VALENTINE’S DAY: A DAY FOR ROMANCE

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

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What better time for us romance readers and authors than a day to celebrate romance? In addition to Valentine cards, common expressions from a man to a woman include chocolates and red roses. I hope I get chocolate! I wouldn’t mind both, of course.

Do you remember how exciting the day was in elementary school when you exchanged Valentines with other children? The smell of library paste and red paper stuck to your fingers? Did you experience the desperation of Charlie Brown for the Little Red-Haired Girl if you were hoping a special classmate gave you a Valentine? Later, when did you get your first heart-shaped box of chocolates or bouquet of flowers? I was in the eighth grade and caught by surprise.

I’d always thought the custom of sending Valentines originated in the nineteenth century. I was wrong. Valentine greetings were exchanged as early as the 15th century and printed cards appeared in the seventeenth century. Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s.

In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” (Hmm, reminds me of the word “scrapbooking”.) Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year (more cards are sent at Christmas). No surprise—women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

If you remember studying his works, I don’t want to give you a headache. However, the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer was the first to record St. Valentine’s Day as a day of romantic celebration in his 1375 poem “Parliament of Foules,” writing,

“For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day

Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.”

The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

<Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day https://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day-2&gt;

We’re more concerned with our Valentine’s Day, aren’t we? What I recommend for the day is a book, a romance of course. Kick off your shoes and curl up in a cozy spot to read. So many great writers have romances available to fit every taste.

I’m offering a free e-book of the winner’s choice to three people who leave a comment today. You can find my books listed on my Amazon Author page at: https://amazon.com/Caroline-Clemmons/e/B001K8CXZ6/

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By the way, I have an upcoming release on February 19 for A BRIDE FOR LUKE (The Proxy Brides Book 10). Although it was considerable work, this was fun to write and I’m hoping readers will enjoy the book. Beta reader results have been very positive! It’s available for preorder now at the Universal Amazon link: http://mybook.to/Maeve. It will be in e-book and print and free in Kindle Unlimited.

Here’s a synopsis blurb:

Each is struggling to build a better life . . .

Two strong-willed people are bound to clash . . .

Danger forces them to focus on what is at stake . . .

Maeve Kelly came to America for a better life but found only signs that said No Irish Need Apply. When the cousin with whom she is staying leaves Boston, Maeve is left desperate. Her job at the laundry doesn’t pay enough for her to survive alone. Her friend suggests a way out, Maeve resists but finally accepts. What else can she do?

Sheriff Luke Sullivan is proud of his accomplishments. Known for his strong principles, he is admired and well-respected in the community. When he learns his mother and aunt have schemed to get him a proxy bride he’s furious. If he’d wanted a wife he would have found one. He respects and loves his mother and aunt and finally agrees to the marriage. Before he and his bride can adjust to one another, Luke is caught in the middle of an explosive situation between striking miners and the railroad.

Threats against Luke by each side have him fearing for the safety of his wife, mother, and aunt. He must resolve the strike to protect his family and many others. Will he succeed in time to save lives?

Enjoy an excerpt:

He pushed back from the table. “How can I keep you safe if you don’t follow orders? Do you understand?”

She put her hands on her hips. “Oh, so it’s orders you’re giving me, is it? Weel, Lucas Brady Sullivan, I take orders from no man. Do you understand?”

“Mae, you’re making something from nothing.” He tapped his chest. “I’m your husband. You promised to obey me when we wed.”

That brought her temper down a notch. She had promised and Father Patrick had lectured her on the husband being the head of the household. “Mayhap I did, but not high handed orders.”

“And what would you consider obeying? You want a written invitation to remain home? Shall I show you the other wanted poster and suggest you avoid that man? You’ve no idea what these other men look like so how would you know if they were walking down the street or shopping in the Mercantile? How can you know who’s an upstanding citizen and who’s a stranger in town? You were in front of the Mercantile when Higgins accosted you.”

She turned toward the sink, hands on her face to hide her shame. “Aye, ‘tis sorry I am. The worry of what’s going to happen has me in bits. I can’t get out of my mind the fact someone may shoot at you from an ambush.”

He wrapped his arms around her. “Don’t fret, honey. I’m doing my best to keep this situation from becoming violent. I can’t focus on my job if I’m worried about where you are and what you’re doing and who’s around you.”

She leaned her head against his broad chest. His strong heartbeat reassured her. “I see the way I was wrong. ‘Twas my mistake and I said ‘tis sorry I am.”

She looked up at him. “But, for us to have a peaceful marriage you’d best consider making requests instead of giving orders.”

ABOUT CAROLINE

Through a crazy twist of fate, Caroline Clemmons was not born on a Texas ranch. To compensate for this illogical error, she writes about handsome cowboys, feisty ranch women, and scheming villains in a tiny office her family calls her pink cave. She and her Hero live in North Central Texas cowboy country where they ride herd on their three rescued indoor cats and one dog.

The books she creates in her pink cave have made her a bestselling author and won awards. She writes historical and contemporary as well as time travel and mystery. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, reading her friends’ books, lunching with friends, browsing antique malls, checking Facebook, and taking the occasional nap. Find her on her WebsiteBlogFacebookTwitterNewsletter.  She loves to hear from readers at caroline@carolineclemmons.com

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  1. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Enjoyed the excerpt and the history of St. Valentine’s Day.

    1. Thank you, Denise. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Happy Valentine’s day

    1. Thank you, Kim. Happy Valentine’s Day to you.

  3. I really enjoyed the excerpt Caroline. Thank you for sharing. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone.

    1. Carol, thank you for stopping by. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  4. Happy Valentines Day to you and everyone on P & P site!

    1. Tonya, Happy Valentine’s Day. Thank you for commenting.

  5. Happy VALENTINE’S day to all?

    1. Margot, Happy Valentine’s Day. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Happy Valentine’s Day. I’m looking forward to snuggling two grandkids today and maybe winking at the book I’m reading! Unless nap time is successful. Glad to meet you as an author!

    1. Kathy, how lucky to have your grandkids help make this a Happy Valentine’s Day. Hope you can squeeze in a few minutes to read.

  7. Happy Valentines Day. I can’t wait to get your new book!

    1. Vicki, thank you. I love writing books and love having people read them.

  8. Happy Valentine’s day to everyone! My husband usual didn’t do anything on Valentine’s day except for the past couple of years. This year he got me a balloon on Sunday, small box of candy on Monday and roses on Tuesday and I got him a box of candy on Wednesday so I guess that takes care of the week because we had eye doctor appointments on Thursday and Friday.

    1. Happy Valentine’s day. Thank you for sharing your story with us all.

      1. Charlene, Have a Happy Valentine’s Day. Thanks for commenting.

    2. Isn’t it nice to stretch out the celebration? Have a Happy Valentine’s Day even though you have to go to the eye doctor.

  9. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!??

    1. Melanie, Happy Valentine’s Day!

  10. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY ??

    I love hearing the history of any holiday, this was very interesting.

    1. Rose Ann, Thank you for your comment. I love history. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  11. HAPPY Valentine’s Day – thanks for the interesting history!

    1. Teresa, Happy Valentine’s Day! Thank you for commenting.

  12. Happy Valentine’s! Thanks for sharing!

  13. That gal in a Bride for Luke has the right idea–no high handed orders. I’m sure that will be a good book!
    Happy Valentine Day!

  14. Happy Valentines Day Caroline. Welcome today. This is some interesting facts about cards. Thanks for sharing. I would love to read book two in the series Texas Time Travel: Texas Rainbow

  15. Happy Valentine’s Day! I think your recommendation sounds good.

  16. Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ve read some of the Proxy Brides! They all sound great!

  17. Caroline, Thank you for the very informative post on Valentines and Valentine’s Day. I always felt sorry for the kids at school that didn’t get many cards from the other students. I think most classes now eliminate card exchanges or require that if you bring cards, you have to give one to every other student. A day dedicated to recognizing how important love is in our lives – be it familial love, friendship love or romantic love – was actually a good idea. It is good to take time to consider it and see just how lucky we are to have these people in our lives.
    I already followed you on Amazon. You have quite an inventory of books on your page. I read the blurbs of several and the all sound good. Mail order brides are long time favorite.
    I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

  18. Caroline,

    Thanks for an interesting post. I love reading your articles, as much as your stories.

  19. I enjoyed the excerpt! Hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day.

  20. Sounds like a great book, Carolyn. Of course, being written by you, it’s bound to be.

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