Between a geeky fascination with mechanical science and a lifelong love of history and mythology, Brooke was destined to write of worlds very different from our own. Whether it is a world built of gears and pinions or one of myths and folklore come to life, she loves creating new worlds, writing of places only accessible through the imagination.
When Brooke isn’t writing, she divides her time between too many hobbies—drawing, painting, paper-craft, sewing, baking, and tabletop role-playing—a jack-of-all-trades, master of none, in true bardic fashion. In that vein, if this were a world of dice and game miniatures, Brooke would be the studious bard of the party, with her husband the fiercely-bearded paladin, their dog the cowardly wizard with only a sleep spell in his spellbook, and their daughter, who will certainly choose her class once she is old enough to roll dice.
Brooke and her family currently reside in Northwest Arkansas, but once they earn enough loot and experience, they’ll build a proper castle somewhere and defend against all manner of dragons and goblin-kind.
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Smashwords book reviews by Brooke Johnson
- The Shoemaker's Son
on Nov. 18, 2011
“The Shoemaker’s Son” is the second prequel short for Gayle’s soon to be released debut novel A Head for Assassination. I’ve been wary of reading indie authors in the past (I know, hypocrite), but I’m glad that I set that prejudice aside. It honestly isn’t fair to anyone.
“The Shoemaker’s Son” did not disappoint (though I wanted to keep reading!). Gayle’s writing is fantastic, and the characters are colorful, especially Darcy, who is clearly out of her element in early nineteenth century Edinburgh with her very unladylike behavior and language.
The prequels are meant to provide a little bit of backstory for A Head for Assassination (which is about British time-travelling assassins!), and Gayle does a good job of enticing the reader to want to read more. I definitely want to know what happens next, and I’ll be buying A Head for Assassination when it comes out next year.
- Accidental Sorcerers
on Aug. 06, 2013
Accidental Sorcerers was an easy, enjoyable read, something I could pick up and read a scene or a chapter during work breaks or before bed. It’s short, the first in a series of novellas, and I look forward to reading more about Mik and Sura in the next books.
As far as plot goes, the book reads like a series of connected short stories, which I liked. It reminded me of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman in that regard. My favorite chapters (without giving anything away) were toward the end of the book, when the main characters get to visit with other young apprentices. I love the magic-school setting, and I hope to see more interaction between the apprentices in future books.
The characters are interesting, and the romance between Mik and Sura is sweet—and though my prudish sensibilities have me squirming at twelve and thirteen year olds talking about sex, I know that it’s realistic, and I commend the author for not shying away from that.
I really loved the magic in the story, especially how the sorcerers only did the hand-waving and chanting with their spells because that’s what the common folk expect of magic-users. Also, the author did a good job of creating a magic system that wasn’t bogged down with too many rules, yet still had limitations.
All in all, it was a good read, and I really look forward to reading the next book Water and Chaos.