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 lover.

July 30, 2014

Just a teeny tiny sneak peek--really! Temporarily Employed #MFRWorg #PlottingPrincesses

Coming soon!

It's squee time at the Batman house for my romantic comedy mystery will be available real soon. 

Here's the blurb:

Hattie Cook's dream job is down the toilet and her new SUV violated. Desperate for cash to cover the basic necessities of rent and food, she takes a temporary job at Buy Rite insurance company where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee--the very one she replaced. The last thing she wants is to clash with By-the-Book Detective Wellborn, no matter how much he makes her heart pound.

Allan Charles Wellborn has secretly adored Hattie all his life.  He evolved from a pocket protector-wearing geek to a handsome police detective.  When the police determine there's more to the death of a former Buy Rite employee, he steps in to lead the investigation. Overly dedicated, always perfect, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one he loves.

Can the killer be found before Hattie's time is up?

Here's an excerpt:

Pretty much covered the whole freakin’ day. 
A blinding red-white, red-white strobe, reflected in my brand new Wrangler’s rearview mirror, seized my attention. The police. I tossed my hands skyward, ready to surrender. I shouldn’t have been too surprised. Like I'd commented this a.m. to my roommate, Jenny, “Today, anything’s possible.”
My Bad Day checklist included:
- Crappy job interview, one which might have provided desperately needed    income.
- Wore gut-busting panty hose on a hot day which had now worked past my waist and strangled my diaphragm.
- A barely blowing air conditioner indicated something had malfunctioned in   my new, fun car.
I stole another glance in the mirror, and with great reluctance, flipped the right turn indicator. My vehicle coasted to a stop on the shoulder of Boston Avenue in my hometown of Sommerville, a nice suburb located between two large cities. Four lanes of cars and trucks zipped by as I sat there where every single one of my family, friends, friends’ friends, and their friends—including Rat Fink Suzanne—would see a police vehicle positioned right behind mine. Gleefully, drivers would chant the “Ha-ha, got you, not me” ditty.
How embarrassing.
After killing the engine, I flopped back in the seat. Shooting the morons the finger was an idea. Nah. I'm too exhausted to care.
A litany of:  "No, not hiring." "Just filled the position." "You're over qualified." "You're under qualified…" tornadoed through my head. Coupled with the intense job search through various outlets like the internet and completing numerous online employment applications, no wonder my body had been depleted of all life force.
Not even a breeze blew to take the edge off the unbearable summertime heat. Tangled wild trees and dry scrubby bushes banked the roadside. The grass had taken on a scorched look. Rolling down the driver’s window, I surveyed my surroundings. Nothing great. Nothing new. 
I stole a glance in the side mirror at the policeman who strode purposefully along the shoulder. The gravel crunched under his boots. He looked huge, probably because his uniform, which appeared to be bulked with a bullet-proof vest, made him resemble a buffed-up superhero in size. Exceedingly intimidating.

Sigh. When things went wrong, they were really wrong. 

What do you think? You like? Ready for some laughs?

Find Temporarily Employed at The Wild Rose Press soon! 

July 28, 2014

.@VickiBatman - friends can surprise me author @AlishaWilson on #handbag Monday #MFRWorg #PlottingPrincesses

Friends can surprise me! And even let me know when they find a new treasure.

~Handbag Monday~

So my friend, Alisha Paige Wilson, is out resale shopping and finds a treasure which she immediately puts up on Facebook. That's not enough for me. I have to know more. 

Handbag made by Frankly Fabulous and bought at a resale shop. I saw it sitting there on a shelf, this cute little embroidered handbag with gorgeous bamboo handles! The blue, green and yellow fringe spoke to the hippy in me! I love fringe on just about anything and this sassy little bag had it all! Gorgeous flowery embroidery, earthy bamboo handles and the FRINGE, baby!!! Feminine, soft blues like a robin's egg and bamboo from the far East. I was shocked my name wasn't embroidered inside! xoxoxo

Alisha Paige is a best selling indie author writing paranormal and vintage romance under her real name, thrillers and westerns under the pen name, Ruby Vines and children's books under the pen name, Wolfgang Pie. 

Blurb for My Little Texas Tornado: Muscles, Tornadoes and Wine! 

Find Alisha at: Alisha Paige

Find at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ASE1J9O

Thank you, Alisha, for being at
 Handbag Monday today!

July 25, 2014

#Movie Mom: From small boy to college bound, your heart will feel Boyhood #MFRWorg #RLFblog

#Movie Mom

I wasn't all that sure what I was getting myself into when I went to see 

I'd seen a few trailers and they made it seem as if we would be following the life of a boy until college age--which is true. But there is so much more.

Directed by Richard Linklater over a twelve year span, this movie is unusual in that we actually see life through the lenses of the mother, father, sister and the boy. I laughed a lot, got teary-eyed on occasion, felt terrified in bits, etc. Yet, this could be normal. 

The movie features Ethan Hawke who, to me, delivers the best parts and does his darndest to deliver good dad advice. Patricia Arquette plays the mother. The movies is filmed in parts of Texas and I have to say the hike in Big Bend at the end just confirmed for the millionth time how I needed to visit there.

I love the scene with the boy on the grass, staring into the sky, daydreaming.

I liked this movie. 

FMI: Boyhood

July 23, 2014

Do the years pass quickly for you too? @VickiBatman #MFRWorg

Do the years pass quickly for you too?
After I had been secretly writing for a few months, I sat down to have dinner with Handsome who had been mega traveling. We chatted about the usual—kids, cats, house, his trip, my upcoming class reunion. Then he asked, “What have you been up to?” meaning besides Jazzercise, needlepoint, and reading.

I drew a deep breath and let this rip quickly, “I’ve been writing.”

Honestly, I don’t stun Handsome much. But this admission did. His eyes went large and he went from a reclining position to sitting straight. Then his eyes narrowed, “Writing what?”
I explained the whole enchilada about how I began writing. He really listened and when I’d finished, he said, “You’ve changed.”

And I had. I had moved into a new life stage and was embracing it wholly. Here’s what I’ve done:

4 short romantic comedies, 1 essay with MuseItUp Publishing
1 paranormal short sexy romance with Noble Romance Publishing (rights returned)
13 short romantic comedies with True Magazines
Indie Pubbed:
3 short fiction collections

To be Pubbed:
1 essay, Sisterhood Anthology by Wordforest
1 funny romantic mystery by The Wild Rose Press (coming soon!)

Can be published:
2 paranormal short sexy romances (+ returned one)
4 short romantic comedies
3 romantic mysteries

I think I have been busy.
Happy anniversary to me!
Vicki Batman is greatly rejoicing a life change and eagerly waiting what will happen soon. Check her site FMI: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com