Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine's eBook Giveaway!

The origins of St. Valentine's Day can be traced back to an early Christian saint named Valentinus, who was said to have been imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. This lovely notion may have led way to the first romantic "valentine" verse, which was written in the 15th century by Charles, Duke of Orlean to his wife, which said: I am already sick of love, My very gentle Valentine.

By the late 1700's, paper valentine's containing sentimental verses for the young lover unable to compose his own, became so popular in England that they were assembled in factories. Fancy Valentines, made with real lace and ribbons, were introduced in the mid-19th century.

Today, gifts typically include roses and chocolates packed in a red satin, heart-shaped boxes and, thanks to the diamond industry who began to promote Valentine's Day as an occasion for giving jewelry, those rings, necklaces and braclets sometimes make an appearance. 

Regardless of its origins, the tradition of giving of ones self has been universal across the centuries and while we don't have choclates and roses for you dear readers, we do have the next best thing. Books! 

I've gathered the rest of the Sweethearts to help me celebrate with a fantastic eBook giveaway just for you. There are fourteen prizes up for grabs so we'll have 14 winners! Entering is easy. All you have to do is LIKE our Facebook pages or sign up for our Newsletters. Each option on the rafflecopter form is good for one entry so the more options you perform, the more chances you have to win. The giveaway will run from Feb 4th - Feb 14th. I'll pick winners and announce them on Feb 15th. To enter, read the rules below. 

  • There is No Purchase Necessary to win. The contest is open to Internationally to anyone performing at least ONE option on the form. 
  • Additional entry options are not required to enter but the more items on the list that you complete, the more entries you gain. 
  • The contest will run through Feb. 14th and a winners announced Feb. 15th and be notified by email. The winners will have 72 hours to claim their prize. 
  • You must be 18 years of age to enter. 
  • You must provide a current and valid email address as this is the only contact information we have to inform you of a win. If emails are not answered within 72 hours, prize will be forfeited and another winner selected. 
  • Void where prohibited by law.

About Lily Graison

USA TODAY  bestselling author Lily Graison writes historical western romances and dabbles in contemporary and paranormal romance. First published in 2005, Lily has written over a dozen romance novels that range from sweet to spicy.

She lives in Hickory, North Carolina with her husband, three high-strung Yorkies and more cats than she can count and is mother of two and grandmother of three. On occasion, she can be found at her sewing machine creating 1800’s period clothing or participating in civil war reenactments and area living history events. When not portraying a southern belle, you can find her at a nearby store feeding her obsession for all things resembling office supplies.

To see the dresses Lily has created, visit her Pinterest page.

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  1. Love the meme, Lily. Thanks for organizing us. Like herding cats, but we appreciate you.

  2. Enjoyed your post about Valentine's Day. Love the contest and am happy to be a participating author.

  3. Lovely post, Lily. I love your banner at the top of the post. Who designed it?
    Boxed sets seemed to have taken off. I wish you continued success with it.
    I am so excited about your Valentine party and to be a part of it. Thank you for all your efforts on our part.

  4. Lily--oh, how I wish I had your talent for making those gorgeous banners and the one at the bottom with our books. I've made a few with the Free Banner maker, and believe me...they look homemade!
    I love Valentine's--always have since my grade school days in the early 50s. Those wonderful Valentine parties we had.
    Thanks for the information about the day...I always find these bits of history interesting.
    And I do appreciate your generosity in hosting the Sweethearts on Valentine's Day.

  5. Lily, love the banner! Thank you so much for putting this together, and your patience with the slow-pokes amongst us (which would be me). :)

  6. Thank you for putting this together, Lily. And what an awesome banner.

  7. Lily, thanks so much for organizing this and getting it together for us. You are so talented!

  8. Great post, Lily! I'm glad to be part of the giveaway. Thanks for suggesting and organizing it. I hope lots of folks enter to win.

  9. Great idea for Valentine's Day, Lily. I am excited to be part of the giveaway.


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