I’ve been so wound up about seeing Shattered into the world that I almost forgot my favorite holiday was fast approaching. This is the month when pumpkins rule and ghost stories are at their best. I’m a kid again when October arrives, and I have to control myself when I’m near a costume shop or a candy counter. I’ve been known to buy a lot of each this time of year.
This picture was taken several years ago, and I still love pulling it out in October and remembering the story behind it. My husband had just carved this Jack-O-Lantern and placed it on the deck railing. I was about to snap a picture of his clever work, when our holiday-appropriate cat (Champ had a beautiful sleek black coat) jumped up to take a close look. I captured this moment quite by accident, and I’ve always treasured it.
I think I love this holiday because it’s one without any expectations. You can have a party, but you don’t have to. You can wear some crazy garb, or you can just enjoy the others. A lot of small, friendly visitors knock at your door after dark, and if you’re energetic you can whip up some Halloween treats and test them to be sure they’re going to be tasty.
So yes, I’m a Halloween devotee. And I’m sure that’s why I wrote Alligators Overhead and the other two books in the Pete and Weasel series. I loved conjuring up haunted mansions and ghosts. I enjoyed giving myself the creeps while prowling the swamp. I relished leaving behind the real world of taxes, political upheaval, and the daily grind of “what’s for dinner” in exchange for weaving the impossible into a story that–for a while–took me into it.
I’m stacking a little bit of promo this month for Alligators Overhead to celebrate this holiday. The .99 offer is a part of that, and I’ll keep that price until 10/23 12 AM. Then because I’ll need to replenish my Trick or Treat candy supplies, the price will go to $2.99 until 10/27 12 AM. After that, I’m raking in the big bucks. It’ll be $4.99 to find out what Pete and Weasel are up to.
If you’ve read to the bitter end of this post, congratulations on your endurance, and thank you. It’s a bit of a ramble, but I needed a break from writing ad copy. Be well. Be kind to yourself and those you meet. And don’t over-indulge in chocolate like this writer is bound to do.