About the Blog

Castles and witches, fairies and dragons…or starships and black holes and aliens…or long ago times and far away places.  I love stories that take me to another world, that introduce me to amazing people, that give me a glimpse of wild adventures I can enjoy without sunburns or blisters!

This blog is all about discussing marvelous tales.  I post book reviews every Monday and Wednesday, and fun writing/book/movie/blogging things on other days.  I have a leaning towards Fantasy and towards Young Adult, but you’ll find a good mix of other genres as well.  Best are stories that take me to another world, be it the past, the present, or Neverland, and which appeal across all ages.

I don’t read: horror, graphic violence, 99% of nonfiction (memoirs included), ebooks, genre romance or books that conclude the world is a dark, depressing place.

I do love: powerful heroines, dark heroes with good hearts, comedy (clean, witty and clever), creative fairy tale retellings, sweet love stories, and novels that will make me think while they tell a compelling story.

If you’re thinking, “I love those things too!” then welcome to the blog.  🙂  I hope I can help you find some marvelous tales to enjoy.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I get in touch with you?
Send me an email at cherylmahoney42 @ gmail.com (without the spaces)

Can I send you a suggestion of a book to review?
Always!  I make no guarantees about reading, but I welcome all suggestions.

Do you accept review copies?
Yes…if I feel it’s right for my blog.  See above about what I do and don’t read, and if you think your book fits, please send me an email with the details.

Are you making money from those “Buy It Here” links at the bottom of each review?
If you buy a book through one of my Amazon Affiliate links, 4%(ish) comes back to me.  However, I promise honest reviews, and will never recommend a book if I don’t genuinely like it!

Can I guest blog for you?  Or will you guest on my blog?
Maybe!  Email me and let me know what you have in mind.  I’d love to talk about it.

What are the books in the blog header?
I tried to arrange the picture so that you could read the titles, but if you’re squinting and wondering what that second word is…from left, the books are: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling; The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean; Mary Poppins in the Park by P. L. Travers; Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce; Believing Is Seeing by Diana Wynne Jones; Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer; Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques; Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier; A Voice from the Border by Pamela Smith Hill; and Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey.

How did you start blogging?
I started blogging for my job several years ago.  I began Tales of the Marvelous in November of 2010.  Read more about my blogging history.

Would you rather visit Neverland, Narnia or Oz?
Neverland!  Faeries and pirates and flying…definitely Neverland.

If a man with a blue police box showed up at your door, where would you travel?
Prince Edward Island, June of 1908.  Find out why.

Now you tell me—what’s your favorite book?  And why is it a marvelous tale?

3 Responses to About the Blog

  1. calmgrove says:

    Whatever I’m enjoying reading at the time would be my favourite; just now Alison Uttley’s A Traveller in Time is commandeering my attention. It’s about a girl in a old Elizabethan house who slips into the past at random times to interact with the house’s former inhabitants.

  2. C. L. Blacke says:

    I’m not so much a fantasy fiend, but I do love and write YA novels. Mine are all pretty much mystery/suspense, though I am taking a stab at writing serialized fantasy fiction based on the MMO World of Warcraft, which of course is based off of Dungeons & Dragons. I’ve got two installments up so far, so please feel free to take a look. I’m also doing NaNoWriMo.

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