Valentine’s Day Blog Hop!

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and to celebrate, over 300 bloggers are going to be talking about hot men and why we love them.  But that’s not all!  We’ll be hosting giveaways, because what would Valentine’s Day be without gifts?

Because Romance fans like to do things up big, we have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH and EVERY blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

 My giveaway is a $5 Amazon gift card and a chocolate bar from the wonderful Portland company, Moonstruck Chocolates! 

Their candy is To Die For, so I know you’ll love it!

Be sure to answer the question at the end of my post and leave your e-mail address to be entered for my prize and the Grand Prizes!  The first two Grand Prizes are International, but the Swag Pack and my giveaway are US only.

I had so much fun on the holiday hops, I’m back for Valentine’s Day.  Even though I love love (and chocolate!), V-Day isn’t a holiday I usually celebrate.  Maybe because I’m single, but that’s beside the point.  😉

Heartbreakers.  I have a fragile heart for a tough old broad, so it’s not easy for me to gauge what makes a heartbreaker in general terms.  Personally, I love a bad boy—they’re unpredictable and reckless and if you follow one you’re sure to get something you didn’t see coming.  I followed one for a while, he helped me misspend most of my youth and I still appreciate a surprise, as rare as they are.  As long as the thing you get isn’t a motorcycle crash at 75mph or a doctor with a serious expression saying “please sit down” when you already are—you’ll probably make it through your association with the bad boy-heartbreaker okay.

Even with my very breakable heart, I love heart -wrenching fiction.  My absolute favorites are stories that wring my heart out like a soggy kitchen sponge and leave me breathless.  Like true surprises in life, these books are rare.  Any author who can make me feel this way becomes an instant auto-buy; I’ll even pre-order if possible, so I can savor the anticipation of falling in love with characters I’m practically begging to break my heart.  So I guess it’s not a surprise that many of my stories deal with heart-wrenching themes.  Do I cry when I write?  Sometimes.  Not all of my stories are this intense, but I do hope at least once to make a reader feel the same way I do right before I add a new author to my auto-buy list.

My debut novella, Comfort and Joy, takes-on a heavy theme—recovering from violence—but I hope it’s as uplifting as it is heart-wrenching.

Which do you, as a reader, like better:  books that make you cry or books that make you laugh?

Leave me an answer in the comments, along with your e-mail address, for an entry in both drawings!

CharleyDescoteaux_ComfortandJoy_200x300I don’t know if Comfort and Joy will make you laugh or cry or both, but there’s only one way to find out!

Comfort and Joy by Charley Descoteaux

How much love does it take to heal the wounds of hate?

Sam and Charlie have been together over a decade, and their commitment to each other has only grown stronger through the years. But love isn’t always easy, and eighteen months after a violent assault, their fairy-tale relationship is still struggling. Charlie can’t shake the lingering fear of attracting more violence by displaying affection, and he’s angry at himself for not getting past it. Sam would do anything to help Charlie feel better—if only he knew what that was.

The century-old farmhouse in Northwest Oregon is the perfect place to spend the holidays with Sam’s family, but it was their refuge after the attack, and it still holds painful memories of those difficult first months. Christmas should be a joyful time, but even being surrounded by people who love him isn’t enough to make Charlie feel safe. He could try to keep to himself, but even if Sam agreed to give him the space he needs, Sam’s warm and loving family might not. And even though they agreed not to exchange gifts, Sam has a surprise up his sleeve that he hopes will make everything merry and bright. But he may end up more surprised than Charlie before the week is out…

Buy Links:  Amazon US, All Romance eBooks, Kobo

Don’t forget to hop on back to Carrie Ann’s site to visit another blogger, for more giveaways and more entries for the Grand Prizes!

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55 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Blog Hop!

  1. I advocate catharsis. My husband makes me laugh all the time. But if he made me cry, it would hurt too deep. Love a good love story that pushes boundaries and has me crying ’til snot runs out my nose. Wipe, wipe. All better.

  2. Tears of laughter please! I’m not a fan of crying and I find the oddest things funny. Like the model in the Heartbreaker Hop badge thing. There’s something about his facial expression that just says “derp” to me. I giggle every time I see him.

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one! At first he just looked like he was trying for evil & failing miserably (which fits with my general view of V-Day), but I thought I was just getting tired of that dude’s face. He’s everydamnedwhere! 🙂

      • I’ve seen him look nice. on the cover of Stuart Wakefield’s Memory of Water, for instance, but that particular image doesn’t do a handsome young man any favours. Anyhow, I’m glad it’s not just me! 🙂

  3. The very best books make you do both. I prefer, however, laugh out loud books that surprise me into a giggle.

    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

  4. I like both! I love books that make the tears fall…although that does make it difficult to read. Very few have done that for me. And I love when a book makes me laugh out loud. And then everyone in the room needs to know what’s so funny.

  5. Hi! I used to prefer books that made me cry, but as I get older I’m starting to prefer books that make me laugh…or do both, as long as the laughing is last. Have to end on a good note.

    Anna
    doxisrcool at aol dot com

  6. I like both kinds of books. Any book that evokes emotion is a winner to me!

    For me the heartbreaker is a bad boy who goes kicking and screaming into love! When he falls he falls hard!

    The only heartbreakers I have encountered are literary! And my all time fav is Mr Darcy! Although, I am currently crushing on Zadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood!

    grapeapril75(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  7. Books that do both… Books that can make you laugh even knowing sadness is coming. Kind of like in The Fault in Our Stars.

    anasmithblue AT gmail DOT com

    • OMG, I read The Fault in Our Stars a year ago & I still choke up just thinking about it and forget using Venn Diagrams . . .

      That right there is my favorite kind of book! If I can get in the same neighborhood sometime, I’ll die a happy woman.

      Thanks for dropping by and making me cry, Mimi! 😉

  8. Books that make me LAUGH. I like light rom-coms. Of course, when I’m in a mood to cry, I like a good tear jerker.

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  9. Oh, I definitely prefer laughing. If I know something is going to make me cry, I avoid it like the plague, I haven’t even seen Titanic, I knew that a movie based on a sinking ship could NOT end well!

  10. I love reading about heartbreakers! They are usually bad-boys, they’re witty, funny and sexy and the female population is drooling after them lol

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. It takes a helluva lot to make me cry when reading a book but I love it when it happens. But I also like to laugh a little. Chuckles or giggles, though, not all out guffaws, lol. Really, I just like books that make me feel something, that make me connect to the characters. Then it’s a great book and worth the read.

    bloodandfires at yahoo dot com

  12. I;m going t ave to say a little bit of both. Sometimes I want to cry and laugh at the same time. 😀 and sometimes I just want to cry me heart out, but those leave me emotional drained. This one book left me needing therapy. lol Not for real, but still.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!!!!!

    tiffany.webb29@yahoo.com

  13. I like books that make me do both! If I’ve got to choose, it depends on my mood…sometimes I’m the sort of sad that wants to cry over a book, other times I want to cheer myself up. Chocolate, on the other hand, is always welcome.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  14. We all want to love a Heartbreaker. Maybe its because of his chiseled good looks, his bad boy attitude, or the mysterious nature of him. Some Heartbreakers are just that, they know what they got and how to use it to get what they want. Then there are those Heartbreakers that don’t even realize that they are doing it. The best part about a Heartbreaker is that there is always a woman that turns their world upside down until they realize it is love. I have read many Romance Novels over the years and have run into many memorable Heartbreakers and my favorites are usually the ones that don’t even know they are Heartbreakers! Some of my personal favorite Heartbreakers are :

    Kade Jamenson (Werewolf) from An Alpha’s Path. Kade is a sexy werewolf that will make you burn but a mishap with a potential mate makes him not think he will find love.

    Ian MacPhie (Vampire) from All I Want For Christmas is a Vampire. Ian is a heartbreaking Highland Vampire that was frozen in his immortality when he was only 15. With the help of his friend he is given a drug that helps him age to 28 so he could look like a man instead of a child after hundreds of years. He has no idea that he looks of a warrior and the lover.

    Lothaire Daciano (Vampire) from Lothaire. Lothaire is definitely a heartbreaker and his cocky attitude proves it! Thinks he’s a gift to women! Its just the sucker punch from a woman he doesn’t realize is his equal that brings him down a notch.

    Marius Parker from His Contrary Bride. Marius is every part the gentlemen but doesn’t realize he could also easily be the rogue!

    Benjamin Gateway from To Win His Wayward Wife. Benjamin doesn’t realize that he is a heartbreaker because the one woman he loved, he lost….or did he?

    Fury North (Human with Canine DNA) from Fury and Valiant North (Human with Feline DNA) from Valiant. Fury and Valiant are strong New Species and gorgeous to boot, but because they are damaged they doesn’t think they can hold onto to the women they love.

    Sigimor Cameron from Highland Conqueror. Sigimor is every bit the Highland Laird and warrior but can he hold onto to the beautiful English lady?

    Joshua Striker (Werewolf) from Alexandra’s Legacy. Joshua is a scared and battle hard enforcer for his pack and he thinks that he doesn’t have what it takes to make the women melt.

    angelheart618@gmail.com

  15. My favorite Heartbreaker is the one that your heart can’t live without. One of my best is Lucas from D B Reynolds book “LUCAS” (Vampire in America series). Strong mind, well put together and tender when he wants to be. And loves horses.

    Judy Peterson
    strawberryrose@earthlink.net

  16. One of my favorites is Justice from Justice by Laurann Dohner. Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway!!! 🙂
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. To answer your question I guess it’s according to the mood I’m in. But the majority vote for me would be laughter. I love a joke, or come back. I love a strong female who isn’t a wimp. Really kills a book for me.
    Thanks & Happy Valentines Day 😀
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

  18. I don’t know that I’ve met a heart breaker, but I’ve read about quite a few. My current favorites are both Lauren Dane characters. One is Shane from Fated and the other Todd from Laid Bare. I think the redeeming thing about them is that when they realize how wrong they are they are quite good at communicating their understanding and groveling.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  19. I do love a comical book, but my favorite are those that leave me weaping and trying to figure out how I can possibly get that emotionally attached to characters in a book. Somehow these books that leave me blubbering are food for my soul because I can’t get enough of them. Unfortunately there aren’t enough books that get me so emotionally attached that I feel like the world should just stop for a second to reflect on the sadness I’m feeling for my characters. Thanks so much for the giveaway (who doesn’t love chocolate) and for taking part in the hop. sbereza22(at)gmail(dot)com

  20. I like both types of books. It really depends on my mood. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy Valentine’s Day!
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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