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Friday, February 10, 2017

February Thoughts by Jacqueline Seewald

Valentine’s Day remains a favorite holiday for me. In fact, the entire month of February makes me smile. One reason is because it’s the shortest winter month; another reason is because we are getting more daylight again. A third reason is that my older son Andrew was born in February and married in February.

Andrew and his wife Anna were married on Valentine’s Day. It was a joyful wedding, loving and romantic. No big fancy affair, just the bride and groom, my husband and myself, the bride’s best friend, and a judge happy to officiate, followed by a wedding breakfast at a local hotel. Afterwards the bride and groom had to take a long drive so that my son could represent in court a couple accused of white collar crime.

Andy and Anna are still happily married and now have a lovely little daughter to help them celebrate their anniversary. This love story is one of many worldwide celebrated on the most romantic day of the year.

Love stories have always been an important part of history and literature. Cleopatra and Mark Anthony. Cleopatra and Julius Caesar (Cleopatra did get around). As Shakespeare said, “she was a woman of infinite variety.” Then there is the story of Napoleon and Josephine, another passionate love affair. In the Bible, we also find some of the world’s greatest and unforgettable love stories. What can be more romantic than the story of Ruth or Solomon and the Queen of Sheba? And there is the story of Esther which is celebrated on Purim.

A lot of the world’s most famous, classical love stories, of course, did not end happily: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Helen of Troy and Paris, Lancelot, Arthur and Guinevere (a legendary triangle). These are tragedies.

Some of the literary characters I consider unforgettable are those of the Bronte sisters: Healthcliff and Catherine, the tormented lovers in Emily’s Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester of Charlotte’s famous novel. Both romances are in the Gothic tradition. My tribute to that tradition, although one with a happier end is DARK MOON RISING.

Thomas Hardy wrote a number of tragic love stories. For something lighter, I prefer Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth and Darcy are memorable characters. I’ve read and reread that novel numerous times.

Love quite literally makes the world go round. My favorite Valentine’s Day gift is a new romance novel. Candy makes me fat. Flowers wilt and die too soon. But a great romance can be read and reread and enjoyed.

 If you’re of a mind to read some romance to celebrate Valentine’s Day and enjoy romantic short stories, consider my collection BEYOND THE BO TREE, a book that combines romance, mystery, fantasy and the paranormal. The first story in the collection is a free read:














For teenage girls and their mothers to share, THE DEVIL AND DANNA WEBSTER is a clean read romance available in print and all e-book formats.





STACY’S SONG, another YA romance/coming-of-age novel, is also available from Clean Reads Press on Amazon:





For readers who enjoy adult romance and paranormal thrillers, check out my novel DARK MOON RISING available in print and all ebook formats:






Also available through the publisher Luminosity:

My most recent published novel is a romantic mystery
THE INHERITANCE from Intrigue Publishing:

Also available from:

For a free short story perfect for Valentine’s Day, check out 
“A St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” originally published in GUMSHOE REVIEW:

Can you think of any romances you would recommend to fellow readers and writers?





11 comments:

Susan Oleksiw said...

I enjoyed reading the list of romances throughout history. We have blue skies here in Massachusetts, after the storm. And yes, more daylight as we inch our way to warmer weather.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

The weather has been weird. On Wednesday afternoon here in NJ we had a spring day of 60 degrees and were able to enjoy a long walk outdoors. Yesterday, a winter snowstorm and freezing temps. But Susan, you're right, the sky is now blue again. Good days coming again soon I believe! That goes for the success of writers as well as weather.

Loretta said...

This was a delightful read to begin the day :) I've downloaded several samples of the books posted, and I'm looking forward to a sweet treat of a read during this holiday season of love :)

Thanks for the lovely morning read of all things romantic, Jacquie :) Lo

Betty Gordon said...

Romance is certainly in the air and you captured so many wonderful love stories. I never tire of Cleopatra's romances and Napoleon and Josephine's.

I have enjoyed your novels immensely. I look forward to the next one.

Betty Gordon

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi Lo and Betty,

Your comments just made my day! Hope you both have wonderful Valentine's Day, and happy reading. (We can cheat with some chocolate too!)

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Such a sweet post, Jacquie.
Good luck and God's blessing!
PamT

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Thank you, Pam. Wishing you all the best as well.

B Swangin Webster said...

Such a sweet story and it makes me feel very romantic. The most romantic thing is to read to your mate. I may just have to read a passage from your novel to my honey tomorrow.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Thanks, B, I'm glad you liked my story! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day--with lots of romance!

Kathy McIntosh said...

Loved the story and enjoyed your post. Always learn something great from you!
I love romance!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi Kathy,

Thanks! You just made my day. So glad you enjoyed my Sweethearts Detective Agency story "A St. Valentine's Day Massacre."