Halloween Blog Hop – Mega Prizes to be Won!

Happy HalloweenWell, it’s that time of year again, folks! The time you can be anything you want to be, when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest… you know the drill – Halloween is fun!

And to celebrate this particular holiday, the awesome Drea Becraft has organised a blog hop, which is basically an opportunity for YOU to win lots of cool prizes and discover lots of cool new authors and their latest releases. So get your TBR list at the ready to start adding some super new stuff!


I’d also like to share a spooky excerpt from one of the books I’m giving away, just to get you in the mood… (if you want to see the giveaway details, scroll to the bottom. But you’re missing out on a spooky treat, if you do!)


Excerpt from Weekend at Wilderhope Manor

The hedge which lined the right-hand side of their path had come to an end now, and off to that side was another lawn. Beyond that, a much higher hedge with a purpose designed gap to admit entry. It had to be the maze. The girls walked across the lawn in the direction of the maze’s entrance. Once they reached it, they looked at each other in awe. The maze’s walls were even higher than they’d first thought.

Jenny said, “I think I’d rather we went in together. Wouldn’t you? It’s all a bit Alice in Wonderland, and I don’t want to come a cropper with the Queen of Hearts while you’re drinking tea with the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit.”

Stephanie laughed out loud, jabbing Jenny playfully with an elbow. “Where do you come up with these ideas?! It’s just a maze, sweetheart. But if it’ll make you feel better, we’ll go through together. I guess it could get a little creepy as we get inside.”

That decided, the girls walked in. Stephanie, the more logical of the two, led the way through the narrow corridors in search of the elusive centre. She felt confident at first, but as the twists and turns continued, she felt less so. That and the fact that she’d been right about the creep factor. It was a clear but not particularly bright day, resulting in very little natural light penetrating the hedges that made up the maze. It was navigable but incredibly gloomy, and Stephanie sensed that Jenny was staying as close behind her as possible without treading on the backs of her shoes. Honestly, she didn’t blame her. Even Stephanie was starting to feel a little spooked. The silence wasn’t helping. From their sheltered position, they could see glimpses of the sky, but they couldn’t hear anything other than the sound of their own footsteps and breathing.

Stephanie picked up the pace, albeit subtly. She didn’t want to worry Jenny, but she wasn’t quite sure where they were and she was feeling really quite nervous. Despite the silence and the fact they hadn’t seen another soul since they’d left the house, Stephanie suddenly had the oddest feeling that they weren’t alone. It was a silly notion, because the walls of the maze were so thick that you couldn’t see through them, so it wasn’t like anyone could be secretly spying on them. But Stephanie simply could not shake her apprehension. She desperately wanted to get out of the maze, but saw no way of doing it quickly. Even turning back wouldn’t guarantee a swift exit because they wouldn’t remember each twist and turn they’d taken. They could just end up stuck in here even longer.

Suddenly, Jenny’s Alice in Wonderland comment didn’t seem so stupid after all. Refusing to let Jenny sense her fear, she looked steadfastly in front of her and carried on walking. Then she heard the crack of a twig which sounded like it came from up ahead. Unfortunately, Jenny heard it too.

“Wh – what was that?!” Jenny said, clutching onto the back of Stephanie’s coat.

In spite of all her layers, Stephanie felt a shiver run down her spine but forced herself to continue putting one foot in front of the other. Trying – and failing – to inject some normalcy into her voice, she replied, “Pr – probably just someone else from the house. You can enter from either side of the maze, remember. They could have come in the opposite end. I expect we’ll bump into them shortly.”

They didn’t bump into anyone, but the path started to broaden and they soon emerged into the centre of the maze, much to Stephanie’s relief. She knew they were far from home and dry, but at least she wasn’t feeling like the walls were closing in on her anymore. They took a few minutes to stop and Stephanie looked into each of the paths leading off the centre to see if she could see anyone lurking there. She was reminded of the incident in the corridor outside the library the previous evening, and wondered if the same person was trying to scare them here, too. She decided not to say anything to the other girl. There was no point; with Jenny’s imagination she’d be conjuring up ghosts and ghouls left, right and centre and getting her out of the maze would be even more of a chore than it was already.

“Come on,” Stephanie said loudly, as if trying to prove how perfectly fine she was feeling, “let’s get going.”

Stephanie walked towards the potential exit paths and chose one, hoping against hope that it was the right one. She didn’t know how much longer her nerve would hold out. Jenny followed close behind, seemingly calmer now as the single broken twig hadn’t been followed up by anything else. Walking steadily onwards, Stephanie made quick decisions on their turns, thinking that even if she got it wrong, keeping this pace would mean she could correct quickly and get them the hell out of the maze.

Neither girl spoke. After a while, Stephanie wasn’t sure how close they were to the exit, but she sensed they were almost there. They hadn’t hit a dead end in a while. Then she heard a noise from behind Jenny. Spinning, she grabbed Jenny and pushed in front of her, ready to face their foe head on. She was terrified, but she sure wasn’t going to show it.

“Who’s there?”

Nothing. Stephanie waited, her upper arms starting to hurt where Jenny was gripping them tightly.

“Hello? Are you lost?”

Still no response. If there was a genuine patron in the maze, they’d have replied.

“Oh for fuck’s sake!” Stephanie yelled. “What are you, some kind of creepy pervert that likes scaring women? Well it’s not working!”

She was lying through her teeth, of course, but she wasn’t going to let their stalker know that.

“We’re going now, anyway. So you’ll have to find someone else to try and scare, all right?”

This time, the response was the sudden approach of heavy footsteps. As one, both girls spun round and ran in the direction they’d been heading as fast as they could. The noise they were now making masked out any their assailant might have been producing, but Stephanie didn’t care. She wanted out – now. She ran close behind Jenny, thanking their lucky stars when she finally saw an opening in the hedge which would lead them back out of this godforsaken hole.

Jenny had obviously spotted it too, as she had a sudden burst of speed which took her right to the exit. She was almost on the grass when she suddenly tripped – over nothing. Stephanie had no time to react and she ended up tripping over Jenny and they both sprawled on the grass in a heap. They hurriedly disentangled, aware they were being followed and about to come face-to-face with their attacker.

Only, they weren’t. Whoever had been pursuing them in the maze didn’t emerge.


So, without further ado, here’s my giveaway (click the book titles to find out more about them):

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post letting me know how you’ll be spending your Halloween this year. I’ll pick two winners at random at 9am on the 1st November (it makes it fairer due to time differences) and contact them ASAP. So PLEASE make sure you leave your email address in the body of the comment. No email = no entry.

What now? Hit the button below to visit the event page on Drea’s site and discover which other authors are taking part, and increase your chances of bagging some excellent prizes. Good luck – and Happy Halloween!

Halloween Blog Hop

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  1. Eva P.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I spend Halloween with my sisters taking my nieces out trick-or-treating, its fun to see their little faces when they see all the other kids dressed up too 🙂

  2. JoAnne Kenrick

    October 28, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Happy Halloween, Lucy xxx
    I just LOVED Wilderhope, the atmosphere you created was very reminiscent of Haunted Honeymoon. So much fun!

    This will be a first, but neither of our kids want to go trick or treating. So i’ve no idea what we’ll be doing this Halloween. Maybe go to the movies? Of course the usual treat is in store for us adults…a scary movie! And I’m enjoying some really cool halloween-esk spooky books 🙂

  3. Drea Becraft

    October 28, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Happy Halloween!!

    You don’t need to enter me but I thought I would share my halloween anyways ;0).

    I have a huge night out planned on Saturday filled with costumes and drinking (just not to much because my kids have trick-or-treating the next day and that is just something you don’t want to do hung over lol).

    I hope you have a great halloween! I always wondered do they do halloween the same in the UK as they do in the states?

  4. Amber Preer

    October 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I will be spending this Halloween with my mother and sister’s, eating candy and watching movies. I love Halloween, it is the perfect holiday.

  5. Missy

    October 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Well, I knew there was a reason I didn’t like those mazes!

    During the day,I will dress up 80’s style. I work at a High School in the kitchen, that was out theme this year. During the evening, I will be handing out candy to all the little ghosts and goblins!!

  6. casea Major

    October 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I’m spending the time with my three kids all 7yrs and under. We will dress up and eat lots of candy.

    Thanks, Lucy! I hope I win. caseamajor@yahoo.com

  7. Lisa

    October 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    My Halloween is pretty quiet. Staying home with hubby, MIL, & kids. My kids are not fond of costumes so no trick or treating

  8. Roxanne Rhoads

    October 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    On Halloween night I’ll be trick or treating with the kids- this whole weekend before is filled with parties, pumpkin carving and all kinds of fun Halloween activities that we’ll be doing

  9. Trinity Blacio

    October 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Ha put my post on the wrong article! Boy it’s time to go to bed and here I thought I was the first one!
    I’ll be staying home watching scary movies and working on Christmas stories! 🙂
    Trinity Blacio

  10. Andrea I

    October 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    My youngest daughter and I are going to a party at our favorite bar.


  11. Lelani Black

    October 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I’m reading, reading, reading, knocking down my lovely TBR pile, and cooking our traditional Halloween feast. Chilli, cornbread, rice and a super moist chocolate cake 🙂 Happy Halloween to you, Lucy!

  12. Kathryn Merkel

    October 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I’ll be home, with the porch light off & the blinds pulled to discourage the hoards of Trick-or-Treaters that seemed to get bussed into my little town every year. I just can’t afford to buy candy for several hundred kids I don’t even know.

    So, any halloween candy I buy will be eaten by me while reading a good book.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

  13. E. Jamie

    October 29, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Unfortunately, I’ll be working. Blech!


  14. elaing8

    October 29, 2011 at 3:11 am

    I will be spending Halloween at home handing out candy and watching scary movies.

  15. wanda flanagan

    October 29, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Member of my husbands family passed away so Ill be at my inlaws .


  16. Jessica Subject

    October 29, 2011 at 3:37 am

    I’ll spend Halloween handing out candy to the neighbourhood kids while the DH takes out our kids. but after the kids go to bed… LOL

    Happy Halloween! 🙂

  17. lisagk

    October 29, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Thanks for being part of the hop, the excerpt was spooky. Too bad for me Halloween, Monday, is month end and I’ll be working late trying to close the month (accounting duties) yuck! and trying to sneak in a few extra hours both Sat and Sun… boo hoo. lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

  18. Mary Preston

    October 29, 2011 at 6:11 am

    I will actually be away visiting my parents. So, I will get my Halloween fix via he Internet.


  19. Jennifer Smith

    October 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I will be spending this halloween taking the rugrats trick or treating.
    Really great excerpt!
    thanks for the chance to win

    JenniferSmith.ga (at) gmail.com

  20. desiree (@desitheblonde)

    October 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    well i am in iowa at a festival and then the kid at home are getting ready later tonight for tick or treat they do it on sat night in mo

  21. Desi

    October 29, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    This Halloween will be spent taking my little one Trick or Treating- She decided on Snow White back in August and is a little miffed that I will not be dressing as the cloud fairy she dictated for my costume.

    I instead will be the Corpse Bride- I really am not the fairy type LoL

  22. Michelle T (USA)

    October 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Thanks for the contest would love a copy of “Love Through Time” I’m sidelined this Halloween because of a broke foot but will be watching spookies and cuddling on the couch with hubby and I have two teen daughters that are doing the trick or treating and hanging with friends and bonfire this Halloween

  23. tammy ramey

    October 29, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    we will be spending watching movies and eating pizza.


  24. Wendi Zwaduk

    October 30, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Happy Halloween Lucy!

    I’m spending Halloween by heading out with the youngling for trick or treat and getting things around for one last camping trip.


  25. Jennifer Irving

    October 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I’m going to spend halloween with the boys, getting dressed up as the Mario Brothers brigade (I’m stuck as princess peach) and we’re going trick or treating. :O

  26. Kayelle Allen

    October 31, 2011 at 4:17 am

    I’m taking my grandson trick or treating, and hope to convince him that all that rich dark chocolate is better shared with his grandmother than eaten by him alone. LOL 🙂 Happy Halloween!

  27. June M.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:01 am

    I will be spending Halloween reading a book, maybe watching a scary movie. And of course have some candy, lol.
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  29. Fedora

    October 31, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Eeep, Lucy! Great little tale! As for my Halloween, I’m not sure yet–if I’ve enough energy, I’m sure the kids want to go trick-or-treating! If not, we’ll wait to see who comes a’ callin’ at our door!

  30. Mike Woody

    October 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Will be going to my cousins house who sits up a big outdoor display.

  31. Jenni

    October 31, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Wow, just found your website for the first time ever and have added a bookmark so I’ll be back! Loved the excerpt from your book too, where can they be purchased from?

    Its 10pm on Halloween here, I’ve had a quiet night in acknowledging the true meaning of Halloween by remembering departed souls and thinking about the year gone by – 1st November is the first day of the New Year for my beliefs 🙂

  32. desiree

    November 1, 2011 at 12:59 am


  33. Lucy Felthouse

    November 1, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Thanks to everyone who entered! I’ve just used random.org to choose two winners, and they are….

    casea Major


    Jennifer Smith

    Congratulations! I’m emailing you right now with your prizes!

  34. Fedora

    November 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Congrats, Casea and Jennifer! Thanks, Lucy!