You Heard It Here: Happiness Is…

Most of the time, I’m a pretty happy person, but recently I’ve been trying even harder to concentrate on the good parts of life and enjoy all the moments that make me happy. Last night is the perfect example. I found a conversation on twitter about Dangerously Close and the end result had me grinning so much that it took me hours to go to sleep. (I billed it as the best kind of insomnia.) To give you the short rundown,  a blind author read the book. (Sounds like she has a text to speech app, but I’m not 100% sure.) She loved my “kick ass book” and “badass heroine” and can I tell you… it just doesn’t get better than that. She got it. She got me and I’ll forever love that woman. <G>  But along with getting great feedback from my books, other things make me happy too.
Seeing my daughter play well on the soccer field or watching my husband come up with ways to make jokes on the page work even better when he’s directing a show…

Loving on my sweet puppy dogs… And watching them love on each other.

(I feel the need to mention that I call this photo, “The Big Boy Lovin’ on his Big Girl.”)

When my editor gives me a smiley face on something in my manuscript…

Even just picking up a simple chai latte will brighten my day to an enormous extent. I’ve decided I’m a simple person and that’s okay with me. I’m not hard to please (and my husband probably likes that. LOL.)
What about you? Are you high maintenance or do you/can you appreciate the simple things in life? What makes you happy?


Rights and Wrongs


I took my 21 year old nephew out for dinner for his birthday and we ordered his first (legal) beer. I’ve been debating whether it makes me a cool aunt or a woman contributing to the delinquency of a recent minor. Granted, I didn’t know until the end of the meal that he’s not a beer fan (so I had to sip some of his…you know…I don’t like to waste good alcohol. <G>). He barely had any. It made me feel good and bad at the same time. Good in that I shouldn’t worry that taking him out for alcohol is going to make him a lush and bad that I forced my beer loving ways on the poor boy/man.

I’ve always been of the mind that if the youngsters of my family are going to drink, I’d rather be around for it then have them do it behind my back.

So tell me… have any of you contributed to the delinquency of a minor? Feel free to change the names to protect the innocent!

Remember, you heard it here.

Dee J.

Dangerous Race and Danger Zone available now at Carina Press.

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