I probably said this last year (and the year before, and the year before that) but Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, set in my favorite season. I love the crisp smell of winter chill in the air, combined with other scents… mulling cider, spiced pumpkin pie and sugar. (You heard me. Sugar.)
And the costumes. I love the costumes! The best part of getting to hand out candy every year is seeing all of the costumes.
As many of you know, I visited Salem, Massachusetts this summer. It was tons of fun but I do wish I had been able to go at Halloween (which means I’ll have to go back, of course!). This whole week, they’ve got Haunted Happenings, which includes costume balls (yes, plural!), a grand parade, a street fair, ghost tours, haunted houses, scary movies–basically everything you could think of. I’ve heard it’s an awesome experience, and I want to join in!
The most interesting thing I ever did at Halloween was one year in high school when I dressed up as a devil. I used this bright red hair dye that was supposed to wash out in three washings… except it didn’t. I wore that bright red hair to my Catholic school for three weeks until it all washed out. You have no idea how many dirty looks I got from the nuns. And what could I say? “I was a devil.” LOL
What’s your craziest Halloween experience or fondest memory–or is there something you’d like to do (like go to Salem) that you haven’t had the chance to do yet? Tell us in the comments!
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Excerpt from the new bonus epilogue Her Kilted Mate
Note: This story takes place right after the end of Her Scottish Alpha, and the bit at the end overlaps some of the action from His Dragon Heart.
By the time Mattie closed the door to her and Colin’s apartment in the huge Scottish shifter castle called the Stronghold, she’d had more than enough of war. She turned the lock but the resulting click brought little satisfaction. Trouble could still get inside, no matter how much she tried to block it out.
A warm body sidled up behind her, her mate’s well-muscled arms snaking around her waist. “Dinna fash, Mattie.”
She didn’t answer. Her fun-loving mate never thought they needed to fash or worry about anything.
“The war’s over,” he continued. “And we can hardly call it a war. ‘Twas one battle.”
“One battle that killed friends and family. You could have died.”
“You could have died. But we didn’t.” He turned her around and pressed her back against the wooden door. “Let’s celebrate that we’re both still alive.” He kissed her.
She twined her arms around his neck. The war—battle—had broken out between the Scottish wolves and the English wolves over political disagreements. As an American, Mattie cared little about her husband’s country’s politics, unless it affected them directly. War fit that bill.
At least they’d won. The UK and Scottish Alpha, Lachlan MacPherson, had beaten the English Alpha, though things had been dicey. Lachlan and his new mate, Keira, had nearly been overrun before the tide had turned.
But there were still mysteries left unsolved, the biggest one being what had happened to Keira’s sister Gillian when she and the dragon Damon Knightley disappeared.
“You’re thinking too much, lass,” Colin said against her lips. “Let it go.” His hands trailed down her sides to grasp her hips and pull her more firmly against him.
Beneath the grief and the exhaustion, a small thread of arousal stirred. Mattie wrapped her arms around Colin and pulled him closer, opening to him and–for once–doing what he said. As she let the sad thoughts slip from her mind, her muscles relaxed, bit by bit.
Colin’s hands stroked her sides and hips as he continued to kiss her. When he buried his face in the crook of her neck to press a kiss against the bit of mating mark that showed above her collar, his hands moved up to cup her breasts.
Mattie shivered. She could never say her mate didn’t know exactly what to do to turn her on. After letting him stroke her nipples for a few good minutes, she pushed him backward toward the oversized bed that dominated their bedroom, its rumpled blankets and strewn sheets looking even more welcoming than usual. When his legs hit the side of the mattress, she shoved his chest, causing him to tumble and bounce onto the bed.
He laughed. “That’s my girl.” He reached a hand out to her. “Now come and join me.”
The bonus epilogue Her Kilted Mate will be published this week exclusively as part of the Wicked Alphas, Wilder Nights boxed set! In the meantime, pick up a copy of the freebie short story Her Kilted Wolf, the first book in the series, which tells the story of how Mattie and Colin first meet.
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Last but not least, I promised treats, didn’t I? 😉 Here are some freebies from some of my favorite authors (plus me):
(These books were free as of 10/25/15. I don’t have control over price changes, so please verify the price before clicking “buy.”)
A Minor Shift by Tabitha Conall
Ghosts of Desire by Michelle Fox
Thrill of the Night by Mina Carter
Like a Fox by Celia Kyle
A Demon and His Witch by Eve Langlais
Black Gold by Vivian Arend
Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend
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