Nalini Singh

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I’m Dreaming of A paranormal Christmas

I’m Dreaming of A paranormal Christmas

​As we are all hopefully cozying up to a Christmas fire, hanging out with family and friends eating lots of delicious food, it seems a good time to think about divinity and the nature of the Divine in my beloved fantasy books. As a former serious student of theology (seven years in a seminary), I’m quite interested in the subject, specifically with respect to the relationship between God and humanity and how different religions and cultures express their beliefs.  I’m always interested in Genesis stories, as well as how a particular tradition experiences time–either as cyclical, including the concepts of karma and reincarnation, or linear, encompassing the notion of time moving forward toward a certain end–as in universal (or selective) salvation. What I find particularly noteworthy in most–but not all–of my paranormal and urban fantasy novels is that a concept of the Divine, with a capital D, is largely missing, which… READ MORE

Opposites Attract

Opposites Attract

​Do you remember the Paula Abdul song “Opposites Attract?”  Am I dating myself (as in giving away my age, not turning Japanese–quick–name that hit! Okay… I’m here all week… but you likely won’t be if I keep digressing.). Anyway… Today I’m contemplating the phenomenon that birds of a feather don’t actually flock together; they look for birds with different plumage to marry. I certainly did. And most days that’s a good thing. I know from my beloved fantasy books that I’m in good company in my choice. In almost every book I can think of, the hero and heroine are virtually polar opposites. Take a few of my all-time favorite couples, including Pia and Dragos, Mac Lane and Barrons, and Raphael and Elena. Each of these pairings include individuals who could not be more different either in species or characteristics. In Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series, Dragos is an apex… READ MORE

Moves Like Jagger

Moves Like Jagger

I saw the Rolling Stones in concert last night in Raleigh, North Carolina. The tickets and the trip were a 50th birthday gift from my beloved husband, who knows how much I love the Stones and Mick Jagger in particular. And let me just say this right up front: I will be eternally grateful that Mick still has great hair and not an ounce of fat on him. He may not be moving like he did when I was seventeen and saw him for the first time at Madison Square Garden, but then again, neither am I. If I’m in half as good shape as he is when I hit my seventies, I will be a happy girl. But I’ve digressed before I’ve even started. Toward the end of the concert, Mick told the audience (which was composed of people as old or older than me, some of whom brought… READ MORE

It’s Just a Matter of Trust

It’s Just a Matter of Trust

I just finished the fourth offering in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. The books are getting better and better. Always the mark of a truly gifted author. This one, Mine to Possess (commence eye-rolling now), is not really a Psy-Changeling story, as one half of the romantic pairing is (mostly) human (with, as usual, a little bit of something extra). The story centers on a couple who knew each other as abused children who survive a violent past together, but are then lost to each other for twenty years. When they come together again, there is a significant amount of betrayal to overcome between them, as well as the dysfunction produced by the tragedies in their shared and separate pasts. Deep stuff. And the larger back-story running throughout the series is also extremely complex and thought provoking. The primary issue that captured my attention in this novel is the creation, destruction… READ MORE

Alpha Girls Rule The World

Alpha Girls Rule The World

I just finished Nalini Singh’s Branded by Fire, one of her Psy-Changeling novels. And oh, my God, can I relate to Mercy–alpha female, strong, independent and capable(just like another Mercy I know by Patricia Briggs—another of my favs). But it seems that strong, independent women get shit from everyone. If one does not happen to belong to a pack of predatory shapeshifters, as Mercy does and I do not, being an alpha female can be very difficult. In the real world, strong independent women are seen as ball-busting bitches. No one thinks twice about calling you aggressive or saying, “No one likes you.”  What I’ve actually found is that it is only the people who are threatened by female strength who are the ones who don’t like us. But it still hurts when people are nasty just because they think they can be.  Female strength is often equated with a… READ MORE

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