Contest & Article: Terrifying My Four-Year-Old by Rebecca Royce

Every year, my husband really does up our house for Halloween.  It’s really his ‘thing.’  My white center-hall colonial becomes a beacon of haunting for the holiday and I think the neighborhood children really enjoy the effort. We have clearly become a must-stop for candy so that they can view our decorations.

But this is really his interest. To me, I’d be satisfied with having one sticker up on the window and a few Jack-O-Lanterns on the front porch. But, my kids love it so much that I have gotten into the spirit of overdoing the decorations on my house. Sort of.

This year, the hubby had found some more decorations and so we have up so new scary ones in the front year.  Included in this was a scary looking guy whose head spinned around while he cackled.  As my husband was decorating the front yard, my four year old named this creature “Baby Jones.”  I have no idea what prompted this name.  It soon, however, stuck and the whole family referred to this decoration as Baby Jones.

However, the fact that my four year old had named it Baby Jones, did not mean that he was okay with the decoration. In fact, his giving the decoration a name seems to have made him terrified of it.  At first, it was simply that he didn’t like the noise it made when its head spun around.  Then he couldn’t stand to look at it at all. By the end of the week, he wouldn’t walk through the front door of the house because he might have to pass by Baby Jones.  So, I made my husband take it down, which then made my hubby a real hero to my four year old. No harm.  No foul.  Except, that my four year old has been not so secretly plotting to have Baby Jones run over by a car.

Why did this happen? Well, he’s four and four year olds are scared sometimes.  It might, however, be slightly more than this. I think the fact that he named the decoration made it too real for him.

This is, essentially, what I do for a living.  I give names and realities to pretend beings. In fact, I go a step further.  I make them romance heroes.  And I love it. Because I love to take what scares me and make it fun.

What scares you?  Comment to win a copy of your choice of one of my ebooks!  Be sure and visit her website below.  The contest ends at noon Eastern Time on Oct.31, 2011 and is worldwide.  Void where prohibited by law.


As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.

Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.

She’s in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She’s been told she’s a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In Rebecca Royce’s world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

Rebecca Royce

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7 Responses to Contest & Article: Terrifying My Four-Year-Old by Rebecca Royce

  1. Anne says:

    Flying scares the bejeezus out of me. I take a tranquilizer, but not enough to knock me out, cause I have to be able to get out if the plane goes down (yes, I really think about things like this). I get a seat near an exit, wear all cotton clothing (doesn’t burn like synthetics) and keep my shoes on.

  2. Gerri Brousseau says:

    Hi Rebecca,
    I know some kids have imaginary friends, and if we believe some horror movies, they are not imaginary. Perhaps your son thought that way about this particular decoration. Glad it’s gone. As for what scares me .. not too much, actually. I have lived in a haunted house, so it’s not ghosts … I guess if I had blood flowing down the wall or writing appear in blood on my wall, I would get the heck outta there … fast! I think my answer would have to be evil scares me.

  3. Casey Wyatt says:

    I’m scared of something happening to my children. They are teenagers and I’m guessing that fear never goes away. Personally, I don’t like small spaces either.

  4. Horror movies/books don’t scare me, neither does flying. My worst fear stems from an incident in my childhood. When I was about 5, my parents took me out sledding & sent me down a hill all alone on a toboggan. Unfortunately they didn’t aim it very well & it was heading straight for a tree, which I hit dead center. Ever since I’ve been terrified of slipping on any surface. The older I get, the worse the reaction is. Maybe because if I fall, I can’t get back up as easily as I could when I was younger. When walking on ice or even packed snow, I freeze at the least little movement of my foot, I keep thinking I need to invest in some cleats. Even in the shower, I have to either wear shoes or put down a towel, so I don’t have to worry about the floor being slippery.

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  5. Oh, Rebecca, I’m trying not to laugh, but that is too funny. One of those things where you don’t want to laugh at your children, but can’t help it. My son was scared by the Halloween Thomas the Tank Engine video the other day. Same thing.

    And, you know I write about what I fear: aliens. Now they don’t seem so scary anymore. 🙂

  6. Thanks everybody for coming by!!

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