Monday, October 8, 2012

Arlene Webb's Druidic style Halloween fun!

Cate: Please welcome Arlene Webb to my special Halloween celebration. Arlene, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Arlene: Sci-fi, paranormal, suspense, all with either a lot or a splash of romance, I love the many great authors I’ve gotten to know as well as losing myself in my own worlds.

Cate: What do you love most about Halloween?
Arlene: Excited little kids, pumpkins, candy, fall leaves, pretty much all of it.

Cate: Do you have a favorite memory of a Halloween past?
Arlene: My son was four and we were visiting friends out of state. He thought everyone in Tucson, Az gave out candy if you knocked on the door. He went sneaking off to the neighbors the next couple days to ring doorbells.

Cate: Ha! Have you ever had an unusual experience you couldn’t explain?
Arlene: Pretty much every day when I roll out of bed and look in the mirror.

Cate: What frightens you the most?
Arlene: Give me spiders, snakes, mice, heights, flying, all those over bridges with crisscross overhead beams and I get panic attacks being in clear water if I can’t touch bottom. I’m fine if I can’t see through the water and don’t know I can’t touch solid earth. I’m not normal. Obviously.

Cate: Oh yeah, I panic just thinking about bottomless water! Ever gone on a ghost tour? Or ghost hunting on your own?
Arlene: I’m sooo boring. Sigh. No.

Cate: I don't believe that for a second! And come to Gettysburg, I'll take you on a ghost tour. :)
Any favorite Halloween recipes you’d care to share?
Arlene: Er…I see hollowed out apples on Facebook with ice cream in them, caramel on top and they look so good I’m almost tempted to see if I can figure out how to bake an apple.

Cate: Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.
Arlene: Harey is the honest to God (I’m lying) true story of the man behind the myth of Easter. A love story (ménage) but more than that, it’s an accounting of medieval times filled with religious turmoil and how sacrifice, betrayal and ultimately love is stronger than anything else.

Cate: Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
Arlene: Yes. Thanks.
Gwas can outrun a horse, knows how to hide and steal, but is ignorant of the ways of men. The last thing he expects when he is rescued from a miserable existence by a blue-eyed, blond haired angel is to be promised as a Druidic sacrifice to Eostre. Unfortunately, the only direction Gwas wishes to flee is straight into the arms and knife of his savior, Gareth.
Maura knows Gareth is no angel, but she adores him with a passion that time and loneliness cannot dent. When he rides in carrying an injured lad who fears her on sight, she is drawn to open her heart to the abused orphan as well.
Gareth is caught between his liege lord and brother’s fist, and an emotional dilemma that grows harder and harder to deny with every passing season. If he must defy man and gods in order to embrace his heart’s desires, so be it.
When the clash of old and new religions puts lives in peril, ultimate sacrifice bears witness to enduring love. Winter gives way to spring, and the evolution of a colorful myth spreads across the land.

I am no angel. Gareth’s shoulders slammed into the ground. A heavy body covered him, and the adrenalin jolting through him made him feel like a powerful animal. But I am in heaven. He tugged his arms free, wrapped them around Harey and grasped the back of Harey’s head. And I do not care if adulterous sodomites go to hell. He jerked him upward and took his lips.
No time for tender exploration. He had to show Harey who he belonged to, and it was not some bloodthirsty deity, or the daughter of a mass murderer. What if Aethelfrith, the devil who had ordered one thousand, one hundred and sixty-five men killed so they could not pray against him, had still lived? Harey would have walked into his knife with a smile, a pet hare, and promises of painted eggs.
I will not let this man leave me again. Never. Not ever. He’s mine. Gareth fought back his moan and deepened his kiss. Harey tasted so good, fresh and sweet like Maura, but firm and bony where she was all curvy softness. He intensified the pressure, relishing the feel of the lips he had desired for so long, and Harey yielded. Gareth rammed his tongue in, danced around, and then back out to repeat. He had never held a body to mirror his own like this, captive over him, and the sheer joy of not being gentle saturated him.

Cate: What inspired you to write about the theme?
Arlene: A submission call for an Easter story and I got hung up on something I found that shocked me while researching, and a short story turned into a novel. I was honored to try and give a voice to the fallen. My first historical romance and it was so fun to write because Harey really came to life for me.

Cate: Very cool. Anything else you’d like to share?
Arlene: A big thank you to my host, Cate Masters.

Cate: Love having you anytime, Arlene. :) Woo hoo, guys - Arlene has a giveaway!
Arlene: I’ll give an ebook copy of Harey to a commenter.

Cate: Such a great treat! I've read all but Harey and highly recommend all of Arlene's reads. Thanks for sharing in the fun, Arlene.
Arlene may claim to be no Martha Stewart, but I don't believe that either. Still, we'll turn to Martha herself for some ghoulishly good drinks - Bubbling Cocktails. Cheers on your latest release, Arlene!

Test friends' courage with this green experiment turned fizzy drink. The beverages (actually kiwi-based refreshers) look pleasingly poisonous in any glass, but chemistry flasks -- available online from lab suppliers for a few dollars apiece -- suit them best.
1. In a glass measuring cup, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 cup sugar. Stir until sugar has dissolved; refrigerate until cool.
2. Puree 2 cups packed mint leaves (1 small bunch) with 1/4 cup cooled syrup in a blender. Add 6 peeled, quartered kiwis, and blend until just smooth. Add remaining syrup.
3. Pour through a cheesecloth-lined fine sieve into a pitcher; discard solids. Stir in ice and 1 liter sparkling water or club soda. (For a cocktail version, add 1 cup vodka.) Pour into flasks, and serve with straws. Makes 8 drinks.

Check out more ghoulish goodies on Martha’s site  


Jeremy Bates said...

Apples with ice cream inside with caramel on top? Hmm, sounds good!

Cate Masters said...

Doesn't it Jeremy? So does Arlene's book! :)

Cate Masters said...

Welcome Arlene! Thanks for kicking off the week!

Arlene said...

Thanks for hosting me, Cate, it's always such fun and I can't thank you enough for all your kind words.

Faith said...

LMAO @ at the mirror response. That's my kind of humor!

I don't care for bridges and big expanses of open water, either. Went to Key West twice and The Seven Mile Bridge scared the bejeezus out of me. The view is amazing, but I kept having this overwhelming fear the bridge would give way or some idiot would wreck and cause cars to go over the side. {{{shiver}}} It's bad enough to have that fear, but I don't like sharks. Not sure if I could run on water or not, lol.

Lorrie said...

A really fun interview. I enjoyed reading it. I'm a horrible claustrophobic. Elevators, back seat of a two door car. I may be a iittle on the crazy side.

I'm going away in a few days. Rese rved rooms are on the third floor.

I'll need oxygen to climb the steps everday.

Thanks for the read.

Jessica Subject said...

I love the colors of this season and the kids that come around in their costumes, too. And spiders make me want to shriek. Though I'm getting better. I can kill them in my house now without screaming. LOL

All the best, Arlene and Cate! :)

Taryn Kincaid said...

Thanks for the interview, the excerpt and the recipe!