Happy Valentine’s Day!

valentine-rosesValentine’s Day is fast approaching and I can’t wait. Hey. I write romance, of course I love the holiday made for lovers. Do you give a card to your significant other? Did you know that approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas?  That’s a lot of cards! And roses? On Valentine’s Day, nearly 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S alone.

So, I thought you’d enjoy some more Valentine’s Day trivia:

  1. Pope Gelasius established Valentine’s Day in A.D. 500 in an attempt to appropriate the ancient pagan Roman fertility festival, Lupercalia, into Christianity.
  2. According to Welsh tradition, a child born on Valentine’s Day would have many lovers. A calf born on Valentine’s Day, however, would be of no use for breeding purposes. If hens were to hatch eggs on Valentine’s Day, they would all turn out rotten.
  3. The most popular flower on Valentine’s Day is a single red rose surrounded with baby’s breath. The red rose was the flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
  4. Shakespeare mentions Valentine’s Day in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in Hamlet.
  5. On Valentine’s Day, many people buy flowers. Different colored roses have different meanings. Red means love, yellow means friendship, and pink means friendship or sweetheart. Red carnations mean admiration, white carnations mean pure love, red chrysanthemums mean love, forget-me-nots mean true love, primrose means young love, and larkspur means an open heart.
  6. The first recorded Valentine was sent February 1415 by the English duke of Orleans. He sent of love letter to his wife from his jail cell in the Tower of London after the Battle of Agincourt. It is currently on display in the British Museum.
  7. Each year 300,000 letters go through Loveland, Colorado, to get a special heart stamp cancellation for Valentine’s Day.
  8. Esther Howland (1828-1904) was the first person to create Valentines to sell in the United States. She first patented a lacy Valentine in 1844—and by 1860, her factory was selling thousands of Valentines, earning over $100,000.
  9. Valentine’s Day was first introduced to Japan in 1936 and has become widely popular. However, because of a translation error made by a chocolate company, only women buy Valentine chocolates for their spouses, boyfriends, or friends. In fact, it is the only day of the year many single women will reveal their crush on a man by giving him chocolate. The men don’t return the favor until White Day, a type of “answer day” to Valentine’s Day, which is on March 14.
  10. Nearly 10 new candy “conversation heart” sayings are introduced each year. Recent additions have included “Yeah Right,” “Puppy Love,” and “Call Home. And FYI: Valentine candy “conversation hearts” have a shelf life of five years.

So, how are you planning on spending Valentine’s Day? With a loved one? Or perhaps you’ll get up the nerve to declare your love to someone special. Who do you think Della should spend her Valentine’s Day with? Chase or Steve?

Whatever you do, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day 2015.

See You There!

Any one in the Houston, Texas area, I’ll be returning to the Montgomery County Book Festival in Conroe, Texas on February 21st at the Lone Star College, 3200 College Park Drive (Hywy 242). I’ll be there along with many other fabulous authors from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. I’ll even be sitting in on a paranormal panel with Mari Mancusi. So, if you live in the area, be sure to come by for some of the fun!

Winners!

Last week’s winners of Shadow Falls: The Beginning are Jasmine Adams and  Victoria. Please email your mailing address to cc@cchunterbooks.com. Congratulations! You have till Feb. 16th to claim your prize.

13 thoughts on “Happy Valentine’s Day!

  1. Thanks for the amazing trivia!!! i had no idea about most of them…very strange lol. I’m currently single and i don’t plan on giving any Valentine’s unless you count me playing a prank on my sister by giving her a bunch of red carnations and signing them with a name of another boy, besides the one she is dating currently. My dad will probably give me a carnation and since it’s my parents anniversary, I’m treating them. But I am going to have a girls’ night out with my single friend!!! Have a Happy Valentines’ Day everyone!!

  2. Wow! Those are all amazing facts! I’m probably gonna spend it at school helping the theater department. ._. BUT! I would love to spend it with my boyfriend, alas, he’s in a different state.
    Della…. GAAAH! I have no idea who! I’m dying right now. The conflict, the love, the… *Cries of distress in the background* Chase. Steve. Chase… Steve… GAAAH! The conflict in my head!
    I hope you have fun and I’m always pleased to read this. Happy Valentines Day, CC!
    -Rowan

  3. I think Della will spend her Valentine’s Day with Chase! Can’t wait to read unspoken! My Valentines Day will be lonely 🙁 have a great Valentine’s Day and week!

  4. I hope you have a Great valentine’s Day ….I think I am going with chase ……or Steve …. This is so hard I don’t know !!!I really like both of them!!!

  5. Happy valetine’s day everyone. I don’t really like it but it makes me happy to see my friends love struck (even though it annoying sometimes)

  6. I hope you have a wonderful Valentin’s day CC. I am spending my Valentin’s day with my fiancé, he is taking me out for dinner and then we r going home to watch “Stardust”. Very cute, funny and romantic movie. It’s my favorite move. I am so excited to read Della’s new book and Miranda’s! I can’t wait! Also I think Delia will pick Chase maybe? Or maybe Steve.

  7. Bonjour cc comment allez vous ? Je suis française , je lis “Nés à minuit” depuis un moment déjà , j’adore cette série de roman sur Kylie ! On a entendue parler du projet comme quoi vous vouliez faire un film ou une série TV sur “Nés à minuit” , es-ce vrai ?
    Merci à vous pour vos roman qui son un moyen pour moi de m’évader bonne continuation !! 😉

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