What makes you happy? I mean really happy. The kind of happy when you can’t stop smiling, when tiny twittering bluebirds seem to have taken up residence inside you, when you lie awake at night and count your blessings instead of the things you forgot to do and aren’t sure you’ll have time for tomorrow.
For the next months I’ll be blogging frequently about happiness. How could I not with a novel entitled Happiness Key coming out in July? If the title didn’t send me off to think about the key to happiness, the dilemmas of my characters certainly did. Take four women, all unhappy for different reasons, put them in one novel and watch their lives unfold. How can each of them find happiness? How can they find each other through the barricades of their differences?
In June I’ll let Tracy, Janya, Wanda and Alice speak for themselves. They’ll tell you who they are, and what brought them to a dilapidated beach community on Florida’s Gulf Coast called Happiness Key.
The women of Happiness Key will be giving away some of the things they love in a gift basket–or beach pail if “they” can find one large enough to hold all their treasures. They’re having a good time collecting items to put inside it, and the winner should be happy indeed.
Unlike most of my contests you won’t have to read my novel to enter–although of course, I hope you do. Instead everybody who comments on one of my happiness blogs, will be entered automatically. All you have to do is tell us what makes you happy, on any of my Southern Exposure blogs with Happiness in the title–like this one. Of course, your comment has to be fit to print, so no spammers or exhibitionists need apply. And it has to be original, so no cutting and pasting. Just enjoy the moment and the opportunity. Take a little time to think about what makes you happy, really happy, and let us know. You may comment as many times as you like, but each person will be entered in the drawing only once.
Although the official publicity for the contest begins in June, those of you reading this get a head start for good behavior. Tell us what makes you happy here, or in any subsequent Happiness blog, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win. Make sure your email address is accurate so you can be notified. The first name and hometown of the winner will be published on my contest page.
As for me? Planning this contest giveaway has made me happy. And you know what? I think each one of you who comments will be a winner, simply because you took a few minutes out of your busy life to stop and smell the roses.