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There’s No Denying the Dark

There’s No Denying the Dark

I’m on a roll of outstanding books. I’ve already mentioned Demon, Interrupted by Elliot Parker, and this week I devoured Robyn Peterman’s latest offering in the Magic and Mayhem series, Three’s a Charm. While these books are quite different on the surface—Parker’s book is darker urban fantasy and Peterman’s series is more snarky, sexy paranormal romance—both authors wrestle with the paradox that each of us is made up of both dark and light. In Three’s a Charm, Zelda struggles with the dark magic that has corrupted her witchy abilities;  in Demon, Interrupted, Evangeline combats the demon energy hovering at the edges of her soul. Both heroines must confront the lifelong task that to become whole, we must integrate the parts that are scarred as well as the parts that scare us; we must embrace our darkness.  Most of us like to believe we are good people. Most of us, in fact,… READ MORE

Survive or Thrive

Survive or Thrive

I’ve found several new authors of late. My dry spell is over. Phew. These authors are self-published or published by small, independent presses. And it’s hard out there, I know. But, thankfully, quality rises to the top.  My latest favorite author is Elliot Parker and her premier offering is Demon, Interrupted. The first book in a unique urban fantasy series focuses on Evangeline Lawson, one of the “Saint’s Kin,” who descend from Catholic saints and enjoy the miraculous powers associated with their holy ancestor. Evangeline is a descendent of St. Anthony, the patron saint of lost articles. As a result, she has the power to track anything, anywhere. This makes Evangeline—and the rest of St. Anthony’s descendants—a target for those who want to locate objects of power, hidden treasure, my damned car keys and other people’s property for their own selfish aims. So, she runs and she hides. Her whole life… READ MORE

A Man of Honor

A Man of Honor

I’m still enjoying Jon Merz’s fascinating character, Lawson, the Vampire Fixer. Think Ray Donovan with fangs. In fact, I would be delighted to see Liev Schreiber play Lawson in the film adaptation of the series. Jon, you with me? Last time, I wrote about Lawson’s absolute discipline and my extreme envy of this—admittedly fictional—quality. Today I want to turn my attention to Lawson’s abiding sense of honor. He is an honorable man, or, more accurately, vampire. He says what he means and he does what he says. He follows through on commitments no matter how difficult or inconvenient. Or even dangerous. He can be counted on. He has honor. Honor is a characteristic I admire.  I spent a bit of time researching the difference between honor and integrity and it appears the lines are blurred. Honor can seem to be an anachronistic concept, particularly when we talk about a code… READ MORE

My Date with Discipline

My Date with Discipline

People tell me I’m a disciplined person. “Are you on drugs?” is my usual response. I feel like the least disciplined person in the world. I’ve broken every resolution and promise I’ve made to myself again and again. I succumb to every temptation. I’m constantly trying to trick myself into following a routine, sticking to a plan, practicing discipline. Today, I’m thinking about discipline through the lens of a new author, Jon F. Merz, and an exciting new series featuring Lawson, the Vampire Fixer. I finished the first book, called, appropriately, The Fixer, and am enjoying the second, The Invoker, with no discipline at all—ravenously devouring page after page. Lawson is an exceptional character. The cover of the book has a quote calling Lawson “Jason Bourne with fangs.” I think he’s more like John Rain or Jack Reacher—with an affinity for O neg, or “juice,” as Lawson calls it. These books are the… READ MORE

Teach the Children

Teach the Children

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks. We’ve enjoyed Christmas and New Year’s Eve and all of the joyful mayhem that these holidays entail. In addition, my family managed to squeeze in our sons’ birthday. That’s right, eighteen years ago, three days after Christmas and three before New Year’s Eve, we were blessed with a set of beautiful baby boys, weighing in at over six pounds each and putting their mama into intensive care for three days. Not that I hold that against them. Most of the time at least… And you know how everyone tells us how freaking fast it goes?  Well, they were right. And while many of the days seemed endless, the years have flown by and our babies are now adult males who had to register for the draft. Scary on so many fronts. In the midst of all the revelry and fun, I caught a… READ MORE

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