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3 NON-Messy Ways to Dye those Eggs!

EggTastic Update on 3 different Egg Dying Methods!

Easter 4

 

1) Cool Whip Dye

2) Rice in a baggie Dye

3) Old School Box Kit (Which did have bags over cups!)

*Of course follow direction of boiling eggs and vinegar for ALL 3 described dying methods- See instructions in #1**

ALL three DID work with some variation.

1) Cool Whip. More of a pastel tie-dye effect. Pretty! Directions: Boil Eggs. Once done, spread boiled eggs out on dish towel to dry. Place eggs (gently) one at a time in plastic cup of vinegar. Set back on dish towel to dry. While eggs are cooling/drying, spread Cool Whip in glass pan, drop a few drops of food coloring here and there and use toothpick to “SWIRL” mixture.

Place egg(s) in Cool Whip and roll around until covered. Leave in the mix a few minutes before removing and wiping off excess Cool Whip.

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2) Rice in a Baggie. Now this DOES work, HOWEVER… the rice sucks up so much of the dye, that we found this worked best. Add rice to baggie. Add desired color(s) mix well. Then add boiled egg and add a drop or TWO more of desired color(s) before sealing bag to gently swirl egg around rice.

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3) We bought a kit ($2.00) that was GEL based and had baggies over dyes in cups. MUCH LESS MESS and very, very VIBRANT eggs. The directions were simply place boiled egg in baggie. Pick one or more of the gel dye colors (3 included in the kit) and drop a few drops down INTO the baggie and ONTO the egg. Gently swirl egg in the bag until desired color reached. OUR kit also came with glitter so before they dried but after we pulled them out and set them in the drying spots on the package, we sprinkled glitter on.

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Finished Product!

 

The Light Pastel eggs were Cool Whip, the the solid red and orange as seen in the 1st pic were actually rice… the super dark colors were the gel dye.

Happy Easter Egg Dying!

Bobbi Romans

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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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PLOT TWIST!

Man, these past two months have been a whirlwind of …

PLOT TWISTS!

1st up. Simon & Schuster has bundled the 1st two books in my Swamp Magic series on SUPER SALE with its gorgeous NEW cover!

Swamp Magic: Books 1 & 2 by [Romans, Bobbi]

.99 Cents for BOTH (Or so the pre-sale price reflects) Swamp Magic Bk1 and Under the Full Moon Bk2.

Blurb:

This fresh twist on the popular shapeshifter theme offers paranormal suspense fans passion and danger in the Florida Everglades.

Swamp Magic: Beth’s life is upturned when she reluctantly agrees to accompany her idiotic brother on a hunt for the Bog Man. She becomes separated from the others and comes face to face with the legend himself … only no one ever mentioned how damn sexy he was. But Moss, whose sensual iridescent tattoos are a reflection of his unusual reptilian side, struggles to come to terms with the fate an evil witch has cast over him, and wants nothing more than to be left alone.

The swamp’s dark history will test the duo’s survival skills as well as lure them deeper into the magic of the swamp…and passion. But can their love prove stronger than the curse that envelops them?

Under the Full Moon: Cursed to be a laughably unthreatening swamp creature, armadillo shifter Damien stays deep in his cave to hide his shame…until his path crosses with Grace’s. Grace gave up on love ten years ago when her fiancé, Henry, disappeared in the swamp.

Thrust together in the face of imminent danger, Grace and Damien become close, connecting in ways they’d never imagined, until a secret from the past threatens their fledgling bond. As enemies emerge and alliances tangle, one thing becomes clear: only the strongest hearts will survive.

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Release day is TODAY, July 10th!

Amazon Swamp Magic Bundle Sale

The Series is as follows;

Swamp Magic Bk1

Under the Full Moon Bk2

Armored Hearts Bk 2.5

Dead Man Rising Bk3

Swamp Magic: Independence Day Bk 3.5

Or check out my Amazon Author Page

Next up, a mixed genre, mixed author Summer Sizzler collection releases. A Summer Seduction hits Amazon shelves July 18th!

While I wait on the details of another summer release, I’ll mention, I’ll be hit and miss the next few months as I take on a new endeavor which will take me from Florida to N.C., potentially, permanently.

Hope you’re having a great summer!

Bobbi

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FREE Class on Query Letters!

Around the Writer's Table

Weds the 21st at 7 PM I’ll be hosting a class with Gina Edwards of Around the Writers Table on writing a shining query letter! You’ve got ONE shot at snagging that editor/agents attention.

DON’T BLOW IT!!

Register here:

Then go here  Example/Worksheet  — Look it over. Practice with it then get your questions ready to ask me LIVE on Weds evening!

Spread the word and hope to see you there!

🙂
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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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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