Saturday, October 15, 2011

Halloween Spooktacular Boy,was my face red! By Cassandra Carr


Boy, was my face red!
By Cassandra Carr

Like many college students, I worked my way through school at a bar/restaurant. I was scheduled to work on Halloween, which, of course, meant dressing up. Well, I'm here to tell you - it's easier said than done to find a costume that will allow you to work in a bar all night.

I settled on a mime, because I could wear block and a little beret and paint my face white and be done with it. But the whole "painting my face white" idea was apparently a bad idea... I was pleased with my costume as I got into it that night - tight black leggings, a long black long-sleeved t-shirt, and my little black beret. No muss, no fuss. And no tail for people to pull all night long!

Then I got out the make-up I'd gotten at the drug store in the seasonal Halloween section and set about painting my face. Everything went well and I went to work. About an hour after I'd first put on the makeup I noticed my face felt kind of itchy. I was busy and I shrugged it off. Less than an hour later, though, I couldn't the itching/pain in my face anymore. I wanted to scratch my own face off! I went into the bathroom in the employee break room (another sign things weren't right - I didn't even go to the customer bathroom, which was WAY cleaner than the one in the break room) and grabbed a bunch of paper towels. I began to scrub the makeup off my face, and it was then that I noticed the large red blotches.

I was obviously allergic to the makeup. I looked like someone had slapped me repeatedly. There was no way to fix the damage, and I certainly wasn't going to put on other makeup like concealer over these angry red blotches. So I went back out to the bar and endured an entire night of "Oh my God! What happened to your FACE?!?"

So if you're going to wear Halloween make-up, make sure you're not allergic to it first, or that you don't mind your customers treating you like a freak all night...

Author bio:

Cassandra Carr lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on Twitter. Her debut novel, Talk to Me, was released by Loose Id on March 22, 2011. Head Games, Buffalo Intimidators book 1, will release on November 2, 2011 from Siren Bookstrand, and Caught will release December 13, 2011 from Loose Id.

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Book Excerpt:
“I can’t take it anymore!” Leo Laporte, goaltender for the Buffalo Intimidators, glared at his teammates as they glided past him after the third goal in the first ten minutes of the game was scored. “You guys either play some fucking defense or I’ll jam my stick where the sun don’t shine! You got that?” Crouching down into his stance, he banged said stick on each post just as he did before every faceoff at center ice. Looking up, he saw the head coach, Tom, waving at him. A quick glance to Tom’s left showed his goaltending partner, Scott Schaffer, warming up.


Tom called a time-out, and Leo skated to the bench, bracing for the tirade. “You guys need to get your heads outta your asses, pronto. You’re down by three already and the game’s hardly even ten minutes old. Since you don’t seem to want to play for Leo tonight, we’ll see how you do with Scott in net.” Tom threw a sympathetic look Scott’s way. “Good luck saving anything with these jackasses in front of you.” Tom wasn’t known for mincing words, and tonight was no exception.

Leo opened the door to the bench and squeezed around one of the team’s hulking defensemen as best he could.

Glaring at the man, he thought, Slug’s not good for much tonight. Certainly not getting out of my way.

The guy was built like a tank and made a much better door than he did a window, as Leo could attest on that third goal. The puck had been in the net before Leo had even been able to react.
Leo clapped Scott on the shoulder. “Good luck, man.”

Scott nodded and took the ice. Performing a few quick stretches in the crease, he raised his catching glove to signal his readiness to continue play. Leo sat down, taking a long pull from a water bottle he’d grabbed from the shelf in front of him. No one said a word to him, which was just fine.

The team responded to Scott being in net and scored two goals by the end of the first. Leo stalked into the dressing room, heading straight for the can. Just as he’d planned, by the time he got out the second period was about to start. Tom told him he was going to continue to play Scott to see if they couldn’t salvage the game, and Leo nodded. It irked him that he’d been left out to dry, but he also knew damn well they’d done the same to Scott in the past. It was one of those weird hockey things no one could put a finger on, and Leo didn’t even try.

After trundling back to the bench for the second period, his stomach growled. The noise caused his mind to wander, straight to the tall, curvy woman with a mess of curls his hands just itched to plunge into. Right now Kelly Chase was probably pulling her famous apple pie out of the oven at the bistro where he and Scott had been going for dinner after games for nearly a year. Thinking about seeing her made his cock harden inside his jock and he willed it down. Having a hard-on when wearing a cup was a pretty damn unpleasant experience—one he wasn’t eager to go through at the moment.

He’d bet she knew he’d been pulled, but he’d also put money on the fact that if anyone made an ass-hatted comment about why she’d shut them right up. Kelly knew her hockey, and she watched every game on the big screen TV housed behind the counter at her bistro as best she could in between cooking meals for the customers. He could almost smell her special sour cream apple pie. She only made it on home game days when she knew Leo and Scott would be coming in afterward for their post-game meal. She’d even named it after the team, calling it Intimidating Apple Pie. There was sure as hell nothing intimidating about it, but it was definitely sinful, which was just how he liked it.

Thinking about her and her pie brought his mind to other subjects, like what she was most likely wearing that night. It drove him crazy the way she dressedin these cute little light pink T-shirts with Kelly’s emblazoned on the front right across her ample breasts. Even her chef’s clogs—also light pink—were cute. But her body wasn’t cute. It was sexy as hell. She was all bumps and curves, in all the right places. She wasn’t a dainty little thing, standing only about an inch shorter than his five foot ten, and he loved that about her—gave him something to hold on to should he ever be blessed with the opportunity to get into her checkered chef’s pants.
Leo was jerked out of his lust-hazed stupor by the “heads up” shout from his teammates. A puck was sailing right for him, and he automatically knocked it down with his blocker before it could do any damage. He didn’t wear his goalie mask on the bench, and if his reflexes weren’t lightning-quick he would’ve taken a puck right to his grill.

Head in the game, Leo.

Settling back, he watched his team tie it up by the end of the second. During intermission, Tom took both he and Scott aside and said he wanted to put Leo back in. Scott shrugged.He’d always been the more easy-going of the two men. Their combined personalities meshed well, which translated into a successful goaltending partnership and a friendship that had spanned nearly eight years.

Leo stretched out and took the ice for the third. Their opponent seemed momentarily surprised by another goaltending change but recovered quickly and gave the Intimidators a challenge. In the end, Leo got the win by one goal. After accepting the congratulations of his teammates, he bopped Scott on the head as they left the ice together. “Kelly’s is on you tonight, bro,” Scott said.

Leo snorted. He’d been expecting no less. “Not a problem. I hope she made apple pie.”
“She always makes apple pie if there’s a home game.”

They rushed through their post-game interviews and hopped into the shower. Only a half hour after the buzzer they were climbing into Leo’s Range Rover on their way to Kelly’s. When they walked in, she turned from behind the counter to greet them. Leo caught sight of her luscious tits straining the material of her T-shirt and his dick twitched. He quickly ran his hand over it.

Down, boy.

“Hey guys. Good game, both of you.”

“Thanks,” they answered in unison, sliding onto stools.

“How about some apple pie?” Leo said, licking his lips already. An image of him nibbling pieces of it off of her flew into his head. Man, was he horny tonight…

Kelly put her hands on her hips. “You know better than that. I never let you have apple pie until after you eat a good meal.”

Leo rolled his eyes. “Fine.” Perusing the specials written on a chalkboard underneath the TV, he ordered shepherd’s pie. Scott asked for a chicken souvlaki wrap, and they settled back to relax as Kelly went into the kitchen to make their food. “I fuckin’ love those T-shirts. I’d give up a mil of my salary just to be that T-shirt for a day.”

“Don’t I know it…” Since it was late, Kelly was waiting tables herself in addition to cooking, and both of them tracked her as she bustled around behind the counter. Coming back over, she poured them both ice waters and plopped silverware in front of them before going into the back once again. There were still a few customers, but everyone gave the Intimidators their privacy here—it was one of the reasons Leo and Scott loved to come here so much. The primary reason, of course, was Kelly herself.

“Okay, so let’s go over everything again – make sure we’re on the same page here,” Leo urged.
“All right. Can’t hurt. We need to present a united front if we’re gonna do this.”

“Exactly. So both of us want her.” They’d been attracted to Kelly since the moment they’d laid eyes on her, but had come to the realization a few months ago that their feelings ran deeper than simple lust.

Scott nodded; his eyes as determined and focused as Leo had ever seen them. “Yes, we both want her, and the only way that will work is if we share her. But we need to make it clear at some point, maybe not right up front, that we want her more than just sex.”

“And we think tonight is the night?”

“She’s definitely intrigued.” Scott paused and Leo could practically see the wheels turning in his friend’s head. “Even when we mentioned a threesome last week she didn’t run.”

“Yeah, and did you see the expression on her face? She wants it.”

“I think so, too. But don’t forget. We can’t push her too hard. And everything one of us does affects the other. We can’t let her tear us apart and if this thing starts to do that we need to reconsider.”

“Agreed,” Leo answered. He held up his fist. “Even now, even with Kelly, bros over hos, man.” The two men did a quick fist bump and Leo relaxed a little.

A few minutes later Kelly backed out of the kitchen, her arms laden with plates, and both men paused to admire her ass in her tight chef’s pants. She caught them staring and just shook her head, laughing.

Yes, they were done waiting for her to come around. It was time to put Operation Seduction into action.

Thanks to Cassandra for stopping by and treating us with not only a guest post but a book excerpt as well. Head Games will be released November 2nd, 2011 Remember all comments count as extra entries to the big giveaway at the end of this event.


Carol L. said...

Congrats Cassandra on your up coming release. I loved the excerpt and look forward to reading it. Thanks for the post and the chance.
Carol L
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miki said...

Thanks for the excerpt, it's very well written.

My skin is higly sensitive too so no make up at all for me....i understand how you felt


Anonymous said...

Great story. I feel bad that you were allergic to the make-up. But I bet lots of people have had something similar happen. I know it's happened to me before also. But my allergy was with a food I was served. Enjoyed the excerpt also. Congrats on it's upcoming release! :)
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Vivien said...

Congrats! Really enjoyed the post :)

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Amy said...

Thanks for the post!
I'm allergic to certain makeup too, and it's not pretty when there's a reaction. I try to not wear makeup as much as I can.


Cassandra Carr said...

Thanks everybody! I had fun recalling the events of that night. I loved waitressing at that restaurant - it gave me a lot of fodder for my writing. ;-)

Denise Z said...

Congratulations on your release and thank you so much for sharing with us today. It sounds like there is a little steamy going on here :)


Anne said...

Loved the excerpt!

I once wore a new burgundy dress to work I hadn't washed first. We were very busy and I sweated a lot. When I got home and took the dress off the dye and weat had done a number on my back. It was a sore, weeping mess. Took over a week to recover. (But at least it wasn't visible.)

Unknown said...

Wow...What a great point you make. I never ever would have considered being allergic to halloween make up. A definite to test it out before going trick or treating or going to a party.

Texas Book Lover said...

Thanks for the great post. I too have extremely sensitive skin and have to be very careful what I put on it.

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LorettaLynn//Temprance said...

Great post, looks like a great story:)
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Rachel said...

Wow! What a provocative book cover! LOL.

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