Attention Bookworms!

Posted 02-5-2011 at 10:02 PM by Ellen

We have created a special contest just in time for Valentine’s Day. All you need to do to win the prize is submit a short story of your best Valentine’s Day ever!  We want to share in your experiences and also look forward to reading many stories.  To enter the giveaway simply post your narrative in this thread – we’ll do the rest.  There will be a total of 7 lucky winners!

Below are the details of the contest.

The Prize:

Each of the 7 winners will receive an autographed copy of Dana Precious’ book, Born Under a Lucky Moon.  Here is a short synopsis of the novel:


Born Under a Lucky Moon is a real life events tale recounting the story of two very important years in the lives of Jeannie Thompson and her colorful family members to whom “things” just seem to happen.  Set in 1986, the story straddles back and forth from the Great Lakes of Michigan to Los Angeles, California.  It is a story of surprise marriages, a renegade granny, a sprinkler system cursed by the gods, and myriad other factors Jeannie blames for her full-tilt, out-of-control existence.

But it’s also about good surprises—like an unexpected proposal that might just open Jeannie’s eyes to her real place, among the people she loves most in the world.  As the author explains, it was very important for her to write “a warm comedy that understood that families are complicated but that they still love each other deeply.  I wanted to make readers feel good and laugh.


So far, this book has received this review:

“This quirky tale of families and hometowns is hilarious and endearing. The storyline is unpredictable; just when it looks like all hope is lost, Precious throws a curve ball. Readers will be on their toes all the way through, and the illustrative writing enables them to picture each and every antic.” Romantic Times, 4 Stars!

Dana Precious - Author

The Winners:

The winners will be selected amongst those who submit their story. We will choose 7 winners and they will each receive their own autographed copy of the novel as their prize. Please provide your email when you submit – you do not have to post it in your story but you’ll need to submit it when you post your comment. Your email address will not show, it will be private.

The Contest Timeframe:

The contest will run from today, February 5 until February 25 when the winner will be announced.

We wish you the best of luck and look forward to reading about your most incredible, romantic, funny, unplanned, memorable, delicious, and special Valentine’s Day ever!

The book and author are on Facebook @bornunderaluckymoon and Twitter @danaprecious

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24 Responses to “Attention Bookworms!”

  1. momofcutebutts on February 6th, 2011 5:54 am

    My best Valentines ever still has to come: I will make a heart shaped cheesecake with strawberries…He probably will not surprise me with a dinner night out (since we can not afford a babysitter right now anyway) nor any jewelery (since I would bring it to the prawn shop to be able to afford a babysitter). We will overeat on the cheesecake (me being 8 months pregnant and my sons getting an overload of sugar) and have a tiny glass of champagne, bring the kids to bed and just hold each other and promise ourselves to change our attitude towards life and future right now and try to live in the moment from now on…

  2. Jazz on February 6th, 2011 11:16 am

    My best valentines day was when my husband and I first got married. We didn’t have every musch money so I wasn’t expecting much on VDay. So I was completely surprised when a barbers quartet showed up at my door followed by a singing flower delivery and then a box with a new dress and shoes that I was suppossed to wear for our date out that night. He had been saving up for it to surprise me, It was so sweet! It wasn’t so much what he gave me as much as that he had planned it all out and took the time to make sure I would feel special on valentines.

  3. judahsmom13 on February 6th, 2011 9:00 pm

    Our second valentine’s day together. Technically we weren’t together for the first one considering we were 1100 miles apart. We had no money which is why he was so far away working and this year we still have no money plus a 6 month old. But at least we are together. We have no plans because we will both be working but thats okay. Maybe next year but until then we will still love each other and our son.

  4. andreaw97 on February 7th, 2011 6:20 am

    My best valentines go back to when I was a kid. My dad would buy each of us kids a heart shaped big chclate with our names on it. My mom would make a little valentine and each of us kids woudl give our sibling a little note on how much we love them.
    I am doing the same for my children.

  5. ebarrett08 on February 7th, 2011 11:07 am

    My best Valentine’s was a few years ago with my hubby. We were just dating at the time, but we planned our night and called it “a sweet with my sweet.” We went to 3 different restaurants and just had dessert. We ate way too much sugar and felt kind of sick at the end, but we had a blast and still talk about it!

  6. LilRedRooster on February 7th, 2011 2:51 pm

    I was never that into the whole idea of Valentine’s Day. I just didn’t get the notion of celebrating some random day with the rest of the world, when there are plenty of other days that mean much more personally that could be celebrated. I was basically the Grinch of Valentine’s Day for a very long time.

    I didn’t realize how special Valentine’s Day could be until my ex-boyfriend. He was a big Valentine’s Day fan, and he always put up with my Grinch attitude towards the whole thing, even though he was bummed about not getting to celebrate. That was until one year, after we had been through some very, very tough things together, and he decided that it was time to celebrate. He brought me a dozen roses at work, waited until I got off shift, and then took me home and made me dinner, from scratch. It was a celebration of our determination to get through things together, the faith and love that it took to do it together, and it gave me a new appreciation of the day.

    After that dinner, I now send him a card every Valentine’s Day, even though we now live states away and haven’t been together for years, because he really changed my mind about celebrating the enduring power of love. I’m planning on celebrating with my daughter in the upcoming years, something I never would have thought I would say. All it took were some tough times and one special person.

  7. GoGreenBabyCo on February 7th, 2011 3:44 pm

    My best and by far most creative Valenties happened when my college boyfriend sent me on a scavenger hunt to 14 different places around town where I found a rose, a small gift, and a clue to the next spot. In the middle of it, three consequtive stops included a bottle of wine, dinner, dessert. It was so fun, thoughtful and took so much planning on his part. It was great.

  8. earthdaymommyx3 on February 7th, 2011 7:18 pm

    I am the odd ball out on this one, I am most excited for this Valentine’s Day! For the 12 yrs that my husband and I have been married the military has kept him away, either with training or deployment. Unfortunately he was in an accident, this is preventing him from being set off for more military training, but keeps him home this Valentines Day!! While he is laid up in bed with his leg stiff as a board I am excited to make cookies and cards for our family with our children have him be part of at least some of it. This is the BEST Valentines day EVER!!!

  9. midwestmomy on February 8th, 2011 11:23 am

    The year was 1998, a cold gray morning in Milwaukee, WI. It was destined to be a Valentine’s Day unlike any other before or after. Oh there was the usual flowers and cards. But there was also pain, tears, joy, and a life changing love I had never known. The preceding months of sorrow over losing our first baby boy 16 wks. along, the endless weekly hour trips to specialists for tests and monitoring, the weeks of bed rest, all became a distant memory as I gazed into the eyes of our beautiful healthy baby boy. It was the Valentine’s Day I became a Mommy.

  10. Geckmumto3 on February 8th, 2011 5:01 pm

    A few years ago, I was fresh from the tragic loss of my Mom and the birth of our third child. Life was busy, and I really hadn’t had a chance to catch my breath and really deal with losing my only parent. My Dad had died when I was a teenager, and my mother and I struggled through that loss together and weathered many storms after. And here I was, suddenly parent-less, lost and adrift in a sea I wasn’t sure I could navigate.

    I had spent the month of January cleaning her house out (a project that would eventually take up every month until summer) and had moved several boxes of memorabilia to our house to sort through.
    As we neared Valentine’s Day, I wasn’t feeling overly festive or social. Plus, we had two small children and a nursing infant. So, I suggested to my husband that we stay in on Valentine’s Day, have a nice dinner and relax together. My husband was understanding, and brought home a nice bottle of wine and beautiful flowers. After dinner, he tubbed the children, and I was suddenly drawn to the boxes stacked in the office. I opened the top one and began sorting through it, chiding myself for not creating a romantic evening for my husband on Valentine’s Day.

    The box I opened mostly contained books from my teen years — some series, some photo albums. Flipping through the photo albums, I dislodged a card which fell to the floor. It was a Valentine card, which had a picture of a baby girl on the cover. Inside, my father had written, “Happy Valentine’s Day, you will always be my little girl. Love, Daddy, Valentine’s Day 1987.” The last card he had ever given me. I smiled, though tears ran, hot, down my face. Memories of special things my parents had done for special occasions as we grew up, little pins, cards and sweets on holidays flooded my mind, and I realized that I was not lost. I had my own family, and they were my people now and I needed to create traditions for my own children.

    At that moment, my husband came up behind me and gave me a hug. Together we sorted through the boxes and I told him stories related to all the items we found. It may not be the most romantic Valentine’s Day, but it was when I felt the most supported and loved by my husband, and I managed to find my heart again.

  11. daydream5178 on February 8th, 2011 7:52 pm

    Three years ago, on Valentines Day, I was massively pregnant! I was about 33 weeks with my first child, tired, anxious, and impatient. I think maybe we had plans to have dinner at a nice restaurant in town, being that it would be our last V-Day alone, but I started freaking out because I thought my water broke! Since it was so early my midwife wanted me to be checked out at the hospital. I ended up spending the entire day at the local hospital being poked and prodded and just WAITING endlessly, and the entire time my husband was right there with me, making me laugh and keeping me entertained. I kept telling him that he could go, but he insisted on staying around and making sure I was comfortable. We had a sonogram and got to see our beautiful, healthy baby. At some point, the doctors were talking about keeping me overnight, and I was getting increasingly frustrated because no one seemed to be listening to me and I just wanted to go home because I knew everything was okay. I really was relying on my husband, Mike, to help me, but he was nowhere to be found! I was starting to get pissed, but he swooped in, just in time, with a TON of stuff from the hospital gift shop. He’d bought out all of their valentines day candy (it was a small hospital), and brought me all sorts of balloons, flowers and stuffed animals. It was amazing. We ended up staying for just a few more hours while everything was sorted out, but we just cuddled and ate junky candy, and we had so much fun the rest of the day. It wasn’t a perfect valentines day, but it’s certainly my favorite valentines memory!

  12. poppyseed333 on February 9th, 2011 10:35 am

    This is to be my best Valentine’s Day ever and I am 32 years old! Hard to believe, right? But I am at a point in my life where I finally feel like I have found my place and fully understand who I am. After some hard relationships being someone I am not, I finally found the man that allows me to be everything I am. And then he gave the best gift ever and she was born October 26th of the year. So this year, Valentine’s will be spent with the two most important people in my life. Loving and cuddling. . .PERFECT!

  13. Kotzurk on February 10th, 2011 3:35 pm

    I think that this may be the best Valentines day ever. My husband is in the military and we have been together for 8 years. This will be the first Valentine’s day we will spend together. I am looking forward to it very much, especially since he is headed back off on another deployment soon. I think that we will make this Valentines Day not just a holiday for the two of us, but we will try and make it a special day for our entire family. It is going to be great!

  14. twinmomstl on February 15th, 2011 8:01 am

    This year, you can’t beat two little boys giving tons of hugs and saying ‘happy valem times day’, my heart just melted.

  15. junebeansprout on February 15th, 2011 4:37 pm

    It has got to be last year’s valentines day. Setting the scene: I am 5 months pregnant, and we’re living in the mountains of beautiful British Columbia.. I handstitched him a heart shaped pillow with a little pocket, and wrote him a love letter. Just as I finished, he came home and told me to get dressed, grab my camera, and we’re going for a drive!! We were on the outskirts of the mountains, and as we drove closer and closer, I was curious where we were going! With Bob Marley in our ears, hands clasped together, I was told to shut my eyes, he brought a blind fold but I was patient enough to do as I’m told. 10 minutes later (or truly, an eternity) he stopped the car and told me to open my eyes. We were at the top of a logging road, with huge trees all around. We got out, and he led me up a windy, rocky slope. I kept my eyes glued to the ground as he suggested (being pregnant and staring at uneven ground is very hard to do!) and he held my hand and led me up hill. About 7 minutes later we stopped. He turned me to the right and told me to open my eyes.
    It was the most beautiful sight. We must’ve been 3/4 of the way up this mountain, and had a perfect view of the farming valley below, and the various mountains in the distance. I could see as far as the world would allow. I snapped a few pics, turned to him, kissed him and said I love you. He then held my hand.. and started speaking “I can’t help but feel like we’re in a movie.. We’ve been together for a long time now, and we’ve been through some really rough times, and came out stronger from it. Even when we fight, inside of my head I feel so bad because I just love you so much. I always have. And I guess you just know when the time is right to let someone know, you just know when you want to ask them this one question…” My heart stopped. “Will you marry me?” after a few moments of *is this real* I replied with a straight to the point, “I will absolutely marry you!”

    And that is my best valentine’s day, ever.

  16. blessedwifenmama on February 15th, 2011 5:25 pm

    About a year after DH and I got married, he got a new job and we decided it was a good time to actively TTC. We had been doing the “what the heck” thing for awhile, not really TTA or TTC, but since I was charting my cycle I knew we were BDing in my fertile window more often than not. After a few months I got tired of the usual BFNs, and stopped testing, choosing to wait until AF arrived instead of wasting money on tests that were always negative. After several months of unsuccessfully TTC, we were wondering if we were ever going to be able to have children. Last year, on February 14th, I learned that I was carrying a precious child in my womb. I didn’t plan on taking a test just because it was Valentine’s Day, it just naturally worked out that way. Valentine’s Day of 2010 was the day I discovered I was a mother.

  17. Mommieof3monkeys on February 15th, 2011 5:37 pm

    My best Valentine’s day ever was just a few days ago. Up until this year my husband would not even acknowledge that it was Valentine’s day we have been married for 8 years, I just don’t think he knew how important it was to me. I said nothing to him this year.

    Valentine’s day rolls around and he tells me he has a service call for work. He’s gone about 45 minutes, when he returns he walks through the door with an fruit arrangement from edible arrangements, I was floored. I took it from him set it on the table and was looking it over. He said something to me, I turned around and there he was standing with 2 open jewerly boxes, one had a diamond necklace and the other a diamond ring. WOW was I amazed. He went through not only the trouble but spent a ton of money on me. I am still in shock, I did not think he had it in him.

  18. dianna on February 15th, 2011 5:58 pm

    I had the most amazing Valentine’s Day in 2006 when after being two weeks over due and three long days of labor I gave birth to my first born, Elijah! He has changed my world and really made me apprechiate Valentine’s Day in a new way!

  19. Nicole J. on February 16th, 2011 11:00 am

    My best Valentine’s Day was when I was a freshman in high school. I was still 14 and thought I had so many things stacked against me – zits, no boyfriend, didn’t make the cheer leading squad, not really fitting in…it was all there. I had a HUGE crush on the jock of my class, and of course, he had no idea who I was. I dreaded going to school that day – knowing that friends who were dating would get insanely large stuffed animals from boyfriends, roses or candy grams delivered to their homeroom, etc.

    I got home from school destitute thinking I wasn’t remembered, I wasn’t “loved”. My dad was also deployed for over a year at that point in Korea – and I hadn’t gotten any letters or cards from him in weeks. My Mom arrived home from a 10 hour day and saw me basking in my pity party.

    She told me to load my backpack with homework and regardless of reservations she was taking me on a WHO CARES ABOUT VALENTINE’S DAY Valentine’s Day dinner!

    We showed up at a packed restaurant and waited 2 hours for a table for two. I crouched down on the floor finishing my homework and Mom chatted up all the folks waiting…she doesn’t know I heard, but instead of telling them what the day really meant for me, she filled the conversations with accolades about how smart I was, by how I volunteered and participated in so many extracurricular activities, and how I was her special valentine and we couldn’t wait to skip the meal and go straight to desert.

    We ate dinner at 9pm, and enjoyed chocolate mousse with strawberries and diet coke – because…you have to find balance :)

    I’ve had a lot of love in my life since then, but I’ll always remember when my Mom truly taught me that you have to love who you are first.

  20. staciestarsage on February 16th, 2011 2:00 pm

    My best valentine’s day was this last one. My boyfriend(newish relationship) made me a bookshelf out of maple from a barn he tore down. His daughter also made me a valentine that said I love you and we baked a banana cream cheese pie. It was amazing. I’ve never even gotten anything before this valentines.

  21. SCMommaof2 on February 19th, 2011 7:25 am

    My best Valentine was our very first one together (9 years ago). When he picked me up there was a teddy bear in the passenger seat holding a dozen red roses. Now, I’m not one for stuffed animals, but this bear was beautiful and I still have it! He took me to the movies and then to “our” coffee house, Java Jive. I also found out on this day that we were expecting our son Noah! What a day!

  22. DragonflyB on February 20th, 2011 6:48 pm

    My husband and I are not really into the candlelight/flowers/chocolates/cards part of Valentines Day. We are very “outdoorsy” and and have always just tried to spend as much time together on that day as possible. My favorite Valentines Day so far was a few years ago–we were still dating and were hiking a nearby mountain. When we reached the top–it was beautiful and, to be honest, I kind of was expecting a proposal up there. But, nope, and as we started our descent I was a little disappointed. About halfway down the mountain I realized I was walking by myself. I looked back and a few feet away my husband (or then boyfriend) was down on one knee! I think he knew I was expecting a proposal at the top, but wanted to make sure I would be surprised!

  23. JasBabyDuncanDoughnut on February 23rd, 2011 8:54 pm

    My first and only Valentines day is by far what most would have to at least say,was INTERESTING!It was only a few weeks ago,when I was newly single and totally unaware of my pregnancy.I had just gotten out of a serious long term relationship and was just too busy to be upset about the overly dramatic break-up!I was a first time home-owner,skinnier than ever,and as everyone had pointed out I “practically glowed”!I had never looked better and I had never felt better.I started my day out with a smile on my face and a go-getter attitude,NOTHING and NO one could bring me down…or so I thought.Of course by now,my then ex-boyfriend,starts the day out with a love note on my windshield.I read it,teared up,and stuck it in my purse.Oh well,I was single.He wants me back?Then he can send me flowers.I was pulling in to work when I passed one of the towns local flower shops vans.I just knew my boss had gotten a huge,obscene,vase over flowing with luscious and stunning blood red roses.Just what i wanted to see…Oh well,suck it up!I said to myself as I pulled in!I sucked it up,put my big girl panties on(in my subconscience only of course)and i got over it.until I saw my then ex,sitting inside and holding the biggest,most beautiful,YELLOW banana.Yes.He got me a banana for valentines.And then handed me a pregnancy test.he said i needed to eat the banana,because i was too skinny and then I needed to pee on the stick because he knew there was a bun in my oven!And yes the flowers were on their way.Well he was right.About all 3.I guess I had missed him.And maybe him playing softball wasnt a really good reason for breaking up.Maybe I WAS hormonal.and maybe I DID love him…just a little bit ;) My Honey-love gave me the 2 best Valentine’s gifts I could ever ask for.Himself and the new life growing inside me.It is definitly a Valentine’s day I will never forget…

  24. Juan M on February 25th, 2011 3:48 pm

    Thank you all for sharing your stories! Now, it’s time to announce our 7 lucky winners!

    In no particular order, the recipients of the autographed novel, “Born Under a Lucky Moon” are:

    (1) Nicole J.
    (2) JasBabyDuncanDoughnut
    (3) andreaw97
    (4) poppyseed333
    (5) earthdaymommyx3
    (6) twinmomstl
    (7) Geckmumto3

    Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to our winners!

    The winners will be contacted via email with further instructions.

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