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Pat’s Run–Never Stop

28 Apr

Once I year I wake up on a Saturday morning at 5:30am without grunting about it. It’s the day I participate in the annual Pat’s Run organized by the Pat Tillman Foundation here in Tempe, Arizona.

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I’ve been part of this event for the past 5 years and I don’t plan on stopping. For as long as I’ll walk, I promised myself I’ll keep going. You know why? 

It’s because Pat Tillman’s legacy must be carried on. We owe so much to all men and women in uniform who so selfless give their all, sometimes until the last sacrifice. Donating toward the Pat Tillman scholarships and honoring Pat’s life is the least I can do.

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A few years ago my sister Monica and her hubby Rene joined me. The next year my son Patrick joined me. Last year was the first time my cousin Cristina, her husband Tedi and their two children participated. This year my niece Bat-El registered which got our group up to 7 people. We call ourselves Devils4ever, a name that resonates with us not only because we are Devils’ fans, but because we belong heart and soul to the ASU community.

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We always have fun, spending the 4.2 miles either walking, jogging or running. But we don’t stop until the finish line on the Sun Devils Stadium among other 30k participants. 

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I’m not going to tell you anything about the training I do for this event. And I’m not going to talk about how hard it is, because it is not, or at least it doesn’t feel hard to me. What I want to tell you about is the emotions that pool inside my heart threatening to spill into tears. The feeling of belonging to what makes our country this incredible place to be, this nation that stand on its feet no matter what comes our way. No matter who or what hurts us, no matter what it takes, we always get up and move on. 

Pat once said, “Passion is kind of an important word for me, whether it’s playing sports or whether it’s just living or whatever you’re going to do.  In my opinion you should be passionate about it or else, why do it?”

This year’s race motto was NEVER STOP. I have every intention on doing just that.

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Debut Author Giveaway Hop

7 Jun

I’ve been waiting for the Debut Author Giveaway Hop for a while now and I’ll tell you in a minute why, but first I’d like to thank Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer for all her hard work for once again to make this event happen.

So back to business. I thought a lot about whom I’d host and what book to give away. I remember  back in the day when I could finally call myself a debut author with the release of my first book titled Hidden Heart. 15 months later, 2 full novels and a short story (as part of an anthology) I no longer hold the title, but I’m happy to have found someone who is an incredible person, generous, fun, determined and whose debut novel will come out end of this month.

I chose Marie Tillman as the author to honor today. Her first book The Letter is a memoir depicting her journey through life and healing since the death of her husband Pat Tillman, the NFL player giving up a successful career to become an Army Ranger, who ultimately lost his life while in Afghanistan. I read The Letter and was completely surprised by Marie’s style, gracious, humble and riveting. It became quickly one of my favorite books. My reviews is posted on GoodReads, Netgalley, B&N and as soon as Amazon permits it will go up on the site as well. You can find it here.

I also have an interview with her that it will come up on my site in a few days (yay!).

So, if you’re interested in winning an e-copy of this memoir, please fill out the form below. I will announce the winner on 06/14, the day after the hop is over. Good luck everyone!

Marie Tillman’s memoir THE LETTER–5 Star Review

24 May

They say behind each successful man, there’s a smart woman. I say behind each hero there’s a Marie.

The Letter by Marie Tillman is a heartfelt insight into her life after her husband’s death as well as a journey through all stages of grief she’s experienced since then. Pat Tillman’s life had been in the spotlight very little before he died as both he and Marie have shied away from the public eye, preferring the coziness of their home, the serenity of their relationship, the comfort of their love. The NFL player who gave up a successful career as a football player to enlist in the army became an icon after his death in April 2004. The circumstances surrounding his death still create a lot of controversy, including two congressional hearings and multiple investigations. Somehow Marie had to learn how to cope with the media infatuation with her husband as well as with all the attention she unwillingly received.

I applaud Marie for her ability to capture real feelings, real emotions making the book that much more intense, allowing readers a close look into a grieving heart. The book contains very little dialogue, but it’s easy to follow and finish in one sitting. Its simplicity, its reflection on life’s fragility and what matters most as well as how Marie chose to navigate through the murky waters of healing is done gracefully. From a shy lotus lily living in Pat’s shadow, Marie grew into a confident woman, working constantly to keep Pat’s legacy alive. She went through the stages of grief in her own way, at her own pace, and came out not completely healed but stronger.

The Letter is a compelling, poignant memoir, a true story of heroism and altruism behind the deadly lines of war.

Pat’s Run

4 Apr

For the last day of the Charity Around The World Giveaway Hop I gathered a few photos of past Pat’s Runs I’ve done:

I remember the first year I ran I saw a bunch of soldiers running together, wearing matching t-shirts In Memoriam of…, singing their lungs out and pushing to the finish line. I’ll never forget seeing a former soldier, whose legs have been amputated and ran on spring-type prosthesis. Another one was in a wheelchair…

I felt shameful for all the times I complained about a migraine, or a sore throat or being sick… no pain I’ve gone through could’ve remotely been as bad as those suffered by those men. Since then I take and see pain with different eyes…

Last year my sister traveled from Germany with her husband and they both joined me. We had a blast!

This year Pat’s Run is scheduled for April 21st and as I mentioned in a previous post, my son Patrick will be my running buddy. I’m so exciting about this event, not only because my son wanted to share it with me, but because we give back to the community of great veterans and their families, showing our support and appreciation.

Don’t forget to enter the form below for a chance to win an e-copy of my latest release A World Apart or a hard copy of Boots On The Ground By Dusk, a tribute to Pat Tillman, written by his incredible mother, Mary Tillman.

Good luck!

Charity Hopping Around the World Giveaway Hop-DAY 1

30 Mar

There is one very dear sporting event I’m proud being part of–Pat’s Run. Not only was Pat Tilman the NFL player-turned-U.S. Army Ranger an ASU alumnus, but his generous spirit, his legacy keeps on living giving hope to many veterans and their families into a better day, a better life. Last year my sister and her husband traveled all the way from Germany to join me in Pat’s Run. This year, my son Patrick will be my running buddy and I’m beyond ecstatic we’ll do it together.

You’ll ask what has Pat’s Run to do with the next giveaway? Well, as the name states Charity Hopping Around the World is about charities and promoting them. This blog hop is as always organized by Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer and co-hosted by Reading Away the Days and Reading a Little Bit of Everything. Thank you ladies for your hard work!

 I’m excited about this hop because it allows me to talk about my favorite charity which is the Pat Tillman Foundation.

In 2002, Pat Tillman proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. This decision was just one of many he made over the course of his lifetime to help others and serve a cause greater than his own self-interest.

Following Pat’s death in 2004, while serving with the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan, his family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation.

The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to invest in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships; building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.

I always had a soft spot for all-things army and since my newest release A World Apart is dedicated to all men and women in uniform it only makes sense to offer up for grabs an e-copy of it. I also have a hard copy of Boots On The Ground By Dusk written by Pat’s mother, Mary Tillman.

    

Good luck entering the form below!

Charity Hopping Around the World Giveaway Hop

29 Mar

There is one very dear sporting event I’m proud being part of–Pat’s Run. Not only was Pat Tilman the NFL player-turned-U.S. Army Ranger an ASU alumnus, but his generous spirit, his legacy keeps on living giving hope to many veterans and their families into a better day, a better life. Last year my sister and her husband traveled all the way from Germany to join me in Pat’s Run. This year, my son Patrick will be my running buddy and I’m beyond ecstatic we’ll do it together.

You’ll ask what has Pat’s Run to do with the next giveaway? Well, as the name states Charity Hopping Around the World is about charities and promoting them. This blog hop is as always organized by Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer and co-hosted by Reading Away the Days and Reading a Little Bit of Everything. Thank you ladies for your hard work!

 I’m excited about this hop because it allows me to talk about my favorite charity which is the Pat Tillman Foundation.

In 2002, Pat Tillman proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. This decision was just one of many he made over the course of his lifetime to help others and serve a cause greater than his own self-interest.

Following Pat’s death in 2004, while serving with the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan, his family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation.

The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to invest in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships; building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.

I always had a soft spot for all-things army and since my newest release A World Apart is dedicated to all men and women in uniform it only makes sense to offer up for grabs an e-copy of it. I also have a hard copy of Boots On The Ground By Dusk written by Pat’s mother, Mary Tillman.

    

Good luck entering the form below!