Thursday, October 3, 2013

Baltimore Book Festival#1 - Isabella and Darby Visit

Rob, Tom Darby, Isabella
Last year when I (Rob) was at the Baltimore Book Festival I had the great fortune to set up my table right next to Isabella and Darby. Isabella is an Adult Fantasy novelist, who has one trilogy out called the "Bound Trilogy," (it's not about people over 50 having regularity issues- it's about Demons bonded to humans, with vampires in the mix, and how they all function in society. It takes place in the Philippines... making for an exotic setting.  I'll get to the book in a moment.
  First, I want to point out how fate brings people together that are meant to be together. Isabella, Darby and I had so much fun last year at the festival, that we stayed in touch and a friendship bloomed. You could say that  we immediately were "Bound" in friendship. This year, she and her husband Darby stayed with us for the weekend of the festival. We had a great time, filled with a lot of laughs and great conversation. He's got a PhD. in Biology and other aspects of the science, and she has a masters in International conflict resolution (among other things). Dolly, Franklin and Tyler fell in love with them immediately, too.
      I read Isabella's trilogy (and had not read the genre before) and loved it. If you haven't, here's the summary for Book 1 called "Bound" and she goes by the pen name "I.R. Harris." (  
Dolly, Darby, Tyler, Isabella, Franklin
    To Ana, the Bonding ritual is a dangerous part of being human. She herself hasn't been chosen--yet. However, her dear friend Kai has, and on the surface he seems happy. However, Ana knows that Kai was lucky; his Bonder didn't make the choice to kill him. When it is her time, she might not be so fortunate. As it so happens, the choice to take Ana as a Bond was made years ago and her time is now. When Ana's peaceful life in Indonesia is suddenly intersected by a Bonder Demon named Nathanial, she is thrown into a roaring tempest of choices, of love, of ever changing loyalties, and of lies. She quickly realizes that loving someone is not the same as knowing them, and that having either of those things offers no guarantee that her heart will be protected or her life will be spared.  For Ana, does being Bound mean to live in the absence of love, of autonomy, of trust or does it mean she will have to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to reclaim who she is and to save not only herself, but also the lives of those to which she is forever tied?   


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next