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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

It’s Good To Be A Guest

It’s Good To Be A Guest

​I’m a city girl, through and through, Manhattan born and bred. But last weekend, I had an opportunity to experience life in what I have previously (and inappropriately) termed “fly-over” country. I spent the weekend in Northern Mississippi. Which of course inspired me to reread the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris, and to contemplate the concept of hospitality and what it means to be a guest. Coincidentally (or not, as this is my life we’re talking about), the first entry in the Argeneau Vampire series also deals with the issues related to the correct way to treat guests. Apparently, there’s a lot more to it beyond telling those who visit to “make themselves at home.” Of course I knew that, but these books and my recent visit have really brought the point home, so to speak. ​In Dead Until Dark, Sookie Stackhouse and her grandmother, Adele, are poor but… READ MORE

Don’t Fear the Reaper

Don’t Fear the Reaper

​I’m reading a book about a vampire with a blood phobia, which is amusing, as I recently wrote about commitment phobias here.  A Quick Bite, by Lynsay Sands, is a ton of fun and there are many additional books in the series—hallelujah! Other favorite authors, including Karen Marie Moning and Lilo J. Abernathy, have also written about fear. So, I’ve decided the Universe is asking me to look at fear in general and my fear in particular, which may or may not interest you, but which will give you a little insight into the way my brain works (I’m all about the burning bush). There was a time when I was afraid of everything. It was paralyzing. I was raised by a fearful mother, who passed her fear on to me. My mother taught me to be afraid of strangers, which I guess is understandable in New York City.  She… READ MORE

Timing Is Everything

Timing Is Everything

​I’m in between books right now and it’s agonizing. I finished the new Thea Harrison novella, Dragos Goes to Washington (sublime), and the next installment of Rose Montague’s Norma Jean’s School of Witchery (fun). And then …  the purgatory of no books to read.  I’ve written about this malady before once or twice, and it just doesn’t get any easier. If fact, if anything, the whole experience gets more frightening and depressing each time. Frightening because I’ve read that many more books and I’m afraid I’m about to run out, and depressing because if I ever do exhaust the universe of good, fun, compelling paranormal fantasy, what will become of me? I’ll be forced to fall back on my previously preferred genres:  mysteries; police procedurals; and international intrigue. But because I spent so many years ploughing through those categories, I feel like those wells are dry too. I’ve got to… READ MORE

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