Just for Giggles and..#MFRWauthor #blogchallenge #laughoutloud

Hi, Ya’ll Welcome to the 52-week MFRW blog tour challenge week 18. This week’s topic is What Makes Me Laugh Out Loud.  I don’t have a big sense of humor. It takes a lot to make me cry or laugh out loud. One thing that always drew laughs from me is Lucille Ball. I loved the I love Lucy Series and one of my favorite movies is The Long, Long Trailer. I too have an obsession with rocks and canning stuff so I related so much to that movie.

My grandkids make me laugh out loud. Right now we have birds that visit the tree outside my dining room and taunt my cats. You heard that right. The BIRDS tease the cats not the other way around. We have a robin that comes each morning around ten and perches in the tree then flies into the window over and over. I dubbed it Crazy Bird. Some days the cats just sit and watch some days they hop up and down like they are trying to catch it. Some days they even tumble off the window. It’s pretty hilarious.

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Crazy Bird

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Kitness sleeping on guard.                                                                                                 Kitness waiting for Crazy Bird

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Chloë sleeping on duty too.

I read or listen to ebooks a lot too and sometimes those can bring forth a giggle too.

What makes you laugh out loud?

Let’s go see what makes the other bloggers laugh out loud.

If I could go anywhere~~ #MFRWauthor #top5 #bloghopchallenge

Hi Ya’ll! It’s week 17 of the MFRW 52 week blog challenge. This week our topic is the top five places we would like to visit.

Picking five is hard for me because there are so many places I would like to go visit and things to do. I have only been to Mississippi, Wyoming ( I lived in these two for short times many years ago) Arkansas and Tennessee since they are on the border of us and the only places to get to Walmart and Lowes LOL.  Also, Hubby’s family lives in Arkansas. We also went to Iowa to have  Hubby’s dad’s wake a couple years ago. I forgot about Pennsylvania my dad is from there and we visited a couple times as a kid. I still want to go back. I have lots of internet friends there I would like to meet.

When I met the hubby he took me on a vacation to Chicago. That was on top of my list and I had a blast. We also visited St. Louis every anniversary and Branson on our Honeymoon. These were all nice. So in retrospect, I guess I have been to a few more places than I thought. But that leaves a great big world out there that beckons.

I think my first choice would be England. I would like to see the country, the sea, and the castles there.  Castles bring me to Ireland I also would love to go there. and Australia. I love the Accents and Id love to see the land and animals there and maybe meet a couple of my friends I have there as well.

That leaves me two to pick in the US. New York, though I am not sure why I chose such a busy bustling place with my anxieties. I would love to see a Broadway play, visit some of the shops, central gardens and meet a friend or two from there that could tell me more places I need to visit while there.( I would slip across to Pennsylvania where a friend of mine lives  and one of my editors and see them too!)

Now let’s go clear across the country ( stopping in every state in between especially Utah to visit my beta reader and the aquarium and zoo she tells me so much about~~yes I cheated and got in more than five LOL)to California. I chose California because my husband use to drive a truck there and he says I need to see it. I will love the diversity and all the fresh fruits and veggies. I want to see the wine country and the San Francisco bridge even though I may not cross it ( I have a fear of big bridges and water.)I also want to see the coast and Ocean. I have never been. Funny I want to see all this water and have such a fear right?

For a recap. My top five places I want to visit are~ England~Ireland~Australia~New York and California.

What are our top five places you want to visit?

Now let’s go see what the other MFRW chose as their top five!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A mixup #MFRWauthor #socialmedia #fixingmymistake #blogchallenge

 Hi ya’ll This is week 15 of the MFRW52week blog Challenge. It seems like somehow last week I posted the wrong post.  It was supposed to be where my inspiration comes from and this week was the social media one. I am blaming my dyslexia for the mix-up.  I am going to do a little combo thingy to catch up!

I get my inspirations from so many places. It could be a person I see walking down the street and I wonder what is his or her story. Sometimes an outfit on the computer or ad on TV and a Character may pop into my mind.  Of course, all the yummy men on Pinterest help me describe my leading man or protagonist. As you see It is easy for me to get character inspiration. Plots are another thing altogether. I really struggle with that. Luckily I am a character driven writer and my characters tend to lead me down the path of the story.  I like writing outside of the box so I may take a trope or two and twist them up.  Sometimes stories just pop into my head so I keep pens and paper nearby.

I hang out mostly at facebook, twitter, Google + and Pinterest. I have an author page Cathy Brockman Romance but I forget to use it as I hang out mostly at my main Facebook page.  I have a Freebie book page called Happy Readings, where I post free and sale priced books I find too if you would like to check it out. ( authors feel free to post your free or 99 cent books there. Be sure to put a date they are free though). I love stalkers so come join me. I love making new friends so come hang out with me!

Where do you get your inspiration? Let’s go see where the others hang out.

 

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Let’s get social #MFRWauthor #blogchallenge #amwriting

Welcome back to the MFRW 52 week blog challenge. Sorry  I missed out last week. I had been sick and in bed most of the previous week with migraines. This week our topic is Social Media hangouts.

I am not that tech savvy and am trying to cut my distraction and give myself more time. Doing the social media thing sort of consumes me LOL. My main hang out is—drum roll please– you guessed

it–Facebook. and Twitter

You can also find me  at google+  Goodreads and Pinterest

Where do you hang out?

Take a Peak Tuesday #tuesdayteasers #baseballromance #cowboys

Hi, Ya’ll I thought I would give you another peek at my current WIP. I am not writing yet, I am still self-editing and will be for a while yet. This week I thought I would give a little description of Annie’s favorite place. I hope you enjoy. As usual, I am open to any feedback, but please remember this is a raw first draft.

Baseball Bats and Cowboy Hats Copyright 2016

TJ

I looked around for Annie but didn’t see her anywhere. She hadn’t come back through here so she must have gone outside. Should I follow again or give her space. I should give her time alone. I tried. I really did. For all of two minutes.  I grab my Stetson. It’s old. One of the few things I have left of my dad’s.

It was beautiful outside. There was a hint of a moon, like a little sliver of lighting in the dark sky. I looked around not sure which way she was.  I walked the opposite direction of the barn to the back of the house. There was a white picket privacy fence with lovely flowers around the edges. I opened the gate and lost my breath when I went inside. There was the most beautiful garden I ever saw outside of a magazine. It was like the ones Mama always talked about wanting but not ever managing to make.  One side had beds of green plants and some vegetables I could recognize such as tomatoes. The other side had beds of assorted flowers with stone paths around each section. The back of the garden there were some tall leafy plants some roses in front of that. In the center of it all was a massive octagon fixture with five swings.  A beautiful stone fire pit in the center. In one of the swings sat Annie curled up against some pillows with flower prints.

“Wow! This is beautiful!”

“Thank you. What are you doing out here? I figured you all would want to talk about baseball or games or whatever baseball players talk about.”

“We meet up Monday for our first practice. Simon went to our room to read. He keeps to himself a lot. I hope you don’t mind I came outside to look around. If I’m disturbing you, I can go back in.”   I hope it’s not a lie that I didn’t tell her I was looking for her.

“Oh no, it’s fine. I was going to show you all this tomorrow. Maybe tomorrow evening we can roast some hot dogs or sausages out here and make S’More’s or is that too kiddie? My boys loved doing that up till they left. Well, Christopher did. David wasn’t that big on the hot dogs, but neither would ever pass up S’mores.”

“I haven’t ever had a some more.”

“It’s s’more, no some.  S’mores are graham crackers with a piece of chocolate then you toast marshmallows and put them on it hot.  It melts the chocolate. It’s chocolate and gooey goodness.”

My mouth watered. Not about the cookie thing Annie was telling me about but the way her eyes lit up, -and the way her tongue darted out to moisten her pretty pink lips. I wanted a taste. More than I ever wanted to taste anything in my life.

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So what do you think? Is it too much description? All fluff or does it tell you something about both Annie and TJ?

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