You see, the Celts believed that the ghosts of the dead walked the earth on the night of Samhain, so they lit bonfires and wore costumes to ward off the roaming ghouls. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before became known as All Hallows’ Eve and later became Halloween. Eventually Halloween evolved into the community-based, spectacular event it is today with child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating and attending parties becoming the norm.
I LOVE Halloween! It is my favorite holiday. It’s all the fun of Christmas without the expense. No really, think about it. You can dress up, go to parties, eat lots of goodies, visit with friends and family, even decorate your home with spooktacular items, but there are no presents to buy. And the best part about Halloween is that you can stop cleaning your house, allow the dust and spider webs to accumulate, then call them decorations. ;)
So it isn't any wonder that I also love monsters. Werewolves, zombies, ghosts-it doesn't matter. If it's been in a horror movie, I love it. That's why I write paranormal romance. My vampires are my inner fantasies brought to life on the pages.
To celebrate the Halloween Blogfest, I am giving away a Kindle copy of Deadly Alpha (or any of my others stories, winner's choice). To enter the drawing, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post that includes your email address. If you'd like a second entry, sign up to receive my newsletter by clicking on the link below. It's that easy. On Saturday 11/1/14 Random.Org will choose the winner and I will notify the lucky person via email.
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12) costume parties
10) scary decorations
9) horror-themed amusement parks
5) horror movies on TV
4) children and pets in costumes
2) the feeling of chills going up my spine
1) And last but definitely not least, the thing I love most about Halloween is the vampires, of course. Why else would I write about them? ;)
To celebrate Halloween, my publisher agreed to put Book 2 of the Alpha Council Chronicles on sale. Deadly Alpha is only $.99 until October 23rd. Don't miss your chance to get Marcus' story for less than a dollar.
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Born in Melbourne Australia, Jacinta Maree considers herself a chocoholic with an obsession with dragons, video gaming and Japan. She writes a variety of genres including YA paranormal, steampunk, horror, new adult, dystopian and fantasy. Winner of 2014 Horror of the year and bestselling author, Jacinta writes to bring enjoyment to others while fulfilling her own need to explore the weird and the impossible.
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I’m excited to introduce some younger characters to readers. With a masters degree in higher education administration, I get to use my in-depth study of college-aged students in my writing. Life between ages 18-24 are the next biggest time of growth aside from the preschool years, and I can't wait to explore some characters as they discover who they are while finding love for the first time.
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The first book -Ivy Intertwined- in my Island Refuge series is scheduled to be released in February 2016. In the meantime, I’m writing a weekly FREE web serial -Ring Around Rosie- that will appear on my tumblr blog, on Wattpad and JukePop. The fun part of writing a web serial is that reader comments help shape each new episode (chapter). It's more interactive than writing a traditional book in the isolation of my office. Rather than waiting until its complete, I share the story weekly.
Ring Around Rosie will introduce some of the characters in the Island Refuge series.
Born and bred to become the perfect princess in the Chicago socialite scene, Rosemary’s dream of becoming an artist was cast aside by her demanding family. Until the day when Rosemary had enough. With her trust fund and a car full of belongings, she left her family behind and drove east -as far east as possible- until she found the perfect island to open her jewelry shop. It was also the perfect place to find her own path.
Everything was going along smoothly… and, just maybe, a little lonely… until she meets Erik Thorne.
Raised in his father’s brewery -and always knowing he would inherit the business someday- Erik had it all too easy. Then his reputation as the party boy who refused to grow up eventually caught up with him. Now he owes everything to his brother who was willing to move away and start over somewhere new.
Everything was going along smoothly… and, just maybe, a little boring… until he meets Rosie.
Without taking extraordinary risks, you will live an ordinary life. Follow your dreams, take the risk. You never know where life may take you.
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