Welcome to Haven Harbor – an Anthology!

welcometohavenharborfinalHey everyone!  I am so psyched to introduce my co-conspirators in an anthology set in my Witches Walk world!!  Here’s the final cover art!!  Yay!!

That said, WELCOME TO HAVEN HARBOR! 

The anthology will feature five fabulous stories by amazing authors – and all set in the world I created in The Witches Walk.  

The anthology is set to come out October 20th, just in time fofb-logo-3r my favorite holiday!

A you know, if you’ve read the blurb for – or read the book – The Witches Walk takes place in the fictional town of Haven Harbor, Massachusetts.  This lovely New England town is the home of the renegade witches who fled Salem prior to the infamous Witch Trials.

The Witches Walk takes place during the annual Walk which recreates the flight of those renegades.  During Witches Walk, it’s September, at the Solstice…perfect!  Now…We move to my favorite season…drumroll please….HALLOWEEN!!

All the Welcome to Haven Harbor novellas have an October setting, and most finihh-ellensh at the annual Haven Harbor Halloween Ball.  Grins.

You just KNEW I had to do that, right?  This is me we’re talking about, the Halloween Queen.  Bwahahahah!!

So in this fun new anthology in Haven Harbor, you’ll meet Ellen Dugan’s Gypsy at Heart, Nilah.  There’s some Romany mischief with Madame Sabina’s granddaughter and you won’t want to miss it…  (She’s posted a quick blurb on her Facebook page, so go check it out!!)hh-barb

Then you’ll meet Bandita Donna’s Chelsea, in Hollywood Ghost – and for those of you who loved Donna’s Bound By Moonlight, you’re in for a treat!!

Frequent Bandit Lair guest, bestselling and amazing historical author, Barbara Devlin, is taking her first venture into the modern-day with Magic, Straight Up.  This is one couple who’ve got the best mix ever and they’re having fun shaking up Haven Harbor!

And last but not least, I’ll be entertaining you with Adele and Dan’s story, A Midnight Promise.  As I wrote Witches Walk, Dan and Adele kept popping up.  I just knew they had to have a story, but I wasn’t sure they could carry a whole book.  So…here you go!

These fabulous collages are done by Ellen Dugan, and this one gives you some hints about Librarian Dan and Adele, the town Vet!  Grins.hh-jpa

I’ll be traveling today, so I won’t be able to check in on the blog as much as I’d like to, but feel free to comment and I’ll check in and answer when I can.  I hope you’ll leave a hello, as I’ll pull three people’s names (randomly, of course) for a copy of The Witches Walk!

So, what’s your favorite way to carve a pumpkin – scary, silly, not at all, fancy faces/patterns?

Have you ever used a pattern to carve a pumpkin in a fancy way?

How many jack-o-lanterns do you carve each year?

Do you use real pumpkins or do you have the cool foam ones that you can carve?

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  • Minna says:

    I’ve never carved a pmpkin, as Halloween is a bit of a newcomer around here.

  • Woohoo! The anthology is coming. The temps have turned more seasonal here and I’ve started decorating for Halloween. Love the fall.

    My days of carving pumpkins ended a while back – about the time the stores started carrying those “pre-carved” foam pumpkins complete with electric light bulb inside 🙂 . But – back in the day, I used to carve at least one smiling pumpkin and one mean one with the kids. My daughter used a pattern once to do a black cat pumpkin.

    I miss the pumpkin seeds but not the mess 🙂

    I’m really looking forward to this anthology and reading the other stories. Hope you-all love my different sort of “ghost” story.

  • Colleen C. says:

    I carve a pumpkin every year… I have used templates and even created my own… I enjoy the more cute types… especially cartoon characters! I can spend hours carving a pumpkin! 😀

  • Pissenlit says:

    Mmm, I love Halloween too!

    The sneak peek cover art is already super pretty so the final cover must be great!

    I like both uncarved pumpkins and carved ones. Pumpkins are just great all around! I aim for interesting or creative or amusing. No templates or foam pumpkins for us. We consider that cheating. Last year, my friends were carving pumpkins and uncarved, two of them looked like Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street so that’s who we turned them into. I only carve pumpkins if my friends are doing it at their house. They’d only have a 50% survival rate outside mine. I carved an owl onto a pumpkin once. He was a real hoot! 😉

    • Hi Pissenlit –

      I like the idea of having a pumpkin carving party at some else’s house 🙂 These days, I like the painted pumpkins as much as the carved ones. They add a daytime component to the overall decorations.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Pissenlit! I love the whole owl thing. I don’t have the patience for the complex ones, but I do love carving. :>

  • EC Spurlock says:

    Jeanne, this looks like a fabulous anthology! And the sneak peek is so gorgeous I bet the full cover is too! You’ve had a run on great covers lately!

    Halloween was always a big time at our house. We were always the scariest house in the neighborhood! We used to do the Pumpkin Masters thing every year, with a pumpkin for each of us. My favorite was the witch silhouetted against the full moon design, and my son always did the Howling Wolf design. We also had a fake pumpkin that was motion activated and would talk when tapped or nudged – I used to have fun startling people coming up the walk by making it talk. I never forgave my husband for throwing it out without even asking me when he decided he was done with Halloween!

    • Hi E.C. –

      Well pooh on your husband! I love decorating for Halloween. Our neighborhood has aged to the point that we don’t have as many kids on the court as we once did. Many families don’t even trick or treat on our court anymore which is a shame as I loved seeing the costumes. We may be poised for a comeback though with empty nesters downsizing and families moving in.

      I love all the scary things you can buy these days. I’ve been toying with a hand (remember “thing” on Addams Family?) that is motion activated to crawl across a table. I have a candy box that makes scary noises when someone puts their hand in it. Love Halloween.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey EC! I love Halloween and I love the idea of a talking pumpkin. I must look out for a talking one. Grins. I do love the Pumpkin Masters patterns. They make it easy, don’t they?

  • Jane says:

    Hello Jeanne,
    Pumpkins are expensive here, so I sometimes just buy the little ones. I have used patterns in the past. There was a cute Hello Kitty one I used, but it ended up just looking like a regular cat.

    • Hi Jane –

      I can’t say that pumpkins are expensive here, but time is precious 🙂 That’s why I have a number of those pre-carved hard foam ones that last forever. Not a lot of choices of face designs there, but I appreciate not having to do the work. Yeah – I’m that lazy 🙂

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Pumpkins aren’t expensive here, but Donna’s right, its the time!!

  • Mary Preston says:

    I’ve never carved a pumpkin. I doubt that if I did it would be worth taking note of.

  • What a fun anthology !! I don’t carve pumpkins anymore. And as I live in the middle of nowhere I don’t get any trick or treaters. I used to make up bags of candy for my neighbor up the hill’s kids, but they are all grown now. The one who was an infant when I bought this property is engaged to be married and his youngest sister is a senior in high school. Good Lord, I feel OLD !! I am, however, lining up my horror and fright DVD’s for a proper week of watching the week of Halloween. The best part of being out of Walmart this time of year? NO HalloThankMas decorations and I actually get to enjoy the fall weather!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Hello Jeanne! I love the fancy carved pumpkins, but alas I have ZERO artistic abilities. So I’m lucky to get a couple teeth in the grin, triangle nose and eyes. I’ve only ever used real pumpkins. When the kids were little we might have gotten three once or twice, but usually it was always just one. Heck, we live on a dead end street with a nursing home on the other end, so we count ourselves lucky to get one trick or treater. When the kids were little all their friends would come by, but those days are long gone. Now, if asked (and iI’m usually not) I will help out a grandchild with their pumpkin, but they usually take them home, so I don’t get any anymore.

    Now, on to your new little book…it is right up my alley! I am the witch around here and everyone knows it. I wear a little silver witch on a broom around my neck, daily. She is our good luck charm, well that’s what I tell my grandkids. They all believe she flies between them to keep them safe. I wear her everywhere, including church.
    Honestly, I have been attracted to witches and witchcraft since I was in second grade and read a biography of the Salem Witch Trials ( our school had this entire section of biographies which were super cool, and I read them all). I was hooked. I’ve also realized I really love the lighthearted witches. There is an author, who’s name escapes me, who has several witch books in several series, which I really like. Now I have another great anthology to look forward too. Thank you!

  • Helen says:

    Hi Jeanne

    Another book I need to get woohoo and as for carving pumpkins sorry never done that although they have started selling carving pumpkins here in Australia for Halloween maybe I might try this year 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen