Handbags, Books...Whatever

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

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

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  • 05/20 - MaryAnn Kempher
  • 05/18 - HM, Vicki
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  • 05/13 - Kim Cresswell
  • 05/11 - Susan Winters
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  • 05/04 - Susan Day

May 4, 2015

#Handbag Monday ! #childrensauthor Susan Day w #birthdaygift #MFRWorg #accessories #fashion

Susan Day, author/illustrator, secret handbag lover, dog lover and slave to three cats is visiting with me today on

Handbag Monday

I was lucky (or is it spoiled?) enough to get this bag for my birthday. I love the color because it matches my Astro's Adventures books. The leather is soft but I was afraid it was going to be too 'hard' - does that make sense?

I was wrong. It is really supple and the bag is big enough to hold all of my goodies. I love the satchel style. It makes me feel young again. It's photographed here on my antique piano which I picked up for a bargain on Valentine's Day now, I'm just showing off, right?) LOL!

Wow, Susan, I might have to go to your house and appropriate a handbag for moi! The color is totally awesome. Good bag!

This fun and entertaining book was created to give children the skills they need to build resilience and cope with depression and anxiety.

Find Astro's Adventures at: Amazon

Fore more about Astro's Adventures, go to:  Facebook Astros Adventures
Thank you, Susan, for showing off your handbag and your new book!

May 1, 2015

Kicking and Screaming, then a life change #MFRWorg #StarWars #movie

Recently, I wrote a post about how I raised the boys on Bugs, Bond, Indy and Star Wars. 

Here's my confession: Star Wars almost didn't happen. 

When Star Wars was originally released, I didn't want to see it. Another weird science fiction thingy--right? But my friend really wanted to go and being the nice person I was, he persuaded me and we went. 

Instantly, I was captivated. Words scrolled across the screen, telling a sort of prologue to the story. I'd never seen that before. And then the movie transported me to a planet where a young man was eager to go. To do. To Live. But he couldn't. Sympathy for his plight instantly overcame me and I was hooked. 

I was hooked to the ending. Through fights and wars and yelling and electricity. I was hooked so much, that when I saw #2, I cried out when Han Solo was freezed. His "I know" and the look between him and Princess Leia was priceless. 

And don't get me started on the "Luke, I'm your father" bit. 

So I married and the boys came along and I introduced them to the magic of movies. They became hooked on Star Wars as well. Three other prequels were released, but didn't have the magic of the first two. 

Now, a new one is coming in December. Several original cast members are returning. And I'm sharing the trailer with you. Enjoy!


Want to share how old you were when you first saw Star Wars? 

Sometimes, the far-out stuff rocks on. In Temporarily Employed, a romantic comedy mystery, the heroine perseveres through job crisis after job crisis, like many of us have. Find TE at: Amazon and other sites. 

April 29, 2015

So what about all those lines guys use on girls? #datinglife #romance #comedy #cozymystery #MFRWorg

When I dated in college, a young man asked me if I wanted to see his hamster. The instantaneous thought I had was "weirdo with something else up his sleeve" and maybe my radar hadn't been working.

Seeing the skeptical look on my face, the guy said, "No, really, I have a hamster."

Again, I waited. I'd heard about the etching line used to lure girls to a guy's place with the hopes interesting things could take place under the covers. I still leaned toward a big fat no.

I asked, "Why do you have a hamster?"

He shrugged. "Can't have a cat in the dorm." Then he added, "I know what you're thinking..."

Damn right I was.

"The hamster is for real."

I sighed and decided to go. I could use my pretend karate if I had to. FYI: the hamster was for real.

When I wrote Temporarily Employed, my heroine, Hattie Cooks, knows hero cop Allan Wellborn. He's her best friend's brother. But we're all aware people change over time. Here's a fun dialogue run between the two:

No frisking and no arrests were--so far, in my book--a good thing. As Sarah Anne’s older brother, I found it easy to eliminate him from the stalker, murderer, and rapist categories. The something in the truck line sounded similar to approaches used in past dating experiences. For instance:

“Want to come up and look at my etchings?”

Translated: A roll in the hay.

Or the ever popular “Would you like to meet Mr. Lizard?”

Translated: Mr. Wiggly Worm.

“How about coming to my place for a drink?”

Translated: To ply me with multiple drinks and the requisite roll in the hay.

I hadn’t fallen for those then and wasn’t going to be a sucker now.

He stuck his hands on his hip and said, “I know what you’re thinking. I’m not a stalker, murderer, or rapist." 

Apparently, he could read minds.

"Just a minute." I closed the door partially to release the chain, then opened it. “Why can’t you just tell me whatever it is?”

“No. I want to show you---”

“Not a Picasso?” I asked.


“Not an iguana?”

A perplexed expression crossed his face. “A what?”

“Not your pet worm?”

“What pet worm?”


          “Look, I don’t know what you’re thinking. The only worms I know about are for fishing.”

Has anyone ever done this to you?
For more TE fun, go to: Amazon The Wild Rose Press

April 27, 2015

When a sister gives a sister a gift - Denyse Bridger on #Handbag Monday #fashion #accessories #vampire #MFRWorg

When a sister gives a sister a gift...

Handbag Monday  

This is my main handbag, the one I’ve carried for the past twenty years. My sister paid $300 for this bag, and decided afterward she couldn’t carry this bag and her work portfolio, too. She went to a small bag she could tuck into her work bag. She gave me this awesome Italian leather purse and I’ve been using it ever since. I swear it weighs about five pounds, and I carry everything in it. The usual things, wallet, cards, plus an amazing array of stuff that is somehow essential. My mom no longer carries her bag, so I have her medication when we go out, my rosary, which I’ve carried with me since I was about nine years old, lighter, pens, notebook… it’s all there. The bag itself is high grade leather, very durable, and it’s never been in for repairs… I love this bag!

Wow, Denyse, you sister was so generous. But what I find hilarious about this picture is the groceries surrounding it. Do they fit in the bag too? LOL

Death has many shades and shapes... Deep within the ageless Carpathian Mountains, an ancient evil wakes. Imprisoned many centuries ago, the creature has waited, patiently, for the one destined to grant her freedom. Arienne Lereaux has studied the preternatural menace called "vampyre" for most of her life. She is an expert in the field. Loosely affiliated with a secretive organization called The Institute of Paranormal Research and Investigation, she turns to them when she unearths what may be the first representation of the vampyre ever to exist.

The enigmatic and attractive Head of the Institute, Adam Raven, has spent a lifetime tracking the clues left by his mother's disappearance in the mountains of Romania nearly twenty years past. When Arienne arrives at the secluded island headquarters of the Institute, he wonders if she holds the key to finding his lost mother. But before too many days pass, the city of Vancouver is rocked by a series of grisly murders. As it races to find the culprit, the Institute faces an evil unlike any it has encountered before...

In the middle of their hunt, another branch of their network is making a scientific breakthrough in genetically heightened telepathy. The team responsible may soon hold a weapon that will have world powers at their door—until their lead scientist vanishes after leaving Toronto to consult Raven and his people. Ancient myth is suddenly not myth, and evil may take many guises before the Institute can restore the delicate balance that was destroyed the night Arienne stumbled into a remote castle in the mountains half a world away…

Find Shades of Death at: ARe Romance

Find Denyse Bridger at: Facebook

Has someone ever given you a bag you just adore? 

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