever you think your readers would like (werewolves, Norse myths or language, speculative fiction, etc.). I’m offering eBook giveaways at every blog I guest at before the end of the year.

Thanks for putting up with my probably increasingly manic posts/tweets/rants. It’s been a great ride so far, and I’m hoping this is just the beginning!

-C

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Review for A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon SquadA Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this for a Seminar in Fiction class. Unlike some of the other books I’ve read for this class, this one I’ve enjoyed.

I’m conflicted about what rating to give this book, however. For me, the ending was not satisfying. I won’t go into details, because I hate to spoiler, but that hurt an otherwise really great story, for me anyway.

This is a novel made of short stories, which is an interesting concept. At first I was a little put off by the changing writing style and point of view, but I quickly became accustomed to it. I think the writer was trying to make sure each story had its own voice, because it came from a different character, and honestly I can’t think of any other way it could have worked. It did hang together well and really made sense once you got into it.

I loved some of the characters, and wasn’t too fond of some of the others, as was probably the intention. Perhaps what I liked most about this book was that it dealt with deep themes without making a show of it. There’s a chapter near the end, done entirely as a powerpoint presentation ‘journal,’ that the reader might feel inclined to skip over it, but I’ll warn you that you shouldn’t or you’ll miss out.

Would I have read it on my own? Probably not. Am I glad I read it? Yes. If I had half stars to give I think it’d be 3.5, but it just can’t get that extra half from me to bump it up to 4 because of the ending.

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Review of The Breaker’s Concubine

The Breaker's ConcubineThe Breaker’s Concubine by Ann Mayburn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ll admit it. The cover got me. I’m not too proud to say it.

Quite often when I read erotic stories I’m underwhelmed with the plot. I mean I understand that it isn’t supposed to be plot heavy, because that’s not the point, but I like to have some reason for the story to exist beyond the sex. In this regard, The Breaker’s Concubine is more fulfilling than most. Maybe it’s because I’m craving Sci-Fi lately, but I really enjoyed the political space intrigue aspect of this story.

The other point I found appealing was that it didn’t seem like I was being written down to just because it was an erotic story. Would I be too pretensions if I said it seemed like “smart” smut? Probably, but I’m going to say it anyway.

The relationship progressed a touch fast, for me. Our hero and heroine went from wanting each other to wanting to die without each other a bit too quickly for my tastes, although I recognize that’s completely subjective.

The Breaker’s Concubine is both steamy and interesting. I heartily suggest picking it up.

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PS – Ann Mayburn found me on Twitter after I posted that review to Goodreads and thanked me for referring to her story as ‘smart smut,’ so I guess it wasn’t too pretentious after all! :)

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