Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
Are you ready for a scary good time? Well, then, you're in the right place! It's the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop - over 100 sites are participating, each giving away a prize worth at least $10. So after you enter my giveaway, be sure to scroll down to the list of participating blogs and visit them all!
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays - especially the movies and television shows, though I have to admit to being a big wuss who gets freaked out by scary movies and hates the gory ones. Bring on The Rocky Horry Picture Show, The Nightmare Before Christmas (which my husband insists is a Christmas movie but we know better, right? ;-) ), It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, and, of course, all of the halloween episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I love the other elements of Halloween as well - dressing up, carving pumpkins, and giving out candy to trick-or-treaters, though, I must confess, to my great sorrow, that I have never been invited to a Halloween costume party. I may have to make my next book launch party a costume party to make up for this fact!
Since I write a paranormal fantasy series featuring ghosts and the afterlife, I always like to throw out various legends and fun facts around this time of year. For instance, did you know, that while Halloween is usually seen as a ghoulish, satanic, or pagan holiday, it's roots are actually as a Catholic holiday? It's the "hallowed eve" before All Saint's Day, celebrated November 1st, which is a day of rememberance for those who have become saints, which is then followed by All Soul's Day, on November 2nd, which celebrates the faithful dead. All Saint's Day eve, or Halloween/hallowed eve, was (is) believed to be a time when the veil between this world and the next is thin and spirits can return to Earth to visit the living. Many of our traditions honoring the frightful aspects of Halloween - carving jack o'lanters and dressing us as monsters - were practiced as ways to scare off bad spirits that might cross into the land of the living during this time when spirits might roam the Earth.
And now, on to the giveaway!
For the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop, I am giving away a prize package that consists of a cute cat hanging decoration (about 12" tall and made of metal), a signed paperback copy of my novel, Hereafter, and a readering lover's swag pack, which includes a handmade shepherd's hook bookmark, signed Afterlife series postcards, and a few other surprise items (the swag items pictured are just an example of items you might receive)! Retail value of this prize package is $25! Open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!