Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | January 4, 2019

New Release – Mind Your Manors

Mind You Manors by CeeCee James

The story started with Oscar O’Neil (and his dog Peanut/Bear) from from the Baker Street Mysteries. He was the retired FBI agent who was estranged from his two boys. Well, this series is written from the point of view of his granddaughter!

I can’t wait for you all to meet Stella O’Neil! She’s got a lot on her plate, trying to figure out her crazy, stubborn family and starting a new business. Throw in a dead body found in what used to be the town’s “royalty” family’s manor, and you’ve got quite the mystery. But, I think she can get it done. She may be sweet, but she’s pretty stubborn herself.

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About the Author…

CeeCee James is a USA Today best selling writer who got her story-telling feet wet with the many bedtime stories she told her children through the years. Some of her mystery series include – the Baker Street Mysteries, Angel Lake Cozy Mysteries, and the Oceanside Hotel Mysteries. She’s known for writing flawed sleuths with a good sense of humor and an added dash of romance.

Her favorite place to write is curled up in an oversized squashy chair with a cup of coffee and a sleeping dog by her feet. She has two mini-dachshunds who like to snore and chase things in their sleep. In honor of them, there are usually dogs in her books, with the exception of the Angel Lake series, which has a cat in honor of the one in her author picture.

Writing has been a life long passion. Her first published works was nonfiction Ghost No More. She loves writing about love and the celebration of life.


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 25, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Santa Meets Mrs. Claus

On the twenty-fifth day of Christmas…

Santa Meets Mrs. Claus by J.L. Hendricks

How does Santa find his Mrs. Claus? It’s not like he can “Swipe Left” and meet the perfect girl!

Ever wonder why no one has seen Santa Claus? One of the reasons is that he’s an Arctic Wolf Shifter!

Get your copy and find out these answers while you enjoy a bit of Christmas excitement as a rival pack makes a play for Santa’s job!

If you enjoy a sweet romance with a paranormal flair, then this is the book for you! The romance is clean, but the action is fast! Come and join the new Santa Family!

Santa Meets Mrs. Claus is a prequel story to the Miss Claus Series. Each book can be read independently, but as some reviewers have stated, it’s best to read in the following order:

Miss Claus and the Secret Santa – Book 1 (Lizzie and Palo’s story) ASIN – B01MFFJIVQ
Santa Meets Mrs. Claus – Book 0 (Chris and Izzie’s story)
Miss Claus Under the Mistletoe – Book 2 (Mandy and Jax’s story) ASIN – B0779QDTCV
Miss Claus and the Christmas Wedding – Book 3 (Bella and Salvador’s story) – ASIN B07JP5CZ15

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About the Author…

J.L. Hendricks is a USA Today Bestselling Author who enjoys many genres, as evidenced by her catalog of available books. She is currently focused on Scifi and Urban Fantasy, but has also written Paranormal and Christmas books.

Her latest series is an Urban Fantasy with her Voodoo Dolls Series, and then back to her Worlds Away series!

She is very proud to have served in the US Army before she went to college. Early 2016 she decided to finally write, and finish a book, because of a few friends who encouraged her to do so. She hopes her stories entertain you and can bring a laugh on occasion.

Actually, it was her roommate’s cat who talked her into staying at home to be her minion all day long! Pyper truly believes that J.L. is here to serve her alone.


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 24, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – How the Grinch Stole My Heart

On the twenty-fourth day of Christmas…

How the Grinch Stole My Heart by Annabelle Costa

Single mom Noelle can’t stand her crotchety next-door neighbor.

She’s never met the man in person, but Mr. Grieder, a.k.a. Mr. Grinch, leaves her nasty notes whenever her son plays in the hallway. He complained until their doorman got rid of the beautiful Christmas tree in the lobby. He even slammed his door on the Girl Scout Carolers. This is Noelle’s first Christmas since a painful divorce, and this grouchy old hermit seems determined to make her favorite holiday as unpleasant as he possibly can.

Except there are two things Noelle doesn’t know about Mr. Grinch:

One, he’s not an old man.

And two, he’s going to be her date for Saturday night.

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About the Author…

Annabelle Costa is a physical therapist who loves the following things, not necessarily in this order:

–Chick lit (both reading it and writing it)

–Cupcakes (both making them and eating way too many of them)

–British accents (both listening to them and pretending to have one)

–80s movies (both watching them and quoting them out of context while her friends frown in confusion)

–Pop music (both listening to it and singing it very, very badly in the car and/or shower)


Annabelle keeps a blog at, where there’s contact information so you can tell her about how much you also love making and eating cupcakes. (Admit it!)

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Twitter: @annabellecosta5

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 23, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Christmas at Conwenna Cove

On the twenty-third day of Christmas…

Christmas at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn

Pack your bags for a festive trip to Conwenna Cove, just in time for Christmas…

When Grace Phillips arrives in Conwenna Cove to help her parents move in, 30 years after their honeymoon in the village, she sees why they fell in love with the place. The festive decorations, carols in the air and constant supply of delicious mince pies certainly make it hard to leave. Not to mention mysterious, if abrupt, local vet Oli Davenport.

It’s been two years since Oli lost his wife to cancer. He loves his eleven-year-old Amy and five-year-old Tom more than anything, and his world revolves around being both mum and dad to his children. He has no interest in romance until he crosses paths with beautiful and kind-hearted Grace. The sparks fly but both Oli and Grace are holding onto the fear of letting someone into their heart.

As the snow falls and Christmas wishes come true can Conwenna Cove work its magic and help Grace and Oli find the happiness they both deserve?

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About the Author…

Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not.

Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate.

Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.



Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 22, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – The Deermaster

On the twenty-second day of Christmas…

The Deermaster by Christina van Deventer

Everyone agrees that Sean Stern was supposed to become the first elven apprentice to the Deermaster. But instead, the Master chose Chris Claussen, a human orphan who doesn’t seem to have half the magic or knowledge Sean has. To make things worse, Chris Claussen has killed two reindeer since his appointment and he doesn’t seem to be getting any better at flying the sleigh. When he knocks on the Sterns’
door in the middle of the night, Sean just knows something is very, very wrong. But Chris isn’t there to ask for his help. Instead it is Carol he asks for. Carol, who might just go to impossible lengths to help the new Deermaster. Even if it endangers everyone in Snow Falls. Even if it costs her her life.

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About the Author…

Christina van Deventer is a South African/Icelandic writer who loves books almost as much as she loves life. She has various short stories published in her native Afrikaans in the ‘Nuwe Stories’ collections, available on Amazon. Her first novel will come to Amazon Kindle in 2018.

When Christina is not writing, she fights demons and dragons in ESO or creates culinary masterpieces in her African kitchen.

Christina lives in Rustenburg with her husband, conductor/composer Bragi Þór Valsson and their two Huskies, Odin and Thor.


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 21, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – One of a Kind Christmas

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 20, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Christmas and Cannolis

On the twentieth day of Christmas…

Christmas and Cannolis by Peggy Jaeger

With Christmas season in full swing, baker Regina San Valentino is up to her elbows in cake batter and cookie dough. Between running her own business, filling her bursting holiday order book, and managing her crazy Italian family, she’s got no time to relax, no room for more custom cake orders, and no desire to find love. A failed marriage and a personal tragedy have convinced her she’s better off alone. Then a handsome stranger enters her bakery begging for help. Regina can’t find it in her heart to refuse him.

Connor Gilhooly is in a bind. He needs a specialty cake for an upcoming fundraiser and puts himself—and his company’s reputation—in Regina’s capable hands. What he doesn’t plan on is falling for a woman with heartbreak in her eyes or dealing with a wise-guy father and a disapproving family.

Can Regina lay her past to rest and trust the man who’s awoken her heart?

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About the Author…

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

Tying into her love of families, her children’s book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.

Peggy holds a master’s degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer’s Disease during her time running an Alzheimer’s in-patient care unit during the 1990s.

In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.

In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader’s Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and was a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.

In 2018, Peggy was a finalist in the HOLT MEDALLION Award and once again in the 2018 Stiletto Contest.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.




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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 19, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Jenny Kane’s Christmas Collection

On the nineteenth day of Christmas…

Jenny Kane’s Christmas Collection by Jenny Kane

There is something very special about Christmas… Jenny Kane’s Christmas Collection combines all three seasonal shorts from Jenny’s best-selling Another Cup of … series in one festive anthology. In ‘Another Cup of Christmas’, we return to Pickwicks Coffee House in London, the setting for Jenny’s bestselling novel Another Cup of Coffee. Together with old friends Kit, Amy, Scott and Peggy, we meet new Pickwicks waitress Megan, who’s in charge of organising a charity event for the local hospital…is romance as well as seasonal goodwill in the air? ‘Christmas in the Cotswolds’ sees Megan, now an established face at Pickwicks, travelling to the beautiful Cotswold countryside after an emergency call from her friend Izzie. Can Megan help Izzie pull off the perfect Christmas at her Arts and Crafts Centre – and save the business from disaster? Kit Lambert, Pickwicks’ writer-in-residence, takes centre stage in ‘Christmas at the Castle’. Already nervous about appearing at her very first literary festival, in the grounds of a magnificent Scottish castle at Christmas time, Kit suddenly finds herself co-organising the whole thing – and trying to repair old friendships – with the deadline fast approaching…

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Costa’s writer in residence in Tiverton, Devon, Jenny Kane is the author of the following romantic comedies; Romancing Robin Hood (Littwitz Press, 2018), Abi’s Neighbour, (Accent Press, 2017), Another Glass of Champagne (Accent Press, 2016), the bestselling, Abi’s House (Accent Press, 2015), the bestselling Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013), and its novella length sequels Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), Christmas in the Cotswolds (Accent, 2014), and Christmas at the Castle (Accent Press, 2015).

Jenny has written two children’s picture books, There’s a Cow in the Flat and Ben’s Biscuit Tin Adventure (Hushpuppy Books). Her third, Joe’s Letter, will be published in 2019.

Jenny also writes historical crime as Jennifer Ash. The Outlaw’s Ransom, The Winter Outlaw and Edward’s Outlaw were published by Littwitz Press.
Recently Jenny wrote four audio scripts for the revival of ITV’s 1980’s television series, ‘Robin of Sherwood.’


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 18, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Misty Winter

On the eighteenth day of Christmas…

Misty Winter by Linda Rawlins

Tragedy befalls the town of Misty Point when local veterinarian, Dr. Arnie Stokes, is shot at the Hand in Paws Animal Clinic. The investigation leads the Misty Point Police Department directly to Megan Stanford who has now inherited ownership of the grant that has continued to keep the clinic running. When thefts of drugs and medical supplies are uncovered, the attacks appear to be coordinated with other animal shelters in the area.

As Christmas approaches, Megan, Nick and her friends look to keep the spirit of the holiday alive by restarting the town traditions and hosting a fundraiser for the misplaced animals, two of which Megan reluctantly agrees to foster. With the investigation and festivities consuming Megan’s time, she is introduced to the mysterious, handsome Jonathan Brandon Carter who will serve as the future attorney for her estate. The fate of the shelter and employees are at risk unless Megan and her friends can catch a ruthless criminal before he strikes again.

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About the Author…

Linda Rawlins is an American writer of mystery fiction best known for her Misty Point Mystery Series; Misty Manor, Misty Point, and Misty Winter. She is also the author of the Rocky Meadow Mysteries including The Bench, Fatal Breach and Sacred Gold. She loved to read as a child and started writing her first mystery novel in fifth grade. She then went on to study science, medicine and literature, eventually graduating medical school and establishing her career in medicine.

Linda Rawlins lives in New Jersey with her husband, her family and spoiled pets. She loves spending time at the beach as well as visiting the mountains of Vermont. She is an active member of Mystery Writers of America as well as the 2019 President of Sisters in Crime -Central Jersey.



Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 17, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Hot Hawaiian Christmas

On the seventeenth day of Christmas…

Hot Hawaiian Christmas by Victoria M. Johnson

It’s Christmas in Hawaii, but Lindsay Clark’s vacation turns out to be anything but relaxing. With her uncle absent, she finds herself managing the hotel—a task at which she’s normally very successful. However, Lindsay’s life is turned upside down by the unfamiliar environment, Christmas festivities, and a very tempting guest. Chandler Lewis is the honorary Santa for the Kona Christmas parade and has a great life back home in California. Romance is the last thing on his mind. But when he meets Lindsay, he begins to wonder if life could be sweeter in Hawaii. Complications arise that threaten their new relationship and the holiday revelry.

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About the Author…

Victoria M. Johnson knew by the time she was ten that she wanted to be a writer. She loves telling stories and she’s happiest when creating new characters and new plots. Avalon Books and Montlake Romance published Victoria’s fiction debut, The Doctor’s Dilemma. Her other fiction book is a collection of romance short stories titled, The Substitute Bride. She is also the writer and director of four short films and two micro documentaries.



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