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Tag Archives: Vicki Batman

RLF Gems 
In September, Romance Lives Forever had 29 posts in a 30 day
month. Publisher Week took the top five spots with the amazing JMS Books LLC, so I combined those. Here are
the top posts (judging by page views).
1. JMS Books, LLC
2. Ella Quinn
3. Daisy Banks
4. Danita Minnis
5. Rue Allyn
Honorable mention: Rolyn Anderson and Vicki Batman.
Authors who guest with us are promoted on Twitter, Facebook, via
Triberr to thousands of potential readers, are featured front page in the daily
Romance Lives Forever Paper.li ezine,
and the blog has its own hashtag (#rlfblog) on Twitter. This year, we also
created the Booklover’s Guide to Romance
Lives Forever
with links to guest authors’ books and social media. It is
110 pages crammed full of who to follow and what to read. The FAQ page provides
updated downloads of optional interview questions, and a guide to the blog. You
can also grab our button to promote your visit. Your cover can be featured on
the blog for a small fee. Check out our advertising
link
for more information.
My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance
Lives Forever a great place to discover new books and authors.
Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first
name are:

Alexandra Christian, Bernadette Walsh, Cassandra Carr, Christina
Phillips , Anita Philmar, Stephanie Cage, Dawn Montgomery, Jenny Kane, Jill
Hughey , Mae Clair, Nia Simone, Patricia Walters-Fischer, Sarah Cass, Tracey
Kitts
RLF Gems 
In May, Romance Lives Forever had 23 posts in a 31 day month.
Here are the top posts (judging by page views). There was a two-way tie for
first place, including my post about Marketing for Romance Writers Marketing
Summer Camp plans, and a three-way tie
for fifth. Those posts were within one page view of each other.
1. Vicki Batman
1. Kayelle Allen
2. Emerald
3. Eva Caye
4. Charlie Cochet
5. Kendall McKenna
5. Taylor
Brooks
5. Synithia Williams
Honorable mention: Angela Kay Austin
Authors who guest with us are promoted on Facebook, via
Triberr to thousands of potential readers, are featured front page in the daily
Romance Lives Forever Paper.li ezine,
and the blog has its own hashtag (#rlfblog) on Twitter. This year, we also
created the Booklover’s Guide to Romance
Lives Forever
with links to guest authors’ books and social media. It is
110 pages crammed full of who to follow and what to read. The FAQ page provides
updated downloads of optional interview questions, and a guide to the blog. You
can also grab our button to promote your visit. Your cover can be featured on
the blog for a small fee. Check out our advertising
link
for more information.
My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance
Lives Forever a great place to discover new books and authors.
Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first
name are:

Ana Blaze, E Ayers, Eden
Summers, Elise VanCise, Elodie Parkes, Jean Joachim, Jennifer France, Jill
Elaine Hughes, Katya Armock, Kitty Barton, Melinda Dozier, MJ O’Shea, Mona
Karel, ST Bende

Please welcome Vicki Batman to Romance Lives Forever with a post on getting away and finding your heroes.

Last December, my girlfriends and I went on our annual Christmas
getaway. We ate great food and checked out historical homes decorated for the holidays.
After we returned to our rooms and put on our comfy jammies,
we exchanged gifts and then chatted about stuff. All kinds of stuff. This time,
the topic turned to handsome hunky heroes.
Yeah, we went through all the normal attributes heroes are perceived
to be, like firefighters and policemen, military, etc. Out of nowhere, I added,
“My heroes are handymen–plumbers, carpenters, and fixer-uppers like the guys
on HGTV.”
Needless to say, hysterics took over us.
But it’s the truth. We’d rather have someone who could clean
the pipes, patch a hole in the wall, fix a light fixture, and nowadays, keep our
computer running. Those are real men.
The giggles continued on when we began discussing the HGTV hosts
that rock our world. And we did wonder if they were as helpful at home as they appear
to be on television.
I tend to write about everyday heroes in my sweet meet stories.
Chances are we encounter them in real life over a Navy Seal or Army Ranger. The
lawyer who volunteers to run a Christmas tree stand. The accountant who helps someone
figure out how to fund a business. The restaurateur who provides jobs and helps
the local animal shelter. The store owner who wants to help his sick dad have a
wonderful, last Christmas. The architect taking over his mom’s business when she
retires. The pilot donating a kidney. The schoolteacher who coaches a team.
They don’t–usually–risk life and limb; they are the unsung
guys who keep us going every day. Just normal average Joes.
Those small things are truly heroic.
BTW, did I mention the electrician is a fireman?
What kind of hero do you like to read about? Who are your heroes?

By Vicki Batman — San Diego
or Bust

After what was supposed to have been a romantic getaway to San Diego, Jill Grant
decided her boyfriend, Davis Griffith Swansea III, was a dirtwad. Absolutely,
none of her planning had pleased him and to top it off, he hadn’t proposed. So
when deplaning, Steven Cartwright comes to her aid, and she begins to question
whether her Mr. Right is the right Mr. Right.
Buy links:

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RLF Gems

In February, Romance Lives Forever introduced two new
features. Cover Love is a short intro to a book and includes only a blurb, buy
links, and social media contacts for the author. We use it if one of our scheduled
authors is unable to appear, and no other material is on hand. If you would
like to submit your book for this feature, see the FAQ page for more
information. The other was a full week dedicated to one publisher. There will
be four this year, including Liquid Silver Books
in June, and JMS Books LLC in September. For
February, it was the Boroughs
Publishing Group
, “Where Story Matters.”
There were 7 posts by Boroughs, 17 author interviews, 3 book
releases, and 1 article for 28 posts in a 28 day month.
There were unusual ties this month. Jerrie Alexander and Keta Diablo
shared a spot because their posts went up the same day. Boroughs took first,
third, and fourth place, and three people had even numbers of hits for fifth. Here
are the top posts (judging by page hits).
1. Boroughs Publishing
2. Jerrie Alexander / Keta Diablo
3. Boroughs Publishing
4. Boroughs Publishing
5. Vicki Batman
5. Allie Ritch
5. Donna Cummings
Authors who guest with us are promoted on Facebook, via
Triberr to over 549k potential readers, are featured front page in the daily Romance Lives Forever Paper.li ezine,
and the blog has its own hashtag (#rlfblog) on Twitter. This year, we also
created the Booklover’s Guide to Romance
Lives Forever
with links to guest authors’ books and social media. It is
110 pages crammed full of who to follow and what to read. The FAQ page provides
updated downloads of optional interview questions, and a guide to the blog. You
can also grab our button to promote your visit.
My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance
Lives Forever a great place to discover new books and authors.
Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first
name are:
Ashlynne Laynne, Brita
Addams, Chris Karlsen, Helena Harker, Janet Elizabeth Jones, Jennifer France, Kara
Leigh Miller, Lorrie Struiff, Lynda Kaye Frazier, Paloma Beck, Raine Delight, Serena
Zane, Tara Fox Hall, Vicki Batman, Victoria Blisse

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Opposites Attract?

I come from a family of four girly girls, and my other half comes
from four rough and tumble boys. We have two boys. So yes, the testosterone gets
thick at my house!
Running out and doing the football thing? Not so much.
Running to the antique mall? Yipee. My men would rather stick
needles in their eyes. LOL
Sometimes, there are remarkable differences between the opposite
sexes. Check these out (mostly generalities):
  


Man                                                                Woman
Action adventure movie                               Romantic comedy
Non-fiction books                                         Romance books
Duck Dynasty                                                HGTV
A fast sportscar, big truck                            A practical SUV
Thick burger and fries                                   Small one with
ten fries
Chocolate shake                                           Water
Spit on small cut                                            Antiseptic with bandage
Large dog                                                      Small
dog, cat
Ten oz ribeye                                                 4 oz filet
Loaded baked potato                                   Small salad
No bread                                                        Bread
with butter
No dessert                                                     Anything
sweet
Handwash car                                               Car
wash with vacuum
Donuts                                                            Multi-grain
cereal
Surfs through TV commercials                    Reads thru TV commercials
Loves to cook                                                Hates to cook
See? Just from this small list, we notice the big differences.
But isn’t being different a good thing? Would we always want
to like the same things?
What I notice is how the columns complement each other. Kinda
like a balance. So no, we don’t always like the same things. I don’t always watch
romantic comedies. I adore Indiana Jones and James Bond, but will never be a huge
fan of Duck Dynasty! On occasion, I eat a donut and deny myself dessert, like bad
bread pudding. And my other half loves HGTV. Go figure.
Our characters — usually — imitate real life. Can’t you see
a hunky guy chowing down on humongous steak, and the girl daintily eating a salad
or smaller meal? (And all the while she is secretly thinking “I wish I could
eat like that.”)
Or our hero lounging on the couch with remote superglued to his
hand while the heroine is about to blow her top because he won’t land on the romantic
comedy? She picks up her HGTV magazine.
Not all of these generalities are hard core true. See the cooking
thingy, for example. My men would rather throw meat on the grill while I like to
gather a couple of things together and “assemble” something to eat.
The truth is if we are identical, we’d bore each other. We want
to be interesting to our other half. To balance and complement each other. And occasionally,
bend our other half’s way because that is what we do in a relationship. We grow,
live, do.
Let’s add to the list. What are some guy/girl things?

About the Author

Vicki Batman has three men in the house and often muses why God
did that to her.

Find Me Here

Little Birdie Who…

Vicki Batman, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Little Birdie Who…and Other Stories.
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Indie
Cover artist: Kat Baldwin
Length: 15 pages
Heat rating: sweet
Tagline: Three short, fun reads from sassy writer girl, Vicki
Batman
Blurb: 
Little Birdie Who… and Other Stories includes
“This is NOT Working” One of those days at a new job
when nothing is going right until the new boss steps in.
“Check Her Out” Gum: it’s a sticky situation, especially
between the store manager and Auntie Caren when her nephew has to pay for the package
he stole.
“Little Birdie Who… “A new town, a new friend, a
new beginning. Who would have thought a little bird could bring two people together?
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Little Birdie Who… is a collection of three stories. The women
are working girls in their twenties who meet handsome guys in their late twenties,
thirties.

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
Via a game, a friend challenged me. I went home and wrote eight
chapters, then showed her. She said to keep going; so I did.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
Promotion has become the most important thing.
What websites do you visit daily?
Man Theory
Plotting Princesses
Etsy (lol)
Ebay
If you could change something about your first book, what
would it be?
A sale! Honestly, I love the book as is and it’s pretty good.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Getting an idea and running away with it.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
Start writing now.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
Every day I work out early in the morning, clean up, and sit
my butt in the chair. I take time out for lunch and keep on going.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Workout, needlepoint, sent venting emails to close galpals with
disclaimers over it to burn after reading.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Lol. For my sake, I’ll say probably would.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
Mysteries, historical romance, women’s fiction, contemporary
romance.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
First, marrying Handsome, then the boy’s births.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only
one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview.
What will you take with you and where will you go?
My suitcase is always at standby; so I can grab and go. Really.
The clothes, the makeup, hair stuff, kindle, Nano, and I’d go on a cruise. Any cruise.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas. I love the music, the special things I do with family
and friends, the fuss.
What good book have you read recently?
I am so totally hooked on the mysteries by Julia Spencer Fleming.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new
century started?
Celebrating with my family, my close girlfriends and their families.
We had a fun dinner followed by watching fireworks from my dining room window.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
Store Wars
I’m rarely bored. I read and do needlepoint.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Red. RED. RED!

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with Canadian bacon and pineapple.
I’m always ready for a good movie.
When I’m alone, I read or do needlepoint.
You’d never be able to tell, but I was terribly shy when a
kid.
If I had a halo it would be glittery.
If I could go on a cruise right now, I’d say to Handsome,
“Pack a bag. We’re outta here.”
I can never run because I’m a terrible runner.

Previous Books

Twinkle Lights
Store Wars
Man Theory and Other Stories

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