Chat Halloween with Pippa Jay – All Hallow’s Eve Excerpt and Giveaway
Hi Everyone! My writer pal Pippa Jay visits today to chat about Halloween and to share her new release with us: All Hallow’s Eve. Be sure to read the fab excerpt and enter her giveaway, too. Details below. Enjoy!
The Inspiration Behind All Hallow’s Eve
By Pippa Jay
All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve (now better known these days as Halloween) is a yearly celebration dedicated to remembering the dead. It was seen as a time when spirits and fairies were more likely to be abroad, and a time that the souls of the dead would come home. And that is what helped shape my story Hallow’s Eve. What would someone who had the power to summon back the dead do the one night a particular soul might be more tractable to summoning? Especially if that soul was the one person they couldn’t bear to live without. Once I had an idea for the title of my story, it was my research into the whole Halloween holiday and its mythology that gave me inspiration.
All Hallows’ Eve derives from the Old English ‘hallowed’ meaning holy, but is now contracted to the more familiar word of Hallowe’en. Most Halloween traditions are believed to have come from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in and meaning ‘end of summer’) but which was Christianised by the early Church. It was believed to be a celebration of the end of the harvest and a time of preparation for winter. Much like Christmas absorbing the celebration of the winter solstice, it’s believed that church missionaries chose to hold a festival at this time of year to smooth the native Pagan celebration into a Christian one to help with the conversion process. But there’s also the suggestion that it came into existence entirely independent of Samhain.
Whichever you believe, the modern day version of Halloween still carries the superstition of capricious sprites and spirits being active (and not necessarily just the little ones that dress up and visit homes with the threat of trick or treat, lol). And in my story, my hero is mindful that he may just as likely summon something malicious as he is the soul he’s searching for.
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by Pippa Jay
Can one night of magic heal his heart?
Twelve months ago, Hal’s world crashed and burned, taking the love of his life with it. He’s waited all year for that one special night when the souls of the departed come home, hoping his candle will summon back one in particular to heal his broken heart. But the forbidden knowledge he’s learned could call something far worse, and put more than his own soul at risk…
Hallow’s Eve Excerpt
Pippa’s Hallow’s Eve Giveaway
Giveaway: 1 Pentagram necklace and 6 jasmine scented glitter tealights.
Open internationally, October 1 – 31, 2014.
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Pippa Jay Bio
After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.
Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), two self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply and The Bones of the Sea), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).