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Bewitching Book Tours Presents - Guest Post and Giveaway with Terri Bruce, author of Hereafter

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Hello again fellow Vagabonds. I have with me here today author Terri Bruce. She is here today to talk about her Birthday Bucket List. This should be very interesting. Bruce also has a giveaway set for you guys. So please be sure to enter after you read this awesome guest post.

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Birthday Bucket List

Welcome to my virtual birthday party! This month, I’m celebrating three important dates: my birthday, the six-month anniversary of my “book baby,” Hereafter, and the feast of Parentalia (February 13th-21st), an ancient Roman celebration to commemorate one’s ancestors and placate the spirits of the dead.

Today, I wanted to share with you my “bucket list”—a list of things I’d like to do before I die. I’ve been fortunate in that I decided pretty early on in life to not wait for “someday” to go after what I want—life is short and it’s too easy for someday to become never. So my “bucket list” isn’t all that long and hopefully all of it is obtainable.

So, where to start? Well, at the top of my list is to attend a ball—a real, honest-to-goodness ball.

I want to go full out Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady
I’ve never worn a formal gown/dress (outside of my wedding dress) (I didn’t go to my high school prom and I’ve never gone to a wedding I wasn’t part of) and I want to, just once in my life. I want to dress like I’m going to the Oscars and I want to dance—ballroom dance—the night away. My husband and I took ballroom dancing lessons for two years, but we’ve never had the courage to actually try out our moves anywhere.

This will be hard to do in my ball gown, but I plan on giving it a try

Somewhat related to the “attend a ball” wish, I want to do the ballroom polka like Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr in The King and I (Shall We Dance).

Oh, how I love that scene and the ballroom polka looks like so much fun! Of course, it’s apparently a lot more fun without a hoop—Deborah Kerr’s legs were bruised filming that scene from her gown’s cage/hoop banging into her legs! Ouch!

I’d like to go to a costume party—maybe I could combine these three together and throw a masquerade ball! Oooh, now that sounds like fun!

I want to go horseback riding in Acadia National Park (my retirement dream is to move to Bar Harbor/Mount Desert Island, buy a horse, and go riding in Acadia every day). I’d also love to take a horseback ride down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and I’d love to go cantering on a beach (of course, this requires me to first learn how to sit the canter properly so that I stop falling off).

This is how I look when cantering…only with less smiling

In 2009 I got to visit London and Paris, which were two of the travel-related bucket items on my list. The remaining ones are to visit China (I want see the Terra Cotta warriors), Italy (I would love to see the town of Arpino, which is where my family is from), Dubai, the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Jerusalem (I’d like to see the Tomb of the Patriarchs), the pyramids in Egypt (I really want to see the pyramids!), and Petra in Jordan.

I would love to attend Book Expo America, the Tournament of Roses parade (I actually have done this once, but would like to do it again), and see the Tran-Siberian Orchestra in concert (they tour through my local area every year around the holidays, and somehow, I always manage to miss them!).

Finally, my real pie-in-the-sky bucket list items including winning an award for my writing and meeting several of my favorite authors (including Terry Pratchett and Mary Doria Russell), musicians (including the Zach Caruso Band and Florence and the Machine), and actors (including Robert Carlyle, Alan Rickman, and Kevin Spacey).

And there you have it—my bucket list. What about you—what are some of the things on your bucket list?

About Terri Bruce

Terri Bruce has been making up adventure stories for as long as she can remember and won her first writing award when she was twelve. Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She produces fantasy and adventure stories from a haunted house in New England where she lives with her husband and three cats.

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  1. Great bucket list! The King & I is one of my favorite movies. My bucket list so far: See the Northern lights, ride a train, and someday own a yellow diamond. Thank you for the great giveaway! I look forward to reading Hereafter.

  2. What a great bucket list you've got Terri. I share the costume party/masquerade ball wish, I've always thought dressing up in a fabulous costume and attending a fantastic party would be such fun. At the top of my list is a trip to Great Britain, or even more than one trip, what the heck. More travel is on the list too, especially Australia and New Zealand and Alaska.

  3. I don't have a bucket list, but it's actually quite a good idea. Give you something to work towards.

    That scene in THE KING AND I is a great favorite of mine. I can hear the music right now.

  4. @Leslie Miner

    Oooh, the Northern Lights! Good one! Yes! I definitely would love to see those too (makes addition to Bucket list)

  5. @Barbara E.

    Yes, Australia is on my list of places to visit some day, too - but when hubby got asked to speak at a conference there and turned it down (due to the length of the flight), I began to suspect I wasn't going to make it to this item on my list :-)

  6. @Leslie Miner Isn't a great list? I haven't watched that movie in forever. Great list. I should put one together, should be interesting.

    @@Barbara E. I agree with that. I have always loved since I was a kid. Great places to visit. I add Scotland to that list.

    @Mary Preston Me neither, it is something to look forward to. I can hear it too. Great scene.

    Thank you so much ladies *hugs*


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