Hearts. Flowers. Kisses. Chocolate. Chocolate in the shape of hearts, flowers, and kisses. (Can you tell I’m obsessed with chocolate?) Anyway, all these symbols represent Valentine’s Day. They are wonderful and delicious, but being a historical romance writer, I wonder: what was the icon of love before Valentine’s Day existed?
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If you’re not feeling all lovey-dovey this Valentine’s Day, then read on. Instead of discussing romance and passion, I thought we’d take a look at something that happened on this day 85 years ago, something so unromantic that it will take your mind off flowers and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. What happened all those years ago would forever solidify the link between Chicago and gangsters of the Roaring Twenties. Yes, the event I’m talking about is the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. While conducting research for my novel DOLLFACE I discovered that Chicagoans have a perverse sense of pride where this lineage is concerned. Its legend is woven into the city’s history and people are endlessly fascinated by the bloodshed and what led up to it. So travel back in time with me to the days… Continue
I have two stories. It was our second Valentine’s Day and my darling husband gave a wheelbarrow, granted we were building our house at the time, it wasn’t what I expected, but he said he picked out the blue one because it matched my eyes. We still have and use the wheelbarrow, but it’s not blue anymore.
My husband is not a flower person, one year he came home with a dozen red, long stemmed roses. I was so surprised. After I put the flowers in water, I looked at the box and it was from a florist on the other side of town. I asked him about and he confessed one of his female co-workers had gotten the roses from her boyfriend and she had thrown then in the trash and my husband asked is she minded if he took … Continue
devils boys. I got clearance to go out to lunch with him, and he dropped the older two off at Grandma’s and we went to Texas Roadhouse. Both of us were so tired we fell asleep at the table. I literally had a fry halfway to my mouth, and he was drinking out of an empty glass when the waiter woke us up. So we went back to the hospital and slept for as long as… Continue
This “Best” story comes to us from Sandi A.
I met my husband of 45 years, in September of 1966. By Valentine’s Day, I knew that I loved him. When I got home from work that Valentine’s Day, I saw a vase of beautiful yellow roses waiting for me on the table. Seventeen yellow roses. Not being much of a romantic (sorry) I couldn’tquite figure out the number. A dozen maybe, a dozen and a half…but 17?
I even called the florist to see why the extra rose. I never quite
figured it out. Last year I was away and he sent me a text that said “September 17th, 1966 the happiest day of my life.” Finally, the light bulb clicked.
Despite that year, we loved the Red Dinner. Some things I would suggest: Strawberry milk, Red Velvet cupcakes, spaghetti and… Continue
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What is the name of the hero in Suzanne Brockmann’s recent… Continue
We’re all about fun at Romance at Random — we enjoy hearing from our readers and would love to hear from you today! Straight from Wikipedia - what is Valentine’s Day:
Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day, is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love … Continue
by Cassandra Carr I know were a week away until Valentine’s Day, but I thought I’d give a little information on the cool rituals associated with Valentine’s Day all over the world. A few years ago I was actually in Hong Kong over Valentine’s Day. One of the colleagues from my hubby’s office invited us to a sort of country club-type place that he belonged to and we had dinner there. The women received flowers upon entering, along with a couple of chocolates, so really, it didn’t seem all that different from how we celebrate here in the United States. That got me to thinking – does the whole world celebrate Valentine’s Day the same way, or do the traditions in Hong Kong skew toward the British/American way of celebrating?… Continue