Thursday, October 28, 2010

Blog Spooktacular!


The Spooktacular blog tour continues here! Come on in, grab a cookie, and join the party! I'm honored to be part of the Shifters blog tour. My latest release has a shapeshifting Native American spirit.

I never thought I'd ever write a paranormal but for me adding spirits to a Native American story seemed natural and seamless. Less of a paranormal and more the norm.

If you're a paranormal reader what is your favorite type of paranormal creature? If you're not a paranormal reader what is your favorite genre to read?

Like I said I never thought I'd write something with a paranormal twist. The abominable snowman on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer scared me as a child. I can't watch commercials for horror movies. I have to close my eyes and ignore what I hear. I've always been a scaredy cat. I don’t care for vampire or werewolf books or movies. I have read a few books with good witches and some ghosts that I like and could believe.

Do you like the movie Casper? I loved the cartoon as a kid and like the movie. There's something about a friendly ghost- Like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Anyone remember that TV show? My brothers watched the Munsters and the Adams Family. While being a little creepy, they were too klutzy to make me hide my eyes.

But I've always loved Halloween. A night when I could get dressed up and be anything I wanted to be. I only wanted to go trick or treating to get to wear some costume I'd put together for the occasion. When I married, we had many Halloween parties at our house and always helped out with the Fall Carnival at the grade school which fell during Halloween. I dressed up and helped with games. Back then, my husband had a moving floor semi-trailer. We'd fix it up like a haunted house and send kids through, making the floor move and having scary things along the way. And I could set the thing up, go through it in the daylight, but come dark… I couldn't go through--you guessed it--it scared me! I admit. I’m a light-weight when it comes to being scared. I've even had to stop reading some murder mysteries the bad guy was so well portrayed. I barely finished Brenda Novak's White Heat last week because it was getting too intense for me. That's being a big baby!!

I'm attaching my No Fail Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe. These cookies are always light and fluffy no matter how thin you roll them and they taste Yummy!
Cream together ½ Cup Margarine or Butter and 1 Cup sugar. Add 1 egg, 1 ½ tsp vanilla, and ½ cup sour cream. Mix well and add; 3 ¼ cups flour, 1 tsp. soda, and ½ tsp salt. Mix well.
On a floured board, roll out a third of the dough to a 1/4 inch thick use cookie cutters to cut out. Bake at 375° for 5-8 minutes. They shouldn't be brown. Frost with either a buttercream or powder sugar icing. Enjoy! Aprox. 4 doz. depending on the size of the shapes you make.

The next stop on this blog tour is Simone Eden. Hop on over there and see what goodies you can find on her blog. To catch all the blogs on this tour visit Marie Beau the first blog on the tour.

Leave a comment and your name could be drawn for your choice of one of my books. I'll pick a winner on Halloween Night!

Happy Haunting!!

Paty

37 comments:

SiNn said...

those cookies sound yummy im gonna have to try and make some ty for the recipe

Marie Beau said...

Thanks Paty - the cookies look scrumptious!

Sherry said...

I can't read a scary book or watch a scary movie if I do I have nightmares. I've woke up so scared that in order to go back to sleep I have to turn on a light. The cookies sound very good.

sstrode@scrtc.com

Paty Jager said...

Thanks Sinn! When the kids were in school their friends always wanted to know if I was bringing cookies after games and matches. LOL

Paty Jager said...

Thanks Marie!

Paty Jager said...

I'm with you Sherry. I can't do scary unless I write it myself.

petite said...

Delectable cookies. Scary isn't what I do well with so I try to avoid that type. thanks for this delightful post.

Catherine Bybee said...

Never say never, Paty. LOL

Paty Jager said...

Hi Arletta,

Thanks for stopping by! It's heartening to know I'm not the only one who doesn't like scary. With all the movies and books it appears that's what most of the population like.

Paty Jager said...

LOL, Catherine, True!

Jennifer Mathis said...

I love all shifters . Cookies sound good

meandi09@yahoo.com

Helen Hardt said...

Always in the market for a good cookie recipe :). And your wolf shifter is HOT!

Julianne said...

Oh, I'm with you, Paty. When they get too deep into the killer's mind I stop. I don't want to know insanity that closely. I'm not a fan of scary movies either. No hardcore spooky ghosts. Sixth Sense scared the beejesus out of me.

But I always liked the Munsters, The Adams family, and for literature, yes I can take some of it, but more along the lines of the classic horror like Poe, LeFanu and the like. Although I will admit, I love my vampires. :) And yes, some shapeshifters.

Moonsanity said...

I had forgotten about The Ghost and Mrs. Muir! I loved that show:) I too loved Casper in cartoon and the movie--when he turned into a boy for the dance I cried. Thanks for the cookie recipe-- I might have to make these this weekend:)

Judy said...

Your cookie plate looks so delicious. They are really cute. Congrats on writing a paranormal. My favorite is the vampire, but I also love the big cat shifters!!!

Judy
magnolias_1@msn.com

Paty Jager said...

Jennifer, a true paranormal fan!

Paty Jager said...

Thanks Helen. You should know hot. Love your Wednesday hunks!

Paty Jager said...

Hi Julianne! The first book I read that I had to stop was one by Ruth Rendell in the 90's. It was scaring me to be in the villain's head!

Paty Jager said...

Judy, Thanks for stopping by. I haven't read a big cat shifter book, though the evil spirit in my book Spirit of the Mountain uses the body of a cougar at one point in the story.

Paty Jager said...

Moonsanity, Thanks! Enjoy the cookies.

Anthony Stevens said...

I'm going to give the cookie recipe to my wife for some Halloween treats.
Thanks for sharing!

Tracie said...

Favorite paranormal you ask? Time Travel hands down, BUT unfortunately all the others are quickly moving up on the list! I definitely have to switch the genres around as I read.

Paty Jager said...

You're Welcome Anthony, Enjoy!

Tracie, LOL. Time travels are fun to read.

Maeve said...

Wonderful post and the memories you stirred by mentioning some of my favorite old t.v. shows brought a smile to my face. Thank you so much. :-)

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Oh, I gotta have the kitty cookie.

I never liked the scary, hack-them-up movies. I loved Casper and Hocus Pocus is still my favorite.

My favorite shifter? Jaguars, werewolves, Angels... If there's a shifter in the story, I'm all for it!

SiNn said...

i lovehorror films teh scarier the better tho i loveeeeee Hocus pocus!

Paty Jager said...

Maeve, Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad I could conjure up good memories.

Paty Jager said...

Karen, Sounds like you're an equal opportunity shape shifter lover! You can have more than one cookie. Grab a cute little ghost!

Paty Jager said...

Sinn, I'll let you watch all the horror you want. In fact you can watch my share.

Marie Beau said...

I love those friendly ghostly types too! Hope to see you at the party tonight!

darkreader said...

I love Halloween and watching scary movies!
The cookies look yummy!

M Pax said...

The cookies were fantabulous.

I read the Amityville Horror as a teenager. A car passed outside, but the tail lights looked just like Jodi pig eyes. I screamed my head off. I'm not good with this type of thing either. Obviously.

Paranormal is fun if original. I enjoyed your book a lot.

Marie Beau said...

I think the cookies have been the hit of the tour (and yes, I think they're cute too!).

Brandlwyne aka Brandy B said...

Hi I love paranormals. It is sooo hard for me to pick just 1 favorite paranormal creature... I love vamps and shifters, fairies and ghosts... I guess i would pick fairies if I had to.

-Brandy
brandyzbooks@yahoo.com

Nancy said...

Thanks for the cookies and the memories. I LOVE dragons (must be why I wrote DRAGON'S CURSE)Though my son is 25, he came over and carved my pumpkin and will scare the little beasties as he hands out the candy. He is dressing as his favorite scary figure...A ZOMBIE!

Victoria said...

Hi! Nice to meet a new author. The Halsey Brothers’ look good. I like to read almost all genres (what can I say, interested in everything! and love a strong man! (one of the things that drew me to my hubby)).
Paranormal fav?? maybe cat shifters, but its more about the personality than the "monster" type, just like with real men...
vickykerr@sbcglobal.net

Paty Jager said...

Mary, I'm glad you liked Spirit of the Mountain. I haven't read anything that even remotely sounds scary. Can't do it.

Marie, Thanks! the cookies were actually served to the local writers group for their Thursday meeting.

Brandy, I recently read an anthology with fairies, ogres,and imps. It was fun!

Nancy, Hi! Dragons are one of those things I think from hearing so much about them in fairy tales that I tend to find it easy to believe like my Indian spirits.

Hi Vicky, Welcome! I agree with you about he strong man. I don't want a cocky, arrogant man but I want one who is strong of character and body.