LOVE-STRUCK VALENTINE'S DAY HOP - goodies and giveaways and contests, oh my!

My new paranormal novels in the Grim Series ~ Storm Warrior and Storm Bound ~ are bringing ancient Welsh mythology into modern-day America! And in that spirit, I want to share the Welsh equivalent of Valentine's Day:  it's St. Dwynwen's Day, and is celebrated each January 25.
Dwynwen in the woods
In Wales, Dwynwen is the patron saint of lovers. She lived in the 5th century, and it was said that her outer beauty was matched only by the kindness of her heart. She fell deeply in love with a prince named Maelon. Her father, however, was determined that she would wed another man. Devastated that she couldn’t marry her true love, Dwynwen ran away into the woods and prayed that she might forget Maelon, and that he might forget her as well. An angel appeared bearing a sweet potion, designed to erase from her mind all memory of the prince. However, the magic elixir also turned the prince into a block of ice ~ because only ice could not feel love for her.

Charmed by the beauty of both her soul and her form, the angel made a gift of three wishes to the grief-stricken Dwynwen. First, she wished that Maelon be thawed and allowed to return to his home. Second, that she might play a role in fulfilling the hopes and dreams of true lovers. Third, that she should never have to marry. All three wishes were fulfilled, and Dwynwen devoted herself to her task for the rest of her life.
St. Dwynwen's Well, Anglesey, Wales
Dwynwen founded a convent on the island of Llanddwyn, off the coast of Wales. On the island there is a well where, according to legend, sacred fish swim. It is said that the fish can predict the happiness of relationships.

Couples still go to the well today, hoping that the fish will be very active and stir up the water, meaning that true love and good luck will follow them. In some versions of the story, you must scatter breadcrumbs on the surface of the water, and then lay a handkerchief on top; if the fish disturb the handkerchief, then your love and luck are assured.

St. Dwynwen's Day is marked by the exchange of cards and gifts, music, parties and festivals. It has actually grown in popularity in recent years. But as proof that Wales is a very romantic country, they celebrate St. Valentine's Day as well! 


http://www.amazon.com/Storm-Warrior-The-Grim-Series/dp/147780594X/ref=pd_sim_b_4
Book 1 of the Grim Series
http://www.amazon.com/Storm-Bound-The-Grim-Series/dp/1477818235/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391293406&sr=8-1&keywords=storm+bound
Book 2 releases March 18th, 2014
Past and present collide as Celtic love, faery lore and human romance come together in modern-day America in The Grim Series.

Book 1 - Storm WarriorWhen a pragmatic veterinarian unwittingly breaks an ancient Celtic curse, she finds the man of her dreams made flesh and blood, not by science but by powerful magic capable of fulfilling her greatest desires.

Book 2 - Storm BoundWhen a wayward spell unites a modern-day witch and a cursed medieval blacksmith, their unexpected passion thrusts them into the path of an ancient, evil faery, in this second book of the Grim Series. Releases March 18th, 2014.


Celtic Heart Pewter Pendent
DANI'S GIVEAWAY 

In honor of Valentine's Day AND my upcoming release in the Grim Series, one lucky winner is going to receive a deluxe tote bag with the newly-revealed cover of STORM BOUND on it, plus a Celtic heart pendent (pewter) and printed swag.
Canvas tote with newest book cover!




THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

CONGRATS TO DEBBY
whose name was drawn from the commenters on this post.



LOVE STRUCK BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY:

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KINDLE PAPERWHITE
with 43 ebooks!  

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on J. A. Garland's site: 

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