Tuesday, August 28, 2012

2 Reviews of Future Dreamer On Amazon!

I issued Future Dreamer to 3 beta readers before the book's release, and two of them have Amazon reviews up!

The Impenetrable Spy grows up
By Kenneth Moore

"There is a great deal of Young Adult fiction on the market, but how much of it is written by young adults? The Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer is actually the second book published by the precocious 13-year-old Spencer Brokaw. His protagonist, Zack Carter, is like James Bond written by a young Arthur C. Clarke. Framed for a murder that he didn't commit, Zack is on the run from his former employers in the CIA, trying to prove his innocence, find the true killer, and save the world for a second time. This book shows continued maturity and development of both the author and his main character. As long as Spencer Brokaw keeps writing, I will keep reading his books!"

For action, the name's not Bond, but Brokaw...Spencer Brokaw.
By P. Christopher Colter

"One CIA agent is murdered, and another, the dead man's good friend who has fallen out of favor with the agency, is on the run suspected of killing him. So opens the latest installment of the Impenetrable Spy series by Spencer Brokaw. In book two, Future Dreamer, Brokaw's protagonist Zach Carter takes the reader on a wild ride around the world as he tries to prove his innocence and bring his friend's killer to justice. It's a non-stop whirl of action, surprise, and technological wonders, and you will find your heart pounding every time you pick up the book (or e-reader).

Young Brokaw's writing style has matured quite a bit since the publication of the first Impenetrable Spy novel. The characters are fuller and the pace is more deliberate and measured. He has clearly done a great deal of research for Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer, adding an air of authenticity to a plot full of twists and turns that might otherwise fall flat. The inspiration Brokaw takes from films, video games, and other writers of the spy thriller genre is also clear, though the story is entirely his own.

This is a young adult spy novel, and I am a middle-aged adult, so I'd be less than truthful if I said all aspects of it were my cup of tea. I've not let that skew my review of this book, which in the interest of full disclosure I should tell you that Brokaw had me critique in an earlier draft form. His writing style still has a few kinks to iron out at this point, particularly when it comes to smoother wording, though I have no doubt whatsoever that he will. So, I am giving Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer 4.999 stars, but not a full five. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't allow for anything to the right of the decimal point.

Brokaw writes the kind of story that he, and countless other readers like him, would absolutely eat up. For them in particular I especially recommend Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer, though any action-adventure fan will enjoy this adrenaline rush.

Can you believe that I actually made it all the way through a review without mentioning that Spencer Brokaw is a 13 year old kid?


Monday, August 27, 2012

The Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer Releases!

The day's finally here. After writing and editing for a little over a year, The Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer has released to Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, and within a few hours, it will be available in paperback from CreateSpace.

In the return of the Impenetrable Spy, special agent Zack Carter's oldest friend has been murdered and the crime has been pinned on Zack: his prints are on the gun and now he's on the run. With agents on his tail and danger ahead, Zack races from Nigeria to Chicago to Langley itself in a search for the truth. And the deeper he goes, the more he realizes he's been caught in a conspiracy of apocalyptic proportion. Now he must clear his name and stop the true killer before time runs out ... and the world goes up in flames. 
"Like Spencer’s first book, Future Dreamer is a short, fast-paced thriller full of Bond-style plot twists, megalomaniacal villains bent on destruction and domination, and bloody action that will remind you of video games."-John Rykken. 

"This book shows continued maturity and development of both the author and his main character.  As long as Spencer Brokaw keeps writing, I will keep reading his books!"-Ken Moore.

There are many people I’d like to thank for helping me during the process of writing, editing, and publishing this book.

I’d like to thank my dad for editing this book, and devoting a lot of his time to ensure that I got it the way I wanted.

Thanks to Chris Colter, Ken Moore, and John Rykken. I’d like to thank John for helping me create a wonderful product description, and all of them for reading my book before its release. They pointed out things that helped tremendously.

Thanks to the Book Guys for hosting me on their podcast. Find it on iTunes!

Another thanks to my 5th grade teacher Mrs. Elliott for getting me in two local newspapers, letting me talk to her class about writing, and providing me with plenty of encouragement.

A very special thanks to Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott for taking me under her wing, helping me get the word out on my first book, inspiring me to start a blog and inviting me to be a part of hers, interviewing me for a podcast, designing multiple concept covers for this book, before finally narrowing it down to the great cover you see now, doing a wonderful formatting job, and providing me with encouragement and inspiration!

Finally, I’d like to thank my family members and friends, who continue to support me on my writing journey. 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Future Dreamer Coming August 27th!

My 2nd book, The Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer is coming August 27th to Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and in Amazon paperback.

To accompany this awesome news, here's Future Dreamer's newly created book trailer!

Thanks to my uncle Adam for creating the trailer with me. He spent a lot of free time to ensure the trailer was as good as it could be.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Video Blog 3

Here is the 3rd bit of the video blog--I discuss my current works, mainly Agent J and it's differences from the Impenetrable Spy series.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Video Blog 2

Here is the second piece of the video blog--I discuss TV Shows, Books, Movies, and Video Games that have inspired me and my writing. Enjoy!


Monday, August 20, 2012

Video Blog 1

I filmed my first video podcast/blog today which is roughly 20 minutes long. Over the next few days, you will be getting pieces of the whole video. For today's clip, I discuss The Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer and my process for writing. Sorry for the low-resolution; this was the only way I could upload the video. I hope you enjoy, thanks for watching!


Friday, August 17, 2012

Listen To Me Talk With Sarah Newton On Talented Teens!

A few weeks ago I was able to sit down and have a Skype interview with Sarah Newton of the Talented Teens website. I talk about writing while "grounded" and several other topics, including how I came to publish The Impenetrable Spy in the first place.

Come and take a listen! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sarah-newton/2012/08/17/talented-teens--young-author-shares-his-story

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Flickr- The Solution to Copyright Blog Pictures

If you haven't noticed, I haven't used hardly any pictures for blog posts for quite some time now. 

Why? Because I don't want to be sued for a picture that someone has the rights to. So, I stopped using pictures on my blog, but recently I found Flickr. Flickr is a photo website with a large gallery of images. If you search something like "drumset," using the advanced search tool with Creative Commons check boxes checked off, you are allowed to use what you find on a blog, in your book, book trailer, etc. 

I hope this helps, I know it did for me!