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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Valentine's Day and Author Tess MacKall

The Valentine’s Day Shuffle
Mary is a nice gal. Cute, sassy, sexy. But a little too trusting it seems.

Welcome to my UNValentine’s Day Blog Tour. And thank you so much to Melissa for hosting my inaugural post. So what’s this tour all about? Well, I have a new release on February 11th from Ellora’s Cave entitled Twelve Days of Love While the book is a fun and highly romantic read any time of year, it has a Valentine’s Day theme, and therefore talking about the big day is very appropriate.

I write happily ever after, but I’m also a realist. So in considering what I wanted my blog tour to focus on, I decided I’d like to take a look at the reality of Valentine’s Day and all the media hype surrounding it. Is it really all it’s cracked up to be? Everything the media tells us it is? I put out an all call for some Valentine’s Day fiasco stories and received several.

Listen in on Mary’s story.

I met John two weeks before Christmas and we were seeing each other three times a week. We spent two whole weekends together. One was the weekend before Valentine’s Day. He said and did all the right things. I thought I did too. I was in love. That last weekend he told me he loved me and the following week we talked on the phone daily several times. Each time we talked he went on and on about how much he loved me. I was floating. We had plans for Valentine’s Day weekend to have dinner out and then champagne and snuggling together all weekend. But on Thursday he called to tell me he had to go out of town with his boss. I understood. Sure I was disappointed but I did understand. I ended up going out on Valentine’s Day with a group of girlfriends. I’d told John I’d be staying home but my friends talked me into it. We stopped for drinks and then headed over to the restaurant for dinner. We had been there about an hour when one of my friends excused herself to go to the ladies room. She came back about half a minute later with the most horrible look on her face. She was pale. She sat down and took my hand. After she finished telling me that John was in a booth at the back of the restaurant snuggled up to another woman, I was probably pale too. But it didn’t take me long to recover. I grabbed the carafe of wine from the table and went looking for John. When I found him I just stood there for a few seconds watching his mouth drop open. Then I poured that almost full carafe of wine over his head. I don’t care how stupid I looked. It felt good. A year later I met the right man and we now have two beautiful children and Valentine’s Day is every day for us. We don’t have a lot of money but we know how to show our love and don’t use gimmicks to do it either. Last year for Valentine’s Day my sweetie bought some chocolate chip cookie dough and shaped each spoonful into a heart and baked them. He put them in a basket lined with red tissue paper and bought them to me in bed that night along with some milk and we ate every single one together as we talked about how happy we are.

Awww…nice happily ever after for Mary. But the first part? Where is John? I’d like to take a patch out of his head. Cupid’s aim was sure off with that dude. It’s a shame we women can’t put out some sort of alert on men like him.

So what is the point of all of this? The media hype has us all running around like crazy and spending a bunch of money in an effort to prove or find love. Mary found hers in a three-dollar-tube of Pillsbury cookie dough. Don’t worry about spending money on expensive flowers, chocolates, champagne and fancy dinners or lingerie. When you do something that comes straight from the heart—like baking heart-shaped cookies—you show that special someone just how loved they are.

Celebrate love all year long, not just on one day. And if you’re looking for a feel-good read, pick up a copy of Twelve Days of Love on February 11th. Just in time for Valentine’s Day reading. Hey…why not read it to your lover? It’s one I guarantee you’ll want to read again and again.

Thanks for stopping by. And thanks again to Melissa for having me as her guest here at The Imaginarium Blog.
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  1. ah, I demand more than just twelve days of love :)

  2. These are from Tess:

    Tess: Thanks for having me here to begin my UNValentine's Blog Tour, Melissa. I can't
    think of a better place to start. The Imaginarium--where dreams are born. lol
    I love it.

    Tess: Ohhhh Dez. Don't you worry, hon. This couple is just getting warmed up for a
    lifetime of lovin'. The title is a take off on the Twelve Days of Christmas. And it all
    starts with an unusual challenge.

  3. Hi Tess, I'm so glad to have you back. It's so cool to be the first stop. :)

    Hey Dez, I want more than 12 days , too. ;)

  4. The expression on that model's face is awesome.

  5. Tess, very well said I like the idea of living year round celebrating love. Melissa, thanks for the intro to Tess. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  6. I'd rather we spent the money elsewhere. I usually make steak. We rarely eat it, so it's a treat. I think all holidays are about getting us to spend money.

  7. These are from Tess...

    Tess: Matthew...I think she looks a bit coquettish. And she also looks a bit suspicious. My couple
    have this natural enmity going on. Like oil and water. Makes for good banter and other things too. LOL

    Tess: Hiya Jules. I got the whole idea of doing this UNValentine's Day blog by watching a jewelry store
    commercial. Diamonds from $89 and up into the thousands. That says love? I want heart-shaped
    chocolate chip cookies that he bakes himself. A note left on my pillow before he goes to work. And I
    want to do the same for him. As someone said to me the other day though...at least we're boosting
    the economy on this day. LOL

    Tess: You're right MPax. More and more every holiday is about money and not the thought behind
    the day. It was worse this past year and probably because retailers were hurting due to the economy.
    We usually see the seasonal displays out long before the actual holiday. But this year those displays
    were back to back. They never gave it a rest.

  8. @Matthew I think she's wondering if maybe her man an ulterior motive. I love books where the characters have powerful push and pull.

    @Jules You're welcome! Tess's work is awesome and I love the idea of celebrating love all year round.

    @MPax It is unfortunate that our holidays have gotten so overly commercialized. I'd go for steak, too. That sounds delicious.

  9. Marys story sounds great. Can't believe its nearly Valentines day again. The thought of celebrating love all year round is a great one, i think i kinda do lol

  10. @Dempsey I can't believe it's almost Valentine's Day again either. It always sneaks up on me like a shark in the water. lol


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