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Sunday, February 12, 2012

L.M. Brown: Valentine’s Day Blog Hop & Contest






I'm excited to be hosting L.M. Brown as part of her Valentine's Day blog tour. She's here to talk about old legends and new releases. Enjoy! And don't forget to visit her blog and take part in the Valentine's Day Blog Hop Contest. You could win a  copy of the Gift of Love Anthology.


 

And now here's L.M. Brown...
Welcome to the third day of my blog tour in celebration of Valentine’s Day and also my newly released Valentine’s Day themed short story.
 
Today I’m going to be taking a look at one of the old legends about Valentine’s Day itself, specifically the one that says that the first man a young girl sees upon leaving her house on February 14th will be her Valentine for the coming year.
 
It sounds a nice tradition, doesn’t it?
 
Imagine the anticipation of seeing a handsome young man as you stroll through your quaint little village. 
 
But what if you have your sights and your heart set on one particular person? 
 
How easy would it be to engineer your day so that you meet that man first?
 
In this modern day and age I expect it would be quite impossible.  Seeing the milkman, postman and paperboy are just three of the possibilities before you even get off your own street.
 
Then there may be taxi or bus drivers, and, of course, the random people going about their daily business, all conspiring to stop you seeing the potential love of your life (or at least the next year) first on Valentine’s Day.
 
Of course, the devious members of the population might be able to tilt the odds in their favour with the aid of modern technology.  If your potential Valentine is close by, a telephone call from a friend on the next street to let you know when your potential love interest is leaving their house could be the key.  Then all you would have to do is make sure to hurry, not look round when you hear a neighbour’s door opening and feign a casual meeting.  Voila – the tradition may just work in your favour. 
 
Telephones are also the key to romance for the two heroes of my latest release, Nick and Connor. 




Blurb
 

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?


Excerpt
 

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 from Silver Publishing

 
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

Blog – http://lmbrownauthor.blogspot.com/
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001471647696
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/lmbrown


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4 comments:

Debby said...

I have heard that about Valentine;s Day. Imagine if you open the door and a low life is there. I would love to read your book.
Debby236 at gmail dot com

Romance Reader Enthusiast said...

What a perfect title to be offering for Valentine's Day. Can we feel the love in the room? Thank you for the chance to read not one but three stories.

Happy Valentine's Day!
Lynn
lareynolds0316@gmail.com

JP said...

Thanks for sharing your Valentine's Day thoughts with us and let the gift of love surround us all thoughout the year.

L.M. Brown said...

Hi Debby

Yes, Valentine's Day can be hazardous in some ways. If you get the chance to read the book, I hope you enjoy it.

Hi Lynn

You are welcome for the contest and Happy Valentine's Day!

Hi JP

As it happens, one of the themes of my story is about making every day special and not just Valentine's Day.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and commenting and to Gale for having me here again.

LM