While it’s true, I’m a romance writer, I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. To me, it’s the guilt holiday. Retailers prey on your sympathies and make you feel less than human if you don’t have a significant other on one freakin’ day of the month!
Who cares what else you do on the 13th and 15th, but dammit, on February 14th, you’d better be eating dinner at a fancy restaurant, sending or receiving flowers, overdosing on chocolate, or engaging in any other stupid romantic traditions that really have nothing to do with love. For me, the most romantic thing you can do is pay my mortgage.
Love = Financial Security.
Just ask Suze Orman.
February may be the shortest month, but it’s packed with succulent tidbits of facts and history. Just a few of the important events in February are:
My birthday (Feb 22nd). Shout out to all the Pisces and wanna-be Pisces, because let’s face it: Who doesn’t want to be a fish? Or a mermaid? Or a seahorse?
Okay, I went too far with that one.
I also share a birthday with George Washington. I guess that’s why I’m so obsessed with my dollars!
Other famous Pisceans who share my birthdate are:
- Drew Barrymore (Loved her in Never Been Kissed)
- The late Steve Irwin (Crocodile Man)
- Julius “Dr. J.” Erving
- Clinton Kelly (co-host of What Not to Wear)
- Composer Frederic Chopin
- The late Senator Edward Kennedy
Black History Month. Wow, I have been getting my fair share of Roots, Queen, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and much more. I love history in all forms, so this is right up my alley. February is the month we pay homage to those pioneers who came before us and contributed to American History (because Black History is all of our history). If you want to celebrate by reading some great African American historical romances, check these out:
- Escape to Falmouth by Lena Joy Rose (my absolute favorite historical)
- His Treasure by Kiru Taye (she has a series of great historicals)
- Dark Genesis by AD Kobah (paranormal historical)
- Promise of Canaan by Jane Kent (excellent book)
- Buttercup by Sienna Mynx
- Passion’s Furies by Altonya Washington
- Ms. Etta’s Fasthouse (set in the 1940s) by Victor McGlothin
- Nowhere to Run by Gay G. Gumn
- Pharaoh’s Desire by Chanta Rand (I know, shameless plug!)
- The Healer’s Warrior by Renee Lewin
- ANY historical by Beverly Jenkins – they’re all good! My favorite is still her very first one (Night Song).
My Tweeting Experiment. Since February is the shortest month of the year, I’ve decided to tweet every day once a day for the entire month. This is a rare thing for me. Kinda like Governor Rick Perry saying something that actually makes sense. Well, not that rare! I’m going to see if Tweeting on the regular broadens my network, gains me some new friends, and increases book sales (Yeah, I said it! Ain’t no shame in my game).
Valentine’s Day. Okay, I know I said Valentine’s Day sucks, but just for you diehard romantics, I’ve listed a few African American Valentine stories. I haven’t read any of them yet, but if you have, let me know what you think about them. Who knows? You just might change my mind about this guilt-ridden holiday.
- A Valentine Challenge by Kiru Taye
- When Valentines Collide by Adrianne Byrd
- Wicked Valentine by Samra King
- The Valentine Masquerade by Elise Marion
- Her Cajun Valentine by Vee Michaels
- In Her Wildest Dreams by Farrah Rochon
The titles below really caught my attention, so I listed them just for the hell of it. If anyone has read any of these, leave a comment! I’m curious.
- The Trouble With Valentine’s Day by Rachel Gibson
- Cupid Gone Wild – Valentine’s Anthology by O’neal, Heistand, Gloag, and Jacobs
- Hearts and Daggers (3 Valentine’s Mysteries) by Welk, Alessio, and Justes
- Little Red Valentine by Iris Abott
- Her Viking Valentine by Kristen Painter
Happy February, peeps! I’ll see you back on March 1st. I’ll be talking about Leprechauns, March Madness, Spring Break, and anything else my warped mind can think of. Ciao for now!