Through Thick & Thin #MFRWauthor #meetmybestfriend #Friday #Queen

It’s week 5 of the 52-week MFRW blogging challenge. It’s never too late you can always join in the fun. Learn more and join at MFRW.

Wow! Has it been 5 weeks already? I have to say I am really having fun with this and making new friends. speaking of friends this weeks topic is Meet My Best Friend. It is both hard and easy.  There were so many ways this could go, from writing software, books, kitchen appliances, pets and people. I always talk about my furbabies so I thought I would take a different route.

I watch my granddaughter struggle with friendships. She is at that age as a teen where friend some day enemies the next, then friends again.  I remember back when I was in high school. I was a recluse even then.   I had figured out quickly that I didn’t fit in with my friends from junior high. Some had moved, some joined sororities, some we remained acquaintances. I didn’t care for sports I would rather sit in the library or under a tree with a book. ( yes even back then I was a reading fanatic) I do wonder sometimes where some of those friends have gone. A few I have reconnected on Facebook, though we rarely chat. I tell my granddaughter to not get too upset when she gets older she will make more stable relationships.

I now have one friend that we seem to have weathered thick and thin, even though she still lives 2 hours away. We talk several ties a week if not nearly every day. We have been friends now almost 20 years. It doesn’t seem that way.  She has watched my children grow from teens ( there is at least a 10 years age difference in us) and I have watched hers from babies to now in college. Her son will graduate this year and daughter next. Danniel was with my daughter and me when she had her baby. She took off and sat up all night with us. I came and spent time with her and her daughter when her daughter had a tonsillectomy and again when she had surgery.  Danniel is more like a sister than a friend.

I also have a little group of on-line friends that we meet every morning chat a bit and write a while. We support each other for writing, and whatever ails us. Without these four ladies, I don’t know what I would do. I sure wouldn’t be writing. I hope some day to meet these women. That mean so much to me.

This song always pulls my heart-strings. I dedicate this song to you Danniel and my  Chatty Chicks You to my loyal follower Flossie!.

 

 

Do you have a friend that is your lifeline? Do you think an online friendship can be considered a best friend? ( I do)

This is a blog hop. Check out all the other authors to see who their best friends are. I can’t wait to check them out! remember to comment, tweet and share if you like the posts!


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Sorry Editor I’m Shifty! #MFRWauthor #romance #bloghop

 I do stick all those capital letters in there on purpose to keep you on your toes. Just kidding.  I have a bad habit of capitalizing out of the blue. I will be rereading my work and find capitals everywhere! That is everywhere except where they should be. I also have a bad habit of not capitalizing I.  Gosh how many times have I  put little i instead of I or ill instead of I’ll. I get in a rush and leave off apostrophes, and of course, I have issues with commas as well.

I found something that helps with the comma issues. I use a software called Grammarly.

It is an editing software that helps me with most of these things (except the capitals littering my work.) Grammarly has helped me cut back on my commas and get them in the right place. I am not recommending using this in place of a real life editor.  I use it as a tool to help save my editor time to mess with all that small stuff. Now she can focus on eliminating my capitals!

I am also very wordy.  I tend to like descriptions and writing about food. Every story I write has several meals in great detail. I don’t  know id this is a problem or not.

I have trouble finding ways to stop saying but or so, or as if.  I have come a long way in two years, after writing my first story for a story blog. I know I still have a lot to learn. Thank goodness for editors and their patience to work with me and all my issues!  I can tell my story, and they can help me find all of those goofs! I will give them job security.

Do you use a writing software along with your editor? Readers, do you like to read about things such as meals and descriptions of the settings and characters? What is overboard?

 

  The MFRW  challenge is designed to help authors blog consistently, thoughtfully and with purpose.  We have a list of topics and post each Friday. Anyone can join at any point in the challenge… Authors  FOLLOW THIS LINK TO LEARN MORE AND JOIN THE CHALLENGE. Readers, I hope you enjoyed my post. Check out all the other bloggers below to find out their biggest editing problems. I am curious, are you?

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Bring on the popcorn~Let’s watch TV! #MFRWauthor #bingewatching

 

 

Welcome to  #MFRWauthor 52-Week Blog Challenge. This is week 3, and our prompt is TV shows I binge on. I am not a big TV watcher. I would rather have a book in my hands or a headset on with my newest audible.

In the evenings My hubby and I set aside some time to watch tv together whether it be a movie or a show. This fall we were watching  Designated Survivor.  Kieffer Sutherland still has it! It was pretty good for an action show.

He likes documentaries so Christmas we binged on The Search for Jesus.  New Years he binged on Conspiracy Files on the BBC.

I did marathon watch  Pretty Little Liars with my granddaughter this summer, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t look for her to come over so we could get to the next issue ( I’m not allowed to mess up the schedule, so I have to wait for her)

My Hubby and I found a good series that had one season called Glitch and we binged that. I t is supposed to come back later this year.  As you can see, he is the TV controller in our family I just watch or crochet while he does.

I would like to get in on the hype of Sherlock and Torchwood before its taken off Net Flix. My Granddaughter says I need to watch One Tree Hill.

My trouble with binge watching is I don’t like to sit that long watching TV so one or two episodes at a time are about all I can do.

My binge watching is basically the Food Channel or Cooking Channel or if I can find a missed Top Chef, Masterchef or Project Runway.

 

What are your favorite shows? Anything you binge watch?

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Cat’s week in Review~~ #amreading #amlistening #amwatching

Hi everyone. This is a new thing I am trying. I hope you like my play on words!

I will tell you a little about each book or audio and link you to my Goodreads link for the full review. At Goodreads, you can usually get the buy links by clicking on the get a copy and it will pop up a list. I will also tell you who the publisher is that way you can always go there to buy as well.

You can also find these reviews at TTC Books and More where she has fun giveaways and prizes each month too, so go leave a comment on the reviews! To find each review just search the title and author of the book. Some of them have a blog tour as well with extra giveaways!

Books

Love’s Tethered Heart by C. L. Etta  Dreamspinner Press

 M/M contemporary  5 Meows  1 Purr

This is a bittersweet story. It is about a man (Mico) that barely survived a gay bashing. He is hooked up to a ventilator, feeding tube and catheter. It is also a story of a family sticking together and caring for the man instead of putting him in a skilled care facility.  Danny is a journalist that finds love in a very unlikely place.

I gave it one purr because though it’s not sexual there is a very sensual scene.

I applaud for dealing with such a sensitive story and making it so beautiful and romantic. Though someone is disabled, they are still very human and have needs. BRAVO!

You can see my full review at  Goodreads.  

 

A Coal Miner’s son T A Chase Published by Dreamspinner Press

M/M Contemporary

4 Meows.

T A Chase s one of my auto-buy authors. I love the realistic characters.

In A Coal Miner’s son, James is a wealthy coal mine owner and Cai is a mine worker.  It’s an awesome, rich/ man poor man story.

My  Goodreads  review 

 

Block and Strike  Kelly Jensen  Published by Dreamspinner Press  M/M Contemporary 

 4 meows  2 Purrs

I have only read a couple Kelly Jensen books, but she is heading right up there on my auto-buy too.  This story does have some violence and is very angsty , But I absolutely loved it.

Max is found on Jake’s doorway beaten almost to death. Jake takes him to the hospital. Jake has his secrets as well.  Block and strike is a lovely story of coming out, life and learning to trust and love.

My Goodreads review  

 

The Applicant by Aidee Ladner Dreamspinner Press 

MM Time Travel, Sci-FI

 3 Meows  2 Purrs

This one is a short story about time travel. Not usually my cup of tea but it was cute. There is a robot bear that makes it all worth reading. It is a setup  I think for a series and I am intrigued.

My Goodreads review  

Audio

Smoke and Mirrors by Charlie Cochet  Thirds book 7  narrated by Mark Westfield  10 hrs  42 minutes Audible 

M/M, Genres Mystery/Suspense / Science Fiction / Urban Fantasy / Werewolves/Shapeshifters

This is book 7 of the series and the best yet. That’s saying a lot as each book was fantastic. If you’re looking for an excellent series whether to read or listen to I highly recommend this.

Smoke and Mirrors does start where the last story ended with Dex being kidnapped and tortured. There are many emotional moments in this story. I laughed and cried more in this than the others and again that’s saying a lot. There are many shocking twists, several tear-jerking moments, of course, lots fo hot man-sex and wow what an ending.

You can read my full review at

Goodreads 

Since the series is awesome and you do need to read in order,  you can buy the complete series

Thirds https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LYZH1HN/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

 

Waiting for the Flood  Alexis Hall Narrated by Alexander Doddy  2 hrs 49 minutes Riptide Publishing. Audible

 MM Standalone (Spires Universe) contemporary (kisses and touches no sex)  104 pages

Waiting for the flood is very poetic, and a short sweet romance. The narration made the book in my opinion. I could listen to Alexander Doddy all day. 

You can read my full review at Goodreads 

 

Redesigning Max Pat Henshaw Narrated by David Ross Dreamspinner Press Audible

Overall 4  Performance 5  story 4

MM/ Contemporary

Freddy is an award-winning designer. He is surprised when Max a sexy, lumberjack type guy hires him to design his cabin in the woods. Max finds Freddy intriguing and they become friends and lovers.

My Goodreads Review  

 

The BlueBerry Boys by Vanessa North Tobias Silversmith Riptide Publishing Audible

4 story 4 performance 4 overall

M/M Contemporary

Blueberry Boys is a short and sweet romance. It is about a country boy who is closeted and an out and proud city boy.

There is a scene with the sweetest love letter from Conner to Jed that brought tears to my eyes.

Goodreads review

 

TV

 Friday night (Dec 30) we watched Vikings. All his Angels.  Originally aired 12/28.

I hate to give such a violent story 5 meows, but I have to.  What Radnor’s courage and strength to all the kings did to him was astounding. I think this was probably aired originally earlier in the week we DVR tv shows a lot to get out of the commercials.

Movies TV

 Traded

4 Meows 

This was a western. It was splendid but very violent. A cowboy’s son died from a snakebite and him nd his wife got into a fight causing the 17-year-old daughter to run away. She is kidnapped and sold into prostitution. The father goes to hell and back to rescue her.  Kris Kristofferson had a small part. It also stars Trace Adkins and Michael Pare

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I hope you enjoyed my week in review. I hope you find some good books to read an audio or movie. If you had a favorite this week, you would like to share, post in comments. I am always looking for good entertainment! See ya Next week!

Foodie Friday~~~Hobo packs

Hi, Y’all. This week I was all geared up to make a nice memorial day post with pictures of the family, my new grill, and some recipes.  Earlier this week I slipped off the porch and messed up the ligaments in my ankle and am unable to stand. I have a splint and crutches but its hard to do anything hopping on one foot holding the blasted things. I’m not sure if the kids are coming over and taking over the cooking or if it will just be hubby and I.  I don’t like being waited on so I think we may postpone for a few weeks.   I will probably also cook in the oven as well since I don’t see me hopping down the back porch steps to grill.

A great meal that is easy and quick as well are hobo packs. They are so many ways to make these, and you can also easily customize them for each family member.

A basic my husband makes the Hamburger, potato.

1 lb hamburger

1 medium potato per person ( peeled and cubed)

1 onion we like sweet or red (sliced or chopped)

1 bell pepper or a few colorful sweet peppers ( chopped)

fresh mushrooms(optional but I love them)(chopped)

Garlic (optional I love it he doesn’t)

Salt, pepper

Aluminum foil

The one pound will make four packs, or you can make one large one. We usually make two half pounders.

Cut the foil into the sizes you need

Put the meat down( you can make a patty or crumble it—we like the crumbles) Add the potatoes, vegetables, and season well. Fold the foil up and roll it making sure it’s tightly sealed, or you will have a mess.( it is best to use heavy duty)  If baking in the oven, use a sheet pan for easy removal and to keep spills t a minimum. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes open the bake about 10 to brown the potatoes a bit if desired. The kids like cheddar cheese added as well.

 

Another foil pack we like is done with chicken breast. It is the same, but I add some frozen or fresh green beans, broccoli or asparagus( fresh works best).

Pork chops are delicious cooked in foil too. You can substitute the potatoes for sweet potatoes and/ or add apples.

Pork loin makes a good fall choice with root veggies such as turnips, carrots, potatoes, and apples too.

My mom used this method a lot when we camped when I was young. She called them hobo pouches.  Now I call them easy since there is little cleanup. Cooke dump on the plate, toss foil. Voila!

Have you ever cooked in foil?   Do you have a favorite recipe you cook in foil?

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