Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween fun with Shirley Martin

Looking for the Halloween Spooktacular post? It's here! But don't miss out on my special guest, below. And visit all month for special guests and goodies!

Cate:: Welcome, Shirley! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Shirley: Cate, thanks for having me. I began writing over twenty years ago and started with historical romances. Since then, I've written paranormal and fantasy romances. I enjoy writing and always have ideas. I'm published now with Books We Love, Ltd. On a personal level, I'm a widow who lives in Alabama.  I have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Cate: What do you love most about Halloween?
Shirley: I get to eat the leftover candy.

Cate: There's leftovers? lol Do you have a favorite memory of a Halloween past?

Shirley: No, what I remember most from growing up in Pennsylvania is that it was almost always cold on Halloween.

Cate: It can be chilly! Have you ever had an unusual experience you couldn't explain?

Shirley:: Plenty, too many to mention.

Cate: Now you have me intrigued... What frightens you the most?

Shirley: Spiders

Cate: Ever gone on a ghost tour? Or ghost hunting on your own?

Shirley: No, but it sounds like fun.

Cate: If you visit Pennsylvania again, try the Gettysburg tour. Any favorite Halloween recipes you'd like to share?
Shirley: No, but I remember the Rice Krispy balls one of the neighbor women used to make for Halloween handouts. Nowadays, no one makes anything for fear parents will think they are poisoned.

Cate: Oh, I loved those. :) Tell us about your latest release and where readers can find it online.

Shirley: I've just gotten back to writing after a hiatus of over ten years. One of my favorite romances is "Night Secrets" available at Amazon, my website, and  My website is

Cate: Care to share a blurb or excerpt?

Shirley: This is the blurb from "Night Secrets."  Two people who fear to love each other must save the kingdom from betrayal.  (This is a fantasy romance)

Cate: What inspired you to write about the theme?

Shirley: The heroine has special powers, including the ability to spirit travel. I wondered what it would be like if someone had an out-of-body experience and overhears men planning an assassination, and the man they want to kill is her father, the king. In this scenario, the heroine, Princess Keriam, is on a spirit journey and  overhears men talking about killing her father. One of the men is her father's courier, Roric.

Cate: Very cool. Anything else you'd like to share?

Shirley: I'd love for others to join my yahoogroup,  I have contests just for members and inform them when any of my books are free at

Please check out my video at

Cate: Readers, you're in for a treat! Shirley has a giveaway.

Shirley: One commenter will receive a pdf download of Night Secrets. Be sure to leave your email address!

Cate: Thanks for being part of the Halloween fun, Shirley!
Shirley has me hungry for some Rice Krispie treats! Here's a fun recipe for Green Monster Treats from the Rice Krispies official site:

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
  • - OR -
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal
  • - OR -
  • 6 cups Kellogg's® Cocoa Krispies® cereal
  • Canned frosting or decorating gel
  • Assorted candies
  • Why use Kellogg's® Rice Krispies®?
1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 8 rectangles. Decorate with frosting and/or candies to make monster faces. Best if served the same day.

In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container. To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.
Prep Time: Total Time: Servings: 8 


Cate Masters said...

Welcome, Shirley!

DMS said...

Great interview! I love the leftover candy too (I always buy too much). Night Secrets sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing an excerpt. That recioe looks cute and yummy.

Joan Hall Hovey said...

Great interview, Shirley. I usually buy potato chips so I can eat what's left over - But that looks like a tasty treat! Wishing you great success with with Night Secrets.


Joan Hall Hovey said...

Great interview, Shirley. I usually buy potato chips so I can eat what's left over - But that looks like a tasty treat! Wishing you great success with with Night Secrets.


Ann Herrick said...

Great cover and sounds like a wonderful story!

Those treats look both yummy and scary, lol!

Kathy Fischer-Brown said...

I loved your interview, Shirley. And I also love eating Halloween "leftovers." Best wishes for Night Secrets. It sounds super.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Shirley and Cate,
Great interview. We don't celebrate Halloween very much in Australia, although this year I did notice a few Halloween items in the shops, so maybe it is starting to take off here.
Lovely cover Shirley and your story sounds like another one of your great reads.

Best wishes