Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Giving Thanks

Today I'm proud to introduce fellow Carina Press author Dee J Adams. Dee J Adams writes high speed romance. After dabbling in Hollywood is it any wonder she writes about kick-ass heroines and hunky guys? Dee is a distant neighbor. She's in southern California while I'm smack in the middle, but we share a love of fall color and both know what it's like to prepare for Thanksgiving in short sleeves and flip flops.

Without further nonsense from me, here's Dee!

Thanksgiving Blog

I don’t know about any of you, but for me, the weather plays a large part of Thanksgiving. Living in Southern California, it’s sometimes hard to believe it really is Thanksgiving when it’s eighty-five degrees outside.  I’m lucky that I have three giant trees in the my front yard that shed thousands of beautiful red, yellow and orange leaves so even if the sun is out and it’s blazing hot, I can count on my trees to tell me the season.

But on to Thanksgiving… I am a very fortunate gal and take this time of year to really reflect on the fact that I have a loving husband, a beautiful daughter and two happy dogs. I used to think that money would make me happy – and don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t mind not having to worry about the monetary part of life – but as I’ve gotten older, I realize it’s the relationships in life that count the most. It’s about the people you love and having that love returned.

I remember one Thanksgiving many years ago when my husband cooked a turkey for fifteen or twenty people. (I’ll admit, I’m not much of a cook) It may not sound like a big thing, except that my husband is a vegetarian. I’ll never forget that turkey and the fact that my husband worked so hard to make it perfect for our friends even though he wouldn’t have a bite of it. Now that’s love.

This year I’m grateful for so much more… grateful for the fact that after so many years of writing, I finally have a published novel, Dangerous Race (and Danger Zone coming out in another couple of months).  This will be my first Thanksgiving with a book out and you can bet I’ll be the first at the table to count my blessings.

What about you? What are you grateful for?

Dangerous Race - Life in the fast lane can be deadly

Dee J. Adams




  1. I just want to thank Shawna for having me here today! Also, want to let you all know that I'll be without Internet access until the evening when I get home from work. I promise to hop on as soon as I walk in the door. Have a great day!

  2. I'm grateful for my boyfriend's return to health after several months of illness. That's the kind of thing that makes me forget about things like financial stress-it puts everything in perspective. And I'm grateful to be a working writer, which is a huge blessing, especially in the current economy.
    Thanks for reminding me to be thankful today, Dee!
    Eden/Eve :)

  3. "it’s the relationships in life that count the most. It’s about the people you love and having that love returned."
    Perfectly put!

    Your husband sounds like a real hero. :)

    I am grateful every day for my blessings, and I'm glad we have a holiday where even the grumpiest amongst us is nudged to give thanks!
    thanks for fun blog reading.

  4. Eden/Eve!

    Thanks for stopping by! (Before I had to leave for work. LOL) Glad to hear your bf is healthy. We forget about the most important in life when "life" is happening, right? I'll admit, sitting down to write this blog really put things into perspective to me too.

    Thanks again for popping over. I'm grateful for THAT too! LOL.

    Dee J.

  5. Hi Lynne,

    Yeah... my husband's a keeper.

    And I agree... some people do need a nudge to look around and see what they have to be thankful for. But I think - no matter how bad things may seem - there's always something.

    Thanks for coming by!
    Dee J.

  6. Hi Dee,
    Well, I'm grateful for a lot of things, but mostly for my children and my new litle granddaughter. She is healthy and happy and that's all anyone can ask.
    Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving. (You got a good turkey-cooking guy there!)

    Charlene Sands

  7. Hi Dee,

    "it’s the relationships in life that count the most. It’s about the people you love and having that love returned." I agree with Lynne. Very well said!

    These last few years, instead of Christmas/New Years card, I send out Thank You cards for Thanksgiving. I read about it in a magazine and loved the idea because every year as I write my messages in the cards, I realize how grateful I am to have such wonderful people in my life. I also always feel so loved!


  8. Lovely post Dee! I'm with you, I'm thankful for family and friends. The older I get the more I understand the true meaning of giving thanks!...but once in awhile a bit of selfishness sneaks in I have to give thanks for all the wonderful people I've met on my journey to publication!

    Loved the story about your husband cooking the turkey...sounds like a great guy!

    Happy Turkey Day :)

  9. Great post, Dee J.! I have to admit I'm very grateful for all the relationships I have in my life - all my writer friends as well as family. Don't know what I'd have done without you all during this climb. I'm also glad we had our books pubbed the same year! It makes the past ten years seem like - well, okay, ten years, but still - glad we're friends!

  10. Yes, you have something wonderful to be thankful for this year, besides family, friends and a turkey cooking hubs.
    I'm grateful for family and friends. They keep me warmer than dollars...except maybe for a comforter stuffed with dollars....

  11. Charlene,

    Congratulations on your new granddaughter!! That is a huge thing to be thankful for! It doesn't get much better than that. Health and happiness... that's all I'm sayin'.

    And yeah... my guy is pretty good.

    Hi Sam,

    That is a very cool idea about the thank you cards! So unique too! I may have to steal it. LOL. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Christine,

    I SO agree with you. I've met some amazing people during my road to publication. A few have become my best friends. Thanks for dropping by and Happy Turkey Day to you too.

    Dee J.

  13. Christine,

    Yeah... crazy right? It took us both 10 years. What a long a** road. LOL. But I'm glad we traveled it together. Yep... there's nothing like being surrounded by good friends and family you love. (As opposed to family you don't love. Haha.) Thanks for popping in!


    So where exactly can I buy a comforter stuffed with money? Because I am all over THAT! LOL.
    Thanks for trying to get on again. I see you had success this time around! Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for coming by.

    Dee J.

  14. Family and friends and learning to be the best me that I can be. Not always successful at it, but I just keep plugging onward.


  15. Hi Dee! Thank you so much for this post!

    Your turkey-cooking hubby sounds wonderful. : )

    I'm thankful for my husband, my children and the new baby!

  16. Mia,

    I think you hit on something so important!!! We DO need to be the best we can be and maybe give ourselves a little credit for it! It's all part of taking stock of our lives and not taking anything for granted.

    Thanks for the insight.

    Dee J.

  17. Shawna,

    Thanks again for having me today! And congrats to you on the new baby!

    Hope you - and everyone - have a great Thanksgiving and the happiest of holidays!
    Dee J.