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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My apologies if you’ve clicked the link to buy The Ghost Machine or Clockmaker recently and found that the books have vanished from Amazon. They’re unavailable at the moment–but don’t worry, they’re not gone for good.
They’ve been picked up by a publishing company and are getting ready to be republished–yay!! I’m thrilled that they’re getting a second chance and a bigger opportunity to reach new readers. As they move closer their re-release dates, you’ll hear the news here first, and if you’re waiting to buy them, thank you in advance for your patience!
Today’s the day! Superhuman Disaster is out in the world for everyone to read!
I can’t believe the final book in The White Knight & Black Valentine Series is finished. It hasn’t sunk in yet, and I’ll have to post my reflections on the series later next week. But for now, let’s get to the good stuff! Here are the links:
Download the ebook to your Amazon Kindle or Kindle app here.
Or choose from a variety of retailers here.
I worked hard to give every character a great sendoff and am happy with the results. I hope you are, too. Happy reading! Continue reading Superhuman Disaster is in stores now!
We’re less than a week away from the new release date of Superhuman Disaster–and I’m actually on track to meet it this time! To celebrate, here’s a sneak peak of the first chapter. Thanks again to all of you for your patience, and I hope you like it!
When I slept, I dreamt of death.
I stood in an amusement park surrounded by the dead. Their bodies lay in lines, blood running down the walls, brains splattered across the pavement, guts baking under the hot sun. They slumped over the counter in front of brightly lit carnival games, corpses strapped into rollercoasters that zoomed overhead. Their silence filled the expanse.
I fought the supervillain Bloodbath, too late to save anyone from him. We traded punch after punch, and it seemed like we’d be doomed to battle forever until I finally hit him hard enough, and he joined the rest of the dead at my feet. My triumph instantly turned to a sense of overwhelming wrongness, and the glassy eyes of the corpses stared at me in judgement. As I looked around, I couldn’t help but wonder…
Had Bloodbath killed these people, or had I? Continue reading Superhuman Disaster Sneak Peak
As you know, my plan was to have Superhuman Disaster finished and published by the end of December. That didn’t happen for a variety of reasons, and I’m very sorry for the delay.
I’m still working on the novel and have set a new target publication date of February 9th. Bear with me as I get it finished to a standard I’m satisfied with, and thanks again for your patience and support!
I forgot if I’ve raved about Serpent’s Sacrifice, the first book in the Vigilantes Series by Trish Heinrich, on this site before. (I really ought to write a proper review of it at some point.) If you bought the Heroes & Villains boxed set that Hero Status was a part of over the summer, it was the first novel there.
It’s a great retro superhero story set in the 60s, and if you liked the canceled-before-its-time TV show Agent Carter, this series might help fill the hole in your heart. The main character, Alice, AKA the Serpent, kicks some serious @$$ despite being the only member of her team without superpowers. Her relationship with her intimidating old lady mentor, the previous Serpent, reminds me a bit of the Bruce/Terry dynamic in Batman Beyond–which is a big compliment, if you’ve never watched that cartoon. Continue reading Book Spotlight: The Vigilantes: Books 1 – 3 by Trish Heinrich
Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates! You’ve probably noticed it’s been pretty quiet around here lately. That’s because I’ve been spending every spare minute trying to finish Superhuman Disaster. I’m still hoping to get it out in December, in which case it’ll release on the 31st, but I may not make it. If that happens, I’ll post an update and announce the exact day in January it’ll come out.
In the meantime, enjoy the cover and blurb! Continue reading Cover Reveal: Superhuman Disaster
Ever wonder how the wise old mentor character puts up with the whiny, annoying hero he’s training? Then have I got the tale for you.
My short story, A Magical Education, follows a group of aging mentors drinking mead and venting about the next generation of heroes they’re trying to educate. It’s a humorous fantasy short, and you can find it in Issue 81 of Swords and Sorcery Magazine here or by clicking the image below.
Check out the magazine’s archives while you’re there. It’s full of entertaining and adventurous sword and sorcery fiction. Enjoy!