Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Lupercalia

I’m fond of tidbits of research. Did you know that the name of the month February comes from the Roman festival of Lupercalia, celebrated in mid-February? Aimed at purifying the city and promoting health and fertility, Lupercalia was also called "dies Februatus." Thus the name of the second month.

There were sacrifices and offerings and a feast. There was also apparently a naked run anticlockwise around the Palatine boundary in ancient Rome. Plutarch described it this way:

...many of the noble youths and of the magistrates run up and down through the city naked, for sport and laughter striking those they meet with shaggy thongs. And many women of rank also purposely get in their way, and like children at school present their hands to be struck, believing that the pregnant will thus be helped in delivery, and the barren to pregnancy.

Sounds like quite the occasion. Some say that Valentine’s Day was a substitute offered by the church to tone down this festival. Maybe the “noble youths" could bring chocolates on their run?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Spring is coming! (?)

Spring is here! According to my father, who lives with me. Who needs a Groundhog Day when you've got a dad who can read nature's signs? Let me make this clearer-- I live in the Northeast, Connecticut to be exact. It was 25 degrees this morning. Spring is most definitely not in the air. 
So not spring. 

But, Dad poked his head out and made a declaration. Good news, he didn't see his shadow. He did hear migratory birds chirping. Aha, spring! Not so fast. We've got a potential snowstorm brewing for this weekend.

Not a groundhog (but a good dad and grandpa).
Still, the idea of spring appeals. Winter is my least favorite season, even if I am really enjoying the Winter Olympics. Figure skating! Curling! Snowboarding! Luge! I've been shopping for Easter dresses, looking at new sandals, planning my escape from the cold, dreaming of spring flowers. It will be here, soon. Not soon enough for this Connecticut girl. 

Not a spring flower (but an incredible skater)!

Spring flowers, coming soon! 
Are you ready for spring? What's your favorite season? Did you know that Easter falls on April Fool's Day in 2018? 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Have a loving day!
Terry Spear

Happy Valentines Day!! February 14th is also my son's birthday, so I'm late posting this and feeling more than just a little bit sick from all the pizza and cookies. Have a happy day, Love Juliet xxx

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

SALE ALERT - My X-OPS Series is on SALE!

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Did you know that the first 6 Books in my action-packed X-OPS Series are on SALE at the US vendors!

If you love shifters, kick-butt females, military heroes, action, and romance, move the X-OPS Series to the top of your to-be-read pile now because EXPOSED, the newest book in the series releases Apr 3, 2018!







Prices like these don't come around that often, so grab these books while you can! :)


Monday, February 12, 2018

Five things NEVER to do for me on Valentine’s Day!—by Alyson McLayne

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and when you’ve been married or with your partner as long as I have, your days are often spent juggling work, kids, the dog, and what to watch on Netflix with your hubby that weekend. The hearts and roses of Valentine’s Days are sometimes a thing of the past. But if they’re not…

Five things my husband should NEVER do for me on Valentine’s Day (and one thing he can always do!):

1. Never give me a cute, cuddly stuffed bear that says I love you on its belly… unless the bear is chocolate and stuffed with yummy goodness. How about just saying I love you on your own and giving me a nighttime cuddle?

2. Never take me to dinner and give me a single rose that I have to carry around with me for hours afterward. The rose will become a nuisance, the thorns will prick my fingers, and the petals will wilt like overcooked perogies. However, if it was a chocolate rose…

3. Never plan a fancy evening that requires me to shave my legs, paint my toenails, pull on pantyhose and apply eye shadow without wrangling the kids for me when I’m getting ready. It’s hard enough having a regular shower with the kids coming in every two minutes, let alone when I’m trying to buff five months of calluses from my heels!

4. Never plan an evening out for me and then leave it to me to find a babysitter—surprise me with the whole package!

5. Never underestimate how romantic two tubs of Häagen-Dazs and a night binge-watching Game Of Thrones can be.

6. And if in doubt… Always give me chocolate.

Alyson McLayne writes historical romance set in the Highlands of Scotland. Highland Conquest, Book 2 in her series, The Sons Of Gregor MacLeod, is out now!

He was looking for vengeange…

Laird Lachlan MacKay never planned on leading his clan, but when his older brother was murdered, he was left with no choice. His vow to avenge his brother has led him to the MacPherson clan—and their bewitching healer, Amber.

Instead, he found her

Amber MacPherson is desperate. Dressed as a boy to escape her clan's treacherous leader, she runs right into Lachlan—who orders her detained. At first she causes him nothing but frustration, especially when she blackmails him into helping her clan. But when she’s threatened by the same man who murdered his brother, Lachlan will do whatever it takes to keep her safe—and by his side.

Snag your copy today!


Alyson McLayne is a mom of twins and an award-winning writer of contemporary, historical, and paranormal romance. She’s also a dog lover and cat servant with a serious stash of dark chocolate. After getting her degree in theater at the University of Alberta, she promptly moved to the West Coast of Canada where she worked in film for several years and met her Prop Master husband.

She and her family reside in Vancouver with their sweet but troublesome chocolate lab puppy named Jasper.

Please catch up with Alyson on social media. She loves chatting with her readers!