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.