Friday, October 5, 2012

Jessica E. Subject is here for some Halloween fun!

Cate: Please welcome Jessica Subject to my special Halloween celebration. Jessica, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Jessica: I am an author of romance, generally in the science fiction category, though I do write contemporary and paranormal. I am also a wife, and a mother of two wonderful children. I’m from Canada, and I do enjoy the snow in the winter, as long as I don’t have to shovel or drive anywhere.

Cate: What do you love most about Halloween?
Jessica: Being from Canada, Halloween is usually cold, and wet, though some years, it’s a beautiful night. I absolutely love seeing all of the neighborhood kids dressed up in their costumes. And now that my kids are old enough, I have fun dressing them up, too.

Cate: Do you have a favorite memory of a Halloween past?
Jessica: When I was a child, we lived a few blocks away from Elm St. One year, we did go trick-or-treating there, and saw Freddy Krueger. I was old enough to not be scared, but my brother was a little frightened. Also, we used to watch Michael Jackson’s Thriller video on MuchMusic every Halloween.
Cate: Have you ever had an unusual experience you couldn’t explain?
Jessica: Yes, there was one day, I was sitting on my bed, doing my homework (for high school). My mom’s cat (Endora) was sitting beside me. All of a sudden, another cat (I’m guessing) rushed into the room, and under my bed. Endora saw it, too, because we both jumped off the bed and looked under to see what it was. But there was nothing there. No other creature in my room. I’ve always assumed it was the spirit of a cat who used to live in that house.

Cate: Never name a cat Endora! lol What frightens you the most?
Jessica: If you can believe it, I used to be afraid of aliens, which is what I now write about. Now, I would say it’s simply being alone. The forever kind, not just for a couple hours. I actually enjoy that.

Cate: Ever gone on a ghost tour? Or ghost hunting on your own?
Jessica: No, I haven’t, but when my dad used to work at a church, that place was haunted enough I didn’t need to look anywhere else. No, not during a service, but when there were only a few of the staff there, the ghosts would come out to play. And the jail across the street from that church is haunted, too. Oh, and did I mention that these buildings are located near the public library, the courthouse, and my old high school. Yeah, no need to go looking. It was all right there.

Cate: Any favorite Halloween recipes you’d care to share?
Jessica: Kraft has a yummy recipe for Bats & Bones Brownie Pizza here.

Cate: Sounds yummy! Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.
Jessica: My latest paranormal release is The Power of Three. It’s about a man name Oscar whose spirit was sent from another dimension to our world, and is trapped in the gargoyle statues of a young couple. When they set him free, he must convince them to send him home. The Power of Three is a very short erotica story, that is sure to heat up a cold night.

Cate: Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
Jessica: Since The Power of Three is erotica, I’ve had to edit this excerpt. Enjoy! 

Oscar’s heart raced, the man’s fingers achingly close to him. He needed out of the statue. Now.

“I don’t complain about the model airplanes all over the house, including this spaceship looking one that’s suspended above our bed, do I?” Stepping back, she settled her hands on her hips.

The view? Perfection.

“That Stealth Bomber is worth more than your silly statues and doesn’t cause concussions.”

She rolled her eyes and lunged. “Really, because I could’ve sworn you hit your head on it the other day when we were making the bed. Now, give him here, please.”

“You don’t care that this thing hurt me, do you?”

“Maybe he’s jealous that you were getting some and he wasn’t.”

Ain’t that the truth.

Bo glared at her. “So not funny."

Did she know he was really in there? Could she feel him watching her, wanting her?

Bo lowered him to her palm, but didn’t let go. “You and your creatures.”

She leaned forward and kissed the bump on his head, rubbing across Oscar. “But you love me anyway.”

And then a loud crack filled the air. Light surrounded him and he was falling.

As if being sucked out of the stone, Oscar sprang from his prison and landed on the floor on hands and knees. Taking a deep, refreshing breath, he stood and stretched his arms high into the air in all his glory. Being confined to such a small space had left him stiff, and not in a good way.

Cate: What inspired you to write about the theme?
Jessica: This story was inspired by a conversation with a good friend of mine. I had one of those A-HA moments where I thought, “Hey, that would make a great story.” So, I wrote it.

Cate: Anything else you’d like to share?
Jessica: Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your Halloween event, Cate! And I wish everyone a very haunting and safe Halloween! :)

Cate: The same to you, Jessica! And yay, Jessica has a giveaway!
Jessica: Leave a comment telling me about your most memorable Halloween for your chance to WIN an ebook copy of The Power of Three (18 & over only, please). Winner will be chosen October 8, 2012. Good luck!

Cate: Jessica got me to thinking about numbers, and related superstitions. Oh, there are so many! I love her book title, The Power of Three. Did you realize three is supposed to be the number of completion? (And kudos to Jessica for expanding on that, lol)

Did you know that Halloween is actually three distinct celebrations - the eve of All Saints Day, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day. Collectively, they're called Hallowmas. 

To ward off evil on Halloween you should walk around your home three times clockwise and three times counterclockwise.

You'll have bad luck if, on Halloween, you hear three hoots of an owl, or hear a rooster crow at night. 

But, if you sneeze three times before breakfast on Halloween, it means good luck.

If a bat flies around your house three times on Halloweenm, it's a death omen.

Okay, so enough cheer for one post! :) Watch for a special treat from me this weekend!


Cate Masters said...

Welcome Jessica! Sorry about the crazy spacing, Blogger's being a real bugger lately. How cool that you grew up in such a haunted town. :)

Taryn Kincaid said...

Book sounds great!

Tamara Hoffa said...

My middle daughter is an artist, and one year she tried her hand at "fancy" pumpkin carving. We had some amaing creations!

Jessica Subject said...

Thanks so much for having me, Cate! I understand. I've had the same issues with blogger. :)

Yes, and that's just part of the town. We do have haunted tours in a part of the city nearby, but it's closer to the graveyard. I've never been on one though.

Jessica Subject said...

Taryn - Thank you!

Tamara - That's cool! I'm not much of an artist, so carving is done by my DH and DD. :)

petula said...

Coming from England we never celebrated halloween when I was young. They are starting to now ( the kids see it on T V in the USA). Now I live in Spain and they make a day of the dead on November 1st instead. They go to the cemeteries to spend the day with the ones they have lost, and care for the graves.

Jessica Subject said...

Petula - That's a neat idea to visit the graves. I'm sure they would do something like that here, except November 1 is usually too cold, and we sometimes even have snow by then. Thanks! :)

DMS said...

Jessica had so many interesting things to share. I thought the story about the ghost cat was fascinating. I can imagine how cold Candada Halloweens are! Loved finding out about numbers, too!

Vanessa N. said...

Love the cover. My memorable Halloween was when i had my first Halloween party in my new house and we played some fun games in cool costumes.

Jessica Subject said...

Jess - Yes, sometimes our Halloweens are cold, and other years it rains. Last year was the first time I can remember that we actually had a nice evening. In The Power of Three, the number not only signifies the number of people involved in the relationship, but also the power completion of three people in witchcraft. Thanks so much!

Vanessa - That sounds like a lot of fun. All the Halloween parties I went to when I was younger were away from home. But I had one for my daughter last year, and she had a lot of fun. Thank you! :)

Ann Q said...

In Australia, Halloween is not a big thing, but my children went to the French School and they had a fun day. My children started off their Halloween days as cute pumpkins, and as the years progressed, they turned into vampires.

Jessica Subject said...

Ann - Yes, that progression seems to happen here, too. Thanks! :)

Jessica Subject said...

Congratulations to Tamara Hoffa who wins an ebook copy of The Power of Three!

And thanks again to Cate for hosting me, and to everyone who stopped by for a visit!

All the best!