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Happy Valentine’s peeps! We’ve asked our authors what is the most favorite gift they’ve given or received on Valentine’s Day – their answers are below – enjoy!
For Valentine’s, there is only one way to my heart and that’s with a bouquet of tulips and hockey tickets. My husband always comes through every year, not only with those two things but also with a box of chocolates and a card that reminds me how much he loves me. For him, I always get a box of Whitman’s chocolates because it is his favorite chocolate. For the kids, I get them SpongeBob box of crabby patties and they just love that. This year though, my husband and I are going to Nashville to spend the night and just enjoy each other. Its our 16th Valentine’s day together and each one get better and better. He is the reason I write love stories, because he loves me so much.
Toni Aleo ~
Author of the Assassins series: Taking Shots; Trying to Score; Empty Net on sale in April!! & Blue Lines this fall
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Music. For years, my husband and I have exchanged mixtapes and playlists–to flirt, to comfort, to encourage, or to tease. One of my favorites was one he made for me during those hardest, weepiest, sweetest first days of caring for our newborn. Hearing songs from that playlist still choke me up. But we also exchange them as Valentine’s–to communicate all those things that words, even for a writer, don’t fully express. Receiving a mixtape (or mixed CD, really) or playlist from the one you love is a singular thrill—it’s a like a coded love letter. Listening to one, I have some insight to some of his deepest, or even nuttiest, feelings about me. Making one for him, I can make choices that are braver and sexier and more interesting than I might normally make with words or actions. Music from the one that you love marks your time together like a diary. It scores the memories. It’s a private soundtrack, and all the songs are “your songs.” ~ Mary Ann Rivers, author of THE STORY GUY on sale 7/8/2013
Guest Post: I’m being honest with you—I don’t like Valentine’s Day – by Jennifer Lohmann
This is a tough post for me to write because—I’m being honest with you—I don’t like Valentine’s Day.
Before everyone clutches their heart at a romance author not liking Valentine’s Day, I need to defend myself; I used to hate Valentine’s Day. But this isn’t a Valentine’s Day sucks article. Instead, this is the story of how love makes those things you hate better. Read more
Cupcake Recipe for your Sweetheart!
Get a taste of the delicious treats Rachel Thebault covers in her new cookbook, SWEET CHIC.
Rachel is the owner of the New York City bake shop Tribeca Treats.Whether you’re a novice baker hoping to master the basics or an experienced one looking to add a little versatility to your existing creations, SWEET CHIC is a clever and practical guide for memorable desserts, a one-sweet-fits-all way to make a tantalizing impression.
What about making a few cupcakes for your Valentine? Enjoy! Read more
QUIZ – answer all of these questions to win – Good Luck!
Hi everyone — been a long time since we’ve done a Quiz — I was not a great test-taker in school, were you? There were some kids in my class that really knew how to take a test – I over-analyzed the questions — urgh, then would usually answer wrong! Oh well, such is life.
Hopefully you all will do better than I me! Ok, here we go — answer these 5 questions correctly & you’ll win all THREE of Stefanie Sloane’s Regency Rogue series — sound like a plan? Here we go — Three lucky randomly chosen winners will win all Three of Stefanie’s books – winners announced on Sunday!
Which is the first book in Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series?
What is the name of the hero in Suzanne Brockmann’s recent E-short release?
Which two authors, first names begin with an ‘M’ & they write Scottish historical romances?
Her next Hardcover release is in May, 2012, is called THE PROPOSAL, who is this author?
This author serves as a captain in the Army and wrote her first romance book and published it last year. What is her name & the name of her book?
Happy Valentine’s Day from R@R
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Straight from Wikipedia - what is Valentine’s Day:
Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day, is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI.
The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”).
Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
Easy question, how do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? For me I’ll give my hubby a card, candy & I’m hoping I get flowers Some years we go out to dinner or a movie, what about you?
From all of us at R@R we’d like to wish you a very happy holiday!
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Valentine’s Day Around the World + Giveaway!
Valentine’s Day Around the World
by Cassandra Carr
I know were a week away until Valentine’s Day, but I thought I’d give a little information on the cool rituals associated with Valentine’s Day all over the world. A few years ago I was actually in Hong Kong over Valentine’s Day. One of the colleagues from my hubby’s office invited us to a sort of country club-type place that he belonged to and we had dinner there. The women received flowers upon entering, along with a couple of chocolates, so really, it didn’t seem all that different from how we celebrate here in the United States. That got me to thinking – does the whole world celebrate Valentine’s Day the same way, or do the traditions in Hong Kong skew toward the British/American way of celebrating?
I found this fascinating website with information on how different countries celebrate the day. It’s at http://www.novareinna.com/festive/valworld.html if you want to see it for yourself. I’ll share just a few:
Britain- One uniform custom is the singing of special songs by children, who then receive gifts of candy, fruit or money. In some areas, valentine buns are baked with caraway seeds, plums or raisins.
Denmark- One custom in Denmark is for people to send pressed white flowers called Snowdrops to their friends. Danish men may also send a form of valentine known as a gaekkebrev (or “joking letter”). The sender of this gaekkebrev pens a rhyme but does not sign his name. Instead, he signs the message with dots…one dot for each letter in his name. If the lady who receives the card guesses the name of the sender, then she is rewarded with an Easter Egg later in the year.
Germany- In Germany, it has become customary for the young man of a courting couple to present his beloved with flowers on February 14. Valentine gifts in Germany are usually in the shape of love tokens, complete with endearing messages.
Japan- In Japan, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on two different dates…February 14 and March 14. On the first date, the female gives a gift to the male and on the second date…known as White Day and supposedly introduced by a marshmallow company in the 1960s…the male has to return the gift he received on February 14. Thus, strictly speaking, a Japanese female has the luxury of actually choosing her own gift. Chocolate is the most popular gift in Japan. However, since most Japanese females believe that store-bought chocolate is not a gift of true love, they tend to make the confection with their own hands.
Korea- The traditional gift of candy takes place in Korea on February 14, but only from females to males. There is another special day for males to give gifts to females and this is celebrated on March 14. Very similar to the custom in Japan, March 14 in Korea is known as “White Day.” On “White Day,” many young men confess their love for the first time to their sweethearts.
Taiwan- Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Taiwan on February 14, but there is also a special Valentine’s Day on July 7 of the lunar calendar, based on an ancient Chinese folktale. Both dates are equally as important. Many men purchase expensive bouquets of roses and other flowers for their sweethearts on these days. According to Taiwan tradition, the color and number of the roses holds much significance. For example, one red rose means “an only love,” eleven roses means “a favorite,” ninety-nine roses means “forever,” and one hundred eight roses means “marry me.”
I wouldn’t mind getting one hundred eight roses!
What traditions do you follow on Valentine’s Day?
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