Happy Halloween with Lexi Ryan, Caisey Quinn & Olivia Mayfield (plus Giveaway!)

trick or treat pumpkinHappy Halloween!!

For my guests for today, I have the pleasure of introducing three of my wonderful friends who are taking the Romance/New Adult world by storm! (Plus, check out the giveaway below!!)

Olivia Mayfield — who also writes as Rhonda Helms — has a thrilling new mystery romance series out (a 6-part serial!) called The Inheritance. Caisey Quinn , author of the popular Kylie Ryans/Girl With Guitar series, recently released a special edition of her college-set romance Keep Me Still. And Lexi Ryan has out her latest hot new adult novel, Wish I May (a companion story to her New York Times & USA Today bestseller Unbreak Me), this month!

I asked each of them to share with us a little bit about their Halloweens from past years and to tell us about these brand new and very exciting novels :). Welcome to Magical Musings, ladies!!

Olivia Mayfield

What’s one of your favorite Halloween memories from anytime in your life? I think it’s probably taking my kids out when they were really little, actually. There’s nothing like a small child foaming at the mouth for free candy that makes a day fun. lol. My daughter has always loved dressing up, and helping her pick out a new costume each year was a blast. My son didn’t care about that part but did whatever it took to have candy. hah

And what’s your favorite Halloween candy? Three Musketeers. I can destroy about 2000 “fun-sized” bars just by myself. NOM.

The Inheritance Part IThe Inheritance, Part I – The Will


Maggie Willings knew that returning home for her estranged grandfather’s funeral would not be easy, but she never expected the reading of his will to be the most difficult part. The four people named in the will—Maggie, her brother Robert, her ex-boyfriend Andrew, and her grandfather’s far-too-young girlfriend Bethany—are given a challenge: find out the truth about what happened to Maggie’s younger sister Cassandra, who vanished over eight years ago, and win the entirety of the estate.

Maggie is thrown by the strange request, reluctant to drag up painful memories of her sister’s disappearance, and bothered by her lingering attraction to Andrew, who wants to team up to solve the mystery. But there are ten million dollars on the line and Maggie has no idea where to start—or who she’ll be able to trust.

More great stories ahead… Don’t miss The Inheritance, Parts II, III, IV, V and VI, as well!!

Buy Links: 

Penguin (Berkley) / Amazon US / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / iTunes

Caisey Quinn

What’s one of your favorite Halloween memories from anytime in your life? One of my favorite Halloweens was in 2006. My college boyfriend (and now husband) took me to a haunted house/hayride that nearly gave me half a dozen heart attacks–but scary people jumping out with chainsaws was the perfect excuse for snuggling close and squealing like a teenager. We didn’t know each other in high school so it was fun to go on a high-school-ish date with him. 😉

And what’s your favorite Halloween candy? My favorite Halloween candy is good old fashioned candy corn. We melt down the leftovers with peanut butter and dip in chocolate. It’s just like a Butterfinger candy bar!

Keep Me Still smallKeep Me Still (Special Edition)


Layla Flaherty had the perfect life, or close to it. Until a stranger gunned her parents down right in front of her, leaving her with seizure inducing PTSD. After years of trying to pass as normal and failing miserably, she resigns herself to being invisible. But new to town Landen O’Brien sees her, and he likes what he sees. Much to Layla’s surprise, he doesn’t freak out when she has a seizure in front of him. He does the exact opposite, calming her until the tremors subside. But Landen has secrets of his own. Secrets that tear them apart.

Scarred by loss, Layla leaves her hometown of Hope Springs, Georgia, hoping to put her painful past behind her and start over in college in California. When she runs into Landen at freshmen orientation, she has a choice to make. Reinforce those steel walls she’s built up around herself, or give the only boy who can keep her still a second chance.

Landen’s more than ready to tear down those walls, but this time when they come crashing down, they might bury her.

Buy Links: 

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Kobo/ iTunes

Lexi Ryan

What’s one of your favorite Halloween memories from anytime in your life? When I was in college, my husband (then-boyfriend) and I went to a party together and he dressed a a monk. The main piece of the costume was a floor-length brown gown (for lack of a better word). At the time, his mother was still doing his laundry (don’t get me started), and according to his father, as she was going through the laundry after that Halloween, she found the costume but thought it was my nightgown. Apparently, she held it up to show his dad. She shook her head and said, “I just hope they’re being careful.” As if she’d have anything to worry about if I was wearing THAT to bed! LOL

And what’s your favorite Halloween candy? My favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, in any holiday variation–egg, Christmas tree, pumpkin, whatever. That’s my absolute favorite year-round! 🙂

18365945Wish I May


I grew up wishing on stars.

My father taught me to believe…in destiny, in magic, in happily ever after. Dreams were my scripture and the starry night sky was my temple. Then Mom stopped believing, left him, and took us with her. At the age of sixteen, I cashed in my dreams to pay the rent, pawned my destiny to keep my sisters together.

Now, seven years later, I’m returning home, grieving the death of my mother, and settling my sisters back into the life Mom threw away. I never intended to stay. I don’t want to deal with my father, who is so invested in the spiritual world he forgets the physical. I don’t want to face William Bailey, whose eyes remind me of the girl I was, the things I’ve done, and the future I lost.

This would all be easier if Will hated me. As it is, I have to hold my secrets close so they won’t hurt him more than they’ve already hurt me. But he wants to be in my life. He wants what I can’t bring myself to confess I sold. He wants me.

I find myself looking to my stars again…wondering if I dare one more wish.

Buy Links: 

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / iTunes 

And, just because it’s Halloween and I’m all about the TREATS, I’m giving away one Kindle or Nook copy of each of these three titles!! So, just leave a comment below about your favorite Halloween memory — or fave candy! — and I’ll draw 3 winning names on Monday night, November 4th — with one person winning The Inheritance, part 1, another person winning Keep Me Still, and the third winning Wish I May — ALL such awesome reads! I’ll post the names of the winners in the comments section before midnight. Good luck, everyone, and have a safe and fun Halloween!! :razz:

About Marilyn Brant

Marilyn Brant is a chocolate addict, a music junkie and the USA TODAY bestselling author of ACCORDING TO JANE (2009), FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE (2010) and A SUMMER IN EUROPE (2011), all from Kensington Books, as well as a number of light romantic comedies, including THE SWEET TEMPTATIONS COLLECTION (2013) and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH (2013). Her latest novel -- a coming-of-age romantic mystery called THE ROAD TO YOU -- was just released in October 2013!
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17 Responses to Happy Halloween with Lexi Ryan, Caisey Quinn & Olivia Mayfield (plus Giveaway!)

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Wow, all these stories sound so good! Fun Halloween tales, too. Lexi, Caisey, and Olivia, it’s great to have you here today! Casey, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are my fav, too.

  2. Happy Halloween everyone!! Hi Olivia, Lexi and Caisey! Thanks for being here today – it’s great to meet you guys! (I’m having a fan girl moment here.) Really enjoyed reading about your favorite Halloween memories. As far as candy goes, my current favorite is probably Snickers with almonds. I love eating them frozen! While not candy, I’ve also had my fair chair of caramel apples this month. 🙂 (Our supermarket sells them – with sprinkles!)

    Hugs, Marilyn!
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …All Entangled Eve Halloween Hop!

    • marilynbrant says:

      Hugs to you, too!!
      Oh, you brought back some happy memories with talk of frozen Snickers… My wonderful late mother-in-law used to LOVE those. They were her special treat. To this day, I can’t look at a Snickers bar and not think of her… 😉
      marilynbrant`s last blog was …The Inheritance…and a Giveaway!

  3. Dale Mayer says:

    Okay, I’m the dissenting voice – I hate peanut butter cups. lol. I love chocolate and peanut butter but not together!

    And awesome stories!! Love to see the authors here – Lexi, Caisey, and Olivia – welcome!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Vamping with the vamps…and me!

    • marilynbrant says:

      LOL, Dale!!
      You’re more than welcome to disagree about those peanut butter cups — and you can feel free to send ANY that you don’t want my way :).
      I actually love so many kinds of Halloween candy that I’m hard pressed to identify ones I don’t like enough to eat…Milky Ways, Snickers, Reese’s, Take 5, Almond Joys and Mounds…all good!!
      marilynbrant`s last blog was …The Inheritance…and a Giveaway!

  4. Lexi Ryan says:

    Marilyn, thank you so much for letting me visit with you today—and in such good company, too! 🙂 xoxo

  5. KateS says:

    We are postponing a day due to weather.. which means we get to watch all the Halloween on tv tonight and go tricker treating tomorrow.

    • marilynbrant says:

      That sounds like a wise plan!
      Here, it’s raining and raining…yet, there are still kids out (with their umbrellas) going door to door. We’re glad to see them and are giving out bunches of candy!
      marilynbrant`s last blog was …Happy Halloween!

  6. Donna D says:

    Halloween memory — the year hubby took the kids trick or treating while I stayed home to pass out candy. There was snow on the ground and everyone had to be so bundled up no one could tell what the costumes were!
    I like peanut butter cups, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars with & without Almonds, Milky Ways — well, just whatever I’m craving at the moment!

    • marilynbrant says:

      Donna, isn’t it amazing how the weather can be so different from one Halloween to another?! We’ve had snow on ours sometimes…and other years it’s practically balmy :). Hope yours was fun last night!!
      marilynbrant`s last blog was …Happy Halloween!

  7. Charlene says:

    Wow! All of the stores sound interesting. We don’t have any kiddies coming to the house, we live on a busy road! Sigh. My kids are grown up so it’s not much of an occasion now, but I do enjoy reading Halloween stories!

    • marilynbrant says:

      Before we moved into our house, we used to live on a busy road, too, and we felt lucky if we got 5 or 6 trick-or-treaters on Halloween night… Now, we’re in a subdivision packed with school children. Last year we counted almost 200 costumed kiddies :). Last night it rained, though, sigh…so not nearly as many were out.
      marilynbrant`s last blog was …Happy Halloween!

  8. Welcome to Lexi, Caisey, and Olivia. Your stories sound great, plus, any friend of Marilyn’s is a friend of mine 🙂 Best wishes for all your books.
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Release Day: Banquet of Lies

  9. marilynbrant says:

    Time for the drawing!!
    Congrats to all three of you for winning one of the ebooks above:
    Charlene, you won a copy of Olivia Mayfield’s The Inheritance, part 1.
    Donna D, you won a copy of Caisey Quinn’s Keep Me Still.
    And KateS, you won a copy of Lexi Ryan’s Wish I May.
    YAY to each of you!!!!!!!!!!!
    I hope you’ll enjoy the books ;).
    Just email me (MarilynBrant AT Gmail DOT Com) and let me know if you’d prefer a Nook or a Kindle copy.
    Thanks again for visiting!!
    marilynbrant`s last blog was …Happy Halloween!

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