Happy Samhain (Halloween) – party photos, novel extract and free download

As a writer of Scottish romances, I thought I’d blog about a halloween party featured in my latest novel – Girl in the Castle

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I hope you enjoy the extract. I’ve also added some photos I took at a Halloween party last night and, to celebrate Halloween, there’s a FREE download featured at the end of this blog post. men in kilts laughing

When Henri entered the Great Hall, it had been completely transformed by the purple gloaming outside the windows, strategically placed candles and the roaring twin fires. A harpist was playing a selection of melodies on a clarsach, and in another corner, children were dookin’ for apples in a barrel of water, supervised by nannies or older siblings. The young guisers, dressed as ghouls, spirits or favourite super heroes, took great delight in frightening the grown-ups with turnip lanterns dangling from sticks and fake Dracula fangs. 

Henriette - shawlIf Henri had dressed so as not to draw attention to herself, the other guests showed no such restraint. They were celebrating Samhain in style; the men in kilts, ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ jackets over matching waistcoats, dress shirts, black tie, and brogues. The women in long plaid skirts/kilts, silk blouses with lacy jabots or, like herself, in simple black dresses worn with clan tartan in the form of a shawl or a sash. Clearly, this was an evening for showing off, because heirloom tiaras, necklaces and bracelets had been taken out of the bank vault. The jewels caught the candlelight and added extra glamour to the evening.

 One man stood apart from the rest, and it took several seconds before Henri realised that it was Keir. She’d never seen the Master of Mountgarrie other than in his work clothes. But this Keir, wearing full Highland dress with unconscious grace and style was every inch the laird she’d dreamed about in the library. Grasping her silver caman for good luck, she stepped out of the shadows and into the hall.Man in a doorway

If you’ d like to read more about the Girl in the Castle,  download it onto your kindle or to buy and keep a paperback copy on your bookshelf.

Here are the photos from last night’s party  – (thank you, hostess with the mostess, Adrienne Vaughan)- lots of spooks and demons, but not a kilt in sight. Unfortunately. You might also catch a glimpse of fellow New Romantics Press’s June Kearns behind one of the masks (!) 




If you like spooky stories then check out an anthology Adrienne and I contributed to. It’s  FREE to download at the moment, then it’s going – going – gone.

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And finally . . . check out this blog post I wrote about a real life spooky event which happened to me and my siblings many years ago.1-img072.jpg

Have a great Halloween celebration whatever you have planned.

** many thanks to Nick Fiddes of Scotweb/Clan.com for giving me permission to use  photos from his fabulous website.



About Lizzie Lamb

I write contemporary women's fiction mostly based in Scotland with hot heroes, feisty heroines and always a happy ending. Along with three other authors - Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Margaret Cullingford - I formed the New Romantics Press under which all our books are published. I have published five books since 2012 - check out my Amazon page: viewAuthor.at/LizzieLamb

Posted on October 29, 2017, in Lizzie's Scribbles and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Superb blog, Lizzie! I just love Halloween as you can tell. Feel another ghost story coming on … much inspired by our recent shenanigans … thanks for the shout out! X

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  2. Great post, Lizzie!! Those first pictures are exactly how I imagined your main characters from Girl in the Castle!

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  3. Oh, look at you all, ladies you look fabulous in your Halloween attires! Looks like a fantastic party 🙂 Great blog post, Lizzie, Happy Samhain to everyone, from a now reasonably cold Italy (it looks a lot more like Autumn)

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    • Quite cold here today. I’ve just been to buy sweets for the children who will call tomorrow night. Just wondering if I will scare the bejesus out of them if I greet them wearing my ‘wig’.


  4. Reblogged this on New Romantics Press and commented:

    Just wanted to share what 3 of New Romantics Press got up to last night – great fun, even if my halloween makeup didnt look much different to my everyday.

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  5. What brilliant photos. It looks as if you all had a ball! Great outfits. Love the extract and pics re Girl in the Castle – brought back fond memories of reading it. Xx

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    • Many thanks for commenting Jan. I enjoyed writing that scene and I hope it shows. I suppose I shouldn’t of looked quite so happy when I was being bitten by a vampire. Lol.

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  6. Super blog post, Lizzie. Loved the photographs. Great fun. x x

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