Saturday, February 13, 2016

Fun Valentine's Day Quotes and Trivia

Valentine Cards
The custom of exchanging love notes goes back to the Roman  Lupercalia festival with the names being drawn. But the British were the ones who popularized sending your feelings to someone via a printed card.  The first Valentine card was created by Chrles, Duke of Orleans, imprisoned in the tower of London for several years following the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.  he sent Valentine poems to his wife in France from his jail cell.  Commercial Valentines didn't apepar until 1800 (In England) and although handmade cards had been around for years.  In the 19th century a new kind of Valentine emerged called "penny dreadfuls" that were insulting and cruel rather than loving and flattering.  They were mostly sent anonymously too.

In America, hand-made Valentines appeared around 1740 and were sealed with red wax and left secretly on a lover's doorstep (or sent in the mail). 
Vintage Valentine PostcardCommercial cards for the most part took over around 1880's. But people still (and will always) make homemade ones too.  Some included trinkets, some locks of hair and in some cases there were checks that were drawn against "The Bank of Love" and valentines printed to look like money.  One was so realistic to a 5 pound note it was quickly recalled!
When Valentine Cards arrived in America, they also became more creative. The first known to come to the US is a note written by John Winthrop in 1629 to his wife before leaving England for the New World.  It ended with "My sweet wife, Thou must be my valentine for none hath challenged me."  He later became governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Valentines were not only done in delicate pen and ink, but also watercolor and the handwriting also became a thing of beauty for the card as well, as good penmanship was considered a form of art, as well as the quality of a person.

Valentine Quotes
Marriage is a lot like the army, everyone complains, but you'd be surprise at the large number that re-enlist.  James Garner

To fall in love is awfully simple, but to fall out of love is simply awful.  Anonymous

Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.  Joan Crawford

Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket, or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.  Judith Viorst

If love is the answer, could you rephrase the questions?  Lily Tomlin

Love is sharing your popcorn.  Charles Schultz

Love doesn't drop on you unexpectedly; you have to give off signals, sort of like an amateur radio operator.  Helen Gurley Brown

When a couple of young people strongly devoted to each other commence to eat onions, it is safe to pronounce them engaged.  James Montgomery Bailey

There is nothing better for the spirit or the body than a love affair. It elevates the thoughts and flattens the stomach.  Barbara Hower

Gravitation can't be held responsible for people falling in love.  Albert Einstein

A guy knows he's in love when he loses interest in his car for a couple of days. 
Tim Allen

My wife is really sentimental. One Valentine's Day I gave her a ring and to this day she has never forgotten those three little words that were engraved inside -- Made in Taiwan!   Leopold Fetchner

If you love 'em in the morning with their eyes full of crust; if you love 'em at night with their hair full of rollers, chances are, you're in love.   Miles Davis

By all means marry. If you get  a good wife, you'll be happy.  If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.  Socrates

Marriage is like twirling a baton, turning a handspring or eating with chopsticks; it looks easy until you try it.   Helen Rowland

Marriage is like pantyhose. It all depends on what you put into it.  Phyllis Schlafly

Thank you to brownielocks for these facts & quotes.

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Valentine's Day should be a time for cards, gifts, and attention from a special person. But for Rosalyn, February 14th brings fear and anxiety.

This would be her sixth year to spend the day in terror, fighting for her very life. Will Rosalyn survive to live another year, or will vengeance win and decide her fate? 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Just in time for FALL!

Join us as we celebrate Fall/Halloween/Samhain/ and the joys of Harvest with our latest anthology from 

Victory Tales Press.

Included in this special collection are these stories:

Legacy by Gerald Costlow
It's 1956 Appalachia, and Jeremiah Jack is a young man making a life for himself in the holler. Then one autumn morning Susie, his old sweetheart returns from college with her Professor to ask him for his help investigating the legend of how his grandfather, Crazy Jack, came to be born on the mountain. Thus begins an adventure that will take our group on a journey into a world of legend and myth, and cause Jeremiah to confront a dark legacy from his family's past. All while trying to convince Susie that the biggest mistake he ever made was letting her go and to give him another chance.  

The Haven by Barbara Miller
Katrina Haven's bed and breakfast had been struggling even before her mother died, but Kat is determined not to sell the only home she has ever known even if the locals regard it as haunted. Then she has the brilliant idea of making it a pet friendly B & B. Now she has guests almost every weekend, including Will Boyer who stops by with his dog Boo on his way to visit his parents. But this trip, he brings along soap star Fallon Malone who tells Kat privately she is Will's fiancĂ©e. Unaware of this, Will regrets allowing Fallon to come on the trip with him. Somehow a suggested change to the storyline of the soap he writes turned into a PR trip with Will as Fallon's unwilling escort. He'd much rather be with Kat than the drama queen Fallon. He wonders how the New York soap star will handle staying in a haunted bed and breakfast. Maybe if the ghost can dislodge Fallon, he can finally make some progress with Kat.  

Pennytook by Sarah J. McNeal
Myths are supposed to be false…but some are terrifying and true.
Pennytook is a war weary Gypsy who longs for peace from the past and wants something meaningful in his life. Esmeralda, a Gypsy trick rider, has harbored a deep affection for the chieftain, Pennytook, for many years. But her dark secret will never allow him into her life. A mythological creature is about to unleash its horror and change the destinies of Esmeralda and Pennytook.  

Lovely Lottie's Treasure by Rebecca J. Vickery
Dani Adair travels to Seattle at the request of her best friend Abby to help unravel notes from an old journal. The Legend of Lovely Lottie's Treasure has existed for years, but is there a real treasure in Old Seattle? With the help of Abby and the journal, Dani should be able to use her special talents to find out. Hunter works with Dani's half-brother who asks him to find her and keep her safe. Hunter discovers the favor a bit more than he bargained for when Dani proves to be independent, rebellious, and attractive. Keeping up with both Dani and Abby when they are in danger is enough to give any man nightmares. Why are they being followed and who is breaking in? Are they after the women, the journal, or the legendary hidden treasure? Will the growing attraction between Dani and Hunter hinder or help their efforts?

Abraham's UN-DEAD by Karen Michelle Nutt
 Adryanna and Bram Graystone encounter the Cantwells, another vampyre couple, who question their motives when their actions spark a legend about angels and miracles. It all began when they saved Abraham, a young lad, who would later become the author of the UN-DEAD.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

FAN-tastic Summer Sale

SAVE $1, $2, and $3 on Select Titles 
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Arrow Through the Heart - Stephanie Burkhart
That Special Summer - Linda Swift
Take Five (Collection) - Linda Swift
Changing the Future - Paula Martin
Dream of Paris - Paula Martin
His Leading Lady - Paula Martin
The Stars at Night - Celia Yeary
The Gryphon and the Thief - Karen Michelle Nutt
Twilight's Eternal Embrace - Karen Michelle Nutt
Legends of Winatuke (box set) - Sarah J McNeal
Familiar Shadows - Bert Goolsby
Chances Are - Laura Shinn
A Court Lady - Clova Leighton
Jessie's Girl - Amanda Ashley
Abby's Bodyguard - Margaret Mayo
A Vampire's Tale - Adrian Scott
Charles - Adrian Scott
Revenge - Adrian Scott
Crazy Jack - Gerald Costlow
Case of the Missing Succubus - Gerald Costlow
Charlotte's Resurrection - Linda Swift
Becca's Paranormal Collection - Rebecca J. Vickery
Young Witchcraft - Stephanie Burkhart
Stopped Cold - Gail Pallotta
Seeking Shelter - Rebecca J. Vickery

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Passion's Promise - Madeline Baker
Masquerade - Amanda Ashley
Midnight and Moonlight - Amanda Ashley
Maiden's Song - Amanda Ashley
The Grand Experiment - John Duncklee
Rachel's Retribution - Margaret Mayo
The King's Daughter - Miriam Newman
Fated to Be Yours (Anthology) - Victory Tales Press
Be My Always (Anthology) - Victory Tales Press
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Tales of Western Romance - Madeline Baker
In the Shadow of the Hills - Madeline Baker
Dixie Cup Assassin - Jerry Boehner
Surviving With Love - Rebecca J. Vickery
Margo - Molly Dillon
Loving Luc - Vicki Crum

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This Time Forever - Linda Swift 

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