I don't know about you, but I love tricks and treats equally as well! (Though I'm happy my candy corn t-shirt says "I AM THE TREAT", not trick. Then I'd have a lot of explaining to do!) And since I've been bouncing back and forth about what to post on this most auspicious occasion, I decided to mix in a little of both.
As a treat, I'm dishing up a book I'm totally absorbed in called PHOENIX UNRISEN by Kathleen Nance.
It's perfect for a Halloween read (and far better than my suspenseful story) with unexplained hocus pocus, mystical mages, not to mention a hint of Jason, Freddy and Michael Myers in New Orleans. Then there's Ramses, the hunky pet vet that connects this to the Djinn series, and Natalie Severin, the hot-headed reporter heroine. (Is it me, or does her surname bring to mind slasher/methodical person with a scalpel)?
I may be partial, but RT gave it ½! Here's their take: Highly versatile author Nance adds another genre to her belt by spicing up her latest thriller with a touch of magic. An excellent storyteller, she never skimps on the characterization or adventure, so you can expect a first-rate novel every time.
And now the trick. If you read my previous post, you know I'd planned to be Ugly Betty. Care to see the efforts of my hard work? If so, take a gander at http://maseysplace.com/Betty. I didn't paste the shocker here because I didn't want to scare anyone (kids or otherwise) with my braces! (Would you guess they're beads and paperclips?) Unfortunately my impersonation didn't wow my co-workers (even enough for 3rd place), but hopefully I'll have better luck next year. (The "cereal killer" is going down for swiping my 200 Franklins!)
*Sigh* I hope you all have better luck finding/confiscating/buying your own candy!
Last Halloween I gave blog readers a special treat--an excerpt from JUST ONE LIFE. How could I not reprise Trick or Treat, Give Me Something Good to Read? So this year, enjoy a snippet from the follow up CRASH INTO YOU.