My newest release, Romancing the Princess, is now available, earlier than expected! Download your free e-book instantly, or purchase in paperback. Links and description below! Download the e-book, free everywhere! Experience a swashbuckling romantic adventure in a fantasy world,perfect for fans of Anastasia and The Princess Bride! Meg of Swansong Island was raised as an … Continue reading 🎉🎉Romancing the Princess: Release Day!🎉🎉
What’s New? FAQ: Romancing The Princess Vs. The Duchess Quest
Romancing the Princess will be released on May 30, 2023! What are the differences between this all-new adaptation and the source material? Find out in the author's exclusive FAQ with Called by the Heart Publications! What happens when an author of retellings writes a retelling...of her own novel? Called by the Heart: Why did you … Continue reading What’s New? FAQ: Romancing The Princess Vs. The Duchess Quest
A New Adventure Is Coming Soon…
Ten years ago, as a 23-year-old new mother with no formal education, I had a dream of writing an epic, swashbuckling romance. With plenty of passion but not much by way of technique, I took on the ambitious undertaking of writing my first novel. Well, the original version was a disaster, collecting rejections by 164 … Continue reading A New Adventure Is Coming Soon…
When I was a little girl, my father, a dentist, used to travel to dental conventions around the world. From his travels, he would bring me back little trinkets and gifts. A doll, a genie lamp. A piece of petrified coral, a new dress. But my favorite of the presents he brought me was a … Continue reading Treasure
Who was Lady Greensleeves?
What is "Greensleeves"? "Greensleeves" is a traditional English folksong from the 16th or 17th century. You might better recognize the tune as the Christmas carol, "What Child Is This?" Trajan et Hadrian, Fair Use License. The lyrics are as follows: Image courtesy of Pinterest You can listen to an instrumental guitar version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wARiOb80Zr0 Who Was … Continue reading Who was Lady Greensleeves?
“Whisper” Has Received Honorable Mention in the Readers’ Favorite Awards!
I'm so proud to announce that my YA fantasy novel, WHISPER, received Honorable Mention in the 2021 Readers' Favorite Book Awards Contest in the Holiday Fiction category! Thank you to everyone at Readers' Favorite for their support. #ReadersFavorite#yafantasy#indieauthorsView all 2021 Winners: https://readersfavorite.com/2021-award-contest-winners.htm Get the book: https://bit.ly/whisperckbrooke
New Release: As Told by Isolde, A Mythic Maidens Novella (Mythic Maidens #5)
My new novella is now available! Cover art by Dragonpen Press Designs “‘Tristan and Isolde’? More like stuff and nonsense…" At age eighteen, Isolde of Ayrland is expected to master the healing arts and uphold her mother’s legacy as a healer, but she’s nowhere near ready for the undertaking. Though her mother’s always urging her … Continue reading New Release: As Told by Isolde, A Mythic Maidens Novella (Mythic Maidens #5)
Anyone Can Write! ✒
To all aspiring writers: Have you always dreamed of writing a book but aren't sure where to start? Do you know there's a story or message inside you, if you only had the tools to uncover it? Do you want to be an author but doubt whether you're talented, educated, or qualified enough?Anyone can write a … Continue reading Anyone Can Write! ✒
My Newest Historical Romance, The Poet Bride, is FREE Exclusively on Readict!
As the publishing industry is ever-changing in this increasingly digital landscape, we writers must adapt to new ways of sharing our words with the world. Earlier this year, an innovative app developer reached out with an offer I couldn’t refuse. I’m eager to announce that my newest historical romance, The Poet Bride, is now available exclusively … Continue reading My Newest Historical Romance, The Poet Bride, is FREE Exclusively on Readict!
Marian, Princess Thief is a 2020 Best Indie Book Award (BiBA) Winner!
I am delighted to announce that my novel, Marian, Princess Thief, has won the 2020 BiBA (Best Indie Book Award) in the Young Adult category! I want to extend my gratitude & thanks to everyone at the Best Indie Book Awards. I'm very excited about this win and am happy that so many people are … Continue reading Marian, Princess Thief is a 2020 Best Indie Book Award (BiBA) Winner!
Whisper Release Day!
🎉 It's Release Day! 🎉In the mood for Fantasy, Romance, and a spooky Christmas tale?Get lost in my newest book!Available in ebook & paperback:Buy NowAdd to GoodreadsThank you for helping Whisper reach #1!ABOUT THE BOOK:Featuring an exclusive interview with the author! Kestrel Rosemont just wants a place to belong. An artist at heart, stuck with a prim, practical family that doesn’t … Continue reading Whisper Release Day!
“Lady Greensleeves” is a Free Audio Book on YouTube!
Lady Greensleeves, my novelized adaptation of the folksong "Greensleeves," is now a free audio book you can listen to on YouTube! Start listening here: https://youtu.be/Yb3DFiVOAVc
“Shell: A Short Story” is a Free Audio Book on YouTube!
https://youtu.be/24e9no-a8p8 You can now listen to my #YAMermaid short story, Shell, as a free audio book on YouTube! Or, you can read the ebook right here.
Meet the (Other) Hero: Dmitri
Meet Dmitri Full Name: Dmitri Straussen Featured in: The Wrong Prince by C.K. Brooke From: Tybiria, East Halvea, World of Jordinia Status: Crown Prince of Tybiria Distinguishing characteristics: Tall, blond, and bespectacled. Loves books and reading poetry and novels. Often lost in his own daydreams. Motivations: Until his imprisonment, his biggest aspiration was to write … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Hero: Dmitri
Review My ARCs
Are you an avid reader, writer/reviewer, or book blogger? Seeking to grow your audience, get more reads, or simply fill your life with fun new books before they're released? Join my ARC review team and receive free ebooks and digital audio book codes for review! Complete the form to apply today Embedded link above not … Continue reading Review My ARCs
Meet the (Other) Heroine: Mal
Meet Mal Full Name: Mallory Cotts Featured in: The Golden Dove by C.K. Brooke From: The Kingdom of Dorsett Status: Stable girl at Dorsett Castle Distinguishing characteristics: Long black hair, tall and gangly. Gentle and modest; good with horses. Motivations: Just to take and live each day as it comes. Mallory is determined to make … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Heroine: Mal
Meet the (Other) Heroine: Pavi
Meet Pavi Full Name: Pavola Ward Featured in: The Wrong Prince by C.K. Brooke From: Wintersea Fortress, Llewes, East Halvea, World of Jordinia. Status: Ward of the king Distinguishing characteristics: Tiny and slender. Cropped red hair. Extremely intelligent. Taught herself to read and loves devouring tomes about science and mathematics. Motivations: To escape the oppressive … Continue reading Meet the (Other) Heroine: Pavi
The Perks of Being a Hybrid Author
When I sat down to write this article, I originally wanted to title it, 'Why I Love Self-Publishing!' But when I really began to envision my preface about how much my publishers have taught me, and what an integral part of my writer's journey they've been, I realized pretty quickly that I am only a … Continue reading The Perks of Being a Hybrid Author
Meet the Merry Maidens
My upcoming novel, Marian, Princess Thief: A Robin Hood Retelling, is full of strong, kick-butt heroines! In preparation for its release, I thought I'd let you in on a special preview of the characters, Lady Marian's Merry Maidens: Name: Alaina DalePseudonym: “Alan-a-Dale”Origin: Once a minstrel in a traveling pack of troubadoursOutlawed: By choice Weapon of … Continue reading Meet the Merry Maidens
Meet the Hero: Prime Minister Rhoades
Meet Prime Minister Rhoades Photo by Clem Onojeghuo. Courtesy of Unsplash. Full Name: Prime Minister Nathaniel Rhoades Featured in: The Golden Dove by C.K. Brooke From: The Kingdom of Dorsett Status: Prime Minister of Dorsett Distinguishing characteristics: Tall, slender, thin mustache. Prefers books to crowds.Motivations: His love of history and facts propels the young prime minister … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Prime Minister Rhoades
The 10 Gifts of Writer’s Block
Writer's block is a lot like pain. And I don't just mean that it hurts. But, like pain, block is a sign that something is wrong. That something needs changing or repair. The body has an amazing nervous system designed to (among other things) alert us if anything's awry. If we couldn't feel pain, then … Continue reading The 10 Gifts of Writer’s Block
Meet the Hero: Archer
Meet Archer Full Name: Archer CrossFeatured in: Fool Moon by C.K. Brooke From: Cree Status: Self-proclaimed highwayman hunter Distinguishing characteristics: Brown hair, goatee. Carries a bow & arrow and rides a golden horse called Sunbeam. Motivations: Ridding the roads of highwaymen, protecting the innocent, restoring justice his way and making a living in the process. … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Archer
Meet the Hero: Lancelot
Meet Lance Full Name: Lancelot "Lance" Dulac Featured in: I, Guinevere by C.K. Brooke From: Dulac’s Farm, Camylot, Isle of the Bryttons Status: Farmer’s son, swordsman hobbyist Distinguishing characteristics: Young and handsome. Brown hair and amber-gold eyes. Skilled and promising swordsman. Motivations: Lance has long dreamed of wielding his beloved sword, Secace, in the queen’s … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Lancelot
Meet the Hero: Orion
Meet Orion Full Name: Orion, Son of Poseidon Featured in: Secrets of Artemis by C.K. Brooke From: Ancient Greece Status: Hunter god Distinguishing characteristics: Orion, the god, is best described as a gentle giant. He is tall and muscular, has a dog named Scorch, and can walk on water. He's often rumored to be hunting … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Orion
Meet the Hero: Geo
Meet Geo Full Name: Georome Straussen Featured in: The Wrong Prince by C.K. Brooke From: Tybiria, East Halvea, World of Jordinia. Status: The younger Prince of Tybiria Distinguishing characteristics: Raven hair, athletic, courageous. Can be reckless but for noble causes. Motivations: Loyalty and family. Will do anything for his brother. Geo’s Story:Although the two couldn’t … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Geo