Hi Sue, great to have you drop by. Valentine’s Day is surrounded by so much hype, good and bad – tell us what it means to you…
Hi Reet, thanks for hosting me.
Some may dismiss Valentine’s Day as a commercial holiday but I write romance and love the idea of celebrating love. Walking down memory lane, I remember how excited I would be on the big day during my school days. In elementary school, the teachers instructed us to make cards for all our classmates and I enjoyed receiving those heart-shaped creations. In high school, I had a male best friend who gave me a card letting me know I was special. And Valentine’s Day with boyfriends can be sweet and romantic – especially when you’re just hitting adulthood.
Special dates with gifts. Roses and cards. A poem from a lover. It’s like another birthday. In fact, as a single woman, I’ve often used the special day as an excuse to buy myself something nice. I have another single friend who bought herself a diamond ring one Valentine’s Day. Spoil the person you love – including yourself. That’s how I see the occasion.
To me, it’s about love and not just one kind of love. Sure, romantic love seems to be the focus on February 14th, but I think it can be expanded to include other kinds of loving bonds too. For example, love for your parents, love for your pets, love for your closest friends, and even love for somebody you respect and cherish but hardly get to see. And your gift doesn’t have to be red or heart-shaped; it could be chocolate or the person’s favourite food. It could also be a book or you could make a meal for your loved one. There isn’t one rule on how to celebrate the day.
This Valentine’s Day, I’m going to visit the spa. I’m also going to curl up with my cats and a romance book or two. Like last year, I’ll be buying little gifts for the people I’m closest too and none of these will be shaped like a heart. My folks will get their favourite sweets as their Valentine’s Day gift. My kitties will get special treats too. When you love someone, you know what makes them happy and you love to see them experiencing pleasure.
This Valentine’s Day is special for me. I have a new book out on the Juggernaut Books app. It’s called My First Love. A second chance romance, it’s full of sweetness, hope and drama. Juggernaut Books is celebrating Valentine’s Week with one romance story being released each day of the week. It’s fun being a romance author this time of the year. Romance readers love bingeing on love stories this month. To love is to hope. To love is to live.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Here’s the smashing cover!
About the Author
Sudesna (Sue) Ghosh is an Indian-American author based in Kolkata, India. She is a graduate of University of Rochester (USA)and an ex-journalist. When Sue isn’t reading or writing, she is busy doing her best to keep her rescue cats happy.
Here’s where to get Sue’s new book, folks, on the Juggernaut app.