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Beloved Enemy joined Starquest and Children of the Mist to continue the Destiny Trilogy and I'm thrilled to announce was shortlisted for the R.N.A. RoNA Awards 2017, awarded 2nd Runner up in the RONE Awards 2017 and was the winner in the SF/Fantasy category of the 'Best Banter Contest'.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Valentine's Hop - # Prizes and Surprises!

I'm excited to be taking part in the Valentine's Day Hop Starting today until the 14th itself.  There will be lots of giveaways, and a chance to win $50.00 GC in the Rafflecopter below.  Don’t forget to enter!

Kerry Marchant, from 'Starquest'
 and 'Beloved Enemy'
I love Valentine's Day - Of course I do, I'm a romance writer.  My Trilogy 'The Destiny Trilogy (featured in my blog banner) may be a series of science fiction adventures, but romance is at the heart of them (excuse the pun) and I loved creating dangerous and exciting situations for my heroes and heroines in each book, but even more I  loved giving them each their 'happy ever after' at the end.I have to admit that Kerry is my favourite hero from any of my stories. That's him on the right!

To celebrate the hop I am giving away a copy of the first book in the series 'Starquest' to a randomly drawn commenter.

Most people know I'm Welsh, although I no longer live in my homeland, but  in a small village in Wales.  My heart is still in Wales though, and I recently posted about St Dwynwens Day. which is the Welsh Valentine's Day falling on the 25th January. On this day it was (and still is in some areas) the custom for a young man to give the object of his affections a 'love spoon' which he would spend hours lovingly carving, with designs symbolising his affections.   Traditionally the spoon is made from one piece of wood. Often the designs would have a nautical theme since in days gone by, many of the men would have been sailors. Agricultural themes, too,  were popular as farming would also have been a major occupation.The ship’s wheel is was also shown as a wagon wheel, showing the man’s intentions of becoming a good provider for the family he hoped they would have together.

Celtic knots worked from the rigging ropes came to mean “everlasting love” while the anchor design was used to show that the sailors heart was “home to stay or anchored at home with her”.

Of course the  the heart was a very popular symbol, sowing hiss love for her and a double heart meant a “shared or returned love” while a heart shaped spoon bowl suggested a “life full of love”.

Both the bell and cross were “will you marry me” symbols and the cross also implied “faith”. Flowers within the carving were a request to court the lady in question and a symbol of the young man's growing affection.

The more intricate the carving, the deeper his love was  believed to be, which resulted in some complicated designs, including double and even tripple spoons! The dragn in the spoon on the left is of course the Welsh dragon featured on the Welsh flag and symbolises a love of Wales as well as the love of a sweetheart.

You may not receive a Lovespoon for Valentine's Day, but I hope it will be a romantic and happy one. with some romantic surprises!
 Happy Valentine's Day!

Follow the other blogs taking part below

1.The Perfect Time For Love ~ Casi McLean2.Spunk & Hunks ~ Anna Durand
3.Love in the Month of February ~ Mary Morgan4.Love Potions and Charms ~ Sorchia Dubois
5.He said he wasn't the romantic kind of guy, but... ~ Peggy Jaeger6.Love and War ~ Gini Rifkin
7.Sexy Chocolate Cakes ~ Kayden Claremont8.50 Great Date Ideas ~ Devon Mckay
9.Hearts Abound ~ Tena Stetler10.Love Every Day ~ Darlene Fredette
11.Importance of Valentines Day ~ Maureen Bonatch12.Souls Forever Bound ~ Judith Sterling
13.Mysterious Origins of Valentine's Day ~ Barbara Bettis14.A Romantic Valentine Dinner ~ Jana Richards
15.Steamy Romance Meets Spooky Suspense ~ Kathryn Knight16.Book Bling ~ Elizabeth Alsobrooks
17.Sweet Romances ~ Katherine McDermott18.Historical Heartbeats ~ Brenda B. Taylor
19.An Awesome Bewitching Author Valentines Day ~ Lisa Voisin20.Idea City ~ Kitsy Clare/Catherine Stine
21.Welcome to the ABA Valentine Hop ~ Linda Nightingale22.Bridie Hall YA Author ~ Bridie Hall
23.A Time For Love Valentine Blog Hop ~ Amber Daulton24.'Out Of This World' Romance ~ Hywela Lyn
25.Time Travel For Love ~ Karen Michelle Nutt26.Valentine's Day - A Family Tradition ~ Holland Rae
27.Historical Heartbeats

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  1. I love this article! I pinned (on Pinterest) some of your pictures, and copied your comments. I did give you credit! Thanks so much for the information.

  2. Hi Kathy, so glad you enjoyed it, and the pictures!

  3. What an interesting post. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks so much, Darlene, so glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Loved the tidbit about the spoons. Tweeted. :)


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