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Transformative Healing

Transformative Healing

I recently finished the second novel in Faith Hunter’s new Soulwood series, Curse on the Land. I loved it. Nell Ingram is a complex character full of strength and vulnerability and I’m thrilled to be riding along with her as she heals from multiple wounds, both physical and emotional. And, as she evolves, Nell comes to learn that healing changes a person, which seems intuitive. Less intuitive, and more interesting, however, is the second part of her observation, that the agent of healing is also transformed through helping another to come back from trauma.  Given that this is paranormal fantasy, Nell is healed by a tree, not a person. And the changes wrought on her body include roots growing in her stomach, and the tree becoming attached to her in a magical way. So perhaps we in the real world don’t have much in common with Nell in a literal way,… READ MORE

Bad Hombres and Nasty Women

Bad Hombres and Nasty Women

Note:  This is a shamelessly partisan post. I am viscerally, deeply opposed to Donald Trump and an enthusiastic supporter of Hillary Clinton. So if that offends you, stop reading now. I’m reading the new Anita Blake book by Laurell K. Hamilton, Crimson Death. I want to be Anita Blake. I also want to be Mac Lane, Jane Yellowrock, Mercy Thompson, and Meredith Gentry. These are nasty, nasty women in the very best ways possible. And they hook up with some pretty bad hombres, which works for me. This election has provided endless fodder for Saturday Night Live, and I’ve laughed along with everyone else (except for Donald, of course, who has no sense of humor, but I digress). But there are real issues here and it is deeply disturbing that the American populace is becoming inured to each fresh revelation of the revolting actions and attitudes of a presidential candidate who… READ MORE

Speakers of Truth

Speakers of Truth

I’m behind in my blogging for a worthy cause; I’ve read so many good books lately and had so many ideas for blog posts that I’m writing faster than I can post. Which is a wonderful problem to have. Today’s post features the amazing new offering by Faith Hunter, Blood of the Earth. This is a spin-off series that takes place in the world of Jane Yellowrock, but focuses on a new heroine, Nell Ingram. Nell is a complex character with paranormal powers.  We learn about Nell’s evolving abilities right along with her. In addition to all of that, she is a survivor of a cult that married her off to an older man at 15, and now she’s a 23-year old widow.   There is a lot to this book. I can’t recommend it enough. But I digress. As the book progresses, Nell discovers a talent for speaking truth to… READ MORE

Assume the Position

Assume the Position

I’ve just read the latest installment of the Jane Yellowrock series, Broken Soul, by Faith Hunter. And I’m delighted to report that this series is getting better with age, which isn’t always true, so I’m quite happy when it is. And I love Jane. Just like I love Anita Blake, Meredith Gentry, Pia Cuelebre, Mac Lane and Catherine Russell (Cat). These are powerful women who make me swell with pride that I share their chromosomal makeup. I am woman, hear me roar. In Jane’s case, that is a literal statement. There are so many things I enjoy and relate to in these strong, fierce women, and I know I’ll have more to say along the way as we journey together with these blogs. But the subject at hand today is the amazingly realistic way Jane (like Anita, Merry, Cat, and the others before her) assume the mantle of power and… READ MORE

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