Handbags, Books...Whatever

Handbags, Books...Whatever (http://www.vickibatman.blogspot.com) 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.

HBW Calendar

  • 04/30 - Addison Brae
  • 04 26 - Reet Singh
  • 04/23 - P J MacLayne
  • 04/19 - Vicki
  • 04/16 - Lynn Crain
  • 04/12 - Jean Rabe
  • 04/05 - Holly Bargo
  • 04/09 - Jana Richards
  • 04/02 - Happy Proposal Day!


Do you get squishy wishy when reading funny works 

with a dash of romance? 

Vicki Batman has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two romantic comedy mysteries to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby.
Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "what if??"
how I began... I grew up on kid mysteries: Nancy Drew, Bobbsey Twins, Trixie Belden. I wanted to be Trixie because she had brothers, not sisters. LOL.  
In eighth grade, my reading turned when I found Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. It remains today one of my favorites.  
Other authors include: Mary Stewart (romantic mystery); Emilie Loring (romantic mystery); Dick Francis (horse racing thrillers); Sue Grafton (the A-B-C mysteries); Sophie Kinsella (ridiculous shopping escapades), M. M. Kaye (romantic mystery); Elizabeth George (English crime); Carl Hiassen (outrageous something); Janet Evanovich (funny mystery); A Knight in Shining Armor (time-travel romance); M. M. Kaye (romantic mystery); Mr. Perfect & Open Season (romantic suspense) by Linda Howard, Julia Spencer Fleming (mystery). 
My favorite author, Dick Francis...passed away at age 89. He had penned 43 books which centered around horse racing. After reading many of his when my first son was a baby, I confessed to Handsome, "I wish I could write like him."
- Just You and Me boxed set featuring "Raving Beauty" is #1 Amazon bestseller.
- “Holiday Handbag Extravaganza,” from Season of Surprises,1st place, 2016 Maple Leaf contest.
- Season of Surprises hit Amazon best seller list.
- Sisters Born, Sisters Found, Winner-Women's Issues, 2015 Next Generation Indie Book. 
- "Holiday Disaster" from the Season of Magic anthology, 2015 Maple Leaf honorable mention.
- Season of Magic, Amazon bestseller in Holiday, Historical, & Hot 
- Bug Stuff...and Other Stories, takes Judges Choice Award in 2014 Bookgoodies cover contest.
- "The Great Fruitcake Bake-off,” 3rd Preditors&Editors Critter's Romantic Short Fiction 2014.
- Published articles for Dallas Area Romance Authors News& other RWA chapters' newsletters.
- "Twinkle Lights," 2nd Preditors& Editors Critter's Workshop Romantic Short Fiction 2013.
- "This Is Not Working," 1st in The Book Breeze short fiction contest.
- "This is Not Working," finals in the top 100 of 2010 Fall WOW contest. - "Wade and Grace," 1st place, 2008 RWASD Sharpen Your Hook Contest.
- Temporarily Employed, 3rd place Single Title Category of the 2007 Lone Star Contest.
published works...
- To December, 2018, holiday boxed set, "The Great Fruitcake Bake-off."
- To February, 2018, Murder & Mayhem boxed set by The Wild Rose Press, Temporarily Employed.
- To May, 2017, Just You and Me, boxed set, “Raving Beauty”
-To November 1, 2015, Indie, Season of Promises, "The Littlest Angel." 
-To September 9, 2016, The Wild Rose Press, Temporarily Insane.
- To March/April 2016, Texas Gardener magazine, "Grandmother’s Green Thumb."
- To October 27, 2015, Indie, Season of Surprises, "Holiday Handbag Extravaganza."
- To November 1, 2014, Indie, Season of  Magic, "Holiday Disaster."
- To October 17, 2014, The Wild Rose Press, Temporarily Employed
- To November 1, 2014, "Sister Act," Sisters Born, Sisters Found anthology by WordForest.
- To February 2014, Indie, "Bug Stuff...and Other Stories"
- To December 2013, MuseItUp Publishing, "The Great Fruitcake Bake-off"
- To March 2013, MuseItUp Publishing, "San Diego or Bust"
- To February 2013, Indie, "Little Birdie Who…and Other Stories"
- To May 2012 LongandShortReviews.com, "Check Her Out"
- To August 2012 MuseItUp Publishing, "Store Wars"
- To February 2012 Ink Lion Books, Man Theory and Other Stories
- To December 2012 MuseItUp Publishing, "Twinkle Lights"
- To October 2011 MuseItUp Publishing, "Taking Flight," anthology
- To June 2011 LongandShortReviews.com, "Tommy and the Teacher"
- To April 2011 Noble Romance, "I Believe"
- To February 2011 True Love, "The Sweetest Revenge"
- To February 2011 True Love, "Valentine's Day Misery"
- To December 2010 True Love, "Candy Cane Twist"
- To December 2010 True Confessions, "Breaking Free"
- To October 2010 True Confessions, "Wedding Day Disaster"
- To September 2010 True Love, "Drive My Car"
- To September 2010 True Love, "I'll Never Leave You"
- To September 2010 True Love, "When You Least Expect It"
- To August 2010 True Love, "Running to Love"
- To August 2010 True Love, "A Cake for All Seasons"
- To April 2010 LongandShortReviews.com, "Ouch"
- To January 2010 True Love, "Beyond Ordinary"
- To December 2009 True Romance, "Christmas Ties"
- To September 2009 True Romance, "Charlie's Friend"
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