Friday, October 31, 2014

Joey Hill's Halloween Contest



What Halloween means to me… Joey W. Hill


What’s not to love about Halloween? It’s a celebration of dark mysteries, candy, and a chance to put up whimsical decorations! I already have plenty of the last, but I stopped at Pier1 Imports this week and had to add a couple more things to my ensemble (beaming).

But aside from that, since I’m Wiccan, Halloween (or Samhain) is my New Year’s Eve. It’s an extremely special night to me, and my very favorite holiday. Why? For one thing, it’s the time I consider what efforts I want to bring to an end and what emotions/feelings I don’t want to carry into the new year. It’s also when I think about new beginnings I want to embrace. It’s a great night to let go of harmful angers and petty resentments. I imagine myself cleansed of all things but those that follow the Lord and Lady’s path, and pray for the wisdom and strength to do that.

Second, Halloween is the time when the Veil is thinnest between those living on this plain and those who’ve passed on. I typically take time to light a candle, sit out in the darkness, and think of departed loved ones. There’s a sense of their closeness on this night, and it can be a great comfort that leaves me feeling more peaceful and balanced about their absence.

Of course, this Wiccan is not exempt from the usual “New Year’s Eve” pitfalls. A better diet and exercise schedule is one of the usual things I resolve to do. Since I consume the candy that the trick-or-treaters don’t show up to get, I’m usually more than willing to embrace a healthier lifestyle for at least the first 2-3 days afterward. I always overestimate how many trick-or-treaters we’ll get. The only way I’ll give away as much candy as I buy is if the Trojan army shows up at my door. Though if Brad Pitt shows up as Achilles, I plan to work a lot of it off! (happy sigh – I’m not a huge Brad Pitt fan, but him in that movie – *fans self*). Happy Samhain, everyone!

How to find out more about Joey’s books:
Website: www.storywitch.com – free excerpts and blurbs about all her books
Twitter: @JoeyWHIll
Fan Forum: www.storywitch.com/community (free reads revisiting the characters, photo galleries and more)

What does she have coming up? Elusive Hero, releasing November 4!
(Elusive Hero is releasing as part of the Invitation to Eden series, and is also a book of the Vampire Queen series. No familiarity with the series is needed to enjoy the book!)
Free Chapter One Excerpt Here: http://www.storywitch.com/book-vqs-eh
Buy links:
PRINT - http://tinyurl.com/elusiveheroPrint   (part of Match program, get Kindle version for $0.99 if you buy print book)





To win 

a book-of-the-reader’s choice ebook or print, domestic or international entries fine


answer this question-

what makes you scared.  Can be anything what scares you and why. Only answers to this questions will be eligiable to win. 


30 comments:

Evelise Archer said...

If we're talking spooky scared~ my sister would hide under the bed and grab my ankles....oh those were the days.
Evelise
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Ashlyn Chase said...

Happy Samhain my friend!

Debby said...

Unexplained noises at night scare me.
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Vanessa N. said...

Stormy nights with strong winds and thunder and lightning.

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Joey W. Hill said...

Happy Samhain, Ashlyn! And thank you everyone for checking out my post and answering the question.

My answer would be too long for this post. I have so many phobias, it's ridiculous. Must be that overactive imagination (lol). But Everlise, I had a brother like that. He got terribly elaborate about it. He'd set up fat magic markers under my bed, tie strings to them and then hide in the hallway, holding the strings. After the lights in my room were turned off, he'd pull on the strings to make the markers fall and roll... He may be why I'm such a nervous Nellie, come to think of it (laughter). Happy Samhain, all!

Jennifer Leeland said...

Happy Samhain!!!!! What scares me is being startled. Like when I watch thrillers (Like the show "Stalker") and someone jumps out and gets grabbed, I just and my heart races. I had one experience when I was alone at work really early in the morning and had my headphones on. A co-worker arrived early and appeared in my window. Scared the crap out of me. LOL!! I WANNA WIN! LOL!
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Jennifer Leeland said...

I JUMP and my heart races. Ahhh self editing....

Anonymous said...

JAYCEE here! Happy Samhain, Joey. Enjoy your quiet time, goodness knows you've earned it!

I'm not particularly afraid of anything that I know I can't or won't face (with any measure of grace may be in question, but...). However, I am afraid FOR my kids and their health/happiness. I'd go all momma-bear to get between them and problems.

Okay, and I AM afraid that one day you and the Muse will decide there is no more VQ. I mean, no more Daegan? Mason? Butch? **shudders**

Donna said...

I fear anything happening to my loved ones. But on a lighter level I cannot read or watch religous horror (Thank you Rosmary's Baby).

Delilah said...

Hi Joey! *waives hands* Happy Samhain! What scares me the most? The fear of failure. This past year I have realized that I am most likely half-way through this lifetime and I haven't done half of the things I have personally wanted to achieve. I tend to skirt around things I don't think I can be successful at. So as you are talking about New Year's resolutions, mine for this year was to not let fear take control of me. And one of the things I have always wanted to achieve was writing a book. So I put on my big girl panties and signed up for a writing class. And I couldn't be more happy! Many blessings to you on this special day and good luck with that candy! I have already downed half of a bag of caramels and it isn't even noon yet. lol

Ericka Olson said...

Complete dead silence scares me. I believe that evil swallows up all of nature before it wages war on your soul. The mysterious creaks and moans of an old house settling are a soothing balm when I'm relaxing at home. The wind creating a sinister symphony of rattles, scrapes, and scratches while walking at night, reassures me that I'm not alone.

Joey W. Hill said...

Jennifer, we just went to the local amusement park's Halloween setup, and they were SO good at that. They'd distract you with one monster and another would jump out at you from the other side. It was fun but after 90 minutes we were worn out - lol - shows our age, I expect.

Jaycee, I've met you and I'm not at all surprised to hear nothing scares you. You are one tough woman - you'll even shrug off a psycho NY taxi driver upset about us being in his parking area, and carry a giant blow up penis through an airport (grin). I don't think you have to worry about VQS coming to an end any time soon - we still have so many characters' stories to tell. In fact, I'm pretty sure Kaela and Garron's book is the first of two. Elusive Hero has good closure, but there's a lot more places they can go with their story!

And I do relate to your momma bear story. I'm the biggest chicken in the universe, seriously, but threaten those I love, and a whole different person comes to the surface. I really related to Marcie and Dana's reaction in Hostile Takeover to a threat to their family in that regard.

Donna, I hear you. I think of Stigmata with Gabriel Byrne or The Order with Heath Ledger...those creepy children outside the door. Ah, there's another thing that scares me - creepy children and hallways, thank you Stephen King and the Shining.

Leni said...

Rabid animals scare me. Just thinking about coming in contact with one is enough to worry me.
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Joey W. Hill said...

Delilah, yea! (I'm doing the fist pump for you.) That's a great example of bringing something to an end (overcoming your fear of failure) and embracing a new beginning (tackling one of your goals, like writing a book). And from your emails, I agree - you've sounded so happy since you signed up for the class.

It's one of the sad ironies of life that we typically realize the important things we want to do when we're already halfway through life, because it takes the first half to get our brains to that place. Though since it happens to so many of us (myself included), I tend to think it must be the natural order of things (beaming).

Leni, I remember encountering a rabid dog when I was a kid, and that can definitely be scary. I didn't realize he was rabid, but I could tell he was sick (it was a little white dog). He snapped at me and ran (he was already foaming and the wobbly balance was happening) and disappeared, so I went home. In later years when I realized he'd been rabid, I prayed he'd been picked up by animal control soon and euthanized, because it is truly a horrible, suffering way to die. And of course confronting an animal with it, not knowing how to predict what they'll do, can be very unnerving!

Joey W. Hill said...

Erika, that's a very different perspective! I've never thought of it that way, but your description is very visual. Gave me chills. You must be a writer yourself (Grin).

Moira said...

Happy Samhain Joey!! What scares me the most, not alot. I would have to say snakes are the only thing. That and being without books, especially yours.

Jxxx Pinklady said...

Standing next to tall buildings and plane/helicopters flying over head freaks me out.... It makes me heart race. Ridiculous, I know. I'm getting better with age. ;)

Irene said...

What scares me the most is passing on the opportunity to try something new and having regrets about it later in life. I am not afraid to say "I tried and failed" but I am terrified of having a bunch of 'coulda, woulda, shoulda' while on my death bed.

Joey W. Hill said...

Moira, my husband is right there with you. We had a copperhead hanging out by the grill a couple weeks ago. I'm a live and let live girl, so I brought the dogs in and let him be for awhile, and then of course he moseyed on after a bit and I haven't seen him since, but I think Scott was ready to get a bazooka and annihilate (lol). As for your other fear, you made me smile! I will try to make sure you always have my books - and also try to make sure they're WORTH having. ;>

Jxxx, hey, you never know when one of those things will drop out of the sky or fall over. I feel you on that fear. :>

Irene, amen and well said. It's tough - for me, life gets so busy and I get so focused on the "to do" lists. I have to make myself look up and do some things. I always remind myself of that quote "On their death bed, nobody says 'I wish I'd spent more time at work.'"

Joey W. Hill said...

Debby and Vanessa N, I realized I accidentally skipped over your fear. My bad!

It's funny that you are the mirror opposite of Erika on that. Though I have to say, I don't like all the noises a house makes when I'm in it alone, even though I know rationally all those same noises are there when my husband is there - I just don't notice them.

Leanna Craig said...

The thought of being in really deep water, and knowing that all sorts of creatures are spinning around ne'er neath me, what started it was the movie poster for The Deep :(

Jen CW said...

I really get freaked out by movies that have people possessed by demons. The things that they have those people do are just too creepy and the thought, even though highly unlikely, of it happening to someone I love, just freaks me out. I can't sleep afterwards.

Rene said...

Happy Halloween Joey, my fear is clowns the reason is the movie IT by Stephen king. After that movie I can no longer see clowns without thinking of that movie. I was a child when I seen it.

Christi said...

Hi Joey! Horror movies really scare me, I can't stand to watch them! Why the heck someone would even choose to watch them baffles me. I hate the anticipation, the adrenaline and the fright of the moment. Would much rather spend my time with one of your great reads, so looking forward to Elusive Hero :)

Terry said...

Spiders, horror movies, being snuck up on. And like everyone else, running out of Joey W Hill books! :)

Joey W. Hill said...

Leanna, it makes me wonder how many movies have been responsible for our fears, and of course Jaws is the ultimate example of that one! (lol) As I said earlier, to this day, I get creeped out at night when I leave a room and go into a hallway. I always expect to turn on the light and see those two little girls from The Shining at the end of it!

Jen, they get especially creative in those. Think the most recent one I saw was the Jeffrey Dean Morgan one where his daughter gets possessed. Couldn't resist seeing Jeffrey Dean Morgan, but the movie left me with the willies.

Christi, when I was in college I dated a guy who was wonderful in many ways but he had an absolute passion for horror films. All the things you described were the things I think he liked about them (grin). I finally had to put my foot down, because after seeing so many with him, I started to feel nervy and unsettled all the time, especially for the really horrific more realistic ones. So I'm with you on it!

Rene, OMG clowns! That amusement park we went to for Halloween had a Laff Maze, all populated by creepy clowns. There was one little clown, she looked like a little fairy waif clown, blinking at you with big eyes, but then when you got close to her she'd shriek and jump at you. Ack! Oh, but the book IT, creepy as it was, was awesome in terms of character development. Probably my very favorite Stephen King book, followed by The Stand.

I sense a movie theme tonight! Terry, I have Scott remove the spiders. That's his job (lol). And thank you for that wonderful compliment. You guys are too good to me. Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween - and no bad scary stuff! We must have had over a hundred trick-or-treaters. Had to send the DH out for back up candy!

Kezia Shugrue said...

While lots of things squick me out, what really terrifies me is the idea of something happening to my kids. Yeah, I know, that's a big old DUH. But a couple of years ago, an episode of Criminal Minds concerned an unsub who was targeting whole families. He entered while they were gone & crept out to take them after they went to bed. I DID NOT SLEEP FOR FOUR DAYS. Every noise, every shadow, had my heart about to explode. Nothing has caused such terror in me since my childhood. Japanese horror films have nothing on the idea of my kids being harmed while I sleep.

And thanks for the amazing page her, Joey. I would have visited last night, but we're the token witches in our community, & everyone expects big things from us. A month ago, the ladies in my dentist's office were babbling about looking forward to seeing our house for Halloween. Two cars drove up to our place, let out their kids, picked them up after they visited us, & drove off without visiting any of our neighbors. My husband was so proud. ;-) Blessed be.

Tina brunelle said...

Anonymous Rene you are the winner

Joey W. Hill said...

Congratulations, Rene! Tina, I have her email address, so I'll contact her. Thanks so much for having me as part of your Halloween celebration!

Kezia, happy Samhain and blessed be as well. That's a marvelous story - would love to see your house! I wore a witch's hat and a colorful witchy T-shirt that said "Toil and trouble", as well as my pentacle of course, and when several of the children asked, "are you a witch" I gave them a big smile and said "yes I am" (a solitary practicing witch with a black thumb and often too bogged down in deadlines to properly observe the holidays and moon rituals, but uh, yeah - ahem. I didn't dump all that on them, the lucky tots!). It was a lot of fun.

And that Criminal Minds. I loved the first six seasons and have them on DVD, but I'm with Prentiss on the episode where she said "did this make your list", meaning all the cases they've seen that have made her paranoid about things. Like staying at roadside hotels, trusting a friendly stranger asking ANY question, etc etc etc. Ah, but watching Thomas Gibson, Matthew and Shemar are compensation for paranoia...thanks for sharing!