Saturday, February 11, 2012

With Love, Valentine's Day Blog Hop!

Welcome to my stop on the
With Love, Valentine's Day Blog Hop!
My love of romance began at age of eleven when my Nanny (referred to lovingly as 'Nanns') slipped me a couple True Romance comic books, along with my first romance, and it was love at first sight. Before long, I was writing my own stories and have been doing so for over three decades. 

I am a hopeless romantic ... always have been, always will be!

Although Valentine's Day is purportedly a day for 'lovers' I personally enjoy viewing it as a day to reconnect with the one's you love, whether they are your partners, friends, family, etc.

I believe letter writing is becoming a lost art, replaced with e-mails, texts, and posts on the walls of Facebook. I don't know about you, but when I receive an actual letter or card in the mail, it makes my day. There is a nostalgia in the act of reading anothers personally penned words and sentiments.

I've been cultivating a little known hobby of mine recently. Over the years I've been collecting love letters from WWI and WWII but I'm open to letters from any era. With a letter being the only way to communicate with a loved one, the detail and emotion contained within these long letters is rich in its intimacy. Reading these long lost letters is an experience unto itself.

Regardless if you are in a romantic relationship or not, use the day to tell someone you care about how much they mean to you! Pick up a pen ... pick up card, or better yet, make your own Valentine ... and WRITE them a little note (or a long one)! Sure, you can send an e-mail if that is the only way to connect with them BUT if you can write something, it's my suggestion you do just that.

I know there are tons of blogs to visit, so I won't keep you long. I'm happy you stopped by and if you'd like a chance to win a PDF copy of my e-book, Skin Deep, an erotic contemporary novella, as well as a $10.00 Gift Certificate to Secret Cravings Publishing, leave a comment below to my question ...

When was the last time you physically wrote a letter to someone near and dear to your heart?
or ...
If you had a choice, would you rather receive a love letter via e-mail or one penned on paper?


And speaking of Secret Cravings Publishing, join us for an ALL WEEKEND CHAT on all weekend chat on our Facebook Readers page for tons of give-aways, chatting and fun! I will be there all weekend partaking in the merriment and the giving of booty! *winks*

Find us at!/groups/256038187798868/

Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day!

Be sure to visit the hundreds of other participating author's blogs for a chance to win
tons of prizes!

Visit the Blog Hop Stop Event Page for quick links to everyones blogs!


  1. I wrote a letter to my son who lives out of town. I wrote by hand. I think writing a letter by hand is much more personal and from the heart. I think by email it would have seemed more of a cold response. I like people's own hand writing not an email.

    1. I agree Cheryl! Granted, e-mail and texting is a wonderful way to stay connected, IMO there is nothing like a handwritten note!

      Thank you for stopping by!

  2. I would think that the feelings would be more appreciated if they were received on paper than in an email. But even more preferred is if it was delivered in person.

  3. I would love to be penned one on paper.... Actually I think I'm going to hint around to my hubby I want that for v-day :)

  4. Hope you have a naughty Valentine's Day.

  5. I would totally preferred paper letter than an email! Writing and snail mailing is lost! I write to my 93 year old granmmie every month and I talk to my mom almost daily via skype and since grammie lives there, I talk/see her too!!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  6. Paper or email doesn't matter, either one will do. I'm a terrible correspondent, I'd rather talk on the phone - it's much easier for me. I'm a terrible typer tho' I'm improving since I use the computer often and text more.
    Letter writing is a lost art. Glad your hobby is preserving it.
    Happy V Day.
    mcv111 at hotmail(dot)com

  7. I would like to get a paper letter but it has been some time since I've writen one myself...
    Mostly I will call, I'm not a good correspondent but I will return a call, it's faster and easier.
    Strangely enough I love and buy nice letter paper, not the usual white one but some of the nicer colored ones and made of high quality paper. ^_^''

    Marin Garde
    [gardemarin(at)gmx dot de]

  8. Well, I try and write my DH a love letter at least once a year, usually on our anniversary. I don't care how i get a love note, just as long as I do :)

    thanks for the great giveaway!
    Happy Valentine's Day

    stardf (AT)

  9. Happy Valentine's Day!
    Love letters should always be on paper and sent thru snail mail. There is just something about holding it in your hands and reading it.

    I love these hops. What a great way to discover new authors/blogs and visit with old friends.
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win such a fantastic prize! <^_^>

  10. I used to love writing letters by hand, but can't even remember the last time I did so. I really think that hand written letters are much more special than email letters. You can choose pretty paper, a special pen, and add a scent to the letter. And much more.
    Thanks for the giveaway. Have a happy V'day!
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  11. I write letters to my fiance everyday :) I just love saying I love you through things other than text and email :)
    Ashley A

  12. I don't know the last time I really wrote someone a note, sadly. It needs to be on my to-do list, I think. Just recently I got a letter in the mail from my sister, who now lives halfway across the country! It means so much more than an email, let me tell you. :)


  13. i personally would prefer a love letter that was written on pen and paper vs text or email. it would mean more to me because the sender took the time to sit down, and write out how they felt. its far to easy these days to fire off a text or email and NOT think about it. but writing a letter is far more personable and intimate


  14. I used to always send hand written letters and notes, it was so much fun picking out paper. But must admit, now just use email. Much prefer a handwritten note, so much more special I think.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  15. I think the last time I wrote a letter, not a thank you note, was about 30 years ago. An e-mail is fine with me.

  16. I love to receive letters actually written by someone. I was actually just talking about this today with my students, who have little knowledge of writing actual letters. Everything is e-mail or text in their world.
    Happy Valentine's Day.


    desi the blonde at msn dot com

  18. Love letters, full of information and joy. DebP

  19. It's been a while since I've hand-written a letter, I used to correspond with a serviceman during the Iraq war, we lost touch after we his deployment ended, but they were all very sweet letters :)


  20. I would rather have one written out and left for me to find somewhere special.

    author_shannon_leigh at

  21. I usually don't write letters anymore. However, I still send cards. All types, sympathy, birthday, Christmas. Just quick thinkin of you kind of thing.

    Thanks for being on the blog hop.

  22. Amazing turnout for the Blog Hop! Can't wait to choose a winner ... so many great replies!

  23. I cant remember the last time i penned a love letter. Though over email or penned, id rather have a penned letter. ;D Thank you sharing and for the great giveaway! Happy Valentines!

  24. Layala,'did you forget about naughty after dark hop?

  25. @Nikki ... I didn't forget ... just didn't set the 'publish' date correctly but I am IN! *grins* THANK YOU!

  26. Now time to pick a winner for the Valentine's Day Blog Hop! And the winner, chosen randomly, is ... Shannon Leigh! Congratulations! I will be sending you an e-mail shortly.

    And thank you to ALL who visited. I loved reading your comments and I am heartened to discover that although technology provides us with a 'quick' form of communication, a handwritten note is quite preferred!