Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Lovers' Day!

It's Valentine's Day! This is a national holiday for us romance lovers -- readers and writers alike. Because what could be better than a day set aside to celebrate L-O-V-E?

Not much in my humble opinion.

But let me clarify. My idea of Valentine's Day isn't an expensive bouquet of roses that will just die in two days, or a box of assorted chocolates I'll feel guilty for eating or having to wait two hours for a dinner reservation at some trendy restaurant. My perfect Valentine's Day is more about the simple, but creative, ways you show your love to others and vice versa.

In fact, my favorite Valentine's memory is from 16 years ago. My husband and I had just started living together and I was pregnant with our first daughter. I was also horribly sick but had gone into work that day anyway. Halfway through the day, my boss ended up sending me home and as I was driving I realized I had forgotten to get him something. I felt awful, but there was no way I was going to go shopping at the mall. Still, I didn't want to come home empty handed. Plus we were dirt poor in those early days, so it wasn't like I could spend a lot either. Finally, I decided on the one thing I knew he would enjoy that wouldn't cost that much.

When I got home, I knocked on the door and when he opened it, there was a heart balloon tied to a 12-pack of Pepsi. To this day, he says that was his best Valentine's gift ever.

Even though I was sick and couldn't even tell you what we did the rest of the day, it's my favorite Valentine's Day memory because I still remember the look of pure love on his face.


So, in following my tradition of offering creative Valentine's gifts, I have one for you. It's a sneak peek at my WIP that I'm currently revising and polishing for submission. It's a friends-to-rivals-to-lovers story and the scene I'm sharing is about the first time our heroine admits to herself that there may be something more to this affair with her ex-boyfriend's brother. I hope you enjoy!

As he entered her, they both gasped. He lowered his mouth to her neck. “I’ve missed this. I’ve missed you,” he said between kisses.

Gabriela didn’t respond with words. Instead, she arched her hips so her body could welcome him back fully. They moved together, first slow and languid, finding their rhythm once again. Then their pace increased. Frantic. Wild. Desperate.

Her climax came quickly. She knew it would. Just like she knew that this—whatever this was between them—would be over soon too.

She pushed the thought away though as Josh collapsed on top of her, heaving hot breaths against her chest. When he finally moved and looked into her eyes, she lifted her head to kiss him. The moment her lips found his, she lost herself in their warmth. He kissed her back with such gentleness that she couldn't help but sigh. There was no urgency. No hardness. The kiss was soft and sweet. The complete opposite of what they’d just done. Yet, it rocked her to her core so much more.

She broke away to find him smiling at her. “That was nice,” he said.

“Uh, I think that was a little more than nice. Nice doesn’t make you sweat.” She laughed and wiped his forehead with the back of her hand.

“I didn’t mean that. I meant the kiss.”

Her chest tightened. “Oh, that. Yeah, I guess it was. Why do you sound so surprised?”

“I don’t know. I guess because we’ve never kissed like that before. I liked it.”

“I liked it too.” That was an understatement.

“Let’s do it again,” he whispered and leaned into her.

Internal warning bells sounded their alarm. But it was too late. Gabriela didn’t care. She shut them out, closed her eyes and surrendered to the sweetness.

I hope you enjoyed this excerpt from "Romancing Her Rival." I'd also love to hear your favorite Valentine's Day memories! Comment below and I'll enter you into a drawing to win either a copy of REUNITED (e-book only) or a copy of the SINSPERATIONALLY YOURS anthology (e-book or print). Deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, 2014.

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day! Besos!


  1. Sabrina,
    I love thoughtful gifts the best - the one's like you gave your Hubby, where we show that we REALLY know a person.

    My favorite Valentine’s Day memory didn’t actually happen on Valentine’s Day. Hubby and I had been living together for about six months and talked about getting married. He met my parents, and unbeknownst to me, asked my Dad for my hand in marriage, at Christmas. For a while I thought he was going to propose at Thanksgiving…then at Christmas…then on New Year’s Eve. But, nothing happened.

    I thought “ah, he’s waiting for Valentine’s Day,” and all the when-is-he-going-to-ask-me-to-marry-him stress left my body. It was briefly replaced with maybe-he’s-not-going-to-propose panic, but I figured it would happen eventually, otherwise we would not have talked about it. He also said, “leave Valentine’s Day open.”

    Around the middle of January, my washing machine broke. Hubby said, “you need to be home because I’m calling a guy to come fix it.” Ok, cool. It never occurred to me that a repairman coming out to our apartment on a Friday afternoon was odd. So, when the “washing machine repairman” knocked on my door, I opened it.

    It was Hubby, fortified by a few beers at Hooters (the waitress ended up comping all of them, when he told them was he was getting ready to do), and dressed in his suit dropped to one knee and proposed. :)

    We still celebrate our un-Valentine’s Day date, almost 17 years later.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    1. Love that story!!!!! Thank you for sharing. :-)

  2. I've actually had some great memories going out to see movies like "He's Just Not That Into You" with girlfriends. Funny enough, we were both married, but others were looking at us like we were sad loners! Notice how they always release chick flicks at Valentine's?

    1. Very strategic marketing, definitely. I love going to the movies with groups of girlfriends. Last time was when Sex And The City 2 came out. The movie sucked, but we had a blast. LOL