Welcome – From October 27th to October 31st, I’ll be participating in Nancy Gideon’s Haunted Open House Giveaway Blog Hop as part of Nancy’s 4th Annual Haunted Open House! Stop by Nancy’s Haunted Open House to read Halloween posts by some awesome authors, wander into the spooky Game Room or sample some of the spooktacular Halloween drinks, appetizers and desserts. And don’t forget to check out Nancy’s Tricks-or-Treats!
Halloween is a time when you can dress up and pretend you’re someone else. Most young girls want to be a princess or a movie star. I always wanted to be Zorro or the Lone Ranger. Yep, I was a tomboy, through and through.
Up until I was twelve, we lived in the country where houses were far apart and our house was set way back from the road. There weren’t many kids in the area, and it was a rarity if more than a dozen trick-or-treaters came to our door. Then we moved into the city, and on Halloween night our doorbell rang…and…rang…and rang. I think close to a hundred costumed goblins appeared one year.
As a teenager I soon considered myself too “old” for those childish activities, and even when I had my own children, Halloween wasn’t a big deal. I wasn’t one of those mothers who designed and sewed wonderful costumes or invited all of the neighborhood children over. Once again I was living in the country, and if a child wanted to go trick-or-treating, the parents had to drive from house to house, some stops miles apart. I was delighted when our local school district started putting on a party on Halloween night. I was more than happy to help out, and my two always had a wonderful time.
Now, knowing that Halloween has never been an important holiday in my life, I’m sure you’re wondering why I decide to use a Halloween haunted house as the focus of a romantic suspense?
Basically the reason was because I’d recently met a man who used to (maybe still does) create special effects for Hollywood movies. I wanted to use someone like him (He was VERY good looking) as my “hero.” And, since it was October when I started thinking about this story, and there were ads for haunted houses in the papers and on TV, that seemed like a perfect fit for a special effects expert. Picking the location for the story was easy. My former college roommate has a house (it was her mother’s back then) in Downieville, California, and I loved visiting her there. (The Sierra Nevada and gold country have always fascinated me.) Once I had a reason for my female protagonist to need a special effects expert, and a reason why asking for his help would create an emotional conflict (Do you really want to ask someone who’s been accused of murdering his wife for help?), HAUNTED took shape. (Actually, it was titled Dark Temptation when originally published by Loveswept.)
I loved revisiting the story (and bringing it up-to-date) when I prepared it for release as an e-book. Do take a look at the preview available on Amazon.com, Smashwords.com, or BarnesnNoble.com and see if Jason McLain and Valerie Wiggins story might interest you. Leave a comment and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. If your name is drawn, my contribution is a five dollar ($5) gift certificate from Amazon.
Please visit others on this Halloween Blog Hop. They all have interesting stories to tell.