Have FUN this Halloween!
As a half-British, half-French writer based in London, there are many things I thank the United States of America for. Freeing my grandfather, grandmother and father from German occupation is one, of course. Giving me a job another (I work for an American company.) But one thing I am particularly grateful for at this time of year is that they have given us Halloween back.
Why back? Well, originally, we invented it. Along with the Irish. On 31 October, All Hallows’ Eve, the Eve of the Feast of All Souls, poor people would go round rich people’s houses asking for food. In return, they would pray for the rich people’s souls. It was called “souling”, and in some parts of England people would bake special cakes to give out on that night, the “soul cakes.” Some of the poor people would dress up and dance or sing songs to entertain the rich people and thank them for the food. In some areas people would also carve turnips and put candles inside them. Irish immigrants brought the customs to America, where they became Halloween as we know it. Then US influence brought the whole wonderful shebang back to the UK (Irish immigration helped too.)
I love the paranormal and supernatural, and I love dressing up and parties. There is a part of me that is for ever ten years old, and thrills at the sight of costumes, candy, cakes, and lit up pumpkins, which thankfully are a lot easier to carve than turnips (trust me, I’ve tried!) On 31 October I can be found hanging various pumpkin-shaped things on the trees in my front garden. Then I can be found lurking in the street, ready to invite any wandering, dressed-up children in for a bag of candy (or “sweets” as we call them here).
But what I love most of all about this old festival is that it enables us to come to terms with things we are afraid of. The dark. Winter. Death. The other world. As the British Pagan Federation wrote in a fact sheet published in 1993: “Hallowe’en should not be feared, but welcomed as a time to help children and adults come to terms with their fears of change and death. It should also be a time for celebrations, stories and games; a time for laughing in the face of adversity and for challenging the darkness of winter.” I feel that these days, we need the monsters, the fun and the stories more than ever.
This year, to celebrate Halloween and all things supernatural, my author friends and I have teamed up to bring you an anthology of paranormal romantic stories, “Mystic Desire.” The perfect read at this time of year, or at any time of year, Mystic Desire includes stories about handsome time travelling warlocks, Native American dream catchers, mystical jewelry, lustful vampires, a grumpy leprechaun, a ghostly terrier, a zombie apocalypse and things that go bump and ooh! in the night. There is something for everyone in this anthology.
Mystic Desire is a collection of short paranormal romance stories. This is a chance to read and discover the work of a diverse group of very talented authors.
The themes in this book are varied, as are the collection of characters and artifacts, including Native American dream catchers, mystical jewelry, and characters such as lustful vampires, hot warlocks, a grumpy leprechaun, a ghostly terrier, a zombie apocalypse and things that go bump in the night.
From soft and tender love to hot passionate, kinky sex, there is something for everyone in this anthology.
More About Alice
Alice lives in London, UK, with her husband and son. By day she's a compliance manager for a pharmaceutical company. By night she writes fantasy romance about shape shifting mermen, water monsters and lovelorn witches.