Hi. I’m speculative fiction author Kristen Brand. If you’re looking for a good book in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, then you’re in the right place. My novels all have fast-paced action, witty banter, and at least a hint of romance. I’m a huge nerd, which comes through in my writing, and I love reading and talking about books, comics, and short stories.

Check out my books page for a full list of all my novels. Or look at my web fiction for links to free stories you can read online.

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Turn Back the Pages: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Turn Back the Pages is a biweekly feature where I spotlight a comic that is not fresh and new. It may have come out a few months ago or even a few years ago. Maybe it was hyped and popular, or maybe it was an underappreciated gem. Whatever the case, it’ll be a great comic that’s well worth a read.

Delilah Dirk Cover

I seem to be reading and writing a lot about ladies with swords lately. That’s not a problem, just an observation.

The latest swordswoman I want to share with you is Delilah Dirk, early 19th century adventurer and troublemaker. She’s been traveling the world from a young age, learning all sorts of useful skills like archery, acrobatics, and no less than 47 sword-fighting techniques. When our story begins, she finds herself in Constantinople, and that’s where she meets the Turkish lieutenant, Erdemoglu Selim: Continue reading Turn Back the Pages: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

If I were in charge of the DCEU…

…I’d probably lose the company a lot of money, because I’m terrible at predicting what will be popular. Seriously, I’m the worst. But every nerd likes to dream, so if I somehow became a Hollywood executive, scriptwriter, or [insert name of important job here], these are the DC movies I’d push to make. And sure, one reason is because I’d hope they’d be popular moneymakers, but I’d also just really, really want to watch them.

Batman Beyond

Batman Beyond

At one point, another Batman movie was on the list of upcoming DC projects, though I’m not seeing it on more recent forecasts. But we’ve had seven Batman movies already, so I think DC should accept they peaked at The Dark Knight and move on… to Gotham’s cyberpunk future.

If you never watched the Batman Beyond cartoon back in the day, then friend, you are missing out. Actually, stop reading this blog post and go get the DVDs to binge watch. I won’t be offended.

In an old ‘Ask Chris’ column, Chris Sims once described the show as “What If Batman Was Spider-Man,” which I think is perfect. It takes all the high school drama and teenage shenanigans that made Spider-Man: Homecoming fun and puts it in the gothic and twisted setting of Gotham that we all know and love.

Grumpy old man Bruce Wayne is just the best, and Terry McGinnis, the new younger Batman, is relatable and very much his own character rather than being Bruce 2.0. Their multifaceted mentor/mentee relationship is the core of the show and full of just so much snark. Continue reading If I were in charge of the DCEU…

Announcing the Secret Stairs Anthology

You mustn’t talk about the stairs.

There they stand, surrounded by nothing but forest, pristine as the day they were built. No sign remains of any other structure around them, no ruins of long forgotten buildings. They look… wrong. They feel wrong. Bad things happen if you get too close. Horrible things.

You must never, ever ever talk about them.

Thirty-four of today’s best up and coming writers provide wonderfully unique interpretations inspired by the urban legends of the Internet age. Tales range from science fiction to fantasy, horror to mystery, and one writer even penned a romance!

But you must never tell anyone about the stairs!

Secret Stairs Cover

Last year, I came across a call for short story submissions about stairs in the woods, the urban legend of creepy stairs standing alone in the middle of a forest. Inspiration struck, and I wrote a story about Ella and Viktor from The Ghost Machine. Set after the events of the novel, it features a mysterious staircase that’s the center of ghostly happenings, and–well, you’ll just have to read it to find out. 😉 Continue reading Announcing the Secret Stairs Anthology

Clockmaker is Live!

Grab your steampunk goggles and get ready to board the airship Sultana, everybody. Clockmaker is now available on Amazon.com. Go download a copy for your Kindle or Kindle App.

I first announced this book a few months ago and have been talking about it and posting excerpts on Twitter, so I’m happy to finally be able to share it with all of you. I hope those of you who read The Ghost Machine will like Captain Melek’s solo adventure. But this is a spinoff, not a sequel, so you can still read and understand the story if you never read The Ghost Machine. If the cover and blurb intrigue you, I hope you’ll give it a try.

Clockmaker Cover

The crew of the airship Sultana is nearly destitute. No one knows this better than its captain, Melek, who’s almost desperate enough to sell her treasured family heirlooms to pay her crew’s wages. Then a reclusive gentleman wearing a golden mask offers a fortune to transport him and a mysterious cargo to Istanbul. Needing the money, Melek can’t bring herself to refuse, even when her instincts warn of trouble.

Now strange noises haunt her airship at night, and deadly warships stalk the Sultana through dark, stormy skies. Melek’s masked passenger refuses to explain his private affairs, and she enjoys arguing with him perhaps a little too much. But he’s even more dangerous than she suspected, and she’ll have to unravel the dark intrigue he’s brought aboard her ship before it kills them all.

If you like gothic thrills and swashbuckling adventure, then you won’t want to miss this exciting steampunk novel. Download Clockmaker now and take to the skies!

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New Superhero Fiction Releases (February 2018)

Hi, super readers. February might be the shortest month of the year, but that doesn’t mean it gave us fewer superhero books than the other eleven. We’ve got book fours in quite a few different series, two novels about teenage heroines fighting aliens, and a couple romances—just to name some of the cool-sounding books below. As usual, I haven’t read every one of these, so check out the samples and reviews before purchasing. And let me know what you think of them in the comments!

Alien Arsenal (Full Metal Superhero Book 4)

by Jeffery H. Haskell

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They don’t call her ‘Arsenal’ for nothing!

The forces of the entire Th’un Empire are about to come down on Amelia like a ten-ton hammer. Wanted dead or alive by ruthless aliens and with nowhere to run, Amelia must use every ounce of her brilliance to defeat them on Earth. But the Earth is just the beginning. The galaxy is larger than she realized, and their planet isn’t the only one in peril. Amelia will be forced to make a decision no woman should ever have to make… for the Earth to survive, the Th’un must die. Every last one of them.

Alien Arsenal is book four in the ONGOING Full Metal Superhero series.

WARNING: This book is so awesome, it may melt your Kindle.


Rogues: The Omega Superhero Book Four (Omega Superhero Series 4)

by Darius Brasher


To the supervillain, the superhero is the bad guy.

The world calls them superheroes. I call them self-righteous do-gooders who stand between me and world peace, order, and prosperity. All under my wise, ironfisted rule, of course.

Before I can assume my proper place as the world’s leader, I and my band of superpowered Rogues must first destroy Theodore Conley, the licensed superhero known as Omega. Not only is Omega responsible for the death of my beloved daughter Neha, but the power he wields is a threat to my plans for global domination.

My name is Doctor Alchemy. People call me many things: Rogue, supervillain, madman, vengeful father, and king.

Soon they will call me the man who killed Omega.


Super Powereds: Year 4

by Drew Hayes

Super Powereds Year 4 Cover

The final year at Lander has finally arrived for the Melbrook students and their peers, and with it comes a whole new set of challenges. Still reeling from the events of their junior year, the remaining students will have to push past their pain – and so much more – if they hope to be one of the ten to claim the title of Hero upon graduation.

Constant tests and trials await the senior students. Beyond simulated missions and classes, they’ll also have to buckle down to learn about agents, prospective teams, internships, and other seemingly endless elements of being a Hero.

For some, however, the classroom is only one aspect of the trouble that lies ahead. Long-buried secrets have been unearthed; old mysteries are finally unraveling; and what lies at the center of it all has the potential to rock the realm of Heroes to its very foundation.


The Miracle Touch: A Superhero Reverse Harem (Justice Squad Book 1)

by J.A. Cipriano and J.B. Garner

The Miracle Touch Cover

Even in the greatest superhero city on the planet, I would never have imagined that my day planner would look like this:

Day 1: Get blown up by a psychotic supervillain.

Day 2: Use my newfound superpowers to stop a giant mutant Allosaurus.

Day 3: Fall in love with both the world’s greatest superhero and the hot ex-Marine with a dark past.

Day 4: Realize that I have to unite the four greatest superheroes in history to stop said supervillain.

Day 5: Save the day and make my wildest dreams come true.


Continue reading New Superhero Fiction Releases (February 2018)

The Ghost Machine Sale and Extras

Ghost Machine CoverHey, guys! If you haven’t read The Ghost Machine yet, it’s on sale for 99¢ this week as part of the promotion for Clockmaker‘s upcoming release. Grab the ebook off Amazon before it goes back up to $3.99 this weekend.

Also, I had so much fun making a Pinterest board for Clockmaker that I decided to make one for The Ghost Machine, too. Check it out to see pictures of beautiful Victorian Era gowns, steampunk robots, and spooky scenery.

Finally, here’s a bonus look at one of my early drafts of The Ghost Machine‘s first chapter. It’s not as drastically different as that early draft of Hero Status that I posted a while back, but there are still some interesting changes.

The Ghost Machine was originally an epistolary novel told entirely through diary entries and letters like Dracula or The Woman in White. When early beta feedback pointed out that format killed the tension, I changed it to a regular novel with letters and journal entries spaced throughout. Continue reading The Ghost Machine Sale and Extras

Turn Back the Pages: Girl Genius

Turn Back the Pages is a biweekly feature where I spotlight a comic that is not fresh and new. It may have come out a few months ago or even a few years ago. Maybe it was hyped and popular, or maybe it was an underappreciated gem. Whatever the case, it’ll be a great comic that’s well worth a read.

Girl Genius Volume 1 Cover

Adventure! Romance! Mad Science!

That’s the tagline of Girl Genius, and the comic doesn’t fail to deliver. Read it, and you’ll get heroine Agatha Heterodyne’s adventures through a strange and dangerous alternate version of Europe where steampunk technology has run wild. She encounters a cast of quirky, memorable characters (half of whom are mad scientists or creations of mad scientists, and most of whom want to kill and/or use her) and finds romance along the way, though all of her relationships are “complicated,” to say the least.

By Phil and Kaja Foglio, Girl Genius describes itself as a gaslamp fantasy, but I’m pretty sure that’s just because it’s been around since before steampunk was a thing. You don’t get more steampunk than this. It’s got everything from clockwork ladies…

Clockwork Lady Image

To airship cities… Continue reading Turn Back the Pages: Girl Genius