Thursday, October 13, 2011

Halloween Spooktacular Scary Creepy Ladies by Dee Tenorio


When I was a kid, if there was ever anything I absolutely afraid of, it was the Llorona.

Haven't heard of her? Well, she's the scary story Mexicans tell their children to make them behave and especially to make them come in when its dark.

There are several versions of the story, but the one I heard is that a long time ago, a woman with a broken heart lead her six children to a river near her home after her husband left her. Planning to punish the man, she drowned each of her children and then killed herself. Her children, now wronged by both parents, went to Heaven, but for her crime she was cursed to spend eternity looking for them in the darkness, so if she finds any children out at night, she'll claim them as her own, take them to the river and drown them. So whenever you hear a long, keening cries in the night, you'd better hurry's the Llorona, coming for you.

As you can imagine, most little kids got their tails inside at dinner and ran from the windows as soon as the sun went down. I, of course, was among them. And since the wind tended to whistle through my neighborhood with long, keening moans, you bet your tail that I had company.

But one night, every year, we kids grew a pair for a good cause. CANDY.

We'd all don our favorite costumes and walk out into the dark, risking life, limb and drowning by creepy crying lady for pillowcases stuffed full of candy. The wind howled and creepy ladies abounded but it never occurred to any of us to miss out on a year's worth of candy—for my family, Trick or Treating was a sport, man!—because someone might want to snatch us. For one day a year, we were safe. Ish.

Now, I've heard some people think that The Llorona is comparable to Bloody Mary—she of the infamous Midnight mirror game for stupid people (yup, I played it when I was little, because i was a very dumb 7 year old, lol)—but I never quite bought that. She's a scary cow all on her own, so when you hear some long moans in the night, be sure not to go outside. After all, there's no way to get free of her and as she's several hundred years old, I'm guessing we're all kids to her. :)

Tell me, did you ever hear of The Llorona? What version of the story were you told?

Thanks Dee for stopping by, Dee has graciously offered a copy of your choice book 1 or book 2 in the Resurrection series, so if you haven't read the first or if you have you can choose book 2 all you have to do is leave a comment answering her question above and leave an email addy. The giveaway will run from October 13th til the end of October 31st.

Back cover blurb:

The mate he never wanted may be the woman he can never have...

After a series of murders is discovered along the trail of the Shifter Underground, wolf soldier Jensen Tate is assigned to find and protect a missing stray. But Lia Crawford doesn't seem to want his protection. When she eludes his watch and returns with mysterious injuries, Tate knows she's hiding something. To discover her secrets, he'll have to win her trust...and get closer to the woman he thinks may be his mate.

Lia has reasons to keep her distance. The killer is haunting her steps, determined to claim her. He will come after them both if he sees how drawn she is to Tate, though it becomes increasingly difficult to deny her attraction to him. Protecting Tate is vital – but will her deception cost her his love?

"Deceiving The Protector" trailer:

About The Author:

Dee Tenorio has a few reality issues. After much therapy for the problem—if one can call being awakened in the night by visions of hot able-bodied men a problem—she has proved incurable. It turns out she enjoys tormenting herself by writing sizzling, steamy romances of various genres spanning paranormal mystery dramas, contemporaries and romantic comedies. Preferably starring the sexy, somewhat grumpy heroes described above and smart-mouthed heroines who have much better hair than she does.

The best part is, no more therapy bills!

Well, not for Dee, anyway. Her husband and kids, on the other hand...

If you would like to learn more about Dee and her work, please peruse around this site or visit her blog at

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miki said...


i hope this is an international giveaway, i would love a print copy of volume 1.

I never heard about Llorona before today, but since i live in europe perhaps it's normal....i remember a story not similar (and in the same time yes) was a man in that story but to be honest i can't rememeber anything else except that it was a man and he could catch the children outside during the night....if i manage to remeber i will come to write more about it.


Carol L. said...

This is the first time I've heard of Llorona .It was bad enough with Bloody Mary who scared the crap out of me but Llorona sounds worse. :) I'd love Book 1 if I won. Thanks De for sharing.GFC name is Lucky47.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Unknown said...

Can't say that I've ever hear of Llorona before but what a creepy tale. Very fitting with the Halloween theme! No need to enter me into the giveaway; I've already read Deceiving the Protector. It was a great read!

Unknown said...

Oops! I forgot to mention that I'm featuring you today in my new Holler at a Blogger meme. Cheers! :)

DJL said...

Being from Texas, the story of La Llorona is one we definitely hear about. Along I-10 between Seguin and San Antonio, there's even a creek that goes by the name, Woman Hollering Creek. The legend says that's where one story of La Llorona took place, and I prayed we'd never get a flat tire or break down near that creek. Gives me the chills just thinking about it. Thank you for the great giveaway, I would love a print copy of the first book. :)


Texas Book Lover said...

I have never heard of The Llorona. I think I would of been sufficiently terrified if my parents used this on me!

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Vivien said...

Thanks for the spotlight. I'm new to this author!

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Unknown said...

I had never heard of Llorona before this post. I had heard parents tell their kids similar types of stories to spook them, but they never named the woman. I think giving her a name makes her seem more real and scary.

LorettaLynn//Temprance said...

I havent herd of any of her work before,But im looking forward to checking it out! Thank you for sharing

Denise Z said...

I recently read a book that had this legend, but she was called a different name and it is eluding me right now. The the story did elude to the legend and the fact that she stole the children. Thank you so much for sharing with us today, I have having so much fun reading about these things and I really enjoyed your presentation. I also appreciate the awesome giveaway opportunity:)


Amy said...

Sounds like a great book, and I love ones about shifters. Would love to read Deceiving the Protector!


Anne said...

I read La Llorona (or a story about her)when I was in college. I was a Spanish major.

Rachel said...

This story reminds me a bit of The Woman In White.
Please count me in if it's international!

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