Am I a broken reader?

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Am I a broken reader?

I write this because well… I guess I read, and LOVE, what I see so many hate. Loathe, reject or deny.

Let me start by saying, this post is NOT about anyone. Its not what anyone said or did, but I what I keep stumbling across as the “norm.”

Growl. I can’t tell you how many posts I’ve run across where some say, “Oh for the love of baby kittens, NO MORE GROWLING.”

Me?

I fucking love it. Done right, if he growls at her, it shivers me timbers. Am I broken?

Millionaires and surprise babies. There are some who say, give me MORE! Some places actually push that troupe.

Me?

What the ever loving fuck? I’m so damn broke and menopausal my head can’t even begin to wrap around that. Not even for a minute. Am I broken?

First vs Third? Again, I’ve run across countless posts, from readers, agents and even editors. Heck, even crit classes. AVOID first.

Me?

LOVE it. I often write 1st POV and more often, read it. When done well, you become that character for their story. Don’t get me wrong. If there are many emotions from many characters I think 3rd is best to better get this across to the reader. Am I broken?

There are so many DON’TS that are my DO list that I’m lest wondering…

Am I a broken reader/author?

Weigh in. Gimme your thoughts. I’m curious.

 

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A farewell dinner WITH pics!

Doing a quick dinner posting. Last night we had a farewell meal with my niece and her family. Their heading back up to Oklahoma later this month.

Remember, there are nine people in this house. NINE!

So, any event is a huge undertaking in getting everything ready. Between tidying bathrooms, sweeping, carpets etc, the cooking must be something I know I can control the time of. Last night I made the below for the 1st time and it was SUPER easy! Because it was a little here and a little there, I was able to clean in-between the prep work and NOT run around like crazy. Okay, so maybe there was a tad of crazy but I was also finishing up the baby blanket and matching hat.

The meal;

Cheesy Potato & Ham Bake w/ Side Salad, Homemade Bread and Lemon Tarts for dessert.

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If anyone is interested in the easy recipes, just comment so and I’ll edit this to include them. For now, I’ve got to get back to my posts for an upcoming June class on queries.

Happy Eating & Happy Writing!

Bobbi

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Rant, Recipe & Special Invite

For all of you who work from home, dontcha hate all the “Oh, you don’t work?” I feel your pain!

Let me tell you. While I may NOT have a job outside the home. A job which actually pays me FAIR wages… I work.

In an underpaid, underappreciated position that has no start time, nor stop time.

7:15 wake up get coffee, turn brain on.

7:30 wake up wee man for school.

7:45 breakfast for wee man.

8:10 off to school for wee man.

8:40- prep for dinner. (ie; pull whatever from freezer and make sure I have all needed items)

MORE COFFEE

9:00 clean kitchen (unload dishwasher-reload if needed, wipe  counters, etc.

9:30 start laundry (typically I do 2-3 loads a day)

10: 00  backwash pool/check filters

MORE COFFEE

10:30 open up word get as much writing done as possible.

12:00 swap loads of laundry over and hand/fold dry load

1:00 check bathrooms and clean if necessary

1:30 swap laundry again (fold/hang new load)

MORE COFFEE

2:00 back to writing.

3:00 get wee man

3:30 prep for dinner. (get meat in oven or potatoes skinned, etc.

4:00 start dinner.

5:00/5:30 dinner time.

6:00/6:30 begin after dinner clean-up and swap last laundry load

7:30 pack lunches

8:00 back to writing.

Now, in the midst of the above there is reviewing the bills, giving out the kids chores (making sure they get done) any sewing or hemming or like now, making a baby blanket, is done in-between.

Have I mentioned I repaired our oven a few weeks ago? As in replaced both elements? Yep, did. Also, I redid all out trim, sanding, staining and sealing.

So while I may not have the “PAID” job… I work.

I’m not complaining per say, because my day IS filled with things I love.

Wee Man and Wee Miss, writing and cooking.  Speaking of…

RECIPE!

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Cheesesteak Bake

(3-5) Pounds ground beef

Either a bag of frozen onions and peppers or chopped fresh.

A pkg of sliced Provolone (24 slices)

Mushrooms. (Can be canned or sliced fresh)

4 Cans of Biscuits

Worcestershire Sauce (am I the only one who can NEVER spell that word without the help from spell check?)

 

Brown ground beef (use potato masher to keep meat nice and crumbly as it cooks) with onions, peppers and mushrooms, if fresh. (if canned add when done) Add a few shakes of Worcestershire as you cook. When done, drain well.

Add more Worcestershire to the cooked meat (a few shakes should work fine) and mushrooms,  mix well.

In large casserole pan, spray bottom with non-stick spray. Using hands, flatten biscuits to create a solid biscuit bottom. It took me one can plus 2 extra from the 2nd can.  Add 1/2 the meat mixture evenly over top. Top with provolone. Next, using remaining biscuit break into small pieces and evenly scatter on top.

Repeat all in 2nd casserole pan.

Bake about 15-25 minutes until you see biscuits browned and everything is nice and bubble.

Serve with a nice salad and BOOM, a fun, tasty, easy and affordable dinner!

Special Invite:

If you are an author following me, I have a Power Hour Group I run on FB. If  you’re the type where a little bit of prompting goes a long way… just comment below you’d like an add or email me at bobbiromans@yahoo.com.

Readers: Want your book signed? Gifting and would like a special message on the book? Simply email me what message you’d like and I’ll let you know how to get it to me. Just be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelop in your package.

Ebook lovers, for an electronic signing, head over to. Bobbi Romans Authorgraph Page

Happy Tuesday!

Bobbi

 

 

 

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Crock Pot BREAD! Yep, you heard right!

Crock Pot BREAD!!!

Not my recipe. I found this gem circulating on Facebook. Made it, it WORKS!

(3) Cups Flour

2-3 Dashes of Salt

2-3 Tsp’s Sugar ( I added this but the recipe, link below didn’t call for it)

1 1/2 Tsp’s of Dry Yeast (Which is also a packet)

1 1/2 cups of HOT water. (Not boiling, but hot)

 

In large bowl, mix above ingredients well and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand 3 hours.

Next, remove risen dough and place on floured surface. Roll into a nice ball. Place on parchment paper, then place into crock pot on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

BOOM-DONE!

It was AMAZING!

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Hubby already said he loved the texture so much that he bet, added sugar, cinnamon and raisins added for cinnamon bread would be tasty too! Me? As is or maybe some honey butter.

 

Okay, OFF I go back to this story at hand. Time to get er done!

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Bobbi

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You are NOT alone…

You are NOT alone!

For anyone dealing with a loved one/friend battling mental illness, you are NOT alone. It sucks for those battling and it sucks for those dealing with.

The laws are wonky and help no one.

They protect no one.

Yes, life with, can be a struggle. You are not alone.

My SIL is paranoid schizophrenic and a close family like friend is bi-polar. Both can be the sweetest people on the plant and BOTH can go violent in the blink of an eye.

My SIL is currently institutionalized and her husband fears they are being evicted due to her outbursts. She is in misery to what her mind has created and her meds are not working as they used to. Whether this is due to constant changes in them OR menopause or age, we don’t know. We DO know this… everyone is at stalemate.

You see the state doesn’t want to keep her unless she’s a direct threat. Family can’t deal because often she is. Her husband has issues too, not as extreme, but he can only handle him.

STALEMATE.

The close friend I mentioned, is our foster nephews mom. She’s never had it easy either. In fact, most of the time she’s okay.    She doesn’t take her pills because she can’t afford the medical care, and as she’s essentially homeless, has no address to give for attempting state assistence.

STALEMATE.

My son, though not diagnosed is somewhere on the autism/aspbergers spectrum. He was ESE all through school, pulled out of high-school at their recommendation as they saw his need for more help. He’s now 24 and continues to struggle to make a life, without a label. Sadly, his OCD and other issues make life very hard. He may hear a whisper and jumps to assumptions people are talking about him. Yes, we understand he may paranoid tendencies too. He lives at home and we emotionally and financially support him too. But we worry about his future. What happens when we are no longer here?

STALEMATE.

So to any and all of you out there, going through the same struggles…

You are not alone.

There are hotlines in every home state, who have people there to just listen. Don’t hesitate to call. Don’t think you need to be worried about what anyone may “think.”

Sadly we’re going through something very common now, so you are NOT ALONE.

 

 

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Horror Chat & Recipe (What a combo right?)

Table for Three-Hold the Blood by [Romans, Bobbi]

 

Quick post as I’m still going full steam with no pause in sight.

Book Update: Two Summer Steamy reads coming soon…I’m waiting on some feedback to a much sweeter, slower paced story and Swamp Magic Bk4 is also still in the works. I’ll keep everyone updated.

For those new to me, I’m going to share a few reviews from a fun, horror cross over I did a few back.

Blurb:

Shana, Erron, and Marklon hadn’t realized life had more than a committed threesome in store for them. Like catching the serial killer monster who is leaving bloody body parts in restaurants throughout their small town—on platters no less.

The first murder and subsequent meal/gag occurred not long ago, at the upscale eatery, Carnal Cravings. Not long after, nearly every restaurant in town had served up some form of unexpected tartar. Heads on platters stuffed like prize pigs at luaus and people popsicles. Even deli-wrapped penises, taking Oscar Meyer Weiner to a whole new plane of pun, have rocked the sleepy little town of Crow Manor Maine to a state of panic.

It was then the nightmares began for Shana and her two men. It wasn’t long before she realized they weren’t nightmares but visions. They’d become attuned to the killer. As the threesome fight for their love and their lives, old skeletons tumble out of the closet that could literally carve them to shreds.

For Table for Three-Hold the Blood and Amazon Reviews

5-Stars

This certainly was different and I really enjoyed it. Is there a movie out about it yet? There should be if not. Looking forward to reading more from this author. Thank you.

Published on December 31, 2013 by Kindle Customer

 

4-Stars

“Wicked Good

What isn’t great is the speed with which the book ended. Thus 4 out of 5 stars.
This was a well written and well edited story with great characters and a wicked plot.

Published on October 28, 2013 by Outlaw’s Lady

 

5-Stars

Ghastly Fun

By Masonon July 11, 2013

Format: Kindle Edition

This is the third Bobbi Romans book I’ve read and I really love her writing still. Fast paced horror and love. Not one dull moment for her characters or for her readers.
This book is definitely not for the squeamish or faint of heart. But for guilty pleasure reading, just the ticket.”

 

 

To clarify… this story is NOT a romance but believe it or not, does have romantic elements. It is horror.  Another reviewer mentioned  “Grindhouse flick”  so for any tempted to read, understand all this BEFORE purchasing. But I think its fun.  So while I write, as another review said,

“4-stars Not for the squeamish

By Stacey Dixon on April 22, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition

I love horror and gory stories, this book had nice blend of some romance and humor to balance the blood and guts, what i love about Bobbi Romans is she writes books in so many different genres but they are all great books!”

all over the place, I do try my best to label my stories correctly.

Amazon Table for Three-Hold the Blood

Recipe Time!!

I meant to pop on sooner to share this. At Easter, I did this and it was hoovered in seconds.
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

 1-2 Bunches Asparagus

1-2 pkgs Bacon

1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar

1 Stick of Real Butter

1-2 Tsp Garlic Powder

Garlic salt with chives

Now to conserve on money I cut my package of bacon in half. Bacon stretches so it worked fine.

PREHEAT OVEN to 400

Hold bacon up by top of Asparagus and simply wrap it around. Doesn’t have to be a solid wrap but just wind it around. Repeat this for all asparagus and bacon. Laying each piece down on parchment lined cookie sheet.

Once done, melt stick of butter, add brown sugar and garlic powder and mix well.

Using a basting brush, brush butter mixture over asparagus.

Lightly sprinkle garlic salt with chives over tops.

Bake for about 10-15  min watching close for signs bacon is cooked.

 

Enjoy and have a Great Week!

Bobbi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Author, LIVE Chat Tonight! 9 PM EST

 

Come join authors, Candi Fox, Nancy Weeks, Ellie Masters, Annette Mardis, Izzy Szyn. and myself at Writerspace (here: Writerspace ) TONIGHT at 9 PM EST for a chance to win one of several prizes!

Hope to see you there!

🙂
Bobbi

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