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A Valentine’s Day Special!

You know it’s really weird how some years the media makes a bigger deal out of this than others. I swear today here in Sydney I hear and saw at least double the normal stories and competitions for Valentine’s Day, or as my son calls it…rip off the bloke day ! LOL

There is a lot of confusion and contention surrounding the origins of St Valentine’s Day. Some say the original St Valentine was a priest who was jailed for secretly marrying couples when marriage was illegal…he was apparently beheaded. Yuck!

However, the roots of St. Valentine’s Day lie in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, which was celebrated on Feb. 15. For 800 years the Romans had dedicated this day to the god Lupercus. On Lupercalia, a young man would draw the name of a young woman in a lottery and would then keep the woman as a sexual companion for the year.

Pope Gelasius I was, understandably, less than thrilled with this custom. So he changed the lottery to have both young men and women draw the names of saints whom they would then emulate for the year (a change that no doubt disappointed a few young men). Instead of Lupercus, the patron of the feast became Valentine.

For Roman men, the day continued to be an occasion to seek the affections of women, and it became a tradition to give out handwritten messages of admiration that included Valentine’s name. This was probably the real story…but hey, I think that Festival of Lupercalia sounds kinda fun don’t you?

So back to what we think it is all about…spending time with someone you love…letting that special someone know how much they mean to you..all good things! So Enjoy the day and may many St. Valentine’s Blessings be upon you!

I got a Happy Valentine’s Kiss this morning and will be having champagne tonight! Tell us what you did or are going to do to celebrate!

AND to add to the fun – MOONLIT ENCOUNTERS is on special for 99 cents to celebrate Valentines Day! That a bargain! It’s EIGHT stories! Click HERE to buy it!

The Big Day has arrived! Moonlit Encounters is now live!

This has been a  long time in the making, but we are proud to announce that MOONLIT ENCOUNTERS is finally released.  My story “Sun Woman meets Moon Man” is a cute contemporary romance.  I love Sam and Melanie :-)

Whoo hoo!

Here are the details: 

Title and author:  Moonlit Encounters by Various Authors (Jennifer Brassel, Kitty Bucholtz, Shannon Curtis, Coleen Kwan, Maggie Mitchell (me), Shannon Peters, Paula Roe and Deborah Tait)
Publication date: 20 Dec 2012
Publisher: TWC Press
Format: eBook (all formats)
Words: 97,444 

Blurb
A diverse collection of short romantic fiction from eight different authors, from different genres, for all readers.
A Victorian woman must chose between family loyalty and a chance at love…
With a little help from a sexy neighbour, a nurse must find strength in vulnerability…
A medieval warrior struggles with his duty when a healer captivates him…
Convincing a cynical workaholic to take time to smell the roses is more challenging than this talented empath could imagine…
A curious voyeur discovers getting involved can be dangerous…
Her family’s happiness is at risk unless this widow puts her trust in a stranger…
An independent ranger learns that wolves come in all guises, and secrets can be deadly…
Jilted in a foreign country, a woman struggles with trust and a second chance at happiness…

Here are our links: 

Website: http://www.twcpress.com
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AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Moonlit-Encounters-ebook/dp/B00ANR89BW
Go check it out!  For a limited time it’s only 99 cents!  A bargain for such a long book!

I’m excited! Are you?

Just a quick note to let you know the sekrit writing project story will be released soon!

My story is a contemporary romance featuring a girl who’s given up on men, and her hot neighbour who wants to change her mind. When they are locked on the roof for the night she has to face her fear of heights as well as relationships, but her neighbour knows just how to distract her.

The anthology features eight stories by eight authors (including yours truly) and will be published by TWC.  If you head over to Facebook and like our page, that would be fantastic! Don’t forget to add the page to your interests list as well – that way you can see our posts!

Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/twcpress

Don’t you just love the logo?
Watch this space! I’ll post a teaser very soon :-)

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