Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 2, 2017

25 Books of Christmas – Meatloaf & Mistletoe

On the second day of Christmas…

Meatloaf & Mistletoe by Katie Mettner

Shepard Lund:
Age: 26
Looks: Tall, blond, and skinny
Favorite Food: Meatloaf
Status: Single, but secretly in love with his best friend

Ivy Lancombe:
Age: 25
Looks: Short, chestnut brown, and buxom
Favorite Food: Blackberry Pie
Status: Single, but secretly in love with her best friend

Shep has gone on more blind dates than he can count, and he has a notebook full of stories to prove it. Ivy never makes it past the first date, for reasons only she understands. Together, they’re the biggest dating disasters of Bells Pass.

This Christmas, the people of Bells Pass, Michigan have a plan to show Ivy and Shep they can’t ignore their hearts’ desires. It’s going to take an old spinster, an infamous diner, a mysterious man, and a hefty dose of Christmas wishing to get them under the mistletoe. Once there, they’ll let good old Christmas magic do the rest.


About Katie:

​​Katie Mettner writes inspirational and romantic suspense from a little house in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. After suffering an especially bad spill on the bunny hill in 1989, Katie became an amputee in 2011, giving her the time to pen her first novel, Sugar’s Dance. With the release of Sugar’s story, Katie discovered the unfilled need for disabled heroes and heroines. As the author of over two dozen romance novels, her stories are about empowering people with special circumstances to find the one person who will love them because of their abilities, not their inabilities.

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Katie lives with her soulmate, whom she met online at Thanksgiving and married in April. Almost seventeen years later her love story is a true case of instalove. She and her husband share their lives with their three children, and one very special leopard gecko. When not busy being a band mom, Katie has a slight addiction to Twitter and blogging, with a lessening aversion to Pinterest now that she quit trying to make the things she pinned.

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

25 Books of Christmas – Hearts on Fire

I decided to do 25 Days of Christmas – only with books!! Don’t forget to stock stuffings (or Kindles!!) with new books!!

On the first day of Christmas…

Hearts on Fire by Regina Puckett

This story begins with a gorgeous guy dressed as Santa and a woman who has sworn off love. Have you ever wanted someone to look at you and see who you really are? That’s all Jordan has ever wanted, so when she meets Samuel and the sparks fly, it’s easy to become lost in the depths of his beautiful blue eyes. While she fights this attraction, Samuel is going to have to convince her that he sees her…really sees her.


About Regina…

Regina Puckett is a 2014 Readers’ Favorite Award winning author for her sweet romance, ”Concealed in My Heart. Her steampunk book, ‘I Will Breathe’, and her children’s picture book, ‘Borrowed Wings’, both received the Children’s Literary Classic Seal of Approval. ‘I Will Breathe’ was selected as a Science Fiction Finalist in the 2015 IAN Book of the Year Awards and ‘A Man Called Rat’ was chosen as an “Official Selection” in the Young Adult Sci-Fi / Horror category of the New Apple 2017 Summer eBook Awards. Her boxed set, ‘A TOUCH OF PASSION’, is the 2016 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards.

‘I Will Breathe’ is a 2017 Literary Classic’s silver meal winner, 2016 New Apple Awards’ winner in the YA Science Fiction category and a 2015 Readers’ Favorite winner in the YA Science Fiction category.

‘Memories’, won first place in the 1st WSBR International Poetry Contest, and her collection of poetry, ‘Fireflies’, won the 2013 Turning Pages Poetry Book of the Year.

Regina Puckett has been writing for over forty-eight years, and lives in Tennessee with her husband of over forty years. She has two grown daughters and four grandchildren.

She writes sweet romances, horror, inspirational, steampunk, picture books and poetry. There are always several projects in various stages of completion and characters and stories waiting in the wings for their chance to finally get out of her head and onto paper.

Please visit her at:

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

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I hope everyone has an awesome Thanksgiving – whether you are working or spending the day with family and friends. If you are traveling, be safe.


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | November 19, 2017

Books of Christmas…

Last year I did 12 Days of Christmas – only with books!! I’m thinking of doing it again this year – might do more than just 12 Days – not sure, depends on how many Authors pipe up 🙂 The only rule, it must be a holiday romance book. I thought I would say something about it now to give me (and you!! lol) enough time to set this in motion 🙂 Let me know if you are interested!! I would need cover photo, book blurb and a short author bio, please include your Website/Facebook/Twitter.


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 29, 2017

National Cat Day

Happy National Cat Day!!! Every day is National Cat Day in my house…lol… Pokeball kitty is Onyx, mini house panther is Shadow and white beauty is SourPatch – they are all unique and different and own my heart. Share your kitties!!


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 13, 2017

Happy Friday 13th!!


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 8, 2017

Beginning to Feel like My Old Self…

When my sister died in 2008 a huge part of myself died with her. When the holidays started rolling around, I didn’t care. My ex could do whatever he wanted – he did – he put up the most awesome Christmas decoration in the front year complete with those huge metal trees that I think was actually taller than the house!! and he put music to it all – the very end was dedicated to my sister – yep, I blubbered like a baby. I did mange to buy presents for my ex and dd and I did cook Christmas dinner, but, my heart wasn’t in it. They all knew it. I couldn’t help it. I was 100% broken. I lived only for my dd honestly.

Anyone who knows me, even now, knows how much I am such a 2 year old…lol…I love love love love — did I say LOVE — the holidays – from Halloween thru New Years – LOVE it all!! The scents, colors, food – everything. So for me to NOT care about decorating – and doing just the bare minimum if that, yeah, something was wrong.

To be honest, it’s been getting a little better each year. Mainly because of my dd. If it weren’t for her, I honestly don’t think I would be here. Moving forward to three years ago when I became separated right around Thanksgiving – yeah, that was pretty horrid. Totally put a darkness on the holidays – and there was nothing I could do about it. My dd and Mom were both awesome and understanding and I really did try, again, just the bare minimum. We moved to an apt – talk about downsizing!!! We had no need for the deer out front or the zillion window lights or the blow ups – except for my Tigger blow up of course…lol…I still put lights up and we used dd’s little 4′ black tree and used what ornaments we had – it was ok. Last year I added a light projector on our balcony and it sent snowflakes twirling around the ceiling – it was rather cool!! I also added lights along the windows again. This year, it’s Halloween – and I’m seriously decorating. I usually have an arrangement on the door and some kind of lights out on the balcony. This year, I have all that, plus my blow up black cat and I’ve started decorating inside again.

I also signed up for my office BOO surprise – you pick a name and and you get to surprise them all month – then on Halloween they find out who BOO’d them – sooooo much fun!! I went out this weekend and got FUN stuff for my victim…errrr…I mean, BOO recipient…lol…

I have my dd to thank for my slow progress to my old self again – not there yet, but, working on it. I also have the wonderful team at work that I am on to thank for my progress as well. I have only been with them for three months, but, they are just awesome and I am so lucky I am on their team. I think they are stuck with me…lol…I have worked in other offices where the holidays were just another day – and if you know me, you know that I love to celebrate everything – birthdays, holidays, new jobs, raises…smile…

I have always felt that life has enough suckiness and we should celebrate anything – nothing is too small to be celebrated. When my sister died, she proved my thinking that life is too short to not celebrate living and all that goes with it. I hope I have rubbed off on dd with my thinking because we all need a surprise and celebration.

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


I started a new job at the end of June – June 26th to be exact – and I’m coming up on my 90 days and guess what? I LOVE my job!! I love my team and I love the work. What am I doing now you ask? Well, remember when I had gotten my Real Estate License back in 2004? Well, I had also worked in Property Management and LOVED it. I had been trying to get back into that and could just not get my feet in the door anywhere I applied. Until…June 26!!! I clicked right away with everyone – which is a shock really because I don’t like very many females. But, I liked them. I didn’t even wanna go home after the interview!! I wanted to stay with them!!!  …lol… I don’t dread going into work every morning – in fact, I am usually early!! I don’t watch the clock so I can run out the door right at 4pm – in fact, I usually groan when I realize it’s 3pm or so because the time went so fast and I still have stuff to do!! Oh and this whole time I’ve been looking for a new job, whenever getting my RE License back came up, I always said a firm ‘nope’ – NOW I’m actually thinking about going thru that hell of a class again and getting my license back…WHAT?!?!?!?!  …lol…

My team is made up of five people – including me. It’s a family – Mother, Father (broker), Daughter (Realtor) and Daughter’s best friend (office manager) of 10 years. I LOVE them. They took me in like I was part of the family and ya know what? I do consider them family too.

Right after my 60 days mark, my boss took us girls to Shelley Island (the Broker stayed behind to mind the office…smile…) – the island was formed off North Carolina during a huge storm – and is covered with shells!!! OMG!! That was so much fun!! I actually relaxed, breathed in the air and exhaled slowly several times. I so needed that day. Only my daughter knew where I was going – I didn’t want my phone blowing up while I was out of town for the day. While eating lunch, they joked saying they had actually gotten to see the ‘real me’ …. hmmmm….maybe just a little while I squealed like a little girl over the shells and rolled my window down and giggled as we drove on the beach in the Jeep – I had never done anything like that day before and omg it was such an awesome memory making day.

That excitement still lingers today as I type this because, for the first time since my Sister died and my separation, I got to see a side of me I hadn’t in quite some time. And I know dd is glad to see that side again. dd even loves to come up to the office and see everyone – I know it’s a small thing, but, they are so nice to her!! Most offices don’t like visitors, but, my office welcomes her in and chats with her like she’s part of the gang.

Aside from still having migraines and stress and going grrrrrrr sometimes, I am….happy….and so ready for another day adventure!!!

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

Happy First Day of Fall!!


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