Welcome to Words and Other Malarky, the official author website and blog of Becca Mionis! Here there be words… and, subsequently, other malarky.

hi, i’m becca

And I write stuff! Yep, that’s about it. I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember, blogging off and on since 2017-ish, and freelance copywriting since 2019!

It truly is an honor and a privilege to be able to do the thing I love most all day. And from home in my PJs, no less!

But when it really comes down to it, my favorite thing to write is fiction: sci-fi, fantasy, and fairytale retellings, all with a touch of fluffy romance!

In October of 2021, I made the audacious decision to pursue indie publishing for my first book, The Last Celestials. And so here we are!

the last celestials

A defeated general. A jaded princess. A really awkward situation.

Orion and Cassiopeia are the last of their kind: an ancient, powerful race of space-dwelling beings known as Celestials. After losing a terrible war against another, deadlier race, Orion appeals to Cassiopeia, hoping she’ll help him save their species. After all, he’s a male, she’s a female… This shouldn’t be complicated, right? Wrong!

Cassiopeia, who has been living like a recluse for centuries, wants absolutely nothing to do with Orion. And not just because he has no manners; there are things she doesn’t want him to know, secrets that drove her to self-exile. So she does the only logical thing she can think of: She runs away to Earth, where she allies herself with a group of young musicians and adopts their easygoing way of life in order to blend in. It’s the perfect hiding place, right? Wrong!

Little does Cassiopeia know, Orion is way better at tracking than he is at romance… though he may have to become good at both if he wants a second chance.

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The Definitive YA Book Title Generator

How to Write Good Romantic Subplots

Writing Lessons From The Mandalorian

That Time I Wrote a College Essay About Rick and Morty

The Best Way to Acid Wash a Shirt

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