Saturday, November 1, 2014

Temporarily Employed by Vicki Batman (Guest post, excerpt and GIVEAWAY)

It is my pleasure to host one of The Wild Rose Press's authors and her newly released title!





Indulging in Autumn’s Rainy Days
by Vicki Batman




Hopefully, you have blue skies and the air is crisp with fall


But what we really need is rain. I love rainy weekends when I can throw a light blanket on me and hit the couch. I grab the channel changer and head to the movie stations and settle in for a long stretch, the requisite diet drink and popcorn by my side.  Sometimes, I'll haul out my needlepoint and watch and work. The hours slip by as I go from one movie to the next.
Once, Handsome asked me what I wanted for my birthday. He laughed when I named two girly movies, popcorn, and a cold drink. No boys. No man. No housework. Nothing. Just me and my movies.

It was a really great day.

Besides watching old movies when a drip-drip is coming down, I like a really great book I cannot put down. I'm carried along, and before I know it, The End. A day all for me.

When I was younger and we had bad weather, I had built-in playmates in my three sisters. We played a lot of board games, card games, did puzzles, and read. Sometimes, the non-network TV station showed a really good old movie. Sometimes, we baked cookies or other treats. 

Seems like we all need a drizzly day to slow down from our hectic pace and get back to ourselves. To indulge just a bit. To laugh with loved one. To read.

What do you indulge in when you have a rainy day?       

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by 
 Vicki Batman
Romantic Comedy/Cozy Mystery, 75k
Released October 17, 2014, The Wild Rose Press



New Job. New Love. And Murder.
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?



Excerpt:



“Yuck.”


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.


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Author bio:
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??"


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12 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for hostessing me today! Our weather is crisp and cool thanks to a cold front that pushed through. Finally, fall clothing comes out.

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    1. It was a little startling to me to realize I had to look for my long socks and a sweater, since it was pretty hot here last week. I am one of those folks who doesn't want it too cold or too hot, lol. Thanks for taking the time to visit, vicki, my apologies for being slow to respond!

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  2. What a beautiful handbag!!! Thanks for sharing with us. Loved Hattie's story. On a rainy day if I don't curl up with a good book, the hubby and I enjoy playing board games together. We even have a notebook we keep track of our winnings in. His column has more wins than mine...I guess I need more luck on these rainy days.

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    1. Hi, Karla! How much fun. I played a lot of games when the boys were little. Mostly Handsome and I go to the movies. We talk a lot about what we've seen. Hugs.

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    2. Wow, karla, I don't think I'd want my hubby to keep track of how many times he'd won, lol. I tend to curl up with a book and a cup of hot chocolate on rainy days! Thank you for visiting.

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  3. Thanks so much ELF for posting!!! Wonderful Fall post Vicki and congrats on your book release !! Fall is my favorite season but i'm sad to say it's already passing us by as the 20-30 degree weather is engulfing Michigan :( I would love to find a place where the weather is like fall all year round :)

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    1. You are welcome, Krista. Sorry for the timing issues, but I am buried in edits recently. We actually finally had some much-needed rain but it is my understanding that it is going to be hot again next week. I don't think I'd be able to function in 30 degree weather, lol.

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  4. Krista! I have a place I like mostly year round, but can't get there often enough! We are expecting rain this week--which is great! But worry about elections and people getting out to vote. Notoriously when we have rain, voter turnout is poor. :(

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    1. We cheated, we mailed in our ballots!

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  5. Vicki, we had one of those "rain-filled" days here in Philly yesterday. When I woke up, the rain was coming down and didn't let up. It was like having a snow day. You would have loved it!

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    1. Stay safe in the downpours, Angela. Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment!

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    2. Hi, Angela! I would have loved it. Our big rain is coming Tuesday. Might be a fun day to play hooky? Thanks, Angela, for posting.

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