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Valentine’s Day Love To Last All Year

This post will overflow with love…enjoy and check back any time you need a little more love ūüôā

rose petals

 

romantic ruby lips

 

candlelight dinner

 

couple

 

cake with roses

 

white kitten

Need more? How about…

cats loving

 

older couple in love

 

Lucille Ball quote Love Yourself

 

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12 Months of Romance

Let’s fill 2019 with Romance…

  1. January РToast your romance all month long with champagne and candlelight dinners. candlelight dinner
  2. February – Make Valentine’s Day last all month by leaving little love notes around for each other.¬†¬†love notes
  3. March РIn March, we all become Irish so fill the month with kisses! St. Patrick's Day
  4. April¬†– It’s Spring and love is in the air! Be sure to take long walks hand-in-hand.¬†¬†couple walking
  5. May РSince April showers bring May flowers, fill this month with different flowers.  flower basket
  6. June¬†– The most popular month for weddings so why not renew your wedding vows? Or if you haven’t taken the plunge yet – maybe it’s time ūüôā¬†church wedding
  7. July¬†– Everyone loves to get mail. I’m talking about the old-fashioned snail mail¬†so every couple of days drop a nice card or note in the mail for your romantic partner.¬†¬†greeting card with lips
  8. August РPicnics and day trips can be very romantic.  couple riding bike
  9. September РTake a bunch of selfies together, print them out and create a romantic photo album.  photo album
  10. October РCool evenings can be warmed up with candles and romantic bubble baths.  candles and bathtub
  11. November РThe cold of this month encourages being couch potatoes while watching romantic movies. dancing couple
  12. December РThe snow of this month begs for fireplace snuggles.  fire

These are just ideas for your year of romance, what would you add or change?

Book Review: Bonefire of the Vanities

Bonefire of the Vanities (Sarah Booth Delaney #12)Bonefire of the Vanities by Carolyn Haines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first Sarah Booth Delaney mystery I tried but believe me, it won’t be my last. I’m going back to start at the beginning. Great characters, love the Southern local and quirky pets.

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Book Review: Twelfth Night Secrets

Twelfth Night SecretsTwelfth Night Secrets by Jane Feather
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this historical romance. It has spies, secrets, romance and history – all things I like in my books.

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Book Review: My Wicked Little Lies

My Wicked Little Lies (Wicked Family Secrets, #2)My Wicked Little Lies by Victoria Alexander
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book because I love spies and romance. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance with some intrigue, twists and danger.

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8 Romance Subgenres – What’s Your Favorite?

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Romance subgenres and a few authors to try within that subgenre:

  • Historical Romance¬†‚Äď That‚Äôs right, it‚Äôs romance that takes place in the past, most often in the American West, Medieval England and Regency England. Here are some authors to try¬†Mary Jo Putney,¬†Amanda Quick,¬†Beatrice Small.
  • Contemporary Romance¬†‚Äď These take place in the present and tend toward humorous and often suspenseful. (This is my favorite romance subgenre and the type of books I like to write.) Some authors to try would be¬†Jennifer Crusie,¬†Elizabeth Bevarly,¬†Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
  • Category Romance¬†‚ÄstThese romances are often shorter and written in series. Some authors to try would be¬†Suzanne Brockmann,¬†Elizabeth Lowell.
  • Futuristic and Fantasy Romance¬†‚Äď These romances are obviously written in the future or in an imaginary world. Some authors to try would be¬†Dara Joy,¬†Susan Grant.
  • Paranormal Romance¬†‚Äď You guessed it. These romances contain vampires, ghosts or other creatures. Some authors to try would be¬†Susan Krinard,¬†Christine Feehan.
  • Time Travel Romance¬†‚Äď Just like the name implies, these romances involve traveling in time. Some authors to try would be¬†¬†Lynn Kurland,¬†Sandra Hill.
  • Gothic Romance¬†‚Äď These are mostly romances of the past with authors such as Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart (I love these old ones!).
  • Romantic Suspense¬†‚Äď These books generally involve plots dealing with drug dealers, smugglers and stalkers. Some authors to try would be¬†Susan Anderson,¬†Tammy Hoag,¬†Melinda Leigh.

What are your favorite subgenres?

Why not try new subgenres, you’re bound to find your next Romance love. And never be afraid to try a new author, hundreds come out each month.

 

Book Review: Bella and the Beast

Bella and the Beast (Cinderella Sisterhood, #4)Bella and the Beast by Olivia Drake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first of the Cinderella Sisterhood series that I’ve read. I enjoyed the characters and the plotline of the romance. Bella and Miles had me rooting for them from the beginning and I couldn’t stand the opportunistic cousin and wife. I look forward to reading another and would recommend this series to others.

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Have you read this series or another one like it?

Feng Shui for Love and Romance

Use Feng Shui to increase your Romance! Here are some great tips from Cathleen McCandless.

Feng Shui that Makes Sense by Cathleen McCandless

This article is taken from my March 2018 newsletter. To read the newsletter in its entirety, please click here. 

Feng Shui is a wonderful tool for freeing up the energy in your life so things will flow more smoothly. While it (unfortunately) can’t solve all romantic woes, it can help create a more positive environment for love to grow. Whether you are single and looking for a relationship or already involved with someone, Feng Shui can help you increase the positive flow of energy for love and romance. Below are ten tips to get you started.
1. Locate the Southwest meridian point in your home.
Find the¬†location inside your house¬†where the Southwest meridian point intersects theouter¬†wall of your home. If you don‚Äôt know how to do this, you‚Äôll find easy-to-follow directions in my book,Feng Shui that Makes Sense.¬†This is your ‚ÄúLove and Romance‚ÄĚ location.¬†The element¬†that stimulates the energy of‚Ķ

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At The Stroke of Midnight

I loved this poem. I hope you will, too.

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Even if the new year steps in quietly

Quiet as cat’s feet

I will peer back into this year

Recalling how everything became stronger

This sense of life, this sense of being

Every joy, every pain amplified

Through it all

We remained constant

Now we prepare to light a candle for the new year

Not just looking to keep things intact

But to further deepen our sense of life together

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Add A Little Scare To Your Romance

Halloween may be over, but romance is for every day.

Take a look at a post I posted on my other blog and see what books and movies will scare the romance into you ūüôā What would you add to the list?

Add A Little Scare To Your Romance

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