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?
Targeted Age Group:: 35-80
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Temporarily Out of Luck is the third book in the Hattie Cooks mysteries. I wrote Temporarily Employed as a result of a car game while on a road trip. My friend asked questions and we'd answer, like: Pick one-Englebert Humperdink or Tom Jones. Then she asked us to write the opening paragraph of a book using the word "window." I had nothing-nothing. My friend knew I wanted to write and I suspected that was why she asked the question. Anyway, the next day at home, I sat down at the family computer and wrote eight chapters! Who knew? I tinkered for a couple of weeks and finally found the courage to show my friend. She read the pages, passed them back, and said, "Keep going." I did.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I often start a work with dialogue and my characters have no names. However, I knew my mystery series girl would be Hattie. I just loved it and it is old-fashioned which causes a dilemma for our heroine. As for Allan, this is the truth-I had the tv playing in the background and heard "Allan" said in a program. I haven't a clue which. Then heard later "Wellborn," which is perfect for his last name as he is "well born."
Stuart bounded to my side. “Hattie. Allan. You’re naturals.”
I rolled my eyes. Great. I passed the tango test.
I stayed in position for what seemed like hours but most likely were five loonnng minutes. My lower back spasmed, which caused me to grimace. Allan pulled ever-so-gently and restored me to my feet. I removed my hands from his. Moisture coated my palms and sweat dripped down my back along my spine. I was a wreck.
“Thank you so much, couple.” A beaming Ms. Yolanda rotated. “I’m impressed by your length and beauty.”
Length and beauty—my ass.
Funny, sweet, and quirky, Vicki Batman’s stories are full of her hallmark humor, romance, and 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. Cat fancier. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby.
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