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East Bend, N.C. (Plot Twist!)

I’m ALIVE!!! LOL!

Well peeps, a major opportunity arouse that if taken, required a move from Florida to North Carolina. After serious discussions, the family decided…

LETS DO THIS! (Thus my hiatus)

So, last July, I packed up as much as I could and headed for Winston Salem, N.C. From there we anticipated a slow, nicely paced move…urm, then came Irma. I kicked things in high gear, went from house hunting to simply looking for a place to rent. Found an adorable place in a small farming community called, East Bend.

I LOVE IT!

Life is drastically different. I haven’t (and still don’t) have my laptop back with my memorized passwords, so was and am limited to my work computer.

I DID have a release a few weeks/month ago that at last check was FREE (whoop-whoop) at the Loose Id publisher site. Tropical Sins is a fun little read to help soak up these last remaining warm (summer-ish) weeks before fall is “technically” felt, depending where you are.

http://www.loose-id.com/tropical-sins.html

I’ll hop on later and explain more about this sudden move (with some pictures) but wanted to at least, give an explanation to my sudden disappearance.

Hope all is well with all of you reading this, and if you ARE reading this…how was your summer?

 

Bobbi

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Enterprise Rental Car: Epic FAIL x2!

Enterprise Rental Car FAIL/WARNING!

Some of you may remember the fiasco I had with Enterprise Rental Cars last year. We’d booked the car over a month in advance, I called to verify 24 hrs prior, my reservation was in the system arrived and was denied the rental.

Mind you, we were already in the system as we’ve rented from Enterprise in the past. But I hadn’t been told that if I didn’t use my credit card (which I could have done and earned 5% cash back) that I’d have to bring, A) Gas Bill, B) Cable Bill, C) Cell Phone Bill, D) Electric Bill.

  1. A) We are an ALL electric house. No gas bill. B)We are streamers with ROKU so no cable bill. C) We are Straight Talk and Verizon Pre-Pay Customers D) While I DID show an electric bill (via my cell phone so limited bill visibility, we were belittled that we were “seriously delinquent.”

No. We were not.

We have a City Loan for replacing our roof to a more energy efficient metal roof. You can’t qualify for a city loan with electric delinquency. We are also POOL owners. Between the roof loan (an additional amount on our bill) AND a pool pump/water running, our bills run high. They also include, garbage service, storm water run-off, water and firefighter fee’s.

ONE bill in the summer (during which time the rental was for) was $650.00. Not delinquent, just HIGH bills due to the above reasons.

COMMON SENSE: I offered to bring the bill back so the agent could SEE the actual bill and not just the amount. I also offered to BRING our mortgage statement reflecting we are 20 year home owners.

AGAIN- The agent said no, indicted we were delinquent in our bills and Enterprise would not rent to people like us.

Home owners, perfect driving records, past Enterprise clients and denied and belittled. I made a few quick calls and BUDGET RENTAL had me on the road within 45 minutes!!!! (We’ve also rented from Budget before with NO ISSUES EVER, but when I’d called price-checking, Enterprise had come in lower)

THANK YOU BUDGET!!! Also, noteworthy, the trip was to meet my biological grandmother and also introduce her to my children. Thanks to Budget the trip wasn’t cancelled and sadly, my grandmother was right. Time was ticking, as she passed away a little over a week ago.

  ***   THIS YEAR!  ***

I notified Enterprise of what had happened. After about a week of repeating what happened to different agents, I spoke with the local GM who apologized profusely, SWORE this wasn’t the Enterprise way, and offered me a FREE 3-Day rental, for my next need. (This part took place after last years fiasco)

The last week in April (2017) I emailed the GM and upon no reply called the sore. The GM from last year, no longer worked for Enterprise. The NEW GM requested I forward the emails, (which I did) and then said Enterprise WOULD honor the 3-day rental. As I need a weekly rental, he said he’d get me a quite by the end of the week. This was on a Monday. By Monday the following week, I contacted him again, about  the rental quote.

“Sorry.  I had a death in the family last week.  I didn’t forget about you and I will make a reservation ASAP.”

I replied that day,

Oh no! I’m terribly sorry to hear that. Condolences to you and yours. Its not that I’m in any rush… the trip isn’t until 06/10/17, but I just like to try and get everything arranged so I know what’s done and needs to be done before leaving. Its only to Daytona, but I’ll still pack and treat this as if heading cross country. LOL

 

Again, sorry about your loss. Always hard saying goodbye to loved ones.”

 

 

This exchange happened May 8th. I NEVER heard another word from this GM.

On May 31ar I opened up a direct message dialogue with Enterprise Twitter online. I was assured they cared and someone would get in touch with me.

*Thumbs Up for the people running the Enterprise Twitter Acct!*

It is now June 4th. Yes, only 4 days, but if anyone had truly reviewed the timeline, I would suspect someone would have been in-touch by now.

Budget only comes in a tiny bit higher, but thus far, has been a hassle free experience.

IF and WHEN Enterprise Rental Car contacts me, I’ll UPDATE.

Until then… Be Wary!

Bobbi

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#BobbiRomansReads TONIGHT at 8:30 EST

Tonight I’ll start the #BobbiRomansReads An American Holiday!!! Will begin around 8:30 EST (ish) over at my FB Profile Page here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006862743829

Hope to see you there!!!

😉
Bobbi Romans

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Hurricane Hermine & Writerly Update

 

HELLO from the dark ages! Day 5 and there are still 14,000 some without power. Things in town are rather wonky as stores restock their shelves from having to toss their foodstuffs. The cell phones are for the most back up, though occasionally still a little slow and yesterday we lost internet until late in the evening.

But guess what?!! The town has been gracious. Everyone. So for all the bad press we get, strangers opened doors, ppl randomly made offers of hot food, showers or even dips in their pools to cool off. Even hot, tired and stanky from desperate needs of showers, the citizens of Tallahassee stepped up, stayed optimistic and jumped forth to help their neighbors.

Most common request we received were dips in the pool and charging of cell phones.

Our loss was the pool pump motor. Sucker won’t come back on which means a green pool until the hubs can get time off to replace it. Also, a ceiling fan oddly won’t come either. Power is up and down. Popped off this morning, but sprang back on quickly. (YAY!!!)

Utility crews have worked ROUND THE CLOCK getting power restored. Their families haven’t seen them since this storm hit, and MUCH GRATITUDE goes out to all of them.

THANK YOU GUYS!!! (And Gals!)

Now onto writerly related events.

Through the month of September Amazon has placed both, Books one and two, on super .99 sale! Yep, grab up Swamp Magic (Bk1) or Under the Full Moon (Bk2) at this amazing price.

My shifters are locally found critters and my heroes don’t turn into, but rather take on the unique qualities of these amazing underdogs of the southern region.

Swamp Magic (Swamp Magic Series Book 1) by [Romans, Bobbi]

Bk1: http://tinyurl.com/z9qsher

Check out this recent awesome review! (Or check out one of the many reviews found at Amazon or Goodreads)

5.0 out of 5 stars A new and refreshing side of the paranormal, full …, May 31, 2016
Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
This review is from: Swamp Magic (Paperback)
A new and refreshing side of the paranormal, full of adventure and lusty romance, that keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next installment…

 

Under the Full Moon (Swamp Magic Series Book 2) by [Romans, Bobbi]

Bk2: http://tinyurl.com/zp6nofs

5.0 out of 5 stars Love renewed!, August 14, 2015
This review is from: Under the Full Moon (Swamp Magic Series Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Grace is such a beautiful and kind hearted soul. She is powerful in her own right. The fact that she might be able to find happiness in Damien, after all that she has lost, is precious. Now only if they can find the time to find out between someone trying to hurt her, kidnap her, or kill her.

 

Also, mark your calendars about the upcoming October 20th, 9 PM EST, Halloween Party at Writerspace featuring the authors of Loose Id, Publishing! Prizes will be awarded at the end of the party.

Wish me luck as I jump back into a semi routine state and hopefully finishing up this yet unnamed, super hero story.

Bobbi

 

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Hurricane Hermine Recovery Update: Tallahassee Florida

Hurricane Hermine Recovery Update:  Tallahassee Florida

While only a minimal Category One, Hurricane Hermine rolled into town and devastated the area.  Its all about give and take, and as we celebrate a town known for its stunning canopied roads, the downside is… it doesn’t take much to bring down our power lines.

As of now (2 days AFTER the storm) much of the town is still powerless (we are of the few lucky ones) some county residents are being told potentially up to 2 weeks before power is restored, city residents are being told up to a week.

Stores are down, cell towers (Sprint-Verizon etc) are still wonky, with Sprint (as of 09/02) stating their emergency back-ups will only last LESS then another 24 hrs.  The Red Cross have stations set-up giving out hot food and the city has areas giving out water.

Yes, things are that bad-STILL!

As we were lucky, I was able to give out my emergency supplies and made water runs for a few without through-out today.

 Lifesavers- The NOAA radio my son has which features Solar and Hand-Crank operability AND the nifty flashlight and cell phone charging capability.

If you’ve never been in a non-power type emergency I’ll share my list of what I have and you WILL need/use!

Emergency List:

NOAA Radio

Hurricane Lamps (oil lamps- Oil and wicks in the event power is out for days) OR Nifty new LED camping lights.

Flashlight

Battery powered Fans (we’re in Florida, HELLO hot item to have)

D Batteries

Water (One jug per person in household-more if you can)

Boxed, canned or powdered milk. (for dry cereals etc)

Propane for your grill. NO GRILL? No Problem– Sternos will work in a pinch too! (those little candle/heater cans catering companies use under the chafing dishes!

Fill a baby pool etc, for water for flushing.

Freeze Milk Jugs filled with water and leave in freezer to help keep your food from spoiling.

HAND Can Opener.

INSTANT COFFEE!

Canned foods such as Stew, Chicken and Dumplings (one meal type dishes) that can make for easy (no water) clean-up and paired with bread or crackers for substance.

Dry goods: Crackers, breads etc. Crackers are good because they don’t spoil as fast as bread will.

Candles for where you don’t have your hurricane lamps ready. (Bathrooms, etc)

Ice and Dry ice. (Have an ice-maker? Empty out the ice-maker every so often into bags to keep on the ready.)

Paper Goods (remember, you may be without water) such as paper plates/towels, cups, utensils, etc.

TIP: Find a radio station (of no power) giving updates! Our local X-101.5/101.7 Stayed live taking LOCAL callers giving everyone updates on how their side of town was fairing throughout the storm. They were FANTASTIC and we knew what was happening around us.

There are many, many wonderful ideas out there, but most importantly, regardless of how bad or not bad you may think things may get, BE PREPARED for the WORST case scenario!

Hanging in and feeling blessed- Bobbi Romans

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Fabulous One-Liners!

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You know those great one-liners you run across and think…wow, or laugh yourself silly? Maybe its a one liner that prompts tears.

Those wonderful near magical threads we run into that keep us coming back for more.

Well talented author, Allie Ritch came up with the splendid idea to share those golden lines and sent out an all-call. At the below link, check out the best of the best from many of your favorite authors, I even added a few myself.

(Authors Include: Allie Ritch, Allie Quinn, Bobbi Romans, Brynley Bush, Cailin Briste, Cara Bristol, Cynthia Sax, Errin Stevens, Eva Lefoy, Gail Koger, Haley Whitehall, Jeanne St. James, Jessica E. Subject, Jocelyn Dex, K.T. Black, Laurel Richards, Lisa M. Owens, Louisa Kelley, Marianne Rice, Megan Slayer, Pamela Moran, Pippa Jay, Shiloh Saddler, Sotia Lazu, Stephanie Lake, Susanna Eastman, Tami Lund, Tara Quan, TD Hassett, and Wendi Zwaduk.)

Grab your coffee or tea and have some fun this Saturday morning by checking them out.

*Best not to be drinking anything when reading*

https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2016/08/27/fun-one-liners/

Enjoy your weekend!

-Bobbi Romans

P.S. If you comment to this post what my one-liner was there might be a prize!

 

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Here ye, here ye, BOGO sale on Blurbs!

Yep, that’s right! My 1st ever BOGO sale! Runs from today through midnight next Thursday the 21st.

Same price, same NOTHING to lose policy!. Nothing jacked up. IF you like the blurb options and included teasers/tag lines, then its $25.00 (and for each one purchased, you get ONE free) IF you DON’T like (no using- and no free one) then NO CHARGE!

Yep– NOTHING at all to lose!

Now is the perfect time to revisit those older stories that are collecting dust and little sales. Give them new life with new blurbs, maybe combine them into a bundle or anthology and have an overview blurb and new teasers to promote.

 

If you need a blurb NOW but won’t have a need for another at this moment, NO PROBLEM, I’ll create you a coupon (Free Bogo)  to use WHEN you need your next one.

I’m easy to work with, and am available most nights as well.

 

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