Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blog Tour Book Review: Proof of Angels, by Mary Curran Hackett

Proof of Angels
Mary Curran Hackett
Trade Paperback,  320 pages
William Morrow Paperbacks
November 3, 2014
Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, 
Romance, Spirituality


From the critically acclaimed author of Proof of Heaven comes an unforgettable novel about hope, renewal, and the gift of angels among us—friends, family, lovers . . . and even mystical others—sure to touch your heart

Sean Magee is a firefighter—a hero who risks his own life to save others, running into dangerous situations few have the courage to dare. While fighting a horrific blaze, Sean becomes trapped by flames and is nearly overcome by smoke. Just when it seems that all is lost, he’s led to a window—by what he swears is divine intervention. And then he
 jumps . . .

. . . into a new life. For years, Sean has shut down his feelings, existing in a state of emotional numbness. Coming through that fire, he knows that he can no longer be that man whose his heart is closed to the world. But before he can face his future, he must confront his past and everyone in it: the family, the friends, the woman—and the love—he carelessly left behind.

My thanks to the author and TLC Book Tours
for a complimentary copy of
the book, in exchange for an honest review.
All opinions here expressed 
are my own.

When I finished this wonderful, uplifting novel, I did something I only do with some very, very special books: I hugged it to my chest, overwhelmed with happiness. That might elicit some eye rolling, but that's how I honestly felt. This book touched me very deep inside, and I love it when an author is able to do that. It  takes some remarkable literary skill to elicit this kind of response from a reader.

Now I desperately want to see the movie, because Proof of Angels certainly has a very cinematic feel to it. The plot slowly develops over the course of a year, and in  that period of time, the reader feels as if an entire lifetime has been lived.

This is such a beautifully written, character-driven novel! I know and love them all, but especially Sean Magee, the central character. Unfortunately, he doesn't think he's anything special, and has been running away from himself for a long time. It's only after the fire that almost takes his life that he begins to discover the wealth of feeling inside himself. It's only then, when he sees the light that leads him to a window, that he finally admits to himself what a mistake he made in leaving Chiara, the love of his life. Right then and there, he  promises to find her, to tell her how much he loves her.

The supporting cast -- for that is the way I think of them -- are just as wonderful as Sean. There's James, his fellow firefighter with the big heart, and preference for Thai food, Libby, the special dog trainer, who finds love in the midst of her own recovery from drug use,  and Tom, the slightly cynical physical trainer Sean's brother-in-law, a prominent cardiologist, hires for him.

Hackett does a great job of immersing the reader in the everyday lives of all her characters. James had been Sean's friend for a long time, but Libby and Tom come into his life because of the accident. The four of them develop a very special friendship, becoming more like family than friends. Hackett explores their inner worlds with sensitivity and detailed empathy. There are no major 'action scenes', as this is not that type of novel; instead, this is a loving, detailed examination of each character, of how their unique life circumstances have made them who they are. In the process, they learn to give support to each other. As Sean receives physical as well as emotional support from his friends, they in turn receive emotional support from him. All four friends give each other lessons of the heart.

The title of this novel doesn't refer exclusively to the winged,  supernatural variety of angel, as I had originally thought, but to earth angels, as well. Certainly Sean has been lucky enough to have three of them, while they, in turn, have also been lucky to have him as their own earth angel. Thus, the novel points to the various ways in which each one of us can be an angel in someone else's life.

Another great character -- and the fourth angel -- is Chief, the special dog Libby has trained to help Sean during his recovery process. Through his devotion to Sean, Chief becomes very special to the reader, as well. He's actually based on a real dog of the same name, owned by the author.

As the novel develops, Sean never loses sight of his goal. His whole reason for recuperating from his injuries is to travel to Italy so as to make amends to Chiara. Every small victory in his physical therapy brings him that much closer to the goal. Incurable romantic that I am, I cheered him on all the way!

The part of the book where Chiara appears is a pure delight. Hackett takes her readers to Florence, Italy, and the subtle allusion to "Romeo and Juliet" was not lost on me. The city is breathtakingly beautiful, with all of its historically important buildings, its light.....Here's a specially compelling passage describing Sean's reaction as he enters the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, for the second time in his life: "The vast open space filled with light and people made him feel that he was intimately connected to the divine architect, and all the men who'd made it, too, who worked for centuries to build the structure. It took thousands of men and women to build the structure, brick by brick, and none of them knew the lives they'd touch. Invisible to him now, the spirits of those people reached out and touched Sean as he walked. He just knew it."

I'm sure everyone knows by now what happens in Florence, and here's where I do have a minor complaint; the reunion between Chiara and Sean feels a bit too rushed. I would have wanted this part of the novel to last longer, as the two lovers get reacquainted with each other. They had been apart for eleven years, after all. But the novel's enchantment is to be found not only in its climax, but in the journey leading up to it. On the way to Italy, we have encountered some very special people who are angels to each other, who help each other to slay their private dragons because these have become their own dragons, too. 

This is a novel not only of love, hope, and redemption, but of light, as well -- inner as  well as outer light, and each reinforces the other.

To say that this novel has already become unforgettable to me is to affirm its transcendent beauty. Indeed, it is to affirm that there really are angels -- and they are where we least expect to find them.



Mary Curran Hackett is the mother of two children and is married to Greg Hackett. She received an MA in English Literature from the University of Nebraska and a BA from the University Honors Program at Catholic University in Washington, DC. Born and raised in Danbury, CT, she has traveled extensively and lived in various places throughout the U.S., but her favorite place in the world is home with her kids, husband, and her stacks of books.


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Monday, November 17, 2014

The 2014 Jane Eyre Read-Along: Week 9, Chapters 34 - 38

Welcome to the ninth and 
last week of 
the 2014 Jane Eyre Read-Along,
brought to you by
A Night's Dream of Books

Jane Eyre
Charlotte Bronte
(Norton Critical Edition) 
Trade Paperback, 385 pages
W.W. Norton & Company
December 13, 2000
Classics, Gothic Fiction, Historical Fiction,
Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance


Week 9 Discussion Questions:
Chapters 34 -38
(Questions provided by
Babbling Books)


1.) The marriage that St. John Rivers proposes to Jane would be unconventional from an emotional point of view. What do you think about this hypothetical match?

I honestly find it incredible that Rivers would propose such a match to Jane. It tells me that he has twisted the  message of the Bible, for the Song of Solomon, in the Old Testament, is very sensuous, and speaks highly of conjugal love. Besides, there's a verse somewhere about a man and his wife becoming "one flesh". (I don't recall the exact verse.) How could Jane, or indeed any sane woman, possibly become "one flesh" with a man as stern and cold as Rivers?

I think Rivers is interpreting the Bible in a very negative, life-denying way. This is evident from the sermon Jane heard him preach on one occasion. She did not feel comforted or full of enthusiasm by his words.

Rivers's marriage proposal is cold and detached. He does not love Jane. Besides, even though she's a strong personality, he would eventually have worn  her down with his constant striving to do more and more to evangelize the people in India. In short, he's only thinking of his own plans and goals, and has absolutely no consideration for her. In fact, he's not even acting like a Christian. Instead, he's trying to bend her to his will.   

2.) In what ways are St. John Rivers and Rochester alike? 

Oh, this is a great question! They are different in certain ways, but in two very important ways they are completely alike: they both have very dominating, strong personalities. Also, both of them try --  very hard -- to get Jane to do what they each want her to do. The fact that Rochester's proposal is immoral, while Rivers's is within the tenets of Christianity, is totally irrelevant here. They both try to bend Jane to their will, without taking into account her own wishes in each situation. They are both selfish in their unreasonable requests. Jane could no more enter into a loveless marriage, than she could accept the degradation of becoming a man's mistress.

3.) Is it surprising that someone with the strength of character that Jane possesses would be so influenced by St. John Rivers as to almost accede to his marriage proposal?

To a degree, yes, it is surprising. On the other hand, Jane did believe that Rivers was sincere in his goal, and, as a Christian, she did think it was a worthwhile one. What she didn't agree with was Rivers's stern attitude of self-denial.  She certainly didn't want to live his brand of Christianity. 

In spite of all this, she almost accepted his proposal because she had a very pessimistic attitude regarding the possibility of ever being reunited with Rochester. She had resigned herself to living without him. Therefore, she probably reasoned that she might as well join Rivers in  a cause she saw as noble and good, even though it was one that would have had terrible physical and emotional effects on her. 

4.) What do you think of the seemingly psychic connection that manifests itself between Jane and Rochester at a critical moment in the plot?

When I first read this part of the novel, years ago, I got goosebumps, and, of course, loved this incident! This is very much a part of the Romantic aesthetic, as well as being romantic with a lower-case "r". I believe that there are indeed psychic connections between people, especially people who passionately love each other. This is a mysterious part of life. I do think it's entirely possible for something like this to happen.

Bronte's use of this incident is melodramatic, but yet, deliciously so! Also, it has the desired effect, breaking the spell that Rivers had woven over Jane. That voice spoke directly to Jane's heart and soul. Only Rochester's voice could have affected her so deeply.

I was thrilled all over again, the second time around! 

5.) What do you think would have happened if, upon her return to Rochester, Jane had found Rochester's first wife, Bertha, to be still alive?

This is very interesting speculation! It all depends on Rochester's attitude after the fire. He was seriously injured, after all. Perhaps he would not have insisted again that Jane become his mistress, but I'm sure he would have asked her to be his nurse. She would probably have refused even that, though. 

Since she is now an heiress, I believe Jane would simply have gone off on her own, refusing to fall into Rivers's arms as an alternative. Since she is not the type of person to "sit back and take it easy" just because she's now rich, I think  she would have opened her own school for orphans, and even become one of its teachers. She would most likely have taken in Adele as one of her first pupils. 

I don't think she would have cut off Rochester completely. She would have visited him from time to time, but would always have made sure that she was never left alone with him. For this purpose, I think she would have taken one of her cousins with her. Of course, she would never have accepted his extended hospitality. Instead of staying for any length of time at Ferndean, she would have left for the nearest hotel as soon as night began to fall.

I also think she would have offered to pay for some of Bertha's expenses, going as far as to get  the poor woman the best medical care, but never sending her off to a mental hospital. Such hospitals had a terrible reputation at the time. Rochester would have refused, naturally, but only at first. Jane would have told him that Bertha was not being properly cared for, which was indeed true; Grace Poole was not an effective "nurse" or caretaker. In his transformed condition, Rochester would finally have agreed.

There's no telling how long Bertha would have survived -- perhaps years, with the proper care. Jane would have remained firm in her conviction to have no sexual relationship with Rochester until after Bertha's death. Both of them would have suffered greatly with this situation, no doubt about it. There's a slight possibility that, with the passage of time, Jane would have finally given in. Knowing her personality, though, something absolutely terrible would have to happen for her to finally accept Rochester's proposition. That something might very well be his suddenly becoming seriously ill, and in  danger of death. I can see her giving in if she were faced with the prospect of never seeing him again looming before her.   

6.) By the end of the novel, how has Rochester changed?

His serious injuries have totally transformed him. He has now seen and accepted that he has lived a very immoral life, for, while married to Bertha, he had three mistresses. Furthermore, he now understands that he wanted to override Jane's very firm moral principles, in spite of her opposition. He is, therefore, a much more humble man, one willing to accept that he has transgressed against God and society. 

He still loves Jane madly, and wishes nothing more than to be with her  as her husband. It's very touching, the way he now accepts her help  without complaint, whereas, when he  fell off his horse, at his first meeting with Jane, he was actually upset that he needed the help of  "a mere slip of a girl".

Rochester is also a much gentler man. Upon being reunited with her, he develops a very mellow appreciation for the beauties of nature, and becomes much more optimistic. Under her tender care, he becomes very content indeed.

I do miss the old, fiery Rochester, although I don't like the way he deceived Jane, as well as his other transgressions. The comparison between him and an eagle is a very apt one. Who would not feel sad to see a mighty eagle, once king of the skies, humbled to the level of a tiny sparrow?  
Since this is the last set of questions for the Jane Eyre Read-Along, we have included an extra, "wrap-up" question at the end. Feel free to answer it or not.

7.) How satisfied are you with the ending of this novel?

When I first read this novel years ago, I was, naturally, ecstatic that Jane and Rochester had reunited, and then lived "happily ever after". However, I was shocked at the injuries Rochester received in the fire at Thornfield Hall. I tried to overlook that at the time. During this second reading, however, I have had to deal with it, and it really bothers me. 

I have come to the conclusion that Bronte went too far in subjecting Rochester to such traumatizing injuries. I could have accepted that he was unable to walk for a year, or something to that effect. But his injuries are horrible. It doesn't matter that he later recovers sight in one eye. 

I don't think it was at all necessary for Bronte to have her character suffer like this. That he had to be injured in some way, in order for him to undergo a transformation, is understandable, but what she did to him..... I think it was very cruel of her. 

Misogynistic men can very well point at this aspect of the novel, and accuse Bronte of trying to emasculate her once proud, Byronic hero. She should have anticipated such a reaction, and not left herself open to this type of criticism, in my honest opinion. 

Even Jane herself tells Rochester that she "likes him better now", when he has to depend on her, than previously, when he was proud and trying to impose his will on her. It seems as if Bronte is saying that a woman in her time could only have a relationship with a man if he was incapacitated in some way, and therefore, needed her. 

I like everything in moderation. Politically, I am a centrist. Therefore, I neither like men to be dominant over women, or women  to be dominant over men. So, although I still love Rochester as a character, this is a "tamed" version of him. In other words, before Jane left Thornfield Hall, the power balance was in Rochester's favor. After she returns to him, it's in her favor. That should not be; there should be a perfect balance of power between the two of them. 

I am indeed happy that they finally wound up together, and were able to marry. Being a romantic at heart, of course this turn of events totally delights me! I just think  that this ending is a bittersweet one, and I am firmly convinced that it was totally unnecessary.  



Since this is the last week of
this read-along, there
will be no more discussion questions.
All participants will post
their reviews this Thursday, 11/21.
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The last post of the read-along
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instead of Friday, Nov. 21st.


Post & Reading Schedule

Announcement/Signup Post
Sept. 9th
A Night's Dream of Books
Babbling Books

Week 1: Sept. 22nd

Reading: Chapters 1 - 5
Thoughts on Reading Jane Eyre 
Discussion Questions for Next Week:
A Night's Dream of Books

Week 2: Sept. 29th

Reading: Chapters 6 -10
Discussion Questions: Chapters 1 - 5
Discussion Questions for Next Week:
Babbling Books

Week 3: Oct. 6th

Reading: Chapters 11 - 14
Discussion Questions: Chapters 6 - 10
Discussion Questions for Next Week:
A Night's Dream of Books

Week 4: Oct. 13th

Reading: Chapters 15 - 19
Discussion Questions: Chapters 11 - 14
Discussion Questions for Next Week:
Babbling Books

Week 5: Oct. 20th

Reading: Chapters 20 - 23
Discussion Questions: Chapters 15 - 19
Discussion Questions for Next Week:
A Night's Dream of Books

Week 6: Oct. 27th

Reading: Chapters 24 - 28
Discussion Questions: Chapters 20 - 23
Discussion Questions for Next Week:
Babbling Books

Week 7: Nov. 3rd

Reading: Chapters 29 - 33
Discussion Questions: Chapters 24 - 28
Discussion Question for Next Week:
A Night's Dream of Books

Week 8: Nov. 10th

Reading: Chapters 34 - 38
Discussion Questions: Chapters 29 - 33
Discussion Questions for Next Week:
Babbling Books

Week 9: Nov. 17th

Discussion Questions, Chapters 34 - 38
Babbling Books

Week 10: Nov. 24th
(changed from Nov. 21st) 

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

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Friday, November 14, 2014

The Book Lover's Den #12: My Top Feminist Fiction & Nonfiction Books (Part I)

Welcome to my Friday feature!

In each weekly post, I explore 
my thoughts on several 
book-related topics.

The Jane Eyre Read-Along is rapidly drawing to a close (week 9 is already coming up!), and that got me thinking about the topic of feminism, which is dealt with in many fiction and nonfiction books that have had a profound impact upon the reading community, as well as society at large. Therefore, this week, and the next, I will be mentioning books -- whether I've personally read them or not -- that I believe every feminist should read. It might seem rather illogical for me to recommend books that I have not read myself, but then, as I pointed out above, these books have been very influential in effecting some change in the lives of women. Therefore, they deserve to be mentioned.

Books I Have Read

My first choice is very obvious: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. Those who have read and/or followed the read-along, which I'm co-hosting with Brian @ Babbling Books, know that this 19th-century masterpiece describes the struggles of an indomitable woman in search of herself, a woman who refuses to sacrifice that self for love. This novel is a tour-de-force that is not to be missed! Bronte's passionate heroine caused a sensation when the novel was first published, and continues to inspire modern readers.

Another great 19th-century feminist novel is Tess of the d'Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy. In this tragic novel, Hardy addresses the question of the infamous double standard. Tess, the downtrodden heroine, is rejected by her husband when he discovers, on their wedding night, that she is not a virgin. Hardy was way ahead of his time, and I admire him greatly for  daring to  address this social justice topic when he did. I read this book years ago, and would like to read it again.

Yet another 19th-century feminist novel is The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I read this book years ago, as well, and definitely need to re-read it! This tale of a hypocritical Puritan society should be on every feminist fiction list. The heroine, Hester Prynne, is forced to wear the letter "A" (for adultery), and is shunned by the people of the town in which she lives. Men have been committing adultery for CENTURIES, and have NEVER been subjected to such treatment. Granted, this is fiction, but I'm sure this novel would never have had the impact it did, had it been about an adulterous man.

Another must-read  feminist book is Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape, by Susan Brownmiller. This is an extremely well--documented nonfiction book I read several years ago, and need to read again! Thankfully, I have never gone through the traumatic experience of rape myself, but my heart goes out to those of my sisters, worldwide, who have. 

Among the shocking facts presented in this book is the following: during the Vietnam War, and, if I remember correctly, the Korean War as well, the U.S. Army actually set up brothels filled with native girls hired to be prostitutes. Why? So as to prevent American soldiers from raping women whenever they invaded a Vietnamese or Korean town!!!

Books I Should Have Read By Now

In this group, the very first one that comes to mind is the renowned nonfiction book, The Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir. I really cannot believe that I haven't yet read this revolutionary expose dealing with the mistreatment of women throughout history. According to Wikipedia, The Second Sex "....is often regarded as a major work of feminist philosophy and the starting point of second-wave feminism." New Year's resolution  coming up: read this book in 2015!!  From what I've learned about  it through the Wikipedia article, this work is pretty much encyclopedic in nature. In fact, de Beauvoir initially published it in two volumes. Interestingly, the Catholic Church immediately placed it on its List of Prohibited Books, upon this book's publication in 1949. (Thank God, this list was abolished by Pope Paul VI in the 1960s!)  You can access the Wikipedia article HERE

Another nonfiction work  I must sheepisly  confess to not having read is A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, by Mary Wollstonecraft. Published in 1792, this book was truly revolutionary. It is, according to the Goodreads synopsis, a "declaration of female independence". Among the topics discussed are the need for women  to be defined by their professions, instead of by their husbands, equal education for boys and girls, and an end to prejudice against women. Another New Year's resolution!

A novel dealing with prejudice against African-Americans, as well as a feminist novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937, is the best-known work of Zora Neale Hurston, who was a member of the Harlem Renaissance. It tells the story of Janie, a descendant of slaves, and her relationships with three very different men. Hurston's novel met with mixed criticism when first published, including some hostile criticism from prominent African-American writers. However, she was rediscovered in the 1970s, with the rise of Black Feminism, which was spearheaded by Mary Helen Washington, Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, and others. This is yet another must-read for me!

A book I've heard a lot of great things about is The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood. This is a dystopian novel of a very  frightening future in which women are prized strictly for breeding purposes, as births are scant in  that future society. First published in 1985, it won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987. Additionally it was nominated  for the 1986 Nebula Award, the 1986 Booker Prize, and the 1987 Prometheus Award. Interestingly, the  book has been challenged on  several occasions throughout the years. All the more reason to tackle it!

With this post, I'm compiling a list of feminist books (including fiction and nonfiction) that I will commit to reading starting next year, as I am much too busy now. I'm surprised at myself for not having read many important feminist books, as I definitely consider myself a feminist, although of the pro-life variety. However, this in no way compromises my support and allegiance to the basic tenets of feminism.

I would be interested to know whether any of my readers have read any of the books I've mentioned here, and what you thought of them. I will be publishing my review of Jane Eyre next week, so that's one book I can cross off my list! 

I will continue with this topic next week, and will most likely go into a third and perhaps fourth part, as there are many important books for feminists to read and become familiar with.

Books Mentioned In This Post









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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Blog Tour:Mini-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!! Relics, by Maer Wilson

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(Modern Magics, #1)
Maer Wilson
Trade Paperback, 342 pages
Elysian Press, 2nd edition
September 21, 2014
Paranormal Fiction, Urban Fantasy


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Most of Thulu and La Fi's clients are dead. Which is perfect since their detective agency caters to the supernatural. But a simple job finding a lost locket leads to a big case tracking relics for an ancient daemon.

The daemon needs the relics to keep a dangerous portal closed. His enemy, Gabriel, wants the relics to open the portal and give his people access to a new feeding ground – Earth. Caught on live TV, other portals begin to open and the creatures of magic return to Earth. The people of Earth are not alone, but will soon wish they were.

When Gabriel threatens their family, Thulu and La Fi's search becomes personal. The couple will need powerful help in the race to find the relics before Gabriel does. But maybe that's what ghostly friends, magical allies and daemonic clients are for. When the creatures of myth and magic return to Earth, they're nothing like your mother's fairy tales.

This time around, I have a very short excerpt to go on, but I can still give an honest initial opinion of this book, based on that, plus the plot synopsis above. I can definitely tell you, my readers, that this is a book worth diving into! The characters sound very compelling, the world-building as well, and part of the action is caught on live TV!

I also love the fact that the two main characters are paranormal investigators. That is pretty interesting, as I'm sure their powers aid them in their investigations. As if this weren't enough, their clients have, for the most part, passed on into the next world. Yes, it does sound creepy, and yet, fascinating at the same time. The dead are described as if they were still living, and that's something I'm sure most of us have wished for, after the passing of a loved one.

In short, I intend to buy and read this book, and any sequels thereafter. (It's available in print -- YAY!!!) And I do recommend it, as well!

When the dead are afraid, there's a big problem. The fear cut through the abandoned warehouse as sharp as the dagger at my throat. The tall, powerful being easily held me immobile. Breaking promises and lying to ancient creatures who can make you very dead, very fast, was not such a good idea.

Humans and non-humans, living and dead, all of us were cautious not to make any sudden moves that would send my captor over the edge.

I tried to take careful breaths. I was terrified, more afraid than I'd ever been in my life, and in shock, too. Betrayal and death will do that to you, let me tell you.

Like a car out of control on ice, my thoughts careened all over the place. I could only hope someone in the group was thinking clearer than me. I kept my eyes down to hide the emotions I knew would upset the others. No sense letting Thulu and the rest know just how freaked out I really was.

All I could tell myself was to breathe easy and try not to swallow. There was nothing but silence for long minutes, as both sides continued to wait. No one moved. Even the dead were frozen with fear. Now there's a scary thought.  

After a successful career being other people, and later teaching others the many tricks of that trade, Maer Wilson has decided to be herself for a while. Turns out she's a writer. She's always loved stories, especially fantasy, mystery and sci fi. Maer was born in the Year of the Dragon and has a dragon-themed room in her home, but sadly no dragons in the back yard. When she's not writing, Maer plays online video games, teaches college and reads. Maer is a partner in Ellysian Press, a small publishing house. She also co-hosts the literary podcast MythBehaving. Maer lives in the high desert of Southern Nevada with her three dogs, a chihuahua and two poodles.

Her books include Relics and Portals, Books 1 and 2 in the Modern Magics series. The upcoming third book in the series is Magics. There are also three novelettes in the series - “Ghost Memory,” “Unwanted Ghost” and “Ghost Dancer.” A fourth story, “Wedding Ghost” is also planned. You can find all books and novelettes in the Modern Magics series at Amazon.

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