Monday, October 29, 2012

The Halloween Season: Author Guest Blog

The Halloween Season with C.R. Moss

Hi all! I’m happy to be a guest blogger here today and talking about one of my favorite times of year.

The air has grown crisp and cool, though here in Las Vegas it’s still warm enough that I can get away with wearing shorts for a little while longer. There are some developments that are just beautiful to drive through because their trees are covered in glorious color. The stars and planets seem brighter in the night sky, while the harvest moon shines in brilliant orange. I remember how growing up in the northeast there was the smell of apple cider and burning wood and leaves permeating the air and calls of referees at football games could be heard in the distance.

There’s a sense of magic surrounding this time of year as the nights grow longer. Could it be because we’re nearing the holiday season, and people are getting in a joyous mood, excited about vacations, family gatherings and gifts? Or is it because the veil between the corporeal and spirit worlds really does thin, and the ancient Gods, Goddesses, fae and other mystical, haunting creatures come closer to our realm?

Either way, this paranormal/horror/romance writer loves October—the sights, the smells, the cool after summer’s horrid heat and all the fun horror movies and ghost stories that abound on television and in the theaters. Plus Halloween is right around the corner. I love Samhain (pronounced "sow-en")—the Wiccan New Year (November 1st)—my time for meditation and reflection. It’s a time to wrap up the old and prepare for the new in one’s life. It’s also a time to honor those who have passed. Did you know that Samhain was a precursor to Halloween, and that the traditions and rituals of this holiday were actually preserved in the western world by Christianity? As Christianity spread, it adopted the pagan folkways, rather than stamping it out, since it was a great way to convert the pagans to the new religion. The church moved All Saint’s Day (Hallows Day) from May 13 (Lemuria – a Roman holiday where celebrants placated the dead) to November 1 to take the focus off of Samhain. The church also made November 2 All Souls Day. So the night before All Hallows Day became All Hallows Evening and was eventually shortened to Halloween.

A fun fact: Did you know the Jack O’Lantern comes from an Irish myth about how a man tricked the devil? Find out about it here:

Death is also something that makes this holiday, along with the belief of things that go bump in the night, witches, demons and the like. People used to be scared of the dark, the unknown, things they didn’t understand. Now we’ve beat back the night with lights, understand the human condition, our world and universe with science. Yet, people still like to be scared. Why? Because we like the chemical response our bodies go through and how it makes us feel. For a brief moment in time, we respond like our like ancestors did when they had to hunt for their own food and defend their lives. It boils down to the fight or flight response. We have to create ways now to feel that charge of adrenaline in response to such a stimulant. So we watch scary movies, go out and take risks…read thrillers. The last which is good for me since I like to read a scary story now and then, and I especially like to write them, too!

Happy Halloween!
C.R. Moss

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~ Blurb ~

In life and the afterlife, on the Double D Ranch one belief holds true—the power of love changes lives.

With cowboys, ghosts, modern day women, hot dreams, pre-wedding relations and a bit of sexy time travel, life promises to be one wild time on the ranch again.

Rachel Star has met the man of her dreams … literally. Too bad he’s a ghost. When true love crosses boundaries from dreams to reality and across time, the Double D ranch is the place it happens. It takes the love of a man from the past, Dalton Dougan, to bring love full circle in the present for Rachel.

Bristol Ashcombe, soon to be Dougan, is ready to have her baby … and so is a poltergeist. Can the love of a woman for her man and child sustain her during the most horrible of terrors? Can the love between family and friends really dispel the evil haunting them?

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