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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Just a teeny tiny sneak peek--really! Temporarily Employed #MFRWorg #PlottingPrincesses

Coming soon!

It's squee time at the Batman house for my romantic comedy mystery will be available real soon. 

Here's the blurb:

Hattie Cook's dream job is down the toilet and her new SUV violated. Desperate for cash to cover the basic necessities of rent and food, she takes a temporary job at Buy Rite insurance company where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee--the very one she replaced. The last thing she wants is to clash with By-the-Book Detective Wellborn, no matter how much he makes her heart pound.

Allan Charles Wellborn has secretly adored Hattie all his life.  He evolved from a pocket protector-wearing geek to a handsome police detective.  When the police determine there's more to the death of a former Buy Rite employee, he steps in to lead the investigation. Overly dedicated, always perfect, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one he loves.

Can the killer be found before Hattie's time is up?

Here's an excerpt:

Pretty much covered the whole freakin’ day. 
A blinding red-white, red-white strobe, reflected in my brand new Wrangler’s rearview mirror, seized my attention. The police. I tossed my hands skyward, ready to surrender. I shouldn’t have been too surprised. Like I'd commented this a.m. to my roommate, Jenny, “Today, anything’s possible.”
My Bad Day checklist included:
- Crappy job interview, one which might have provided desperately needed    income.
- Wore gut-busting panty hose on a hot day which had now worked past my waist and strangled my diaphragm.
- A barely blowing air conditioner indicated something had malfunctioned in   my new, fun car.
I stole another glance in the mirror, and with great reluctance, flipped the right turn indicator. My vehicle coasted to a stop on the shoulder of Boston Avenue in my hometown of Sommerville, a nice suburb located between two large cities. Four lanes of cars and trucks zipped by as I sat there where every single one of my family, friends, friends’ friends, and their friends—including Rat Fink Suzanne—would see a police vehicle positioned right behind mine. Gleefully, drivers would chant the “Ha-ha, got you, not me” ditty.
How embarrassing.
After killing the engine, I flopped back in the seat. Shooting the morons the finger was an idea. Nah. I'm too exhausted to care.
A litany of:  "No, not hiring." "Just filled the position." "You're over qualified." "You're under qualified…" tornadoed through my head. Coupled with the intense job search through various outlets like the internet and completing numerous online employment applications, no wonder my body had been depleted of all life force.
Not even a breeze blew to take the edge off the unbearable summertime heat. Tangled wild trees and dry scrubby bushes banked the roadside. The grass had taken on a scorched look. Rolling down the driver’s window, I surveyed my surroundings. Nothing great. Nothing new. 
I stole a glance in the side mirror at the policeman who strode purposefully along the shoulder. The gravel crunched under his boots. He looked huge, probably because his uniform, which appeared to be bulked with a bullet-proof vest, made him resemble a buffed-up superhero in size. Exceedingly intimidating.

Sigh. When things went wrong, they were really wrong. 

What do you think? You like? Ready for some laughs?

Find Temporarily Employed at The Wild Rose Press soon! 


Sheila Seabrook said...

Oh boy, can't wait to get my hands on your new book, Vicki!

Kimberley Troutte said...

I love. Congrats, Vicki. I'm squeeing with you.

vicki batman said...

Hi, Sheila and Kimberley! I appreciate you saying so. This has truly been a labor of love and a long time coming. I missed you at RWA. Next year--okay? Hugs

Rayne Golay said...

Yes! Holds promise. The cover is really great. Congratulations and best of luck for huge sales.

vicki batman said...

Hi, Rayne! and wouldn't huge sales be loverly??? Thank you for stopping.

Phyllis said...

It is about time for this story to see its publishing day!

Again, Congrats ...YIPPEE!

Lani said...

Squee! So excited! Yes, the excerpt was fabulous! Loved it!

vicki batman said...

I know, Phyllis! And again, I appreciate your input.

Hi, Lani! I'm so glad you liked the excerpt. I have worried so, but everyone says squee!!!

Patricia said...

Great excerpt and well- written. I want to know what happens.

vicki batman said...

Hi, Patti and thank you. That means I did a good job. The best compliment. Hugs.

Liz Lipperman said...

Love this excerpt. Can't wait to get my hands on this one.

vicki batman said...

Hi, Liz! and thank you. Since you are the PP mystery girl, I can't wait to hear what you have to say. Hugs.

florence cronin said...

That is so exciting, Vicki. I can't wait to crack that one open. From what I read, it will be a very good read.

Enjoy these salad days :)

Alexa Bourne said...

Sounds great, Vicki!

Angela Adams said...

Looking forward to the read.

vicki batman said...

Hi, Florence! You have helped me feel so much better. Really. I have some anxiety about this as I was turned down so much, I shelved it and turned to short fiction. Now, everyone loves it and my heart is bursting.

Hi, Alexa and Angela! And thank you. Especially pleased you thought to pop by and say something kind. Hugs

M True Teller said...

Sounds like fun! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Love the cover and can't wait to read the book.

Ashantay said...

Love the cover, the excerpt and am happy to hear you have a book coming out soon!

Cathy McElhaney said...

Love the excerpt! Can't wait to read it!

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