What We’re Reading: Divine by Mistake

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I am a fan of the talented Ms. Cast. Her House of Night series co-written with daughter Kristin lines the top shelf of my bookcase. I haven’t jumped into this series yet, but, I am eager to get my hands on a copy.

The first installment of the Patrholon series, Diving by Mistake is a recommended book for readers who enjoy mythology. Originally titled Goddess By Mistake. We meet high school teacher Shannon Parker wasn’t used to an exciting life in the public eye. The most excitement she expected was a shopping excursion while on vacation. The purchase of a vase with the Celtic Goddess Epona, sends Shannon to the world of Partholon.

As doppelganger to the ruling goddess, Shannon soon finds out that all of her pampering comes with a price. She is betrothed to a centaur and is faced with was against rivals the evil Fomorians. Despised by everyone else as her look a like, Shannon must discover how to return home before it’s too late.

This may be the very next book that I read, the series is a definite TBR.

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Have you read Divine By Mistake? The Nightshade Trilogy? What did you think?

 

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Blu Books – Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

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I stumbled upon this series completely by accident. My mother is the biggest Harry Potter Fan I know. One Christmas long after the series had ended while waiting for either the fifth or sixth movie I was looking for a gift for my mother the book worm. To my shock this series has nothing to do with Harry Potter. In fact the only thing the two series have to do with each other is that both books reference Flamel and his elixir of life.   


This collection also has two stand – alone novellas. Making it an eight or nine part series.


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The series written by Irish author Michael Scott delves into the realm of mythology featuring a pending apocalypse magical twins. As far as stats go this book is a  young adult thriller-fantasy fiction. The books have been nominated for various teen literary and reader’s awards. The film rights to the series have been bought by AMPCO Films.


I love my epic books and this series shows a world being thrust into the brink of extinction by ancient deities with even more backstory than we ever knew. I could say Michael Scot is one of my favorites off of this series alone. This series features Egyptian mythology as well as American folklore blended perfectly to give way to this fantastical tale of incarnations  and a of literal good and evil ensures this book if crammed with fantasy elements.wp-image-544243400


The Alchemyst, focuses on the lives of Sophie and Josh Newman, fraternal twins whose boring summer jobs and regular lives working for the Fleming’s comes to a shocking and adventurous end with the arrival of the mysterious and menacing, Dr. John Dee.


Dr. Dee engages the bookstore owner, Nick Fleming, in a battle of magic attempting to steal an ancient book, The Book of Abraham the Mage (a.k.a. the Codex) from him. Dee snatches the book from Josh’s hands, but Josh holds onto the last two pages. In his anger  Dr. Dee  kidnaps Nick’s wife Perry Fleming and imprisons her on Alcatraz Island.

 

The Newman’s’ discover that Nick Fleming is actually the immortal Nicholas Flamel. A gifted alchemist who’s spent the larger part of his life in secret as the sole creator of the elixir of life. The twins reluctantly embrace their gifts and their destiny as the keys to either save the world or destroy it.


When you mention the fate of the world rests on someone’s shoulder’s  the next question of course would be from who? This book has many villains all worse than the next. Our heroes run into every bad guy imaginable from reincarnated train robbers to eons old goddesses with a grudge.

If you haven’t seen why I love this series yet. Go read it for yourself. This series is great for lovers of magic and mythology.  The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is a great series to add to your shelf especially if you’re a fan of The Sorrowline, Roam, the The Septimus Heap Collection.



Have you read Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel? Did you finish the series? What did you think? 

For Writer’s – Releasing Your Inner Muse

I am proud to admit it. I enjoy a good Ted Talk. Specifically the ones the writers on writing but I enjoy them nonetheless. I am newly converted but there seems to be a video on everything.


I came across a heading, “Your Elusive Creative Genius”  This particular video featured author, Elizabeth Gilbert who penned the critically acclaimed Eat.Pray.Love.

This discussion, insight into the pressures she experienced afterwards. Gilbert offers a  light hearted look at the impossible requirements we place on artists and geniuses.


Suggesting that these individuals instead of being the source of the magic and wonder we admire are merely conduits for the divine that we see and experience through their work. Gilbert paints an alternative view to the doomed and destructive artist. wp-image-1863437916

Referencing ancient civilizations and cultures that believed a divine spirit, (daemons, genius, muses, etc) charged with assisting with the creation of work.


The muse was a way to remove individuals from the true beauty of the work, therefore successes or failures were a joint partnership between artist and the divine.


A brilliant idea, I’ve always believed in muses and believe that my gifts are indeed a gift from the divine.


The video is deep. You should give it a watch!

Featured Author – Octavia Butler


“Why aren’t there more SF Black writers? There aren’t because there aren’t. What we don’t see, we assume can’t be. What a destructive assumption.” Octavia E. Butler, in “Octavia E. Butler: Telling My Stories.


I myself discovered this author because I was asking the same exact question. I am a black woman and a writer of fantasy. Yet, when I go to conferences or awards ceremonies for fantasy the genre I write, I cannot find many like me.


I’ve met wonderful friends not of color who are amazing fantasy writers. But clearly I’m not the only one. So a few Google searches later brought me a list of authors. Octavia Butler was at the top of that list.


A career that spanned 36 years, Ms. Butler has been awarded both the Hugo and Nebula awards as well as being the 1995 recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.


It started in the culturally blended community of Pasadena, CA. Her mother a housemaid, she’d witnessed firsthand racial inequalities between her mother’s employers and the staff.


A shy girl she sought solace in books and sci-fi magazines at her local library. Her writing career truly began in 1974 with the Seed to Harvest series. 




At age 13, her well-intentioned aunt Hazel conveyed the realities of segregation by telling her, “Honey … Negroes can’t be writers” Butler persevered in her desire to publish a story anyway, even asking her junior high school science teacher, Mr. Pfaff, to type the first manuscript she submitted to a science fiction magazine.


Her first work published was Crossover in the 1971 Clarion Workshop anthology. She also sold the short story Childfinder to Harlan Ellison for the anthology The Last Dangerous Visions.


“I thought I was on my way as a writer,” Butler recalled in her short fiction collection Bloodchild and Other Stories. “In fact, I had five more years of rejection slips and horrible little jobs ahead of me before I sold another word.”


I’d been advised that the best of her collection is Kindred. I am owner of a copy and it has proven to be one of her most awarded novels.


Kindred, is all about Dana, an African-American woman transported from 1976 Los Angeles to early nineteenth century Maryland. She meets her ancestors: Rufus, a white slaveholder, and Alice, a black freewoman forced into slavery later in life.

I won’t spoil it for you but there’s a reason why she’s so well known.


In 2006 Butler was found outside her home after years of struggling with depression possibly caused by medications for hypertension, she had a stroke.


Prior to her death she’d continued writing despite struggling with writer’s block and taught at Clarion’s Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop regularly. In 2005, she was inducted into Chicago State University’s International Black Writers Hall of Fame.



What’s your favorite Octavia Butler novel? 

Weekly Wanna Watch List

This week’s list is coming to theatres however with the exception of a few horror movies I’ll be waiting for Netflix.

The Emoji Movie

I did hear they were considering this and even then I thought it was a joke. A lady knows when to admit she was wrong. Apparently Sony read the script and said “How could we not?”
What we get in return is the world of Textopolis, home of all emojis, each with their own singular emotion. Forever. That is until Gene. Gene is a “Meh” emoji  😧😒😕 I tried finding it and this is what I got. Either way Gene has many feelings and as a result it makes him weird.

(As if anything could be weirder about this story)

Gene ventures out with friends hi-5 🖐🏽 and jailbreak, together they journey through the phone and discover a great secret unrelated to their task that may endanger life as they know it.

The Emoji Movie was released July 28th and I’m still trying to accept that this movie was made.

Will you see it? Let us know in the comments below!

ANTI-MATTER

I was interested in watching this solely because of the trailer. Some say this is the feature length adaptation of a Sundance film known as Worm an independent film from 2016.

As a fantasy writer I can appreciate the work of our sci-fi cousins. That being said I feel like if I watch this movie I’ll be left feeling much how I was during Memento. Confused and annoyed.

We follow Ana, a  PhD student unable to create new memories after an experiment whe she creates and transports herself through a wormhole. She attempts to uncover what happened as well as who or what is terrorizing her.

It does sound interesting but my interests in wormholes is limited. I’ll be sure to catch it when it’s released for home viewing.

Will you be going to see Anti-Matter? Let us know in the comments below!

FALLEN 

Does anyone remember the movie Fallen, with Denzel Washington? I may be showing my age but I swore that’s what this movie was when I saw the title.

It is most definitely not! Based on the book series (currently housing 5 novels and a few novellas) Fallen is a romantic fantasy novel about….Angels.

We knew this from the title, because we’re clever. Luce Price is sent to Sword &Cross academy a boarding school for “special students” (special in this case means incurably insane but functional). Luce has just been released from therapy, as soon as she steps foot in the grounds she begins to discover Daniel Grigori and the love affair they’ve shared through the centuries.

The trailer gave me Twilight vibes when I first saw it but I’ll be buying the book series and watching the film’s to see how this plays out.

Will you be going to see Fallen? Have you read the books?

Friend Request 

It’s 2017 social media rules our lives obviously,  so it was only a matter of time before some horror writer made Facebook deadly. May I present, Friend Request. 

From the twisted minds of  Matthew Ballen, Philip Koch, and Simon Verhoeven. Friend Request is a supernatural psychological horror movie all about how deadly social media can really be.

Laura is a super popular college student, over 800 friends of Facebook with an active social life. She makes friends with campus loner Marina who takes the social media status as the real deal (we all know people like this) the friendship derails when Laura doesn’t invite Marina to her birthday party.

An act which causes an in person confrontation and the resulting suicide of Marina. Afterwarfd the social butterfly and her friends receive demonic torment from beyond the keyboard.

I am genuinely intrigued by this movie, check out the trailer!

Will you be accepting this Friend Request? 

Leap!

Finishing the list is the inspirational children’s movie Leap! Two orphans one an aspiring inventor whilst the other a gifted dancer. Ran away to Paris to achieve their dreams.

Be sure to take the kiddies to see this one!