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How do you identify with characters from the past?

Read my Guest Post at Just One More Chapter: Why historical fiction and not history? Why fiction and not non-fiction?
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New Review of "Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife"

"Overall, this story is about friendship, love, loss, and redemption. The message of this book is that there is always hope....I found this story to an emotional and poignant read. I loved reading Brimhild’s journey and wished for her to find her happiness. I found the writing to be very beautiful and lyrical. I also liked how the setting was set in the Anglo-Saxon world, and I loved how Norse mythology was incorporated into the story. Grendel’s Mother is sure to linger with you even after you have finished the last page. I recommend this story to anyone interested in reading a different take on the classic, Beowulf, Norse Mythology, and anyone who enjoys reading stories about a mother’s love for her son."

Lauralee Jacks, History from a Woman's Perspective: A Book Blog Read More 
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Enter the Giveaway for "Grendel's Mother"

It’s early in the Blog Tour of Grendel’s Mother. She has all her tickets and visas ready. Now you can join her by entering a giveaway of the book! To enter, just go to Passages to the Past. You have until April 15th to enter–which just happens  Read More 
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Virtual Blog Tour of “Grendel’s Mother”: March 28-April 15

I'm very excited that my historical novel, Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife, is about to begin its blog tour. It doesn't need a passport or visa--and neither do you! I'll be posting more information in the coming days. And...bon voyage!

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Mutton Meditations and Ungulate Ruminations: Sheep and Medieval Women

I have been ruminating about sheep. Rumination, to ponder about something, comes from the Latin ruminare, “to chew over again.” Sheep are ruminants. Metaphorically, humans are as well.
To see how sheep connect to medieval women, be sure to visit my blogpost by clicking on the link below the image to the left.
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Grendel's Mother is a Finalist for INDIEFAB Book of the Year

I'm delighted that Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife is a Finalist for Foreward Reviews' 2015 Indiefab Book of the Year Award: Historical (Adult Fiction)
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Making Runes Fun with Kids

Find out how to make runes fun with 3rd-5th graders. Just click on the link below the photo!
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A Julian of Norwich Pilgrimage or My Days as an Industrial Spy

A Julian of Norwich pilgrimage may not seem to have much to do with suspicions that I was an industrial spy (spoiler alert: I’m not!). My innocent journey to trace Julian’s life took on comic dimensions when I was a graduate student many years ago. Read more about it on my blog, amedievalwomanscompanion.com by clicking on the link below the photo.  Read More 
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Review of "A Medieval Woman's Companion: Women's Lives in the European Middle Ages"

Story Circle’s Susan Wittig Albert reviewed A Medieval Woman’s Companion. She writes, “A Medieval Woman’s Companion is—I’m not exaggerating here—the best introduction I know of to the widely-varied lives of medieval women….Borrowing from the Irish poet Eavan Boland, [Morrison] reminds us that the past needs us: “That very past in poetry which simplified us as women and excluded us as poets now needs us to change it.”

And that, for Morrison, is the central point of all our learning and study and thought. As a teacher, she knows that “we need to understand the historical past of women to change the historical future of women … As women historians and chroniclers of women’s lives and writings, we … have our work cut out for us.”

As readers, too, we have our work cut out for us. And Morrison’s Companion is exactly the kind of guide we need for the journey.”

~ Susan Wittig Albert, Story Circle Book Reviews
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New Website for "A Medieval Woman's Companion"

I hope you will come visit my new blog and website for A Medieval Woman's Companion: Women's Lives in the European Middle Ages. I will be blogging about medieval girls, teenagers, and women, their lives and cultures, and make connections to women today.
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