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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Booktacular: A Giveaway With Kiki Howell Plus Her Top 10 List Of Things She Loves About Halloween

Welcome to day 3 of our Halloween Booktacular Event. My blog along with Good Choice Reading Blog, Books With Bite Blog, Once Upon A Twilight Blog, An Avid Readers Musings Blog, AliseOnLife Blog, and Dark Readers Blog have been having some AMAZING authors stop by our blogs and giving books away. Today on my blog I have author Kiki Howell. I love her work and I was so excited she agreed to come by today and give everyone her top 10 list of things she loves about Halloween. Not only has she addes a fun Halloween recipe everyone can try at home but she is also giving away a copy of one of her stories. Winner can choose one of Kiki's "witchy" stories. Winner can choose an ebook* of:Torn Asunder (my personal favorite, my review Here), Rituals, A Modern Day Witch Hunt, The Healing Spell, or The Witch's Beast or print book copy of: Torn Asunder or Mordern Day Witch Hunt. *Please note that only ebooks are open to international readers and U.S. readers have a choice of either an ebook or print book. Print books come with a Witch's Hat & Broom Book Thing. Most books are for 18+ and older. Information on her stories can be found HERE. Now I turn the blog over to Kiki so she can tell you all what she loves about Halloween.
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Torn Asunder By Kiki Howell

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (October 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453816895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453816899

Aubrey Griffen is a witch whose true reasons for coming to London soon fall to the wayside when she catches the eye of Edmund Bryant, the Marquess of Dalysbury. He seduces her into a whirlwind romance until the lies and threats of his mother force her to flee to Triaill Brimuir, a secret island of her ancestors off the coast of Ireland. Edmund goes after her only to be hit by Aubrey's confusion and anger when she magically transforms him into an elemental beast of her own creation. However, it is when Edmund's lust mysteriously turns him back into a man that the couple are forced to deal with a family secret and untold of powers. Now, Edmund must learn to shift himself into the beast in order to save her in a battle of black verses white magic. Fraught with scenes of explicit intimacy, romantic spells and mystical shapeshifting, Torn Asunder is a unique blending of the age of manners with sexual magic.

Ten Things I Love About Halloween
1. The Color Black - Getting to paint my fingernails black without my kids telling me I am too old to do that ;)
2. Costumes - Wearing a witch’s hat and witch’s high heeled shoes and getting away with it.
3. Special Food - Making Witch’s Gorp (recipe below) and eating it with hot chocolate topped with Halloween-shaped and decorated Marshmallows that my mother always finds. Also, we have a Fear Factor Cookbook we like to make things from, and I am always on the look-out for the new recipes in magazines that are equally as gross.
4. Candy – I am a junkie! Wow, can’t even list favorites, but I’ll try: Reece’s Nutrageous Bar, York Peppermint Pattie Bats, Hairbo Gummi Bears and Sour Patch Kids, for a start!
5. Special Movies – Watching old favorites like Practical Magic and The Covenant.
6. Scary Movies – I like watching a few new scary movies as well, new ones because I like the special effects ;) Of course, I am pretty much alone in this endeavor in my house!
7. TV Specials - Watching all the Halloween specials on TV with my kids.  
8. Decorations – I like to drape the fireplace in torn gray netting hung from black iron candle holders and set up a mini graveyard with bones and pumpkins of all shapes, colors and sizes. We even have a set of bloody handprints for the fireplace doors. Oh, and I toss about a few black roses for the tombstones :)
9. Decorations Part II – No one asks about all of the witchy stuff I have sitting around my writing room all year long for a month *giggles*
10. Books – I am like this with every holiday, I love to read the holiday books to put me in even more of the mood than I already am. This year I am lucky enough to get to be reviewing four! Can’t wait! It is really an inspiring month for a witchy writer like me to write in as well :)

Witch’s Gorp Recipe

Mix one box of Crunch N’ Munch with about half a box of Milk Duds and Candy Corn. Melt a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar and drizzle over mix, stirring only slightly to drizzle not coat. Place in a plastic cauldron decorating with gummy worms on top. Serve with black ladle. 

I am telling you that with some hot chocolate and a movie, candles burning all over the room, this is a perfect family evening. We all look forward to it every year, and usually it kicks off the 13 Night of Halloween on ABC Family or whichever special comes on first. Of course, now that I have teen boys, I hope the tradition continues. I promise not to tell anyone! LOL

Website: http://www.kikihowell.com/
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Participating Blogs:
Good Choice Reading: Here
Books With Bite: Here
Once Upon A Twilight: Here
An Avid Readers Musings: Here
AliseOnLife: Here
Dark Readers: Here


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