Monday, January 31, 2011

Wanted: Valentine's Day Fiasco Stories

Stupid cupid Pictures, Images and Photos

Before we get started on today's topic, I wanted to give a big shout out to Melissa Bradley and her Imaginarium blog for nominating Three Wicked Writers Plus Two for the Stylish Blogger Award. We are indeed honored and will pass along the kudos for sure. 

For those who have been nominated, there are few criteria to meet:

1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you, only do not re-nominate them.

2. Share 7 things about yourself

3. Pass along this nomination to 10 recently discovered stylish and cool bloggers

4. Contact them and tell them about their nomination.

Without further ado and in no particular order, here are my Stylish Blog nominees:

Sweet 'n' Sexy Divas:

Elizabeth Black:
Kissa Starling:
C Zampa:
CJ England:
Brindle Chase:
Mahalia Levey:
Mary Suzanne:
Debbie Gould:
Destiny Blaine:

And here are seven things about myself:

1.   I love turnip greens with vinegar poured over them. 
2.   My hair is naturally curly but I usually style it straight, but sometimes scrunch it. 
3.   I have hazel eyes. Mostly they stay green, but sometimes change to dark blue. 
4.   I'm a great cook but do less and less of it due to time constraints. 
5.   I love to embarrass my kids in public places--I dance and sing right much. lol 
6.   I'm a firm believer that you can fall in love within two minutes of seeing someone. 
7.   One day I want to live by the ocean.

Now for today's post: 

Help me prove that Cupid isn’t that smart. Just relate the story in three or four hundred words or less—tell me about a horrible gift or date, anything at all about a bad Valentine’s Day experience—and you’ll become a part of my UNValentine’s Day Blog Tour. Send stories to: Tess at Authors and readers are both invited to participate in this zany look at the big red heart-shaped day. If you’re an author with a website or blog—or a reader who blogs—include your link (nothing wrong with a little promo).

And now a little on that all-important day.

Turn on the TV. You can’t escape it. Love is in the air. Forced love, that is. The media is whipping everyone into thinking that they better be paired up for THE DAY. I walked into Wal-Mart and was immediately besieged by stuffed animals and chocolate galore. There is a scent that goes along with Valentine’s Day too.

And it doesn’t smell good. At least not to me.

Do we really need to set aside one day a year to spend money in order to show/tell someone we love them? Granted, I might be just a tad prejudiced against this day in general as I’m not coupled, but think about it. We reserve one day a year to make someone we love feel special. Shouldn’t that be an everyday occurrence? Shouldn’t we be working at relationships?

Photobucket What has me thinking about all this is the fact I have a Valentine’s Day novella releasing on February 11. Twelve Days of Love from Ellora’s Cave. So you’re probably wondering why I’d write about the day if I don’t necessarily believe in it. Well, I do believe in love. Just not sure everyone is lucky enough to find it, and I think a lot of times people settle for someone when they weren’t really THE ONE. But I’m the last person who should be talking about the rights and wrongs of love.

So why DID I write it? I’m a writer. I write. AND…I still hold out hope that one day Cupid will get it right. I had an idea for a quirky tale of love and an unlikely couple. I tossed it all together and BAM…there it was. It started out as a free read but just wouldn’t let go. By the time I reached ten thousand words I began to panic. The story simply wouldn’t end. It finally topped out at around thirty-five thousand. Definitely not a free read. It’s a nice feel-good romance. Not something that must be strictly read in the month of February either. It’s a story for all seasons. After all, love isn’t seasonal, is it? Take that, Cupid!

In the story the hero buys a few things for the heroine and it got me thinking about gifts on Valentine’s Day. And that made me think about VD’s of yesterday and some things I’d received and about some friends and what they’d received. All of that, in turn, started me thinking about what I’ll be blogging about during VD season. I’ll be on a few blogs here and there and since my book is all about the TWELVE days of love—a take-off on the Twelve Days of Christmas—I decided to put a slightly different spin on things. I’m not going to go the hearts and flowers route. I’m going to go the what-the-hell-happened? route.

In other words, I’ll be walking on the bad side of VD. The gifts that didn’t work out. The love that didn’t work out. The chocolate that BROKE her out—big red spots. AND a little of this and a little of that on what to watch out for from that diaper-wearing-bow-carrying-slightly-off-center dude with wings.

As of now, I’ll be visiting with Melissa Bradley’s Imaginarium on Feb 4 for zany ValentineLESS fun.
Stopping in with Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz at One Writer’s Journey on Feb 14 for an interview.
Having my say over at Robin Badillo’s Sealed With A Kiss blog on Feb14.
Telling it like it is at Misty Burke's Up All Night E-Books Feb 14 
Handing out more of my opinion at Raine Delight’s Book Nook on Feb 16.
AND…I’ll be settling in over at The Sweet ‘N’ Sexy Diva’s Blog on Feb 26 where I’m going to try to wind up my thoughts on the whole love-in-a-day fiasco.
Plus, I’ll be on my own blog, here on Three Wicked Writers Plus Two, at Midnight Seductions Authors, Nice 'n' Naughty Authors, and on Four Strong Women.

So, are you game? Ready to help me prove that the day isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? Ready to strip Cupid naked—well, wouldn’t take much there, would it?—and show his bad aim to the world? If you are, send me your story as stated at the beginning of this post to:

In the meantime, I’m still booking blog dates. So if you’d like to have me on your blog during the month of love, well, contact me. LOL Remember, mine is the BAH HUMBUG view on VD. No hearts and flowers for sure. It’s the UNValentine’s Day Blog Tour.

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Hales said...

just tell me what date cha want and you can be on mine :) I love the sound of your story def gonna have to go get :)

Regina Carlysle said...

When I was a young chicky it meant lots more to me than it does now. It was always fun to have a date with someone fun and cute on V-day. These days? Seems like a huge ripoff to me. My poor honey sends flowers not only to me and our daughter but to the grandmothers and it gets expensive. He used to do rose all the time but lately I've convinced him that other flowers are just as pretty and not nearly as expensive. My favorites are cheerful Gerber daisies and he has started sending those out.

But yes, I agree, we shouldn't have to have a special DAY to show we love someone.

Natalie Dae said...

LMAO @ The chocolate that BROKE her out—big red spots.

Email me to appear on my blog, woman!


Sarah J. McNeal said...

A truly different concept for Valentines Day or Un-Valentines day as the case may be. Sometimes it's just a day for those not in a relationship to just feel left out.

Elizabeth Black said...

Thanks for listing my blog, Tess! Email me and let's pick a day for you to blog on my blog. :)

I don't have any UnValentine's Day stories. I didn't meet my husband until I was in my thirties, and my dating life was a like a bad soap opera. Most of the time I was unpaired for Valentine's Day, although that didn't stop attached men (married or dating) from hitting on me.

By the way, I'm picking up some X-rated Candy Hearts for my husband and I for VD. :)

Anonymous said...

LOL, great post.

And I LOVE to embarrass my kids in public!! They go out with me to see what antics I get up to!!!

in Germany

Kissa Starling said...

You know you are welcome on my blog. I have someone scheduled on Feb 9th but other than that I am open.
I loved your list and I do believe we're twins switched at birth. Turnip greens- check, eye color- check (mine turn blue when I'm sad), want to live by the beach- check, check, check!

Un-Valentine's Day huh? Well, I remember once I ate way to much chocolate and got sick. Hmm, I don't remember a great, awesome V-Day ever. Great, now I'm depressed.....

sheridan_amazon said...

Had me all hungry with the turnip greens comment. Yum! I like the vinegary Louisiana hot sauce on mine. n-e-who As for V day it was great when I was younger, but as I got older it just became another day. :)

Fiona McGier said...

Husband is the romantic one in our relationship. I'd just let VD go without notice, because the restaurants are always way too crowded, we can't afford him buying me jewelry I won't wear, and somehow I've lost my taste for chocolate. He'll buy me flowers, I'm sure. But he knows he doesn't have to, since we are both secure in our love. Why? Because we work at it every day of the year, not just on one! And we embarrass our kids too1 Just yesterday he came upstairs to dance with me in the kitchen to one of "our songs" he was playing...daughter had just come home from work and was making some food. "Ew, you two, get a room!" ;-D

Tess MacKall said...

I'll be in touch, hon. And thanks about my book. Hugs...

Tess MacKall said...

Oh yes, Reg. When I was younger I fell for it all hook, line, and sinker. And suffered for it too. lol

Mr. Regina sounds like a total doll. And I love Gerber daisies. Would prefer them any day to roses.

Tess MacKall said...

Oh Lordy, yes ma'am, Miss Nat. Will email you right away for a blogging date. lol

Tess MacKall said...

That's another thing, Sarah. There is so much hype about VD that people honestly feel sad and guilty--and feel unloved. NOT good.

Tess MacKall said...

I'll email you for a date, Trish. And dang it. I was counting on you for a VD disaster tale. lol

Yummy on the candy. lol

Tess MacKall said...

I've sent my kids running to the other side of Walmart they get so embarrassed by some of the things I say and do, Valerie. Won't even answer the cell phone when I call them. lol The thing I love to do best is when the girls are standing there looking at something I go down to the end of the aisle and shout back up to them: "Hey, did you girls pick up the tampons yet?"

Ohhhhhhhh they scatter. LOL

Tess MacKall said...

I'll be in touch for a date, Kissa. And sorry I made you sick. But honestly, all that chocolate? Is a guy really showing you he loves you by trying to put ten pounds on your ass? HUH? A guy comes at me with chocolate might just get a big patch taken out of his head. lol

Tess MacKall said...

Ohhhh Sheridan. You, me, Kissa and turnip greens PART-TAY WOOT...
But no collards please. I DO NOT like them. Can't stand the smell. And we use the hot vinegar sometimes too. Depends on my mood really.

Tess MacKall said...

Awwwww...Fiona. That's soooo sweet. Soooo nice to hear. You're doing it right for sure. And let big corporate American just deal with not getting a hundred bucks out of you and hubs. Hell yeah. lol

Melissa Bradley said...

I want to live by the ocean, too Tess.:)

I believe in love even though it hasn't been kind to me romantically speaking. And I hate Valentine's Day. My friends and I get together and watch a good horror flick, wear black and give each other flowers with things like rubber spiders. It started off as a joke, but it has become a tradition of sorts.

Tess MacKall said...

Sounds like a great way to spend VD to me Melissa. You should send me a story about one of those bad experiences. lol

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