Summer Slasher Photo Shoot by RSII Photography

In 2016 my daughter got to participate in a Summer Slasher Photo Shoot done by Sweet Victory Pin-Up Productions and RSII Photography

This fun photo shoot had the participates playing either a victim of the slasher, being the slasher or writing their own version of the story to be told in photos.

My daughter decided to do a gender swap Dexter theme. 

While the slasher stalked and killed her fellow campers, 
she stalked and eventually killed him.

Witchy Halloween by RSII Photography

In 2015 my daughter and I were vending at a Halloween theme event and these witchy photos of my daughter were taken by RSII Photography 

Vampires: Dead, Undead, or Something Else

Nothing says Halloween like people running around dressed as Dracula proclaiming “I vant to suck your blood.”

I don’t think that’s the image Bram had in mind when he wrote Dracula but it’s become the vampire caricature we are most familiar with. Especially at Halloween.

In most myths, legends and even in plenty of today’s popular fiction, vampires are described as either dead or undead, sometimes referred to as walking corpses. No heartbeat, no need to breathe, no need to eat food or drink anything other than blood.

Honestly all that doesn’t make a whole helluva lot of sense to me.

For me vampires are different and extraordinary creatures- not dead at all. Just different.

I can understand them being described as dead in the early incarnations. 

Because before the Gothic literature of the 1800s romanticized vampires, early myths and legends portrayed them as monsters- grotesque walking corpses. More like today’s zombies than the sexy, romantic and sometimes sparkling vampires that we often envision them to be.

I see being changed into as vampire as a transformation, not necessarily a true death, though in a way it is, but not like what it is often described as. I see it as a catalyst that transforms a person from human to Other. Changing from human to vampire can be a death of human life and rebirth as a vampire, but not a true death.

I can’t wrap my head around the concept of a vampire being dead because of several things.

One they need to feed to “survive”. If you need to survive then obviously you’re not really dead, are you? 

Another thing- rapid healing abilities. If you can change and heal, how can you be dead?

Dead things don’t heal. Zombies don’t heal. 

Other things I don’t agree with are the cold skin, lack of heartbeat and lack of breathing. I think vampires are evolved and don’t need to breath as often as humans and their hearts don’t beat like ours- and the slowness of their heartbeat and breaths has something to do with the whole immortality thing.

And the cold skin… when they get cold that just means they need to feed, if they are fully fed their skin is just as warm as ours.

That brings me to the need for blood. As I mentioned I see vampirism as a transformation, kinda like a disease that changes the body. It changes the metabolism and the higher functions of the body but to keep these processes going the body burns up its blood supply and constantly needs to be replenished.

The other powers of vampires- the glamour and mind control and all that, even the teleportation and shape shifting that some can do…well that goes into the magic slot.

I think vampirism is one part disease two parts magic.

In many of my stories the vampires defy the normal vampire conventions. They eat, they walk in daylight, they have heartbeats, and they breathe (usually). I try not to describe them as dead or undead and I don’t often stick them in coffins or in the ground.

In my Vehicle City Vampires Series, the vampires are all a little different from each other.

Some have issues with sunlight, some do not, some have silver sensitivities some do not. 

This is because there are many species of Others (fae, demon, shifter, witch, etc) that have interbred with humans over the centuries. When a human is turned into a vampire the dormant powers inside them become active. Most humans will never know they have “Other” blood inside them until the catalyst of becoming a vampire brings that dormant power to the surface. In addition vampires also gain some of their abilities and powers from the vampire that made them, their sire. The result is a species of vampires that have a wide variety of powers and abilities. Which is why they are so hard to track, kill or fight- you never know what you’re going up against when you deal with a vamp.

Books in the VCV Series

Book 2 Coming soon

A 100% human with no “Other” blood inside will not survive the change into a vampire.

In the Vehicle City Vampire series I wanted to take all the myths, legends and variances of vampire abilities, mix them all up and create an explanation as to why vampires are so different. 

I hope that readers will enjoy my take on vampirism.

Halloween Fiction by Roxanne Rhoads

Each one of the books below is set during Halloween.

Hex and the Single Witch is a paranormal romance set in and urban fantasy world with erotic elements, so it could be classified as an erotic PNR/UF. 

The rest are erotica and erotic romance.

Vehicle City Vampires 
Book One
By Roxanne Rhoads

Anwyn Rose is descended from a long line of powerful witches yet she can barely cast spells young witchlings have mastered. She has one functioning witch gift, the power of knowing, which has enabled her to find a position as a Detective on Flint’s Preternatural Investigation Team.

It’s a new era in Vehicle City. After the auto factories shut down, the human residents left the city by the thousands making it the perfect new haunt for supernaturals of all sorts, especially vampires- who now ran the city.

Paranormal crime is on the rise. An old evil has slithered in along with a serial killer, who appears to be a vampire, and is draining young women in the city.

Anwyn is on the case with her sexy partner Detective Mike Malone. Complicating things is her relationship Galen, a vampire who looks more guilty than innocent, although Anwyn trusts her instincts even if her power is on the fritz.

Mysterious spells, compromising situations, and a possible demon on the loose make it hard to focus on the case, but Anwyn has to make things right before the human police execute the wrong vampire.

Hex and the Single Witch contains magick, a little bit of mystery, a lot of supernatural mayhem, and a sexy love triangle that will leave you wanting more.

Eternal Desire
Roxanne Rhoads

Publisher: Bewitching Books  

Release Date: April 14, 2015 (2 edition)


Paranormal researcher Liz Beth's dreams are haunted by a sensual vampire.

She arrives in New Orleans the week of Halloween in search of her elusive dream lover, but instead finds a handsome stranger.

They begin a passionate affair. Soon she is torn between dreams and reality, lost somewhere in the middle trying to regain reason.

She aches to find the vampire of her dreams but can't seem to break free of the spell her sexy stranger has her tangled in.

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Haunting Desire
Desire Series
Book Two
Roxanne Rhoads

Book Description:

Welcome to the Inn of Amorous Apparitions where your every libidinous longing can be fulfilled by sensual spirits.

LizBeth has been hired to use her ghost whispering skills on the specters at the Castle Inn, but instead of banishing the seductive spooks Barbara, the Inn Keeper, wants them to "come out and play" with her special guests.

The Castle Inn is set to become the destination for the ghost sex fetish crowd. But first LizBeth has to convince the voluptuous visions that it is alright to participate in spectrophilia fun with the guests.

LizBeth has a special talent for seeing and communicating with ghosts but these enchanting ethereals are not cooperating with her, or her vampire boyfriend. Something odd is fueling the raunchy wraiths and they have to discover the power source or risk leaving a customer unsatisfied.

There’s more to this haunting than the average ghost. Will LizBeth be able uncover the mystery of this sexy haunted mansion?

Halloween Surprise 
Roxanne Rhoads 

Publisher: Bewitching Books 

Release Date: October 14, 2014


Genre: Short Halloween erotica

Book Description:

Alcina and Estra are ready to enjoy everything Halloween has to offer them – food, fun, and, most of all – the pleasures of the flesh. 

After enjoying each other’s bodies for hours they decide it’s time to find a man. Luckily for Michael he’s the one that happens to cross their path. After quickly deciding that he is exactly what they were looking for, they convince him to take them back to his place for a wild Halloween ménage ‘a trios. 

He ends up getting more than he bargained for with a sexy, but shocking, Halloween surprise...

Contains f/f and f/m/f sexual situations


A Halloween to Remember

Publication Date: September 2, 2010

Publisher: Excessica Publishing

Book Description:

What says Halloween better than a wild party at an old Victorian mansion complete with its own cemetery?

Perhaps meeting the man of your dreams thanks to the magic of Halloween.

Adena can’t believe her eyes when she spots Dimitri in the library- he looks like something straight off the cover of a historical romance novel-the type of guy she’s always dreamed of. Too bad he disappears before she has the chance to introduce herself. When she finally spots him again later that night she decides she’s not letting him get away again.

Adena thinks she’s finally found the one. Until she wakes up alone the next morning- in the cemetery.

Halloween magic brought them together but will it be strong enough to keep them together?

Bewitching Brews and Devilish Desserts: A Collection of Cocktail and Dessert Recipes Edited by Roxanne Rhoads

Bewitching Brews and Devilish Desserts 
A Collection of Cocktail and Dessert Recipes
Edited by Roxanne Rhoads

Paperback: 50 pages

Publisher: Bewitching Books

ISBN-10: 1502947013

ISBN-13: 978-1502947017

Book Description:

Stir up a little magic from our cauldron full of cocktails and desserts. 

The authors of Bewitching Book Tours conjured a collection of delicious potions inspired by their books and characters. 

Grab your wand (or spoon) and cast one of these spellbinding recipes today.

Available at Amazon

Includes recipes by Sharon Baylis, Ami Blackwelder, Cassandra Lawson, Susannah Sandlin, Cherrie Mack, Maggie Mundy, Suzanne Johnson, Katalina Leon, Kay Dee Royal, Sophie Avett, Elizabeth Loraine, G.L. Ross, T.W. Kirchner,  Roxanne Rhoads  

10 Fun Facts About Halloween by Roxanne Rhoads

1.       In 2017 American consumers spent approximately $9.1 billion on Halloween, up from $8.4 billion in 2016.

2.       Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

3.       Halloween or Hallowe’en is short for Hallows’ Eve or Hallows’ Evening, which originated as the evening before All Hallows’ Day or Hallowmas on November 1. In an effort to convert pagans, the Christian church decided that Hallowmas or All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) should assimilate sacred pagan holidays that fell on or around October 31.

4.       The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches.  An owl's call was a portent of death, some believed to hear an owl cry meant you were going to die.

5.       Black and orange are official Halloween colors. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and signifies the harvest and autumn. Black is a symbol of death and darkness. It is a reminder that Halloween was once a festival of the dead.

6.       Jack-o-lanterns are an Irish tradition. In Ireland, oversized rutabagas, turnips and potatoes were once hollowed-out, carved into frightening faces and illuminated with candles to be used as lanterns.

7.       The pumpkin originated in Mexico about 9,000 years ago. It is one of America's oldest known vegetables. A pumpkin’s average weight is between 15-to-30 pounds, although some may weigh as much as 200 pounds. Most pumpkins are orange, but they also can be white or yellow. Pumpkin carving is an American tradition.

8.       The Guinness Book of World Records lists the heaviest pumpkin in history to have weighed 2,323 pounds and was grown by Beni Meier of Switzerland.

9.       Candy corn has been made with the same recipe by the Jelly Belly Candy Company since approximately 1900.

10.     The word witch comes from the Old Saxon word wica, meaning wise one or wise woman. Early witches were respected healers.

My Favorite and Most Used Costumes Over the Years

I have reviewed numerous Halloween costumes over the years from Anytime Costumes, Pure Costumes, Costume Supercenter, Wholesale Costume Club, Fright Catalog, and Halloween Express

Here are links to come of the reviews : Dark Temptress, Saloon Girl, Air Force Angel, Tow Mater, Spider Web Ghost, Carver the Killer Clown, Rebel Teen Fair, Goth Witch

My husband's Jack The Ripper  and Count Bloodthirst Vampire costumes have both gotten a lot of use. My husband has worn them or pieces of  them, mixed and matched, several times for the Vampire Ball and Witches Ball. They are both very versatile from vampire to steampunk, to Victorian elegance you can make them work. I love both of these costumes so much.

The Gothic Vampira costume is another one that has been used multiple times over the years. I wore it for the Vampire Ball, Witches Ball and even a Zombie Prom.

Here are my kids wearing the Tow Mater, Spider Web Ghost, and Carver the Killer Clown costumes in 2011.
My husband wearing Jack the Ripper for the Witches Ball 2011
I am wearing the Gothic Vampira for Zombie Prom 2015
Gothic Vampira for the Witches Ball 2016

My husband wearing the Count Bloodthirst and me in Gothic Vampira for the Vampire Ball 2010

My Two Youngest When They Were Little- the Witch and Ninja costumes were also for reviews