Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lee Taylor on Halloween/Paperback Giveaway

We're a little over halfway to Halloween!  Today, Lee Taylor is going to share some thoughts on the holiday.  

Contest:  Lee is giving away a paperback copy of his book, Bound, to one lucky commenter.Please leave a comment and contact email to enter.  Deadline is 11:00 p.m. EST on 10/31/12.  Winner will be chosen by random drawing.

Don't forget to check earlier posts and enter all the drawings from the 1st of October onward!  All drawings will end on 10/31/12.


I love the idea of Halloween, I kind of romanticize about it, more than I should.  When I was a kid in Montreal, and Edmonton, I think of what an awesome time I had trick or treating. All the kids, and parents out and about, ushering kids too and forth, smiling, trying not to kick over the odd overhanging pumpkin… Even the crisp scent of the evenings breeze brought with it, not only the feint smell of rotting vegetation, but also the tiniest of hints of hot cider, candy, and lashings of make –up. Now, as an adult in the UK with kids, I want to make them excited about it. I want them to go all goofy over what they can wear. I want them to have choices, walking up and down countless isles, with the smell of rubber rich and sweet, almost like the taste of white chocolate assaulting their sinuses.

But instead, all we get on the shelves are battered bin liners that are supposed to be vampire capes. Plastic masks that look like cheaper knock offs from the plastic masks made for back in the late eighties,  odd glow in the dark finger tips… which I am not sure have ever fit anyone… and teeth, that if you put in your mouth, will make your gums bleed faster than a bacterial mouth infection… And as for the trick or treating… well… if you are lucky enough to have a trick or treater. You will get a parent wrapped up in a winter coat, holding their child, asking for sugar, in an eastern European accent… well… balls to that I say! I think it’s time, I let my laid back Canadian part of my brain take over.

So, this year, my family are going to make our own costumes, do each-others make up, and scare up some candy. (Fortunately being 6ft 5inches tall, and built like a bulldozer has its benefits, if I ask people for candy, they tend to produce the stuff in record time)

There are more signs saying “No trick or treaters here” than there are jack o lanterns… which must be fantastic for jolly old jack, as less of his brethren go to waste… but that is not even the case. Thousands of the pumpkins will just rot to pulp in bins… (note this is not one of those sad ads to save the snow leopards) So, this Halloween, I am going to dickens myself up, and dress like the ghost of Halloween past, present, and future!

So this coming Halloween, and all those in the future, make sure to have fun, parade your kids around as fairies, or dress them as hell spawn, just make sure they have a blast! Don’t have kids? Then dress your dog as a cat, or your cat as a mouse.

If in the off chance that you don’t like Halloween, and see it as a gimmick, then all I have to say is for shame. Halloween is the one night in the year, where it’s okay to get gussied up and terrorize the neighbors  So why not have some fun?

Lee was born in Canada and lived there till he moved to the UK when he was three years old, where he resided in Bristol with his parents, and sister and lived there for fifteen years until he met his girlfriend and moved to Dorset.
Lee is now happily married to his wife and has four beautiful children. 
At 25 years old, Lee has a very long and promising writing career in-front of him. 
Writing has been Lee’s passion from a very young age and his first book was released last November, with his second book Hellbound, due for release, this fall.

Ursine Edwards was a normal, well-adjusted teenager prior to summer vacation.

Now he has unintentionally married a demon, fallen into line with a wolf pack, and is being hunted  by witches as well as the

Summer is anything but a vacation.

Bound Excerpt:
"Ah, I have found you. You know for a big guy, you‘re hard to track down." The feminine voice startled me, immediately stopping me from transforming any further. My skin‘s chrysalis-like shell dissolved into sweat, and I found myself scrambling to put on my clothes, tripping on an exposed root and crashing into a heap on the floor.
"Nice scenery around here, isn‘t there?" The woman chimed. I was well and truly mortified.
I gazed in wonder at the figure. She was tall and slender wearing black trousers that were snug to her figure, steel toe framed boots and a charcoal coloured top that suited her completely. She also didn't seem to have on tons of make-up like most the girls my age do, dolled up to look older, making them look like a kid who just found their mom‘s makeup and dove into it feet first.Her skin seemed almost pearly in its complexion. My jaw was nearly hanging open as I looked on at her. A glimpse of a tattoo on her partly exposed stomach drew my attention. From what I could see, it looked like a crescent-shape or something.
She was standing on the verge, looking at me with a perplexed look on her face. Slowly tilting her head to one side, she rolled her eyes and hopped down from the edge. I was completely captivated with her gorgeous appearance.
With great haste I hunted for my clothes, rummaging around on the floor. I couldn't take my eyes off of her. Her eyes were hard
to make out; I could swear that they were almost violet in the evenings glow. They seemed to radiate, and I felt my body tingle as I tried to force my jeans on without looking. She shook her head and stared at me with some sort of bemused intensity. I was beginning to feel paranoid; a mental thought went through my head while I tried to figure out what she was looking at. I still hadn't spoken. I had forgotten how. I am pretty sure that she was growing uncomfortable with the silence... or possibly my reaction to her question. To her, I probably looked like a Luddite who just had his ball and string switched for a home entertainment system.

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A very big thanks to Lee for joining me today!  Don't forget to keep checking back for new posts and contests!


Denise Verrico said...

Thanks for being my guest, Lee! We always made our own costumes. It was part of the fun. I always made my son's costume, except for the year we were moving Halloween week and we bought a Ninja costume that he played make-believe with until it was too small.

bn100 said...

Nice post. Have your family decided on the costumes yet?


Rene Ogden said...

great post.

Grizlee said...

Thanks for letting me get involved Denise, I had a lot of fun.

I am totally behind the ninja thing, I remember when I was little, I had a ninja mask with a judo outfit, so I can understand never wanting not to be a ninja for a time lol.

My wife is a huge fan of the cute outfits, so I think my little girl is going to be a pumpkin, my little boy I think he is going to be a bat or something, and as for my older girls... well I think they want to be Zombie girls... So it means a lot of makeup xD


I think I am going to go as a sleep deprived author xD

Shielena Cook said...

This makes me wish I was dressing up tonight for a party!

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing!!

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