A Thing or Two About the Phoenix

1.  A phoenix can live between 500 and 1000 years, at the end of which it will build a nest and ignite, burn fiercely, and be reborn from its own ashes. 2.  The Roman poet Ovid maintained that the phoenix was not necessarily reborn from its own ashes, but that it would burst into flames [...]

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Dystopian Book Review and Giveaway

It's release day for Nadine Brande's dystopian debut novel, A Time to Die!!  The eBook is available here, and the paperback version is available now, here, for pre-order (releases officially October 1st). Nadine is hosting a Facebook launch party tonight from 4-6 (Pacific Time). She'll be posting some fun things every 10 minutes, and answering questions [...]

A Thing or Two About Unicorns

There are very few mythical creatures considered to be “good” in all different stories, cultures/traditions. But the unicorn is one of them. The unicorn itself represents many things in different stories. Most commonly, the unicorn is a symbol of purity and virtue. In the Middle Ages, the unicorn became a religious symbol, especially in art. [...]

Book Sightings and Library Love

A couple of weeks ago I went to my local library and saw, for the first time ever, my own book on the library shelf! And not just one copy ... two! I was pretty excited, as you can well imagine! When I visited my alumni college (later that same day, as it happens), an [...]

If I Had One Year to Live

In honor of Nadine Brande’s brand new Christian dystopian novel, A Time to Die, I am taking part in the How Would You Live blog hop. Nadine's book is truly special and thrilling, and I will be posting my review of it here on my blog on the day it releases (Sept. 23), along with a [...]

Affection and Concern for a Marshwiggle

It's always with a bit of trembling that I hear of another Narnia movie being produced. Part of my nervousness comes from excitement, part from fear. The creatures and characters of Narnia mean a great deal to me, and I want to know they are in capable, loving hands ... hands that appreciate them for [...]