Cover Story

Cover Story: Love Lies Bleeding, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, (dark fantasy, photography, Paris, France, art)
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Some of you might recognize the above image from the cover of Love Lies Bleeding:

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The picture is of the Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg) in Paris. The fountain was built in 1630, eventually falling into disrepair before being restored in 1811. The figures are the mythical lovers Acis, a mortal, and the nereid Galatia. Above them is the giant Polyphemus:

Cover Story: Love Lies Bleeding, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, (dark fantasy, vampires, Paris, France, mythology, art, photography)
Photo by Aspasia S. Bissas

He’s on the back cover of Love Lies Bleeding. I thought the statues suited the book’s characters, particularly how Acis is staring at Galatia’s neck (echoing vampire Mara and mortal Lee), while a menacing figure looms over them. What do you think– were these photos a good choice? Let me know in the comments.

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Currently Reading

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After taking forever to finish my last read (a sure sign that I’m losing interest in the series, unfortunately), I’m excited to pick up the latest haunted Victorian tea house cozy mystery. Who knew ghosts, dream houses, and tea could be so compelling?

What are you reading these days? Share in the comments…


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Currently Reading

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Apparently Victorian-beach-house tearoom paranormal mysteries are my jam, because I’m starting the third book in this series. In my last Currently Reading post, I mentioned I really liked these covers. Well, I have another confession to make: the silly titles make me giggle. Yes, I have a thing for wordplay, which (thankfully?) tends to come out only in conversation and not in my writing.

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So, what are you reading these days, and how do you feel about puns? Share in the comments…


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I ended up enjoying the last book I read enough that I felt compelled to go on to the next one in the series. I think that what I like best about these books is the beach setting with the Victorian house that just fell into the protagonist’s lap, along with a teahouse and a resident ghost. Pure wishful thinking for me, and I’m enjoying the fantasy of my own Victorian tearoom beach house as much as the story itself. Anyone who wants to bequeath a house like this to me, I promise I’ll take good care of it, ghosts and all…

(Oh, and I know you’re not supposed to judge them this way, but I also really like the covers on these books.)

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Book Tag: Ice Cream Tag

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My posts for the last while have been all business, so today I thought I’d have some fun with the Ice Cream book tag (snagged from the lovely A.M. Molvik’s Ramblings). Read on to find out about some of my favourite books (or possibly end up with serious ice cream cravings)…

Peanut Butter

A very long book series that you want to read but probably won’t, and why.

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Just some of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. Image found here.

The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. When there are so many books in a series that there are multiple charts to help readers navigate it, the chances of finishing are pretty slim. Still, I’m going to try…eventually.


A book series that you would read again and again and again.

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I’ll have to say the Harry Potter series, since I’ve already re-read it multiple times.


A book with a green cover.

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The greenest cover on my shelf (even if it isn’t pistachio green).


A book with the cutest romance.

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This is a tough one, as I don’t tend to read “cute” romances. I did enjoy Andrea and Raphael’s story in Gunmetal Magic (they also show up occasionally in a few of the other Kate Daniels books). As hyena shifters, they show interest in potential mates by pranking them, which was amusing, if not exactly cute. I also really like both characters and Raphael is cute in his own way.


A book with a sour ending.

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There are so many books like this. I even wrote a post about a series that had an ending so bad, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. But Her Fearful Symmetry stands out because this book would be one of my all-time favourites if it weren’t for the disappointing ending.


A children’s book that you like.

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Going with a classic that’s beautifully written. Arthur Rackam’s illustrations are my favourite, as well.


Your favorite classic.

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It’s been a while since I’ve read Crime and Punishment (time for a re-read) but it’s remained my favourite after all these years. There’s something deeply human about it that I think is lacking in the world right now.

Whipped Cream

A very long book that you read very fast.

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I love all of Alison Weir’s (nonfiction) books on the Tudors. If you’re interested in the period, Weir’s work is well researched and fascinating to read.

What do you think? What book “flavours” would you choose? Share in the comments (and let me know if you post this tag on your own blog).


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