February 14, 2016

GUEST BLOGGER: MIA SOSA ON VALENTINE’S DAY: THEN & NOW

  
The Latina Book Club welcomes author Mia Sosa as our first guest blogger of the New Year.
She gives us the scoop on her Valentine’s Day traditions and her new romance novel. Happy Reading!



Romance shouldn’t start and end on February 14. – Mia Sosa



Mia Sosa
I’m a romance author, and today is Valentine’s Day, so on this day in particular the conditions are ripe for smoking-hot romance in my life, right?

Wrong.

I have a confession to make: Valentine’s Day is just another day in our household. Hopefully you’re not gasping in shock, because that would be, well, a bit dramatic. But if you’re surprised, stick with me and I’ll explain why my confession shouldn’t be all that surprising.

My husband and I are college sweethearts. Which means we did what many people do when they’re young and in love (and nauseating). Even though we saw each other nearly every day, we sent each other several love letters each week—and because this was before the age of texting, we hand wrote them. Crazy, no? We took several of the same classes, because, you know, spending twelve hours a day together wasn’t enough. We spent hours on the telephone, discussing everything and absolutely nothing. And when Valentine’s Day rolled around, we lost our minds.

Valentine’s Day was our special day, of course. I mean, c’mon, think about what Valentine’s Day is: a day reserved for celebrating romance and experiencing all the joys of being in love. Finally, finally, we’d been given license to proclaim our love and shout it from the rooftops. Teddy bears? Check. Chocolates? Check. Pretty flowers? Check. Multiple Valentine’s Day cards? Check. Dinner at a nice restaurant? Check. A romantic movie? Check, check, check. If it weren’t for Valentine’s Day, my husband, who’s a die-hard fan of action flicks, would have never seen the movies Pretty Woman, Boomerang, or Sleepless in Seattle. Okay, maybe he would have watched Boomerang because . . . Eddie Murphy.

Let’s fast forward two decades. (Wow. That was painful to write.)

I’m not sure when it happened, but somewhere in those intervening years, Valentine’s Day lost its appeal. Maybe it was the fact that our lives had changed dramatically – we now have two daughters and busy careers. Maybe it was our dissatisfaction with the commercialization of the holiday. Or maybe it was the fact that we realized what Valentine’s Day is: a day reserved for celebrating romance and experiencing all the joys of being in love.

A single day, everybody. Think about that.

I love romance. Not on a single day, but every day.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but in my humble opinion, romance shouldn’t start and end within that 24-hour period, as though the clock hits 12:01 a.m. on February 14, and you hear the voice of James Earl Jones commanding you to “go forth and be romantic.”

I suspect some of you are nodding your heads as you read this. Others might be scratching their heads, saying to themselves, “Every day? Is she serious?

I assure you it can be done. It’s as simple as a kiss on the forehead before you head off to work. A text letting your partner know you’re thinking of them. A smile and a warm hug reserved for that special person in your life. The possibilities are endless—and some of them are well beyond the scope of this post. Ahem.

So have fun on Valentine’s Day. Be romantic. Be loving. Show someone you’re thinking of them. And when February 15 arrives, do it all over again. As for me, I’m going to convince my hubby to see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Perfect, right?


Forever Yours /
Grand Central Publishing

INTERESTED IN A SEXY ROMANTIC READ?

My debut, UNBUTTONING THE CEO, the first book in The Suits Undone series, is available now from Grand Central Publishing’s Forever Yours imprint. Library Journal called it “a sparkling debut romance.”

Intrigued yet? If you aren’t, go back to bed. If you are, here’s the blurb:

As the CEO of a large tech company and a semi-reformed bad boy, Nicolas Ethan Hill is used to calling the shots. But when he’s sentenced to work two hundred hours of community service—for reckless driving, of all things—this chief executive needs to keep his real identity under wraps. Which gets increasingly difficult when he can’t stop thinking about his sexy new (temporary) boss.

The moment Graciela Ramirez meets Ethan, she’s tempted to throw all professionalism out the window. She can’t afford to get emotionally involved, but after a steamy session behind office doors, a no-strings-attached fling might be exactly what they need. He'll protect his secret. She’ll protect her heart. What could possibly go wrong?

UNBUTTONING THE CEO is the first book in my Suits Undone series, and it features a Latina heroine, of which there are few in recent contemporary romances. Other writers, including the fabulous Sabrina Sol, are filling that void, and I hope to do my part, too. The second book in the series will be out in May.  

Happy reading, everyone!♥



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Mia Sosa is an award-winning writer and 2015 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® Finalist. She writes contemporary romances that are funny, flirty, and a little dirty. Mia once dreamed of being a professional singer, but practical considerations (read: the need to generate income) led her to take the law school admissions test instead. She practiced First Amendment and media law in the nation's capital for a decade before returning to her creative roots. Now, she spends most of her days writing love stories about smart women and the complicated men who love them. Okay, let's be real here: She wears PJs all day and watches more reality television than a network television censor--all in the name of research, of course. Mia lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters and will forever be on the hunt for the perfect karaoke bar.  Learn more about Mia by visiting her website: www.miasosa.com, following her on Twitter (www.twitter.com/miasosaromance), or liking her author page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/miasosa.author).