Halloween – Come Party With Me!

In two short days my favorite holiday will be upon us! Halloween. Are you shocked? I wouldn’t think so since I spend a large amount of time with supernatural – in my head of course…

Last week, I had a Halloween celebration for my co-workers. We had yummy food and a blood-thirsty game of Halloween bingo where prizes were won. This past weekend, I had my annual party where my neighbors come decked out in Halloween outfits hoping for a coveted trophy. This year’s trophies were of the “liquid-variety” making them all the more special!

And my party always has a theme. Can you tell from the picture what this year’s was about?

Witches! Which is funny considering my fall is all about demons 🙂 (sexy, brooding, demon brothers that is).

Let’s face it, my stories are Halloween come to life, right? I get to celebrate my favorite holiday all the time. With my Realm trilogy releasing in September, October, and November, I get to celebrate for three months straight!

So feel free to join the celebration. If you haven’t figured it out yet, this writer likes to PAR-TAAY.

Over the next week, I’ll be sharing a fun chance for you to win books and learn about other paranormal and sci-fi writers too. I guess, I’m not the only one who knows how to have fun!

And of course, my Halloween costume will be on display for you as well. Stay tuned!

 

 

A Paranormal Writer’s Halloween

Yes, I know. I didn’t write my Monday blog yesterday. But since Halloween was today, I decided to hold off until one of my FAVORITE days. As many of you who have been following me for awhile know, I am in love with Halloween. Costumes, parties, decorations…you name it…and I’m doing it.

Each year I dress up for work and keep it a secret until the day. My coworkers pester me for weeks, hoping I’ll slip up and give them some sort of hint. But no dice. I like to build the anticipation. Kind of like with my stories!

Is it any wonder I write paranormal? Halloween is about escape and childhood and memories of a wonderful time. I think it’s worth the trip, don’t you?

Let me know what you think about this year’s costume. Marge Simpson was a hoot for me to wear, especially the wig!

Release Week Recap!

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It’s hard to believe an entire week has passed since the release of FROM THIS FAE FORWARD, book 2 in my wedding planner series. But this past week was Biz-Z!

First Halloween had to be celebrated! Had to be, because it’s my favorite after all. My Bride of Frankenstein costume won first place at work! How cool is that? It all came down to the wig, it was a diva wig and decided it wanted to win.

Then there were promos and social media and fun to be had. And while this was going on, I was watching the World Series. I live in Northeast OH and so fingers were crossed and late nights were spent watching and hoping the Indians would win. Sadly that wasn’t the case, but if we had to lose, I’m glad it was to the Cubs.

This weekend was PERFECT fall weather where I live. The leaves were falling and the weather was warm enough to be outside! So on Sunday, I actually sat outside and wrote. Not something I can often do in November.

I also prepared for a talk I am doing next Saturday for the Indie Author Conference and Showcase. I will be presenting “Indie Does Not Mean Doing it Alone.” If you’re interested in learning more about Indie Publishing, check out the Cuyahoga County Public Library Events calendar HERE.

Now what are my next writing plans you ask? Well, I am working on some Mind Sweeper short stories. Fun flashback stories about Kyle and how she first learns about paranormal and meets Misha and Jean Luc. Little treats that can be read as compliment stories to my Mind Sweeper series. Those should hopefully come out early in the new year. Then I will be moving on to the third book in my wedding planner series.

See what I mean? Biz-Z. The fun never ends in booklandia. So stay tuned!

Stories Need a Little Surprise

20151030_151822On Friday, I wore my Halloween costume to work…check it out! I keep my costume a secret until dress-up day each year, much to the irritation of my coworkers who try to wheedle the truth out of me.

I do let my co-workers guess what I’ll be wearing and have told them that if they ever do get it right, I’ll tell them the truth. I’ve been dressing up for more than ten years and they have never gotten close to guessing the correct answer – until this year.

One of my co-workers asked me if I was going to be Thing 1 or Thing 2. He was so excited when I told him yes. And then 5 minutes later he wasn’t as excited anymore. He found the truth out last Monday and now he had to keep it a secret for five days.

Each day he would whine about wanting to tell SOMEONE the truth, and each day I would tell him NO.

And when he whined again for the third day in a row, I told him that he was now living in my world. If he thought keeping a secret for a few days was hard, he should try to write books. There is something so wonderful about writing a story that resonates with you. But at the same time it’s hard too, because you want to tell everyone about the scenes and surprises in your story. For me, writing is like unwrapping presents to see what is inside and then wrapping them back up again so that others can enjoy them as well.

I love surprises, I love the look on my co-workers faces the first time they see my costume and I love, love, love when my readers finish one of my books and talk about how much they liked this scene or that surprise. It allows me to enjoy the moment with them through their eyes.

And that’s what makes it fun in my part of the world!

GH day 105 – aka ‘A Costume is a Girl’s Best Friend Day’

If you have been following me for a while you are well aware of my favorite holiday, but for those of my newly-minted followers I will tell you that it is Halloween! It really should not be a big surprise for many reasons that I will elaborate on below.

  1. Hello…I write Paranormal. So Halloween is right up my alley. Vamps, witches, demons, spiders, black cats. Love, love, love it!
  2. I get to be a kid again (heck, an imaginary character), how can you not enjoy that!
  3. COSTUMES. This is my true obsession with the holiday. Each year is a new challenge for me coming up with a costume for my 2 holiday parties and my costume for work

So why am I telling you all this in July, right before I head to the national conference?  I am going to a dinner/costume party at the conference. Hee, hee! I am so excited. The theme is ‘southern gothic’ which is such an awesome mash-up of ideas, it is making my head spin at the possibilities! So in the midst of all the things I am trying to finish before heading to Atlanta, I am also working on a costume as well.

If I think about it, being such a fanatic about costumes is an extension of me as a writer. A costume is so much more than cloth, wig and makeup. It is developing a character/persona that resonates with people. They can take one look at you and know who you are and what you represent. And it also includes your surroundings as well. When I plan a costume for work, I also take props for my desk. Little details make both the Halloween characters and the characters in my manuscript shine. Give characters dimension and they are memorable to your readers.

So today I’m planning my character for the dinner in Atlanta. And to add more pressure to this whole thing, I keep having to remind myself that this costume has to fit in my suitcase along with my other ‘normal’ clothes!