Hello! Thank you for having me as a part of the 31
Days of Halloween!
When I was a kid, I loved Halloween for one simple
reason. Free Candy! House after house, I would smile my sweetest smile, hold
out my trick-or-treat bag and hope for the good stuff. You know what I’m
talking about—getting a full-sized candy bar or treat bag loaded with chocolate
goodness was like winning the lottery!

I have to admit the candy still holds a special
place in my fondness for the day. Seriously, who doesn’t love Reese’s peanut
butter pumpkins? They’re an addiction! My chocoholic status aside, my favorite
part to the holiday now has become the costumes and that ability to turn
yourself into anyone or anything you want for one night.

You can be one of your heroes, or perhaps a villain,
a sexy kitten or even a one-eyed zombie pirate. Oh, so scary! The only limit
placed upon the transformation being your own imagination and perhaps sewing
skills. That’s why they there are costume shops out there. For people like me
who are lucky they can sew a button back on a shirt.

Whether I will see you next to me in the devil
costume aisle or you pull out some clothes from the back of your closet to go
retro, there is one accessory that you can’t forget to make your costume
complete … the mask. What’s the point of taking on a new identity or becoming
all that you wanted to be if everyone knows who you are? In my opinion, a mask
holds the key to any good costume. It kicks it up a notch by adding in some mystery,
excitement and even perhaps a smidgen of romance.

Ok guys and gals, who hasn’t had at least one
fantasy about meeting a sexy stranger at a masquerade or costume party? I know
I have. There is a certain lure and intrigue when you meet someone for the
first time wondering what’s hidden behind the mask. Who are they? What do they
do? Where are they from? There is also that confidence and empowerment you get
knowing they are probably wondering the same.

When I wrote Arms
of Serenity
, I had the hero and heroine meet for the first time at a
masquerade ball for exactly that reason. Having the mask on gave the heroine
that extra push she needed, allowing her to do something she normally wouldn’t
have done —which happened to be a hot hook-up with an equally masked stranger.
That night started their journey to their happily-ever-after. Well, it is a
romance novel after all.  But, you never
know, it could happen.  So, go forth, put
on those masks, stay safe and most of all enjoy the night … something special
just might be waiting for you hidden underneath 😉  

Here are some quick Halloween facts and trivia to
amaze that stranger when you do meet them.
         
One of the most popular Halloween masks
of all times is Michael Myers from the movie Halloween. But, did you know that
the original mask was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white with some
ruffled hair added? 

         
Over 2 Billion dollars a years is spent
on Halloween Candy in U.S. That’s a whole bunch of candy bars and candy corn.

         
You have a better chance of scoring some
Reese’s Peanut Butter cups at a two-story home. Ranch houses tend to give out a
Kit Kat and if you’re a straight Hershey’s milk chocolate fan, knock on houses
with brown doors.

         
In its first full year, The Ouija Board
outsold Monopoly in Salem.

         
If you see a spider on Halloween, it is
said that it’s a loved one’s spirit watching over you.

         
The World’s Record for the largest
pumpkin is over 2000 lbs. Think of all the pies you can make with that baby!!
Happy Halloween to all!! J
 Arms of Serenity by Donina Lynn
Rock
Services, Book One
Blurb:
Plagued
by guilt, Nicholas Hollsten ended his military career in the Special Forces and
returned home only to be forced into a life he never wanted. Nick found himself
running his father’s company and making good on a promise to his team. Angry
and frustrated with the direction his life was taking, he calms his thoughts by
filling his evenings and bed with soft distractions. Until one woman captures
his interest.
Rebecca
Klayton thought she was happy in her small town, running her bakery and
avoiding love. That emotion only meant heartache and being left exactly where
you started—alone. Lesson learned. But, when the sexy stranger from their hot
New Year’s Eve hook-up shows up at her counter, will she be able to ignore the
temptation or will she find what she’s been missing in the Arms of Serenity?
Excerpt:
Becca
got as far as the curb outside before she heard Nick’s voice calling her name.
She closed her eyes and groaned.
Almost made it.
Why was
he following her? Couldn’t he just leave her alone? She held up her hand to
signal a taxi and hoped ignoring him would work until one stopped.
Becca
heard him say her name again. Only this time he was too close to pretend that
she didn’t hear him. She turned to find him holding the picture frame.
“You
forgot this.”
He just
wanted to give her the frame. She sighed in relief and reached to take it from
him.
“Thank
you.”
He
looked at her and put a smug smile on before saying, “You forgot these also.”
He reached into his pant pocket and pulled out a glimpse of white lace
material.
Becca
gasped when she realized it was her forgotten panties. She got closer to put
her hand out.
“Thank
you for finding them.”
Nick
pushed them back in his pocket. “How about that coffee?”
Becca
took a step back and crossed her arms. “Are you seriously holding my underwear
hostage until I go out on a date with you? Doesn’t that border on blackmail?”
Nick
laughed. “Just using whatever means I have at my disposal to get you to say
yes.”
Becca
would laugh too if she wasn’t so angry. He was being an arrogant pushy ass. She
glared at him. From his polished shoes, tailored pants, and what looked like a
cashmere sweater, he was head to toe everything that Becca wasn’t. Why was he
doing this? Damn him for coming after her. Damn him for wanting more when he
could go back into the ballroom and have anyone of those models sitting at the
table.
“You’re
not my type.” She turned away from him and once again put her hand up in the
air.
She
stood there not wanting to look back. He hadn’t answered her, and Becca
silently hoped that he had walked away. She was a mess. Her insides trembled at
the conflicting emotions of anger and longing coursing through her. It would be
so easy to give in and go with him.
Becca
felt a hand brush against her neck and his voice against her ear.
“I’m
going to have to argue that statement. I seem to remember being exactly your
type last night as you shook and screamed in pleasure when I was buried deep
inside of you.” He kissed the spot behind her ear, and she gasped in response.
Shivers cascaded through her, and she leaned back melting into his body.
Becca
cursed herself.
Dammit, Becca get some control!
He’s just a rich guy who thinks he can get anything he wants.
Becca
pulled away and turned around to face him as a taxi finally came to her rescue.
Opening the door, she stood behind it to use as a barrier between them and took
a breath to steady her trembling legs and gain some courage.
“Nick,
last night was great, and thank you for not saying anything back in there.” She
nodded her head in the direction of the hotel and continued. “But I’m just not
interested.” She got in the cab, closed the door, and stared ahead as she gave
the driver her destination. As the taxi pulled away, she could see him in the
rearview mirror. For the second time in less than twenty-four hours, she left
him just standing and staring after her.
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Author Bio:
Hi! I
live in a small rural Pennsylvania town on the outskirts of the Poconos. As in
small, I mean we don’t even have a traffic light. We do, however, have a DG, a
pizzeria and a Chinese restaurant. Thank goodness! Because, I would probably
starve without takeout and a microwave. Cooking is something I enjoy during the
holidays and for special occasions. But on a normal day, I take full advantage
of a supermarket’s frozen section. 

Even
though I was born and raised a country girl, my idea of communing with nature
is gazing out my window while guzzling mass quantities of coffee. Next to the
microwave, my Keurig is my prized possession. Seriously, the inventors of that
gadget deserve an award and are personal heroes of mine. 

When I’m
not at my day job, hanging with my family or friends, curled up with my Kindle,
or typing away at the computer, you can find me in front of the TV watching
anything paranormal, sci-fi or a good action flick. Kudos go to any movie or
show that incorporates explosions, big guns, and gratuitous butt shots. 
My
addiction to romance novels started as soon as I could turn a page and has
stayed with me until much later in life when I decided to sit down and give
writing one a whirl. Who knew that decision would have brought me here? I am
extremely grateful it has and hope you enjoy reading about the characters that
have taken up residence in my head. There is a bit of a warning, however. I
have a fondness – bordering on obsession – with the military, public service,
bad boys, and men with bald heads, goatees or tattoos.  Heroes with one or many of these traits might
be a reoccurring theme until I can work through these issues. 🙂
You can
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