Saturday, February 11, 2012

With Love

Lots of love, because, well, it's the month of love. Actually, to be honest, I keep seeing red decorations at Wal-Mart and I think, "Christmas is over, WTH?"

Right. Anyway, in honor of good ol' V-Day, I'm blog hopping with The Blog Hop Spot and giving you a chance to win an e-copy of my debut steampunk romance novel, The Treasure Hunter's Lady, which just came out yesterday. Careful, it's probably still hot off the e-press. Don't burn your fingers.

To celebrate Valentine's Day and because I'm a huge believer in gathering random facts, here are some interesting facts relating to the kissy-kissy, smoochy-smoochy holiday.

 In the 1840's, Ester A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines.

 Lupercalia, which was the festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of fertility, was deemed "un-Christian" by the Catholic church. Instead, they celebrated St. Valentine's Day. There are at least 3 known saints named Valentine or Valentinus.

 Vatsyayana, the author of the Kama Sutra, was most likely a celibate scholar who lived in India in the 5th century A.D.

 Approximately 150 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year. Most of them on the six days preceding the holiday.

 Mid-February was chosen for the holiday because people in Britain believed that was approximately the time when birds began to mate.

Well, I don't know about birds (actually, I'm afraid of most birds), but I have a few steamy scenes in my novel and I'm going to give a copy away to one lucky winner.

Here's the blurb:

The Treasure Hunter's Lady - Now available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Romy Farrington seems to have the perfect life—a world-famous archeologist father and upcoming marriage to a wealthy businessman. But to Romy, her new life in the city is a punishment.

For years, she traveled the world at her father's side, exploring new lands and uncovering ancient secrets. It was everything she ever wanted, until a near-fatal encounter with hostile natives forced her and her father into a life of retirement in Boston and an undesired advance into proper society.

Everything changes again when she's saved from an accident by a brash Texan in a back alley. Abel Courte may act like a care-free cowboy, but he's harboring a secret—he's searching for the Diamond of Uktena, a legendary jewel that can cure any disease known to man. He needs information Romy's father has in order to get to the jewel. When he traces the origin of the Diamond to Dakota Territory, he sets off to claim the treasure, only to find the archeologist's fiery redheaded daughter stuck to him like a bug in sap.

In a race against time, Romy and Abel must learn to trust each other as they undertake a cross-country journey that will expose them to lands uncharted by white men, a deadly battle against the fearsome creature in possession of the Diamond and a fight to return to civilization where they might make the greatest discovery of all—love. 

Don't forget to visit the other authors hopping with The Blog Hop Spot to win other great prizes! Happy V-Day, whether you're cuddled with your sweetie or thanks the heavens you're not waiting hand and foot on someone who's not so sweet.

11 comments:

  1. Hope you have a naughty Valentine's Day.

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  2. Thank You for your contest. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  3. I love those facts!!!!

    shadowestr@aol.com

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  4. The Treasure Hunter's Lady sounds like a great book! Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

    ashley.vanburen[at]gmail[dot]com

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  5. Love the facts! Very interesting. Congrats on your new release!

    author_shannon_leigh at hotmail.com

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  6. Loved reading all those facts. Congrats on the new release!

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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  7. vRemember what your MaMa would have told you. Nothing can stop you but yourself. I have known since you started reading at the age of 3, reading would be a huge part of your life. May the people who read your stories love them as much as Robert Cox, your father, loved you from the moment he held you in his hand, after you were born until the day he died. I know he and Mom know what you have accomplished are plotting on how to let the world know just how great their daughter and grandaughter is now and will be in the future,
    I am amazed and I feel blessed to have been chosen to be your mom. Without you and your love my life would have been incomplete. As always, all my love...Bitty Babe
    Mom

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  8. Sadly, I have way too much in common with the Kama Sutra guy these days ;) Great facts and congrats on the new release. I noticed a B&N link so I'm off to cram you in my Nook ;)

    Toni Sue

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  9. hope you have a great day and in j oy it i am i know
    desi the blonde at msn dot com

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  10. Your book sounds great! Thank you sharing and for the great giveaway! Happy Valentines!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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