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The Sum of All Things

The Sum of All Things

You know I love my fantasy with a strong dose of truth. I believe in happily ever after, but I also believe that life, specifically mine over the last couple of weeks, sometimes gets in the way. I’ve had to make some difficult choices about where and how to spend my time. Most unfortunately, my blog has been the big loser in my time management of late. But never fear:  I will adjust to my new normal and I will learn how to get ‘er done. All of it. Somehow.  Luckily, I enjoyed a special treat this past week: a new Thea Harrison novella. I’m on her ARC team (yay!!) and  was given an advanced copy of a new anthology, Amid the Winter Snow, with her story, The Chosen, nestled in the middle. It was transportive. And authentic. My favorite. As the story of Lily and Wulf unfolds, Lily grapples with the knowledge… READ MORE

Privilege

Privilege

I finished Spellbinder by Thea Harrison, a number of weeks ago and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. This is the second in her Moonshadow series and it was compelling with a complex plot, characters I felt were old friends and themes that made me think. The story’s heroine, Sidonie, a concert violinist, is kidnapped and taken to Avalon (King Arthur’s Avalon), where she is imprisoned and tortured. Eventually, Sid is discovered by a “Magic Man” (he is actually the masculine incarnation of Morgan Le Fey) who heals her and helps her, bringing her food and drink in her prison. In one especially poignant scene, Sid is eating the bread and grapes her savior has brought and she thinks to herself that “she had ever been so grateful for so little before.”  And she realizes just how very privileged she’d been. I try to stay away from politics in this space, but… READ MORE

They Really Like Us!

They Really Like Us!

I tried. I did. I intended to read only the first book, just for a little pick-me-up. And then move on to the rest of my TBR list, which is beginning to virtually rival the Empire State Building in height (only because I read on my Kindle). But I couldn’t resist. Once I entered the world of the Elder Races, I was hooked—line and sinker—and moved helplessly on to the next and the next. So, here we are with another post inspired by Thea Harrison’s amazing books.   The book in question is Storm’s Heart, within which we learn about Niniane, the heir to the Dark Fae throne, and her Wyr mate, the Thunderbird Tiago. This is one kick ass couple and the story of their mating as Niniane ascends the throne amidst assassination attempts and disgruntled subjects is storytelling as art. One of the most interesting passages in the… READ MORE

A Mother’s Love

A Mother’s Love

I know I write about mothers frequently. Mostly, I write about bad mothers because that was my own early experience — and because the bad or absent mommy is such a reliable trope in fiction – like the classics from the Brothers Grimm to that misogynistic asshole, Walt Disney, and the multitude of dead mothers his stories portray. I get it. As Tolstoy explains, all happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Trials and tribulations make for a good story. If it’s a paranormal romance, of course, the perils of Pauline give way to a well-constructed happily ever after, so it all works out … eventually. So, back to motherhood. I had a mother. I am a mother. The two experiences are, thankfully, vastly different. Today, I’m going to look to one of my very favorite books to illuminate these issues. Yes,… READ MORE

My Kind of Love

My Kind of Love

“So you may say you’re in love with me, but you’re not in love with the same way that I am in love with you. We’re using the same words, but we are not having the same experience…” Said protagonist Sophie Ross in Moonshadow, Thea Harrison’s latest offering from the Elder Races world. I read that passage and every one of my failed romantic relationships flashed before my eyes, not to mention my doomed relationship with my late mother. Sophie summed up much of my life in just a couple of phrases… we may be using the same words but we’re not having the same experience. I don’t think I’ve ever heard it stated more accurately or succinctly. Miscommunication and talking past one another are the downfall of many relationships. More damaging is a misaligned worldview or competing philosophies of life, love, work or parenting. These misalignments and competitions arise because… READ MORE

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