Friday, October 11, 2013

Something Wicked Returns: Amanda Carlson, Cold Blooded Blog Tour & Giveaway (INT)


Hello, nocturnal librarians!
The week is almost over, but the excitement is not! I've been out of town for a linguistics conference this whole week but your excitement over Something Wicked surprised and thrilled me. I love you guys, you're the best.
Today I have a special treat for you: a guest post by the lovely Amanda Carlson, author of the Jessica McClain series.
Cold Blooded tour is in full swing, just like Something Wicked, so we've made this a combination of both. Enjoy!



Top 10 Favorite Things About Halloween
by Amanda Carlson


Fall is one of my very favorite seasons. I love the leaves changing, the crisp smell in the air, and wearing a pair of cute boots with a jacket. There’s nothing better!

Thanks for having me on the blog today. I’m going to talk about my Top 10 favorite things about Halloween:

10. All the decorated houses. Everyone starts getting in the Halloween mood in Minnesota a few weeks before Halloween hits. Minnesotans are creative too, lots of funny withes hitting trees, skeletons and scarecrows that are really scary!

9. Pumpkin pie. My daughter makes pies and I love them, but my very favorite is pumpkin (and maybe pecan).

8. Raking leaves. Yep, I love raking. I love the smell of dry leaves and a nice clean yard afterward.

7. Putting up Marcus the Carcass. Every year we plug in ol’ Marcus. He looks like he’s erupting out of our leaf pile. At night he glows. We love Marcus.

6. Reading a good paranormal book! I love reading a great UF/PNR by the first fire of the season.

5. Hot cider. Bubbling it fresh on the stove with cinnamon sticks. Yum!

4. Carving pumpkins. Every year we do four. It’s always a contest. My kids always win (but mine are better J).

3. Roasting pumpkin seeds. Every year I lament why we don’t have fresh roasted pumpkin seeds all year round. Delicious.

2. Having candy in the house I would never buy. That is a huge treat and a no-no. My favorite are Hundred Grand bars. Carmel inside, chocolate and crispies around it. (Google them, it’s worth it.)

1. Trick or Treating with the kids with a nice glass of wine in hand. I love seeing all the kids running down the streets in their costumes.


Thanks so much for hosting me. COLD BLOODED released on 10/8 and I’m so excited to share it with the world.

ABOUT AMANDA:
Amanda is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a BA in both Speech and Hearing Science & Child Development. She went on to get an A.A.S in Sign Language Interpreting and worked as an interpreter until her first child was born. She enjoys playing Scrabble to an unhealthy degree, shopping trips to Ikea and has a great weakness for tropical beaches. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three kids.


One Jessica McClain book will be sent out to one winner, internationally. Just enter the Rafflecopter below and, as always, keep your fingers crossed. 
Thanks to Amanda for writing the lovely post and of course, thank you all for stopping by.
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34 comments:

  1. The possibilities and make-believe! You can be whatever you want :)

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  2. What a fun guest post! Okay, I so need to get these books!
    My favorite thing about Halloween would just be all the excitement that surrounds it. The creepiness, the fun, and let's not forget the candy!! :P

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  3. We do not celebrate Halloween here so nothing. We have All Saint's Day which is dark and we light candles on graves

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  4. I have yet to pick up this series but they sound like one UF series that needs to be on my list!
    I love nothing more than curling up on the couch with a cozy blanket and reading a book. Love it especially when it rains but it snows more often here. :)

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  5. I don't really do anything for Halloween (although, there *is* a Halloween movie night planned with some friends...) I love seeing the little kids all dressed up. So cute!

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  6. My favorite part of fall is the leaves changing. I don't like once they fall down though and I don't usually rake, though I definitely need to get out there and do that. I like the Halloween decorations but don't put out much of my own. The carving of pumpkins is rather a lot of work in my eyes, but I usually do one with the kids just to be nice. :)
    I've been hearing great things about this series!

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  7. I'm gonna be at the beach in Goa for Halloween this year, but I'm planning to get somewhat dressed up and go to Halloween parties!!

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  8. I love pumpkin pie, hot cider, and decorated houses myself! Wonderful post!(:

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  9. Unfortunately I lack a lot of experiences about Halloween as it's not celebrated here, but yeah I can only imagine how awesome decorated houses can be! I don't like pumpkin pie though. Great guest post :)

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  10. I love scary movie marathon with friends and family. :) And the candies!

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  11. Love this series!! Oh and Marcus the Carcass? Pictures! :D Love that name.

    Yum... pumpkin pie and apple cider. *sigh*

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  12. You want to come over and rake my leaves? I despise raking and reward with beer! You definitely deserve it after writing three FANTASTIC books (and, well, raking my leaves).

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  13. Candies! and scary movies! :D Thanks for the chance to win

    -Dannielle

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  14. I love candies. On Halloween I collect candies even though I'm 21 now and read horror books and watch horror movies. I love ghosts as well though I didn't get a chance to meet one personally, sigh!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

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  15. This list pretty much sums up what I love about Halloween too—especially all the pumpkin flavored goodies. And the candy! I start buying in early October "for the trick or treaters" and have to rebuy several times. :-)

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  16. the gathering of with long lost relatives and costumes.

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  17. candy and the numerous books contest and giveaway ^^
    thank you a lot for the international giveaway! i still need book 2 and 3 so winning one of them would be great

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  18. Favorite thing about Halloween is spookiness.

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  19. I love this time of year. I enjoy Halloween for the costumes, candy and pumpkin carving :)
    My favorite is caramel nut covered apples. Yum!
    Lori

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  20. the costumes , the candy ... the whole spooky fun of it.

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  21. I love to see all the quiet costumes kids dress up as and the decoration people put up.

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  22. I love seeing all the kids in cosumes, eating to much candy and watching all my favorite Halloween movies.

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  23. I love the costumes.. seeing what other people create and taking my son door to door--he gets so excited!!!!

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  24. My favorite things about Halloween are, the scary movie fests, the halloween music, and seeing my grandbabies in their costumes and having fun trick or treating, and with my daughter and her husband, they put on costumes right along with their two sons, it is fun watching them all and the fun they have with it.

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  25. Great guest post and great list! Apple cider, pumpkins, turning leaves... and pumpkin pie! Works for me. :)

    New follower.

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  26. i love the spooky stories and of course the scary movies!!

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  27. My favorite thing about Halloween is the candy.

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  28. Reading horror novels, the spookiness in the air, eating pumpkin pies... Gotta love Halloween... :D

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  29. My favorite thing about Halloween is the candies and the scary movies!! :) Thank you for the giveaway.

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  30. Halloween parties and the costumes :)

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