Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mything You: An Interview and Giveaway with Author Greta Buckle

What's sexier than a man fighting the minotaur to save his love? 
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?

An Interview with the Author



What inspired you to write this book?
There was a short story competition based in ancient Greece or ancient Rome. They wanted gritty and dark and erotic, which are all not me. I’ve been a public defender. I’ve stared men in the eyes who committed felonies, and no, my spirit is not broken because of this. My optimism remained, and I realized, a story where the hero has a good heart and soul makes him even more heroic. I had retold my story of Theseus based on the Greek Myth, but I put my own spin on the myth. I prefer action adventure stories where the hero stays himself. Dark is for my baddies.

Did you plan to be a writer or did it just happen?
No. I was always told I was super smart, and I hated reading about death and rape in high school English classes. Do they make the students read happy books? Anyhow I intended to make money in my future and my parents always told me to take the straight approach. I worked in engineering and then became a lawyer. All this time, though, I was penning fan fiction stories to fix shows that entertained me. I should have seen the signs years ago. Upon leaving my job that I hated, I needed to find a new career. I was told to get another job that would combine these two, I needed to write scholarly articles. I stared at the screen. Did I want to write something that bored me to tears, or did I write my own story? Then a student bill from evil Sallie Mae came, forcing me to realize I do have to pay my bills (which I do) and do something I enjoyed. At that moment, I realized I had to sell my stories as that made the most sense for me.

What inspired the idea behind Mything You?
The Greek Myth and the nun who read it to me in high school telling me life is hard and then you die. I want to shout back, no! Life is good.

Without giving it all away, please tell us a little something about how Ari is going to get through their biggest challenge.
Ari has to learn to be herself and go after what she wants.

Will you share with us a short preview of an unfinished sequel to Mything You?
I’m writing the sequel now. It’s about Antigone who will not get a tragic ending, and can help save Thebes. If you read Mything you, you’ll hear mention of the hero. What the book will be called, I don’t know.

What three words would best describe Theseus.
Adventurous, a little too sure of himself, and sometimes vain. Three good words are loyal, forgiving, and sweet. (I went over the limit.)

Which character will be the most difficult to part with?
Ari. She’s such a fun relatable characters, whose unjaded. Part of me sees her as friend.

What kind of research was involved for Mything You?
Are you joking? Tons of research. I spent more hours reading mythology than you can imagine.
Do you have to be alone or have quiet to write?
I can focus in a whirlwind or alone. My best writing is probably a mixture of both. I probably have ADD. I need two hours here. Two hours at home. Two hours there. I have to keep moving to writ.
Do you have plans for a new book?  Is this book part of a series?
Yes. I have written unreleased series and this book is intended to be a set. Different stories. 
What do you have in store next for your readers?
I’m a sci fi girl. Roddenbury’s Star Trek was so great because he had this world where humans didn’t have to live through this hell on earth in order to be amazing. I miss that message. I intend to write more short stories set on a space ship while coming up with my mythos. Not every character has to fall in love, because it’s a ship. My short stories are to help me learn characters and what happened to get my people on the ship. I can’t write a kick butt sci fi adventure without knowing my characters, intimately. A ship needs 8-10 major characters. I do have a story for the engineer alien girl that will come out before I finish the sequel to Mything You. I swear I have ADD, so bear with me.

Is there any place and time in the world and in history that you would like to visit?
My trip to Greece was cancelled a week before the trip because my BFF since first grade lost her job, and needed the money. I want to go to Greece because of all the ancient mythology.
What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?
Science Fiction is often based on mythology, but so many people don’t know the myths. I get the sad depressing nature of how the Greek tragedy was supposed to release pathos fo the viewer, but I don’t like depressed. People will pan that choice, but to me it’s harder to ignore the literary bent that requires stories must break the human spirit because life is hard. I don’t believe that. Life is what you make it and good exists.

How do you feel about book trailers and do you have any?
I hate power point presentations and so many have that feel of power point presentation. The ones that are amazing must know someone or have money to get a real commercial. I wish I knew more people with film connections, and I don’t want to put my name on something that isn’t interesting. My eyes glaze over on power points, and I don’t know actors for a fun, do it yourself, funny trailer either.

Why did you choose to be an Indie writer and would you choose to self-publish again?
Three things. I want a life that’s different than what I live. I’ve been to conferences and listened to so much good advice to wait until the story is ready. Yet in waiting, I’m not expressing a truth in me either. I get the economy sucks, and I have other manuscripts sitting on editors and agents desks, with characters I love. When I said, Indie is okay too as a decision, this story came out. It’s different.

Best Christmas present? Finding something mom actually wants and not just says ‘thank you, I love it.’ I could give the woman a rock, and she’d say that. Every year it’s a challenge to get her to own up to what she wants.

Favorite smell? Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Oh and flowers, but the smell of chocolate and peanut butter makes my stomach flip in excitement. 

Favorite series? Lately Once Upon a Time. I love Snow White, for the first time in my life, her story rocks.
Enjoy an Excerpt
Theseus’ entire body must have been made in the nectar of desire because she wished to bury herself in his arms. And he didn’t stop her from running to him. She jumped when a crash cracked through the air. Blinking, unsure of what happened, her body became rigid. Theseus pulled her into his arms and onto the ground seconds before the giant flew over the pair of them.

He took his hand off her head. He had protected her. Again.
Staring up at him stirred something unique inside her that she never believed could happen to her. She’d seen the plays and the tragedy that love caused, but never understood temptation. The fire in her belly burned into every part of her body from his smoldering eyes. He looked down at her as he cradled her in his arms. “That was Sinus. I don’t think he’ll kill anyone else ever again.”
“He won’t. How do you know his name?”
“He’s the reason I chose this path when I was fifteen. I had planned to prove my courage to my father, and take out the biggest villain on the road.”
“Check that off the list of goals then.” she said. “Good job.”
She continued to embrace Theseus, making her body tingle from crazy stirrings. What would he taste like? She’d die a happy death if he put his lips on hers. My, what was she thinking?
“I never believed you’d be here, or that my goal in that moment would turn to protecting you.” he said, pulling her closer.
She shook off her desires. She needed to let him go. She focused on logic instead of the male body in front of her. “I don’t know what to say. Today has been the craziest day.”
“It’s the middle of the night, little one.”
“You’re right. I don’t know what’s happening to me anymore. Theseus, this never happens to me.”
“What doesn’t happen to you?” he asked, smiling.
“I don’t know.”
He played with her hair, and straightened her clothes. “Your innocence and desire are a siren’s call to me, Ari, and you don’t have a clue, do you?”
“Who’s Ari?” She half expected to be disappointed with whatever he would say.
“You are. It fits you much better than Ariadne. Ari trembles for me.”
She licked her lips, wanting to kiss him. But she couldn’t. Theseus embodied a man out of her dreams.
She looked away thinking of what waited for her when her father’s men found her. “I don’t know my bridegroom. I’ve only ever known my duty.”
Theseus’ body tensed. “You’re betrothed?”
“I never agreed. The bride price, I’m told, paid for my father’s upgrade to the artillery. In the morning or someday soon, I’ll be found. But…can you do me one last favor?”
“What, little one?” His arms grew warm again, tightening around her. She dared for a different life, where she lived with a chance of walking next to him in life. Letting him go and going back to the life her father chose sounded cold and dreary. She couldn’t, not yet.
“Kiss me, Theseus, just once.”
Taking a step closer to him, she looked into his mesmerizing eyes. His strong hands framed her face, his fingers circled her mouth and his eyes darkened with tenderness. When he leaned into her, her eyelids fluttered shut. His light pressure sweetly opened her mouth.
Her secret wish had come true. The prison walls in Ariadne’s heart disappeared in her soul, and today Ari’s lips ached.
He bent his head close. Then, she felt his strong lips on hers, and she lost control.

Meet the Author!
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. 

Connect with Greta!

Tour Giveaway 
One copy of the book and a $5 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly drawn commenter at the end of the tour. 

Official Tour Page

Tour Schedule
Nov 9 - Black Lion Tour Blog/introduction
Nov 12 - Promiscuous Diva/guest post

Nov 14- Laurie's Non-Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews/Ten's List
Nov 16- Lisa is a Bookworm/Ten's List
Nov 18 - A Novel Idea LIVE/live interview (airs 1:00 PM MST)
Nov 20- MK McClintock Blog/interview
Nov 21- Catriona Callum/guest post
Nov 22- My Devotional Thoughts/Ten's List and review
Nov 23- Books, Books, the Magical Fruit/interview
Nov 26- The Bunnys Review/guest post
Nov 29- A Bookish Libraria/guest post
Nov 30 - Black Lion Tour Blog/wrap-up

Book Content
*We do our best to provide language and sexual content information for those who may be concerned about book content, and ask the author(s) to provide that information.

There is one sex scene, and sexual tension, though not erotica in the slightest.

2 comments:

  1. Awesome having you with us today Greta! I enjoyed your live interview on Sunday and this one gives us even more insight into you as an author.

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  2. Thanks for the great interview. I appreciate that you spent so much time researching mythology so that the book would be perfect

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