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Susan's Blog

Inspiring and Inspired Medieval Novelists

Queen Aethelthryth had two chaste marriages. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde’s Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, “To have one chaste marriage may be regarded as good fortune. To have two chaste marriages looks like calculation.” Read about medieval women inspiring medieval novelists today. Candace Robb's new novel, The Service  Read More 
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Blog Tour Recap: Grendel’s Mother Getting Over Jet Lag

Grendel’s Mother has just arrived home from her Virtual Blog Tour. She still has jet lag but managed to put this post together about her reviews, essays, and interviews on her whirlwind tour.
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Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe: Together After All These Years

It’s exciting to imagine Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe meeting again after all these years.
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Please Vote for "Grendel's Mother"

I think some of you know Grendel's Mother is a finalist for Foreword Reviews' 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist in Historical (Adult Fiction)

Now they have a Reader's Choice category. Please vote for "Grendel's Mother" by leaving a comment that says it is your favorite with this hashtag: #INDIEFABFAVE Read More 
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Sassy, Spirited, and Supportive!

Read about the wonderful The Story Circle Network Conference for women writers that takes place ever other year--and what happens to the men's rest room when women take over a hotel!
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Review: "A Definite, Recommended Read!"

"This book offers up this infamous story from a new perspective. What’s more, and my favourite aspect I think, is that it does so utilizing the devices and tools that characterize the original poem....

[O]verall the use of alliteration, epithets, and kenning was beautifully crafted. The tone and style are  Read More 
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New Review of "Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife"

"By giving us the tale from the female perspective, she has managed to put a completely different spin on it for me. Her beautiful mastery of the language has brought the characters to life for me. These strong women truly were the steel backbone of the society."
From One Book Shy
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A Book Geek Review for "Grendel's Mother"

"I was captivated by the prose...I am most excited about the chance to use Grendel's Mother alongside Beowulf and The Prose Edda: Tales from Norse Mythology for my kids' Great Books/History homeschool curriculum. I think they will appreciate the feminist story in  Read More 
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A Literary Vacation

What books do you like that take a well-known story, but from the point of view of a woman?
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New Review of "Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife" TEE HEE

"I loved the imagery of this story. I also loved the tales of the Gods, Thor, Odin and Loki and their antics. The only problem with that for me was that every time there was a mention of Loki, I thought about Tom Hiddleston and Chris Helmsworth."

A Chick Who Reads
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