Wednesday, October 24, 2012

13 Days of Halloween: Day 6, Tamara Ward

Hello world!

Welcome to Day 6 of the 13 Days of Halloween, when the authors of the Tales of the Mist anthology go trick or treatin'! Our treat: 13 days of fun guest posts by each author of the just released TALES FROM THE MIST anthology. Ready to go? Yes? Here we go, then... :)

Before I start, I'd like to share that TALES FROM THE MIST is currently on sale at $4.99 through October 31st. After this date, the regular price of $5.99 will apply. The book can be purchased from the following retailers:

Amazon US (in digital and print versions)
Amazon UK (in digital and print versions)
Barnes and Noble

TALES FROM THE MIST is already gathering some pretty neat endorsements, including the following one:

"One of those rare anthologies that gets it right from the first story to the last."
~ Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Mutated

So on this note, I leave the floor to ... cozy mystery author, Tamara Ward. Just look at those cutie pies...

How old is too old?
To trick-or-treat, that is. What is the cut-off age for going door to door filling pillowcases with candy until the seams begin ripping?
I’ve got a photo of myself wearing my cap and gown on the Halloween following my high school graduation. I’m going out on neighborhood candy-collecting rounds. What amazes me is that my parents didn’t stop me; instead they’re the ones who took the photographs. And people actually gave me candy! Well, everyone except for one old biddy who left me standing on her front porch for a couple minutes until I figured out she wasn’t coming back with her bowl of plastic-wrapped treats.
My husband shakes his head in disgust at my reluctance to reign in my joy of collecting free candy. You’re probably doing the same. I think he was in middle school when he decided, for some reason, that giving out the candy held more fun than collecting it. If this is maturity, I want none of it! Even now I find no joy in giving away chocolate bars I could be eating myself.
Somehow, sometime, I passed the age threshold for trick-or-treating. I mean, I haven’t been trick-or-treating since I married my husband more than a decade ago. But I luckily now have minions – I mean, children – who can collect the candy for me. And I reuse the costumes I wore not so long ago. (See photo. No, that’s not an oversized rat; that’s my youngest son wearing a bunny costume with carpet-thick gray fur and a cotton tail wedgie. I wore the same costume as a young girl; it’s one my mother sewed for me.)
As chief candy inspector, I’m thorough to a fault. Many a chocolate bar is found to have a tear in the plastic wrapping or a suspicious look or questionable smell about it, and I pull it to the side to eat when my boys aren’t looking. Ssssh!
My short story, Jade O’Reilly and the Graveyard Shift, in the Tales from the Mist collection has very little to do with trick-or-treating, no matter what the age. But I figured I’d let the private investigator on security detail at a supposedly haunted mansion on Halloween night do her own talking about what goes down when the lights go out in the short story.
I hope you enjoy the collection of stories as much as I’ll be enjoying my boys’ collections of candy this Halloween.
Immaturely yours,
Tamara Ward
About Tamara:

Amazon Bestselling Mystery Author Tamara Ward’s storylines and characters combine for fun, fast-paced, can’t-put-it-down reads. Her published mystery novels include Private Deception, Storm Surge, and Silver Flashing. In her mysteries, you’ll find characters who keep readers hooked, strong-willed women sleuths, and a sprinkling of humor.
For more information, visit Tamara Ward’s blog at

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TALES FROM THE MIST will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages.


Private investigator Jade O'Reilly finds herself on security-guard duty at a supposedly haunted historic mansion on Halloween night. She doesn't believe in the rumors that say the house is cursed; she doesn't believe in ghosts. Will she by the end of her shift?

~ Natalie G. Owens ~
No Rules. No Formulas. 

Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!


Tamara Ward said...

Thanks for having me on your blog, Natalie! In terms of spookiness, my photo has nothing on Cate's shot from yesterday!

Greg Carrico said...

I think handing out the candy is the best gig. Now that I'm the one buying it, I'm guaranteed to get exactly what I want. Every time the bell rings, it's like a drinking game, but with my favorite candy! Plus, I won't be out getting into trouble and having to choose between the nasty bunks in a group cell and making the call to beg for bail.

Thanks Tamara. Fun post!
I Heart Jade! (don't tell!)

Cate Dean said...

Great post, Tamara! I, um, did the trick or treat thing until I was, oh, *mumbles* 16.

What can I say - I love to dress up :)


Natalie G. Owens said...

Hey Tamara! It's been great to have you here. I do miss Halloween here in Malta. There are areas where kids have started going trick or treating but it's not widespread. And then, you don't see pretty pumpkins and front lawns nicely done up for Halloween here. Sad!

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Awesome post, Tamara! I quit early because we were in the country and it was really a pain to TorT and Mom wouldn't drive us into town to collect the Mother Lode. I do drive my kids in, not so they get more candy, but because it's easier for me to park and walk than drive from house to house and get them in and out of the car. Don't know how my mom never understood that!

My son went out until graduation last year, but in the later years, he usually wore his camo stuff. Not really dressing up for him, but he looked somewhat dressed up to others. And something I found so cute the past couple years were a couple high school girls who were TorTing, but then turned around and handed out their candy to little kids along the route.

Jade's story was/is great!

Tamara Ward said...

Thanks, everyone!

I do enjoy choosing "the good stuff" for handing out, Greg.

And, Cate, thanks for letting me know I wasn't alone with the late end to the trick or treating years.

Natalie, if you like decked out houses, you should see my neighborhood. We've got spiderwebs that run up and down two-story houses, temporary graveyards in front lawns... it's crazy!

Hi, Stacey! The neighborhood I live in is ideal for the holiday with sidewalks and houses very close together. I live on a loop road and it's almost like it's a block party with dozens upon dozens of groups of kids going out. Many folks just sit outside their houses rather than open their doors every 30 seconds!

Thanks so much for dropping by! :D

Christy Hayes said...

Love stealing Halloween candy, Tamara! My kids are too old now and they don't fool very easy. They hide it, I find it and steal it while they are at school, then I blame their dad! Works every time. I love the costume your mom made! Enjoy your boys while they are young. They grow up way too fast!!

Rhonda Hopkins said...

Fun post! I never get any trick or treaters where I live, so I usually go to my sister's house and help out there. I love seeing all the little kids in their costumes. And I love dressing up in one myself. ;-) Of course, if someone suggested we go TorTing I wouldn't pass it up! LOL

Tamara Ward said...

Hi, Christy! Thanks for the tips. I'll definitely take your advice on how to get away with stealing candy in the future.

And hi, Rhonda! Glad you get some Halloween trick or treating action, even if you have to drive to it. Too bad you don't live closer; we could go trick or treating together!

Catie Rhodes said...

Like Stacey, we lived in the country. And my mom was super-duper vigilant about the candy. So she drove me to a few select friend's houses, and that was that. I trick-or-treated maybe two years (when I was 6 and 7). After that, it was just another night. We lived so far out in the boondocks, no trick-or-treaters came to our door.

I got married in 1991, and we never lived in places where people trick-or-treated. At most, I watched a horror movie on Halloween night.

Then, in 2003, we moved to the suburbs, which I loathe for many reasons but which has had one positive. For the first time, I saw how much fun it is to watch the kids come around in their costumes and what a magical night Halloween can be. For several years, we had a lot of trick-or-treaters come down our street, and we passed out a lot of candy.

In 2009, I noticed we kept a lot more candy than we gave away. In 2010, we had even fewer trick-or-treaters. Last year, I just bought one bag of Reece's Cups (just in case) and pretended not to be home. Nobody even rang the doorbell.

I'll pretend not to be home again this year. Hubby and I *really* don't need to eat all that candy.

Sheila Seabrook said...

I made my kids stop when they were 10 years old. I guess that makes me a spoilsport, right, Tamara? :)

Tamara Ward said...

I hear you on not needing all the sugar, Catie! I don't need that candy, either...

And Sheila, I think that makes you a good mom! Not that my mom is a bad mom (not at all; she's the best). I like moms who say no to their kids on issues that are important to them. My mom said no to me on various things... just not trick or treating at age 16ish! Maybe she wanted the candy, too!

Anonymous said...

We now live where there are no trick-or-treaters (we do a trunk-or-treet at the community center) but when we were living in a sub-division years ago what I hated was the older kids that didn't dress up. If the kids were in the spirit, then I was willing to give them candy, but the teen-aged kids that came and thought they were "owed" the candy really bugged me, I wouldn't give them anything. They didn't like it but fortunately there were no tricks played on us!!