4 Examples of Sister Power

As powerful as any woman is alone, here are four sister acts who were even more extraordinary when together. The Grimke Sisters Angelina (1805-1895) and Sarah Grimke (1792-1873)  were early abolitionists and feminists long before it was cool or even safe to be either. Born into a wealthy Southern family, they rejected their birthright and spent their lives teaching, giving speeches, and spreading the message of freedom and liberation for all. Catherine Deneuve (b. 1943)  and Francoise Deloreac (1942-1967) Catherine and Francoise were icons of sixties fashion and beauty. They starred together in three movies, before Francoise’s life was tragically cut short…

Casting THE ARROW on Pinterest

Pinterest is life, sometimes. I’ve compiled a wonderful series of images of people, places and things that inspire me in my work with The Children of Brigid Trilogy, especially the first book in the series, THE ARROW. I’ve been especially obsessed lately with casting the film version of THE ARROW. I use Pinterest to cast my ideal movie based on my book. Do other authors do this? It is tremendous fun. Check out my Children of Brigid Pinterest board here: https://www.pinterest.com/maureenow/children-of-brigid-trilogy/ What do you think of Jason Mamoa as Komo, Dionysus’ rock star son? Or Charlie Hunnam as Eli, the reformed half-demon surfer…

The Arrow is an INDIE FAB Best Book of the Year Award Finalist

I am honored to be named a Finalist in this year’s Foreword Review’s INDIE FAB Book of the Year Award.  The Arrow is a novel of my heart, and the great people at Geminid Press LLC worked very hard with me to make it the best story it could possibly be for my readers. The Arrow is an urban fantasy romance that asks, what would happen if the ancient gods and goddesses had to face modern evil?  What would the Mother of all life do with a corrupt pharmaceutical company?  What if her daughter was sexually obsessed with the son of Dionysus, and joined…

What Sports Can Teach Us About Paranormal Urban Fantasy

Sports are about challenge, real life, sweat, and teamwork. Paranormal Urban Fantasy is a genre-busting literary novel category that is about vampires, werewolves, faeries, mythology, action, romance, mermaids, shape-shifters, and just about any other configuration of the imagination the author can invent. Yet Sports and Paranormal Urban Fantasy have one thing in common: Archetypes. They have three specific archetypes in common that inspire us and make us fans.  The Journey For the sports fan, the archetype of the journey is symbolized by the court, the field, or the arena. It’s the setting for the great Journey, which is the game…

Three of Your Worst Nightmares About Paranormal Urban Fantasy Come to Life

One great thing about Paranormal Urban Fantasy is that it’s fiction. Demons and other supernatural creatures are scary enough in books, but at least we don’t have to worry about them coming to life, right? Right.  Except for. . . . Vampires There are enough puzzling and horrible people in history such as Vlad the Impaler and Elizabeth Bathory to spurn the legend of vampirism. These were serial killers so violent that they inspired five centuries of tales of supernatural evil. But what about this study that suggests that old mice injected with the blood of young mice grew stronger, and…

From Around the Web: 10 Great Photos of Real Paranormal Urban Fantasy

10 great photos of real paranormal urban fantasy characters, along with excerpts from The Arrow (Children of Brigid Trilogy Book 1). . . . . Demons “The look in her eyes was no more human than a demon’s glowing orbs.” Maenads “She closed her eyes. When she opened them, a blonde girl leaned above her, dropping another tiny red heart in her open mouth.” Witches “She had learned enough as a kid about the way witches worked to know that she’d fallen for a trick as old as the sack of Troy.” Goddesses “Or maybe she had just forgotten how…

5 Bad Habits That Authors of the Paranormal Urban Fantasy Industry Need to Quit

Paranormal Urban Fantasy, while a young genre, has been around long enough to start gathering clichés. Some of these clichés are the same ones that plague every other genre as well, especially romance. Paranormal Urban Fantasy is rich ground for new paradigms. Some of the old ones need to go. Stalking (as a form of affection) When a guy stalks a girl, even if he thinks it is for her protection, he is invading her privacy. He is limiting her freedom. He is being gross. This is not good guy behavior, not even in Fantasy. Free money The point of…

Watch Out: Five Reasons Why Paranormal Urban Fantasy Is Taking Over

As I introduce The Arrow (Children of Brigid Trilogy Book 1) to the world, I realize that paranormal urban fantasy is taking over. And why shouldn’t it? There are solid reasons why this genre-busting literary genre has readers clamoring for more. Paranormal Urban Fantasy Reflects Real Life The Arrow’s female protagonist fights a corporate conspiracy, recovers from a drug addiction, negotiates a dysfunctional family dynamic and falls in love with two guys at the same time. Her challenges are those of any twenty-first century woman. Through Urban Fantasy, we can read about characters dealing with the same issues as the…