Friday, February 13, 2009

Me, My Valentine! -- Or -- Do-It-Yourself Love Day

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Sure enough, one of our fave forms o' love scene here at RBTB is the most efficient, the "table for one," if you will. It involves some hot guy, so desperate for the object of his desire that he can't wait for the relief she's sure to offer a couple chaps down the line.

No, our big-in-all-ways hero's gonna drag off to the -- oh, please God -- steaming shower and that boy's gonnna take his throbbing, straining, growing-impossibly-larger-by-the-second-with-unrequited-lust-for-his-virgin-heroine manly self in hand and give us our money shot's worth.

And while I suggest that same scenario's ever so healthy in real life for each and every one of us, when I encourage you to Do-It-Yourself this Valentine's Day, I've got a little different tableau in mind for today's most wonderful, yet somewhat cheesy-bordering-on-bitterness-inducing Me, My Valentine celebration.

It's fun. It's easy. You could win prizes! 3 LCBs each win a 6-pack of new romances!

First: Choose your "In-the-Pink Valentine Guy."
Next: In the comment section, tell him how you'd like him (or them, since there's a selection for your sammich pleasure) to serve/ice you this Love Day
Finally: In that same comment, tell your "In the Pink" guy why you're the Valentine of his dreams. Sing your praises! Write your Valentine to yourself!

Because nobody -- and I mean nobody, not your lovah, your husband, your partner -- nobody knows the beauty of you like you do. And, well, because not everybody could win a prize in the "Ain't It (A) Grand!" contest, I want to give you another couple chances to score.

These folks did score! Congratulazione to the randomly chosen Winners in the Big Contest...

Grand Prize
($500 Borders card):
Farrah Rochon
1st Prize ($250 Borders card): Audrey Kaake
2nd Prize ($250 Borders card): Cheryl Wyatt

Romance 6-pack winners, weeks 6 & 7 : Jackie Wilson; Pat Threet

Grazie mille -- thanks bunches -- for joining the NEW RBTB newsletter. REMEMBER: You're still registered for February's contest for a chance to win a $25 Borders card.

New contests
every month -- and more important (or I try to delude myself), I've got lots of hot, hopefully bordering-on-the-cusp-of-over-the-top-sexy romance fun for you to be part of every day at RBTB. Well, almost every day.

So...Get set to BE YOUR VALENTINE! Choose your guy and tell us why you're the Love Day stuff!
Encore! Please check out a scene from (and hopefully vote for) my RWA chap mates Tamara Hughes or Barb Longley in the American Title V contest finals beginning Monday! It's like American Idol for romance writers! Our friend, Bella Janice Lynn was the first AT winner with her fun, sexy 'n timely, "Jane Millionaire."
Encore due! And the winner to find out if your dream dweeb won the 'Get with the Programmer" pageant at
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Maureen said...

Congratulations to the winners! What great prizes! I had to laugh when reading about today's contest and looking at the lovely pictures. I have to say that the best thing I have to offer is that I have a daughter in college with lots of beautiful friends that I'm sure these young guys would be interested in! I hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day.

Anonymous said...

If it's all the same to you Michelle, I think I'll just take you as my Valentine. These guys seem real nice, but not really my type. I'm looking forward to our little Valentine's day lunch rendezvous today.



Michelle Buonfiglio said...

You are too sweet, MPG. And really too good to me, especially as you watched me trawl for today's ITP guys and listened to my running commentary. To be fair, I should have had a beautiful Beyonce offering for you...

Oh, no, Maureen, I can't let you off the hook that easily!!! Today's about your Love Day fantasy! Let your pretty daughter and her girlfriends get their own young fantasy guys. The ITP boys are ours for the day!

You could just fantasize that they vacuum your house while telling you how you deserve to take more time out to read more romance! Come on, Maureen, step up to the Self-Love Plate!!! (and thanks for stopping by, btw). :)

Buongiorno, Bellas!!! Happy Love Day!!!!

Farrah Rochon said...

Thanks so much, Michelle! I'm floored, and excited, of course.

amy kennedy said...

Congrats to the winners!

I'm gonna need some alone time to come up with an appropriate (or inappropriate) valentine to myself--can't give it justice with the 10 year old in next chair over and SpongeBob on the tv...

I'm gonna take a shower and's a word.

And Maureen, I gotta agree with Michelle, give yourself the fantasy.

amy kennedy said...

ps--I forgot who MPG was at first, and I thought--sheesh, what does this woman want?

Sorry MPG.

Maureen said...

They could definitely paint for me today or clean the bathrooms or vacuum Michelle!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, to the winners! I guess I'm breaking the rules, too, by not posting a story. Oh, well.

dbrown3400 said...

Why doesn't anybody want to play today? I'd love for Dirk to give me a back rub. A real one, because my back hurts like heck. I would repay the favor by cooking him a good Valentine's Day meal since I'm old enough to be his mom. That's how I could be his sweetie for a day.

Tiona said...

Congrats to the winners! Michelle is so generous with her prizes! Thanks, QB!
Hmmm, I would like Chad and Thad..(BOTH, that's right, Bellas, cause who can possibly choose between them?) to give me a good back rub and run me a nice hot bath with rose petals! YUM. Then one of them can read to me and the other can clean my house. Not that it (cough) needs it. Yeah. hehe
Hope everyone's having a great weekend!

ev said...

I am not big on V'day as a show the love day- we try to do that everyday. And I really can't come up with anything to top what hubby actually did this year.

We always buy funny cards, trying to find one that says it just right. He bought all the cards this year for his daughter, my daughter and mine- all musical ones.

I got a call from CA yesterday from my daughter asking who bought the card, and if I had seen it. I told her no.

Seems he sent her mine- the one with Tim McGraw singing "I like it, I love it, I want some more of it", and I got her Bart Simpson one that says "Mmm, chocolate". The poor guy is mortified but ok now that he knows Heather not only isn't mad but that he provided us all with a good dose of laughter.

So those guys might be good eye candy, but they don't provide the smailes and laughter mine does still.

Estella said...

Rocco can come to my house and give me a massage and then clean my house. I will repay him by cooking dinner for him and my husband. He looks young enough to be my grandson.

orannia said...

Congrats to all the winners!

Ev - I just loved your story :) Your poor husband. I just think it's so sweet that he bought Valentines for all the women in his life... And that is a good way to think about Valentine's Day - all the differnt forms of love :) Thank you Ev!

amy kennedy said...

D'oh. I can think of some better things for Rocco, Derek, Tad and Thad to be doing then cleaning my house...

Yes, I am a well seasoned woman, the better to show me some new tricks--I don't scare easily. And that is what I would want any one...or two of them to do--show me (and tell me) something new--and absolutely naughty.

amy kennedy said...

That should have read--THAN cleaning my house.

Stacy~ said...

Congrats to all the winners! Wow, those are really some cool prezzies. I'm soooo jealous LOL

Hmmm, I have to pick just one??? Rocco could clean my house, Dirk could make me a wonderful dinner, Derek could give me a massage, Thad & Tad could do a sexy strip tease...and the rest of the story I'll leave to your imagination ;)

Cheryl Wyatt said...


THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU so much for feeding my book addiction! LOLOL!

This is SOOOO kewl!!!

Cheryl Wyatt

amy kennedy said...

Happy Birthday Cheryl!
What agreat present.

Mariee said...

Congrats to all the winners!

I choose Derek and Rocco. I would have Rocco draw me a bubble bath while Derek makes us dinner. Rocco's helping me wash my hair and scrub my feet (or maybe both of them are, depending on how dirty I am ;) We eat a nice dinner, something rich and with lots of calories. And afterwards have dessert in front of the fireplace.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Jane said...

Congrats to the winners. I'll choose Rocco. I'm in the mood for an Italian stallion. He can leave the boxing gloves at home because I want his hands to be free. I'll even offer to oil him up for his next boxing match. Happy Valentine's Day.

Playground Monitor said...

There once was a hottie named Dirk
And housework he never would shirk
He did all the chores
Including the floors
Oh my how that hottie can work!

Dirk appears to be a fellow who would appreciate an older woman such as I. I'll take care of you, Dirk honey. You just do the housework (I got a new Dyson ball for Christmas, and no, that's not a sex toy *g*) and the cooking and I'll handle the rest, no pun intended. ;-)

Congrats to the winners. I'm so jealous.


Michelle Buonfiglio said...

yay, marie! writes: or maybe both of them are, depending on how dirty I am ;) You're SO one of us, aren't you?! I love that you're bold enough to choose two ITP guys.

Jane, that's very generous of you. And, really, is there a day that goes by when we can't work in the phrase, "I'm in the mood for an Italian?" Good work!

Buon compleanno, cheryl! Prego, you're most welcome.

ames, MPG was looking at teh SI swimsuit edition today going, what's wrong with me? These girls just don't do it for me. We decided they all look fourteen. I suggested that he needs a more 'seasoned' as you say, woman to turn him on. So I suggested he try to find some photos of 25 year olds. It is Valentine's after all; I'm feeling generous.

Oh, Stace! Excellent call on the strip tease. Cause you don't want them near the stove while they're doing that or anything, right? Congrats, too, on grabbing your fair share of the ITP boys.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

LOLOLOL, Play! What a Valentine! You rock and should be writing for Hallmark. Maybe a May/December line of naughty cards for women. :)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Kim, you're following the rules by being nice! But do feel free to choose a guy 'to go."

dbrown, love a girl who knows what she wants/ain't afraid to go for it! You're being very considerate of Dirk. But may I point out that younger men are very vigorous. Just something to keep in mind when the "young enough to be my..." rears it's inconvenient head. :)

principessa, I'm sure your house is spotless, and you won't need to waste any of that boy's time cleaning! Don't worry, I won't tell Shia.

omg, ev, that's so funny. Such a dad story I got a Simpsons card, too. mmmm...donuts...

[heaving sigh]ok, estella, I admit, when I trawl for these piccies, some of the boys are starting to look kiddie porn-ish to me. But it's nice of you to include your husband in the fantasy. Husbands and young studs need to keep up their energy on Love Day.

orannia, I didn't pick up on ev's point right away. Glad you did. All kinds of love. I like that my kids want to share Vday with us. And I wanted to share it with you all, too, which is why I devised this silliness. OK, and I may have done it, too, to look at some hot guy picks, but I'm not copping to that completely. Yet.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

marilyn, I'm, jealous of the winners, too. Dave's gonna have to pry the cards out of my hands to take to the post office. I've grown fond of them, just stroking them, fantasizing about them.

Ok, ok, not so different from what I do to my computer screen on posts like today's. so sue me.

Portia Da Costa said...

Well, I think all of these guys could come around to my house and clean and de-clutter it for me. It would take all of them to do it!

How would I tell them how great I am? Well, perhaps I'd give them all copies of a few of my books and let them draw their own conclusions... ;)

Anonymous said...

wtg winenrs so lucky

like rocco very cute


Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Bellas! I sense a theme here: Strapping young men = housekeeping fantasies. Must say, not what I expected, but you do deserve them, Bellas!

Portia, yesterday at our romantic lunch (read: no kids involved, at our table, at least), Dave aka Male Perspective Guy asked if I might give him one of your books to read. So I described a few of the storylines for him. Not surprisingly, he seemed inclined toward the Charlie Eppes/naughtiness among the stacks w/the stacked librarian novel rather than the Suite Seventeen's gender bending.

I guess he'll be doing some reading in bed on his next business trip...

BTW, what did I give MPG for Vday? Why, a coupon book, of course...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

kh, Rocco seems to be a fan fave! I think he's awfully cute in that intense way.

Portia Da Costa said...

Ooh, I do hope Dave enjoys Gwen & Daniel's escapades in IN TOO DEEP!

And re. the housekeeping fantasies... well, the British comedienne Jo Brand has a classic gag in her stand up routine. She describes how her husband asks what her favourite sexual fantasy is, and she answers it's that he runs a vacuum cleaner around the house once in a while! LOL

amy kennedy said...

Marilyn--Playground Monitor?! LOFL.
That's , laugh out flippin' loud. Seriously.

And Dave, I was looking at the SI swimsuit edition as well...hey, I work in a library, I have to look. And not only did I find the models tres young, but I remember the good old days when women could actually see what the SWIMSUITS looked like and it wasn't just the bottoms in a halfway rolled down demonstration of a strip tease.

Oh, that was a soap box--sorry. Sort of.

Santa said...

Congrats to the winners, you lucky ducks!

I'd choose Thad and Tad because I've always found that variety is the spice of life. I'd like Thad and Tad to spend the day at my house taking dictation for my book and writing it perfectly the first time through. Because I would be exhausted from all that brain activity I would need them to next give me a deep, hot stone full body massage. This relaxes me so much I am able to pull off a five course Valentine's meal with ease.

And as they are food for my heart, I am the very food of their bodies - twice over.

Unknown said...

Wow, just read Suzanne Brockman's Guest Blog and I want to thank all of the participants of those programs. They are all wonderful people! Again...WOW!