Handbags, Books...Whatever

Handbags, Books...Whatever (http://www.vickibatman.blogspot.com) is the website of Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction. Handbag lover. Avid Jazzerciser. Mah jong player. Yoga practioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Choc-aholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome.

HBW Calendar

  • 08/20 - Lyncee Shillard
  • 08/16 - Vicki
  • 08/13 - Veronica Scott
  • 08/09 - Vicki
  • 08/06 - Vicki
  • 08/02 - Sheri Levy
  • 07/30 - Keta Diablo
  • 07/26 - Mariah Lynne

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Vicki Batman - You know what’s really annoying? #MFRWorg #readromance #householdchores

I try not to be a gripey person. I take on tasks I dislike and finish them. However, there is one household chore I really dislike, and I think you’ll be surprised when I say... 
Changing out the toilet paper tube for a fresh roll.

Yep, the springy thing bouncing all over the room, getting on hands and knees and finding it, and pushing all just so to get it back in the holder drives me crazy. I wish I had installed the kind where the roll slips over the rod.

Silly, isn’t it?
A few years back, Handsome informed me he intensely dislikes putting sheets on the bed. I have to admit our bed can be challenging. Even using deep pocket sheets, tugging the corners into place takes a strong arm. Handsome has ripped a few. Finally, I decided to just cover the thick top pad only. Problem solved? Yes; however, he still hates helping. He’d rather wash the dogs.
Sometimes, writing drives me crazy . There will be a story I’m working on with a difficult problem and I am reluctant to go back and tackle it. The truth is my head will worry and worry and I’ll get some ideas. I write them down, saving for when I’m ready. But the project is always there, almost nagging me. Eventually, I do go back and when I do, HALLELUJAH!
The truth is the problem may or may not be solved. I usually chip away at it through rewriting and editing, and then my issue will be resolved. Not ideal but is the truth.
Many years ago, I critiqued six 1,000 words short stories for a friend and in doing so, learned how to write short stories. I also learned what is really important for very short stories. Other authors say they can’t write that short. I believe it is just a matter of keeping an eye on the word count and determining what is needed for the story.
A little hard work. Totally worth it. Better than changing the toilet paper roll.
Eleven 1,000 word cute meet, clean and whole some short stories full of fun and forever possibilities. Find yours at: Amazon

Like Short Stories? Check out my new venture: Short Stories Rock  I'm giving away and e-book. Comment on the post on FB.

What is your most dreaded chore?

Monday, August 13, 2018

Author Veronica Scott on Handbag and Book - Writing about ancient Egypt #handtooledhandbag #ancientEgypt #thriftstorefind

I used to love to go to thrift stores on the weekends and on one trip a few years ago I found this purse for $1.00! It’s special to me because I write a paranormal romance series set in ancient Egypt and of course the symbols on the leather, with the scarab reaching toward the sun and the faux hieroglyphics all reminded me of my love for everything relating to ancient Egypt.

Unfortunately the purse has no maker’s mark or place of origin so I have no idea where it actually came from but I’ve never seen anything like it before. It’s my little inside joke when I’m carrying it (especially if I’m wearing one of my T shirts with an Egyptian scene) because I do write the series and not that many people write fiction about ancient Egypt. But if someone comments on the purse, then I tell them about the books!
 An ancient evil wants Lady Tuya for its own dark purposes…Pharaoh has sent help but will Captain Khian arrive in time to save the kidnapped lady he loves?

The scribe had them line up off to the side, awaiting their moment with Pharaoh, who was still speaking with a group of ambassadors. “Your name will be called and then move forward in front of the throne. Salute and stand at attention.”
“We’ll do as you instruct.” Khian clenched his hand on the hilt of his sword. He gazed across the chamber while he waited, taking in the crowd of courtiers attending the audience. For the most part the nobles, officers and functionaries were a blur of painted faces, fine clothes and elaborate jewelry but one woman caught his attention. She sat near the queen, so was obviously high ranking, but her expression was sweet rather than haughty and she stared at him as if trying to give him encouragement. Could she tell he was nervous about committing an inadvertent error of royal protocol? The lady smiled, plying her ostrich feather fan flirtatiously. He made a slight bow to her, before he abruptly remembered where he was.

If I may add one thing, my latest book in the series, Lady of the Nile, was just named as a Finalist in the Romance Writers of America FF&P PRISM contest. I’m beaming!
Find Lady of the Nile at: Amazon
Find Veronica Scott at: Website

So loverly to have you visit today, Veronica, and congratulations on the contest final. 

Thursday, August 09, 2018

HBW - Vicki: Short Stories - I have the attention of a gnat #readromance #MFRWorg #giveaway

I write a lot of short stories. When it comes to writing a book, I have the attention of a gnat. Writing a short story, and maybe it is psychological, is easier. A lot of the stories are cute meets. Some dwell on issues of cheating, meanness, jealousy, self-image. All have a HEA.

The big question is: Are Short Stories as Satisfying as a Book?

I say yes.

I have told people/potential readers about my work and have heard, "I don't read short stories, only books."

I'm guessing they want the longer experience when reading. Or perhaps, they were turned off by those weird shorts we had to read in high school. In today's publishing, there are short stories of all kinds. Some authors use this venue for in between books to hold readers' interest.

Whatever the reason, I decided to try something else. I created the Facebook page, Short Stories Rock. Facebook I'm hoping new readers discover these delights and authors tell us about their work.

To kick off Short Stories Rock, I'm having a Facebook drawing. Go to: Facebook, find today's link and comment. On August 17, I'll do three drawings for an e-copy of Just Desserts...and Other Stories.
FYI: the typewriter quote is from an upcoming holiday story featured in an anthology. Isn't it fun?

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