An Ode to Legacies

Legacies was one of those shows that I added to my Netflix queue and ignored for several weeks. One afternoon during my lunch break, I decided I was tired of scrolling past it. Just a few minutes I would watch, and then, I hoped, I wouldn’t like it and could remove it from the queue.

Nope. I was hooked. I didn’t binge the entire season in two days or anything, but it obsessed me for the better part of two weeks, when I looked forward to every lunch break so I could watch an episode. Or sometimes an episode and a half. Or maybe a little more if I was feeling super self-indulgent.

Here’s what I loved about it:

There’s a magical academy!

As a fan of Harry Potter, I was stoked to see all the magic stuff, and all these students with powers. Seeing the school, having everyone there together to learn and develop their magic and control their powers, kept me riveted.

High school and teenager drama.

I thought I would hate it, but it sucked me right in. People get mad at each other, there’s all this lust and angst, and it’s just fun because it’s so far removed from what I’m experiencing now in my late thirties.

Cool abilities.

Witches, vampires, and werewolves all have their own unique subcultures within the school, and I thought it was awesome.

Tragic and fascinating backstories.

So I came to Legacies before watching The Vampire Diaries or The Originals, and I didn’t realize they were connected until partway through this first season of Legacies. Probably I missed some things, but it didn’t bother me very much. What I loved was that there was more to these characters than what I was being shown. Things were hinted and teased. You can bet I went straight from this to The Originals.

Friendship, forgiveness, sacrifice.

Yes, the angsty teenage drama might make it seem superficial or bring the stories into melodrama, but I was totally into it because of the larger (and yeah, glaringly obvious) themes of friendship, forgiveness, and sacrifice. There’s a lot to unpack with such a huge ensemble cast, with betrayals as well as petty grievances, and then the arcs of reconciliation as well.

Season 2

This is already airing on the CW, but I have to wait for Netflix. I’m so looking forward to it!

Recent Reads

The past couple of months have blessed me with good books! They’re listed in the text below in case images don’t work for you.

Liza's Recent Reads November 2019

You can view each of these as a recommendation–I enjoyed them all!

1. Prime Minister, by Ainsley Booth and Sadie Haller. Contemporary romance. This was a re-read.

2. Wings of Time and Fate, by Skye MacKinnon. YA fantasy.

3. Smut, by Karina Halle. Contemporary romance. This was a re-read.

4. The Vampire Diaries, Book 1: The Awakening, by LJ Smith. YA paranormal romance. This was also a re-read.

5. Wicked Fall, by Sawyer Bennett. Contemporary romance.

Writing Savage Penance

Some books are hard to write. Just…difficult beasts, with the words fighting me the whole way.

I wouldn’t say writing Savage Penance was easy (in fact, I remember whining about Chapter 21 being a pain in the ass), but it was certainly fun. Doug’s transformation was a challenge, that’s for sure.

In the previous book in the series, Savage Redemption, Ben’s transformation was already on its way–he not only needed to change, he wanted it. Doug, however, was a lot harder to redeem. He doesn’t want redemption; in fact, his mantra in Ben’s book and in the short prequel, “Irredeemable,” is “Fuck redemption.”

So how do I take a big, potty-mouthed, unlikable guy and turn him into a hero?

With the same special sauce that drives all romance novels–love.

While Doug doesn’t recognize it immediately, he falls prey to the pitter-patterings of his deeply-buried romantic heart and starts falling in love and falling in line. There’s some growing to do, sure, for both him and Gwyn, but this is a dance heroes and heroines of romance novels have danced millions of times. It finally becomes more painful for the alphahole to walk away. The proud, snarky heroine must admit that she’s self-sufficient…but hell, she needs his love. Evil is overcome, and love wins.

Love wins, y’all.

And that’s why I keep writing these stories. They give me hope–and that’s what I want to give you, too. ❤

Savage Penance is coming out in just two weeks (you can pre-order it on your favorite retailer), and I am so excited to share it with you! While you wait, there’s a free prequel up on Apple Books. If you don’t have an Apple device, you can grab it on BookFunnel.

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Recent Reads

Every so often I like to round up my favorite recent reads and shout to the world about them. Here’s a selection of favorites from the past couple of months—

Liza's Recent Reads April 2019

And a typed-out list:

Circe, by Madeline Miller. Historical fantasy.

The Risk, by Elle Kennedy. Contemporary sports romance.

Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty. Thriller/mystery.

The Sexy One, by Lauren Blakely. Contemporary romance.

Chef Sugarlips, by Tawna Fenske. Contemporary romance.

Have you read any of these? Do you have other recommendations for me?

What I’m Reading…Gmorning, Gnight!

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So first of all, if it has Lin-Manuel Miranda’s name on it, I’m definitely interested. We’re huge Hamilton fans in my house.

Gmorning, Gnight! did not disappoint. It carries the positivity and the solid rhythms I’ve come to associate with Lin-Manuel Miranda. This is the kind of book you can read in an hour for an ultra-concentrated burst of positivity, or you can keep it on your nightstand (with a stack of fifteen or so other books, she says, side-eyeing her own nightstand) to pick a couple of Gmorning-Gnights to read each day.

During some recent stresses in my life, I found these little pep talks to be perfectly-sized and perfectly-timed. The illustrations were cute and poignant, and although I read a library copy, I’ll be getting this for myself at some point to flip through in the years to come.