Happy October, friends!
Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. Nature’s amazing spectacle warms us with beautiful blasts of color before winter settles in. Pumpkins are carved into scary faces, hayrides deliver us deep into apple orchards, magical candlelight stirs our imagination as we share scary stories, and warm ovens tease us with irresistible treats. What’s not to love?
Samhain, or Halloween, marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the dark half of the year. From sunset on October 31st to sunset on November 1st (which is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice), the traditional belief is that the veil between worlds becomes thin. During this liminal time, spirits and beings from the other side can more easily cross over to our world. Bonfires are lit for their cleansing and protective powers, offerings of food and drink (trick or treat, anyone?) are left for visiting spirits to placate them, feasts are held to welcome the spirits of loved ones that have returned to us, and masks are worn to disguise oneself from harmful spirits and evade their wrath (better dig out the face paint!).
Though I love reading (and writing) paranormal thrillers, I’m a huge scaredy-cat! While writing Strega, there were many nights when my laptop almost left the land of the living as I tossed it aside and ran for shelter from the boogeyman outside my window. But alas, I just can’t get enough. And this time of year, my cup (and my DVR) runneth over. Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Grimm, Sleepy Hollow… they are all back on. Sleepless nights, here I come!
If you love sleepless nights and espresso shot mornings, head over to Goodreads and enter to win a free, signed copy of Strega. This Goodreads Giveaway runs until midnight on October 31st, so make sure to enter before the post-trick-or-treat candy coma sets in!!! If you’ve already read Strega and you’re waiting for Book II, rest assured. It’s coming in 2015 (before Halloween, of course!).
Have a spooktacular October!!!
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