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The Legend of Valentine’s Day

Tomorrow, February 14th is Valentine’s Day and I wanted to share the legend with you before the big day arrives!

 

In the days of ancient Rome, the fourteenth-day of February was a pagan holiday that honored Juno. Juno was the queen of the Roman gods as well as the goddess of women and marriage. The next day, the fifteenth was the first day of the festival of Lupercalia. This festival honored Juno and Pan who were two Roman gods. Fertility rituals were held on this day. On the night before the festival started, it was customary for the names of the Roman girls to be written on slips of paper. These slips were then placed in a container and then each boy drew the name of the girl who he would be coupled with for the entire Lupercalia festival.

Rome was under the authority of Emperor Claudius the Second, and he was a vicious warrior, not to mention the fact that he was insane. His armies lacked the sufficient number of soldiers it needed, and Claudius could not figure out why more young men didn’t want to go to battle. Finally, he determined that the young men didn’t want to leave their wives, families, and girlfriends. In order to remedy this, the Emperor instituted a new law and canceled all of the marriages and engagements in Rome.

In the meantime, there lived a priest in Rome by the name of Valentine. He did not believe in the Emperor’s new law, and he refused to abide by it. He continued to perform wedding ceremonies in secret. He lived in constant fear that he would be caught by Emperor Claudius’s soldiers, but he persisted in doing what he knew was right. Finally, the day did come when Bishop Valentine was caught uniting a man and a woman in the bonds of holy matrimony. The soldiers dragged him to stand before Emperor Claudius’s throne. The Emperor condemned the Bishop to be put to death for his violation of the law.

While the priest was imprisoned, waiting for his execution, many young couples threw notes of thanks along with flowers and other gifts into the window of his cell. Among these young people who admired the priest for doing the right thing was the prison guard’s own daughter. Her father allowed her to visit Bishop Valentine in his cell. During these visits, the two would talk and laugh and share each other’s thoughts. Finally, the day arrived when Bishop Valentine was scheduled to die. It was the fourteenth of February in the year 270 A. D. While he was waiting for the soldiers to come and drag his away, Bishop Valentine composed a note to the girl telling her that he loved her. He signed it simply, “From Your Valentine.”

Finally, in the year 496 A.D., Pope Gelasius did away with the pagan festival of Lupercalia, citing that it was pagan and immoral. He then chose Bishop Valentine as the patron saint of lovers, who would be honored at the new festival on the fourteenth of every February.

Over the years, Valentine’s Day has evolved into a holiday when gifts, cards, flowers, and candy are given to the ones we love or would like to start a relationship with. And it is all because of a brave, righteous man named Valentine.

 

While the above legend depicts Valentine as all love, Lisa Bitel, historian of Christianity, tells us that it all just a legend. Bitel wrote, “…I can tell you that at the root of our modern holiday is a beautiful fiction. St. Valentine was no lover or patron of love.”  In her article “The Gory Origins of Valentine’s Day,” Bitel stated, “Valentine’s Day, in fact, originated as a liturgical feast to celebrate the decapitation of a third-century Christian martyr, or perhaps two. So, how did we get from beheading to betrothing on Valentine’s Day?”

To find out the answer read Bitel’s article here.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!

 

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Looking for Authors to Interview

I hope those who read this blog post today will share with all your author friends.

I am looking for authors to interview in order to help them promote their books.

If you are interested, please contact me at cyannris at gmail dot com.

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All Saints’ Day or Day of the Dead

Today is November 1st.

It depends on your beliefs on how you view this day: either All Saints Day or Day of the Dead.

You may want to light a candle for those who have passed away on All Saints’ Day..

 

 

 

 

Or maybe you celebrate the Day of the Dead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whichever way you choose, I hope you have a great day!

 

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Holiday Book Magazine

Hop on over to my Page “Holiday Magazine” and see the information I need if you wish to have your book(s) listed in the 2017 Holiday Gift Magazine I will be sending to all my newsletter subscribers.

If you participate by having your book(s) in the magazine, I will give you a pdf file of the magazine to share with your newsletter subscribers.

This is a great way to promote your book(s) FREE of charge…well, you will need to spend a little bit of time getting me the information for the magazine then sending it out to your readers.

The more that participate the more circulation your books will have!

And, I will feature a book a day on this blog throughout the Holiday Season!

 

 

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Spring Forward Book Attack

Do you like to read? Do you like free books? Of course, you do! This is Goodreads!
Support for Indie Authors is proud to announce our first Free & Bargain Book event of 2017!

Load up your Kindle with more than 125 free and 99¢ book deals in a wide variety of genres!

Details: For three days beginning Friday, March 31st and running through Sunday, April 2nd, visit our event website to nab a whack load of free and 99¢ Kindle ebooks by our indie author members.

That’s it! No RSVP, no obligation, and best of all, no need to put on pants!* Some books will be offered all three days, but there are many one day only freebies, so make sure to check the site each day!

*Pants are only optional if you are browsing our event from the comfort of your home. SIAFBB is not responsible for pantsless readers wandering aimlessly in public spaces.

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Happy Birthday to Me!

happy-birthdaybeautiful-hd-picToday’s my Birthday and I sent out invitations for others to join me, however, everyone seemed to be too busy so I am eating CAKE all by myself.

Like my invitation stated, I am promoting all genres today even though February is Romance month.

And since no one wanted to party…guess you all had to big of a night on Sunday night after the Super Bowl Game…I am partying by myself.

If you would like a chance to win a copy of one of the books below, subscribe to my newsletter before midnight (Feb. 7th).  I will choose the winner on Feb. 8th.

http://www.sparkinganvil.com/cindy.html

Take time to visit the authors below and sign up for their newsletters.

 

 

by Clementine Paddleford and Cynthia Harris

Stories Paddleford wrote about her childhood.

  • Hometown Appetites, The Story of
    Clementine Paddleford the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate

by Cynthia Harris and Kelly Alexander

You can only get this book in Paperback and Kindle, if you would like to purchase a hardcover, I will be happy to sell you a copy.

Website – http://www.sparkinganvil.com/cindy.html

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Cyn_Harris

*****

  • The Yellow Hoods Series

by Adam Dreece

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Twitter: @AdamDreece
Signed copies available at TheYellowHoods.com/Store

 

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by Jason B. Ladd
*****

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Featuring Children, Tweens & YA Authors

Are you a Children’s Author?

Do you write for tweens?

What about Young Adults?

I am paying it forward in 2017 by featuring authors on my blog.

Sign up for me to feature you on the Feature Calendar page!feature-md

Occasionally, there will be bonus material, giveaways, reviews and more!

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American Book Awards Program

From the website of – Before Columbus Foundation

The American Book Awards Program is not associated with any industry group or trade organization. The American Book Awards offer no cash prize nor do they require any financial commitments from the authors or their publishers. The Award winners are nominated and selected by a panel of writers, editors, and publishers who also represent the diversity of American literary culture.

Submissions

There are no application forms, fees, or any other restrictions for submissions, nominations, or recommendations to the panel. The book is what matters, not the procedure. The only requirement is that two copies of the book must be mailed to the Before Columbus Foundation by December 31st for consideration for the following year’s Awards. Anyone may make a submission (it does not have to be the publisher). There is no limit on the number of titles that may be submitted. All genres are accepted (including anthologies, children’s books, and multimedia). You may include reviews, publicity, or other informational material with your submission if you wish.

American Book Awards
Before Columbus Foundation 

The Raymond House
655-13th Street, Suite 302
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 268-9775
beforecolumbusfoundation@gmail.com

For more information visit – http://www.beforecolumbusfoundation.com/american-book-awards/

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Stenetta Anthony’s The Love Story

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Title: The Love Story
By: Stenetta Anthony
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Publication Date: May 2014
Genre: Juvenile/Children: Ages 0- 5 years
Pages: 27

 

 

 

 

 

Book Excerpt:

Jesus’ first arrival was in Bethlehem. Many came from all over the earth to see this Son who had come from Heaven. They brought him gifts that were fit for this heavenly Son.

 

download-1Author Bio:

Stenetta Anthony has been an educator for more than 20 years; where she has been an educator in the public and private scholastic communities.  Instructing children has been a lifelong joy.  With her favorite grades for instruction are pre-schooler and 1st grade who allow her to release her melodramatic and amorous side of teaching.

Stenetta has a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies.  (B.S.) with her belife being, that all children can be exceptional and lifelong scholars irrespective of their physical, social, mental, and psychological or economic background.

After an encounter with a child who had never even heard about God, the fire was lit for her to write The Love Story. Her love for children coupled; along with her love for God saturates every page. It is her heart’s desire that children everywhere come to know the LOVE of Jesus Christ.

Stenetta’s love for teaching and writing has stimulated her to write children’s books that focus on: relationship, edification, enlightenment and reality.

Stenetta resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband, Shedrick, and their seven adult children with her family blossoming to include: grandchildren and additional daughters.

When Stenetta is not writing, in the classroom, volunteering or having fun with her family, she is engrossed in some of her favorite activities; watching cartoons and old movies.

 

Author Media Contact links:

Email: stenetta.anthony@gmail.com

Website: www.stenettaanthony.weebly.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StenettaA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/public/Stenetta-Anthony

 

Purchase Information:

Paperback: $9.99 which comes with free Audio Download

Ebook: $7.99 must order through Tate Publishing.com

https://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/search.php?search=9781629025087

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-love-story-stenetta-anthony/1119309395?ean=9781629025087

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Story-Stenetta-Anthony/dp/1629025089

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To purchase at your Local bookstore purchase use- ISBN # 9781629025087

 

Today is the beginning of your new day- Stenetta

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Holiday Books & Giveaway

You might hav02e noticed these past few days that the books are all about the holidays or takes place during the holidays.  That is because I am featuring this type of book during the holidays (up to January 6).

If you comment on each blog, I will enter your name into a drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card.  You will get one entry per day/blog, so comment each day and you will get multiple entries.  You can go back to November 29 (beginning of the Holiday Blog Series) to comment for entry participation.

Two drawings will take place one on December 18 and one on January 7. (**Those who have already commented on the past Holiday blogs will be entered into the drawing**)

Also, you may get a Bonus at the end of a blog or two.  But, in order to know if there is a “Bonus” you must visit this blog site every day and read the blogs to get the “Bonus.”

I also encourage you to take a moment or two to check out the author of the day blog site or website.

If you look at the books on the purchase pages, even if you do not purchase, read the reviews and mark “YES” if they were helpful.  This helps to push the book up in the ranks on Amazon.

Happy Holidays and May You take some Time for Yourself to Relax!

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