Bikers and Babes: In Praise of Real Heroes/Heroines Doing Real Good

By Dustin Ground from Austin, TX, USofA (Bikers) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 ( or CC-BY-SA-2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Its inching closer to the New Year and I am starting to think really hard about what I want to do with my blog–the conversations I want to have, the ideas I want to engage with, the laughs and tears I want to share with others.  So, while I’ll still be doing some book promotion stuff usually in the form of blog hops, I’ll also be focusing on the things that drive me to write and read:

  • the continuous search for role models and inspiration to guide me through the tough decisions that life does not prepare us to make;
  • future, space, fantasy and technology and all things that ask and answer the question who are we and where are we going and how do these big things guide our every day relationships;
  • creativity and courage and practical strategies to help build those qualities; and
  • life stuff, those moments, rituals, and simple smiles that get us out of bed and add joy to our days.

With that, here’s my plan.   Each week I will blog on one of these four topics:  Models, Creativity and Courage, the Future today and Everyday Life. And I will intersperse it with fun stuff, blog hops, updates, or whims of fancy because surprises are the stuff of life.

With that, I start today with Models in praise of real life heroes. Today, November 24, Bikers across the country are hitting the road to raise money to buy holiday toys and gifts for those who go without. Sponsored by local Harley-Davidson retailers and owner group chapters, these rides are going on in towns small and large.  Since romance authors ( of which I am one) write and blog about heroes and heroines (many of  whom are bikers) this blog is to recognize the real hero and heroine bikers out there who are out there riding to support real babes in need.

Here are a few links to sample activities. Look for your own, they are running throughout the country:

2011 Video of the 33rd Motorcycle Toy Run

New Bern, NC where I am visiting for Thanksgiving  (and I got the idea for this post)

Colorado Example on Facebook

In this Texas example, they dress for the event.

Happy riding.


Sabrina Garie is on a journey to create the most kick-ass heroine in romance fiction. You can meet the first heroine in Fires of Justice at Elloras Cave, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.


  1. A great idea, Sabrina. I started out with every piece somehow circling back from life to connect with writing in some way, but sometimes you just want to tell a story that inspires you. I might have gotten too far into my stream of consciousness, but sometimes it is refreshing to just share the things or realizations that are important to you as a person, and which surely shape the stories you tell.

    1. Hi Naomi. You have been busy on my blog. I always look forward to your comments. I’ve been trying to find a way to get myself organized on the blog, use the time well, and speak to the complexity of who I am. I’d been doing so much promo lately, with unclear outcomes, that felt like I lost my sense of purpose, and was reduced to a marketing droid, following an expected set ot actions (something I understand I need to do, but is not something I do with ease or comfort). We’ll see if I can keep it up under the demands of life, but I feel better with a set of goals, written down, that I have to periodically stare in the face.

      1. I understand. Marketing is the aspect of publication that I do not look forward to. Finding the balance is always so tricky, but I have been impressed with your organization. I do enjoy your insights about what is important to you. You are a great writer, and I always enjoy your take on things. I hope the blog tour and marketing has been going well. As soon as your book comes out in paper, I’ll be on Amazon to get my copy.

        1. Thanks Naomi. I feel the same about your work as well. In fact, my commitment to adding images came from how well you integrate words and photos into your narrative. I don’t have your talent in this, but I can’t look at a blog post anymore that’s straight text. My book is ebook only but its my beginning. I’ll have a hard copy of another book, and you can buy that one.

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