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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, March 22, 2018

Handbag and Book: guest author Linda Tillis on Easter is Around the Corner & her #newbook #sweetromance #readromance

With Easter just around the corner, my mind wanders back to the days when little girls wore Easter bonnets, and white, cotton gloves were standard accessories. My mother passed away when I was ten years old, but our last Easter together was special. She made my adorable navy-blue suit with white trim, and I had the cutest little white straw boater hat.

            Now, anyone who really knows me, knows that I am NOT a purse person. I spent too many years wearing a uniform and carrying a man’s wallet in my back pocket.

However, when I saw this little bag (8 inches x 6 inches) at a yard sale, I had to buy it. Have never used it, never will, but, it spoke to me of a gentler time.

            I believe that is why I write historical, not contemporary, romance. My stories are set in a time when honor was an accepted way of life. When men like Samuel Hinton, hero of A Man With A Pure Heart, truly lived tenants of the Bible, while protecting those weaker than themselves.
Samuel Hinton was raised to respect all life, so, thoughts of committing murder never crossed his mind.  Until the woman he loved was taken prisoner by a mad man.

“What is it, son? What’s happened, are you hurt?”
“Pa, he has Kathleen. Can you saddle the roan while I grab a canteen of water?”
“Who, son, who…oh dear Lord, not your killer?” Even as he asked, Garth was grabbing the saddle and heading for the corral.
Samuel was already halfway to the house, and by the time he got back Garth had the roan saddled, with a lead rope secured to the pommel.
Samuel grabbed the rope from his Pa’s hands, and then paused to face him. “Pa, I need you to pray. Pray that Kathleen is alive. Then pray for me, Pa, cause I intend to kill the man, in either case.”
Garth’s heart filled with pain as he said, “Son, you bring that girl home, and you do what you need to do, to make this right.”
Samuel nodded, hung the canteen from his saddle, shoved a towel full of biscuits he’d grabbed from the pantry into his saddlebag, mounted Zeus and rode off into the darkness.

Find A Man With A Pure Heart at:   Amazon
Find Linda Tillis at:   Facebook

Thanks for showing off your bag, Linda! I have something similar that I carried last summer. And do I remember Easter hats. Mom made our outfits and we got new shoes too. 

Readers: did you have special outfits for special occasions like Easter?


Melissa Keir said...

There are so many photos of me in an Easter outfit from when I was growing up. I loved the hats, coats and gloves! Such a beautiful time. Today, we don't do that and I miss it. I was just trying to decide what to wear for Easter dinner. Can't think of much because I'm going to be driving for hours and then freezing!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction, blogger at Handbags, Books...Whatever said...

I remember some Easters were cold and we couldn't show off our outfits Mom made. I bought a new dress just the other day, not even thinking about getting one specifically for Easter because when I did shop for one in the past, I never found a dress. Hugs, Melissa!

Linda Tillis said...

Melissa, I'm with you, I miss the dressing up part. Even more so, now that my kids are grown. Today's little girls seem to be much more "adult", and not so much into the old fashioned things like hats and gloves!

Flossie Benton Rogers said...

New Easter outfits were a big deal for my mother and me as I was growing up. In our small town, we often stood in the middle of the street to get good lighting for photos. I still think fondly of a couple of my dresses and little hats and purses. I understand about the purse you bought. It may be similar to my buying a few vintage handkerchief holders. They are beautiful and hark back. You write wonderful books that readers will enjoy— congrats on your success!

Angela Adams said...

Your bad looks perfect for parading down the street in an Easter Parade!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction, blogger at Handbags, Books...Whatever said...

Hi, Flossie! I love that you had pictures made in the middle of the street. We were stationed at the driveway and walkway at a corner. LOL Thanks for coming.

Hi, Angela! Do you have the perfect Easter bag?

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