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Today’s Spooky Legends guest is Brenna Yovanoff, author of THE REPLACEMENT (already available) and THE SPACE BETWEEN (available November 15, 2011 ) from Penguin/Razorbill. Our story features the La Llorona urban legend. Want to win your own copy of Brenna’s latest book? Check out the giveaway details below.
The story of La Llorona is a sad one.
I never heard it from my mother, and not from any of her boyfriends or attendants or her friends. And I certainly never heard it from my sisters, who would only find the situation funny.
They say that once, in the heart of Mexico, a woman was in love with a rich, handsome man, and because she loved him, she was willing to do whatever it took to be with him. My mother says that love is for the weak. For cowards and fools.
The woman was a widow, with two young children from her short-lived marriage, and her lover said he could never marry her because of this. He didn’t want to tie himself to a woman with children that weren’t his own, and because of this, the woman knew she had to get rid of them. She drowned them in the river so that she could be with the man she loved.
When he learned what she’d done though, he refused her. When he said he couldn’t be with her if she had children, he meant he couldn’t be with her at all.
In her grief and desperation, the woman flung herself somewhere. Into a chasm or off a bridge, maybe. She drowned herself in memory of her dead children and ever-after, she wanders the countryside looking for them, calling out and weeping uncontrollably. She steals the children of farmers and villagers, drowning them once she discovers they’re not her own.
This is the story of La Llorona, and it is a false one.
There are no curses, no such thing as ghosts. The tale of La Llorona is really just a shadow of the truth, the tale of my aunt Lamia, who once loved a god with a powerful wife.
Here is the real story.
The god’s wife was jealous and vengeful, and in an elegant stroke of cruelty, she forced Lamia to eat her own children as punishment for her trespasses. My cousins, gone in an instant, lost at the hands of this jealous wife. Woman are often the deadlier of the species.
Now, Lamia creeps across the whole world, eating up all the bad children, the disobedient ones, as compensation for what she lost, but it never fills her, never satisfies her. This is the truth.
She does not weep.
I’m good at soccer, violent video games, and making very flaky pie pastry.
I’m bad at dancing, making decisions, and inspiring confidence as an authority figure. I suspect this is because I am short, and also terrible at sounding as though I have any idea what I’m talking about.
I was homeschooled until I was fifteen, which has probably affected my world view in ways I can’t fathom.
Also, I really, really like parentheses. (Really.)
Want to read more from Brenna Yovanoff?
This giveaway is provided by Brenna Yovanoff and Dark Faerie Tales
Two winners will each receive a copy of The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
Available on November 15, 2011 from Penguin/Razorbill
About the Book:
Everything is made of steel, even the flowers. How can you love anything in a place like this?
Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped – and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie’s whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.
This second novel by rising star Brenna Yovanoff is a story of identity, discovery, and a troubled love between two people struggling to find their place both in our world and theirs.
**Don’t forget to visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Spooky Legends guest blog with Jaclyn Dolamore and a chance to win a copy of BETWEEN SEA & SKY**
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