Friday, October 21, 2011

Halloween Magic

Posted by: Cindy Spencer Pape
Halloween is a HUGE deal at my house. The males I live with (husband and 2 sons) go all-out, making sure that the design is different every year, but it has to be the biggest and scariest in the neighborhood. No cute Hallmarky items at the Pape household--just bats and spiders and rats and bones and zombies...well, you get the picture. Sometimes there is actual construction involved. We even get extra help, as my sons' friends often come join in. Here's a little taste of last year. Below is Offspring #2 in the black & green, a friend in the black & red, dh in navy (yeah, he's the one with the ponytail) and son #1 in the very back. Not sure who the poor guy is under the porch.

So you can see, Halloween isn't something I'm ever allowed to forget. The deal when we moved to this house was that as long as they got Halloween, I'd be allowed to get all girly and decorate for Christmas. This isn't a problem for me, however, as I'm pretty sure that Halloween and paranormal authors are a natural fit.

Think about it. All that stuff I write about? Ghosts, vampires, gargoyles, werewolves... When did we first learn about them? Halloween, of course. So I doubt it's any surprise to many that this is a holiday I can joyfully dig into right along with the guys.

Another fun part for me is that I sometimes get to write paranormal romances set at Halloween. These are particularly fun. Between a Rock and a Hard-On was a Halloween Quickie and my first Ellora's Cave story to come out. With a half-dragon cop hero and a pixie princess heroine, it's still one of my top sellers. (Click here for more information.)

This year, I'm adding to that with All Hallow's Evie, which releases TODAY, also from Ellora's Cave. I'm really excited about this one, which is book 5 in my Holiday Hearts series, which I've had so much fun writing.

I’m giving away a free copy of Sam and Evie’s story to one random commenter below, so if you’re in the mood, tell me what you think about paranormal romance, or how you celebrate this time of year. I’ll leave this contest open until the 28th, so everyone who wants to has a chance to enter. If you want to know more about the book, click on the link below.
Have a wonderful Halloween, or Samhain, or if you celebrate neither, then just a have a marvelous autumn.
All Hallow’s Evie
Out Oct. 21, from Ellora’s Cave
Holiday Hearts, Book Five.

When Sam Holiday moves into his Victorian home the week before his thirty-fifth birthday, the last thing he expects is to find a ghost in residence. Especially a horny one.

Evie Bonnell has been hanging around since her death in 1916 because she has unfinished business. She died before experiencing sex. She’s learned a lot over the years and has decided single, handsome Sam is the right man to do the job.

Every year she manifests for several days before Halloween, and when she asks, Sam agrees to help. Each night, he teaches her a little more about sensual pleasure. Sam’s delighted that his demure ghost has turned into an eager hedonist, but not so happy that she’ll be gone after Halloween. Not only is she the hottest woman he’s ever had, but he’s afraid he’s fallen in love.

Now it’s up to fate and the Holiday family magic to find a way for the lovers to stay together.

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As well as the mini-contest here, I'm also part of a HUGE multi-author contest, a Trick or or Treat extravaganza. You can find out more by clicking here and starting at Sam Cheever's website. This is one you won't want to miss!


  1. I love reading paranormal romance but I don't really celebrate this time of the year any differently than the rest of the year. I pretty much read paranormal books all year. I don't dress up for Halloween but we do put lit pumpkins on the porch to let kids know we are giving out candy but that's pretty much it.

  2. Thanks, Maria! That's probably about what I'd do given a choice too, but the menfolk deem otherwise.

  3. We decorate the front porch with spider webs, a light-up pumpkin and ghost, plus the kids' pumpkins. And we have a motion-activated talking skull on a stick (kids dubbed it Dead Jose Jalapeno on a steeeek) by the stairs. All the candy is put into a huge caldron, and after trick-or-treating is over, all candy joins whatever is left over. And it's what I snack on during the day:)

  4. We do not celebrate Halloween anymore, in fact we are one of those houses with the blinds pulled & the porch light off when trick-or-treaters come around. Passing out candy lost its appeal, when people started bringing van loads of kids from neighboring cities into our little town, so instead of the 30-40 kids there were hundreds. Not only was it expensive to buy enough candy for everyone that came by, but many of the kids from out-of-town were disruptive & whoever was chaufering them around didn't do anything to keep them in line.

    I do however love to curl up with a good paranormal story any time of the year.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  5. Kathryn, I sure understand your frustration! Molly, sounds like your family has a good time.

  6. Halloween is not a major event in my family, which is why I appreciate it all the more when I see people who are. I love seeing houses decked out in all their ghoulish display. It's a lot of fun and sometimes open to the public, and of course there are the super creative costumes I am always eyeing. :)

    Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

  7. I love paranormal romance. the Holiday Hearts series is one of my most favorite!! We've never really done much for Halloween because we don't get a lot of trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood, but this year I will be wearing a costume to work (a special ed preschool program) - the first time I've EVER worn a costume to work.
    shelby15 (at) clearwire (dot) net

  8. Na, I hope you have fun people-watching! Jacki, have a great time at work!

  9. Fall is my favorite time of year, and I love punching up my decor with fun Halloween decorations. We add a lof of lighted strings of pumpkins and spiders,both inside and out, plus we still carve at least one pumpkin for the front walkway.

    I am a huge paranormal romance fan, so it's a year round thing for me too.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  10. I love Halloween. I think it is because of the supernatural/paranormal things that are associated with it. We unfortunatly live in an apt right now so we can't decorate our house like we want to but we help my Mom instead. Your book sounds great.

    brandyzbooks at yahoo dot com

  11. Thanks so much, Brandy! Glad you find a way to make it fun. Cathy, great to see you stopping by!

  12. Paranormal romance is one of my favourite genres. I don't really celebrate Halloween but I do decorate the hallway with Halloween figurines and pumpkinheads!

  13. Hi Tamsyn, thanks for stopping by! Decorating inside is a great idea.

  14. Congrats on the new release, Cindy! And I love your decorations. Sadly, as much as my kids want the house decorated for holidays, I'm the one who has to do all the work, so as life gets busier, we (*cough* I *cough*) decorate less.

  15. Thanks, Seleste! I know if I had to do it, it would never get done!

  16. Congrats to Cathy M, who wins a free download! Cathy, email me at
    Thanks to everyone who commented.


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