The inspiration behind my sweet, contemporary romance, VINTAGE VALENTINE, began with a box of old valentines.
One of my hobbies is collage and art journaling. After my Grandpa passed away, I was given a box of old valentines found stuffed in a closet. Some of the cards were torn and some were yellowing with age. But, inside the valentines, I found messages written to my Grandpa from his childhood classmates. I didn’t have the heart to use the cards in my collage work. They were too precious to cut-up.
Instead, I bought small, photo albums and slipped the cards inside the plastic pages. I took the larger, stand-up decorations and placed each one in a plastic bag. I keep the whole collection in a large box in my living room. In February, I enjoy placing the old cards around my home.
When I sat down to write VINTAGE VALENTINE, I found those family valentines crept into my story as the heroine’s daughter, ten-year-old Kaitlin, is also given a box of valentines from her grandparents.
Here are some pictures of the real life valentine cards.
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VINTAGE VALENTINE Blurb: After ten years away, Hailey returns home with her ten-year-old daughter. Hailey is happy to help celebrate her grandparent’s golden wedding anniversary at their beloved hotel, the Elmheart Hotel. But, when Hailey finds former, high school boyfriend, Patrick, working as the hotel’s chef, she will have to find a way to tell Patrick the secret she has kept from him.
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Author Bio: Mindy Hardwick enjoys writing first love and sweet, contemporary romance for all ages and is known for her small-town, artistic community stories. When she’s not writing, Mindy can be found art journaling, visiting flea markets dreaming of new ways to repurpose old materials, and walking on the Oregon Coast beaches with her dog, Stormy. Mindy believes that a great story can warm the heart, lift the spirit, and heal the soul.