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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  • 06/22 - Handbag, Vicki
  • 06/19 - Book, Laurel Wanrow
  • 06/17 - Feature, Lia Davis
  • 06/15 - Handbag, Rina Maria
  • 06/12 - Food, Judy Alter
  • 06/10 - Feature, Ashley Fontainne
  • 06/08 - Handbag, Pamela Aares
  • 06/05 - Season of Love, Stacy Hoff
  • 06/03 - Feature, Karen Holck
  • 06/01 - Handbag, Jackie Maurer
  • 05/29 - Book, Christina OW
  • 05/27 - Craft, Vicki

May 29, 2015

Welcome Christina OW and Twist of Fate #romance #MFRWorg #amreading

Today, I welcome a new author for me--Christina OW. Let's get to know her and 
Twists of Fate

Christina OW writes suspense, thrillers, erotica, interracial and multicultural romance books. Books have always been an escape for her, for a few hours she gets to live the lives of characters she grows to cherish and admire. She's always had an active imagination and because of it has lived in her head more than she has been in the outside world. 

What was the hardest part of writing your book? The writing. There is this meme about having voices in your head. For authors we need those voices, those characters, in writing the book because when they go silent, I end up staring at a blank page for hours even days. It’s not fun at all especially when there deadline is looming in the horizon.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Both. Before I begin a book, I plot it out. How I would like it to begin, the climax, the conflict and finally the ending. But sometimes the book takes a life of it’s on and the only thing that stuck to the plan was the beginning.

What other careers have you had? I have a BA in International Studies and Communications & Media, and a Diploma in Law. I worked at a law firm, and a fashion house while studying. But at the moment, I’m a writer and a fashion designer. This is where the ‘We make plans and God laughs’ joke comes in.

What is your favorite vacation spot? Mombasa, Kenya. It’s beautiful, it’s hot and has the best night life during the holidays. It’s also home, nothing beats that.

Which food could you not live without? Chocolate. I would wither away without chocolate.

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you travel? Italy. There is just something about Italy that has me drooling over it.

Do you have siblings? What was it like growing up with them? Yes, a twin, and an older sister. Growing up, let’s just say, it was complicated. No one likes to share but people seem to think just because you’re a twin, it’s a given.

Do you have a favorite snacks that you drink when you write? Orange juice, chutney chips and chocolate chip cookies.

Life had been great these past few weeks. I have a hot boyfriend, got back my dad and my adopted sisters were happy with their significant others. Life was good. That is until I started getting attacked by bouts of pain that would render me unconscious. Something was wrong with me, Ash knew but he wasn’t sharing. Worse than that, Steve in the worst form possible is back to haunt me. And Ash with his hug archaic pride just won’t let it go. Oh, but I haven’t gotten to the worst part yet…hell!
What’s a girl to do to get some long term happiness?

Get the series preview The Beginning FREE at: The Beginning

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Find Twists of Fate at: Amazon

May 27, 2015

Old Things #crochet #vintage #MFRWorg #RLFblog

I love some old things. Beaded satin Christmas ornaments. Needlepoint handbags. Books. 

Recently, I traveled with Handsome to Lawrence, Kansas. He attended a KU Business School board meeting and I snuck off to the fabulous downtown where there are plenty of shops and restaurants. But my favorite one of all is an antique mall. 

There, something caught my eye: 

Isn't it lovely? The shawl is wool, probably crocheted in a wave pattern (If you know, please tell me!) It measures five feet by 18 inches. And the cost? You won't believe this. A mere $7.00.

I'm guessing a family cleaned a house and had a tag sale. The shawl was leftover. I can't imagine the price being so low, but that was the correct one. Recently, we had a cold day, like upper fifties, and I wrapped it around my shoulders while working at my computer. Perfect! 

I've carried it to the movies where the theaters are notoriously cold. Perfect!

How about you? Have you ever found a bargain and it was perfect?

Need a perfect read for a drizzly day? Try my romantic comedy mystery where my heroine takes temporary jobs and nothing goes right. Find Temporarily Employed at: Amazon

May 25, 2015

Welcome to author Jessie Clever who oh so cleverly is sharing a #handbag and her #book #lovebooks #MFRWorg

Happy Memorial Day to all! And welcome to 
Handbag Monday

Today's guest is author Jessie Clever. Let's see what she brought to share with us: 

I’m often called Little Irene after my maternal grandmother Irene.  We have very similar personalities in that we make friends with anyone and will talk to everyone.  And we are guaranteed to make you laugh.  Grandma Irene always wore red high heels and carried a matching red handbag.  My whole adult life I said one day I will have a red handbag just like Grandma Irene to go with my on red high heels.  

Not so long ago, I traipsed across a milestone birthday, milestone enough that my husband and I planned to go to Walt Disney World to celebrate it.  I didn’t expect presents that year (the trip was present enough), but I came downstairs on my birthday to find a giant box on the dining room table (formerly Grandma Irene’s table).  What was in the box?  
The red bag to go with the red shoes.  Apparently, my husband thought it was time for someday, and he had picked out just the right red bag.

Oh, Jessie, that is a wonderful man! A real keeper.

Shannon Wynter has many things on her mind. Romance is not one of them.

Abandoned by her mother at eleven and strapped with an agoraphobic father, Shannon’s focus doesn’t travel much farther than her career as a journalist despite the sometimes maniacal efforts of her two best friends from her days at an all-girls boarding school.

But when an assignment puts her in the path of hypnotically enticing Ian Darke, not even her dedication to her career and her father can hold her steady. Pulled ever deeper into a relationship with a man she swears she doesn’t even like, Shannon uncovers Ian’s weaknesses and her father’s secrets.

But the most important thing she discovers is what she already knows.

Where to Find Jessie: Website  Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest

When She Knows: Franconia Notch Trilogy Book One: Amazon

Thank you, Jessie, for being with me today!

May 22, 2015

.@VickiBatman - What name was popular when you were in school? #namingbaby #MFRWorg #RLFblog #cozymystery

The Name Game
When I went to grade school, there were at least three other girls in my class with the same name. However, they were spelt differently.
I’m: Vicki (that's me over there!)
The others were: Vikki, Vickie, Vicky
Later on and when I thought about it, Susan, Cathy, and Kathy names dominated, as did variations with full names or short names, like Katie, Katy, Kat, Cathie, Cathleen, Suzie, Suzy.
So when I was pregnant with #1son, Handsome and I struggled over naming him, even though we didn't know he would be a boy. I’d toss out something.  “No.” And more. “Nope.”
I was determined he would not have a J name:  Jonathan, Justin, Jacob, Jake, Joshua, etc. Those names were way too popular. I didn’t want him to have to go through what I did. Finally when watching an old and favorite detective movie, I said, “What do you think about this?”
Handsome said, “Yes.”
Great Rejoicing! I can’t say what #1son’s name is because he doesn’t want me to tell via social media. Lol. The funny thing is in his Sunday School class of 24 kids, there were two other boys with the same name. Yikes!
I never thought I’d have a boy. I come from a family of four girls. In my mind, I was going to have girls. And name the first, Holland. The second, Hayley.  And the third, Hattie.
Sadly, no girls came my way. Instead, I got #2son: first name is his dad’s, second name is a church friend’s.
And let’s mention, they get the wonderful Batman as their last name. lolol.
A lot of character’s names just pop in a writer’s head and as a writer, I know when this instance does happen, that name is most likely absolutely perfect.
I have gone the route of looking at the census and seeing which names were popular in specific years. In 2014, these are the names used:

If you want to look up your birth year, go to: Social Security
Now back to naming the girl thingy—I did get to. I named my heroine from my romantic comedy mystery, Harriette Lee Cooks, Hattie for short. I thought Hattie sounded sassy. And the background for her name came from her grandmother, Harriette.
When I grew up, if my mom yelled my whole name, Vicki Lea, I was in serious trouble and had better hotfoot her way instantly. Hattie’s mom does this also. And I used an L name for the middle name. It’s a way of honoring my sisters whose middle names begin with an L, as well as my mother’s, and my grandmother’s first name was Lillie. Her sisters’ names began with an L too.
So lay it on me: Do you like your name? Were there too many others in your class with the same one? What is your favorite name?

To discover more about Hattie and her wacky journey through unemployment, her romance with a hunky hero, and murder, go to: Amazon


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