October: A Recap, a Brief History, some Babbling, and a Giveaway
I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, and I say this because it took me completely off guard when it was brought to my attention, but winter is coming.
No, no, I know, and I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to do that to you, and certainly not so abruptly, but let’s face it – it is November. It had to happen eventually. However, I’m not much in the mood to look forward (opens forward-looking door and there’s nothing but shrieking winds and flying snow beyond it … shudders … gently closes door) so instead I’m going to do a quick recap of October for this month’s post. Stay with me, I’ll make it worth your while.
October is one of those good months up here in Canada, at least in the Southern Ontario portion of it. There are usually warm days when you can yank off the sweater and drive with the windows open, cool nights that are easy to sleep through, squirrels and birds and skunks and raccoons all scrounging about like addicts trying to find remnants among the carpet but somehow managing to look cute while doing it, and all those trees doing all those things that they do with colour and texture. It’s invigorating and comfy and pretty, but as I’ve said before and I’ll say forever, it’s only Mom Nature’s way of apologizing in advance for the hell She’s about to put us through so don’t be too happy about it.
Up here in Canada we have Thanksgiving in October. No, I don’t know *why* we have it in October and the U.S. gets it in November, and I understand that everyone in the U.S. thinks that’s just craaaazzy, but it is what it is. Canadian Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an annual government-sanctioned holiday since 1879, but it didn’t get its official date until much later. It is, per the Governor General of Canada under official proclamation on January 31, 1957, “A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.”
Historically, for those who need to know, there was something to do with white men arriving by boat after almost freezing and starving to death, a sermon being sermonized wherein the pastor reminded these starving, freezing men that their god was a good god, and finally a communion being consumed wherein all who were present celebrated the arrival of their god to such a savage land, inspiring quotes like, “The celebration of divine mystery was the first sign, scale, and confirmation of Christ’s name, death and passion ever known in all these quarters.”
And thus, going forward, the great country of Canada became a better, more sacred place and we celebrate that annually. (Please note the sarcasm if it not overtly obvious.)
(Also, why didn’t I ever become a teacher? I would have been an awesome teacher, I’m sure of it.)
Moving on because October also has Halloween, and that, in direct contradiction to the aforementioned holiday, is awesome fun. (See? Teacher material right there. Who else would use a word like aforementioned? Word doesn’t even like it. “Consider using concise language. Avoid redundancy and needless words. Concise writing improves readability.” But I’m just going to ignore those squiggly lines, Word. You don’t own me.)
(Okay, come to think of it, maybe that sharp attitude is why I didn’t become a teacher.)
Up until a couple of years ago, Halloween couldn’t pass me by without a costume. There was even a time when I won best costume every year for eight years straight. I’d love to share what those costumes were, but people would lose their minds on me for everything from cultural appropriation to sexism. But just to make things clear, I don’t think like that at all. If anyone following/reading/sharing this blog post went out this Halloween as a Hollywood version of a First Nation’s person or any other version, comical or otherwise, of a North American First Persons, as long as you weren’t wearing actual ceremonial or religious items, I couldn’t care less. I hope you had fun. You probably looked great.
Oh, hey, were there any werewolves in the group? Vampires? Does anyone have any pics they’d be willing to share? And speaking of those…
October was also the month of my newest release Wolf, in League. I’m quite proud of this one. It’s the third novel in a set of at least four that center around the residents of Wolf, WY. (Real place, fictional characters.) Each romance within each novel is its own story, but there is an underlying storyline that goes through the series that makes it impossible to call the books themselves standalones. At least this is what I’ve heard from readers and reviewers, and I have no reason to believe they aren’t correct on that. I always trust a reader’s opinion over my own.
This release, as most of mind do, prompted a fourteen-stop blog tour and giveaway that was wildly successful and exhausting. There were almost 1,200 entries into the giveaway, excerpts and teasers that were laboriously picked (apparently for their creepy factor, as I heard time and again), and I got a chance to touch base with a lot of friends and associates that I haven’t been given the opportunity to do so in too long. I am a little bit burned out, but thrilled with the response and hoping to get back to writing the fourth Wolf novel as soon as I can. While the giveaway is over, the excerpts are still up on various sites around the Internet, so if you’re inclined to check them out here is the MASTER LIST OF TOUR STOPS.
Which brings me to my final point, and back to my promise of making it worth your while to keep reading. Due to scheduling difficulties and a very full plate of existing posts, Crystal was unable to fit me in during the tour dates. So in case you missed the tour, or you were one of those who followed but didn’t win, I’m offering one more exclusive giveaway, right here and right now: an ebook copy of any one of the Wolf series.
What do you have to do?
Simply leave a comment below—anything you want—and a random number generator will select one winner to get an ebook copy (pdf, mobi, or epub) of either:
It’s that simple*, and you have three days to leave your comment. Contest closes on November 10th at midnight.
Thank you for joining me and I hope your November will be better than your October, that your December will be even better than that, and all your days are safe and happy, regardless of how nasty winter can be when he decides to show up.
Until next time,
AF Henley <3
- This giveaway will run until midnight on November 10. Winner must be of legal age, and legally able to accept the prizes as awarded. Void where prohibited by law. By entering this giveaway, you are confirming your eligibility. If you cannot legally receive erotic material, do not enter the giveaway. Entries will be awarded numbers in consecutive order and the winning number will be selected by random.org. There will be one winner, prize is available in ebook format only. No purchase necessary to win. Odds of winning are determined solely by the number of eligible entries. Winner must respond within twenty-four hours of the winner selection. Winner’s name will be posted on this blog post, and circulated on various social media sites. It is the responsibility of the winner to watch this blog post for the announcement, and a new winner will be redrawn if there is no response. This contest is not sponsored by Crystal’s Many Reviewers, WordPress, Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, twitter, Tumblr, or any of the sites wherewith the giveaway has been posted. By entering this giveaway, you agree to hold AF Henley and designates harmless should something go awry with either contest or the prizes awarded.
About the Author
Henley was born with a full-blown passion for run-on sentences, a zealous indulgence in all words descriptive, and the endearing tendency to overuse punctuation. Since the early years Henley has been an enthusiastic writer, from the first few I-love-my-dog stories to the current leap into erotica.
Henley has been proudly publishing with Less Than Three Press since 2012, and Henley’s newest release, Wolf in League is now available at Less Than Three Press or through your favourite online provider.
For more information, please stop by for a visit at afhenley.com.