Happiness Guilt by JB Glazer – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Happiness Guilt

One of the key reasons why I write is because it makes me happy, and in turn, I hope my writing brings a bit of happiness to others. However, I’ve found myself less motivated to write during the pandemic. It’s not a matter of time, more a sense of guilt. There’s so much devastation going on in the world around us. Stories of hope are few and far between. When so many bad things are happening and people are suffering, I feel guilty doing something that brings me joy.

I recently came across an article and realized this is an actual thing: happiness guilt. And it’s made a resurgence. It’s no surprise given the events of 2020, but what to do about it? The article was very eye-opening for me. It reminded me that we need to balance our joy with our grief. Grief looks different for each of us and everyone deals with it in their own way. But no good comes from ignoring it, so shouldn’t the same be true on the flip side? While I’m in a good spot now, when I reflect on the past year it’s been tough professionally and personally. Not only because of the emotional ramifications of the pandemic and political climate, but both my husband and I lost our jobs a week apart. We also lost two friends, both young, who left grieving families behind. I’ve had periods of despair, but also periods of hope.

The article made me realize that ignoring the bright times doesn’t help those who are hurting. When we’re happier we spread that joy to others, sometimes without even realizing it. Now that I’m in a better place I’ve tried to use my energy for good. I’ve donated lots of bags of books, toys and clothing, as well as made contributions to local food pantries and charities. Sometimes these efforts seem small, but doing good lifts up others who need it most.

I’ve come to realize during difficult times, joy is more important than ever. Life is a cycle of ups and downs. While the downs may look different for each of us, we need to embrace the good times while we have them. If 2020 has taught me anything, it’s that life is short and precious and we need to hold onto those we love and whatever brings us happiness.

I’m trying to get back to writing. For me, books have always been an escape. I write Romance because I’m a big fan of happily ever after. And I agree with the sentiment that happiness is contagious. I’ll end with a quote that I think is a perfect reminder of why we should embrace those moments of happiness and let go of the guilt.

“Happiness adds and multiples as we divide it with others.”
– A. Nielsen

I have been hiding my whole life. Doing what’s expected has become who I am. Until I met Rob Ashford. With just one look into his stormy blue eyes, I knew I was lost. I’ve come to realize he gets what he wants. And what he wants right now is me. As much as I want to succumb to what he’s offering, I’m not sure if I’ll lose myselfꟷor find who I was meant to be. I’m not strong enough to refuse him. I give him everything, and even though he’s given me nothing in return, I still love him. He ignites a fire and passion that burns so bright I fear I’ll combust. The thought of leaving him terrifies me, but I know more than anyone that when you play with fire, someone always gets burned.

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As we’re talking the air shifts around me and I know that he is here. We never discussed him attending the event so I was not expecting him, and yet, I’m acutely aware of his presence. I look toward the entrance and Rob is in fact walking in. He is dressed on the more casual side in dark slacks and a sport coat. While some of the men are in suits, he still stands out. Rob is the type of man who could never blend in. Seeing him always takes my breath away, and tonight is no different. My eyes follow his progress as he works the room. It amazes me that I’m living with this man who earns adoring looks from the women he passes—and that he chose me. For now, a small voice whispers in my ear, but I silence it. Right now, he’s mine.

I often marvel at how he commands a room without saying a word, but people seem to fan out as he walks by, unconsciously giving him space. He is stopped by a small group of women but he politely brushes them off. Their eyes linger on his retreating back as he continues his search for me. Ethel follows my gaze and lands on the object that has stolen my attention.

“Here comes trouble. Am I right?”

I nod. “Trouble does seem to follow me.”

“Honey, if trouble looked like that, it could follow me too. He with you?” she asks, inclining her head in his direction.

How to answer? He may be with me now, but I will never truly be his.

About the Author:J B Glazer is a Chick Lit and Romance author who writes fun and flirty books with a little bit of heat and a whole lot of heart. She believes in creating characters that are aspirational yet relatable and that a daily dose of chocolate is one of life’s necessities. She’s also a wife, mom, blogger, chauffeur, referee, short-order cook, maid, chocoholic, shopaholic, and multitasker extraordinaire. J B has a thing for big, dramatic endings because that’s the fun of getting to happily ever after.

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Character Interview and Giveaway: Tara from I Should Have Said Yes

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J B has stopped by to introduce us to the protagonist from her latest novel, I Should Have Said Yes. Meet Tara Winters: serial dater, blogger, interior designer, master’s student, and sometimes screw up. (With all of that on her plate, I guess we can cut the girl some slack)! She’s always regretted saying no to love interest D. J. Parker and vowed never to repeat her mistake. So her “yes” dating pact was born. Hence, Tara goes on A LOT of dates. Her followers find her life enviable, but all Tara wants is to settle down. Can the queen of dating disasters find her prince? Let’s ask her!
Q: Why a dating pact?
A: I know you’re probably thinking, “She’s desperate! Who would agree to such a thing?” Here’s the deal: when I was in high school I had a crush on someone, and in hindsight I think we had a real shot at a relationship. But I let my pride and, above all, fear, get in the way. So when he wanted to discuss our relationship, instead of telling him how I felt, I said no, he didn’t mean anything to me. But what I really wanted to say was yes. I vowed never to make that mistake again. And so my dating pact was born. I guess you could say it came from regret.

Q: What inspired you to start a blog?
A: Well, here I am years later, a serial dater, yet no step closer to finding the One. Hence, I go on a lot of dates. And I love sharing my disastrous experiences with friends and family. Someone should benefit, right? A wise classmate suggested I should start documenting my experiences, so my blog was born. I think she was thinking more along the lines of a book, but I’m not that committed. LOL! I hope that readers will find my stories entertaining. But I also hope that they’ll learn something. Knowing me, it will probably be a lesson in what not to do.

Q: What was the worst date you’ve been on?
A: That’s a tough one. There’s been a lot of them! I guess it would be my date with Liam. We hit things off and I really thought he had potential. But then he introduced me to his mom on our second date. He invited me to dinner and we were having drinks while waiting for a table. I noticed this cougar watching us from across the bar. It made me uncomfortable so I told Liam. I thought she wanted him! He laughed, motioned her over, and introduced us. He’s Canadian so I thought/hoped she was visiting from out of town. Nope! Needless to say I suggested they take our table for two.

Q: Do you believe in happily ever after?
A: Yes! It’s what keeps me sane throughout my many disastrous experiences. Trust me, I’ve kissed a lot of frogs. But if I didn’t believe there was a prince out there, I wouldn’t bother doing it. Everyone’s journey to HEA is different. I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I want and don’t in a partner. So when I finally find him, I’ll know! And because my journey wasn’t easy, I’ll appreciate it that much more.

Q: What’s your favorite part of dating?
A: I guess it would be that each date is a new possibility. My book starts with a quote from yours truly that talks about how dating is like bargain shopping. There’s the initial thrill of discovery, combing through endless racks in search of that perfect find. Sometimes an item looks right on the hanger, but when you try it on it just doesn’t fit. While you may leave empty-handed, the possibility of scoring the ultimate deal keeps you coming back for more. I think that about sums it up.

Q: What do you do to unwind?
A: I make jewelry. Some people do yoga, I string beads. I find it so relaxing. I actually have my own collection called Royal T. It’s a play on my name and my fascination with monarchy. I’m not saying that I agree with this type of caste system, but there’s something romantic about the notion of kings and queens. Grace Kelly is my fashion icon. But you’ll never find me copying her—I love making things my own. I’d describe my style as modern with a vintage influence. I guess you could say I’m a shabby chic kind of girl.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever given to your followers?
A: It would have to be, “Embrace yes.” I didn’t say yes when I had the chance years ago and I’ve regretted it ever since. It’s a terrible burden that I carry with me. So never be afraid to say what’s in your heart. Just go for it and have faith that things will work out as they’re supposed to. So often we say no because we are scared of the outcome. Don’t let fear rule your decisions. Take a leap of faith. Sometimes things won’t work out as you planned, but the unexpected path may just be the right one.

Q: What’s next for you?
A: I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say Unattached T (that’s my screen name) has got some strings! I know I’m not supposed to reveal the ending, but it’s right there in the table of contents before page one. So not much of a spoiler, is it? Anyway, I’m keeping my fingers and all body parts crossed (well, maybe not ALL) that things work out. I’m great at dating, but being someone’s girlfriend is another story. So let’s hope that I don’t screw this up. You’ll discover I do that sometimes. Thanks for taking the time to chat with me. Ciao for now! xx

Blogger extraordinaire Tara Winters has always regretted saying no to D. J. Parker. She vowed never to repeat her mistake, and her “yes” dating pact was born. After meeting countless Mr. Wrongs, she’s seriously considering her friend Andy’s drunken marriage proposal. Then Andy meets Natalie, and Tara finds herself competing for his affection. She must decide if it’s love—or a game to win. After each outrageous date Tara shares advice with her followers, but embracing “no” just may be her key to happiness.

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The soft opening of the Gallerie, a restaurant that my firm helped design, was a success. I also met an adorable chef while I was there. OK, he’s technically not a chef yet, but he’s studying to become one. Right now he’s the bartender, and I almost let that dissuade me from giving him a chance. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I’m at the point where I want to be with someone who has high aspirations, which he does. He made me a delicious drink, so that’s also a bonus in my book. If you check out the Gallerie, which you should, ask for the T. W. Twist! I just made it up, but I think it has a nice ring to it, don’t you? I’ll have to talk to them about that. Anyway, something I’ve discovered is that I’m attracted to guys who are creative—they don’t call it the culinary arts for nothing. I’m more of a freethinker, so I don’t mesh well with analytical types. And I like a guy who sets a goal for himself and goes for it. That’s an admirable quality and says something about his character. We haven’t gone out yet, so I’ve probably already jinxed myself. But I’m excited about seeing him again and would’ve said yes on my own accord, not because of some pact. More to come. Ciao for now!

About the Author:J B Glazer developed a love of writing at a young age. She followed that passion to the University of Illinois, where she graduated summa cum laude from the College of Communications. She pursued a career in advertising, a field that provided an outlet to express her creativity. In addition to being a marketer, she’s a wife, mom, blogger, chauffer, referee, short-order cook, maid, chocoholic, shopaholic, and multitasker extraordinaire. I Should Have Said Yes is her second novel. Visit her website for random musings and other inspiration. You can also connect with J B in most of the usual places.

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