Heading into October, I figured I’d get comfy with a seasonal theme today as we sneak into fall. Many people are already breaking out the flannels and feeling the bite in the morning air, the shortening daylight, the changing colors that speak to the primordial animal in us and yells, “Gather food, light a fire, and get ready for winter!”
Although the weather here in Southern California isn’t exactly the autumnal wonderland I remember growing up in the Midwest, I still enjoy the trappings of the season. I enjoy lighting the Apple Spice and Pumpkin Pie candles, helping my kids decorate for Halloween, making chili in the crockpot and serving it with a side of sweet and crumbly corn bread. As the season advances and we watch the leaves turn and tumble into colorful carpets on the front lawn, I can’t help but smile when my daughter picks up three or four of them on the way into the house and appreciates their natural artistry.
One of the things I most look forward to in the cozy season is curling up by the fireplace in a favorite pair of sweats, drinking a lovely cup of Earl Grey (cream and 2 sugars, please) and reading some dark and delicious paranormal romance. The early sunsets and ghoulish décor in every window lends itself nicely to an atmosphere of voluntary paranoia. I happily suspend grown-up reality in order to immerse myself in a world of vampires and demons. Anytime is a good time for a sexy vampire or a dashing demon, but it is in this season I tend to grab a new series and gorge myself on all things dark and dangerous.
I have my favorites, of course, and am always looking for a new heart pounding paranormal adventure to sink my teeth into. This fall is the first for me as Executive Editor and co-owner of Decadent Publishing. With stories like Blood Moon by Ellen Keener, Of Course I Try by Seleste deLaney, By the Light of the Silvery Moon by Amanda McIntyre and The Devil’s Bidding by Leslie Soule, I can offer people around the world the sexy and sometimes sinister romance fiction I myself enjoy reading on long, creepy cool nights under a harvest moon.
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