I’m so excited to visit Paranormal Haven today and talk about one of my favorite holidays – Halloween! I still remember the excitement of picking out my costume and envisioning all the candy I’d traipse home with after a full night of trick-or-treating with my sister and my friends.
Even more than three decades later, I can still conjure up that excitement in my mind, remembering just how wonderful – and freeing – it was to don costume and mask and head out in the crisp fall air.
So it got me wondering….what if my characters were given the same opportunity? While I absolutely adore writing about strong, sexy, alpha males, immortal Greek warriors imbued with the powers of the zodiac aren’t exactly the sort to dress up and traipse around the neighborhood bumming candy…..or are they?
I know my warriors pretty well and perhaps I’ve been a bit hasty, thinking they’d pooh-pooh the holiday and all its various traditions. So I asked them, curious to see just what they thought about Halloween.
ADDISON: My, my (fanning self). All of you in one place. That doesn’t happen all that often.
QUINN: All of us, that is, except Grey.
AF: Of course. (Silly of me to forget. Our Aries has been bargaining for the life of his beloved and the warriors aren’t privy to what’s happened to him….funny how I forget they can’t see into the depths of my psyche!)
BRODY: You know what happened to him, Addie? I know you do, just like I know you’re holding out on us about him.
AF: As a matter of fact, I do have an idea of what he’s up to, but it’s not for you to know right now.
KANE (showing his true Scorpio nature with the whip-quick retort): That’s b.s. and you know it. We fight for you, get our hearts ripped out for you. We have a right to know about our brother.
AF: (sighing) Suffice it to say he’s fine and he’s got quite an adventure in store.
DRAKE: Look guys, could you leave her alone. I got my happy ever after with Emerson, didn’t I? Could we try and trust her a bit?
Grumbling abounds, but they all look at me with brighter eyes.
QUINN: So what’s this little coffee klatch all about?
AF: Oh you really are my stubborn, impatient bull, aren’t you? But since I know you’ve got battles to fight, I’ll get to the point. What are ya’ll going to be for Halloween?
More grumbles assault me, but I can’t say I mind since all that frustration has them leaning forward, their rather impressive shoulder muscles bunching.
KANE: Ilsa’s got me dressing up like her beloved Humphrey Bogart so we can pull the Casablanca act.
BRODY: Oh quit complaining. At least you get to be fully human. Ava’s convinced I need to put the lion in my aura to good use and she’s got some strange Siegfried and Roy act worked up for me.
QUINN: At least you guys get to dress up. Montana’s dragging me to her annual benefit at Grant Shipping. All I get to do is wear a monkey suit and write a rather large check to charity. I’d take the Bogart routine any day.
AF: (I notice Drake’s smiling, his look rather smug, and I can’t resist poking a bit at my mysterious Pisces.) What’s got you grinning, Fish?
DRAKE: Hey. I’m a newlywed and I married a witch. I can’t think of a more perfect holiday. (Drake gets a few good-natured slaps on the back before he shoots Kane the gimlet eye.) Ilsa making you wear the trench coat, too?
KANE: Damn straight. (Kane’s grin spreads from ear to ear.) But she did promise me she’d put it on after we got home.
On that less-than-subtle note, I figure I should probably leave them be. I can see their eyes wandering toward the door, the talk of their wives making them antsy to get going.
As I return to my office, I realize that even my characters can surprise me. If you’d asked me if I thought they’d enjoy the holiday, I’d have given you a resounding “no way!” But after talking to them, I can see that not only was I a bit hasty in my thoughts, but I get the feeling they’re going to have a grand time.
Wishing you a happy – and hottie-filled – Halloween!
Addison is giving away a gift to one lucky commenter. One winner will be drawn from all who post a comment to win a copy of Drake and Emerson’s story, WARRIOR ENCHANTED and a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card. Non-US residents can also win, but if a non-US resident is selected, the prize will be all four books from Addison’s Son’s of the Zodiac series – WARRIOR ASCENDED, WARRIOR AVENGED, WARRIOR BETRAYED and WARRIOR ENCHANTED. (US Residents have the option to substitute the first three books in the series in place of the BN gift card if they prefer).
Despite early ambitions of being a diver, a drummer or a doctor, Addison Fox happily discovered she was more suited to life as a writer. She lives in Dallas and - thankfully - doesn't have to operate on anyone. You can find her at her home on the web at www.addisonfox.com. She is the author of the paranormal romance series The Sons of the Zodiac as well as the contemporary romance series, Alaskan Nights. Both are published by Signet Eclipse.
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