Two demands for the promised payment of marriage.
Murder,deceit, and fraud pull Lady Arin Keith between these men.
Which one will bed her, claim her...own her?
Most of you have probably read loads on the history of St. Valentine’s Day, but I came across something I didn’t know, and found very interesting; an ancient journal of St. Valentine. How cool is that? The author of this article states “The validity of the journal is only as real as you allow it to be within your mind.” So take this story for what it’s worth. I found the history surrounding this story so interesting that I plan to research it in more detail. Who knows, there may be a story there somewhere.
I’m going to start with a tad bit of history to lead into Valentine’s journal. I’ve posted only the first segment of his journal with a link to the full article.
In modern times, the month of February and St. Valentine's Day has come to symbolize love and romance, and has been celebrated in this gentile way since the days of courtship and wooing of the Middle Ages. But the origins of February being associated with love and fertility can be traced back to Ancient Greece and Rome.
On February 14, A.D. 496, the feast of St. Valentine was first declared, and the Lupercalia was outlawed as a pagan ritual.
Most recently I was lucky enough to gain access to the one and only journal written by Saint Valentine (of Valentine's Day fame) regarding the events surrounding February 14Th, 269 AD. The journal had been buried in the ruins of Saint Valentine's final residence, the cold, damp, and dark stone prison of Roman Emperor Claudius. Among the decade prison ruble, a corner of the journal peeked-up from under a craggy stone-bit, revealing itself to the finder. Carefully releasing the Valentines day journal from its centuries old holding place, it became clear that the writing within would reveal the facts surrounding Saint Valentines true self and the events leading up to his execution. As the finder read the tail, cautiously turning the delicate ancient pages, the story of Valentine's Day became very real as told by saint Valentine himself. The validity of the journal is only as real as you allow it to be within your mind; but the facts surrounding the Valentine's Day saints' story, they are as real as real can be.
The morning began with a refreshing goblet of the best wine from our monks’ cellars. The other priest and I were giving thanks for the new day and praying that the emperor would withdraw his newly created law which cancelled all marriages and engagements. It seemed that emperor Claudius desired to grow his army to a much larger number than was currently at hand. His hope for a clamoring of volunteers was crushed as few, if any answered his request. I was told by a royal house-boy during confession that Claudius believed no volunteers came because they feared leaving their lovers, wives and families would break the hearts of those they cared for so deeply. Thus, in the emperors haste for military growth, he gained support in the senate to cancel all marriages and weddings and even engagements— making it all but illegal to fall in love outwardly. I, Valentine, am a man of God and I know my God to be a loving being. Thusly, I derived a stern allegiance to continue to honor the love of couples who seek out the right to marry, regardless of the newly placed law. Unfortunately, I was unaware that this allegiance to love would soon prove to be the birth of my death. For this reason I, Valentine, am writing my final days journal in the hope than a law created by a man will not damage the love created by God.
Born Into Fire
Fiera, a burgeoning Fire Element is in danger of enslavement. Erion, a fully fledged Air Element, can offer her protection. Together they must battle Element and Dragon. But will coming together tear them apart?
By Tarah Scott and KyAnn Waters
Twosomes, threesomes, foursomes…oh my. We thought our mother’s romances were sexy, but look out. Romances have taken a turn for off-the-charts sizzling hot. The sexual journey is finally out in the open--in more ways than one! So, as our taste in stories has changed, so has the way we write them. We have found two heads are better than one, both in the bedroom for our characters, and in our journey as writers.
What makes both so much fun?