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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, y’all! It’s been a bit tough to get into the Halloween spirit today – not only is it 78 degrees outside, but I’m still dumbfounded that October has already come and gone. Plus, I already celebrated it at a fun party last week. 
Our friends at Genesis Studios (they helped us make Saying Goodbye) always throw awesome Halloween parties. And this year the shindig was extra special because it was also the premiere of their new project called The Trunk. Cliff Springs (who directed SG) is a huge advocate for building the film industry in SC – he even built a fabulously fun film studio in Columbia – and The Trunk is a series of webisodes he and his team are creating to show off what they can do.
They screened the first episode at the party, and it was so exciting to see their vision come to life. The series will be similar to The Twilight Zone, in that it will feature different stories every episode; however, the common thread will be a mysterious trunk where you can hide your deepest, darkest secrets . . . just don’t ever open it again. 
You can find out more about the project at the website. Cliff recommends that you read The Lore page and the About page before watching the episode. Enjoy!
Genesis parties require creative costumes, but this year I was really struggling. I wandered around Party City, becoming more and more depressed because I didn’t want to dress up as a slutty anything. Then I saw some peacock feathers that mesmerized me with their pretty colors. I decided I’d just stick them in my hair and call myself a peacock – boring, but simple. But then it hit me – don’t be a peacock, be Mrs. Peacock! And since my brother didn’t have an idea yet, I told him he should be one of the dudes from Clue. He decided on Professor Plum. And so, here we are:
Jocelyn and Brian at Halloween
Jocelyn and Brian at Halloween
I think it’s one of my favorite simple-but-fun costumes. 
I hope everyone has a fun (and safe) Halloween!
Did you dress up this year? What’s your favorite last minute costume?

Happy Zombie Halloween!

My aunt throws an awesome Halloween party every year, and this year the Rish clan decided to coordinate our costumes. My mom found the t-shirts, and my brother got one of those makeup kits that creates rotting skin and oozing wounds. We all met up at my sister’s house and had a blast zombie-fying ourselves.  

May I present . . . the Reanimated Rishes!
Reanimated Rishes
At first, my dog Freya was so disturbed by what she saw she didn’t even want to look at me.
Scared Freya
But then she decided that even if I became an undead, brain-gobbling creature, she would remain my loyal companion.
Loyal Freya
While I’m on the subject of zombies, today is the book birthday for my friend Leah Rhyne’s novel Undead America: Zombie Days, Campfire Nights. Leah and I used to work together testing software at Blackbaud, and it’s funny because I didn’t even find out she was a fellow writer until after I quit to write full time.  
Here’s the description of her book:
Undead AmericaMillions died when the zombie plague swept the country. For the survivors, the journey has just begun.
Jenna, Sam, and Lola are still alive. Jenna avoids human contact, traveling East Coast backroads with her boyfriend, a dog named Chicken, and a Louisville Slugger. Sam escapes to the mountains, where he’s conscripted into a zombie-slaying militia sent on nightly raids to kill the undead…and innocent civilians. Lola’s imprisoned in the “safety” of a zombie-free New Orleans hotel, but life grows more dangerous when her brother gets bitten by a zombie.
Jenna arrives in the French Quarter, lured by the false promises of New Orleans’ drunken leader. There, she’s ripped away from her boyfriend, drugged, and dumped in a death camp after refusing Franklin’s sexual advances. Jenna and Lola’s lives collide there, where the dead live and the dying are victims of gruesome medical experiments. 
Escape isn’t easy: release the genetically-enhanced zombies from the lab to create a diversion, slip away, and don’t get eaten. When Sam arrives, will he join the right side of the battle? 
Whew, sounds intense! You can watch the trailer here and order your copy here. Leah is also having a giveaway on her blog, so check it out.
Congratulations, Leah, I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to read it!
I hope everyone has a very Happy Halloween!!
What did you dress up as for Halloween this year? Are you a fan of zombies? Do you have a plan in place for when the zombie apocalypse arrives?

Happy Halloween!

I’m guessing since I mostly write thriller/suspense/horror, it’s no surprise my favorite holiday is Halloween.  I love dressing up in costumes – my ‘usual’ is a fairy gothmother.  Unfortunately, with all the craziness of filming the movie this month, I didn’t have much time or energy to get into the Halloween spirit this year.  Although I think filming a hoodoo ghost story . . . in a cemetery . . . at night . . . the week before Halloween . . . has to earn me some bonus ‘spirit’ points, even if I didn’t actually have a chance to dress up this year, right?  But to maintain the spooky spirit, I’ve included a picture of me and my reluctant witch-y sidekick from last year.

October 31st also means it’s the last day of Rachael Harrie’s Writer’s Platform-Building Campaign.  What an amazing event Rach has put together!!  I'm new to blogging, but because of her campaign, I’ve met so many wonderful people and discovered so many fantastic blogs.  Heaps of extra special thanks to Rach for coming up with such a great idea and having the energy and enthusiasm to keep it going.  I’m sad to see it come to a close, and I'm bummed I wasn’t able to fully participate during October, but I’m eagerly anticipating the next one.

One of the awesome people I’ve met during the Campaign is Jessica Therrien.  A few weeks ago she passed several blog awards to me: the Liebster, the One to Follow, and the One Lovely Blog.  I’ve been such a slacker, I never publically thanked her, so here I am doing it embarrassingly late - thank you, Jessica!  She’s a generous blogger, a great writer, and her YA paranormal OPPRESSION is coming out in February - I can’t wait to read it!

I hope everyone has had a productive October, and that you have a magical Halloween!

What is your costume for this year’s Halloween?  How are you coping with the end of the Writer’s Campaign?  Are you like me in using candy to fill the void?