Molly Harper

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Worst Case Scenario 

Worst Case Scenario 

I just finished Molly Harper’s hilarious new novel, Where the Wild Things Bite. Another laugh out loud experience with the denizens of Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky, a fictional southern town I’d love to visit, right after I get to Bon Temps, Louisiana. The vast majority of the book takes place in a wilderness with just two people, Anna, a human and Finn, a vampire. They’ve been in a plane crash and they are trying to get back to civilization.  What makes this book work so well—especially for me—is the absolute accuracy with which Ms. Harper has captured the behaviors and thinking patterns of the human sub-species called homo neurotico. Anna is such a familiar character to me that I’m sure I need to worry about my mental health. More than I already do, that is.  Anna is the product of a highly controlling mother and an absent father.  Sound familiar?… READ MORE

The Changing of the Guard

The Changing of the Guard

I took a wee break from the Lords of the Underworld series to whip through Molly Harper’s latest offering, Big Vamp on Campus. As you know, I love Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky, and all its wacky inhabitants. This installment of the series focused on Ophelia, the scary 400-year old teenaged vampire who used to run the Vampire Council. Ophelia was a bad vampire, and now she’s being creatively punished. Ophelia has been sentenced to college to learn how to live among humans and her fellow vamps in something approximating harmony. Either she is brought down a notch and learns to co-exist or she will get a stake in her heart which provides sufficient motivation for her to at least try to go along to get along. Her defenses were higher than the ice wall in Game of Thrones, and breaching those walls is going to take considerable time and effort. I… READ MORE

Parenting 101

Parenting 101

​I am the mother of almost 16 year-old twin boys. They’re good boys, and I love them beyond reason. I like to think that I’ve learned a thing or three over the years. I also like to think that I do a reasonably good job as a parent. What I didn’t think was that I’d be offered parenting advice from one of my wonderful paranormal fantasy novels. But I would have been wrong about that. I’ve just finished Molly Harper’s fourth installment of her Half Moon Hollow series, The Single Undead Mom’s Club, which I wrote about here. Fun read. Halfway through, I was struck by a piece of wisdom voiced by Wade, the hot, single, human dad who has feelings for the newly undead widowed mom, Libby. Wade explained to Libby, “Bein’ a parent is a constant cycle of gettin’ yer ass handed to ya. Anytime you think you’re… READ MORE

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

​I’m reading the fourth installment of Molly Harper’s Half Moon Hollow series, The Single Undead Mom’s Club. I love Molly Harper’s books; they are lighthearted, fun stories that contain deeper truths for those who care to look (for those who don’t, that’s fine, too, but it’s nice that they’re there for those who like their fantasy with a side of truth, like me!). This book is about a mother who gets terminal cancer after her husband dies (I know, not particularly lighthearted, but Ms. Harper doesn’t dwell on these sad facts—they just set up her story). The protagonist, Libby Stratton, decides to solve her problems with a sire-by-hire, a vampire paid to turn her into a blood-sucking creature of the night who also happens to be immortal—or at least cancer-free. Apparently, this is a no-no in the vampire world, so Libby is getting some supervision, up close and personal, from… READ MORE

The Giggles of Girlfriends

The Giggles of Girlfriends

I’m reading my last Molly Harper book (at least until she writes another one, which will be soon, I hope). This one is called Better Homes and Hauntings and it focuses on ghosts rather than my beloved vampires, weres and fae. So while this one probably won’t go down in the all time hall of fame, I’m particularly enjoying the author’s portrayal of female friendships and the joys thereof. For me, there is nothing quite like the happiness to be found in laughing hysterically with a close girlfriend and having that laughter feed off itself, becoming magnified by being passed back and forth till you’ve got tears running down your face and snot erupting out of your nose. Not pretty, I know, but that is the beauty of female friendships–it’s OK to look hideous while crying with mirth. In fact, the mucous adds to the merriment. Disgusting but true. I experienced this… READ MORE

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