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My friends and I were returning from a girlfriend trip. Tired, silence took over us. One friend suggested we play “car games.” Yep, we groaned but complied. 

 

“Who do you like better—Tom Jones or Englebert Humperdink?”

 

I picked Englebert. The other three went with Tom because he was wild.

 

“Write the opening of a book using the word window.”

 

Panic set in. I had nothing, I mean, nothing-nothing. My friend knew I toyed with the idea of writing. Was this her way of getting me jumpstarted? My turn came and I still went with nothing.

 

“That’s okay. Email us something later.”

 

Whew.

 

Two days later, I sat at the computer and wrote “window.” The words flowed.After two days, I had written eight chapters. I showed them to my friend.

 

“Keep going.”

 

So I did.

 

I worked and worked on my book. I scribbled ideas for another. And when asked to critique a friend’s short stories, I wrote those too. Along the way, I’ve had three RomCom mysteries, and many short stories published. My work has won awards and been included in bestselling anthologies.

 

This is my story about pursuing a dream. It’s been fun and a great ride!

 

 

 

 

Title: Temporarily Employed

Author: Vicki Batman

Genre: Romcom Mystery

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

 

Book Blurb:

 

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 where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee--the very one she replaced.


 When the police determine there's more to the death of a former Buy Rite employee, Detective Allan Charles Wellborn 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:

 

No frisking and no arrests were--so far, in my book--a good thing. As Sarah Anne’s older brother, I found it easy to eliminate him from the stalker, murderer, and rapist categories. The something in the truck line sounded similar to approaches used in past dating experiences. For instance:

 

“Want to come up and look at my etchings?”

 

Translated: A roll in the hay.

 

Or the ever popular “Would you like to meet Mr. Lizard?”

 

Translated: Mr. Wiggly Worm.

 

“How about coming to my place for a drink?”

 

Translated: To ply me with multiple drinks and the requisite roll in the hay.

 

I hadn’t fallen for those then and wasn’t going to be a sucker now.

 

He stuck his hands on his hip and said, “I know what you’re thinking. I’m not a stalker, murderer, or rapist." 

 

Apparently, he could read minds.

 

"Just a minute." I closed the door partially to release the chain, then opened it. “Why can’t you just tell me whatever it is?”

 

“No. I want to show you---”

 

“Not a Picasso?” I asked.

 

“No.”

 

“Not an iguana?”


A perplexed expression crossed his face. “A what?”

 

“Not your pet worm?”

 

“What pet worm?”

 

“Not---”

 

“Look, I don’t know what you’re thinking. The only worms I know about are for fishing.”

 

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Author Biography:

 

Vicki Batman’s stories are full of fun, romance, and possibilities that will delight all readers. She has sold many award-winning and bestselling romantic comedy works to magazines and most recently, three humorous romantic mysteries. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Dog mom. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby.

 

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Title: Temporarily Insane

Author: Vicki Batman

Genre: Romcom Mystery

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

 

Book Blurb:

 

No man. Bad job. And Murder. 

 

Hattie Cooks is still searching for her dream job and one might be available...in the Big Apple, far from friends, family, and Allan Wellborn, the man who still makes her heart race. In the meantime, she finds temporary employment at an accounting firm where two auditor friends turn up dead.

 

Detective Allan Wellborn dropped Hattie for Blonde Bimbo who, coincidentally, is employed at NLB where fishy things are taking place. When Allan interviews Hattie, he must determine why all signs point to her as a suspect.

 

Can Hattie discover why Allan dumped her and who is murdering auditors before death strikes again?

 

Excerpt:

 

Trixie had some nerve.

 

“Stop it, Hattie!”

 

Her reprimand, the one which had shot a stabbing pain to my right eye, sounded terribly out of character, like she had little patience for me. Ordinarily, she was the nicest person I knew, didn’t have a mean bone in her body. The kind who rescued animals, picked up trash at Sommerville Park, and prepared food for the elderly.

          

Not today. I narrowed my eyes and crossed my arms across my chest in a school girl flaunt.

 

Trixie tilted forward in her desk chair, her bosom almost resting on her desk. “This nonsense has to end. Your moan sounded like an obscure breed of a bizarre...untamed...wounded animal.” She returned to an upright and seated position and in tiny increments, rotated her chair from side-to-side, waiting for me to say something not stupid.

 

In truth, Trixie had pounded the nail on the head. I had nothing to add. My whole life had turned into an obscure, bizarre, bad reflection of itself, thus wounding me to my core. I sighed and pouted an if only.

 

Don’t go there.

 

My funsister friend owned the employment agency Jobs Inc., and on occasion, she’d happily assisted me in finding temporary work since my dream job had been flushed down the proverbial toilet a few months back, thus soiling my picture perfect life. For this newest assignment she’d located, I’d be employed as an administrative assistant for the managing partner at Northside, Lancaster, and Brookside, Certified Public Accountants, headquartered in my hometown of Sommerville.  

 

At first, she’d sounded oh-so pleasant when we began our yak about the opportunity. “Think accounting,” she’d teased, followed by a small chuckle.

 

Her laugh had spoken volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica proportions.

 

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Title: Temporarily Out of Luck

Author: Vicki Batman

Genre: Romcom Mystery

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

 

Book Blurb:

 

 Great job. What man? And murder. 

 

Newly employed at Wedding Wonderland, Hattie Cooks is learning the industry from a woman she greatly admires. When her former brother-in-law is found dead in his luxury SUV, all fingers point to Hattie’s sister, who is planning her own I Dos.

 

Detective Allan Wellborn is caught between a rock and a hard place—Hattie’s family and investigating the murder of a well-connected Sommerville resident, the same loser who was once married to Hattie’s sister. Determining who’s the bad guy—or gal—isn’t going to be easy and sure to piss off someone.

 

Can Hattie beat the clock to find out who murdered Tracey’s ex before she is charged with the crime and her wedding is ruined?

 

Excerpt:

 

In my Book of Debts, I didn’t owe him one iota. However, I could hear my mother in my ear, trotting out a page from the “Right Thing to Do” lecture. What Stuart’s mom did broke all wedding protocol, and Allan doing his saintly thing told her he would help, which translated meant he desperately needed somebody else’s help.

 

“Fine. I’m in, but you owe me more, like a date to the”—I grasped on the first thing that popped in my head—“opera.”

 

“Opera? Since when do you like opera?”

 

I held back a giggle. “Since yesterday.”

 

Allan blew a huge sigh. “Done.” He paused. “Opera?”

 

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Title: Just Desserts and other stories

Author: Vicki Batman

Genre: Romcom Short Stories

Publisher: vlmbatman

 

Book Blurb:

 

Love blossoms in the small town of Sommerville in these heartwarming, “cute meet” tales, filled with fun and forever possibilities.

 

Bug Stuff ~ An accountant unites with his 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 can lead 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.         

                               

Excerpt from Man Theory:

 

"I have a theory about love.”

 

              Ethan's statement knocked me from the proverbial mountain top. Eyeing him, I clapped my hand across my mouth to stifle a giggle.

 

              From Day One at our new jobs at Prime Designs, Ethan and I had forged a friendship. I was the artsy heart-sy, emotional gal. Him--the technical, by-the-book pal. We ate an occasional dinner, watched a movie, whatever. Traded small gifts like coffee, a magazine, music. However, Ethan had never made an overture toward me.

 

              Translated: Nothing intimate.

 

              I'd said to myself, "Rats."

 

              For work, we'd traveled to Colorado Springs to attend a workshop on web design innovations. After check-in, I'd joined him at the bridge crossing the lake to decide about lunch before the meetings commenced.

 

              My six-one geek wearing rimless glasses, leaned against the railing and stared into the sparkling blue waters of the high mountain lake. The feathered fowl paddled by.

 

              Have his feelings changed?

 

              I asked in disbelief, "R-really? A theory...about love?"

 

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Title: Sommerville days

Author: Vicki Batman

Genre: Romcom Short Stories

Publisher: vlmbatman

 

Book Blurb:

 

Love blossoms in the small town of Sommerville in these heartwarming romance tales, filled with fun and forever possibilities.

 

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

 

Store Wars: The competition is heating up when Janie's old flame returns to town and is running his family's store. Could following dreams break her heart?

 

San Diego or Bust: When a young woman plans a romantic getaway with her boyfriend, disaster strikes. Is her Mr. Right the right Mr. Right?

 

Excerpt from Raving Beauty:

 

"I can't believe I let your loony brother, who's tormented me all my life, talk me into this."

 

With my eye on the teenage competition standing off to one side, I tugged the swimsuit’s leg opening into place to better cover my hip. "Just because I did some modeling in college doesn't make me a pageant diva. Back then, I was incredibly skinny, and clothes fit easily."

 

              "Daniel is a rat. He took advantage of your third, or was it your fourth, margarita, Kelly?" Maggie Ackerman, my best friend and roommate, adjusted the scarlet satin sash draped across my body. Glittery stick-on letters spelled out Miss Yahoo! Ranch Steakhouse. "Don’t worry. You’re beautiful and will be fine. Now, hold still."

 

              I watched her pick my brown hair at the crown of my head with an old-fashioned teasing comb. When the eerie suspicion I resembled a scary dame with Big Texas hair from the television show, “Dallas,” I turned my head to avoid the mirror.

 

              "Close your eyes." She blasted my hair with several short bursts of super freeze-it hairspray. "Now, that ain't goin' nowhere."

 

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