December 2015

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It

Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It

As the year draws to a close, I’m gearing up to set my annual intentions. I prefer intentions to goals, as they seem more flexible — if I fall somewhat short of the mark, as we are all wont to do from time to time, I don’t judge myself as harshly as I would if I don’t achieve a goal. As I contemplate the New Year, and begin to visualize serenity, joy, freedom and happiness, I’m thinking about the meaning of these now – and a year from now — in the hope of positioning myself on the right path for 2016. As you know, I would rather think about fictional characters who speak to my soul rather than real, cacophonous people. So, I’m manifesting the wisdom of Karen Marie Moning’s Jericho Barrons to help chart my 2016 course. Specifically, I’m contemplating the most profound thing Barrons ever said: “There’s… READ MORE

I’m Dreaming of A paranormal Christmas

I’m Dreaming of A paranormal Christmas

​As we are all hopefully cozying up to a Christmas fire, hanging out with family and friends eating lots of delicious food, it seems a good time to think about divinity and the nature of the Divine in my beloved fantasy books. As a former serious student of theology (seven years in a seminary), I’m quite interested in the subject, specifically with respect to the relationship between God and humanity and how different religions and cultures express their beliefs.  I’m always interested in Genesis stories, as well as how a particular tradition experiences time–either as cyclical, including the concepts of karma and reincarnation, or linear, encompassing the notion of time moving forward toward a certain end–as in universal (or selective) salvation. What I find particularly noteworthy in most–but not all–of my paranormal and urban fantasy novels is that a concept of the Divine, with a capital D, is largely missing, which… READ MORE

The Parent Trap

The Parent Trap

I’ve just started Blood Kiss, the first of the Black Dagger Legacy series by JR Ward. I love this book – makes me feel like I’m catching up with well-loved friends with each turn of the page, and meeting some new ones along the way. And I can always count on the inimitable Ms. Ward to provide food for thought and fodder for this blog. Within the first twenty pages of the novel, Abalone, First Adviser to the King, sits contemplating the need to let his beloved daughter, Paradise, live her life on her terms. He fears her failure and consequent disappointment and desperately wishes he could spare her that pain, but he knows that he cannot protect her from herself, her choices or the vagaries of fate. Abalone anguishes in the face of this harsh reality. I can relate. Parenting is often called the toughest job we’ll ever love.… READ MORE

Bargain Hunting

Bargain Hunting

​I know a number of people who are militant about not paying full price. They clip coupons and wait for sales. I’m not one of them. If something I want is, to my mind, fairly priced, I’ll pay that price. I understand that the item might be available elsewhere for less money, but I factor in the time value of money, the inconvenience and stress of comparison shopping, and if the slightly higher price might support an independent vendor over a big box store or an online behemoth like Amazon (don’t get me wrong, I love Amazon, and I have the credit card bills to prove it) I pay the marked price.  But for me, fair is fair and value is value. And value is intrinsic and should not be discounted below its worth. This is especially true when it comes to love and relationships. Bargain hunting with our hearts… READ MORE

Opposites Attract

Opposites Attract

​Do you remember the Paula Abdul song “Opposites Attract?”  Am I dating myself (as in giving away my age, not turning Japanese–quick–name that hit! Okay… I’m here all week… but you likely won’t be if I keep digressing.). Anyway… Today I’m contemplating the phenomenon that birds of a feather don’t actually flock together; they look for birds with different plumage to marry. I certainly did. And most days that’s a good thing. I know from my beloved fantasy books that I’m in good company in my choice. In almost every book I can think of, the hero and heroine are virtually polar opposites. Take a few of my all-time favorite couples, including Pia and Dragos, Mac Lane and Barrons, and Raphael and Elena. Each of these pairings include individuals who could not be more different either in species or characteristics. In Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series, Dragos is an apex… READ MORE

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