Handbags, Books...Whatever

Handbags, Books...Whatever 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.

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HBW Calendar

  • 02/27 - Vicki
  • 02/23 - Linda Tillis
  • 02/19 - MTW: Armaan Dhillon, Paul Parker
  • 02/18 - MTW: Miriam Verna, Christina Hoag
  • 02/17 - MTW: D. M. Barr, Pam Lazos
  • 02/16 - MTW: Christina Phillippou, Michael Smorenburg
  • 02/15 - MTW: Anna Willett, Jordan Greene
  • 02/14 - MTW: Nick Rippington, Kaye George
  • 02/13 - MTW: Ronnie Allen, Kristina Atkinson
  • 02/12 - MTW: Jude Roy, George Weinstein

February 27, 2017

Blog: Vicki Batman-It's all SPARKLY!

Handbag Mania  - Enid Collins

Several years ago, an Enid Collins bag caught my eye when I was sick and tired of the department store offerings of garbage bags, and I had to have it. Because…

My confession:  I ADORE handbags.

Yeah, most of you probably know that. LOL.

I know, I know, most women are into shoes. I would be except I have small feet--7 narrow--and shoes are hard to fit. And I have a bum right ankle; so heels are out.

But handbags... Sigh. I can put one over my arm, around my wrist, under my arm, or over my shoulder and am one happy camper.

So I began to explore eBay. (Uh-oh, you say, not eBay. We'll never see you again, VB. LOL.) I bid on an Enid linen and leather tote, entitled Cable Car (it's on the far right in the photo) and sat back and waited. Imagine me when I won!

Cool! Let's do that again. So I found a box bag--Pavan--and won it!

Cool! Now, I am a collector. And am obsessed. Suddenly, in every antique store, I find an Enid bag I have to have. One clutch I found came from a mall. It had been manufactured by the Tandy Corporation after they bought Enid Collins. Here's a photo of all my treasures:

So my collection grew. I still check on eBay and ETSY. And found more fun...an Enid pin! Now, I have three. See what you think:

With a newly popped diet Coke by her computer screen, Vicki Batman is about ready to click on the eBay button and shop some more. Find her at: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com  Something new is coming soon, "Raving Beauty," a romantic short story in the Just You and Me boxed set.


So are you a collector?

February 23, 2017

Travel and Book with Linda Tillis #romance, #TrentonNewJersey #caregiver #MFRWorg

Travel and Book with
Linda Tillis
When I retired the first time, it was after twenty years as a Crime Scene Investigator with the local Police Department. It had been a rough twenty years and my husband finally sat me down and told me the job was slowly killing me. So, after so many years of shift work, long hours, and traumatic cases, I retired.
He knew I needed time to heal, both mentally and physically, so he bought me a good camera, and told me to go out and take photos of living things.  We started taking long drives, and I did a lot of nature photography. During one of these trips we passed through a rural town called Trenton, Florida.

He mentioned that his father was born there, so naturally I was interested. I slowed down and was delighted when I saw a quilt shop. (a weakness of mine) But this was not just any quilt shop. It was housed in an old Coca Cola bottling plant, built in 1925. The building had been restored, and housed a lovely little cafĂ©, a beautiful, well stocked quilt shop, and numerous antique stores. 
When I started writing “A Heart Made For Love” it seemed only fitting that the “rural” setting would have to be Trenton. 

A Heart Made For Love is the story of a young woman’s journey, from victim to victorious, which leads her to discover her own inner strength as she aids others in finding theirs. 
Mae Hinton’s mother’s untimely death leaves her the caregiver to her family in rural Florida in 1903. At seventeen, her faith in her Lord is tested when she is attacked by a band of roving miscreants, led by handsome but bitter, Langford Hardwick. 
She embarks on a mission to help other women overcome their similar plights. 
Before she knows peace, she will meet her future husband, encounter bigoted ministers, well-to-do hypocrites, and men who have higher regard for their livestock than their women.
When Hardwick reappears, she must decide whether she will handle it, or if vengeance truly belongs to the Lord. 
Find A Heart Made for Each Other at:  Amazon
Find Linda Tillis at:  Facebook

February 19, 2017

#MysteryThrillerWeek continues with Paul Parker #militarythriller #financialcrimethriller #Marine #MFRWorg

TODAY’S Mystery Thriller Week AUTHOR IS: 
All In:  The Globe Trot Shuffle,

a Military, Financial Crime Thriller 
I came up with the idea for my book when I was a US Marine during the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.  We heard that other Americans found large amounts of money or gold in palaces and we wondered what we would have done if we found hidden currency.  We never would have taken any, but we did spend many evenings discussing how we could have smuggled it home if we did ever cross that line! 
My dream of seeing my name written across the cover of a book has been realized!  I see my novels on my bookshelf and I still can’t believe it.  I’ve always wanted to write a book, and now I’ve done it. 
The first time I saw a sale on my Amazon report page, I nearly leapt for joy!  I called my wife over and told her that someone is reading my book on their eReader; my book!  I couldn’t stop smiling.  I spent the whole afternoon trying to imagine who bought it, and wondering how much they were enjoying the story. 

A team of US Marines make a discovery of a lifetime in one of the dictator’s palaces during the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.  They embark on a deadly journey across the globe to make good on it. 

A line of green military vehicles slowly drove down the road.  They couldn’t tell if they were driving on a dirt path, or on a real road.  The vehicles were swallowed by a red sand storm that looked like something out of a science fiction movie.  It felt like they were at the bottom of a murky river, surrounded by predators just out of sight.  Predators ready to strike. 
“I can’t see a fuckin thing,” Diaz said.   
The HMMWV’s engine, and the howl of the wind made it hard to be heard.  Holding the steering wheel with one hand, Diaz tried to wipe the sand gathering on top of his goggles.  Warden knew he had to reassure Diaz, because they were all under a huge amount of stress.  He just didn’t know what to say to sound convincing.  But he’d try his best. 
      “Shit Deez….  Just maintain speed and distance 

FIND All In:  The Globe Trot Shuffle at:  Amazon

Paul, do you plan on continuing to write military thrillers or some other genre?

Featuring Armaan Dhillon #mystery #thriller writer #MTW #MFRWorg

TODAY’S guest for Mystery Thriller Week is
Armaan Singh Dhillon, author of
A Nazi War Criminal In India
In general, I think it was just the love I had towards writing. I’m one of those who feel that writing can move people to a great extent. Both in Positive and Negative direction. It goes for movie screenwriting as well as for a novel or any book. A good story can go bad if the writing is not up to the mark and a mediocre one can reach good heights if words and writing is done by someone who feels the story, words. Someone who knows how to write a sentence in a way which will leave a big mark in the mind of the reader for a very long time. Writing is a free tool and can be used for almost every decision. All the laws, amendments etc are first written down and then followed. Writing has the power to put the world upside down 

Satisfaction that you get from writing a book. I remember when I had just started writing my book, I used to think about fame, money etc. all the materialistic things that exist was in my mind. But it was after my book got published that I was content with the satisfaction of just getting my work out there in the public. There's a sense of self-respect. People also see you with respect. I think that's the best reward of being an author. So having published a novel was a dream which has now been realized. 
“A Nazi War Criminal In India” is my first book. Nazis have always fascinated me. Although I strongly believe that whatever they did during their regime was wrong and I condemn it, but the way they controlled everyone, their uniforms, banners, salute and their way of acting towards an issue was just unique and different which mesmerised me. The movies that I have watched related to Nazis have always made me want to write something of my own. So relating Nazis to India was a big task, but I worked on it for a very long time and came up with this story. And I do believe that I have done justice to the whole concept of my story.

   Be aware of your surroundings. Check whether the person you are friends with seems suspicious to you or not. 
    21st July 2011  I was tired, exhausted and my mind didn’t seem to work at all. I stared down at the cigarette grasped effortlessly by my fingers. I debated with myself whether or not to smoke it, but eventually gave in to my craving for that nicotine hit and decided to light it in just a bit. I didn’t even realise that I had reached my college after walking for 15 kilometres on an extremely sunny day. I looked up consciously for the first time since I started walking from “that” house. I was sweaty and thirsty. There were a few acquaintances who said “Hi” and “Kaisa hai Rohan Ahluwalia” to me, to which all I could respond was, with mere expressionless stares. I saw a board which said that the renowned film director ‘Ayush Mehra’ is visiting our college to present a motivational speech. 
FIND AUTHOR  Armaan Singh Dhillon at: Author Central Page
FIND A Nazi War Criminal In India AT: Amazon

Armaan, you mentioned World War II movies that fascinated you--can you tell me some of them?

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