02 October 2011

Best Halloween ever:  I was six, and I decided to be a unicorn princess.

I couldn't decide if I wanted to be a princess of the unicorns or a unicorn who was a princess, so I wore a sparkle-coated dress and stuck a paper horn on a headband.  I looked spectacular, at least until my mom made me wear a parka over the dress and until the drizzle outside made my horn droop.

But it didn't matter.  The unicorns recognized me anyway.

I heard them coming as I was stuffing a Three Musketeers into my mouth.  Their hooves sounded like bells on the pavement.  My dad didn't hear them.  He was listening for oncoming cars, and I guess a bell sound didn't register.  Or maybe he couldn't hear them -- one of those kids-only things, like the Polar Express bell.

Anyway, the herd of unicorns trotted toward me, and the lead unicorn bowed his head until his horn touched my feet.  I felt a shiver across my skin, and then my whole body stretched and twisted until I stood on four hooves beside my brethren.

That's when my dad finally noticed the unicorns.  He patted my mane and said, "For the record, you get this from your mom's side of the family."

The lead unicorn nodded gravely and said, "Your Pointy Highness, it's time for us to slay some vampires."

Off we ran into the night, hunting the vampires that were hunting costumed children.  We staked seven with our magnificent glowing horns before finally returning to my father.  He wiped the blood from my horn and then I changed back into a six-year-old girl.

And that is the last time that vampires were ever seen in my hometown.

Also, it confirmed my lifelong fondness for Three Musketeers.  And perhaps explains why I write fantasy novels...

Drink, Slay, Love - released September 13th 2011 from Margaret K. McElderry.

Synopsis: Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire... fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil... until the night a sparkly unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Oops.

Her family thinks she was attacked by a vampire hunter (because, obviously, unicorns don't exist), and they're shocked she survived. They're even more shocked when Pearl discovers she can now withstand the sun. But they quickly find a way to make use of her new talent. The Vampire King of New England has chosen Pearl's family to host his feast. If Pearl enrolls in high school, she can make lots of human friends and lure them to the King's feast -- as the entrees.

The only problem? Pearl's starting to feel the twinges of a conscience. How can she serve up her new friends—especially the cute guy who makes her fangs ache—to be slaughtered? Then again, she's definitely dead if she lets down her family. What's a sunlight-loving vamp to do?

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A HUGE thank you goes out to Sarah for taking the time to write up the post for us and also for donating the copy of Drink, Slay, Love for the giveaway!

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  1. I've really been wanting to read this! Stabbed by a unicorn! :D Thank you for the giveaway!

    Liza @ Book Crook Liza

  2. Oooh, awesome book!!

    and awesomeness giveaway<3

    lilyflower999 (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. The title of this one is so cute! Will definitely have to look more into it!


  4. Cute story! :) I loved LOVED Drink, Slay, Love!

  5. Great Halloween, I can't say that I have ever come across any unicorn slaying vampires but it sounds like it would be interesting. Great post!


  6. Awesome Halloween story! Nothing like a coat to really set off a costume. I was very envious of kids in warm climates.

    candicerjames [at] gmail [dot] com

  7. LOL! Fabulous story! I remember being in the princess phase too, but I wasn't creative enough to add unicorns... or to actually turn into a unicorn and slay vampires.... huh... I feel a little short changed here :)

    Thanks again for the post and giveaway!


  8. Love unicorns and the cover of this book :]

    ashleysbookshelf at gmail dot com

  9. Sounds like you had a great Halloween, when you were six. My favorite candy is snickers and peanut butter cups.

  10. Great story! That whole unicorns vs. zombies thing was a big waste, especially when the unicorns could've been impaling vampires the whole time!

  11. I've been really looking forward to this one.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  12. Thank you so much for the giveaway. I love Halloween so much :)

    chelle2006 @ aol.com

  13. I love the unicorn story - unicorn princess indeed haha. I don't think the comment i previously posted showed up so I'm trying again.

    toodles and thanks
    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

  14. Great short story :-) love that part "you get this from your mom's side of the family." Lol!

    I really, really want to read this book! Every review I've read about it has been very positive :-)

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!


  15. Ah, I've been looking forward to reading this book now for awhile! It looks so good and it seems like a perfect Halloween read!


  16. I've wanted to read this book for awhile now! It looks like a cute book for Halloween!

    katvela12345 AT hotmail.com

  17. Hahaha! Adorable short story! After an experience like that, how could you not go into writing fantasy?! =P


  18. This is a book I've really been looking forward to reading!


  19. Great story. Everyone should get an experience like that.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  20. HAHAHAHA that was awesome! I love it!!! Makes me want to be a kid again for Halloween...
    This book sounds so great, too!


  21. Great story! I look forward to reading this book. Thanks for the giveaway!


  22. I've been wanting to read this one!

    AmethystDaydreams at zoho dot com

  23. Loved the short story. It was cool! I wish I could turn into a unicorn! Oh and the book seems interesting. Who knew what could happen if a unicorn slayed a vampire xD
    Email: osnapitzAngiex3(AT)aol(DOT) com

  24. I've been wanting to read this book for a while now... I have never read anything that would incorporate a unicorn into a vampire story =)
    Thanks for hosting this giveway!!

    GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads
    TValeros18 AT gmail DOT com

  25. From the time I first heard about this book, it has made me giggle. Thank you for the fun and the awesome giveaway opportunity.


  26. That's fun. A unicorn princess!

    jadedlittlegirlx AT gmail DOT com

  27. Great story thank you for sharing I have not read many books about unicorns!
    tishajean@ charter.net

  28. This made me laugh...hard! Please tell me that one of the Unicorns was named Buffy!? =P

    Ty for the entry!


  29. Great post! Thanks. Love this one...so many fun Halloween posts

  30. I have seriously been dying to read this book, it looks like sooo much fun. Fantastic post! :)

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung

  31. I have fallin' in love with this book already. Unicorn vampire hunters?! Sign me up.

    miss.smileygirlie at gmail dot com

  32. Vampire,werewolves, witches? Sure they're real.
    Unicorns? No way! Haha wanna read this!

  33. Sarah Beth's Halloween story is glorious!! I love it! tinas_family3(at)yahoo(dot)com

  34. Fun post! I had never really thought of unicorns were violent, I guess I shall have to be a bit more careful next time I go wandering the woods...but then again, I am not a vampire so maybe I don't need to worry. Yet.


  35. Loved this story and loved the book too!

    twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

  36. Mary DeBorde
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    This is one that's been one my wish list since I first saw that majorly awesome cover!!! :D

    This month is so much fun, as long as I can keep up lol

  37. So that's what happened to all the trick-or-treater eating vampires! I was wondering where they went, haha.

    Oh to be young and a unicorn. Those were the good days.


  38. What a nut! I loved Sarah's first book and know this one will be great too! Thanks for the chance:)

    bchild5 at aol dot com


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