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Scaredy Cat Bingo Update: Werewolves, Wizards, and Butlers

I’m making some progress on my book bingo board. Check it out! My recent reads include: The Wizard’s Butler by Nathan Lowell I loved this one. I always enjoy stories that shine the spotlight on a character archetype that’s usually in the background: in this case, a butler. Not that the main character started out as a butler. He just needed a job and didn’t … Continue reading Scaredy Cat Bingo Update: Werewolves, Wizards, and Butlers

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Demons, Vampires, and Lawyers: A Scaredy Cat Bingo Update

Man, October is going by fast. Like I mentioned earlier this month, I’m participating in the Scaredy Cat Bingo reading challenge, and if I want to get a bingo by the 31st, I need to get moving. Here’s my current board: I’ve got two new additions since last week. The first is Biggs, Myer, and the Vampire by E.M. Lacey, which fits nicely on the … Continue reading Demons, Vampires, and Lawyers: A Scaredy Cat Bingo Update

Ereader showing fantasy ebook Weep, Woman, Weep

An Excerpt from Weep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie

Book Description Nothing makes a woman brave except getting on with the business of daily life. ​  A compelling gothic fairytale by bruja and award-winning writer Maria DeBlassie.​​ The women of Sueño, New Mexico don’t know how to live a life without sorrows. That’s La Llorona’s doing.  She roams the waterways looking for the next generation of girls to baptize, filling them with more tears than any woman should have to hold. And there’s not much they can do about the Weeping Woman except to avoid walking along the riverbank at night and to try to keep their sadness in check.  That’s what attracts her to them: the pain and heartache that gets passed down from one generation of women to the next.  ​ Mercy knows this, probably better than anyone.  She lost her best friend to La Llorona and almost found a watery grave herself.  But she survived. Only she didn’t come back quite right and she knows La Llorona won’t be satisfied until she drags the one soul that got away back to the bottom of the river.​​ In a battle for her life, Mercy fights to break the chains of generational trauma and reclaim her soul free from ancestral hauntings by turning to the only things that she knows can save her: plant medicine, pulp books, and the promise of a love so strong not even La Llorona can stop it from happening.  What unfolds is a stunning tale of one woman’s journey into magic, healing, and rebirth. ​​CW: assault, domestic violence, racism, colorism​ Excerpt One time, I was feeling mighty fine and thought I’d try something different. I saw this ad in a magazine where a woman was in an obscenely large bathtub and covered up to the neck in bubbles. This was in a room with a marble floor, and there were candles everywhere, and she had her hair … Continue reading An Excerpt from Weep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie

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Who’s Doing Scaredy Cat Bingo This Year?

Scaredy Cat Bingo is my favorite reading challenge. It just has so many great categories for urban fantasy books. Created by Cats Luv Coffee Book Reviews, it runs all year, but I like to do it in October because it has such cute Halloween vibes. Since it does run all year, I don’t feel bad pre-adding a few books that I finished earlier this year … Continue reading Who’s Doing Scaredy Cat Bingo This Year?