Halloween is Here! by Mandy Rosko

Okay, before I go any farther, make sure you tune in tomorrow for details on the sweet seven days of Halloween. Today is your refresher! Letting you know about sweet and spooky contests that are on the way where you can win some fun stuff and enjoy Halloween the way your kids don’t get to. What with their dressing up. Free candy…


I miss being a kid ;_; Free candy was the absolute best, especially when you got to the houses that handed out the good stuff. Brand name candies and sodas were wonderful :> And Halloween in general is amazing for Paranormal Romance Authors like myself😉


But onto bigger and better things. Every holiday that comes up is an excellent time to be doing fun and crafty things :3 And this season I’ve been getting into making friendship bracelets. So far they mostly look like garbage and have holes in them, but I’m definitely getting better, and will have a video up on my Youtube page in short order❤


But I’m enjoying it so far, when I can get the time to do it, lol, and I’ll be handing out some of the better looking bracelets to fans either at conventions, or as part of my prizes🙂


Here’s a pumpkin design I yanked off of Google. There’s a website where you can go to get so many free designs that I’m just trying to scoop them all up so I can make them. This one comes specifically from this Pinterest board if you wanted to get some more. I’m going to try and make as many of these as possible. The instructions were surprisingly easy to learn, but I keep coming up short on string. I need to figure out what I’m doing wrong there:/

I think I’m allowed to share a Pinterest board, but I definitely wanted to give credit to the designer, so here it is. I was going to post a picture of the one I was going to do, but it’s the pumpkin one in the middle here❤ Nice and simple, not too many colors. Excellent. I think I could do this one.


The little girl in me that never made friendship bracelets since she was a total loner loves that he has an excuse to make them now, even if they come out kind of crooked😀 What are you? Any fun crafty things to do for Halloween? Baking? Costume making? Spooky jewelry? I’d love to know!

Happy Halloween! And remember, you are doing your children’s teeth a favor when you snag some of their sodas from their bags. Just don’t take it all. Every year Youtube shows that kids tend to not like that when they think their parents ate all their candies❤





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A Nearly Hallows Paranormal-Scope

Halloween or All Hallows Eve is here next week. Nights of Passion will be celebrating the 7 Nights of Halloween. Be sure to join us for something special every night!

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for:

Goblins get things done by setting individual goals with deadlines soft and final. This is especially wise when working in a group.

Faeries act on intuition. This is not always wise but may work best at this time. What does your gut tell you.

Werewolves go for a run when they have to make a life changing decision. A walk or other exercise may do the trick for you. It’s important to be clear headed.

Dragons may be the heavyweights in wisdom, but you have just as much to offer. Don’t be intimidated by anyone. You are golden.

Shapeshifters value those great things and people around them. Don’t be shy at work or with those you love.

Weretigers are fierce but aren’t above asking for help when it’s needed. Friends and colleagues will help. Just ask.

A cocky werewolf is often knocked on his or her butt. Confidence is one thing but don’t overdo and irritate others. Keep opinions to yourself right now.

Gnomes follow their heart. Don’t take untested chances without investigating thoroughly and sleeping on it. Your heart knows the way.

Pixies love hanging out with their group. Indulge in an artistic activity together to have more fun with friends and find out things you didn’t know.

Faeries go through moods. There are ups and downs to every life. Respecting alone time is important.

Griffons soar into storms for the adventure. New friends are on your horizon.

Mermaids often float on the waves to rest rather than fight against the current. Sleep and relaxation is a priority for you. When you feel restored, rethink your schedule.

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Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
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What makes 15 writers come together Under The Kissing Bough?


15 brand-new novellas. 15 best-selling romance authors. A holiday-themed collection like no other.

What happens under the kissing bough doesn’t necessarily stay beneath the kissing bough….

According to lore, the origins of which date to the late 12th century, no lady should refuse a kiss beneath the mistletoe, else she will not marry in the next year. In exchange for the kiss, a berry is removed from the sprig until all of the berries are gone and no more kisses can be stolen. Some also believe that a sprig of mistletoe collected from a local church and placed beneath a maiden’s pillow will inspire dreams of her future husband.

What happens when fifteen daring heroines pin their hopes on mistletoe, a little luck, and a kiss in this multi-genre, limited edition holiday collection from 15 bestselling authors? Pure holiday magic!

This set includes USA TODAY bestselling and National bestselling authors Sandy Blair, Suzanne Ferrell, Kathryn Le Veque, Jeanne Adams, Anna Campbell, Tina De Salvo, Barbara Devlin, Joan Kayse, Catherine Kean, Anna Markland, Hildie McQueen, Meara Platt, Elizabeth Rose, Jordan K. Rose, and Lana Williams.

When asked why they joined this compilation, the authors chimed in. Of course, we needed to know whether they’d ever been kissed under mistletoe, too.

Barbara Devlin: I organized this project with some of my closest author friends, based on a seminar paper about 19th Century English holiday customs, which I wrote during my doctoral studies. The history of mistletoe always fascinated me, and it seemed perfect for a set. And yes, I’ve been kissed, many times…

Anna Campbell: I joined because I loved writing Christmas stories and the mistletoe aspect of this one seemed like fun. Great authors involved too! Yes, I’ve been kissed.

Joan Kayse: I joined because I love Christmas and Magic and it was a perfect combination for a Leithprachaun novella! Alas, still waiting for that special fellow to meet me under the bough…

Anna Markland: I’ve wanted to be in a Christmas set for a while and the theme Barbara proposed appealed to me. She was so passionate about the lore of the kissing bough, how could I resist? I must have been kissed under the mistletoe….right?

Elizabeth Rose: Barbara invited me to join in this wonderful collaboration and I loved the aspect of myths, traditions, and legends through the years so wanted to be a part of it. Christmas stories are magical to begin with, and I’d been wanting to write one, so this turned out perfect! Yes, I’ve been kissed under the mistletoe.

Jordan K. Rose: From the moment I learned about this Christmas box set I was excited to participate. Not only was this my first opportunity to join a holiday box set, but my first chance to work with this amazing group of writers. I couldn’t wait! I have been kissed many times under the mistletoe, and not just at Christmas. We leave ours up all year round!

Suzanne Ferrell: When Barbara asked me to be part of this project I was delighted to write another Christmas novella in my small town series. I love Christmas and reading quick love stories about Christmas. And yes, I’ve been kissed under the mistletoe.

Lana Williams: I adore Christmas stories and Barbara Devlin, so it was a delight to write in this collection with so many amazing authors! I believe a strategically placed kissing bough is a must in every home, including mine!

Hildie McQueen: I am writing a new mail order bride series, which included a Christmas story. How better to kick it off then with the most wonderful women I know! Once under the mistletoe, something magical happened *wink*

Sandy Blair: I love writing Christmas tales set in Scotland so I was thrilled to write one for this anthology. And I have yet to be kissed under the mistletoe.

Meara Platt: I couldn’t resist the chance to join in this holiday collection with Barbara Devlin, Kathryn LeVeque and so many wonderful authors. Alas, I have never been kissed under the mistletoe but was determined to have my sweet heroine Adelaide get her magical kiss!

Kathryn LeVeque: My first and foremost reason for doing this Christmas collection was to do a project with my dear friend, Barbara Devlin, and several other of my friends. Of course, the theme was intriguing! Have I ever been kissed under the mistletoe? Sadly, no, but I still have faith!

Catherine Kean: I’m a romantic at heart and love the warmth and cheer of the holiday season, so I couldn’t miss the chance to be part of this fabulous Christmas anthology. There’s nothing more wonderful than a kiss under the mistletoe–and yes, I’ve had one of those kisses.

Tina DeSalvo: I am a Christmas story junkie! I love to read them and I love to watch them on TV (I marathon watch the Hallmark Channel). When I was invited to join this amazing collection by the lovely Barbara Devlin, I was thrilled to share my story that features the very special celebrations of Christmas Boat Parades and traditions on the Bayous of Louisiana! Heck, yeah I’ve been kissed under the mistletoe- even from where it grows wild in the trees in my yard! It inspired a scene in my story -Hunt for Christmas-

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Personal Pictorial of Fall in Love with New England Romance Readers/Authors Conference

I had an awesome time at the Fall in Love with New England Romance Readers/Authors Conference, but I only have a few photos to share.

There were workshops, panels, social events, the costume dinner (where the basket raffle winners were selected), more panels and workshops, lunch, the booksigning, and a pizza/movie night. It was such a great time I already want to sign up for next year.

img_1008This is me on Saturday’s World Building panel. I was on it with Kate George, Dominique Eastwick, and Trevann Rogers.

On Friday I was on the Paranormals & Those that Love Them with Jordan Rose and Lisa Carlisle and it was a blast.

I was also on Why Authors Research Their Hearts Out with Tamsen Parker and Domique Eastwick. It was very revealing.


I co-sponsored a table centerpiece and also did a raffle basket. In the basket, was a Parisian mask, luxurious travel blanket, pillow, 2 books, stuffed toy, hair rose, little books of my books, bottle of Vermont Ice, Eiffel Tower jewelry holder, bracelet and a key chain.  Oh, and it was in this very gorgeous big French fashion box that had latches for closing. It was beautiful. The photo just doesn’t do it justice.


The wonderful author Ashlyn Chase was assisted by a cover model (whose name escapes me at the moment) in the drawing of the raffle winners.





Here is the lovely winner of my raffle basket.costume-2

The best photos were taken by someone else. Thank you, Isabelle, for taking a photo of me in my vampire costume. The mask was a present from my husband and it came with all these feathers attached. I also wore a fascinator which was black and added more feathers. The blouse was actually cobalt blue. I added a medieval black belt (sort of a corset), and a black lace skirt. My black slippers have rhinestones. My feather boa is black and silver and I wore long black lack with spider webbing fingerless gloves. I had a red rhinestone choker. All in all a fun vampire costume.

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Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 available in Kindle and Print and  Nook and Print
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Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
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Catching My Breath by Stacy Hoff


Is it October already??? I have no idea where this fall has gone. Having two new book releases (JOCKEYING FOR YOU in e-book, and DESIRE IN THE ARCTIC in print) has been exhilarating, terrifying, but most of all, completely time-consuming. All the marketing I did (blogging, guest blogging, social media posting/tweeting, pitching to bookstores) has made this season seem short.

My kids active schedules have made the calendar whizz by as well. If I’m not running to take them to sports, music, friends, school programs, etc., then I’m in my car waiting for them.

And I’m doing all this when I’m not a work. Since I’m a lawyer, I don’t get many dull days at my desk.

Whew! I’m going to stop and put the breaks on. Take some time to watch the leaves fall. So I don’t feel like I’m going to fall over.

I’m glad Halloween is coming up. Next Friday I have on Nights of Passion dark-paranormal/romance, prize-winning, author Linda Rose to bring her spooky best! I think the best way for me to enjoy the season is with a good scare!



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Sara Dobie Bauer Wants to Bite Somebody by Heather Novak

My Dear Ghosts, Ghouls, Zombies, and Vamps,

vamp-saraWith the witching hour nearly upon us, it is time to dive head first into All Hallows’ Eve – okay, enough of trying to talk spooky. I’m super excited for Halloween and to celebrate, I’m interviewing paranormal romance author, model, and mental health advocate Sara Dobie Bauer!

I had the pleasure of meeting Sara at Rust City Book Convention (you can read about that here) and immediately fangirled/girl-crushed all over her vampire fangs. Seriously, if you corner my step mom, she’ll tell you stories about my fang wearing days when I had purple contacts and Hot Topic trench coats. Thank god it was before Facebook…(I deactivated my Myspace, right?!?!)

I came home and devoured Sara’s book Bite Somebody and knew I needed to have her on Nights of Passion. So without further ado, please welcome Sara!

author-photo-saraSara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. She spends most days at home as a book nerd and sex-pert for SheKnows.com. Her short story, “Don’t Ball the Boss,” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she’d really like to live in a Tim Burton film. She is a member of RWA and author of the paranormal rom-com Bite Somebody, among other ridiculously entertaining things.

Thanks for joining us Sara! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I can’t do cartwheels. I write ridiculously entertaining things—some serious, some not—in every genre. I write about sex a lot as a nonfiction columnist. (My parents just loved reading about that time I wore Ben Wa balls to a birthday party.) I’m married to an ben-and-saraincredibly gorgeous man, but that does not deter me from an obsessive fabricated relationship with Benedict Cumberbatch. I have two dogs, and they are the only children this mama will ever have. I live in Ohio, but I’d really like to live in a Tim Burton film. Oh, and I model and sing and drink bourbon. (Mmm … bourbon.)

Tell us about your book, Bite Somebody! I’m a little obsessed with this book – I’ve read it twice (no shame).

“Do you want to be perfect?” 

That’s what Danny asked Celia the night he turned her into a vampire. Three months have bitesomebody_finalpassed since, and immortality didn’t transform her into the glamorous, sexy vamp she was expecting, but left her awkward, lonely, and working at a Florida gas station. On top of that, she’s a giant screw-up of an immortal, because the only blood she consumes is from illegally obtained hospital blood bags. 

What she needs to do—according to her moody vampire friend Imogene—is just … bite somebody. But Celia wants her first bite to be special, and she has yet to meet Mr. Right Bite. Then, Ian moves in next door. His scent creeps through her kitchen wall and makes her nose tingle, but insecure Celia can’t bring herself to meet the guy face-to-face. 

When she finally gets a look at Ian’s cyclist physique, curly black hair, and sun-kissed skin, other parts of Celia tingle, as well. Could he be the first bite she’s been waiting for to complete her vampire transformation? His kisses certainly have a way of making her fangs throb. 

Just when Celia starts to believe Ian may be the fairy tale ending she always wanted, her jerk of a creator returns to town, which spells nothing but trouble for everyone involved.

Bite Sombody was the perfect mix of vampire, comedy, and love story. How did you think up the premise?

I’ve read vampire books my whole life, so I know the clichés. Knowing the clichés allowed me the freedom to play with them. I had a thought: What if some insecure, lonely girl gets turned into a vampire and expects to wake up looking like Kate Beckinsale but instead wakes up same old, same old, just paler and with a hankering for blood? What if said girl has never had an orgasm? What if she’s never even had a meaningful relationship—with anyone? How would she navigate not only being immortal but also being immortal and making friends? And who would she fall in love with?

Celia became my protagonist, Imogene became her crazy vampire friend (semi-autobiographical), and Ian became the dreamboat next door. I had the premise and the characters, and the comedy was easy what with how ridiculous these people are. Plus, set anything in the Florida Keys and you’re guaranteed a good time.

Where is your favorite place to write?

I have an office in my house with a big window that overlooks the street. There are creepy dolls in my office. I stare at my neighbors sometimes, especially the lady who’s always yelling at her kids. Fascinating. My dog, Ripley, works as my office assistant. When I say “work,” I mean she sits in a chair behind me and stares at me all day. I pay her in pieces of cheese. I can’t write in public because I talk to myself when I write, and that generally freaks people out, especially when my characters argue.

Do you prefer football or hockey? Beer or wine?

I’m an annoyingly psychotic football fan. Michigan Wolverines and Pittsburgh Steelers are my shtick. Strangely, I met most of my ex-boyfriends due to my fascination with football. They apparently found my foul-mouthed screaming quite sexy. I once screamed the f-word at my mom through the phone because she made the mistake of calling during a Steelers red zone offensive. I drink beer—lots of beer—although bourbon is the way to my twisted, purple heart.

Who are some authors you love to read when you find time?

I always find time. I’m a crazed reader. I eat words like stoned people eat potato chips. Favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Christopher Moore, and Rainbow Rowell. Favorite books include Fahrenheit 451, Fight Club, Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Great Gatsby, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, and The Captive Prince Trilogy.

What are some fun, unknown facts about you?

I have a serious depression and anxiety disorder that no one believes is real because I’m so “outgoing and cheerful,” but I’m really just a very good actress who hides in her closet after social events. Horror movies make me freakishly happy. I’m a Rocky Horror Picture Show fanatic. I have very bad dreams. If I could be any animal, I’d be a shark because I love the ocean but don’t want anything to eat me.

 If you had to give up chocolate or coffee to save the world, would you do it? And which one?

Yep. Both. Due to my anxiety disorder, I’m not supposed to have caffeine, so I’ve dropped both these beautiful, wonderful items from my diet. Now, if you asked me to give up pizza, I’d have to think long and hard … never mind. Goodbye, world. I’m not giving up pizza.

What is up next for you?

I have a YA short story coming out in Lunch Ticket Magazine October 24. I have stories featured in two upcoming anthologies: one about urban legends and one about tattoo kink. Come spring, I have a novella trilogy being released by Pen and Kink Publishing. Then (drum roll), the Bite Somebody sequel, Bite Somebody Else, comes out to effusive and somewhat impatient applause summer of 2017.

Thank you so much for your wonderful interview Sara! 

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Refocusing Can Be Good

World of writing or not, you would most likely have to be living under a rock to not know about the technology giant, Apple Inc. Most recently, Apple has been in the media as their “car project” is apparently in danger of being cut. Depending on where you look and what you read this either seems to get a somewhat positive spin in that the company is focusing less on building a car and more on developing an autonomous driving system (Bloomberg)—a basic refocus. Or you are struck with titles like ‘An incredible failure of leadership’: Apple’s car project seems wracked with internal strife (Yahoo Finance).

What struck me most about this topic and this is simply my opinion was that Apple was making the most of a seemingly bad situation and quite frankly, I believe that their foray into this space (autonomous driving system) will actually yield better results, highlighting their strengths as an innovative company and technology leader.

Don’t ask me how but somehow, in my mind this related to the world of writing. As writers, we often have tons of ideas that for one reason or other may or may not work out. It could be after months or even years of writing, tons of rejections, endless writer’s block, etc. Whatever it is, it becomes a seemingly bad situation and a feeling of being “stuck.” I’ve written previously about taking some space or even a break from a work in progress to add clarity. I’ve had that opportunity of late simply due to my day job changing and I can honestly say, it’s given me a lot of opportunity to approach some of my works in progress and jot down ideas to “turn them around” so to speak and make them more of a jewel in my mind. The point I’m getting to with this is perhaps what happened to Apple and what at times happens to us (as bad as it can feel sometimes) isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’d simply say we just need to wait and see what happens—on both accounts.

Happy writing this week and good luck!

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