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INTERVIEW AND CHAPTER SWAP WITH URBAN FANTASY AUTHOR, SUSAN REID

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New Interviews and Chapter Swaps Coming Up :)

Hi all,

I was recently interviewed by Robex Lundgren for her music website. Feel free to show her site love and check it out. :)

Robex Lundgren Interviews Tiffany Apan

And this Saturday will bring a new chapter/interview swap between myself and Urban Fantasy Author, Susan Reid. So stay tuned for that and more. :)

Thanks everyone and have a great rest of the week.





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BOOK REVIEW: Susan Reid's "The Divinity Saga (Books 1 and 2)"

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With summer approaching, it is a great time to catch up on reading (actually, any time of the year is a good time for that). It's also a good time to catch up on book reviews (I got a little busy there for a while).
For those of you that enjoy a good urban fantasy, here are the first two books in a series by author Susan Reid, called The Divinity Saga.

The synopsis on the back of the books are as follows:

The Gathering (Book 1)

"No one knows WHEN the world will end but how do you go on, when you’ve seen HOW it will end? If the dark ones don’t kill me first...I'll tell everyone."--- Starling Marie Roberts.

College Sophomore Starling Roberts is afraid of the dark because she has known this all her life.

The shadow beings are real and she can see them.

Plagued with nightmares of the invasion of Earth by the Dark fallen and ultimately Morning Star isn't an easy burden to carry, especially when the darkness is after you for the very thing that makes each one of us…

MUSIC REVIEW: Tempest's New Album, "The Tracks We Leave"

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Two weeks ago, the Celtic Rock band, Tempest, came through my town as part of their 2015 Spring Tour. The band was hosted by my friend Chuck Owston, playing this tour stop at the Bryn Mawr Church. This was my second time seeing Tempest live, and I will say that like the last time (when I saw them at the same venue two years ago), they did not disappoint.

For your viewing pleasure, here are some clips from my first time seeing them two years ago:



No matter what venue they are playing at, Tempest offers a highly energetic and entertaining stage show (and Heaven help you if you do not participate :P ). In this most recent concert, they performed their entire new CD, "The Tracks We Leave" from beginning to end. And yes, I enjoyed it immensely. So much, that I picked up a copy after the show (which all the band members graciously signed).
The following morning, I played the CD as I wrote another chapter of Kindred (The Birthrite Series, #2). And given the setting and subject mat…

Research and Accuracy in Fiction: Does It Really Matter? or "But It's Just Fiction!"

Hi everyone,

I know some of you are wondering if I'm ever going to pick up with my chapter by chapter recaps of Jillian Larkin's Vixen (The Flappers, #1). The answer is yes, although I do not have a specific date of when I plan to start those up again. Sometime soon is all can say right now. And yes, I did take a bit of a hiatus from doing that and will get into why on a future post.
With that said, those who have read the Vixen recaps that I have done so far (and have read my blogposts related to historical events) probably can tell that a big issue I have with the book (along with the overuse of particular tropes in much of modern entertainment) is some of the historical errors within the story (the book takes place in the early 1920s for those unaware). And I'm not talking about a here and there date inaccuracy. I'm talking about inaccuracies that can be potentially misleading or even damaging.

Now, is it possible to be 100% accurate in historical fiction? The answ…

Restoring the Art of Education, Part 2

Hi everyone,

Well as promised, I am elaborating on my original Restoring the Art of Education post regarding the school, Gregory the Great Academy and their current project.
But first, how did I come to know this all male Catholic Boarding school, you ask?

Well, when I was in high school, I was taking vocal lessons at Wilkes University (in Northeastern PA). My voice teacher's husband was on the faculty at the school (I believe as a music director if memory serves me correctly?). One evening during a vocal lesson, she informed me that the boys at St. Gregory's school were putting on a production of Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame and had a bit of a dilemma: no one to play Esmeralda. So she asked me if I would be interested and I said I would be.

I remember arriving for the first rehearsal and being greeted by two absolute gentlemen (one was to play Frollo and the other Quasimodo/the director/set designer/script writer and pretty much everything else the show need…