Handbags, Books...Whatever

Handbags, Books...Whatever is the website of Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction. Handbag lover. Avid Jazzerciser. Mah jong player. Yoga practioner. Movie fan. Book devourer.Choc-aholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome.


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...and Other Stories

Three hilarious romantic comedy collections 
sure to make you laugh 



"Ouch" - Who knew a yoga class would be so dangerous...and romantic?

"Man Theory" - When a geeky co-worker espouses his theory on love, a friend risks her heart.

"Tommy and the Teacher" - A young boy steals from the school’s book fair causing interesting possibilities to arise.

Find Man Theory & Other Stories at: Amazon



Reviews:
5 stars. Great group of stories. I'm partial to Vicki Batman's cute fun stories - This grouping of stories makes it all the more fun to take time to read - well done.

5 stars Fun, Enjoyable, Sweet Romances. These short stories are perfect for a coffee break. Kick back and smile with each one. Like a refreshing stroll on a sunny day through the park, Ms. Batman's stories are stress free reads oozing with the lighthearted joy of romance. I enjoyed this collection - just what I needed today.

5 stars Humor with my romance any day, Batman has delivered with three hilariously wonderful short stories that will keep you entertained and thinking about them long after you finish reading. Her snappy dialogue, spot-on insight into the male brain and just the right amount of humor makes these stories a must read for lovers of Happily Ever After.  

5 stars Like a Breath of Fresh Air. I thoroughly enjoyed the three delightful stories in this collection. Vicki Batman's light-hearted brush strokes made for a refreshing read. I would recommend these selections to any reader who wants to just kick back for a little while and be entertained by the author's wit and satisfying story endings.

5 stars Big tease! Vicki Batman's Man Theory and Other Stories is a quick, light read. Each about the beginning of romance and each just enough to leave you hoping she tells us more about these characters. Here's hoping she brings us sequels to each of these stories! 

Ms. Batman's short stories are like a snack size package of Peanut M&Ms. They are sweet, salty, and addictive. You will love her characters and enjoy her easy, sassy dialogue. Man Theory and Other Stories are three of her best! 

Fact or Fiction? I have a beloved one who sat on my couch one day and said, "I have a theory about love." I was really in the writing groove and didn't want to stop, but being a good ________ (I can't say. He'd kill me.), I held up my index finger to indicate one minute and typed. Then I scribbled down what beloved said as it was priceless. When finished, I set down my pencil and said, "Tell me your theory." Result: "Man Theory"



"This is NOT Working": One of those days at a new job when nothing is going right until the new boss steps in.


"Check Her Out": Gum: it’s a sticky situation, especially between the store manager and Auntie Caren when her nephew has to pay for the package he stole.

"Little Birdie Who…": A new town, a new friend, a new beginning. Who would have thought a little bird could bring two people together?



Find Little Birdie Who...and Other Stories at: Amazon


Reviews:
5 stars. Sweet, Funny, and Romantic. Vicki Batman has written three adorable stories with funny heroines and hunky guys. If you're looking for a quick romantic comedy fix, this book is perfect!

5 stars. Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun easy read! I read this on a weekend trip. It was enjoyable. I have read all of Vicki Batman's books. They get better every time. I'm looking forward to reading her latest book, San Diego or Bust.

5 stars. Delightful. As always, Vicki Batman delivers a delightful set of short stories. These 3 perfect for an afternoon lunch break in the park. Smile and enjoy the warmth and fun of her short romances. This is the perfect companion for her Man Theory collection.

5 stars. Fantastic quick reads. The quirky characters hooked me immediately. Love the tone and the connection between the characters. Nicely done.

5 stars. Fun in a small package.  Batman has mastered the challenging format of the short story with birdies, gum and contrary computers in three tales of love in the most unexpected, yet definitely could happen, places. Though wonderfully written I gave this book a 4 because the first two stories both had characters named "Ben" which was confusing and the collection was too short for its $2.99 price tag, but that aside it's a wonderful read. BTW, "This is NOT working" was the winner of The Book Breeze's Short Story Contest in 2011.

5 stars. Short and sweet Like the other reviewers, I found the two characters named Ben confusing, but I really enjoyed this short story collection. Vicki Batman is a new author for me--I love short stories. My favorite in this book was "This is not Working."

Fact or Fiction? Handsome adopted two Malti-poos. They were little tykes when we heard them creating havoc in the garage. We went to investigate and found a birdie stuck on an insect trap paper. The paper is extremely sticky. He couldn't raise his feet. I put PAM on a stick and wiggled it under his feet while Handsome cupped his hands around his body. Once free, we took him outside, away from the four legged devils. "Little Birdie Who."

I've always been intrigued about the dome-ish security cameras. Then I heard a story about someone's computer not working and they couldn't determine why. The surge switch had been turned off. Put the two together and got "This is NOT Working."

In "Check Her Out," I thought about a story of the little next door to my family's home who got gum stuck in her hair and instead of cutting the wad out, her mom used peanut butter. I did my version of the story and named the heroine after someone in my family.


"Bug Stuff" - A co-worker unites with the hunky new accountant to fight a pesky adversary.
   
"Just Desserts" - A political dinner gone disastrous brings together a reluctant attendee and her handsome seat-mate. 
  
"With this Ring" - The Unimaginable. When Katherine forgets her little black dress for a must-attend event, all turns into something utterly romantic and unforgettable in the end.

Find Bug Stuff...and Other stories at: Amazon 

Reviews: 
5 stars. Fun, fun, fun and Cute, cute, cute.Ms. Batman can make me howl like no other writer! She is truly one of the funniest authors I have ever had the pleasure to meet and read! She is always gracious to her adoring fans and her books just make me cry tears of pure laughter! If you're a busy mommy like me and love short stories, you will really love this special collection that had me laughing so hard I was snorting while waiting in the doctor's office for my son to get his booster shots for first  grade! Sure helped me deal with the stress of getting shots...lol! I can always count on Ms. Batman to brighten my day! I Highly recommend!

5 stars. Another Hysterical Waiting-room Read! I've said it before and I'll say it again--I so admire authors who can tell a complete story in a short space. I seem to be "constitutionally incapable" of doing so. In the tiny space of just eighteen pages, Ms. Batman manages to regale us with not one such gem, but three! The Blurb says it all. With such short stories, you don't need more than one-line descriptions. I guarantee you'll laugh, and maybe even get a bit choked up as you breeze through these short-short-short stories while you're waiting for a bus, in line at the supermarket, or for the water to boil! What're you waiting for? Download "Bug Stuff...and Other Stories!" Start laughing.

4.5 stars. Escapism-fast and funny. The stories are quickies-sweet and sexy rather than hot and steamy. The perfect fast read for when you need to shut yourself off from the world, and remind yourself that love never gets tired.
5 stars. I enjoy Ms. Batman's love stories. For me, they are like taking a stroll in the park, relaxing and uplifting. They are low stress, easy-going, romances with a cute twist of humor that I can read on my lunch break. 

4 stars. Each story is charming and humorous, with enough description for the reader to perfectly recreate each scene in their mind's eye. PS: Cockroaches are my least favourite bug, I loathe them, but the author actually makes them seem cute in the first story, now that's talent!

Fact or Fiction? Handsome took me to a political dinner and across the table from us sat a man with very bad manners. It truly was shocking. As I wrote about the incident in my journal, the idea dawned maybe this could be a story--"Just Desserts."

Handsome attends his university's business school's alumni dinners and dragged me along for a biggie. We had returned one afternoon from a trip and had to pack to take off the next morning. When we'd reached our destination's hotel, I went to unpack and found no little black dress. Totally unacceptable to not attend; so I went shopping. Then I made up some stuff for the story, "With This Ring."


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