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Andrew the Pumpkin

Meet Andrew the Pumpkin.

He wasn’t born Andrew, of course. The name kind of happened… but he is an Andrew now, as, indeed, are all pumpkins in our house. Here’s why.

The Wells family is decorating the house for Halloween, and a few guests have arrived to help. Diane is artfully distributing spiders’ webs and spiders through the house. Jon is watching the football and keeping us informed on the score, while generally keeping an eye on things. Anne and Michael are drawing spooky Halloween pictures with the children, ably assisted by Jon (my other half, Jon) who is creative director and drawing Halloween spooks extraordinaire. Me, I’m flitting about organizing sweets and dinner.

One of the little ones is suddenly fearful she’s missing out on a pumpkin drawing. “Where’s my pumpkin,” she pipes up in  a slightly tremulous voice. Jon (my other half, Jon) to the rescue! He deftly whips a drawing off the table and presents it with a flourish: “Andrew the pumpkin.”

Little one duly mollified, I shoot my OH a grateful and somewhat amused look. “Why Andrew?” I whisper at him over the heads of the children.

“What?” comes the somewhat incoherent surprise.

“Why is the pumpkin called Andrew?” I clarify.

“Uh… he’s not. Andrew the pumpkin.”

This is turning surreal. “All I hear is Andrew the pumpkin,” I repeat, no longer at whisper voice.

“Yes,” my 7yo supplies helpfully, slowly, and with emphasis, yet completely unaware he’s clearing up the big mystery. “Anne drew the pumpkin.”

Cue hilarious laughter as OH and I and the other adults finally get the misunderstanding. The name stuck, however, and all pumpkins are called… Andrew!

Hope you had a fabulous Halloween and wishing you all the best for NaNoWriMo if you’re taking part. Here’s the run up to Christmas… let’s roll!


Bring Me To Life

It’s Music Monday!

…and the theme is Halloween. (Of course)

So the obvious choice would have been Thriller but that would have been a bit boring. I was intrigued to find that Tubular Bells features on the Top 10 of Halloween party songs and would have gladly posted it except I couldn’t find a legal version.

But inspiration struck! By free association and wracking my brain, I can usually find just the right song, and today’s choice is perfect, in my humble opinion. I saw this band live when they were touring the UK on the crest of the success of this very same song, and they were awesome, so that makes it a double pleasure to post the clip.

Hard, ethereal, haunting, lyrical, just like the band name. Enjoy!

Evanescence; derivative of evanesce; pass out of sight, memory or existence. Well, there you go, that’s spooky in and as of itself!

What’s your favourite Halloween song? And… do you go trick-or-treating? Do you apple-bob? Go on, you can tell us here… 🙂

PS ~ Just for the record, I wrote this post BEFORE last Saturday’s Xfactor show. #justsaying

How do you #Voodoo? The Spellbindingly Fun Blog Party with @JaniceHorton

It’s Janice Horton’s Spellbindingly Fun Blog Party!

Congratulations to Janice as she celebrates the launch of her Halloween novella, How Do You Vodoo!

Loveless fashion model Nola Nichols thinks being beautiful is a curse; that is
until she is cursed and her looks begin to fade just a week before the most
important photo shoot of her career.

Nola rejects all rational explanation on what might be causing her lost looks and decides she has to find a way to get uncursed. This imaginative quest takes her from the Caribbean to Glasgow’s own City of the Dead. Along the way, she finds herself taking part in a rather unconventional funeral, involved in a voodoo ritual, reveals one or two unrests in her own past and falls madly in love with a doctor. Erm, that would be a witch doctor, right…?

How Do You Vodoo is out now ~ and it’s FREE today (26 October), what are you waiting for?

To honour the occasion, I’m taking part in the Spellbindingly Fun Blog Party so here goes…

Nicky’s Rocking-Ever-After Spell

Banish the worry, dry the tears, do away with your deepest fears
Welcome the love, the light, and the precious one
I’ve touched the stone and I will rock on

To banish the worry, dry the tears, do away with your deepest fears
Collect one worry stone on a new moon at midnight and put in the freezer until the next full moon
~Climb the highest Scottish mountain to collect thirteen dragon tears; put in the freezer next to the worry stone until the next full moon
~Write a list of your deepest fears and add them to the worry stone and dragon tears in the freezer (remember to use waterproof ink!)

To welcome the light, the love, the precious one
~Gather stardust and summon Northern lights on the next night of the next full moon
~Pick a single white rose by the light of the next full moon
~Collect a moonstone by the light of the next full moon


Remove the worry stone and dragon tears and list of your deepest fears from the freezer. Crush with the biggest hammer you can find while reciting the first line of the spell, and place resulting worry, tear and fear dust in cauldron.

Sprinkle the worry, tear and fear dust liberally with Northern lights and stardust. Stir well using the single white rose while reciting the second line of the spell.

Touch the moonstone and throw it high in the air, aiming to land in cauldron. Aim carefully. If you miss, your spell is void.

After (and only after) the moonstone has landed safely in the cauldron, recite the third and final line of the spell. You are now allowed to turn up the music. Congratulations: you will rock ever after!

About Janice Horton

Janice Horton lives in Scotland and writes contemporary romance with  humour. Her novels ‘Bagpipes & Bullshot’ and ‘Reaching for the Stars’ are  both Amazon Kindle bestsellers. Her latest title ‘How Do You Voodoo?’ is a  romantic and humorous novella for Halloween and out now!

Visit Janice’s Author  Blog; Follow her on Twitter @JaniceHorton; or Like  her Author Facebook Page

Janice is a Featured Author & Associate Editor at Loveahappyending.com

Find her ebooks on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

Now it’s your turn to party and make up spells ~ Join Janice on Twitter, be part of the action with #voodoo