Tag Archives: Valentine’s Day

Scribbling Women and the Real-Life Romance Heroes Who Love Them

Barbara Vey -- February 14th, 2014

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  I meant to post this earlier in the month, but time got away from me.  I’ve often said that authors are the biggest hearted people I know and I love to showcase their causes.  Today it’s Scribbling Women and the Real-Life Romance Heroes Who Love Them.

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Award-winning romance author Hope Tarr announces the publication of Scribbling Women and the Real-Life Romance Heroes Who Love Them. Styled in the spirit of the bestselling “Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul” series, the anthology comprises 28 nonfiction essays by bestselling romance and women’s fiction authors on how they met, wed, and love their real-life spouses and significant others. Contributors include Deanna Raybourn, Jacquie D’Alessandro, Julie Kenner, May McGoldrick and Lisa Renée Jones.

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All proceeds from the anthology will be donated to Women In Need (Win), a non-profit organization based in New York City and dedicated to helping women and families break the cycle of homelessness by providing clean, safe housing and critical programs and services.

The anthology hit the Kindle Top 100 within hours of its launch, ranking #14 in the Store’s Love & Romance category. The book’s title was inspired by 19th century writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s notorious reference to female authors as a “damned mob of scribbling women.”

 

“The romance fiction community is filled with some of the most generous souls I know,” says Tarr, who is also a cofounder and curator of Lady Jane’s Salon®, the city’s only monthly romance fiction reading series. “Every author in the anthology contributed her time and talent pro bono so that we might raise the maximum monies for Win. By sharing our own real-life love stories, we want our readers to know that Happily Ever After isn’t only the stuff of fairy tales and romance novels. It is every woman’s birthright.”

 

 “Hope’s generosity and continued support for Win and the families we serve is immensely appreciated,” said Win CEO Bonnie Stone. “We are grateful to her and all of the authors who contributed to Scribbling Women, and look forward to the book’s success.”

Bottom Line:  What a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day…with stories of real love.

Love and Romance

Barbara Vey -- February 14th, 2013

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Today is the day that symbolizes love and romance.  There are hearts and candy and flowers everywhere.  There are teddy bears with big red bows and restaurants with lots of reservations and I’m sure there will be a few proposals before the day is over.

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    Connecticut Couple Honored as 'Longest Married' in U.S. (ABC News)     Connecticut Couple Honored as 'Longest Married' in U.S. (ABC News)

Connecticut Couple Honored as ‘Longest Married’ in U.S. (ABC News) 

Here’s a couple who know a thing or two about love.  John and Ann Betar of Fairfield, Conn. were married in November 1932.  They’ve been married 80 years.  In this day and age of 5 minute marriages (yes, Kim Kardashian, I’m talking about you), it’s refreshing to see that there is everlasting love somewhere.  I even saw where one law firm is offering free divorces today and how sad is that?

But, back to love.  This has to be an extra special day for readers and writers of romance, so how about sharing your love story.  Tell us about your special Valentine.  How did you meet?  What makes you stay together?  What’s your everlasting love story?

Bottom Line:  All you need is love.  But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. ~ Charles M. Schulz

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Be a Valentine’s Day Giver

Barbara Vey -- January 17th, 2013

When I was a kid, Valentine’s Day meant getting and receiving Valentine Cards from all my classmates.  It was candy and treats and giving and sharing.  As I got older, it became who liked who and cards, candy and flowers.  As an adult, it became cards and more extravagant gifts and dinner and going out.  But now it’s just another day.  Being single on Valentine’s Day (or Sweetest Day) is no picnic.  Yesterday, author Sharon Sala, on her Facebook page, put it all into perspective for me.

 

All the push to buy Valentine cards/candy/flowers began before New Years. Shelves were being stripped the week after Christmas and Valentine products began to show up. Now it’s in your face wherever you go and it got me thinking about the people who are alone. People who might wish someone would remember them with love, but who, for reasons of their birth or the present situation in their life, have no one in this capacity. People like me, who have lost the love of their life.

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All of this ‘love in your face’ advertising can certainly be a downer for people in that situation, exacerbating depression, increasing the loneliness they are already living with, increasing both anger and anxiety. So, I had this idea. If you know someone like that, let this year be the year you become ‘their valentine’. Buy the packets of children’s valentines in bulk and hand them out at your workplace, on the bus you ride to work, on the subway, in the taxi, at the parking garage where you park your car. Take them to a nursing home or a VA hospital. They are full of the loneliest people on the planet. Ask ahead of time if you want to hand out candy with it. Sometimes that is a safety issue for people who have trouble swallowing. Give a card to someone who performs daily/weekly services for you, like barbers/waitresses/a doorman at your apartment. AND, even more importantly, if YOU are the person who will be alone, by participating in this giving, this simple act of kindness will come back to you a hundred fold. The smiles of joy, the surprise of delight will fill you in a way that no amount of candy and flowers could surpass.

Don’t be the loner. Be the giver. I am going to do this and I’ll share with you all what happened to me on this day afterward. It’s a plan, man… get with it. ♥ See… I’ve already shared a heart and it was two strokes on a keyboard. Love is in the air, so share.

This is a wonderful idea and I hope some of you will take it to heart because loneliness is a terrible thing and those of us who deal in the ideal illusion of romance should be champions of making people feel good.

What do you think?  Good idea?  Would you participate or is it someone else’s job?

Bottom Line:  “If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.” ~  Maya Angelou

A Kind of Ferris Bueller Day Off

Barbara Vey -- February 15th, 2011
Andrew didn't exactly have a Ferris Bueller day off, but we still had fun

Andrew didn't exactly have a Ferris Bueller day off, but we still had fun

I know I lamented Valentine’s Day yesterday, but I have to say that I actually had a very nice day.  My son, Andrew, took the day off of work and met me at the mall.  We had a wonderful lunch, perused stores (stopping, of course, in the Apple Store so I could offer up my birthday list) and finding him a World Champion Green Bay Packer shirt.  I had to laugh at the long line of men that snaked through Godiva Chocolates.  Much shorter lines in the jewelry stores.

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We stopped in Barnes and Noble and I have to say that it was quite busy for a weekday.  Maybe they were buying Valentine’s gifts, but whatever the reason, I’m always thrilled to see a busy bookstore.  Since I was with Andrew, we looked at the comic book section and he showed me his newest Marvel app for the iPhone and he had downloaded Marjorie Liu’s comic book.  Since Marjorie also writes paranormal and urban fantasy, I got him to at least look at the paperback section. Hey, anything that gets anyone to read is fine with me.

So I hope you all enjoyed yesterday, no matter what you did and thanks to the Random Number Generator, the winner of yesterday’s Harlequin Kiss Giveaway is commenter number 23, Dee.  Congratulations Dee and please send your snail mail address to bvey@publishersweekly.com and I’ll forward it to Harlequin.  Thanks to everyone for your posts.

Bottom Line: I’ve planted the seed for my boys to get together and buy me an iPad for Mother’s Day.  Andrew said, “Good luck with that.”

Happy Valentine’s Day

Barbara Vey -- February 14th, 2011

Somehow Valentine’s Day doesn’t have the same allure for me that it has in years past.  As a child I couldn’t wait to pass out and receive Valentines, my heart thumping when I would read, “Be My Valentine,” and was signed by Timmy or Jimmy or any other boy in class.   I was sure it meant that they were madly in love with me, but too shy to say it to my face.  My notebooks were filled with me writing, Mrs. Timmy Jones or Mrs. Jimmy Smith.  Although, thinking back, I’m sure their mothers forced them to sign their names to the back of the Valentines, pass them out randomly and never even bother to read what the front of them said.

As I got older, I found that men seemed to like to buy flowery cards with lots of words, possibly thinking bigger is better.  Again, I’m not sure they always read what was on the card and signed their name with an appropriate Valentine gift thinking that they made it through another holiday without screwing it up too much.  (I have 4 brothers and have been privy to some of their thought processes throughout the years.)

Now, after being single for many years, Valentine’s Day, for me, is more to enjoy others experiences.  My favorite Valentine movie is Sleepless in Seattle.  You just can’t beat meeting on the top of the Empire State building and having the tall buildings make their windows light up into a heart shape.  <Sigh…>

Harlequin Kiss Giveaway

Harlequin Kiss Giveaway

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As a special surprise, Harlequin stopped by today to promote their Patent Your Kiss contest. On their site you can create the perfect kiss.  One lucky commenter today will win a Kiss Kit complete with:

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A Compendium of Kisses by Lana Citron
Breaking the Rules by Tawny Weber
MAC PlushGlass Lip Gloss in “Big Kiss”
Scope Mouthwash
Hershey’s Kisses
Cinnamon Hearts

And finally, here’s a delightful, romantic excerpt, sent to me by a reader.  Enjoy!

He grasped me firmly, but gently, just above my elbow and guided me into a room, his room.   Then he quietly shut the door and we were alone.

He approached me soundlessly, from behind, and spoke in a low, reassuring voice, close to my ear.   “Just relax. . . ”

Without warning, he reached down and I felt his strong, calloused hands start at my ankles, gently probing and moving upward along my calves, slowly, but steadily.  My breath caught in my throat.  I knew I should be afraid, but somehow I didn’t care.   His touch was so experienced, so sure.

When his hands moved up onto my thighs, I gave a slight shudder, and I partly closed my eyes.  My pulse was pounding.   I felt his knowing fingers caress my abdomen, my ribcage.  And then, as he cupped my firm, full breasts in his hands, I inhaled sharply.  Probing, searching, knowing what he wanted, he brought his hands to my shoulders, slid them down my tingling spine and into my panties.

Although I knew nothing about this man, I felt oddly trusting and expectant.  This is a man, I thought.   A man used to taking charge.  A man not used to taking “no” for an answer.  A man who would tell me what he wanted.  A man who would look into my soul and say . . . . .

“Okay, ma’am,” said a voice.  “All done.”

My eyes snapped open and he was standing in front of me, smiling, holding out my purse.   “You can board your flight now.”

Remember, any comment will give you a chance to win the Harlequin gift package, winner announced tomorrow.  So, what’s your thoughts on Valentine’s Day?

Bottom Line: I claim there ain’t
Another Saint
As great as Valentine.   ~Ogden Nash