Monday, October 26, 2015

Author Notes on “True Love And Candy Cane”

Witches, ghosts, and hobgoblins... Halloween is a perfect time of year to enjoy yourself. Chills, thrills, and spills (of candy!) are the order of the day. And while I’ve given up dressing in costume for this special day, I do have fun giving out plenty of the sugary stuff when visitors knock on my door. The best “sugary” pleasure out there is reading a Halloween tale.

Naturally, I had to write one to celebrate one of my favorite holidays. Get ready for another very short scoop on newly-released “True Love And Candy Corn”. The word count is over 3,200 words, and Amazon estimates the book length to be nineteen pages. It sells for 99 cents.

Short Story Alert: As with all of my *very* short stories, I’d like to reduce the amount, however 99 cents is the lowest I’m allowed to go on Amazon and Smashwords. Again, periodically Smashwords holds a sale, and I can set the price to free at that time, so do check on the link every now and then.

To continue, “True Love And Candy Corn”, a contemporary fantasy tale, is my homage to two childhood pleasures: trick- or-treating and Halloween candies. I didn’t have a publisher in mind when I wrote this, so eventually I included it in my anthology LUCKY 13. LUCKY 13 is no longer available electronically, but still available in print from my website.

Thirteen delightful stories for your reading pleasure by Susanne Marie Knight

On a Halloween outing, thirteen-year-old Rebecca knocks on a “witch’s” door. As her treat, she is cursed with true love until the end of time, and even though desirable Frank Palmer seems to be the love object in question, Rebecca is thoroughly spooked. Now, nine years later, Rebecca is treat-or-treating again as she escorts her young cousins on their rounds. When she comes face to face with Frank, she doesn’t see true love as a curse anymore. Will the witch’s prophecy come true?

Now I have re-released it electronically as a single!

Artist’s concept cover

Can trick or treating promise true love to a thirteen-year-old girl?

This short story is part of the Romantic Contemporaries line.

Real life tidbit: To get a feel for the characters in “True Love And Candy Corn”, I drew upon treat-or-treating experiences back in the old days... well, in the sixties, anyway. This short story includes the fear of my younger self that my grownup lipstick would mysteriously disappear, includes the frantic rush to ring as many doorbells as possible, and also incorporates the dark, dank atmosphere of city apartment buildings.

Scene set up: Young Rebecca, nicknamed Becky, is dressed as a witch and her friend Valerie is a vampire.

Halloween was a little different in the city as compared with her hometown. Instead of walking outside to individual houses for candy loot, they traveled indoors in apartment buildings with lots of doors to knock on. It wasn’t long before their sacks were heavy with booty. But the evening couldn’t be complete until they headed to Frank Palmer’s place. When they entered the building’s stately foyer, Rebecca got a bad case of the jitters.
“How’s my lipstick? Is it still on?”
“Honestly, Becky, your lips are as red as... blood!” Valerie covered the bottom half of her face with her black cape and made a smacking sound.

So, if you love candy corn but worry about the sugar, try this zero calorie treat on Halloween night, but be sure to reward your trick-or-treaters... just in case a real “witch” is on the other side of your door! Just joking!

I hope you enjoy Rebecca and Frank’s story.

Happy reading,

Susanne Marie Knight
Read outside the box: award-winning Romance Writing With A Twist!