Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day.

I don’t know about you, but this holiday sure seems to put a lot of pressure on and inspire feelings of insecurity in a lot of people. Particularly single people.

In elementary school, we had to give everyone a card. Not so bad. Then comes middle school (junior high) and high school. In my school, they offered carnations for sale for $1. There were a bunch of different colors, each meaning something else. The cheerleaders (I think) would bring them around in the afternoon, “delivering” them in front of everyone.

Of course, as we get older, it carries more significance. No one wants to be single on this day of love. I have to admit, I never had someone special during this time until my husband and I got together. So that first year, I went all out on gifts.

And he didn’t.

I’m convinced most guys don’t really get the concept behind V-day. After a few years, I stopped going crazy on the gifts for hubby. Now we pretty much just do cards, maybe a nice dinner somewhere. Every so often, he’ll bring or send flowers home.

This year, I think we made up for all the past years. Hubby has been dying for one of those automatic coffee machines. After our neighbor was able to organize one for less than half the price and I made sure we’d be able to use it in the States when we go back, I relented.

We picked it up yesterday. I’m calling this a gift to each other.

I had planned to have a gift for all of you in the form of a free read. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish it in time. So instead, I have another gift. As some of you may know, I write erotic romance under the name Scarlett Jameson. As such, I’m a member of an erotic stories blog and we publish each month into an ebook.

So my gift to you is a coupon code for a free book on Smashwords, if you’d like. (I know this isn’t everyone’s cuppa.) Since some of the stories are serials and Volume 1 is already free, I’ll start with the code for Volume 2.

Volume 1 can be found here:  Everything Erotic Volume I
Volume 2 can be found here:  Everything Erotic Volume II

Coupon code for Volume 2: TR69U

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Do you and your honey have any special traditions?


Sarah Grimm said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Riley! My husband and I don't do anything special on Valentine's day. Sometimes we go out to dinner, but that's it.

I shock a lot of people when I tell them that to me, it's just another day. They're response is usually, 'But you're a romance author!'. LOL

Gale Stanley said...

Happy Valentine's Day! We got an automatic coffee maker awhile back and love it. I'd much rather have something like that than chocolates and flowers. Enjoy your day!

Calisa Lewis said...

Happy Valentine's day Riley! My hubby and I usually try to go to dinner and no matter I tell him not to spend money on me for this day I usually get flowers and candy at the least. One year he presented me with a diamond birthstone ring which I still wear constantly. This year he has me wondering. We gt the dinner and candy, I tld him no flowers and he actually listened. But he said he has something else coming later. My suspicions is a Kindle! But I won't tell him that. Lol

Riley Quinn said...

LOL, Sarah. Romance writers are supposed to promote all things romance.

Gale, I'm quickly becoming attached to the darn thing, but I won't be telling hubby so.

Ooh, Calisa, I love surprises. I hope you do get a Kindle. That would be a lot of fun.

I ordered Godiva chocolates for Christmas gifts this past year and got some gift cards. I ordered a little something for myself and they showed up in today's mail! I got chocolate after all.

Thanks for stopping by, ladies. Have a great Valentine's Day, whatever you do.

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