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Just Desserts and Other Stories by Vicki Batman @VickiBatman #RLFblog #romanticcomedy #sweetromanceVicki Batman, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Just Desserts…and Other Stories by Vicki Batman

Genre: romantic comedy short story anthology
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Love blossoms in the small town of Sommerville in these clean and wholesome, heart-warming short tales, filled with fun and forever possibilities.
Included are:
Bug Stuff ~ An accountant unites with a co-worker to exterminate a pesky adversary.
Just Desserts ~ A political dinner gone disastrous brings together a reluctant attendee and her handsome seat-mate.
With This Ring ~ When a wife forgets the all-important little black dress, the evening turns into something utterly unforgettable.
Good Girls Finish First ~ When men friends are challenged to fix breakfast if they lose a race, one woman leads the pack and discovers finishing first leads to romance.
Ouch ~ Who knew a yoga class would be so dangerous…and romantic?
Man Theory ~ When a geeky co-worker espouses his theory on love, a friend risks her heart.
Tommy and the Teacher ~ A young boy steals from the school’s book fair causing interesting possibilities to arise.
Absolutely Positively Lost ~ Helping a map-challenged young man find his way is truly serendipitous.
The Little Birdie Who ~ A new town, a new friend, a new beginning. Who would have thought a little bird could bring two people together?
Check Her Out ~ It’s a sticky situation, especially between a store manager and Auntie Caren when her nephew must pay for the gum he stole.
This Is Not Working ~ One of those days at a new job when nothing is going right, and then the boss steps in.

QUICK

Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?
Yes, I do! Humorous romantic mysteries and romantic comedy short stories.
How do you come up with ideas
?
With short stories, sometimes, people say things and my head goes bing! and the story takes off. It is so gratifying and fun when that happens. I did take a short story class early on and we were challenged to study a picture and create a story from it. It worked!
What is the single most important part of writing for you?
I love when the story is roughed and I can get to work to make it better. I’ll finesse until I’m sick of it.
When did you write your first book
?
I wrote my first book about fourteen years ago after a friend challenged me. Handsome was floored.

FUN

Leather or lace? Cotton, lolol
Black or red? Wear black, love red
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Cotton
Ocean or mountains? Mountains
City life or country life? City life
Party life or evening at home? Evening at home
Dogs or cats? Both!

Where to buy Just Desserts…and Other Stories

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Just-Desserts-Other-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B07CT8XC5F/
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/just-desserts-and-other-short-stories-vicki-batman/1128592107
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/823338/

Vicki Batman Social Media

Vicki Batman has sold many romantic comedy works to magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two humorous romantic mysteries. Along the way she has garnered awards and bestsellers. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Cat fancier. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”
Website: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html/
Blog: http://www.vickibatman.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VickiBatman/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vicki-Batman-sassy-writer-of-sexy-and-funny-fiction-133506590074451/
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vickibatman/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4814608.Vicki_Batman/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman/
Newsletter: http://www.vickibatman.blogspot.com/

 

Holiday Disaster by Vicki Batman @VickiBatman #RLFblog #Holiday #RomanceWelcome Vicki Batman, author of Holiday Disaster, a holiday romance in the Season of Magic anthology.

Christmas Keepers

Every year, my family went to my grandmother’s for Christmas Eve. She provided the ham and my aunts brought the sides and dessert. It was a joyous time with family members we didn’t see regularly. Cousins, aunts and uncles, new babies. Newlyweds to be inducted in our group. After dinner, we watched Grandmother open presents. For a long time, she gave gifts too. I still have the sapphire ring and the silver ID bracelet with my name inscribed in cursive.

One year, I received a huge flat box of crayons. My mom said that it was for my sister, but I was having none of that. I loved crayons, and I’d never had anything more than the standard box for school. There were flesh colors. Gold, silver, copper. Vibrant shades of blue, coral, and greens. I could not wait to try them out.

As Christmases passed, shopping became difficult for Grandmother, and she began giving us checks, which was welcomed as it’s than making our own selections. But none have lasted like the jewelry she’d lovingly selected.

Do you have a gift from your childhood you’ve kept?

And here’s a nice gift for you! The Season of Magic boxed set is FREE. It’s full of fun and good short stories, including mine, Holiday Disaster. (Bad plumbing + Christmas = Holiday Disaster).

Noel Noel Noel by Merry Holly ~ Dumped and lonely, is it possible to find love at the local mall? Noelle thinks not, but a chance encounter with Chase Clayborne while Christmas shopping has her rethinking her rigid set of rules.

A Cinderella Christmas by Cara Marsi ~ Jessica Gallo no longer believed in fairy tales or happy endings. And she certainly didn’t believe she’d find her Prince Charming at Saks Fifth Avenue. Her Fairy Godmother thought differently.

Matchmaker Matchmaker by Bobbi Lerman ~ With Chanukah around the corner, is there enough magic left for a matchmaker to bring Molly’s cynical heart back to life?

Yuletide Bride by Gerri Brousseau ~ The Dowager Duchess’s decree that her grandson must marry before Twelfth Night or relinquish his title and fortune sends him into a tail spin. Without any prospects and with only two weeks until Christmas will Stuart Nelson find himself destitute or will he find The Yuletide Bride?

Holiday Disaster by Vicki Batman: The week before Christmas and all is in disarray when a librarian experiences horrible plumbing issues and a Mr. Maintenance Man who isn’t nearly as jolly as Santa Claus.

Join all our freebie fun at:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Season-Magic-Holiday-Box-Set-ebook/dp/B00OZ136A6/
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/season-of-magic/
Find Season of Promises for 99 cents at: https://www.amazon.com/Season-Promises-Holiday-Box-Set-ebook/dp/B01LQUP9AS/
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Like some of her characters, award-winning author, Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; a hardware store, department store, book store, antique store clerk; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general “do anything gal” at a financial services firm–the list is endless.
Writing for several years, she has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories to True Love, True Romance, True Confessions, Noble Romance Publishing, Long and Short Reviews, Museitup Publishing, and The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of RWA and several writing groups and chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010.
Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if?”
Website: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VickiBatman
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ipdLkv
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vickibatman
Google+: http://bit.ly/1zUggDF
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4814608.Vicki_Batman
Amazon Author page https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman
Plotting Princesses: http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com

 

Raving Beauty: Just You and Me boxed set by @VickiBatman #RLFblog #romance #comedyPlay Is It True with today’s guest Vicki Batman, author of “Raving Beauty”, a romantic comedy short story in the Just You and Me boxed set. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

What if the love of your life was in front of you all along?

It began innocently with a few margaritas… Kelly Stinson is persuaded to represent Yahoo! Ranch Steakhouse in the Chamber of Commerce’s beauty contest. After an unexpected swan dive off stage, her heart goes pitter patter over the orthopedic surgeon who repaired her ripped up ankle.

Daniel Ackerman has always had the hots for his twin sister’s best friend. Much to his dismay, her doctor has taken notice of the dark-haired beauty and invaded his territory. That’s about to change when he moves in to help Kelly recover physically and open her eyes to what’s been in front of her all along.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13

Genre: romantic comedy

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No. I’ve had 35 shorts and essays and 2 books pubbed.
this book is part of a series?
no
you lost sleep while writing this book?
No. lol. I lost sleep when I was the beauty pageant contestant.
you did research for this book?
Yes. I asked a friend about her ankle surgery. I asked myself about being a former beauty pageant contestant.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
No pets or supernatural people. However, the hero is mega annoying according to the heroine.
this book has more than one genre?
No. Mine is romantic comedy, but others in the boxed set are of other genres.
you speak more than one language?
Yes. Does shorthand count?
you grew up where you live now?
Yes.
you love to read?
Yes!!! OMG, reading is my bestest friend.
you are never late?
No. I am hardly ever late.
you love pizza?
Yes. Unfortunately, my fav Italian restaurant closed and no more fav pizza. Sigh. Have to look elsewhere.
you love sushi?
No. I want my fish cooked.
you have a pet?
Yes. Two adora-poos, Champ and Jones.
Where can we find your book online?
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XCZWL6N

Vicki Batman Social Media

Award-winning and Amazon best-selling author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two romantic comedy mysteries to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocoholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if?”

Website: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html
Blog: http://www.vickibatman.blogspot.com/
Twitter : https://twitter.com/VickiBatman/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vicki-Batman-sassy-writer-of-sexy-and-funny-fiction-133506590074451/
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vickibatman/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4814608.Vicki_Batman/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman
Newsletter: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html

Temporarily Employed 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick,
easy, and fun. Today’s guest is Vicki Batman.
What is your go-to meal to order when you dine out? Your favorite
“I know it will hit the spot” item.
I love hamburgers and
with 3 other friends, we try different burger restaurants.
What were you like when you were in school?
Painfully shy until about
age 15. Then I began working and getting praise which naturally boosted my self-esteem
and image.
What is your favorite quote?
“Life should Not
be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive
and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand,
champagne in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming
Woo-hoo, what a ride!”
What was the last movie you watched (home or theater)?
Boyhood—follows a boy
for twelve years. It is interesting how he changes over time physically. What happens
to him and his family.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what
would be a perfect ringtone for him?
Hmm. I have a different
answer. My hero, Handsome, has the ringtone “Diamonds Are Forever.” LOL

About the Book

Title: Temporarily Employed
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Author Name: Vicki Batman
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Blurb (up to 300 words):
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?

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