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Friday 23 September 2016

☀ Temporarily Insane: Hattie Cooks Mysteries [2] - Vicki Batman

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for Temporarily Insane, a romantic comedy mystery by (, The Wild Rose Press, Inc, 272 pages).

This is the second book in the Hattie Cooks Mysteries series.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and excerpt below. Read the first chapter with Amazon Look Inside.

Author Vicki Batman will be awarding a $75 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀).

Synopsis | Teaser | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops


No man. Bad job. And Murder. Hattie Cooks is still searching for her dream job and one might be 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?

Teaser: Excerpt

Chapter One

     “Stop it, Hattie!”
     Trixie had some nerve. Her reprimand, the one which skewered a stabbing pain to my right eye, sounded terribly out of character, like she had little patience for me.
     Maybe she felt rushed.
     Ordinarily, she was the nicest person I knew who didn’t have a mean bone in her body. The kind who rescued animals, picked up trash at Sommerville Park, and delivered Meals on Wheels to the elderly during her lunch hour.
     Not today. I narrowed my eyes and crossed my arms over my chest in a school-girl flaunt.
     Trixie tilted forward in her ergonomically designed 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. In tiny increments, she rotated from side-to-side, waiting for me to say something not insane.
     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—mostly—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 offered assignment, 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 chitchat about the opportunity.
     “Think accounting,” she’d teased, followed by a small chuckle.
     Her laugh had spoken volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica proportions. My imaginings took me to Trixie’s delicate hand brushing across the blue sky, creating a large banner decorated resplendently with a glittery rainbow, playful butterflies, and springtime flowers dancing in the breeze.
     Gag me with a spoon.

Temporarily Insane
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The Series: Hattie Cooks Mysteries

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Temporarily Employed [1]

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?

[Published 17 October 2014, 316 pages]

About the Author

Award-winning author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, a romantic comedy mystery to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Cat fancier. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "What if??"

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Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Thank you so much for having me and my book babies featured on your blog! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Maybe you'll be tempted. Hugs!

Victoria Alexander said...

Great teaser, I'm looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for sharing :)

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Victoria! And thank you. My pleasure.

Angela Adams said...

A great read while drinking some pumpkin spice coffee (smile!).

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an entertaining series!


CJ said...

Thank you for sharing the excerpt with us... and I know I said it before, but I really do love the cover, it's just so cute. Have a great weekend everyone! :)

Victoria Alexander said...

You're welcome :)

Nikolina said...

I really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Angela! You have the right idea!! Today is rainy where I live and I'd like nothing better than to plop on the couch with a bag of Cheetoes and a diet Coke to read. Hugs

Hi, 168! I hope everyone who reads is entertained by my books. If not, I want to know so I can improve. Thank you for stopping by.

Hi, clojo! I can never hear enough good things about my writing and yes, the cover, too. Like I said, cartoon covers can be controversial. They were very popular when Chicklit was the rage. You have a good day too!

Hi, Nikolina! I'm so glad you like the excerpt. The last bit about Encyclopedia Britannica proportions just popped in my head one day when reviewing (I review lots). I think it made the excerpt. Hugs!

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

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