Monday, October 20, 2014

Bucket List Blog Hop

At one time or another we have all experienced the loss of a loved one or know someone who has had to go through a life threatening illness. Sometimes that makes us reevaluate our lives and what we want to accomplish before we die. Some people make a bucket list to help them rethink about what is important to them.

What's a bucket list? Simply put, it's a list of things that a person wants to see or do before they die or "kick the bucket". 

To participate, all you have to do is post your bucket list to your blog. 

This blog hop is being co-hosted by Sherry Ellis at Mama Diaries and Susanne Drazic at Putting Words Down On Paper.  

1. Lose 150 lbs (will make it easier to complete a lot of things on my bucket list)
2. Walk a 5K (3.1 miles)
3. Walk a 10K (6.2 miles)
4. Ride in a horse drawn sleigh
5. Publish a book
6. Do a virtual book tour
7. Have a book signing
8. Do a radio show to promote my book
9. Do a talk show to promote my book
10. Win the Mega Millions jackpot
11. Visit the Statue of Liberty
12. Learn how to shoot a gun
13. Ride in a hot air balloon
14. Take a road trip on Route 66
15. Visit all 50 states
16. Attend a murder mystery dinner
17. Swim with dolphins
18. See the Aurora Borealis
19. Meet some of my online friends in person
20. Spend a long weekend on Mackinac Island
21. Visit the Twin Towers Memorial
22. Be completely debt free
23. Visit a walk-through aquarium
24. Own a small hobby farm
25. Visit Times Square
26. Start a gratitude journal and write in it everyday for a year
27. Watch turtles hatch and run for the ocean
28. Ride in a horse and carriage
29. Go to a Renaissance Festival
30. Climb an indoor rock wall
31. Visit a butterfly sanctuary
32. Swim with manatees
33. Meet the Duck Dynasty family
34. Donate blood
35. Learn how to scuba dive
36. Own an RV

I hope you will get a chance to visit all the other bloggers who are participating in the Bucket List Blog Hop.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Blog Hops and Realms Faire

The Bucket List Blog Hop is being hosted by Sherry Ellis at Mama Diaries and Susanne Drazic at Putting Words Down On Paper. Click on one of the links to learn more about the blog hop and to sign up. This will run October 20, 2014.

The Survive And Thrive Bloghop is being hosted by Stephen Tremp, Alex J Cavanaugh, Michael Di Gesu, and L. Diane Wolfe.  Be sure to click on one of the links to learn more about the bloghop and to sign up. This will run October 20, 2014.

The Halloween Blog Hop is being hosted by Sara C. Snider. Stop by her blog to check out the details and to sign up. This blog hop will run on October 31, 2014.

J.L. Campbell is hosting the Who's Your Hero? Blogfest. Click on the link to learn more about the blogfest and to sign up. This will run November 3, 2014.

Be sure to stop by M. Pax's site to get all the information about this year's Realms Faire. There are different ways that you can participate. This will run from November 10-14, 2014.

Have you signed up for any of these blog hops or are you planning on it?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Video Trailer Reveal for Escape Through the Wilderness

Escape Through the Wilderness

Author: Gary Rodriguez

Publisher: Tate Publishing

Published: June 2014

Paperback: 256 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1-63268-201-7

Genre: Tween/Young Adult Christian Adventure

Available at Tate Publishing and Amazon

About the Book:
Sixteen-year-old Savannah Evans walks with a slight limp thanks to a gymnastics’ accident that dashed her Olympic dreams, but didn’t stop her from attending an adventure camp in Idaho. At Camp Arrowhead, she quickly befriends Jade Chang and Rico Cruz, but Conner Swift taunts Savi because of her injury.

When the four are teamed together for an overnight white-water river rafting adventure, Savi refuses to get in the same raft with Conner. Unfortunately, the director will not reassign her.

A fun expedition down the river turns into a nightmare when their raft slams into a huge rock and their adult guide disappears down the river.

Without their guide and desperately trying to steer an out-of-control raft, they pass the “Last Chance” marker and enter the larger rapids. With Jade pinned between the raft and a rock, and Rico clinging to a lifeline, Savi must cut the raft free.

When the four drag themselves out of the river, they’re bruised, beaten, lost, and twenty-five miles from camp. Because of late-night campfire tales of Vexel, a vicious animal that roams the nearby woods, Savi and the others are terrified.

Savi becomes the unlikely leader who tries to guide the group back to Camp Arrowhead. Limited supplies, injuries, and the constant threat of Vexel—who Savi fears is stalking them, complicate the harrowing return trip.

Readers will enjoy dramatic survival scenes and the group working together, solving problems, and learning to overcome adversity.

About the Author:
Gary Rodriguez is president of LeaderMetrix Inc., a consulting company that specializes in senior-level executive coaching, organizational development and conflict resolution. He is the author of the new adventure novel Escape through the Wilderness scheduled for release in June 2014. 

His first book Purpose-Centered Public Speaking was an instant hit and recently republished by Tate Publishing. 

His extensive resume includes eighteen years as an executive in the radio business where he spent several years as one of the original managers of Infinity Broadcasting. He was twice nominated as medium market manager of the year by the Bobby Poe report, a national media publication. 

For over thirty-five years, Gary has spoken in public both nationally and internationally. Gary’s resume includes a season in the U.S. Army where he was highly decorated as the youngest Drill Instructor in the Army's history at age 18 years. He was also awarded the Silver Star (the nation's third highest award for valor) while serving in Vietnam. 

Visit the book’s website at 
You can also find Gary at and 


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