Handbags, Books...Whatever

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

Avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mah jongg player. Yoga practioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Cat fancier. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome.

HBW Calendar

  • 3/13 - #Movie Mom
  • 3/11 -
  • 3/9 - Handbag, Jerrie Alexander
  • 3/6 - #Movie Mom
  • 3/4 -
  • 3/2 - Handbag, Susan Zupryk
  • 2/27 - #Movie Mom
  • 2/25 -
  • 02/23 - The Esse Purse Museum
  • 02/20 - #Movie Mom
  • 02/18 - Karen Sue Burns
  • 02/16 - Handbag, Tina A. Van Haven
  • 02/13 - #Movie Mom
  • 02/11 - Marilyn Baxter
  • 02/09 - Handbag, Rebecca Grace
  • 02/06 - #Movie Mom
  • 02/04 - Sam Cheever
  • 02/02 - Handbag, Tramp Lee Designs

January 30, 2015

#Movie Mom ~ Philomena #MFRWorg #RLFblog #adoption

Movie Mom 

Philomena, a 2013 drama, directed by Stephen Frears, is based on the book 
The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. 
The movie tells the true story of  Ms. Lee's 50-year-long search for her forcibly 
adopted son, and journalist Martin Sixsmith's help in finding him. 

My thoughts: I wanted to see this movie when it came out, but sometimes, indie films aren't at the theater very long and didn't get to. I liked this movie a lot. 

The subject matter--forcibly adoption--is so hard to comprehend nowadays, and the nuns's starchy attitude about pregnant young women is heartbreaking. We can only imagine what Ms. Lee (and all the young women) went through. To continue lying to her as an older woman is unfathomable. The relationship between the two main characters is fun to watch. 

Ms. Dench is always good in everything she does. Mr. Coogan's performance is very likable and I hope he does more of this kind of work.  The film moved well and is heart-wrenching, yet joyous in many places.

FMI: Wikipedia

January 28, 2015

.@VickiBatman - Food = Good w @author Louise Lyndon: #chickensalad & Of Love and Vengeance #MFRWorg #RLFblog

Today, author Louise Lyndon is sharing a fab recipe and 
a tad about her new book on: 
Food = Good

Potato and Chicken Salad

4 Idaho potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (6-ounce) skinless chicken breast
3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1/4 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons mustard
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves
2 sage leaves, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
Place potatoes on a sheet tray, toss with oil, season with salt and pepper, and roast until golden and tender, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan cover chicken with water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Poach until cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from poaching liquid, let cool for a bit, and cut chicken into cubes.

In a large bowl, toss together potatoes, chicken and bacon with the celery, onions, and garlic. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, paprika, herbs, salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Mix until well combined.

Mmm, Louise, I'm a huge chicken salad fan. Anyone else love it like me? 

Forced to marry Lord Aymon to ensure her nephews survival, English Lady Laila vows undying hatred for the Norman she holds responsible for so many deaths. Discovering Aymon has committed an act of treason gives her the chance to seek vengeance he deserves.  But will Laila really let Aymon die once she learns the truth?

A hardened Norman warrior, Lord Aymon has lived through atrocities no man ever should. With the invasion of England over, all he wants is a quiet life and a wife who will give him heirs and obey his every command. Instead, he finds himself wed to feisty and outspoken Laila. But when she learns the truth of his treasonous act, can Aymon count on her to keep his secret? 

Contact Louise at:  louise_lyndon@yahoo.com
Find Louise at:

Find Of Love and Vengeance at: Amazon US
Participate in Louise's giveaway here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

January 26, 2015

.@VickiBatman - welcome author Margo Bond Collins w #handbag & a tale #MFRWorg #RLFblog

Hi, all! I am delighted to be here today—but the way I got here was a little odd.  I need to preface this story with the fact that in addition to being a writer, I have a full-time job as a college professor and an incredibly active four-year-old daughter. I am almost perpetually distracted.  

Several months ago, I sent an email to Vicki about guest posting on her blog. She said yes, and a few days later, she sent an email asking about the post she had sent me for my blog. I didn't remember anything about a blog post from her, but Vicki and I belong to some of the same writers' groups online and have posted on one another's blogs before—and as I noted, I'm more than a little absent-minded—so I assumed I had simply forgotten agreeing to have her as a guest blogger. I asked her to re-send the post, and I put it up on my main blog.

When I sent Vicki the link, she responded asking about the post on the second blog.

You are determined to embarrass me, aren't you?

I had indeed started a second blog just a few weeks before, but I didn't remember telling anyone about it. Still, Vicki had used my name in the post ("I'm glad to be a guest today on Margo's blogs"), so clearly she knew what she was talking about. 

I posted on the second blog and sent her the link. Vicki's response this time was to ask about a specific blog—one that belonged to someone else named Margo.

Vicki and I have laughed about that incident several times since then, but I've also decided to assume it's some kind of fate. We are clearly meant to post on one another's blogs often! 

Today, I'm here to talk handbags—and the handbag I'm featuring today is one of my favorites, perfect for a parent, a literature professor, and the absent-minded type in general. My favorite handbag is this one:

It's not brand-name. It wasn't expensive. It's not fancy. 

It is, however, a bag that I bought in a street market in Athens, Greece last November, when I was there for an academic conference. From the corner shop where I got it, I could see the Theatre of Dionysus, the birthplace of modern drama. And every time I look at the bag, I remember the long history of literature that stretches from all over the world and leads to all of us who now write.

On a more practical note, it's big enough to carry not only my usual items (a wallet, a comb, my phone, and so on), but also anything I might need to carry for my toddler—a change of clothing, a few toys, a book or two. 

And even though it's a bag that I carry in the spring and summer, I hang it on the door knob of the closet in my office year-round—right next to prints of the covers that I am working on at any given moment—so it's almost as much a decoration as it is a handbag. 

Only fifty years left before vampires rule the world.

When Dallas police detective Cami Davis joined the city's vampire unit, she planned to use the job as a stepping-stone to a better position in the department. 

But she didn't know then what she knows now: there's a silent war raging between humans and vampires, and the vampires are winning. 

So with the help of a disaffected vampire and an ex-cop addict, Cami is going undercover, determined to solve a series of recent murders, discover a way to overthrow the local Sanguinary government, and, in the process, help win the war for the human race. 

But can she maintain her own humanity in the process? Or will Cami find herself, along with the rest of the world, pulled under a darkness she cannot oppose?

Connect with Margo at:  Email        Website

Find Sanguinary-Night Shift at: Amazon

Wow, Margo, that's some book! Congratulations!!!

January 23, 2015

.@VickiBatman - "If I take it, I can make it" : Unbroken #movie mom #MFRWorg #RLFblog

War movies bring the past front and center. 

* Movie Mom *

When growing up, all the men in my families fought in WW2. They didn't talk much about it. I knew one was in a gun turret, one on ski patrol in Italy, my dad worked with aircraft and drones in the Navy. Movies about wars may sometimes glorify what happened. But the truth is those who serve are heroes.

Unbroken is a WW2 movie,  produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, and based on the 2010 non-fiction book Unbroken. The film revolves around the life of USA Olympian Louis Zamperini, survived in a raft for 47 days after his bomber was downed, and was sent to a series of prisoner of war camps. Zamperini died on July 2, 2014 at the age of 97. 

My thoughts: OMG. How anyone survived-shaking head. It's hard and true and gritty. I was never bored. I sobbed.

After seeing Saving Private Ryan, I said to my young sons they needed to remember the sacrifices their family made for all. I worry that people nowadays as we move further and further from that time period will not remember. But we should. Every war and every person in war should be remembered and thanked. 

FMI: Wikipedia

Do you watch war films? 

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