Androcles chillin’ at the beach
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Glad you could come to my site! Yeah, yeah, I know. I’ve got M. L. Buchman hornswoggled into thinking it’s his, but what do authors know?
Squat! That’s what they know. That’s why they need us Muses.
What, you think this guy writes those steamy military romances and fur-raising thrillers without my help? Leave the dude to himself and we’d get nothing but contemporary romances and that SF/F stuff. (Of course, I must admit I got kinda snuffly during the Angelo’s Hearth series, but hey, chicks dig that in a lion. And the Deities Anonymous series had me roaring and kicking my paws in the air—which got all kinds of sand in my fur, but it was worth it. I’m gonna get him to write another real soon.)
So, c’mon in, dig around, there’s some smokin’ stuff here. (No, I promise, I didn’t bury anything you don’t want to dig up. I’m a classy cat.)
There’s free stuff too! Swing on by for the Ides of Matt every month from the 14th to the 20th for a free original short story. And (insider’s tip so keep it under your hoodie) sign up for the newsletter and you get another free story with each one. Cool, huh? (You can thank me later.)
Now go explore, I think I see a beach lioness giving me the eye.
The Ides of Matt:
A previously unpublished free short story,
every month from the 14th-20th.
This story is still available for purchase.
See you the next 14th for another free story.
A Firehawks romance story of two wildfire lookouts separated by fifteen miles of wilderness and two very different hearts. More info →
Okay. I’m about to say something I never imagined I’d ever say in public…or in private for that matter.
I have a YouTube Channel!
I know! Pretty weird, huh? What happened was, yet another person asked where I’d gotten the idea for some story. It’s the number one question writers get and makes us craziest. Why? People are seeking the “Magic Key” to story. And, well, I think I can finally explain what the “Magic Key” is.
That’s it. I mean that literally. Each story that I write comes from somewhere inside. It comes from a desire to go play over there with cool helicopters or perhaps understand something down inside me about my values or someone ticks me off and throws down a writing challenge gauntlet (which of course I can’t just leave lying there) and I write a story in response. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to answer this question for myself as well as my readers.
So, I sat down with my muse, a very short furry lion named Androcles, who spends his day lounging around in a terrycloth bathrobe. (He tells me that female lions dig guys in terrycloth bathrobes. Who knew?) So, he and I recorded a little video of the “Story Behind the Story” for each of our titles and we’ll continue to do so. You can find the individual videos along with the book details, just click on any book title and scroll down, it’s right below the description.
There’s also a menu option now, “Cool Videos.” Or you can watch the intro video below and click on the little subscribe button to subscribe to my YouTube Channel (did I really just say that?) to get the Story Behind the Story.
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by M.L. Buchman
I always love new release day! An idea is born an age before, sometimes an age and a half—you know when the world was young and Emeril ruled the cooking airwaves.
Then this idea begins to take hold in my writerly brain:
Well, there’s a new chef in town and she’s made Cooks Network into the #1 station for food. Right up until the moment a competition chef and a celebrity guest die at the judge’s table.
And there is born my newest thriller. In the same spirited tone as the popular (thank you fans), Swap Out!, Kate Stark builds a whole new team to launch the “Dead Chef Thriller” series:
- Paul—an international con man but otherwise a good twin brother
- Sam—served a dozen years, mostly behind enemy lines, as a decorated member of Marine Force Recon
- Rikka—a computer hacker wanted by the FBI and the North Koreans who she used to launder counterfeit money for
- Harold—a very handsome guest judge and chef
Kate and her team take on the FBI, a smuggling ship, and a secret agency of North Korea. They face down fine food that might kill them, foreign nationals who definitely want to kill them, and their own past issues possibly solved by flung sushi knives.
Come join the romp!
Today I also have released a curious little short story of an alternate Japan that evolved for 500 years, but without ever embracing technology. Hint: It was free to newsletter subscribers this month. So sign-up for the newsletter at the top of this page now so that you don’t miss the next one!
Kate Stark runs the #1 television cooking network. When a chef dies on air and a guest judge goes down, Kate must assemble a team to solve the crime. But her present isn't the problem, it's her past. And if she doesn't hurry, the show will be over, forever. More info →
BEFORE THERE WAS KATE STARK, there was "Jeff the Chef." U.S. Special Forces are executing the nation’s top television chefs. Only one man knows why, and he’s next. More info →
Japan disappeared 500 years ago. Its people didn’t.
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