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Monday, September 26, 2016


 Kimbra Kasch grew up in a family with nine kids and only one TV. She became a voracious reader, possibly because she never got to pick the shows her family watched. And that led her later on to writing. When she’s not doing either, she loves to decorate for Halloween. Learn more about Kimbra at her website and blog. 

Spooktacular Arts and Crafts and Characters
I love creating stories because I love working with characters. With Halloween right around the corner, I thought I’d share a few of the projects around my house at this time of year.

Even though I’m not a talented pumpkin carver, I can think of other ways to decorate colorful and shapely gourds to create fun eye-catching characters. All it takes is a little paint and a few googly eyes.

Different shapes or stories help inspire me to create certain characters, like ghosts (top photo).

And my Halloween crafting doesn’t stop there. If I find special shapes, I “see” other characters just asking to be created. Like when I saw this gourd at the Farmer’s Market, I knew what I had to do. I had to start painting.

And using those googly eyes and a little craft paper.


It didn’t take long to create a Snuffleupagus and a few other characters.

I just love finding ways to make interesting characters come to life, just like in the stories I write.

Morgaine Le Fay and the Viking
Everyone has heard of King Arthur and his magical sword, Excalibur, but there’s another legendary hero who received a magical sword from the Norse Goddess known as The Lady of the Lake. Meet Holger Danske and his sword “Cortana”.

The Vikings, led by Holger Danske, invaded England. Yet somehow, even as enemies, Holger and King Arthur’s half-sister, Morgaine Le Fay, shared a forbidden love.

Morgaine Le Fay and the Viking is the secret Denmark never shares...until now.

Travel across oceans, continents and countries to discover the story of legendary Viking hero, Holger Danske, and his magical romance with King Arthur’s half-sister in Morgaine Le Fay.

This is the story of two warriors who never thought they’d find love, especially on the battlefield, yet standing poised against each other Morgaine and Holger face an attraction more powerful than any sword, stronger than any warrior and more magical than all the powers of Merlin.


Angela Adams said...

I love this time of year, walking through my neighborhood and seeing the decorations. As soon as we turn the calendar to Fall, folks put up their Halloween decorations. Thanks for the post.

Kimbra Kasch said...

I LOVE decorating for all the holidays. We should do a blog hop of different Halloween decorations....

Kimbra Kasch said...

I LOVE decorating for all the holidays. We should do a blog hop of different Halloween decorations....