WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Cold Pudding

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Cold Pudding

Hello, February.

The second month of the year in our Gregorian calendar, the only month with less than thirty days, and the only month whose name means both ‘Day of Purification’ (dies februatus, in Latin) and ‘Mud Month’ (Solmonath, in Old English). February’s flower is the violet and its birthstone the amethyst, the symbol of piety, humility, spiritual wisdom, and sincerity. It’s also the month crammed full with such random holidays as National Freedom Day (1st), checking groundhogs for shadows (2nd), eating/drinking/merrying for Mardi Gras (13th), Chinese New Year (17th, et. al.), commemorating the birthdays of two Presidents (19th), and Rare Disease Day (28th). According to Holidays Calendar, there are over 160 things you can observe, celebrate, or just ponder during the month of February.

How on earth did February come to hold the responsibility for all things love? And since Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day this year, will anyone give up chocolate for Lent? Especially since my favorite day in February is the 15th, when Valentine’s candy goes 75% off at Target.

Thou hast no shame in the discount candy game.

It’s interesting to me that the shortest month of the year commemorates the very emotion that is supposed to encompass people wholly, truly, and 4-ever. Valentine’s Day falls smack in the middle of this month of amour – the same day every year – and yet stores are still overrun at 5:00pm that day with males desperate to find something their loves will find worthy.

The Pearl Necklace by Frédéric Soulacroix (1858-1933), Art Renewal Center, New Jersey.

Might I suggest the word of the week?

Cold Pudding

This is said to settle one’s love.

Perhaps a little poetry wouldn’t go amiss. And chocolate. Must have all the chocolate.

The Lovers’ Tryst by Frédéric Soulacroix (1858-1933), Bonhams Gallery, London.

 

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WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Sheep’s Eyes

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Sheep’s Eyes

Today is Dear Husband’s birthday, so he gets a WOW post with a slang term in his honor. Because I loves him. And because he does this (in a manly way, of course).

Sheep’s Eyes (noun)

Loving looks, attested from the 1520s. From the word sheepish (bashful). To cast sheep’s eyes at any thing means to look wishfully at it.

Interestingly enough, I found more portraits of men casting sheep’s eyes than women. Perhaps, as Lady Catherine accused Elizabeth Bennet, women’s:

“. . . arts and allurements may, in a moment of infatuation, have made him forget what he owes to himself and to all his family. You may have drawn him in.”
Pride and Prejudice, Volume 3, Chapter 14 (Chapter 56)

Cast those loving looks our way, gentlemen.

La Famille Gohin by Louis Léopold Boilly, 1787, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

La Famille Gohin by Louis Léopold Boilly, 1787, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

Couple with an Escaped Bird by Louis Léopold Boilly, unknown date, Musée de Louvre, Paris.

Couple with an Escaped Bird by Louis Léopold Boilly, unknown date, Musée de Louvre, Paris.

Fashion Plate Modes Parisiennes from La Nouveaute Journal, 1825.

Fashion Plate Modes Parisiennes from La Nouveaute Journal, 1825.

Fashion Plate 2 Modes Parisiennes from La Nouveaute Journal, 1825.

Fashion Plate 2 Modes Parisiennes from La Nouveaute Journal, 1825.

Stealing a Kiss by Pierre Outin (1840-1899).

Stealing a Kiss by Pierre Outin (1840-1899), unknown date.

Off for the Honeymoon by Frederick Morgan (1847-1927), unknown date, private collection.

Off for the Honeymoon by Frederick Morgan (1847-1927), unknown date, private collection.

The Courtship by Charles Green, 1878, Christie's.

The Courtship by Charles Green, 1878, Christie’s.

Admiration by Vittorio Reggianini, before 1938, detail.

Admiration by Vittorio Reggianini, before 1938, detail.

And my favorite of all sheep’s eyes pictures:

Obstinate Headstrong Girl author Renée Reynolds. WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Sheep's Eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Sweet Heart

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Sweet Heart

Love comes in all stages of life. It’s cute when we see the tiny ringer bearer and flower girl peck each other’s cheeks with kisses at the wedding. It’s heartwarming to see the elderly lady and gentleman holding hands at the nursing home.

Sweet Heart (noun)

Late 13th Century, as a form of address. By the 1570s, as a synonym for “loved one.” From sweet (adjective) and heart (noun).
Slang. A term applicable to either the masculine or feminine gender, signifying a girl’s lover, or a man’s mistress: derived from a sweet cake in the shape of a heart.

Some historical Sweet Hearts.

Le Parapluie Officieux, Le Bon Genre No. 40, circa 1820.

Le Parapluie Officieux, Le Bon Genre No. 40, circa 1820.

A Kiss In The Kitchen by Thomas Rowlandson

A Kiss In The Kitchen by Thomas Rowlandson

Forgiving Lovers, Thomas Rowlandson, 1798.

Forgiving Lovers, Thomas Rowlandson, 1798.

Aged Lovers, Thomas Rowlandson, 1798.

Aged Lovers, Thomas Rowlandson, 1798.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historical definition from The Online Etymological Dictionary. Slang definition from 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Nug

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Nug

February.

It’s still cold, still wet, and still winter … but love is in the air.

Nug (noun)

An endearing word: as, My dear nug; my dear love.

Oh! Listen to the Voice of Love, James Gillray, 1799, National Portrait Gallery.

Oh! Listen to the Voice of Love, James Gillray, 1799, National Portrait Gallery.

One’s dearest nug … at least prior to marriage.

Harmony Before Matrimony, James Gillray, 1805, British Museum.

Harmony Before Matrimony, James Gillray, 1805, British Museum.

Slang term definitions from 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

Frivolous Friday ~ The Persuasion of Captain Wentworth

Frivolous Friday ~ The Persuasion of Captain Wentworth

I readily admit to being easily amused, and GIFs are a delightful diversion. What better way to usher in the weekend than with a completely frivolous, utterly unnecessary, and probably insipid post telling the story of Persuasion via quotes and Captain Wentworth GIFs.

“We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us.” Chapter 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

“No: the years which had destroyed her youth and bloom had only given him a more glowing, manly, open look, in no respect lessening his personal advantages. She had seen the same Frederick Wentworth.” Chapter 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“His cold politeness, his ceremonious grace, were worse than anything.” Chapter 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“She had thought only of avoiding Captain Wentworth… ” Chapter 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Now they were as strangers; nay worse than strangers, for they could never become acquainted.” Chapter 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The evening ended with dancing. On its being proposed, Anne offered her services, as usual, and though her eyes would sometimes fill with tears as she sat at the instrument, she was extremely glad to be employed, and desired nothing in return but to be unobserved.” Chapter 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You pierce my soul.” Chapter 23

 

 

 

 

 

“I am half agony, half hope.” Chapter 23

 

 

 

 

 

“Thus much indeed he was obliged to acknowledge – that he had been constant unconsciously, nay unintentionally; that he had meant to forget her, and believed it to be done.” Chapter 23

 

“He had imagined himself indifferent, when he had only been angry; and he had been unjust to her merits, because he had been a sufferer from them.” Chapter 23

 

“What! Would I be turned back from doing a thing that I had determined to do, and that I knew to be right, by the airs and interference of such a person, or any person I may say?” Chapter 23

 

"No, I have no idea of being so easily persuaded. When I have made up my mind, I have made it.”

“No, I have no idea of being so easily persuaded. When I have made up my mind, I have made it.” Chapter 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Dare not say that a man forgets sooner than a woman, that his love has an earlier death.” Chapter 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“There could have never been two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison, no countenances so beloved.” Chapter 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“…when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure.” Chapter 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“There, he had seen every thing to exalt in his estimation the woman he had lost, and there begun to deplore the pride, the folly, the madness of resentment, which had kept him from trying to regain her when thrown in his way.” Chapter 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this?” Chapter 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.” Chapter 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Who can be in doubt of what followed? When any two young people take it into their heads to marry, they are pretty sure by perseverance to carry their point, be they ever so poor, or ever so imprudent, or ever so little likely to be necessary to each other’s ultimate comfort.” Chapter 24

Keep Calm and Read This! Jane Leopold Quinn ~ The Long Road to You

Cowboy rides horse between two large boulders

Jane Leopold Quinn takes over today to talk about her newest release, The Long Road To You (The Brothers Agee Series).

Cowboys are my first love.  The Long Road To You is Nick’s story.  A few months before this story begins, Nick and his brother Jake had reunited in an odd way, endangering Jake’s love, Ivy.  Jake and Ivy, the first story in this series, features the characters in the title – Jake the drifter horse trader and Ivy the eastern girl who falls in love with the Flamenco.  Nick comes to visit his brother and meets Margee McPherson; well, he actually yanks her off a rearing horse.  Their story needed to be told.

cowboy_silhouette

Nick Gabriel, orphan, outlaw, reformed man, yearns for what his brother Jake has – land, a home, and best of all, a loving wife.  Nick pulls a woman off a rearing horse, slamming her sexy, lithe body against his, the impetuous action setting him to lose his heart.

Margee McPherson’s whole world revolves around running the ranch her father left her and handling the creepy ranch foreman she also inherited.  Years before, she’d made a mistake that ended tragically.  Now, she won’t allow the drifter cowboy, Nick Gabriel, to get anywhere near her no matter how tall, dark, and handsome he is, and how much she longs to be in his arms.

Both have secrets in their pasts.  Will Margee’s fear and guilt keep her from moving forward with her life?  Nick’s fallen in love with the beautiful rancher.  Can he prove to her his roaming days are over?  And will they survive their past secrets, finding the love they didn’t know they craved?

cowboy wanted

Joshua, California 1881

Agee Ranch

The day was warm for early spring in the mountains, the sky luminously blue and topped with a few high clouds mashed-looking as if with the tines of a fork. Unlike the heavy, hot, moist heat of the southern part of the state, the air was arid up here. Fir trees on the mountain slopes had a crisp, clean, triangle-like look.

Nick had known where Jake and Ivy had settled since they’d reunited several months ago.  He’d debated with himself if he should stay away or seek them out.  But at thirty-one, he was weary of the uncertainty and loneliness of tramping around the country. Reuniting with Joey, who now went by the more grown up sounding Jake, had been bittersweet. Thank God the kid had turned out all right and not like his jail bird older brother.

He’d been hired by her father to find the runaway Ivy Westlake. It was a once in a lifetime chance that the baby brother he hadn’t seen for fifteen years was with her. He’d been jealous of the obvious love between Jake and Ivy, but he’d had a job to do. Then she was kidnapped by his own two henchmen. After rescuing her, he’d protected her all the way to Los Angeles, holding her when she’d vomited every morning. When he learned she was pregnant with Jake’s child, he’d promised to find Jake and send him to her in Mexico. But Jake had found her all by himself.

Now it seemed Nick had found them here together with a ranch of their own and a baby on the way. Family. Something he’d never really had. Something he was aching for now.

The ranch house, painted white and with a wide porch, looked inviting.  A wooden fence surrounded a large swath of grass across the front with bushes and flowers as a border.  He smiled as he rode closer.  It appeared Jake had the ideal home.  A woman leaned against the porch railing, one hand above her eyes to cut the sun so she could see better.  Ivy.  God, she looked wonderful even at a distance and heavy with child.

“Jake, come out here!”

Nick reined in at the bottom of the porch steps, his expression neutral. After all, he had no inkling if Jake would be happy to see him.

The Long Road To You is available here: Amazon – The Long Road To You

Jake and Ivy is available here: Amazon – Jake and Ivy

about-the-author

Sensual fantasies were locked in my mind for years until a friend said, “Why don’t you write them down?”

Why not, indeed.

One spiral notebook, a pen and the unleashing of my imagination later, and here I am with more than a dozen books published. The craft of writing erotic romance has become my passion and my niche in life. I love every part of the creative process — developing characters, designing the plot, even drawing the layout of physical spaces from my stories. My careers have been varied — third grade school teacher, bookkeeper, secretary — none of which gave me a bit of inspiration. But now I’m lucky enough to write romance full time — the best job in the universe!

 

Find Jane on the web:

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Discover these other books by the author:

Ellora’s Cave

Lost and Found

The Real Deal

Indie

Valentine’s Day

His, Hers & His

The Keeper

Soldier, Come Home

Winning Violetta

A Promise at Dawn

Jake and Ivy

Wooing the Librarian

Home to Stay

The Long Road to You

Siren

Undercover Lover

Mercenary Desires

I’ll Be Your Last