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, September 19, 2019

Why is Alice Renaud's Handbag Special? #newbook #paranormalromance #MFRWauthor


This bag is special because it’s the one I carried on my wedding day. I needed a bag because wedding dresses don’t usually have pockets. I chose it because it was ivory-coloured, like my dress, and small enough to be fairly unobtrusive on the pictures, yet big enough to hold the essentials – my credit card, tablets in case I got a headache or stomach ache, and keys. I bought it in the same store where I bought my wedding shoes. 

I treasure it, and sometimes, still get it out when I need a small bag in a neutral colour. I had a lovely wedding. Finding someone you love, and who loves you, is the most wonderful thing. All my stories are about finding that special someone, and holding on to them… even if they’re a shape shifting merman or a warlock!



Rob Regor knew that humans were trouble. All the shape-shifting mermen of the Morvann Islands knew it. And human women were double trouble... especially when they were lying on the road in front of a digger. 

Rob has a mission. Go to the mainland. Work as a policeman. Spy on humans. Report back to his father, the head of the Regor Merman Clan. It should be easy. Until he has to arrest Charlie. Rob can’t fight his attraction to the sexy eco-warrior, and it puts him on one hell of a collision course with his family and his Clan. Will he break the rules – or break her heart, and his?

Love ‘em and leave ‘em, that was Charlie’s motto. It had served her well until now. But Rob is different… Can she open up her heart to Rob - when a secret buried in her past surfaces and changes her completely?



More about Alice Renaud: Alice lives in London, UK, with her husband and son. By day, she's a compliance manager for a pharmaceutical company. By night, she writes fantasy romance about shapeshifting mermen, water monsters and time-traveling witches. Her first book, “A Merman’s Choice,” was published in January 2019 by Black Velvet Seductions. It is the first book in a fantasy romance trilogy inspired by the landscapes and legends of Brittany and Wales. The second book, “Music for a Merman,” is on pre-order now. Alice has also written a short story, “The Sweetest Magic of All,” included in the BVS “Mystic Desire” anthology, on pre-order now. 

Alice loves reading and writing stories, and sharing them with anyone who’s interested!


Red, White or Blue? Blue, colour of the summer sky and sea, bluebells, and my husband’s eyes.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? The older I get, the more I like spring and summer.

Chocolate pudding, cake, pie? All three

Coffee, Tea, Champagne? I love champagne, but couldn’t live or write without tea.

Country music or Michael Buble? Country music

Pencil or Pen? Pen, though I write on a computer

 

Find Music for a Merman at: Books2Read

Find Alice Renaud at: Facebook 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Aah, Florence! Vacation and of course, A Handbag #newbook #romanticcomedy #shortstories #traveling #souveniers

Aah, Florence! The land of great food, incredible wine and ambiance, and handbags. This summer, Handsome and I cruised the Adriatic Sea. Our journey began in Tuscany in a resort converted from a farmhouse. We moved to Florence after a deluge wiped out electricity and more importantly, flushing the toilets. Our first stop on our adventure was Florence.

Ten years ago, Handsome and I had cruised the Mediterranean. I heard somewhere incredible leather goods were produced in Florence. After the standard old city tour ended, I asked the guide where I could buy handbags. She pointed me to a place across the piazza.

Fast forward to 2019. I KNEW I would have to shop for handbags in Florence. I found the same shop right next to the restaurant where we ate a great meal. The shop was bigger. Nine rooms to pick through. Nirvana! And I bought this  summery rattan one with pink trim: 
Inside are two pouches, perfect for sliding a pair of sunglasses in. And then a large zipper pocket which corrals all the little and important things. The whole bag can be zipped shut. I admit I don't do that. It's a great size. My small needlepoint project and a small water bottle easily fit. Many people have asked if it was made by a famous designer I know and love, but it isn't. 

Sadly, Labor Day has passed and soon, I'll moving be to a more fall-ish one when the weather turns cooler and the leaves change colors.


When you travel, is there something you like to buy to remember the trip? 

Do stories involving travel interest you? Let my Calgon moment take you to  Sommerville days, two of my stories which involve vacation destinations: 

Store Wars: The competition is heating up when Janie's old flame returns to town and is running his family's store. Could following dreams break her heart?

San Diego or Bust: When a young woman plans a romantic getaway with her boyfriend, disaster strikes. Is her Mr. Right the right Mr. Right?

Find yours at:    Amazon    KU


Thursday, September 05, 2019

A Whole Lotta Years #happyanniversary #thebigday #MFRWauthors


Pop the bubbly as Handsome and I are celebrating our anniversary. (I won't say the number!) We're quietly hanging at home, doing the normal daily things. I'm meeting with a friend after lunch. He's piddling. 

This year has been monumental for us. His mom passed in February. He sold the company in May. We traveled to Europe this summer. And we welcomed our first granddaughter in late August. 

Sometimes, I wonder about how fast time flies. It does. 

Right now, I'm staring out my office window and enjoying the beauty of the garden. When I opened the door on Saturday, I felt like I was in OZ. For that, I am grateful. But I'm doubly grateful because Handsome and I built this together. 

Through thick and thin, we've toughed it out and laughed along. We've had great joy come our way and incredible sadness, too. We're very lucky.

Happy Anniversary, Handsome!

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