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.)