Announcing the winner of my Valentine’s giveaway!

Hello hello! For those of you keeping track of Baby Watch 2016, she is now one week overdue. I’ve tried most of the old-fashioned ways of encouraging her to get going. I’ve been walking all over town, and I don’t think my stomach can handle many more jalapenos or curry. I’m starting to think this child will graduate from high school in 18 years and I’ll have to be wheeled down the aisle to collect her diploma because the kid will STILL BE IN MY BELLY.

Anyway, I do have some good news. My Valentine’s giveaway ended today, and someone is going to be very excited to get a prize pack with luxurious bath products, chocolates and my book One Night with Her Bachelor. And that person is… Clare Roden!

Congrats, Clare!

Thank you to everyone who entered! I’ll announce another giveaway later this month. Hopefully the next time you hear from me it’ll be to announce my new daughter’s birth. Either that, or you might hear a news story about me exploding, like that python that tried to swallow an alligator in Florida.

Win a Valentine’s Day prize pack!

As lots of you know, I’m nine months pregnant and about to burst! In fact, tomorrow’s my due date (and my birthday), but I wanted to try to organize something special for my lovely readers (that’s you!) to show you how much I appreciate all your support. Since I’ve been feeling big and tired and slow and uncomfortable, I decided to do a giveaway of indulgent goodies so one of you can spend Valentine’s Day with special treats that make you feel good.

So I’m doing a Valentine’s Day giveaway!

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You could win:
* a box of luxurious bath products from LUSH
* a box of See’s candy (my favorites!)
* my book One Night with Her Bachelor (ebook)

After you enter, you’ll have a chance to earn more entry points by sharing a special, unique-to-you link with your friends. (Make sure to enter first because that’s the only way you get the custom link!)

Hurry and enter now! The giveaway ends on February 1, so the winner should (hopefully!) get the prizes in time to spoil themselves with treats on Valentine’s Day.

Enter using the form below or enter on my Facebook page.

Good luck!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Will your relationship keep you alive longer?

Valentine heart chocolates, via freeimages.co.uk
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The annual day of candy- and card-pushers is here. For many, it’s just another day. For some, it’s a time to feel the pressure of making a grand romantic gesture. For Stuart Heritage, a journalist who writes for the UK’s Guardian newspaper, it’s a day to examine whether your relationship will keep you alive longer – or lead you to an early grave.

Brits are so fun.

Stuart put together this infographic – A one-page guide to your romantic happiness (or doom) – to tell you whether your life is happier with your partner in it. Since Smarty Pants and I have a baby on the way, I’ve discovered that this baby means my life is statistically likely to last longer. Apparently childless couples die younger, but have great holidays in the meantime – so it’s not all bad.

So tell me, where do you end up on this infographic?

Friday favorites: A Valentine’s novella giveaway!

Last week I needed a quick, funny romance fix, and with Valentine’s Day in mind I bought Dodging Cupid by Kelly Fitzpatrick.

I’ve read Kelly’s novels and another novella, and I know she writes the kind of stories I love. She’s full of snarky humor and unusual characters.

I honestly couldn’t put Dodging Cupid down. I was completely charmed and can’t recommend it highly enough to anyone looking to cheer up their Valentine’s Day. For those of you who want the focus to be on the romance rather than the sex, it’s perfect. And for those of you who like dry humor, it’s also perfect.

Kelly has graciously offered to give away a copy to someone who leaves a comment here – woo hoo! Here’s some more info about the novella, and the giveaway details are below.

Dodging CupidDodging Cupid

After a string of disastrous Valentine’s Days, broken hearts and failed relationships, Jenna’s decided to spend this Valentine’s Day in the least romantic spot possible—the coin-op laundry.

No flowers. No candy. No annoying couples or romance of any kind. The only glitch in her plan is the leather-clad biker in heart-print boxer shorts who walks in as her washer starts. This just might turn out to be the best Valentine’s Day Jenna’s ever had.

Buy it at Amazon | B&N | Ellora’s Cave

Have you ever done something drastic to avoid Valentine’s Day? Have you had a Valentine’s disaster – or a perfect V-Day that you can share with us?

Giveaway!

Kelly’s giving away one digital copy (in either epub, pdf or prc format) to someone who leaves a comment here. I’ll randomly choose a winner on Tuesday February 12th so you’ll get the novella in time for Valentine’s Day. Good luck!

The trouble with Valentine’s Day

The trouble with Valentine’s Day is that there just aren’t enough romance novels that make it a central part of the story.

I mean, we get a deluge of books for Christmas, quite a few that celebrate summer. But Valentine’s Day is the day of love. Of passion. Why not more Valentine’s Books?

I’ve been reading romance for years and the only one I can think of is the fantastically named The Trouble With Valentine’s Day by the even more fantastic Rachel Gibson.

I’ve read all but two of Rachel Gibson’s novels – and I’m saving those to perk me up during a really bad week. I absolutely love her books, and Valentine’s Day is no different (even though the hero has the same name as my brother, a massive turn-off meaning that in my head I think of him as Raj. I know it’s a stretch.).

Trouble with Valentine's Day

When everything about her life in Las Vegas just seems to be going wrong, Kate Hamilton leaves her job as a PI and points her car toward Gospel, Idaho. Gospel is the kind of town where a girl can take it easy and just be herself, or so she hopes. But when she gets there, people get the impression that she’s a bit of a ball–buster. And she is, at first.

But Gospel has a way of softening people up. One of those ways is Rob Sutter. He’s a spectacular–looking former hockey player with a wild past of his own, who now lives a quiet (albeit slightly macho) life running his sporting goods store and fly–fishing. Kate and Rob are so wrong for each other that there must be something right. If only they can start seeing each other for who they really are…

Whatever your romance needs today, there are some great reader-generated recommendations at All About Romance, which has just released its 2011 readers’ poll results. Some fantastic reads there!

Do you have any Valentine’s Day novels to recommend? Why aren’t there more out there? Have you read The Trouble With Valentine’s Day? What did you think?

Do you have romantic Valentine’s plans – whether a date with a loved one or with a good book?

(Comment by March 13 to enter to win my $25 gift certificate giveaway.)