ALL HALLOWS EVE 2012 – GUEST AUTHOR: Erica Hayes “Who Doesn’t Love a Fate Worse than Death?” & Giveaway (ends 31/10/12)
Who Doesn’t Love a Fate Worse than Death?
All Hallows Eve: when the worlds of the living and the dead collide. But what if you get trapped on the wrong side?
These days, Halloween is more about candy (lollies! I can say that here ☺) and costumes than communing with the dead. But the real reason we wear scary masks and carve faces into pumpkins? To keep angry ghosts at bay. It’s a ritual designed to keep the dead where they belong. We’re quick, they’re dead, and they want what we’ve got.
The old Irish tale of Jack of the Lantern – as in, Jack o’ Lantern, the face in the pumpkin? – tells that cunning Jack, a thief and a conman, tricked the Devil into promising not to take Jack’s soul at his death. But then Jack dies, and he’s too sinful to go to Heaven. So Jack has nowhere to go. And now he’s endlessly wandering the earth, looking for the place where lost souls go, lighting his way with an ember from the flames of Hell that will never, ever go out. A gift from the Devil, who thinks Jack’s fate a fine joke, thanks very much, and that’ll teach you to mess with me.
It’s the old cautionary tale of the curse of immortality. Plucky Jack learned the oldest lesson in the book: cheat death at your peril. Walking the earth forever, finding no resting place, denied not only life, but the peace of dying… it’s a fate worse than death.
In paranormal romance, we LOVE this ☺ We can’t resist a lost soul. Our immortal vampires are outsiders, stuck forever in time while the world rushes on by. Fallen angels, too, cast out from heaven, cursed to walk the earth in that eternal in-between place, neither damned nor saved.
It’s a heartbreaking, desperately romantic notion. But what I love most about cursed-to-walk-the-earth stories? The cursee has a choice. You can give up, and wallow in your own misery for eternity. Or you can get up, find a purpose, and get on with it, even if it seems hopeless.
That’s what’s cool about Jack of the Lantern – he doesn’t give up. He doesn’t curl up in a beanbag and cry into his beer. He picks up his lantern, and walks on, looking for the place where lost souls go. Because one day, just maybe, he’ll find it.
Because raging against the darkness is better than flickering out. You’ll never cheat fate if you don’t try—and isn’t that what the Devil’s counting on?
So this year, when Halloween comes and we’re celebrating another year in the land of the living, light a pumpkin for plucky Jack. You might be seeing him soon.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Erica Hayes was a law student, an air force officer, an editorial assistant and a musician, before finally landing her dream job: fantasy and romance writer. She writes dark paranormal and urban fantasy romance, and her books feature tough, smart heroines and colourful heroes with dark secrets. She hails from Australia, where she drifts from city to city, leaving a trail of chaos behind her. Currently, she’s terrorizing the wilds of Northumberland. (Photo © Ric Woods Photography).
ABOUT THE BOOK: A seductive fallen angel and a sinfully-sexy medical examiner are fighting for their souls in a glittering, near-future Manhattan… Blind faith is for fools. That’s what Dr. Morgan Sterling believes. And she’s going to prove it by curing the zombie plague ravaging her city’s slums. She’s certain it’s not a sign of the End of Days, but a nasty disease—until an angel appears in her morgue in a flash of glory, begging her to help stop the Apocalypse.
Luniel is not just a fallen angel. He’s a powerful warrior sworn to fight evil in hopes of a chance at redemption. He’s after the demon princes who are stealing the seven vials of holy wrath which, when perverted, will unleash eternal hell on earth. To stop the plague, Luniel needs Morgan’s help, and her faith. But Morgan believes science is their salvation. If the zombie plague is a demonic curse—and if Luniel is true—he’ll have to prove it. Even if he loses his heart to true love or his soul to Hell…
Erica is kindly giving away a paperback of Revelation, or an e-book copy if the winner prefers, so long as the retailer’s website will let her gift it to you. Plus a Kindle copy of her vampire short story Hunter’s Blood (it’s set at Halloween!) Again, so long as Amazon will let her gift it.
For entry into the giveaway please answer the following question then fill out the form below: Would you rather die, or walk the earth for eternity? And if you were cursed to remain alive, what would you do with all those years?
This giveaway is International and ends 31st October 2012
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