Thursday, December 30, 2010

OK vote on what you'd like to see!

So, I'm going to be partaking in an anthology that should be due out around March. As such, I'll be writing a short story for the anthology and I wanted to know which you would prefer:

1. The back story on Sinjin and Christine

2. Dulcie interviewing Sinjin

Let me know and I'll write whichever one gets the most votes!!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ok now for a happy post! LOL--Win a new Nook Color!

So, a fellow indie author and friend, Tina Folsom (awesome author btw) is offering a NEW NOOK in color! Just visit her blog and enter her contest. More info here:

Definitely check it out and check out Tina's books--they are very sexy and I think you will really enjoy them!!!

Irritated with Amazon

So, one of the things that irritates me about Amazon is the fact that there is really no control for the author over reviews. I'm not talking about someone who bought one of my books and happened to just hate it--I am fine with those reviews and I think they absolutely have a right to be there.

What I am talking about is people who clearly haven't read the book, didn't purchase it and are just trying to skew my ratings. Those are the people who have no right to be leaving reviews and it drives me nuts!

As an author, I really rely on my ratings. Many people will buy a book based on what rating it received as well as reviews. And when I get stupid reviews (such as: a warlock can't be considered a hero and a warlock isn't a male witch), it actually does hurt me because it drops my overall ranking.

So, the reason I'm irritated today (LOL) is that the same person who left me a review saying warlocks can't be witches, left another one under the guise of a different person. The review basically says the same thing--warlocks can't be witches...what? Have you read the definition of a warlock??? Hello McFly! I did a bit more research on this particular reviewer who seems driven to drop my rankings for some reason and found that all this person's other reviews were also 1 stars. I think this is just wrong. This hurts authors and I don't think it should be tolerated by Amazon.

Again, if you purchased a book and hated it, definitely leave a bad review. You are completely justified in doing so. But, don't leave a review just to skew someone's ratings, especially when you haven't read the book. That is just wrong.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Wow, Fire Burn featured on Joe Konrath's Blog!!

So, for those of you who don't know who Joe Konrath is, he's a humongous indie author. He's really one of the big guns who paved the way for the rest of us. By becoming an indie and selling a ridiculous number of books (over 100,000 so far), he proved that indies can be just as good as our traditionally published counterparts! And, in the process, he also became a traditionally published author (but still maintains indie books as well).

Now that you have background on Joe, here's the fun part. He recently put out a blog post listing those indies who are selling more than 1,000 books per month and I'm on the list! YAY!
Here is the link:

Be sure to check it out because there are some fabulous indie books on there and you can add a bunch to your reading lists. And the genres are totally different so you'll have lots to choose from.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wow just surpassed the 20,000 mark!

Wow! What can I say but that I'm amazed!!!
I have sold more than 20,000 books since July for Kindle and October for Nook. Amazing.
I am humbled and beyond thrilled.
Thank you to everyone who has taken a chance on me and my books.
Your support means the world to me and I wouldn't continue writing if not for all of you!!!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wow, people defending my reviews on Amazon!

So, I almost never spend lots of time looking at my negative reviews because they just bum me out. I mean, who wants a bad review, right?

Well, today I was looking at some of my one star reviews and I couldn't believe it but people were commenting on them and defending me! What an awesome feeling that was!!! (Commenting on the ones that were just pretty dumb...Like a 1 star review because a warlock can't be considered a hero? What?! LOL) Those reviewers who just didn't happen to like the story for whatever decent reason were left alone which is how it should be. To each her own...

I can't even begin to tell you how great it made me feel to read people's messages defending me against the more inane reviews. Wow. That there are people out there who love my books so much that they would defend them just amazes me. So, thank you to all my champions!!

And to anyone who ever comments on negative feedback defending a book you really loved, I am thanking you for all authors out there. You are our knights in shining armor!!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Fire Burn character survey winners

Hi All,
So as most of you know, I did a survey with pictures of people I thought represented the characters from the Jolie books and all of you voted. Well, I posted the winners on my website.
Check it out:

You can still take the survey and I have noticed that the winners do tend to fluctuate so I'll probably have to update my website again. Here's the link to the survey:

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Become a character in my next book part 2!!!

Woo Hoo! Another Contest to become another character!

Remember how I hosted a contest for two winners to become characters in Toil and Trouble? And Mercedes Berg and Christine Trum won? Well, I'm at it again! This time for the next Dulcie book. I'm thinking it will be titled "A tale of two goblins".

Here are the contest parameters:

Enter to be written as a character in my book, A tale of two goblins (maybe the title as of now but might change). I'll create your character using your name, description and personality (I'll have to send over a questionnaire, etc. to find out all about you!)

I already know which character you'll be and without giving away too much, this character is:

* Integral to the storyline
* A kick butt type of person
* A "good guy" aka not a jerk wad or a character you wouldn't want to be

The winner will get:

* A written part in the next Dulcie book
* The ability to read the next Dulcie book before it's released to the public
* Added to the Acknowledgments page of the next Dulcie book
* Interviewed on my blog
* A signed (with dedication) paperback copy of the next Dulcie book
* A signed paperback copy of To Kill A Warlock

To enter, you can simply comment on this blog post. To get more entries, you can do the following:

* Leave a comment on this blog post (+ 1 point)
* Follow my blog (+ 1 point)
* Follow me on Twitter (+ 1 point)
* Tweet about the contest (+ 1 point)
* Friend me on Facebook (+ 1 point)
* Mention the contest on Facebook (+ 1 point)
* Mention the contest on your blog (+ 1 point)
* Join my Yahoo Group (+ 1 point)
* Purchase To Kill A Warlock (+5 points--simply send me an email to hpmalloryauthor at yahoo dot com and tell me what the first sentence of chapter eighteen is in To Kill A Warlock to verify that you purchased it. Please don't leave the first sentence in the blog post--just mention that you purchased the book and email me separately!)

Do all of the above and you'll get even more chances to win with a total of 13 possible points. Just mention in your blog comment how many points you earned (and how you earned those points). A sample comment could look like this:

Hey, HP, enter me in your second awesomest contest ever! I have a total of 4 points for commenting on your blog, friending you on facebook, tweeting about your contest and joining your yahoo group!

This contest is open until January 30, 2011 with the winner announced on Jan 31!

Contest Rules:

* Total your points in the comments field of this blog and tell me how you earned your points.
* The winner will be drawn at random (the more points you have, the more entries you'll get)

Want the whole background story of your character? Read my book, To Kill A Warlock just $2.99 ebook! (Also available in paperback on Amazon)
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Introducing Christine from Toil and Trouble!

So, as you'll recall I recently did an interview with Mercedes who played the prophetess in Toil and Trouble. Well, I also had another winner, Christine, who played Pelham's sister and the reason for the bad blood between Sinjin and Rand! Yay! LOL So, I wanted to interview Christine and this is what she had to say:

HP: Christine is German and one of the most fun parts about writing her character was adding all the German characterizations. So, I have to ask, Christine, how did I do? LOL Did everything make sense the way I wrote it?

C: Yes, it made perfect sense! It was so much fun to read about some of our traditions in your book! Especially the Christmas scene was very accurate! You´re sure you haven´t spent one over here in Germany? :)

HP: Nope, never have although I would love to! I'm really excited that you were one of my winners. What was going through your mind when you entered?

C: It´s no secret that I really like your books, so when I read about your contest I just had to enter. Doesn´t everyone wish you could be a part of one of the stories you love to read?

HP: What was going through your mind when you won?

C: Well, at first I was absolutely speechless. Than I did my embarrassing happy dance routine, thank god I was alone when I found out. Then I called like everybody I know to brag about how my character would rock the Urban Fantasy world! :)

HP: Christine is a book blogger and reviewer. How long have you had your blog and why did you decide to start it? Incidentally, it's a fantastic blog and can be found at:

C: I've had my blog for about half a year now, and I have enjoyed every day of it. Sadly, I´m the only one among my friends who loves to read Urban Fantasy and the fact that I read mostly in English makes it even harder to find people who share my love for the genre. So after a few months of reading around in the blogosphere I decided to go for it and try it as well. Since then, I have made so many great friends, talked to some of my favorite authors and met new ones I now absolutely adore.

HP: OK, so how cool was it to see your name in a book?

C: For a book-a-holic like me, it was the best thing that happened to me this year. Like Christmas and birthday on the same day. I just couldn't remove that stupid happy grin from my face!

HP: One of my favorite scenes with Christine was when she gets Bruno for Christmas which was, of course, based on truth. What I didn't realize was how close to the truth I came with this section. Christine, can you tell us the story behind Bruno and how he became your cat?

C: I actually got him a day before Christmas and he was given to me by my father. Bruno, along with his mother and three of his brothers and sisters was left in a barn not far from our house, where we would pass by everyday when we took our dog for a walk. I have a very soft spot for everything with fur, so when I saw and realized that they didn´t belong to anyone, I wanted to help them immediately. Unfortunately, they were too afraid of people and wouldn´t let us touch them. We fed them as it was winter and they all looked very weak, but I wouldn´t have thought we could ever catch them. I can´t imagine how much effort it took my father to catch not only one but actually three of the cats. When I came home from school that day before Christmas, he was smiling like crazy, I knew someting was up, but when he showed my the tiny, fuzzy and slightly smelling bundle that used to be Bruno back then, I couldn´t help but shed a tear or two. One of his brothers also stayed with us but was hit by our neighbors car only one year after we got them. His sister lives with my grandmother now, but the last kitten of the litter and Bruno´s mother didn´t make it. It was simply too cold this December. So I guess I have a very special relationship to Bruno and it made me so happy to have him along with me in the book!

HP: What are your favorite aspects of your character?

C: It´s hard to tell. She´s an incredible character, I loved the way she came to life on paper! Even though she is not exactly like me, we do share some character traits and it was so much fun to read how you brought her or rather me to life in a period of time that is so different from my own and like I said, you did an incredible job!

HP: So, I had asked Christine back in August if she might be interested in reviewing my books and she was gracious enough to agree and read Fire Burn first and reviewed it. Christine, have you read any other indie authors?

C: I have read quite a few of them actually! I read and reviewed books by Felicity Heaton, Lori Brighton, J.L. Bryan and right now by Kris Sedersten. I think Indie authors should get the same support as other authors, that´s why I´m always glad if I can help!

HP: What were some of your favorite parts in Toil and Trouble?

C: Hmm, where to start? I´m a huge fan of Jolie, she´s kind, funny and down to earth, someone I would love to be friends with (and am now, at least fictionally!). I love the fact that you story is set in England, it´s atmospheric and different, as most of the other popular series are set in big cities. Plus, there is the fact that it not only has one but two hotties in it! ;)

HP: I'm sure it was hard for Christine because I kept asking her all these questions about her character and would drop little hints here and there about who she was going to be. Things like "your character is the reason for the bad blood between Sinjin and Rand." So, with all my leading questions, did you have any ideas about which character you would play?

C: I had no idea, really. Of course, I would daydream about some hot scene between me and one of the guys. You can´t blame a girl for dreaming, right? But I´m so glad about how my character turned out!

HP: So, as you know, I also had one other winner of my contest and that winner was Mercedes, the prophetess. Was it fun reading Mercedes' character and realizing she was real also?

C: Mercedes is such a great addition to the story! If I wouldn´t have known she won, I wouldn´t have guessed! I am a bit jealous though, that she gets to be in the next book as well, but I´m also happy for her!

HP: What did your friends and family think about you entering this contest?

C: *sigh* Like I said, most of my friends unfortunately don´t share my passion for reading. So their reaction lacked somewhat the enthusiasm I would have hoped for. My parents found it very cool to see their daughter´s name printed somewhere. The only one who really seemed as excited as me was my sister.

HP: Okay, and the question we are all waiting for...Are you Team Rand or Team Sinjin?

C: I might have switched team during reading Toil and Trouble a few times, just like Jolie. There were scenes when I was angry at both guys, and other where I loved them both. But in the end, there was no doubt: Team Rand, they are just meant for each other! Sinjin should have stayed with my character! :)

HP: I love that answer! LOL So, what did you think about the fact that your character was the reason behind the feud between Rand and Sinjin?

C: I was amazed to read about it!!! Honestly, when I entered I thought if I´d win I would be some minor character which alone would have be major cool. But that such an important detail of the story was in connection to my character made me incredibly happy!

HP: Did you like Toil and Trouble or Fire Burn better?

C: That´s like asking a mother to decide between her children! They were both great. But thinking of it, I might have liked Toil and Trouble a little bit more. Not because I was in it, but also because the characters really grow in this story. Plus, I really liked the hot and sexy scenes between Jolie and Rand!

HP: Thanks so much, Christine! I really enjoyed writing your character and I don't know what all my readers think, but I believe the German nuances really shaped Christine's character and really added depth to her character. I think it made her character feel very 3 dimensional and I can't tell you how much fun I had writing all about Christine!

C: Thanks so much for having me here and for giving me the incredible chance to be part of your work in the first place! I couldn´t be more happy about how my character turned out! I hope your readers enjoy Toil and Trouble and my little part in the story!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Introducing author and my critique partner, Lori Brighton!

OK, I want to introduce everyone to someone I should have introduced you to a long time ago! Where was my brain? LOL Meet Lori Brighton, published author and indie author of historical romance, paranormal romance and young adult paranormal romance. Incidentally, Lori is also my critique partner and has been for oh, the past three years I think it is.

Lori, has it been three years?

L: I have no idea! I’m getting old. The day’s just sort of blur together now. I do remember getting that email from you though, asking if I wanted to be critique partners and I was thinking, hmm, who is she? I never told you this, but I totally googled you before saying yes. lol. Hey, can’t be too careful.

HP: So, I want to first let everyone know that Lori had a humongous part of helping me edit and shape Fire Burn into what you all read so I will be forever grateful to her for that. And, she’s read and critiqued Warlock and Toil and Trouble. Lori was with me when I got my first agent and when that agent took me all of…nowhere! LOL and it was Lori who first told me about self publishing on kindle. So, needless-to-say, I love Lori!!!! Now that all the gushing is out of the way, I want to introduce you all to Lori’s books. OK, Ms. L, what books do you currently have available and give us a little blurb about each one.

L: Awww, I love you too!

As of right now I have a historical with a bit of paranormal available through Kensington Publishing, Wild Heart. But that book has been out for over a year so I’ll talk about my newer releases.

The Ghost Hunter, a contemporary paranormal romance, is my first self published book. Here’s a blurb:

When Ashley Hunter inherits the Inn where her father mysteriously vanished years ago, she jumps at the chance to finally uncover the truth about his disappearance. But soon after taking ownership of the decrepit building, Ashley realizes she’s in for far more than she bargained. Not only has she inherited answers to many sought-after questions, she’s also inherited spirits, demons and even fallen angels! Then Cristian arrives, a gorgeous man who insists he merely needs a room to rent. She believes him, until one by one her ghosts start disappearing...

As a fallen angel destined for a life of servitude, Cristian Lucius is relegated to protecting earth from unwanted spirits. But he can’t accomplish this daunting task alone. He requires assistance from the very woman who frustrates him as much as she intrigues him. Cristian is determined to ignore his intense attraction for Ashley, and focus on his mission. If they don’t work together, they won’t have a chance in hell of defeating the demon threatening their lives. The problem is getting Ashley to trust him. No easy task, considering Cristian is the very man responsible for her father’s disappearance.

And just the other day I released my first Young Adult, The Mind Readers, a paranormal. Here’s the blurb:

Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers.

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life.

HP: I have read all of Lori’s books and loved them. Most my readers are paranormal romance readers so I’m sure you will love love love The Ghost Hunter. And, even though I don’t really read young adult (because I like the naughty scenes in adult books too much). Wait, did I just say that? LOL Anyhoo….I LOVED the Mind Readers. This book will make you think your going down one path and then pull the path right up from under your feet. It is awesome. A total page turner. And, for those of you who love historical romance (with paranormal elements), Wild Heart is awesome. Leo, the main hot dude, is insanely alpha and sexy as all get out. OK, back to you, Lori, when did you start writing?

L: No really, please feel free to continue talking about my work J. I started writing about nine years ago. I never thought I’d be an author, my goal was to be the female Indiana Jones. But now I can find adventure by writing and sitting on the couch and eating…wow, really not doing much for that stereotype of the lazy American.

HP: Tell us why you decided to become an indie…

L: I had The Ghost Hunter sitting on my computer. I’d had a lot of interest from editors in N.Y. but they all wanted changes or there was something they didn’t like. When I heard about how much other authors were making by going Indie, I decided to give it a try. Like I said, it was just sitting on my computer so why not? I really had nothing to lose.

HP: What is your favorite of all your books?

L: Whichever book I’m working on at the moment. lol. Honestly, I feel like all 4 (the 4th will be out with Kensington in March) are so different and offer such a different take and characters that it’s hard to pick. But I do think they all have one thing in common, suspense or adventure.

Okay…if I had to pick I’d go with my YA The Mind Readers because I’m really excited to see where this book goes and excited to start book 2.

HP: Who are some of your favorite indie authors? And, of course, you can mention me. LOL

L: I’ve been so busy writing I have no time to read! Of course you’re my favorite, H.P.! Edie Ramer is the author who introduced me to Epublishing and Amanda Hocking is great.

HP: Can you tell us about your current projects? Note to readers: Lori is like an octopus, she has about 3-4 projects going at a time and I admire her for it. Me, I can only work on one at a time.

L: lol. True! I just put up The Mind Readers, and now I’ll be working on a short story for an anthology with a variety of other Indie authors, including your very own H.P.

My short story will be a spinoff of my first and second Kensington book, so a historical paranormal. Then I want to work on another historical paranormal. And of course write book 2 to The Ghost Hunter and The Mind Readers. And I have another contemporary paranormal that I started awhile back….

HP: OK, I really want to talk more about your next paranormal historical…can you tell us about that?

L: Yes! Funny enough, it’s with a N.Y. editor right now. Of course I’d be happy if she wanted it, but on the other hand, I love Indie publishing so much that I would have to think long and hard before I’d accept another N.Y. contract.

I wrote this historical probably 3 years ago, maybe 2. Just recently I realized it would work great as paranormal. As for what it’s about… I’d say it’s sort of like a more suspenseful and darker version of Pride and Prejudice if Darcy was a vampire. It’s not at all a revamp to P&P but it does have similar elements.

HP: Vampires or werewolves?

L: Vampires! Werewolves would get fur all over the house and I’ve already got one dog to clean up after.

HP: When you aren’t writing, what keeps you busy?

L: We like to hike and travel as a family. I love the beach! I also like art; drawing, painting, photography, although I don’t do much.

HP: Where can my readers find out about you on the web? Do you have a facebook page they can join?

L: My website is where you can find links to my blog, my poor blog that has been sadly neglected. And yes, I’m on Facebook and Twitter somewhere.

HP: Thanks for stopping by today, Lori! Oh, and Lori is going to be offering a giveaway of Ghost Hunter and Mind Readers to two lucky winners so just leave a comment on this blog and we will let you know if you won! This is going to be a pretty short contest and the winner will be announced Monday. Oh, and Ghost Hunter is only .99 on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for a limited time so do yourselves a favor and pick it up!

L: Thanks so much H.P.!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Interview with Mercedes Berg, my muse for the prophetess!

Hello to everyone in blogville! I have a fun post today!

I interviewed Mercedes Berg, the lovely lady who entered my "become a character in Toil and Trouble" contest and won! I'm really excited to have Mercedes here today and wanted to ask her a million questions about herself so you all can get to know her better! First off, Mercedes really helped me develop her character (the prophetess) and I was thrilled to find that she is such an interesting person--that really helped to shape my portrait of her character in the book. Ok, so without further ado...Hi Mercedes!

HP: Can you tell us a little bit about you?

M: Well let’s keep it short and sweet! I’m 32 years old, I live in California. I adore all things Vampire related, and I love reading!

HP: I'm really excited that you entered my contest (and won!). What was going through your mind when you entered?

M: You know I owe a lot of it to my husband and friends. I got a new Kindle for my birthday this year from my hubby and an Amazon gift card from some good friends of mine. I was searching through the Kindle Bookstore when I stumbled across an interesting looking book called “Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble”. It looked good; it had some great reviews so I decided to give it a chance. It was the first book I read on my Kindle. Before I was even done with the book I downloaded your other book “To Kill a Warlock”. I was keeping close tabs to find out when your next book when I saw on your blog that you were running this awesome contest. I was at work when I found out and just knew I had to enter then and there. Lucky for me I’m the boss, so I took some time and entered. My fingers were crossed the whole time, which makes typing difficult, lol.

HP: OK, now I have to know, what was going through your mind when you won?

M: Ooohh, it was funny. It was Halloween and I was having a scary movie marathon with some family and friends. I was the only female in the house at the time. I was checking my email for something else and I see a note that H.P. Mallory posted on my Facebook wall. I was like, what is that about. I logged on to my Facebook account and went nuts.. I won.. Every guy in my house looked at me like I was crazy. They just couldn’t understand. I had to put it in guy terms.. I said it was almost like being written into your favorite Star Trek episode. I saw that they were getting it, but didn’t share my enthusiasm. I knew I had to call a fellow female reader. I called my Mom, who was just as excited as I was. I spent the next few days walking on air!

HP: Were you worried at all about who your character might be? Was it scary to wonder what your character would be like?

M: It wasn’t scary at all, but I was darn curious. Was I going to be in a love triangle, was I going to be evil, a trouble maker, was I going to get to make out with Sinjin, lol. I do have to say though that I loved how my character ended up..I am still not opposed to making out with Sinjin in writing though!

HP: So, in the book, I talk quite a bit about your rituals when your character does her magic. To everyone in blog world, all of that was actually based on information Mercedes told me. Mercedes, can you tell us a bit about when you used to be Wiccan?

M: As I said earlier I am from California, and I actual live one town over from a very Wiccan/Pagan friendly city. For quite a few years this was my religion. I was very into Candle magick, and very basic simple magick. I haven’t given up completely because I still do smudging, I still have my candles, blessing oils, and tarot cards. I have just incorporated some of my Christian beliefs as well. I mean to be honest when you think about certain magick rituals, there are a lot of similarities with Catholicism and Christianity. I guess I have taken the best out of all of them. What’s important to me know is being a good person, and trying to put forth good works.

HP: OK, so how cool was it to see your name in a book?

M: Amazing, I was like a kid every time I saw my name. I stopped everyone I knew and was like look, that’s me!

HP: Is paranormal romance your favorite genre of book? Who are some of your favorite authors?

M: Although I read a lot of different books, I do tend to go for the Paranormal Romance genre the most. I’m a big fan of Katie MacAlister, Lynsay Sands, Mary Janice Davidson, and yea I will totally admit to loving the Twilight series.

HP: What was the best part about being the prophetess?

M: The power of course. Who doesn’t want to be this kind of all knowing powerful witch?

HP: What are your favorite aspects of your character?

M: I love that she’s straight forward and doesn’t really take any of Jolie’s back and forth. She Jolie know this is the way it has to be done, no ifs, ands or buts about it!

HP: What were some of your favorite parts in Toil and Trouble?

M: Believe it or not there is one part that is my absolute favorite above all others. **Spoiler Alert** It takes place after Jolie changes her appearance so that she can travel with Sinjin to join the battle. Sinjin is introduces his companin to Rand like this:

“This is Tallulah,” he said in a mocking voice. “I have just feasted on her blood, thus she is quite scattered.”

Tallulah?? WTF?? I swear, Sinjin existed merely to piss me off. I exhaled a long breath and tried to contain the hurricane of anger that was currently plowing through me. Regardless of what Sinjin did or said, I had to maintain my composure. There was just too much riding on my ability to dupe Rand. So, that’s what I focused on.

I literally laughed out loud and startled my hubby. Just imagining this scene is hilarious!

My second favorite part? Finding out I was the prophetess!

HP: Before you read the book, did you have any ideas about which character you would play?

M: I knew she would be some sort of witch, but beyond that not a clue.

HP: So, as you know, I also had one other winner of my contest and that winner was Christine. Was it fun reading Christine's character and realizing she was real also?

M: Absolutely. I wondered how much the character was like Christine and what she thought of her part.

HP: What's your favorite color?

M: It’s a tie, Green and Black

HP: What did your family think about you entering this contest?

M: My Mom loves the same types of books I do, so she was happy and a little jealous.

HP: Are you Team Rand or Team Sinjin?

M: I am Team Sinjin. I know everyone loves Rand. His character is great, but Sinjin, is part bad boy, part teddy bear!

HP: You had told me about a time when you lived in a house that was haunted. Can you tell us about that? Incidentally, it gave me shivers!

M: I lived in a 2 story house where the second story was just a bedroom. Mine. I first noticed something was up because of the TV I had. This TV was OLD. It didn’t have a remote just a panel on the front of the TV that listed different channels. So if you wanted channel 10, you had to press the number 10 in order to change to that channel and it would light up and stay there. Anyway I was watching something on TV when it changed on its own. A few days went by with nothing else happening. Then it started again. The channels would change on their own. I had a friend staying over one night and it happened while she was there. I finally had a witness, but nothing I could do about it. So I just put up with it. After a couple of weeks it got worse for me. I went to take a shower (luke warm) and in the middle of my shower you could see the hot water knob turn on its own. I ended up with a few scalding showers. I had no idea what to do. I tried smudging, but that did jack crap. I finally decided to move out of my room and into another in the house, and I never had another problem. Stupid ghost just didn’t like me, lol!

HP: Did you like Toil and Trouble or Fire Burn better? (I guess that is sort of a silly question considering you're in TNT! LOL)

M: I loved them both. I did like Toil and Trouble better and not just because I was in it. You learned so much of why Rand is so stubborn, and you got to see a caring gentle side to Sinjin. I was also stoked to get to learn more about Pelham!

HP: Have you read any other indie authors?

M: I was blown away by the quality of your work that I have started to open myself up to other indie authors. I have picked up a couple books from

HP: Thanks so much, Mercedes! We will definitely be seeing you again in the next Jolie book. In fact, you'll be playing a huge part in the next book in the series! So, you'll be getting lots more emails from me with tons of questions! LOL I can't tell everyone how happy I was with the way Mercedes' character really shaped out. I think she really added depth to the character and the book! So, keep your eyes out for more from Mercedes, the prophetess!

M: I can’t wait either! I love the series, and I am anxious to see what’s in store for my character. I also want to see what the future holds for Jolie, and to find out is she Team Rand or Team Sinjin! I am sure most followers will have read the book by now, but if you haven’t you better. It’s got everything you could want in a book. It’s got magick, Hot Guys, Adventure, Hot Guys, time travel, and did I mention Hot Guys?? Thanks again H.P. I truly enjoyed this process and was honored to be picked the winner in this contest!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Take a poll about who should play who in the Jolie series

I just put together a survey with pictures of people I think could be the characters from Fire Burn and Toil and Trouble. Would love to know what you think!

Take survey

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Toil and Trouble Available on Kindle!

Here is the link for all you kindle owners!

Toil and Trouble Released!!!

Hi All,

Just a quick note to let you all know, I've released Toil and Trouble. It's still uploading to Amazon so I don't have a link for it there yet but will post as soon as I do.

I do, however, have a link to Nook and to the E-book version (pdf, etc.).

Here you go:



Be sure to check out my website, because I've added a fun section about both Toil and Trouble and To Kill A Warlock. That includes stuff like songs, pictures of cars, pictures of characters and for Warlock, also includes a sample of the first page of the graphic novel we're working on.

I hope you all like Toil and Trouble!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sneak peek into one of my fav scenes in Toil and Trouble!

So, I just had to share with all of you that I finished the last chapter of Toil and Trouble this morning! Yay!

Really exciting. I expect the book to be released early December.

As part of the release, I wanted to share an excerpt of one of my favorite scenes with Jolie, Sinjin and Rand. Michelle, our indie blogger over at, excerpted the scene here:

Sinjin, Rand and Jolie scene

Would love to know what you all think!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Introducing Stacey Kennedy!

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had an awesome weekend. I just wrote quite a bit and I'm happy to say, I just have 4 more pages to write of Toil and Trouble and then it's finished! Yay!

OK, so my post today is to introduce you to another urban fantasy author, Stacey Kennedy. I read her first book, The Willow, and really enjoyed it. Well, Stacey has recently come out with another book, An Everlasting Bite, and I wanted to let everyone know about it.

I asked Stacey for some info about the book and this is what she gave me:

BIO: My novels are lighthearted fantasy, heart squeezing, thigh-clenching romance, and even give a good chuckle every now and again. My journey as a writer began as a way to keep my brain alive since being a stay at home mom can be a little let’s say―numbing. It was an escape from screaming kids, dirty diapers and plain old mom duty. It started as a hobby, but as the stories progressed it became a passion. Now, I indulge at nap time, especially the juicy bits! Every mom needs a good thrill!

An Everlasting Bite:

Love is born between strangers, yet built upon a bond soul deep―one Alpha’s vow to protect his mate from looming danger, all the while, mending her soul and stirring her wolfish desires.

A vicious werewolf attack in Plymouth, Minnesota leaves a young woman violated, bitten and now, transformed into werewolf. But Rynn Murphy doesn’t have to face this transformation alone—she has her mate by her side. And the charming Briggs―Beta to the Patriarch, Valor―is eager to ease her into this new life and mend her battered soul.

With only weeks to adjust to her new fur, Rynn, follows Briggs while he assists in locating the daughter of the Montana’s Alpha, who was abducted from her home. But this journey is not without danger. And soon, they discover the ones who have taken this young wolf do not want her found and will stop at nothing to keep her hidden. Or so it may seem, as bodies begin to drop around them, the murderous attempts start to appear more as a hit than a smoke screen—leaving only one question, who is the intended target…

So, where can you buy An Everlasting Bite? Glad you asked! Right here:

And here is more info about finding Stacey online:

Website -
Facebook -!/profile.php?id=100000956942180
Goodreads -
Twitter -

Praise for Stacey's Books:

RT Book Reviews
“…Kennedy has created a world that readers will want to visit again and again!” Dawn Crowne
Bitten by Paranormal Romance
“Do you love magic, dominant men, adventure, humor, evil villains and a talking cat? Well here is an excellent book for you to try.” Laurie

Happily Ever After Reviews
The readers will find themselves snickering and crying with the characters. I highly recommend this book. Read it, go get it right away. ” Hunter

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Toil and Trouble, almost done!

Whew am I getting excited. I am halfway through chapter 2o of Toil and Trouble, out of a proposed 21 chapters! Woo Hoo! And I have to tell you, I love this book. It's my favorite of all the books I've written so far.

Because I'm nearing the finish line so much earlier than I anticipated, I'm going to have an early release! Woo Hoo! That's one of the super duper cool things about being a self pubbed author, I can decide when I release my books, not some dude sitting in New York. Love it!

As to a release date, I'm aiming to have TNT released by Dec 24th, at the latest but hopefully closer to mid December.

I'm super stoked!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pride and Prejudice Creations on Etsy

So, anyone who knows me knows I'm a huge Jane Austen fan and my most favorite movie is the BBC's Pride and Prejudice with hunky Colin Firth.
Well, one of my readers sent me an email with this awesome link to an etsy store where the artist creates all sorts of Pride and Prejudice inspired creations. There are T shirts, mugs, dish towels, ornaments, etc.
Check it out:
I just got a bunch of Xmas presents! LOL

Monday, November 8, 2010

Just had to share this

I received an email today that just really made my day. The email was from a lady who mentioned she had been sending out a book to agents and receiving multiple rejections and was pretty much terribly let down. She purchased one of my books (she didn't say which) through Barnes and Noble and loved it and didn't realize it was self published. Once she did realize it was self published, she decided to bite the bullet and self publish her own book on Amazon and Nook and she said I was the impetus for her making that decision! I was tickled pink! It's emails like that that really make it all worth it. I mean, yes, sales are great and I love it that my books are doing very well but it's hearing about how my success influences the success of others that really makes me proud. What a good way to start my week!

Friday, November 5, 2010


So, I have to admit that the more I write of Toil and Trouble, the more I'm developing a crush on Sinjin.
Sinjin plays a pretty huge part in this book and I feel like his personality really is given plenty of space to roam. LOL
I hope this will please all you Sinjin fans.
And for all lovers of Rand (me included), he is able to shine as well.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Writing in my new characters

So, I've reached the sections in Toil and Trouble where I'm writing in my contest winners, Mercedes and Christine. It is so fun! I've already talked to both about their personalities and descriptions and I am really enjoying incorporating them into my characters. Very fun!

And I have to say that Toil and Trouble is my most favorite book so far. I think it's the most fun and the most exciting to write. I hope all of you will think so too!!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Win a Kindle!

One of my fellow indie authors, Daniel Arenson, is offering up a Kindle in his contest! Check it


So, hope everyone had an awesome Halloween! I had such a fun one. My little guy is 1.5 years and this was his first year to trick or treat like a big boy! We went to a friend's house and her daughter and her friend took him by the hand and walked him up to every house. It was so cute!
Halloween is definitely more fun with kids.
How about all of you? Did you all have a good Halloween?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

And The Winners Are...

So, first off, I just want to thank everyone who entered this contest. When I initially came up with the idea, I was hoping for maybe 30 entrants and I would have considered it a success. Well, I ended up with way more than 30--final count was somewhere near 135. Amazing!

And, because everyone was so excited about the prospect of being forever remembered in a book, I not only expanded this contest by adding one more winner but I've also decided to run this contest for every new book I release, both in the Jolie Wilkins series but also in the Dulcie O'Neil series, as well. And, for any new series I dream up!

So, having said that, if you would like to be alerted whenever a new book is on its way so you can enter the "become a character" contest, just add yourself to my email distro list by visiting my website at and click the "contact" tab.

OK, let's get down to business!!!

I am beyond thrilled to first announce the winner of the original character contest. This character is:

* integral to the storyline
* mentioned in Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble
* will play a part in all future books in the Jolie Wilkins series

Just a reminder as to what the winner will receive:

* A written part in Toil and Trouble and future Jolie Wilkins books
* The ability to read Toil and Trouble before it's released to the public
* Added to the Acknowledgments page of Toil and Trouble
* Interviewed on my blog
* A signed (with dedication) paperback copy of Toil and Trouble
* A signed paperback copy of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble and To Kill A Warlock

And the winner of this character is...

MERCEDES BERG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations, Mercedes! I am so happy for you and I can't wait to touch base and send you my questionnaire to find out all about you!!!

But, wait, there's more!

As I mentioned above, I was so amazed by the response to this contest, that I decided to add another character. This character:

* Plays a big part in the latter section of Toil and Trouble
* Is the reason for Rand's anger towards Sinjin!!!!!

The winner of this character will receive:

* A written part in Toil and Trouble
* The ability to read Toil and Trouble before it's released to the public
* Added to the Acknowledgments page of Toil and Trouble
* Interviewed on my blog
* A signed (with dedication) paperback copy of Toil and Trouble
* A signed paperback copy of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble and To Kill A Warlock

And the winner of this character is...

CHRISTINE TRUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations to Christine and I'm super excited to talk to you all about you, as well!

Just a reminder, both winners were drawn at random. Please congratulate Mercedes and Christine and if you are interested to learn more about Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, the first book in the Jolie Wilkins series (including the first chapter), just click here: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

Toil and Trouble will be released January 1, 2011 so be sure to check it out to see the parts that Mercedes and Christine play!

Thank you to everyone who entered and spread the word. I am humbled by your excitement about my contest!

And everyone have a very Happy Halloween,

A very excited HP Mallory

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Contest Now Closed!

Just wanted to let everyone know that the contest to become a character in my book is closed!

Thank you to all who entered.

The winners will be announced tomorrow, on Halloween!

I'll make the announcement on my blog, my facebook page and on Twitter!

I'm so excited to find out who the winners are!!!! YAY

Again, I am really amazed by how many people entered--it absolutely blew my expectations out of the water.

Happy Halloween,

Friday, October 29, 2010

Interview with Rand and Sinjin

Here's a fun interview that JoAnne from Strange Candy Reviews did with Rand and Sinjin. Some teasers about Toil and Trouble, as well!!

Check it out: Rand and Sinjin's interview

For all you Sinjin fans

Just thought I'd let you know that Sinjin was over at Lillie's blog, Alise on Life, discussing his disgust with the representation of the vampire in contemporary entertainment.

To learn more about what Sinjin had to say, click here: Sinjin's Expose on the vampire

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Books finally in paperback!

Yay, so I am sooo happy to announce that both my books are finally in paperback. They are pretty hefty books sizewise--6 x 9 so not your usual small paperbacks.

Here are the links if you're interested:

Fire Burn:


They'll be up on Amazon soon also!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Interview with Knight!

Over at Spellbound By Books, Melissa did a fun interview with Knight from To Kill A Warlock!

Interview with Knight

Surprise for contest entrants!

OK so I've had this surprise for a while but I am really bad at keeping surprises to myself and I can't wait until the 31st to tell all of you so...

Because of the amazing response to my contest in which the winner becomes a character in my new book, Toil and Trouble, I've decided to offer up one more character in that book. So, now you'll have two chances to win! Yay!

And, I also started my list of questions for each winner to help me write you into my book.

If you're interested, here are the questions so far. I'll be sending emails back and forth with the winners to further nail their personalities and the way they would react to situations but here's what I've got so far:

What is your full name?

Are you male or female?

Do you have a nickname?

What is your nationality?

Do you have an accent?

Can you speak more than one language? If so, what languages can you speak?

How tall are you?

How old are you?

What hair and eye color do you have?

How long is your hair?

Can you play an instrument?

What is your favorite color?

Would you consider yourself shy or outgoing?

Can you characterize what you are like when meeting someone for the first time?

Do you have a favorite phrase or phrases that you say often?

If you are a woman, are you more feminine or more tomboyish?

What is your best feature, physically?

What is the best feature to your personality?

How would you describe yourself? (anything that comes to mind. This could be just brainstorming words)

Do you like animals? If so, what animal is your favorite?

What are your hobbies?

Are you athletically inclined?

I'm getting so excited! I can't wait to see who wins!!!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Contest ending soon!

Just a reminder that the contest to become a character in my next release, Toil and Trouble, ends on Sat! The winner will be drawn on Halloween Sunday, October 31. And I have an extra surprise with regard to the contest but I’m not going to say anything yet! LOL
Some more good news, 2 of my alpha readers have read the first 10 chapters of Toil and Trouble and reported that they enjoyed the first 10 chapters immensely, even going so far as to say they liked them better than Fire Burn! I’m ecstatic. I still need to send over the next 5 chapters as soon as I massage them and hopefully they’ll enjoy these chapters just as much. LOL
Hope everyone is having a fab Monday.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wow, love you Barnes and Noble!

So, I uploaded my books to Barnes and Noble on the 12th of October and it was pretty silent on the Nook front for maybe a week. Then B&N started ranking me #1 for the search query "Paranormal Romance" and I don't know how it happened, but somehow I've managed to climb to rank 137 for Fire Burn and 150 for Warlock. And I'm not sure what the B&N universe is but when I started my rank was 50,000 so that's a pretty huge jump.

I literally am amazed. I can't believe how well my books are doing! Such an amazing feeling!!! I am so thrilled to be an indie author and I wish I'd taken this step a long time ago. But, better late than never, right?

Today is such an amazing day for authors who have been snubbed by New York publishing houses. Now, it's readers who determine an author's worth, not agents or publishers and that is awesome news! You can demand what it is you want to read, not have to settle for what New York gives you!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Just launched my new website!

Hi Everyone,
Just a quick note to let you know that I've just launched a new and expanded website. It has lots of fun stuff on it like FAQs, reviews, free downloads and a section of fun stuff like pictures of Rand's house, his car, and the fairy forest where Jolie first meets Odran.
I plan on adding more pics since everyone seems to love them.
Check it out and let me know what you think!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Another contest--this time win a $50 Amazon Gift Cert

Just go over to Bitten by Books where they are hosting an interview and contest with me! They also posted a review of each of my books.
Check it out: Bitten By Books
Good Luck!

Friday, October 15, 2010

I am amazed!

Wow, I can't believe the response to this contest!

When I came up with the idea about a week ago, I thought it was pretty cool but wasn't sure everyone else would think it was cool. Probably because I was a bit biased--when I was about 12 or so, I used to write stories with my best friend where we were heroines in romantic novels featuring pirates, cowboys, you name it. LOL I never really grew out of that! So, I thought the contest would be fun from a personal perspective (something I would want to enter) but never realized how wide the appeal would be!

I can't believe that in less than 2 days, I have 62 entrants or something crazy.

So fun!!! I've decided to do this for all my future books. I just think it is such an awesome way to get word out there about my books and to do something cool for my readers. And as an indie author who only has herself to rely on aka no big marketing department in New York, this is just...the coolest!

So, thank you to everyone who entered and if you haven't entered yet, there's still time! The contest ends Oct 30th! You can enter here: Contest

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Contest: Become a character in my next book!

Contest Contest Contest!

So, who hasn't wished to be in a romantic novel? Well, here's your chance! I want to write you into my next book, Toil and Trouble which is due to release on Jan 1, 2011!

I'm about 2/3 finished with Toil and Trouble, the follow up book to Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, the first book in the Jolie Wilkins series.

And, I got this crazy idea...what if I hold a contest on my blog whereby the winner becomes a character in my book? Pretty fun, right? So, I'm doing it!

Here are the contest parameters:

Enter to be written as a character in my book, Toil and Trouble. I'll create your character using your name, description and personality (I'll have to send over a questionnaire, etc. to find out all about you!)

I already know which character you'll be and without giving away too much, this character is:

* integral to the storyline
* mentioned in Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble
* will play a part in all future books in the Jolie Wilkins series

The winner will get:

* A written part in Toil and Trouble and future Jolie Wilkins books
* The ability to read Toil and Trouble before it's released to the public
* Added to the Acknowledgments page of Toil and Trouble
* Interviewed on my blog
* A signed (with dedication) paperback copy of Toil and Trouble
* A signed paperback copy of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble and To Kill A Warlock

To enter, you can simply comment on this blog post. To get more entries, you can do the following:

* Leave a comment on this blog post (+ 1 point)
* Follow my blog (+ 1 point)
* Follow me on Twitter (+ 1 point)
* Tweet about the contest (+ 1 point)
* Friend me on Facebook (+ 1 point)
* Mention the contest on Facebook (+ 1 point)
* Mention the contest on your blog (+ 1 point)
* Join my brand new Yahoo Group (+ 1 point)

Do all of the above and you'll get even more chances to win with a total of 8 possible points. Just mention in your blog comment how many points you earned (and how you earned those points). A sample comment could look like this:

Hey, HP, enter me in your awesome contest! I have a total of 4 points for commenting on your blog, friending you on facebook, tweeting about your contest and joining your yahoo group!

This contest is open until October 30, 2010 with the winner announced on Halloween, October 31.

Contest Rules:

* Enter by October 30th, winner drawn Oct 31st
* Total your points in the comments field of this blog and tell me how you earned your points. I'd love to know what you think of my contest too!
* The winner will be drawn at random by (the more points you have, the more entries you'll get)

Want the whole background story of your character? Read my book, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble just $2.99 ebook! (Soon to be available in paperback)
Other ebook

Good Luck!!!!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

More Reviews!

OK, so here are some new reviews of both my books.

Review of Fire Burn over at: Quills and Zebras

Review of Warlock over at: Romance Fan Reviews

Review of Fire Burn at: Romance Fan Reviews

Review of Warlock at: Karissa's Books

Review of Warlock at: Cem's Book Hideout

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The next Jolie book, Toil and Trouble

So, I just wanted to share with everyone that I finished writing chapter 13 of Toil and Trouble, Jolie's next book.

And I loved writing this chapter!! Without giving away too much, something happens that lots of you will appreciate, I believe. And it was so much fun to finally put down on paper.

Again, the release date for this book is Jan 1. So, if you haven't signed up for my distro list to get emails whenever new books come out, you can do so by clicking here:
Sign up for HP's Distro List

And, I have to admit that while I love love love Rand, Sinjin is really growing on me. He plays a much larger role in Toil and Trouble than he did in Fire Burn.

OK, before I give away too much, I'll sign off. LOL

Monday, October 4, 2010

More reviews and interviews and a bad back!

So, I'm going to preface this post by saying I'm walking around like a 90 year old, hunched over woman because my back is freaking out. Ever since I had my son, my back sucks.

On a higher note, here are some of the most recent reviews of my books and some interviews and contests!

Review of Fire Burn and Giveaway: Read All Over Reviews

Review of Warlock: Candace's Book Blog

Guest post about my feelings toward Halloween. LOL sounds funny! Layers of Thought

Interview: Romance Reviews Today

Review of Warlock: Tiger's All Consuming Books

Review of Fire Burn: Tiger's All Consuming Books

Review of Fire Burn: Addicted to Romance

Review of Fire Burn: Magic Faerie's Paranormal Review

Review of Fire Burn:I Read Romance

Review of Warlock: I Read Romance

Review of Fire Burn: My Love Affair With Books

Friday, October 1, 2010

What do you think of this???

OK took everyone's advice...what do you think?

Warlock Cover Part 2

So, I really liked all the comments about the Warlock cover and thought I’d start a new post to button down what I should change because I want to incorporate some areas of the new cover and some areas of the old one.

So, if you can please tell me the following, I’d appreciate it.

Here are the two images again:

Version A:

Version B:

Which do you prefer between version A (old) and version B (new):

The title font / color / background of title text (aka the black background vs. the grainy background)

The title itself—should it be the book’s name or my name?

The background color—pink vs. purple

Should the moon be white or pink

The treatment of the text on the bottom—which text treatment do you prefer?

Thank you for helping me with it. I think I’m almost there but I just haven’t quite nailed it.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Which cover do you like better?

For some reason, I can't seem to nail the Warlock cover exactly as I'd like to. I changed it up a bit and finally came up with something I'm decently happy with. I know some of you really liked the first version so which of the two do you like better?

Version A:

Version B:

Finished Samson's Lovely Mortal

So, I finished a great book last night, Samson’s Lovely Mortal by indie author, Tina Folsom.
It was a great read and I would have finished it way sooner if I hadn’t had to make corrections
To the two hard copy proofs of each of my books.

Here’s a quick blurb about this book:
Vampire bachelor Samson can't get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there's nothing wrong with his hydraulics - that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms.

His scruples about taking Delilah to bed vanish when his shrink suggests it's the only way to cure his problem. Thinking all he needs is one night with her, Samson indulges in a night of pleasure and passion.

However, another attack on Delilah and a dead body later, and Samson has his hands full: not only with trying to hide the fact he's a vampire, but also with finding out what secrets Delilah harbors for somebody to want her harm.

I really enjoyed the characterization of Samson. He’s hot, possessive, jealous and very caring.

The beginning is great—really enjoyed the mixup of Delilah as the stripper and Samson’s reaction to her. And the other vamp who comes off as super scrumptious is Amaury. And, guess what? He has his own book, Amaury’s Hellion. So, I’ll be sure to check that one out as well.

The writing flows really nicely and there aren’t any dull moments. There’s also a whodunit to the story which is always fun to try to figure out. So, definitely check this one out. Really enjoyed it!!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fun anecdotes about Halloweens past

I really love October. And second to Christmas, Halloween is my favorite holiday. Ever since I was little, Halloween always had something magical about it. When my brothers and I were growing up, mom would always decorate our house to the nth degree with all sorts of Halloween decorations. The one I’ll never forget was this horrible plastic poster thing that was maybe 4 feet high by 3 feet wide and it was a picture of two men on horses on some desolate background and one man was holding a sword in one hand and in the other hand, the other dude’s head! It was like the worst, most horrible picture in the world and every year she hung it in my brothers’ room. My brothers are twins and at the time they must have been about 12 (4 years younger than me) or so. I was scared to death of it and I think they were too. Crazy mom!

Aside from the hideous poster, we also celebrated each Halloween by watching those Halloween classics like Garfield’s Halloween adventure, Disney’s Sleepy Hollow and Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin. We dressed up each year of course. The best year costume wise was when my mom dressed my brothers up as nerds when they were maybe 6. But, they weren’t just nerds (funny masks with crazy hair) but they were super nerds because she made each of them a cape. LOL. I went as a princess but wasn’t very princess-like because I’d just had a bout with lice and mom had cut off all my hair so I looked more like a confused boy. That year we went trick or treating with my cousin who was my age and he was dressed as GI Joe and my brothers were so not happy about being super nerds. Course, today, their costumes are the ones that stand out and are ridiculously funny.

What about all of you? What are some of your greatest Halloween memories?