Rites of Spring blog hop


First Times are the Best Times

Starting March 20, 2013, visit participating authors and bloggers to learn more about current titles and upcoming releases, and for your chance to WIN print books, ebooks, gift certificates, book swag–or one of two awesome Grand Prizes, including a Kindle Fire!

To enter the contest, just post a comment with your e-mail address about one of your first times. Every commenter gets a free ebook copy of Mr. Valentine’s newest science fiction romance, The Midas Rush.

But that’s not all. For more information, see the ‘Prizes, Prizes, Prizes’ section at the end of this article.

The Midas Rush

Rites of Spring is all about first times: first kisses, first intimacy, etc. The following selection from The Midas Rush is about an important first time for two of the main characters:

Midas Rush

  • Tresky
    This young, naive shepherd of the Gasparre tribe becomes the first human on the planet Jones turned into a mind reader by inscrutable but powerful aliens.  Oh yeah, he also saves everyone on the planet.
  • Griganna
    A world-weary policewoman, Griganna has led the fight that Tresky wins. Now she, too, has become a mind reader.

How does reading minds affect their delicate first time?  Read on to find out!

“About that little problem of yours.  I want to take care of it for you.”

“Problem?”  Tresky frowned innocently, even though he glimpsed in her mind part of what she was going to say.  “What problem?”

Griganna glanced around, then leaned over to whisper in his ear.  “Your virginity.”

Tresky grinned, but then shook his head.  “I’m still a Gasparre.  A one-woman man forever.  No brief affairs.”

“Oh.  I … I’m sorry.”  She turned away, though only for a moment.  Her mouth rounded in disappointment, but her eyes burned with determination.  “Surely you’re allowed a night’s happiness.  Just one night, Tresky.  Please!”

“Being Gasparre…”  He swallowed dusty saliva, suddenly shy.  “Being Gasparre means that when … if … we sleep together … after a suitable wait, of course … that we’ll have to—”

“I accept!”  She threw herself into his embrace, wrapping her arms around his neck and her legs around his waist.  She felt as light as a stubwing’s feather.  As light as love everlasting.

But Tresky heaved a melodramatic sigh.  “Does mind reading mean no man will get to finish a marriage proposal, ever again?”

“Yes.  Yes, yes, yes!”

To purchase The Midas Rush

The Midas Rush is available wherever fine ebooks are sold. Here are a couple of links:

Reviews are wildly appreciated.  In this era of online word-of-mouth, they’re the lifeblood of an author’s existence!

Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!

Over 75 authors have giveaways and posts about important first times in their books. Everyone who posts a comment below wins a free ebook copy of The Midas Rush.

But that’s not all. We have TWO grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and enter to WIN multiple prizes.  Yep, you can WIN up to 75 times!

Now what are those grand prizes in the Rafflecopter giveaway?

  • 1st Place: Kindle Fire
  • 2nd Place: $50 Amazon gift certificate

Worth entering, eh? So post your comment now, and then click the icon below to visit other blogs and enter again!



  1. Sounds like an interesting book! Will love reading it.

  2. Thanks so much for being a part of the blog hop

  3. Sounds like an interesting book! Will love reading it.


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kay, Danielle and Heather. This is a travel day (leaving snowy Toronto for warm Arizona; lucky me) but I’ll be in touch soon!

  4. Intriguing blurb. Love to read more.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  5. Shelly Hammond · · Reply

    The Midas Rush sounds like a great book with a very unique storyline. It will be a great one to read! Love the little teaser up there.
    Let’s see, a first… I’m going to just keep it all good and clean here and go with the first book (I told you clean!!) that I read that made me realize I would forever after be a book nerd. That book was “Tom Sawyer” in 4th grade followed by “The Hobbit” the same year (ok so it was two books, not one but Tom Sawyer was the first).

    As for the spring thing, my very favorite thing about spring is opening up the windows again. I am starting to miss the fresh air!

    Thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway and happy spring everyone!
    Shelly H.

  6. bellanorse · · Reply

    I love the blurb. Can’t wait to read the book!


  7. Linda Ward · · Reply

    Loved the blurb. Can’t wait to read the book!


  8. I love your writing! Thanks for participating in the blog hop. Tamlinsey at gmail

  9. SoCal Reader! · · Reply

    Ha! Hilarious dialogue. The contest made me think back to my first romance novel, a Harlequin I “borrowed” from my cousin. I haven’t looked back!

  10. Mary Roya · · Reply

    I’m almost finish reading the Midas Rush. I am really enjoying the story.

  11. Mary Roya · · Reply

    My favorite thing about Spring are the flowers. I love planting them and watching them bloom.
    Keep writing so I can keep reading. roya-clan@sbcglobal.net

  12. Blog Hops are fun.
    Love that cover, Mr. Valentine. Happy SPRING!
    Congrats on your book!

    1. Thanks for the comment about the cover, Paula. Other romances feature a guy’s chest. Me, I have full frontal, the full monty.

  13. Definitely an original story line. 😀
    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

  14. Thanks for all the feedback, folks! I’m back home, doing the laundry from my trip to visit my boys and staring at (not opening, yet) an impressive stack of snail mail.

  15. Awesome excerpt! Thanks for being part of the hop.

  16. I love wearing the light colors of spring, there are so many.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  17. Sounds like a great book. I love spring for the beach and amusement parks.

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  18. I’ll be interested in reading this, especially after listening to you at the Tucson Festival of Books.

  19. first thing I cooked was pasta

  20. Catherine · · Reply

    One of my first times?? Well, I was a latchkey kid when I got my first kiss–wore my key on a purple shoelace around my neck. When I was about 8 or 9, Eddie Madden grabbed my shoelace and pulled me in for a wet, sloppy kiss. It was NOT the kind of kiss you read about in romance novels! LOL.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  21. I don’t think first times are the best. Mine was pretty bad–quick and perfunctory with Sally, the “easy” girl in high school. I haven’t thought of her in years.
    oldetownelee @ gmail (.) com

  22. BookLady · · Reply

    Happy Spring!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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