October 2015

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

It’s Good To Be A Guest

It’s Good To Be A Guest

​I’m a city girl, through and through, Manhattan born and bred. But last weekend, I had an opportunity to experience life in what I have previously (and inappropriately) termed “fly-over” country. I spent the weekend in Northern Mississippi. Which of course inspired me to reread the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris, and to contemplate the concept of hospitality and what it means to be a guest. Coincidentally (or not, as this is my life we’re talking about), the first entry in the Argeneau Vampire series also deals with the issues related to the correct way to treat guests. Apparently, there’s a lot more to it beyond telling those who visit to “make themselves at home.” Of course I knew that, but these books and my recent visit have really brought the point home, so to speak. ​In Dead Until Dark, Sookie Stackhouse and her grandmother, Adele, are poor but… READ MORE

Who Wants to Live Forever?

Who Wants to Live Forever?

​Back in March, I wrote about my beloved Beau, a slightly (or maybe more than slightly) overweight “miniature” dachshund who was sick. We were lucky enough to have many more months with him, months stolen from the Grim Reaper, where he was healthy and happy and eating lots of bacon. But this morning he turned his face away from the bacon I offered, and this afternoon we let him go to the big dog run in the sky. And as he passed from this world into the next, I contemplated the concept of immortality and I asked myself the same question posed by the late, great Freddie Mercury, “Who wants to live forever?” And the answer is, I’m not sure. I’m not sure I want to live forever if everyone and everything I love will die before I do. I may well have to throw my lot in with Sookie Stackhouse… READ MORE

Don’t Fear the Reaper

Don’t Fear the Reaper

​I’m reading a book about a vampire with a blood phobia, which is amusing, as I recently wrote about commitment phobias here.  A Quick Bite, by Lynsay Sands, is a ton of fun and there are many additional books in the series—hallelujah! Other favorite authors, including Karen Marie Moning and Lilo J. Abernathy, have also written about fear. So, I’ve decided the Universe is asking me to look at fear in general and my fear in particular, which may or may not interest you, but which will give you a little insight into the way my brain works (I’m all about the burning bush). There was a time when I was afraid of everything. It was paralyzing. I was raised by a fearful mother, who passed her fear on to me. My mother taught me to be afraid of strangers, which I guess is understandable in New York City.  She… READ MORE

Timing Is Everything

Timing Is Everything

​I’m in between books right now and it’s agonizing. I finished the new Thea Harrison novella, Dragos Goes to Washington (sublime), and the next installment of Rose Montague’s Norma Jean’s School of Witchery (fun). And then …  the purgatory of no books to read.  I’ve written about this malady before once or twice, and it just doesn’t get any easier. If fact, if anything, the whole experience gets more frightening and depressing each time. Frightening because I’ve read that many more books and I’m afraid I’m about to run out, and depressing because if I ever do exhaust the universe of good, fun, compelling paranormal fantasy, what will become of me? I’ll be forced to fall back on my previously preferred genres:  mysteries; police procedurals; and international intrigue. But because I spent so many years ploughing through those categories, I feel like those wells are dry too. I’ve got to… READ MORE

I’m All In

I’m All In

​I just finished my fist reading of Dragos Goes to Washington, the next (short) installment in the Elder Races series by Thea Harrison. At the risk of sounding like a total loser fan girl in serious need of a life, I adored this novella and I’m sure I’ll read it several more times over the next couple of months. I could not, and did not put it down from page one till the bittersweet end (bitter because I have to wait another month for the next novella, sweet because, hey, it’s PNR and everybody gets an HEA–except the bad guys, of course–they just get dead). With respect to Pia and Dragos and all the rest of the Elder Races, I’m all in.  Just like Thea Harrison describes Pia and her dragon mate, “When they were together, they were all in…” Being all in is the best place to be. And… READ MORE

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