Memories of Halloweens Past

We’ve all got a story about that one year when we showed up in the best version of a wicked princess ever, or spent hours making the stickiest popcorn balls imaginable.  Maybe for some of us, every year is the best.  That’s cool.  I’d like to hear from you and share in return my favorite Halloween memory of all time.

(From Left to Right–Gail, Mom, Cookie, Tana.  Photographed at the Las Vegas Review Journal, Halloween 1983.)

Growing up in Las Vegas was pretty unforgettable for me and Halloweens were absolutely the best.  For starters, we always had the day off school.  As a kid, I thought it was in honor of hobgoblins, witches and warts.  Turned out that was Nevada’s statehood day.  Pretty cool, right?  Yep, but not quite as cool as trick-or-treating at Liberace’s house, or Siegfried and Roy’s.  Friends, I had some great Halloweens in my childhood town.  But the year my mom and I shared our costume was by far the best.

Mom worked at the local newspaper in those days, The Las Vegas Review Journal.  She had a group of friends who were like my adopted aunts–Gail, Cookie, and Tana.  They were so cool and I looked up to them because they were hardworking ladies who loved hanging out together and having fun at nights and on weekends.  Another idol of mine at the time was Madonna.   It was the year of hits like “Borderline” and later “Lucky Star”.   To fashion the costume, Mom and I made the rounds at our local swapmeet, buying up every five-cent black rubber bangle we could find.  The rest we pieced together from some of Mom’s “going out dancing clothes” and my “Boy-Toy” belt.  The morning of Halloween came.  Mom and the “aunts” had decided on a “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” theme for their workday costumes.  Mom wasn’t sure of what to wear, so she tried on my Madonna costume, which fit perfectly.  She had someone snap a photo of her, Gail, Cookie and Tana on the front steps of the newspaper of their motley foursome.

When she got home later that night, it was my turn to be Madonna.  I know I had a good time trick-or-treating.  But the best part for me is what I already shared above.  My mom had just survived cancer earlier that year and was starting to put weight back on to her 85-pound frame.   As a 9-year-old kid, it never occurred to me to question how it was that my 33-year-old mom was able to fit into my little girl’s costume.

(Me wearing the Madonna costume at mine and mom’s apartment, Halloween, 1983.)

On this, last day of October and Cancer Awareness, I want to wish all the survivors out there a very Happy Halloween.   And to the people currently fighting the disease and their kids, I want to say that my mom is now 30 years cancer free so keep your hearts and your heads up!  And have a wickedly cool and fun Halloween!!!!

Remember, Be Here Now

Always love,

Carlene Love

Hurricane Sandy Pants No Match for a Mermaid Ghost!


Hello friends,

Just wanted to blow in and say hi as I watch the big beautiful Virginia trees outside doing their best to remain planted!  I’m not going to lie…I’m originally from San Diego, CA…where our biggest complaint is usually over the accumulation of too much overnight dew on our vehicles.  And yes, I do believe it really is the safest city to live in weather-wise, just like that McDonald’s commercial says.  Which would explain why I’m eyeing those trees near my home like a hawk.  I love living in Virginia; it’s absolutely gorgeous here and no one I know back home can say “George Washington walked my streets”.  Nope, they have perfect weather, beautiful beaches and the absolute best Mexican food but they cannot make that wonderful claim about good old George.

That being said…I wouldn’t mind if Miss Sandy Pants (an expression I’ve stolen from fellow mermaid, Kerri Carpenter) packed up her stuff and kindly scooted back on out to sea!

There are so many other things that should be scaring my pants off…and yours…like the entire month of October free-read Ghost Stories over at Waterworld Mermaids!  Come check us out before the month is over and be on the lookout for our Spooktastic Giveaway when all is said and done!

Free Read Ghost Stories:

Her by Masha Levinson

Better Off Dead by Susan Andrews

Old Town Tavern by Loni Lynne

Jewels of the Past by Kerri Carpenter

The Waiting Room by Denny S. Bryce

The Guardian by Dana Rodgers

Just Believe by Kimberly MacCarron

and Even Honey Expires by me, Carlene Love Flores, where you get to meet the sweetheart drummer for the band Sin Pointe who cordially invite you to come back for more when their book, Sidewalk Flower, is published in January 2013 by Evernight Publishing.

Happy Halloween All!

Always love,

Carlene Love

What’s the Coolest Thing You’re About To Do?

This past weekend I signed a contract with the wonderful people over at Evernight Publishing for my story, SIDEWALK FLOWER, about a jaded young woman who is torn between her rock star best friend and his humble, handsome cousin from Tennessee.

Seventeen months ago, I sat filling out a fun little set of questions for a group of fantastic women writers I’d just joined and one of the questions was “What’s the coolest thing you’re about to do?”

My answer was “Share my stories with at least one person who is touched by them.”

What I didn’t realize was just how cool joining that group of phenomenal women writers, the Waterworld Mermaids, was going to be.  And how I never would have come to find those ladies if it hadn’t been for the equally  gracious writers of the Washington Romance Writers of DC.  And how I wouldn’t have stumbled upon WRW-DC if I hadn’t been looking for information on a DC area book signing by my favorite, Sherrilyn Kenyon.  SIDEWALK FLOWER wouldn’t be what it is without the help of my accountability/critique partner, Lynne Silver, who I met through a random post for the mermaids.

Hands down, I believe in luck.  But now I’ve learned that luck is also what me make of it, and what others help us make of it.

If someone asked me today “What’s the coolest thing you’re about to do?”, I’d say “Share my stories with at least one person who is touched by them.”

Being asked that little question is a huge part of my journey.  So friends, I ask you…”What’s the coolest thing you’re about to do?”

Always love,

Carlene Love

Ghosts, Mermaids, Goblins…Oh My!

Uh-oh…The Waterworld Mermaid lagoon waters are looking a bit murky this month…must mean it’s free read Ghost Story time!   Swim on over to the pond if you dare.  We’ve dedicated the entire month of October to spooky, chilling tales including mine about a haunted drummer.  Don’t be afraid, just take my hand, click here and we’ll swim on over together.  BOO!  Sorry, I had to do that.  Hope to see you there 😉

Always love,

Carlene Love