Dreams, Goals and Adventure by Michael D. Ditton

Dreams, Goals, and Adventure is a series of personal stories, the ups and downs of someone who inspires to reach all of the dreams set forth and how sometimes a life event creates a situation requiring a major adjustment. It is stories others will be able to relate to with the life adventures each and every one of them have experienced, both good and challenging

DREAMS, GOALS,  AND ADVENTURE by Michael D. Ditton
◊ Paperback: 148 pages
◊ Genre: Self-Help, Motivational
◊ Publisher: BalboaPress (October 19, 2015)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1504335880
◊ ISBN13: 978-1504335881

From broke to retired in ten years . . .

          Returning home from Desert Storm, I found myself mentally and financially bankrupt. Newly divorced, I had no job, no help, and no hope. My reasons to live were gone. At the lowest point in my life, I fell back on simple truths from my childhood: hard work gets results, and it’s okay to dream. And dream I did, setting goals that launched me from poverty to a life I could not have imagined. And you can do it, too.

          Dreams, Goals, and Adventure will inspire you to dream big, work toward your goals, and live your life as an adventure every day.

* Don’t be afraid to dream.
* Don’t accept “no” as an answer.
* Remove “can’t” from your vocabulary.
* Small goals are stepping stones to much larger goals.
* Learn how to spring forward from failure.
* Know you will have to adjust.
* Live life as an adventure.

Michael Ditton is an entrepreneur, personal development coach, and student of life. In addition to helping others realize their dreams, he can be found sailing or traveling in search of new adventures.

“When met by unexpected challenges, embrace them wholeheartedly as opportunities for adventure and education.”

I developed Goal-Setting Basics to help others interested in learning how to set goals. In my twenties, I had to gather these valuable bits of information a piece at a time. This site offers you an array of information, tools, and resources to help you in identifying, setting, and accomplishing your goals, whatever they might be. In these tools are free worksheets and examples to help you succeed. You will find Goal-Setting Basics is your single source for all of your goal-setting needs.

Financial Independence means having control over your time without worrying about the ability to pay your bills” … So many think they have to be as wealthy as Bill Gates to live a rich life, that is so far from the truth … Let me show you how.

Author Michael D. Ditton

I was a dreamer from an early age. To this day I believe anyone can do whatever they choose to put their mind to.

I didn’t go from eight years old to semi-retired in the length of one sentence. Nor was it easy. But I did follow a simple, time-honored process.

I was in my twenties before I fully understood the true importance of goal setting. After that, I was able to be more focused, see where I wanted to be, how I was going to get there, notice when I needed to make adjustments, and had the satisfaction of reaching goals. I enjoyed the benefits of reaching a goal and putting a big, fat check mark on my list.

Here’s how those goals paid off:

At 8, sold vegetables door to door from my little red wagon
Age 13, supervisor, World’s Fare Hamburgers
Age 15, assistant manager trainee, Pizza Hut
Age 16, assistant manager, Round Table Pizza
Age 18, began a 20-year commitment with the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, retiring in 2005 as a staff sergeant and Desert Storm veteran. Over my service career, I became a leader and was recognized and awarded for my achievements and outstanding service.
Age 20, found my true calling as a sales professional
Age 31, began a successful career in real estate and real estate investments
Age 36, semi-retired
Age 37, owned and operated several companies
Age 41, semi-retired, sold everything and sailed south on my 45’ sailboat

Although I found success at a very early age, I became painfully aware of how quickly it can all be taken away. In 1991, after I returned from Desert Storm, I found myself bankrupt, mentally, physically and financially and divorced.

It was the lowest point in my life. Four years later, I had clawed my way back to even, and started to build from there. Two years after that, following my roadmap of goals, I reached my first level of financial independence. The rest is history.

For more on Michael, you can connect with him at the following sites:
www.dreamsgoalsandadventure.com
www.goalsettingbasics.com
www.michaelditton.com

“Your experiences are so extra-ordinary and you’re fascinating to listen to. Your speaking style is humble and respectful of both your role as a speaker and of your audience, as one would expect after hearing of what you were trained to do. If others would open their lives to adventure as you have they would love their life even more.”     ~Jim Cathcart, author of the bestsellers: The Acorn Principle and Relationship Selling.  CEO of Cathcart.com 

May 22Writers and Authors – Guest Post
Defending the Pen – Feature
Mythical Books – Guest Post

May 23Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang – Feature
Bound 2 Escape – Excerpt

May 24Fabulous and Burnette – Feature & Excerpt

May 25Joylene Nowell Butler, Suspense Author – Review & Feature
Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review & Interview
What Is That Book About – Excerpt

May 26A Blue Stocking’s Place – Feature

May 29Year of the Book – Q&A

May 30Hank Quense’s Blog – Feature

May 31The Bookworm Chronicles – Excerpt
Celticlady’s Reviews – Excerpt

June 1Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit – Guest Post

June 2Reviews by Crystal – Excerpt

He Gave Me Barn Cats by Maria Santomasso-Hyde

He Gave Me BARN CATS
by Maria Santomass0-Hyde
*Published by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.barn-cats-3-d-cover

*Available March 14, 2017

*$10.95, 6×9 Trade paperback, 134 pages

*Genres: Christian Fiction / Christian Life-Death, Grief, Bereavement

*Print ISBN 978-1-939844-21-7 eBook ISBN 978-1-939844-22-4

*Order through Ingram, Follett Library Resources, or from the publisher

*$3.99 eBook available in all formats

Inspired by true events…

        Maria has cared for her very ill mother for many years. Her burdens are heavy, causing a sadness bordering on darkness.  When she discovers her historic barn is now home to a mother cat and kittens, she feels lighter than she has in years. As the kittens grow, they teach her as only animals can do.

          Then tragedy strikes. As Maria loses her family, the darkness envelopes her like the heavy fog that blankets her Blue Ridge Mountain home each morning. She creates a scorecard:  God: 9, Maria: 0.  Her questions turn into anger at God.  She searches to find answers as to why her loving God would take away so much in such a short time.

          How will she learn to trust again? Can the kittens in her barn help her heal?

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Author Maria Santomasso-Hyde

Author Maria Santomasso-Hyde

Formerly a newspaper reporter, Maria Santomasso-Hyde now owns Alta Vista Fine Art Gallery.

She lives in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, with her husband, Lee, and The Queen of the Universe (Roma, their Black Cat)… and other Black Cats who decide to move in.

Come join the blog tour!

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I am organizing a two-week blog tour for He Gave Me BARN CATS by Maria Santomasso-Hyde. The tour will run from March 7, 2017, through March 21, 2017 (excluding weekends).

Posts will consist of interviews, reviews, features, and/or excerpts, and every participant will be able to post the tour-wide giveaway – prizes courtesy of the publisher. HTML will also be provided. Books are available to review in print (U.S. only), ePub and Mobi formats.

March 7 – Joylene Nowell Butler, Suspense Author – Feature

March 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – Guest Post

March 9 – Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang! – Feature

March 10 – Defending The Pen – Excerpt

March 13 – Reviews by Crystal – Q&A
Alex J. Cavanaugh – Guest Post
Murees Dupé – Feature

March 14 – Thoughts in Progress – Review

March 15 –

March 16 – A Bluestocking’s Place – Excerpt
deal sharing aunt – Review and Interview

March 17 – Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit – Q&A

March 20 – The Story of a Writer – Feature
CBY Book Club – Excerpt

March 21 – bookworm1102 – Excerpt
Storey Book Reviews – Excerpt
Celticlady’s Reviews – Feature

 

Two Week Long Tour

Two Week Tour will run for ten (10) days – Monday through Friday.

A minimum of at least one month prior to tour date is needed in order to set up a tour. Two months’ prior time makes the tour run smoother.

The tour can consist of any combination or all of the following type posts:

* REVIEW – A review of the book will be posted on the participant’s blog as well as one or more of the following sites: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, Facebook, etc. Can also include tweets on Twitter, posting on Pinterest and Instagram.

* GUEST POST – This will be a post written by the author at the request of a particular blogger(s). Please make sure each post is unique to that site. The blogger requesting the guest post may provide a topic suggestion.

* SPOTLIGHT – This type post will include the book cover, a book synopsis, book buy links, author photo and bio, and an excerpt (if you so desire).

* EXCERPT– A short excerpt from the book will be provided to the participating blogger. There should be several different excerpts so readers following the tour will not be reading the same time at each stop.

* GIVEAWAY – A giveaway is not mandatory, but does help generate interest in your book and the tour. We can coordinate the giveaway for you, if you prefer. A giveaway of the book you’re touring (or a previous book in the series) works well, along with any swag you’d like to include. These can be blogger assigned giveaways for a certain number of stops or a tour-wide giveaway (using Rafflecopter) to be included in any or all of these type posts.

* TOUR PAGE – Your own tour page with all tour information, tour stops schedule, custom tour banner, and graphics.

* THE TOUR will include 12+ bloggers participating in your tour.

* PROMO – The daily tour participant will be promoted on Twitter and Facebook.

Book Blast Tour

A Book Blast Tour can run one to two days.

A minimum of at least two weeks prior to blast dates is needed in order to get a larger number of participants as bloggers’ calendars fill up quickly. A month’s prior notice makes the blast run smoother with more participants.

The blast will consist of the following:

* GIVEAWAY – A giveaway is required as it helps generate interest in your book. A giveaway of the book you’re promoting (or a previous book in the series) works well. The giveaway can be one per blog or one shared Rafflecopter prize.

* SPOTLIGHT – This type post will include the book cover, a book synopsis, book buy links, author photo and bio, and an excerpt (if you so desire).

* EXCERPT– A short excerpt from the book will be provided to the participating blogger. There should be several different excerpts so readers following the tour will not be reading the same time at each stop.

* PROMO – Will be promoted on Twitter and Facebook during the blast.

* TOUR PAGE – Your own tour page with all tour information, tour stops schedule, and customized tour banner.

There is no limit on the number of participants for this event.

For prices and to request this package, contact Mason at mcbooktours@gmail.com

 

One Week Tour

One Week Tour will run for five (5) days – Monday through Friday.

A minimum of at least one month prior to tour date is needed in order to set up a tour. Two months’ prior time makes the tour run smoother.

The tour can consist of any combination or all of the following type posts:

* REVIEW – A review of the book will be posted on the participant’s blog as well as one or more of the following sites: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, Facebook, etc. Can also include tweets on Twitter, posting on Pinterest and Instagram.

* GUEST POST – This will be a post written by the author at the request of a particular blogger(s). Please make sure each post is unique to that site. The blogger requesting the guest post may provide a topic suggestion.

* SPOTLIGHT – This type post will include the book cover, a book synopsis, book buy links, author photo and bio, and an excerpt (if you so desire).

* EXCERPT– A short excerpt from the book will be provided to the participating blogger. There should be several different excerpts so readers following the tour will not be reading the same time at each stop.

* GIVEAWAY – A giveaway is not mandatory, but does help generate interest in your book and the tour. We can coordinate the giveaway for you if you prefer. A giveaway of the book you’re touring (or a previous book in the series) works well, along with any swag you’d like to include. These can be blogger assigned giveaways for a certain number of stops or a tour-wide giveaway (using Rafflecopter) to be included in any or all of these type posts.

* TOUR PAGE – Your own tour page with all tour information, tour stops schedule, custom tour banner, and graphics.

* THE TOUR will include 15+ bloggers participating in your tour.

* PROMO – A daily tour schedule will be promoted on Twitter and Facebook.

For prices and to request this package, contact Mason at mcbooktours@gmail.com