Friday, October 30, 2015


Yay! It's finally here!  "A Faerie's Revenge," which is Rachel Morgan's fifth book in the bestselling Creepy Hollow series.  Can I just tell you how much I love these books?  I discovered them a couple of years ago when I read "The Faerie Guardian," and I completely fell in love with Rachel's writing, and the Creepy Hollow world.

I was content to read, over and over again, "The Faerie Guardian," "The Faerie Prince," and "The Faerie War," to get my Creepy Hollow fix. So I about peed my pants with excitement when Ms. Morgan announced she was writing six more Creepy Hollow books!

And I was not disappointed.  "A Faerie's Secret" picked up about ten years after "The Faerie War," and introduced me to Calla, the main character of the next three books in the Creepy Hollow series. I fell in love with Calla as a female heroine, and when "A Faerie's Secret" ended, I was so bummed I had to wait for the next book.

But I'm so glad I was patient, because "A Faerie's Revenge" was fantastic and continued Calla's story so masterfully. There was awesome action and incredible magical world-building.  But what I loved the most was how masterful the characters, relationships, and plot were developed. The hesitant romance between Calla and Chase was swoon worthy and believable. The way trust, forgiveness, and the allowance of second chances played into their relationship was so realistic. These qualities gave "A Faerie's Revenge" a depth that I expect to find in Rachel's stories.

 Another way "A Faerie's Revenge" brought depth to Calla's story was how she was faced with real ethical challenges in her role as a guardian. Calla's journey on how she faces those challenges made the story that much more engaging. Calla is a strong female heroine.  But she is challenged with questions of whether or not "the good guys" are really the good guys.  Especially when she witnesses first hand "the bad guys" being the only ones in the the faerie world who make a difference by standing up for what is right.

Calla's story is complicated and so perfectly detailed with action, hesitant romance, the bonds of family and friends, and the reality of trying to figure out who she really is and what she stands for.  It's about redemption, and forgiving those who have made mistakes, even when those mistakes are ginormous.  And of course, it's about romance, the kind that lasts and everyone hopes for.

So, do yourself a favor and get lost in the Creepy Hollow world by reading Calla's story in "A Faerie's Revenge," and be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win one Creepy Hollow paperback and signed Creepy Hollow swag.

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Rachel Morgan is a South African author who spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics,she decided science wasn’t for her—after all, they didn’t approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults and those young at heart. She is the author of the bestselling Creepy Hollow series, and the lighthearted contemporary romance Trouble series.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015


I just wanted to share some of my most recent good entertainment finds.

"All The Light We Cannot See" won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, and it's not wonder why it did. I just finished this book, and I loved it for so many reasons. But most of all, I loved it for how it taught me to recognize that there are so many wonderful things, in my life, that are filled with light, that I am not seeing. If you haven't read it, read it. You'll be a better person for it.

My hubby and I watched The Martian, and despite the swearing, we loved it for its wonderful message of determination to keep moving forward, even if' it's just for one day at a time.  We also loved it for how it showed what humans are capable of they put their minds to it.  A very fun movie!

I just reread "Fahrenheit 451" and I wanted to share some of my favorite lines.  They aren't necessarily awe inspiring, but they spoke to me of the power and beauty that can be found in words when they are crafted together perfectly.

"Her dress was white and whispered."

"Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine." (Bradbury quoting Jules Verne)

"He lay far across from her, on a winter island separated by an empty sea."

"We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed.  As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over." (Bradbury quoting James Boswell)

Aren't those just fabulous! I love good books.

In my Shakespeare class I've discovered that the history plays are some of my favorites.  I've especially fallen in love with Henry V.  Let me tell you why.

Henry V is a play about a man who finds himself a king, and desperately tries to figure out what makes him noble.  He has to leave off the frivolity of his youth to be noble, but he struggles with knowing when and how to be merciful and full of justice.  Although he questions what makes him worthy to be king, he gives glory to God at all times, ever acknowledging his weaknesses.  What an awesome historical figure.

And my love for awesome noble men leads me to my latest movie find.

Brock and I just watched Bridge of Spies.  It was such a fabulous show, and portrayed the true events of James Donovan representing a Russian spy, named Rudolf Abel.

What I loved most about this movie was the argument that Mr. Donovan made in favor of defending Mr. Abel.  When Donovan stood before the Supreme Court he said, "Mr. Abel has acted as a true Russian spy. He has not divulged any of his country's secrets.  He has been loyal to the war he is fighting for. Shouldn't the United States government be loyal to the war they are fighting for and honor what they stand for in believing that all people should be represented fairly, and give Mr. Abel a fair trial?" (You just witnessed a lot of paraphrasing)

Obviously standing up for a Russian's rights was a hard thing to do at the height of The Cold War, but I loved the message.  At one point in the show Tom Hanks, acting as James Donovan, says to a CIA agent trying to convince Mr. Donovan that there are no rules the government has to follow when it comes to espionage, "My heritage stems from Ireland, and your heritage stems from Germany, but we are both American.  And what makes us American's?  It's our belief in The Constitution that says there are rules Americans follow and believe in, especially when it comes to individual human rights."

I loved this. It's not always convenient to stand up for what it right, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't speak out.

So there you have it.  Thanks for letting me share some of my good entertainment finds.  See! We're surrounded by wonderful things filled with light.