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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Samhain/Halloween Giveaway!


For many people, their biggest holidays of the year are things like Christmas or Thanksgiving. I don't actually celebrate Christmas, and I don't do much for Thanksgiving now that most of my family lives so far away. Instead, my biggest holiday is Samhain, known to many as Halloween.

 For Pagans, this is a significant day--sometimes called the Witch's New Year. It is both the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, and so it can be somewhat bittersweet. We let go of the past, say goodbye to those we have lost, speak to our ancestors...and embrace our witchy roots. Then we open ourselves to the possibilities of the year to come.

At my house, I'll be celebrating with Blue Moon Circle. We will have a deeper, more solemn ritual than usual...hopefully around a bonfire outside, if the weather cooperates. Then we'll come in and feast, of course!

I can't invite you to the feast, but I can invite you to help me celebrate by sharing a Samhain/Halloween Prize Pack with one lucky winner. (US only, I'm afraid, but as always, if you are outside the US, feel free to enter and if you win, I'll send you something cool and lightweight.)

Look what Mystic put together!
Samhain Prize Pack--Cat not included




There's a cute Halloween goodie bag, a copy of EITHER The Witch's Broom or one of the last remaining print copies of Circle, Coven & Grove (winner's choice), a little black cat, and a broom pen. Plus a little Halloween candy, of course.

It is easy to enter. You can tweet about the contest, share it on Facebook, or, join this blog (look to the left). For extra points, you can buy a copy of either book (obviously, you'll have to get the ebook version of CC&G, since the print one isn't available anymore) and/or leave a NEW review of any of my books. Heck, you get four points just for commenting here, and telling me what you like best about this time of year. So what are you waiting for? Let's celebrate!

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31 comments:

  1. My favorite aspect of Halloween is getting to be someone else.

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    1. I used to like being involved with Theater for the same reason :-)

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  2. Fall is my favorite season so, naturally, Halloween is my favorite holiday. I enjoy having fun with my children trick or treating and carving our pumpkins. I enjoy the quiet reflection on the year that has passed and the hope of the new year to come. Halloween is also the only time I can wear my witchy hat and not get funny looks!! :)

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    1. Some years I carve a pumpkin--this year I won't have time, and I'm kind of bummed.

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  3. I love everything about this time of year. The colors, the leaves, the mist in the morning, the feeling, Halloween as a child and Samhain as an adult.

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  4. This is my favorite time of year. My birthday and wedding anniversary fall in October adding to the festive feeling of the month. The pumpkins, apples, mums, fallen leaves, air scented with wood smoke, gathering up the last of the harvest, setting up my ancestor altar - all are so special to me. Samhain blessings and Happy Halloween, Deborah!

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  6. My favorite part of this time of year is the feelings it evokes...the crisp air, the colors that surround us...the earth settling down to rest. ..

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  7. My favorite aspect of this time of year is how alive it makes me feel. I am not a summer kind of girl, so living in central Oklahoma is a bit of a test of my strength of character. I thrive in the coolness of autumn and the lengthening nights. Everything about this time of year makes me happy and content inside.

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  9. Love your books and givaways. I love the cooler weather.

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  10. Love this! Has always been my favorite holiday. This year especially as I honor my older brother who passed in 2009 and my dad who recently passed this august. Halloween was a favorite and growing up my dad always made my costumes. It has so much meaning for me.

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    1. My sympathies on your loss, Amber. I hope this Samhain brings you comfort. *hugs*

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  11. I love everything about this time of year. My birthday at the beginning of the year... The leaves changing... The excitement of the children as Halloween draws near... The costumes as the kids trick or treat... The candy... And celebrating Samhain with my friends. October is a glorious month.

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  12. It means more to me now than it did as a child, funnily enough, but I presume that is because of how my beliefs have developed as I’ve gotten older. I’m a September baby so I have a lot of love for the Autumn, but the days grow shorter around Samhain it really starts to feel like an end is fast approaching. The air is full of incredible smells, bonfires and fruits of the season all mingling into a special bouquet that you only get at this time of year. The light is changing, not just in that there’s not so much of it about, but the quality of the light feels different. The sounds of Samhain too; crackling candles, gleeful children and crunchy leaves underfoot. It’s a magical time, but there’s also a poignant undertone too; all the memories of those we’ve loved and lost seem to return as the season turns. A time for reflection then, and a time to treasure because of this.

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    1. I think it is the bittersweet nature of the time that makes it seem so precious.

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  13. Fall has always been my favorite time of the year. I love everything about it but mostly the cooler weather, leaves and of course Halloween/Samhain.

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  14. Autumn has always been my season, and I look forward to every minute of it, every small detail. Love what you do :) ♥

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  15. Autumn is my favorite season & I've loved Halloween/Samhain since I was a very small child. I'm still learning about Samhain & it's fascinating! Love your books!

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  16. I love the opportunity to celebrate with my ancestors.

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  17. I love all your books. Happy samahin

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  18. I absolutely love Fall - the colors , the weather and , of course, Samhain.

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  19. Fall is my favorite season. I think it's because I start to draw in for the winter, which is not my favorite season by the way, and reflect on the year. Things slow down and become more focused on home and I like that.

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    1. I like that aspect too--becoming more internal and less external...

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  20. Would love to win. Blessed Samhain.

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  21. The cool breeze, the smell of bonfires, the scarlet golden and purple leaves, nostalgia, fiery sunsets, toffee apples, pumpkin pie, hot chocolate, nostalgia, birthday, magical books... Home.

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  22. I love everything about fall. The colors, the smells, the food, the drop in temperature (although this year it has been 90 in October!!!) Samhain and football!!

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  23. Thank you for this opportunity. I love the weather and all the colours. Not too hot, not too cold, love the rain, and it's so colourful. Can't forget all those pumpkin treats too!

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  24. leaves changing colors

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  25. I love this time of year for several reasons. The weather is perfect, neither too hot nor too cold (I can't tolerate either), the trees are beautiful, there's a crispness to the air that makes you feel alive, and Honeycrisp apples are in season (they're my favorite).

    Just as a side note I wish there was an option for "Already Own Circle, Coven & Grove as I already have that book. The only one I haven't gotten yet is The Witch's Broom.

    Kit

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  26. Kit, part of the point of these kind of giveaways (to be honest) is to motivate people who haven't bought the books already to go out and buy them. So it doesn't make a lot of sense to give an option for "already own the book." But if you buy Witch's Broom, I'll give you credit for that! (And there are lots of other ways to get points, thankfully.)

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