It’s the little things #RWA

So…this little thing showed up in my mailbox yesterday!

Today it will find it’s way to my official conference lanyard.

It’s not big, it’s not worth anything, yet, it speaks volumes.

When I see this tiny pin, it reminds me that I’m doing what I love and I’ve actually sold books…and people have read them!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend…think I’ll have a glass of wine to celebrate the latest bling on my desk!



Pizza Time!

One of my kids favorite things is my home made pizza.

Which means waking up early to make the dough so it can rise while I’m at the day job.

Is it worth the effort, you ask?


First of all, there is nothing better than coming home to the smell of dough…aahhh….yeast… Then, there is the whole experience of rolling out the dough, adding the sauce and cheese, doing it together and then seeing the smile on their faces.

Here’s my pizza dough recipe:

In the mixer add: 3.5 cups of flour, 1/4 cup olive oil, a little salt, a little basil. Have your yeast ready to go, dissolved first in a bit of warm water with a pinch of sugar, then ultimately you’ll need at least 1 cup of warm water mixed. add it slowly to the flour, mix up until it forms a nice ball. Knead it for a minute and toss it into a bowl coated with olive oil. Let it rise in a slightly warm over.

That’s it. Easy peasy.

What meal do you make that your kids clamor for?




Monday Word ~ Adrift #MondayBlogs

ADRIFT – adj, adv   floating without mooring


When deciding on this new weekly feature for the blog I sat in front of my computer, watched the cursor taunt me and absently flipped through the dictionary on my desk. The word “Adrift” caught my eye and the light bulb illuminated.

Isn’t Monday the perfect day of the week to conquer the feeling that you might be adrift?

Over the last few years I am not ashamed to admit this one word often sums up how I feel. I lay in bed on Monday mornings and plan the upcoming week…the day job, the dinners, the meetings, the deadlines. All the things I want to accomplish and the internal feelings that go with all of them.

Sometimes we have to sit back and focus on what’s important, how to get there and where to aim the sails, being adrift is okay for vacation, but it doesn’t work for long-term goals.

This week I’m looking at my life like a boat. My boat is bobbing on the sea, sometimes the water is smooth as glass, other days the rough current is threatening to capsize my boat…and I’m taking notice of my crew! I need to pay more attention to the people around me, the ones who depend of me and me on them…

Step 1: determine the goal…not just one, I have a career goal (write the damn book!), I have a relationship goal (no matter what, stay connected to family and friends every week!) and a personal goal (health, both mental and physical!)

Step 2: make a plan…every day do something toward each one of my goals. Write. Email, text, call, visit…let the people in your life know they are a priority. Make a healthy meal, take a walk, meditate…anything that adds something positive to my health.

Step 3: Use a planner…this works!

So, what’s your plan to keep your oars in the water and not feel adrift? Got some advice or a system that works for you? Let me know, don’t be shy!

Happy Monday!


More on Monday #MondayBlog

Every Monday I wake up with the same feeling…wondering what the new week will bring.

I get up at my usual time, my brain running down the mental list of everything on my to-do list while the hot water of the shower wakes me up.

But today was just a little bit different and I think it had a lot to do with my focus.

Sunday afternoon we took a walk around the neighborhood…waving to neighbors, noting landscaping ideas we might like to do around our own yard, and getting some focus on the week ahead.

This morning I woke up facing the week ahead in a whole new way. Of course, I still needed that extra large dose of caffeine to get me out of the house on time!

How do you face down Monday?


#10 in Short Stories! #JourneyOfTheHeart

This week our Journey of the Heart Anthology hit #8 on the Amazon Short Story list..Woohoo.

Currently at #10, I’m super proud of the being a part of this with 7 other talented authors. If you checked it out…we’d love some reviews!

If you haven’t checked it out…here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/Journey-Heart-Collection-Western-Romance-ebook/dp/B01MUX2M8F/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487432699&sr=8-1&keywords=debora+dennis




New Website/New Release!


We got a nice dumping of just over a foot of snow here on the east end of Long Island, which means a snow day for me…hence the new updated website. Please let me know if you find broken links or anything wacky. 🙂

In other news…I have a new release! I am excited to announce I have a short story, “Saving Susanna” in a just released anthology with 7 other authors. I hope you’ll check it out!

Have a great weekend.