Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Halloween fun with Lorrie Struiff

Cate: Yay, Lorrie Unites-Struiff agreed to be part of my special Halloween celebration. Lorrie, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Lorrie:  Thanks for the invite, Cate. This is one of my all time favorite blogs.
Well, I live near Pittsburgh, Pa. I love to entertain readers with my stories. I write across the genre board and just have fun with whatever pops into my head. There is a lot of space up there for popping.

Cate: What do you love most about Halloween?
Lorrie: Taking my grandchildren out trick or treating. I get to share the treats.

Cate: Do you have a favorite memory of a Halloween past?
Lorrie: Yes, but it’s a baaaaad one. Nope, not telling.

Okay, you win. I lived in a very rural area when I was a kid. One main road. Ahem, we filled a purse with (use your imagination) and put it under a streetlight. We hid and watched the sparse traffic, or the cars that stopped to pick up the purse, the person put their hand inside –because it was dark- and made the funniest/naughtiest, comments I had ever heard. Phew. When they threw the purse away, we’d retrieve it and do it all over again. Bad, bad, bad. I’m sorry car stoppers. *sob* I was such a brat.

Cate: Oo, you were bad! Wish I'd have been there, lol Have you ever had an unusual experience you couldn’t explain?
Lorrie: Yes. I get, I guess you’d call them vibes at times. Strong feelings. How do I explain? One time these vibes saved me from a horrible wreck just by me pulling over to the side of the road. A few times I knew, just knew when someone died. Honestly, they creep me out. Some are good, some not so good.

Cate: Glad your vibe saved you from a wreck! What frightens you the most?

Lorrie: Elevators, backseat of a two-door car, a small ladies room without windows. Can you tell I’m a horrible claustrophobic?  And going to a morgue scares me.

Cate: *shudders* Definitely can relate. Ever gone on a ghost tour? Or ghost hunting on your own?
Lorrie: Nope. I’m chicken.

Cate: Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.
Lorrie: The Call on the Dead Club series. Or COD Club on Bookstogonow, and Amazon.

Talk about a spook-speaker, Winnie’s your gal.

Cate: Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
Lorrie:  Two stories in one buy, this is from # 2 Going in Style

 I read the notes. Jack Daniels, AKA, Double Shot, and his two unidentified buddies, had pulled four bank robberies in the last couple of months in two states. They’d stolen over a million bucks. Double Shot tripped off a curb during the last heist and fell onto the street. Then the getaway driver made a pancake out of him in his hurry to flee the scene.

 “Well,” I glanced up, “it’s not like I can beat a confession out of his dead body, so what do you need?”

Maxwell rolled his eyes heavenward. “Do your so-called… thing. If it’s true.” He leaned his elbows on the desk. “We need to recover the cash and get Daniels to give up his buddies.

Cate: What inspired you to write about the theme?
Lorrie: I thought it would be neat to write a comedy series about an older, spunky, smart- mouthed woman who always gets into trouble. But, I think all ages will take to it. Think of  comic “Murder She Wrote.” Winnie is quite the character.

Cate: Can't wait to read her. :) Anything else you’d like to share?
Lorrie: Also have a book just released by Museitup. A Heap of Trouble. Romance/western/comedy/adventure.

Pop over to see my other stories at

I’d love to hear from you.

Cate: Guys, you're in luck. Lorrie's agreed to give away her two short stories, both published with Bookstogonow:
- Wild Blackberries, a paranormal

- The Last Dance, about young love gone awry.
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Thanks for sharing in the Halloween fun, Lorrie!

Because Lorrie's so sweet, it reminded me of a yummy recipe perfect for the occasion.

Pumpkin Dip

A super easy, super tasty recipe that’s super cute when served up in a small hollowed-out pumpkin.


1 8- ounce package cream cheese, softened

2 cups confectioners' sugar

1 15-ounce can pumpkin

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon frozen orange juice concentrate


Blend cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Gradually mix in the pumpkin. Stir in the cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and orange juice until smooth and well blended. Chill until serving.

Makes 4 cups.


Cate Masters said...

Welcome Lorrie! Hard to believe you were a naughty little girl, lol. Too funny!

Arlene said...

Oh geez, the things you could have put in that purse, Lorrie. Love the excerpt and awesome humor.
arleneann1 at gmail dot com
Cate, you have the best blog posts. Thanks for sharing.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

That dip sounds really yummy. I'm copying it down.