Monday, October 24, 2016

Goldilox and the Three Scares: Sandy Williams's Five Fave Halloween Books

It's one of our favorite times of year. Leaves are falling, Halloween decorations are going up and we're all eating way too much candy. That means it's also time for one of our favorite events:

We're happy to have Sandy Williams back on the blog to kick off Goldilox and the Three Scares. Check out her Hallowen book recs and don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!

Sandy Williams's Five Favorite Halloween Books (sort of)

I have two confessions to make. First, Halloween is my least favorite holiday. That seems sacrilegious coming from a paranormal author, but it’s true. I’ve always felt guilty about it, but I’m just not a fan of how horrible (as in horror-ble) the holiday has become. There are some houses that are so scary I don’t want to take my kids to them (and I’m a bit of a chicken, so I don’t want to go myself, lol).

My second confession: I don’t like holiday books. If a book has a holiday mentioned in the blurb, and it’s from a new-to-me author, I likely won’t pick it up. I know. I’m a terrible person!

There is one exception to my anti-Halloween/holiday quirk: kids’ books. I have five-year-old twin boys, and I’m sure I’ve read just about every Halloween picture book ever published. So for all the moms, dads, grandparents, and others out there who might be looking for good reads for the children in their lives, here are my five-year-olds favorite five Halloween books.

  Boogie Bones: This story is super cute. I thought at first it might be too scary since there’s a big ol’ skeleton on the cover, but he’s the cutest skeleton ever. All he wants from life (uh, death?) is to dance, and he sneakily finds a way to leave the cemetery and enter a dancing contest.


AlphaOops: This barely qualifies as a Halloween book in my opinion, but the boys insisted I included it since the letters mention Halloween. The alphabet is trying to put on a skit, but letters keep forgetting what words they’re supposed to start, so everything is out of order. It ends up being a cute, funny story that my kids really enjoy.

 Room on the Broom: This one is my favorite! It’s not specifically about Halloween, but it’s about a witch, so really, what’s more Halloween than that? A witch loses things like her hat and different animals find the items. When they do, they ask if there’s room on the broom for them, and the nice witch always replies with a yes. The broom gets pretty crowded by the end of the book!

  Marley’s Trick or Treat: I might have lied. Room on the Broom might not be my favorite because Marley’s Trick or Treat is absolutely adorable! Marley is a Labrador puppy, and some of you might remember him from the book and movie, Marley and Me. I had no idea that the author had a series of picture books out starring that mischievous yellow Lab, but I intend to borrow or buy the rest of the stories. In this one, Marley got into all sorts of trouble as the family prepared for a Halloween party. My boys laughed out loud several times and I couldn’t help but smile. I highly recommend this book!

  Froggy’s Halloween: This one comes from a series of books about Froggy. It’s a very simple tale about Froggy trying to think of different Halloween outfits to wear. He tries out many before settling on the perfect outfit. :-)

And there you have it—my twins’ favorite Halloween books. I love instilling a love for reading in my kids, so I’m always on the look out for new, funny, and engaging books to read. Halloween happens to be the boys’ favorite holiday, and they love reading these books all year long. Do you or your kids have a favorite Halloween book? 

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About the Author

Sandy Williams has lived and breathed books all her life. When she was a teen, she was always the first to finish her class assignments so that she could read as much as possible before the bell rang. Her grades didn't suffer (much), and she was able to enroll in Texas A&M University. She didn't sneak in novels there, but every other line of her college lecture notes are filled with snippets of stories. After she graduated, she decided to turn those snippets into books. Sandy is the author of The Shadow Reader novels, an urban fantasy romance series about a human who can both see and track the fae, and The Anomaly Novels, a science fiction romance series about a woman soldier brainwashed to risk everything in order to preserve and protect her government. When Sandy isn't writing, she sneaks in time to read books by her favorite authors, and she still enjoys playing EuroGames like Dominion, 7 Wonders, and Agricola.

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Sandy's newest book, SHADES OF HONOR, will be released on November 4th, 2016. 
31435026She won her freedom. Can she win a war?

Commander Rhys Rykus is facing court martial. With his career on the line, he’s ordered to keep his distance from the brainwashed Ash and protect her from afar, but sinister elements threaten her safety. He accepts a new mission that puts them on the same warship, knowing it will take all his self-control to fight his feelings for her.

Lieutenant Ramie Ashdyn is no stranger to fighting for her life. Still under the influence of the Coalition’s brainwashing, she cares little for her own safety. She merely wants to protect the Coalition… and reconnect with Rykus. 

Rykus knows how important Ash is to keeping all of them alive, but the target on her back is enormous. Will the growing threat to the Coalition take down Ash and Rip’s only shot at love? 
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