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.

October 24, 2014

#Movie Mom : My Old Lady - well, he couldn't kick her to the streets #MFRWorg #PlottingPrincesses

In France, there exists an obscure rental law-- a "viager," an ancient system for buying and selling apartments and the buyer must pay a fee until the seller dies, abiding by the rules of viager.

--   #Movie Mom --

My Old Lady stars the always fabulous, Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, and Kristin Scott-Thomas. 

Here's the blurb: A down-and-out New Yorker travels to Paris to liquidate an apartment he inherited from his estranged father. Once there, he discovers an older woman living in the apartment with her middle-aged daughter which is not convenient. Upon deciding to reside with the twosome, he discovers there is more to the old lady than anyone knew.

Thoughts: I liked the film a lot. It is very different from the action/adventure/blood and guts stuff in the mainstream movies. Maggie Smith always shines. Kevin Kline is different in this role as the down-and-outer. Kristin Scott-Thomas plays the bristly daughter quite well. As the story unfolds, we find life is never simple for anyone and certainly not for this group. It explores the idea do our children know we love them. I heartily recommend.

FMI: My Old Lady

I thought this movie would make the perfect play.  Are there movies you like that would move from stage to screen or screen to stage? 

October 23, 2014

.@VickiBatman - Launch Stella E-A's new book: Kiss My Lips #MFRWorg #newbook

Welcome to Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku

Let's get to know Stella: I was born and raised in a lovely bustling place in South West Nigeria called Benin City, but I live in London, United Kingdom. I’m second in a family of six. I have a B.Sc in Microbiology and an EMBA.

I love and enjoy writing romance novels that are a fine blend of intense sensual romance, intrigue    and conflict. My characters are larger-than-life, feisty and have heart and soul. The story lines are detailed with heart-stopping romantic twists that come alive.                                                                  
In 2010, I created Flirty & Feisty Romance Novel. My collection of contemporary romance novels includes, LOITERING SHADOWS, STORMY DEFENSE, BEYOND the LADY, the National Novel Writing Month 2010 winning novel, THE GARDENER’s ICE MAIDEN, SPARKLING DAWN, HUSBAND to RENT and the first novella and series - STOLEN VALENTINE KISS (Holiday Series #1). 
I’m currently working on my first Nigerian Historical Romance. It's a series of three books set in Ancient Benin City. The three titles are set in three eras, the 18th, 19th & 20th Century respectively.   
I'm thrilled for the opportunity to research my ancestors of the ancient Benin Empire. I'm keen to throw in the reign of Oba Ovoranmwen Nogbaisi (1888 – 1914) who was exiled to Calabar in 1897 by the British. I'm determined to bring the bustling Benin Empire to my readers.                                     
I take care of my handsome, life-size hero of a husband who keeps my romantic wheels oiled and my two vibrant & loving ‘near teenagers’. When I'm not neck deep in writing and loving my family, I love to read romance novels, swim and watch TV, including Nollywood.                                                             

Kiss My Lips
 Will one kiss seal their love?
(Holiday Series #2)

A little blurb from Kiss My Lips:  Accepting Logan’s marriage proposal was the most exciting event of Lorna’s life. But deciding in what country to marry her fiancĂ© proved to be more than a tearful ordeal. When Lorna’s dad announced unexpected news, the wedding wheels spun in a different direction.
With other family members stirring conflict, would there be a wedding? Or would their shared kiss deepen their desire?

And a nice excerpt from Kiss My Lips:

The dining table was already set with auntie’s orchard crockery.
At first, her father nodded in understanding. Out of the corner of her eyes she saw him approach from the opposite end of the dining table. "I travelled across the Atlantic to speak with my daughter who is getting married to a man I haven't met, at a venue I don't know about," he all but shouted.
Bile rose to her throat. “Oh, my wedding venue is suddenly a bother to you, dear dad?”
He lifted his hands and swore under his breath. “Your aunt mentioned you had fancy ideas about getting married here in Jersey City. Let me tell you upfront, that’s impossible. As your father, I say you’ll get married in Nigeria, in Owerri where the entire Ibe clan holds sway. That’s the way it is done.”
Her fingers strained against the table knife she picked up as her father ranted. “Give me one reason why you think you should have a say on where I get married.” Her father glared at her as if she was mad.
“What kind of a stupid question is that? You’re my daughter and that’s why you do as you’re told. Or do you want the man and his family to think you fell from the sky? He should know where you hail from.”
“Lorna, please put that knife down,” her aunt warned. Lorna looked at the weapon in her clenched fist. She hadn’t realized she was pointing it in her dad’s direction.
“I have no intention whatsoever to oblige your wish. I’ll not travel to Nigeria to get married. That’s out of the question.” Fury turned her voice icy.
Her aunt cleared her throat to stop her brother from replying. “Lorna, if you rule out Nigeria because you have no friends there, what about tying the knot in London?” Then she faced to her brother. “If travelling to Nigeria sounds a bit far-fetched, why don’t you have the wedding in London where Lorna grew up? If we decide on having it in London, we have a middle ground.”
“I see both of you have conspired to deny me the joy of giving out my only child in front of my family and the elders in the village. No child of mine is getting married in London or America. I’ll not be a party to it.”

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Preorder Kiss My Lips at: Amazon US     Amazon UK


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October 22, 2014

.@VickiBatman - Your bookshelf picture worthy? #MFRWorg #PlottingPrincesses

Is your bookshelf picture worthy?

I saw a post where people were asked to pose in front of their bookshelves and share a selfie. Yeah, I can't do a good selfie. But I can take a pix of my bookshelves. 

Oh my. From this view, I have a mess. 

On top are photos by #2 son. The books begin with Maeve Binchy through Kathleen Woodiwiss. 

There's an old CD player, four boxes of CDs, personalized notecards, files, every Dick Francis mystery, pictures, jewelry, a St. Anthony candle, maps, and a picture made from popsicle sticks. The book case on the right has 3 TBR shelves. $13.00 I paid myself for not eating chocolate (should have paid myself more!). 

The books look good--except for the TBRs. It's the trinkets. I have a hard time parting with gifts from family and friends. 

So no, my shelves aren't perfect. And one day, I'll do an overhaul. But for now, they are mine with my things and I love them.

If you want, you can put up a pix on my FB page and show off your shelves. Go here: Vicki Batman, sassy writer

Are your shelves picture perfect? Is there something there you can't do without? 

Vicki Batman is thrilled her baby Temporarily Employed is launched and has been celebrating with cake!

October 20, 2014

.@VickiBatman - when a friend shares a treasure with you #Handbag Monday #MFRWauthors #RLFblog

When a friend gifts a bag.... :)

~   Handbag Monday   ~

Several years ago, my friend knew of my love for all things handbags and said she had something to give me. 

An adorable box bag she had made. The body is a wooden box, covered in bandanna type of fabric in red and black. Black rickrack is glued around the edges. The whole thing is varnished and topped with a sassy plastic handle. 

I love it. And treasure this bag because it came from my friend who passed away from cancer. She was a true friend, exuberant, loved chocolate and Mexican food, used the F-word frequently, avid needlepoint stitcher, world traveler, and danced her own steps in Jazzercise.

One day in class, my friend and I experienced the migration of the monarchs. Right before that event, she had told me her cancer had returned. I went home and journaled what had happened and eventually, wrote the story, "Taking Flight." MuseItUp Publishing published the story in their cancer anthology, Lavender Dreams.

Profits from the sales of this go to support a hospital where a MIUP editor who had cancer had been taken care of: MIUP     Amazon

But I have my own scare with cancer. Eight years ago, Handsome was diagnosed with esophageal cancer which had spread to three places. He had surgery, chemo, and radiation. I talk about this journey at: Romance Lives Forever

My friend told me Handsome was at the top of her prayer list. Her top. Truly, she is dancing with angels.

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