Welcome to my first guest post of 2013 – I hope there will be more. This month I welcome Tara Lain, here to talk about Valentine’s Day and her new book Hearts and Flour. Keep scrolling for a chance to win some great prizes!
Hi. Thank you Becky so much for inviting me here today to celebrate the release of Hearts and Flour, my new MM novella. While I know we have a number of days until Valentine’s Day, Hearts and Flour is kind of a Valentine’s Day gift to my readers. So I thought I’d talk about it for a minute.
While we may cynically say (like they do in my book) that Valentine’s Day is a commercial creation designed to sell greeting cards and flowers, in fact it has a time-honored tradition. There are several Christian saints named Valentine and one of them who is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer during the Roman Empire was purported to have sent the girl a message of farewell “from your Valentine.”
The association of Valentines with romantic love goes back to the high middle ages and Geoffrey Chaucer. In this time of courtly love, lovers expressed their admiration for each other through gifts of flowers, candy, and sending greeting cards known as valentines. The heart-shaped outline, cupids and dove symbols came into use at that time. The first actual association of Valentine’s Day was seen in Chaucer’s Parlement of Foules (1382) where he said:
For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.
In Hearts and Flour, my hero, Micah Truveen, loves Valentine’s Day until he makes plans for a big celebration and discovers that his boyfriend is cheating on him. He says phooey on the whole event and goes to his friend’s “Anti-Valentines” Party which changes his life.
I hope Hearts and Flour turns out to be the best Valentine yet.
Hearts and Flour
To Micah Truveen, raw, vegan food is his religion. So when his devoted customers show up with white flour cupcakes, Micah could kill. Then Micah comes home to find his boyfriend, Dharamaram, in bed with someone else. He throws the rat out and agrees to go to his friend’s orgiastic anti-Valentines party where he meets a gorgeous cross-dressing guy who gives him a night to remember.
Southerner Quentin Darby wishes he could stop wearing women’s clothes. He so wants to live up to his grandmother’s glowing opinion of him, he’s never even told her he’s gay. And now there’s Micah who makes him wish he could just be who he is. But Micah finds out that Quentin is the baker responsible for the plague of cupcakes afflicting the community! And Dharmaram adds a little blackmail to the mix. Can two hearts rise above the flour?
Would you like to join our I Love Hearts and Flour Party? Grand Prize? A Beautiful Cupcake Soap and Cherry Vanilla Sugar Scrub! Second Prize? A $5 Amazon GC . (Plus, there’s a book drawing–see below) Here’s what you do!
- Promo Hearts and Flour and/or Tara Lain in some way. Tweet it, Post it on FB, Pin it, email to friends, Like the Amazon Page, Post it on Google Plus, Share in a Goodreads group, add it to Shelfari, etc. Be creative!
- Then put a comment below saying what you did (with your email so I can find you!).
- You can enter AGAIN at Beautiful Boys Books — if you do another promo
- And there’s a special drawing for a backlist book too if you post on your blog or review the book.
- Come to Beautiful Boys Books for all the rules if you want. First, do your promo and post your comment below with your email.
Tara Lain’s first erotic romance novel was published in January of 2011. She’s now on book 17. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series of 2011, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm, and she carries her promotional instincts into her writing career as well. She lives with her soul-mate husband in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!
How and where to connect with Tara and find her books.
Author blog: http://taralain.blogspot.com
Book blog: http://beautifulboysbooks.blogspot.com
FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/taralain