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 31, 2014

#Movie Mom - lots of people read the book, watched the film Thoughts on Gone Girl #PlottingPrincesses #MFRWauthor

I love mystery, suspense, and thriller movies and books. When this book was first released, I had asked my book club if we could read--Gone Girl

#Movie Mom 

Blurb: On the day of his fifth wedding anniversary, a former journalist/bar owner returns home to find his wife is missing. Gone Girl is a 2014 American mystery film directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, and Carrie Coon. 

My Thoughts: What can one say about a book that is written well and a movie that is acted well, and yet, I didn't like it? 

When one reads, we continue to do so because we care about the characters, and if the story compels us along, we sit up all night and race through the pages to the end. 

I skimmed the last third. 

Here's what I say-we each bring something different to things we like. This makes our opinions, our thoughts subjective. I thought everything about Gone Girl was well done and well acted; however, I didn't like the story. I am not an expert at critiquing. I have opinions about what I like and dislike. Ultimately, you need to decide for yourself.

Interestingly, my mah jong group said the same thing about the book and the movie. 

So maybe this book/film is your cup of tea. Maybe it isn't.

FMI: Gone Girl

October 27, 2014

.@VickiBatman - author Chris Keniston : Handbags, Cars & Dislocated Shoulders--Oh MY!

My guest today is a fellow Plotting Princess, Chris Keniston, with thoughts on a heavy handbag on

Handbag Monday

Some days I feel like the only female on the planet who can't find a practical place for her handbag while driving. It seems a forgone conclusion that no male automobile designer has ever had a wife point this little tidbit out to him or the problem would be solved. 

If I'm in the car alone, the passenger seat works just fine. But when I'm not alone? Well, some folks are nice enough to volunteer their laps. Not best case scenario. Others the floor space by their feet – which probably already has their handbag so unless they care to ride with their feet on the dashboard- that's not going to be optimal either. 

Many cars have the little compartment between the bucket seats ( note I would not object to the return of front bench seats). These compartments are way too small to actually hold a handbag, but a handbag can be set atop. This at first seems the perfect solution, until you take that right or left hand turn and your bag and its contents go flying all over the back seat. Inevitably I find my favorite lipstick melting under the seat sometime mid August. 

So the final choice is to simply start with my handbag on the floor of the backseat. If I place it behind the passenger seat, with a little stretching I can in a hurry grab that sucker and fling it forward to retrieve any number if essential items from bug spray to credit cards to that especially favored lipstick.  Until the one day when I stretch and reach and lift and pull and along with my handbag, my shoulder stretches and pulls and- oh my lord- what have I done????

Six weeks of physical therapy later I come to the same conclusion I've had all along. There is no practical place for a handbag in a modern car ! 

I am thrilled to announce that myself and six other authors are pulling our works together in a boxset of 7 full-length contemporary romances: Fast Men, Slow Kisses to say thank you to all the real heroes. The military men and women who serve and protect us every day.  And especially those forgotten heroes struggling here at home. All proceeds from Fast Men, Slow Kisses will be donated to causes that support military service members and their families in the United States and Canada. 

Find Fast Men, Slow Kisses at: Amazon

Find Chris at: Website 

Thanks, Chris, for sharing your handbag and the wonderful anthology!

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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