Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | February 11, 2015

New Home

So, the move from hell is done – lucky for me I had some awesome friends that stuck the last two weeks out with me and my endless boxes and late hours – to them “thank you”.

I can’t begin to express the nightmare that was my move from a three bedroom – 1.5 baths house to a two bedroom – 1 bath apartment. There were days I was hysterical because of the sheer amount of crap I had left to box. I had started boxing things at the end of November and here it was, the middle of January and the house looked like I hadn’t touched a thing!!! I finally had to break down and ask for help and in that form came two females that are soooooo awesome at wrapping and boxing and four guys – two that were my labor guys :) one who had a spacious van that made numerous trips back and forth :) and one who unhooked, packed and hooked up my XBox and stuff – they all tried to make this as painless as possible, and for that, I am grateful :) and of course, dd who made packing her room last the longest lol

Speaking of rooms, my worst room and most dreaded was my office/craft room – I have tons of material and desk stuff and books and papers…sigh…I got into it and then one of the females parked herself in there and just worked magic – everything was boxed up and waiting for me to decide where it was going – unfortunately tons of stuff had to go to storage, but, that’s ok – this apartment is a temporary stop – we will move in a year – but this time, boxing/moving will be for FUN.

So, with the final box loaded into my car, I locked the door one last time and closed a chapter in my life. It was soooooo very hard, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t cry – especially when I said good-bye to a couple awesome neighbors. And as I drove away from the house that had been my home for 14 years, the house where dd learned how to ride her bike, the house I said my marriage vows, the house where I first attempted scuba diving – all these memories – some good and some not so good, but, they helped shape me into the person I am today – flooded my mind, tears threatening to spill.

I drove away from the house, without a look behind me, shutting the door firmly on that chapter of my life.

Where will I go next? On the one hand I’m excited and on the other nervous – petrified really. But, as I keep getting told, I’m strong and I will get thru this.

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | November 28, 2014

Providence in the Fall (book promotion)

Stella Marlowe has always lived a simple life in small town Iowa. She’s got a spot at an Ivy League University, her best friend Honor St. James, and a great boyfriend, but Stella has always kept walls up around her heart. Then she spots Tucker Hastings at a party her first day at Brown, and her world changes.

Tucker was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and is living life jumping from one torrid affair to another. He has a past he fights to forget, and a shattered heart as proof of the night that went tragically wrong.

Can Stella and Tucker repair their broken hearts and learn to love again?

About the Author:
I was born in Providence, Rhode Island and moved to Iowa when I was in high school. Even though I call Iowa my home, I’m always an east coaster at heart.
I work full time and spend all of my free time writing. I have an amazing support system and I can’t wait to share my characters with you! I usually spend all of my time writing in the evening as long as I have my writing fuel (Mike & Ike’s or Thin Mints). I hope you fall in love with Stella and Tucker as much as I have.
When I’m not writing I am reading, watching Top Gear and Doctor Who, and spending time with my boyfriend.

I love to hear from everyone so feel free to track me down on:
Facebook: https://facebook.com/authorjessica.danow?ref=bookmark
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@jessicadanow

Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23433266-providence-in-the-fall?from_search=true
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00OP9BQSM/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1416373813&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SY200_QL40

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | November 26, 2014

Moving…Packing…

I hate change – I don’t know many people who actually like or crave change in their life – but, to me, it seems normal for a person to NOT like change. Am I wrong?

I am in the process of packing up a house that I have lived in for 14 years. A house that I have called home. A house that I have many memories in – some good, some not so good. I have come to the conclusion just like I did the other times I packed/moved…I hate packing and moving and all that entails.

I have so many collections – from masks to Snowbabies to Tigger plushies and all sorts of stuff in between. A lot of these items were gifts – gifts that hold memories and will be hard to deal with, much less look at, but, I got these gifts out of love, so, keep them I shall. I’ve been asked why don’t I just trash those gifts – but seriously? Trash an R2D2 Xbox? ummm…NO!?!? I might be a little crazy, but NOT that crazy!!

Packing and moving can bring out many emotions – if it’s a good move, it can be an adventure – still a chore, but, one that holds a much better destination – perhaps a new beginning? A new house? A new country? If it’s a move made out of necessity – like because of separation/divorce, then it’s usually not a happy adventure – it’s filled with dread and the fear of the unknown.

The only way I can pack/move is if I do it one room at a time – it’s overwhelming when you look at a 3 bedroom house completely furnished and decorated – it’s pretty much busting at the seams – yeah, we kinda out grew it…lol…but, it’s about to get downsized quite a bit!! So, overwhelming and daunting this chore may be, it needs to get done and done properly so, one room at a time…got my music on, got bubble wrap that I am trying so hard to not sit and pop…lol…and got plenty of water. Let’s get this done!!

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | November 25, 2014

Mammogram – NORMAL!!

OMG!! Talk about a sigh of relief!! I just had my second mammogram done on November 20th and got an email with the results – NORMAL!! There have been a lot of things going wrong in my personal life and of course I’ve had nightmares about the results not being good, so, for them to be normal, I am so happy…I read the results and felt like I was a balloon letting all my hot air out…lol…and oh yes, I read the results several times before I smiled :)

I do drive a cab that is painted pink for breast cancer awareness so of all people to not get a mammogram, yeah, I’d be looking a little crazy…lol…but, all is good for another year :) Now let’s just hope that I can get insurance of some kind to keep getting these exams!!

Its awesome to get good news in a month that has been full of emotional and physical rollercoaster type rides. This is my rainbow for the day, so, I’m gonna enjoy it as long as I can :)

Remember, save the Ta-Ta’s :) Go get that exam!!

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | November 13, 2014

VENOM – The Reawakening Series 1 (book promotion)

Things have always been complicated for Sarah. She was one of the few forbidden vampires who were turned as a child. She was a vampire for over 300 years, until the day she was given angel blood.

She is now mortal, but her life is far from normal.

Sarah lives with two vampires: Harvey, and her brother Nicholas. Together, they do what they can to keep her hidden from their kind.

But between her desire to live a normal human life and her brother’s inability to truly let go of his past, it’s only a matter of time until they are found.

About the Author:
Daniele Lanzarotta is the author of paranormal/fantasy novels, including the Imprinted Souls Series, Academy of the Fallen, and Mermaid’s Curse.

She has a bachelor’s in business and finance and a MBA. With only a few semesters left in school, Daniele started writing as a hobby, but it didn’t take long for her to be consumed by her stories. That is her passion, and she now has several projects under way.

She enjoys reading and writing young adult novels with just about any sort of paranormal or supernatural bent…vampires… ghosts… She also enjoys watching hockey, playing rock band, guitar hero and spending time with the family.

Stalking Links:
http://www.facebook.com/authordanielelanzarotta
http://www.twitter.com/danilanzarotta
http://www.danielelanzarotta.com

Buy Links:
Kindle US – http://www.amazon.com/Venom-The-Reawakening-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B00P9SM826
Kindle UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Venom-Reawakening-Book-Daniele-Lanzarotta-ebook/dp/B00P9SM826
Nook – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/venom-daniele-lanzarotta/1120722349?ean=2940150443525
eBooks and signed paperbacks – http://www.rsplaunchpad.com
Signed paperbacks – http://www.danielelanzarotta.com

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | November 11, 2014

The Exceptional Man (book promotion)

EXCEPTIONAL MEN MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE.

• Are you an exceptional man?
• Do you know an exceptional man?
• Are you married to an exceptional man?
• Do you want to marry and exceptional man?

If you answered a resounding “yes” to any of the questions above, this book is for you! The Exceptional Man is a collection of love poems and scripturally based inspirational writings designed to celebrate godly men (and their exceptional qualities) and great relationships that result when God is kept at the center. Within this book, you will find pertinent insights and wisdom that will:

• Help you, Man or Woman of God, to increase personal intimacy with the Master.
• Help you, Married Couples (seen as “one flesh” in God’s eyes) to discuss issues that will promote intimacy in your marriage.
• Help you, Saved and Single Person, to gain a greater awareness of what qualities to look for in a mate and what it takes to have a happy marriage.
• Encourage and uplift you, Godly Man, as you strive to be your best for Christ and be a blessing to the woman in your life.
• Provide a means for you, Godly Woman, to express love and appreciation for the godly man in your life

About the Author:
Tracey L. Moore (a.k.a. The Purposeful Poet) wants to take you down a spiritually poetic trail and challenge you to be your best for Christ. She holds a Master’s degree in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts University and currently resides in Norfolk, Virginia.

The book can be purchased at traceylmoore.com, Amazon.com & BarnesandNobles.com

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | September 29, 2014

Chibi Neko

So, I have undertaken another endeavor in the con world – ha, yeah, as if my plate isn’t full enough as it is right!?!? lol

Anyways, a couple months ago, dh came to me and told me about Chibi Neko (it’s for kids 10 and younger – part of a local anime con, NekoCon) telling me that it wouldn’t be available this year if no one stepped up to run it – they needed someone reliable to run it. Well, it’s for the kids – right? I couldn’t see them sad and unhappy – right? and seriously, how hard could running this little track be – right?

Ummm…yeah…it’s not so little and oh yes, it’s time consuming and oh yes, yours truly said ‘ok, I’ll do it’ – duhhhhh…when will I ever learn to simply say ‘no’. Period…no ‘maybe’… no ‘we’ll see’ – just good old fashioned – NO.

Fast forward to now. I’ve since gotten staff, planned a schedule (thanks to a friend coming over late one night making me do it…lol) and have quite a few fun activities planned. The theme this year is ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ (think Alice in Wonderland) so I’ve worked out a Tea Party and Flamingo Croquet Game with another dept, the kids are going to be making their own Mad Hats, Cheshire Smiles and Tissue Roses – white and red of course …lol… I’m also going to have coloring sheets, videos, movie and pj’s and oh yes, a cosplay contest just for the kids in which ALL the kids are winners…smile…oh and I even have the local 501st and the Mercs stopping by to talk to the kids about joining the ‘Galactic Academy’ – that is gonna be awesome!! …lol…

All, I can say is, I hope this year is a success and the kids have an awesome time – the con isn’t til Nov 7th – Nov 9th but still…got more time to finish up the little stuff and make sure everything is ready to go…and yes, I am kinda excited too…lol…

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | September 27, 2014

6 years ago…

6 years ago my life changed forever. I lost my one and only sister way too early and honestly, my life never went back to normal. But then, what is normal – other than a word. Who says what is normal? Especially when dealing with the heart and emotions and love.

In the past I’ve celebrated her by watching her favorite movies and eating Chinese – this year I decided to not do that and just do whatever came to mind. I didn’t work today but, that’s ok. I got to spend the morning with dh and this evening dd and I went shopping for craft stuff. It was a good day as I spent it with my family.

I will probably always hate this date – and those who know me know that I will go from being bubbly and smiling to silent and withdrawn and will understand why. There is never a good time to lose a loved one – even for those who have time to plan and say good-bye – it’s never enough.

To my beloved sister, Kelly…I miss you and love you so very much…

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | August 13, 2014

Robin Williams…America’s Sweetheart

Ahhhh what a true tragedy. I usually don’t post anything on celebrities that died etc…but…this time is very different. Robin Williams was to me, America’s Sweetheart. He was loved by everyone. Respected by everyone. Enjoyed by everyone.

His ability to step into whatever role he was cast was inspiring. He was the same man who was a hilarious Mrs. Doubtfire and the Genie from Aladdin. I remember him in ‘Mork & Mindy’ (nanu nanu) and loved him in Jumanji, Flubber, Birdcage – seriously, I can’t think of one movie I saw him in that I didn’t enjoy…he was a man of many talents and could seamlessly step into any role as if he was already that person…as if he was born for it.

Robin Williams fought depression…he had inner demons that he hid from the world. Many of us can relate. I have seen comments stating that he was ‘selfish’ or a ‘coward’ – to those people, I say ‘nanu nanu’ – committing suicide is a permanent action to a problem that seems hopeless…daunting…you leave behind people that love you and want to help but perhaps don’t know how – you are in pain and want to rid yourself of that pain – perhaps in a desperate act you don’t think of the people you love that will miss you and the pain caused by your death…you just want release from a pain that won’t end.

My heart breaks at losing such an awesome person. I can only hope that he has indeed found peace and that his family / friends / fans will remember and treasure the actor, comedian, husband, friend, father that he was.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | July 25, 2014

Chandrea – The Return of the Avatar Queen (book promotion)

For those who love fantasy fiction, you are gonna love this book!!

Marlene’s debut novel, “Chandrea – The Return of the Avatar Queen” is now out online for pre-order! You can get it for 50% off at Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/458953) if you use the coupon code FE66B! Go to her website at http://www.marlenewynn.com for more information!

About the Author:
Marlene Wynn is a Utah native – fondly referred to as “Utonian” by a friend. She transplanted herself in 1992 from the majestic Rocky Mountains to the beachy shores of Virginia Beach, VA and has been there ever since.

“Chandrea – The Return of the Avatar Queen” won 6th place in the 2012 Critique My Novel – Writing Contest.

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