12 October 2011

 In honor of Halloween, we’re supposed to tell a real-life scary story. Here’s mine: Once upon a time, there was a girl who had a very tight deadline. Her book was due in October, at about the same time she had to write a scary blog post. But she likes Halloween and so, undaunted, still wanted to participate. Moral of the story: Nothing is scarier than deadlines.

But seriously, I wanted to do some fun post for Halloween, so I thought I’d tell you a little about how I like to spend it. I confess, I really like to dress up. Let’s be clear: I’ve never been one of those girls who find Halloween an excuse to don a cheerleading uniform, French maid’s costume, or bunny tail. No judgment to those who do—more power to you! Seriously, I’m just way too self-conscious myself. So I prefer scary things. Or weird things. Sometimes funny things. Or maybe even all three.

I’ve attached a few photos of me through the years, and as you can see, as I am now, I was then. I was a zombie child. As a teen, I once went as a Picasso painting. In the 90s, when the Spice Girls were having their heyday, I grayed my hair, added lines on my face, and told people I was “Old Spice.” Get it? Not many did, seeing as it wasn’t very clever and there wasn’t much to get, but I had a blast tromping around in my platform boots anyhow.

Some years I can’t manage it. Trick-or-treating while pushing a double stroller full of sleepy Batman and sugar-addled Snow White comes to mind. But now that my kids are a little older, I’m probably more into it than I should be. I’m thrilled to say that my daughter is following in my footsteps—last year we came this close to convincing the guys that our family needed to go as the zombie Beatles. Alas, my son was the lone standout. Can’t have zombie Beatles without zombie Ringo.

Instead, she settled for zombie Southern belle, complete with floppy hat and flopping skin. You’d be surprised how many people looked at her but didn’t see her, telling her, “Aren’t you pretty?” This angered the young zombie, but her toneless moans were quick to tune them in.

As I write this, there’s a month left to decide what we’ll do this year. My daughter and I are rallying the family to go as Star Wars characters, not so much because we’re total nerds (even though, yeah, we’re total nerds), but more because we found the awesomest Yoda dog costume ever, and it’d be a missed opportunity not to dress the dog as Yoda, right?

So that’s a peek at my Halloween. How do you like to spend yours?

Isle of Night is currently available from NAL Trade!

Synopsis: Is life offering fewer and fewer options? Then join the dead.

When Annelise meets dark and seductive Ronan, he promises her a new life-if she has the courage to chance the unknown. Now, she's whisked away to a mysterious island and pitted against other female recruits to become a Watcher-girls who are partnered with vampires and assist them in their missions. To survive and become a Watcher, Annelise has to beat out every other girl, but she's determined to do so, because to fail doesn't mean dishonor-it means death.

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  1. Awesome Giveaway! Hope I win! : D

  2. Ooh this one looks good!! Seen it around lately and love the cover!


  3. Dog costumes are always the best start for my costume. We found a police officer costume for our dog...so I got to be the prisoner. It was great.

    candicerjames [at] gmail [dot] com

  4. Sounds like an interesting read! Love all the zombie related costumes!! The zombie Beatles is the best, though!

  5. Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway! (:

  6. WOOPS! Think I forgot my email on that comment!

    AmethystDaydreams at zoho dot com

  7. My family and I usually goes out and eats :-)


  8. Thanks for the giveaway! Great looks btw :)
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  9. Zombies are definitely on trend right now!

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  10. That zombie costume is amazing!! :O

    lilyflower999 (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. I like the Picasso idea. That's a new one!

  12. wow I was your first comment and now it's gone....odd? Anywho...Yodi? haha to good. I always dress up even after the kids are frown and gone. It's my one day to be whoever and whatever I want.

  13. Those are some awesome costumes. I love the makeup! :)

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  14. annelise and ronan are such good names - sometimes I wonder so much as to how authors come up with these names
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  15. Zombie Beatles would have been so cool!!


  16. Last year our dog was a princess and that costume did not stay on long. She kept taking the crown off.


  17. Thanks for the awesome post :) Love the premise of this book and it's on my wishlist!


  18. Awesome story and giveaway!!!

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  19. Great story and thanks for the giveaway!


  20. I have ALWAYS wanted to do a group costume! Unfortunately I'm the only one pumped up about Halloween lol one of these days I'll do it!


  21. I would totally be a zombie for Halloween.


  22. Ah Star Wars characters would be awesome!! I'm jealous. I don't get to celebrate Halloween much anymore because I'm at college and get too busy, but I've been thinking of dressing up like I was going to a masquerade...maybe as a ghost of someone who died at a masquerade. We'll see!


  23. Mary DeBorde
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    I love dressing up for Halloween - my favorite get up is going all out as a zombie lol

    Thanks for all these wonderful giveaways :D

  24. It would definitely be a missed opportunity not to dress the dog as Yoda! And it's Star Wars, so that's awesome right there. Now, whose going to be Chewie??


  25. I really love the cover for this book, it looks like it would be a fantastic read. Thank you, for sharing this amazingly fun post with us and for this generous giveaway! :)

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung

  26. I love dressing up for Halloween too! Great costumes. I'd love this book. The cover is gorgeous. (ok, HE is gorgeous!)

    bchild5 at aol dot com


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