Thursday, June 23, 2022

Favorite Handbag and Book welcomes author Estelle Pettersen - What's Trusty, Filled with Love and a Dog? and her book

 About the Handbag:

My favorite handbag is my trusty green handbag with love hearts and a little dog. It goes with a matching pair of shoes and both were given to me by one of my closest friends. The felt texture is soft and the green and pink colors are vivid and vibrant, making it stand out from the other handbags in my wardrobe.

The handbag isn’t a special brand but it does the trick if I want to brighten an outfit when attending an event. The handbag and shoes, especially the image of the dog, sure have caught people’s attention and serve as a great conversation starter to break the ice.

The inside of the handbag is cotton-candy pink but nobody really sees that except for me, as I keep my handbag closed. It can fit all the important things I carry – mobile phone, lipstick, a small vial of perfume, concealer, tissues, and my wallet.

It’s cute, fun, and a little different from everything else out there. The handbag goes with other shoes I have, so I can mix and match a bit. It’s the ideal accessory to brighten a winter, or to wear in the summer.


About the Book:

Newsday Australia reporter Elizabeth Martin seems to have it all. Until her boss gives her an ultimatum that will change her future.

It’s 1996 and Elizabeth has to choose: work for six months at a country newspaper, Maranoa Herald, or lose her job. Convincing herself this is just another stepping stone, Elizabeth leaves the city and her fiancĂ©, lawyer Paul Ricci, for a small town in rural Australia. Despite the scorching heat and pests, Bandara holds a charm of its own—Keith Starling, a handsome farmer with sky-blue eyes and a spellbinding smile.

What happens when Elizabeth returns to the city and discovers what Paul’s been hiding from her? Will she choose her career or everlasting love in the country with Keith? Find out in this steamy Australian romance novella, a prelude to the Starling Sisters series.


About the Author:

Estelle Pettersen is an Australian/Norwegian author and former journalist whose romance stories explore empowerment, freedom, and finding one’s strength. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Journalism and Psychology, from the University of Queensland, Australia. Her second degree is an MBA from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She is a member of Romance Writers of Australia and is passionate about history, languages, cultures, traveling, food, and wine. She is happily married and living in Norway these days.

Answer these questions:

Red, White or Blue? Red.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? Spring.

Cake or Pie? Can I have both? But if I had to choose, it would be pie.

Coffee, Tea, or Champagne? Definitely coffee. It’s what wakes me up in the mornings.

Country music or Michael Buble? That’s a tough one. I’ve heard good songs from both Michael Buble and country musicians like Garth Brooks and Kenny Rogers (the lyrics of “The Gambler” is brilliant), whose songs inspired some chapters in my country novella Elizabeth.

Pencil or Pen? Pen. I don’t mind getting ink on my fingers.


Find the Book at:

Book title at: Amazon

Your name at: Elusive Romance

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Favorite Handbag and Book welcomes author Debra Goldstein: What Did I Buy on the Spur of the Moment? and her new book, Five Belles Too Many

About the Handbag:


My handbag was a spur of the moment purchase tied to the issuance of the first book in Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series, One Taste Too Many. RahRah, the tannish Siamese cat on the cover of that book, has played a key role in all five of the Sarah Blair books. 

The purse is a simple bag with a tan interior and a few pockets. One’s possessions are protected by the zippered closure. What highlights the bag, and jazzes it up for nighttime as well as daytime usage, are the alternating metal and rhinestone studs, as well as the cat’s rhinestone rimmed glasses. The light background with the blue accents makes it a purse that easily compliments one’s outfit.

About the Book:

When Sarah Blair’s mother participates in a reality show competition for the perfect Southern wedding, things get a little too real . . .

Sarah Blair’s mother, Maybelle and her friend, George Rogers, are one of five finalist couples competing for a “perfect” Southern wedding - and guess who has to be her Southern Belle mother’s chaperone! Even more vexing, the producers have decided to put the crew and participants up at the restaurant/bed and breakfast owned by Sarah’s nemesis, Jane Clark.

When someone turns up dead, with Jane kneeling by the body with blood on her hand, Sarah knows she can’t stand Jane, but  she doesn’t think she’s a murderer. The producers vow the show must go on, but to protect her mother and the other contestants, Sarah vows to find the true killer before someone else gets eliminated . . .

Includes quick and easy recipes!

About the Author:

Judge Debra H. Goldstein writes Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series (Five Belles Too 

Many, Four Cuts Too Many, Three Treats Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, and One Taste Too Many). Her novels and short stories received an IPPY award and have been named Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, and Silver Falchion finalists. Debra served on the national boards of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and was president of the Guppy and SEMWA chapters. Find out more about Debra at

Answer these questions:

Red, White or Blue?  Blue

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter?  Spring

Cake or Pie?  Pie

Coffee, Tea, or Champagne?  Coffee

Country music or Michael Buble?  Country Music

Pencil or Pen? Pen

Find the Book:

Five Belles at:  Amazon

Find Debra Goldstein at: Website

Thursday, June 09, 2022

Favorite Handbag and Book welcomes author Wendy Kendall: A Tough Question: What is Your Favorite Handbag? and her book


About the Handbag:

Toughest question – what's your favorite handbag? The amateur sleuth of my cozy mysteries is a purse designer because I adore purses. For today's blog, I reveled in a review of my large collection that includes vintage purses as old as 19th century, and more through the decades to contemporary. Some of my favorites are because they belonged to great-great-grandmothers, and there's my mother's favorites, I treasure my first purse, fun memories of purses I bought at the Little Rock, Arkansas Esse Purse Museum, designer bags, homemade bags, and more. Decisions, decisions.

Today I'm sharing with you a delightful, contemporary favorite. Have you discovered Nicole Lee? My first view of Nicole Lee handbags was in Las Vegas where I saw a lady carrying a bag I fell in love with at first sight. Of course, I complimented her purse. Don't you always notice other's purses and compliment those that captivate you? I gushed over her colorful bag, and the vivacious woman pictured on the front. That encounter led me in purse-suit of Nicole Lee handbags online, and I've purchased several, including a fabulous briefcase for work.

This beauty sits 8 1/2” tall and 14 1/2” wide. It opens 3” wide. My Nicole Lee flower girl is fun to carry all seasons. You can see that the sides do zipper up if wanted, and that artfully alters the shape of the silhouette. The back panel is plain black patent leather, with an outside zippered pocket across the middle. That's a handy spot for a cell phone, and keys, and other need-in-a-flash items.

The roomy inside has a fun, big polka dot lining. I love that because instead of a dark interior, it's light and so I can more easily find what I'm looking for. On one side there are two deep pockets, and across from it a big zippered pocket. There's also a key leash that's quite handy. It all has a smooth, easy zippered closure.

Handbags are practical, and fun. They reflect personality traits of the women who carry them, and across the decades they reflect women's herstory. So, tell us - what's your favorite handbag?

About the Book:

Kat Out of the Bag – From designer bags to body bags

When celebrated purse designer Katherine Watson hosts a gala for her Purse-onality Women's History museum, she never expected the next day's headline to read: Murder at the Gala Premiere. 

Working to solve the murder, Katherine matches wits with local cop Jason Holmes and his K-9 partner, Hobbs. Although Holmes and Watson disagree often, they discover an undeniable attraction building between them. They'll have to put their feelings on hold and focus on solving the murder before Katherine becomes the killer's next knockoff.


About the Author:

The result of Wendy Kendall's passion for purses, mystery and romance is an intriguing In Purse-Suit mysteries series.  Kat Out of the Bag introduces Katherine Watson purse designer/sleuth, investigating murder as she moves from designer bags to body bags. The prequel, Purse-Stachio Makes A Splash delves into a chilling cold case. The romantic suspense, Snow Kiss Cookies To Die For creates an intriguing tangle of mystery and love. Her 2022 release, Cherry Shakes In The Park blends danger, divas, and frothy summer delights. Wendy enjoys the Pacific Northwest life and time with her two adult sons. She's a blogger, YouTube podcaster, speaker, project manager, and syndicated columnist. Just wait until you see what Katherine Watson and her friends in Bayside face next in the series.

Answer these questions:

Red, White or Blue? Red has always been my favorite color. So vibrant, outstanding, and beautiful shades from bright to burgundy

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? Definitely love the heat and sun of summer. This summer my new book Cherry Shakes in the Park releases and reflects my love of this delightful season.

Cake or Pie? Cake is my favorite dessert, especially those with sweet frosting.

Coffee, Tea, or Champagne? I love the treat of champagne, but my all day go-to is tea. I indulge in all kinds of tea blends from all over the world. If forced to pick one favorite I'd say a London Fog. I prefer hot tea to iced tea, and I also like making sun tea in the summer.

Country music or Michael Buble? Another hard choice, but I do have a preference for crooner Michael.

Pencil or Pen? Pen. I love all pens including fountain pens, although I can't use those. I'm lefthanded and so I smear the ink with a fountain pen. I have a pair of fountain pens that stand up in silver stands that have great sentimental value since my father gave them to me when I won the middle grade writing contest. They're just for decoration and inspiration though.


Find Out More at:

Find Kat Out of the Bag at: Vendor

Find Wendy Kendall at: Website