Happy Halloween! I’m excited about seeing the trick-or-treaters coming to my house this week. My neighborhood has a lot of little people, so it's quite the show and makes me think about my own children’s costumes from years past.
My kids are older now, but today I found this picture of my son from 2007 (age-11). He's wearing one of my favorite costumes…ever. I realize it doesn't look like much, but I think the reason I love this one has more to do with the memories associated with it rather than the artistry of the outfit.
My then fifth grader's elementary school had a “vocabulary parade & costume competition” the week of Halloween. The parade was part of a school-wide assignment given at the end of September to the entire student body. Each child was assigned a different vocabulary word to depict in costume. My guy’s word was “scorch.”
The assignment included the student deciding on a way to define the word in costume and making the costume (or most of it) himself. My son had a definite opinion about how "scorch" should be defined and designed. He made the dragon mask and the pipecleaner flames for his wrists and he picked out the wig in a funky costume shop in Austin a couple of weeks before the parade.
And the best part—he won first prize in the originality competition! I loved that, since he’d had the idea and made so much of the costume himself. Still, I assumed he would take "Scorch" off after the school parade and that would be the end of it. But he liked his costume so much that he decided he wanted to be "Scorch" on Halloween night as well. (He attended a fall festival that evening after the annual "candy gathering" and there was a petting zoo. That's how we ended up with a bunny picture on Halloween!)
A couple of weeks ago my now seventeen-year-old was cleaning out his room, getting rid of old papers and art projects from years gone by. (It's amazing how much paper high school students accumulate.) We were being fairly ruthless and tossing LOTS of stuff when he came across the "Scorch" mask hanging on the corner of a book shelf.
"Are we keeping it or tossing it?" I asked.
He stared at the faded construction paper a moment and shook his head with a smile, "Keeping it. That was the coolest costume ever."
I agree. Scorch was the coolest ever.
November is going to be party month! The dates for my HARD TARGET 50+ blog Spotlight Tour have just been posted here on the site. I'm also hosting a Facebook Release Day Party on Tuesday, November 12 with some of my favorite author friends.
In addition to a Kindle Paperwhite giveaway (rafflecopter located on my Facebook page and here on the website), I'm also giving away a Nook on the Spotlight Tour—plus we've got some terrific giveaways planned for that release day event on the 12th.
Coming up next weekend, November 8-10, I'm thrilled to be a guest author at the Readers & 'Ritas conference in Dallas. For the latest details on my schedule this month (and to find out where the party is happening on any particular day) be sure to check my appearances page here.
Whoo-hoo! I just found out the mass market print release date for Hard Target. On November 26 you'll be able to have the first book in the Elite Ops series in paperback by ordering through Amazon or any brick and mortar bookstore. You can pre-order today, it's even on sale at Amazon right now! Here's the link.
You can also download Hard Target to your eReader of choice November 12. That's less than three weeks away! Squee! This is kinda like having two birthdays…I get to celebrate the Hard Target release two times. November is going to be a party month! Details on the party part coming soon. Stay tuned.
I just added more dates to my on-line and in-person event calendar. Highlights around the Dallas area include:
Friday-Sunday, November 8-10, I'll be at the Readers & 'Ritas weekend in North Texas at the Hilton Garden Inn in Allen, Tx. Join me along with 35 other romance authors including Sherrilyn Kenyon, Shannon Butcher, and Dianne Love for a weekend of formal and informal discussions about reading, writing, and margaritas—of course. Get the scoop on this readers weekend here.
And on Saturday, February 15, 2014, I'm excited to be participating in the Adventures in Fiction "mega" booksigning in Addison, Texas, sponsored by Fresh Fiction. This open-to-the-public signing will be at the Intercontintental Hotel from 12-4pm, featuring over 400 authors of various genres. More details here.
To celebrate my upcoming Elite Ops series, I'm giving away print copies of my backlist “Bulletproof” books, plus a fun patent leather purple bag—perfect for fall. On November 12 check out Hard Target, Book 1 of Elite Ops from Avon Impulse, featuring sexy ex-military men….and the women who rescue their hearts.
It's less than six weeks until the release of HARD TARGET, book one in my new Elite Ops romantic suspense series from Avon Impulse. I've just posted Chapter One here. Come take a look!