Mishap & Retribution
By M.M. Shelley
Mishap Series/Book 3
Genre: YA/ Fantasy/ Sci-Fi
Number of pages: 302
Word Count: 56,662
At the Dawn of Time a curse against Man was made and only Death will satisfy it.
The year is 2045 and twins Grasiella and Tatiana who are Cinerian, Fae and Human must choose a side and may find themselves on different sides of an ancient war.
With Tatiana trapped in the Fae realm and learning what life has been like, she has found herself bonding with the Fae. Grasiella seeking the whereabouts of her twin has come to a crossroads of her own.
Separated and neither knowing the fate of the other, each make their way to an uncertain future.
Death has swept across the Hawaiian Islands and the cost of peace may be too high.
Short Excerpt Mishap and Retribution:
Grasiella kept a safe distance between herself and Missy as she followed her through the thick jungle of the Big Island of Hawaii. Missy was keeping something from her; she could feel it and Grasiella had to know what it was. It was not an easy task to locate Missy or to follow her, Missy was fast and she seemed to fly from tree to tree. She suddenly vaulted onto the ground only to run like a gazelle around the trees and brush. Grasiella had never needed to work so hard at trying to stay concealed; she had experienced a close call the first time that Missy had come crashing to the earth from her high perch in the trees.
Earlier in the day Missy had agreed to meet with Grasiella after receiving a gnome who had carried the message. Grasiella had needed to swipe a strand of hair from Missy without her realizing what she was doing; she had used the strand of hair for a tracking charm. It was the only way that Grasiella was able to keep up with Missy; if not for the charm she would have lost her miles back.
Over the course of the last few weeks Grasiella’s skills at charms had improved, it was a skill she had never thought to use for anything other than her own amusement. Now she had no choice but to use her magic as a way of discovering the secrets that everyone on the islands seemed to be carrying around with them. Those secrets were pivotal to her and her twin sister Tatiana’s survival.
Missy came to a stop at the base of the Kohala Mountains her body tensed as she stood unmoving. Grasiella used the trunk of a tree to block herself from view and peeked out to watch carefully. It seemed as if the air had become still and the noises of the jungle had come to a halt as she anxiously waited to see what Missy would do next.
Missy’s head rolled to the right, her right arm rose level with her shoulder until it suddenly shot skyward stretching up, her palm opened filling with the light from the sun. Ever so slowly her head rolled to the left and she repeated the movements on the left side of her body. Very slowly her arms began to drop until they rested at her sides and as they dropped a piece of the mountain shifted ever so slightly to the left. Missy kicked out with her left leg jumped into the air and landed on her hands in a handstand position her back to the Kohala Mountains. Her right leg bent backwards and very slowly she touched the mountain with her foot.
Another piece of the mountain shifted aside this time it revealed an opening in the shape of a trillion. Missy pushed against the ground with her hands, swung back around until she was on her feet and strode into the mountain, sealing it shut behind her.
Mishap and Chaos
By M.M. Shelley
Genre: Paranormal YA
Deep within the Hawaiian islands is a hidden danger. An island witch who wants nothing more than to end the line of Pele, the fire goddess. Her influence has breached Pele’s inner circle.
The twins are also faced with the consequences of a freed Mnemosyne who no longer stands alone. As others from her world have traveled to earth with unclear intentions.
Grasiella and Tatiana’s only focus is to find their missing grandmother. Risking everything, not knowing if she is dead or alive.
Mishap and Mayhem
For centuries magical beings have hidden in the darkness, waiting. Some good, some evil. A battle is brewing, and only twins, Grasiella and Tatiana, have the power to stop it.
Interview questions for Dana's YA Bookpile
1. What inspired the story line for your Mishap series?
It was after I came back from a trip I took to
two of my nieces came by for the day. The idea for the series didn’t come
together all at once, but rather over a period of a few months. Hawaii
2. The fae are an interesting and complex race. What are some of your favorite fae movies and novels?
Two of my favorite movies are Legend, with Tom Cruise and Mia Sara and of course the movie Labyrinth.
A couple of books that I enjoy are How to draw and paint Fairies by Linda Ravenscroft which is brilliant. It’s a step by step guide on understanding colors, using different types of paper, using watercolors, oils, and brushes.
Fairyopolis a Flower Fairies Journal, by Cicely Mary Barker, Glen Bird and Liz Catchpole, it’s a fun book that reminds me so much of the kind of journal that the girls from the Cottingley Fairies would use. The movie Fairy Tale was based on the Cottingley Fairies and it’s a great story.
3. Lord of the Rings vs. Peter Pan and Tinkerbell?
Both, they are so different and equally wonderful in their own right. Having read these books cover to cover while growing up its really hard to decided between the two, it would be like having to decide between two really good friends.
4. Tell us about the other books in the series.
This series takes place on the
Hawaiian Islands in the year 2045 and it follows twin
sisters Grasiella and Tatiana. It begins with a curse, one that’s connected to
the twins and their family.
In Mishap & Mayhem the twins arrive on the island of Kauai to spend the summer with their grandmother and find out that their grandmother is mixed up with something dark and frightening.
With Mishap & Chaos, a civil war between the magical races is on the verge of erupting. Sides are being formed and lines may be crossed.
5. What other writing projects are you working on?
Right now I’m working on another YA, this one is set in the city of
It’s about a young woman who is searching for her best friend who disappeared
and she is determined to find him. New Orleans
6. Tell us about some of your hobbies.
I have many! I enjoy photography and I’m never without my camera. Black and white is my favorite medium.
I also have a black belt in Tai Shing Pek Kwar which is a form of kung fu.
Crocheting is close to my heart. My grandmother used to crochet blankets for everyone in the family and one summer she showed me how. It was the last summer I spent with her because she past away, after my oldest brother welcomed his daughter into this world I made her a blanket. My brother was so happy with it; he said that he felt like it had also come from our grandmother because I had used the pattern she had given me. (Me too! Love it!)
7. Are you into music? What are some of your favorite bands?
U2, Coldplay, Evanescence, James Blunt, OneRepublic, She & Him, Eminem, Amy Winehouse, Florence and the Machine and Dido.
8. Are you a plot liner or a seat of your pants kind of girl?
I plot and I drink lots and lots of coffee.
About the Author:
M.M. Shelley is a storyteller, word smith and dreamer. She has traveled the world extensively in search of the magic which is often overlooked in every day life. M.M. Shelley is a native of southern California, and a student of mythology from which she gets much inspiration.
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