Guest Post and Review: Mything You by Greta Buckle

Today, I am spotlighting Greta Buckle and her book, Mything You.  Greta is taking over today so be sure to check out Mything You and my review following Greta’s take over.

Being Creative in History

Mything You is set on earth, and ancient times. It’s not science fiction or fantasy, alternate world. We have human history and the Greek Myths were clues to human thinking, and not real. I remember that.

And like Maven, I’m a social studies teacher. Usually I lecture on AP US Government and AP Macroeconomics at a great high school. AP means Advanced Placement and the students take a test in May, where if they pass, they get college credit. AP is my day job. Writing is my dream job. Anyhow last year there was an extra random Honors World History class that I was forced to teach. Panic button hit the first week of school for me. The last time I took a world history course, I’d been in high school myself. My college majors were government and then law school. No where did teaching world history fit into the equation. I had no choice. I found a teacher with power points to help me understand and guide and focused on the subject at hand.

Yet I also had all my AP high school seniors which I’m used too. This year I am all AP high school seniors. Every April at our school is called ‘hell month.’ Why is it hell? Cramming for tests, and not just AP tests. The students spend hundreds of hours testing at the end of the year. School is so not like what I went through in the 1990s. It’s test centric. This meant in April, I had to find a way to focus on my testing seniors, without losing my one random freshman class into nothing. April for the freshman became, let’s write the first chapter of our history based novels. We focused on writing and comprehension, which are what they are tested on anyhow. We read our chapters, critiqued, and had fun at the same time. A few of my former students are future writers or could be if they tried.

I wrote the first chapter for them. I had a friend critique or should I say butcher my chapter to show creative feedback to my class. (I had to cut a few words from the word files to not scandalize a class.) The myth had been meant to educate on constructive criticism and to show even I make mistakes. I wrote it by my complex’s pool on a Sunday morning. (In Miami, hot is normal.)

I hadn’t wanted to stop writing. Once I added in Ari, and wasn’t sharing aloud in a classroom, things could heat up the way I wanted them too. Theseus still had to be young, and on his epic adventure. Ari had to be modern and fresh.  I wanted to write this story.

And I didn’t want to take the setting of pre-human history out. We don’t know every detail of ancient life out. We don’t know our own human history in detail till much later in time. I love the idea of human history having mythological creatures running around. (And no I don’t believe it anymore than I believe the hot Greek guy on Ancient Aliens with the hair, but I watch anyhow.)

Stories after stories are set in either the future, medieval or Regency England. At least those that I enjoy reading are. Yet no stories took place in the time frame of myths and men take my fancy. Don’t get me wrong, I love and admire Mr. Darcy. I love stories about Dragons or epic quests. I love video games where I get to choose how to proceed (RPG), comic books, and stories of love. To me love stories told in Ancient Athens should not be left to the literary, unhappy endings types. Ari and Theseus deserved better. And they will play a role in the sequel I’m working on now. Hope you enjoyed Mything You.

Book Blurb:

New Adult

Title: Mything You
Author: Greta Buckle
Date Published: 10/24/12
He wasn’t looking for love. He only wanted to prove he was worthy of being a king’s son.

Adventurer Theseus had dreamed of meeting his father, King Aegeus. As Theseus journeys to Athens, he meets his match in strength along the way. But is it the will of a beautiful young princess that puts this strong young man finally at his mercy? Or will he be able to conquer the princess’s heart?

She had settled for a life of unhappiness and believed a man who would love her for herself was only in her dreams.

Princess Ari has followed her father’s dictates all her life. On her way to meet her bridegroom, she is attacked. Saved by a handsome adventurer, Theseus, she tempts fate and follows him on his journey to Athens. Being with Theseus opens up a whole new world of opportunity for her. But will she allow her heart or loyal duty choose her life for her?

Review:

Mything You was a great romance book based on Ancient Greek mythology.  It takes in myths such as the Minotaur of Crete and King Midas and his Midas touch.  We see even more famous/infamous historical figures such as Agamemnon, Theseus, Hercules, Hippolyta, The Oracle of Delphi and King Aegeus.  I loved the incorporation of these ancient myths and ancient history.  I liked the story and the characters.  Theseus and Ari are two incredible characters that you fall in love with while they are falling in love.  I also, enjoyed the accurate depiction of ancient traditions and how the views of women, poor people and rich people and men differ from today’s more progressive views.  I think Greta Buckle did a terrific job of incorporating history and romance.  She thrusts us right into Ancient Greece and makes you not want to leave until you meet a hero of your own.  I recommend this for anyone interested in a good romance with a little myth thrown in.

I’d like to thank Greta Buckle for stopping by today and Reading Addiction Book Tours for letting me host this tour stop.  If you’d like to learn more about Greta you can check out her links below.  For more information about Mything You you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Author Bio: 

Greta Buckle grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, then became a lawyer. After realizing she hates clients, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is fun, but writing is a passion. She wrote one hundred and one fan fiction stories online before deciding to transition into writing her own stories. Never ask her to republish her fan stories from age eleven- horribly written stories of princesses. Greta dreams of writing professionally, where her barista can make her coffee and a walk on the beach, can motivate her tales. Theseus story came to her when she was a freshman in high school as her English teacher, the nun, told her how life was hard and tragedy teaches lessons. Greta’s love of writing has kept her centered and focused. How is she crazy? The voices in her head are characters in novels and she’s not insane.

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Guest Post and Review: Once Upon a Twisted Time

Today Miranda Stork has jumped on board.  She is one of the four authors who wrote outstanding novellas in Once Upon a Twisted Time.  Please be sure to welcome Miranda and be sure to check out my review after Miranda’s take over.

Would Your Book Make A Good Movie?

Come on, admit it. You’re just like me, and you’ve often wondered who would play the perfect part of your main character. If it was made into a movie, that is.

When I’m writing, it’s exactly how plots work their way onto my pages. In my head, all of the characters are acting, as though in a movie. And yes, there are often quite a few retakes in there. And whoever makes the sandwiches for the buffet table needs firing, because they’re always stale. But we’re going off track here, back to the movie. Thinking of it in this way always means that the characters voices are heard in my head, helping me to write down their dialogue in a vivid way.

But more than this, imagining it in such a way allows me to write it almost with the structure of a film. For example, when you are writing a film script, you use the following structure;

Stage One; The Setup.

The first 10% of all screenplays have to draw your reader in. It’s no different in a novel. The first part of your book needs to draw people in, and hook them. You introduce the main characters, and must establish an identity with them. (For example, they are the likeable, funny student. Or the creepy yet smart FBI agent. Or the snarky, drunk unicorn. Whatever works.)Your setup should drag the reader from their normal world, and plunge them headfirst into yours.

Stage Two; The Opportunity.

Your character must next be presented with something that will make them have a new desire or goal. Perhaps they get offered the plans to the bank heist of the century, perhaps they are told how they can go back in time, or earn that raise. But something must shift in their universe to make them want something new, to set them down the path you want them to follow.

Stage Three; The New Situation.

This has to be the character’s reaction to the previous opportunity. They must get used to the current situation, and devise a plan or idea for it. For example, taking the bank heist idea, the character could work out a plan for it. Perhaps they look for associates to help them with it. Maybe they don’t want to do it at all. It make include a change of environment (which will definitely happen in a screenplay), and your character must go elsewhere to continue the story. But, as the situation continues, and your character gets closer to their goal…

Stage Four; The Change of Plans.

This is the point at which the opportunity presented in stage two becomes a defined need for the character. For example, imagine your character’s original motivation was to travel to travel to another country, to help someone else get rid of the mafia. But then the mafia kill the character’s father. So now the opportunity is defined into something more personal for the character. This is also usually the point your reader (or audience) begin to really root for them to win through and reach their desire.

Stage Five; Progress.

This is the next large chunk of your story. Your hero or heroine works towards their goal, and the story moves on in this way. You can include conflict in this part, of course, but it must seem as though they are edging closer, and all is so far going well.

Stage Six; The Point of No Return.

This is usually the exact halfway point of your book (or screenplay, I’m confusing myself). Your character has fully committed to their goal, and have usually preformed a task, or done something which ensures they cannot go back from this point on. It is almost the point where they are taking the biggest risk of all in the whole book.

Stage Seven; Complications.

This is where the ‘spanner in the works’ comes in. The plot point that means your character’s journey is interrupted, and is usually either a set-back, or a threat in some way. They usually have much to lose now, and are thoroughly entwined in the plot. The stakes also become much higher, whether they win or lose. And success is getting closer, it seems, until…

Stage Eight; The Major Setback.

This is the point which should have readers at the edge of their seats, and something occurs which means that your character seems to have had the ultimate setback. For example, in a story where the boxer has been fighting in the ring, they get one hell of a right-hook from the opponent, and it looks as though they are going down. All hope will seem lost at this point, and they will have to make one final, all-or-nothing push.

Stage Nine; The Final Push.

Your character must now throw everything they have into the basket, count all their chickens, bolt the doors, and however many other references they can fit into one sentence. Your hero or heroine by this point will be broken down, beaten at all odds, and grasping for that last straw. They have to summon all their information learned throughout the plot, all of their courage, and head face-on to the….

Stage Ten; The Climax.

Lots of things have to happen here at once, the character has to face the biggest challenge of all, and determine what their fate will be. At the same time, their motivation, the desire of the whole book, must be resolved. However, the climax is not necessarily the end…

Stage Eleven; The Aftermath.

Depending on the type of book (or screenplay) you are writing, will depend on whether or not you will use this stage. If, for example, you have written a book where the character’s climax happens quite near to the end of the book (check out my novel ‘Conner’ for an example 😉 ) then your objective is to leave your reader stunned or on a high. This is usually used if you want a sequel to your current book, no matter what genre. However, if you are writing a romantic novel or a thriller (if there will be no sequel), then usually there is an aftermath. For example, the hero has declared his love for the heroine. But then there may be a short chapter afterwards, describing how they get married, showing them content in their new life. The aim is not to put a full stop there, but to show how your character is now living in their new life now they have completed their goal.

If you follow these steps, your book will read almost like a film, and also as a well-balanced storyline. And you never know, one day you may be getting a call…. 😉

Book Blurb:

Once Upon A Twisted Time

An Anthology of Dark Adult Fairytales
By: Tara Stogner Wood, Trish Marie Dawson, Lindsay Avalon, and Miranda Stork

Genre: Fairytales/Paranormal

Publisher: Moon Rose Publishing

Date of Publication: 31st October 2012

Number of pages: 250

Word Count: 76,000

Cover Artist: Miranda Stork

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/6IAdJ6ihdmw

www.moonrosepublishing.com

Book Description:

Think you know your fairytales? Think again. These aren’t your normal happily-ever-after. Within these pages, a murderous Little Mermaid gets her revenge, the Cinderella doesn’t really want to wear the slipper, Snow White is up to her eyes in industrial experiments, and the Beauty is in fact the Beast.

This collection of four novellas will surprise you, make you gasp in horror, sigh with relief, and sit on the edge of your seat. And most of all…they will make you rethink everything you think you know about dark fairytales…

Song of the Abyss-Lindsay Avalon

Princess Nerissa had envisioned a perfect wedding to a handsome prince. Instead, she fell into a nightmare. When her new husband tries to murder her just hours after pledging his life to her, she must flee towards the sea. Caught in transition from woman to selkie, she is trapped by the dark waters she hoped would be her salvation. Now her destiny becomes that of luring young men to their death…until one comes along that reignites the spark of love inside her. However to ensure her future, she must first face her past. Revenge must be taken…for both her life, and the life of the young man she now loves.

Miss Cavendish and the Spark of Salvation-Tara Stogner Wood

In a city toiling under the iron fist of the Spiegel Syndicate and its monopoly on coal, Miss Georgina “George” Cavendish is on the brink of a breakthrough that could change the world forever. There’s just one thing standing in her way, her aunt – Xenobia Cavendish. Threatened by her efforts, the Syndicate procures the services of a notorious assassin with a past tied to her own, known as The Huntsman, to dispatch the brilliant scientist. But once he gets a glimpse of the headstrong beauty, will he be able to do the job, or will Georgina sway him to The Cause? And will George find the breakthrough she needs in time, or is New London Town doomed to forever lie under the dark shadow of her aunt’s factories?

Hawke and the Beast-Trish Marie Dawson

Some curses last forever, and some can be broken with the whisper of three little words. Isabella Rose Woodward fell in love with a witch’s son over a century ago. Her punishment for breaking the young man’s heart was a beastly one. Every month she turns into a different creature, aging on the full moon when her curse allows for a brief return to her human form. Her only salvation is to find a man that will love her as she is…be it adorned in feathers, fur or scales. Has she found this love with the handsome Jasper Hawke? Or will a mysteriously determined Hunter find her first, and snuff out the life she so desperately seeks? A life of normalcy, where she loves and is loved in return… just as she is.

Reborn City-Miranda Stork

Nyx has one mission in life; bring down the brainwashing of New Omsk’s citizens, and release them from their mundane lives of toil. The year is 2355, and the world is a new place. A Governor is in charge of every city in the world, and humanity is attempting to rebuild itself after recovering from a war that nearly killed it. But this Governor has set his eyes on the intrepid little hacker, Nyx, and he will stop at nothing to get her. But perhaps he needs her more than he ever dreamed he would…as do his citizens.

Review:

I love a good fairy tale.  Since I was little I loved fairy tales and as I got older I loved the different takes that many other authors have gone with traditional tales.  So, when I was offered a chance to read and review these tales I was very excited.  These four diverse yet similar stories take the base of the fairy tale and like the title says twists it on it ear.  I loved the use of the selky legends incorporated with the story of the Little Mermaid.  I loved that Snow White was a scientist.  I loved that Beauty was the beast.  I loved that Cinderella was a hacker and a revolutionary.  These twists let you forget your reading a fairy tale but the love part brings up back to why we read fairy tales in the first place.  Although these are not your usual fairy tales I wouldn’t necessarily read them to your children as bed time stories.  There is violence and graphic sex scenes.  I’m sure the graphic violence is reminiscent to the original tales, but the additional sex scenes adds a level that as an adult reading these stories I would love to be any one of these “princesses”.  I would recommend this read to anyone who has read Gregory Maguire’s twists on the fairy tales and anyone who like a good paranormal romance.

I’d like to thank Miranda Stork for stopping by today and Bewitching Book tours for allowing me to host this stop in the tour.  For more information about Once Upon a Twisted Time you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

About the Authors:

Tara Stogner Wood-

Tara Wood divides her time between creating domestic bliss and creating hot paranormal romance with the occasional side of kink. When not playing June Cleaver for her hubby and daughter, she can be found at the local Starbucks slamming back Frappuccinos and plotting out her next idea. Or she’s watching the BBC. Tara resides with her wonderful and tolerant family in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. She is currently at work on several projects, one of them being the next book in her In Blood series.

Trish Marie Dawson-

I was born and mostly raised in San Diego, California where I live now with my  family and pets. I’ve been writing short stories and poetry since high school after an obsession with Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’. After over fifteen years of crazy dreams and an overactive imagination, I began my first book ‘I Hope You Find Me’ in December of 2011. When I’m not writing, I am homeschooling my amazing daughter and mildly autistic son, reading whatever I can get my hands on, or enjoying the Southern California sun. As a strict Vegetarian, I hold a special place in my heart for animal rights and dash into the backyard weekly to rescue lizards and mice from our mini-lab/aussie shepherd/cocker spaniel mixed dog, Zoey…who is always getting into some sort of trouble.

Miranda Stork-

I was born in Guisborough, North Yorkshire in 1987 and have lived in various places around Britain, including Newcastle and Glasgow.

My writing is inspired by various writers, including the vivid characters of Charles Dickens, the imagination of Stephen King, and the gothic imagery of Anne Rice.

My love of horror began at an early age, when I was only three or four. I could read proficiently at the age of three, and devoured fairy-stories, but I always had a bent towards the darker stories, such as the Brother’s Grimm’s tales…Red Riding Hood was always a firm favourite, although I always felt sorry for the wolf, despite him having tried to eat everyone!

Lindsay Avalon-

I am a wife, a mother to an adorable mini schnauzer, a programmer, and now an author. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had “nothing” to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author.

Interview and Review: The Tragedy of Knowledge by Rachael Wade

Today I am featuring Rachael Wade whose final book in her Resistance Trilogy, The Tragedy of Knowledge.  I have read all of her Resistance Trilogy and her book Preservation.  She is a great indie author and I would wholeheartedly recommend anything she writes.  Be sure to enter her awesome giveaway after my review.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I really enjoyed The Tragedy of Knowledge and was sad that this was the last book in the series.

Thanks for having me, Jackie! I’m so glad you enjoyed the end of the series. 🙂

Since this is your last book in the trilogy was it hard coming up with an ending and saying goodbye?

Oddly, no. I knew how I wanted the series to end very early on, before I wrote book 2, so when it came time to write it, I felt ready. The characters were ready. Yet there is always a bittersweet feeling leaving that world behind and saying goodbye to the characters. I really love them like real people, so it was tough. There’s always the chance I might resurrect them in the future though…

I love Gav and Cam.  What made you decide to keep this to just a trilogy and not a series?  I think you could have definitely made these books into a series. 

When I originally came up with the concept for the trilogy, I felt like the main battle, the main plot, could be covered in three books. By the third book, I felt it was enough. However, when I finished the epilogue for the 3rd book, I realized I had an idea to continue the story, so in answer to your question: I think it could continue on as a series as well. 😉 I can’t say much about it yet, though.

Is there a chance we might see a spin-off with any of the other characters?

Yes. There’s a good chance many of the characters will return in a new series that follows the Resistance Trilogy. That won’t happen for quite a while, though. I’ve been super busy with my other series projects, but I’m looking forward to seeing where it all goes. 🙂

Since it’s just us…do you have a favorite and/or least favorite character of yours?

Oh, that’s tough. I love them all, even the villains—especially the villains. Right now, I’d say my favorite character is Jackson, the lead in my upcoming romance, Love and Relativity. He was just so much fun to write. I really adore him. My least favorite would be Gérard. Everything about him boils my blood. He’s so selfish and arrogant.

How did you come up with the world of Amaranth and the ability to become and unbecome a frozen soul? 

The concept for the realm entry through the bayou portal and all that came to me while I was visiting the places in the book. I had the opportunity to visit Southern Louisiana before I wrote the series. Then I started to wonder who would go there and why? Why would these ex-vampires be held captive in this realm? Once I played around with those questions, the rest of the concept for vampires-turned-human again sort of evolved from there, and it eventually became the whole focus of the plot.

Who do you envision playing your characters if there was an ever a movie made of your series? 

Oh, that’s tough, too. I’ve picked a few actors and models that I think have certain qualities that would work for the characters. You can see my photo picks here.  In particular, I think Emma Stone would be absolutely perfect for Audrey.

Can you give us a hint on what you’re working on next?

Right now I’m working on Reservation, a sequel to my contemporary romance, Preservation, which is told from Ryan’s POV. I’m also working on The Keepers Trilogy, a new sci-fi romance series.

Do you have any authors you read that have inspired your writing? 

Oh, tons. Cormac McCarthy and Sylvia Plath are two big influences. And contemporary writers like Veronica Roth, E.L. James, and Jennifer Armentrout.

Ok…now I am gonna ask you just a couple of fun/silly questions.  Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Celebrity tabloid magazines. It’s awful. I hate buying them because they’re all crap and they only contribute to the media storm that invades these celebrities’ lives, which I really hate. I don’t think just because you’re famous that people should feel entitled to “own” you and expose your private life to the whole world. That makes no sense to me. And yet if I see one of my favorite actors on the cover of one, I have to buy it. *hangs head in shame*

Can you share with me three things that not many people know about you?

Hhhmm, well before I decided to write for a living, I worked as a public speaker for Sea World in the education and conservation department. I was originally planning on working with animals. Sometimes I’m afraid of heights, and I still listen to 90s pop.

Do you have any must-read books that no matter how many times you read them they never get old?

Yes! I can read Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux books over and over, as well as the Fifty Shades Trilogy. They always make me laugh, swoon, and keep me on the edge of my seat.

What is your ultimate dream as a writer?

I guess to see something I’ve written on TV or in a film someday. I don’t care whether it’s a small indie film or a made-for-TV series. It doesn’t have to be huge or anything, although that would be nice, too haha. I just love visual storytelling and I’m a huge movie buff, so seeing something I’ve written translated on screen like that would be a dream come true.

Finally, if you could meet a fictional character from either your books or another author’s books who would it be and why?

That’s a great question! I’d love to meet Tobias (Four) from Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. I have a major book boyfriend crush on him. If I could meet anyone from my books, I’d like to meet Camille. She’s pretty special to me.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I’m definitely going to miss the world of Amaranth but am looking forward to what you have coming up next.  I’m especially looking forward to the sequel to Preservation. 

Book Blurb:

The Battle Comes Home.

After arranging a hopeful but risky alliance during their visit to the Amaranthian realm, Camille, Gavin, and the resistance don’t have much time to recover from their failed mission. Forced to create a new strategy to achieve their goal, they embark on a different mission—one that possibly holds the missing key to their quest for victory, and their deadliest one yet.

As they attempt round two to restore peace and freedom for their kind, they must rely on help from the living, the bayous, and beyond to decipher allies from enemies, good magic from bad, and whether the source claiming to lead the way to their destiny can be trusted. Racing against the clock to solve the mystery of their fate, they find the battle has come right to their doorstep, and this time, everyone must pay a price.

Review:

The Tragedy of Knowledge is the third book in Rachael Wade’s Resistance trilogy.  This book picks up right where The Gates left off.  Cam is now a frozen soul.  They have lost some friends in the resistance and they must keep going to find a way to free the frozen souls and Amaranthians.  Cam, Gavin, Audrey, Gabe, Josh and others must find the way to defeat Gerard.  Against what seems to be insurmountable odds and new betrayals will the resistance win out?

I loved this book just like the other two.  The characters continue to evolve and develop.  The love between Cam and Gavin continues to put the pages to flame.  Rachael Wade does an incredible job taking us from Louisiana and back to Amaranth.  The different take on vampires or frozen souls is unique and really makes this trilogy an intriguing read.  It is unique and truly entertaining.  Between the characters, the scenery and the emotions that not just The Tragedy of Knowledge and the rest of the trilogy.  The Tragedy of Knowledge will have you crying, laughing and being really pissed.  I would recommend this series and any of Rachael Wade’s other books.

I’d like to thank Rachael Wade for stopping by today.  If you’d like to know more about the Resistance trilogy and The Tragedy of Knowledge you can check them out at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailer.

Author Bio:

Rachael Wade is the Amazon #1 bestselling author of the paranormal romance series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the contemporary romance, Preservation. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to conserve wildlife and help fight animal cruelty. Also visit her at Lights ON Outreach, her environmental and humanitarian advocacy blog.

Giveaway: 

Just leave a comment about what fictional character you’d like to meet in real life.  You will be entered to winUp for grabs: 1 e-book copy set of  ALL 3 books in the trilogy, including Amaranth (Book 1), The Gates (Book 2), and The Tragedy of Knowledge (Book 3) in the e-format of the winner’s choice (MOBI, EPUB, or PDF)

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