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Spooky Legends: Brenna Yovanoff

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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.

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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.

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About Brenna:

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.)

You can visit Brenna around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Brenna Yovanoff?

The ReplacementThe Space BetweenAn Infinite Thread - A Merry S...

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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.

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**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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46 Responses to “Spooky Legends: Brenna Yovanoff

  1. Ammy BelleNo Gravatar
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    La Llorona and Lamia ar both scary stories – the idea that a woman could kill her own children for love is somewhat unthinkable. It send shivers up and down your spine.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ammy Belle
    apereiraorama @ gmail . com
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  2. Heather / you_were_almost_rightNo Gravatar
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    I’ve never actually heard this one before!!!

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  3. Dani NguyenNo Gravatar
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    Very creepy! I think I’ve heard bits of this urban legend before, but never the whole story. I can imagine my old babysitter telling me something like this to get me to behave!

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  4. Danielle DNo Gravatar
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    I have never heard this urban legend before, but I have to say it is a bit creepy nonw the less.

    Thanks for the story

    drakenfyre75[at]msn[dot]com

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  5. SandyG265No Gravatar
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    Creepy. I’ve never heard that legend before.

    sgiden at verizon.net

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  6. CYPNo Gravatar
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    Oooh, the cover’s so mysterious with the blood color and all! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. Lori StronginNo Gravatar
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    I LOVE reading about urban legends! I haven’t come across this one before, but I’m completely intrigued. Off to google search more about La Llorona!

    Thanks for the giveaway op!

    Smiles!
    Lori

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  8. Amber HughesNo Gravatar
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    I’ve never heard of this Urban Legend, but it’s both creepy and sad!

    I’ve read Brenna’s book “The Replacement” and enjoyed it :) It was different than anything I’ve read before and it was definitely creepy!

    I’ve had this book on my TBR list! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Ambercruz1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. MarthapaoNo Gravatar
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    I’ve heard of La Llorona so often it’s funny. My mom used to tell me that she was going to give me away to her if I didn’t behave. LOL

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  10. Marg @ Clockwork ReverieNo Gravatar
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    I never heard of the La Llorona legend, but the truly sad & horrifying thing is that there have been real life murder cases in which women have killed their own children for personal gain (whether it be money or for the affections of a man).

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve been really looking forward to reading this book.

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  11. JasmynNo Gravatar
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    I had not heard this one before. It was very interesting.

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  12. Grace RadfordNo Gravatar
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    I SOOOO want to read this book!!!

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  13. Rain maidenNo Gravatar
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    I thought the whole organ stealing was bad…this tops it. Thanks for the giveaway.

    moc.liamtohnull@3tmnJ

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  14. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    Oh La Llorona is one that scared the “heck” out of me. I was just a small child, but I remember the fear those “older” kids instilled in me that day. *shiver* I know that it is often referred back to Lamia, but there are differences as was pointed out. :)

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  15. JuneNo Gravatar
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    The Replacement was one of the first ARC’s I ever received. I had the gall to email the head of Razorbill and ask for a copy. He actually sent it to me! I can’t wait to read The Space Between. It sounds unique and creepily awesome. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    june (at) writingisablessing (dot) com

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  16. Teresa WarnerNo Gravatar
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    This is a new legend to me! moc.loanull@914renraWt

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  17. Jolene ANo Gravatar
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    first off, I gotta say I love this cover! I have never heard of this Urban Legend, but it definitely gave me the creeps

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  18. thegirlonfire27No Gravatar
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    I think this legend sounds really great! I am so excited to read another Brenna Yovanoff novel.

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  19. AmyNo Gravatar
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    The La Llorona tale was really dark and bittersweet. Would love to read The Space Between because I like dark stories.

    angeldream3[AT]gmail[DOT]com

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  20. Jennelle SNo Gravatar
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    I’ve heard the urban legend before, but I think the “true” version is sadder, as well as more scary (since she eats children and feels no sadness for it)

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  21. MLNo Gravatar
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    Wow both version are creepy and sad. Thanks for another spooky post.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

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  22. Michelle WNo Gravatar
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    I think they both are sad..People who feel desperate have the potential to do crazy things.

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  23. LaneNo Gravatar
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    I’ve heard versions of this and it always gives me the creeps.

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  24. Casey (The Bookish Type)No Gravatar
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    WOWZA. Did Brenna write this? I have chills! O_O

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  25. donnasNo Gravatar
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    I have never heard this one before.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  26. Amber EliseNo Gravatar
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    I absolutely love the contrast in the cover, and I’m interested in a character born of both demon and angel blood. THanks!

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  27. VivienNo Gravatar
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    Loved it! I really enjoyed The Replacement. I can’t wait to see where she takes this one.

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  28. melannieNo Gravatar
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    I live in Mexico and I used to hear this legend ALL THE TIME (which didn’t make it any less frightening)

    and people would always tried to replicate the sounds of her weeping, I still get the chills.

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  29. RhiannaNo Gravatar
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    I read this one in one of Juliet Blackwell’s books and it’s quite possibly one of the most horrific myths. *shudders*

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  30. Kristin CliftonNo Gravatar
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    I had heard something like this but it was in mythology, not as an urban legend (really, what’s the difference? discuss!). I had to go look it up and it is similar, but I like this creepy telling better!

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  31. Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations)No Gravatar
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    This looks really good.

    Chllybrd(at)gmail.com

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  32. JennieNo Gravatar
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    I grew up listening to the legend of La Llorona in Puerto Rico. It was nice to remember it. :)

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  33. Kelly MillsNo Gravatar
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    I haven’t heard of this urban legend before, although I do enjoy reading about urban legends.

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  34. Julie S.No Gravatar
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    Thanks for the post. Wow, pretty creepy.

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  35. SusanNo Gravatar
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    I hadn’t heard this legend before, but I enjoyed it. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sab5723 at hotmail dot com

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  36. Stephanie EcksteinNo Gravatar
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    The Urban Legends were very creepy. The ones about children really freak out, probably because I have two. The book sounds really interesting and I can’t wait to read it. thanks for the giveaway.

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  37. DeAnna (@SacredmOOn1)No Gravatar
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    Well I’d say all urban legends are creepy. That being said, I would love to win this book. TY for the chance.
    sacredmoon1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. AmyS.No Gravatar
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    Great urban legend. Thanks for the giveaway.
    truebloodfan AT rock DOT com

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  39. AmyNo Gravatar
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    I’m latina so La Llorona has always been part of my urban legend repertoire. :D

    amarilys(dot)acosta9(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. erinNo Gravatar
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    This a creepy urban legend…some are really stupid! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  41. Mickie TNo Gravatar
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    The last line in the legend – “She does not weep.” – absolutely made my skin crawl.

    mdturett at juno dot com

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  42. elizabethNo Gravatar
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    I dont like them there scary and I cant sleep at night when i hear them.
    cover of the book is awesome

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  43. NicoleNo Gravatar
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    I have have heard of this one before, it is super creepy but also really sad.

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  44. latisha depoortereNo Gravatar
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    This sounds like a great book can’t wait to read it Thank you for the great giveaway!

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  45. Kelly MillsNo Gravatar
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    Sounds creepy, but have never heard this urban legend before.

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  46. Amy LynnNo Gravatar
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    Eww creepy and Brenna is good with the creepy stuff.

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