I look forward to VALENTINE’S DAY each year--and not just because it gives me an excuse to indulge my love of chocolate. I admit to being a romantic at heart. That’s probably why many of my mystery novels have a romantic element in them.
The day had its origin with the Romans. The fertility celebration known as the Lupercalia eventually became the Christian Valentine's holiday. The Lupercalia festival was partly in honor of Lupa, the she-wolf who in legend nursed the infant orphans,
and Remus, supposed founders of the city of Romulus in 753 B.C. The pagan festival was also in honor
of the Roman god Lupercus who was the god of shepherds. Rome
There are several different stories connected to three early Christian martyrs who came to be called “Saint Valentine”. Besides becoming associated with love and romance, the holiday continued as a feast day.
Valentine’s Day is also the anniversary of my older son, Andrew Seewald, who is an attorney in
and his wife met as grad students at New
Brunswick, NJ . They
were married before a judge on Valentine’s Day. My husband and I were their
witnesses. After a lovely brunch at a local hotel, bride and groom drove a
hundred miles so Andrew could defend a client in a courtroom in another town.
They finally got a honeymoon several months later. It made no difference; they
are still very happy together and in love. In fact, their wedding was the most
romantic one I’ve ever attended. Rutgers University
No matter how dreary February might be, I always feel cheerful on Valentine’s Day. I enjoy reading and writing romance novels. But Valentine’s Day is special. I don’t need candy, flowers or fancy cards to enjoy the day—just the company of my husband.
My latest novel, published by Luminosity, is an historical romance entitled SINFUL SEDUCTION. It’s a book I wrote with love.
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Also: If you would like to read a Valentine’s story for free that combines mystery and romance, check out this one at:
Happy Valentine’s Day!