Wicked After Dark Blog Hop & #Giveaway

Join me today for the Wicked After Dark Blog Hop & #Giveaway!

I will be giving away a copy of my e-novella NIGHT OF THE COUGAR, a delicious Halloween-themed reed diffuser and a KISSED BY THE VAMPIRE T-shirt to one lucky winner.

Visit the other stops on the blog hop (listed below) for more fun!

So why do I love being Wicked After Dark?

Well, I’ve actually got a confession to make and some of you who have been doing the KISSED BY THE VAMPIRE blog hop may know what it is: I’m afraid of the dark.

Yep, you read that right. Total chicken, especially in creepy places like cemeteries or on deserted streets. It doesn’t take much to have me jumping or running away.

Why? you wonder. As a kid, my mom and sis would watch all these horror movies on rainy weekends. Not wanting to be excluded, I would join in, but I could not handle the scare and gore the way they could. Inevitably I’d go up to bed that night and pull the covers up over my head in the hopes of staying safe until morning.

What better way to deal with that fear than to write about it? In my paranormal worlds, I have control of those creatures of the night. I can have them do what I want and whether good guys or bad, I can get into their heads to understand them better.

It’s like naming your fear so you can deal with it. Maybe even banish it. It’s much harder to fear something that is concrete and can be identified.

Writing paranormals is like naming that fear. The demons and other creatures have become real on the pages, but I am no longer afraid of them when they are there.

Now if I could only deal with my fear of heights. Maybe I should call it Fred. What do you think?

Take a moment to share your fears or let us know why you love paranormals for a chance to win my Wicked After Dark blog hop giveaway.

41 thoughts on “Wicked After Dark Blog Hop & #Giveaway”

  1. I’m just as scared of the dark! Who would think writers of things that go bump in the night would be terrified of foggy nights and cemeteries!

    Thank you for the giveaway, Caridad!

  2. I’m really scared of the dark and heights. I love paranormal books because anything can and does happen.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  3. I’m scared of clowns.. Not knowing who or what kind of person is behind all the paint… or maybe it’s because of all the creepy clowns in the movies…
    I like Paranormals because it’s total escapism and in paranormals, authors can really stretch the boundries, go beyond the bizarre.
    Thanks for being part of the blog hop and for your giveaway!
    cms72023 at gmail dot com

  4. some of my fears include the dark and spiders. I love paranormals because it takes you away for the everyday. Thanks for being a part of the hop. Happy Halloween!
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  5. I’m not afraid of the dark, at all.. I’m afraid of being buried alive…lol..that isn’t something that comes up in a normal day, so it’s all good :)I can’t do caves, open grave sites, deep holes… ugh.

    Thanks so much for giving us all this awesome opportunity!

    Have a wonderfully wicked Halloween!


  6. I do not have a problem with heights as long as there is something to hang on to. I’ve been to the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago & the CNN Tower in Toronto & leaned over to look straight down at the ground. However, if you ask me to climb onto a 3 step ladder in the middle of the room, my knees knock. I’ve also discovered that I can’t get on an escalator anymore. Looking at the stairs moving away from me makes me dizzy.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

  7. I love paranormal romance because of the otherworldly characters and situations.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  8. I am terrified of spiders and don’t care for snaked too much, either. What I like about paranormal stories is that they are a bit fanstastic, but not terribly different from our world.

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  9. Your books are amazing love them!!! I am a paranormal addict I love them because anything can happen and any being can exist there are no rules the best way to forget about realityand my problems .Thank you for this chance to win.Have a fantastic week.

  10. I’m afraid of water, I will absolutely not go into any water where I cant see my feet, and if something touches my feet OMG everyone better be out of the way, dont care if its little old ladies or kids I’m out of there. lol. Thx for the hop stop.

  11. I hate spiders, bugs, snakes and not very comfortable with heights! I sound like a chicken but I am fine with blood and gore! I love horror movies! I am a contradiction!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  12. So excited this hop is finally here! I am afraid of heights. It terrifies me to be up on a tall building without some kind of protective barrier like glass. I recently saw a photo of the walkway over the grand canyon and (shivers) thought I would throw up when I saw people just walking on it and taking in the sights. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

  13. I don’t like heights and not a fan of closed in spaces.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  14. My biggest fear is spide4rs followed by house fires.

    Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  15. Love the name of this blog tour! What scares me are snakes. BLEK!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  16. I am petrified of heights , I can fly but just standing anywhere near the edge of something or a tall building it scares the crap out of me. I think it ties in with afraid of falling.

    I love paranormals because its such a great world to escape in, read about different creatures of the night, gods and goddesses.


  17. Claustrophobia (yup fear of small space)

    I like all paranormal just depends on what type and ect for me to read them

    Good Questions and thanks for being a part of the hop


  18. I love PNR b/c it’s always so different from real life. I like to escape, literally.
    I love scary movies, but no one to watch them with; I won’t let my kids, and the hubs hates them.
    Since moving to Oregon, I’ve gotten afraid of these stupid Hobo Spiders! They’re huge and I always scream and run! lol
    Thanks so much for the chance,
    Sebrina_Cassity at yahoo dot com

  19. Oddly, I’m not afraid of the dark UNLESS I give in and watch a really scary movie with my sons and husband. Then I snuggle in bed, listening to my husband snoring, and refuse to get out of bed til morning. LOL When I was a teen I read all the scary books I could get my hands on. Now, I read paranormal romance that has good against evil, and good wins– that’s a must for me. Good must kick evil’s butt. LOL

    My real fear is cockroaches– I lived in the south for a short time and woke up to a scratching noise above my head. I looked up and a wood roach, almost 2 inches long, was on my reading light. Scared me SO bad–fortunately I don’t see them in Michigan so I don’t have to worry. LOL

  20. My biggest fear is Geckos! They look exactly like lizards except they are a whitish see thru color. I think they freak me out so much because they are see thru and you can actually see their internal organs, even their heart beating. I am not however bothered by regular lizards. I live in south Louisiana so during the warm months (usually 11 out 12 months) you can find them outside your home on the walls catching bugs. If one gets to close to me I will freak out, heart starts beating faster, break out in a cold sweat. Once as I was walking back into the house from the back porch one fell off the ceiling and landed on my shoulder.Iscreamed, started hyper-ventilating, and had a serious panic attack. Yucky, I am so fearful of them, nasty creatures!


  21. Somebody standing directly behind me scares the hell out of me now. I think it has something to do with being in the hospital for a long time. Add to this fear of heights, airplanes and not finding a bathroom…you know that dream, don’t you?

  22. I am super afraid of the dark. My husband thinks it’s ridiculous that I need to have at least one light on on each floor of the house to sleep and I have to have a blanket on even in the summer.

    AmethystDaydreams at zoho dot com

  23. I am a pretty tough girl, All the girls in the neighborhood were tom boys. We can all hold our own. BUT, when I see a snake, all bets are off. I scream like a girl. I dont mind them behind glass at the zoo, but if they are in frond of me I run & scream.—Rachel

  24. Hi Caridad! Well, here goes, I am deathly afraid of grasshoppers and bats! Whew, there I said it (Shiver!!). Although, the older I get, the more I seem to be able to deal.

  25. Horror movies don’t scare me other than I’ll turn my face when there is a gruesome scene; but heights, there is no cure for…

  26. Looks like you have a LOT of friends (224) who were/are afraid of the dark. I am afraid of my husband/daughter standing too close to an unprotected cliff edge when we are National Parking. I have to be afraid for them because they aren’t :>(

  27. I am afraid of heights and spiders. I usually have a bottle of air freshener in every room so I will spray the spiders and stun them will I get a big shoe.

  28. I’m most afraid of clowns. There is something so creepy about them and whenever I see one I think about Pennywise from IT.

  29. I have a feeling this is going to be a great blog hop! I love your books Caridad 🙂

    I am still afraid of lightning and thunderstorms. It seems that my electric goes out whenever there is a bad one and for some reason (probably because I really hate the pitch dark)I hear every noise in my house and it freaks me out. Usually I just light candles in my bedroom and lock the door!

    ~Julie K (kornhsl@yahoo.com)

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