I had fun this week chatting with the Blaze authors about their favorite ideas for Valentine’s Dates. Stop by the eHarlequin Blaze valentines-daySpotlight this week to read what fun and sexy things they shared with me!

Chatting about romantic dates got me thinking about some of my personal favorites. In the beginning of a relationship, dates happen all the time because that’s the only time you see each other. And when you first meet and you’re in that crazy blush of new romance, you can spend your time staring at clouds and it’s wildly fun and sexy because of the company.

Later, we have to try harder with our dates because who has time to go stare at the clouds when there are work deadlines and family commitments? But we do try—or we should—to spend time with the one we love and focus on each other.

That’s why I love Valentine’s Day. It’s a big fat heart on the calendar that reminds us to put romance first. Set aside the laptop, turn off the phone and go talk to each other. Hold hands. Fun things happen when you put forth the effort!

Often, I’m thrilled to have a nice dinner on Valentine’s Day, but occasionally we put some more creativity into the day and do something fun and different. One year we went to a Winter Carnival in Lake Placid and my husband brought heart shaped cookies and a thermos of cocoa. I have a goofy picture of us somewhere in winter hats and scarves, bundled so you can hardly see our noses, holding a big pink cookie.

Now that I think about it, a lot of our Valentine’s Day dates have been in cold weather climates, necessitating ice skating dates or a sledding outing. I realized my new boyfriend was way too competitive on an ice skating date, by the way, when a romantic spin around the ice turned into a fierce game of pond hockey played with branches for sticks and a rock for a puck. Luckily, no one lost an eye. I scored two goals before I convinced him to just hold hands instead.

This year, we’re in sunny Florida for February and I’m wondering what we should do. He’s been talking about concerts we could go see—which I’d love. But I have the feeling we’ll end up on the beach, possibly seeing who can throw a seashell the farthest. And that sounds romantic enough for me.

one_naughty_night**What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Or do you have a favorite memorable Valentine’s Day memory or tradition? Share with us on the boards today for a chance to win a free digital download of your choice of any of my FIVE Harlequin Temptations being released into digital formats for the first time this Saturday,  2/15/14—LEARNING CURVES, ONE NAUGHTY NIGHT, REVEALED, TALL, DARK & DARING or HER FINAL FLING!

11 Responses to “The Dating Game”
  1. Cathy W says:

    I’ve never been much for Valentine’s Day, for reasons I don’t entirely know. But my opinion has been slowly changing. I’ve recently read a few perspectives that show Valentine’s Day isn’t just for romance, but for showing love to those you love. Seems simple, but it struck a chord with me. And Valentine’s cookies are fun with the kids. So, maybe I’m not such a curmudgeon after all. :love:

    • Joanne Rock Joanne Rock says:

      Cathy, cookies with the kids are always a good idea!! I’m definitely baking tomorrow. My sons are more grateful for FOOD than anything else I give them 😆 . So is it a little self serving that I make cookies for hugs and kisses?? Possibly . Enjoy your day!!

  2. Colleen says:

    No Valentine’s Day plans… just making cards for family members! 😀

    • Joanne Rock Joanne Rock says:

      Hi Colleen!! You remind me that I bought stamps at a garage sale this fall. If only I had bought some fresh ink, I could be making cute cards too!!

      Homemade valentines are the best!!

  3. Jane says:

    No plans yet. We like a low key Valentine’s Day with dinner and a movie.

  4. bn100 says:

    not sure yet

  5. Laurie G says:

    My husband and I are making our favorite special dinner lobster tail stuffed with crab meat dressing. We’ve been making this for over 35 years!

  6. Joanne Rock Joanne Rock says:


    Congratulations, Cathy W! I’ve got a free download of your choice of my Harlequin Temptation stories for you! I’ll be in touch privately, but feel free to email me at jrock008@gmail.com with the title you’d like and which format works best for you! I’ll zip it your way as soon as it releases (tonight at midnight, I think!).

    Thank you so much for visiting with me and I hope you all have a very Happy Valentine’s Day! :love:

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