Saturday Seven: Kid’s Valentine’s Day Books


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This is the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, so without further ado – here are some special Valentine-themed books:

Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he celebrates Valentine’s Day with all the friends he loves.

This board book with sturdy pages is perfect for preschoolers, who will enjoy the simple introduction to the fun of Valentine’s Day.

“This title follows Mouse as he makes valentines for all of his friends,” said School Library Journal. “Each valentine is made to represent what he loves most about each of his friends, such as Pig ‘because she’s a good dancer’ and Bunny ‘because she’s the best at hide-and-seek.'”

Budding artists and crafters will love this book, perfect for pairing with Valentine’s Day activities. A surprise at the end adds to the read-aloud fun!

A creative and sweet story, perfect for Valentine’s Day, that helps open the hearts of young readers. From the beloved illustrator of If You Gave a Mouse a Cookie.

One day it rains hearts, and Cornelia Augusta catches them. She realizes that the hearts are perfect for making valentines. Each heart is special in its own way, and Cornelia Augusta knows exactly who to send them to: her animal friends.

A fun way to spark creativity and thoughtfulness! The perfect book to pair with Valentine’s Day crafts.

This Valentine’s Day favorite read-aloud will prompt lots of giggles, as well as discussions on kindness and forgiveness.

Gilbert is all set to write fifteen friendly valentine cards to his classmates. But how can he write a nice poem for the boy who tweaked his nose, or the girl who made fun of his glasses? Instead, Gilbert writes two not-so-nice valentines…and signs the wrong name on both!

When his classmates read his poems, their feelings are hurt, and Gilbert’s prank quickly turns into pandemonium. But with the help of a friend and an honest apology, there’s always time for a change of heart on Valentine’s Day.

Clayton and Desmond are back in this companion to the bestselling book THE BIGGEST PUMPKIN EVER! A sheet of colorful foil stickers is bound into the book for extra valentine fun!

When Mrs. Mousely asks her class to make valentines, Clayton and Desmond decide to make one together and give it to their teacher as a surprise. But things don’t go as planned. First Clayton puts too much glitter on the card. Then Desmond puts on too many hearts. Soon the friends are arguing and they rip the card in half. “I’m going to make my own valentine!” they both say and go home in a huff.

But then Desmond and Clayton realize that by working together they can make the biggest, best valentine ever!

Kids can use the colorful foil stickers to make their own valentines!

New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean takes us on an awesome trip with Pete the Cat as he discovers just how special Valentine’s Day can be!

At first, Pete thinks Valentine’s Day isn’t cool…until he realizes all the special cats there are in his life. Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool comes complete with a poster, stickers, and twelve punch-out Valentine’s Day cards.

Once Pete the Cat realizes how much fun Valentine’s Day can be, he decides to make valentine cards for his family and friends. But what happens when he realizes he’s forgotten to make a card for a very important cat?

With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands.

In Llama Llama I Love You, little llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. What could be sweeter than Llama Llama on Valentine’s Day?

Celebrate love with #1 New York Times Best-Selling Title!
“You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter.” Using a range of images from the World of Eric Carle, and featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this special gift book gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better and brighter place. Perfect for that someone special any day of the year!

What are some of your favorite Valentine books? Or share with us your plans for Valentine’s Day.

Thank You and A Poem In Honor of Valentine’s Day

I don’t know what time this party officially ends, but I’d like to thank the Administrators for putting this jamming party together and give a big THANK YOU to all of the participants for coming to such a great party. This is my first time participating in an event like this and have truly enjoyed myself. I would definitely LOVE to be a part of something of this nature again in the future. I’d also like to wish everyone HAPPY VALENTINE’S Day. I pray it is all you wished for and more and I’d like to leave you with this poem in honor of the occasion.

ARRESTED LOVE


I’m sorry to be the one to inform you 

but a warrant has been issued for your arrest

and I’ll have to take you into custody

until you can see the judge.


What are the charges, you ask?

Battery on an unarmed woman

with your eyes you seduced me

with your touch you enslaved me 

with your tongue you ignited my fire with the tip of your flame

your hot breath filled my lungs with much needed air

as our bodies mended into one

and your sweet nectar gushed freely

causing my woman-ness to releases its own juices

as your love stick handcuffed my soul


But you were a willing participant, you offer as your defense

Yes, willing to surrender to your every command

as I was under sexual duress, hypnotized by your love.


By the way, I’m your judge and jury

Guilty as charged, you admit freely, 

And you have not been forced or coerced in any way to confess, you agree.


Well, for the crimes lodged against you

I sentence you to the maximum sentence allowed by love;

a lifetime of loving me wholly, completely, for eternity

and that’s without the possibility of parole


Your sentence begins immediately

and the punishment will be harsher 
if you fail to comply, but you won’t 

And I promise to be gentle for the duration of your sentence


But be forewarned, good behavior will get you two for one

That’s two shots at achieving new heights of pleasure

For each and every attempt.

A Valentine’s Delight for those who can’t cook!

We all love a little of something sweet to finish meal with and we can all go out and buy a cake but on Valentine’s day you want to go that little bit further and make things yourself. This can often cause complete failure when you try to attempt a recipe for a spectacular cake and end up with just a fantastic fail instead.

Well never fear, Victoria Blisse is here and I have the perfect solution for one of the sexiest and easiest desserts you can imagine. In our house it’s called chocolate dip and the great thing is this recipe does work for all the family but also works on a more intimate and sexy one on one setting too.

What you need is:

Some of your favourite chocolate broken into bits.

A bowl (a glass one, like pyrex is your best bet, something that can take heat)

A quarter filled pan of boiling water.

And fruit of your choice cut into easy to handle chunks.

To make your chocolate dip you boil some water in a pan then turn the pan down to the lowest setting and leave it at a very low simmer. If your water is still bubbling turn it off completely, you don’t want this to get too hot.

break up your chocolate (just an ounce or two should be plenty) into the glass bowl and place it over the pan of recently boiled water so the bottom does not touch the water.

Now you leave your chocolate to do it’s thing and you can get on with chopping your fruit. Things like strawberries and grapes you can leave whole but you might want to chop bananas or apples or any other bigger fruits you might use. Marshmallows are also yummy dipped in chocolate but do nto count towards your 5 a day!

Now check your chocolate, give it a little stir and see if it’s all melted. If it is it is ready to go if there are still a few lumps just leave it for a little longer. Don’t over stir, this can make your chocolate go weird.

When you are ready carry your chocolate to the table/sofa/floor/bed with your plate of fruit and enjoy dipping. Extra fun can be had if you feed your partner with the drippy chocolate covered fruit.

I leave the rest to your imaginations! Enjoy.

Publishers oh my!

Hey guys here’s my last plug for the night!

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Other February Celebrations


All over the world that cute little diapered babe with his bow and arrow – what were his parent’s thinking of? Don’t they know how dangerous these weapons can be in the hands of a child? – and his clones are rushing around hitting everyone they can possible target, and what do the earthlings do in response? They celebrate!

It must be the only event in history that celebrates annual attacks on humans by aliens from another world every Febraury.
Weird!

Be that as it may, I too have reason to celebrate this month.
After the success of my debut novel, The Brat, released by The Wild Rose Press, http://tinyurl.com/6g8pomj last October –

The Brat – Blurb:
Gina Williams has a secret and prays it is buried with her childhood persecutor, Anna Kouvaris, as discovery will ruin her reputation as a famous children’s author. She soon discovers the son, Ben Kouvaris, new owner of her publishing company, has uncovered her past and is making demands. Will he ruin her career if she doesn’t comply?
Ben kouvaris is blown away by the unknown beauty at his estranged mother’s funeral, and when his father demands he marry, immediately, to secure the family business, he knows just who he wants as his temporary bride. But can Ben persuade Gina to trust him?
Review: The Brat is flawless. Sherry Gloag creates three dimensional characters who have more than one hang up, more than one fear, more than one secret, more than one desire, and weaves their complicated relationships together like Parisian Couture…

…comes my short story, The Wrong Target, part of the Cupid Gone Wild anthology released at the end of January by eTreasures Publishing http://tinyurl.com/6dyen5a

The Blurb: Headmistress, Tina Blackberry and tycoon, Ryan Thomas can’t control events after Ryan’s daughter steals his coveted golden arrow and takes it to school, But put Cupid on the job and nothing can go wrong, or can it?
Excerpt: “Goddamit,” he exploded, “Can’t you stand still for one second? I have something to say, but I can’t while you’re jogging round the room.”
She halted toe to toe in front of him. “You have me dismissed from a job I loved, because I upheld the safety of my pupils, and still have the audacity to stalk me to my holiday destination and demand I listen to you because you have something to say?” Flapping her hands at her sides, she spun away and back again, planting her hands on the chair arms, she pinned him in his place and snarled, “Let me tell you something. I’ve come here to enjoy myself and your presence isn’t part of my plan.”
“What is your plan?” he demanded.
“To get laid!” Astonishment pushed her away from the chair, her eyes wide, her lips curved up in a defiant sneer. “I intend to find myself a man and screw the living daylights out of him. And,” she paused deliberately, “I don’t need you for that.”

Hard on the heals of my Valentine story comes my new novel Duty Calls, released by Black Opal Books on February 11th and is available at http://tinyurl.com/5vujr53

Editorial Review: From Taylor Jones
With a few twists and turns along the way, Duty Calls captures the reader’s attention and refuses to let go right up to and including the last page. Set in a stately English manor, Duty Calls is a romance big on plot, with an attention to detail that doesn’t overwhelm, but pulls the reader deeper into each scene.

Blurb:
She’d saved his life…
Rafe Hawk refuses to accept the inheritance, of a large English estate, and the title that goes with it, after his birth father’s death because the man chose duty over the woman he loved and their son.
So when he finds himself temporarily living at Kinsale Hall, he’s not prepared to trust anyone associated with the place, including Trudi Delaney and her daughter.
So why, when he looks into their eyes, does he suddenly remember a woman who vanished without a trace after saving his life one stormy night ten years earlier?

Now he could destroy hers.
Instinct warns Trudi Delaney the arrival of the contemptuous American architect at Kinsale Hall will change her life forever. Especially when she discovers he spends so much of his time in areas of Kinsale Hall off-limits to visitors.
Eleven years after escaping from her psychotic husband with a stranger, she’s still plagued by nightmares of events she can’t remember. Events such as, who fathered her beautiful daughter?
Now, more than a decade later, she is confronted by another stranger. Will this one destroy everything she holds dear?
Excerpt:
“Only Daniel Kinsale and his solicitors knew I’d arranged to meet him. No one knew I changed my schedule and arrived in England a week earlier than expected, and yet Denny Cadmore somehow discovered both my plans and identity.”
Rafe glared at his parent. “Given those facts, tell me why I should stake a claim on a god-forsaken English estate, when everything and everyone who means anything to me is here in Boston?” . . .
Rafe’s free hand crashed down on the table sending the letter floating to the floor. “If he loved you so much, how come another of his bastards crawled out of the woodwork? One whose birth certificate proves he’s ten days younger than me? How come that same bastard damn near sent me to my grave?
Explain that if you can!”

My Website:www.sherrygloag.com
My Blogsite: http://sherrygloagtheheartofromance.blogspot.com/

Flowers and Candy and Other Fun Things

Valentine’s Day celebrates love and lovers. You know that your hero would want to do something extra special for the object of his affection. Something unique and wonderful and utterly sexy. But what he does, and how he does it, really depends upon the type of man that he is.

Arien, my mischievous fallen angel from Sculpting a Demon

would want to give his Lila something extravagant. He would want a spectacle, something impressive and surprising and probably slightly illegal. He would conjure fireworks and scroll declarations of his love in the night sky, shower her with roses from thin air and make love to her as they watch the display from inside her cozy loft.

Nate, from Santa’s Sleeping Beauty

would want something more low key. He’d want Jordan all to himself, somewhere quiet where he could have his wicked, wicked way with her all night long. Nate would definitely treat her to some kinky action for the holiday. Some fuzzy handcuffs, some warming lube, maybe a toy or two. In fact, Jordan’s present would totally be something vibrating and very, very naughty.

Outrageous or subtle, every hero wants to treat his love to something special on the day made for romance. What would you want your ideal hero to do for the holiday? Flowers and candy? Leather and restraints? A quiet, candlelight dinner or a fabulously rough tumble through every room of the house?


Hmm, I actually like the sound of all of those things.

Sometimes Love Bites…


How do you like your love to bite??

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See me Getting Physical.

Oooh, er missus! Link

Don’t panic, this post does not contain a Victoria Blisse workout video but it does detail how you can win some awesome Victoria Blisse goodies by watching a short youtube clip and answering a really easy question. So it’s not as scary as you might have thought!

To enter my Getting Physical contest you need to watch this youtube clip which shows me reading an excerpt from the very beginning of Getting Physical and tells you things from Terri’s point of view.

All you have to do after watching the Getting Physical clip is answer this easy peasy question!

What did Terri say twice in the first 15 minutes?
a, “My, what big pecs you’ve got.”
b, “Hello, I’m here for a gym induction.”
c, “Look at my Magnificent Breasts.”

Send your answer to me in an email entitled “Getting Physical contest” and send it to:

victoria @ victoriablisse. co. uk (no spaces)

before 6am GMT on the 14th February to be put in a draw to win lots of Blisse goodies including a Getting Physical t-shirt, Restoration Stickers and bookmarks, signed Getting Physical postcard and some tasty yummy chocolate.

So there is less than 10 hours left now to get your entries in so don’t hang about!

Guest post-Sarah J Bradley: Tall, Dark and Inevitable

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I was destined to fall in love with a dark haired man.  My very first crush was on Johnny Gage, the brunette paramedic on the TV show “Emergency.”  My very first crush on a real boy was a boy named Mike.  Mike was in 7th grade, three older than I, and had dark hair.

And thus started a pattern that continues to this day.

Every celebrity I’ve had a crush on has had dark hair.  Well, except for James Spader back in the 80’s, and really, you had to be made of stone not to have a little something for James Spader back in the 80’s.

Most of the real life guys in my dating life had dark hair.  Oh, and yes, I married a brunette.  A tall, dark guy who just happened to fit the pattern perfectly. 

This sort of thing carries over into reading.  Every male character in every book I read is a brunette.  My apologies to the authors of the books, but their physical descriptions mean little to me when it comes to hair color. Some of the biggest romantic literary figures pop to mind: Rhett Butler is a brunette, Mr. Rochester is a brunette, Mr. Darcy is a brunette.  And of course, Heathcliff is a brunette.  Thus, every hero has dark hair.

I don’t think I’m alone, either.  I think, when we read, we picture a character the way we want to picture him or her.  I know that when I read, all the heroines look like me.  (A younger, thinner version of me, but still me.) All the heroes, incidentally, either look like David James Elliott (from  the TV show JAG) or Rick Springfield. 

Oddly enough, this sort of spills over into my writing.  Jesse, the hero in my book Dream in Color is, most definitely, a brunette, and yes, he is patterned after a certain celebrity.    The book I’m currently writing, the image of the hero is so clear in my mind, mostly because I found this picture online. 
For me, it’s all about the tall, dark and handsome.  How about you?  When you read, do you impose your own image on the male characters or do you imagine a closer image of the author’s idea? 

Hey, it’s Valentine’s weekend.  If you’ve got a significant other, does he fit your ideal…or your inevitable…profile?  Stop by my website and let me know.
Sarah J. Bradley is lifelong Upper Midwest girl who lives with her college sweetheart husband and her two children in Waukesha, Wisconsin. When not writing or volunteering at her church, Sarah’s passions include following her children’s sports teams around the county, cheering for the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Redwings, and, of course, listening to Rick Springfield music.

Juniper Bell Goes Wild


Happy almost Valentine’s Day, y’all! Thanks to Whipped Cream for hosting this fab event. Let’s talk…PROPOSALS! I just got married, so I’ve got proposals on my mind. My sweetie proposed to me about a year ago in the least glamorous way possible. We were driving to pick up a bed we’d bought from a couple who were getting back together after a brief separation. The split was long enough so the guy bought himself a new bed, but short enough so he never used it. So we bought it, and for some reason my darling future husband found that to be the perfect moment to propose.

It makes sense, I suppose. We’ve only slept in that particular bed as an engaged or married couple.
My hero and heroine in my latest Ellora’s Cave release, GO WILD, are facing a much more interesting situation! Lars has just proposed when the story begins, but Katia is struggling with some fears and doubts–not about him, but about herself. She’s a sexual free spirit who isn’t sure she’s cut out for marriage even though she’s madly in love with Lars. Here’s the blurb, but first ….
I want to hear your proposal story! If you’re married or engaged, how did it go down? Did he propose? Did you propose? If not married … what’s your dream proposal? Leave your answer in the comments and you could win your choice of any of my books!
GO WILD

Lars loves Katia. Katia loves Lars. Lars wants to marry Katia. Can he convince his free-spirited lover that marriage will be as fun as her sexually adventurous single days?

Never before has Katia been tempted to give up her carefree ways. She’s deeply in love with Lars, but she doesn’t know if he can handle her wild side—or wilder needs. But Lars is a hard man to resist. The former Olympic champion won’t give up, not when he knows just how to please her.

The people of Wild, Alaska, know the best way to survive winter is to let off a little steam. When his buddies hit town for Wild Nights, a notorious winter festival with one rule—“anything goes, nothing counts”—Lars has the perfect opportunity to prove he’s the man for Katia.

Lucky for Katia, “proof” includes four rugged Alaska men and one wildly erotic night.

Reader Advisory: Features an extended ménage (M/F/M/M/M) and references to bondage experimentation and sexual escapades of all types. Woohoo!