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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Eve Of Samhain- Halloween's origins

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Between the parties, the costumes and the candy (especially the candy!) there’s something for everyone! I mean, c’mon…what other holiday allows you to revisit your childhood by dressing up as your favorite superhero/cartoon character? But, where and when did our favorite holiday begin? Snuggle into your seats, peeps, grab that piece of candy you’ve been eyeballing all morning, sit back and relax because I’m going to give you a very brief history lesson.

Halloween’s roots stem from the Celtic calendar. One of the four “Quarter Days” of the Celtic Calendar, Samhain lands on October 31st  and marks the end of summer. Celebrated during the harvest season, the festival was often celebrated with feasts and bonfires.

Many believed that on this day, the veil between the “otherworld” and ours thinned, allowing ghosts and other underworld creatures to roam the earth. Two other important days tailed this pagan holiday: All Saints Day (November 1st), and All Souls Day (November 2nd) marking the shift into the winter months as a supernatural wonder. It wasn’t uncommon during the medieval period for people to go door to door and offer prayers for the departed in exchange for food or treats. Some even chose to don costumes (a practice originally associated with Christmas) and parade around. These traditions, passed on over the many years, morphed and shifted into the Halloween we all know and love today. Pretty cool, yes?

If you'd like to read more about the history of Halloween, click here and here.

If the title of my debut novel, Eve Of Samhain, hadn’t clued you in to the theme of the story, I’m sure it will now, lol! Here’s the blurb:

As a college senior and server at Hanaford Park's hottest nightclub, twenty-one year old Ryann Pierce's plan was simple: work hard, make lots of money, and avoid the ass-grabbers at all costs. What she never planned for was Quinn Donegan—the living, breathing advertisement for sinful behavior that waltzed into her life.

With an angelic face, a hard body and a butt-load of charm, Quinn had a way with the ladies—a lot of ladies. Cursed with a deadly, addictive touch, his trail of indiscretion blazed across five hundred years. Tired and jaded, Ryann is a shocking revelation Quinn didn't see coming.

Filled with desire, yet unable to touch one another, Ryann and Quinn embark on a daunting journey, battling frustrating physical limitations while exploring their new love. In a race against the clock, Ryann learns she must plead for Quinn's life before…the Eve of Samhain. Determined to end her lover's suffering, not even the danger dogging her every move can keep her from her mission.

Eve Of Samhain is currently on sale for .99!! This Trick Or Treat sale ends on the 31st. Snag a copy here while it's hot and cheap! Woot!

I'm hosting the Romance Girls Gone Goblin Halloween Hop on my blog all weekend, and am giving away a print copy of Eve Of Samhain along with some other spooky goodies! Stop by and comment for a chance to win!!


Charity said...

Oh I really love this cover!!

Cate Masters said...

Very cool - I didn't know costumes were first associated with Christmas. Love the tidbits. And yes, that cover, lol

Na said...

I always enjoy tidbits like this. It's a great look into the history of Halloween. Great post!

Lisa said...

Thanks for the cover love, girls!

Elizabeth said...

Love the history of Halloween. THANKS.

Great blog.