Thursday, October 25, 2012

Spooktacular Day 25: Spooky Interview & Giveaway with author Caris Roane

What kind of Halloween person are you? Dress up and party every year, give out candy maybe dressed up, or hide inside your house with the porch light off?
Caris:  I love giving out candy to the kids and looking at all their costumes. It takes me back to being a kid and loving to go from house to house.

Do you decorate outside for Halloween?
Caris:  I usually put up a lot of Autumn decorations, like wreaths with fall-colored leaves, some tall scarecrows, and swags.  I also add a string of little pumpkin lights and a few signs like a black cat, a big ‘boo’, some spiders hanging around, that sort of thing.  But basically, I don’t want to scare the kids!  

Are you a master pumpkin carver?
Caris:  I never spent much time carving pumpkins; my DH was always in charge of that.  But one year, I found a picture of what looked like a hedgehog in which holes had been drilled and small white lights jammed into each hole.  I showed him the picture and he nodded.  He took on the challenge and did a great job, but of course I forgot to take a picture.  However, I found a similar one that I’ve included here.  Another year, he made a serpent out of one larger pumpkin for the head, and a bunch of smaller ones that curved for a long tail, then strung lights through it.  Again, the picture isn’t ours, but the serpent he created looked very much like this one.  

Name 3 costumes you’ve worn and at what age.
Caris: Though I don’t have any pics from childhood, at nine, I was a ghost and at eleven, I was a witch.  But my favorite costume was when I was fourteen.  One of my friends and I dyed two white sheets orange, created drawstrings for a neck for each as well as drawstrings lower so that the costume hit us each mid-thigh.  We stuffed the orange sheets full of crumpled newspapers until they were as close to pumpkins as we could get, donned black stockings, black heels, and made green stem-like hats out of felt.  We thought we were the best pumpkins ever!  This was my last trick-or-treating and of course the usual spoil-sports had to say to us, “Aren’t you a little old for this?”  Uh…no!  Of course the pic I’ve shared is a much more sophisticated version of what we did…but close!

Find a picture of a costume you love.
Caris:  I saw this witch-picture on Facebook and I thought, if I was a few years younger I’d take this pic and turn it into a costume.  Of course it would be more suited for my daughter but I think it’s a lot of fun, besides being super-sexy.  

What is your favorite Halloween tradition?
Caris:  I think you can tell that trick-or-treating is my absolute favorite Halloween tradition.  It’s when a neighborhood comes together for a brief moment in all our busy lives and we give candy to a bunch of kids we might only ever see racing up and down the street the rest of the year!  Love it!

What is your favorite Halloween movie to watch or are you a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown sort? 
Caris:  Though I haven’t watched them in years, my favorite scariest movies are the Freddy Krueger, Nightmare on Elm Street, flicks.  I don’t really know why.  I think they were super-inventive besides being terrifying.  And yes, most everyone dies, while dreaming, but it’s not a bad way to go, mua-ha-ha-ha!

Happy Halloween!

Caris Roane has published over fifty Regency romance novels and novellas under the pen name, Valerie King.  In 2005, Romantic Times gave her a Career Achievement award in Regency Romance.  Having had a long-time love affair with vampires, Caris tackled the paranormal genre and built a unique vampire world based on ascending dimensional earths.  Her series is called Guardians of Ascension. 
Her most recent self-published project, The Blood Rose Novella Series, launched in May of 2012 with the first title:  Embrace the Dark. 
Caris lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her two cats, Sebastien and Gizzy and she really doesn’t like scorpions!


Email:  carisroane at gmail dot com

 Just in time for the scariest season of all, three popular paranormal authors come together to tell original tales of romance where anything can happen under a Halloween moon . . .

Tempers flare and passions rise in Jocelynn Drake's Of Monsters and Men as the local werewolf pack clashes with the Winter Court's Wild Hunt . . .

In Terri Garey's The Ghoul Next Door, a witch and a warlock battle it out for possession of a haunted house, but the ghost may have her own agenda . . .

And, in Trick or Treathen by Caris Roane, a master vampire struggles to stay away from the mortal woman who enflames his very soul.

International, a bracelet of replica typewriter keys that spell out ‘dream’, a $10 gift card to Barnes & Noble (or compensatory prize if the winner is international), RTC cards, and bookmarks.  Please leave a comment and your email address like this:  carisroane at gmail dot com.  I’ll select the winner on Sunday October 28th, using  And tell me what your favorite Halloween memory is!

a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway


Amanda P said...

Love your blog! New follower. =)

-Amanda P
Paranormal Romance

ReneAva said...

My favorite Halloween memory is going to a parade in Manhattan and sharing the fun and great vibes with thousands of strangers. It was a blast! So much diversity and the costumes, OMG!!!

Best wishes on your new release Caris. I already have my copy and plan to read it up very soon ;)


Dragonlady 029 @ aol . com

Priscilla Pomeroy said...

I think my best memory of Halloween is when my older cousin and his girlfriend took the kids trick-or-treating. Normally my parents would bring me to one section of town an it was done. Well, my cousin took us all over town. It took hours, but it was so much fun! Of course, he made everything fun!

prissp4 at hotmail dot com

Becky said...

My favorite Halloween memory is going with my nieces and great-nephews and great-nieces trick-n-treating. Its fun seeing what they dress up as, plus watching the fun that they have.

beckyqward at gmail dot com

Caris said...

Hi, everyone! Just checking in and reading your wonderful comments! Well, I did love being the pumpkin that year when I was was a great place between being a kid and knowing I would soon be an adult!


Texas Book Lover said...

My best Halloween memories are of my kids dressing up. My parents did not allow us to as kids. We have lots of fun with my kids though.

elaing8 said...

My favorite Halloween memory is seeing my nieces and nephews all excited about dressing up and going trick or treating.I'd go with them every year.And when we got home I'd steal some of their candy.Which they surprising allowed me to do :)

booklover0226 said...

Actually, my favorite was a couple of years ago when I dressed up as a dead bride!

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

June M. said...

Probably my favorite scary movies were the Nightmare on Elm Street series too. I have always loved the movies, watched them all growing up (along with all the other usual ones like Halloween & Friday the 13th).
My favorite Halloween memories are of my nieces & nephews on Halloween. Most of the years when my sister's kids were young enough to trick-or-treat, I would go with them. Now, they are too old and my brother's little boys live too far away, and I have a back/hip/leg problem that would not allow me to walk that long without lots of breaks, pain, and meds.

Martina Koleva said...

Oh how I wish I lived in the US right now... Here in my country we're not so big on Halloween but it sounds so much fun with the dressing up and the candy...

bymyself.g AT gmail DOT com

Anna Ch said...

Unfortunately where I come from we don't get to celebrate Halloween but from what I see it sure seems a fun holiday :)
anniech85 at gmail dot com

Virginia S. Nelson said...

Love learning more about you and your likes. I think we all had fun in our younger years - Halloween has been and continues to be my favorite holiday. Your outfit reminds me of the year I was very PG and dressed up as a pumpkin. hehe.

Bama said...

thanks for the contest :)

Bella said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Caris said...

Hi,everyone! I want to thank all of you for leaving comments on my post! I'm here to announce the winner! Using all 14 posts, including my own, and submitting the number to, 'random' chose lucky #13, which is Bama! Congrats on the win! I'll be contacting you soon or you can contact me at carisroane at gmail dot com!


Post a Comment

Each of my followers mean the world to me and I would love to hear from each and every one of you.

Blog Design by Use Your Imagination Designs all images from the Estranged kit by Studio Flergs