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if you're here, that means you think i'm cool and interesting and stuff. well, i also have some books for sale!

THE BRASS GIANT, a steampunk adventure set in a steam-powered city in the golden age of Victorian science, and THE MECHANICAL THEATER, a love letter to Shakespearean drama folded into a quiet, character-driven novella. 

you can also find this information, and links to buy, at http://brookenomicon.tumblr.com/mybooks

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About the books:

THE BRASS GIANT ($1.99 ebook, $6.99 paperback)

Sometimes, even the most unlikely person can change the world

Seventeen-year-old Petra Wade, self-taught clockwork engineer, wants nothing more than to become a certified member of the Guild, an impossible dream for a lowly shop girl. Still, she refuses to give up, tinkering with any machine she can get her hands on, in between working and babysitting her foster siblings.

When Emmerich Goss—handsome, privileged, and newly recruited into the Guild—needs help designing a new clockwork system for a top-secret automaton, it seems Petra has finally found the opportunity she’s been waiting for. But if her involvement on the project is discovered, Emmerich will be marked for treason, and a far more dire fate would await Petra.

Working together in secret, they build the clockwork giant, but as the deadline for its completion nears, Petra discovers a sinister conspiracy from within the Guild council … and their automaton is just the beginning.

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00M719Z06

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-brass-giant-brooke-johnson/1121123553?ean=9780062387165

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-brass-giant

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-brass-giant/id904017054?mt=11

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Brooke_Johnson_The_Brass_Giant?id=4uV9BAAAQBAJ

HarperCollins: http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062387165/the-brass-giant

add it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22836684-the-brass-giant

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THE MECHANICAL THEATER ($0.99, ebook only)

Petra Wade’s older brother, Solomon, has always dreamed of being an actor. Instead, he works grueling shifts in the clockwork city’s boiler rooms to help support his large adopted family. When Le Theatre Mecanique holds an open call for their upcoming performance, he decides to audition. However, the only role he is suitable to fill is that of the theater’s custodian.

Leaving the well-paying boiler job behind him, Solomon immerses himself in the theater—watching rehearsals, studying the performances, and working with an emerging young actress to improve his skills. But back at home, his family feels the sting of their reduced income when his younger sister Emily develops pneumonia and the only treatment is too expensive.

Solomon will be forced to make a difficult choice: fulfill his dreams of stardom, or help save his younger sister.

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00MMG19GO

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-mechanical-theater-brooke-johnson/1121648209?ean=9780062387189

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-mechanical-theater

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-mechanical-theater/id908431229?mt=11

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Brooke_Johnson_The_Mechanical_Theater?id=e3adBAAAQBAJ

HarperCollins: http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062387189/the-mechanical-theater

add it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22895363-the-mechanical-theater
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this book is fantastic, one of the best, most original fantasy novels i've read in years, and i can't effing wait until the sequel. :D
 
Just a friendly reminder: I write books! Well, I've written one book. It's a fantasy novel. If you want to purchase it in .mobi or .epub, you can do so directly from the publisher's store, as well as from Amazon and B&N. (Links below.)

Why should you buy it? Well, here's what some people said about it. 

"Orison is one of the best leaps of faith I've taken on a fantasy book. It has dragon gods and goddesses, a thieves' guild, sorcerers, and a mysterious orb all colliding with each other in spectacular fashion." - Amazon reviewer

"Neither overlong (250 pages) nor grimdark, this novel moves at a breakneck pace, featuring taut descriptions of battle and kinetic chase scenes. Recommended!" - Rafael Chandler

"I commend the author for keeping this book accessible to a wide audience. As a parent, I appreciate when I can read a book which was written for adults then hand it to my middle-school daughter. Orison is such a book. Not pedantic or "dumbed down" at all, it still avoids the language or sex that would make it inaccessible to a young or religious audience. This is a novel you can give to any fantasy lovers who have worked their way up to that reading level." - Marissa Ames

"There are shades of The Black Company and Steven Erikson's Malazan books running through this, in terms of feel, though I found the story to be wholly original." - R.S. Kimsey

" I could hardly put it down until I finished (if I had a choice, I never would have put it down)." - Brooke Johnson

[http://ninemusepress.com/books/orison/]
[http://www.amazon.com/Orison-Daniel-Swensen-ebook/dp/B00IOQF4AI]
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a copy of my book in the wild! :D

if you want to read my book, you can totes ask your librarian to order a copy so that you, and everyone else who frequents the library, can also enjoy it! for free!
 
Hey,

If you want to do some good for a friendly Indie author, why not order their book from your local library? They get some royalties, and their book gets some business!
I got my library to buy in "The Brass Giant" by +Brooke Johnson and got to be the first person to get my hands on it into the bargain!

#Authorsupport #steampunk #librariesforever  
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I JUST GOT MY FIRST OFFICIAL TRAD-PUB ROYALTY CHECK

::does a little dance::

and for posterity's sake, since i know that many of you are interested in the numbers...

since The Brass Giant has been available for purchase, from pre-orders up until June 26th, I have sold 275 copies of the book, between both ebook and paperback, earning me $108.22 after reserves for returns. 

in the whole life of The Clockwork Giant, the self-published version, i sold only 266 copies of the book over the course of 2 1/2 years

granted, i made about 8x more money per book sold, but it is what it is. 

all things considered... pleased author is pleased. ^_^
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That's cool. I hear a lot of horror stories about royalty checks. I'm glad yours isn't one of them.
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my latest blog post for +The Scriptors! (thanks to +Eduardo Suastegui for the topic help):

When Things Don't Go To Plan

"My last post for The Scriptors focused on the nature of first drafts and what it feels like nearing the end of a new book. At the time, I was well over the suggested word count in my publishing contract, but I was confident that I was nearing the end and would finish the draft within the week.

Boy, was I wrong.

I am a fairly strict planner when it comes to plotting a novel, and I outline my stories scene by scene, focusing heavily on plot points and leaving the character arcs a little less defined to give myself room to breathe. Throughout the writing process, I constantly refer back to that outline, making sure that I stick to the path I laid out at the beginning, restraining myself from straying too far from that original plan.

At a glance, my outlines are very straightforward and progress logically from beginning to end. Everything makes sense from a big picture standpoint, every little piece adding to the greater whole.

And yet, to my great annoyance, my outlines ultimately tend to fail.

Miserably."

Read more here: http://thescriptors.com/when-things-dont-go-to-plan/
My last post for The Scriptors focused on the nature of…
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+Roland Boykin i think i'm still working out the kinks of my process. 
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blog post written and scheduled to go up tomorrow. thanks +Eduardo Suastegui for the topic help!
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Awesome! Looking forward to it!!!
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she's finished!

the proportions didn't quite turn out like i planned. i meant for her to be a little shorter and fatter, not so tall and slim, but oh well. this is the most complex doll i've made to date so i'm proud of the accomplishment even if she didn't turn out exactly like i wanted.

so here's Old Sophie with Calcifer and Turniphead. 
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I adore Calcifer. 
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i need some help with panel questions!

as some of you are aware, i'm doing a panel this weekend discussing Gender Roles and Alternate Lifestyles in Genre Fiction. i need to come up with five or six questions exploring this topic to promote discussion among the panelists. i would love for some help in this matter as i'm not sure how broad or specific i should be with each question, and i'm not sure what people will find interesting. 

so... my question for you guys is:

what types of topics related to gender roles and alternate lifestyles in genre fiction would you find interesting? what sort of questions would you like to see answered?
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Ah...my first suggested question is a bit more obtuse:

In the past, genre fiction used allegory to get past censors. Now that allegory is no longer required, does it still serve a valid purpose or is it an outmoded relic which currently serves to avoid dealing with issues honestly?
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ermagerd o_o
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+Sarah Rios  right?!
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GlitchCon is this weekend! (July 31 - August 2)

Come to Northwest Arkansas’ largest SFF, gaming, and anime convention, where I will be participating in several different panels and events throughout the weekend:

FRIDAY

2:30 - 3:30 : Author Meet & Greet
6:00 - 7:00 : Opening Ceremonies

SATURDAY

3:30 - 3:45 : Worldbuilding: What goes into designing a world—even a contemporary setting?  How far do you need to go, what shortcuts can you take?  Join guest authors and discuss what makes for a believable setting and share some of your favorite worlds.

7:00 - 7:45 : Hero/Villain: The Fine Line: A discussion of the concepts of Heroes and Villains in fiction, focused on the differences in the two, but also taking a hard look at the shades of gray that make the two archetypes siblings more than enemies. 

SUNDAY

12:00 - 12:45 : Gender Roles and Alternate Lifestyles in Genre Fiction: An examination of expected roles for the genders in fiction as well as portrayals of alternative lifestyles and how Genre Fiction either perpetuates or turns those expectations on their ears. (I will be hosting this event)

1:00 - 1:45 : The Writer’s Life: It’s not all dream vacations, star appearances, or the freedom to plan one’s schedule at liberty.  You know that.  But what does being an author involve?  Join our guest panelists in a Q&A session on the realities of writing for a living.

I should also have a table where you can come see me and purchase my books after each panel (still unsure if I have a permanent table or not).

GlitchCon 2015 will be located at:

Holiday Inn Springdale Hotel and Convention Center
1500 S 48TH ST
SPRINGDALE, AR
United States 72762-5878

July 31 - August 2

Weekend passes are $45 at the door.

You can find out more about the convention at the GlitchCon website: http://www.glitchcon2015.com
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+LM Stewart i plan to do a lot more cons next year, whether as a guest or just an attendee. travel is just a little difficult with the little dude right now. we're trying to keep to no more than 3-4 hour drives from home. once she's a bit older, we can probably do longer drives or even flights. i just can't even think of taking her on a plane right now, for both my sanity and everyone else's >.>
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afternoon reshare!
 
my latest blog post for +The Scriptors! (thanks to +Eduardo Suastegui for the topic help):

When Things Don't Go To Plan

"My last post for The Scriptors focused on the nature of first drafts and what it feels like nearing the end of a new book. At the time, I was well over the suggested word count in my publishing contract, but I was confident that I was nearing the end and would finish the draft within the week.

Boy, was I wrong.

I am a fairly strict planner when it comes to plotting a novel, and I outline my stories scene by scene, focusing heavily on plot points and leaving the character arcs a little less defined to give myself room to breathe. Throughout the writing process, I constantly refer back to that outline, making sure that I stick to the path I laid out at the beginning, restraining myself from straying too far from that original plan.

At a glance, my outlines are very straightforward and progress logically from beginning to end. Everything makes sense from a big picture standpoint, every little piece adding to the greater whole.

And yet, to my great annoyance, my outlines ultimately tend to fail.

Miserably."

Read more here: http://thescriptors.com/when-things-dont-go-to-plan/
My last post for The Scriptors focused on the nature of…
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Embrace your inner pantser.  ;-)

OOOOOh, big plussies for that Spongebob image!  I love this show so much, and things like this, in something that's billed as a kids show, are the (main) reason.
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I need to recreate some of these for my house.

12 Home Decor Items For Desperate People http://www.buzzfeed.com/agh/12-home-decor-items-for-desperate-people
For when you need those little reminders to live, laugh, love, and breathe.
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"Never be afraid to punch your doubts in the throat."

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    Creative Writing, 2007 - 2010
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word wizard. steampunk and history geek. (she/her)
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I am the author of The Brass Giant (Harper Voyager Impulse), the first book in a new young adult steampunk series. I write both fantasy and steampunk for young audiences, and I have several projects in the works, including a middle-grade fantasy Dark Lord in Training, available to read for free on Wattpad.

I am also a stay-at-home mom, amateur seamstress, RPG enthusiast, and art hobbyist.

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