Valentine’s Day Trivia & Giveaway Back to Blog
Our WINNERS according to Random.org are:
1) The copy of Cynthia’s new release: DEADLY HEAT: #3, Theresa N.
2) The Dead Guy sticky notes: #8, Viki
Congratulations and thanks for playing everyone!
Hi, everyone! I am very excited to have debut Kensington Brava author Joan Swan as my guest today. Her upcoming Phoenix Rising series promises to be a perfect blend of the two genres I love the most: dark romantic suspense and sexy paranormal romance. Can’t wait to read them! Joan, thanks for blogging with me today!
“I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.” ~Unknown
That quote is for Cynthia in relation to the tweet she posted yesterday about her son. You’ll have to check your tweets if you don’t know what I’m talking about. <VBG>
What do you think of when you hear Deadly Valentine? Cynthia’s topic had me envisioning complex posts of serial killers, stalkers or Valentine’s Day murders. Anyone else have that reaction?
As you can see…that didn’t quite work out. After searching and searching for an angle, I just couldn’t find any new, cool information to share with you in any unique way. And worse, the more I searched, the more I saw how Valentine’s Day was linked to Domestic Abuse. It seems to be the holiday of choice to gain followers in their fight against domestic and/or teen violence.
Don’t get me wrong — those are both issues worthy of exposure. My daughter experienced the darker side of a high school relationship that ended in a restraining order against the young man. Horrible, stressful, fearful situation for her and for us as a family. But, I just haven’t been in the mood to get all dark and intimate with the serial killer psyche lately. Go figure.
So, this post is much lighter, yet still interesting–at least I hope you’ll find it so. You might even get a chuckle or two.
I’ve left out many, many tidbits of Valentine’s Day trivia. Everyone who can add a trivia tidbit in the comments (hint–Google or something you already know) will be entered to win one of these two gifts:
1) A copy of Cynthia’s new release: DEADLY HEAT (either print or eReader)
2) The ceeeeutest little note pad I’ve ever seen: Dead Man Sticky Notes.
Valentine’s Day Trivia
- The condom company Durex reports that condom sales are 20-30% higher around Valentine’s Day
- On Valentine’s Day 2010, 39,897 people in Mexico City broke the record for the world’s largest group kiss.
- There is no one accepted explanation for the connection between St. Valentine and love.
- According to Welsh tradition, a child born on Valentine’s Day would have many lovers.
- The saying “wearing your heart on your sleeve” is from the Middle Ages. Boys at this time would draw names of girls to see who would be their “Valentine” and then wear the name pinned on their sleeve for a week.
- A kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring good luck all year.
- Studies have shown that people are twice as likely to tilt their head to the right while kissing.
- Famous couples married on February 14th: Elton John-Renate Blauel, Meg Ryan-Dennis Quaid, Pamela Anderson-Tommy Lee and Sharon Stone-Phil Bronstein.
- Forty percent of the world’s almonds and 20% of the world’s peanuts are used by chocolate manufacturers for Valentine’s Day Candy.
- Men claim to prefer to received chocolates as a Valentine’s gift; women prefer dinner.
- Since the Aztec empire, chocolate has been considered an aphrodisiac used in the pursuit of love.
- Casanova, who enjoyed the title of “The World’s Greatest Lover,” ate chocolate to make him virile.
- There are towns in Texas & Nebraska called Valentine.
- There is a Love Valley, North Carolina, a Romeoville, Illinois & Loveland, Colorado.
- Each year 300,000 letters go through Loveland, Colorado, to get a special heart stamp cancellation for Valentine’s Day.
- In the United States, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts.
- Venus is the Roman god of love and beauty.
- The red rose was the flower of Venus.
- Cupid is associated with Valentine’s Day because he is believed to be the son of Venus.
- Cupid is the Roman god of love. In Greek lore, Cupid is known as Eros.
- NECCO has been making heart-shaped valentine candies, with sweet sayings printed on them, since 1902.
- About eight billion candy hearts are made for Valentine’s Day each year.
- Nearly 10 new candy “conversation heart” sayings are introduced each year.
- Valentine candy “conversation hearts” have a shelf life of five years.
- In flower speak: Red means love, yellow means friendship, pink means friendship or sweetheart and lavender means love at first sight and enchantment.
- Red carnations mean admiration, white carnations mean pure love, red chrysanthemums mean love, forget-me-nots mean true love, primrose means young love, and larkspur means an open heart.
Share your Valentine’s Day trivia and WIN!!
Joan Swan is a triple RWA® Golden Heart finalist, and a double Kiss of Death Daphne Du Maurier finalist. She writes sexy romantic suspense with a paranormal twist, and her first novel with Kensington Brava debuts April, 2012. Currently, she works as a sonographer at a one of the top ten medical facilities in the nation, and lives in magnificent wine country on the central coast of California with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing or working, Joan haunts the Twitterverse, runs her youngest daughter to the ranch to ride her horse, or texts her oldest daughter off at college.Tweet It