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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Blissfully Spooky Halloween with Ashlee Mallory

Ashlee was thirteen when she discovered her first Kathleen E. Woodiwiss book hidden away in her mom’s closet. After two days of staying home “sick” from school to finish it, she was hooked. Her rabid love for romance has continued ever since, and after a misadventure in the world of law, she finally settled into her dream job of writing about people finding their happily ever afters. Whether writing sweet contemporary romance or romantic thrillers and suspense, she aims to create down to earth heroines and heroes with small town heart.

It’s countdown to Halloween in our house and that means it’s time, once again, for the battle between my nine-year old son and I as to what scary movies he can and absolutely canNOT watch—at least for a few more years. If you’ve read my blog (and the numbers of views probably tells me I’m safe), you might have seen this topic has come up before. 

But fast forward two years and he’s exhausted all of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps and The Haunting Hour shows that steadily show up on Netflix and still thinks he is ready to watch…Cabin in the Woods. 

Not. A. Chance. 

Then a few nights ago he made a request that had me screaming (inside) with joy. He wanted to watch my all time favorite episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Season 4, episode 10 to be precise. HUSH.  It’s actually been at least a couple of years since I’d watched that episode and I was surprised he remembered. Ready to be thrilled, we sat back and watched it together and, even though all the sexual innuendo went over his head (hopefully!), he still got a kick out of the freaky “Gentlemen” and their minions. 

Now I’m eagerly anticipating watching another of my favorite episodes with him from season 2—the Halloween episode that loosely inspired my second suspense book LOVE YOU MADLY—and I’m thinking of a few more. 

So keeping in mind Halloween horror shows and episodes that are appropriate for 9-year olds and a few of the ones I wish I hadn’t seen until I was well past 18, I’ve put a little list of my top 5 favorites in honor of the season.  

1. HUSH Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 4 Episode 10

2. HALLOWEEN Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2 Episode 6




For a chance to win a digital copy of my new release, HER ACCIDENTAL HUSBAND (or any of my backlist) and a $5 Amazon gift card, comment below with the first introduction you had to the horror genre, be it a book (Salem’s Lot for me), movie or television show.

Once upon a road trip to Mexico...

Payton Vaughn's trip to Puerto Vallarta for her friend's wedding was her big escape from her ridiculously overbearing mother-oh, and that little matter with her cheating fiancé. Now, her flight's been cancelled, and she's crammed into a tiny car with the gorgeous-but-irritating best man.

Viva la road trip from hell...

Cruz Sorensen doesn't have time to babysit some spoiled socialite, even if she is the future daughter-in-law of the man who could change the fortune of his family's company. He has no business getting to know her better-not even for all the tequila in Mexico...until they wake up with grande-sized hangovers as man and wife.

Now Payton and Cruz must decide if they've reached the end of their journey...or the beginning of a new adventure.

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Up For Grabs:
  • 1 $5 Amazon Gift Card + eBook copy of Her Accidental Husband

To Enter: 
  • What was your first introduction that you had to the horror genre, be it a book (Salem’s Lot for me), movie or television show. 
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  1. Probably a movie. I'm a child of the '50s and the films I saw back then were The Blob, Them, Creature from the Black Lagoon, just to name a few.

  2. Probably the movie Carrie or the movie The Shining. Both scared the crap out me!

  3. The Bird's it scared me to death! Even today I'm very leery of any kind of bird!!

  4. The Bird's it scared me to death! Even today I'm very leery of any kind of bird!!

  5. The Bird's it scared me to death! Even today I'm very leery of any kind of bird!!

  6. The Thing!!! I remember watching that when I as 12? and was equal parts horrified and thrilled :) thanks for sharing!

  7. I used to watch a lot of "B" B&W movies fro the 50s and 60s on TV. The Tarantula was one of my first--tam by today's standards. Miss those UHF days of the 70s growing up.


  8. The first one I remember is The Fly with Vincent Price.

  9. It was the movie Pet Cemetery and I hated it.

  10. It was a movie, Children Of The Corn. I have never watched or read in the horror genre every since!

  11. Stephen King's books.... I think the first I read was a short story compilation....

  12. I saw The Birds movie on TV. *shudder*

    Marcy Shuler

  13. It was probably a Stephen King book. Carrie perhaps.

  14. The Ring was horrible! That was the first movie that truly creeped me out and I haven't watched a horror movie since.

  15. Mine was the movie Pet Cemetery.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Nightmare on Elm Street is what I remember 'trying' to watch as a young kid. My sister loved those movies, and I just couldn't do it. Too scary.

  17. Stephen King (The Shining, The Stand, etc.) was probably my introduction to the horror genre.

  18. When I was ten I went to the movies and saw a horror film, I can't remember the name of it. But it cured me of watching them for life. My favorite movie that might be classified as horror is Alien, that movie scared the heck out of me, especially since I saw it the first night it came out and had no idea it was going to be that scary. :D

  19. There was a old horror TV series when I was a kid that scared me to death. Can't remember the name of it.

  20. Nightmare on Elm Street. I was a little kid, and my older cousins were watching it. I was terrified! :)