Sunday, October 31, 2010
Karen Michelle Nutt
Time Travel and Otherworldly Romance...embrace your destiny and enter my world!
Friday, October 29, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Ever since then, I’ve always wanted to write about vampires, but it took years before I wrote and published my first vampire story. It’s a novella-length e-book called Sweet Redemption.
Since I primarily write historicals or time travels that take place during the Civil War, my story also is set there.
Here’s a sample:
She eyed him coldly. “Sir, I’m not in the habit of taking prisoners.”
“Sorry, ma’am.” He inspected himself under the blanket. Both his greatcoat and military coat had been removed as well as his belt and revolver. “My things—”
“Are hidden, Captain. It wouldn’t be wise to have them on your person if Confederate troops are hereabout.”
“I agree with your reasoning, ma’am, but where are they?”
“In a safe place.”
He struggled to sit, but his muscles protested, and he slumped back to the floor.
“Easy, Captain. You’re very pale. Have you been ill?”
“No, I...” He recalled Arnwolf and the barn. Had that really happened, or had it just been a dream?
“Now you’re awake, I’ll heat up some broth. You look like you could use some.”
“Thank you, ma’am.”
She hesitated, a blush coloring her ivory skin. “When I took off your coat, I noticed two raised bumps on your neck. I thought they might be bites.”
He fingered the bumps. So, it hadn’t been a dream.
“A wild dog attacked me. Out in the woods.”
“A wild dog?” She shuddered. “I didn’t know there were any around here.”
“It’s the truth, ma’am.” Even as he said it, he cringed inwardly at his lie.
Her gaze narrowed as she studied him. “But when I took off your coat, I didn’t see any blood.”
No blood? Come to think of it, he hadn’t noticed any when he woke in the barn. “I’m not real sure how that happened, ma’am.”
She rose, studied him once more, then left the room.
He lay back, reflecting on what had happened. If the man, Reverend Arnwolf was a minister, he must be a fallen one. Like me.
Was that why the creature had come to drag him to his doom? Was God angry that Jon had left the priesthood? This couldn’t be a coincidence. Hopefully, the man was gone, and he’d never come across him again. But he couldn’t get those glowing red eyes out of his mind.
Satan himself couldn’t have frightened him more. He fingered the crucifix.
You can purchase Sweet Redemption from The Wild Rose Press http://www.thewildrosepress.com/sweet-redemption-p-3750.html?zenid=0767510ea10a78a48747b49ab61f1aa2
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
3. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
2. Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Stories for Late at Night
1. The Complete Poems and Tales of Edgar Allen Poe
I love reading my Edgar Allen Poe but only pull it from my shelves during October. Mainly because my friends worry about me if I read it other times. They think it's depressing. I don't think they are that depressing, at least not worse than any romantic suspense with serial killers. Maybe that's why I read so much paranormal romance, I can get all the suspense and none of the guilt.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and several of the Poe tales have been made into movies. So you don't have to choose what you want to read or watch...you can do both. I have to admit to being partial to the Disney remake of the Sleepy Hollow legend although Johnny Depp does make a good Ichabod. And I love watching Vincent Price. His voice sends chills down my spine.
How do you enjoy your scares? Would you rather read a book or watch a movie?
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Here's a clip of an episode of "Ghost Hunters" that I watched about an asylum located right in my home state of New Jersey. A place I know well. Enjoy!
Happy Halloween and a Blessed Samhaim
For me, Halloween has always been a simple night when the Earth quiets; the darkness becomes a place willing to reveal its secrets, when many Neo-Pagans, including Druids and Wiccans, trace their annual seasonal days of celebration back to Celtic times in Europe.
While I’d love to dive into details, as this subject is one I’ve done ample research on…it’s not in the cards this year. And truth told, I’d rather focus on humor. I’d rather have some fun.
So, here’s a site that’s GREAT fun. If you’ve already been to it, go back. Take a few minutes for YOU and enjoy your own little Halloween treat. I still get a chuckle when I return. So, click HERE and hang your man!
Love tracking the paranormal? I know I do! Yep, I’ll admit it, I’m a huge fan of Syfy’s Ghost Hunters. Jason and Grant rock. Above all, I love the EVP (Electic Voice Phenomenon) caught during their investigations. One of my favorite episodes took place right here in my home state of New Hampshire, only an hour or so north of me at the Mount Washington Hotel. Yep, I’ve stayed there! Anyways, here’s the video. Very cool stuff. Turn up your speakers! (If you can't view the full video here, click this link to see it in its entirety.)
Learn more about my favorite Ghost Hunters. Click here!
Okay all, I’m off. Hope you enjoyed my post, brief as it was. A very Happy Halloween to you all.
Friday, October 15, 2010
And then there's the fall festivities to experience. Hayrides and corn mazes, bobbing for apples and carving pumpkins. And I always look forward to the food. Pumpkin pie and hot apple cider are two of my favorites. And my grandmother makes a delicious chocolate chip pumpkin cake that my husband drools over for his birthday (though that's in November!).
Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Dressing up as your favorite characters from movies, legends or myths creates a fantasy-like atmosphere where for a short time you can pretend to be someone (or something!) else.
One memory stands out from my childhood of a particular Halloween party that my mother took us to. That year instead of buying the plastic masks and one-piece vinyl costumes the department stores provided, my mother took it upon herself to create our costumes. She dressed me in colorful skirts, fabrics, scarves and dangling jewelry of a gypsy. I had a black wig to cover my reddish blonde hair and for the first time in my young life I was allowed to wear make-up. She had fun decorating my face and making me feel grown-up, much to my father's dismay. For my brother she took furry fabric, jacket and jeans and made my brother into a creepy werewolf. He had fun jumping at people and growling. It wasn’t so much the costumes or the party but more of sharing the experience with our mother that made it so special.
Since I now have children of my own, the fun of Halloween has doubled and taken on a new meaning for me as a mother. I love experiencing their excitement and wonder as they learn about this time of year. Jumping in leaves has become fun again, something I haven't done for a long time. Decorating the house becomes an adventure as they help open the storage boxes to reveal plastic pumpkins, spiders, ghosts and our glow-in-the-dark skeleton, George. And it brings me such joy to watch them dress up in their costumes and play. Last year my boys were Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Toy Story. We kept the costumes out for their pretend play so we kept Halloween going all year long.
Happy Halloween, everyone!
Tricia Schneider is the mother of 3 and the paranormal romance author of The Witch and the Wolf. For more information, go to www.triciaschneider.com
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
2. Halloween. What better holiday for a writer than one where a person can be anyone or anything she chooses? As a child, I dreamed of being Wonder Woman. I thought she was the most beautiful woman in the world and who wouldn't want bullet-repelling bracelets and a magic lasso?
3. Costumes. I still think superheroes are sexy. But my fantasies also include historical periods such as the Regency period in England, the Victorian age, the Roaring 20s and the Medieval Ages. Really any costume that makes a woman bask in her feminine power.
4. Scary Stories. I love, love, love being scared. And the media industry capitalizes on the month of October by lining up all things scary. Whether it's an article in the local paper about why Galveston Island is one of the most haunted places in America, a book entitled Married with Zombies or a scary movie of the non-gory kind...it's a good month to be entertained.
5. Oktoberfest. Who doesn't love a good festival...especially one involving great beer and delicious sausage? I got to attend the festival in Fredericksburg, TX this year. The weather was gorgeous and the Texas Hill Country reminds me of the hills in Austria. I hope to one day attend the original Oktoberfest in Munich.
6. Renaissance Festival. Again...who doesn't love a good festival? And this one gives me a good excuse to dress up as a tavern wench.
My list could go on and on, but I'll turn the floor over to readers to share their lists.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Not sure I have a favorite scary movie. I hate the slasher/gore ones, but like anything with ghosts especially if it's either true or based on the truth. PBS specials on ghost hunting have been known to creep me out to the point where I have had to call someone to come over so I'm not alone. Of course, that was many years ago when I was still single. :) The one movie with a huge creep factor since it said it was based on truth, was this one where this lady was being visited nightly by a demon in her bed. Can't remember the name of it, but man, it made me leave the night light on. It never showed the demon, but did show demon handprints on the lady's skin. EEEWWWW. It's scaring me just thinking about it!
May your Halloween be enjoyable and may you get lots of treats!
Friday, October 8, 2010
I dress up every year for Halloween. My day job is at a school, so I have fun wearing different costumes every year.
If I think back in time all the way back over my life, I had some favorite costumes that stick out in my mind. When I was a kid, I was Ms. Pac Man, with a big, yellow costume made of cardboard. I slipped inside the head; Ms. Pac Man's mouth faced forward. Another year, I was a die, wearing a white box with black dots on it. I wore white pants and painted my face white, with big black dots on my face.
In my twenties, when I was in college, I dressed as an angel one year, with huge white wings made of real feathers. My bus ride home was interesting, with lots of comments directed my way. My husband dressed as a vampire that year, in all black. He had long hair at the time, and it looked really cool, especially when he wore his trench coat.
One year, I dressed as my daughter, who was a teenager at the time. She did a great job making me look like I could be her twin sister. Another year, I enjoyed wearing the costume of an elven princess. This year, it will be a 1950s teenager, pink poodle skirt and all.
I don't know; it's just fun dressing up. :) What were your favorite costumes over the years? -Corinne M.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Whatever your traditions are for Halloween, have fun and stay safe! Happy October!
Monday, October 4, 2010
My husband and I would take the girls trick or treating around six and then come back to the house for a party. We'd even make up games and have prizes. The kids loved it.
They also loved the
I miss those days. But perhaps my most memorable Halloween was October 31, 2007. On that Halloween, I had completed my last chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer and had already begun radiation treatments. By then, I knew I was going to survive. I was bald as an eagle but so was my adorable little nephew. But he kept his Halloween hat on for the picture and smiled at me as if to say he thought I was beautiful.
Halloween is a fun holiday, but I hope people will remember that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And I'll be posting breast cancer survival stories every Friday and a couple of Wednesdays throughout the entire month of October on my blog: www.lillygayleromance.blogspot.com So stop by if you get a chance and read about my journey as well as some other TWRP authors' experience with breast cancer.
reminding women everywhere to Think Pink.