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Rebecca Buchanan

Rebecca Buchanan

Rebecca Buchanan is the editor of the Pagan literary ezine Eternal Haunted Summer. She is also the editor-in-chief of Bibliotheca Alexandrina. She thinks it is incredibly unfair that she must work for a living rather than being able to read all day. In her next life, she would like to be a library cat.

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While running errands the other day, I convinced my husband to make a side-trip to Raven and Crone. Set inside a small red brick building, R&C is the metaphysical book and occult supply shop in the Appalachian region of North Carolina. As I wandered the floor, greeting the on-site tarot reader, admiring the icons and plaques and Green Men and shelves of books and shelves of tarot cards and rune necklaces and glass jars filled with dried herbs -- and paused to pet the store cat, Lovey -- I started to wonder: what would my ideal Pagan-friendly book shop look like? Pretty soon, I was drawing up imaginary schematics in my head and filling imaginary shelves with anything and everything that might be of interest or use to a modern polytheist.

Welcome to Sanctuary. Would you like to take a tour?

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  • Rebecca Buchanan
    Rebecca Buchanan says #
    *nod* I would spend a lot more time at R&C if I could.
  • Byron Ballard
    Byron Ballard says #
    Love this. And you know I love R&C!

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I love discovering new writers and new books and new series, and 2015 provided me with a bumper crop. Urban fantasies, graphic novels and comic books, mysteries ... *le sigh* Check out a few of my favorite literary discoveries from the past year.

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Once upon a time, I was a huge fan of DC comics. I read anything and everything pertaining to Batman, Batgirl, Oracle, Robin, Black Canary, Zatanna, and a handful of other characters. Oddly enough, though, I had a very hard time connecting with Wonder Woman. Strange, considering that she is one of DC's few explicitly, openly polytheist characters -- and a Hellenic Pagan, to boot, just like me. I found the occasional one-shot or miniseries that I enjoyed, and the Golden Age comics were awesome, but for the most part, the mainstream Wonder Woman series left me cold.

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    I read "Our Gods Wear Spandex" twice cover to cover before the local library deleted it from their collection. "Graven Images" i
  • Rebecca Buchanan
    Rebecca Buchanan says #
    Anthony: very interesting. I will have to find that book. Speaking of superheroes, have you read "Our Gods Wear Spandex" by Know
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    When I was in high school back in the 70's there was a book in the school library; I remember the title as "Hidden Countries of th

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I love to write, and, like many writers, I submit my work for possible publication in a wide variety of venues: print journals, digital journals, poetry and fiction anthologies, blogs, you name it. More often than not, my work is rejected, not accepted. I'd say I have something in the range of a thirty percent acceptance rate.

Even though rejection is the norm, it still hurts. When it is a story about which I feel particularly passionate, it really hurts. Such was the case recently when I submitted my first-ever complete novel -- and I got back an automated "This isn't for us, thank you anyway" from the publisher.

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Title: Hainted

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  • Rebecca Buchanan
    Rebecca Buchanan says #
    I have not read Ford's Apocalyptic novel, but I am in the middle of Black Dgo Blues.
  • Rebecca Buchanan
    Rebecca Buchanan says #
    @Tammy Nelson: Yep, I love the Whyborne and Griffin series; I have read them all, to date, including the short stories. I've read
  • Tammy Nelson
    Tammy Nelson says #
    Oh my goodness! You've just named two of my other absolute favorite authors.LOL Those three were my introduction into the non fanf
  • Tammy Nelson
    Tammy Nelson says #
    I love this author! It was a different series that got me hooked, but I have devoured every single book she has published. She ha

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A few months back, I wrote about a few of the many Pagan-friendly ebooks which are available for free, or very inexpensively.* Such books can be a great way for readers to discover new writers, and for writers to attract new readers. Well, I have since discovered a few more (I can't help it; I'm a book addict).

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Title: Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy

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