KAREN: Mariposa Cruz is an author at the Wild Rose Press and pens howling good shifter tales! After Mariposa is finished with her day job as a paralegal, and when her characters aren't demanding attention, you may just find her salsa dancing. This lovely author is here today to share one of her favorite chilling childhood poems.
CONTEST: Mariposa will be giving away an E-book copy of HOWL. So read on to find out how you can add this amazing treat to your goodie bag. Contest ends on Oct. 25th.
MARIPOSA: Every Halloween my mother would read “Little Orphant Annie” to me. Thanks to James Whitcomb Riley and his “Gobble Uns”, I was a good girl from October 1st well into Santa season. Those shadowy creatures were scarier than anything that might be lurking in my closet.
The 1885 children’s poem was inspired by Mary Alice “Allie” Smith, a 12 year-old orphan who lived with the Riley family after her father was killed in the Civil War. Allie did chores ‘shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep…” to earn her keep. In the evening when her chores were finished, she’d tell witch tales to the younger children including James. Some of her tales, no doubt included goblins, and Riley’s poem is a cautionary tale of when bad things happen to naughty children.
Since the poem is written in 19th century Hoosier dialect, the wording may look strange to modern readers, but it still reads aloud well.
“An' one time a little girl 'ud allus laugh an' grin,
An' wunst, when they was "company," an' ole folks wuz there,
She mocked 'em an' shocked 'em, an' said she didn't care!
An' thist as she kicked her heels, an' turn't to run an' hide,
They wuz two great big Black Things a-standin' by her side,
An' they snatched her through the ceilin' 'fore she knowed what she's about!
An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
The poem’s title would later become the inspiration for Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie comic strip as well as the Raggedy Ann doll designed by Johnny Gruelle. The poem also inspired a life-long love of scary things for yours truly.
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Blurb for Roar:
Focused on the bottom line, corporate paralegal Linda Underwood answers to no one. Linda’s world is torn apart when a bear shifter turns her romantic weekend rendezvous into a desperate struggle to stay alive. Now a recently-turned shifter herself, she is determined to beat the affliction by ignoring her newly awakened beastly impulses.
After the accidental death of his wife, shifter Flynn Cromwell finds solace immersed in his computer network security work in a remote mountain cabin. When he discovers Linda’s ravaged body near the brink of death, he’s compelled to protect her.
Can Flynn save Linda from her own stubborn nature and defend her from a vicious shifter with a taste for her blood?
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