Great new re-release off Flowers and Stone, by Jan Sikes.
Thank you all for dropping by today. I hope it was the title of this post that enticed you to do so.
Many of you may be aware that early last year I took my debut novel, “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” down from Amazon. (I’ve recently discovered that in my haste to do so, I only removed the e-book format and it is still there in paperback format, but hopefully, no one’s buying it). I did this, because although it received many positive reviews, I just happened to open a paperback copy one day to find some very glaring “hiccups.” I was so blown away (that they were glaring…at least to me) that I rushed to Amazon and yanked it down with such force, I think I hurt my arm. (I’m sorry, poor arm).
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February 14th sometimes signifies the first day of Lent, depending upon the date of Easter, and is also Admission Day in Arizona. Most people however, celebrate the day by sending comic or heartfelt Valentines to family, friends and lovers. People seem to delight in St. Valentine’s Day, as florists, candy stores, boutiques and card shops do a rallying business providing heart-shaped novelties of all variety. Chocolate, long known for having properties that produce a euphoric feeling similar to the bittersweet emotion of love, seems an appropriate gift for St. Valentine’s Day.
The origin of the holiday is uncertain, but St. Valentine actually honors two Saints of the same name. One was a Roman priest martyred during the reign of the Emperor Claudius, the other, a martyred Bishop of Interramna. They were both buried in the Flaminian Way, which was later named the Gate of St. Valentine. Today the gate is known as Porta Del Popolo — the Gate of the People. The accounts of these men’s lives are legendary, based on sparse historical fact. It is possible, researchers agree, that the legends denote different versions of the martyrdom of only one person. St. Valentine’s Day, as it is known today, is a lovers Festival, bearing no relation to these legends.
One theory as to how the name Valentine came to be applied to the day is founded on the belief in England that birds begin dating on February 14. Chaucer, in his “Parliament of Foules,” says it like this: “for this was Seynt Valentine’s day. When every foul cometh to choose his mate.” Those disagreeing with this claimed that the connection between lovers and St. Valentine stems from a similarity between the Norman word “galantin,” meaning a lover of woman, and the name of the saint. St. Still another theory contends that the lover’s custom dates back to the pagan Roman feast of Lupercalia occurring in mid-February young Roman men and women placed their names in a love urn from which their names were drawn at random. During the upcoming year, the young man would be the escorts of the women whose names were matched to their own.
The Christian clergy objected to this pagan custom and substituted the names of saints. Each person, the clergy hoped, which strive to emulate the saint drawn for them. The drawings were held on February 14, the feast of St. Valentine. Yet the drawing of names by young people on St. Valentine’s Day continued long after the Christianization of pagan rites had been abandoned. The boy and girl paired by the drawing adopted the practice of giving presents to each other. Later the boy only gave to the girl; so started the custom of sending Valentines to loved ones.
St. Valentine’s Day was widely celebrated in William Shakespeare’s time, as this quote from Hamlet illustrates:
“Good morrow, ‘tis St. Valentine’s Day,
All in the morning betime,
And I am made at your window,
To be your Valentine.”
Paper Valentines with inscribed sentiments date from the 16th century. The first printed Valentine, issued in 1669, was probably inspired by “A Valentine Writer”, a book of verses offering help to those not articulate enough to pen their own rhymes. In England, the introduction of Penny postage and envelopes in 1840 popularized the exchange of Valentines and ornamental lace paper Valentines were in great demand. In the U. S., crude woodcut Valentines were fashioned by Robert H. Elton and Thomas W. Strong of New York, but most people preferred the lace paper cards imported from England.
With the establishment of the Post Office, the mail became swamped with Valentines each February. Comic Valentines, as well as coarse vulgar ones, cost only one cent. In the early 1900s, the Chicago post office rejected 25,000 cards on the grounds that they were improper for mail delivery. By the 1930s Valentine cards were primarily an activity for small children, who were taught to make the cards and decorations in kindergarten.
On one particularly gruesome Valentine’s Day, the streets ran red with blood and the message given was not one of love. This notorious incident was “The St. Valentines Massacre,” in Chicago on February 14, 1929. Al Capone’s gang, disguised as policemen, forced seven members of the rival “Bugs Moran” gang to stand against the garage wall with their arms raised. Capone’s mobsters methodically gunned the rival gang down.
recent years, St. Valentine’s Day continues to gain popularity, as lovers and children eagerly await its arrival; perhaps because it breaks the monotony of the long winter. However, not all people recognize the holiday. One husband whose name I will not mention, chooses to totally ignore St. Valentine’s Day, even when it falls three days after his wedding anniversary — but that’s another story.
Hi Everybody!! February 11,1959, two teenagers thought it might be a good idea to elope to Maryland and and get married in a double wedding ceremony with Micki’s recently divorced mother. Hmmm …. what do you guys think?
You can find out a lot more in . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang
Meanwhile, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO THE MAN I LOVE!
AND ‘NO’ TO ANY OF MY 10 GRANDKIDS WHO MIGHT BE THINKING OF TRYING IT!!
Love, you are my Karma
Dare to hold me in your arms
Bonded for all eternity
Love, you are my Karma
Dare to hold me in your arms
Bonded for all eternity
Excellent Marketing Resources from Spotlight author, Gracie Bradford
I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME
It is such a pleasure to introduce this “up and coming author,” Gracie Bradford, and her book about a child with brain cancer. The beagle, Lady Bird, takes on a leading role in this short story. Learn about the role of pet therapy in the healing process.
During her discovery journey and literary, educational adventure, Gracie relates that she stumbled upon software and websites that have proven to give a new meaning to work simplification. She used some of these in her business but discovered they could also be used with some of her writing projects. Most seasoned authors are already familiar with the apps and sites, but the “up and coming authors” may find some of these to be useful. She doesn’t use all, just those that she has the skill set to understand and can give a return on her investment…
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Spotlight author, Gracie Bradford writes excellent marketing tips and a Moving excerpt
I am pleased to welcome this month’s RRBC Spotlight Author, Gracie Bradford…
DO YOU LOVE WRITING BUT HATE SELLING?
Me too. Indie authors must be a jack of all trade. Like it or not, indie authors are entrepreneurs. Your book is a product. Your marketing is a service. Who has time to write and sell? Most authors prefer to write and leave the selling to someone else. Is it necessary to be hands-on in the selling process? As a businesswoman, I say absolutely. It takes far less time to write than to sell. Once the book publishes, the most difficult challenge begins.
THREE WAYS TO GET PEOPLE TO BUY MORE FROM YOU
BUILD RELATIONSHIPS AND YOUR PLATFORM FIRST TO BRAND “YOU” NOT THE PRODUCT, “YOUR BOOK”
Increase your followers to get more honest and positive reviews – strive for more than 100 reviews the first month of…
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New Information for self-publishers and small press
A welcomed message arrived in my inbox this evening. Amazon’s KDP Print will now provide self-published authors with the option of purchasing a proof of their book before it goes on sale for the public. The message also stated writers could purchase author copies.
In my post, dated April 17, 2017 (read Amazon’s New KDP Print Feature is Bad News for CreateSpace Users), one of the major drawbacks of KDP Print over CreateSpace was the inability to order proofs and author copies.
CreateSpace marked its proofs with a large “PROOF” across the last page. KDP Print will take this one step further and “have a ‘Not for Resale’ watermark on the cover and a unique barcode but no ISBN”.
I’m not sure why the extra security is needed since proof copies were the same price as author copies and if a proof was good enough, more copies could be…
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This is just too cute!!
“Hi, Lucy. What are you up to today?
Bailey and I just want to know what you are doing?”
“I’m working on our taxes.”
“What did you say, Pops?
“Taxes. I’m working on our taxes.”
“Is that why we’ve heard sounds like a wounded wildebeest?”
“Ha ha ha. You two slay me. I just am trying to figure out where to put things is all. ”
“Things. What kinds of things?”
“Oh, expenses for publishing for one?”
“Hear that Bailey? Publishing. So that is what he does up here all day.”
“Very funny you two. I’ll have you know I take this stuff seriously.”
“We know you do, Boss. Hey, where you going?”
“I’ll be right back. I have this receipt for supplies, and I left it downstairs.”
“Supplies, huh. How about our dog food. Do you have to count that?
“No. The government does not consider your…
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