Tuesday, February 14, 2012

From Your Valentine . . .

The authors send a great big Valentine's Thank You to all of our readers. Oops, here come our characters who undoubtedly greet all of you, but as always, elbow us aside because they have something they want to say:

I always go for the wrong guy, like in this case, a guy who who's smitten by someone else, so I'm sending a secret (shhh, don't tell) Valentine to Jack from The Charlotte Adams Mysteries by Mary Jane Maffini-- Haylee from the Threadville Mysteries by Janet Bolin

Are you serious, Haylee??!! I have a Valentine all ready to go with Jack's name on it! That's the closest I plan on getting to a guy in my life anytime soon. And all the others in the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society are spoken for...or should be. -- Stephanie from A Killer Read by Erika Chase

Of course, I'm sending a Valentine to my fiance, Wally, but I feel bad that Simon (my ex-boyfriend) won't get any thing for Valentine's Day this year. Maybe I can find one for him that makes it clear we're just friends. --Skye Denison from Denise Swanson's Scumble River mysteries.

I'm sending a heartfelt Valentine to the love of my life, Jordan Pace. Of course, mine might be a little cheesy. :) I'm thinking a basket filled with Heart's Desire, a triple-cream, heart-shaped morsel of delectableness and my favorites, Hershey's Kisses. Yes, I know they aren't glamorous candies, but they were my mother's favorites, too. Hugs and kisses to all. XOXOXOXO --Charlotte Bessette from Avery Aames's Cheese Shop Mystery series.

I'm feeling confused about Valentine's Day this year. Is Detective Rick Mains my Valentine? Do I want him to be? Ack, do have to buy him a gift? A card? Will he buy them for me? Maybe I should but them just in case. -- India Hayes from Amanda Flower's India Hayes Mystery series

"Some men break your heart in two,

Some men fawn and flatter,

Some men never look at you--

And that cleans up the matter."

-- Dorothy Parker from J.J. Murphy's Algonquin Round Table Mystery series

Love the poem Dorothy! And India, I feel your pain. I think I want Detective Nate Bransford to be my valentine, but I'm not quite ready to trust a guy just yet...And oh Skye, my mom would say don't send a valentine to Simon. He'll only find a way to make something of it that you don't really mean...or do you? Love, Hayley Snow from Lucy Burdette's AN APPETITE FOR MURDER

Who has time for romance? I'm too busy running a museum and trying to fix other people's problems (which somehow seem to include murder an awful lot) to worry about any kind of relationship. Oh, all right, I'll admit I think about Agent James Morrison more often than I should, but do I really want to be involved with an FBI agent? (Then again, he's got a good sense of humor, and those shoulders!) Wonder if he likes chocolate... Nell Pratt, from Sheila Connolly's FIRE ENGINE DEAD.

I consider myself very lucky to have a great guy like Wolf. Naturally, I'll be baking him a Valentine. He's partial to Black Forest Cherry Cake, but we've been talking about watching our weight a little bit, so maybe I'll bake an Angel Food Cake and serve it with a strawberry sauce. Hmm, it wouldn't hurt to dip a few fresh strawberries in chocolate, would it? I just hope my ex-husband Mars doesn't show up. I've been avoiding him since that moment we shared . . .
Sophie Winston from Krista Davis's THE DIVA HAUNTS THE HOUSE

Ask a guy to be my Valentine? I think not! Pepper Martin does not do the asking. Then again, if hotter-than-a-firecracker Quinn Harrison wants to show up at my doorstep and do a little romantic groveling . . .

Pepper Martin from Casey Daniels WILD, WILD DEATH

I didn't even notice Valentine's day this year, and Seth didn't bring it up. Of course, we were kind of busy putting in a new orchard:  my trees on his land.  I think that's probably a bigger commitment than a box of candy or a bouquet of flowers.  And he was the one who suggested it in the first place.  What do you give a man who gives you an orchard, that will produce thousands of apples and (I hope) outlast us both?

Meg Corey, from Sheila Connolly's Orchard Mysteries

My tea leaves tell me Detective Mitch Stone and I are meant to be together, but the stubborn, cynical man won't believe it. Sometimes even I don't believe it, but my tea leaves don't lie. So I'm sending Grumpy Pants a valentine, even though he doesn't deserve it. And if he calls me Tink one more time, I won't send it ... I'll throw it. Maybe it will knock some sense into him. Ugh! Why does love have to be so hard? Sunny Meadows from Kari Lee Townsend's Fortune Teller Mysteries
I’ve hardly had the chance to think about Valentine’s Day. We’ve been run off our feet at Sweet Nothings with men wanting to buy something pretty and lacy for their wives or girlfriends. Besides, is Brian my Valentine or not? We’ve gone out a couple of times but…that’s about it. How I wish we could have mistletoe on Valentine’s Day, too. That would give me an excuse to...well, I’m sure you get the picture.
-- Emma Taylor from the Sweet Nothings Lingerie Series by Meg London.

I've been tangled up with Zentangles. (Okay, since my "crush" isn't free to spend Valentine's Day with me, what's a girl to do?) You can read about my latest adventure in this short story--"Kiki Lowenstein and the Empty Heart." Also, if you, too, are a member of the Lonely Hearts Club, why not join me for a Valentine's Day party on Facebook? (Or go to http://www.Facebook.com/JoannaCampbellSlan) Starts at 9 p.m. EST. (PS We're giving away chocolate!)

--posted by Kiki Lowenstein, "star" of the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series by Joanna Campbell Slan. The fifth book in the series--Ready, Scrap, Shoot--will be out this April.

I'm a disaster in the kitchen and I'm not too swift with the crafts, but I can grow flowers and plants that are big and healthy. This morning, I handed out small potted hothouse flowers to all my friends at the White House. If only I had someone special to grow those plants for. Jack has said we're just friends. (Sighs.) Maybe I'll should join Kiki at the Lonely Hearts Club.
--Casey Calhoun from the White House Gardener Mysteries by Dorothy St. James. The Scarlet Pepper will be out this April.


  1. Oh, Skye! A Valentine that says we're-just-friends? Sounds like trouble to me. Eeek!

    ~ Krista

  2. Thank you, Killer Characters, for your romantic sentiments... but after looking at this post, instead of feeling romantic, I feel hungry...for chocolate!

  3. Oh no! I have no chocolates. Happy Valentine's day everyone!

  4. This was fun :-) And yeah, I gained ten pounds just from reading this post!