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What Makes a Romantic Date?


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 April Wedding Stories


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


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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.

Kay Hudson

Reading, Writing, and Rambling Through Life

The Steve Laube Agency

Author of Sassy but Sweet Romances and Stories of Faith that Share Hope

BookEnds Literary Agency

Author of Sassy but Sweet Romances and Stories of Faith that Share Hope

Seekerville: The Journey Continues

Author of Sassy but Sweet Romances and Stories of Faith that Share Hope

Query Shark

Author of Sassy but Sweet Romances and Stories of Faith that Share Hope

Rachelle Gardner

Author of Sassy but Sweet Romances and Stories of Faith that Share Hope

Blog – GH Firebirds

Author of Sassy but Sweet Romances and Stories of Faith that Share Hope

Bucket List Publications

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