Sunday, November 17, 2013

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR [Interview + Giveaway!!] The Grimm Chronicles Vol. 3 by Ken Brosky and Isabella Fontaine

The Grimm Chronicles Vol. 3
by Ken Brosky and Isabella Fontaine
Young Adult
Date Published: 8/25/2013

The award-winning Young Adult adventure series reaches its penultimate volume! This collection contains the following books:

Book 7: The Giant Slayer

Europe: birthplace of Grimms' Fairy Tales. An unfamiliar land, brimming with its own breed of Corrupted who hide in the shadows, growing more evil with each passing day. For modern-day hero Alice Goodenough, this is more than enough to worry about. But she also has a fencing tournament to think about.

And a promise to keep with Sam Grayle, a Corrupted dwarf who schemes for more and more wealth. When their train breaks down in a small town in eastern Hungary, Alice finds the legacy of the hero is alive and well. Corrupted have visited this town before, and they aren't quite vanquished just yet. There's one left, hiding away, biding his time to enact a terrible price on his enemies. A little creature with big, big plans ...

Werewolves. Vampires. Giants. Europe is a different place with new dangers, new monsters and new surprises.

Book 8: Darkness Rising

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm brought their stories to life.

But why? The question has haunted the heroes for two centuries, and no one has come close to the truth. Alice Goodenough will learn the terrible truth. And it will come at a terrible cost.

The fencing tournament is in just a few short days. Alice's team is hopelessly outmatched, facing off against fencers who have more experience and an inhuman amount of energy. But the other fencers also have a special drug, one that Alice's team can use to even the playing field. Whether they should take the drug or not threatens to tear the team apart.

Meanwhile, Alice must live up to her agreement with Sam Grayle, who lusts after a hidden treasure that once belonged to the Corrupted. Alice must team up with a group of explorers and delve deep into a forbidden cave that holds more secrets than any of them expected.

Book 9: Malevolence

The Malevolence has been biding its time inside Castle Vontescue, but now Alice must finally confront it. The very same evil force that brought the Grimms' fairy tales to life now threatens the hero and all she holds dear. No one is safe in the darkness.

But what, exactly, is this centuries-old creature? To find that out, Br'er Rabbit will have to use all of his wits and decode a series of clues before time runs out. Meanwhile, Alice must keep her friends close and fight through her numerous injuries if she hopes to stop the evil.

But nothing is certain. Alice's body is breaking down. Her loved ones are in constant danger. There is no escape now ... soon, she must face off against the ancient evil that lurks within Castle Vontescue.

And there will be blood.

This volume also contains the following extras:
- The lost diary of Abigail Bauer
- An exclusive introduction

... And the following Grimms' Fairy Tales:
- Hans in Luck
- The Brave Little Tailor
- Tom Thumb
- Twelve Dancing Princesses
- Rapunzel

Ken Brosky received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and his BA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. To date, he's had more than a dozen short stories published in literary journals, including Gargoyle, Barcelona Review and Midwestern Gothic.
This is Isabella Fontaine's first Young Adult series. In addition to managing the family farm, she also enjoys providing design-related services for those who meet the qualification of "fashion nightmare."

Our Goal

We devised 3 "rules" for this Young Adult series. All three are important to us.

1. There are no love triangles. We've set this as an explicit rule. Our main character might find love, but she won't be hounded by topless boys and she certainly will never spend her time deciding who to spend the rest of her life with.

2. Our hero, Alice, must use her brain to overcome her obstacles. That doesn't mean she can't kick some butt (she definitely can!), but she does have to rely on her knowledge to win the day.

3. Alice will never commit an act of violence against another human being without there being consequences. Sure, she can do battle with evil monsters ... but violence against human beings has real consequences. Too often our heroes of today cause physical pain to people around them in order to achieve victory. Alice is different. Alice respects nonviolence to solve real-world problems, and only uses violence to rid the world of the evil Corrupted.

If you could be a super hero what ability would you choose?
I like energy beams. They’re pretty sweet. No, wait! How about Magneto’s power? It’s subtle, easy to hide. But you could also get pretty crazy with it.

And what would your kryptonite be?

When you were little, what did you want to be when you "grew up"?
A writer, actually. Still trying.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I once was a semifinalist in a video game tournament. This was a long, long time ago. The games in the competition were Super Mario Brothers, Rad Racer (think) and Tetris.

Favorite sport?
Football. Although it’s getting hard to watch the injuries.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It gets great reviews! It’s fun! It’s well-written! It’s full of fairy tale creatures you’ve never seen before! And there’s a talking rabbit! And dragons! And dwarves!

If you could choose any author to co write a book with, who would you choose?
Neil Gaiman. I mean … come on. Totally. He’s got an imagination to die for.

If you could spend a day with one famous person living or not who would you choose?
I used to pick Ernest Hemingway, but I bet he’s a little depressing. It would need to be someone fun. How about Jerry Cantrell? I love Alice in Chains, and if push came to shove we could just jam on our guitars all day. That’d be rad.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I think I did a double-take to make sure it was real.

What was your favorite subject in school?
I always liked the writing classes. I liked reading books.

Print or Ebook? Both!

Chocolate or Vanilla? GOOD vanilla. Not the cheap stuff.

Cake or Ice cream? Chocolate cake.

Action or Drama? Depends on the mood.

Sweet or Salty? Sweet and salty together. Every had salted caramel? Hoo-boy!

PC or Mac? Mac all the way.

Thanks so much!!

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