I hope everyone who celebrates Halloween had a lovely time! Here in New England, our household saw about sixty-five trick-or-treaters. We went through 7 bags of candy, not including the bag of Reese's Peanut Butter cups that I ate this week. (I know...I am so ashamed.)
The most popular Halloween candy this year was KitKat bars. The most popular costume for girls was princess, of all kinds. The most popular boys' costume was anything related to death and destruction, including Chuckie, evil clowns, skeletons, and one Grim Reaper (who unfortunately could not see because he had a black stocking over his face).
The most surprising costume was...mom. Yes, one mom decided to carry a Halloween bag and collect candy along with her kids. She was quite cheerful about it. My husband let her have extra, probably because he watched me eat the bag of Reese's.
My contribution (besides saving children with potential undiagnosed peanut allergies) was to carve the "batman" pumpkin, pictured above. I tried to buy Otis the Cat a superhero costume (they had great ones at Petco), but my husband drew the line on that, unfortunately.
Still, Otis's fiery eyes look like he decided to dress as an evil cat. In regular life he is somewhat grumpy (he squawks a lot--the better to instruct us), and he is very handsome. Like in this photo:
So why am I going on about Otis? Because he is a secondary character in my December Superromance, THE LONG WAY HOME.
In THE LONG WAY HOME, Otis is charming Natalie Kimball, working his way into her heart, even though she's vowed not to let it happen. THE LONG WAY HOME is a high-school crush story: Natalie has had an agonizing, embarrasing crush on Bruce Cole ever since the most popular guy in school was a senior and she was a shy, nerdy sophomore. Back then, Bruce didn't know she existed. But now that he's back in town, she has another chance. This time, to help him.
Here is the back cover blurb (from Bruce's point of view):
Life on the road suits Bruce Cole just fine. And after what he went through back in the day, he’s in no hurry to face his hometown again. Until his little sister asks him to return for her wedding. One brief visit can’t hurt, right? Especially when he meets a beautiful stranger at the reception.
Except Natalie Kimball isn’t a stranger. In fact, she knows more about Bruce than anyone else in Wallis Point—including the secret he’s been running from all these years. The woman Natalie has become is fascinating…and so different from the girl he remembers. If anyone can change his mind about what home really means, it could be her.
Click here to read an excerpt at eHarlequin.com.
I'm giving away two copies of THE LONG WAY HOME. Please leave a comment for the chance to be selected. How was your Halloween? Have you ever been charmed by a pet? Or suffered an impossible crush that turned into a happy ending?