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Happy Halloween!

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Halloween is here once more, and the weather in my part of the world is cold and breezy (thank you, Superstorm Sandy). Tonight the little ghouls and goblins (and princesses and rock stars and…) will dress up in their costumes, argue with their parents about whether they really need to wear a coat, and then swarm neighborhoods to ring doorbells and compare the candy they receive. Thinking about this, my wonderings took a slight turn into the realm of other Halloween traditions. Here’s a little information about this last day in October and the traditions that go with it.

Jack o’Lanterns

Did you know that the carved pumpkins affectionately called jack o’lanterns are actually a tradition that began in Ireland? There is one major difference between the carved pumpkins so popular in America and the jack o’lanterns of Irish history. Originally, jack o’lanterns were carved from turnips and beets, not pumpkins.

Trick or Treating

Trick or treating is a popular Halloween tradition all over the United States. I’ve  several theories on the origins of this tradition, but there doesn’t appear to be a definite historical link to any of these traditions. So where did modern trick or treating come from? The best guess appears to be that Irish immigrants brought the tradition with them in the 1800s. By the 1940s, dressing up in costumes and going trick or treating had become a well-established tradition in the United States.

Ghosts and Demons

Halloween dates back over 2,000 years, although for the Celtic peoples who originated the celebration of the day it was Samhain’s eve. They believed that on this day faeries, demons, and other paranormal creatures roamed the earth. Spirits on their way to the afterlife were also thought to walk the earth on Halloween.

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My childhood Halloween traditions involved costumes and trick or treating, jack o’lanterns and haunted houses. But my favorite tradition was the watching of the Halloween specials on TV. All the kids I knew loved “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “Garfield’s Halloween Adventure” as much as I did. Those familiar cartoons were one of the highlights of the season.

Tell me, what are some of your favorite Halloween memories? What traditions do you have now?


And the winner is…

Thank you for your participation in the Where in the World are the Secret Cravings Publishing Authors? Blog Hop! I hope you all had a great time visiting blogs and trying to guess where each SCP author lives. I know I have fun with it!

As most of you have figured out by now, I live in the great state of Indiana, home of the Indy 500 and the world’s largest ball of paint. 🙂 Everyone who guessed correctly was entered into the contest for a PDF copy of Thirst for Love, and Random.org has picked a winner.

The winner is Nancy S!

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Congratulations!


Where in the World Am I?

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My publisher Secret Cravings Publishing and some of their authors are having a “Where in the world am I…” blog event this weekend. How does it work? Each author has posted a few clues on their blog to help you figure out where in the world they live. You can find a complete list of participating authors and links to their blogs on the Secret Cravings Publishing blog http://secretcravingspublishing.blogspot.com/.

I’ve posted a few hints below about the state I live in. Leave a comment letting me know where you think it is, and all correct guesses will be entered into a drawing for a PDF copy of my vampire romance Thirst for Love.

Hints:

  1. It’s the first state to have a chapel in its state capitol
  2. The “Grand Central Station” of the Underground Railroad is located here
  3. Home of the world’s largest ball of paint

Where in the world am I?

Leave a comment with your guess before 11:59 p.m. (PST) Sunday October 7. Be sure to check back on Monday (October 8) to find out the answer! I’ll also announce the name of the winner of Thirst for Love.

Good luck to you all!

Thirst for Love cover artBlurb:

Victor Nicolescu wants only two things: blood to sate his hunger and a woman to love him for eternity. The blood is easy—his butler donates to Victor’s personal blood bank on a regular basis. Sometimes, however, Victor has an undeniable craving for fresh blood. His most recent craving leads him straight to Claudia Reyes, a gorgeous psychiatrist who doesn’t believe in the existence of vampires. His bite transforms her into one of the mythical immortals and forces her to leave behind everything familiar. Victor longs to help her adjust to her new life as a creature of the night, but her anger at his choice to transform her threatens to destroy their chance for love. When the night of the full moon rolls around, however, Claudia discovers he desperately needs her help to overcome a part of him even he never knew existed.