November 2015

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

The Lost Art of Courtesy

The Lost Art of Courtesy

​I’m reading Book Eight in G.A. Aiken’s Dragon Kin series, Feel the Burn. This installment focuses on Kachka, a (rather fierce) human, and Gaius Lucius Domitus an Iron Dragon and the Rebel King. As always, it’s an entertaining story of dragon shifters living in a world with two suns and many gods. This time, the war is religious rather than political and thus the carnage is commensurately greater. And, as always it’s a satisfying read that engages my intellect while satisfying my craving for a good story with interesting characters all the while providing grist for the mill of my blog. In Feel the Burn, Kachka is a daughter of the Steppes: rough-hewn, tough and no nonsense. Kachka and her sisters live close to the land in a society dominated by women. Men serve them and raise their children and there seems little purpose or desire for common courtesy. They… READ MORE

The Gift of Gratitude

The Gift of Gratitude

This post is dedicated to my readers—THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for spending some of your precious time with me. I also wish to express my deep thanks to my husband, Michael, and my friend and editor, Amy Sommer, without whose support this blog would be impossible. I just took a moment to read through my post from last year at this time. And the first thought that jumped to mind is that this is my second Thanksgiving blog post, and how cool is that? My second thought was that I’ve learned a thing or two about gratitude over the past year, and I’d like to share. I used to think that the other side of gratitude was ingratitude—an absence of appreciation for that which we have and that which we are. And, of course, at a superficial level, this is true. When we are not feeling… READ MORE

Reality and Romance

Reality and Romance

As part of my research for the book I’m writing based on this blog, I’m reading Everything I Know About Love I Learned From Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell. It’s an interesting book whose thesis, that the romance genre has much to teach us about life, love and relationships, mirrors my own (well, she was first, so I guess mine mirrors hers). I was particularly struck by a passage from romance writer Loretta Chase that listed the differences between reality and romance: “In real life, men compartmentalize; in a romance, most of the compartments are filled with Her. In real life, men are easily distracted by, say, golf or a football game, when their women are trying to tell them something; in a romance, the hero is totally distracted by Her.” Interesting perspective, and probably true, but I would like to pull this string a bit and see where it… READ MORE

It Was Just My Imagination

It Was Just My Imagination

Albert Einstein, who knew a thing or two, said imagination is more important than knowledge. “Logic,” Einstein opined, “Will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”  I’ve been thinking a lot about imagination, courtesy of one of my favorite characters, Thea Harrison’s Pia Cuelebre. I’ve just finished reading Dragos Goes to Washington for the fourth or fifth time, and damn if I don’t glean something new from every reading. This time, I noticed how often Pia called attention to her failure of imagination. At the beginning of the novella, her focus is on how she could never have imagined her life turning out as it did. Later, she notes that she cannot imagine having to move the entirety of her people to another dimension. And finally, a lack of imagination results in her inability to see the truth that is right in front of her. The… READ MORE

CHange and Pain

CHange and Pain

My work here is to reveal the universal truths I’ve processed through the prism of paranormal and urban fantasy. So, I usually avoid politics and current events in this space. Therefore, I won’t comment on the recent attacks in Paris, except to say that my heart goes out to all the victims, and my prayers go out to our troubled world. My topic today is the relationship between pain and change, and whether the two must be inexorably linked. My hope is that we can separate the two, and affect change without first being beaten into submission by pain. I started down this particular path as I listened to the first novel in Kresley Cole’s fabulous “Immortals After Dark” series, A Hunger Like No Other (a title I actually like – surprise). In the book, Emma, our half vampire/half Valkyrie heroine, recalls an early childhood lesson. With her vampire nature, the… READ MORE

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