Been a fan for a while. I love reading her point of view. Lovely for you to stop by and share. Love the series, Mary! I have a question for Alex, though. Alex, you and Kelly are about as opposite as can be, yet you two are close friends. Why do you think that is? And why do you have a problem with her dating your brother?
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Invisible Magic was my introduction to the Urban Fiction Genre. The characters in her books are very well developed, as you can see from this blog. Mary Buckham is a gifted writer who draws you into the pages of her books until you feel you are part of the story! I love writing flawed characters ow!
Alex, stop smacking me! Thanks for stopping by to post! Connie — I just wish Alex would share some of her stamina with me. I love this series!
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Great characters, action, adventure, and humor make the series a fun read. One of my favorite authors! Of course Alex says — what else could you expect from a Noziak Appreciate your taking the time to visit! This Recruit book is another exciting Alex adventure. I love it and I bet we all have a touch of Grimple hanging from our family trees. It sucked me as a BIG fan! I love Alex and the world she lives in. Being a book ninja is probably the closet thing I will get to that kind of excitement though!
The other books are all on my to be read list. Sometimes the excitement that Alex lives is enough excitement for me, too. What about your childhood? Can you tell us a little more about Bran? Anything you want to share about your Agency missions? Any plans for the near future? Gram on November 15, at 6: Terri Crossley on November 15, at 6: Wow this sounds like the beginning of a great series!
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How far should I go in incorporating sex scenes to be faithful to my vision of where the story needs to go? Will sexing-up my novel turn me into a pariah, destined to be shunned by friends and relatives? Yet even turning up the heat factor by one setting poses problems. Doing research on erotic romance, and on the authors who write it, I came across an interesting survey.
In May , the Fussy Librarian, an ebook recommendation website, asked authors of erotic romance novels a bunch of questions. Well, daddys and daughters. But did their parents actually read any of their erotic novels? So, who are these people who write erotica? Turns out, they are people like you and me. The average age they lost their virginity and the number of times they have sex in a month match the average American as per a survey carried out by the Kinsey Institute. Are erotic romance authors kinkier than the average American? It would certainly appear so. Sex in the office, anyone?
Erotic romance authors also appear to have had more sexual partners than the average American, although the rate of infidelity among those surveyed was notably lower. These erotic romance authors write about sex every day. They make money treating intimacy like the natural and desirable thing it is.
Ask the average person, not everyone is going to be so forthright. My guess is the number among erotic romance authors may indeed be slightly higher, although not as high as the figures suggest. They will not giggle at the mention of sex and are bound to be curious about the techniques and locations they write about.
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I have the highest respect for authors of erotic novels. My next book, Guarded , is my raunchiest book yet. And already the panic has set in. Should I get a super-secret pen name so none of my friends will know that the intimate details I describe were conjured in my brain? The other day I mentioned the steamier nature of the book to a friend of mine, who assured me that if I went ahead, she would never be able to look at me the same way.
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Is this the year ? If my characters engage in sex, is this somehow equal to posting a video of me in the act on the Internet? Am I suddenly a bad person? By the same logic, what does it say about me if my character kills one of her enemies? Does anyone have advice for a writer who wishes to nudge the envelope just a tad? How did you cope with the stigma? And still the debate over whether woman have achieved emancipation in fiction rages on. Well, it kind of depends. Most series I read have female leads, but even among those books lies a whole lot of gray, from the tough-on-the outside Damsel to the softly spoken Buttkicker.
She was kind, insecure, certainly not in love with her own powers, but always ready with the stake when a fanged foe came a-knocking.
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Before Buffy, strong women, for example in anime, were stripped of nearly everything that made them female, as if femininity and violence, or even femininity and self-confidence, were mutually exclusive. Even today this sort of thinking finds great favor with certain screen writers and authors. But heroines can be wonderfully feminine and tough at the same time. No, mental strength is the true key to emancipating a character. Cagney and Lacey, those eighties female cops, had that in spades. While one was married with children, the other was looking for love.
Yet both did their jobs with the kind of obsession that had up to that point been considered exclusively a male domain.
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Sadly they were surrounded by plenty of chauvinists to provide humor for the less enlightened. I wanted to spin a story around two women with fiercely different backgrounds being thrown together by a common fate.
Lea and Nieve, my characters, do not become BFFs immediately, but they are connected by a bond that transcends normal friendship. In fact, I was once asked by a beta reader to give the males of Divide and Conquer a more prominent role. When I enquired what she meant, I was told a romance is only believable if the man proves his worth by playing the central role in the ultimate battle.
Otherwise he would not be an alpha male. Where they choose their friends and their partners according to their own ideas, and not in line with expected stereotypes. Here, women are allowed to cry, throw a hissy, kick ass if ass needs kicking, and generally emote and act like real-life human beings. The three words that define what a romance novel is, period. An Emotionally Satisfying and Optimistic Ending: In a romance, the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love.
Driving a book romance to an emotionally satisfying ending is something I strive for fervently. If the lead character in a book is not ready to commit to a relationship she knows will stifle her, and instead leaves town with the cool guy who charms the pants off her, how is that not emotionally satisfying? Give it a couple of years, and she might change her mind. Until then, the pants-charmer treats her well, looks out for her, and makes her laugh. I find this uplifting and highly satisfying. So why did two of my beta readers feel that way?
Alas, I was wrong. It was a concept that is to be interpreted literally.
Do readers prefer heroines to walk off with commitment-philes who want nothing more than to keep them safe? When the curtain falls, our couples need to walk off to their world of daffodils and moon beams. Which begs the question. Psychologists have warned for years about the HEA and Prince Charming fallacies, insisting they set you and your relationships up for failure. Who can compete with the perfect man? Certainly no real man. Not the ones I know, in any event. I want conflict, in life and in fiction. The idea that conflicts between two people end with a final kiss frightens me.
To quote Agent Smith:. Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from. Back in the non-Hollywood world, the end of conflict would spell the end of the relationship. Making a HEA a paradox. My dominant genre is Urban Fantasy. However, I have dabbled in Paranormal Romance before and am straying close to it again. When the book is done and read, who really cares what genre it was? The question is, is HEA a viable genre-defining concept in the 21st century?
I really want to hear from you. In this series, guest bloggers talk to us about their books. My guest today is author, teacher, head ninja and sometimes personal life coach Mary Buckham, who will be discussing Invisible Fears , part one of her Invisible Recruit series. You can find my review on her book here: Invisible Fears — Review So let me hand over my mic. She also has an ability that has always set her apart—she can turn invisible.
Which sounds fun, but is everything but, especially in this story. Danger is around every corner as Kelly struggles to complete her mission, protect innocent children under her care, and stay alive. My book titles tend to reflect the themes of my stories. Facing the type of hurdles she has to face is not easy and doing so while struggling to remain true to who Kelly thinks she is, adds a whole other layer of complications for her.