What’s your dream date? Minnesota romance writers tell us theirs – Twin Cities

Love. Love. Love. It’s supposed to be in the air Wednesday, when flowers, candy, perhaps a bracelet urge someone to “Be My Valentine.” But maybe a cupid-bedecked card is all the budget can handle. It’s the thought that counts, right?

So let’s indulge in fantasy. What is your perfect Valentine’s Day celebration? What would you do if money, time, kids, jobs were no object?

For answers, we turned to winners of the most recent Midwest Fiction Writers (MFW) Chapter Awards. The 75-member organization, an affiliate of Romance Writers of America (RWA), welcomes anyone in serious pursuit of producing a work of romance, including novels and short stories. Here’s what they had to say.

DYLANN CRUSH

all-american-cowboy-dylann-crushHer Valentine dream: “I have three children so it’s been a long time since I had any kind of date with my hubby. First, my husband would make arrangements for someone to watch the kids all by himself. That one act right there could already catapult us into ‘best date ever’ since it would be a first, but since this is my dream date, it’s going to get even better. Next, he’d surprise me with a drive down to New Ulm. We’d stop for a wine tasting at Morgan Creek Vineyards and then pop over to Schell’s Brewery to see the peacocks and take a tour. He’d take me out for a repeat of the best steak I’ve had in my life at George’s Fine Steaks and Spirits right on Minnesota Street. Then we’d check in to Bingham Hall Bed and Breakfast where we’d stay in the Elijah Suite because it has a whirlpool tub and a fireplace. I’ll leave the rest to your readers’ imaginations, but I can guarantee you there would be a couple’s massage, a whirlpool for two and no 9-year-old coming into our room in the middle of the night because he can’t fall asleep. Ah, nirvana!”

Her career: Dylann writes contemporary romance with what she describes as “sizzle and sass.” A romantic at heart, she loves her heroine’s spunky and her heroes super sexy. “All-American Cowboy,” first in her Holiday, Texas, series will be published July 3. It’s about a city boy who meets a fierce cowgirl in a town where every holiday is celebrated. Dylann received the MFW First Sale Award.

Bio: When she’s not dreaming up steamy storylines, Dylann can be found sipping a margarita and searching for the best Tex-Mex food in Minnesota. Although she grew up in Texas, she lives in a Twin Cities suburb with her unflappable husband, three energetic kids, a clumsy Great Dane, a rescue mutt and a very chill cat. She loves to connect with readers, other authors and fans of tequila.

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