I've loved Kris Waldherr's "The Lover's Path" from the moment I opened it's gorgeous, fanciful cover and explored the maps, tarot, love letters, and more within that tell the novel's beautiful love story. Similarly, I've enjoyed e-meeting Kris, and was really happy when she agreed to visit today. I know you'll welcome her with a buongiorno fit for the setting of "The Lover's Path..."
It's the most happiest -- and the most awful -- time of the year. That fellow Cupid is impossible to avoid, as he smiles down from the displays lining the seasonal aisle. Is he laughing at you? Or promising a box of chocolate-covered happiness?
In other words, is Valentine's Day really Cupid's revenge in disguise?
Valentine's Day brings out extreme reactions. Even if you're happily encoupled with your soul mate, the pressure of finding ways to make this Valentine's Day better than the last can make you feel lacking in some way. And if you're not in the midst of soul-searing passion, it's even worse. The holiday that claims to celebrate love can make it seem like the entire world is in love -- excerpt for you.
Yup, Valentine's Day can be naughty rather than nice -- and not "naughty" in a "nice" way. This, among other reasons, is why I created the Museum of Love website (www.museumoflove.org). The Museum exists to offer romantic inspiration, as well as solace to those less than enchanted with Cupid. The Museum of Love takes the form of a virtual palazzo set in Renaissance Italy, and is inspired by my recent publications, the Lover's Path Tarot and The Lover's Path: An Illustrated Novel.
While I believe that the Museum of Love offers many attractions -- retellings of famous love stories, beautiful art and more -- I'm most excited about the free interactive Lover's Path Tarot oracle.
My relationship with love and tarot goes back some time. As the creator of the Lover's Path Tarot, I'm often asked to give tarot readings regarding love: how to find love, how to keep it, and how to keep passion burning. And in my novel The Lover's Path, my heroine, Filamena Ziani, is given a tarot reading which grants her the romantic clarity she so desperately needs. In The Lover's Path, Filamena falls in star-crossed love with Angelo -- a love forbidden to her by both Angelo's powerful father and her sister, who happens to be the most famous courtesan of sixteenth-century Venice.
In other words, Filamena can use all the relationship advice she can get, tarot or otherwise.
While you may not be the lovestruck sister of a courtesan or reside in a palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal, you can have a tarot reading like Filamena's. I invite you all to visit the Lover's Path Tarot oracle at www.museumoflove.org to see what the cards have in store for you. While you're there, you can also read the first chapter of The Lover's Path and view other "artifacts" from the Museum of Love's romantic archives. Oh, and if Cupid has been less than friendly lately, just ignore the winged guy in the corner of the webpage.
In the meantime, I can't help but wonder how all of you bellas deal with the impossible expectations Valentine's Day can bring. Or are you happily anticipating Cupid's revenge, with your plans and presents all squared away? Since I'm an overscheduled full time work at home mom of a toddler (or a FTWaHMoT for short), I think my ideal Valentine's Day would be an hour-long bubble bath accompanied by a bottle of Moet -- and no interruptions.
Encore! Grazie, Samara O'Shea, for a lovely GuestBlog yesterday!
Encore due! Congratulazion Tessa Dare! Samara writes: "Tessa Dare come on down! Your need for a love letter is a greatone. Samara would love to offer her services to help you write your husband the ultimate Valentine. If interested, please e-mail her
Encore tre! Monday, Lori Foster GuestBlogs!
Encore quattro! Big day, Valentine's Day: I'm at RidingWithTheTopDown.bspt, Anna DeStefano's here, and we'll be bouncing around her place, too!