Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentines_SeesAhh, feel that?  That tingling feeling?  Thats love.  It’s in the air today, thanks to Valentine’s.  

I love Valentine’s.  Not just for the romancey goodness, although that does rock. But because it’s one of those crafty, show you care kind of days. From those sweet kindergarten days when we pasted lopsided doilies on red card stock and glued gilt cupids to the center of a heart, to the epically bad love poems written in middle school to boys we were too afraid to talk to directly (c’mon, was I the only one who did that?) to the excitement of champagne and val toastcandlelight possibilities as we grow older… Valentines is romance, yes.  But it’s also fun.  

At least, it is for us ladies *g*  For guys, I think this day comes with more pressure than birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas all rolled into one. Because while roses or a heart-shaped box of chocolates are traditional, oftentimes we women (while gobbling down the candy) will sigh over how unimaginative or the idea might be.  Because while we want to feel loved, we also want to feel like our guy KNOWS us.  GETS us.  That he put some effort into romancing us!!  Then again, I’ll admit, there are years I’m just grateful my guy remembers the date LOL.  

But for our romance heroes, the pressure really is on.  Because they were hot enough, romantic enough, special enough to star in a book–not just any book, baby, but a ROMANCE novel!  That means they have to step up and be romantic on Valentines’s Day.  

Luckily, our guys are up for the task… 

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My own Blake Landon, from A SEAL’s SEDUCTION, actually would give his Alexia chocolate.  Not for traditions’ sake, but because she seriously LOVES chocolate.  He’d start with a deluxe heart shaped box of hand-picked See’s (all her favorites with almonds and caramels), then while she was humming in appreciation, he’d show her the tin of her favorite hot chocolate made from Belgium shavings.  As she was sighing at his sweetness, he’d whip out a jar of very rich, very decadent hot fudge.  Then he’d suggest they set the candy and cocoa aside, heat up the fudge and go make a very special snack…



Nancy Northcott’s Griff from RENEGADE would give Val a painting of her parents, who were killed by ghouls when she was a teenager.

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Kate Carlisle’s DEREK STONE would give BROOKLYN WAINWRIGHT a packet of beautiful endpapers he picked up on a business trip to Japan. That’s the official gift. His unofficial gift would be food, of course. Steak. Red wine. Chocolate for dessert.  (Come to think of it, that’s Kate’s favorite gift, too. 🙂 )

 Anna Sugden’s Jake would give Maggie from A PERFECT DISTRACTION (out Sept 2013) a mixed bouquet of real daisies and chocolate daisies, because that worked so well when he had to apologise for being a jerk *g*. He has a game on Valentine’s night, so they won’t be able to have a private celebration until really late.



Joan Kayse’s Damon would give his heroine Julia a book by a famed Roman poet Catulluss, poems of love and longing. However…. beneath the scroll page would be his real gift…a copy of the Art of Seduction by Ovid.


Suzanne Ferrell’s Matt Edgars would give Katie Myers  (hero and heroine from HUNTED) a boxer puppy.



Christie Kelley’s Colin Barrett, the Duke of Northrop would give Selina White from BEWITCHING THE DUKE, a beautiful pair of diamond earrings because he’s discovered she has an obsession for earbobs.


And from Donna  MacMeans’ THE CASANOVA CODE had it taken place in February 🙂 :  Besides being a code-breaker, Edwina Hargrove is a closet adventurer.

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     A gift!  Ashton had brought her a gift for St. Valentine’s day!  No one had ever done such a thing, at least, not for her.  She opened the box tentatively, savoring the moment, then lifted a heavy glass globe set upon a wooden pedestal.

   “It’s from the Paris Exposition,” he said.  “Shake it and snow will reign down upon the Eiffel Tower.”

    “It’s beautiful,” she whispered, though she couldn’t really see the snowflakes for the tears in her eyes.  No one had acknowledged her desire for travel before.  “I will cherish it always.”

    He smiled then cocked his head.  His finger delicately traced the moisture on her cheek.  “As I, dear Edwina, will you.”


 Awww, aren’t our heroes romantic!?  And aren’t our heroines lucky to have such fabulous Valentine’s gifts on this special day dedicated to celebrating love.   

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Share with us what your ideal Valentine’s gift would be to be entered in the drawing for this wonderfully romantic collection of Valentine’s treats. 

  • A SEAL’s Seduction
  • ARC of Renegade
  • The Casanova Code
  • Cadbury’s chocolate
  • ecopy of Bewitching the Duke


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  • Jane says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Tawny. It would lovely to be whisked away to a tropical island, but I’m just as appreciative if I get chocolate and/or flowers.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Happy Valentine’s Day, Jane 🙂

      Oooooh… a tropical island sounds so wonderful!! Both romantic and relaxing. But chocolate and flowers sound lovely, too. And don’t require packing or a trip to the airport 😀

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Would you take the rooster on your romantic vacation, Jane? As long as you ditch the wiley bird, I think an island vacation would be wonderful!

      I’m sure the Duke and Duchess had that in mind when the awful reporters took those piccies of her baby bump!

  • Helen Sibbritt says:

    Happy Valentines Day All

    I have been to work today and not much has happened at all LOL Hubby and I wished each other Happy Valentines Day we are going away to Brisbane this month so as I can go to ARRC2013 so I figure we will spend enough then LOL.
    But what I would wish for would have been a cruise ticket in amongst some chocolates yes that would have been nice

    Have Fun

    • Tawny Weber says:

      What a fun trip that will be, Helen 😀 A cruise would be fun, too, but your way you get to enjoy the awesomeness that will be ARRC2013!

      My hubby is at work, too. So while he might have said something about Valentine’s when he kissed me goodbye at 6am, I don’t remember 😀 Our first Valentine’s greeting of the day (that I was awake for *g*) was done by text.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I envy you going to that conference, Helen. I’d love to go! Cruises are so much fun and relaxing, and reasonably inexpensive considering what you get.

      • Helen Sibbritt says:

        Cruises are the best we are hoping to go on another in November to New Zealand fingers crossed.

        I am so looking forward to the conference can’t wait and how wonderful would it be to have all the Bandits there I would be in 7th heaven I will have two of them there Anna and Christina whoo hoo party time LOL

        Have Fun

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    The perfect gift for me? I think I would like to get all dressed up (yeah, that is unusual, I am generally a stay at home kind of gal) and go out for dinner and maybe a little dancing. I could go for something I haven’t cooked myself. I am not a big champagne person either so just a couple of drinks will do me.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Ooooh, getting dressed up is so fun sometimes. It’s that girly thing that just adds a little glitz and glamour to an event. And dinner and dancing is pure romance! I’m sighing just thinking of it. Especially as I’m pretty sure I’ll be cozied up in yoga pants and a sweatshirt for my Valentine’s evening LOL. I love your perfect gift, Dianna! It sounds great.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Oh, yummmm, Dianna — something I don’t have to cook would be lovely! I’m thinking fillet mignon!

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to my lovely Bandita sisters and our fabulous BBs!

    Mine is off to a good start – lovely hubby surprised me by making a delicious banoffee tart for breakfast!

    My ideal Valentine’s present is one that shows my Valentine has thought about what to get me – see above *g*

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Gotta know… what’s a banoffee tart? Banana toffee? Tell me more. Better yet, let me taste it 😀

      And Happy Valentine’s Day right back to you!!!

      You’re spot on about the perfect gift being something that shows a little thought and attention. I think that’s what’s so sweet about our Hero gifts in this post. Each one shows that he really knows his lady.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Back at you, Anna. What’s a banoffee tart? I really love breakfast in bed. Hey, I’ll have to put a bug in Dr. Big’s ear and have him do that one of these days.

  • Mozette says:

    It’s been over a decade since I had a Valentine… and even then, it wasn’t all that romantic: a box of boiled lollies (as they are my favourites), with a mug with my star sign on it – Libra – and a set of chinese stress balls with Yin & Yang on them (which have been stolen over the last 10 years). I was given this gift by my first serious boyfriend when I was 24… haven’t had anyone do anything for me that nice since.

    So, I don’t send cards to anyone I love – as there’s nobody of interest in my life – and if I did love somebody at one point, they went off and got married; overlooking the one person who was right in front of them (isn’t that always the way?). Then, in the last year, the guy I fell for and knows it, doesn’t want me because he’s not in the right place right now to be in a relationship because he ‘doesn’t want to hurt me’… jeez… can’t win! 🙁

    So, Valentine’s Day isn’t really a big thing on my calendar lately… just another day. 🙁

    • Tawny Weber says:

      I’m sorry, Mozette. Valentine’s definitely doesn’t sound like it’s making happy memories for you. But we Bandita’s are sending you big happy Valentine’s hugs!!!

      • Mozette says:

        Aaaww, thank you all at the Romance Bandits Lair. I used to be really horrible about this time of year. Then, I got my little bird and I had a little fluffy somebody to spend my Valentine’s Day with (yeah, i know it sounds silly to spend my day with a budgie, but she really was a great little thing). But this year is going to have a lot of firsts without my sweet little bird; and it’s going to be hard… Valentine’s Day is just the first in a long line of them.

        I just wish I could find a human being who’d see me who I am instead of trying to change me into his Mum all the time – or some kind of Suzie Home-maker… or worse still, some kind of trophy who has absolutely no brain of her own. 🙁

        Is it too much to ask to find a man who accepts me warts and all?

  • Kaelee says:

    My husband is going to take me to see my sister today. This involves a two hour drive. Then the husbands are taking us out for lunch. Right at this moment in time it’s a perfect celebration.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Awwwww. Any husband who is willing to do a two hour drive and lunch with the in-laws is a sweetie 😀 That sounds like a fabulous gift, Kaelee!!! I hope you have a wonderful day 🙂

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Now that’s perfect, Kaelee, involving as it does, sacrifice (driving) and fun (seeing your sis) and food (dinner out)!! Yay.

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    There hasn’t been a Valentine in my life for many years so my wish would be decidedly unromantic. My perfect gift would be someone to clean my house until it sparkles, make me a delicious dinner and then wash and put away all the dishes. Now that’s a dream gift I can get behind! 😉

    I already have all these great books (loved them!) so please don’t include me in the giveaway.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Can I get on board with your gift, PJ? It sounds so fabulous. Not romantic, as you say 😀 But perfect all the same!!! I don’t know when the last time my house sparkled, but I do know the last time someone cooked for me. I was sick as a dog, and I’m pretty sure I did the dishes afterward 😀

      You clearly have fabulous reading taste to have all these books already *ggg* Thank you!! And Happy Valentine’s.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Ah, PJ, isn’t the gift of service the best gift of all?

  • CrystalGB says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day.
    My perfect gift would be a getaway to somewhere warm.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Oh, yeah! I could get on board with that, Crystal. I’m shivering and wrapped in a blanket as I type LOL.

      I have a feeling you’re thinking warm like sandy beaches, hot sun and an ocean view,though. Which sounds FAB!!!

      Happy Valentine’s Day 😀

  • Deb says:

    The first special valentine I got this week was from my mother. I opened her card yesterday, read what she wrote, and got a little teary-eyed. One special valentine I received a few years ago was from my daughter when she was about 7 or 8. She wrote on one of her left-over valentine cards and it said, “What do you call someone who loves their mother? A daughter.”
    My romantic husband gave me a dozen roses the year I was expecting our daughter. 11 red roses with a perfect pink one in the center. He also wrote me a poem when we were dating and I still have it.
    We exchanged cards this morning and he is planning on making supper—as he does almost every night (I’ve been spoiled this year with having him home).

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Oh, Deb. Those are such lovely Valentine’s memories!! The roses with the one pink bud simply makes me sigh. Wow.

      And your man cooks for you? All the time? Woot you -lucky lady 😀

      I hope your day is filled with more lovely, sigh-worthy memories!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      What special valentines, Deb! Sounds like you have a wonderful family.

  • Sandyg265 says:

    Really good chocolates that we could share.


    Okay, I’m better now.

    Happy Valentine’s Day to all of the Banditas and Buddies !! Hope all of your chocolate dreams come true!

    My perfect gift would be a publishing contract for one or all of my books. SIGH!

    However, barring that, how about Richard Armitage and Gerard Butler wrapped in chocolate and nothing else? 🙂

  • Susan Sey says:

    I think my ideal gift would be a diet coke, a bag of pretzels, a great book & the time to read it. It would especially rock if my whole family–kids included–would all grab a book of their own & read in happy quiet with me. And if I could put my feet in my husband’s lap, that would be awesome.

    Oh & take out for dinner. Or is that going too far? 🙂

  • ellie says:

    I would enjoy spending a lovely day with my husband, relaxing, talking and walking. He works long h ours and is always busy. this is precious time and special for me.

    • Ellie, I so know what you mean. The dh and I are sometimes like the proverbial ships passing. We’ve been considering going to the mountains for a weekend, just the two of us, maybe revisiting Biltmore House (our last tour, when the boy was about four took all of 15 minutes–I kid you not!) and enjoying the mountain scenery.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I know what you mean, Ellie. The gift of time is so precious, especially in this hectic world we now live in.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Ellie, what a lovely wish. I hope you can get that special time, too. Its so hard to be away from our loved ones more than we like.

  • Minna says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    We don’t actually celebrate Valentine’s Day here in Finland, we celebrate Friend’s Day.


  • Maureen says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! My ideal Valentine’s Day is one where my whole family is happy.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Maureen -that’s a FABULOUS Valentine! Its so much easier and more gratifying to enjoy a holiday when everyone is happy and in a good place 🙂 I hope you get your wish!

  • Anne says:

    What would be ideal is a vacation at a lovely resort by the ocean. Just relaxation time and soothing warmth. Not yet though since I am still recovering from breast cancer and cannot travel.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Hugs, Anne!! I hope you are fully recovered soon, and I especially hope you can go somewhere warm and relax on the beach in the near future. I’m sending you warm thoughts of beachy goodness, umbrella-decorated drinks and a gorgeous ocean view 🙂

  • pearl says:

    A cleaning crew for the house and garage. A cook for a dinner feast and a husband who is home from work on time, not early but on time.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Pearl, I had to laugh when I saw your comment after I posted mine. Especially since I almost chose my husband cleaning all the floors and windows in the house. Ha! I guess you are as practical as I am. Save the chocolates – bring cleaning supplies! 🙂

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Oh yeah! Now that’s a sweet Valentine’s wish 🙂 I like it, Pearl, and I hope you get at least little of it today, if not all!!

  • Caren Crane says:

    Tawny, I am not – for all that I write romantic stories – much of a romantic. I am terribly pragmatic and usually the things I want are practical things. Practical things make me so happy! So, an ideal Valentine’s Day present, for me, would be my husband cleaning out the garage. That would make me incredibly happy, because then I wouldn’t have the feeling of Impending Doom I currently get whenever I think of the chaos in the garage. Not romantic, maybe, but incredibly desirable! 😀

    • Tawny Weber says:

      LOL Caren, I kinda like your wish. A lot. Especially the husband dealing with the impeding doom part of it.

      I think I’m lucky that clutter claustrophobia is one thing my hubby and I have in common. But I can think of a lot of other cleaning projects that would make a lovely Valentine’s gift LOL

  • Hi, Tawny–

    Wow, you did a great job of pulling all this together. Thanks!

    I would love to have a candlelight dinner in a restaurant overlooking a cityscape (like the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta or the Marriott Times Square in NYC), with me in a cocktail dress and the dh in a tux.

    Since we’re currently too busy to leave town (and getting the dh into a tux would require what we might call effort *g*), we’ll be staying home, having wine and canapes while we watch a movie. RomCom versus Exploding Stuff is still up in the air.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Thanks, Nancy 🙂 It was really fun to see how clever and sweet our heroes are.

      And wow, I love your ideal Valentine’s evening. SOooooo romantic and elegant.

      I like your reality a lot, too 😀 I’d go for the RomCom, of course. Or a double feature if the Exploding Stuff includes super heroes 🙂

      • I loved seeing what everyone came up with.

        I think I’m current on superhero movies, so we might end up with RomCom. Or we might go for a thriller if there’s a good one we haven’t seen. Or maybe just some more episodes from Season 1 of Grimm. We’ll have to see what happens at the video rental place.

  • catslady says:

    I like surprises so anything would probably work for me – doesn’t have to be big and fancy. For me it’s the thought that counts.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      I’m with you! The thought is everything 🙂 I think that’s where the true glowing excitement comes in -if there is thought in the gift, or just in the wish, it’s heartfelt and lovely. If not, well, hopefully it’s chocolate so it tastes good *g*

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Delightful post, Tawny. Valentine’s Day truly is one of those celebrations that are fun but bring an enormous amount of pressure, especially for men!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Thanks, Jo 🙂 I do sort of feel bad for guys. This is a total pressure day. But at the same time, they are so freaking hard to buy for that in a way, this day makes up for all of our other shopping for them days for the year.

  • CateS says:

    Well, I was going to say a lovely cruise in the ..but with the news of the Carnival…I think I’ll stick to a lovely steak dinner and a lovely batch of chocolate!!

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Oh, my ideal gift — hmm, that’s tough because I’m not fond of flowers (they die!!) or chocolates (too many calories!!), but I do admit to a craving for See’s candies, especiall the white fudge kind with nuts and caramels. Good thing they’re so expensive!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Ooooh, those are wonderful candies, Jo 🙂 I hope you get at least one (just one limits the calories, and makes it more special. This was what I told my husband when I said I wanted a Sees Walnut Roll *g*)

  • Wow, what a heartwarming post! Happy Valentine’s Day, Banditas and Bandita Buddies. Of course, it’s the 15th here in Australia – we’re over it, LOL!

  • Quilt Lady says:

    Since we are dreaming I might as well go big with this Valentine’s Day gift and say a trip to Hawaii!

    Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Ooooh, warm sand, gorgeous beaches and frothy drinks on coconut shells. Hawaii sounds gorgeous and perfect!! I’ll wish that for you, too 🙂

      Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Beth Andrews says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Great post!

    I have to admit, I’m not a big one for the whole V Day thing *g*

    However, that wouldn’t stop me from loving it if my husband bought me either a juicer or a bread machine 🙂 Not very romantic gifts but two things I very much want!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Happy VDay, Beth 🙂

      Ooooh, I think a bread machine or juicer would rock. I’m actually a fan of high-end small appliances as gifts *g* I would never get one for myself, so it’d be a fab treat. I do have a bread machine, though. Too bad you didn’t live closer. You could use it. Or just come over for homemade, hot fresh from the oven bread.

      I’ll admit, I tend to use it just to make dough, not to cook the bread. Not quite sure why 😀

  • gamistress66 says:

    since I don’t have a sig other, valentine’s day is a good day to enjoy curling up under a cozy blanket & get lost in a sexy romance novel while treating myself to a little choc 🙂 getting off work early so I could enjoy more reading time would have been even better, but alas, had to work the full day then stop get gas & the chocolate at the store, now it’s quick bite before proceeding to the above 😉

    • Tawny Weber says:

      I think a romance novel and chocolates sound like a PERFECT treat today!!! Of course, I think they sound like a perfect treat every day LOL.

      Bummer that you didn’t get off early and had the errands to do, but I hope your cozy evening is fabulous and wonderful 😀

  • Pat Cochran says:

    Hey, Tawny,

    My dream currently is a trip to Hawaii or
    maybe a USA tour. (There’s so much of
    the good ole US of A which we haven’t
    visited! Shame on us!) Knowing any trip
    is not in our budget at the moment, our
    Valentine celebration included a lovely
    dinner for two at one of our favorite
    restaurants. Twas yummy good!!

    (Thanks, Honey, for the dinner and the
    peach colored roses!!)

    • Tawny Weber says:

      AWww, Pat, that’s so sweet. and peach colored roses are lovely!
      Touring the US is a fun idea- I think Trish has actually seen a lot of it, since she tours the parks. I’ve only seen bits and pieces myself, but I’d imagine seeing it all with a sweetheart would make it even that much more interesting.

      Your dinner and celebration sounds wonderful 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day.

  • Chelsea B. says:

    Something I would least expect– so I don’t know what that would be 🙂

  • Pissenlit says:

    Aww, I’d just be happy with flowers. And I guess chocolate is always welcome. Though, I wouldn’t say no to sparkly things. And well, there’s books…who could say no to books? LOL 😀

    • Tawny Weber says:

      I think it’s illegal, and definitely immoral to say no to books *g* Books rock.

      Chocolate and sparkly things are pretty awesome, too. And flowers are always lovely.

      But you had me at books *ggg*

  • Barbara Elness says:

    Well, my ideal Valentine’s Day gift would be jewelry, say a nice ruby necklace and earrings, but I’d settle for a dozen red roses. 😀

  • Fedora says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Tawny and Banditas! I had a very lovely dinner out with the family–Japanese food, one of our favorites 🙂 And then cheesecake 😉 Mmm… The one thing to make this perfect? Books! (Of course! ;)) Hope you’re all knowing you’re loved, EVERY day of the year!

  • Mary Preston says:

    Just not having to think about what to cook for dinner, cook dinner & clean up would be a most welcome gift.

    Of course, I’d want this to be a daily event.

  • Karen H in NC says:

    Don’t have anyone special in my life and since I’m dieting (again), no chocolates either! Geez, what a bummer! So, for me, Valentine’s Day is just another day on the calender. Hope everyone else had a fun day though.

  • gypsylcm says:

    A nice dinner that I didn’t have to cook, books! and some chocolate coated coffee beans would have been nice for Valentines day!