What Makes a Romantic Date?

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Oooh. I love romance and Valentine’s Day. I’ve only ever had one true Valentine. Our time together totals over 25 years if you add the years of dating to the wedding anniversaries. (Don’t ask, that subject could be a blog post all its own.)

The simple, totally mushy answer to the question above is “Whatever I’m doing with him.”

But, the more in-depth answer is, a home cooked Italian themed dinner, candlelight and something decadent for dessert. Decadence isn’t limited to chocolate, but warm chocolate lava cake is divine. Sighs. 

I hate crowds and he loves my cooking. So, we usually do our “on the town” Valentine’s dinner the week before or the week after. But on the special day itself, we’re home with the lights down low, our phones and the television turned off, soft music in the background, and dinner by candlelight served on our fancy dishes.

We treat it as a true date with me with my hair done and full make up in a pretty outfit and him in a nice polo and Dockers. No shoes, unless we opt for dancing–then I want heels since I’m 5’2″.

I’ve prepared stuffed shells in meat sauce or lasagna. This year we’re going more simplistic with spaghetti with meat sauce accompanied by salad, garlic bread, and maybe some other veggie. Then, dessert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A truly rich and sexy dessert I’ve used in place of chocolate is super simple.

Pineapple and warm caramel sauce. The flavors are a smooth mix of sharp and sweet.

hint:  if you feed them to each other by hand, the warmed caramel doesn’t always stay on the fruit and a napkin may not be the way you want to capture the excess yumminess.   

But really, Valentine’s Day is romantic because you’re with the one you love. So, however you celebrate, do it with a heart full of love for your date and it will be the best time ever. Guaranteed.

Enjoy your evening of romance. Happy Valentine’s Day.

And, who better to help you set the mood if you haven’t finalized your plans for the big hearted day than some awesome romance authors. Here are a few who write in an array of genres that are sure to help you find inspiration. Click on their names to visit their sites.

Contemporary Romance Tamra Baumann* Priscilla Oliveras * Shelly Alexander

Paranormal Romance Kay Hudson

Romantic Suspense  Sharon Wray

Novels with Romantic Elements  Jean Willett

Historical Romance Wendy LaCapra

Diana Belchase (What I Really Want for Valentine’s Day)

 

Feel free to share some of your ideas or memories of your most romantic Valentine’s Day in the comments.

 

 

 

 

Writer Wednesdays for May

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Well, I have a confession to make. We’ve been remodeling our house since April of last year and the “office” is my storage room for all the things I haven’t been able to get sorted and put away. So, my desk is my lap because I’m using my laptop for all my writing. I just carry it from room to room and hook up my printer and all the other tech-ie gadgets I need like a hub to plug in my scanner, printer, external keyboard and mouse.

It isn’t ergonomic nor is it the most productive method, but it’s working for now. So, instead of showing you the favorite item on my desk, I’m going to share a picture of what we chose as the color scheme for the office walls before I stacked boxes and furniture so high, you can’t see the pretty colors. Don’t forget I’m an SEC girl. This was for my hubby, but I think it rocks too.

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And, since my laptop is my only real desk item, here’s my screensaver. Avengers You Should Be Writing

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Now, it’s your turn.  Show or tell us about your favorite desk item.

And don’t forget to check out the interesting desk items of these other talented, much more organized writers by clicking on the links to their posts:

Fellow contemporary romance writers Tamra Baumann – Jamie Wesley – Kat Cantrell – Priscilla Kissinger Lauren Christopher | Paranormal romance writers Kay Hudson – Pamela Kopfler | Romantic suspense writers Carol Post – Sharon Wray | Novels with romantic elements Natalie Meg Evans – Jean Willett | Faith-based & Sweet romance writers Karen Fleming – Kristen Ethridge | Historical romance writers Kathleen Bittner-Roth – Wendy LaCapra

 

 

I’m in Seekerville Today talking Romantic Comedies

Hi everyone,

I’m sharing some tips on Romancing Your Readers Like a Romantic Comedy in celebration of Her Hometown Reporter releasing May 1st.

So, jump on over to Seekerville with this link http://www.seekerville.blogspot.com/2015/04/romancing-your-readers-like-romantic.html and share with us your favorite romantic comedy or your favorite couple from either a book or rom-com. My “to be watched” list is growing and growing.

I can’t wait to see what your favorites are.

And here’s a little teaser from the inside cover of Gina and Toby’s story.

He’d shaken her trust in him.

Gina wasn’t willing to tread a path that could collapse beneath her feet. And believing Toby’s story was too big a hazard. He’d made her care about him. She wouldn’t give him the power to break her, too.

“It’s a nice story. Almost as touching as the one you wrote about the senator and the prayer journal. But I can’t afford to believe you. Trust isn’t part of a five-year plan. It’s a commitment, a loyalty that lasts forever. And I’m a forever kind of girl. You’re a short-term kind of guy. It was fun fighting with you, but then, it was all just a game to you wasn’t it? Congratulations, you win.” She kept her eyes open against the cold sting of tears, knowing that if she blinked they’d escape, and then he’d know how much he’d almost won.

He reached out and cupped her cheek. “If I’ve won, then why does it feel like I’m losing my best friend?”

 

 

Writer Wednesdays April Wedding Stories

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They say that it takes six weeks before a repetitive action becomes a habit. We shall see. I have signed on to participate is a 16 member blog roll. We’re going to pick a topic each month and on Wednesdays we’re going to reveal a little something about ourselves to you and you can in turn, share your experiences in the comments section. There will be a full list of all the participants at the end of my post and they should include hyperlinks, so all you have to do is click on the link and you will be on your way along the super highway of the internet to some fun and happy real life events.

I will start with the time of day we held the ceremony and reception. I’m from the South–SEC Football and Basketball–South. I wanted an April wedding but my hubby talked me into waiting until September. Then as we were deciding the time for the ceremony, he didn’t want to wear a tuxedo so it had to be before 6 pm. I even wore a gown that was tea-length so he wouldn’t be underdressed.

I wanted it at 4 pm. He explained that we needed to hold the service at 2 and start the reception right away. I thought it was so sweet that he had such a specific opinion about the timing of the ceremony. Until——he said we had to get the reception over with quickly because Florida was playing Tennessee at six o’clock and most people would want to get home for the game. Even his groom’s cake looked like a college football field, so you know he was one of those “most people.” (Please don’t think he’s all bad, there were several people we invited who said the reason they couldn’t attend was because they already had tickets to the game.)

The wedding was special and the reception was a time of celebration even if most of the men there kept a close eye on their watches.

Go Team!!!!!!!

BUT THE MORE INTERESTING QUESTION TO ASK IS:  What are some of the memorable highlights from your wedding?  Please share below in the comments.

And even though June is thought of as the month for weddings, we chose April because the awesomely talented Kat Cantrell has TWO books releasing this month that relate to weddings. Here’s the scoop.      Kat Cantrell April Release cover_ex

FROM EX TO ETERNITY:

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FROM FAKE TO FOREVER:

Fellow contemporary romance writers Tamra Baumann – Jamie Wesley – Kat Cantrell – Priscilla Kissinger –  Lauren Christopher | Paranormal romance writers Kay Hudson – Pamela Kopfler | Romantic suspense writers Carol Post – Sharon Wray | Novels with romantic elements Natalie Meg Evans – Jean Willett | Faith-based romance writers Karen Fleming – Kristen Ethridge | Historical romance writers Kathleen Bittner-Roth – Wendy LaCapra

And…if you’re curious about what we’ll be blogging about over the next year, here’s the line up:

FIREBIRD BLOG ROLL Writer Wednesday Date List

Don’t forget to drop by the other bloggers’ sites and find out what happened on their special day.

Chance to Win A Signed Copy of My Book BEFORE it Releases

Hi all,

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Campaigning for Love by K.D. Fleming

Campaigning for Love

by K.D. Fleming

Giveaway ends August 25, 2014.

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Enter to win

She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain–anytime now. Squee!!!

Coming Sept 2014

The Pemberly Series

 

Isn’t it pretty? My very first published book will be available for purchase on September 1, 2014. It’s my Golden Heart winner, Love’s Advocate,–renamed, Campaigning for Love.

And book 2, Capturing the Minister’s Heart, with Jeremy and Abby is right behind it, releasing February 1, 2015.

There are so many people to thank for encouraging me and helping me reach this amazing milestone. Thank you, thank you for your support and faith in me. God truly blessed me when He opened my eyes to the amazing power of healing words can have on a broken heart.

I hope each story of mine that you read supports my mission statement:  Using Stories of Faith to Share Hope.

Again, thank you for turning my dream into a reality.

Here are the buy links. You can pre-order if you like so that it’s sent to you in time for the Sept 1st release. It won’t be in any stores, but print copies are available through all on-line retail outlets like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Family Christian Bookstore, Christian Books, and many others. I thank you in advance for your support and hope you enjoy Nick & Kat’s story of forgiveness and happily ever after.

Short link: http://tinyurl.com/A-CampaigningforLove   Amazon

Short link: http://tinyurl.com/B-N-CampaigningforLove  Barnes & Noble

Short link:       http://tinyurl.com/Powells-CampaigningforLove Powell’s

Short link:       http://tinyurl.com/BAM-CampaigningforLove  Books A Million

Short Link:     http://tinyurl.com/Harlequin-CfL  Harlequin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let No Man Take Your Joy

You have possession of your heart’s state of mind just like you have free will when it comes to making choices. The Bible instructs you to not let anyone take your joy. Sometimes it’s easy to miss the attempt to steal your happiness because it is subtle. Sometimes, the attack comes head on with guns blazing.

But you decide which answer you give: Is the glass 1/2 full or 1/2 empty?  Most people choose one or the other. But have you ever considered that if you say the glass is 1/2 empty, it isn’t that you don’t have 1/2 of what you did, but that you still have 1/2. It’s yours to savor and enjoy at your leisure.

The devil likes you to be unhappy, downtrodden and outright hopeless. All those adjectives describe joylessness. As a child I learned a song in church, The Joy of the Lord is My StrengthIf you want joy you must sing for it. It’s true and I still love that song. I put it into action every chance I get by singing along with one of my favorite CDs. But most of all, I learned the truth from that song that if I have a song in my heart, I have joy. No one sings a happy tune if they aren’t happy. I don’t believe you can frown and sign an upbeat song about happy, hopeful things.  You can sing about tragedy, but you can’t while you’re smiling. Your face will be angled downward into a frown.

When I guest blog on sites, as I type my responses, I smile. I am a firm believer that your attitude is conveyed through your actions and even your words. It is easier to respond and to be sincere when I smile during those replies. It is freeing. It is empowering. God gives each of us that power–to travel this world with a song in our hearts.

I know you see references to Casting Crowns and their songs in a lot of my posts. Well, their music and the message behind their lyrics give me joy. They have a new album out called, Thrive. It is very upbeat and you can’t help but tap your steering wheel while you’re waiting at the red light to change when listening to most of the songs on the album, the 1st, 3rd, 6th, 7th, and 8th (the 3rd & 8th especially for me). There are a few songs that are a bit dark, dealing with struggling relationships and disconnected families and one about the thief that comes in the night to steal—your joy and anything else he can. Don’t let him take your joy. Guard it well. Revel in it. Rejoice in it. and Witness through it.

The title song, Thrive, makes me happy when I sing along with it.

So, what song brings you joy?

God Won’t Let Go–Just Be Held.

This year is going to be better than the last for me and my family. That doesn’t mean there won’t be problems, sickness, even death because there already has been even though we aren’t halfway through February.

But I have faith. And I’m surrendering my year to God and going to just be held. Watch this video from Casting Crowns and let God’s everlasting comfort be yours no matter what you face.

The joys we’ve had are renewed health, comfort, and a closeness of family that only comes from facing struggles together. And the countdown to the release of my first book, Campaigning for Love, grows closer each day.  Yay!!!!

Let no man steal your joy. It is yours. A gift from God, placed in your heart along with the song of salvation. Rejoice and sing from your heart.

Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N756Tli-x4k&list=PL05E6E47D9CC4B590       This is my favorite Christmas song. It is by Casting Crowns. Enjoy and I pray God’s peace and love to you during this Christmas season.

 

 

Tis The Season of Love and Blessings And Mine Came Early

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I was blessed with an amazing early Christmas present. It came the night before Thanksgiving–so Thanksgiving Eve. Heartsong Presents of Love Inspired is going to publish my Golden Heart winning inspirational romance, Love’s Advocate, in September of 2014 as book 1 in a 3 book series.

I am beyond thrilled. Happier than a child receiving their first bicycle. Still Snoopy dancing.

And grateful beyond measure to my amazing agent, Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill Associates, Ltd, and Heartsong Presents, the talented and encouraging Heather Burch, Carol Post, Dixie Taylor, Sabrina Jarema, and Anne-Marie Carroll and Joni Fisher. No one could ask for a better group of ladies to have as their friends, critique partners, and encouragers. You are all the awesome present I was gifted with long before this one.

To Casting Crowns for some of the most inspiring and revealing lyrics to God‘s truth.

And I’m thankful to God, always. He has sustained me, guided me, loved me, and strengthened me when the days were too dark for me to see where I was going. He truly is a light unto my path, shining bright forever.

And my Firebird sisters. All of you ladies rock. Each one of you has inspired me and helped me realize this world is unkind to all of us, not just me. You keep me from being selfish and you help me know that if I keep reaching higher, I will catch that shooting star–one day. And that day was November 27, 2013.

Last but by no means least, I am thankful to and for my hubby, the amazing Typo-detector. We are starting a new journey, leaving sorrows behind and making new traditions with fewer people gathered around our holiday table, but they will always be in our hearts. I love you most.

And all of my family. Never has someone been more blessed than I am with all of you. I hope I can live up to your expectations.

Merry Christmas to all.

Kay Hudson

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