Once again, the Lupercalia begins! Pagan Spirits is linking up with A.F. Stewart for the Bloody Valentine Blog Hop, a celebration of the exact opposite of cheesy lace-trimmed cards and candy hearts spewing trite store-bought sentiments.
Ludo succinctly sums up the drama of two people shot by Cupid who never should have laid eyes on one another, two people whose love is more of a horror novel than a paperback romance:
Love doesn't always go according to Hallmark card blueprint, and it isn't always pretty. It could end messily - Romeo and Juliet messily, in extreme cases. It could be thwarted at every turn before it has a chance to begin.
Don't get me wrong - I love love. I love romance, and I generally expect my romantic fiction to have a happy ending. In fact, I might get upset if it doesn't (The Fault In Our Stars, right?). But at times, fiction has to give a nod to realism. It's pretty darn hard to find a human who hasn't had his or her heart broken at some point, and even the best of romances can be bittersweet.
So here's a salute to all the romances that went down the drain. In honor of the Valentine's Days that didn't turn out so well, I'm giving away one copy of Heartache, an anthology edited by Selena Kitt.
Book Description: Erotic, romantic, poignant and wistful, this anthology collection from Excessica authors will thrill you, touch you, and stay with you. These stories dare to explore the pleasure and pain of a lover gone, the one that got away, the forbidden affair, a true love existing on borrowed time. These are tales of passionate affairs that cannot last, but they are exquisite gems while they do, and like the star that burns brightest, these stories burn fast, dazzle and smolder in the memory.
Authors include Giselle Renarde, Willson Rowe, Bekki Lynn, Elliott Mabeuse and yours truly. My contribution, "The Witch's Tale," is a paranormal romance between a wolf shapeshifter and the healer who tried, but failed, to save his stricken loved ones. Read an excerpt here.
Warning: readers may get sad.
Giveaway rules: The contest is open internationally; however, U.S. winners are eligible to win a paperback copy of the book, while international winners are eligible to win an e-book copy. Winner will be chosen by Random.org. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post by midnight, February 15, 2013 (U.S. Eastern time). Please make sure I can find your e-mail address either in your comment or by clicking on your name so that I can notify you if you win. Note: you can enter both this and the Evernight Valentine's Snippet contest on my blog, but if you win one, you'll be disqualified from the other.
Don't forget to visit the other websites participating in the blog hop of broken hearts!