Welcome to my stop on the Blog Hop! February is a time to celebrate love, thanks to St. Valentine's Day on the 14th. As it turns out, there are conflicting stories regarding the identity and works of the actual Saint Valentine, but what is known for certain is that Pope Gelasius I established the Feast of Saint Valentine on February 14 in 496, acknowledging that while not many details were known about Valentine, his acts were known to God.
So how did that turn into a holiday associated with romance, paper hearts, chocolates, and cupid? These more modern traditions date to the fourteenth century and are generally attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer, "the Father of English Literature", and his circle of friends. In the Middle Ages, birds were thought to pair in mid-February, and in his poem "Parliament of Foules" there is mention of February 14th being the day birds as well as humans find a mate. In the eighteenth century, it became common for lovers to exchange flowers, cards, and sweet treats.
Cupid is the God of Love, and in Roman mythology he is the son of Venus (Goddess of Love) and Mars (God of War). In Greek mythology, his counterpart is Eros. Cupid's power came from his bow and arrow: those he shot would be struck with overwhelming desire.
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|A sexy teaser from GULL HARBOR!|
And as a thank you for stopping by, I'll gift one lucky commenter an e-copy of either Gull Harbor (a dangerous ghost and an ex-boyfriend await Claire...) or the YA novel Divine Fall (Revenge, romance, and a rogue fallen angel...) for Valentine's Day! Please remember to leave an email or Twitter handle in the comments if you'd like to enter, so the winner can be reached. And for our overall blog hop giveaways, we have TWO $50 gift cards, which will go to two lucky entries into our Rafflecopter below (click the arrow on the top of the Rafflecopter to make sure you enter that one too!). And don't forget to Hop along all the blogs involved for more prizes and Valentine's fun ~ list of links is below. Good luck and Happy Valentine's Day!
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