October Rushes in to Frighten or Entertain?

Halloween

Pumpkins, Witches, bats…

Like this sign in my yard, October is filled with crazy things that kids and candy companies look forward to. Halloween is known in the Celtic community as Samhain. My readers are often unaware of the celebration’s strong Scottish connections. With Scotland’s beautiful yet harsh landscape, haunted castles, and superstitions, it is not surprising that Halloween first took root there.

My heroine in Heaven-sent Warrior is an American of Scottish descent, but my hero is French. Halloween is not a typical French holiday, although you might find carved pumpkins at the grocery store. The French translation concerning this holiday is “des bonbons ou un sort” (candies or a spell) or even “betises oufriandises” (mischiefs or sweets).

However you call it, this is a holiday that brings us the beauty of pumpkins, harvested red apples, changing leaves, and sweet-smelling wood fires. Enjoy these with a good book…    

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A Spidery tale: Sylvia’s Worst Nightmare by Dawn Marie Hamilton

With Halloween only eleven days away, I thought to share a bit of spidery fast fiction…

Sylvia’s Worst Nightmare

Shit. Late for work again.

The early morning California sun blinded. Sylvia slid into the cracked leather seat of her red MGB midget and her short black skirt rode up her thighs. Fumbling, she inserted the key into the ignition. “Please start.”

Click, click, click, click, click, vroom. “Yes!”

She pulled out of the driveway and headed for the city.

With one hand on the wheel, she scratched the raised bite mark near the vein on her wrist and shuddered. That too familiar prickly sensation of eight tiny phantom legs crawled over her skin. Revulsion chills crept down her spine. She despised spiders.

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Breathe, Sylvia. Breathe. She inhaled air deep into her lungs.

Entering the freeway, she zipped across the lanes to the left and sped with the traffic. Holy shit! Her worst nightmare crawled across the dashboard. She grabbed a used tissue from the passenger seat garbage pile and squashed the damn creepy crawly.

Her thigh started to itch like crazy. She swallowed hard and glanced down. A black widow skittered across her leg, and she spun the wheel.

The crunch of metal was the final sound. She’d never be late for work again.

~Dawn Marie Hamilton

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It’s October!

It’s October!

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I love October with Halloween, Fall Leaves, Apple Cider and Costumes. Maybe that’s why I write paranormal romance books full of Werewolves, Witches, and Shadow Walkers. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not into horror. I don’t like to be scared and if I see a scary movie I’ll probably have nightmares. Yes, I’m a lightweight.

I love “Love” and happy endings full of hope and dreams. See, totally a Romance Writer. This Halloween I’m dressing up as a “Fire Witch” from my “Witch Guardian Romance Series.” It was great fun to shop for special material to make flames. Wish we luck as I get the sewing machine out and try and whip this costume out before the end of the month.

What are you going to dress up as this Halloween?

Here’s my New Release:

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Fiery Magic

Book Three in the Witch Guardian Romance Series

Haytham Luften is an Air Witch Guardian supporting his team members while fighting Blood Cult members and the Marwolaeth possessed. He never expected to be gifted with a Destined One, or to hear his uncle, head of the Air House, threaten to renounce him if he dared claim the one woman who could share his magic.

Candace Kindle grew up on stories of “destined love” and sharing her magic with one special person. But with the Marwolaeth attacking, true love will have to wait for another day. Following her brother’s advice, she walks through a dimensional portal to take shelter with her mother and finds herself a slave in a land ruled by Dragons. There’s only one person who can save her, the Destined One she walked away from.

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Samhain in the Celtic World

What does Halloween mean to you? Do the neighborhood kids come calling, begging for candies and other treats? Do you decorate the house with pumpkins, cornstalks, and skeletons? Do you dress up and pretend to be a zombie, pirate, or Highlander? The Celtic world has a slightly different take on this time of year.

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Samhain is to the Celts, like All Hallow’s Eve is to us…a night before the 1st of November, a time to celebrate the end of the harvest and the coming of winter. You probably will not light bonfires and jump over them, to ensure the cows produce milk and the spirits keep away from your door, so enjoy the idea of Samhain.

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Things that go bump, slip, slide and slurp

jack-o-lanternIt’s what we think about this and every Halloween. But the most fun, for me, of the night is not getting scared out of my wits (I don’t actually enjoy that), but to think about that fine line line between our ordinary world and the Other–the world of Spirits.
What everyone agrees upon, however—and not just in our Western culture, but in many from the East as well—is that this is the time of year when the fine line that separates the two worlds is at its thinnest. This is when those who exist on one side of the line have the chance to cross over to the other.
In the Gaelic tradition (from which our traditional Halloween comes from) on All Hallow’s Eve those which live in the spirit world can pass over into our own. People would either put out all sorts of things to scare these spirits back into their own world—be it scary-looking carved vegetables (pumpkins) or people dressed as scary creatures themselves. Some people spend their time praying to positive spirits to protect them from the nasties. Either way, the night leaves the doors open for negatives to come find us. I like to ward them off with candy.
But even the Hindu tradition knows that it is at this time of year that the veil is thin. This is where the celebration of Diwali diwalicomes in. People put out lights to protect themselves and their homes from negative elements which, at this time of year, can invade our world. In the Indian-Bengali tradition people put a candle at every entrance to their home to keep the negative spirits out. In other parts of India, people light bonfires and set off fireworks to scare away the negative elements.
Other traditions around the world include leaving food out for the spirits who come to visit on this night – to encourage them to come and leave their good will and wisdom with us. Others light candles in memory of those who reside on the other side of the veil or, in China and Japan, to light the path of the spirits so that they may find their way home again.
Whatever your Halloween tradition is—be it welcoming or warding off of spirits—I hope it’s a good one!