Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mything You by Greta Buckle: Tens List & Excerpt: Black Lion Tour Stop

 







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?


Quick Facts
Release Date: October 24, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Formats: Kindle/Paperback
Publisher: Self-published/From Written Dreams-Editor



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.







 
Inspired by Taylor Swift who sings songs based on her bad ex-boyfriends.
 
What 10 Ways Ex-Boyfriends have inspired my writing and life
 
In the interest of not getting sued, I have changed all ex-boyfriends names and made a faux alphabetical list. All men are based on real ex-boyfriends from school years until now. True heroes can exist too, but I haven’t found mine yet.
 
1.  Adam- Guys hearts can be fragile, too. It’s courageous to ask a girl out, and he helped me get out of my shell. I was so in my shy shell, and he pulled me out of my shyness. What I should have learned is never listen to your parents on everything, and let them live their lives through you. This comes into me for heroes a lot. Emotionally my heroes might not see the obvious, but physically or in other areas they are so strong.
 
2.  Brian- Don’t listen to psychics, which also became part of what I’m writing currently. Three separate psychics over the years,  who I’ve talked to in person as I don’t pay for these things, have declared things like ‘Bells ring in heaven’ for this guys name with mine. If the bells rang, then he shouldn’t have used one moment to judge hard for one moment thing as people are more than one moment in time. He’d be here, and again, it’s all being true to me, not what others might say. (What’s funny is how I wrote this as I grew up so religiously strict and I have an ex where I’m talking about psychics.)
 
3.  Carl- We all have our strengths, and I tend to be quiet. I need to be me, without going to another untrue extreme. Be able to speak from your heart in person, not over any other means. Don’t settle for less. My heroines haven’t had this issue yet, but one in the future might. (The internet doesn’t exist in Ancient Athens.) I know what it’s like to stay quiet when you shouldn’t and to say ‘it’s okay to let go.’
 
4.  Dillon- Never go back to someone who broke up with you because you wanted something else. If the relationship was broken, it’s has a lot of scars that can never heal. To be in a reunion, you have a lot of baggage to work through. I do love stories where true love reunites, but that will require a lot of forgiving. And sometimes relationships aren’t meant to be. What I’m writing now is a reunion story for the sequel… wish me luck.
 
5.  Ethan- You cannot change who you are, your family or where you were born. Anyone who uses your blood against you while considering you better than the rest of the riff raff is a jerk. No matter how great he was in other areas, it’s not worth giving up your identity. This guy was the sweetest most generous guy, and rocked as the perfect boyfriend. Blood is blood though, and you have to be who you are. This can relate to my writing as a lesson the character needs to learn. I’ll dwell on this.
 
6.  Fernando- Liar, Liar, pants on fire. If your instincts say don’t trust, then DON’T. Pay attention to the clues. When building characters, it’s cool to unearth things about someone then put the clues in earlier. It doesn’t always have to be a negative for a character, but if the hero in a story doesn’t talk about his family, there might be a secret. Find out the secrets and don’t fall for what someone says but how they treat you, regularly.
 
7.  Gavin- Crazy guy don’t change. It’s not my job to save them. I love stories with bad boys who are cured with love. Those stories rock, and I love reading them. However, sometimes it’s better to walk away from crazy and never think about them, ever again. Find your center and move on from there. And don’t let crazy into your life. Plus it’s fun to say ‘no’ when it’s unexpected that it might ever happen again. My characters are emotionally strong women, but it’s fun to walk away from bad. This could be a fun story.
 
8.  Henry- Boring is boring and if your heart doesn’t sing and emotions aren’t on fire, no matter how old you are, don’t settle. I can see this in a book as a life lesson for the heroine.
 
9.  Ivan- Never say yes to a date because he has money and can offer you trips around the world. I am not arm candy, and don’t ever want to date one. This guy didn’t know what a value meal was, and I found that funny at first, but ultimately no meshing of worlds. Sometimes I might want the number 5 and think those chicken wings rock. If compromise is all you and not him, then get out. I can see a character learning this. I’ve been there.
 
10.  Jake- Not the inspiration for Theseus, but for Ari. Ari has father issues where she wants to please. I’ve dated a guy who was like my father, who I needed to learn to say ‘no.’ Neither are as extreme as Ari’s dad in the story, but it’s important to go after what you want in life, no matter what. You can’t please everyone, even if in my heart I want to help when I can.
 
While I’ve not worked my way through the alphabet of frogs in real life, who knows what life has in store. Theseus rocks the house as a hero because he’s such the epic hero, for me. In Mything You, Theseus is the rock of a good guy, and not a guy a girl would want to kick out of her life.





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.

Learn more about the author at: http://www.gretabuckle.com





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3 comments:

MK said...

Such a fun post Greta and so true on many of your guy experiences--I'm sure many of us can relate. Great for characters too! :)

Black Lion Virtual Book Tours said...

Thank you for hosting Greta today!

TheGretaBuckle said...

I had fun making this list. Glad you enjoyed and yes, we can all know what the past holds.