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14 February 2012

Tuesday Tea with @crmoss ~ Interesting Tidbit about Valentine's Day & a Sneak Peek ( #SO @decadentpub )

Hello everyone! Happy Valentine's Day to you! Thanks for stopping by. :) Have your favorite beverage handy? Good. Have a seat then and join me for a discussion on Valentine's Day.
   I did some poking around on the net to find out about the history of Valentine's Day and stumbled across this interesting tidbit at History.com, "Origins of Valentine's Day: A Pagan Festival in February ~ While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial--which probably occurred around A.D. 270--others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to "Christianize" the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.
   "To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat's hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city's bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage."

Whether or not you're into the holiday, you have to admit that information is intriguing, right? Perhaps it's a good thing that the holiday has been modified. Could you imagine the commercials for something like that? Go to your corner store and buy your goat today! With coupon you'll receive a free bowl! And talk about the ultimate dating game... Place your name in a container and whoever chooses you gets to keep you for a year? Hmm... I sense a story there. This is going in my file. ;)
   So, what do you think about what's above in pink? How do you feel about this holiday? Love it? Like it? Hate it? Don't care one way or the other?
   In the spirit of romance and the holiday, I wanted to share a look into my next 1NS Decadent Publishing release ~ Sunset Seduction...

~ Blurb ~
One evening. One date. Easy, right?
   Heather Tramonto, a business woman with only her career and a quickie on her mind, is all set for her 1NS date and a bit of adult fun–no conditions, no commitment–when a surprise shows up at her door.
   Lane Stanwyck is entering the dating world after years of an estranged marriage and the passing of his hostile wife. When Madame Eve schedules an anonymous tryst for him–no conditions, no commitment–he believes it to be the perfect arrangement for his first time out in the dating field in ages. That is until he sees the woman of his dreams.
   One night. No strings. That might be a problem for this pair.

~ Excerpt ~ (unedited)
Releasing the granite, she breathed deep, grasped the glass then downed the rest of its contents. She served herself some more wine. It’d been ages since she thought of Lane. Why now? Soon her mystery man would knock on her door, and she’d have an anonymous tryst to slate her sexual hunger and satisfy her need for human connection.
   Her request through Madame Eve had been simple. She didn’t care about the man’s age or what he did for a living as long as he seemed pleasing to the eye and able-bodied in all the ways that counted for a superfluous rendezvous. There’d be no real names, few personal details, exchanged between them. She’d call him Mr. X. He’d call her Ms. Z. She’d dyed her hair black, bought some colored contacts to change her blue eyes to brown and with the tan she gained while in the Caribbean, she could almost pass for being something other than the fair white, light brown haired woman of northern European decent she actually was. Then again, she had tan lines from her teeny bikinis. She’d just have to keep the lights low.
   But why reflect on an ex-lover when a new one should show up any moment?
   Blind dates. That’s why. She cringed and rubbed her temples.
   A friend had set her up with Lane on her first and, until now, only blind date. Madame Eve had arranged this night for her. And things with Lane Stanwyck hadn’t worked out too well. Could that be the reason for her foreboding?


Sunset Seduction ~ Coming soon to Decadent Publishing! To buy my first 1NS book, visit Sunset Desires at Decadent Publishing.

Happy Valentine's Day & Happy Reading!
C. Moss

4 comments:

Jessica Subject said...

Always interesting to learn the origins of different festivals. Yes, glad it's not like that today. Happy Valentine's Day!

C. Moss said...

Hi Jessica! Thanks for stopping by.
Yeah, could you just imagine being slapped by goat leather with blood and then go on a 'blind date' nowadays?
So glad that doesn't happen now.
:)
C.

Debbie Gould said...

Ummm, wow! Glad things have changed, lol! Great post.

C. Moss said...

I thought 'wow' too when I first read the article. Thanks for stopping by Debbie!
=)
C.