Happy Valentine’s Day

A sincere Happy Valentine’s Day to all our readers. Whether you’re going out to dinner or simply staying at home enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and a good movie, have a wonderful day!


Today I’m sharing a delicious and easy cake recipe from the Sweet Romance Reads Facebook party, perfect for Valentine’s Day:

Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake Recipe
1 box White Cake Mix
1 cup boiling Water
1 pkg Strawberry Jello
1/2 cup cold Water
1/2 cup frozen sliced Strawberries in Sugar, thawed
1 large box instant Cheesecake Pudding
2 cups milk
12 oz Cool Whip
Preheat oven to 350.
Prepare the cake following box directions.
Coat sides and bottom of a 9◊13 dish with shortening.
Pour batter into prepared dish.
Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Allow to cool completely.
Poke holes all over top of cake.
Add boiling water to Jello mix in small bowl and stir until completely dissolved.
Stir in cold water and pour over cake.
Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Whisk together milk and pudding mix until smooth.
Add in sliced strawberries.
Pour pudding evenly over the cake.
Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Top with whipped topping and garnish with fresh strawberries if desired.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

And a very funny Dave Barry blurb regarding how men feel about Valentine’s Day:

“On Valentine’s Day, millions of men give millions of women flowers, cards, and candy as a heartfelt expression of the emotion that also motivates men to observe anniversaries and birthdays: fear.”

And, a box of chocolates: 🙂


Please share what you’ll be doing for Valentine’s Day. I’m off to church, then a quick lunch. It’s freezing today in the Charlotte, NC, area!

Author Josie Riviera lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband of 40 years. They share their empty nest with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

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A billionaire and single mother have much in common.

He’s a billionaire businessman …

Luciano Donati, entrepreneur and eligible bachelor, lost his first wife to cancer. So though he lives in romantic Charleston, SC, he has every intention of ignoring the upcoming holiday for lovers … at least until he sets eyes again on his younger sister’s best friend.

He remembers Anastasia as a teenager who idolized him, not this lovely, fragile woman with heartbreak in her eyes. Heartbreak that he finds himself wanting to cure. Her smile warms his soul, her touch ignites his desire, and her little girl Soo-Min melts his frozen heart. Adopted internationally himself at a young age, Luciano understands all too well the strong need to belong somewhere.

She’s a single mom …

Anastasia Markow, cancer survivor and divorced mother, didn’t come to Charleston, SC for romance. She’s here to make sure she has custody of her adopted daughter, Soo-Min. But when she encounters the first man she ever loved, here in the city of horse-drawn carriages and candlelight, her battered heart can’t help but bloom again. And when Luciano and Soo-Min take to each other, resisting his charm becomes even harder.

Handsome, self-assured, every inch the successful billionaire, Luciano is out of Anastasia’s reach. But when a hurricane strands them together and they must trust each other to survive … things heat up despite the rain.

Can Valentine’s Day bring this unlikely pair together … this time for good?






About Josie

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations. Send her an email at: josieriviera@aol.com
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2 Responses to Happy Valentine’s Day

  1. nitethyme says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day and stay warm. I’m editing my angel book! I love the box of chocolates. Linda


  2. Josie says:

    LOL! The box of chocolates is a special treat.


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