Samhain. Ancient Celtic/Pagan festival.
Of course when our neighborhood went Trick-or-Treating in my childhood, I knew nothing about this heritage. It was just fun – and our group never played any tricks on anyone in any case, though often the next day at school we’d hear about some who did.
All in fun. The roots of Samhain, however, are darker. For the next five Throw-Back-Thursdays, we’ll be featuring a peek into the mind of the villain of The Unmasking, our suspense-filled romance that draws on this heritage.
Here’s a first glimpse into the villain’s mind:
Who will be the next goddess?
Images flickered across the large screen TV. The dark-haired woman had her back to him. She’d shut off the shower and was toweling herself vigorously.
“Very nice,” the man muttered, tugging the brown robe tighter about his torso.
Whose mask will crumble first—
the enigmatic professor of Celtic Studies,
the undercover cop masquerading as a co-ed,
or the campus stalker,
biding his time to strike again?
Is anthropology professor Matt Bayfield the Blackthorn College rapist, or a potential ally? Aloof and unapproachable, Matt has academic ambitions. He can’t escape Blackthorn College soon enough, and he doesn’t want any entanglements to slow down his exit.
Nancy Appleby would like nothing more than to solve the string of campus rape cases before Thanksgiving so she can go home. The last thing she wants is a relationship to complicate her life—but she’ll settle for a fling, especially when the sex sizzles.
The stalker has his own carefully crafted timetable, with a special date just for Nancy. Can Matt and Nancy force him out of his hidey-hole before it’s too late?
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