Whatever you call it, make it a good one…

Those of you who have been with me for a while know that my hubs is an anti-Valentine’s guy (it’s a conspiracy by Hallmark and the flower industry, yadda yadda…). While I see his point, the holiday doesn’t bother me much anymore.  

I mean, most of what I write are love stories in some form or fashion, the holiday that celebrates love is kind of low-hanging fruit for me. Plus it’s an excuse to pull out my heart-shaped pancake molds and try to trick my kids into believing that I have some semblance of the “Pinterest Mom” gene. Once a year, y’all. That’s it. 

Well, don’t tell my darling husband (because giving him a hard time about Valentine’s day is one of my great joys in life — ah, marriage…), but as a teenager I certainly shared his view of Valentine’s Day. An absurdly commercial holiday that put far too much emphasis on romantic love, and highlighted the lonely state of people in general, and me in particular.

I was so annoyed by all the focus on romance that my friends and I actually led a semi-serious campaign to change the name of the holiday to “Universal Love Day.” We wanted the holiday to celebrate all kinds of love – familial, friendship, romantic, and… let’s be honest, the unrequited-but-no-less-magical love between teenage girls in the 1990s and Keanu Reeves and Brad Pitt. We made our own cards and greeted one another in the hallways with “Happy Universal Love Day!”

Sadly, Universal Love Day did not catch on. But it’s a nice idea, right?

Whatever you call it, here’s how I’m celebrating today…


Enter for a chance to win a Kindle edition of Every Other Saturday(Regular Price $4.99)

In honor of ULD (I think we’re beginning to see why this did not sweep the nation), I’m offering 25 Kindle copies of my second-chance romantic comedy, Every Other Saturday, as a celebratory giveaway. To enter, all you have to do is click this link and follow my author page on Amazon.com. 

If you’ve already read Every Other Saturday but don’t yet follow me on Amazon, I’d appreciate you taking a quick minute to do that as well!

Wishing you love in all its forms today!

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MJ Pullen

M.J. Pullen is a Distracted Writer and the mom of two boys in Roswell, Georgia, where she is absolutely late for something important right now. Her books include quirky romantic comedies and playful women's fiction -- her latest, SUGAR STREET released on 8/7/18. Join her Distracted Readers newsletter list for updates, free content, giveaways and more.

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