#Valentines~Romance That is Out of This World~Author @Clare_Dargin Guest Post

Hi, Dicey- thanks for hosting me!  Happy Valentine’s Day to you and all of your readers!  As a celebration of this wonderful day, I have a freheart with black outline transparente gift to all of your readers!

Valentine’s Day is celebrated all over the world.  But what are it’s origins?  There are many legends surrounding this wonderful day, however most are centered around at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. The legends surrounding them are fascinating. One tells of a priest named Valentine who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. This Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When his actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.  Though tragic this one is my favorite, because it is the most romantic and valiant.

Another story suggests that another man named Valentine may have been killed for attemptingcupid silouhette to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. Brave, but not very romantic.  However, another legend, tells of a man name Valentine who was imprisoned and had actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.

But the day we know today was not associated with love in the second and third centuries like it is now.  As you know, today people give flowers, cards and chocolates along with candle light dinners and romantic dates, among other things, to show their affection for one another.  This day became definitively associated with love during the Middle Ages. Back then, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14th was the beginning of the birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

The best Valentines are the ones that aren’t exclusive to February 14th.  Cards, candy and a romantic meal are great, but showing some one you love them any day of the year is the best way to go.  Sometimes the best way to show love is the tiny sacrifices we do for the people we treasure the most.  I call that Romance In Action.  And that’s what we romance writers specialize in.  All of our work centers on the growing romance between the main characters in our books.  But we can’t just have our characters say that they love each other and end the story. They have to show it, not just tell it.  And they do it by sacrificing a part of themselves in the name of love.

In my latest book Wolf’s Blade, wolf shifter Callum Blake lives out his love for his pack by going after a madman from his own pack who is determined to rule all of wolf kind.  Despite the fact that no one in his pack believes him that this rogue member- Eryx Leva is a threat, Callum goes after Eryx because he loves his family even though they don’t see eye to eye.  And the sacrifice he makes grows when he falls in love with Samantha Dixon, another wolf shifter, who turns out is his true mate.  Callum will do anything to protect her from Eryx, who has set his sight on her, and Callum must protect her from himself.  For he carryies a dark secret inside of himself that could possibly kill her.

The question is- will their love be strong enough to conquer all?  Below is an excerpt from “Wolf’s Blade” demonstrating Callum’s desire to sacrifice in the name of love.  Enjoy!

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Blurb:

Samantha Dixon rescues a wounded wolf shifter in the woods near her home … and unwittingly gets drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a murderer. Callum Blake is on the trail of an evil man who would be king of all wolf kind, no matter the cost … it’s up to Callum to stop him. How can Callum fulfill his duty to protect his pack and save the woman who is destined to be his mate?

Wolf’s Blade

Author Clare Dargin

Series The Paladins

Book # 1

Genre Contemporary, Paranormal, Shifters, Wolves

Heat Level 4

Words 32,000

Content Notes Intense, Extreme Violence, Non-Sexual Physical Assault

Publication Date 12/28/2015

Excerpt from Wolf’s Blade-

He panted as his heart pounded in his chest. The change was happening again. He whimpered as he tried to stop it. He clawed the wall as his fingers extended, turning into long claws, leaving their human side behind. Sweat formed on his brow as he pushed the beast back.

“Hey, you’re up,” Samantha said, walking toward him. “Are you hungry?”

He turned to look at her.

“What’s wrong?” She rushed to him. “You’re covered in sweat.”

She led him out of the hall to the living room. She brushed the moisture off his brow and looking at him sweetly. He smiled weakly. He thought about how she’d rescued him and was able to bring him back to her house single-handedly. Strong and courageous, she bore the will of a Paladin.

She was such a good woman, she didn’t deserved to be dragged into this mess between him and Eryx. I need to warn her. She has to get as far away from me as possible. “You need to run. Get as far away from me as you can.”

“Shhhhh…” she said, stroking his hair.

“No, you don’t understand. Eryx, he’s—” He grabbed his chest, feeling the beast arise again.

“He ain’t coming in here,” she said, soothing him. “I told you I can protect us.”

“It’s not just him, it’s me. I may harm you.”

She shook her head. “You are a good man, I see it in your eyes. I know you won’t harm me. You’re just upset, that’s all.”

He wanted to believe her. He tried to believe her. But could he trust himself since his mating heat had become so consuming.

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Author Bio

Clare Dargin is a multi-published romance author. She has written for several publishers in different genres, including erotic romance, military romance, contemporary, paranormal, and sci-fi. She lives in the mid-west, and when not surfing the web, she is hard at work writing her next romance novel. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Amazon.

Web Links- 

Clare’s Blog 2 The Haven- http://claresblog2thehaven.blogspot.com

The Embraced: Scribal Love- http://theembraced.blogspot.com

Facebook-  http://www.facebook.com/clare.dargin

Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/clare_dargin

Google +  https://plus.google.com/u/0/113201930657713285351/posts/p/pub

Author Page:

http://www.bookstrand.com/clare-dargin

 

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Author Clare Dargin is one of those sweet author souls I met in the cyber world years ago, and hope to always remain closely in contact with. She’s always been genuine, open, giving, and an all-around wonderful author, person, and friend. Love doesn’t have to just be romantic.  It can be an expression of friendship, understanding, and support. So, this is my Valentines tribute to Clare Dargin and all you readers and “lovers” out there. Love you, Clare. Thanks for being in my life and for being you. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Show love all year round.
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#Shifted #Anthology #99c #Preorder

I haven’t posted here since November of last year. If that’s not indicative of how crazy busy I’ve been in the last few months, I don’t know what is. But hey–I miss the two of you who read my blog. I do. *kissy face*

So what has brought me out of hiatus? Well, some of my work will be featured in upcoming anthologies. Yeah…I know. I came back to promote something. That’s lame. 😦 Forgive me. But if I don’t hold my end up with the other authors in these anthologies, they are going to skin me alive. You understand, right? I have to do my part. So here goes the 4-1-1 on the first one:

I am 1 of 10 authors participating in Shifted, an anthology of 10 hot shifter stories. It’s available for Pre-Order, and it’s just $.99!

This is the official promo info…

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★☆10 HOT Paranormal Authors Tell 10 Shifted Stories☆★
Tap into your inner animal with this limited edition paranormal collection of predatory creatures and seductive shifters.

 

Get it anywhere online books are sold…just in time for the blood moon<–(I added that part):


Kindle US – Amazon US – http://amzn.to/1Ky6T50
Kindle UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B012TCXDZ0
Kobo – http://bit.ly/1NiAqjS
Smashwords – http://bit.ly/1TSdqwg
Nook – http://bit.ly/1hmREQf
Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1025156469

You may have gotten an invite from me earlier to like our page on FB and/or to add the anthology to your list on Goodreads. Thanks for accepting. All of your support helps. The anthology will be released September 22nd.


★SHIFTED – A Limited Edition Anthology★ includes…

Blood Moon (SMVS, #5.5) by Author J.L. McCoy ~The moon and stars I secretly wanted to give this girl. I did not chase women…but I would chase her to the ends of the earth.
Nikki St. James’ life changed when she was kidnapped by vampires, and Dean Cruz, local werewolf alpha, might just be what she needs to pick up the pieces of her broken life.

Pretty Little Werewolf by Katie Salidas ~Pack life isn’t for all wolves, despite what everyone else tells you.
All Giselle Richards has ever wanted was acceptance for what she is, a werewolf. But acceptance comes at a price.

Wolf’s Fire (The Narcoleptic Vampire Series Vol. 3.2) by Dicey Grenor ~Dragons and werewolves…hot shifters. Oh, my!
At the end of times, full of torment and tribulation, the world needs Punch, a man driven by purpose, love, and loyalty, even though he arrives…in the form of a beast.

Primal Hunger by Magen McMinimy ~He’d never forgive himself if this moment—just a kiss of blood—a simple drop of crimson—ruined them.
Can a werewolf ever truly trust a vampire? Follow Andre and Savannah as they struggle with love, loss, betrayal and unexpected friendships.

Moonlight Calling by J. Rose Alexander ~I have killed people, Melissa. I am a brutal criminal. Never mistake me for kind or caring.
When Melissa Donnelly discovered the stalker’s note on her table, she never expected her knight in shining armor would show up in the small, furry shape of a house cat named Alistair Meowly…

In Too Deep by Brandy L Rivers ~All you werewolves think you’re the toughest shit out there. Just chill out and give me a minute. Werewolf crashes into druid. Sparks fly. Can they resist their chemistry long enough to survive Shadowstalkers.

The Shift by Emily Walker
As a shifter Ty Monroe is well aware of what goes on in the secret world of Anchor–but nothing on earth could prepare him for the shift of a full moon.

More Than Survival by V. Cantrell ~I’ve spent the last five years building my walls and making sure I don’t need anyone. And now I’m going to die because of it.
Fleeing back into the arms of the man who once left her behind, Georgia discovers there is more to life than just surviving, but it might just break her.

Ardent (The ArcKnight Chronicles) by Alexia Purdy
Teaming up with a handsome rival named Ephrem, the banished princess Lilliana must find her stolen Ardent talisman before an abstruse enemy uses it against both rival wolf pack strongholds, colliding these two would be lovers with their inevitable destinies.

Twice Bitten by Author Morgan Jane Mitchell ~Broad Gate Park has its secrets, Fia never knew she was one of them.
Abnormally attracted to the moon, medical examiner Fia Ruiz discovers her true nature when she’s bit not once but twice as two supernatural rivals fight to claim her.
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Please leave a review when you’re done enjoying the anthology. My contribution, WOLF’S FIRE, was released in 2013. If you’ve already read it, please leave a review on the anthology page, as well as on my book’s page.

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Thanks. I will try to post more regularly to the blog. Make sure you’re on my Dicey FB page as well. I try to schedule shorter posts there daily. And 98% of those are not promotional in nature. 😀

I love you. *smooches*

…and I’ll be back soon to tell you about the second anthology.