Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Something Wicked Returns: Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris: Guest Post and Giveaway (INT)



Hello, my friends!
Something Wicked Returns is in full swing and I'm ridiculously excited about the whole thing, even more now that I have a hilarious post to share with you all. 
Truly funny people are so hard to find, and authors with a great sense of humor are few and far between. Luckily for us, there's Carrie Harris, author of Bad Taste In Boys, Bad Hair Day and the upcoming Sally Slick and Demon Derby. Carrie is a great, incredibly funny person and a truly fabulous author. If you've met her around the internet, you know exactly what I'm talking about. If not, here's your chance:


Why Halloween is Frawesome
by Carrie Harris

When Maja asked me to contribute a guest post about Halloween, I was thrilled. This is partly because I’m of the firm belief that Maja is FRAWESOME and partly because I’m of the firm belief that Halloween is FRAWESOME but not quite as frawesome as Maja. (That makes sense in my head. Honest.) I think the thing that gets me the most about Halloween is that it’s a time to let down your inhibitions. Some people take that the wrong way—I’m firmly reminded of the guy who spent one Halloween party walking around with a Twister mat wrapped around his body, yelling, “Right hand on yellow! Right hand on yellow!” You can imagine where the yellow was.

Yeah, that happened. Not frawesome, Twister Man. Not frawesome at all.

I’m not talking about turning into total creepers like Twister Man; I mean that for that one day, it’s perfectly acceptable to be a freak. I can wear my pink dress printed in zombie unicorns and dead teddy bears and fit right in! I have a good excuse to wear the Bride of Frankenstein earrings and the spike heels with the werewolves on them, except that I hate spike heels and inevitably end up carrying them. But they’re still cute, so I still consider it a win.

But this is about more than just the contents of my closet. For me, Halloween was like a gateway drug. I’ve always loved campy monster stuff—the Kate Grable books started out as me trying to make myself laugh, and the more outlandish they got, the harder I snarfed. But I felt this pressure to be normal—whatever that is—and to fit in with everyone else. But here was one day where I could go big and wave my freak flag high, and no one looked at me funny.

I began to suspect that maybe that freak flag deserved to be flown more often. Halloween’s just another day, right? If it’s okay to be weird during that 24-hour period, it’s okay to be weird PERIOD. And slowly but surely, I quit trying for normal and just said what was on my mind, wore what I wanted to, and to heck with what everyone else thought. And now? In my house, “weird” is a compliment, and it’s Halloween year round…minus the candy because that’s just overkill and minus the Twister Man for reasons that should be obvious.

Everyone deserves self-acceptance, and for me, that’s what Halloween is all about. Plus cool costumes, which is always a win.

ABOUT CARRIE:
Carrie Harris is a geek-of-all-trades and proud of it. Brains are her specialty; she used to work at a lab where they were delivered daily via FedEx. After that, it seemed only natural to write a zombie book. Now she lives in Michigan with her ninja-doctor husband and three zombie-obsessed children.



A copy of Carrie's first novel, Bad Taste in Boys, will be sent to one lucky winner from The Book Depository, which means that this giveaway is international. Enter the Rafflecopter below and keep your fingers crossed

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37 comments:

  1. HAH! Frawsome guest post! <33 We don't celebrate Halloween in AUS much but Halloween does sound like the best holiday ever.

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  2. LOL, the Twister Guy story made me laugh. I adore this post - I've never quite thought about Halloween with this much depth - so thanks for sharing!(:

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  3. Hahaha omg that twister guy ...what a cheez ball. It's more than ok to be weird every day! But, no excuse for cheez ball behavior! >.<
    Great post, Carrie! Yay for weirdness! Whenever I feel like ppl aren't weird enough nowadays, I watch some new cartoons...and my hope in the weirdness of humanity is renewed. :P

    Dee @ Dee's Reads

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  4. Cute post. Thanks for sharing about the twister guy. That is funny. Gotta give him some credit for creativity, I guess.

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  5. Cute post. Thanks for sharing about the twister guy. That is funny. Gotta give him some credit for creativity, I guess.

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  6. LOL! I do so love this time of year and even though I hate dressing up (it just makes me uncomfortable...I'm weird, I know.), I love costumes and all the fabulous cheese that goes along with a great Halloween. And, Carrie & Maja, you're both frawsome!

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  7. Bahahah! Twister Man for the win! :) And I totally agree with Carrie, we all deserve self-acceptance and not just during that one special day, but throughout the entire year. Just like we should show our loved ones how much they mean to us every day of the year, and not just on Valentines Day.
    I'd love to see that pink zombie unicorn dress, tho! it must be totally FRAWESOME! :) Thanks for the great post - loved it!!

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  8. Frawesome, ha! I love it!

    Fun guest post!!

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  9. Who defines "normal" is what I want to know? I think we all need to fly our freak or individuality flag at all times! I cracked up over Twister guy! Right hand on yellow, what a guy, and I totally love it! Great post Carrie and Maya! Thanks for the international giveaway! :)

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  10. can't wait to read..i love zombies stories :)
    thx...

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  11. "’m firmly reminded of the guy who spent one Halloween party walking around with a Twister mat wrapped around his body, yelling, “Right hand on yellow! Right hand on yellow!” You can imagine where the yellow was."

    *massive snort* So glad I wasn't drinking anything when I read that or it would have been spit all over my computer screen. That is hilarious, you kinda have to give him points for trying right? No? *snorts again* I'm the very proud owner of my very own freak flag, and I'm all for letting it fly whenever and wherever, but Halloween is always special in that regard:)

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  12. I do have to give points to Twister Man for trying to be creative although his idea is terrible and super creepy. I've never celebrated Halloween but love it when all the chocolates go on sale :P

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  13. Twister man, oh that is too hilarious!
    I do love that Halloween gives us an excuse to wear our crazy clothes. Every year I think I'm going to go full on Steampunk outfit but unfortunately have not yet assembled all the pieces to do so. I have the goggles and corset, but that's it so far...

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  14. You are pretty frawesome Maja, I agree. :D
    hahaha You can only imagine where the yellow was. That's TERRIBLE. But funny. But, no, not frawesome. I loved Bad Taste in Boys and you Maja are the only reason I took a chance on that one. :)

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  15. Frawesome post! Told my husband about Twister Man. Of course he loved the idea.

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  16. Twister Man- Oh so funny! *Smiling Big* Thank you for the FRAWESOME Something Wicked Returns guest post Maja and Carrie! Loved it. :)

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  17. You are all frawesome. And especially Maja, but I said that already.

    RIGHT HAND ON YELLOW! (I still giggle at that too.)

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  18. I think the alternate title should be "Halloween is a Gateway Drug". :D So funny! Also, got to give props to the guy in the twister costume. LOL

    Such a great post full of WIN!

    Oh and I've NEVER been accused of being normal. True story. :D

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  19. Frawesome, haha, god one :D Never heard that

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  20. Weird is the new cool, and I think its frawesome! Maja is frawesome too :)

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  21. Bwahaha at the twister costumer. Hey you have to hand it to the guy for creativity! >.< I love Halloween and even more since I had my lil guy it's just awesome to dress him up in stupid or cute costumes (only another year until he will ask to decide I'm guessing. lol).

    And yes, Maja = Frawesome!

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  22. Carrie always writes such entertaining posts! I loved the Twister man costume. I might have been tempted to put a foot on yellow! Ha ha! Love it!

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  23. Love this post! I'm glad you have a Halloween all the time attitude, because it led to Bad Taste in Boys, which I adored. But yeah, we can definitely leave Twister Man out of the equation. :-)

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  24. Oh gosh, I hate the people that decide to be CREEPY on Halloween, but being weird full-time is totally my job. Wonderful post.

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  25. Yay! I've had Bad Taste in Boys on my wishlist for a looooong time. And that was BEFORE I knew Carrie was frawsome. Yay!

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  26. Amen to "Why Halloween is Frawesome". Every bit hits close to home around here...maybe not "Twister Man"...but the rest...yes.

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  27. Everyone deserves self-acceptance, and for me, that’s what Halloween is all about. Plus cool costumes, which is always a win. This I totally agree with Carrie. I love taking my younger sister out on Halloween and letting her be who she wants to be! Thanks for sharing a great post and giveaway with us ladies! :)

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  28. LOL This is hilarious! Hhahaha twister man. It's creative at least :) I cannot stop laughing. Anyhow I love the guest post and I must add that this Bad Hair Day book is written just for me! :D
    Great post Maja :)

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  29. I love Halloween too, and self acceptance is hard for me. But I am learning from my son, cause he is down with it! Thanks for the laughs.

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  30. Oh, the twister guy is very creative! I love innuendos like that, especially on Halloween. I feel like it's the only day where anything is acceptable. I saw a guy dressed as a penis few years back, and on top of that, he had a button, which would then inflate the whole thing and basically give him a huge boner. Now that for me was frawesome and WTF in the same line! :D

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  31. I have been dying to read these books!!!! Great post..i never came across a twister guy in my town--but i would probably laugh at it..

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  32. love your blog layouts! and i'm looking forward for more book reviews.. nice books you have there carrie :)

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  33. Awesome.Love this this post ♥ =)

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