My Funny Valentine Story


Valentine’s Day! Hooray! I made a quick trip to my local bookstore—Chapter’s. Wandering about the store, a salesperson approached me, handing me an in-store coupon. The salesperson politely explained that if I purchased a greeting card in the store, today, I could have my coupon scratched at the cash counter for a discount ranging from 5% to 100% off my purchase. I considered this for a moment. Most likely I’d get 5% off which might not even balance out the cost of a greeting card (let’s be honest, cards are expensive these days).

I asked the salesperson, “What if I get a 5% coupon, can I then change my mind and put the greeting card aside?”

The salesperson smiled in surprise. “Well, I’m not sure, no one’s ever asked that before.”

Of course not.

Fast forward. I finished shopping and lined up for my turn at the cash counter. The cashier waved me over and as I presented my coupon, I went through my spiel.

Her response? “I’m not sure if you can do that, no one’s ever asked that before.”

Of course not.

Suddenly, the cashier smiled. Bigger and wider than before. Her eyebrows shot up in delight.

“Guess what?”


“You get 50% off your purchase today!”

I smiled, bigger and wider than before.

“That’s fantastic!”

On my way out of the store, I tracked down the salesperson who kindly gave me the coupon, informing her I’d been duly caught off guard and actually received 50% off my purchase.

Her response? “I know!”

“How do you know?” I asked.

She laughed. “The whole store knows! You’re the only person today who received 50% off!”

Meaningful Valentine’s Day Gifts


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Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate your significant other. What better way to show your love than by giving a unique gift, one filled with meaning? There’s nothing wrong with a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates, but gifts with a bit more meaning attached may be remembered and enjoyed far longer.

Here’s my list of Top Ten Valentine’s Day gifts:

  1. Handmade card

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Cards today are ridiculously expensive and often get tossed away shortly afterward. Have you ever received a handmade card? Perhaps it’s the labor that went into making it, or the thought, but either way, a handmade card is always treasured and personal.

  1. Travel book

travel books

If you and your partner love exploring and traveling, why not gift him/her with a beautiful photography travel book? You can choose a book focusing on a specific country, or one that encompasses the world. A book is always a great gift and in this case you can sit down together and plot your next destination!

  1. Personalized treat bag

valentine's treat bags

Fill a bag with candy your loved one prefers. If they’re into white chocolate, caramel, marshmallows, licorice, etc. fill it with sweets of their liking. Attach a note with your own message.

  1. Mail delivery gift


How about a gift that keeps on giving? You can arrange a monthly gift for your loved one, whether it’s monthly delivered chocolates, cookies, flowers, or a magazine subscription. Your other half will have something to look forward to each month and your thoughtfulness will keep on giving for months.

  1. Write a love letter

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Sound corny? Your loved one won’t think so. No one writes letters in cursive script anymore. But imagine writing down your thoughts about the person you love. List the reasons you fell in love or recall past memories. A love letter will only take a few minutes of your time but will be entirely unexpected—which is a feat unto itself these days.

  1. Art work

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Does your loved one have a passion for something? Have you visited museums? Why not gift your spouse with a piece of artwork they’ve always coveted. It doesn’t have to be Van Gogh! Maybe it’s a colorful piece that reminds you of your tropical honeymoon. Or a team photo of your spouse’s favorite team.

  1. Unique flower arrangement

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Flowers are popular gifts for Valentine’s Day. No wonder. They’re beautiful and often expensive. But how about a unique floral arrangement? Maybe a wreath of flowers or an unexpected arrangement. Does your spouse love desert climates? Your florist can arrange cactuses in a pottery bowl or box. Visit your florist, they have great ideas.

  1. Camper couch

camper couch

Whether you like to camp or not, a camper couch is a nifty idea and a great excuse to lounge close together. Put it in your yard, or on your deck and it will be a great conversation starter.

  1. Personalized gift

wine bottle

This is easy to do nowadays with online printing services. You could create your own wine bottle label and attach it to a favored bottle. This gesture is no longer reserved for wedding gifts only. Or how about a personalized pillow, with a mug of your loved one’s favorite pet? The possibilities are endless.

  1. Event tickets


Sometimes your spouse may need a kick of motivation to take a night off from work. What do they enjoy? Movie night, concerts, opera? Splurge on some tickets and take them out on the town. If mainstream venues are too pricey, consider buying tickets for a community theater production or orchestra event.


I am happy to introduce you to author Cheryl Yeko, a prolific author of many titles, in addition to being an Acquisitions Editor for Soul Mate Publishing. Read on to learn more about her latest release, My Sexy Valentine, a perfect match, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Cheryl can be reached on many social media platforms, for which she has provided the links below. Make sure you also check out her book trailer on YouTube! Welcome, Cheryl, to The Passionate Writer today!

Cheryl Yeko is a multi-published, award-winning author. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband Patrick, and loves to read, play piano, and spend time with family and friends. She enjoys novels with fast-paced action and steamy romance, protective alpha men and strong heroines. She belongs to several writing groups, and is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), as well as the Wisconsin Chapter.

Cheryl is also an Acquisitions Editor for Soul Mate Publishing. As an Editor, she welcomes Romantic Suspense, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, and Erotica.

Hi! Thank you for having me here today. I’d love to tell you about my newest (2015) releases, first being, MY SEXY VALENTINE, SOUL MATE COLLECTION 1, a collection of steamy little stories of which I am both the Editor, and also have a story in the collection, titled VALENTINES DAY BREAKUP. I had great fun working with all the talented authors for this awesome collection!

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Here’s a blurb for my story in this fun anthology-VALENTINE’S DAY BREAKUP:

Finding her fiancé in a clutch with the coat check girl sends Shelly straight into the arms of her Soul Mate.

Here is a short expert, where our hero, Dean, steps into the bar and sees our heroine, Shelly, for the first time (after she’s ended her engagement with her cheating fiancé):

Intrigued, Dean stepped up to the spot next to her and requested a Hacker-Pschorr. The woman was leaning over her drink, her thick blond hair flowing forward, obscuring his view of her features. Bob, the bartender, came back with his Weiss beer. Dean tossed a wad of money on the bar, starting a tab.

Returning his gaze to the woman, he picked up the bottle and waited for her to notice him. But she seemed to be deep in thought, twirling her straw in her drink, before taking a long sip. He frowned when he thought he heard a sniffle. Was she crying? The last thing he wanted was to get caught up in the drama of a crying woman. Had her boyfriend stood her up on their Valentine’s date? His interest waned. Whatever the reason, he didn’t take advantage of vulnerable women, so she was off-limits.

But before he could turn away, she lifted her head and looked at him, and he froze. Well, everything froze except his cock, which in a millisecond grew hard as iron as he looked upon pure sensual perfection. She was an angel, with delicate features and a perfect oval face, her cute nose slightly tipped up and full, rosy lips that begged for his kiss. He set his jaw and managed to keep his hands, and his lips, to himself.

Dean stared into her soft green eyes, the shade of freshly mown grass, glistening with unshed tears. His feet refused to move. An overwhelming urge to gather her into his arms and hold and comfort her swept through him.

Turn your ass around and get the hell out of here, his I-don’t-have-time-for-this-shit internal voice insisted. Then she sniffed again, and one lone tear slid down her right cheek and gutted him.

“Hello-o,” she said, then blinked like an owl, before turning back to her drink and taking another long sip through the straw, once again obscuring his view to her lovely face.

That was when he realized his angel was tipsy. He frowned. She wasn’t his angel and he should just turn around and walk away. But he didn’t. Against his better judgment, and with a feeling of possession that was totally out of line, he stepped closer and asked as gently as he could, so as not to scare her, “Why the tears, angel?”

MY SEXY VALENTINE is available for Pre-Order on Amazon and scheduled for release on February 4th!

EYES OF A HERO, is my second new release this year, and Book 2 in my Hero Series. The first novel in the Hero Series is, MOUNTAIN HERO, which took first place in the 2014 International Digital Awards, in the novella category…how cool is that?

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Blurb For Eyes Of A Hero:

Stumbling across a murder and getting chased off a cliff makes for one heck of a bad day. But when a handsome blue-eyed hero comes to Darcy’s rescue, things begin to look up.

The last thing Randy expected when he made the hike up the bluff was to rescue a beautiful woman hanging off a cliff ledge. He soon learns that he’s her only protection against powerful forces that want her silenced.


Here’s an Excerpt – Enjoy!      

“How’d you end up on the ledge?” Randy’s gaze scoured the area for anything to help him retrieve her.

“I—I was running from some me—”she hiccupped on a sob“—men.”

A sense of unease rushed through him, and his eyes narrowed as he did another search of the area, looking for danger this time.

“How many men?” he barked, his voice low and threatening at the thought of a group of men chasing a woman off a cliff. Were they still around? His hands curled into tight fists, itching to get his hands on the bastards.

“I think they left.” A soft sniffle sounded. “But they . . . they killed a man.”

What the hell?

Keeping alert to any approaching danger, He knelt back down to speak with her. “What happened?”

“I—” Another frightened squeak came from her as more loosened stones tumbled into the water.

Shit! He had to get her off that damn ledge.

“Darcy,” he said urgently, “don’t move.” He wished like hell he could see her, because he had no idea how much time she might have before the rock underneath her totally gave away. The afternoon sun was blasting, and sweat slid down his back, under his shirt.

There was a long tense moment until the pebbles finally stopped falling. Her panicked gasp cranked up his urgency to get to her, filling him with a sense of impotence at his total uselessness. He needed to think of something, fast! As an avid outdoorsman, there had to be something here he could use.

“Randy,” her soft voice called up to him.

“Yeah, darlin’,” he said gently.

“If I don’t make it—”

“You’ll make it,” he snapped, standing, his body tense. He wouldn’t even entertain the thought that she’d die. He’d never be able to live with the guilt for allowing it to happen.

Ignoring him, she continued, “Please tell my family I love them . . . okay?”

The muscles in his shoulders tensed into hard knots, his mind working feverously. “You’re gonna tell them yourself, Darcy. Just as soon as I get you up from there.”

“How’re you going to do that?” The resignation in her voice indicated she didn’t believe he could save her.

Like hell . . . He set his jaw in determination.

“I’ve got a hiking kit back at my campsite. I’m going to get it, I’ll be right back.”

“You—you’re leaving?” Panic laced her voice.

“I’ll only be gone five minutes.”

She didn’t answer.

“Darcy?” he repeated, kneeling back down to peer over the edge. “I promise, I’ll be back for you.” Damn, he wished he could see her face, so she’d know he meant every word he said.

“Okay,” she responded quietly, though he could hear the tears in her voice.

The tinkling of small pebbles rolling down the cliff told him to get his ass moving. She needed off that ledge, before it was too late.

He just wasn’t quite sure how the hell he was going to accomplish that.


I created the book trailer for EYES OF A HERO and would love to share it with you. 

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~Acquisitions Editor, Soul Mate Publishing~ 

PROTECTING ROSE: 2011 Launching a Star Contest – Finalist

2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence – Winner

A MAN TO TRUST: 2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence – Finalist 2013 Write Touch Contest – Finalist ABDUCTING CASEY MOUNTAIN HERO:

2014 International Digital Award (IDA) – Winner

2014 Carolyn Readers Choice Award – Finalist SHIELDING HER HEART: 

2014 Readers Choice-BTS Red Carpet Award – Nominee



MY SEXY VALENTINE, SOUL MATE COLLECTION 1: Release date February 4, 2015