Valentines Anecdotes plus FREE and CHEAP Books!

Some author friends and I (Alicia Dean) are sharing a variety of books in different genres that are ON SALE for this Valentine season. We’re also sharing a little anecdote about Valentines Day. Please feel free to share one of your own and to comment on ours. Thanks for joining us and Happy V-Day!

Check out all the great deals and fun stories....

Alicia Dean ~

Cupid’s Beau ~ Sweet Romance ~ What happens when a Cupid falls for her target?

54 pages – On sale for 99¢

I was married for almost thirteen years, but my husband wasn’t the most romantic man in the world. Oddly, the Valentines gift that sticks out in my memory was from an older, married man when I was only nineteen. I was a waitress at a Tex Mex restaurant, and he was the first customer I served once I was trained. He tipped me THREE HUNDRED dollars. Then, each time he came in and ate in my section, he tipped me a hundred. He said I reminded him of his first love who dumped him because he was poor. Now, he was wealthy and in a loveless marriage. As much as I appreciated the money, I’ll admit, his attention made me uncomfortable. On Valentine’s Day, a dozen of the most beautiful yellow roses I’d ever seen were delivered to the restaurant, from him. Even though they were the most memorable VD gift I’ve ever received, I liked the money a lot more. J


Monique DeVere ~

Zach's Rebound Girl ~ Romantic Comedy, light Mystery/Suspense ~ Goodbye quiet geek ... hello hot TV personality

Buy Links: AMAZON:

242 pages on sale for 99c/99p

Much like the heroine in my Valentine’s Day novella, I’m not a big fan of the day. Unlike her, though, I wouldn’t say I hate V. Day. But hubby and I don’t usually celebrate it anymore. When you remain in love after being together for almost thirty years, every day becomes Valentine’s Day. Cheesy? I know. Here’s something even cheesier. I still treasure the first V. Day prezzie my beloved gave me when we were sixteen-year-old sweethearts. It’s a little peach bear wearing an “I Love You” T-shirt. That’s the way my beloved told me he loved me for the first time. Now, all these years on, my little teddy sits on the bookshelf in my study as a constant reminder of true love.


Kathy L Wheeler ~

Quotable ~ Contemporary Romance ~ Obscure quotes to keep people at bay? Whatever works!

254 pages ~ FREE!

In 2002, Valentine’s Day fell on a Thursday. All my girl friends at work called down to Security one at a time to pick up their beautifully arranged, delivered flowers. Everyone but me! I’d been married not quite two years. Hmm. Not a great start, wouldn’t you agree?
As you can imagine I was very upset. But, to my credit, I held my tongue.
That day.
You see, my husband is a very (too) practical man. We’d already accepted an invitation to a Sweetheart’s Dance for Friday evening, the 15th of February, and he thought that sufficed. But on the way to the dance, I had a meltdown. I blasted him on how everyone else got flowers, a phone call, something that showed their significant others were thinking of them. My feelings were really hurt.
After all, we’d only been married two years. That’s much too soon to blow off “the day of love”. Anyway. . .
I was soooo upset. Well, at the Sweetheart’s Dance they had a “Truly Wed” game. You know? Similar to The Newlywed Game. And, as it turns out, my husband and I were selected as contestants. The theme? Communication.
Who won?
We did! And. . .
Now he gets me flowers every year.


Heidi Vanlandingham ~

Trail of Hope ~ Historical fiction ~ Danger and romance on the Trail of Tears. Will a cursed doll combat evil & help love prevail?

TWRP buy link:
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86 pages on sale for  $.99

“Heidi, do you have minute?” Vicky asked. “There’s someone here to see you.”
“As long as it’s not a creditor or my soon-to-be ex. Last thing I need is more trouble.”
Vicky smiled. “The teddy bear waiting out front seems nice.”
I frowned at her. “Did you say teddy bear?”
“Mmmhmm. Has a cute, cuddly face—nice manners too.”
I smiled and threw my arms around her. “It’s him! I know it is!”
I raced into the front lobby and stopped. My smile widened and I ran into my childhood sweetheart’s open arms. “It’s about time you found me.”
David chuckled as he held me tight and whispered, “You’re my valentine, darlin’, always have been.” 


Maria K. Alexander ~

Untangle My Heart ~ Contemporary Romance ~ To break free from the past, she’ll need to risk her heart to a man least likely to do forever

346 pages on sale for $2.99   

Valentine’s Day has never been one of my favorite holidays. I rarely had a boyfriend on that day and the few times I did while in college, the guy was too poor (or possibly cheap) to buy me more than a stuffed animal. My best memory is when my now husband took me to this Italian restaurant. It was a converted house and was very quaint. We ended up going with another couple. Not too romantic, I guess, but it was a fun evening.
A couple years ago, my blog partners and I wrote Valentine short stories for our blog, The Violet Femmes. My story’s called Flowers for Emma and has all the romance I’d dreamed of. Here’s a link if you’re interested in checking it out.


Jasmine Haynes, Pamela Fryer, Haley Whitehall, Raine English, Lois Winston, Mel Curtis  ~

Love, Valentine Style
~ Romance ~ The magic of Valentine’s Day comes alive in a very special holiday anthology of never-before published novellas by award winning and Amazon bestselling authors.

172 pages, regularly .99, FREE Today only!

Every girl dreams of a romantic proposal.  My man made my dream come true.  He showed up at our apartment on Valentine's Day with roses and balloons.  Then he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife.  Sweet, sappy, and true.  He prides himself on being the more romantic of the two of us.

Question: Which of the six authors of Love, Valentine Style did this happen to?


AN UNCOMMON LOVE ~ Romance ~ What if the life chosen for you isn't the life you'd choose?

213 pages on sale for 99 cents! 


TAKEN BY STORM ~ Romance ~ Feel the desert heat!

208 pages on sale for 99 cents! 

When I think about Valentine’s Day I tend to get nostalgic. Remember in grade school when we used to decorate shoe boxes with doilies and red construction paper hearts? We’re talking back in the good ol’ days when kids weren’t forced to give a valentine to everyone. There would be some boxes that were overflowing (the pretty girl who everyone knew was ranked #1 in the class) and some would have only a couple, if they were lucky (the “weird” kids). I was one of the “weird” kids because we moved a lot when I was in grade school and I wasn't good at making friends. I fared much better in high school when student council would sell lollipops with typed messages attached. I still love giving and getting valentines and making festive goodies to go with them. 


R.T. Wolfe ~

Savage Echoes, Nickie Savage Series Short Story Prequel ~ Romantic Suspense ~ 

When an anonymous 9-1-1 caller claims responsibility for a missing college student, Detective Nickie Savage is hot on the case. But she needs the help of Duncan Reed, an artist with a photographic memory, who's also determined to cut through her aversion to commitment.

As suspects pile up and time counts down, Nickie faces an even greater challenge: losing the young woman to the same captivity Nickie endured as a child.

50 pages, FREE for Kindle and iBooks, .99c at Barnes and Noble. 

Valentine's Day is coming up. Duncan Reed has a ring in mind for his detective but knows her past scars keep her an arm's length away from commitment. Will his patience run out, or will Nickie trust her heart and say, 'yes?' 


  1. What a fantastic list! I've read several of the books listed but it's clear I need to get some more. Cupid's Beau was such a sweet story, that I read it aloud to my tweenager who's just getting to like romantic stories herself!

  2. This soooo fabulous.! I want to share it with the world. In fact, I think I will.

  3. I've read several of the books and they were very well written. Now I'm off to add a few more to my TBR pile!

  4. I've enjoyed reading the Valentine stories. Monique, I love that you still have the I Love You teddy bear. I have to admit, I admire you gals who stuck it out and stayed married for life. I couldn't hang in there. ;) Yes, M.J. I definitely remember the homemade boxes and only giving Valentines to those you chose to give to. I didn't receive many, I'm afraid. Maybe this way is better.

    Uhm, okay, let me guess on the Love, Valentine Style anecdote...I think it's Mel?

    1. DUH, I was logged in as Beach Read Authors - Sorry, yes, it's me!

  5. Added new books- check. 'Met' new to me authors- check. Answered the question from the boxed set authors- Lois- check.

    Great fun ladies! Thanks for sharing a bit of yourselves and the romance day. My most memorable one was our second V-day, we had a new baby, and he brought me a dozen red carnations, my fave flower. Tucked within the flowers was a set of Austrian Crystal earrings. I'm pretty sure I still have those packed away somewhere.

    1. Haha, glad you marked us off your to do list. What a sweet story. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thank you for having me. Happy early Valentine's Day!
    -R.T. Wolfe

    1. You're welcome...thanks for joining us and Happy Early V-Day to you too!

  7. What a great sale of romantic books! I'll go share this on my FB page. :)

    As for Valentine's Day... I think it's a kind of silly holiday. I think it's more for the stores and shopping season than it is for people. I don't need a holiday to know that my hubby loves me and appreciates me. And if I want chocolate or flowers, I'll buy them for myself. LOL.

    1. Thanks, Rebecca! Haha, that's true. It is mostly a commercial holiday.

  8. Great posts and a great line up of books, ladies! I've read Quotable and Cupid's Beau already, and loved them. Kim's right, CB is just right for teenagers. I'll also be adding to the TBR pile AND sharing this!

    1. UGH, I replied to this, I swear. Thanks for stopping by, and for the kind words about Cupid's Beau!