Happy Valentine’s Day!

valentines_cardHi everyone! Though I hope you’re all too engaged in hot dates with your spouses/lovers/shag buddies to read this note, I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day. My husband and I don’t celebrate this day, but I know many people do. I’ve started to do a little research about this holiday when I remembered I’d already documented about Valentine’s Day for one of my novels, Falling for Italy. Then I found out the Dia de San Valentino has been an unofficial holiday for hundreds of years, and apparently has started being celebrated in Rome.

Over the decades, most Christians began celebrating early saints called Valentinus on February 14th, but the association between this day and romance was made in the 14th century in the circles of Geoffrey Chaucer, the father of English literature. During that medieval period, the tradition of courtly love flourished – a literary conception of love that emphasized nobility and chivalry. To demonstrate their love, the  knights set out on dangerous adventures and performed various services for ladies. In 18th century England, Valentine’s Day evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as valentines). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid, the god of desire, son of Venus (goddess of love) and Mars (god of war).

Book couple

So now that I’ve given you a little background, go back to whatever you were doing, which I bet includes hot-red negligees, chocolate and edible body oils. After you finish all this fun stuff, I do have another treat for you: those who subscribe to my website via email will receive a FREE Ebook, my holiday short story called Be My Valentine. So feel free to subscribe and tell your friends about it, now that love and gifts are in the air.

Happy Valentine’s Day, darlings! ❤ ❤ ❤

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