by Greta Buckle
Published by CreateSpace (Indie)
YA Fantasy Romance
Contains elements of action, adventure and comedy
Heat Level: Steamy
Length: 258 pages
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
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?
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.
Visit Greta online at:
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1. Where did the idea come from for the book?
I came back from the Chicago Spring Fling Conference all fired up about short stories. The lecture was that inspiring! I could do a 10 to 20k short story. LOL. They said to look for calls out, and I saw one for ancient Athens or Rome. Immediately I thought, Theseus has never been told right at all.
Yeah, that’s not what happened in the end. The story took a life of its own.
2. What genre does your book fall under?
I prefer to call it action adventure romance, but most people would call it fantasy romance.
3. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Liam Helmsworth for Theseus. He can die his hair like his brother did in Star Trek. Melissa Benoist aka Marley on Glee season four (new Rachel).
4. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
On a quest to prove himself worthy of being a King’s Son, Theseus mets Ari, the girl who he falls hard for.
5. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
This one is self published. I have another book coming out in February, Two Weeks in Miami, that is professional. But for Ari and Theseus, they needed to be told right, and the characters already waited 5000 plus years for a good fix. I didn’t want to wait.
6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Funniest thing, less than a month. Not the first or last thing I’ve written, but they took on a life of their own. And it was intended to a short. The rewriting took longer.
7. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
If I had found a book like this in modern times, I’d compare it in a heartbeat. With the time period or the genre lately, the heroes are supernatural or godly in some way. Theseus and Ari are not, and to me that makes them human facing extraordinary adventures.
8. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My voice is contemporary. I know it. But I wanted to tackle history. And I love stories from this time period. 300. Troy. (slightly later, Gladiator, Spartacus, HBO’s Rome and I’m missing one right now.) With this time frame there are myths and legends and history all rolled together, and I’m stifled with verb choices on what’s proper and what’s not.
9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Mything You was a fun and pleasure to write. The characters are engaging. Ari’s set to marry another man whose she’s never met, and never dared live on her own. She’s a good girl, and she always makes sense. On the road, Theseus saves her from near death, and she decides to follow him. They have to fight thieves, giants, witches, murderers, and of course the Minotaur to free Athens from danger and fall in love. Ultimately this is a romance with the sense of an adventure story. I had so much fun rewriting a myth and the sequel is in rough draft form already.
Greek mythology, Romance, Adventure. Meeting up with an all time favorite of mine Hercules. Kevin Sorbo the perfect candidate for the role that made this mythology story an every day household name. Then there was Xena, who can forget that lady, Lucy Lawless with her companion. Fearless, skilled with every weapon known, with a fierce punch. Do not forget Gerard Butler in 300, perfect in the role of the King of Sparta, or Brad Pitt in Helen of Troy and the new released Thor. These were awesome hunks and ladies that made the old Greek myths alive, living the grandeur of rich story telling. Just love the stories and hardly ever miss a series or movie in regards to this genre.
Greta Buckle bring in exciting characters but with a life of their own to enhance the well known tale of Midas and the cursed golden touch. With Hercules in his protective role and the Amazon women who tries to abduct Ariadne. The female main character in the book MyThing You. Princess and daughter of King Midas. Sold to the prince of Crete and almost died at the hands of thugs.
In step our hero, Theseus. Prince son of King Aegeus, King of Athens and saved the day. He is young, strong, vibrant, honest and in love. All the elements to continue a Greek myth as he fight giants, murderers, killing the Minotaur, and release the curse from Midas.
The well known tale end where Midas's daughter greeted her father with a kiss and she turned in a statue of gold but Theseus would have none of that. Searching for a solution through piles of documents and with no patience with King Midas he set out to find the cure and set his love free. With the help of Hercules he conquered his city after his father was killed.
I really enjoyed the young man, his character constant and growing to be a good leader to his people. He set out one goal, to proof he was a man his father could be proud of. He accomplished this as well.
But Ariadne's character lacked at times that same constant characteristics of the man she fell in love with. Her thoughts fleeting at times making her weak although at the end she turns out to be strong saving the city from a sea monster.
There were many gaps in the story that broke the flow, many repeats. I have learned is a big no-no in writing. The mind frame or thought patterns of the characters jumped around loosing the momentum at times.
The story of the apple was a sweet interlude keeping the two at a safe pace to get to know each other and making long lasting commitments to each other.
Overall a good read that many YA fantasy readers would love.
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