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Before we begin the FINAL part of this 4-part installmentStory Behind the Story Series, I have a reminder. Remember how I gave away a little fox charm/pendant with the launch of Hell to Pay? Well…I’m giving away a little BUTTERFLY from Jewelweed Sprouts to celebrate Fighting for Anna’s release! Pictures coming soon. Enter through the Rafflecopter, below.
And now, the last installment in the Story Behind the Story of Fighting for Anna (F4A), the 8th novel in the What Doesn’t Kill You romantic mystery series, featuring Michele. Here’s a look at the practical magic behind F4A.
By now you guys know that I love me some everyday, practical magic. Magical realism some call it. In G4K, the practical magic arose from Michele’s relation to her Papa and Mexican abuela/grandmother, who taught her Aztec mythology. Her father nicknamed her Itzpapalotl after a knife-winged butterfly goddess. Michele channeled Itzpa in her times of greatest stress.
In F4A, Michele is starting to feel tired to her bones, despite being only forty-one. She is beginning to feel drawn toward another man, with her husband Adrian now dead for more than a year. Michele doesn’t feel like a butterfly. She feels dirty and old. She no longer identifies with Itzpapalotl. Instead, she imagines herself more and more like Tlazolteotal, the “eater of filth.” As an Aztec goddess, Tlazolteotl rules over the cycles: ritual cleansing, female menses, the growth and life/consumption/expulsion/fertilizing cycle, and the sexual cycle (especially of woman). She is the goddess of sexuality and the forgiver of sexual sins and taboos.
She fit Michele’s “stage” and mindset like a glove in F4A. I’m writing the last Michele novel now, and I can’t wait for you to see where she goes next. However, you’ve got three Ava novels coming first, before you get another dose of Michele.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this Story Behind the Story series as much as I have. I have a free novella coming out after Thanksgiving, exclusively for subscribers to my blog and newsletter, so I’ll write another piece for this series “The Story Behind the Story” series when Act One: A What Doesn’t Kill You Romantic Mystery Novella (Prequel Ensemble) comes out. [Be sure to let your reading friends know to subscribe!]
p.s. It was a big week for other reasons.
Eric competed in the Oilman Half Ironman triathlon. He crushed his goals, didn’t get injured, and had fun. I was so proud. I’m sure he was too: I did a cartwheel on the edge of the course during his run, while I was cheering for him. Mission accomplished: he laughed.
Horses and donkeys got to know each other.
Donkeys stole our hearts. (Fitz, Kathryn, Annabelle)