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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Rising from the ashes~#MFRWauthors #blog challenge

Hi, Y’all! Welcome back to the MFRW weekly blog challenge. This is week 12. I know I missed week 11, but I was down and out last week. I guess you could say that’s one of my strengths. I may get down a lot with all my illnesses, but I force myself to get up and keep going if its only 30 minutes a day.  That way eventually I get back on my feet. I have a tendency to rise from the ashes. though I am much slower at it than I use to. There are times i wonder if I wont pull myself up this time , but i look at all there is to do and enjoy, all the craft stuff I have, my family, and the stories in my head and I get up one more time.

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In writing I think my greatest strength is my characters,  I love building characters and my friends that I tell about them, fall in love and tell me how I should totally  get that written.  I could sit and develop characters all day. I do a character sketch when I first start a story then as I write the story I add to the character as he/she grows.  I keep a folder for each character and place in a notebook for each story.  It would be great if all I had to do were develop characters.

What is your greatest strength?

This is a blog hop, so let’s see with the other hoppers strengths are!

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Seven Guilty Pleasures #MFRWauthor

This week our challenge is seven guilty pleasures. This was tougher than I thought it would be.

 

#1 is easy. Fried chicken.

#2. Who doesn’t like a good juicy, burger and fries once in a while. Sometimes it’s hard to decide between regular fries or sweet potato fries.

#3. Pie. I’m a southern girl and I love anything peach, strawberry or pecan, but pecan pie is to die for and a splurge.

#4. This one probably should’ve been number 1. I have to have my chocolate.  I keep a jar of kisses or dove by the bed and allow myself one to two pieces a night. Yes, I can eat just one.

#5. Still on the food theme, I love to veg out and watch the cooking channel. My problem is I turn it on and I am stuck all day long. I have to make sure I don’t have something I have to do before  turn it on.

#6. another guilty pleasure is reading. I admit it. I love to read. I am addicted to books. I take so many free books a day, I buy so many bargain books a month and of course, I have my favorite authors on alert at Amazon and Bam! It’s one click on new releases. I bet I have over 300 on my kindle. I will never get them all read. I get arcs from lots of authors and a M/M publisher so it makes it hard to get to any I buy or download myself. Now I have another way to feed this addiction monster. Audio books. This makes doing dull chores much more enjoyable.

#7. What kind of Mother would I be not to say my family? I love spending time with my kids and grandkids. I love playing with my furbabies. After a morning on the computer, an afternoon of cleaning and or crafting, cooking dinner it is always nice to sit with the hubby and watch a tv program or movie together before I delve into my book stash.

Let’s go see what the other author’s guilty pleasures are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yuck that’s not romantic…it ‘s gross! #MFRWauthor #ickywords

It’s week 9 of the Marketing for Romance Writers weekly blog challenge. This week’s theme is Words that make me go ick.  I am an avid reader and average at least 4 books a week. I read a lot of M/M romance and this is where I find most of my squicky words. The one highest on my list is calling a person’s hole a rosebud. Really? Rosebud? Comparing a butt to a pretty flower that smells sweet? *gags* It gets worse if they have it quivering or winking Yeah winking. If a hole winks at me when things should be all sexy, I’m getting up and running! Another one I don’t like in reading romance is describing the female’s body parts with Sex. Her sex this or that. Come on there is no part called a sex. The word leaves me cold. The same for the word heat. Heat is not a body part. Moist is another one. Moist is better left in making a good cake or maybe even chicken or pork chops. Let’s keep it out of the bedroom. I could go on and on with dirty words (especially when it comes to M/M erotic romance) but I won’t. These are the ones in reading romance that freak me the most. I am anxious to see what the other others say on this topic, especially those that do write the spicy stuff.

Now on to other icky words. Slug. Slime. To me, they are both the same and say one and I nearly throw up. Yeah, show me a spider I will probably get a container to catch it and put it out or leave it alone depending on what it is. Yet let a slug get in my path and I run screaming to the bathroom to toss my cookies. One gets in the house I am salting every baseboard in the house. A salt circle to keep those demons out! And I still probably won’t sleep that night! I hate those toys that are rubbery and you throw and they stick to the wall. The texture is just gross. The word slime is enough to make me queasy.

At least this post was good diet control. I was getting hungry but suddenly lost my appetite.

What words make you go ick?

Come see what the other authors find yucky!

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It’s never too late to join us. This is such a fun challenge. I have made new friends and learned a lot.  If you want to join go here to sign up, then follow the directions each Tuesday. Voila! It’s that easy!

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