Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | March 15, 2017


I have been to so many interviews over the past two years. I’m overqualified or I don’t have the exact experience they are looking for or they decide at the last minute to promote from within. It’s very frustrating and discouraging. But, what do you do? I’ve applied to tons of jobs that go unanswered so when I finally get a call/email for an interview, I jump on it, thinking, maybe this time they will see what an awesome catch I am and fall over themselves offering me the job.

Is that too much to ask for?

A job that will pay the bills and relieve some of the stress I’m under every month. Once I pay the bills I think I can breathe until I remember, it starts all over again on the 1st….sigh…such is life right?

I feel like right now I am existing…not living. Kinda hard to live your life and enjoy things when you are stressed about paying bills or fixing the car or just getting food on the table. That’s one reason I tend to stay home. I don’t have the money to go out and waste gas but sometimes, the four walls are almost suffocating and I have to get out. Right now, the car is parked so getting out is not happening – except to get groceries and that’s a rush to get in and out.

There’s always tomorrow right?


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | January 28, 2017

Starting Over – Again

I am sooooooo tired of starting over. Wait, I think I’m tired of struggling and trying to start over. Tired of trying to get my feet back under me and not making it. I can’t be the only 40ish divorced female trying to start over. It does suck. Very much so. But, I don’t have a choice – it’s not like I can just curl up on my bed and wake up to things being different – that would be awesome though wouldn’t it?

I’ve applied to so many jobs – some I’m not even qualified for. Some I am over qualified for. I even work for a temp agency but they never seem to have anything for me. I think I’m tired of being told I’m doing something wrong. I’m applying to jobs…I’m talking to people…I’m not just sitting on the couch eating bonbons.

Depression is a horrible best friend. It’s always with me and never let’s me have any peace. I know I know…it will get better. But….When? It’s been two years since the separation and I’m still struggling. Will it get better? Will I be able to show my daughter that after the separation and daily struggle to survive that there is a rainbow?

I have to.

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!!


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 30, 2016

Princess Leia…

Ahhhhh…golly…I have tried to write this since she died but needed time to get my thoughts together. I adored the Princess. She was strong and beautiful and didn’t put up with any crap from anyone. She showed that women could be beautiful and strong in movies and showed me that I could do anything I wanted.

I’m not sure what else I can say that hasn’t been said already.

She was our Princess…our hope…she will be missed…


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 25, 2016

Books of Christmas – Christmas Caring II

and on Christmas Day….Giving is Caring – all proceeds will be donated to Legacy Initiative of Utah 

Christmas Caring II by Carra Copelin


This anthology, full of fun Christmas short stories by bestselling writers and new-comers alike, is bound to get you into the Christmas spirit.

** All proceeds will be donated to Legacy Initiative of Utah **

This book includes:
1. A Christmas Masquerade
by Kari Trumbo
2. All I Want for Christmas is a Zombie
by Steve Pantazis
3. A Matter of Kin
by Jenna Eatough
4. Today I Am Santa Claus
by Martin L. Shoemaker
5. All the Swears
by Alyson Peterson
6. Wings for Christmas
by Kevin L Nielsen
7. Golden Moments
by Linda Carroll-Bradd
8. A Bride for Christmas
By Carra Copelin
9. Just in Time for Christmas
by Annie Boone
10. Christmas Angels
by C.S. Martin
11. Kaitlyn’s Christmas
by CJ Samuels
12. Fireballs for Christmas
by Lorena Dove
13. Merry Molasses Mayhem
by Danni Roan
14. The Christmas Doll
by Kay P. Dawson
15. Holly Jolly Courtship
by Jacquie Rogers
16. His Christmas Rose
by Peggy L. Henderson
17. Red Rock Christmas
by Rain Trueax
18. A Cowboy’s Christmas
by Amanda McIntyre
19. Magical Memories
by Kirsten Osbourne

About Carra:

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 24, 2016

Books of Christmas – Beyond the Mistletoe

on Christmas Eve…

Beyond the Mistletoe by Karice Bolton

Six years ago, Emily Darman had the worst Christmas Eve possible. Her husband left her with a smile on his face, and it made her doubt just about everything about the season and the opposite sex. When her friends get wind of Emily’s recent online dating fiascos, they’re determined to find her a match made for the holidays. After all, it has been six years…

Using Gabby’s wedding as the perfect guise, Emily’s friends promise her a weekend of unwanted fun with two potential blind dates. It isn’t until a snowstorm derails their perfectly planned scheme that fate steps in and hands Emily an opportunity she just can’t resist.

And his name is Derek Binter.

Emily refuses to let herself believe in a happily ever after, especially near the holidays, but sometimes the magic of the season has another plan.

* Can be read as a stand-alone novel *


About Karice:

Karice received an MFA in Creative Writing from the U of W. She has written thirty novels, and she has several exciting projects in the works (or at least she thinks they’re exciting). Karice lives in the Pacific Northwest with her awesome husband and two cute English Bulldogs. She loves anything to do with snow, and she seeks out the stuff whenever she can, especially if there’s a toasty fire to read by.

Follow her on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest @KariceBolton or you can text KariceBooks to 313131 to receive a text from Karice on release days. Her website is a great place to find out about new projects or to sign up for her newsletter to receive free and exclusive stories:

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 23, 2016

12 Books of Christmas – Summerset Abbey

On the twelfth day of Christmas…

Summerset Abbey by T. J. Brown

1913: In a sprawling manor on the outskirts of London, three young women seek to fulfill their destinies and desires amidst the unspoken rules of society in this stunning series starter that fans of Downton Abbey will love.

Rowena Buxton

Sir Philip Buxton raised three girls into beautiful and capable young women in a bohemian household that defied Edwardian tradition. Eldest sister Rowena was taught to value people, not wealth or status. But everything she believes will be tested when Sir Philip dies, and the girls must live under their uncle’s guardianship at the vast family estate, Summerset Abbey. Standing up for a beloved family member sequestered to the “underclass” in this privileged new world, and drawn into the Cunning Coterie, an exclusive social circle of aristocratic “rebels,” Rowena must decide where her true passions—and loyalties—lie.

Victoria Buxton

Frail in body but filled with an audacious spirit, Victoria secretly dreams of attending university to become a botanist like her father. But this most unladylike wish is not her only secret—Victoria has stumbled upon a family scandal that, if revealed, has the potential to change lives forever…

Prudence Tate

Prudence was lovingly brought up alongside Victoria and Rowena, and their bond is as strong as blood. But by birth she is a governess’s daughter, and to the lord of Summerset Abbey, that makes her a commoner who must take her true place in society—as lady’s maid to her beloved “sisters.” But Pru doesn’t belong in the downstairs world of the household staff any more than she belongs upstairs with the Buxton girls. And when a young lord catches her eye, she begins to wonder if she’ll ever truly carve out a place for herself at Summerset Abbey.


About T.J. Brown:

T.J. Brown begins a sweeping trilogy set in Edwardian England with Summerset Abbey, her historical fiction debut. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit the author at

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 22, 2016

12 Books of Christmas – Mountain of Deception

On the eleventh day of Christmas…

Mountain of Deception by Carol Preflatish

Tessa Cooper, having taken a year long sabbatical from teaching English at a university in order to write a mystery novel, winds up living in the mountains of Tennessee. The last thing on her mind is falling in love. Then she meets the man building the garage behind her cabin. Sexy Silas Newberry is a man with many secrets, and Tessa is determined to find out what they are. But when things start going in the wrong direction, can Silas keep her safe without revealing his biggest secret of all?


About Carol…

Carol Preflatish has worked in social services for over thirty years. Her interest in writing began in high school when she worked as a reporter, photographer, and sport’s editor for the school newspaper. She has had many photographs published in newspapers and magazines. Publications include two non-fiction books and several romantic suspense novels. Carol is a member of the Sisters in Crime organization. She lives in southern Indiana, where she shares a log cabin with her husband and two cats in what seems like an enchanted forest with a menagerie of wildlife constantly visiting.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 21, 2016

12 Books of Christmas – Parent Leadership for Today

On the tenth day of Christmas…

Parent Leadership for Today by Clinton McRae

Parent Leadership for Today is written with a special emphasis on educating, empowering, and inspiring parents in the construct of leadership. In the United States, 22 million children go home to one parent, and 83 percent of those parents are moms. Children of one-parent households are generally less supervised, their actions are less monitored, and there is usually a huge communication gap between the child and parent. Parent Leadership provides proven strategies to help parents bridge this gap through useful tools and insight that will allow for better communication with the child.
To do this effectively, Parent Leadership is divided into three sections: (1) The Roles/Phases of Parenting (2) Self-Reinvention, and (3) Communication. In each section, Parent Leadership examines the leadership principles that are experienced in the workplace and implements them through the eyes of parenting.


About Clinton…

Pastor Clinton McRae is a Graduate from Regent University with a Masters in Organizational Leadership (MOL). As a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, he teaches a variety of leadership courses to naval personnel and enjoys developing training material for New Employees at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Topics that he is frequently called upon to teach include: Situational Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Individual Development Plans and Managing Difficult Behaviors.

In the past two years, Pastor McRae, has focused his energies on transforming corporate leadership initiatives into family initiatives in an effort to build strong families in the community. This has allowed him to provide leadership training to leaders and parents at various entities.

Pastor McRae is a volunteer of the Fatherhood Mentoring Program located in the city of Portsmouth. During these sessions he provides counseling to men on a weekly basis in effort to them think differently about themselves so they can become productive citizens in the home and in the community. .

As a published Author he has written two books entitled “Blessed to be Broken” and “Standing with the Dead”. In June 2016 he released his third book entitled, “Parent Leadership… for Today.” This book is written with a special emphasis on educating, empowering and inspiring parents in the construct of leadership. In the United States, 22 million children go home to one parent, and 83 percent of those parents are moms. Children of one-parent households are generally less supervised, their actions are less monitored, and there is usually a huge communication gap between the child and parent. Parent Leadership for Today provides proven strategies to help parents bridge this gap through useful tools and insight that will allow for better communication with the child.

In closing, Pastor Clinton McRae loves God and considers it an honor and a privilege to serve others in the area of biblical teaching, leadership and parenting.

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 20, 2016

12 Books of Christmas – My Pride, His Prejudice

On the ninth day of Christmas…

My Pride, His Prejudice by Jenni James

When Will Darcy proposes out of the blue, Eliza Bennet’s world comes crashing down. Of course she tells him no, but why would he ask her in the first place? Haven’t they always been enemies? For the past year, Eliza has worked for Will’s company, Revolutionary Innovations, as an efficiency expert. Her whole goal has been to raise profits, finish her contract, and then get out. She assumed Will wanted the same, but now she’s not so sure. And more importantly, she has begun to wonder if she made a mistake in telling him no.

Jenni James, author of The Jane Austen Diaries series for teens, does it again! Now she’s creating a whole new series just for adults, Austen in Love. Book #1 is a delightful adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that has all the components of Jane Austen’s amazing love story, sticking true to the original theme, while taking modern liberties to give this a fresh, new twist for the clean romance genre.


About Jenni…

Jenni James is the busy mother of ten kids (7 hers, 3 her hubby’s) and has nearly thirty published book babies. She’s an award-winning, best-selling author, who works full-time from home and dreams about magical things and then writes about what she dreams.

Even though she was born in Arizona, went to high school in New Mexico–and loves Mexican food more than anything–she lived so many years in England that when she and her children finally returned home she couldn’t for the life of her remember how to speak truly American anymore. She gets teased relentlessly on her British accent and connotations–and there are sometimes altogether where she only speaks like a true Englishman for several hours at time without having any idea until someone points it out. Hence the relentless teasing.

Oddly however, when she returns to Britain and no one can tell she’s American, she doesn’t mind it one bit. The weather, the rolling green hills, the incredible architecture, the immaculate cottage gardens, the memories, the many lifelong friends and houses and villages she’s lived in, the balls/galas/parties she hosted while she was there… it’s all a second home to her now and a place that has always and will always capture her heart.

Some of her works include The Jane Austen Diaries (Pride & Popularity, Emmalee, Persuaded…), The Jenni James Faerie Tale Collection (Cinderella, Snow White, Rumplestiltskin, Beauty and the Beast…), the Andy & Annie series for children, Revitalizing Jane: Drowning, My Paranormal Life, Not Cinderella’s Type, and the Austen in Love Series.

When she isn’t writing up a storm, she is chasing her kids around their new cottage and farm in the tops of the southwestern mountains, entertaining friends at home, or kissing her amazingly hunky hubby. Her life is full of laughter, crazy, and sunshine.

Check her out on Facebook: Facebook and  Twitter

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