It's only two days until Halloween, or Samhain as it is sometimes called. This is the day when the veil between our world and that of spirit is the thinnest. The nights are long and the days are short, giving us plenty of time to ponder if such things are real or imaginary.
Traditionally, Samhain is the celebration of the final harvest. It marked the end of the summer, of the lighter time of the year, and heralded the beginning of the darker time to come. Bonfires flared to drive back the dark. Turnips were carved and lit with candles to drive away evil spirits. (The jack-o-lantern has its roots there.) In some cultures people donned masks in an attempt to appease the gods. (You can easily see where the idea of trick-or-treating came from.)
It is also the Celtic New Year. It's also known as the Night of the Ancestors, a time to honor those who have passed. It's a time of fresh starts and new beginnings.
No matter what you believe, you know that on October 31 boys and girls will don costumes, masks and makeup and run door-to-door with the familiar refrain of trick-or-treat. Tons of candy and chips and bars will be distributed, and much fun will be had by young and old alike. The smooth sides of pumpkins will be carved into myriad patterns and flicker with the light of a candle, casting a glow in windows and on doorsteps. Nowadays orange and purple lights may adorn the home, along with life-sized zombies and ghosts and ghouls of every kind. It's all in fun.
But sometimes you can get a little more than you bargained for. That's what happens to the character in my latest book--A Touch of Magick--published, appropriately enough, by Samhain Publishing. Rhiannon is a witch, but she's not a very good one. She has trouble casting the simplest of spells. When her two friends join her one evening for dinner, they decide to cast a spell to bring them a lover. During the spell, Rhiannon changes the words and ends up asking for a love that is true instead. Who does she meet but sexy deputy Ryland Stone, who doesn't believe in anything he can't see or touch. It will either be a disaster or a match made in heaven. Maybe even both. What it won't be is dull.
Now I have to see what's going to happen with both her friends. After all, they were part of casting the spell too and deserve books of their own.
Whether you believe in magick or not, there is no denying the magic of love, when two people come together for the first time. Powerful stuff. It's what makes the world go round, what gives us our greatest joys and our most powerful heartbreak. I believe in love and happily ever after or I wouldn't write romance.
May your Halloween be filled with fun and laughter and maybe even a hint of magick. Happy Halloween! Happy Samhain!
N.J. has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks--all vie for her attention. It's a tough life, but someone's got to live it.
Check out all my books at my website.
N.J. Walters Blog