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Guest Blogger: Cathryn Cade
Sunday, October 10th, 2010

My T-shirt contest is still running. See yesterday’s post for details! ~DD

Don’t you just love Halloween? It’s always been one of my favorite holidays. Christmas, of course, carried with it the excitement of church and school pageants, gifts and visits to family. But Halloween was just for fun. For using our imaginations, trying to scare ourselves silly. For stuffing ourselves with caramel apples, popcorn balls and home made cookies.

I remember the excitement of choosing just the right plastic mask and flimsy costume (the ones that tied in the back) from the dime store. Trekking through the lamp lit streets of our little town with my sisters and neighbors, peering through the mask and lugging my plastic jack o’lantern for treats. I remember cutting through a pasture near our home and then running like the dickens to get away from the cows pastured there. They were just curious heifers, but in the dark they were BIG, SNORTING BEASTS. Very different from the friendly companions of the daytime, who would come and eat from our hands. On Halloween night, shadows held monsters, witches rode the skies and anything was possible.

When my boys were little, Halloween meant trips to the fabric store to find just the right pattern and fabric to make costumes – dinosaurs with removable heads and dragging tails, alligators (same costume with a little ingenuity and a different head), Ninja turtles, cops, firemen, ninjas, Frankenstein and army rangers. All the fun of planning how to make parts move, look kind of realistic, and keep growing boys warm on a Halloween night in the Rocky Mountains. One year we held a carnival in the school – the whole town came. We played games, and the children trick-or-treated around the gym.

Now that all of us are too big to trick-or-treat and my school is too focused on surviving The Test to have time for Halloween parties and parades, I enjoy the little princesses and space-ninjas who come to my door to yell (or mumble, prompted by a parent a short distance behind) ‘Trick-or-treat!’

And I still enjoy scaring myself – just a little – with a spooky movie or story. Sometimes I even spin them myself. I think a good romance should be like a Halloween costume – it should fit the mood you’re in this season. Do you want to be a princess this year, honey? Or a warrior who can kick the ass of any man she meets? Or how about a cowgirl ridin’ the range with a handsome cowboy? Or perhaps someone a bit edgier – a vampire, or even a demon queen?

You don’t even have to dress up, girlfriend. Just curl up with a great story, and let that new romance carry you away into a world where magic is still possible.

And here’s a great place to start … my Samhain Free Read, Touch Not the Cat.

Her new neighbor is as irritating as he is hot, but is he also dangerous?

You can read the first half on the Samhain website. To get the exact web address, which will be up by October 15th, visit my website at . And stop back by to read the oh, so satisfying conclusion. I’ll be posting additional pages each week until Halloween. Trick or Treat!

13 comments to “Guest Blogger: Cathryn Cade”

  1. Valerie
    · October 10th, 2010 at 11:37 am · Link

    Looks great, I will certainly go over to your website to read the story.

    And I LOVE Halloween!!!! Especially dressing up.

    in Germany

  2. Lisa J
    · October 10th, 2010 at 2:47 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for the new story. I’m so there!

    Happy Halloween.

  3. Cathryn Cade
    · October 10th, 2010 at 3:31 pm · Link

    Valerie and Lisa,

    thanks for stopping by, ladies! So glad to meet fellow romance readers and Halloween lovers!

    My Free Read has , um, changed slightly. 😳 That darned cat just would not cooperate, so I booted his furry ass outside, and invited another hero to play on Samhain.

    Jark Steele was a secondary character in my first Samhain Free Read, ‘Heart of Stone’. I sorta fell in love with the big guy, so he got his very own story, ‘Heart of Steel’.

    Story – When is it time to kidnap the woman of your dreams? When you’re saving her from a worse nightmare! Jark is a bit of a pirate, but he’ll do anything to save Dr. Daria Lovejoy, Frontiera’s favorite advice maven. But can he convince her to keep him around? It may take a Halloween masquerade to find out.

    Trick or Treat,
    Cathryn 😉

  4. Lisa J
    · October 10th, 2010 at 4:47 pm · Link

    Still sounds great!!

    I always blame my woes on the dogs. If I feed them and share my bed with them, they can take the blame.

  5. Diane Sadler
    · October 10th, 2010 at 6:17 pm · Link

    I’ll keep popping in for more of the story.

  6. sue brandes
    · October 10th, 2010 at 6:27 pm · Link

    Sounds really good. That poor kitty. LOL. 😀 Can’t wait for me. Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love watching all the little kids come up to the door and say,”Trick or Treat.” So cute.

  7. Miranda
    · October 10th, 2010 at 10:21 pm · Link

    Hi Cathryn!

    I’m also a big fan of Halloween! I always enjoyed dressing up now I love watching my niece and nephew dress up. After you were here in August I bought Tyger Tyger Burning Bryght and of course became hooked on the series! It is very hot! I love it! I then bought Her Commander and I’m planning on buying Prince of Dragons as soon as my checkbook recovers from last months over spending on books! Just wanted to say I really enjoy the series and I will definitely stop by to check out the free read.


  8. Carol L.
    · October 11th, 2010 at 4:17 am · Link

    Cathryn, Heart of Steel sounds like a great read. I’m there when I leave here..Halloween is such a great day. It’s the beginning of the Holiday season. The trick or treaters are adorable when they come up the walk. 🙂
    Carol L.

  9. Cathryn Cade
    · October 11th, 2010 at 8:31 am · Link

    Diane, Sue,

    Halloween is great, isn’t it? As you said, just for fun. Heaven knows we all need some of that these days.

    thanks for stopping by,
    Cathryn 😛

  10. Cathryn Cade
    · October 11th, 2010 at 8:33 am · Link


    I’m so glad you are enjoying the Orion Series. Thanks for telling me. It’s been fun to write.

    I’m happy to say that the final book, Deep Indigo, will be out soon after the New Year. Whee!

    Happy Halloween,

  11. Cathryn Cade
    · October 11th, 2010 at 8:34 am · Link


    You’re right, Halloween is the beginning of the holiday season. Just what we need in the dark days of late fall and winter.

    That and a great read! LOL.

    Cathryn 🙂

  12. chris
    · October 17th, 2010 at 1:57 am · Link


  13. chris
    · October 17th, 2010 at 2:04 am · Link


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