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Books & Chocolates for Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

To celebrate today and the re-launch of my award-winning novel, The Laird, the first book in my Castle Blackstone series, I’m giving away a collection of autographed books and a fancy box of chocolates!

Just tell us about your best Valentine surprise!

The winner will be chosen at random from those who post a comment below.

Wishing you a day full of love and laughter,


Contest ends February 28, 2013

9 comments | Add a New Comment
1. Beverly | February 14, 2013 at 11:40 PM EST

I have to say my better half and i have this dislike for vday because or how comercialized it is and since we celebrate our love for eachother everyday but this year has been a rough year so he suprised me with my fav horror flick and told me I love you and I know how much this day sucks for you so we watched it and spent time but it was the best suprise ever

2. Danny | February 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM EST

Hi Sandy,

unfortunately I never had a Valentine's surprise so far. Sniff

3. Lynn Rettig | February 15, 2013 at 02:43 PM EST

I'm not sure if this will still be valid, since the contest was technically for yesterday, but since you were muttering on the group that no-one had entered, I'll take a chance.

My best Valentine surprise. Hmmm. I think I have to say it was when another violist friend that I shared a stand in the State Honours Orchestra with the year before, come to Madison to visit me from UW - LaCrosse, where he and his roommate were attending college. He was coming to town not just to visit me, but to look up another girl whom he had been talking on the phone with and writing to (yes, really writing - remember that this was back in the mid-70's - no e-mail then!), so he \"dragged\" his roommate along to entertain me, while he pursued his girl.

Did Steve entertain me? Well, later that summer, he did ask me to marry him, once he had finished college and had a job, and I was closer to finishing college (I was a senior in HS when we met, along with being a freshman at the UW - Madison), so yeah, I'd have to say he did!

Unfortunately, the bad part of the story (of course there's a bad part!) is that once they were back at school that fall, proximity to his previous girlfriend and distance from me ended the engagement, and the relationship. I still wonder what he's doing today, however.



4. Pam P | February 15, 2013 at 05:59 PM EST

No Cupid around now, but a few years ago I got a tower of Godiva chocolate boxes -- so yummy I was in Heaven for awhile. I tried to be good and not eat too much in a day to make it last.

5. Joy Brown | February 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM EST

My Hubby surprised me on V day, have not felt good all day, and if you are like I am ,you do not want to be bothered, just lay and die. Anyway Mark got me an electric Throw blanket, and a gift card to get an massage.

he has been my Hero, because he loves me,and has always puts up with me, and still ticking.

6. Sandy | February 16, 2013 at 12:07 PM EST

Hi Beverly: Thanks for posting! I laughed reading your post. There's nothing like a horror flick (if that's your thing) and an \"I love you\" from the man of your dreams on Valentine's day.

Hi Danny: I'm keeping my digits crossed that you'll soon have a wonderful Valentine's Day surprise of serious memorable proportions.

Hi Lynn: Awww, a long distance romances does have its pitfalls. Have you Googled him?

Hi Pam: Oh,a Godiva Tower is something any woman would love. Lucky lady.

7. Sandy | February 16, 2013 at 09:30 PM EST

Hi Joy,

Thanks for dropping by. And big hugs to your man for being so sweet.

8. Colleen C. | February 26, 2013 at 02:39 PM EST

Love the new web look... beautifully done! :)

Fav Valentine surprise... my very first long stemmed rose.

9. Patrice P. | February 28, 2013 at 08:46 AM EST

My best Valentine surprise was when my husband asked if I wanted to run a couple of errands with him and grab a bite to eat at a fast food place. This happened to be a Saturday, so we weren't working. I noticed that we seemed to be taking an unusual route for these errands, and I soon realized that we were heading up into the mountains. We stopped at a quaint little restaurant for lunch, then went to a nature preserve and spent a nice afternoon walking the paths.

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