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Saturday, February 12, 2011
What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?
Very happy to have my friend Maeve Greyson visiting today and super excited for her too; her very first book will be released February 18th!
Depending upon the individual, Valentine’s Day is almost right up there with Christmas. A day highlighting love and romance –what more could a romance writer want? Looking back over my married life, I’ve discovered my appreciation of Valentine’s Day, as well as my definition of romance has changed.
Before I go any further, I feel I should preface this post with the confession that my husband and I only knew each other about three months before we married. Everyone accused of being crazy. We were –crazy about each other. They said it would never last but after thirty-one years, I think we’ve proven them wrong. I now return you to the intended post.
In the early years of our relationship, I yearned for the traditional trappings of Valentine’s Day as proof that my growly bear truly loved me. Hubby’s the strong, gruff type. If he likes you, it might take a while to realize it. If he doesn’t like you, he’s apt to tell you to head straight to hell. We’ve been working on that last part. *sigh* Gotta love a man who speaks his mind when he’s irked.
Sorry to get side-tracked but you’ll need this information. Anyway, in my naive years, I felt I needed the syrupy cards, heart-shaped boxes of candies, or vases overflowing with sweet-smelling flowers as testament to his love. Some years, he remembered. Some years –he didn’t. The “didn’t” years were usually lean years where we were trying our best to cover all the bills. In my silliness, I scolded him, saying he could’ve at least written me a sweet note to let me know how much he cared.
I’m happy to say, I’ve outgrown those years. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with the gifts or the lovely notes. Believe me; I’ve never turned one of his presents down. But we’ve reached the stage in our relationship where our love is comfortable…and understood. One of the greatest gifts he gave to me didn’t cost a cent.
I have a bit of a heart condition, most of the time it behaves. But at one point, the contrary thing decided to give us a little scare. The ambulance rushed me to the hospital. Hubby followed behind in the car. They preferred he didn’t ride with us since they had to work on me during the ride. When we arrived at the hospital and they lowered the gurney out of the back of the ambulance, I’ll never forget the look on his face. My grumpy old bear, the one who rarely shows any emotion, stood on the sidewalk waiting for me, tears streaming down his face. He trotted along beside the gurney, his blue eyes over-flowing. Those tears meant more to me than any material possession ever could. They were priceless.
What about you? Do you like Valentine’s Day? Do you have something lovely planned for that special person in your life?
By the way, did I mention I’m a romance writer? My debut book with The Wild Rose Press, BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER, releases on February 18th. A beguiling Scot from the 1400’s, Latharn Mackay is cursed into a crystal orb when a seductive witch rages against his withheld love. But there’s hope. The woman destined for him can break the curse by whispering her love aloud. There’s just a few minor problems to overcome. Nessa is six hundred years in the future and Latharn can only visit her dreams with a silent presence. If he speaks, the curse will shatter his soul into bits. And then there’s still the matter of the sorceress. You know an enraged woman is going to have the final say…unless love proves more powerful.
In honor of my upcoming release, Rachel and I thought we’d run a little contest. If you email the correct answer to the following question:
Who is my writing partner?
You’ll be entered into a drawing to win a digital copy of BEYOND A HIGHLAND WHISPER. If you follow one of the links below, you’ll easily find the answer. Also, if you’ll friend me on Facebook, “Like” my author’s page, follow my blog, or follow me on Twitter, you’re name will be entered an additional time for each action.
Email your answer to email@example.com
Rachel will post the winner’s name on this blog in one week (February 19th). Don’t forget to check back then to see if you’ve won.
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Now, I’d like to end my rant by thanking Rachel so very much for inviting me into her “cyber” home. You’re the best, Rachel. I appreciate your hospitality!
You are so very welcome Maeve! Now, I'd like to know what does Valentine's Day Mean to ya'll? I will confess that I don't "do" Valentine's Day, (I know, a romance writer, it's sacrilege!)