Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Congratulations to Tammy Y. the winner of Abigail's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

If you’re a romance reader, you know how this Holiday of Love can be the perfect backdrop to any romantic setting.  Or the worst way for a relationship to end.  Or even something in between.

My favorite contemporary romance centered around Valentine’s Day is The Trouble with Valentine’s Day by Rachel Gibson (http://www.rachelgibson.com/) – mostly because of the first sentence:  Valentine’s Day sucked the big one.  Great opening, right?

Gibson’s stories are always fun and clever while the hero and heroine find their happily ever after.  And she was a big inspiration for the way I told Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy and Who Wants to Marry a Doctor, too.  Additionally, when I questioned my Goodreads groups for books on Valentine’s Day, this one is the first one that folks always mention.  Says Jane from Iowa, “I enjoy Ms. Gibson's writings and her characters and the settings in the NW USA grab me. The male lead character is a former Chinook's pro hockey player.”  (Which leads me to a shout-out to my favorite Gibson novel, See Jane Score, where the hero is also a Chinook’s pro hockey player.)

Lest you think Rachel Gibson has a monopoly on Valentine’s Day, we also have Codi Gary (www.codigarysbooks.com), who is part of the Kiss Me Valentine’s Anthology along with Cheryl Harper and Jaclyn Hatcher.  Did Codi use her romantic real life as inspiration?  Well, sort of.  Okay, not really.  While she was writing The Trouble with Sexy, she said she thought back to before she was married.  She held a bitterness for the holiday because when she was eleven, her horse died on Valentine’s Day.  But she thought, "Hey! That's a unique back ground for my character's hatred of the holiday. I'm gonna use that!”

Of course her hero and heroine have obstacles on their journey to love.  Ryan and Gregg are two people totally into each other but for some reason, never found the right moment. Cue cupid, in the form of a make-over crazed Gracie, and suddenly, Gregg realizes if he doesn't take a chance, he might lose his last shot.  

Everyone together now:  AAAAAaaaaaaaaawwww.

Virginia (who didn’t tell me where she lived!) has another addition to the list:  The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand (www.lauraflorand.com).  She summed it up quite simply with, “Valentine's Day, chocolate, true love, and Paris!”  And really, who could ask for anything more?

I haven’t yet attempted a Valentine’s Day story. I might be putting too much pressure on myself, but I think the expectations are too high.  So I’ll settle for my passionate and playful contemporary romance, and let you guys in on the fun, too.  

Giveaway:
I’m giving away TWO copies of Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy?to ONE reader – one for you and one for someone you love.  

What do you like to curl up with on Valentine’s Day?

Abigail is a Boston-bred Yankee now eating grits and saying "y'all" in North Central Florida. She dreamed more of being a stage actress or joining the CIA than being an author. While she still enjoys participating in community theater productions and singing karaoke, the secret-agent career was replaced by hours at her computer, writing passionate, playful contemporary romance.  Her second book, Who Wants to Marry a Doctor, is scheduled for a July release with Grand Central.

Abigail lives with her husband, two kids, and one crazy princess puppy. You can keep up with her on Goodreads or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/AbigailSharpeBooks or on her website - www.abigailsharpe.com.

Drum roll......Abigail's exciting new cover reveal for WHO WANTS TO MARRY A DOCTOR?

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Feb. 15th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.   US postal addresses only.

27 comments:

  1. Happy Valentine's Day, Maureen! Thanks for letting me come and play with you.

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  2. When I was in high school I hated Valentine's Day. The other girls (the pretty ones) would always get roses and chocolates, while I got squat. But once I found the love of my life, that all changed. Waiting on the ONE is never time wasted.
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    1. Jodi, you crack me up when you called other girls the Pretty Ones. Have you looked in a mirror? Aside from that, though, you're gorgeous inside, too!

      I love your last line. So true!

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  3. Valentine's Day is for cuddling up with someone you love but that love comes in countless forms. For me a few cats, dogs and even a few books is good. As long as we are warm and together.

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    1. Amen to that, especially in this weather! I love when my dog uses me as a pillow or keeps my feet warm.

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  4. I like curling up with my sweetheart and having a romantic evening. But I'm a mom and my sweetheart is my husband of 17 years, so we're lucky if we get to curl up on the couch at the same time until the kidlets are in bed. LOL

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  5. I still like curling up with my husband of 20 years. Our daughter still thinks Valentine's Day is a family holiday.

    yenastone at aol dot com

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    1. hehhehheh... a family holiday. ;)

      I love that your daughter is included, though! There's no reason to limit the love!

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  6. I prefer to curl up with a romance novel on Valentine's Day. A romance novel and a cup of hot chocolate. That really hits the spot.

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    1. Ooh, yeah... romance and chocolate.
      What are you reading tonight?

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  7. Love the new cover, Abigail. I already have your cowboy, can't wait to read about the doctor!

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    1. YAY to the cover and YAY to having read Cowboy! I hope you enjoyed it. Doctor is coming July 1!!!

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  8. My preference for curling up companion on Valentine's Day is... well, it's kinda complicated. For this year, though, it's my dog, my cat, and some episodes of Doctor Who. Or a few good books, since they only take me about an hour or 2 to read...

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    1. You never forget your first Doctor. ;)

      Geez, it takes me 2 WEEKS to read a book! ...though before I started writing, I could read two a week.

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  9. I'll curl up with a fluffy blanket and a heating pad. Add some chocolate wine and I'm set. ;-)

    Actually, I have a mild allergy to roses so may some day have to request I don't get them. lol

    The sequel cover looks awesome! I like the shoes and not having people's heads cut off in random spots (looks at a few other romance covers). Some day I hope to read both books.

    dawnembers at ymail dot com

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    1. Mmmmm... chocolate wine.....
      Too funny about the roses. Maybe tell your SO to get tulips or orchids instead.

      I <3 my cover!!!

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  10. The hubby and I will curl up together and watch a movie. Hot chocolate is not out of the realm of possibility. And at some point or another, the dog is going to work his way under the blanket and snuggle between us. A perfect, cozy way to spend Valentine's Day. Love the new cover!! Congrats! :)

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    1. Maura, that sounds SO NICE. With mini marshmallows?

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  11. If I had my druthers, I'd curl up with the Boyfriend and breakfast in bed. What I'm today was cuddling in bed with my two cats and a l-o-n-g night at the office. :P

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    1. Does your fiancé know you have a boyfriend? ;)
      I so appreciate those who pull overnight work. It's not for the faint of heart. Or sleep cycle.

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  12. with chocolate

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  13. I cuddle up with the hubby after a nice dinner out (actually, just about any dinner I don't have to cook is "nice"). Last night, we topped our evening with a so-bad-it-was-good movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a small-town Texas sheriff...yep, what a concept! Still, a lovely Valentine's Day!

    Love the new cover :-)

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    1. I hear you on the not cooking thing! Last night I made hamburgers shaped like hearts. Hee. :)

      I love the new cover, too!

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  14. I curled up with a bottle of wine. Wine never disappoints. :-) I *loved* "See Jane Score" too! I lent out my copy and never got it back. Might need to upload a fresh copy, right after I read this fantastic new author I've heard about, Abigail Sharpe. :-) Hope you had a brilliant Cupid's Day!

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    1. Yeah, I heard that Abigail Sharpe will make you laugh. What could be more fun after drinking a bottle of wine? ;)

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