Thursday, February 2, 2012

Guest Blog Featuring Dana Marton

SPICING UP FEBRUARY



Congratulations to Imel, the winner of Dana Marton's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I’m not a great fan of February. All the Christmas excitement is gone. The New Year parties are all but forgotten. Spring is still way too far away. In fact, as far as I’m concerned, the only good thing about February is that it’s short. Yes, it has Valentine’s Day. But that’s a mixed blessing. Happy for those who get valentines, depressing for those who are alone. Is Valentine’s Day a real holiday? A lot of my friends would dispute that. Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day at your house? Do you send cards? How do you celebrate it? Do you think it’s sweet or cheesy?

I need some excitement in February and, frankly, for me Valentine’s Day just doesn’t cut it. (I know, shocking from a romance author.) In Europe February is ball season and you go out to all sorts of charity balls. I really loved that when we lived there. Some are fancy affairs and held in palaces, but not all of them. Just about every school and church have their fundraising ball, too, where you go for dinner and dancing. The plumber’s association will have their own ball, etc. etc. Just an excuse for people to get together in the middle of winter for something fun. They have great raffles and wonderful entertainment. They also have masquerades over there, the most famous being the Venice Carnival.

We lived in Europe for six years. We went to Venice one summer and loved it, so each year after that I said we’ll be going to Venice for the Carnival in February. We never made it. We always said, “next year.” I’m starting to think there’s a lesson here. I should do things while the opportunity is there! (Sounds like something I should stitch on a pillow.) Well, I did write a novella set in Venice during the Carnival. Does that count? And I liked it so much, I ended up writing two more, using characters I introduced in the first story.

So, other than reading, what do you do in February? Ice fishing? Snow mobile races? Skiing? I need some ideas to spice up this month a little. I wish I had enough money to raffle off a trip to Venice, but the utter brilliance of my writing remains undiscovered by the masses, and the New York Times keeps forgetting to put me in the number one spot of their bestseller list (I’m sure it’s just a printing error). Keeping that in mind, I need to operate within my modest means. 

But I WILL be raffling off a copy of AGENTS UNDER FIRE, my novella trilogy that starts out in Venice. Maybe it will inspire you to take a real trip and see the city for yourself. Good luck! --

Dana

Giveaway ends 9pm EST Feb. 3rd. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, use the email under the CONTACT page to enter with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY. 




35 comments:

  1. Thank u for this giveaway. The book sounds interesting, and eventhough I've never been there, but I love venice.

    What do I do in february? working, reading, watching my favorite movies. Just like you, I'm not a big fan of february, I love this month only because it short then I can receive my salary sooner than the other month *big green*

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    1. Hey, that sounds like me! Maybe something fabulous will happen to both of us this February :-) Dana

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  2. Oh, almost forgot. My email ; amel(dot)armeliana(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Hi Dana! I hate february too and I think valentine is very cheesy:). Love the excerpt of your book and very excited to read books that were located in europe:). Must be very fantastic:D.aretha_zhen@yahoo.com

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    1. I'm so glad someone else likes a variety of settings! Thank you for posting! ---Dana

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  4. Thanks for giveaway

    This february eat more chocolate ^^

    sjdlampung1 at yahoo dot com

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    1. I so don't need a chocolate holiday just a few months before shorts season! LOL I'm still trying to fight off the Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas pounds. --Dana

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  5. For me February is just another month like all the rest and Valentine's Day is no big deal. Although when I was younger and my parents were still alive I liked Valentine's Day because that was one of the two days of the year ~ the other was Christmas ~ that I received candy as a present from my parents...the rest of the year candy was not allowed.

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    1. Ellen--I need to make that rule at my house. We eat way too much sweets. I'm not into candy, don't even like frosting, but I'm a major chocolate addict. I eat chocolate nearly every day. Need to find a way to break that habit. --Dana

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  6. I like February, but that's mainly because my daughter was born in February. I read, watch tv and hang out on facebook.
    scoutmomskf@verizon.net

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    1. That's what I need, a February birthday or anniversary or stg to celebrate. Happy birthday to your daughter!!! --Dana

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  8. thank's for giveaway Dana,
    so..,,,what do I do in February?
    I want to spend this month with read my books but I'm too busy coz I want to try complete my final essay :(

    imel_cullen@yahoo.co.id

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    1. Hope you finish your essay soon, Imel, and will have time to read! There's just never enough time to read all the books we want. I have one on my Kindle from Susan Mallery that I've been fighting to get to for days. --Dana

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  9. Hi Dana! For me, februari is no big deal, just another month before release book. That's right, just another month for release new book....LOL!! Thanks for giveaway.

    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

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  10. What can I do in February??? Hmmmm... maybe spend this month with reading stack of my novel books that have no end :))

    ekafony(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I guess I've never really thought about February! We are not big on Valentine's Day unless you count my kids getting ready for a school party. We look at February as just another month to get through until summer vacation!

    I've been to Italy! It was AMAZING and one of my all time favorite vacations. We did not go to Venice but it is on my list! hang in there, you'll get there someday!

    Heather E
    hregtvedt@aol.com

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    1. It's just one of those places that once you've been there, you always want to go back, isn't it? I'm glad you got to see it! --Dana

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  12. thank you for the giveaway,and things that keep me busy are my reading,quilting,and descovering new recipes.As for excitement,it doesn't take much for me,a walk in the park,try out a new resturant,last summer my husband and i acted like we went on vacation to our house and tried new resturants,shops,zoo's,parks and area's that we could drive to and back in a day.We had fun with that.And anyplace that i want to go i can find in a book that will take me there.
    quiltingmom329@msn.com

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    1. Maybe I should make February quilting month! :-) I keep thinking about starting a quilt, but I haven't worked up the courage yet. Seems like something beyond my abilities. Your vacation at home sounds wonderful!! What a great idea! --Dana

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  13. Not sure if I did this (forgive me if I did I forgot) I LOVE FEBRUARY cuz it MY birthday month and valentine day :) it felt special to me cuz knowing i can celebrats valentine and bday whenevr daymy children want to celebrates even though they know My bday is 2 day after vday and found out i was SUPPOSE to be born on vday LOL (duedate they told my mom) so FEB is a very speical month for me :D

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    1. Ooh, a Valentine birthday does sound like a lot of fun! Happy birthday! -Dana

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  14. February for me is just a get ready for summer. we live in Florida, so it really doesnt get that cold, and doesnt last long when it does get cold. I noticed on the book cover that The Guardian Agent it is the same guy (exact same picture even) as one of Amy Fetzer's books. Guess he gets around, huh? LOL. Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Trish, he does get around :-) I'm not surprised. My cover received a lot of positive comments.

      Can I just say how much I envy that you live in Florida? I dream about moving south. --Dana

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  15. Dana, I've read your books, and it MUST be a printing error! For me, February is a summer month, when school resumes after six weeks holidays, businesses are getting back into business after a slow, lazy January, and mums try to regain some of their sanity. So February is about making the most of your weekends, catching up with friends, lazy pool parties and bbq's, beach visits, more bbq's, and, if you're lucky, sunday afternoons listening to live music at a pub. (Lucky = no kids for the afternoon). We still observe Valentine's Day, but in my house, it's a family thing: a candlelight dinner with my husband, where we do our best to ignore the three munchkins fighting over whose turn it is for the birthday song to be sung to before blowing out the candles. Then the kids go to bed, and we pretend there is no washing up. That's real romance!

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    1. Shannon, you just made my day! Thank you! :-)

      Your Valentine's Day does sound very romantic! Sounds like you got a very nice husband and family. --Dana

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  16. Just winding up the Chinese New Year festivities and on February 8 we'll be celebrating our niece's 21st birthday. Other than reading, we view selections from our DVD collection.

    Valentine's Day isn't something we celebrate.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Ooooh, I like the idea of celebrating Chinese New Year!!! I could definitely do something with that. Could go to various Chinese restraurants, prepare Chinese dishes at home. We could even have fortune cookies at home every night for the month of February. That would be so much fun! Thank you for the idea! --Dana

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  17. Hi Dana,
    Well, I do a lot of reading in February. And up here in Canada, B.C., Spring is already here so I guess I breath in "new" air and enjoy!

    Please enter me in your draw. This sounds like a fantastic read!

    janet(underscore)kerr(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Janet--Actually, today wasn't bad here, either. I got to go for a walk and didn't even have to have my heavy winter coat on. I loooove days like this. --Dana

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  18. I decorate, and we always plan a special time together. Going away for 2 nites the end of February to a Wine Makers Dinner. A formal affair. Can't wait. People decorate for every "Holiday" these days, it makes it festive. February is the shortest month but in New England it usually feels like the longest gloomies month there is...lsscarchuk@att.net

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    1. A 2 night getaway sounds like a dream! Back when I had a job with a regular paycheck, we used to go south for a week in the middle of winter. I so miss that! Writing, sadly, is not a very dependable occupation, however. :-) Still, I'm not complaining! I love thinking up stories! --Dana

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  19. I'm so enjoying all the posts! Thank you for all your wonderful responses, and a big thank you to the fabulous Maureen for having me here. Good luck to everyone in the raffle!!! (And if you don't win here, check out my FB page where I'm giving away more books.) --Dana

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