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Of Monsters and Men

Of Monsters and Men

John G. Hartness is comfortable writing about monsters and those who hunt them. In the latest Shadow Council novella, Angel Dance, Frankenstein’s monster, aka Adam Franks, is hunting demons and zombie alligators in the Big Easy and environs. Helping him in his endeavors is a voodoo priestess, a militant nun, and the disembodied consciousness of a tech genius who was killed in the line of duty—monster hunting duty, that is. What could possibly go wrong? Because it’s a novella and not a novel, fewer things go wrong than they otherwise would, but it’s still a fun ride and the bad guys get theirs, which is always important in urban fantasy, not to mention the real world. The depth in this slim volume is to be found in the minds and hearts of the characters born of John Hartness’ imagination. I’ve written before about the monsters within and also about what… READ MORE

The Redemption of Self Love

The Redemption of Self Love

I flew through Robyn Peterman’s latest Magic and Mayhem novel, A Tale of Two Witches. I was delirious as I turned the pages and sorry to read the final sentence.  Robyn Peterman is unique in her ability to write about Marsupial Demon Slayers together with serious themes of despair and redemption and make it work and show us, once again, that there is ground truth in fun, fantasy fiction. This installment tells the story of Sassy, Zelda’s slightly dim, but loyal and well-meaning BFF. Sassy is a mass of seething insecurity covered by a thick layer of self-doubt and self-hatred. She’s convinced she can’t do much of anything right, and sure that the kangaroo shifter of her dreams, Jeeves, will see through her external beauty to the ugliness she’s positive it hides. She lives in fear of the other shoe dropping (about which I wrote here) and has accepted that… READ MORE

Figuring It Out

Figuring It Out

I’m enjoying the many pleasures of Kresley Cole. Her Immortals After Dark series is fast, fun and hot, hot, hot. What’s not to love?  Her latest offering, Wicked Abyss, follows the unlikely adventures of a fairy princess, Lila, and the King of Hell, Sian. What could possibly go wrong?  Absolutely everything, of course, and that’s why I’m such a Kresley Cole fan girl. And while I love all her female protagonists, Lila is something extra special. Her grit, resourcefulness and sass won me over from the get-go, and I’m cheering wildly for her to get her HEA. Luckily, I’m pretty confident that she will overcome all obstacles to find true love and save herself and her realm. Her eventual success, I’m betting, will be the result of Lila’s life’s motto: “Figure it the fuck out.”  FITFO for short. I love FITFO. I’ve lived a goodly portion of my life under… READ MORE

If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Another

If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Another

Life has gotten in the way. I’m quite behind on my reading and my writing. New job, kids home for the summer, new toys to play with and fix…. It’s all good, but it’s wreaking havoc with my schedule and my routine. I’m also sad. I hate to be interrupted when reading the next book in Shayne Silver’s Nate Temple supernatural thriller series. But life didn’t ask me before it kept me away from Beast Master, which is gearing up to be the most compelling book so far, and the message of the story resonates; if it’s not one thing, it’s another. I know I’m dating myself when I remember Rosanne Rosannadanna, the hilarious character created by the inimitable Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live. Rosanne was known to go off on tangents and when questioned about the relevance of her comments to the topic at hand, she would state… READ MORE

Using Our Power for Good

Using Our Power for Good

I’m still thinking about Shayne Silvers’ Silver Tongue, one of the Nate Temple supernatural thriller series. The book explores some deep themes, as I wrote about last week, and I’m still exploring its depths. In this post, I’d like to discuss reliance on one aspect of our power—whether that be supernatural power or the more mundane like beauty, brains or brawn. It’s an interesting issue, and a bad habit to which many of us succumb. As Nate Temple tells us, “When you know you can use your powers to get what you want, you can very easily find that you are using it for every single situation. You need to use your mind, values, morals. Your power isn’t the be-all, end-all.” From the mouths of fictional characters… easier said than done, Master Temple.  I was a physically unattractive child, all gangly limbs, sharp angles and a nose that earned me… READ MORE

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