Friday, October 21, 2011

An Entangled Guest Blog and Giveaway with Natalie J Damschroder

Whatever the origins of Halloween, the modern holiday has a lot in common with reading fiction.

The Halloween ideal is to dress up as something you’re not, to try on a character you think it would be fun to be. Pirate, monster, famous historical figure, movie star—they’re all people (or creatures) you don’t want to be—or can’t be—in real life, or forever, but just for a few hours or a day.

Reading fiction is the same way, only better, because we’re not limited to one time a year. Want to know what it’s like to be a grim reaper, demon hunter, or a goddess? Pick up a novel, and dive into their existence.

Halloween costumes are hard. I really admire the creativity of people like Jody Wallace, who made her husband’s blue screen of death one year and made herself a perfect Mary Poppins another. That is so not me. But I love when costumes and fiction come together. I helped my daughter dress as Tonks one year (an auror, or dark wizard catcher, in the Harry Potter series) and a female version of Castiel another (an angel from the TV show Supernatural). So Halloween lets us go one step further in becoming those fictional characters we like to try on.

Halloween lets people “hide” behind a mask and do things they wouldn’t normally do. Hit on a hot guy at a party. Dance on the table. Hustle pool. Walk up and down the street demanding free candy! That’s why I love writing and reading fiction, too. I get to be a totally kick-ass heroine, and visit movie sets, and use the powers of a goddess to help people or defend my loved ones. And hit on hot guys at parties. Though the free candy is scarce.

If you could dress up as anyone, without limits, and do anything for one night, what would it be?

Natalie J. Damschroder's latest and upcoming releases:

Behind the Scenes October 31, 2011
Carina Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible

Under the Moon November 1, 2011

Entangled Publishing | Amazon

Fight or Flight Out now!

Carina Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible

You can learn more about Natalie and her books at her website, eHarlequin, Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook. She blogs with four other obsessed passionate Supernatural fans at Supernatural Sisters, with a number of fantastic romance authors at Everybody Needs a Little Romance, and just to hear herself talk at Indulge Yourself.

Natalie's giving away an ecopy of Fight or Flight

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And be sure to check out her upcoming Entangled release

Under the Moon

GODDESSES RISING - Book One - by Natalie J. Damschroder

Their power gives them strength…and makes them targets.

Quinn Caldwell is the epitome of a modern goddess. Her power source is the moon, her abilities restricted only by physical resources and lunar phase. She runs a consulting business and her father’s bar, serves on the board of the ancient Society for Goddess Education and Defense, and yearns for Nick Jarrett, professional goddess protector and the soul mate she can never have.

But someone has developed the rare and difficult ability to drain a goddess of her powers, and Quinn is a target. With the world thinking Nick has gone rogue (whatever that means) and that Quinn is influenced by “family ties” she didn’t know she had, keeping themselves safe while working to find the enemy proves harder each day.

But not as hard as denying their hearts…


books4me said...

If I could dress up as anyone for one night, it would be as invisible woman (ok, is there a woman...I remember a man)...but there would have to be magic involved for it really to work! I would love to move around and go wherever I wanted and no one would see or hear me!

Natalie, your books look great and am adding you to my TBR list!

books4me67 at

Kathryn Merkel said...

Who would I be if I could be anyone & do anything for just one night? I would like to be the Unsinkable Molly Brown on that cold April night out on the Atlantic when the Titanic went down. I've always admired her for her efforts to save others that horrible night.

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Natalie J. Damschroder said...

books4me, you sound so mischievous! That's what my husband would want, too.

Kathryn, that's an amazingly admirable choice. I love Molly Brown!

If I had a goddess power right now, it would be healing, for the numerous soccer injuries my kids have had this year. For a person I could be for a day? Someone involved with the TV show Supernatural, so I could hang out on set. :)

Debby said...

I used to really go all out but not lately. NO kids home to dress up for.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Jen B. said...

Wow, that is an incredibly tough question. I think I would choose to be someone pampered for the evening. And I would get a massage and facial. I get my nails done. And I would leave all of the decision making to someone else for a whole night!

mnjcarter said...

Oh that's any easy one for me!! I'd be Dr. Jane from Lover Unbound!
Then I'd get to be with Vichous for just one night!! Okay, yeah I'm married, and since neither of these people truley exist, except for the book, I figured it's just a nice rockin fantasy!!

Tore said...

I would love to be Faith Hill for one night so I could get close to Tim McGraw. Please enter me in contest.

Lisa Kessler said...

HI Natalie -

I love the cover!!! :) Can't wait to read this one!!! :)

I still dreaa up every year... I'm going to be the Evil Queen from Snow white again! :) Panda made me a fabulous costume last year...

Happy Halloween!

Lisa :)

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Sorry, everyone! I didn't mean to go MIA for two days. :(

Debby, having no kids around definitely puts a damper on the motivation. My kids are older now, and my motivation is at zero. LOL

Oh, Jen, that sounds HEAVENLY. Sign me up. :)

MNJ, that's an awesome fantasy! :)

LOL, Tore, nicely said.

Lisa, you made a fabulous evil queen! I mean, your costume looked great. ;)

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

mnjcarter, you're my winner! I'll contact you via e-mail. Congratulations!