GerardCindy.jpgAuthor Cindy Gerard knows how to take it up a notch and has done some pretty amazing things... including jumping off a 40 foot cliff into the frigid waters of the mighty Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Her Black Ops Romantic Suspense series is even more exciting and today Ms. Gerard is talking about taking risks, facing your fears and living life out loud. She's also giving away two copies of her new release With No Remorse.

I read somewhere that you should do something every day that scares you.  Even if it’s . . . oh . . . writing a blog that will be read by strangers who might not get you or your books, but  what the heck.  I’m here.  Hi. (Picture me waving).  I know blogging is not high on the fear factor scale, but lest you think I’m a ‘scardy cat,’ I have fried bigger fish, so to speak. 


A few years ago, I swam the warm waters of the Atlantic with a herd of about 100 giant manta rays.  Scary times ten.  Trust me, you see one of those big honkers gliding toward you with a six foot wing span and a five foot long tail, and you see your life flash before you.  But wow, what a rush when they brush alongside you in the water (they feel like velvet).  So much fun! 


I’ve also added white water rafting to my list of things sure to give you a case of the ‘screamingohmygods!!”  AND I’ve jumped off a 40 foot cliff into the frigid waters of the mighty Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.  I think I saw my dearly departed granny on the way down.  All the way down.  That jump would not make my list of ‘do overs’, but man am I glad I did it.


My most recent adventures in New Zealand and Australia last March included zip lining (upside down and free-falling backwards, thank you very much), snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, and flying in a teeny tiny plane over glaciers; then in July I hopped on a helicopter and took a tour of NYC from the air.  Breathtaking!



In any event, I love writing about my Black Ops., boys, and With No Remorse is on sale now!  (Ahem – got the plug in).


So what do you do when you feel the need to take it up a notch?  Or, maybe the question is, what would you like to do that scares you but intrigues you, and makes you wonder if you’ll be happy going out of this world without at least trying?  It’s skydiving for me.  I’m thinking about it.  Scares me . . . but that’s the point, right? 


Cinday Gerard will be giving away two copies of With No Remorse to two lucky (random) posters.

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by hrcant on ‎08-31-2011 09:41 AM

Thanks for sharing this with us! I just discovered your books and love each one I've read! Can't wait to read the next one!


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by CindyKGerard on ‎08-31-2011 09:53 AM

Hi Hope.  Thanks so much for the props on my books!  Glad you're enjoying them.

by JOJH on ‎08-31-2011 10:37 AM

I'm not much of an adrenaline junkie, but I love Cindy Gerard books! I'm an arm chair adventurer--except for riding a camel to the Sphinx and climbing the great pyramid.

by CindyKGerard on ‎08-31-2011 10:53 AM

Holy cow.  Seriously?  You climbed the great pyramid?  Totally awesome.  i rode a camel in Moracco - she was pregnant and not happy about me being on her back.  i wasn't too happy either when I found out she was pg.  poor thing. 

by heldski on ‎08-31-2011 01:23 PM

Skydiving. I will do it! With my spinal history I have always known it would be an extra risk, but as the time draws near that my walking days are numered, I am determined to do it. Got the love of it naturally as my dad was 101st years ago and shared his love of it with me. Btw, to this day he swears he'd do it again too!

by LauraSheehan on ‎08-31-2011 02:03 PM

I've never been a big thrill-seeker... Well, that's not entirely accurate, I think it's better to say that I can get a thrill out of things that don't necessarily scare me.  In other words: I get just as much of a kick out of Peter Pan's Flight as I do from Matterhorn, so I'll usually choose the one that makes me less nauseous!  lol  But I've been known to do things that make me uncomfortable rather than miss out on the experience (including bridge-jumping [which is basically cliff-diving from a bridge], riding a hot air balloon, taking the Skyrail down from Kuranda Village, etc.)  I wish I didn't get motion-sick so easily, because it makes some adventures hard to enjoy (like roller-coasters, sailing, flying, etc.)...  You can conquer your fears, but it's a helluva lot harder to "conquer" dizziness and nausea!  The big things on my Adventurous To Do List that I haven't yet accomplished include riding a horse and visiting all of the continents (so far I've gotten North America, Australia, and Europe... long way to go!)

by Lorie_K on ‎08-31-2011 09:30 PM

Great blog Cindy!  I'd love to swim with the Manta Rays, but next on the "take it up a notch" list has to be a shark dive.  The hubby wants to feed them, me I just want to be able to work up the nerve to make the dive!  Lorie

by CindyKGerard on ‎09-01-2011 10:09 AM

Heldsky - DO it.  make the dive.  YOu'll never regret it!!

by CindyKGerard on ‎09-01-2011 10:11 AM

Laura - hey - i took the skyrail from the Kuranda Villiage!  It was amazing!!!  And thrilling.  Good for you.  I also love hot air balloon rides.  Do you find that you don't even have a sensation of movement?  You're moving with the air so there's no wind.  way cool!!!

by CindyKGerard on ‎09-01-2011 10:12 AM

Lorie - oh wow.  I think you're braver than me.  The manta are sleek and velvety and you have to search for their teeth :smileysurprised:)  Sharks - WHOLE nother breed of cat ... or, um fish.  Good luck with that!  What a great adventure that will be!

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎09-01-2011 11:15 AM

I am a world class chicken, Cindy - I started hyperventilating just reading about your adventures. (Zip lining? You did that WILLINGLY?) This is probably why I get my thrills from reading books like yours. Much easier on my blood pressure!

by Beth_W737 on ‎09-02-2011 06:24 PM

I'm a chicken too, didn't do Zip Lining in Costa Rica.  I'd love to go on safari in Africa, or swimming with dolphins (again, done it once).

by CindyKGerard on ‎09-03-2011 04:42 PM

Becki - I'm betting there are things you do that would make my toes curl.  YOU just don't think of them as scarey! :smileysurprised:)


by CindyKGerard on ‎09-03-2011 04:44 PM

Beth - oh ... swimming with the dolphins.  That's on my wish list.  It sounds like so much fun and so exciting!

And trust me -- if my buddies hadn't badgered me, I probably wouldn't have done the zip lining thing.  But I'm so glad i did.  It was way cool.


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