Where did it all start?
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and in celebration of the day and also of my Valentine’s Day story being released on 11th February I am doing a short blog tour with a Valentine’s theme.
For this, the first day of my blog tour, I’m going to take a look at who St Valentine was, and just what he had to do with romance.
Apparently, not as much as you might imagine.
Of course, this is assuming we are looking at the right Valentine, since there were fourteen of them by all accounts, three of which became saints. The most likely suspect is this one.
Persecuted for his Christian beliefs Valentine had the dubious honour of being interrogated by the Roman Emperor Claudius II in person. Clearly, Valentine was an important enough person not to be left to the underlings. Or maybe the Emperor suspected men of lesser faith than himself would be tempted to convert to Christianity themselves, since Valentine is alleged to have converted more than forty members of the family of one of the guards and even tried to convert the Emperor himself.
Executed as a martyr, (on 14th February), Valentine is alleged to have fallen in love with the blind daughter of his jailor. His is also credited with miraculously curing her blindness.
He is now known as the Patron Saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, and young people.
I don’t know about you, but some of those don’t seem quiet in keeping with the Valentine’s Day traditions… unless there’s something about the plague and bee keepers I don’t know about.
On the other hand, while it might not seem quite relevant, I do like the idea of Saint Valentine being the Patron Saint of travellers as well as lovers, especially since the two heroes of my latest story are some distance away from each other and travelling plays a part in their story.
Can a wrong number lead to Mr Right? Nick Davis’s life takes an unexpected turn when a stranger starts leaving messages on his answer machine. Is there hope Nick can become more to Connor Hayes than just a wrong number?
Nick Davis stumbled from his bedroom into the kitchen, cringing at the bright sunlight of the January morning. He snapped the blinds down, causing him to simultaneously sigh with relief at the more subdued light and groan at the sound, which echoed far too loudly for his liking. Every step he took was careful and measured, so as not to make his aching head pound any more than necessary. He spared a glance at the blinking red light on the answering machine: a new message. Suspecting it to be a slightly belated Happy New Year greeting, and probably a loud one, Nick left it for the moment. He headed for the fridge and a hangover cure in the form of hair of the dog, also known as a nice cold beer.
Damn, what did I do last night? He remembered meeting his mates at The Red Lion for a night out on the town. They’d had a few drinks there before moving on to The Royal Oak. Then they’d headed out to the city, where things started to get a little hazy. He did recall Marc screaming Happy New Year down the phone at least an hour early, but midnight itself was a complete blank. He supposed he should be thankful he’d made it home in one piece, and hadn’t woken up to find a strange man in his bed this morning.
After nursing his hangover until mid-afternoon Nick finally remembered the message and hit the play button.
“Hey, baby! Happy New Year! Missing you already. I can’t wait to see you again. Give me a call to let me know you got back safely. Love you.”
Nick frowned at the answer machine. He didn’t recognise the voice of the soft-spoken man on the other end of the phone. Chalking it up to someone too inebriated to dial correctly, he deleted the message and promptly forgot about it.
Available for pre-order Silver Publishing (release date 11th February)
You can also enter a draw to win a copy of the anthology during the With Love, Valentine’s Day Blog Hop which is running on my blog from 11th February to 14th February.
Where to find L.M. Brown
Website – http://lmbrownauthor.webs.com/
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