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No Matter What

No Matter What

I just finished Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost; the continuation of Vlad (aka Dracula) and Leila’s (modern, young wife) story. As is always the case when a centuries-old vampire falls hard for a sweet young thing, Leila has some special talents that recommend her to the ancient Impaler, so I guess it all makes sense. Yet I am haunted by the little voice in my head that questions why such an old, hardened creature like Vlad would fall irretrievably head-over-heels for a 25-year-old carnie. I questioned their supposedly unbreakable bond. And whether it could ever be true, and not just a fantasy, that couples can share a mutual mindset that says, “No matter what, we will work it out.”  Which leads to questions about my own insecurities and trust issues, but let’s not go there – at least just yet – shall we? As I was reading about Leila’s… READ MORE

Trust, But Verified

Trust, But Verified

I just finished The Accidental Sire, the latest in Molly Harper’s Half Moon Hollow series. In this installment, Meagan is a coed at the University of Kentucky when she is mortally wounded and subsequently turned into a vampire. Not her best day. And it gets worse. Meagan, in turn, accidentally turns her date, Ben, into a vampire like herself—a suped-up vampire special. As Meagan and Ben navigate the treacherous waters as newly risen vamps under the care and supervision of the Vampire Council, Meagan learns to trust herself, and, as a result, others.  Trust is a huge leitmotif in the romance genre generally and especially in paranormal romance; writing about vampires, werewolves and witches, allows authors to take their themes to extremes. Where else but in the paranormal universe could an orphan wake up, after an unfortunate incident involving ultimate frisbee played with a 45-pound weight, as a genetically modified vampire?  Nowhere, that’s where. And when said orphan is farmed out to… READ MORE

The One We Feed

The One We Feed

I’m in the middle of the newest Shayne Silvers offering, Unchained, the first in the new Feathers and Fire series. In this book, we’re introduced to Callie Penrose, a girl with a gift for magic and mayhem. As you know, I’m a fan of Nate Temple, Shayne Silvers’ other series protagonist.  Nate shows up in this book as well, but Callie is the focus. Callie is complex, cool and compelling. She is a woman divided. She is being pulled in different directions. She must choose who she will be, which side will win. I can relate.  In the beginning of Unchained, Callie’s mentor tells her the story of the two wolves. This is a favorite anecdote recounted in yoga classes all over the country. I’ve heard it a number of times. It goes like this: An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside… READ MORE

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

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