Friday, February 05, 2010

The Friday Five with Betsy

Today's Friday Five is courtesy of Betsy St. Amant. Betsy's new release A Valentie's Wish is out just in time for Valentine's Day. Betsy sent me a copy of the book, and I devoured it like a box of chocolates! If you're looking for an uplifting, entertaining read, check out A Valentie's Wish.
From The Back Cover:
Unless youth pastor Andy Stewart finds a suitable wife fast, he'll lose his job. Yet the woman of his dreams is his best friend. And Lori Perkins is still smarting over a failed engagement, so he can't just declare his love. His plan: he'll be her secret admirer and woo her anonymously with flowers and chocolates. And then, when romance is on her mind, Andy will confess his Valentine's wish—to spend his life with her. There's just one little problem. Lori seems to think her secret admirer is someone else!
A little about Betsy:
Betsy St. Amant lives in north Louisiana, has a penchant for chocolate and polka dots shoes, and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers group. Betsy is multi-published through Steeple Hill and has been published in Christian Communicator magazine and Praise Reports: Inspiring Real Life Stories of How God Answers Prayer. One of her short stories, ‘Kickboxing or Chocolate’, appears in a Tyndale compilation book, and she is also multi-published through The Wild Rose Press. Betsy has a BA in Christian Communications and regularly contributes articles to She is a wife, new mommy, author, and avid reader who enjoys sharing the wonders of God’s grace through her stories.
In keeping with the Friday Five and Valentine's Day theme, I asked Betsy for her top five most romantic date ideas.
Five Most Romantic Date Ideas

1. Some might argue, but I think there is still romance in the simple, traditional "dinner and a movie". You can't beat a classic! And this date works well for new relationships or old married ones. =)

2. I think horse-drawn carriage rides are always a winner. This isn't a year-round possibility, but a lot of big cities have carriage rides they offer during certain times of the year, usually in downtown or historic places. Even non-horse lovers can find romance in the clip-clop of hooves and the brisk wind blowing their hair as they snuggle up with their loved one.

3. There's something really special about picnics in the park. Something about a blanket on the ground and a basket full of fruit, cookies, and sandwiches just screams romance. Maybe because it's more intimate than a crowded restaurant full of bustling waitors and other patrons. Better yet, it can be completely free if you already have groceries stocked at home!

4. My husband surprised me for our five-year anniversary last August with a stretch Hummer. He and the driver picked me up at my parent's house, where we had dropped off our daughter, and then whisked me away to a five star restaurant and hotel. It was very romantic being treated like a queen! Of course, the diamond anniversary band also helped!! =)

5. Window shopping. Hold on, now, it's not nearly as boring as it sounds. Find a great outdoor strip mall or outlet, and hold hands while you tease each other about what would look nice on the other person in a window display. Snag an ice cream cone or cup of hot chocolate and take pictures by scenic landmarks or fountains. Try on outfits you would never consider buying and take pictures being silly in boas and hats. My husband and I inadvertantly did this while Christmas shopping this past season, and I have the most hilarious picture inside Pier One, with me wearing an antique, golden feathered mask. We had so much fun!

Thank you, Betsy, for the Friday Five this week. Very romantic.
Question: Tell us about a memorable date you've had.
Also, Happy Birthday to my dad, James Bonam. Love to you from all of us in MN.


  1. I had a blind date with a sailor, a Lt. Cmdr. in the Navy. The first night, we had a nice getting to know you dinner. The following day a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts to see the Fabrege Easter egg collection. Then dinner at the Chart House on the waterfront. A sailors version of a steakhouse: you can never get a bad meal at a chart house. Unless you hate fish

  2. WOW, Cj, that's amazing. I'd love to see that egg collection one day. I'm sure its beautiful.