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 1647St_Valentine's_DayOoh, Happy Vallie’s Day to you all. Hoping it’s a good one and if it’s not you’ll go open some vino, even if it means getting bleak and reflective just the same. Of course I was going to post all kinds of things but after last blog’s posting of le very sexy ginger cat I have decided to behave. For the time being anyway. Anyway you got all my unrequited lonely lovers at Christmas. 

Instead I am thrilled to have Antonia—now I know talking Puss in Boots last blog, you probably are thinking Antonio–but no, it is Antonia Van Zandt, the reason being she has a special new release. And not just special and new, a paranormal erotic from Etopia Press, called Vienna Valentine.  Many ooh’s. e9bcb9994c974f2ae10f34f86e66275e

Antonia not only joins us this morning, despite more snow falling and wind howling, from Vienna. She’s brought a picture of a cat.

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I an saying nothing. i am being good. But, it’s no wonder she chose to set her book in Vienna, where she lives, in a rambling house, surrounded by cats–yes, whether they are sexy and ginger you would have to ask her–family portraits and  the knowledge of being related to former European royalty. As if that’s not enough to hook you in today, Antonia is here to blog about this very special day for lovers. So take it away Antonia.

               Who Was St Valentine? By Antonia Van Zandt

 My latest paranormal erotic romance is called Vienna Valentine and, appropriately enough, was published just in time for the day itself.

Now we all know about the traditions of sending anonymous or intriguingly signed cards, flowers (red roses for me please!) and chocolate.

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Oh, and let’s not forget the pink champagne.

But where did it all start? Who was St Valentine? And how did he become the patron saint of lovers everywhere?

I’ve been doing a little research. 

It seems that Valentine was a priest in Rome during the third century at the time of the persecution of Christians by Claudius II. He was captured, but refused to renounce his faith. As a result, the prefect of Rome ordered that the poor man be beaten with clubs and then beheaded. This all happened in 269 A.D. On February 14th to be precise.St Valentine

In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honour of his martyrdom.

Tradition has it that, the day before he died, Valentine sent a farewell note to the jailer’s daughter, signing it, ‘From Your Valentine’.

Legend states that the association of his name with lovers owes its origins to an ancient pagan festival – Lupercalia – held from February 13th – 15th, during which young men would draw the names of girls they would couple with.

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Apparently, in an attempt to abolish this lewd tradition, several zealous pastors of the early church created the more wholesome and innocent festival of St Valentine, whose martyrdom conveniently coincided with the dates.

However, this version is contested by many scholars. They suggest that many of the present day legends of St Valentine have their origins in the fourteenth century, when writers such as Geoffrey Chaucer first popularised the connection between St Valentine and romantic love.

 Whatever the real origins of the connection between the saint and lovers, St Valentine is kept pretty busy as he is also patron saint of a number of other things including: bee keepers, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, plague, travellers and young people.

With all that to look after, the poor man can’t have a second to rest in peace!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 Here’s a little taste of Vienna Valentine:

Blurb:

On a hot summer’s night in Vienna, wolves dream of passion…
Escaping from a disastrous marriage, Nina comes to stay with friends in Vienna for a much-needed holiday. Love is the last thing she’s looking for, but when she sees the hot couple in the apartment below making love on their balcony, she can’t take her eyes off them. When they invite her to join them for a night of pleasure, how can she refuse? Captivated by the handsome, seductive Karl, Nina agrees and has the hottest sex of her life. It’s just supposed to be a bit of fun. A one-night stand.

But one night of passion with this gorgeous, mysterious man is not enough. There’s something unusual about him. But what is his secret? And why won’t he let her look at him when they make love? When she finally learns the truth, Karl’s life hangs in the balance, and Nina must leave, never knowing if she’ll ever see him again…

 Vienna Valentine is available from

Amazon.com 

Amazon.co.uk 

Amazon.ca 

Barnes and Noble  

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