Well, it might be a day early, but the next few days are full of fools, and ghouls, and maybe a guy with tools. This is a time of celebration and some folks take it to a whole new level.
The end of October and the beginning of November is a special time for many people. For those who celebrated Samhain (pronounced “Saw-when”) it’s a time of acknowledging the end of the growing season and the thinness of the veil between the living world and the spirit world. It’s when the members of the Wild Hunt ride and often catch people unawares unless they have wards or leave offerings.
The tradition has changed over the years, mellowing to be more of a children’s holiday where they wear costumes and visit neighbors asking for candy and goodies. My own tradition is even the adults wear costumes and hand out light bracelets to the kids, to light the way to the next house.
November 1st follows with All Saints Day, the festival of honoring all the saints, both known and unknown. I suspect it was a way to tone down the Pagan celebrations for Samhain and remind the followers of the Christian faith that things were meant to be taken seriously in a controlled manner. But it is a good day to celebrate your own patron saint and to give thanks for them watching over your well-being.
November 2nd is Dia de Los Muertos, celebrated in Hispanic cultures as the Day of the Dead. This is a remembrance day to honor loved ones who’ve departed the land of the living. I got the chance to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos while taking a Spanish class in High School. It was so cool to see all the marigolds and goodies put out for the souls to partake. I even got to decorate real sugar skulls and make the tissue paper cutouts to wave in the wind. I found that celebration to be the most joyous despite the sadness of loss.
Traditionally, this is the time of year Hollywood puts out those horror films of werewolves, vampires, demons and whatnot. As a paranormal romance author, I just happen to have a few tales of such beings to entice and thrill at this time of year.
A Hell Hound’s Fire has a very special werewolf and he’s definitely hot. Hopefully he’ll light your fire.
Her Devoted Vampire is not your typical vampire or kidnapped heroine tale. He’s devoted to her safety. She’s convinced he’s crazy.
Order of the Dragon – Being the most famous vampire out there isn’t necessarily a good thing. Especially when there’s someone determined to make a name for himself by killing said vampire. Drake will definitely need a dragon to rescue him.
Second Chance Succubus – what’s better than one sexy werewolf? How about two? And one who’s so damaged, he can’t accept that a succubus is his true mate in this menage murder mystery.
Queen Bitch of the Callowwood Pack – Ever wondered what it’s like to be a werewolf? Julianna gets first-hand experience, but it’s not all chasing squirrels and howling at the moon. And someone might just be trying to kill her.
There you have it. Some lovely Halloween/Samhain tales to give you shivers and satisfaction (as all good romance does). And keep an eye on my page. There will be more paranormal romance to come, and not all the characters are the traditional “bump in the night” creatures we expect at this time of year. Gotta keep you on your toes.
Many blessings to all y’all for a blessed Samhain, a reverent All Saints Day, and a joyous Dia de Los Muertos. Happy reading!
Award Winning author Siobhan Muir lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with her husband, two daughters, and a vegetarian cat she swears is a shape-shifter, though he's never shifted when she can see him. Siobhan writes kick-ass adventure with hot sex for men and women to enjoy. She believes in happily ever after, redemption, and communication, all of which you’ll find in her paranormal, dauntless romance, and romantic suspense stories.