Welcome, welcome to Day…um, how many days has my This Is Your Afterlife launch party been going on? Ah, yes, four days so far! It seems to me that paranormal activity wreaked havoc with comments on my old blog, so I’ve moved back here to the safety of WordPress.
Sara doesn’t actually know this, but I credit her for helping me finish my first book waaaaay back in 2004. We were members of Romance Writers of Australia’s email loop. I whined about not being able to get past, oh, Chapter One, in my manuscripts. Sara responded by telling me about the Snowflake Method. It was like being inducted into a secret society for plotters. I stopped flailing around and completed my first (terrible) novel. Fast-forward 10 years, I’ve lost track of the number of books I’ve finished, and Sara still listens to my constant whining. But she also forces me to work hard and keeps track of my progress in a fabled ‘tick’ spreadsheet. Sara was the first person to read This Is Your Afterlife. Please give her a very warm welcome!
(*My New Year’s resolution will be to axe the alliteration.)
I’m very excited to be here celebrating the launch of Vanessa’s book, THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE, which is amazing and I’m recommending to everyone. As the theme for Vanessa’s party is paranormal I thought I’d write about superstitions.
Most of us are superstitious to varying degrees and we are all familiar with superstitions like: don’t walk under a ladder; if a black cat walks in front of you it’s lucky; if you spill salt throw some over your left shoulder (or is it right shoulder? I’m never certain so throw it over both to make sure). But what about the more bizarre superstitions? There are some real doozies out there. I’ll give you a few examples.
Don’t eat salad if you want to have children.
Yes, it’s true. In the 19th century, men believed it could make them sterile. So if you’re out with a guy and he leaves lettuce on the side of his plate……..
Or what about: look out for a goat when you’re heading to an important meeting? It’s been thought that goats can absorb evil or bad luck, so go via the fields and hope you stumble across a goat when you’re heading to a job interview. Just make sure to avoid the poo as it’s not a good look with stilettos.
There are also superstitions relating to defying age. Everyone wants to stay looking young, right? Well, don’t bother with all those expensive skin creams, just keep an acorn in your pocket. Now they tell me!!
Finally, if you want to have good luck all year long, then eat 12 grapes at midnight on December 31st. That’s one I don’t mind following! If only there was a superstition relating to chocolate and negative calories………
Anyway, thanks so much for inviting me to your book launch party, Vanessa. I know THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE is going to be a huge success.
There are two separate prizes to win!
1. Click HERE to enter my Rafflecopter giveaway. You could win a Kindle copy of This Is Your Afterlife and a $50 Amazon e-card.
2. What’s the weirdest superstition you’ve ever heard? Leave a comment below for a chance to win digital editions of Sara’s The Second Virginity of Suzy Green and Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up?
Thanks for joining Sara and me today, partygoers! I’d love to see you again tomorrow — the delightful but easily spooked Erica O’Rourke will be with us.