Sunday, October 13, 2013

Lucky 13 Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop

Are you ready? The holidays are coming! Halloween is just around the corner and to get in the swing of things I'm participating in a Halloween blog hop.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. No surprise since I love reading and writing about angels, demons, vampires, werewolves...pretty much anything supernatural. As part of the blog hop, I'm giving away a print copy of HELLSBANE (the first book in my urban fantasy series) and these adorable stuffed teddy bears--one angel bear (in honer of my Hellsbane series), and one witch bear (in honor of the season.)



To be entered to win, just leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite treat was as a kid when you went trick-or-treating.
Open to US residents only.



Now...to help me celebrate the season of spook, I've invited Emma Jane Hellsbane, the heroine of HELLSBANE, my urban fantasy series, to share a story with us. If there's anyone who knows about all things creepy and supernatural, it's Emma Jane.




Hi. I’m Emma Jane Hellsbane. (Yes. I know it rhymes. Let it go. Seriously.) I guess since Paige wrote that book, HELLSBANE, about my life people think I’m just some literary character and all the stuff in the book about me being a nephilim (half-human, half-angel) and being marked to hunt and kill my angelic father is just something she pulled out of thin air. Don’t I wish! And the stuff about fallen angels raping human women, demons being brought up from the abyss to kill people like me, the constant attacks, the sword fights, the severed heads, is all just made up. Right. *snort* Whatever gets your snooze on at night.
Am I real? Are fallen angels and their demon minions real? Have they been known to rape human women? This urban legend just might help you make up your mind. Ever hear of the Sri Lankan Grease Devil?
            Okay, so here’s the thing, about a year ago I was surfing the web and came across this urban legend sight talking about some trouble going on in Sri Lanka.
I’ve had a soft spot for the place ever since my magister—uh, he’s kind of my angelic mentor...my hot, totally off limits angelic mentor—took me there on a heart stopping, romantic world wind tour to get a feel for the powers that come with being half angel. So when I saw the story about the creatures, the locals were calling Grease Devils, who were sneaking into the homes of single mothers and widows at night, biting and raping them, I knew I had a job to do.
As a marked nephilim it’s my job to banish fallen angels and their demon minions to the abyss. So I knew it was a demon the people of Sir Lanka were dealing with. After all, fallen angels had been seducing women since the beginning of time. Heaven had warred over it, thousands of angels had been banished for it, and it’s why people like me existed.
Demons were just fallen angels who’d been banished to the abyss eons ago and brought back by the newly fallen angels to serve them. Once they’re back in the world old lusts inevitably rise again except time in the hole changes them and their desires get twisted. That’s what was happening in Sir Lanka. An old angel turned demon wanted sex, he lusted for human flesh in every way and it would only get worse.
The police and government officials weren’t any help. They were calling him a prowler, saying he was just a normal man dressed in his underwear, who’d covered his face and body with grease to avoid capture. Even a facebook page started by some concerned locals didn’t help change their minds. Maybe there were a few run-of-the-mile human perverts who’d taken advantage of the demon’s MO to get their jollies. Or maybe it was the other way around. Didn’t matter. Vigilantes did what they had to. People were dying—whether they were guilty or not. But still the demon was running free. Even if they managed to catch him they wouldn’t be able to stop him. Demons are too strong, too fast. Stopping him was my job.
Being half angel means I can travel at the speed of thought. Well, almost the speed of thought. My human half slows me down a little. But one second I was in my house in Pittsburgh and the next I was in Sri Lanka, walking the almost desolate island road sometime past midnight.  I took a deep breath, taking in the sweet evening air, cool and moist after a light rain with just a hint of rotting eggs.  Except it wasn’t rotten eggs, it was brimstone.
Most people can’t smell demons, but to the marked they stink of the abyss. Made it easy to track him to a small two room house. The back door was open and I followed the stench of the demon through the kitchen and into the bedroom. I didn’t even see the woman at first, my gaze going straight to the demon still in human form kneeling on all fours against the wall three feet off the floor. He was oblivious to me, so crazed by sex and blood and human flesh. And then I saw the helpless woman under him, naked, legs and arms spread wide, neck ripped and bloody, held to the wall by demonic power. She’d been rapped and now she was being eaten. Bad had gotten worse.
I pulled the hilt of my sword from the special sheath at the small of my back, willing the blade to materialize, to gather matter from this plane and the other, to form sharp and gleaming. Faster than the human eye can track I moved on him, swinging my sword, aiming steady and sure for his neck. A half second before metal met flesh the fiend’s head snapped to me, face white with grease paint, eyes wide, mouth and chin dripping with blood. An instant after that my blade passed through meat and bone. His head was gone, bouncing along the floor to roll under the bed, thump, thwap, thump, thwap, thump.

His body dropped in a heap, the head already smoldering. Body and all would melt in a matter of minutes, disintegrating into a pile of black goo that reeked of rotten eggs. It took another minute for the demon’s power to release the woman. She fell with an ungraceful thud, crumpled and lifeless. The demon had killed her, but at least she’d be the last to die at his hand. The Grease Devil of Sir Lanka, the real Grease Devil, was dead.



Okay! Well...that was different. Thanks Emma Jane. If you'd like to read more about Emma Jane and her seriously screwed up life dodging demons, fighting fallen angels and trying not to fall for the one guy--angel--she can't have, pick up a copy of the latest book in the series, HEAVEN AND HELLSBANE here. Or start from the beginning with HELLSBANE, here.


Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win a print copy of HELLSBANE and these hug-able Halloween bears!

To be entered to win, just leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite treat was as a kid when you went trick-or-treating.
Open to US residents only.


After you leave a comment, you can visit each of the blogs on the stop for a chance to win more author prizes. But first enter the rafflecopter giveaway to win an awesome trick-or-treat book bundle!

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What was your favorite trick-or-treat get as a kid? Did you actually do any "tricking?"

37 comments:

  1. The lady across the street made candy apples for a select few of the neighborhood kids...but it was first come first served and you had to get there early. We almost never made it, because mom fussed over our costumes and makeup so long. Sooooooo, the more Baby Ruths and Butterfingers we could garner instead...and not the mini-sized ones, either, the better!

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    1. Taryn those sound yummy!! How nice of her to put in so much effort. I knew a lady who made those homemade popcorn balls. (You can never go wrong with chocolate bars. LOL)

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  2. I loved getting anything chocolate when I was a young one.. lol But it I have to pick one Kit Kat..

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    1. Kit Kat!!! Yummmm.... We had a guy who handed out travel toothpaste one year. Boo...LOL

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  3. My favorite treat as a kid and now still is candy corn. I know a lot of people don't like it but I for some reason love it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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    1. I hated candy corn as a kid, but now I like them! I can only eat so many though before I risk od'ing on the sweetness. LOL

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  4. Hershey bars

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  5. back when i was a kid, things were different. we lived in a small town and lots of the older women would make homemade treats. brownies, cookies and such. there was one who would always do candy apples. those were what i looked forward too! i miss those days. n.kuhn.acn@gmail.com

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    1. I just love the idea of that, Nicole. Nowadays though people would be paranoid that if it's not sealed from the manufacture someone might have put something nasty in it. Such a shame. Technology is wonderful but there's something to be said for simpler times when people trusted each other to be decent human beings.

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  6. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Always my favorite. And then my Dad would go through our candy looking for open packages and such. He'd take my pb cups and say it was my "fee" for having him take us trick-or-treating and checking our candy. Probably why I'll buy myself a bag of them every year and eat the whole thing before Halloween is over. Thanks, Dad! lol

    Thank you for sharing and for a great giveaway! :)

    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

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    1. My brothers and sister used to set up TV tables and dump our take out to figure out what we'd trade with each other and what we'd keep. My parents did the same as yours, "check for suspicious wrapping holes" and collect their "fee."
      Now I do it to my kids! LOL

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  7. Anything chocolate, since didn't get a lot of it at other times of the year.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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    1. That's how it was with my family as a kid, too. Candy was for certain times of the year, otherwise we were candy free. :)

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  8. Hi Paige,
    Whoa! That was a scary post. Made me think of the Jersey Devil and the south's "Swamp Man." Great interview!

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  9. I didn't do much tricking, but I did a lot of treating! I loved Reeses. I remember sitting on the living room floor grouping all of my candies. It was one of the best nights of the year!
    Thanks for participating in the hop! katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I know what you mean, Katie. I loved having all that candy. Made me feel rich! LOL And Reeses are the BEST!!

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  10. I always loved getting Three Musketeers bars :)
    Thanks for the great giveaway!! Happy Halloween!!
    Ashley A
    ash_app(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. I always liked getting Kit-Kat bars.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  12. i loved getting a sucker called a slap stick. it was made of salt wwater taffy and carmel.
    thank you so much for the chance at such a great giveaway.
    Have a Happy Halloween!
    tammy ramey
    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

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  13. My favorite treat was Reese's Peanut Butter cups. I still love them and now that they make dark chocolate ones, I am really happy!

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  14. Oh,and the above comment was from Jodie Brohard from COFW. (Waving at Paige)
    Great excerpt and giveaway!

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  15. I liked Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

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  16. I always loved Kit-Kats and Twix. I didnt really do much tricking. I'd try and scare some of the older kids more so when I saw them bullying the younger ones sometimes. Thats about it. :)
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  17. When I was a child, I loved candy corn. I could eat it by great gulping handfuls and never seemed to get sick of it. Of course, I never ate it that way. I had to eat it off in layers. first the white tip, then the middle, then the last color. I might get a stomach ache, but I knew when to stop. I didn't want to get sick and not like my candy any more. Oh, how I loved that stuff. Now, I can't have sugar. I miss my candy corn...Thanks for the story - I loved it. michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. My favorite candy was and still is Hershey chocolate bars big or small!

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  19. I loved to get an Ice Cream cone at our local ice cream joint! We did toilet paper a lot of houses when I was a kid, once someone's dad shot at us.

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  20. Never did any tricking, favorite candy to get was Smarties :) (those bears are adorable!)

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  21. My favorite candy was and still is Kit Kat bars. I can't get enough of them

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  22. reeses peanut butter cups was my fav - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  23. My favorite were Oh! Henry candy bars. I would have to hid them from my mother as they were her favorite also.

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  24. My fave was and is 3 Musketeers bars!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  25. This is so fun and exciting! Happy Halloween to ya all! Thanks for the fun and goodies! :) I always thought i hit jackpot when i got reeses and almond hershey kisses! lol
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. I was probably the only kid around who loved to get Double Bubble gum the most!

    Thank you for being part of the hop!
    Karen(dot)arrowood(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  27. Oh goodness. My favorite was probably milky ways, or lemon heads!

    Aria.Glazki@gmail.com

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