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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mary Buckham Inteview and Giveaway!


Alexis: Today we have Paranormal Romance author, Mary Buckham who is giving away an ecopy of one of her books, winner’s choice! Just leave a comment at the end for a chance to win.

So Mary,what are your favorite traits of the two main characters in Invisible Fate Book 3: Alex Noziak?

Mary: Alex is willing to do the hard things regardless of the cost to herself and she’s also vulnerable though she hides it well beneath her wit (or should we say sarcasm). Bran is a self-made man who’s very comfortable with what he’s achieved but he’s not so comfortable falling for a witch/shaman woman who turns his world inside out.

Alexis: Where did you get the idea for this story?

Mary: A traffic ticket (fortunately it wasn’t mine) but it made me aware of how we quickly learn to spot speed traps and cop cars. They all have a similar look and feel to them. So what if you trained agents who were not law enforcement trained initially but came from everyday backgrounds? Would they be able to infiltrate some situations better? And what if you gave the new recruits some extra mo-jo with paranormal abilities they had to keep hidden for most of their lives? The series came from there.

Alexis: Very cool idea. What made you chose your title?

Mary: I think at some time most women have felt invisible. I wanted to use that feeling and turn it upside down into an asset instead of a liability, so each book in the series celebrates the fact that women might feel invisible but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a whole lot to offer the world.

Alexis: I agree. What was the strangest thing that inspired a story for you?

Mary: Everything contains inspiration. A newspaper article from the 1800s about a little girl escaping an orphanage wearing two sets of clothes. Her work clothes on top and her best clothes underneath so when she found her mother her mother would be happy with her. A snippet of conversation. The look a man gives a woman who’s unaware of it. Figuring out how to bribe a fisherman to cross the Mekong River from Thailand to Laos. (probably not one of my smarter ideas but hubby was with me).

Alexis: What was your very first writer’s conference?

Mary: I think it was an Emerald City Romance Conference in Seattle. I was so new that I’d only been writing a few weeks and packing up, driving across the state and being surrounded by people like me, who had stories in their heads and dreams in their hearts, was just what I needed. I also remember sitting at a dinner table and every single person there was a New York Times author: Jayne Ann Krentz, Stella Cameron, Linda Lael Miller, Debbie Macomber and a half dozen more. Led me to believe every romance writer could be a NYT author.

Alexis: Wow, talk about inspiring.  Thank you so much for visiting us here at Happily Ever After Thoughts.

Blurb of Invisible Fate Book 3: Alex Noziak

Novel three in the paranormal romantic Suspense series, featuring Alex Noziak and the team members of the Invisible Recruits Agency

Forced to choose, will dark magic be the only path.

Hidden from a world unaware of magic, a recently and only partially trained group of operatives known as the Invisible Recruits are the only ones willing to stand between mankind and those powerful preternatural factions seeking to change the balance of power and gain world domination.

Alex Noziak, part/witch, part/shaman, is imprisoned by a powerful Druid bent on changing her into a black-magic portal to release a three thousand year-old demon on the world.

By trying to shield a juvenile witch from the Druid, Alex places the lives of her IR teammates in jeopardy.

Her relationship with Bran is in turmoil, making him the last man she'll turn to . . . but the only one who can help her.

Alex is placed between watching Bran die or saving the world. Choices. Choices.

USA Today Bestselling author, Mary Buckham throws her readers into a world of danger, explosive conflict and dark magic as the team learns to fight the dark paranormal forces out to overthrow the world of humans.

Buy Links:
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More about Mary
USA Today Bestselling author Mary Buckham credits her years of international travel and curiosity about different cultures that resulted in creating high-concept urban fantasy and romantic suspense stories. Her newest Invisible Recruit series has been touted for the unique voice, high action and rich emotion. A prolific writer, Mary also co-authors the young adult sci-fi/fantasy Red Moon series with NYT bestseller Dianna Love.

Mary lives in Washington State with her husband and, when not crafting a new adventure, she travels the country researching settings and teaching other writers. Don't miss her latest reference book Writing Active Setting.
Links
              http://www.invisiblerecruits.com

Alexis: Don’t forget to leave a comment for Mary and you will be entered to win your choice of any of her novels in ebook. Good luck!

20 comments:

  1. Alexis ~ thank you for a lovely interview and for letting me connect with you and your readers today at Happily Ever After Thoughts!

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  2. Great interview! I am reading my ebook Invisible Fate - but would love a papercopy to hold in my hands!

    Sharon

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    1. Alys ~ so lovely to have you stop by and thanking you for posting! There is something about having a physical book to dog-ear isn't there :-)

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  3. Hi Mary! I'm a big fan of the character Alex. I like how she doesn't take any $#!% from anyone.

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    1. LOL! That she doesn't :-) The other day someone asked me if I was like Alex. I only wish. I think she's the character many women would like to be at times. I know there's been a time or two (okay, maybe a lot more) that I'd love to channel my inner Alex :-)
      Thanks for swinging by and sharing ~ Mary B

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  4. Hey Mary, It's fun to learn more about you and how you get inspiration for your books. Alex is such a unique charater yet she is everywoman. I love this series!

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    1. Ah, what a great summation Francine! She is everywoman because she's not one-dimensional. She's complicated (I can hear Bran in the background shouting "understatement!") It's been so fun to write about Alex. The other Invisible Recruit team members are also interesting and it's been a hoot writing the next book. Man those ladies can get into trouble!
      Thanks for visiting today and sharing! Cheers ~ Mary B :-)

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  5. I really love this series. All of the characters are complex and unique.

    Thanks for the memory of the Emerald City conference. I haven't been in several years, but they are wonderful and inspiring.

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    1. Lovely to have you swing by Lynn! The ECWC has always been an inspiring event to attend and as writers we can always use that boost of energy :-) I'm tickled pink that you're enjoying the series. More to come

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  6. Nice interview. What's been your favorite place to travel to?

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Oh, hard question because each place is unique. Love England, especially Cornwall. Thailand is amazing. I can spend months in Egypt and still want to spend more time. Greece has so much history. See? The list can keep going. I still want to visit Zanzibar, Nepal, South Africa, New Zealand and the Hebrides. That's my starting list :-) Thanks for stopping by and asking a fun question! Cheers ~ Mary B :-)

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  7. Amanda Robinson KunstmanMarch 16, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Awesome Interview... I love this series... Can't wait for more... I love Alex and take no Sh!t attitude... I also love how Bran and her are constantly fighting their feeling for each other..

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    1. Hi Amanda ~ yup, love is not easy for this witch and warlock that's for sure. Wait till you see what I have in store for Kelly and shifter Van :-) Must write faster. Oh, and just realized yesterday there's a new creature after Alex - a witch finder assassin. More trouble on the horizon!
      Thanks for stoping by and sharing! ~~ Mary B :-0

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    2. Amanda Robinson KunstmanMarch 16, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      :)

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  8. Mary Buckham is one of my FAVortie authors!! Alexis, this was a great interview. I learned a few new things about Mary and if I ever go to Thailand, I'm taking her with me :)

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    1. LOL! Debra you may want to rethink me as a tour guide because I can never resist going behind the closed door or over the gate But I haven't been kicked out of a country yet. A few were reluctant to let me in but that's another story :-) Delighted to have you swing by and I'm glad you like the Invisible Recruit stories. More coming!

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  9. Nice interview Mary. However, short ones like this leaves the reader wishing it had been longer [disappointed] so they would they would have learned about you in one place.

    I'm thing of starting to do interviews/spotlights/guest blog posts on my blog again [this time my invitation only] So in the interim I've listed your name. You're invited to read my latest writing status report on my blog

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    1. Hi Robin and thank you for the kind invite. I think blogs are like appetizers to get us thinking. :-) Alexis had some great questions she asked so she gets gold stars in my book :-)
      Thanks for visiting today!

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    2. Aw, thanks Mary. I always loved those gold stars :-)

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    3. LOL! ALexis - it's true. You make a great interviewee!!

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