Winners of short story giveaway and Dia de los Muertos

Yes! Winners! I decided to randomly select two persons who commented on either my blog or Facebook to receive the Werewolf’s Devotion booklet. Aaaaand…they are Michelle and Beth, who both commented on my blog 🙂 I will be e-mailing you both with details. Congrats and thanks to all who stopped by! Special thanks to Cami and Tiffany for the spotlights and everyone else who helped spread the word.

I hope everyone had a fun Halloween. I had a blast trick or treating with my son. So wonderful to have a kid and an excuse to trick or treat 🙂 Today is actually All Souls Day, tomorrow is Dia de los Muertos, and in commemoration, I’m reblogging an old post about honoring the dead:

Let’s talk about the dead. Of course, and especially if you live in the Southwest, Day of the Dead is a familiar tradition, a Mexican Holiday going back hundreds of years to an Aztec Festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. Here are more:

In China on April 4 is Tomb Sweeping Day or the Qingming Festival. Families honor their ancestors by visiting their tombs and leaving offerings of food. People also burn paper replicas of items that can be used in the afterlife, such as clothing, money, and cars. And now, it was inevitable, people are burning paper replicas of iPads. A must have in the afterlife.

Near and dear to my necromancer’s heart in my second book is the tradition in Haiti: voodoo traditions are mixed with Roman Catholic ones to honor the dead. People play loud drums and music in all-night celebrations at cemeteries to waken Baron Samedi, the Loa of the dead, and his mischievous offspring, the Gede.

So have a safe holiday and remember beloved friends and family who have passed. And from the blog ancentralmedecine. org, some ways to honor your ancestors, the best being fulfill your soul’s purpose as an ethical and loving person.

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