Category Archives: Ramblings, rants etc.

Bitten: How infidelity is excused if the protagonists do it

This isn’t a general post on the topic. I was re-reading Bitten from the Otherworld series by Kelly Armstrong and I recalled how much I initially disliked Elena. Eventually of course I loved her, but it was the first 70% … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Bennet talks some sense into Margaret Hale/ When a North&South Miss meets a Pride&Prejudice Mrs/ fun made-up dialogue

The dialogue below is not my work, but taken from the blog What Would Lizzie Bennet Do?  After Margaret Hale rejects the ardent and smoldering Mr Thornton, our Liz Bennet, the newly wedded Mrs Elizabeth Darcy takes her to hand … Continue reading

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The second question I asked Ilona Andrews

My second question is – how do you two work together? I’ve wanted to ask this for a long time, and maybe you’ve already answered this somewhere. You can just give me the link, if you have. I always considered … Continue reading

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Ilona Andrews gives her take on narrative ‘voices’

I wrote to Ilona Andrews for advice on my writing, and the authors graciously answered me on their blog. My question was the following: “I know the best advice given to new/young writers is read, read, read and write, write, … Continue reading

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From Austenland (a surprising funny in the only enjoyable bit)

“What are you doing?” “Ya!” said Jane, whirling around, her hands held up menacingly. It was Mr. Nobley with coat, hat, and cane, watching her with wide eyes. Jane took several quick (but oh so casual) steps away from Martin’s … Continue reading

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Assassin Study [A Valek story] by Maria V. Snyder

Yelena, the heroine of Maria V. Snyder’s stunning debut novel Poison Study, is on her way to her ancestral homeland of Sitia to be reunited with her family and to learn more about her magical powers. An order of execution hangs over … Continue reading

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Power Study [An Ari and Janco story] by Maria V. Snyder

CHAPTER ONE “Holy snow cats! Will ya look at the crowd.” Janco whistled in amazement. Although Janco had the annoying tendency to exaggerate, Ari agreed with his partner. “Must be a record.” “They must think we’ll be easier to beat.” … Continue reading

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