09 February 2014

Love-Struck Valentine’s Day Hop!

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Welcome to Jude's spot on the Love-Struck Valentine's Day Hop! It's time to celebrate romance and stories of love, heartbreak, and happy endings. Today's Grand Prize is a Kindle Paperwhite eReader with 43 books provided by all the Hop Authors, so enter at the Hop Homepage. Go do it NOW.


I'll wait...


All right! Welcome back! Let's talk romance. Historians believe that the English word "romance" developed from a vernacular dialect within the French language meaning "verse narrative"—referring to the style of speech, writing, and artistic talents within elite classes. The word was originally an adverb of the Latin origin "Romanicus," meaning "of the Roman style." The connecting notion is that European medieval vernacular tales were usually about chivalric adventure, not combining the idea of love until late into the seventeenth century.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romance_%28love%29
 Tales of chivalry, action, adventure, and heroism are technically "Romantic", as is music by Beethoven,  Schubert, Tchaikovsky, and others we consider "classical."

For me, writing stories that are Romantic means to include an element of danger and adventure, even in a contemporary setting involving ballroom dancing. My Save The Last Dance series involves two people destined to be together who face more than a few obstacles in their path. Overcoming the fear of ending a bad relationship can involve the possibility of physical danger, whether from an abusive spouse or someone else. "Will they get together?" isn't so much the question as "How in the world will they make it work?" For Maggie Pearce and John Harrison, those few moments of soulful connection are worth braving the obstacles thrown in their way.

Now for Fun Schtuff!
My Giveaway!
US readers: A Giftie pack of Champagne Bath pearls, Champagne Books keychain, a CD of awesome music that inspired my Save The Last Dance series, and other sundry goodies!
OR Outside the US: $10 Amazon.com Gift card 
  All you have to do is post a comment on this blog with your email address. [Leave it in this form so spammers don't get it: My email AT whatever DOT com
A name will drawn at random Saturday February 15th at noon Pacific Time.

But Wait, THERE'S MORE!
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Your mission is to continue HOPPING to the participating blogs. Most will offer their own prizes just like I did here; all have wonderful stories to share. So hop your buns around the Interwebs and gather what you may. Just click on an author's name to get to their Blog Hop post--and DON'T FORGET TO ENTER THE GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY AT JA GARLAND'S HOME PAGE:


Celia Breslin    Pippa Jay   Mimi Sebastian   Cecilia Dominic 
  Isabella Norse   Dani Harper   Rita Bay   Allison Knight   Joyce Proell  Holly Hunt   Ceci Giltenan   Ute Carbone 
Cassiel Knight   Audra Middleton   Angela Kay Austin  Morgan Wyatt  Liz Crowe   Susan Frances      January Bain   Linda Rettstatt   Dani Collins  Kelly Martin  Pauline Creeden 
                      Christina Cole   Graeme Brown






Wishing everyone a romantic and blissful Happy Valentine's Day!
~Jude

38 comments:

  1. Thanks for joining the hop! What a great post :)

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    1. Thanks, JA and thank YOU for organizing the hop! I hope to hop to everyone's site throughout the week.

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  2. Beautiful website and very nice prizes. Rita

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    1. Thank you, Rita.I truly appreciate that because I admire your site and your work greatly. Happy Hopping!

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  3. I love these hops because I get to meet so many new people! Thank you for having an awesome giveaway! kristinaparmenter51 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Thank you for hopping by, Kristina and good luck!

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  4. What a lovely website! I don't think I'd ever heard the origin of the word romance, so it's exciting to learn something new.

    Happy hopping! I'm doing the same.

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    1. Thanks, Cecilia! I'm hopping over your way myself. :)

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  5. Thanks for being part of this fun blog hop
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hi Jean. Thanks for playing! And today if you comment on the home page [http://www.jagarland.blogspot.com/2014/02/its-love-struck-valentines-day-blog-hop.html ] you could win a box of chocolates!

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  6. Thank you for the info on how "Romance" became a word... Very interesting... Thank you for being part of the hop.

    j.m.platt83@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you, Jeanette! I guess we can credit--or blame--the Romans!

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  7. Interesting post, Jude! Also, I like your book covers. Nice style. :)

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    1. Thanks, Celia! And thanks for hopping along !

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  8. Nice covers

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. My cover artist for this series is Petra Kay. I think she did a marvelous job, too. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Audra! Be sure to come back and enter the #CowboyCasanova hop too!

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  10. Save The Last Dance Series sounds exciting. I enjoy watching ballroom dancing and have added your books to my wishlist. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. Happy Valentine's Day!
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. Great blog site Jude, I am a new follower. Love your choice of prizes for this giveaway. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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    1. Woohoo, welcome Debra! I have to admit, I like these prizes myself. Music is a big thing with me and I find having a playlist really gets me into the storyline. Good luck, and if you win, I hope you like the mix! Check in on the Cowboy Casanova Hop too. ;)

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  12. Thank you so much, BookLady! I love watching Dancing With the Stars but also the professional ballroom competitions they show on PBS now and then. Amazing!

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  13. Great giveaway!! Happy Valentine's Day :) courtlawrence11 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, Courtney! Wishing you good luck and lots of chocolate this VDay!

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  14. Thank you for hosting! majecscontesttx at gmail dot com

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  15. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy Valentine's Day!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thank you for coming by and entering, Natasha!

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  16. happy valentines day and thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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    1. Happy Vday, Daniel and thanks for playing. Be sure to check out the Cowboy Casanova post (it's the next one) for a different giveaway, too.

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  17. I love the history on romance.
    Happy Valentine's day.
    bonn1511 at aol dot com

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    1. Welcome, Bonnie! Happy VDay to you, too--and good luck!

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  18. Hi! Happy Valentines! Sounds like an awesome series! Thank you for the amazing giveaway!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey Shadow, Happy VDay! Good luck and thanks for coming by!

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  19. And the WINNER is *drumroll*
    DEBRA KAY NEIMAN! I've sent you an email, Debra. Congratulations!

    Thanks so everyone who commented here and entered via the Rafflecopter. This was fun!

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  20. Jude, my reply to your e-mail keeps coming back. I left you a PM on your facebook with my Oklahoma USA address. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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