I know it’s a little odd, but I love February.  Up here, it’s the perfect month for some of my favorite things – cross-country skiing, showshoeing…and sitting by the fire with a hot toddy (my beverage of choice is hot chocolate spiked with Southern Comfort–yum!).  It’s also my birthday month, something I share with a few other Blaze Babes (Tawny Weber and Sam Hunter, I’m looking at you… ;) )   And it’s the month of one of Harlequin’s biggest celebrations – Valentine’s Day!

One of the ways we mark this special holiday is by using it as a theme in several of our books.  So check out what the Blaze authors have in store for you this month…

Our Valentine anthology this year is a special one.  Not only does it celebrate all things romantic, but it also launches another set of Blazing Bedtime StoriesONCE UPON A VALENTINE by Stephanie Bond, Leslie Kelly and Michelle Rowen is sure to keep you snuggling by the fire with your sweetie long after you should be in bed…

Next up is THE KEEPER, another book in Rhonda Nelson’s Men out of Uniform miniseries.  Rhonda’s hero, Jackson ‘Oak’ Martin can handle anything…except a sexy pastry chef and a ‘butter bandit’.  This is another ‘keeper’ filled with Rhonda’s whimsical charm.

CHOOSE ME by Jo Leigh is the first book in a new miniseries we’re launching this month, It’s Trading Men.  Now, as kids we all collected hockey cards, baseball cards, etc.  I haven’t a clue what happened to them.  But if I’d had a card with a hot guy like Charlie Winslow on it, I know I would have kept it close.  Of course, Charlie’s heroine, Bree, doesn’t need the card as a memento – she’s got the real thing.

Next up is the final book in Tawny Weber’s Undercover Operatives miniseries – SEX, LIES AND VALENTINES.  Gabriel Black might be a con artist–but he doesn’t stand a chance when undercover FBI agent Danita Cruz gets a hold of him…  A fantastic conclusion to a wonderful holiday series!

Kira Sinclair launches her first miniseries this month–Island Nights–with BRING IT ON.  This book has it all – a runaway bride, a best man who really IS the best man, and hot tropical nights that set the mood for romance.  And that’s only Book 1!

And finally, Cathy Yardley returns with the second book in her Players Club miniseries, THE PLAYERS’ CLUB: LINCOLN.  Linc Stone is a master at keeping secrets.  Too bad Juliana Mayfield is just as adept at getting him to bare it all…

And that’s the month – just enough to keep you busy on the last of those cold, wintry nights…

Now, on to the Blaze authors Pet Project.  We have three rescue animals showing up in our February books.  Tawny Weber’s SEX, LIES AND VALENTINES showcases a special calico girl named Pippi, from the Furry Friends Shelter in Ontario.  Since Pippi’s already found a forever home (Yay, Pippi!), we’re sending her new owners an autographed copy of her book, so they know their new pet is famous.

I also have to admit I made a mistake last month…  I got the wrong book for Piedmont and Prize, the two rescue animals available at the Northeast Shelter in Salem.  This loveable cat and dog are characters in Rhonda Nelson’s THE KEEPER, not THE PHOENIX as I said last month.  Sorry about that…

And finally, I’d like to announce that the Blaze authors have a new Pet Project – The Cat Shack in Trexlertown, PA.

The Cat Shack, Inc. is a no-kill, non-profit cat rescue organization that attempts to find permanent homes for stray and unwanted cats and kittens.

The Cat Shack serves to place three CATegories of needy cats:

* Friendly strays and kittens looking for safe, permanent homes

* Feral (wild) strays who are not suitable for inside homes and who seek safe, permanent barn homes where they can be employed as mousers.

* In an effort to help people place pets that they can no longer keep, they also post the cats picture/story and the owner’s contact info.

So there you have it – 6 fantastic new books, and another shelter worth checking out.  Anything you can do to help – making a donation, picking up a new family member, or even just passing a recommendation along– is much appreciated.

For a chance to win one of three sets of February books, let us in on your most memorable Valentine’s Day.

Good luck!  And happy February!

Brenda Chin
Senior Editor
Harlequin Blaze

26 Responses to “Happy Valentine’s Day!”
  1. Aurora says:

    My most memorable Valentines happened in 2010, I believe. That day, the Asian New Year fell on Valentines Day, so I wasn’t able to spend it with him. My family went to have dinner over at my sister’s apartment and while we were eating, he gives me a call and I tell him where I’m at. When he shows up, he presents me with a box of assorted Ferrero Roches which I share with my family.

    The books look beautiful by the way, not that I’ll ever win them, but I can still appreciate the covers.

  2. Alison says:

    Mine was the time I decided I wanted flowers and chocolates on valentine’s day and went to buy them for myself! – otherwise I’d hear ‘But all the shops put their prices up for Valentine’s Day’. I know, I’m a sucker, but i wanted to be the girl walking along the street with the big bunch of flowers and the chocolates, and that time I was.

  3. EllenToo says:

    My most memorable Valentine’s Day was??????? See that’s how memorable it was =(

  4. EllenToo says:

    PS… I meant to say Happy Birthday to Tawny and Sam and any other Blaze authors who have a birthday this month. And I admire what you are doing to help needy pets and the shelter’s that save their lives.

  5. Patsy L Roberts says:

    Ah… That would have to be my first Valentines Day with my hubby. We had only been dating for a month when it came around. I was attending night business school and living with my best friend. I came home and discovered 7 long stem red roses and a card. My room mate and I thought they were for her never thinking they could be for me. When we opened the card it simply had a heart and was signed Chris. I was so touched. We hadn’t said those three little words yet so I was unprepared but here we are 21 years later still going strong and still have the love for one another that beats on to this day. :)

  6. Marcie R says:

    Most memorable? hmmm. I remember a boyfriend giving me a gigantic card. I was almost as big as I was! That was cool.

    I’m excited for Kira’s trilogy. Looks good.

    Happy b-days to Sam and Tawny.

  7. Tammy Yenalavitch says:

    Happy Birthday to Tawny and Sam

    My first post did not show up – so no story now

    I am looking forward to the all the February Blaze books

  8. Colleen says:

    Happy Birthday to all the February b-days! :)
    Most memorable Valentine’s…. getting my first long stem rose in junior high! It is a memory that I treasure and kept the flower pressed.

  9. katie says:

    Seriously, valentine’s day with the 11 and under set is the best. They know the true meaning of love.

  10. Bobbi says:

    I have a nice memory from my senior year of high school that involves high drama and romance and miscommunication – all the benchmarks of teen love – along with a great big Hershey’s kiss and a vending machine candy bar. But the first Valentine’s Day I was with my now husband, he planned the night: I met him at his apartment, we stayed in, he cooked for me, and we watched Disney’s Lady & The Tramp. Isn’t that sweet? (Yep. He’s a keeper.) ;o)

    Love Blaze books! Thanks for the opportunity to win some.

  11. Shelley B says:

    My husband, who doesn’t have a romantic bone in his body, bought us a spa package for two. It was awesome!

  12. Summer says:

    I’m still waiting on my most memorable Valentine’s Day. Happy Birthday! This is my birthday month, too!

  13. chey says:

    I don’t remember any special valentines day.

  14. carole says:

    Happy Birthday! I haven’t had a memorable Valentines Day in awhile! but would love to win this! love blaze books alot!

  15. StacieD says:

    My most memorable Valentine’s Day was in college. I had been dating him for one month. He surprised me with a blue topaz pendant and a giant teddy bear. We were engaged less than two months later.

  16. Brenda Chin brenda says:

    It sounds like many of you had Valentine’s Days to remember. Let’s hope this one is just as awesome. Keep the answers coming…. :)

  17. Jane says:

    I’ve never had one of those ultra fabulous Valentine’s Day. It’s always something simple like dinner and a movie or a home cooked meal with some flowers and chocolate.

  18. Shadow says:

    Congrats on all of the new releases! They sound so good!!! I love the covers too! Ive never really done the whole valentines day thing. Thanks!

  19. Kim h says:

    So many hot books, congrats, do not have a moment, but I love giving candy and getting some, whoooo :) 8)

  20. Donna McClure says:

    Memorable Valentine’s Day. There hasn’t been one in my life for a long time. The ones I do remember are cards from the grandkids. When one of my daughters lived in Colorado she took the kids to Love, CO. so the postmark on my card was Love. I don’t know if they still do that. She now lives in Oregon with her family & the “kids” are 15 & 13. :)

    Blaze has another great line up with Valentine stories. I’m looking forward to them.

  21. Linda Henderson says:

    Probably my most memorable was when I was pregnant with my first daughter. She was born less than 3 weeks after Valentine’s Day. It was very special to me because I was getting ready for her birth. It looks like we have another HOT batch of books this month. I can’t wait to get my hands on them.

  22. elaing8 says:

    All these books sound really good. Love the covers too.
    I don’t have a memorable Valentine’s Day.

  23. Diana says:

    Having a delicious dinner with my sister!

  24. Joye says:

    I’ve had several memorable Valentine Days but i remember especially the one where my boys were finally old enough to get their Mom something that Dad did not help them pick out.

  25. Laney4 says:

    No memorable Valentine’s Day for me. Just another day. Seriously.
    DH and I used to exchange cards but we don’t any longer. We celebrate our love throughout the year instead – on days that WE choose and not a calendar.
    I must say, though, that this month so far has been my most productive February ever, as far as getting things done around the house. I have cleared out so much clutter and done so much cleaning lately; it is empowering, for sure.
    Thanks for sharing all the upcoming Blazes. I look forward to reading as many of them as possible.

  26. tamibates68@hotmail.com says:

    still waiting , i do remember a ring, though there was a fight that i remember more :-|

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