Friday, October 26, 2012

Smell My Feet--Just Joking! (Howloween Blog Hop!)

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And now, without further ado,

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Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat...

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  ~Blog Post~

I love Halloween. Mostly, I love the candy and the trick-or-treating. But Halloween started first as a Celtic spiritual ritual which was then adopted and adapted by the Catholic church.

Oidhche Shamhna, or the eve of Samhainn; a.k.a. ‘All Hallow’s Eve’ or ‘Halloween’, is used as a night of festivities and foreshadowing in the third book in my Highlands Trilogy, HIGHLAND MAGIC, due to be released November 1, 2012.


A trial by combat...A fight to the death...A test of the heart...

The third in the Highlands Trilogy, HIGHLAND MAGIC begins where HIGHLAND GRACE ended, giving you Branwenn and Callum’s story.

Set in the turn of the 13th century Scottish Highlands.  After fleeing her wedding to her Norman betrothed and being swept into the Irish Sea during a storm, Branwenn Maclean finds herself once more in the land of the Highland Scots.  Little does she know, however, that the maimed man who drops through the ceiling of her hiding place is none other than Callum MacGregor, the man who both vexes and beguiles her. 

Callum awakens in a darkened sea cave believing he’s being nursed by a sea nymph. Little does he know, however, that the fey creature is in actuality none other than his massive warrior Maclean cousins’ foster sister, Branwenn, the lass that has taunted and haunted him since his first encounter with her one year past.


The bonfire crackled and popped in the cold night air, sending orange sparks and larger embers shooting into the sky, before quickly turning the lit wood coals to pale gray ghosts that flitted in the smoky hot breeze atop the fire’s mad dance.

And this night, Callum would dance as well, with her, Branwenn thought happily as she trudged across the bailey toward the section of the fortress where the bonfire had been erected. The pipers and other minstrels were already playing a lively tune and several of the young lads and lasses were twirling about together near them.

In her right hand, she held a basket filled with hazelnuts, and in her left, a cloth sack of apples. Grandmother Maclean had given her the nuts to toss into the blaze a bit later in the evening. They were marked with the names of the unwed lads and lasses of the clan and would, she’d said, when placed in the fire and popped, divine which lass went with which lad.

But the apples were for her. And Callum. Mostly for them to share together, as they had that day in the bailey. She sighed. Their first kiss. And what a kiss it had been! Even now, her knees wobbled with the fervency of the memory. But one of the apples would also provide a merry game. For, she would peel it, as was the tradition, in one long strand and then toss the peel over her shoulder. The shape it took upon landing would be the initial of his name, proving that they were meant to be wed. And there was no doubt in her mind that ‘twould be in the shape of a ‘C’—for ‘twas the most common shape, no doubt, that type of apple peeling would make. But, just to be certain, she’d slyly force it more to that shape as she tossed.

The stone of the curtain wall rose up behind the fire, she noticed as she approached, making eerie light and dark shapes on the stones. ‘Twas clear the fire was doing what it should: keeping the spirits of the evil dead at bay. She shuddered. Like Jamison Maclean, Bao and Daniel’s vicious sire—and the man who’d caused such torment in Reys’s life as well. Aye, keep him far away from her brothers, she thought, for he’d done enough to them while he lived.

Her eye scanned first one direction and then the other, landing at last on David. But ‘twas also the night when the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead was thinnest, and she knew that the lad, along with Maggie and Grandmother Maclean, had set a trencher of food and a cup of wine out for Isobail, should she decide to visit her son this eve.

“Good eve, my love,” she heard just as someone placed a hand at her waist.

“Eek!” She whipped her head around. “Oh, ‘tis you! Good eve.”

“And, who else would be calling you ‘my love’,” Callum asked a bit peevishly, but there was a warm smile attached, so she knew he wasn’t truly angry.

She smiled as well. “‘Twas the thoughts I was having that made me jump when you touched me.”

A heated look came into his eye. “What, pray, were you thinking—something carnal involving me, I hope?”

With a chuckle, she shook her head. “Nay, ‘twas of the thin veil between us and the Otherworld, and the dead that may be in residence this very eve, that my mind had been turned to.”

Callum’s smile became a grin. “Truly? Are you frightened of ghosts and goblins, then?”

Branwenn swung around and faced him full on. “Are you not frightened? Even a wee bit?”

Callum shrugged and looked toward the bonfire. “Mayhap, when I was much younger, I was. But now?” He shook his head. “Nay, I’m not.” He turned an indulgent smile on her. “Should I put on my armor and fight the beasts back with my broadax and sword for you?”

She laughed and shook her head. “Nay, no need. For I have it on good authority that they’re more interested in food than flesh this night.”

Callum’s eyelids drooped and his eyes turned a smokey green as he studied her mouth. “Aye, and I am much more interested in flesh. Yours.”

She gave him a cheeky grin. “First, you must dance with me.” She twirled around and headed toward Maryn and Jesslyn, whom she’d spied just before Callum arrived.

“Dance?!” he croaked.

“At least ten times!” she called out over her shoulder and began to jog as he took off after her.

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  1. It's the only time of the year I can get candy corn.

  2. I'm with Karen H! Candy corn is my favorite part of Halloween. Mix it with peanuts and it is like a PayDay.

  3. I like to dress up :)
    Good Question
    Thanks for being a part of the hop


  4. I love the costumes. This year I am going as Red Riding Hood and my hubby is the Big Bad Wolf. My daughter is going as Cinderella. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. I love to carve pumpkins with my family and watch my girls dress up...well only one of them now! The others gotten to old :(

  6. I love to dress up, it lets me be someone or something else for the night :) love your yummy highlanders! Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

  7. I love the candy and the Halloween specials! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  8. I love carving pumpkins with my daughter!!

  9. Never experienced it but I'd say the candy! There's always time for candy!

  10. I love the traditions behind it, the lights and the costumes and the dark stories. We don't celebrate it much here in the Netherlands, but I'd love to experience it one day somewhere were they do care and celebrate.

    Rachel (oceanrebel333 @ gmail . com)

  11. I love pumpkin seeds and watching the kids get so excited to trick or treat.


  12. I like the left over candy that I get to eat. (Obvious sweet tooth)

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  13. I love dressing up and free candy!

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  14. I love dressing up and seeing everyone else do the same! Thank you for the hop :) MostlyMisha[at]gmail[dot]com

  15. What's not to love? :) The smells, the colors, the spooky movies on tv!, the pumpkins, costumes, trick-or-treating, and those awesome Brach's Pumpkin creme candies.. heaven! :)

    Thanks for a great giveaway! :)

    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

  16. Candy and the costumes!
    Thanks for the giveaway :)
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  17. I like the costumes! Thank you for the giveaway! Happy Halloween!

  18. I like Haunted Houses tragedy6996[at]hotmail[dot]com

  19. I love everything about Halloween! The costumes, decorates, candy, it's all awesome. It's actually my favorite holiday.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  20. I love watching scary movies all night long.

    rafflecopter name - Dawna Newman


  21. Wow, what a great giveaway! My favorite thing about Halloween is our "party" - it's just the kids, the H, and my mom, but we cover the family room in spider webs and other decorations and have themed appetizers all day. I LOVE it!
    sarah at sarahballance dot com

  22. Wow, how have I not found you before now???

    My favorite part about Halloween is the day after. I am not a fan at all. Kit Kats are good, though.

  23. That it's a perfectly acceptable excuse for everyone to dress up!

  24. Missing you on Six Sunday! Have a great Halloween!

  25. What don't I like about Halloween? There's costumes and candy and creepy stories!

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  26. Woohoo! Happy Halloween! I love blog hops and this one is HUGE! So many old friends to visit and new friends to meet. I spend Halloween night watching the littlest ones having such a good time wearing their little costumes and trick or treating. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  27. Halloween parties and candy.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  28. Being able to dress up as anything I want.

  29. I love the mystery of Halloween - the possibilities of crossing into another realm of our world. karysafaire at gmail dot com.

  30. Just wondering: I thought this blog hop was to end on 10/29. Why do you have your Rafflecopter going for another 31 days?

  31. I love all the amazing costumes and yummy candy!
    Lacey T

  32. Happy Halloween!! Thank you so much for the awesome hop and giveaway! :) I love Halloween. Its my favorite holiday. I love the creepiness, the costumes, the candy, watching scary movies, etc. And the haunted houses are awesome! :D


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