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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Happy Halloween and welcome to November

cj Sez: Monsters Got Talent, and they are celebrating Halloween at OWA—for those readers not familiar with OWA, it’s the amusement theme park operated the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Foley, Alabama. The picture below is of monster/werewolf grandson Jeff singing to the crowd and “having a blast.”

Photo by Lori Goodrich Photography

The history of Halloween from various computer searches

Halloween or Hallowe’en, a contraction of Hallowed Eve, is also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve) and is observed in many countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. The tradition originated with the pagan Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced SOW-in) when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. From present-day Ireland to the United Kingdom to Brittany, France, the ancient Celts marked this as one of their four most important festival days of the year.

   And a little background about my short story in the HALLOWEEN PIECES anthology:

   If a month happens to have two full moons, the second full moon is called a blue moon,” and that happens on Halloween/Samhain once about every nineteen years. 

   My short story, “Once in a Blue Moon,” is a fantasy mystery so named because Samhain fell on such a rare event in 2020. 

   The story takes modern-day Katherine Johnson into a mysterious village where she’s caught in an ancient celebration from which she might never return.

   Halloween is the theme but everything in the anthology is an enjoyable read for any season. As of the time of this post, HALLOWEEN PIECES is free on Kindle Unlimited and $1.99 to buy for your own library.   Buy Halloween Pieces Now



SinC into NaNoWriMo with Sisters in Crime

From a SinC Press Release

   Starting November 1, join
#SinC for a month of write-ins, socials, tips, and encouragement! Sign up here so you don't miss a thing:



Number 5 in the Mobile Writers Guild anthology series. 
   Copies of the new anthology, as well as cj’s thriller/suspense novels, will be available at an author book signing on November 12 (6 to 8 p.m.) at The Haunted Book Shop, 109 Dauphin St. in downtown Mobile. 

   If you’re in the Mobile area, come on down and meet some of the authors!

   Available for preorder   Buy Stormy Pieces Now



Be sure to mark your calendars to stop by Lyrical Pens on November 10 for a guest post by author Barbara Hinske about her soon-to-be-released THE UNEXPECTED PATH, the second novel in her Guiding Emily series. 

   P.S. Barbara is the author of the novel THE CHRISTMAS CLUB, now on the Hallmark Channel.



Next Sunday, you can be very early to church or you can get an extra hour of sleep. Daylight Saving Time, sometimes called incorrectly by the plural DaylightSavings” Time, ends on Sunday, November 7, 2021, at 2:00 A.M. 

   Ergo, “fall back” (set your time pieces back an hour) next Saturday night, so you can sleep in and still be right on time.


Fast-paced and exciting suspense with a touch of Jane Bond romance, the ebooks of DEATH ON THE YAMPA and THE DAWGSTAR are on sale @ only $1.99 each. Available at your favorite eTailer and on request from your local library—just provide them with the ISBN number.



No Lyrical Pens post on November 7. This coming week is dedicated wholly to my son Mark’s Celebration of Life.


cj Sez: That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

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