Misa Buckley

Misa Buckley

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No Angel Blog Tour

Pippa Jay is here again! Today we’re celebrating the release of her paranormal romance, NO ANGEL.

NOANGEL_1650x2500How far would you fall for love?

Centuries ago, guardian angel Lucien committed a terrible sin. He gave into his own desires and revealed himself to the mortal woman he’d been charged to protect. By kissing her, he condemned himself. Torn of his wings and his angelic powers, thrown down into the City Below, Lucien now serves Satan as an incubus who claims souls for his master from the City Above, and who feeds on the energy stolen from his mortal lovers. Dark, sexy and charming, he’s been top of his league for decades uncounted.

Until His Infernal Highness decides to send Lucien looking for a lost angel. Lucien has no idea what he did to deserve such a punishment, and the touch of an angel could destroy him. Yet the challenge and the potential kudos of seducing one of his former heavenly kin leads him on.

But when he finds the angel, he learns he still has more to lose than his already forsaken soul.

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Misa 19 December, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

When Dark Falls Blog Tour

I’m welcoming the prolific Pippa Jay to my blog in the first of two posts this week. Busy girl is busy!

Super Secret Identities

Nocturnelle’s story started with one of those “what if?” questions that often spark an idea. I’d been thinking about secret identities – how hard it is for a superhero to live and separate their two lives, how they need to do it to protect themselves and their loved ones, how often the discovery of their identity can be so deadly. But, what if they didn’t even know about it themselves? What if each identity really did lead separate lives, and neither knew about the other?

I think it was also something from watching Shrek (I have three little monsters, so I watch a lot of Pixar and Disney). Princess Fiona, cursed to be a human by day, and an ogre at night, quotes a poem –

“By night one way, by day another / This shall be the norm /

Until you find true love’s first kiss / Then… take love’s true form.”

So I came up with the idea of a superhero who had two forms: one by day, the other by night, each forgetting the other as they transformed. But then I had the problem of how they wouldn’t know it happened, and how they would deal with the issues of whatever costume their superhero self would wear, how they would get from civilian digs to super-secret hideout. It’s all well and good starting off with a novel idea, but making it work as a story – giving a piece of fiction at least a level of believability – is another matter. How was I going to get my two identities working together without either having a clue about the other?

A sidekick was essential. Not only to fight by my superhero’s side, but to assist in the transformation. Of course there were ‘reasons’ for this. I’m not going to tell you what they are, though. You’ll have to read it.

 

whendarkfalls_1650x2550In a city where Dark Technologies Inc. now runs the show, Kadie Williams has more immediate concerns than the fall of Blaze, their guardian superhero. Almost every morning for the last few months she’s woken up with cuts and bruises on her body, and no idea how she got them. There are no nightmares. No evidence that she sleepwalks, or any sign of a break in. And nothing to tell her who’s been cleaning up after her. As just one of thousands of civilians conscripted to slave away in the labs of Professor Dark, she knew there’d be trouble ahead. But she never expected it to be so bad, or so personal.

Desperate for answers, Kadie looks to the new defender of the night, the only person who can hinder the total domination of Professor Dark—Nocturnelle. The mysterious vigilante superhero came from nowhere with her cybernetic sidekick Shadow, set on putting an end to the brutality of Dark’s regime. But as his laboratories work on a new secret super-weapon, Nocturnelle and Shadow may not be enough to save Nephopolis…or to save Kadie either.


When Dark Falls is an alternative 1920s superhero romance released by Breathless Press on the 21st November. Add it to your Goodreads shelf HERE. Sign up to my no-spam newsletter HERE to stay up to date with releases, cover reveals, sales and giveaways for all my titles and more.

Misa 16 December, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

SFRB Showcase: December

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Welcome to my December SFR Brigade Showcase snippet. NaNoWriMo was a huge success and I’ve finally finished GENESIS DUSK. To celebrate, here’s a nice, gory passage. :D

There was a body bag on one of the infirmary beds, and plastic sheeting on the floor surrounding it. Talak had a protective suit on, complete with gloves and helmet. He indicated a small room off the infirmary.

“You both need to suit up,” he said.

Corin and I shared a glance but did as Talak had asked. As chief medical officer, his word in the infirmary was law, surpassing even Corin’s rank. I found the protective suit almost unwieldy as a spacesuit, but gathered it was as necessary.

“Okay, what’s all this about?” Corin asked once we’d emerged.

“I must warn you this isn’t going to be pleasant.” Talak drew the zip of the body bag open. I gagged at the stench that emerged. “I noticed the smell when I came down earlier. Now, some decomposition is to be expected, even with the quarters kept well chilled. However…”

He stepped back. The body was more than a few days rotten. Flesh sagged off the bones as if turned to water. Bloody liquid seeped on to the floor. No wonder Talak had put sheeting down. Corin coughed but moved closer. He stared at the putrefied corpse. “What in the stars?”

“He was killed by a Valurian, not a blast shot. I said they were coming back for the bodies. I’d no idea that the digestion process had already started.”

I wrinkled my nose. “Digestion?”

“There are some differences, but I have found what are basically digestive enzymes throughout the body. I believe they may have been transferred via the claws.”

“Like poison?” Corin asked.

“Very much so.” Talak pursed his lips. “And like poison, even if a person survives an initial attack, they are likely to die as the enzymes hit their vital systems and shut them down.”

“You mean not all the victims died during the assault?” The idea sickened me but I couldn’t pull my gaze from the corpse. “How long would a death like that take?”

“Hours, and it would be agonising.” Talak closed up the body bag. “Commander, with your permission, I’d like the senior medical staff from the other Cruisers to join me on Genesis. We need to devise an antidote for this poison before the Valurian attack.”

Misa 14 December, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

GENESIS DUSK is done!

This is my final NaNo update, a little late for Reasons. I managed over 60,000 words in November, rewriting most of GENESIS DUSK. My word count chart looks like this:

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Impressive, wot?

But I said I wasn’t going to stop and I didn’t. Which is related to why this update is four days after NaNo finished. Because though the challenge was, GENESIS DUSK wasn’t.

Past tense.

It’s done.

73,327 words, some written in October, most in November, and then the last few chapters over the last few days.

And me, pinching myself, because I have finished a gorram novel.

Misa 4 December, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Of Winning and Whiteboards

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whiteboardCrossed the 50,000 line at about 11:30 last night, yet I’m not done. There are eight days of NaNo left and I’ve a personal goal of 60K to hit, maybe 70K if I keep going (which I plan to do).

I know every scene from the point I’m at to the end of the novel. So I’ve made a list on my whiteboard and will work through each scene until I’m done.

Until GENESIS DUSK is done.

Misa 23 November, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Another NaNo Update

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Day 19 of NaNo, and I’ve hit 41K. According to the website, I’ll hit 50K on the 24th, which leaves me six days to push on to my personal goal of 60K. Regardless as to whether I make that goal or not, I will have a complete draft of GENESIS DUSK by Christmas.

Come the new year, I’ll be deciding whether to submit it to Breathless Press or start hunting for an agent. But I need to see what it’s final word count is before then.

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Fast-tracked!

fast trackYesterday, I sent five pages of GENESIS DUSK to Breathless Press for their NaNo Critique Weekend. A few hours later, I got a rather excited-sounding email offering me a Fast Track – meaning that I can submit directly to the editor rather than to the slush pile. This is not a guarantee of acceptance, just a quicker response of yay or nay.

The editor who picked it says that GD “sounds amazing” and that the excerpt, apart from a few missing words (something I’m terrible at doing), is “in decent shape!” Both of which are very nice things to hear!

As to GD itself, I reached 33K for NaNoWriMo today, with 40K overall. I’ve roughly 30K of the last draft to work through and estimate a final word count of around 72-75K.

Misa 16 November, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink