Saturday, February 11, 2012

Valentine’s Blog-A-Palooza, Day 4: First Dance

“Purple Rain” by Prince. “Careless Whispers” by WHAM! “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats, when it meant more than an ’80s station on satellite radio. In junior high school, I spent most of the dances huddled with my girlfriends and whispering about the boys we liked. High school drifted into an experience of bodies tightly pressed on the dance floor.

I’ll be your freakazoid baby.

In college, I discovered musicians, not just bands. If a sexy man could play the guitar and sing to me … sigh. It made everything better. When I started covering bands, I fell in love with hot, strong female singers like mmmm, Bif Naked.

The subject of today’s blog, first dances, made me realize that none of my novels feature dancing. Music plays heavily, but no actual moving to the beat. I’ll have to fix that real soon. When it comes to Vampires, my favorite song continues to be “Bloodletting (The Vampire Song” by Concrete Blonde. It’s just too easy to imagine a few bloodsuckers swaying to the intoxicating beat. Have a listen

Look at all that LOVE! If one’s good, two’s better … then three has to be CRAZY, right? As part of my prizes, I’m giving away a daily prize of an electronic copy of one of the books from my backlist, and a few Grand Prizes:

1)    $25 See’s Candy gift certificate
2)    Certificate for a pound of See’s Candy
3)    $10 Certificate for Ravenous Romance

Oh, yes, you get your own sweets! Leave a comment with an email address so I can contact the winners. (1 winner for each prize. Daily winners also will be entered into the Grand prize.)

Don’t forget to visit the other authors on these hops, and come back tomorrow for more “firsts.”

Vampires for Valentine's

For other participants on the "With Love, Valentine's Day Blog Hop," visit the Main Event Page.


  1. Great post. I do remember standing on the side at the couple of dances I went to in Jr. High. Didn't go out dancing very often since I've been married. Not for lack of trying to talk my DH into it though. He just doesn't like crowds. :(

    I'd never heard that song before. Definitely great fodder for a dance scene in a vampire novel. *shakes head* (Oh, no! There goes my muse running with a new idea!!)

  2. I realized the same thing! I've never written dancing before. Must fix. The only dance I have personal experience with is belly dancing. Hmm... *gears turning*

  3. I've read two books, which featured dancing, one of them a character who was a professional ballet dancer. It made me want to try out ballet for myself :)

    Do See's ship internationaly, the candy looks pretty good, so I'm wondering if the shiping rates are horendous? ;)

    Anastasia K

  4. Happy Valentines Day, Louisa. See you later! : ) Tara

  5. Oh, wow. Those eighty songs bring back memories! Happy hopping


  6. Whoo-hoo! . Looks like we've got a party going on already *early* this morning. My hubby isn't much of a dancer either -- one reason why I didn't talk about him!

    So Tara and I are going somewhere today where we're both going to get roses! Oh, Valentine's Day!

    Check in a little later!

  7. I can't help but smile when I think of Vampires dancing. I think about Angel...YES, he did manage a wonderful prom dance (to Wild Horses) with Buffy, but later (in Angel) we discover that he definitely can't dance. When he flashes a thought about his own dancing, it's too funny!

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  8. lol. I've never been one to see the romance of musicians. Music? yes. Musicians? Well, can they play? Thanks for the contest, and Happy Valentine's Day!


  9. Those 80's songs take me back to some great memories. I remember dancing to one of my favorites, Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams.

    Happy Valentine's Day, Louisa.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  10. LOVE concrete blonde!!!!!!

  11. tried the song... kinda cool...
    happy valentine's day!


  12. thanks for the giveaway! Happy Valentine's Day!

    Ai Tee

  13. A nice countdown to Valentine's Day! ^__*

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    moniqee @

  14. Hope all your dreams come through this Valentine's Day.


    Thanks for participating!!!

  16. Happy Valentines Day! author_shannon_leigh at

  17. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity for Valentine's Day.

  18. Great post. Going to give that song a listen because I've not heard of it before. :D I melt for musicians too. I have a soft spot for the rock star, which is a very bad type of man to lust after, I know! But until vampires are real, I can't help myself.

  19. I will have to listen to that song later (the speakers on my laptop suck). I remember those days of Jr. High & High School dances. By the time I was that age, it was the hair bands (Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, etc) and Rap (Late 80's early to mid 90's.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  20. Love your post very fun! Have a great Valentine's Day and thanks for the giveaway.
    Rhonda D

  21. Happy Valentine's day to everyone . Deb p

  22. great giveaway

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

  23. Happy Valentines Day hope you get lots of goodies :)

  24. Wonderful giveaway

    emily.heisler @

  25. Happy Valentine’s Day!
    I love these hops. What a great way to discover new authors/blogs and visit with old friends.
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win such a fantastic prize! <^_^>

  26. These hops are awesome. I had the opportunity to view your site and several of your books are now on my tbr list!

    jslindzy @

  27. The winner of day 4 was June. June -- I'll be emailing your shortly. Thanks for coming by, and you are all entered into the grand prizes!

  28. Thank you for the great giveaway! Happy Valentines!

  29. Yes you definitely can't have a first dance without a song. Great music hun. Love the post