June 2015

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

Mixing It Up

Mixing It Up

I’m still enjoying Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound series. The characters are well developed, the world building is interesting, the plots move along nicely and the sex is hot. What more can I ask?  Not much, I’ll tell you. In Ms. Ashley’s world, there are several varieties of shifters, including Feline (cats), Lupine (wolves) and Ursine (bears). Each variety is a souped-up combination of species found in the wild, so each type of shifter already represents a mix. Then, when the shifters are brought in from the wild, they begin to mix with each other and with humans. Talk about your blended families.  This mixology got me thinking about the difficulties that ensue when people from different countries, cultures, religions, races, and ethnicities get together and try to make a go of marriage or committed relationships. I remember my mother warning me about the challenges of interfaith marriage (I don’t think… READ MORE

The Coin of the Realm

The Coin of the Realm

I’m still listening to the Black Dagger Brotherhood and once again, I was struck by the wisdom of JR Ward.  I’m listening to Lover Enshrined, Phury’s book. Phury, IMHO, is one of the greatest characters ever written. He is so complex and so well developed I am sure he exists somewhere out in the world. Except he’s a vampire and a member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, so maybe not. But despite being a badass who lives in a mansion existing at the pinnacle of the social pile, Phury has had a difficult life. And those difficulties have left scars that no amount of health, wealth, friends, family or status can smooth over. Phury is a hot mess, and, in Lover Enshrined, we become privy to his devolution and descent into the abyss of addiction and self-destruction. The way JR Ward describes the reasons behind Phury’s addiction and the inevitable… READ MORE

The Lullaby of Letting Go

The Lullaby of Letting Go

There’s an adage I love that says that nothing I’ve ever let go of didn’t have claw marks on it. There’s another that tells us that we must let go or be dragged  (anyone who’s water skied knows that one). Why is to so very hard to let go, once we’ve got ahold of something, whether it’s a person, a job, an idea or philosophy, a situation, stuff, etc.?  Why do we hold on well past the expiration date of relationships gone bad, situations that have begun to stink with decay and possessions that have turned the tables and now possess us, rather than the other way around? In the fifth installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Lover Unbound, there’s one of those scenes that is so real, it’s like a splash of cold water to the face. To the point where I felt the need to check my makeup… READ MORE

The Burden of Beauty

The Burden of Beauty

I’ve spent my whole life wanting to be beautiful and not making it. In my mother’s world, the one where I spent my formative years, being beautiful was all that really counted—followed closely by being rich, which being beautiful would inevitably achieve. In the world according to my mother, it was never too early to start planning for plastic surgery (she dragged me to have my nose fixed when I was 15), watching my figure like a hawk (which resulted in my developing a major eating disorder), and happily shelling out ridiculous sums of money for couture clothing while balking at buying me a computer for school. The bitch of it  (besides her) was that I never did live up to her standards of beauty and I was therefore always a disappointment to her.  So imagine my surprise as I’m reading the eighth installment of Darynda Jones’ entertaining Charley Davidson… READ MORE

The Politics of Prejudice

The Politics of Prejudice

I’m enjoying a new author, Jennifer Ashley, and the first book of her Shifters Unbound series, Pride Mates. It’s light and airy, mostly, and the perfect antidote to the marvelous but depressingly heavy Robin Hobb trilogy I just finished. But even when an author colors inside the lines of the paranormal fantasy genre, as Ms. Ashley does (and this is not at all a criticism, I read these books with a certain expectation of knowing what to expect), there is a depth to the best of the genre that transcends the stereotypes of strong, independent women, hot alpha males, hotter sex, and inevitable HEAs. In this case, Ms. Ashley writes about beautiful people, who happen also to change into feline and lupine alter egos (or alter bodies, really), and the decidedly not beautiful consequences of prejudice that attend their ability to transform. Ms. Ashley is not the first to explore… READ MORE

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