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Yes, we have more winners! Thank you so much everyone for making the Halloween Authur Invasion such a success. Keep tuning in through October 31st for more prizes and great Halloween-themed posts.

First we have the winner of a copy of Inara Scott’s Delcroix Academy: The Candidates:

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~*~*~*Sarahv*~*~*~

Next we have a copy of Drink of Me by Jacquelyn Frank

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*~*~*Candace*~*~*

Congrats!  Please email me at suzannelazear (@) hotmail to claim your prize. 

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Welcome back for day #5 of the Steamed! Author Invasion. We hope you’re having a good time with all the great Halloween posts and prizes. Keep coming back every day through Halloween for more great stuff.

October 28 — Young Adult Author Simone Elkeles
October 29 — Paranormal Romance Author Maggie Shayne
October 30 — Young Adult Author Ednah Walters
October 31 — Urban Fantasy Author Jeanne Stein

Today we welcome YA Author Simone Elkeles, who’s written seven books for teens including How to Ruin a Summer Vacation, Leaving Paradise, and Perfect Chemistry. She’ll be giving away a copy of one of her books to one lucky poster–your choice!

Simone Elkeles is the NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of over seven teen romance novels. She has won various awards and recognition for her books, including the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her book Perfect Chemistry and being named Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Simone writes about teens because she was a teen in the 80’s (when spiked hair and blue eye shadow were “rad”) and she loves writing about those exciting teen relationships and romances.

The Scary House
by Simone Elkeles

Halloween is fun for kids, but do you remember “the scary house?” You know, the one you and your friends were afraid to go ring the doorbell because they might actually make you close your eyes and reach into a bowl of “eyeballs” in order to get your “treat?”

We had one of those houses in my neighborhood where I grew up. I can’t say I ever had the nerve to actually ring the doorbell. I just stood by the sidewalk all bug-eyed hearing the nervous chatter and fear coming from the kids who were brave enough to venture to the door and say “trick or treat” without knowing what was to come next.

I like my candy to come easy. Go to door, say, “Trick or treat!”, reach inside a huge bowl and pick my favorite choice. Then say, “Thank you!” and I’m on to the next house. It’s the no-hassle, no-fear Halloween for me.

Now that I’m a mom myself, I take my kids trick-or-treating in my neighborhood every year. Lo and behold, we have “the scary house” in my neighborhood, too. (it’s even dubbed “the scary house” all year long by every kid in school). But my neighbors (who I don’t know personally) have taken scary to the next level. The adults recruit their friends and they all dress up in scary costumes. They stand or lay down scattered on the lawn…one is laying inside an open casket (you don’t know he’s alive until you get close and he suddenly reaches out for you and freaks you out)…one is dressed as the Grim Reaper with a very real-looking weapon…one with fake blood dripping down his face with a real chainsaw buzzing.

I laugh when the young kids clutch their parents on the sidewalk. Most trick-or-treaters actually cross the street to avoid “the scary house”. Then you get “the brave trick-or treaters” – the older kids who puff up their chest and mock these dressed-up adults. They say these parents can’t scare them with a ten foot pole no matter how scary they look…well, until The Grim Reaper and Chainsaw Guy slowly start following them to the next house, and the next…those “fearless” kids run like heck away, screaming and laughing because they truly are scared…and they know next year they’ll try again.

If you’re brave enough to reach the front door (after passing yet another “corpse” who reaches out at you or witch who says you’re the perfect specimen for her next stew – they do have a big black pot of boiling water with smoke coming out of it), they have a plethora of great candy in a bowl to choose from since few people actually reach the front door.

I never went up to the scary house in my neighborhood when I was a kid. Now I’m older and know better. Nobody is going to hurt me. Nobody is going to hurt my kids. I laugh at the other scared trick-or-treaters…of course I do it at a very safe distance on the other side of the street.

Do you have “the scary house” in your neighborhood? Are you living in “the scary house?” Got any pictures to share?

~Simone Elkeles
www.simoneelkeles.net

One lucky commenter will win their choice of one of Simone’s books!

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We have some winners to announce!

First we’ll announce the winner of Zoë Archer’s SCOUNDREL.

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Alicia

Next the winner of Tera Lynn Child’s FORGIVE MY FINS

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Garrett

Finally, the $10 GC from Amazon courtsey of Charlene Sands

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Blanche

Please email me at suzannelazear (@) hotmail so I can get you your prizes.  Thank you for visiting Steamed!

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Welcome back for day #4 of the Author Invasion. Come back every day this week for another great author and a chance to win.

October 27 — Paranormal Romance Author Jacquelyn Frank
October 28 — Young Adult Author Simone Elkeles
October 29 — Paranormal Romance Author Maggie Shayne
October 30 — Young Adult Author Ednah Walters
October 31 — Urban Fantasy Author Jeanne Stein

Are you a winner? We put up the winners of Zoe Archer’s SCOUNDREL, Tera Lynn Child’s FORGIVE MY FINS and the $10 Amazon GC from Charlene Sands.

Today we welcome Paranormal Romance Author Jacquelyn Frank. Her latest release DRINK OF ME came out yesterday! She’s the NYT bestselling author of several paranormal romance series including The Nightwalkers, the Shadowellers, and The Gathers.

I’m all STEAMED! up!
by Jacquelyn Frank

Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you this is my ultimate favorite holiday of the year. Not just because I am a Wiccan. I was a Halloween phreak long before I was a legitimate witch.  (BTW I brought my altar out into the public areas of the house and it really looks cool…albeit far cleaner than it normally looks when it is more privately located in my bedroom. I’ll bet my housekeeper never thought she’d have a job dusting a crystal ball…) This is me in costume this year! Guess who I am? Elizabeth Bennet! Of course! This was taken at the Authors After Dark convention this year in New Jersey. I know, EB doesn’t wear glasses…but otherwise I was all authentic!

So it makes me very happy to have a ‘Halloween’ release. DRINK OF ME comes out October 26th and I am really excited about this story.

It’s set in an alternate world, something very like steampunk but without the steam and less Victorian more Edwardian. The Sánge (SAHN-jeh) people have limited electricity and rudimentary gadgets, sort of pre-industrial…perhaps right on the cusp. They are more concerned with survival than they are making things easier on themselves, and after all that is what any sort of industrialization is all about. The story’s main focus is about the ruler of the Sánge people who must make his way in a world where his people are reviled and shunned for what they consider barbaric practices…oh, you know…little things…like the drinking of blood…muhhahahaha!

The story is actually very sweet and sexy, about two unlikely people crossing paths in unlikely ways…and somehow it all makes sense in the end. But it puts me in mind of the way so many things in this world that people do are not tolerated…or weren’t at one time, but now they are. That includes my Wiccan religion…or any religion if you think about it. After all, those Christians did get fed to those lions. Tolerance is a word we hear a lot of, throw about trying to make ourselves sound wise, or are trying to get ourselves elected to office (eye roll). But how many of us can say we truly practice tolerance in all areas of our lives? The Sánge are reviled…oh, except when other cultures want to buy that grain they grow so well…or want to sell them things. Money forces acceptance in their case, but as we see the world from the Sánge perspective, we find they are in some ways far better than we are when it comes to loyalty, family, and honorable behavior.

Anyway, thanks Suzanne for letting me visit here at STEAMED! Come visit me over at my website. Feel free to write. Meanwhile, I’ll give a free copy of DRINK OF ME to someone who comments on this blog post today 🙂 Suz gets to pick!

~Jacki
http://www.jacquelynfrank.com

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Welcome back for day #3 of the Halloween Author Invasion. Come back every day for a new Halloween blog post and a new chance to win a great prize.

October 26 — Young Adult Author Inara Scott
October 27 — Paranormal Romance Author Jacquelyn Frank
October 28 — Young Adult Author Simone Elkeles
October 29 — Paranormal Romance Author Maggie Shayne
October 30 — Young Adult Author Ednah Walters
October 31 — Urban Fantasy Author Jeanne Stein

Today our blog is invaded by paranormal YA author Inara Scott. She’s talking about Kick-Ass Halloween Costumes and giving away a copy of her book Delcroix Academy: The Candidates.

Inara Scott is the author of Delcroix Academy: The Candidates, a young adult paranormal mystery featuring a kick-ass heroine who would much rather be blowing things up than working on her makeup. You can find her at www.inarascott.com, and on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t worry, there aren’t other Inara Scotts out there. You’ll find her.

Kick Ass Halloween Costumes
by Inara Scott

If you’ve visited a costume shop recently, you’ve no doubt realized that adult women are supposed to be “sexy” on Halloween. Almost everything I saw on the rack took a seemingly normal outfit and added the word sexy in front of it to make it a Halloween costume. Sexy police officer! Sexy cheerleader! Sexy nurse! Sexy Eskimo! (Seriously, sexy Eskimo? Are you kidding me? When’s the last time whale blubber and long underwear were sexy?)

Now, here’s the thing: I love dressing up and I love costumes. Seeing the little girls dressed up like faeries and princesses is one of my favorite parts of Halloween. I even enjoy getting a little princess-ey myself when the occasion presents itself. I don’t have a tiara, but I have been known to wear high heels and show a little cleavage when I’m going out with the hubby on date night. So I have nothing against pretty, sexy costumes. But sexy without creativity doesn’t do it for me. And I’d like a little variety, okay? And if it isn’t too much to ask, I’d like to see some “kick-ass” in front of some of those outfits, instead of just sexy.

I think this must appeal to all you steampunkers, because if one thing defines steampunk, it is definitely kick-ass.

Am I right?

I thought so. 🙂

I’d like us all to muse for a moment on what it would mean if Halloween costumes for women were all about the kick-ass. Kick-ass nurse. Kick-ass cheerleader. Kick-ass Eskimo. I think, first of all, you’d have to raise the neckline on these outfits, because it would be very hard to focus on ass kicking while falling out of your top.

Next step, let’s see some real weapons, okay? Give that Eskimo a nice long spear, the cheerleader could use a brass knuckle tucked into her pom-poms, and the nurse? Well, it makes me shudder, but there’s a lot of damage to be done with a syringe.

Now for footwear. You’ve got your boots ready, right? I want to see something stomp-worthy here. No slippers or heels (unless they are razor sharp and ready for action). I want to see Doc Martins, combat boots, and lots of leather and laces.

Finally, let’s talk for a minute about color. I’m okay with the occasional pink, but let’s mix it up a little. This Halloween let’s go bold; channel your inner Wonder Woman and find some red, blue and gold. While we’re on the subject, a pair of indestructible bracelets and lasso of truth might be in order. But make sure that leotard isn’t going fall off if you raise your arms above your head, okay? Thanks.

So, to repeat: this Halloween let’s just say no to sexy nurses and head straight for the superheroes. I want to see weapons, boots, and bold colors. No weenies need apply.

~Inara Scott
www.inarascott.com

What superhero would you like to dress up as one day? One lucky poster wins a copy of Delcroix Academy: The Candidates.

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Welcome back to day two of the Steamed! Halloween Author Invasion. Don’t forget to come back each day for a new Halloween-themed post and a chance to win another great treat.

October 25 — Contemporary Romance Author Charlene Sands
October 26 — Young Adult Author Inara Scott
October 27 — Paranormal Romance Author Jacquelyn Frank
October 28 — Young Adult Author Simone Elkeles
October 29 — Paranormal Romance Author Maggie Shayne
October 30 — Young Adult Author Ednah Walters
October 31 — Urban Fantasy Author Jeanne Stein

Today we welcome Charlene Sands who’s talking about ghosts and giving away a $10 Amazon gift card! Her newest release is the novella “Wearing the Rancher’s Ring” in the Christmas anthology Western Winter Wedding Bells out now from Harlequin Historicals.

Cooper Garnett is shot and left for dead near Double J Ranch when widow Rachel Bodine comes to his aid. Could his unexpected arrival be the best Christmas gift ever— a second-chance family for Rachel and her little son?

Charlene Sands is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and historical romances. She the recipient of the National Reader’s Choice Award and double recipient of the Booksellers’ Best Award. She’s a member of the Orange County Chapter and the Los Angeles Chapter of RWA. You can visit her website and enter her Western Winter Wedding Bells Contest at www.charlenesands.com

Ghoulish Legends of the Old West or How to Get Rid of a Ghost!
By Charlene Sands

The Legends

William Bodey discovered gold in a place that’s now called Bodie’s Bluff, just east of the Sierra Nevada slopes close to where my story takes place in Wearing the Rancher’s Ring, from the anthology Western Winter Wedding Bells. It is said that an illiterate sign painter changed the name to Bodie by mistake, but others contend it was merely changed for easier pronunciation.

By 1879, Bodie’s population grew to 10,000, with 65 saloons, 2,000 buildings and many brothels and opium dens. Crime prevailed in this city of lawlessness and killings were an every day occurrence. By the 1940’s Bodie became a Ghost Town when the mine played out and many ghostly legends abounded.

The Bodie Curse states that if anyone takes anything even as small as a pebble from the grounds, that person is “cursed” and bad luck and misfortune will follow them. Apparently the ghosts of Bodie protect this historic site as Park Rangers have filled logbooks of returned items.

The town also reports many restless spirits. The J.S Cain House on the corner of Park and Green seems to be haunted by a Chinese maid, who doesn’t like adults, but loves children. Adults have woken up at night to find a heavyset woman crushing their chest. One woman fought so hard against this unseen weight that she fell off the bed.

The Gregory House is haunted by an old woman. Many guests and staff have witnessed her knitting an afghan or have seen a chair rocking by itself.

The Mendocini House is reported to be haunted by friendly ghosts. Mrs. Mendocini loved cooking and Rangers have reported flavorful Italian aromas coming from the house. Others have heard children’s laughter emanating from the room next door.

Apparently, these Bodie visitors didn’t know these rules…

How To Get Rid of a Ghost:

• The easiest way to get rid of a ghost is to simply ask it to leave. Use a firm voice and tell the ghost exactly what you want and why. You might say something like this: “This is my house and it bothers me when you are around all the time. Would you please leave?” Remember, the physical world is your domain and ghosts rarely have any power in the physical world.

• Ghosts don’t always know that they are dead. You may have to explain to them that they are dead, that they no longer belong in the physical world and will be better off if they move toward the light.
• Sometimes you may have to ask what the spirit wants. This is often the case with someone who has recently passed over who may be attempting to communicate to you about something. Afterwards, they are happy to leave.

• Use your imagination to “see” loved ones, angels, or guides coming to
take them to the light.

Do Not:

• When telling the ghost to “go away”, do not yell or sound angry.

• Do not give the spirit recognition by talking about it in your home, or maybe avoid talking about it all together. This provides the spirit with energy, making it more powerful.

• Try not to show fear. It is your home and the spirit can generally do you no harm. Fear can also provide the spirit with energy.

• DO NOT use Ouija boards, Tarot cards, séances, or witchcraft when dealing with anything that is supernatural. These items may actually increase spiritual activity and/or “open doors” that invite demonic and other unwanted spirits.

Have you ever had any ghostly encounters? No? Have your visited a ghost town or any place that is considered haunted? How about a favorite book or movie about ghosts and ghouls? In the spirit of Halloween treat giving, one lucky commenter today will receive a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card. So, tell us your tales …

~Charlene Sands
www.charlenesands.com

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Grab your goggles and pumpkin-shaped candy buckets, the Steamed! Halloween Author Invasion has arrived! Are you ready to be invaded?

We have an amazing lineup for you this week Stop by every day to read a new Halloween-themed blog post and a new chance to win a special “treat”:

October 24 — Young Adult Author Tera Lynn Childs
October 25 — Contemporary Romance Author Charlene Sands
October 26 — Young Adult Author Inara Scott
October 27 — Paranormal Romance Author Jacquelyn Frank
October 28 — Young Adult Author Simone Elkeles
October 29 — Paranormal Romance Author Maggie Shayne
October 30 — Young Adult Author Ednah Walters
October 31 — Urban Fantasy Author Jeanne Stein

To kick off our Halloween Author Invasion we welcome young adult author Tera Lynn Childs who’s latest series is about mermaids. She’ll be giving away a copy of her book Forgive My Fins.

Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever (coming June 28, 2011) and a new trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa (Fall 2011). Tera lives nowhere in particular and has spent time fleeing hurricanes, making character profiles on MySpace, blogging on her own and with the Buzz Girls, and writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

Mer World Halloween

As the human world prepares for the most exciting of holidays, there are Halloween preparations taking place under the sea, too. Mer grown-ups are creating haunted sea houses and organizing big spooky parties. Mer kiddies are planning their costumes and getting giddy at the prospect of a trick-or-treating sugar rush. Although both the mer and human worlds celebrate this holiday, there are some distinct differences in the festivities.

Costumes

While some little mer girls dress in traditional human costumes, like witches and fairies, and mer boys enjoy pretending to be ghosts and superheroes, there are some unique costumes in the underwater world. A favorite for mer girls is the Oceanista doll costume, the mer world equivalent of a Barbie doll. They might also go as an octopus, a parrotfish, or a clump of seaweed. For mer boys, they like scary costumes as much as their human counterparts. Popular mer boy costumes include great white sharks, jellyfish, and the sea god Poseidon. Among the most creative costumes are the mer boy who dressed as a shipwreck and the mer girl who went as the Marianas Trench.

Jack-O’-Lanterns

Since pumpkins don’t grow underwater, mer folk have come up with a clever alternative for making their jack-o’-lanterns. In kitchens through the underwater world, palace chefs and home cooks alike stir up a mixture of sugar paste, ground seaweed, and orange food coloring to create an edible, moldable, carvable clay. Once the clay is formed into a pumpkin shape—either freehand or using a mold readily available at any underwater kitchen supply store—and allowed to harden, it perfectly resembles a pumpkin. A scary face is carved into the sugar pumpkin, bioluminescent lighting creates an inner glow, and then, when the festivities are over, the family breaks the pumpkin apart for an extra sugary treat.

Candy

Like on land, the real appeal of an underwater Halloween is the candy haul that mer kids gather on a long night of trick or treating. Most land-made goodies would dissolve away in water—exceptions include cinnamon fire balls and those gold foil-wrapped pirate coins—so the mer world has a special selection of candy for their loot bags. One of the oldest is sugared seahorses—not made from real seahorses, of course, but from sugar paste in seahorse shaped molds. There are also gummy jellyfish, mini Mer Magic candy bars, and rock sugar seashells. But the whirlaway favorite, time and again, is the line of collectible candy sushi. The varieties vary every year and at the end of the night, every trick or treater has to make a tough decision: save it, trade it, or eat it.

So you see, if you ever find yourself in a mer kingdom for Halloween, the celebrations will feel both familiar and foreign. But now you’re prepared! You can get even more insight into the mer world by winning (and reading) my book, Forgive My Fins, about the half-human princess of the underwater kingdom of Thalassinia. To be entered to win a signed copy, either tell me what costume would you choose for a mer Halloween or which mer candy you’d be most excited to try—and you can’t use any of the examples I’ve given above. Happy Halloween and spooky good luck!

Hugs,
TLC
www.teralynnchilds.com

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