Happy (Alternative) Halloween!
On this stop on the Fear Not Blog Hop there are no tricks–just treats! Lots of treats! First, help yourself to some virtual Halloween candy, and then read on to discover other treats–real ones, not virtual! You’ll find them hiding behind the pretty falling leaves. Click each leaf to find the treat.
Halloween is a strange holiday–a celebration of death
“As human beings, we are acutely aware of our own mortality and death in general. Human cultures are obsessed with death because we cannot understand it, yet it looms over everything we do. It is one of the most frightening mysteries we face in life. One way to feel more comfortable with this unknown realm is to make light of it with a festival. This brings all of the frightening ideas out in the open, where we can face them more comfortably, enjoying ourselves with other people instead of contemplating mortality on our own.” (from How Stuff Works)
Make no mistake about it. There are things out there that we should be afraid of. We struggle (whether we know it or not) “against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
But There’s Good News!
The best Halloween treat of all: Christ Jesus, by his sacrificial death on the cross has defeated death! We no longer have to be afraid! Accept his free gift today!
In view of Christ’s defeat of death and all the forces of evil, I look at Halloween as an opportunity to poke the devil in the eye and say nanner, nanner, nanner, I’m not afraid of you! Go ahead. Bring on the spooky stuff!
Three (not so) Spooky Houses to Explore
So now for a little light-hearted Halloween fun. Come and explore my three spooky houses–the ones featured on the covers of my trilogy. But don’t worry. I promise there are no ghosts, demons, or dismembered body parts. Or even zombies.
Even so, my characters Abby and John do get creeped out in them. You see, they have a weird computer program that lets them observe the people who used to live in these old houses–and every little thing they ever did there. Sometimes they learn way more than they want to know!
The houses on the covers are all ones I happen to know. Time and Again‘s house is from a photo of my husband’s house on Heal Farm. Actually, it only looks spooky because I doctored the photo. It was an awesome house, and I remember it fondly. My husband-to-be once led me on a tour of the attic where cool antiques were stored. Unfortunately, the house burned down in 1972 with everything in it, and I never got the chance to live there.
The Unclaimed Legacy house is a historic house near where I live today. Actually, I drive by it at least once a week. The elderly gentleman who lives there was kind enough to let me take photos of it and told me interesting stories about the surrounding land. For example, across the road from his house is a small, untended graveyard with very old tombstones from some of the earliest pioneers in the area.
Of the three houses, the one gracing the cover of Every Hill and Mountain is the one I’d least like to spend Halloween night in. The Crenshaw Mansion in Equality, Illinois, has been voted the most haunted house in Illinois. Although I don’t believe in ghosts, the house does put out vibes. And why not after what happened on the third floor! Oh. You don’t know what went on there? Well, read Every Hill and Mountain and you’ll find out.
The Leaves Are Falling
Click on the pretty leaves to uncover pretty cool gifts, bargain, and contests (with pretty cool prizes!)
(Hint: I’d really appreciate your review, but it’s not required to get the gift.)
I’ll be opening my Christmas Store within the next few weeks. I’ll have lots more deals for those who like to get their shopping done early, including a “Boxed Set” all wrapped up in pretty paper and signed by yours truly. Listen for my announcement soon!
Now It’s Time to Send You on Your Way
Be sure to visit the blogs of my fellow Christian Indie Authors in the Fear Not Blog Tour. Click on the image below to get started.
Each one is offering a different prize. And did I mention there is a Grand Prize too? Get it all by clicking on this image: