Honored Beyond Words! Black Cat, Blue Sea Award (and my nominations for the same)

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I am speechless with gratitude to Sophie at Blame Chocolate for nominating me to share in the Black Cat, Blue Sea Award. I love her blog, and if you check it out you’ll see that she encourages blogger community, and her reviews are fun and thoughtful. I wholeheartedly recommend you follow them like I do! Thanks so much, Sophie!

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8 Reading Recommendations (& 2 Poems) for Mabon/Winter Finding

Mabon is the Second Harvest, the autumn equinox, the last hurrah of summer. Named for the Welsh god Mabon ap Modron, it is a time to celebrate the harvest and the fruits of the labor that gives us sustenance. It is also a time to venerate the crone aspect of the goddess, the Dark Mother. Below are some recommendations for books that have given me perspective on womanhood, aging, the darkness, darker aspects of human will, etc. Happy Winter Finding, and Merry Mabon! May we all benefit from a crone’s wisdom today, on Mabon, and may the things we harvest sustain us all through the approaching cold dark of winter.

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#TopTenTuesday: 10 of My Favorite Haunting/Creepy/Cozy Alt-Country & Folk Songs to Welcome Fall

I love making lists, and I love especially making playlists. My favorite season is fall, and my husband and I have a tradition of making and mailing fall mixtapes as part of our celebration of the Fall Equinox/Winter Finding.

Here are my Top 10 Favorite Haunting/Creepy/Cozy Alt-Country & Folk Songs to Welcome Fall. Give them a listen and recommend me some! If you want to take part in #TopTenTuesdays, head over to The Broke and Bookish.

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Biggest Book Disappointment of the Year: A Review of Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

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Details and Synopsis
My Rating: 3/5 stars
US Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
17 year-old Ismae is marked by St. Martain, the saint-god of death, because she survived her mother’s attempted abortion. She bears this mark physically in a gruesome scar, and in the otherworldly abilities she has yet to acknowledge. A medieval woman living in Brittany, she’s married off in an agreement between her abusive father and an equally horrible man who shows Ismae on their wedding night that he will not only continue her father’s brutal treatment, he’s going to add to it. Thankfully, she’s smuggled away by adherents of St. Martain, and taken to His convent of assassin nuns. There she’s trained to do her part to keep Brittany’s sovereignty from the kingdom of France, but the path she walks is full of treachery, politics, love, and other dangerous things.

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#TopTenTuesday: Top Ten ALL TIME Weird Fiction Favorites

You wouldn’t know it to look at my fledgling book review blog here, but I do read things outside YA fantasy. I’ve recently discovered the wonderful world of YA, though, and I’m smitten. But truly if I had to pick my favorite genre it’d be dark fantasy, and specifically weird fiction. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “Top 10 All Time Favorite Books of X Genre.” I’m submitting the following from weird fiction:

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Women and Vocation: A Mini Review of Eolyn by Karin Rita Gastreich

US Publisher: Orb Weaver Press, 2011

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Wander, my daughter. A woman’s path is made by wandering.”

I found Eolyn on the Kindle store for $1.99, and it was so nice to start a book knowing absolutely nothing about it beyond its short Amazon blurb. There was no hype for it to live up to, and now that it’s over that makes me sad because it’s a really good book.

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