Title: Missing Link
Series: The Finders
Author: Addison Jane
Cover Designer: Kris at CK Creations
Hosted By: Francessca’s Romance Reviews
Samantha Ashley knows the true meaning of betrayal.
When her father gets involved with evil, high powered Charlie, in order to bail himself out, he hands her over as payment. Charlie now owns every part of her. A fate over the years she has come to loathe, but accept. A chance at a normal life seems unattainable. She will never feel the touch of a man she loves, never be able to exist outside of Charlie's strict confinements.
Lincoln (Link) Davids is sexy and fearless. One touch from him lights her skin on fire. One night she rescues Link from Charlie's evil clutches. Link vows to save her from her prison but she's determined to push him away, knowing that Charlie would delight in ripping him to shreds.
Charlie is becoming more abusive, demanding her submission and threatening her life. With Link's promise of protection, will she finally find the strength to run, or will Charlie's increasing aggression finally cause her to lose more than just her freedom.
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About The Author
Hi! I am Addison Jane!
I come from a small country called New Zealand.
I have always had a strong love for reading and writing and Missing Link, whilst not the first story I have written, is the first I will be releasing.
My favourite genre is romance, specifically MC, rockstar and young adult.
I'm a single parent to a beautiful little girl, we live in a quiet little town and I have a small but amazing group of close friends.
My other passion in life is working with kids! I work with them part time along with going to school to complete my graduate diploma.
I am fortunate enough to have a great support base, whom without them, I would never have stepped out of my comfort zone and pushed myself to share my writing with you all!
Know the difference? Most people don't. I heard throughout grade school that Halloween was the devil's birthday.
Halloween is a mashup of several different traditions including the eve before all Saints Day, which recognizes those who died. Various cultures have a day to honor the dead. Somehow the westernized culture, with the exception of Latin America, forgot about this day. It may explain the ghosts that show up on the 31st. Halloween was typically called Beggar's Night when anyone could knock on your day and ask for a treat.
Traditionally, beggars threatened a trick if not given a treat. Those tricks could be soaped up windows or overturned outhouses. The custom of going door to door came from Celtic and European origins where the wealthy would dispense some of their bounty. This usually happened around Christmas. December may have been way too cold, which could have caused a change.
The habit of dressing up is theorized to come from the traditional belief of evil spirits following you home after a burial. Ancient people never knew why someone died. They thought something evil killed them. The spirit or demon could attach to the mourners. To trick the sickness or entity, they'd don costumes, often animal heads. Under the belief they were being followed, they tried to enter other homes, as opposed to their own to trick the spirit. Most didn't answer their doors knowing someone had died in the community. Those caught answering the door probably offered something to make them go away.
Knowing all this, it makes sense that costumes might be ghouls, ghosts, zombies or even skeletons. Can anyone explain why all the fairy tale characters in abbreviated outfits?
An even more bizarre happening is pets in costumes.
Currently, Halloween is a chance to dress up and assume a persona unlike yourself. Often kids enjoy being super heroes, while adults see this as an opportunity to either be funny or sexy. Outside of Christmas, more money is spent on Halloween in the US than any other holiday. It is the second holiday that generates the most outdoor decorations.
Haunted houses spring up everywhere with hefty admittance fees demonstrating people like being scared. Part of this is the same reason people ride roller coasters. There's the possibility of danger making the person feel alive. Both haunted houses and theme park rides are in controlled environments assuring us we'll survive even before we partake of the dubious pleasure.
Is Halloween the devil's holiday? According to Pat Robertson, letting your children trick or treat may cause them to be demon possessed. An interesting theory, considering all those stories about needles and razor blades in apples and candy were only urban myths, never documented in any form.
Halloween could have evolved from a number of harvest festivals and regional events. In the end, people just wanted an excuse to party. Samhain is an entirely different event.
Samhain is a dark time with longer nights and cooler temperatures. It is also the time people rested from the harvest. The veil between the living and dead is the thinnest. In some tales. people believe the dead would walk on Halloween. To appease the spirits of your dead ancestors, you left offerings on your doorstep, usually food, sometimes wine or ale.
Unlike the cartoons witches flying in for a big party, Samhain is a time of contemplation of those who passed and divination. Photos of the dead are placed in prominent places, even altars are made. For one night, there's a pause to remember the dead and their contributions.
A meditation or quiet ritual may solicit those who passed for advice. Often a scrying mirror, Tarot cards, or even staring into a candle flame or crystal are used. Knowledge of the future isn't always forthcoming, but sometimes it is a mental whisper or a feeling of rightness.
A dumb supper is held after the ritual with a place setting laid for the absent member. It is referred to as dumb because the deceased person cannot speak. Samhain is a far cry from the demonic celebrations that some might imagine. There's no reason a person couldn't celebrate both Halloween and Samhain.
People usually wear black on Samhain for a variety of reasons. It symbolized the longer nights and death. Originally, witches wore black to escape into the night from the witch catchers.
In the end, they aren't the same holiday and neither one is the devil's birthday.