October 2, 2010

SCAREFEST: Sharon Ashwood Author Guest Post & Giveaway

Autumn is my favourite season, and October my favourite month.  Partially it's the weather: blue skies, a mix of mellow, honeyed sun and crisp air. Another reason I adore this time of year is pure nostalgia, because a lot of family memories, both sad and joyful, are associated with these last stolen days of sun and warmth.

In Canada, where I live, Thanksgiving comes in early October.  I live in a
warmer part of the country now, but where I grew up on the prairies it could snow in September.  The early Thanksgiving date makes sense, because the harvest comes sooner. In my family, holiday gatherings were huge, a strange mix of British formality and prairie hospitality.  My grandma (who had smuggled liquor, lived in a sod hut, and worked as an air raid warden during the blitz in London) was the glue that held everyone together.  Now, with the grandchildren scattered in separate cities, such gatherings are things of the past-but every October, I remember all the faces at the table way back when and treasure the few who remain.

Halloween is another memory-magnet. I remember going out as the
quintessential bedsheet ghost when I was about eight and feeling a bit
uncertain because the snow drifts were higher than my head. I recall
thinking that if I got lost, no one would ever find me! Another year, my
non-domestic mother stuffed cotton balls into the tail of the cat costume
she sewed for me.  The result looked like a cat trailing a chain of
coal-black sausage links, but I loved that costume to bits because it was
the one time my mom-who worked outside the home-got fancy. 

To this day, I love watching the elementary school kids parade around the
playground in their costumes. I always wonder about the story behind each costume, and wonder what their trick or treat haul will be like. Do they still have that disgusting black bubble gum that makes it look like all the children have hoof and mouth disease?

Halloween is almost as much fun for me as an adult.  It's an excuse for
those of us addicted to vampires and werewolves to stock up on a year's
supply of ghostly kitch. I love dressing up. I love the zombie-finger
cupcakes and mugs with skulls because it's fun and silly, and who doesn't
need a bit of that?  It's a chance to indulge the imagination and dream of
dark castles, hot supernatural heroes, love and adventure.

It's little wonder that I ended up writing paranormal romance. I think it's
my love of that Halloween vibe that inspired the Dark Forgotten series.  Hot vampires, kick-ass heroines, dungeons, and good one-liners. A little bit spooky, a dollop of dry humour, and plenty of action and romance.  It's the brew I like best. For anyone who'd like a taste, there are excerpts, videos and more at www.SharonAshwood.com.

What's your favourite October memory?
I'll give away one of my books (winner's choice!) to someone who leaves a

Disclosure:  The giveaway prize is being provided by the author.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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  1. my favorite October memory was apple picking in upstate New York with my grandfather for 35 years until he couldn't walk anymore. He was my mentor.

  2. My favorite October memory is finally getting together with my fiance. We'd been flirting and teasing for weeks, and at a Halloween vampire game finally moved past teasing into something much more. Twelve years later, we're still madly in love.

    Raven Corinn Carluk

  3. one of my favorite October memories is a Hallow Party that my parents let me have when I was a kid.

    Pam S
    pams00 @ aol.com

  4. My favorite memory is taking a leaf walk with my son when he was younger. We would pick up the prettiest leaves and bring them home. Sometimes, we would make placemats or wreaths. It was really nice.

  5. My favorite October memory comes from when I was 15 and I went to Haunted Harbor Park with my friends (it is like walking through a haunted house except it is a baseball stadium). We walked through acting cool until the very end when we went to walk out a guy with a chainsaw clanged against the metal grate sending sparks. All 3 of us screamed (and I have to mention that my 2 friends were guys lol).

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  6. My favorite memory in October was going to Salem, MA with my boyfriend. We spent the whole day there sightseeing and getting into the Halloween spirit. We finished off with a candle-light walking ghost tour. It was a great day!


  7. My favorite memory of October is going out with my then boyfriend , now husband 13 years ago! Oct 13th ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

  8. My favorite October memory was giving out candy on the first Halloween we spent in our first house we bought a month earlier.
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

  9. Those are amazing memories - thanks so much for sharing! My neighborhood has started doing a haunted house tour (I think the adults are into it more than the kids!) so I am looking forward to building some new favorites ...


  10. My favorite October memory was getting married in October in 2004!

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

  11. Fav fall memory...dressing up and going to Halloween parties in HS and beyond. I always had fun coming up with couples costumes and still make my Hubby dress up so we match even now...just to hand out candy! lol

  12. My favorite Oct. memory is the birth of my first child. He was born on Oct. 4th at 7:04 pm. He will be 34 this Oct. 4th.

    jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

  13. Favorite October memory is decorating for Halloween :)

    I'd love to win the first one in the series.


  14. One of my favorite October memories is the surprise 6 1/2 inches of snow we got one year. Thanks for the giveaway!


  15. Mine is fairly recent. It was the year we sat around a fire pit all night with friends and family, talking, laughing and handing out candy to the trick o treaters.

    Thanks for sharing. I loved the first 2 in your series.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  16. Jellybelly - hard to beat the birth of your first child!

    Or getting married, PoCoKat.

    Laura H - there is something wonderful about surprise snow. It so much better before it's expected than, say, at Easter!

    Donnas - great to "see" you!

  17. My favorite October memory is going to pick apples with my grandma every year. I loved it!
    Thanks for the chance!

    fineinsanity {at} live {dot} com

  18. For October memories, they are usually tied up with piles of raked leaves and bonfires while burning them. Since I grew up in a prairie area where the trees marked towns and farms, they were pretty well localized, so it was not unusual for the neighborhood kids to have a marshmallow roast on the weekends--not usually after school though.

    cgclynsg0 at gmail dot com

  19. my favorite October memory is raking leaves, calm and peaseful, myself time :-)

  20. Hiding a rubber skeleton around the house when I was growing up.


  21. My favorite October memory is taking my daughter trick or treating at the mall for the first time. garrettsambo@aol.com

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