Misa Buckley

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Moon Beams & Magic Blog Tour

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Comes out September 23rd

Antithesis by Kacey Vanderkarr

My name is Gavyn.

Liam doesn’t care that I only have one arm. He actually likes my red hair and freckles. I might forgive him for kidnapping me.

My name is Gavyn.

I lost my Liam. I’ve lost them all. And now it’s my job to make sure they don’t show up again.

My name is Gavyn.

I had a life with Liam, but he couldn’t give me what I need. Then I killed his father. I don’t expect he’ll forgive me for that.

Bewitched by Mark Jay Harris

Is it love or is it witchcraft? He’ll never find out if he kills her first.

The first time Darren saw Samantha, she was floating above his high school gymnasium during a basketball game, invisible to everyone but him. Next time he sees her, she’s sitting in front of him in class, wowing his friends and causing unexplainable things to happen that only he seems to notice. But things really get strange (and complicated) when his dying grandfather tells him that he is part of an ancient order, the “Pessum Ire,” whose duty is to destroy witches. What does he do now, since he’s almost positive Samantha is a witch…and he’s crushing on her pretty hard?

Colonization by Aubrie Dionne

Finding a new home has never been so dangerous.

Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer
assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, “the oaf”.

But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius’s ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus.

Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to protect her new home. What she didn’t expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus.

The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes

The world is about to be cloaked in darkness. Only one can stop the night. 

Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. When the sudden death of his Gran takes him from the East coast to the rugged cliffs of Western Ireland, all that changes. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.

Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?

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Praise for The Star Child:

“Stephanie Keyes is a wonderful voice for a new generation of YA readers. She has skillfully blended mythology and faerie-tale into an original and enthralling story. Pure magick! I’m looking forward to more. – Helen Hart, author, The Black Banner

Praise for Colonization:

Best of 2013 by Paranormal Sisters “Wow, this dystopian kicks butt. Like action packed nonstop and I was hooked from the very first page.”

Praise for Bewitched:

This is an amazing story. Full of Magic and twist and turns, full of action, and secrets and many surprises. It sure left me wanting more. It’s very well written too.” Michelle’s Paranormal Vault of Books

Praise for Antithesis

I just want to say, I loved this book. It’s nonstop action from page one, Gavyn is awesome and Liam is hotter than a tin roof in august. Nothing got done yesterday, because I had to read this book.” Goodreads Reviewer.

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Misa 24 September, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

Fairy Tale Magic Blog Hop

fairy-tale-hopFairy tales are often the first stories we hear as children. Goldilocks, The Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty. As oral tradition, fairy tales predate the written word and were often moralistic stories – for instance, The Frog Prince is about not judging on appearances.

When Champagne Books put out a submission call for dark heroes, I was put in mind of out of my favourite fairy tales – Beauty and the Beast. I love the enemy-to-lovers trope, but I wanted to put a different spin on the classic story. So I set it in space.

Malia, my Belle character, lives on a world that used to be part of a federation of planets but, being small and rather insignificant, it’s fallen off the grid. The only connection is the abandoned landing station. For Malia, who loves technology but is denied an education, the station’s “ancient” devices is a treasure trove. She teaches herself to repair them, but in doing so, activates a locator beacon that brings the federation’s commander back.

The Beast, Bayne, is known as “the Overlord”. His reputation is so fierce even Malia’s backwater planet has heard of him. Bayne demands his tithe – something Malia knows the planet cannot deliver. She offers herself in place and Bayne accepts.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has a memorable scene where the Beast gifts bookworm Belle his library. That is a turning point in their relationship, and I wanted a similar scene in my version. However, Malia cannot read or write, so instead Bayne gifts her a workplace where she can learn and practice her technological skills.

Two decks down, Bayne activated the door on a room he knew hadn’t seen much activity for a while. He stepped in, Malia’s hand still on his arm, and the lights came on. He watched her face as she looked around, smiling when her eyes widened as she realized where he’d brought her. She turned those wide eyes on him and his stomach knotted.

“Bayne?”

“Anyone that can fix something as technical as my arm with only the knowledge they taught themselves has a talent that it would be foolish to waste.”

Her forehead creased, then her lips parted. “This is for me?”

“Indeed so. I can assign a couple of my technicians to assist you as well, if you would like.”

“If I would…” She shook her head, then turned to take in the laboratory again. “Bayne, this is so… so… oh, I don’t know! I don’t have the words. All I ever got was discouragement. No one ever gave me a chance before.”

“Then they are idiots.”

She laughed, coming truly alive for the first time since he’d taken her from Terranis. She glowed, a thrilling thing to witness. Then she threw her arms around his neck and kissed him soundly on the mouth.

“Thank you.”

To win an ebook of BAYNE in the format of your choice, please comment on what you favourite fairy tale is and why, and don’t forget to include your email!

BayneMalia dreams of a life less ordinary but when her planet is visited by the Bayne, Destroyer of Worlds, she surrenders herself to him in order to give her people time to collect the tribute that the Overlord demands.

Despite Bayne being as much machine as man and having a violent temper, he rescues her from the unwanted attentions of his second-in-command and gives Malia a glimpse at the battered heart lying beneath the steel and scars.

As they start their relationship over, Malia discovers a man very different to the reputation that precedes him and probes deeper. However, her investigation uncovers a dark truth: a truth that someone wants to remain hidden no matter what the cost.

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Misa 15 September, 2014 18 Comments Permalink

Writing Science Fiction

book_starsBrowsing Twitter on a writing break, I saw a link to a course on how to write science fiction. I followed it and saw the course was rather expensive. Now, tutors have every right to make a living from teaching what they know, but as a whole, writers tend to be a fairly poor group. And to be honest, it riles me that aspiring sci fi writers might think they need this course when they don’t.

Science fiction isn’t a hard genre to write. Honest. Yeah, I know you’ll hear some authors saying it is, but they’re usually the ones, who’ve been writing it forever and think all sci fi should be hard and written by men. Bollocks to that, I say.

All you need to write sci fi is an imagination. You really do not need a degree in rocket science. Sure, it helps if you have knowledge of any science, and if you like learning that stuff, go out and do that, but you don’t need to. (Random pimpage: if you want to read a book that goes into science in layman’s terms, go find Ben Miller’s It’s Not Rocket Science. It’s educational and fun.)

What you do need is a consistent world/universe. Have your reason for faster-than-light travel, for little green men, for your weird magic force that bonds everything together, and stick to it (yeah, I’m looking at you, Lucas.) Creating a suspension of belief is a whole lot easier when you’re consistent.

Create believable characters and seep them in their world. Avoid “as you know, Bob” conversations and explanations into How Things Work. Just show them working. After all, you don’t think about how a kettle boils, you just pour the hot water. I don’t remember an episode of Firefly that explained how Serenity flew. That didn’t stop the audience believing she did.

Science fiction is the best genre, because anything is possible. And I’m not just talking technology. Star Trek showed the first interracial kiss. So blur the lines of gender and ability and sexuality. Take every “ism” and toss them out the window. Science fictional worlds are a utopia, because we can show diversity in its fullest, leaving nothing and no one out. That in itself is so exciting, don’t you think?

Lastly, read. And not just other sci fi novels, but fantasy and contemporary, horror and inspirational. Read LGBTQ. Steampunk. Mythology. Austin. History books. Get out your old children’s books and re-read them. Glean from literally everything and twist it. Ask yourself “what if”. And do not let anyone limit where your imagination goes.

Misa 6 September, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Guest Spot: Angela Quarles

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Levels and Flavors of Geekery

Thank you for hosting me, Misa! I thought it would be appropriate, since we share similar geek interests that I should talk a little today about geekdom, and how it can intersect with writing. My author tagline is ‘Geek Girl Romance Writer’ and I’m about to put to the test the elasticity of that term. My first release was a novelette called Beer and Groping in Las Vegas, and it was a geek romcom with geek references popping up cheek to jowl with the sexy bits.
[Misa: I absolutely LOVED this story!]
However, before I wrote that, I’d written (but hadn’t published) Must Love Breeches, which is completely different from that romcom, but I would still contend it fits in with my brand even though it’s devoid of geek pop culture.

Must Love Breeches releases tomorrow, and it’s a time travel romance, so right there the timey-wimey stuff would appeal to some geeks, but mainly I like to think of ‘geekery’ as unrestrained enthusiasm for a subject, and it’s in that sense I use Geek Girl Romance Writer. I geek out about a lot of things that aren’t necessarily aspects of geek pop culture (though I do that too!). I’m a total geek about history. Seriously, it can be like crack cocaine for me. Well, er, what I imagine it’d be like as I’ve never touched that stuff. But I digress :)

In Must Love Breeches, I feature Ada Lovelace as a major secondary character (she takes the heroine under her wing) and I had a lot of fun learning about her, as well as the time period I chose, 1834. My heroine also geeks out in the book when she comes across the 1833 Bentley edition of Jane Austen’s works, as I’m also a Jane Austen geek.

I think that’s what I’ve found with writing. Up to embarking on writing as a career, I’d hopped from one career to another like a magpie collecting the shiny. A lot of things interest me and so it’s hard to stay focused on one thing. But writing seems to allow me to explore my interests in a medium I find fun, engaging, and challenging, and one of the main interests for me is history, so it’s only natural that I dive into a historical subject for a novel.

The sequel to Must Love Breeches will be Must Love Chainmail, in which the heroine gets zapped back to 1294 Wales. She’s immediately thrown into the middle of a short rebellion that actually took place then–Madog’s Rebellion, and I’m enjoying researching that rebellion, the Welsh culture, and the medieval era in general.

I think in the end, my writing is a medium for me to geek out about what I find interesting, and I’m hoping that others will respond and find it interesting as well. We’ll see!

What about you? What do you geek out on other than aspects of geek pop culture?

AngelaQuarles_MustLoveBreeches_200pxMust Love Breeches
Time Travel Romance
Release Date: Sep 3 2014
Length: Novel (98,000 words)
Ebook Price: $4.99 (Pre-order price $3.99)
ISBN: 978-0-9905400-0-7

Content advisory: Adult language, explicit sex

Blurb:

She’s finally met the man of her dreams. There’s only one problem: he lives in a different century.

“A fresh, charming new voice” – New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare

HOW FAR WOULD YOU TRAVEL FOR LOVE?

A mysterious artifact zaps Isabelle Rochon to pre-Victorian England, but before she understands the card case’s significance a thief steals it. Now she must find the artifact, navigate the pitfalls of a stiffly polite London, keep her time-traveling origins a secret, and resist her growing attraction to Lord Montagu, the Vicious Viscount so hot, he curls her toes.

To Lord Montagu nothing makes more sense than keeping his distance from the strange but lovely Colonial. However, when his scheme for revenge reaches a stalemate, he convinces Isabelle to masquerade as his fiancée. What he did not bargain on is being drawn to her intellectually as well as physically.

Lord Montagu’s now constant presence overthrows her equilibrium and her common sense. Isabelle thought all she wanted was to return home, but as passion flares between them, she must decide when her true home—as well as her heart—lies.

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About the Author:

angela_photoAngela Quarles is a geek girl romance writer whose works includes Must Love Breeches, a time travel romance, and Beer & Groping in Las Vegas, a geek romantic comedy in novelette form.

She has a B.A. in Anthropology and International Studies with a minor in German from Emory University, and a Masters in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. She currently resides in a historic house in the beautiful and quirky town of Mobile, AL.

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Misa 2 September, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

Game of Quarters

In his book 500 Ways to be a Better Writer, Chuck Wendig recommends using a four act narrative instead of a three act one. I’ve been thinking how I can apply this to GENESIS DUSK and realised that the story naturally falls into four parts.

Act One: Ella’s relationship with Corin
The first part of the novel is focused on Ella learning to trust Corin, and their friendship developing into a romance despite the odds against it. This climaxes on Parcae, where Ella tells him that she loves him.

Act Two: The fallout from the attack
The alien attack on Parcae is the first pivotal point, where the novel shifts from being solely about the Ella/Corin relationship to being about surviving an alien invasion. With the command at Genesis gone, their roles mean they both have to look beyond themselves and at their wider responsibilities.

Act Three: Genesis
The focus here is back on Ella alone, as those responsibilities mean having to take command. She grows up a lot in this section. Another pivotal point serves as the act’s cliffhanger. No, I’m not telling you. Spoilers, sweeties. :)

Act Four: Losers and Winners
The battle for Genesis is the main theme of this section. Since it is a war, there are losses both personal and on the wider scale. Scars are left on Ella and Corin, one of which derails a long-term plan. The latter half of this act is about coming to terms with what’s happened and moving on.

Figuring this out has been hugely helpful. I’m still working on getting a finished manuscript, but when it comes to the next editing pass, I can divide the novel into these parts. That focus means ensuring there’s a rise and fall in each section, with the tension wracking up overall.

This is where GENESIS DUSK stands right now:ROW80

  • finish the scene on Parcae – DONE
  • write the scenes where Corin takes command – DONE
  • go through the outline and fill out the half-finished scenes – I’ve rewritten seven scenes over five chapters. I have 16 chapters left to battle through. >.<

I’m on 11,500 words of my 20K goal for August. I definitely over-estimated how much actual writing I could get done between editing and having the kids at home. But it’s better than nothing, and the novel is tighter now than it was at the start of the month.

Misa 27 August, 2014 1 Comment Permalink