Valentine’s Day – The Day of Love

Today is the day of love and all over the U.S. (probably the world) couples will celebrate. My husband never really liked celebrating too many things but he loved Valentine’s Day. He’d always buy me a box of candy and a card. Never gave me flowers because he had asthma. I think he chose candy because he loved it and always ate at least half of what he gave me.

There was no doubt in my mind that he loved me though. I still have one of the cards that he made by hand (including his own words) and it remains one of my most treasured possessions.

A whopping six million men (and yes women) will propose on this day. And why not? It’s the day of romance and the mating of hearts.

I’ve written a marriage proposal (and/or wedding) into every one of my books. I just love validating the way my characters feel about each other and that’s the perfect way. Love means commitment and spending the rest of your life together. I’ve written two Valentine’s stories. One was “Cupid’s Arrow” in Be My Texas Valentine anthology with Jodi Thomas, Phyliss Miranda, and DeWanna Pace. We had great fun writing those stories. By the way, that’s still available online.

The other Valentine’s story was in the Hearts and Spurs anthology published by Prairie Rose. Cheryl Pierson posted about this anthology yesterday. My story’s title is THE WIDOW’S HEART.

Skye O’Rourke thinks her imagination is playing tricks on her when a man emerges from the shimmering desert heat. No one would willingly take a stroll under the scorching sun with a saddle slung on his back. She’s shocked to discover it’s Cade Coltrain, a man she once gave her heart to only to have him give it back.

Can she trust him not to abandon her this time? Yet, trusting each other is the only way they can survive. And love might just save them if they believe….

Hearts and Spurs is FREE this week. Here’s the link to download it.

And here’s a short excerpt:

Cade Coltrain was a dangerous man. He’d always been someone to reckon with, but adding in the hardness that swept the length of him now he could put the fear of God in a man with only a look.

In her heart, she knew the truth. He’d become an outlaw.

But, it didn’t matter. Nothing did.

A sudden need to be held in those arms washed over her. She rested her head on the thick window pane and let the tears fall.

The loud ticking clock reminded her she had dishes to do. Raising her head, she brushed away her tears. Glancing out the window once more, she found Cade standing beside Matthew’s grave with his head bowed.

What would he say to the brother who’d married the woman Cade had cast aside when adventure called?

She prayed he’d move on soon, before she gave in to the desire that created such a powerful ache in her body.

Just to be held again, feel warm breath on her cheek; lay her palm on the hard muscles that rippled beneath the skin. Those desires were something she couldn’t put a price on. But they were the things she’d buy, if only she could.

Skye wanted to be a woman again. Someone cherished.

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Download the book and you’ll find lots of wonderful stories by Cheryl Pierson, Tracy Garrett, Phyliss Miranda, Tanya Hanson, Livia Washburn, Kathleen Rice Adams, Sarah McNeal, and Jacquie Rogers.

What do you hope to get from your honey for Valentines? Candy? Roses? Or something else?

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Here in the Texas Panhandle, we do love our cowboys. There's just something about a man in a Stetson and jeans that makes my heart beat faster. I'm not much of a cook but I love to do genealogy and I'm a bit of a rock hound. I'm also a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of historical western romance. You can contact me through my website and I'd love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more. HAPPY READING!

18 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day – The Day of Love”

  1. Happy Valentines Linda, that was so sweet what your husband gave you and the homemade card, well that’s the most romantic thing And it’s something to cherish forever. Wow a free book and the authors many I’ve read are fantastic. I’m not much into candy or roses, so Rob usually gets me something he knows I’ll enjoy. It could be a book, a CD by George Strait, but that’s only if George has something new that I’ve not already gotten. LOL!! This year he bought me a 1/2 pound of my favorite jerky- Loves Jerky and a beautiful card. I just love he always comes up with something he know that I’ll love. I hope you have a great hearts day and thank you for the free book download. Love you my sister friend.

    • Good morning, Miss Tonya……My husband was not a romantic man. In fact, he didn’t have a romantic bone in his body so that he made his own card really took me by surprise. It was the sweetest thing and that alone told me how much he loved me. Now Rob is a different story. Your Rob is very romantic and showers you with special things you love. He pays a lot of attention to your likes and dislikes. You got you a keeper, Tonya!

      Enjoy the stories in Hearts and Spurs! Love you too. 🙂

    • Good morning, Janine……Thank you so much for coming. I get it. You either get your birthday celebrated or Valentine’s. He probably just lumps them both together. That’s the pits. I wonder why your mother couldn’t have been more considerate. LOL I feel sorry for those born close to holidays. Or siblings born close to each other. My two daughter’s have birthdays a week to the day apart. It’s always been hard, especially since one birthday was a strain on us financially. Most of the time we had to lump them together and now I see how wrong that was. Live and learn.

      Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Linda, that is so sweet about the card. If my hubby ever did something like that I would fall over–but then I’d get up and put that card away in a place of honor, forever. That’s true love from the heart, for sure.

    Our anniversary is the 10th of February, so we’ve always pretty much celebrated ONE time for both things. Especially in those very very lean years. We were lucky to have money for one night out (and sometimes, it was McDonald’s!) LOL My kids’ birthdays are a week apart, too, and we did the “joint” parties when they were little, because their neighborhood friends all knew each other and those were the days of doing stuff at your house (drop the clothespin in the jar, pin the tail on the donkey, etc.) LOL But of course, when they got a little older we did separate parties since I had a boy and and girl. Now? They’re still best friends–always have been, and we do a big family dinner out for their birthdays usually in the middle of their days, the 8th and the 16th of September. I think we just have to do what we can do, and you know, sometimes what we think we shouldn’t have done (birthdays together) turn out to be really special memories.

    I doubt I’ll get anything from Gary for Valentine’s Day. He’s not the “mushy” type to begin with, and so we’ll probably just go out to eat sometime this week somewhere nice and say, “Happy Anniversary and Happy Valentine’s Day”–not very romantic, huh? LOL But here we are all these years later. I am going to go out later today and buy myself a box of candy (my dad always did that for each one of us every year–Mom, me and my 2 sisters). They make those Whitman’s Samplers in the sugar free variety now!

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Linda! Just want to say again how much I loved THE WIDOW’S HEART in Hearts and Spurs. XOXO

    • Hi Cheryl……I know what you mean. As we get older and it takes more energy for these celebrations we tend to just think of these as another day. Happy Anniversary to you and Gary! That’s wonderful and who’s to complain about a nice dinner? No cooking or dishes to wash. That’s my idea of celebrating.

      But about joint parties….birthdays for my husband didn’t mean anything because his mom had twins on his 2nd birthday. He had share his special day with two siblings. He came to not want anything, not even a cake. I felt so sorry for him. He disappeared when the twins came.

      Thank you so much for the kind words about The Widow’s Heart. As I was trying to pick out a short excerpt, I saw so many things that need changing. One day….one day I will get back to that story and make it better and longer. It deserves a better ending. By the way, did you see that the book was #2 this morning in the Kindle/Romance/Anthologies?

      Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Great post, Linda. I know how much Clint loved you with or without flowers. I know the card must be very special to you, it certainly would be for me. My DH, as you know, isn’t all that “mushy” as Cheryl wrote but I know he loves me and it’s the non-Valentine’s Day things that count. Getting me a fountain Coke every day or picking up cashews for me; you know, the day-to-day things that count. We’ve been up for three hours and I haven’t heard anything that makes me think he even knows it’s Valentine’s Day. I did get a card in the newspaper from AT&T in a pretty pink envelope with a gold seal on it! It’s snowing here, so if he planned to get a last minute box of candy, it ain’t gonna happen … but in fairness, I haven’t said Happy Valentine’s Day to him and don’t have a card. But, as everyone has pointed out, just knowing how much he loves me is all that counts. We’re only a year and a half away from celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary, so I guess we’re both keepers! Happy Valentine’s Day to all the P&P Fillies and readers.

  4. What a sweet memory of your husband, Linda. When love is right, you know it by the simple things your beloved does. 🙂

    I’ve noticed the proposal/wedding component in your stories. (I’m ready for a new one, BTW. Just sayin’. 😉 ) One of my favorite illustrations of your trademark is in The Widow’s Heart. That story embodies a beautiful lesson about forgiveness and letting go of past wounds. You cannot imagine how thrilled I was to have my second-ever piece of fiction included in Hearts and Spurs along with a heart-melting tale written by one of my favorite authors. (All of the authors in that anthology have become favorites of mine since, but you and Cheryl and Livia and Phyllis had been on my reading list for years.)

    Happy Valentine’s Day, sweet lady. 🙂

    • Hi Kathleen……Thank you, sweet, ornery, lovable friend! Your words mean so much to me. I adore your stories too, and was very happy to have a story in this anthology with yours. Even in the beginning, you always wrote like a seasoned author. Well, you won’t have long to wait for a new one. May 2, in fact. But how about you? I need one!!

      Happy Valentine’s Day!

  5. Happy Valentine’s Day.

    You mentioned “Be My Texas Valentine” above and I thought I’d let you know I have it on my Amazon list for future purchase, along with these anthologies:

    Give Me A Texan
    Give Me a Cowboy
    Give Me a Texas Outlaw
    Give Me a Texas Ranger

    Five anthologies to look forward to, all with a story by you in them! And Phyliss in Valentine and Outlaw as well. I already have “A Texas Christmas” anthology–thanks to Phyliss. Boy, I have so much to look forward to, but I’m playing catch-up because I came fairly late to romances in general, and more recently to western romances, at least compared to so many others.

    And of course I have on my “new releases” list:
    Texas Redemption, Feb 7, 2017
    The Heart of a Texas Cowboy (Men of Legend #2), May 2, 2017
    Christmas in a Cowboy’s Arms (anthology), Oct 3, 2017
    To Marry a Texas Outlaw (Men of Legend #3), Nov 7, 2017

    Best wishes, Linda, with the very busy year you obviously have in front of you.

    • Hi Eliza……Thank you and Happy Valentine’s Day to you. Looks like you have plenty of reading ahead. I think you’re going to get sick of me before it’s over. I hope not though.

      Have a wonderful day, dear friend!

  6. We do not usually exchange gifts just cards. I always get him a little something. We enjoy traveling so consider our trips our gifts to each other. At Christmas and on birthdays there may be little things, but the big trips we will take are the real gifts.

    I ordered Hearts and Spurs and can’t wait to read it. I will have to dig out my copy of BE MY TEXAS VALENTINE. I loved that whole series of anthologies.

    I hope you had an enjoyable Valentine’s Day.

    • Hi Patricia……I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. Let me know if you ever take a trip here to the Texas Panhandle. I’d like to meet you. Thanks for ordering Hearts and Spurs. As I told someone yesterday, I intend to lengthen that story and put it out as a single. Someday. Hopefully. God willing and the creek don’t rise.

      I appreciate the kind words about Be My Texas Valentine and the anthologies. I loved writing those stories with my friends.

      Love and big hugs, pretty lady!

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