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. Mahjong player. Yoga practioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Who loves her handbag? Caroline Clemmons! and a #newbook Orphan Train Brides #MFRWuthor #readwesternromance #handbaglover

I love this handbag for more reasons than that it’s large enough for all my “stuff”. I found it at a local antique mall where my daughter and I had gone to have high tea at the tea room. A handbag display just outside the tea room caught our attention and we each chose a handbag we liked. Now when I carry it, I remember the pleasant experience associated with buying it. 

Another thing I like is that it’s a neutral color which goes with everything. I had considered buying a larger handbag for some time. I carry my Kindle tablet with me quite often and wanted the ability to store the tablet in the bag. I lost a Kindle and don’t want that to happen again. This handbag has pockets inside so I can keep the things I need at my fingertips. 

Become a bride or lose her children!
Merry and Polly Bird jump at the opportunity when they’re asked to help with recording who took which children from the orphan train. Determined to liberate five quirky, ragtag orphans not likely to be adopted by caring people, the sisters vow the children will not end up as they had fourteen years ago. Back then, Merry and Polly and the two boys adopted with them from that orphan train worked as slaves and suffered in ragged clothes, horrible living conditions, and with meager unappetizing food.
Mary and Polly’s children love their new home and family at the sisters’ Mockingbird boarding house. The rescue appears to have been a great success—until the supervisor from the Children’s Protection Society arrives. Single women are not allowed to adopt. Merry and Polly each has five days to find a suitable husband who won’t steal her share of the boarding house.
Two award winning authors conspired to bring readers these two heartwarming stories, A Family For Merry by Caroline Clemmons and A Family For Polly by Jacquie Rogers in the sweet duet, Orphan Train Brides. In addition to Orphan Train Brides, the authors have in their future projects a duet about the two brothers, Bart and Newton Bird. 

More about Caroline Clemmons: Through a crazy twist of fate, Caroline Clemmons was not born on a Texas ranch. To compensate for this illogical error, she writes about handsome cowboys, feisty ranch women, and scheming villains in a tiny office her family calls her pink cave. She and her Hero live in North Central Texas cowboy country where they ride herd on their dog and three rescued indoor cats as well as providing nourishment outdoors for squirrels, birds, and other critters. 

The over fifty books she’s created in her pink cave have made her an Amazon bestselling author and won several awards. She writes sweet to sensual romances about the West, both historical and contemporary as well as time travel and mystery. Her series include the Kincaids, McClintocks, Stone Mountain Texas, Bride Brigade, Texas Time Travel, Texas Caprock Tales, Loving A Rancher, and Pearson Grove as well as numerous single titles and contributions to multi-author sets. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, reading her friends’ books, lunching with friends, browsing antique malls, checking Facebook, and taking the occasional nap.

Answer these questions:
Red, White or Blue? Blue has always been my favorite color
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? Fall—cooler weather and looking forward to the holidays
Chocolate pudding, cake, pie? Pie—pecan, coconut meringue, or chocolate meringue
Coffee, Tea, Champagne? Tea, hot tea for breakfast and iced tea for other meals
Country music or Michael Buble? Neither—Easy listening or classical
Pencil or Pen? Pen—I usually have half a dozen on my desk. 

Find Caroline Clemmons at: website

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Handbag and Bag: Linda Nightingale-Her handbag has a long story and her #newbook #vampireromance #classicalpianist #readromance

My handbag has a long story.

Put briefly, I rescued it on eBay from a woman who didn’t love it at a ridiculously low price. It’s a Michael Kors.

The Buy It Now price was $125, but it was up for auction beginning at $19.95, plus shipping. I bid the starting bid, never dreaming I’d get a MK handbag she said had only been carried once.  I did! So, for $36 I got an almost new Michael Kors handbag. 

Morgan D’Arcy is an English lord, a classical pianistand a vampire.  He has everything except what he desires most—Isabeau. Many forces oppose Morgan’s daring plan to sire a child with Isabeau—not the least of which is Vampyre law. For the first time in eternity, the clock is ticking. 

More about Linda Nightingale: Linda is grateful to have lived an interesting life—from breeding and showing Andalusian horses to working for a Circuit Judge—and won some prestigious awards for her writing. Find out more about her on her website and various social media, and she’d love to hear from you. 

Red, White or Blue? Red 
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? Spring 
Chocolate pudding, cake, pie? Chocolate pudding 
Coffee, Tea, Champagne? Champagne 
Country music or Michael Buble?   Who is Michael Buble? 
Pencil or Pen? Pen 

Find Sinner's Opera atAmazon
Find Linda Nightingale at: Web Site – Visit and look around. There’s a free continuing vampire story. 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Book and Bag: #guestauthor Alice Renaud - A pretty present #MFRWauthor #readromance #paranormalromance

This pretty clutch is a present from my niece. She picked it for me in Paris, where she lives and studies art. She’s an artist, and ridiculously talented. She did this drawing for my son when she was just 11! She’s all grown up now and produces lovely pictures. My secret ambition is to get her one day to illustrate one of my books.

 I think this bag is very Parisian. It remind me of when I was a student, hanging around the Latin Quarter, eating macaroons on the banks of the Seine, and listening to street musicians on the Place des Vosges. I love London, where I live now, but I quite enjoy carrying a bit of Paris with me when I go out. 


For centuries the shape-shifting mermen of the Morvann Islands have lived incognito among humans. But one of them, Yann, has developed some bad habits. Like rescuing humans, even when doing so risks revealing his true nature. When he fishes Alex out of the sea, he doesn’t expect her to reappear eight months later, and turn his life upside down by asking him to be her guide. Alex is determined to fulfil a promise to her dying grandmother, by gathering pictures and stories of the Morvanns. But she soon discovers that, on these remote Welsh islands, legends have a habit of becoming true! 

Over the course of a few days, Yann and Alex grow close. But some mermen hate humans. Their hostility, and Yann’s secret, threaten to tear the couple apart just as they are discovering that they are soul mates. Can Yann overcome the obstacles in his path and make the right choice? 

More about Alice Renaud: Alice was born and brought up in Brittany, Western France, her father was French and her mother British (from Wales). She moved to London, UK, in 1997, where she lives with her husband and son. She works full time as a compliance specialist in a pharmaceutical company and writes fantasy romance in her spare time. Her novella “A Merman’s Choice,” was published in January this year by Black Velvet Seductions. It is the first book in a trilogy inspired by the landscapes and legends of Brittany and Wales. The second book, “Music for a Merman,” will be out later this year. She’s also written a short story, “The Sweetest Magic of All,” that will appear in the BVS anthology “Mystic Desire,” due this fall (autumn). It’s about a sexy apprentice witch and a hot time-travelling warlock who go in search of a magical amulet... and find more than they bargained for! 

Red, White or Blue? Blue, the colour of the sea.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? When I was young, I liked Fall, but the older I get, the more I like Spring and Summer.
Chocolate pudding, cake, pie? All three!
Coffee, Tea, Champagne? I had to stop drinking coffee as it gave me palpitations. I drink a lot of tea and couldn’t get through a day without it, but I also adore champagne. Any alcohol with bubbles will do – Prosecco, Cava, sparkling wine…
Country music or Michael Buble? Country Music. I love Johnny Cash.
Pencil or Pen? Pen

Find A Merman’s Choice at: Vendor
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