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

Avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practicioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Funny writer. Cat fancier.

December 22, 2014

The last Day!! Celebrating Romance Books this Holiday Season, the Mistletoe Hop #MFRWorg #RLFblog

This year, Merry Holly, Cara Marsi, Gerri Brousseau, Bobbi Lerman and I collaborated on a holiday boxed set, The Season of Magic. So to tickle your fancy, I thought I'd share a bit from the first kiss from A Cinderella Christmas by Cara Marsi

Jessica Gallo no longer believed in fairy tales or happy endings. And she certainly didn’t believe she’d find her Prince Charming at Saks Fifth Avenue. Her Fairy Godmother thought differently.

Stephen’s eyes darkened and he bent toward her. “Jessica,” he said on a husky whisper.

She dropped the bag and moved closer.

He kissed her slowly, tentatively. When she pressed against him and returned the kiss, his lips firmed over hers.

Jessica heard a bell ringing and her toes curled. Magic surrounded them.



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December 21, 2014

December 21: Celebrating Romance Books this Holiday Season, the Mistletoe Hop #MFRWorg #RLFblog

This year, Merry Holly, Cara Marsi, Gerri Brousseau, Bobbi Lerman and I collaborated on a holiday boxed set, The Season of Magic. So to tickle your fancy, I thought I'd share a bit from the first kiss from Noel Noel Noel by Merry Holly

Dumped and lonely, is it possible to find love at the local mall? Noelle thinks not, but a chance encounter with Chase Clayborne while Christmas shopping has her rethinking her rigid set of rules, as sparks flare between them.
  


It took twenty minutes to say good-bye to everyone.  Everyone had to hug and kiss her.  It was dizzying.  Her family never showed affection, nor had Ken's.  Minutes later, Noelle found herself alone in the dark parking lot, pinned between Chase and her car.  Not that she minded.  His body threw off so much heat she hardly noticed the frigid air piercing her skin through the thin dress.  Shivering, at a loss for words, she leaned deeper into him. 

"You're cold.  Do you want to leave your car here, and drive with me?" He pointed to the black SUV running on the other side of her car. "It's already warm."

"Where are we going?"

"I'd like to say my place." He grinned. "But I was planning on Roberto's.  Do you like steak?"

"Yes, I'll meet you there.  I live on that side of town."

"It's not a very big town.  I think I can manage to take you back here after dinner.  Come on, get in my truck before you freeze to death." He pulled the lapels of her coat closer around her, his mouth a mere breath from hers.

Sucking in the freezing air, she forgot to let it out.  Dizziness, warmth and then hot boiling fire shot straight through her.  His breath warmed her lips as he spoke. "I think we need to get in the truck before we have an audience."
Dropping her lapels, he wrapped his arm around her shoulder and led her to his truck.  At the truck he opened the door.  Heat rushed out washing over her as he helped her in.  The hot air made her body shiver uncontrollably.



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December 20, 2014

December 20: Celebrating Romance Books this Holiday Season, the Mistletoe Hop #MFRWorg #RLFblog

This year, Merry Holly, Cara Marsi, Gerri Brousseau, Bobbi Lerman, and I collaborated on a holiday boxed set, The Season of Magic. So to tickle your fancy, I thought I'd share a bit from the first kiss from Matchmaker Matchmaker by Bobbi Lerman

With Chanukah around the corner, is there enough magic left for a matchmaker to bring Molly's cynical heart back to life.
 

Ben pushed the button for the elevator. It was empty. They quickly stepped in and Ben hit the button for the eleventh floor. "I thought we'd take a ride before hitting the party," he said and pulled her into his arms as the doors closed. "Have I told you how stone cold amazing you look tonight, Molly?" He cradled her face with his hands, and kissed first her left cheek and then her right. "You take my breath away," he whispered and then took her mouth in a mind-numbing kiss. 

Molly felt herself turning to liquid. Sighing, she reached up and threaded her fingers through his hair, holdng on, wishing for this moment to last forever. 

And here's a second tease from Yuletide Bride by Gerri Brousseau

The Dowager Duchess’s decree that her grandson must marry before Twelfth Night or relinquish his title and fortune sends him into a tail spin. Without any prospects and with only two weeks until Christmas will Stuart Nelson find himself destitute or will he find The Yuletide Bride.

          “His Grace, Lord FitzGerald, the Lady FitzGerald, and Ladies Brianna and Claire FitzGerald,” the butler’s announcement drew Stuart out of his thoughts. His gaze rose tiredly to the top of the staircase. It wasn’t until Lord and Lady FitzGerald descended the first few steps that he got his first glimpse of Lady Brianna.
          Her copper colored hair was piled up upon her head, but unruly curls had escaped the coiffeur. Ribbon that matched her deep green gown was woven through her curls and accented with pearls. Stuart’s heart hammered against his chest and he struggled to breathe. The strains of music and the buzz of conversation seemed to slip away. She’s the loveliest creature I have yet to encounter. Were I to select any of those set before me this night, it would surely be her.
          The family stood speaking to his grandmother, but Stuart’s gaze was frozen upon Lady Brianna. His father’s voice broke his trance. “Allow me to introduce my son, Stuart, The Marquess of Winescroft.”
          “A pleasure, Lord FitzGerald, Lady Fitzgerald,” Stuart said.
          “This is our daughter, Claire,” Lord FitzGerald said gesturing to his right, “And this is Brianna,” Lord FitzGerald drew the girl to stand at his side.
          There eyes met, hers green and sparkling with her smile. Stuart’s mouth went dry. All he could manage to muster was a slight nod.
          “Milord,” the girl said in a tender voice that held the same melodic lilt as her father’s.
          Stuart took her hand in his and bowing slightly, he brought it to his lips. Finally finding his voice he said, “It is my great pleasure to make your acquaintance, Milady.”
          A slight shade of pink stained her cheeks, but the blush only enhanced her beauty.
          “I would be delighted if you would honor me with a dance this evening,” Stuart said.
          “It is I who would be honored, Milord,” she replied.
          Her voice is like music. Her accent is completely charming.
          “I shall greatly look forward to it,” Stuart replied.
          The butler announced yet another family, but Stuart didn’t hear a word that was said. His attention was focused on Lord FitzGerald’s family making their way into the ballroom.

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December 19, 2014

December 19: Celebrating Romance Books this Holiday Season, the Mistletoe Hop #MFRWorg #RLFblog

Welcome to the Mistletoe Hop! Are inundated with the holidays right now? I'm gearing up for Wrap-a-thon and then, am pretty much done. My secret is--don't tell--I shop all year round. I love traveling to new places and finding things I wouldn't find at home.

This year, Merry Holly, Cara Marsi, Gerri Brousseau, Bobbi Lerman and I collaborated on a holiday boxed set, The Season of Magic. So to tickle your fancy, I thought I'd share a bit from the first kiss from my romantic comedy, "Holiday Disaster":

His head tilted up to the heavens above. Water drenched his hair and cascaded over his face. A drowned rat would have looked better. He said, "This is not good for my cold."
I tried hard not to laugh. "As they say when it rains, it pours."
He wiped his face clean with a downward swipe. "Very funny."

"When you aren't substituting for your brother, what do you do?"

"I'm an IRS lawyer."

Which explained the "dealing with idiots" and liars and the business clothing.

“Why were you always saying women?”

His head tilted to the right. “Oh. I heard it in a movie and applied it to you.”

“Not so endearing.”

“No. Sorry.” A long pause passed. "I'm thinking of investing in a raincoat and maybe a few more suits if I'm going to keep seeing you," he commented. "Now will you let me in before I get pneumonia?"

His keep seeing me phrase made me grin. I grasped his hands and pulled him inside. He tossed the box toward the sofa and wrapped his arms around my body, pressing a kiss to my forehead.

I placed my hands on his chest and let his piney scent and wet body envelope me. Lifting my chin while rising to my toes, and despite the possibility of catching his cold, I set my mouth to his. Guess all our tension was released as we kissed like tomorrow would come too soon. Good thing I’d had a flu shot.

When we broke apart, he said, “Wow, mama.”

Wow is right. Funny how a little water changed everything. I laughed.

Tilting back to study the new man in my life, I saw he had a sparkling gleam in his eyes, one that tripped and flitted and made my heart go squee.

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