Handbags, Books...Whatever

Handbags, Books...Whatever is the blogsite of Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction. http://vickibatman.blogspot.com.

Avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjohng player. Yoga practicioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Funny writer. Cat fancier.

September 22, 2014

.@VickiBatman - author Suz de Mello returns with a family treasure #MFRWorg #PlottingPrincesses

Back to wow us with a vintage handbag is Suz de Mello. Let's see what Suz is sharing on...

Handbag Monday

I have been a guest at Vicki’s handbag Monday blog before but alas, I forgot which bags I featured.


I’m pretty sure I haven’t talked about the bag I got from my mom, who was quite the fashion plate in her time. In 1947 or ‘48 she was, literally, a beauty queen, having been crowned “Miss Isle of Wight” while on holiday there from London with her family.

So the bag probably dates from the late 1940s--postwar Britain--unless it was a hand-me-down from my grandmother, who in her time was also a social butterfly. So it’s possible that the bag may date from the Roaring Twenties, or ever earlier.

In fact, it may be a forgotten bit of Victoriana. Do you think that the heroine of Sherlock’s Scandal would have carried a bag like this one?

In case you’re curious, here’s the blurb for Sherlock’s Scandal, my bit of erotic Victorian fanfic:

A bored Sherlock is a dangerous Sherlock. His twin vices of cocaine and sex could prove his undoing, until he meets his match in elusive, enigmatic Irene Adler. Hiding her heart, Irene deserts Sherlock in the midst of their affair. He schemes to win her back, but the lady won’t come easily to hand. Instead, she forces him to compete for honor, glory and love.

Buy Sherlock's Scandal at: Elloras Cave

Suz! this bag is beautiful and one that is relevant today! You should be so happy that it was handed down to you. Take care of this precious treasure. 

September 19, 2014

#Movie Mom : Literally, just across the street--The Hundred Foot Journey

I am a huge Helen Mirren fan. She is so classy, and besides, who could resist seeing her in RED and RED 2 with big guns? 

- #Movie Mom - 

The Hundred Foot Journey is a feel-good story. The film stars Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon. The film is based on the novel The Hundred-Foot Journey, written by Richard C. Morais.

Here's the blurb: An Indian family opens a restaurant in a French village and upsetting the Michelin restaurant owner across the street.

I loved this movie. Yes, it is predictable to an extent. So what? Why not enjoy something for what it is? Enjoy the verbal sparring between the father and the restaurant owner. Enjoy a blossoming relationship. Enjoy a young man coming into his own. Enjoy the gorgeous scenery. And then leave...

Happy. What's wrong with that? Not a blessed thing.

FMI: The Hundred Foot Journey

Do you not go to a movie because it might be predictable? 

September 17, 2014

.@VickiBatman - Welcome to Paloma Beck with 2 new projects #MFRWorg #PlottingPrincesses

Today, Handbags, Books...Whatever welcomes Paloma Beck! who has two new projects to talk about. Here's a bit about Paloma:

Paloma Beck is a Romance Author living a life of contradiction... She's a happily married carpooling mom writing steamy romance. It's almost naughty, but she loves it! Paloma writes both contemporary and paranormal romances that are anything but PG. She published her first book in 2012 and hasn't slowed down since. Look for more information on her Website.

With her husband and three sons, the Blue Ridge mountains have been her home for nearly twenty years. There's still a special place in her heart though for New England where she spent her childhood. The lakes of Maine call her name and someday she hopes to find her way back there.

"There's just nothing like sipping coffee in the morning out on a dock. As an admitted caffeine and book addict, I believe a daily dose of espresso and a good book make any day better."

Blurb from Coming Home:
Rachel Porter, a romance writer, has told her three sons tales of finding their true soul mate since they were just boys. She lives with the belief that there is but one match for every person. Now as men, they have yet to discover their soul mates. That is, until they come home… Ryan Porter, Rachel’s oldest son, needs a change from his busy city lifestyle. After five years of living in New York and establishing his own real estate firm, something is still missing. When a family tragedy brings Ryan back to his family’s rural home, he meets Tyra. She just might be the catalyst for the change he needs, redirecting the course of his life. But first he must accept his relationship with his parents and embrace Tyra’s secrets. 

Goodreads : Review

Find Coming Home at: Amazon  

Blurb from Never Coming Home:
I have a story to tell, a story I promised never to tell. Hell, it isn't even one I wanted to live through. I just can't keep it inside anymore... now that they're both gone. I have to tell My Story. Rachel Porter tells her sons about the love of her life, about their father and about their life together. This novella tells the story of the beginning of the Porter family through the Vietnam War, too many losses and a new beginning. It's a tale her sons won't forget, and one that could change them for all time 

Goodreads: Review

Find Never Coming Home at: Amazon

Find more about Paloma at: 

Giveaway: Rafflecopter

September 12, 2014

#Movie Mom - Magic in the Moonlight #MFRWorg #PlottingPrincesses

- #Movie Mom - 

I like Woody Allen's work and when the promos for Magic in the Moonlight came out, I knew I wanted to see this film.

Blurb: Big time illusionist can spot fakes--or can he?

Colin Firth plays an illusionist who is asked by a childhood friend, also a magician, to figure out if a young woman, Emma Stone, is truly a clairvoyant and a mystic. He's rather arrogant and doggedly tries, but then something happens and he falls under a spell... 

The whole cast is very good. Set in the 1920s in the French Riveria, this period piece is lush. The costuming is fabulous. The dialogue is witty and fast. Colin Firth owns the movie with his acting.

I liked the film a lot. It's light and fun. And even left it thinking about the big question on personal faith. Interesting.

FMI: Magic in the Moonlight