Tracy S. Morris

Quirky Mysteries, Screwball Fantasy and Sassy History

The Many Forms of Love

Written By: Tracy - Feb• 14•12

Over the next three months, I’m going to have a series of guest posts every Tuesday instead of my usual author interviews.  My husband and I are moving at the end of February, and I’ll be giving birth to my first child at the end of March.  So basically, I’ve decided to slack off.

Today’s special guest blog in honor of Valentine’s day comes to us from Barbara M. Hodges. She is the author of  The Emerald Dagger, book two of the Daradawn series, which is available from Desert Breeze Publishing.


Posting on Valentine’s Day, of course I’m going to talk about love. Love in all of its forms surrounds us from the day we are born until the day we die. Whether it’s love’s first crush, a newlywed’s passion, or the holding of hands and the exchange of many shared years of memories and smiles. Maybe it’s puppy love— the four legged kind, or love of country, but love surrounds us.
Love is celebrated in books; Romeo and Juliet, Gone With The Wind, Wuthering Heights, even the Twilight Saga. Love is glorified in movies; Casablanca, Pretty Woman and of course, Love Story. With all of the hate in the world, I think it’s wonderful to have a day that is dedicated to just the opposite, and we have one man to thank for it, St. Valentine.
There are many legends about St. Valentine, but this is my favorite.
Valentine was a priest in the third century in Rome. During that time, Emperor Claudius II, decided single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, so he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered Valentine to be put to death.
While in prison Valentine met the jailor’s daughter. She became a frequent visitor, and they fell in love. Before Valentine’s execution, he wrote her a love letter and signed it, From Your Valentine.
So Happy Valentine’s Day, may you celebrate in the way that brings joy to you.

Barbara M Hodges is the author or co-author of seven published fiction books. She lives on the central coast of California and shares her life with her own valentine of 40 years Jeff, as well as with two basset hounds, Ophelia and Hamlet, and a sassy feline, Wallace.
When Barbara is not writing, she enjoys attending NASCAR races and dabbling in decorative painting.
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One Comment

  1. Lovely post. Love is all around us if we just look for it. Hoping you also had a great day full of sunshine and love.