Cate: Please welcome Taryn Kincaid to my special Halloween celebration. Taryn, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Taryn: I’m creepy and I’m kooky, mysterious and spooky. I’m altogether ooky. Oh. Wait. That’s the Addams Family. I may or may not be a scream, though. And my house may or may not be a museum. Actually, I may or may not be hoarder. Currently, I have many, many six-packs and bottles of Gatorade, in colors that do not precisely occur in nature, arrayed on my dining room table. Do not ask me why. I really can’t stand Gatorade.
Cate: lol Maybe the colors are festive? What do you love most about Halloween?
Taryn: It is crisp. Sometimes the Yankees play in the world series. Apples are particularly great. You do not have to buy pumpkin puree in cans. And there’s crap tons of candy wherever you look. Also Christmas decorations. But we may be getting ahead of ourselves.
Cate: Earlier every year! Do you have a favorite memory of a Halloween past?
Taryn: Here is me as a hobo with strategically-placed five o’clock shadow. And here is me and one of my brothers as Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. My mom apparently liked the scruffy look, back in the day, when she did not work outside the home and needed a creative outlet aside from making curler bags out of empty Clorox bottles and papier mache bangle bracelets. We went to a store to get our picture taken as Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Ann and won a TV!
Cate: Worth dressing scruffy for the day! You guys don't look very happy, though :(
Have you ever had an unusual experience you couldn’t explain?
Taryn: I had a very spooky dream premonition once. It involved relatives, and floating to the ceiling of the elevator. The floater banged his head on the roof of the elevator. And the next day passed away. (From advanced age, though, not from an elevator mishap.) It was totally freaky-deaky, though.
Cate: *shivers* What frightens you the most?
Taryn: Aside from a bad review, you mean?
Cate: Ha, I hear you. Ever gone on a ghost tour? Or ghost hunting on your own?
Taryn: Last spring I went to my top bucket city, New Orleans, for the first (but definitely not the last!) time, for the Romantic Times convention. One night a group of us went on one of the many ghost tours. Ghosts are actually a selling point in NOLA real estate. As you walk through the French Quarter, there are tons of apartment-for-rent signs that say “Haunted” or “Not Haunted.” Not too many other places I can think of where they’d have to tell you that! Well, maybe Sleepy Hollow!
Cate: Someday I need to go to N'awlins. Any favorite Halloween recipes you’d care to share?
Taryn: Here’s a link to my Pinterest Happy Halloween board. Tons of recipes (and pictures there). Will definitely be trying out those spider peanut cookies with Lindt truffle heads and googly eyes one day soon!
Cate: Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.
Taryn: It’s IN FROM THE COLD, and it’s the story of a demon spy named Spook, and a demon-hunting will o’the wisp. Spook doesn’t know he’s a demon or that he’s got demon relatives in Sleepy Hollow! They are combustible together, even before Madame Eve fixes them up for a 1Night Stand. And the morning after brings them down into the bowels of Demon Central, where they learn a thing or two about their pasts.
It’s 99 cents on Amazon. It’s also available at the Decadent Publishing site, All Romance, Barnes & Noble, and every place else you’d expect! (Psst: And also? It’s part of the Box of 1Night Stands anthology of 21 1Night Stands by some super awesome bestselling authors, like Jennifer Probst. Which is also 99 cents! So you do the math!)
Cate: Sounds cool! I love your Spooky Hollow stories. Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
Spook Raines is a burnt-out spy who doesn’t know he’s a fire demon with a twin in Sleepy Hollow.
Geneviève Mortimer is a will o' the wisp who hunts demons to ease the pain of her troubled past.
When Madame Eve brings them together for a torrid 1Night Stand, will they be able to come in from the cold at last?
Taryn: Love Sleepy Hollow and love writing 1Night Stand stories for Decadent Publishing. I was actually doing a Decadent blog featuring the characters from HEAT WAVE…it was actually a sort of where are they now for the characters in that story, and what do you know, Bhyrne Raines gets an email from his cousin, Max Raines…and realizes he may have a long-lost twin brother! I actually incorporated that blog post into a chapter in IN FROM THE COLD!
Cate: Anything else you’d like to share?
Taryn: Yeppers! Look for my wolfie paranormal romance, WOLF’S SONG in early 2015, when Decadent Publishing’s brand new Black Hills Wolves shift line debuts. And IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT, a contemporary foodie romance releasing on February 24, 2015, as part of Fated Desires Publishing’s special “Give Me a Taste” line.
Cate: You guys are in for a treat! Taryn has a giveaway. :)
Taryn: Will send a random commenter the ebook of your choice from my back list! (Or some random swag.) But you have to leave a comment!
Cate: And be sure to leave your email address, guys. Thanks for partying with us, Taryn!