Tuesday, October 24, 2006

WHITE HEAT Contest and Halloween Hello

Hi everyone!

It's my day to host and I must tell you it's hard to sit inside when it's feeling very Halloween outside! It's 41 degrees, sunny and has that certain shiver of fall - you know, that little sizzle inside your body which always reminds me of those three witches in Macbeth who said, "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes!" I love fall. For a paranormal author, it's an inspiration.

My contest today is more like a random drawing of anyone who posts in response to this blog. I'll have my husband pick a number out of a hat and if your post is that number, you'll win! (Check back tomorrow to see). What will you win?

Secrets Volume 12, which has my story WHITE HEAT in it!!

On an ice planet in the middle of nowhere, two loners who never should have met find each other. One has decided to stop running. The other has just started...


Mmmm... cover guy is yummy! And the stories in this anthology are all fantastic. We got a 4 1/2 star Top Pick from RT Bookclub Magazine!

I was trying to think of something spooky and fun to talk about, but it's hard to focus after having eaten about 200 little packets of M&Ms from my Halloween candy stash (sorry neighborhood kids!!). So I guess I'll ask your advice - how do you stay away from all the candy in your house?? Surely there must be a way for a choco-holic to keep off the sauce during this time of year?

Happy Halloween All!
Leigh Wyndfield

37 comments:

Jennifer Y. said...

It is almost impossible to stay away from candy this time of year. It helps here that we don't get trick-or-treaters so we don't have to buy candy. Although, when I go to the store it is sometimes hard to resist. My sis-in-law will put the candy she gets on top of the fridge where she can't see it until Halloween. If you see it, you want it.

sharon said...

I try to resist candy all year long as well as now, if I give in then I feel guilty and very upset with myself. Working out combats that easily.

alissa said...

There is a limit to how much candy I can consume. I try to stay away from it due to the weight issues. Fat Free is better to tangle with.

Leigh Wyndfield said...

Good advice on the out-of-sight, out-of-mind. I've just run downstairs and put the big bucket of M&M fun size (they don't feel very "fun" now - lol) up on top of the fridge with all the other kid-contraband (lightsabers).

I'm going to work out now. I was planning on doing that anyway. I swear! Really! LOL!

ellie said...

Candy is tempting for a short time. Then you become saturated with it and it is enough.

pearl said...

I am particular about my candy of choice and if it is something that I love then it is difficult to stay away from. Sometimes I can succeed but other times, well it is a tough battle.

Minna said...

Other than not buying any there is no way I can stay away from candy! And we don't even celebrate Halloween here.
Ooh, I miss M&Ms, especially the peanut butter M&Ms and Reese's peanut butter cups and bars! Can't get those here in Finland. =(

Little Lamb Lost said...

My only way of keeping control of candy cravings is to generally not allow myself to get too hungry between meals...having fruit or sanctioned snacks around to nibble. If I forget a meal and/or allow myself to get overly hungry, cravings kick in and my will power exposes itself to be sorely lacking.

joelle said...

Candy can be oh so wonderful and I do enjoy it, but certain ones only. I try to avoid it since it has that hold on me at times.

Kelly said...

I don't buy it until closer to Halloween night and I don't buy my favorites cause that's just too much temptation...*G*...of course my husband and son loves them so we don't have to worry about having extra left-overs...*rolling eyes*

bamabelle said...

I agree with the whole out of sight, out of mind philosophy. Of course, for a chocoholic like me I need to keep it way out of sight (like on the shelf at Wal-mart lol). I have started working out again, so at least I'm doing a little damage control. :)

angela said...

um.. I DON'T stay away from the candy in my house.. it's a miracle any of it lasts till Halloween.

Meljprincess said...

I have SECRETS Vol. 12 but I wanted to stop in and say HI Leigh!
I don't stay away from the candy in my house. I keep it as close to my mouth as possible.

Tam said...

Candy is something I try to stay away from. I don't buy it very often because when I do it won't last very long. If it is in the house I will eat it until I am sick.

Leigh Wyndfield said...

Fat Free is tough. I'm a weight watchers lifetime member (it's the only way I can keep my weight down) and I just made myself write down every one of the points I just ate :( That certainly brought me down to earth...

I think keeping it on the shelf at the Walmart is the only way to stop eating it. Although I can pass up some types, M&Ms have always been my downfall – peanut M&Ms in particular. A friend showed up at a writer’s weekend with Dark Chocolate M&Ms. I still have pangs of longing for those two months later…

Meljprincess – if you win, I’ll send you my lone extra copy of Vol 14. :)

Jennifer Y. said...

I just checked my TBR mountain and Secrets Vol 12 is in the pile. I need to move it up...LOL

Jennifer Y. said...

Oh, and I have been trying to do the WeightWatchers thing too. It is amazing to think how many points candy can add up too.

ilona said...

Nope no way on earth to stay away from the candy stash ;) Well unless you are me and don't have any in the house and get called the neighbourhood meanie LOL. It's the only way, especially as I have a diabetic in the house who shouldn't eat sweet things.

Sagittarius Uisce Beatha said...

If it's only chocolate that you crave (like me)then buy other candy for the kids and buy chocolate for yourself. That way you don't have to try and break any habit and the kiddies still get their candy. I LOVE chocolate and could eat it for every meal, if it had any nutritional value. They should make chocolate vitamins, all the nutrients we need, but still chocolate :D

Maureen said...

How funny that you said this when I just had two of those M & M packets this morning. My husband has also been hitting the candy and, in fact, it was all his fault since he opened the bag to begin with.

bamabelle said...

I'm glad to know I'm not the lone chocoholic around here lol. I love M&Ms too Leigh! Speaking of yummy things, I'm still panting over that Secrets cover! :) It's calorie-free too! What more could a girl ask for?

Leigh Wyndfield said...
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Leigh Wyndfield said...

Oops - had a typo, so I deleted and resubmitted this:

TRUE!!! Secrets Vol 12 is Fat Free - heehee!

If you own Vol 12 and you win, I'll shoot you Vol 14 instead. No worries.

I try to keep Reese's Cups around - for some reason I've never liked them. They're too rich. M&M's are just right. :( Boo. My husband can eat one piece and stop, but I've never been like that.

Weight Watchers: Okay - quick rant on that. I love LOVE weight watchers. It saved me when I was really struggling with my weight. A friend of mine and I teamed together to lose over a 100 pounds between the two of us. Every week, we weighed in together, then celebrated with a trip to Applebee's (LOL - yes, yes, I know I shouldn't celebrate with food, but the glory of weight watchers is that it doesn't try to change your habits, it just tries to give you healthy alternatives). Anyway, if you're thinking about WW, I give it a thumbs up!

CrystalG said...

I try to buy candy that isn't on my "gotta have it" list and put it away so I don't have it out to get into.

Estella said...

I don't stay away from it. I buy extra because I KNOW I'm gonna eat it.

Kris said...

I usually end up eating the kids chocolate and leaving them the rest. I am usually good the rest of hte year it is just Halloween through Christmas time.

Dannyfiredragon said...

It's impossible for me to stay away from candy. LOL

Cathy said...

I have learned to buy all the candy I don't like. Since anything chocolate doesn't last around me, I buy anything fruit flavored.

Pamk said...

You can't stay away from candy this time of year but try russell stovers carb smart or sugar free. It is wonderful. I was eating that when I was on my diet when I had to have something sweet. Also feel in love with the sugar free fudge pops

LadyVampire2u said...

I agree with alot of other posts on here. Its impossible to stay away from treats and candy this time of year. I think October-December are non-dietable months with all the food involved. Goodies in Oct. Family Meals in Nov. And in December you have both the goodies and the family meals. However I've found I can help myself with a few reenforcemants. The first is to put things out of sight, or to put only a few sugar free items within my reach. The second is to get in the frame of mind that I have to work out half an hour for every three snack size candies I eat.( That really works after the second time you finish working out and those candies are suddenly not looking so great.) And the last plan is to give out things at Halloween that won't tempt you. It could be candy your not fond of but at my house alot of times I will give out comicbooks. Sounds odd but the kids love it.

flip said...

Yeah, I like covers with hunky guys. Always have.

Ruby GW said...

I definitely go for the leave it at Wal-Mart option as the only fool proof way of keeping the Halloween xandy out of my mouth. As for leftovers, the only thing I can do is get ultra-tall hubby to put it on the shelf that is too tall for me to get to in the pantry even with my two step step ladder, and then proceed to get all my Christmas baking started on a massive scale. There is just something about turning out huge quantities of baked goodies that turns me off food altogether...if I work this right, I can lose weight over the holidays. Hey! Stop laughing at me! It's possible....isn't it?

Well, anyway, I have to keep the bad stuff at a minimum since we have a diabetic toddler in the house. He isn't too sure what all this Halloween stuff is about yet, but he really likes all the motion detector fright things in the stores now. So I guess I have a reprieve until the school years on the candy front.

I so love the comics idea! I bet you are the moms' choice for neighbor of the year, ladyvampire2u!

Jeanette J said...

For me, being diagnosed as diabetic this past summer really curtails my raids on the chocolate bars. Before this nothing I did worked so I gave up trying and just enjoyed them

Leigh Wyndfield said...

OOOOH!! Comic Books! What a fabulous idea!

Leigh

KimW said...

I don't think there is a way. I say enjoy! lol

Liz said...

Leigh White Heat sounds so good

And I adore candy especially chocolate. Hubby usually eats most of the trick or treater stuff, so this year I bought glow stick bracelets

Leigh Wyndfield said...

I wanted to update you ladies and tell you I slipped to the tune of two Butterfingers today. LOL! Ahhh well, tomorrow's another day!

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