UPDATE: The bloghop ended Nov. 1. Congratulations to Janet Haselden, who won the $50 Amazon gift card Grand Prize, and to Jean MP who won my prize of a $10 Amazon gift card and Halloween socks. A big thank you to everyone who participated in a wonderful blog hop.
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My Prize: $10 Amazon Gift Card and Pirate-themed Halloween Socks
Halloween was my favorite holiday when I was a kid. I had two favorite outfits: wicked witch or Little Red Riding Hood. I don’t remember if the witch costume was store bought, but I remember that my mom made the red skirt and cape for my Little Red Riding Hood costume. Being practical minded, she sewed the skirt with a gathered waist and deep hem so it could be let out and lengthened as I grew. That way, I got to wear it more than one year. So it’s probably no coincidence that the first two paranormal stories I wrote involved a witch and a werewolf.
My novella, Ilona’s Wolf: A Fairy Tale Romance, was inspired by Little Red Riding Hood and features a runaway princess and a cursed werewolf. It begins with the wolf saving Ilona from a dangerous woodsman.
Princess Ilona is rescued by a wolf that transforms into a handsome, naked man. Cursed by an evil wizard, Rolf was trapped in wolf form until he tasted the blood of a royal. Now he must escort the princess on a hazardous journey to the castle. Passion flares between them, but both know there is no future for a princess and a werewolf. Or is there in a world where magic and passion combine?
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Heather Parnell of Marooned is my 18th century hereditary witch. The research was a bit tricky, since witches of the period had to keep their craft in secret. The previous centuries had witnessed massive witch hunts, and many women were drowned, hanged or burned at the stake. Modern witches still refer to the period as the “Burning Times”.
Heather MacGibbon is traveling from England to her home in Jamaica with her new husband, Roger Parnell, a man she detests. She performs a banishing spell with unintended consequences. When their ship is attacked by pirates, Roger is killed, and Heather, disguised as a boy, joins the pirate crew.
Pirate captain Adam Langworth soon discovers Heather is a woman, but agrees to keep her secret, a violation of the ships’ articles. When her identity is discovered, Adam and Heather find themselves marooned on a deserted island with nothing to do for the rest of their lives but make love…
Disclaimer: This is a 12,000 word steamy romantic short story, not a full-length novel. Previously published by Amber Quill Press. Contains a sexy pirate, a naughty witch, cussing and fornicating.
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My grandson and I went as zombie soldiers last year, this year we are going as zombie ninjas. He is 7 and has Asperger’s and he loves zombies, so dressing up like this together is so much fun.
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That does sound like fun, Sue. Halloween is for kids, and finding common ground with them is so important for bonding. I know you ninjas will have a wonderful time.
I like zombie costumes i wear one to scare the adults when they bring their kids for candy, [email protected]
Oh, you’re one of those people. 😉 LOL, I bet the adults are easier to scare than some of the kids. But let’s face it, zombies are scary. And much more popular than they used to be.
i love witches costumes 🙂
I still like all things witchy, too, Laurie.
As a kid it was a mouse costume which got handed down. it was in sad shape when it was finally thrown out. As an adult I go the easy route and dress up as a doctor in lab coat and scrubs with a cheap stethoscope.
A mouse costume, how cute. Lab coat & scrubs does make for an easy costume. I haven’t had to dress up in ages. I do have a spider cape, if nothing else.
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I still like witches and wizards, but one year my daughter looked great as Raggedy Ann
Debra, I bet she made for an adorable Raggedy Ann. That’s a cute costume.
My favorite as a kid was a clown costume that my mother made for me. I have not dressed up in years! This year my 3 children will be Darth Vader, The Grim Reaper, and an Army Commander!
Heather, sounds like your kids are ready to conquer the world!
I’ve always loved anything Victorian the costumes are beautiful from this time frame. thanks and have a Happy Halloween.
I agree, Amy. The Victorians knew how to dress in style! I love the steampunk take on Victoriana, too.
My favorite costume was when I was a vampire and had a beautiful dress.
Thanks for the chance to win!
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That sounds like fun, Natasha. I assume it was a black dress. We rarely see vampires in any other color, though why not? Dark purple or re, perhaps.
My favorite costume was the year I dressed as Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas.
Oh, I bet that was cute, Lisa. I went to Disneyland one fall when they had the Haunted Mansion decorated in a Nightmare Before Christmas theme and it was so much fun.
My favorite costume was the year I dressed as Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas.
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I was a strange child and dressed up as Lizzie Borden one year! My Dad is a woodworker and made me a wooden axe to go with my costume! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂
Too funny,… I live in the city where Lizzie is from! =) The Borden house creeps me out & I try to avoid going near it lol.
That would be pretty creepy. I bet it’s haunted.
Now that was a creative idea, Kristen. Love the wooden axe addition!
A bat! My mom made it. We have a hilarious picture of me as this fanged thing and my sister as a fairy princess. What’s up with those girls who always want to be pretty?? [email protected]
LOL, Alexis. Yes, what’s up with that? Another costume I liked was to dress up in my Dad’s old clothes and trick or treat as a hobo. I even had a fake cigar that if you pressed it, a worm came out of the end.
A bat! My mom made it. Both of your stories sound like fun reads. [email protected]
Homemade costumes can be the most creative. The stories were both fun to write.
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Always a classic choice.
A clown, the wig, the wild colored suit with a ruffled color and the big shoes.
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A clown would be fun, though I was afraid of clowns when I was a kid.
My favorite costume was my Minnie Mouse costume I wore last year! I was a very sweet looking Minnie & all the kids loved my outfit. =)
Thanks for the giveaway!
Take care & I hope you have a great halloween! =)
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Minnie Mouse sounds cute, Brandi. Have a good Halloween tonight!
When I was a child of the seventies, I loved my Wonder Woman costume. The plastic sufficating mask, the hot, crinkly plastic dress that went over your clothes. Those were some good times….LOL
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Wonder Woman is a good choice, Michelle. Yep, good times.
I like any Disney character costume
We see a lot of those around here in Orange County. No need to leave the email since you provide it when you comment, even though it doesn’t show on the blog.
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my nephew was spiderman this year, looked pretty good!
That’s a fun choice. Super heroes are so popular nowadays.
The Wicked Witch of the West is my favorite
With the striped socks? I love those!
I always love witch costumes.
Witch costumes are always popular, aren’t they?
My favorite costume is pumpkins! Especially kid pumpkins. So cute!
Yes, little kids dressed as pumpkins are cute. Pumpkins are one of my favorite things about autumn. I love pumpkin-flavored anything.
I don´t dress up (I´m in Sweden and we don´t celebrate as much as you) but my favorite is the boy in wheel chair, dressed up as an ice cream van =D That is an awesome pic <3
Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Halloween!
Linda, I saw the little boy in the wheelchair on ABC news last night. What a lovely, heart-warming story. He has a wonderful, creative mother to come up with all those amazing costumes.
I love Cleopatra 🙂
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Thanks, got it.
Cleopatra is great, for anyone who can carry that off. I never had the guts to try.
My favorite was dressing as strawberry shortcake when i was little!
Strawberry Shortcake is adorable.
My favorite costume was the one my son came up with last year–a voodoo doll. He designed it (I had to sew it), and although burlap is a horrible fabric to work with, it came out great.
What a great idea, though I don’t envy you. Trying to sew burlap.
I honestly love seeing all the cute costumes but my favorite to see are the little fairies. Also thanks for sharing and participating in the hop.
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Fairy costumes are darling. Thanks for stopping by, Melissa.
My favorite costume has to be a couple one, a zombie!Rapunzel and zombie!Flynn.
I’d love to see a zombie Rapunzel, Krysta!
My favorite childhood costume was a French maid costume I made myself. Don’t smurk….it was not nasty.
Thanks for being the Halloween Blog Hop. Love meeting new authors.
I’m sure you were a very cute French maid, Mary. What an interesting choice for a child.
I love meeting new readers. Thanks to all for coming to our blog hop.
My favorite costume when I was a kid was when I dressed up as a princess.
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Most little girls want to be a princess at one point or another. And the gowns are so pretty.
My favorite Halloween costume is a purple and black witch. Thanks for the great giveaway!
Purple and black are always good together. Hope you enjoyed the blog hop.
And the winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card and Halloween socks is lucky commenter #13, Jean MP. Congratulations, Jean!
Hope everyone had a fun Halloween weekend.