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I am very pleased to welcome Lydia Dare to the blog today. In fact Lydia Dare is the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson. Both Tammy and Jodie live near Raleigh, North Carolina and are working together on their next paranormal historical trilogy as Lydia Dare, which will be released by Sourcebooks Casablanca in 2011!
I also have a fantastic giveaway of all four books in the ‘Westfield Brothers‘ series, so make sure you enter at the end of the post!
I adore Halloween. It is my most favorite holiday. I love the spooky decorations. I love handing out “trick-or-treat” candy. I love seeing little kids in their costumes, both cute and creepy. So I suppose it shouldn’t shock anyone that I write books with werewolves, vampyres and witches as main characters, huh? I guess one could say, I always have Halloween floating around in my mind no matter the time of year.
But when Halloween is actually upon us, it always brings back memories of my grandfather. When I was young, I spent every Friday night at my grandparents’ house, and I would always stay up late to watch the scary midnight movies with my grandfather. Not scary movies by today’s standards. Nothing like Saw or Jason vs. Freddie. But movies from the 50s and 60s. You know, the ones staring Vincent Price. Or Christopher Lee. Anything by Alfred Hitchcock. And Roger Corman’s low budget creepfests.
I don’t know if it was my impressionable age at the time or if those particular movies were just scary in a different way; but a lot of those stories have stayed with me through the years. I can’t go to a wax museum without images of Price’s House of Wax flashing in my mind. I just got shivers writing that. Flocks of birds make me shiver too. But I will never forget the final scene in The Pit and the Pendulum. I’m not claustrophobic, by nature – but I am when I think about Price’s ill-fated wife trapped and gagged in a hollowed out iron maiden, unable to call out for help. Yikes!
These days, those old movies are hard to find on TV and certainly not every Friday at midnight like they used to be. Now there’s a plethora of adrenaline-induced movies filled with gore and special effects; but in October, TV programmers get desperate for spooky shows to fill their time slots and eventually they dig up those old classics. (At least they’re classics to me.)
All it takes is a few minutes of Price’s House of Usher to transport me back to when I was ten, watching those movies for the first time with my grandfather. I would jump and scream and he would smile and tell me it was all right. And it always was.
Even though my grandfather has been gone many years, Halloween always brings his memory back to me. I do so love this time of year.
What does Halloween make you think about? What is your best Halloween memory?
You can find out more about Lydia and her books here:
Now onto the fab GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to the wonderful people at Sourcebooks I have all the Lydia Dare books to date to giveaway – that’s 4 books!
1. A Certain Wolfish Charm
2. Tall, Dark and Wolfish
3. The Wolf Next Door
4. The Taming of the Wolf
All you have to do to enter is the following:
3. Leave a comment for the author answering their questions
4. One entry per person please
This giveaway is open to UK & US residents only (publisher’s request) and ends 31st Oct!