Valentine’s Day visuals

doubt notI must confess, I think telling someone you love them for the first time on Valentine’s Day is embarrassingly corny–but that’s Henry. He’s sweet and sappy, and he wants to do the same things any young man in love would do. He wants his love to receive the same consideration as a “normal” person’s.

I looked at a lot of vintage valentines to find ones that I felt would fit their criteria. Both Henry and Martin would want it to be clear that their feelings were romantic in nature. They’d both go for cards featuring plausibly male figures, which meant cherubs. There really aren’t cards depicting adult men for some reason!

Henry’s card to Martin looks something like this:
valentine_henry to martin

Even with the flaw where some heart-shaped thing has fallen off, this is still a pretty card.

Martin’s card to Henry:

valentine_martin to henry

These may look a little familiar–Ulvar was kind enough to include the cards in the cover art for A Vital Chemistry (GQ Book 3.5).

and, finally, Tom’s card to Martin:

valentine_tom to martin

After embarrassing himself at the New Year, Tom is being careful not to overstep. This is definitely a friendship card :D

4 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day visuals”

  1. So cool! I love the vintage valentines. I love how aggrieved Henry is about not being able to share his joy over Martin. He is so passionate, it makes my heart ache in sympathy.

    1. I love vintage holiday cards <3 I have a box full of 1890s cards that was handed down to me, but surprisingly no valentines! Henry's feelings are so dramatic, but that doesn't make them any less real.

  2. The romance between Henry and Martin is amusing to watch but precious in its fragility. They are good people: kind, vulnerable and generous with each other. Given the world they inhabit, however, they are always on the precipice of exposure and shame. I wish these two good young men a happy life together but I wonder how our loved author is going to contrive this in the final book of the quartet?

    1. Well, I hope I’m going to do it in a way that will be true to the characters first and foremost, but also satisfying to readers :) I will tell you that I went through the exercise of writing an alternate ending to see what would happen, and it ended up in the exact same place as the one I plan on publishing, so I do feel I considered their options fairly thoroughly. Time will tell if I did a good job :)

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