Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | July 16, 2018


Not even sure what to title this…I lost my Sister 10 years ago this year and there was no warning. I lost my Mom on January 27, 2018 and there was warning. I saw her the weekend before she died and she told me she was dying – when I left she said that would be the last time I saw her. I didn’t believe her and told her so. A week later, she died. I did speak with her that day, told her I loved her, dd loved her and we would miss her. I said we were coming up after dd got off work and I don’t know where that ‘NO’ came from but it was the strongest I had heard her be in awhile.

My Mom and I had a weird, rocky, hard relationship. But, she was my Mom. I respected her, she scared the crap out of me when I was a kid – don’t worry, I still snuck out the window in the middle of the night and still had guys come over while she was at work – oh yeah, I was naughty lol – most if not all of what I did, she never found out about – the stuff she did know about was enough for her…lol…

This is hard – I’m struggling to write this. If you knew us, you knew some of what made us the way we were. And this isn’t about that. This is about losing my Mom. Even though we had the relationship we had, she was a rock in my life. dd loved to call her and tell her I was being mean or being a two year old – my Mom would just say ‘huh?’ and we would laugh as we knew she was clueless but wanted to hear from us.

Her 80th birthday was January 9th. I didn’t come up to see her; we did talk that day and she said she had eaten raw oysters – of course I responded with ‘ew’ lol – I didn’t know that would be her last birthday.

She was ready to go – she had been ready since my Dad died 30 years ago. I had to live with that and deal with that every day. She never hid that from anyone. If you knew her, you know she missed my Dad with every fiber of her being but always said she had to raise us and take care of us. When my Sister died 10 years ago, my Mom was diagnosed with A-Fib – I don’t think she told her everything the Dr said, but, a lot of people don’t.

In the end, when she begged to go home – it’s where she wanted to be, I knew that – I granted her wish and she was brought home with hospice care. I think she knew where she was – I was told she seemed to recognize her surroundings – bottom line is, she died where she wanted to be and is where she has wanted to be for the past 30 years.

What’s super crazy is, but, I know some will understand, I felt her the night she died – dd and I had gone to bed – hoping for sleep – and around 10:15pm I felt a sense of calmness come over me – it only lasted a short time – dd said she felt the same thing – about 15 minutes later, my phone rang. I already knew before I answered and my cousin confirmed my Mom had just passed away.

Five months later and I’m dealing with packing up the house and dealing with all the emotions and stress and oh yes, migraines. I was told not to make any huge changes in the first year – kinda hard to do when your apt lease is about to expire – so, dd and I moved into the house that I grew up in. Talk about emotional overload!! But, every time we came to pack up the house, I was drained when I went back to work on Mondays. The cats were having a hard time because I was over stressed and super emotional. I think the move was a good decision. Still dealing with stress, emotion overload, anxiety, depression and migraines, but, right now, we are taking one day at a time. We are handling the holidays without her – Thanksgiving and Christmas will be the hardest and I don’t know what we will end up doing, but, dd and I will be together and we will make new memories.

One Day at a Time…


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | April 13, 2018

Happy Friday 13th!!!!

This is Shadow, my house panther – she’s not bad luck – you should go out and adopt a black kitty too!!!


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | February 4, 2018

Heart Awareness Month

February is Heart Awareness Month – time to break out the RED.


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!!

Helloooooooooo 2018!! Good-bye 2017!!!

This year has been a roller coaster!! I started back in the work force in March with Dunkin Donuts and that lasted about 3 months and then I went back into my real love besides writing, Property Management. I’ve been with them for six months and I absolutely love it!!

I am hoping that 2018 pushes me forward on the personal level, writing and crafting level and the professional level keeps moving along. I don’t do goals because I tend to not keep them, but, I do hope to grow and move forward in 2018.

I hope 2018 is a fantastic year for everyone and it brings happiness, success and health to you and yours!!

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 25, 2017

25 Days of Christmas – All I Want for Christmas

On the twenty-fifth day of Christmas…

All I Want for Christmas by Livia Queen

Tis the season for second chances…

It’s a Christmas weekend full of love and Larue social media is atwitter at the return of their hometown hero, Ducane Beauregard Larue at the only place to celebrate Christmas Eve—the Romanos’. Catch up with all the characters from the Men of Honor series and as a bonus get a peek into the lives of upcoming characters…

Beau hates Christmas. It reminds him of what he can’t have. He’s been avoiding homecomings and the biggest reason is unavoidable this Christmas – Madison Hart, who has loved Beau for most of her adult life. Whenever rumors surface about him returning home, Madison hyperventilates at the prospect of seeing him again.

Samantha Larue’s baby is overdue and everyone is hovering including Jed, who ended their relationship last summer because kids weren’t “in his future”.

Bad guys don’t scare Delilah Burke but Luc’s mother and five sisters have her stalling on setting a date to marry the man she loves.

Nothing could make Buffy Romano happier than delivering a few surprises and helping the people she loves find love. Luckily, a Christmas Eve miracle confirms what she already knows – that with a little nudge, all her love ones’ happily-ever-afters will happen in the not so distant future.

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Meet the Author…

As a teenager in DC, Livia tagged along with her Daddy to Redskins games and explored the rich history of our country, then she moved to the bayous of Louisiana where the weather and culture of this region inspired her writing, including her storm faerie, Tempest and her military heroes. Livia’s many jobs as mail lady, salesperson, plant manager, business owner and professional singer are the conduit her characters have used to relate their stories to her. Think of her as her characters’ biographer! Down by the bayou she is protected from the alligators and bears by her husband and feisty Pomeranian, Dusty.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 24, 2017

25 Days of Christmas – A Prickly Christmas Kiss

On the twenty-first day of Christmas…

A Prickly Christmas Kiss by Allyson R.Abbott

Emma Louise Fallon, aka Elf, has two wishes for Christmas. Having spent the last few months bragging about her latest boyfriend, who’s turned out to be a womanizing cheat, one, she needs to escape her well-meaning family, and, two, she needs to avoid all men while she’s in a man-hating mode.

But stranded in a cold isolated cabin, when her girlfriend is forced to bail out on their vacation plans, Elf makes one more desperate wish: Can she please learn how to build a fire before she freezes to death?

The solo rustic life is becoming all too much for her. She’s convinced that a stray cat, who has decided to keep her company, has magical powers, that the local shop owners are secretly Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and nothing can stop her from laughing when the hot local Martian -come cop – come veterinarian – introduces himself as Rudi.

Will Elf need to break her rule about staying away from men, and rely on this hunk for helping her start a fire? Or, worse, yet, will she be able to control the fire that Rudi’s ignited in her?

A Prickly Christmas Kiss

Meet the Author…

I come from Northamptonshire in England although since 2010, when my partner retired, have spent a lot of time travelling or visiting other countries, and now have settled in Spain for a few years.

We live in a small town not far from the sea and enjoy the Spanish way of life and of course the climate. After being on the road for a few years I am also now enjoying the luxury of having my own kitchen again and am taking advantage of locally grown fruit and vegetable and have cupboards of jars of preserves and a freezer full of pies and vegetable dishes. I find that concocting in the kitchen helps me to relax and unwind, while my mind is still plotting my books and stories.

I enjoy writing (fiction and nonfiction) and enjoy the whole camaraderie of the indie author community and have now launched (with my husband) a Book Award program, ( with one award specifically aimed at New Authors, where the prize is a combination of help and support with promotion and networking. To back up the awards and offer of a supportive environment, I, along with a good friend and soon to be author, Donna Wolz, am now offering promotion events and theme days on a Facebook page where all authors and readers are welcome to join in.

So, with the marmalade making and kitchen wizardry, the plotting, writing, publishing and promoting of my books, the running and organizing of the Paragon Book Awards and now the promotion events, while making new friends, life is busy, but I still find time to go for a paddle in the sea every few days and of course keep up with my friends and family back in the UK. The good thing about living by the sea as well is we do get a constant stream of visitors, helping us get through the stock pile of preserve and getting out and about to see the beautiful sights in Spain.

I love to hear from my readers, so please do not hesitate to drop me a line.


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 23, 2017

25 Days of Christmas – Tales for the Season

On the twenty-third day of Christmas…

Tales for the Season

Tales for the season, checking it twice. It’s perfect if you want naughty or nice. Eleven authors have brought to you a Christmas anthology in a way that’s new. Inside you will find a Christmas twist, now enjoy a sessional drink, while you discover what it is.

Tales for the Season


Meet the Authors…

J.B. Joseph,‎ Alyssa Drake,‎ Jeremy Simons,‎ S.J Hermann,‎ Veronique Poirier, Bella Emy,‎ Rosie Chapel,‎ Shaan Ranae,‎ Niki Livingston,‎ HB Jasick, YM Zachery



Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 22, 2017

25 Books of Christmas – Christmas Kisses

On the twenty-second day of Christmas…

Christmas Kisses

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Team effort!

A group of women who really care about helping other women.

Autumn Ruby are two best friends who love to write romances based on flawed and fabulous alpha males who aren’t afraid to wear their heart on their sleeve.

Dee Ellis is An Author. Reader. Movie Geek. Works A Desk Job By Day & Writes About Filthy Alphas & Sweet Heroines By Night.

Cam Johns: Illogical romantic who loves to write 5-star erotic stories with sexy, suspenseful alpha males and sassy heroines.

Kassandra Klay is a contemporary and romantic suspense author who loves strong protective heroes and heroines that love them.

Kathryn Denman. Bringing love and action together in a brave new world.

Katy Ames writes contemporary romances that feature heroes who are strong but not so silent, heroines who aren’t afraid to kick ass, and stories that get a little messy before they end happily ever after.

Kaye Manro: I am a Sci Fi romance author who sometimes adds a layer of the supernatural to the mix. I also use generous amounts of sensual love in my stories.

Kellie Hart is a young adult novelist turned romance writer, and she’s best known for her 5 star rated rom coms in the Up-close and Personal Series.

Kelsey Kingsley believes there’s nothing better than a good doughnut and a cup of tea, and that there is a song for everything.

L. Loren created her own brand of Romance that she dubbed LoveRotica – Love stories with an edge of sexy.

Laura Farr is a romantic at heart and loves nothing more than writing stories with a happy ever after, her desire to write came from her love of reading and when she isn’t writing you will find her attached to her kindle or spending time with her family.

Nikita Parikh: I am a psychologist and an author in making ;Part-time Reviewer/writer who is 1 part Serial junk food eater. 2 part Self Proclaimed book addict.

Sarah Stein is from southern Louisiana but resides in South Texas with her husband of many years and two children. She’s an avid reader, turned multi-genre published author with a southern charm.

Sonya Jesus: I’m a creative soul who loves to write new adult romantic suspense.

Sophia is a mildly hilarious, cat loving, new romance author who loves reading as much as she does writing.

Tessa Elaine soon found that her love for reading and her love for writing went hand in hand, she is very excited for all of you to join her on this journey.

Tiara believes that reading should inspire, enhance, and evoke an immense amount of emotion into her person. If the person didn’t feel anything towards your story, even if it’s hate or anger, she feels like she didn’t do her job. She writes fictitious love. Love that comes from a relatable spot in your heart.

Our stories are written by women, for women whose lives have been impacted upon by slavery and trafficking. All profits will go to the Dressember charity campaign. This Christmas give the gift of hope and empowerment.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 21, 2017

25 Days of Christmas – It’s a Wonderful Fireman

On the twenty-first day of Christmas..

It’s a Wonderful Fireman by Jennifer Bernard

Hard-edged fireman Dean Mulligan has never been a big fan of Christmas. Twinkly lights and sparkly tinsel can’t brighten the memories of too many years spent in ramshackle foster homes. Although he’s established himself as one of the top firefighters at San Gabriel Station 1, he doesn’t think he’s good enough for someone like gorgeous Lizzie.

Lizzie Breen is used to fighting—from her alpha male brothers, who try to smother her in the name of safety, to the life-threatening childhood illness she overcame. She knows what she and Mulligan feel for each other is a lot more than a fling, but she can’t get him to see that. The only gift Lizzie wants to give him this season is her love, but he’s not willing to accept it.

When Mulligan is trapped in the burning wreckage of a holiday store, a Christmas angel arrives to open his eyes. But is it too late? This Christmas, it’ll take an angel, a determined woman in love, and the entire Bachelor Firemen crew to make him believe … it is indeed a wonderful life.

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Meet the Author…

Jennifer Bernard is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her books have been called “an irresistible reading experience” full of “quick wit and sizzling love scenes.” A graduate of Harvard and former news promo producer, she left big city life in Los Angeles for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She still hasn’t adjusted to the cold, so most often she can be found huddling with her laptop and a cup of tea. No stranger to book success, she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name that she’s happy to share with the curious.


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 20, 2017

25 Days of Christmas – A Very Austin Christmas

On the twentieth day of Christmas…

A Very Austen Christmas

Her Christmas Gift by Robin Helm

Elizabeth Bennet finds herself snowbound at Rosings with two rejected, but highly eligible, suitors. Does either man have a chance? Will her childhood friend, Meryton’s golden boy, win her affection, or will she accept the master of Pemberley? Perhaps she will refuse them both a second time.  Her Christmas Gift deftly combines tension and emotion with humor and romance.

The Christmas Matchmaker by Laura Hile

It’s raining; it’s pouring – and what could be better than a little Christmas matchmaking? So says Emma Woodhouse who is unexpectedly stranded at Netherfield Park. Mr. Darcy disagrees, for she has someone else in mind for adorable Elizabeth Bennet. Amid meddling, misunderstanding, and an unwelcome proposal or two, will True Love find a way?

No Better Gift by Wendi Sotis

On his way to Derbyshire to spend Christmas with his family, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy plans to retrieve an item he left behind during his rushed escape from Netherfield–and the country miss who touched his heart. Finding Meryton practically deserted, he fears the worst. What fate could have fallen upon this once-thriving village in only three weeks? More importantly, was Miss Elizabeth Bennet in danger?

Mistletoe at Thornton Lacey by Barbara Cornthwaite

When Edmund Bertram realizes that Fanny is the perfect wife for him, he wants to propose without delay. What better time than at Christmas? Ah, but the course of true love never does run smooth …


Meet the Authors…

Robin Helm’s time revolves around music as she dances (as badly as Mr. Collins), sings (a little better than Mary Bennet), plays (better than Marianne Dashwood – almost as well as Caroline Bingley), and teaches (channeling her inner Elinor). Her books reflect that love, as well as her fascination with the paranormal and science fiction. She lives in South Carolina and adores her one husband (Mr. Knightley), two married daughters (Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II), and three grandchildren.

Readers are loving Laura Hile’s joyous Regency novels. Her signature style – intertwined plots, cliffhangers, and laugh-out-loud humor – keep them coming back for more. The comedy Laura comes by as a teacher. There’s never a dull moment with teen students! Laura lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and sons. Her fiction is for everyone, even teens.

Wendi Sotis lives on Long Island, NY, with her husband and triplets. While searching for Pride and Prejudice from Darcy’s point of view, she became thoroughly enamored with Jane Austen Fan Fiction or JAFF. In early 2010, she dreamed an idea for a story and hasn’t stopped writing since.

Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling her six children, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.


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