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.
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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!