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Two Days Gone

Review by K. Brooks

 

Books featuring authors always amuse me well before I have a chance to read them. Particularly any involving authors in dire circumstances or dangerous plots, as there is always that split second flash of fear through my brain when I think “but what if?”

Two Days Gone opens with a series of brutal murders, a lost suspect, and a bitter cop. What starts as a traditional mystery thriller soon transforms into an elegant and twisted race to the climax. I always appreciate thrillers that constantly keep the reader guessing. Guessing not only the “who dunnit” but constantly and consistently revising the readers’ feelings and expectations of every character, their motives, and the outcome of every scene.

I loved it.

I loved every dark corner of this 400 page novel, I loved how the author took the reader by the hand and led them through DeMarco’s thought process, his crime solving, and every tortured action that he takes to save his author friend, who he believes innocent of the crimes that have been pinned on him.

The writing is elegant, suitable and reflective of a novel about an award winning author. The transitions between the characters and their points of view are inspired, the emotion that is woven in between the words and thoughts of one character versus another stand out vividly. If you were to put the book down and pick up at a random point, you’d know exactly whose view you were reading about by the sheer change in desperation.

This is definitely a book to pick up whether you are a reader or a writer, as it will inspire and it will entertain no matter who you are.

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When #Shadows Creep #newproject !!!

I love being excited about a project again. The thrill that’s felt in creating something new is uncomparable.

It’s no secret that I had felt bogged down with “The Scars That Bind Us” – it was a lot of work and not much reward. I did some editing, got near the end, threw away a middle piece, and stared at that manuscript for weeks. And it laughed back.

I needed to take a rest, and I needed to stay creative.

I am so thankful that NaNoWriMo came into my life because it spun a new story out of my heart and mind. It also gave me a whole new backstory that could be hitched to the world of TSTBU and TSTLU and maybe make something, even more, one day.

And that’d be nice.

I have to sit down now, and I have to write the dreaded blurb. That little piece of writing that’s supposed to decide for the potential reader if they are going to go along for the ride. Or not.

How do you consolidate, an entire novel, into only a few words? Better yet, a consolidation that gives away no pertinent spoilers and doesn’t leave a bad taste in the reader’s mouth? It’s definitely a struggle.

I’ll share below my mood board for “When Shadows Creep” because it was definitely a fun and entertaining side project that helped keep the juices flowing.

Until next time, honorable readers.

moodboard

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#mystery chapter

Mateo watched the trio head towards the van where he sat, impressing the images of them into his mind. Since the moment they’d gotten on the plane, he’d felt sick. Anxious, stomach writhing within his body. As much confidence as he tried to portray, as strong as he tried to be for them, there was so much he couldn’t see. Too much he didn’t know.

Everything felt like a failure.

Deke, too bony, too haunted, dark circles under his eyes and electricity crawling under his skin, carrying both of their bags crisscrossed over his shoulders, fingers entwined with hers.

Addy, exhaustion scrawled across her face, a dip to her shoulders that had never straightened after that night in Purissima, the weight of Reggie’s sacrifice pushing down on her every damned moment.

And Rick, that poor boy. He should have done more to get him out of this life. How could he call himself a mentor, a teacher, when all he’d ever done was expose him to the worst in the world? And yet he still smiled, cavorted. He still made sure everyone around him never had to feel the way he did.

Mateo squeezed his eyes shut tightly, against the glare of the brilliant halogen lights, against the memories of everything they’d lost.

When would it end?

The quiet in the van erupted into chaos as Deke hauled open the sliding door, Rick tossing his bag in the back before clambering into the front seat, clapping a hand onto Mateo’s shoulder in greeting. Addy still chatting away about the absurdity of the number of people awake, the sun barely coloring the edge of the horizon.

The sun would be rising soon.

As it always would.

But that didn’t help the fear in his heart.

None of them were eternal. The universe had no more need for them than the stars needed a grain of sand in the moonlight below.

The racket settled, Rick lounging in the seat, foot up against the dash, limbs loose.

His head swiveled toward Mateo, eyes wide,

“Dude, that’s deep and all, but I’m going to need you to think more positively,”

Rick winked.

Mateo shook his head, and shifted the van into drive.

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The endings

I know it’s been a while.

I do apologize.

I am really struggling as a writer with the ending to the sequel to The Spark That Left Us.

Why?

Because I can do one of the following, and these are all scenarios I am able to build out and already know how to do:

a) end it on a terrible note, but wrapped tightly in a bow – no getting out, no second chances. You’ll probably cry. Everyone will cry – and the world of Collectors and the Tenders will be closed.

b) end it on a happy note – everyone gets what they want – wrapped tightly in a bow – you’ll probably cry, in a good way – and the world of Collectors and Tenders will be closed.

c) end it on a terrible note, but leave the opportunity for redemption and a rescue mission in a third, unwritten, unplanned book – essentially keeping the world open, closing off as a trilogy.

I can picture all three in my head. I know how to tease out the emotions that I want – but I am so very afraid of making the wrong decision! I am torn between what you as readers will want, and what is easy.

On top of it all, these characters are practically family now, living inside their heads and breathing their air. And I am not sure I can do it again.

The ending of The Spark That Left Us was admittedly heart-wrenching, even to write – and I’ve been yelled at by readers for it in the past.

Can I collapse this world into itself?

Will I have to backtrack the truths of that universe if I decide to delve into a third book anyway?

What say you?

 

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Want to #win a copy of The Spark That Left Us? Six days until entry!

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The Spark That Left Us by K. Brooks

The Spark That Left Us

by K. Brooks

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#writing : you can’t go home again

This has been an interesting chapter in the developing story of Sparks.

Currently titled “You can’t go home again”, it explores a team-up you wouldn’t expect – Deke and Mateo, a shared moment, and what happens when Deke returns to the scene of his original crime. It was quite a long time ago, when Deke woke up, when he realized something had fundamentally changed him, and I wanted to make sure that the audience also were taken back to those initial moments.

It’s a fine line, somewhere between nostalgia and bitterness. It’s a moment of tableau for the home, shuttered up since Aaron’s body was discovered, his homework still on the table and fruit still sitting on the counter, albeit it covered in a thin layer of dust and rotting away.

Someone will come now, it will be cleaned up. Aaron’s notes will be thrown into a garbage bag, maybe his textbooks will be donated. Deke has retrieved the few things he tried making a new life with after the tragedy of his youth – and another door is closed behind him.

I think the choice of Mateo, aside from his obvious law-enforcement tie, is a soothing one. Rick is frenetic, Connor is anxious. He’d never want Addy to see this place. That was the before him, the unrecognizable him.

He had confessed on that mountain that the old him was gone, and he was better for it.

So Mateo. Soothing. Respectful.

I felt this piece could be added as a respite to the trauma that Sparks is going to instill, the havoc that it’s pulling between our players.

And I’m okay with this.

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#Art and its appreciation, #photography is not my specialty!

Buckle up, it’s time for a little cross-promoting over here!

 

You’ll remember, way back when, when we posted photos of behind the scenes of the cover art photo shoot. It was good times! It was around this time of year, it was freezing cold, it was snowing (check it out, here). And it was an amazing experience.

All those involved, my brother, and the photographer, had a pretty crazy time of it too, and it set into motion  a whole lotta something.

And that whole lotta something has accumulated and compacted and rolled together until finally, it has popped out this bit o’wonderful,

 

www.vistashots.com

 

That’s right! The photographer behind the stunningly charismatic cover of The Spark That Left Us (oh, and you know, the upcoming sequel, which we’ll eventually be pushing through shots for you to view – when I get over my writer’s block 😉 ) has launched her website, and will be adding images to her catalog as she goes – so it’s ALWAYS worth another check back. Maybe you’ll fall in love with something too?

 

  • K.

 

 

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#facts and #figures. #writing for a crowd

Here here!

 

Looking for those who have read The Spark That Left Us.

Looking to compile a list of questions left unanswered, the memories incomplete, the stories left uncovered.

Many of you have asked for more about Levina, and the absence of Addy and Clara’s father.

Your questions will be answered (hopefully) in Sparks Ignite (working title).

Anything else I can help you with?

 

You help me be better.

 

until then…

 

x

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#amwriting #writing #what

So apparently, my brain has decided already that a sequel is in order.

I didn’t ask for it, but it won’t go away.

I’m certainly not ready for a sequel, and I’m certain the reading audience is not ready for a sequel.

But here it is, 2500 words later, and I am flailing against it.

If The Spark That Left Us had been a raging success, maybe I would be all for this.

Because I am not picturing this as ‘trying again’. I’m seeing it as finishing the story.

 

And is that enough, for the fans?

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Common names #ageofadaline #ebook

So here I was, thinking how wonderful and unique the name Adeline was – and now there’s a movie with a pretty close name.

Oh well.

At least Reggie and Clara can never live down the wonderful Reginald and Ella-Clara their mother insists on calling them.

But it would be better if she called them nothing at all.

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