“Well I live with snakes and lizards and other things that go bump in the night.
Cos to me every day is Halloween
I’ve given up hiding and started to fight.”
This song came out when I was in high school and it was like someone finally heard me, knew me, wrote a song with all of my feelz…
Yes, I was an odd one always in school. I wore the cheerleading skirt while I hung out with all of my “goth” and “mod” friends. I had a group of guy friends that made their own horror films and my best friend and I used to pick up Jolt Cola and Skittles on the way home so we could laugh until we peed. I danced, cheered, went to shows when I could, was friends with everyone and accepted by few, but that was how I chose to live. As a weirdo. I wore my dad’s old sweatshirts with ripped up written on shoes, band shirts, surfer shorts...I had my hair long and straight when the whole world was going for curly and big.
And it was hard. But Halloween and all of the creepy-crawly stuff? It was my happy place. I read Stephen King and Anne Rice, I watched horror films with my dad, and on Halloween, it was time to pretend, to play in the nighttime, and to push the boundaries of fear and excitement. The older I get, the more Halloween has become a season and it’s something I share with my kids and friends. My house is a shrine to all the things that go bump in the night...all year long, actually.
I know a lot of folks are Christmas-a-holics, and I see the attraction, but I’ll always be drawn to the darkness. Things feel more like home with a few cobwebs and bats than they do with snowflakes and hot cocoa. So tell me, you interested in a walk on the darkside?
When I started writing, I assumed I’d write horror. My first book was a supernatural romance with a little bit of evil—and it’s still hiding in my dark lair—but I’ve written several funny paranormals, a couple of historical horror romances, and most of my contemporary romances have at least one or two references to spooky stuff. I did write a straight-up horror this year for Friday the 13th, and I’m happily sharing the code with you today. This story is set in my hometown and Secret Sidewalk was a place we really used to go hang out. My husband and I even went there as teens (just friends, he always had a girlfriend who was nowhere near as much fun and creepy as me) and ended up on the wrong side of the road and…yeah we walked about six miles that night! So enjoy, get your creepy on, and play with me in the darkness on this most wonderful night of the year.
Thank you to Carissa for having me on the Love Romance Reads blog today and Stay Tuned for more Rock ‘n’ Romance…
I’d love to keep in touch and talk about all things romance and Halloween. You can find me in all of the following haunts:
Ro’s Roadies of Romance Reader Group
Here’s the link to Friday, October 13th, 1978
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Ghoul Me Once
The Magic and Mayhem continue as Garrett and Layla, along with their allies from Assjacket, return to the Bayou in a new Shifted adventure...
Clarabelle Cocodri has a lot on her plate as guardian of her teenaged gator Shifter brother. When her favorite cousin—and new alpha—returns to Terrebonne Parish, she's not too sure it's for the best. He's mated to a witch, and the congregation has been done dirty by magic users. But when she finds a gorgeous stranger in her garden shed with a magical malady, she knows she'll need Garrett's help.
Johann Bastien is a lonely, down-on-his-luck musician in the French Quarter looking for a change in his life and a break from his bullying bandmates. He gets more than he bargained for when he's compelled to take a walk into the darkness and wakes up in the St. Louis No. 1 Cemetery a new—but definitely not better—man. He flees to the Bayou and finds solace in a quiet garden shed until he can figure out what he'll do next...that is until the most beautiful woman he's ever seen opens the door.
Garrett Cocodri and Layla Du Mer are fated mates who just want the opportunity to strengthen their bond. But Garrett's father left a mess for them and everyone and their gator needs their help. When an injured Shifter is found with a strange bite, and Garrett's childhood best friend shows up unexpectedly, Garrett is forced to put his bonding on hold to face challenges he never saw coming.
Can Johann be saved from his debilitating condition? Can Clarabelle learn to trust her cousin and overcome her fear of witches? Will Garrett and Layla become the leaders Terrebonne Parish not only wants but needs? These witches and Shifters will have to work together and try to ignore their hopped-up hormones in order to rebuild their struggling congregation and survive a powerful foe who threatens them all.
*Can be read as a standalone, but reading Shifted will enhance the experience.
18+ for sex, hex, and compulsive movie quoting...
Free Horror Short