Valentine's Day History

St. Valentine, we hardly knew you. Considering there were two different St. Valentines during the Roman era, no wonder there is confusion about who he really was and why he became associated with love.


Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the first to recognize, in writing, the connection between the Roman mystery man and romance. In his poem, Parliament of Foules, written in 1382, he writes

For this was Saint Valentine’s Day
When every bird cometh there to choose his mate.

It’s not exactly greeting card material, but it is one of the first written records of the day being associated with love.

After Chaucer waxed poetic about the day, others got in the game, creating little poems and cards to give to their sweethearts. The oldest surviving example is in the British Museum. It is a love poem from 1477 and you can see and read about it here http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/642175.stm

Later, in the 15th century, Charles Duke of Orleans would offer a little ditty to his wife and further cement the connection between love and Valentine’s Day

I am already sick of love,
My very gentle Valentine

You can practically see Charles coming home from a hard day of oppressing peasants with a box of chocolates tucked under his arm to give to the little wife. However, the only chocolate available at the time was a bitter version of hot chocolate introduced to Europe from South America by the Conquistadors.

Romantic men all over the western world would have to wait another three hundred years before the little heart-shaped boxes went on sale. In the mid-1800’s, Richard Cadbury invented a way to mix chocolate and cocoa butter to make a sweeter, more edible chocolate. To sell his new creation, he offered them in fancy boxes and the Victorians snapped them up. Whether chocolate shops put them out the day after Christmas is still open to historical debate.

Along with these new-fangled chocolates, Victorians exchanged homemade Valentine’s Day cards. It wasn’t until an enterprising American woman, Esther Howland came on the scene that mass produced cards became available. Esther had started making cards by hand, but when demand for her designs outpaced her production abilities, she began manufacturing them in bulk. Now, husbands all across America and Britain could panic and rush to the store to by a mass produced sentiment to go along with their heart shaped boxes.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

A Too Convenient Marriage is now available!

A TOO CONVENIENT MARRIAGE
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This is the second book in my Business of Marriage series.

"Lee continues to captivate. Book two in her Business of Marriage series is another great marriage of convenience. There’s tension, turmoil and drama on every page. Riveting."
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A secret carried down the aisle! 
Late one night, Susanna Lambert, the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Rockland, bursts uninvited into a stranger's carriage, turning both their worlds upside down. Suddenly, fun-loving Justin Connor finds himself forced to consider marriage! 
For Susanna, marrying Justin is a chance to finally escape her cruel stepmother and forget about the rake who ruined her. But as wedding bells begin to chime, Susanna discovers she's carrying a huge secret…one that could turn to dust all promises of happiness as Justin's wife!



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by Georgie Lee
A secret carried down the aisle! 
Late one night, Susanna Lambert, the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Rockland, bursts uninvited into a stranger's carriage, turning both their worlds upside down. Suddenly, fun-loving Justin Connor finds himself forced to consider marriage! 
For Susanna, marrying Justin is a chance to finally escape her cruel stepmother and forget about the rake who ruined her. But as wedding bells begin to chime, Susanna discovers she's carrying a huge secret…one that could turn to dust all promises of happiness as Justin's wife!

Available February 1, 2016


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Tea, Books and DVD Gift Basket


It's a new year which means it's time for some new gift baskets. First, I want to share one that I did for the holidays. Although it has a copy of my Christmas novella in the It Happened One Christmas anthology, a DVD of Miracle on 34th Street and some vintage Christmas ornaments (the little girl screaming in the lower right corner), this basket could be changed to suit any occasion.
Basket Items Include:
Russel Stover Chocolate Box
Extra Large Tea Cup
Tea Set
Tea Napkin
Note Pad
Journal
Pen
DVD
and of course, two of my books!

I hope you find a little inspiration for a basket of your own. Please check out some of my other gift basket post for more ideas here, here and here.

Like Michelle mentioned in the comments below, I also collect items for baskets throughout the year by shopping sales and clearance racks. 
The purple tea napkin above was a clearance item I scored at Target for $.49!



Classic Hollywood Christmas Movies

Who doesn't love curling up on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate and watching a Christmas movie?With the official start of the Christmas season about to kick off, I wanted to offer a few of my favorite classic Hollywood Christmas film. If you haven’t already seen these films, I hope you discover at least one new holiday favorite. If you have seen them, then I hope you’re inspired to watch them again.

Christmas in Connecticut. Barbara Stanwyck plays a ladies’ magazine writer who must pretend to be the domestic goddess she portrays in her column in order to fool her publisher boss. The plot is fun, the dialogue witty and the chemistry between the hero and heroine sparkles.

The Bishops Wife. This 1947 classic stars Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young. Cary Grant is spectacular as usual as an angel who comes to help an Episcopal Bishop remember the important things in life.

A Tale of Two Cities. The 1935 version with Ronald Colman is excellent. Now, I realize it isn't strictly a Christmas movie and it can be a bit heavy at times, but some of the story does take place at Christmas. Ronald Coleman's portrayal of Sydney Carton is very moving and well worth watching.

Miracle on 34th Street – The original 1947 version is a heartwarming classic about a man on trial for claiming to be Santa Claus and the little girl who believes in him. This is Natalie Wood’s first film role and the one that shot her to fame.


Whether you’re done shopping and ready to coast through the rest of the holidays, or you have just come home from braving the mall, pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate, pop some popcorn and get in the holiday mood with one of these heartwarming films. Afterwards, please consider curling up with my classsic Hollywood novel, Studio Relations. Set in 1935 Hollywood, it is the story of Vivien Howard, a vivacious female director and Weston Holmes, a handsome studio executive who must overcome their professional differences to find love during Hollywood’s golden age.






After The Holiday Relaxation Basket




The time between Thanksgiving and the New Year can be hectic. There is a lot to do between shopping, wrapping presents, decorating, finishing my latest novel, letting someone else cook, ordering the food someone else is going to cook from a restaurant, and going to parties
 (can you tell I'm not much of a cook?).
Afterward, a lady needs some down time. 
What a better way to relax than with some wine, chocolate, a movie or a god book, and some pamper yourself hand cream. Above is a gift basket I put together to help someone relax after the wonderful activity of the Christmas Season.

Items I included in this basket include:



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Harlequin's Biggest Sale Ever!

In celebration of 10 years of digital publishing, Harlequin is having it’s biggest sale ever! 10,000 series eBooks will be priced at  $1.99 from November 10th – November 17th  at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Nook, Google and Kobo (US only). 

Four of my books are included in the sale. Click on the covers to check it out.

            



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