Handbags, Books...Whatever

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Monday, January 16, 2017

#Handbag and #Book w Brenda Moguez #greatesttreasures #shoppingdeal #MFRWorg



Handbag and Book with

Brenda Moguez


I have a bag fetish. I can’t walk past a sale table in Macys’ without stopping. On weekend getaways or vacations, no boutique will go unexplored. Frankly, off the beaten path in little towns on the beachfront is where I’ve found my greatest treasures. My husband swears I have a new bag every week, but so not true. Cough! Cough! 
 
I am fussy about the style of bag I’ll carry. No clutches, totes, satchels, no drawstrings, no bucket-bags. For me, it must be a Crossbody or Messenger bag big enough for an on-the-go wristlet, and strap for a hair clip. It’s hands-free for me.   
 
My latest I bag was a Christmas gift from me-to-me. It’s Italian. It’s a Crossover. And it’s roomy. The bag fairy made sure I found it. I owe her big time. 
 
When Stella Delray unexpectedly loses her job a week before Christmas, which is also the anniversary of her husband’s death, she is forced to stop talking to his ashes, come to terms with her loss, and get her life back on track for her young son’s sake as well as her own. She never expected that posting an ad on Craigslist would send her into the arms of not one but two men, one of whom is her former boss. Now she’s working as an admin for a retired Broadway star, bookkeeping for an erotic video production company, and writing love letters for the mysterious "Oaklander." Adding to the craziness of her new life, her monster-in-law resurfaces and the father-in-law she never met shows up on her doorstep. With the guidance of her best friend, Bono, Stella will learn to redefine the rules she’s always lived by. 
 
Focus, Stella, the little voice shouts. There’s enough cash in the bank to last six months. This is not a good time to be unemployed. As if there is ever a good time, I whine inside.  

“Stella, did you hear me? Are you okay?” A touch of worry sails through the wires and lands like a thud on the counter.
  
I hit the mute button to block the dry sob growing behind my breastbone. Breathe, one thousand-one, one thousand-two, one thousand-three, one thousand-four, hold for six counts. I grip the edge of the counter, which keeps me rooted to the kitchen floor and from drowning in the acid panic flooding my veins. Damn. I’m losing my job. Ava will come after Santi again. Damn. Stop! Don’t you dare cry on the phone in front of a man, especially not Jack. Inner Stella swoops in and takes control. 
 
“Stella?” His voice is no longer a whisper. I unmute the phone. “Yes, I’m here.”  
“Is everything okay? Did you hear what I said?”
  
“Yes, I heard, and I’m fine.” You jerk, what a stupid question. “The news is unexpected, of course. Thanks for the heads-up.” I need to make a graceful exit from the call. I manage to choke back my sob. “I assume our meeting is canceled. There’s probably no point in me coming into the city to talk about the business plan for next year.” Since I’ll be living in a cardboard box under the Bay Bridge, you selfish prick.  
 
Find Nothing Is Lost In Loving at: Amazon
Find Brenda at:  Website
   
 
 
 

7 comments:

Angela Adams said...

I read that blurb, and said "Oh, my goodness! Stella has alot going on in her life!" (smile). By the way, I love that handbag in the photo. That's my kind of bag!

vicki batman said...

Hi, Brenda! Thank you for sharing your bag and book with me today.

brenda said...

Angela -- Stella, like most of us, tend to face the challenges of life, which for some reason hit us all at once (speaking from personal experience) with hidden strengths and grace.


Vicki - thanks for having me,

Bags!

Nightingale said...

Enjoyed reading your personal blog and the blurb. I understand the handbag compulsion! The blurb is a good seller!

Melissa Keir said...

What a pretty bag. I also am particular about my purse. I had to laugh about the hair clip. I would have a clip on my purse strap for so long. Now I have a ponytail on my wrist. You never know when you need to put your hair up!

Joanne Guidoccio said...

Hi Brenda, Love the bag and the blurb! Best of luck with sales :)

brenda said...

Thanks, Joanne,

Melissa - as many women as there are on the planet there are bags. We all have our quirks.

Nightingale - thanks, great blurb but... the author in me didn't love the cover.

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