Treats for All Hallows Read(ers)!

As promised, I’m giving away a couple of scary books for Halloween as part of the All Hallows Read deal, kicked off by my friend (in the online, never met, but I feel like I know him way), Neil Gaiman.

So I asked The Beneficent Mr. Hall to pick THREE names from this year’s puking pumpkin, and he stuck his hand right down in that mush without complaining at all. (Okay, that’s a lie. He 1. claimed that his precious hand wouldn’t fit in the puking pumpkin, 2. wanted to know why he had to stick his hand in the puking pumpkin, anyway, and 3. thought Boogerface McGee 8 should have won. Hence the finger sticking out of the nose.)
Anyway, on to the lucky All Hallows winning readers…
Debra Mayhew won Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Donna (also known as Irishoma) won Bodies of the Dead and Other Great American Ghost Stories.
Lisa Ricard Claro won Anne Rice’s Servant of the Bones.
Those are some pretty scary reads, people. Happy Halloween and…Boo, y’all!

A This ‘n That Thursday on Reading

So I came across Neil Gaiman’s bloody brilliant idea the other day on Twitter: All Hallow’s Read.
It’s pretty simple. Just give someone a scary book to read on Halloween. It doesn’t have to be brand-spanking new. It doesn’t have to be just for kids. It doesn’t have to be written by Neil Gaiman, even.
Just go watch the short video and hear what Neil has to say. But you’ll probably be distracted by the zombies in the background and not really listen. Or maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, I love this idea. In fact, I love it so much that I’ll give some lucky blog reader a scary book. Maybe I’ll give away a couple of scary books. I guess that depends on how many scary books I can round up. In the meantime, leave a comment with the word “BOOk” in it and you might get one from my personal stash of creepy favorites!
Also, whilst piddling…um, make that business networking, on Twitter, I came across a very funny site about the value of our libraries. If you’re familiar with the book, Go The F*** To Sleep, and have a wondrous imagination, you’ll know where I’m going with this site. And why I can’t actually mention it in a G-rated blog. You’ll just go and laugh and laugh and laugh.
Or again, maybe that’s just me.

Tooting My Horn Tuesday on Diamonds and Toads and Witches (Eeeek!)

There’s nothing like a good witch story to get you in the mood for Halloween, is there?

Um, this isn’t exactly a good witch story. It’s more about a bad witch. But I had jolly good fun writing this tale. And Kate Wolford, editor over at Enchanted Conversation, asked if she could use it at the Diamonds and Toads blog to promote the Hansel and Gretel issue, soon to be released at Enchanted Conversation.

Naturally, I said, “Yes, dearie.” And if I’m being perfectly honest, I kind of cackled. Hope you’ll cackle, too, when you read “Not Exactly Innocent,” by yours truly.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! (That’s me, cackling.)

Finding Something Friday on Saturday Writers and Shameless Promotion

I found an email or two this week from friends who are members of the Saturday Writers, letting me know that their contest deadline has been extended.

It’s a very good thing that friends send little reminders out to friends like me. Because I plumb forgot to post about that contest in the first place! But there’s still time to get your first place in the 8th Annual Short Story Contest. Now you have till November 15th to get your open genre story into the hands of their fantabulous judges, and don’t forget to send your $7.00 entry fee with that 2009 word story. Get complete details at Saturday Writers (saturdaywriters.org). Oh, and I wouldn’t mind another little reminder so that I, you know, actually get that entry in the mail.

And now, since Halloween is nigh, I’m thinking you might be in the mood for a spooky tale. So, creep on over to Cathy-on-a-Stick for pumpkin shenanigans. Or you might want to read Mary Beth’s Prophecy, if you forgot to read that frightening fable when I posted it in the Hall of Fame.

Isn’t it funny how I never seem to forget the shameless promotion? Bwahahahaha!

Finding Something Friday on a Saturday Night

I’m not going to make a whole bunch of excuses about missing Finding Something Friday. I’m just going to dive into what I found yesterday (but didn’t quite get around to sharing.) And I’m going to thank Beth Cato for bringing this contest back to my attention.

You know how I love the contests sponsored by Writer’s groups. This contest, sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Writers, is a particular favorite of mine. And not just because I won a little Fortune the last time I entered it. I love this contest because it’s Halloween themed, and the winning entries are read at a bookstore and at the local library in conjunction with a Haunted Storytelling Time. So, if you win, it’s Fame and Fortune! I’m getting a little tingly just thinking about it.

This year’s Flash Fiction Contest wants a little something, something about shapeshifters or werewolves, 1,000 words or less, and delivered by August 15th. No entry fee, too. Check out the Ligonier Valley Writer’s website here to get the rest of the details. And if you want to read one of the winning entries from last year, you can go to Beth’s website here for her take on zombies and breakfast foods.

So, time to start writing that creepy Halloween tale now! No, um, excuses.