WHat ARe yOUr 18 THingS?

I know I said I was only going to blog once a week, but today is special. I’m doing a shout-out for my blogging friend Jamie Ayres. If you don’t know already, Jamie’s newly released novel 18 THINGS (prologue here) was an instant best-seller on Amazon. 18 THINGS outranked James Patterson’s The Kiss!

I mean–how fabulous is that!

In honour, today I’m going to attempt to add 18 THINGS to my bucket list. Why I never had a bucket list until now is bizarre, but there you go. Never too late.

18 THINGS – Book Description:

Can eighteen things save a life?

Olga Gay Worontzoff thinks her biggest problems are an awful name (after her grandmothers of course) and not attending prom with Conner, her best friend and secret crush since kindergarten.

Then, Conner is killed in a freak boating accident and Olga feels responsible for his death.

When she downs an entire bottle of pills to deal with the emotional pain, her parents force her into counseling. There, her therapist writes a prescription in the form of a life list titled “18 Things”: eighteen quests to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday.

All she has to do is fire-walk, try out for the cheerleading squad, break a world record, and err . . . go on her first date. Good thing Nate, a new hottie in town, enters her life with perfect timing. He brings the fun factor to her list and helps her discover the beauty and
strength inside herself, then complicates things by falling in love with her.

But there’s more to Olga’s quests than meets the eye and when her therapist reveals a terrifying secret, her world is shaken.

There’s only one thing she knows for certain: her choices won’t just affect her future, but all eternity.

Jamie’s actual blogfest is over now, but I say never give up the opportunity to do something fun along with a shout-out of an awesome writer. 

Hope you’ll check out Jamie’s blog and learn more about her and 18 THINGS.
Now for my 18 Things:

1.  Sell our house for a fair price and move to New Brunswick.

2.  Sign a copy of my book for Eric Lustbader. (in person)

3.  Attend a Geneen Roth retreat.

4.  Meet with medium John Edwards and hear how our twins are doing.

5a.  Finally meet Keith, Chris, and Vicki, my awesome critique buddies!

5.  Visit UK, Europe and Russia. (meet Penny, Jack Russell dog and internet superstar)

6.  Take a course in tiling bathrooms and floors.

7.  Attend a cooking class in NYC.

8.  See Barbra Streisand perform live, then get autograph after show.

9.  Sign with Literary Agent Donald Maass. 

10. Live close to a gym I enjoy and erect an outstanding exercise room in my house. 

11. See Adam Beach in starring role in film version of Omatiwak: Woman Who Cries.

12. Learn how to ice skate and roller skate. 

13. See Olga Kurylenko star in the film version of Kiss Of The Assassin.

14. See Tina Keeper in the starring role of Brendell in Broken But Not Dead.

15. Take a 6-month writing sabbatical to UK.

16. Win the Giller Prize.

17. Visit Australia and New Zealand, then trek over to Vietnam.

18. Be interviewed on TV by George Stroumboulopoulos and Charlie Rose the following week.

Who would have thought this was so addictive.


19. Visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall. 
20. Have a makeover.
21. Get my teeth capped. 
22. Teach T’chi at a community hall in N.B. 
23. Visit Newfoundland.
24. Kayak in Caribbean.
25. Take a Caribbean cruise. 
26. Attend a writer’s retreat in NYC, Surrey, and Maritimes. (different times)
27. Have a family reunion somewhere warm with my entire family.
28. Sell a million copies of each novels. <g>
29. See Eagles in concert. 
30. …  
I better quit, or this could go on forever...

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