You might expect someone who has been married three times to be skeptical about love. But in my case, you’d be wrong. At least, you’d be wrong now.
I was skeptical about love until I met my third husband. It was only then that I realized I’d had no idea what love, romantic love, truly felt like. If I had, I would never have married husbands one and two.
But then I wouldn’t have my daughter, and I wouldn’t be who I am today, so I don’t regret those past mistakes. I needed to learn from them to find the strong and loving partnership I have with husband three.
But despite that strong bond of love—or perhaps because of it—we don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day. In fact, we kind of do un-Valentine’s Day. One year, we got tetanus shots together. My husband half-jokingly asked what vaccine we were getting this year, and I had to inform him that sadly, we’re all caught up on all of our shots, even the flu and Covid boosters.
Maybe this year, we’ll clean out the refrigerator together.
My daughter, on the other hand, is a different story. She loves Valentine’s Day. The holiday to her is about all kinds of love: romantic, friendship and familial. Now, that’s a Valentine’s Day celebration I can get behind.
So, we’ll have a special Valentine’s Day dinner, with pink bubbly (non-alcoholic, of course), and a special dessert, and chocolates, of course. And Nola will get jewelry.
No flowers, though. My husband grows me roses, so those will have to wait until they’re in season.
And whatever kind of love you feel like celebrating today, I’ll always advocate for adding in a great book.
It’s no secret that we love holidays here at WMG. In fact, we’ve just launched a new subscription newsletter dedicated to all sorts of unusual holidays.
Although this week, we’ll be featuring Valentine’s Day.
The Every Day’s a Holiday at WMG newsletter offers specially curated ebooks and discounts only for subscribers! For your $5 a month subscription you get a story or collection (possibly a novel or two sprinkled in) every week that relates to an unusual and fun national holiday.
We’re offering this new subscription newsletter for free the first month, so our loyal readers can get a taste of what’s to come.
And after this free preview month, once we move to the paid subscription platform, we’ll add access to special promotions and discounts on other WMG products, like lectures and workshops, and even special early access to some new releases. You won’t want to miss this!
For a limited time, we are also offering new subscribers to Every Day’s a Holiday at WMG, The Holiday Spectacular #1 FREE!
So, sign up here to try it out and we’ll send you both of those books (and many more to come)! And if you like it, be sure to upgrade to the paid subscription one month from now to keep the Every Day’s a Holiday at WMG newsletter coming your way weekly.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all those who celebrate. And if you don’t, Happy Monday!
Regardless of which camp you fall into, happy reading!
Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.