Ahhh, Valentine's Day! The day of Romance with a capital R. As opposed to valentines with a lower case v which makes me think of conversation hearts, paper valentines from classmates and stuffed teddy bears.
Today, I want to dish on the big kids Valentines. When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of traditional trappings. Candlelight dinner for two. Champagne and silk sheets. Roses, chocolates and better yet, diamonds.
Hand holding, slow dancing, sweet nothings whispered over bare skin.
"Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love. "
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. “
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.”
*deep sigh* Doesn’t it just make you melt?
And then there’s real life. Those wonderfully thoughtful-yet-clueless gifts of cooking utensils, coupons for car washes and the ubiquitous tacky lingerie. You know, because women love that kind of thing (picture me rolling my eyes here). This is what I call Valentine’s Day with a cheesy sigh.
And as lovely as Valentine’s Day Romance with a capital R is, most of us live in the land of the cheesy sighs (hopefully with the occasional capital R thrown in).
So with that in mind... We Bandita’s with our love of all things romantic are hosting a special Valentines contest for our fabulous readers. We have a whole slew of prizes to offer, which will either go in full to the best of show, or be parsed out if it’s too hard to choose (hey, can’t say I didn’t learn something from the fabulously fun RNTV invasion).
Signed copy of Risqué Business, Sees Chocolates - Tawny
Signed copy of The Wild Sight - Auntie Cindy
Signed copy of Tempt the Devil - Foanna
Signed copy of Dark & Dangerous, Cover flat of Dark & Deadly - Jeanne
Signed copy of Firefighter in the Family - Trish
Signed copy of The Trouble with Moonlight - Donna
Signed copy of Homicide in Hardcover, See's suckers
Bookmark - Kate
$10 Borders gift card - Joan
Romance Bandits Fridge magnet and post-its - Jo
Signed copy of The Dangerous Duke - Christine
Godiva Chocolates - Suz
Signed copy of Not Without Her Family - Beth
Signed copy of her most recent book - Christie
Cool Bandits Goodies - Anna S.
$5 Barnes & Noble gift card - Cassandra
To win? Write your own Valentines Poem. The only requirement? It has to be totally cheesy. The cheesier, the better.
To start you off...
Roses are red
Violets are blue
The Bandits love romance
I’ll bet you do, too
(was that a chorus of groans I heard?)
Have at it...