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December 5, 2012

Plotting Princess Vicki Batman & Launch Day!!! Twinkle Lights

"Twinkle Lights"
a holiday story, is launched today
and to party on, I'm giving away a $50.00 Amazon gift card and an e-book.

Just leave a comment which includes
your email address to be eligible.

Now, on to the good stuff!

Here's a fun excerpt from "Twinkle Lights!"

        "I don't believe it." Hands on hips, I stood in front of the large, white tent. No happy shoppers bustled in and out. No All I Want For Christmas is You blasting from a boom box. No holiday cheer at all.
        Instead, I found under the same ol' Axel's Christmas Trees neon sign, which wasn't flashing, a notice, which looked to be hastily printed and stuck on the tent flap with gray duct tape: Closed. Heart attack. And as an afterthought:  Pray.
        I shook my head, saying to the nippy wind whipping my hair, "Poor Axel. This is horrible. Where will the funds for the Sommerville Hospital come from?"
        My stomach kinked into a hard knot as I hugged my tote to my waist. I'd been buying my Christmas tree here since...forever. Definitely since I was a blossoming idea in my parents' mind. Mom and Dad brought my brother and me to Axel's the first Saturday in December every year for the family tree. Who could forget the ensuing arguments over the perfect one—Mom usually won—and the joy of trimming it.
        All grown up, I continued the tradition. Axel had the most beautiful trees. The stand benefited the hospital; this year, the children's cancer wing where his grandson had undergone treatment for leukemia. He always-always-always stashed aside a seven-foot Fraser fir for me. Nothing spelled Christmas better than a fresh, North Carolina Fraser fir.
        Now what do I do? Where do I go? Should I call Axel's son and see if he needs anything?


Rhonda D said...

This sounds like it will be a very emotional read. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!
Rhonda D

Jeanine said...

Sounds like a lovely story!

Cara Marsi said...

Vicki, I can't wait to read this. It sounds wonderful, as are all your stories. Congratulations.

chris k said...

nothing beats a heartwarming christmas story-

congrats vicki

Sydell Voeller said...

Sounds great, and I love the cover!

Jean Maurie said...

Sounds like an emotional Christmas story. Looking forward to reading it.

Stacy Green said...

Sounds like a great, heartfelt read. Thanks for sharing the excerpt!


Patricia said...

It's that time of year when I start buying Christmas-themed novels. Yippee!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Rhonda! There's lots of highs and lows, and quite a bit of laughter. Thank you for visiting with me today.

Hi, Jeanine. I love writing holiday stories and am working on two right now. Thank you for partying.

Hi, my friend Cara. I love your stories too and thank you so much.

Hi, Chris. And I thank you for all your help. ox

Hi, Sydell! I'm so glad you like the cover. There's nothing like a big fat tree. Happy holidays.

Hi, Jean Maurie! I especially liked writing Cameron and their dialogue. Thank you for stopping by.

Hi, Stacy! Oh you know, it's fun stuff! And you are so welcome.

Hi, Patti! And I am so honored you include me on your list! Merry Christmas to you.

Sasha Summers said...

Congrats Vicki!!! So happy for you!

Anna Sobering said...

Congrats, Vicki! I know how much you love Christmas. I bet this was a fun one to write. I can't wait to read the rest!

Jewel's Gems said...

Looking forward to reading it:-)

Sheila Seabrook said...

Congratulations on your latest release, Vicki! I can't wait to read it. :)

Kara Lennox said...

Congratulations, Vicki! This sounds like such a fun book.

Sooz said...

Hey Vicki! I like your writing (I am a newbie to your work ;) ) . I need a good xmas story right now!
xo sooz

Sharon Buchbinder, Romance Author said...

I see twinkle lights coming between the son and the heroine! Great meet!



Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Sasha, and thank you!

Hi, Anna, You know where to find me and the rest!

Hi, Jewel! I hope you do get to read the story and let me know what you think. Thank you for posting.

Hi, Sheila! *giggle* You already did, but a slightly different version. Thank you for everything. ox

Hi, Kara! I'm so glad you came by and made my day.

Hi, Sooz! Thank you so much for partying with me. I hope you do get to read it and let me know what you think. Happy Holidays!

Phyllis said...

Congratulations Vicki!

The story sound very heart warming. I'm anxious to read it.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Sharon! and thank you, my friend, for partying with me. You know how I am-fun and funny! oxoxo

Hi, Phyllis! I hope you get a chance to read TW and please let me know your thoughts!!! Merry Christmas.

Barb Han said...

This story sounds lovely, and perfect for the holiday season. Must get mine today!!

Autumn Jordon said...

Ah, you hooked me. I'm searching for holiday reads, (love them) so I'm defintely adding Twinkle Lights to my wish list. Wishing you mega sales, Vicki! And happy holidays!


autumnjordon @ yahoo . com

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Barb! You are so sweet. I hope it makes you go squishy wishy. Merry Christmas!

Hi, Autumn! I'm honored to be considered by such a wonderful writer like you. Thank you!

Pamela Stone said...

Hi Vicki,

Congrats on your release day. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas read.

Pamela Stone said...

Hi Vicki,

Congrats on your release day. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas read.

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi Vicki! Congrats on your release!!! It sounds like a great read!!! I'm so happy for you!!!

Kristi said...

Congrats Vicki on your release of Twinkle Lights!!

I'm already hooked just reading your excerpt.

Kristi Rhodes

Tawania said...

Congrats on your release! That was a great excerpt. I can't wait to find out what happens next!


Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Pam! I think TW is a fun read too. Wishing you the very best and wondering what you are doing? ox

Hi, Karilyn! I am so happy too. TW is my 21st short story. I love what I'm doing. ox

Hi, Kristi! If you are hooked, I've done something right, a good job. Thank you so much for the compliment.

Hi, Tawania! You have such a cool name. And thank you for visiting with me today for the TW party. Have a wonderful day.

Kathy Ivan said...

Congratulations again on the release of Twinkle Lights. I adore a good holiday/Christmas story and this deflinitely qualifies. Wishing you many sales.

Diane Kelly said...

Very touching!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Kathy! And thank you so much.

Hi, Diane! I wish I could have put the snappy dialogue stuff you and I love so much, but then, I'd give a bunch away. Thanks!

Chris Sweeney said...

Perfect Holiday read!!

Linda Carroll-Bradd said...

I love the setup which drew me in immediately. The cover is lovely.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Chris! I'm so glad you liked the cover. I can't wait to hear your thoughts. Merry Christmas!

Hi, Linda! Several of you who are partying with me have commented on the set-up, the hook. Yeah, I did a good job. Now if only you like the whole thing! lol

Thank you to all who helped me celebrate the "Twinkle Lights" launch. I'll post the winner tomorrow.

Liz Lipperman said...

Sorry, I missed the party but I had babysitting duties.

And this one is already loaded and ready to read on my kindle.

Anonymous said...

Hi Vicki: I've been looking for a Christmas story to get me into the holiday spirit. I think I've now found it with your "Twinkle Lights!"
Happy Book Launch Day (a day late;)

Margay Leah Justice said...

This sounds like it will be a powerful story.


pc said...

This sounds like a wonderful read for favorite holiday! thanks for sharing the great excerpt!

Melissa said...

Just stopping by to say Congratulations, Vicki!! I love Christmas stories. Will be checking this one out for sure! :)

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Thank you to those who commented after I hit the hay.

My winner is: Stacy Wisenand. Congratulations, Stacy.

And thank you to everyone who supports me.

pc said...

This sounds like it's a heartwarming read just in time for the holidays! I'll take a look! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Sounds like a wonderful lovely story for the holidays and love the title <3

thank you !
Happy Holidays

lilypondreads at gmail dot com

Daniel M said...

like the excerpt, happy holidays and thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com