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    Book Review: Swallowtail by Brenna Twohy

    Swallowtail by Brenna Twohy

    Once upon a time, whilst perusing Netgalley, a starving reader came across a magical collection of — Hold up. This is NOT how this fairytale of poetic adventure went. Well, mostly. It’s true I stumbled on Swallowtail while searching through ransacking Netgalley. It’d been awhile since I’ve stepped outside my circle of favorite poets and I wanted to give new voices a chance to win over my heart. Lo and behold, there it was. A stunning cover with a butterfly thing on it grabbed my attention and, without even reading the blurb (as I sometimes ignore), I requested it. And received it. Go me! In truth, there’s so much to say…

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    Book Review: Rain & Embers by Ali Nuri

    I was excited to read Rain & Embers because finding a collection of poetry that I really enjoy has proven difficult for me in the past. But Nuri’s book had the perfect formatting for me. The poems were not too short to where I barely understood the meaning, and not to long so that I didn’t get lost or lose interest. I also had yet to read a poetry book with these themesand it intrigued me. What I Liked: Rain & Embers is an easy to read, easy to feel collection of poetry. It didn’t take long for me to gather the themes and emotions of this book. I enjoyed…

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    Benevolent by Erin Jensen | A Review

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    In truth, it has taken me an ridiculously long time to post this review, but by golly, here it is! The tale of how Benevolent came to be in my possession is a quaint one: Erin Jensen, the author, reached out to me, asking if I’d be willing to review her novel. A novel, she explained, that was inspired by the CW series Supernatural. And, more specifically, by Castiel. Did you hear that? A NOVEL INSPIRED BY CASTIEL! Have I not been shouting into the cavern of literature for years, demanding such a treasure?! Is this fate? Am I dreaming? Needless to say, it became clear to me as I read…

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    The Pooka and the Fenodyree: Two Obscure Creatures from Celtic Mythology|The Folklore Files

    Celtic mythology teems with colorful creatures, from the tall, beautiful, godlike Tuatha De Danann (who inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s elven race) to the trickster Far Darrig (who inspired one of the most beloved characters I’ve written). Granted, my version of the Red One of Irish myth is less of a mischievous elf and more of a hottie Fae trickster.   In the course of my research for my contemporary fantasy trilogy, I delved deep into Celtic mythology and ancient Irish history. It would take a year’s worth of blog posts to explore it all, so I’ll give you a taste of two lesser-known entities in the realm of Irish myth.   The Pooka  According to Celtic folklore, the Puca or Pooka…

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