In my experience, it’s usually a skeleton no taller than my knees, an infant vampire in desperate need of his two front teeth, and a very cute, very round, padded pumpkin with arms perpendicular to its body.
My children are excited about Halloween – the moment the bell rings, they rush to the front door, ready to dish out to their friends jelly dummies, foam shrimps, and fruit chews that take a year to break down. It is an event with which I have only recently become accustomed, as trick or treating wasn’t as popular in England in my youth.
As children of the seventies, it’s unlikely Kate Blair and Rosie Jenkins, the two friends in Truth or Dare?, would have ventured out on a cold, October night on the off-chance of bagging free chocolate from their neighbours, and the thought of tricking an elder would have horrified and perplexed Kate to the point she’d have turned as white as a ghost – an upshot Rosie would have used to her advantage, given the chance.
Even as an adult, studious Kate wouldn’t dream of taking on a mystical persona and bang on the door of a poor, unsuspecting soul on All Hallows’ Even. But don’t be fooled. Should she choose to cast the spell, she possesses the magic to enchant Declan O’Brien.
Rosie, on the other hand, is a cheeky devil, whose charm bewitches and bewilders every unsuspecting soul in to dishing out all sorts of wonderful treats and delights, and should she choose to use it, she has the power to mesmerise computer wizard, Josh Willis.
Now, here’s spooky … Halloween falls the night before All Saints’ Day, and it is in All Saints’ church, at the beginning of 1989, where Kate and Rosie pledge to bury their past, unveil their true selves, and enter in to the spirit of a new life.
What does their future hold?
There are no crystal balls here, but my future is clear. It will involve sweets. And chocolate, which is the best defence against deflated car tyres, flour-bombed windows, and mummified trees, wrapped in a hundred miles of toilet paper.
So, as the ghastly ghouls and the walking dead come knocking on your door, here’s a thought with which to conjure: Trick or treat? Truth or dare?
Whichever you choose, take care out there. And chocolate.
Always take chocolate.
Truth or Dare?
Love’s a dangerous game …
Kate Blair’s sick of unrequited love. She’s quietly waited for Mickey for the past six years and finding a compass-carved heart, with their initials scratched through the middle, only strengthens her resolve: no more Mickey and no more playing it safe.
It’s time to take a chance on real love and Declan O’Brien’s the perfect risk. He’s handsome, kind, and crazy about her so it’s not long before all thoughts of Mickey come few and far between.
But old habits die-hard. Kate may have started to forget … but has Mickey?
Truth or Dare? is available on Kindle now.
It has been nominated for the Festival of Romance Best Romantic Ebook, with the winner to be announced in Bedford on November 9th 2013.