January 2016

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

The Four Faces of Fear

The Four Faces of Fear

​I’ve decided to savor my “to be read” list, so I’m saving the cream of the crop for my next vacation— if I can wait that long. The excitement is just about killing me. I’ve got two offerings by Thea Harrison, a new Iron Druid novel, and, of course, Karen Marie Moning’s newest book, Feverborn, which I’m positively salivating to read. To keep the hunger pains at bay for now, I’m rereading Burned, which I’ve only read once (unlike the first five Fever books, which I’ve read at least five times each). As you know, I live in abject fear that I will run out of great paranormal urban fantasy books, leaving me bereft and desperate. I’m sure there’s a name for this, like aneobibliophobia—fear of no new books. What do you think?  Can we start a meme? Anyway, my fear that I will run out of amazing stories in… READ MORE

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

​I went to a yoga retreat with one of my closest friends in Costa Rica, one of my favorite places. I love yoga; it’s changed my life. So I was expecting fireworks. Ecstasy. Inner transformation and killer abs. Bliss, right? Well… not so much. This trip was nothing that I expected. It’s possible it was everything I needed, but that remains to be seen, and, frankly, I’m doubtful. Moreover, I was there a freaking week and only got one book read, Darynda Jones’ Dirt on Ninth Grave, the latest in the Charley Davidson series. Thankfully, it was excellent, although it wasn’t anything I was expecting, either. Sometimes that’s okay, and sometimes it’s not. In yoga, they talk a lot about letting go of expectations. Unmet expectations usually create suffering. I can testify that this is true. Suffering takes us out of the present moment, which is not a good thing.… READ MORE

Newton’s Third Law

Newton’s Third Law

I’m not much for science. Haven’t studied it since high school and did not excel at it even when my brain was younger. But it turns out that sometimes what we learned in high school math and science can be useful, contrary to what we thought to ourselves (or even dared say out loud) during Algebra II, “This is so DUMB! When will I EVER need this in real life?”  Come on, all of us said it. We were wrong. Today I’m contemplating Newton’s Third Law of Motion: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This holds true in real life, and it more or less applies to my beloved paranormal and urban fantasy novels. Even in my make-believe worlds, what goes up, must come down.  This truth in fantasy is what separates the high octane from the decaf among authors, in my opinion. I love it… READ MORE

Forced Intimacy

Forced Intimacy

​Christie Brinkley has been all over the news lately because although she is 60 years old, she looks 30 in photographs. And while she’s best known for being highly ornamental (which is my least favorite thing for a woman to be known for), she’s also been in the news on other occasions, such as when she and her then boyfriend, Rick Taubman, were in a helicopter crash in the Colorado mountains. After the crash, Brinkley married Taubman and gave birth to their son, only to get divorced eight months after the wedding. Why am I discussing a former supermodel’s love life? It’s because I’ve been thinking about high adrenaline situations that lead to a false sense of intimacy, which in turn leads some to mistake what should be only a moment for forever. That’s what happened to poor Ms. Brinkley. It’s also happened to some of my favorite fictional friends. The… READ MORE

A Hostess with the Mostess

A Hostess with the Mostess

​I’m still enjoying the Quincy Harker novella series by John Hartness. I especially like Quincy’s irreverent attitude and general ‘badass-ery’.  Maybe a novel length Harker story would be too much of a good thing, like when Dave Barry turned his hilarious columns into a book-length rant, but it’s possible I would enjoy this character in a more developed plot with additional back story and maybe a bit of romance thrown into the mix. Make it so, Mr. Hartness. Pretty please? Anyhoo, now, onto my point, which is the plot of book two in the series, Straight to Hell. In this novella, Quincy must avert the end of the world by preventing the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from riding off into the sunset and triggering Revelation in all its glory. Q and his team deal with Pestilence and Famine pretty handily, but War and Death give them a run for… READ MORE

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