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Sounds like a tall order.
In April, Pensacola native and Spanish Fort, Ala., resident Elizabeth Denham released her book, “Sweeten the Deal: How to Spot and Avoid the Big Red Flags in Online Dating.” In her book, Denham narrates five years of online dates that provide a healthy dose of humor.
“I was online dating after I got divorced, and it started as a blog,” Denham said. “It started off to be funny, and I realized I had enough information to turn it into a book. Everybody has had a bad date.”.
There’s another side to “Sweeten the Deal” that talks about the issue of safety while dating online. In her chapter, titled “Criminal,” Denham shares her own experiences and provides tips on how you can stay safe.
“Make sure you always get the person’s first name and last name, and tell someone where you’re going so you can let them know you made it home safely,” Denham said.
Denham thinks successful online dating begins with the right attitude.
“People who have been divorced go into ‘too much, too fast’ syndrome,” Denham said. “You have to be OK with yourself. You have to be committed to being happy with yourself, and to be happy either way, with or without someone.”.
As daunting as online dating can seem, Denham hopes her book serves as an encouraging message to those on the dating scene.
“I want it to be a message of empowerment,” Denham said. “Not taking rejection so seriously. Rejection is a good thing. Rejection happens so you don’t end up with the wrong person.”.
“Sweeten the Deal” was recently featured on John Tesh’s “Intelligence for Your Life.” You can pick up the book online at Amazon or go to the website www.sweetenthedeal.com.
As for Denham, she’s now married and lives in Spanish Fort with her five children.
“I met my husband online,” Denham said. “He’s my last chapter. I had to have a happy ending to make it complete. It took me a while.”.
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