So do you see February 14th as the most romantic day of the year or just commercialism at its worst?
For many businesses, notably confectioners,florists, lingerie shops and restaurants, it can be one of the most profitable days of the year.
As a romance writer you would expect me to be a staunch supporter of Valentine’s day and in many ways I am. I love that couples go out on date nights and lovers make an effort to surprise their partners with a gift but neither of these things have to cost a fortune. Most people truly in love would find a handmade gift or a home cooked supper the most romantic gift of all.
What I dislike about Valentine’s day is the hype, the insistence by the commercial world that if you don’t spend a fortune, your Valentine’s gift it isn’t worth anything.
Well take it from someone who has been married for almost 32 years the money doesn’t matter it’s the thought that counts.
So be a true romantic this year and ignore the pressure from advertisers. Give your loved one your time, help with the chores, so you can enjoy more ‘us’ time and have a delicious home cooked Valentine treat à deux.
Here’s my Valentine’s gift to my husband.
Oops there goes the New Year diet 😦
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Happy Release Day to my friend and fellow author Calida Ally whose debut e-book Chara’s Song is out today. Here what’s behind the fabulous cover:
Journalist, Chara Bennett leads an ordinary life until one night when she agrees to meet with Latin sexy singing sensation, Feliciano Guerrero. They are papped outside his hotel by photographers who appear to know Chara. Feliciano is convinced that she set him up in order to gain fame and fortune by cashing in on a kiss and tell story. Three years after Feliciano publicly humiliates her, Chara finds herself being catapulted into his world again against her will. She is forced to stay with him in his villa and despite both of their resolve to stay out of each other’s way, the explosive sexual chemistry which sparks between them keeps drawing them together like a powerful magnet…
I am a fan of Jane Lark’s Historical Novels and now I’ve also enjoyed ‘I Found You’ her New Adult Romance story. The first in the ‘Starting Out’ series.Here’s what you can expect:
On a cold winter night, Rachel and Jason’s lives collide on Manhattan Bridge. She’s running from life, he’s running toward it. But compassion urges him to help her.
His offer of a place to stay leads to friendship and trouble. There’s his fiancée back home in Oregon and a family who just don’t trust this girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
But when the connection between them is so electric, so right… everyone else must be wrong. And as the snow begins to settle on the Hudson, there’s nothing but the possibility of what could be – of this, right here, right now. Them.
Written in the 1st person from Jason and Rachel’s point of view ‘I Found You’ is a poignant, engaging story with immediacy and rawness which hooks you in from their first traumatic meeting. Serendipity has Jason running on the Manhattan Bridge at the exact same time Rachel is in danger of ending her young life. This moment in time is an extraordinary occurrence in two ordinary lives which change them forever, a catalyst for an enduring love story.
Rachel is at rock bottom and her life is full of secrets most of which she won’t share and would rather forget. On a downward trend since birth and coupled with an illness she barely understands meeting Jason on the bridge is opportune. The more time she spends in his care the more she depends on him and wants to share her true self but is the risk too great?
Touched by Rachel’s predicament and vulnerability Jason’s small town values and upbringing make him considerate, he has to help her. Jason’s acceptance of Rachel ‘as seen’ goes a long way to healing her trust issues and gradually she begins to share her traumatic past with him and heal.
Jason’s life in New York is not what he imagined. Meeting Rachel he sees the city differently she makes him try new things which force him to mature and understand what he wants from life. His relationship with Rachel challenges everything he holds dear.
The sensual connection the couple have dominates the story and their lives and makes them feel invincible as only love can. The plot is page turning as life intrudes on their romantic idyll. The ending is worth struggling through the angst but don’t breathe a sigh of relief too soon.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins UK Harper Impulse via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.