|Dear wonderful readers,
In honor of Valentine's Day, I thought I'd tell you about my great-aunt Gladys' wedding to her new love. It happened seven years ago. She was 90 years old, and he was 93. No joke. You can see the news coverage here. The account took off in the news media, and even Jay Leno mentioned it in a joke on the Tonight Show. He, of course, thought the wedding between two nonagenarians was amusing. I, on the other hand, took it as a sign that true love can happen at any time anywhere. Love has no set schedule. My great-aunt and her beau have both passed away, but they made each other happy for the few years they had together, which is the only thing that matters. So this Valentine's Day, give a valentine to your best friend, your spouse, your family members, or to any person you view as essential to your happiness. Because true love is also fleeting and it will end one day. Better to seize it while you can.
Love to all of you,
Last month I promised to share an excerpt from UNDERCOVER DUKE with you before anyone else. So I hope you enjoy this sampling which shows Sheridan and Vanessa getting themselves into a very compromising position! Click here to read the excerpt.
My publisher said they'd send a few ARCs (advance reader copies) of Undercover Duke for me to give away to a few of my newsletter subscribers. I'll tell you more about that giveaway opportunity in next month's letter on March 1.
Regency Valentines were much the same as ours, except that they were home-made, because commercially produced cards weren't yet available. Well, that's sort of true. The decorations could be your own, but as usual, not everyone could come up with a good verse for their Valentine. So you could get books to tell you what to write. My favorite is Hymen's Rhapsodies, or Lover's Themes. A collection of original Valentine Verses Written expressly for this Work, for Gentlemen to Address Ladies in Sonnets, Superior to Any Other. Phew! That's a long title. But at least you knew what you were getting when you bought it. There was even a book that gave you verses for various trades! And the author of the book, the title page of which is pictured below? It's “Love.” Yes, Love itself wrote the book. Anyway, if you'd like to see some Regency-era valentines, you can visit my Pinterest page for them. You might also be interested in my guide to making your own Regency valentines. Have fun! For more Regency tidbits, click here.
What's better than Mardi Gras beads? Books and Bachelors for five lucky winners! I'm celebrating my New Orleans roots with a decadent giveaway perfect for Mardi Gras celebrations. This month, I will choose FIVE WINNERS to receive a copy of The Bachelor, book two in the Duke Dynasty series, and a Bachelor shot glass to toast the occasion. Enter to win now and Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Speaking of Valentines…
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of your favorite book boyfriends!