Thursday, February 7, 2019

Writers Gotta Read, Right? Valentine's Day

Ah… Valentine's Day! Bring on the romance and the love, the chocolate, and the lacy, cutout paper hearts.
Sooooo lovely!
(By Chordboard - Self, from material in my possession., Public Domain,
--> But I'm a mystery author, so I can't help but think of the "dark side" as well:
  • The downside of love—jealousy, possessiveness, obsession. 
  • The poisoned box of candy. 
  • The scissors, sharp enough to cut paper, but maybe sharp enough for other, more deadly uses… 
... And now for the dark side. "Jealousy" by Edvard Munch, 1895
(Edvard Munch [Public domain])
Whether you prefer the light-hearted romance or the emotional ruin of this special day dedicated to lovers—or something in between—there's something for you to read as the following lists show…
While we're at it, who among us isn't "Dying for Chocolate?" From the blog of that name, here's a great recipe for Cherry Port Heart-shaped Brownies (yum!).
If you have a favorite Valentine's Day-themed read or a great chocolate recipe to share (!yes!) please chime in and let us know. 

Not-a-brownie, but definitely chocolate! (Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)


Ann Parker authors the award-winning Silver Rush historical mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press. During the day, she wrangles words for a living as a science editor/writer and marketing communications specialist (which is basically a fancy term for "editor/writer"). Her midnight hours are devoted to scribbling fiction. Visit for more information.


  1. What a great list of reading choices, Ann! As for the chocolate, it has been my go-to comforter and decadent elixir almost all my life.

    1. Hi Linda! I'm with you on the chocolate... What would I do without it? (Probably drink more coffee than I do now, egads!)

  2. I love chocolate, too. Lately the dark chocolates such as Lindt's 90% or Ghirardelli's 92% have taken up residence in my cabinet because a small amount is satisfying without killing me with calories.

    As for romance in novels, I haven't been reading many of those lately. Must be old age catching to me. :D

    1. I can take bits of romance woven into a story, but just bits. Iguess at my age, I prefer chocolate! ;-)

  3. Great and fun post, Ann! Will go share now.

  4. The anti-Valentines's Day list. Lol. Brought by those who stripped him of sainthood? Oh my.

  5. Great list for Valentine books, and the chocolate --- oh, yes!

  6. Great resources. Plenty to keep readers busy during February.

  7. Even though I've written a few romantic books, I'm not much of a reader of romance, but I do like your list. As for chocolate, I don't keep it in my house because if I do, I won't stop thinking about it until it's gone. The willpower is at the grocery store. Happy February, Ann.


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