May 2016

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

Born Again

Born Again

I’ve been on a Gerry Bartlett kick, but the books are good and I’m almost finished so I’m going to keep going. The last book (so far) in the series is Real Vampires and the Viking. While the main protagonists, Glory and Jerry, are on their honeymoon in Sweden (those long, winter are great for vampires), they dig up Gunnar, a Viking vampire who’s been asleep for the past 1200 years, buried in the ice.  Poor Gunnar was born once, born again as vampire, and then born a third time when he emerged from the ice to adjust to modern times (this is a popular trope in paranormal fiction—the “Sleeper” phenomenon; very similar to Owen in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series). All of this birthing and rebirthing got me thinking about what it means to be “born again.”  I know that the phrase has specific connotations of the conservative religious… READ MORE

I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night

I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night

I’m finishing up the Real Vampires series by Gerry Bartlett and contemplating a common vampire trope:  the newly turned vampire raring to explore new powers and heightened senses. These newbies are usually a foil for older vampires to demonstrate their wisdom and their restraint or an opportunity for the protagonist to be a hero/heroine. These are always fun scenes. In the Real Vampire books, we have Israel Caine and Sienna Star, neither of whom were too happy to become vampires. In the Sookie Stackhouse novels, the lovely Jessica is turned and goes hog wild with her new abilities. There are others, but the plot points are similar. These new vampires (or werewolves or faeries or witches) are a group of young people (no matter their chronological age) who want to rock and roll all night, and party every day (well, except the vampires who are dead until dark, naturally) and… READ MORE

To Have and to Hold

To Have and to Hold

I’ve just finished another in the Real Vampires series by Gerry Bartlett, Real Vampires Say Read My Hips.  In this installment, our heroine, Glory, has decided to marry her vampire sire, Jerry, and live together as forever lovers. Yippee. About freaking time. However, there are those who don’t want Glory and Jerry to get their HEA, foremost among them Glory’s family. Woe is Glory – and Jerry. Thus, the couple must jump through some pretty major hoops to get to the altar. At several points along the way Glory is sure that Jerry will abandon ship and leave her to her solo fate, seeing her as more trouble than she’s worth. But, as our HEA demands, Jerry never wavers, forcing Glory to confront her fear and let it go once and for all. I can relate. I think many of us can. Who hasn’t felt that we were unworthy of… READ MORE

Motivation and Ambition

Motivation and Ambition

I’ve been thinking about motivation and ambition lately. Mine, my kids’, my husband’s and some of my friends’.  The two concepts are close, but different. Ambition embodies our desires, while motivation gives us the fuel to put forth effort. Sometimes, ambition exists without motivation, and not much happens. Alternatively, motivation without ambition can see us mistaking activity for accomplishment.  We need both. I was reminded of this fact as I finished the latest installment of the Real Vampire series by Gerry Bartlett, Real Vampires Know Size Matters. Finally, after ten books or so, our full-figured heroine, Glory St. Clair, decides to marry her long-time love and find it in herself to want more out of life—generating ambition backed up by the motivation to make it happen. And not a moment too soon; I didn’t think I could take another book where Glory remained ambivalent and victimized. It was time to… READ MORE

Boon Companions

Boon Companions

I’ve been contemplating a quote from Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning lately that states, “Want and responsibility are rarely boon companions.” True statement. It is rare that what we need to do coincides with what we want to do. The whole cultural meme of “TGIF” and working for the weekend says it all. We fantasize about winning the lottery so we can kick our jobs to the curb and tell our bosses to stick it where the sun don’t shine. And then there are domestic jobs—my personal seventh circle of hell—the cooking, the cleaning, the laundry and the never-ending scheduling and chauffeur duties (I loved that David Beckham, when asked what he’d been doing since retiring, admitted he’d become an Uber driver for his kids—I can relate). On top of all of that, we all tend to fill our lives with “have to’s” instead of “want to’s”. And how sad… READ MORE

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