February 2015

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

Biology is a Benefit

Biology is a Benefit

Having recently revisited an old favorite, I decided to dive right into a new author and a new series. I first discovered Tima Maria Lacoba on Twitter over the past few months. She is an indie author from the other side of the world and her book, Bloodgifted, is the first in a series about the Dantonville vampires. In Tima’s world, vampirism is a curse and the Brethren, as the vampires are known, are working to achieve the conditions to undo the curse and become human once again (well, at least some of the Brethren share this goal). Another interesting aspect of this world is that the central relationship depicts a mutually beneficial exchange wherein the Bloodgifted is destined to feed her guardian vampire and he is obligated to protect her from other Brethren in return (not to mention that her status confers significant anti-aging benefits as well, so that… READ MORE

A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

I’m taking my own FaceBook advice and rereading an old favorite before moving on to a new series. Today’s selection is Dead Until Dark, the first in the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris, on which the HBO True Blood series is based. I love this book. It is the book that started my fascination and love of all things vampire and shapeshifter and fae and witch. Charlaine Harris began her writing career with mysteries, so the book has a murder mystery as the central plot line, which helped ease me into the genre. Not that I needed much easing, mind you. In any case, in rereading Dead Until Dark, I was struck by a central tenet of the plot, the fact that the main character, Sookie Stackhouse, a barmaid in northern Louisiana, also happens to be telepathic. As in she can read people’s thoughts as they are thinking them.… READ MORE

The Muddle of Love

The Muddle of Love

I’m reading the final book in the Sanctum trilogy, The Prophecy. The series has gotten better with each installment, always a nice surprise. And I haven’t finished it yet, so we’ll have to see how Madhuri Blaylock sews it all up into a tidy bow for us, but I’m certainly enjoying the ride along the way to completion. Halfway through the book, however, the aspect that has struck me the most is the number of couples portrayed in the plot, and just how different each of their love stories is. Also quite unexpectedly, this fantasy series is not following the usual (and beloved, don’t get me wrong) patterns of paranormal romance or even urban fantasy. There are many more than one set of lovers, and certainly not all of them are going to get a traditional HEA, or perhaps even any HEA at all. But, as I love surprises, this… READ MORE

There is No “I” in Team

There is No “I” in Team

I just finished the advanced reader copy of the second in the J’Amigos trilogy by Rose Montague. This book is Jane, which follows Jade (Jill will complete the trilogy sometime in the future), and will be available for purchase beginning next week. First let me say that I loved the experience of having an advance copy. I totally felt like I was in the cool kids club. I am in such awe of authors who write the kind of fiction I love to read that I always feel slightly star struck when any author notices me at all. To get this kind of attention feels like I won the jackpot!  I enjoyed this novel, which was written in the best tradition of a buddy story/road trip tale. Jade and Jill are in hot pursuit of a real badass and have lots of adventures along the way. All of which are… READ MORE

Reading Deprivation

Reading Deprivation

I’m on day five of my seven day retreat. And it’s been a trip, even though I’ve barely left this tiny condo. I’ve climbed the mountain and reached the highest peak. I’ve flung myself right off that peak into the dark jaws of the abyss. I’ve dusted myself off and climbed right back up. And so on and so forth. It’s been exhausting. It’s been exhilarating. It’s been transformative. But, I’m guessing you probably don’t care too much about all that, so I will proceed to the topic at hand. Reading. Or the lack thereof. As I’ve mentioned, I decided to explore Julia Cameron’s suggested week of reading deprivation to prime the pump of my creativity. According to her theory, words, for creatives like myself (and like you and everyone else in the world), are anesthetizing little pills that we consume to quash our own creativity as we internalize someone… READ MORE

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