|Photo by Brooke, shamelessly taken from her Twitter feed.|
If you're not already aware, my friend, Brooke Johnson, has a book out today through Harper Voyager.
I've known Brooke for 8 years now. She's one of my best friends. I knew her when she started writing this book, and I've watched her grow as a writer. I've watched her struggle and fight with all she had to reach this point, and I could not be more proud of her, or more excited for her.
Her book, The Brass Giant, is a steampunk book filled with automatons, bad ass ladies, and government conspiracies.
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.You should order this book. Some quick reasons why:
1) It's super cheap.
2) Brooke Johnson is a very talented writer that only sometimes strangles passers-by to consume their writerly Quickening.
3) She is not a squirming mass of scorpions hidden under a trenchcoat and fedora, unlike your favorite author--yes, you know the one--who totally is. I know, right? Who woulda thought?
4) Reading her book could potentially make you live forever. I mean, probably not, but you never know. You haven't read it yet, so that's still technically a thing that could happen. In an infinite universe, where all variations and events are possible, this could totally be the universe where her book makes you immortal. The only way to test it is to order a copy and try it out.
5) You could help in making a young woman's dream come true. Not Brooke. Well, yeah, probably her, too, but there's a young woman that lives in rural Nevada who has dreamed of this moment--the moment when you purchase this book, for her entire life. She's not allowed to influence fate, but she also knows that NOT buying this book is the final event that sets off the unraveling of reality as we know it. She watches you in her dreams, each night, as both sets of events transpire. A duality in her brain, threatening to tear her apart. Which will come to pass. Will you be our savior? Or will you be our destructor?
Further reading about the book and the process on Brooke's blog tour - including a post at the MARY FRICKIN' SUE!!
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