I really believe the title of this piece is true. Whenever we read a romance novel, we can experience the grand gestures, the simple smiles, and the inexorable attraction that we all usually wish for on special days like Valentine’s Day. Many readers use the phrase “Book Boyfriend” to describe the fictional hero that just takes their breath away.
For some it might be a man that cannot exist in the “real” world, such as a centuries-old vampire or a shapeshifter who howls at the moon. For others, it might be a man from another time, like Mr. Darcy or Heathcliff.
If you’re single like me and Valentine’s Day has always been just a little disappointing – unable to live up to all the media hype – then I say, why not curl up in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine and a handsome Book Boyfriend? It’s cheaper and less hassle than eating out. (LOL) And chances are, the fictional man will never let you down the way real men sometimes can.
I think Valentine’s Day puts too much pressure on our real guys to be dashing and romantic. Most men have a hard time knowing what we women really want out of a romantic evening. Flowers are nice. Dinner out is nicer. A pink and white striped shopping bag full of slinky lingerie might be appropriate too. Or the absolutely MASSIVE teddy bear I’ve seen being advertised on TV over the past week. (That could be sort of cute, but where do you store such a thing? Do you just leave it on the couch, staring at you? That could get creepy.)
Some of the real guy’s gifts might be hits. Some might be misses. But the Book Boyfriend never fails us, does he? He’s there when we need him. He’s easily put away when we don’t. So even if you have a real guy, don’t go giving up your Book Boyfriend just yet.
If you don’t have a Book Boyfriend lined up yet for this Valentine’s Day, I can recommend Susan’s books, of course, or humbly suggest a story of mine that was just re-released. It’s called FOREVER VALENTINE and it is, of course, a Valentine story. It features a centuries-old vampire who’s been tasked to watch over a woman who has recently learned about the existence of vampires. She’s being watched to be sure she will not betray their secret, but the watcher finds her impossible to resist.
I added a little fun history to this book, making the hero ancient enough to have known an even older vampire who knew the actual Valentine – a priest in the Roman Empire who married young lovers despite the Emperor’s decree that all soldiers be single, because single men had less to lose and made better soldiers. Or so he thought. Valentine married the soldiers to their sweethearts in secret, until he was jailed for it. So the story goes…
After a short time being out of print, the story is available again on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks and Smashwords. The novella is priced at $2.99 and is perfect for reading on or around Valentine’s Day.
In fact, to help you along, one lucky commenter on this post will win a copy of the book in either .mobi, .epub or .pdf form. Winner’s choice. So comment and let me know your thoughts on all things Valentine and/or Book Boyfriends. Happy Valentine’s Day! Contest ends on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 at noon Eastern Time.
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