All

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Another

If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Another

Life has gotten in the way. I’m quite behind on my reading and my writing. New job, kids home for the summer, new toys to play with and fix…. It’s all good, but it’s wreaking havoc with my schedule and my routine. I’m also sad. I hate to be interrupted when reading the next book in Shayne Silver’s Nate Temple supernatural thriller series. But life didn’t ask me before it kept me away from Beast Master, which is gearing up to be the most compelling book so far, and the message of the story resonates; if it’s not one thing, it’s another. I know I’m dating myself when I remember Rosanne Rosannadanna, the hilarious character created by the inimitable Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live. Rosanne was known to go off on tangents and when questioned about the relevance of her comments to the topic at hand, she would state… READ MORE

Using Our Power for Good

Using Our Power for Good

I’m still thinking about Shayne Silvers’ Silver Tongue, one of the Nate Temple supernatural thriller series. The book explores some deep themes, as I wrote about last week, and I’m still exploring its depths. In this post, I’d like to discuss reliance on one aspect of our power—whether that be supernatural power or the more mundane like beauty, brains or brawn. It’s an interesting issue, and a bad habit to which many of us succumb. As Nate Temple tells us, “When you know you can use your powers to get what you want, you can very easily find that you are using it for every single situation. You need to use your mind, values, morals. Your power isn’t the be-all, end-all.” From the mouths of fictional characters… easier said than done, Master Temple.  I was a physically unattractive child, all gangly limbs, sharp angles and a nose that earned me… READ MORE

A Good Man

A Good Man

I’m back to the supernatural world of Nate Temple, and glad to be here with Silver Tongue, the fourth book in Shayne Silvers’ series.  The growing complexity of the series is gratifying and this book tackles some of the most complex issues of all: early in the novel someone asks Nate, “What does being a good man mean to you?”  Nate replies, “It’s becoming more unclear as the years go by.”  This is deep truth—truth in fantasy. As all outstanding fantasy does, Silver Tongue reflects reality, together with a big dose of analytical exploration. What does it mean to be a good man or a good woman? The question brought me up short. Most of us think ourselves to be “good” people, at least deep down. I doubt my readers are comprised of murderers and rapists, kidnappers or professional thieves. So, we can take that kind of black and white… READ MORE

They Really Like Us!

They Really Like Us!

I tried. I did. I intended to read only the first book, just for a little pick-me-up. And then move on to the rest of my TBR list, which is beginning to virtually rival the Empire State Building in height (only because I read on my Kindle). But I couldn’t resist. Once I entered the world of the Elder Races, I was hooked—line and sinker—and moved helplessly on to the next and the next. So, here we are with another post inspired by Thea Harrison’s amazing books.   The book in question is Storm’s Heart, within which we learn about Niniane, the heir to the Dark Fae throne, and her Wyr mate, the Thunderbird Tiago. This is one kick ass couple and the story of their mating as Niniane ascends the throne amidst assassination attempts and disgruntled subjects is storytelling as art. One of the most interesting passages in the… READ MORE

A Mother’s Love

A Mother’s Love

I know I write about mothers frequently. Mostly, I write about bad mothers because that was my own early experience — and because the bad or absent mommy is such a reliable trope in fiction – like the classics from the Brothers Grimm to that misogynistic asshole, Walt Disney, and the multitude of dead mothers his stories portray. I get it. As Tolstoy explains, all happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Trials and tribulations make for a good story. If it’s a paranormal romance, of course, the perils of Pauline give way to a well-constructed happily ever after, so it all works out … eventually. So, back to motherhood. I had a mother. I am a mother. The two experiences are, thankfully, vastly different. Today, I’m going to look to one of my very favorite books to illuminate these issues. Yes,… READ MORE

Sign up to receive the latest blog posts and my FREE guide to finding truth in fantasy + manifesting your dreams into reality.

You have Successfully Subscribed!