5 Things I Can’t Live Without – Romance Writers Weekly

On this week’s Romance Writers Weekly blog hop, A.S. Fenichel wants to know… What can’t you live without? Tell us five things you can’t do without. It can be coffee from your favorite shop or a pink tee-shirt. Whatever it is, tell us about it and why you can’t go on without it. Hope you’ve stopped by Carrie Elks before visiting me.

Aside from the basic necessities, like food, water, shelter and the convenience of modern medicine and transportation, here’s my top five comforts of life in no particular order:

Pets – Our dog is a member of the family and the baby. Over the years kitties and doggies have come and gone but are never forgotten. I kiss our beautiful, rescue, Leo, when I leave for work and hug him when I get home.

Music – Soothes my internal savage beast and awakens my muse. Such a wondrous thing. Here lately, I’ve been listening to binaural beats which are supposed to help sync your brain and help with memory, healing, etc. We’ll see about the one for weight loss…

Electronics – I am a techie chick courtesy of my geeky older brother. I’m not sure which I could do without, TV, computer or internet.  All are windows to other worlds and I’m addicted to all of them.

Hot Shower – Therapeutic and meditative, I look forward to stepping under the hot mist to wash away the day’s wear and tear and ready me for the land of nod.

Coffee –  The aroma. The warmth.  It’s the liquid that drives me to my feet to leave my comfy bed.

On that note, lets see S.C. Mitchell’s gotta have list.  Please visit all the wonderful authors on this week’s hop.

How I Chose My Pen Name: Romance Writers Weekly

This week on Romance Writers Weekly blog hop, Leslie Hachtel wants to know if we have a pen name and how we picked it. Hope you have visited Leslie as she is ahead of me on the hop.

For me, as a  not the life of the party  writer, I always knew I’d have a pen name.  I went through a couple, evening set up a website for one, before I was published.  At first, I used part of my real last name and part of my son’s first name. In the end, I wanted something short and more catchy but still not showing up on Google.

I’ve always liked strong female names that can be used by either gender. My real name is feminine, and not so much me, so I chose Dani, in honor of my maternal grandfather who passed on my first birthday.

As a lover of “J” names, I  had a cat named Jasper and a dog named Jake. If I’d had another son, I would have probably named him Jace so I chose it as the last name for my pseudonym.

Thus the birth of Dani Jace. She loves writing romances about flip-flop casual heroines that have a tough streak but manage to melt the hearts of the hard working heroes they fall in love with.

Now on to A.S. Fenichel to see how she arrived at her pen name.

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