Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 5, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Christmas at the Little Cottage on the Hill

On the fifth day of Christmas…

Christmas at the Little Cottage on the Hill by Emma Davies

One twinkling winter’s night, Ruby wakes her sleeping children and escapes for a new life in the countryside. It’s a choice that will change her life beyond all recognition…

Arriving at the cosy little rental cottage as the first snow begins to fall, Ruby doesn’t regret leaving her bully of a husband for a moment, but she does feel guilty about uprooting her kids so close to Christmas. She can only wish that one day soon her son will forgive her.

It’s not long before the family are settled in and drinking hot chocolate by the fire, the flames kept roaring by a neighbouring woodsman called Angus. As big as a tree, but as gentle as a dormouse, all Ruby’s instincts tell her to be wary of letting this gorgeous stranger get too close. Is that the first tingle of festive magic Ruby can feel? Or might it even be hope?

As Christmas day approaches and a blizzard sparks a power cut across the entire village, Ruby must force herself to believe in Christmas miracles again. Was she right to put her trust in Angus? With only flickering candles to guide her through the darkness, will she ever find her way back to the light?

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About the Author…

After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life.

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Twitter: @EmDaviesAuthor

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

25 Books of Christmas – Merry Murder

On the fourth day of Christmas…

Merry Murder by C.S. McDonald

The cookies are baked. The tree is trimmed. The shopping? Well, it’s almost done, and Fiona’s parents have finally returned home for a holiday visit—along with some unexpected unruly friends. Yep, Fiona’s perfectly planned Christmas is coming together, but how could’ve she planned for her favorite uncle’s murder?

Who could possibly kill a sweet old man who’s played Santa at the local mall every year without fail? Fiona’s boyfriend, Detective Nathan Landry, is determined to find out—before Christmas day arrives. There’s only one problem: Nancy Quinn. Fiona’s mom is just as determined as the detective to catch the murderer, and she isn’t shy about getting the job done—even if it includes breaking a few pesky laws!

Will Fiona and her mother find the killer first or will the killer find them?

About the Author…

For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time, she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series for her young granddaughters, and has found that so many adults love them too.

Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries has six books:
Murder on Pointe
Merry Murder
Waves of Murder
Tastes Like Murder
Good Luck to Murder
Mambo and Murder—new release!

Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

Twitter: @CSMcDonald7
Facebook: @AuthorCSMcDonald
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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 3, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – A Warlock Under The Mistletoe

On the third day of Christmas…

A Warlock Under The Mistletoe by S. S. Bazinet

Pippa has a wonderful fiancé named Chester, and she loves him dearly. However, when she decides to write a romance book and fantasizes about kissing a dashing warlock under the mistletoe, she realizes something is missing in their relationship.

In a teary confession, she blurts out her concerns to Chester. Her fiancé, a studious psychologist, understands what she wants. Not only that, but he promises to do everything he can to be the man that Pippa is dreaming about. Still, the question remains. Will Chester have what it takes to release his “inner warlock”?

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About the Author…

“I’ve enjoyed writing stories in many genres, but when I thought about Christmas and romance, I wanted to write something fun and special that expressed the magic of both. As I wrote ‘A Warlock Under The Mistletoe’ I was constantly being surprised by Chester, the studious psychologist in the story. When he’s challenged to tap into his ‘inner warlock,’ I didn’t know what to expect. But there’s an old saying, ‘It’s the quiet ones you gotta watch out for.’ I think it’s true in Chester’s case, but in the best possible way. I hope people enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.”

S. S. Bazinet’s books include THE VAMPIRE RECLAMATION PROJECT series, the SENTENCED TO HEAVEN series, as well as the YA thriller, “My Brother’s Keeper,” and a dystopian novel, “Dying Takes It Out of You.”


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 2, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Christmas at Black Cherry Retreat

On the second day of Christmas…

Christmas at Black Cherry Retreat by Angela Britnell

What if you had nowhere to call home for Christmas?

When Fee Winter books a winter break at the remote Black Cherry Retreat in the small town of Pine Ridge, Tennessee, it’s with the idea that the peace and quiet will help her recuperate from her hectic life as a photographer.

But what she didn’t bank on was meeting Tom Chambers and his huge, interfering yet lovable family. With them, could Fee finally experience the warmth and support that’s been missing from her own life – and maybe even find a place to call home in time for Christmas?

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About the Author…

Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties!

A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to over three decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.

If you’d like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out or follow her on, and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.

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

25 Books of Christmas – The Christmas Coin

On the first day of Christmas…

The Christmas Coin by Christina Lorenzen

After her grandmother’s death, Sammie finds herself thinking about the Christmas Coin and all the sweet memories attached to it. She decides to take a trip back to her grandmother’s house in Holly Hamlet, Vermont to find it. With the impending sale of the house, all Sammie wants as a keepsake of her grandmother is the coin and the story that she still holds close to her heart. With fifty years of possessions tucked inside the house, she realizes she has her work cut out for her. When the little girl next door innocently mentions the Christmas story, Sammie realizes that Ally could be the key to her finding the Christmas coin. As the weekend goes by, Sammie becomes attached to Ally, and subsequently her single father Jack. Her plans begin to change more than she could have imagined.

Jack Stevens had heard about the impending arrival of his neighbor Mary Holt’s granddaughter. Seeing her bright red hair and immaculate red mustang, he knows a woman like that is just making a quick stop to get whatever it is she came to Holly Hamlet for. But as he and his six-year-old daughter Ally spend time with Sammie, he begins to see her in a different light. As he finds himself inviting Sammie to join he and Ally in their Christmas traditions, he worries about his little girl. She’s already had one woman walk out on her life. Sammie had told him she was only in town for a day or two. Seeing his daughter’s attachment to Sammie, and ignoring his own growing feelings for her, he’s worried about Ally’s heart breaking when Sammie leaves town.

Will a decades old tradition and the sparkle of Christmas work its magic on two people who both need a gift that can’t fit under the tree?


About the Author…

Christina is an Amazon bestselling author of ten books. She started writing as a young teen, jotting stories in wire ring composition notebooks. Her first typewriter made it faster to get all those stories out of her head and down on paper. Her love of writing has sustained her through a myriad of jobs that included hairdresser, legal secretary, waitress and door-¬to- door saleswoman.

Luckily for her, writing proved to be successful and a lot less walking than going door to door. She loves to write the types of stories that she loves to read and watch on her favorite channel, The Hallmark Channel. Quaint small towns and happily ever afters are a guarantee. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found walking her dog, talking to her herd of cats and spending time with her family.

To find out about Christina’s upcoming releases, visit her website at
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Twitter: @ChrisFoxLorenz

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

National Author’s Day

Today is National Author’s Day and after a month of promoting fellow authors, this is really perfect. I owe who I am today, a writer, a reader, a blogger – to all the authors who helped shape me. How did they help shape me? From their words they shared on paper. From the stories they weaved like magic. From their imagination. Because of them, I am a reader, writer, blogger – all of the above. So today, let’s celebrate them.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 31, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – The Last Hallow’s Eve

On the thirty-first night of Halloween…

The Last Hallow’s Eve by Jean Maxwell

When government legislation puts the kybosh on Halloween forever, where does a budding graphic novelist go for gothic inspiration? To a haunted mansion of course! The level-headed but love-starved artist Joanna Mitchell thinks she’s seen it all in the world of the macabre and is not about to be frightened off by tales of the mysterious and decrepit Haversham Mansion in rural Connecticut. On the last official Halloween Night, she arranges to stay the night in Haversham-on-the-Lake, an obscure town only known for its reverence of All Hallow’s Eve, to capture on paper the supernatural goings-on at the old mansion.

But even a jaded artist can be caught with her pants down…and dragged full force into a tangle with an equally lusty demon prepared to give her all the action she can take in exchange for his last chance to return to the land of the living—on the Last Hallow’s Eve in history.

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Meet the Author…

Jean Maxwell writes contemporary romance novels and is a true artist at heart. She believes she came out of the womb with a pencil in hand and began drawing at a very early age. A graduate of both the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Engineering Design and MacEwan University’s Design Arts program, she switched from draftsman to graphic artist in her early career. But the muses would not keep silent, and eventually coerced her to write her first romantic suspense novel, El Mirador.

Jean went on to write its sequel, El Precio, followed by a spooky short story just ‘write’ for Halloween The Last Hallow’s Eve. In that same ‘vein’ Jean also wrote and released a full-length indie novel The Witch Doctor, another spine-tingling, Halloween-worthy tale of witchcraft, magic and romance mixed with modern medical science. A prolific and sought-after ghostwriter, her latest original work Winter Symphony released in January 2018 and will be available in print for the upcoming holiday season. But when it comes to holidays, Halloween has always held a special fascination for Jean, so she’s offering a special Hallowe’en Treat just for you!

Click here to read Last Hallow’s Eve tonight….F R E E!

Jean lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and works as a freelance writer and designer as well as teaching continuing education classes in personal computer software. Both an artist and musician, she also enjoys playing clarinet with the Edmonton Winds and the Edmonton Metropolitan Orchestra.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 30, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Halloween Hayride Murder

On the thirtieth night of Halloween…

Halloween Hayride Murder by Linnea West

Tessa Schmidt was floating through life after losing her husband Peter in a car accident until her parents convinced her to return to her hometown of Shady Lake. Moving back to the small town in Minnesota where she grew up provides a welcome retreat as she helps run the B&B where her parents live while hanging out at her best friend Mandy’s donut shop. She has even started to go out on a few dates, mostly with her high school boyfriend, Max and the new teacher in town, Clark.
With the annual Halloween Hayride coming up, Tessa is excited to be part of the committee that runs the town’s largest fundraiser. Everything is going great, until Earl Stone tries to personally profit from it.

As everyone tries to make sure the Hayride is on track, Tessa finds something that really might shut it down for good: someone murdered Earl in the field where the Hayride takes place. And they did it by running him over with the Halloween Hayride!

Can Tessa figure out who killed Earl and get the Halloween Hayride back on track before it’s too late?

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Meet the Author…

Linnea West lives in Minnesota with her husband and two children. She taught herself to read at the age of four and published her first poem in a local newspaper at the age of seven. After a turn as a writer for her high school newspaper, she went to school for English Education and Elementary Education. She didn’t start writing fiction until she was a full time working mother. Besides reading and writing, she spends her time chasing after her children, watching movies with her husband, and doing puzzle books.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 29, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Fey

On the twenty-ninth night of Halloween…

Fey by Kirsten Weiss

This witch will do anything for a normal life with the man she loves. But when you’re on fairy patrol, normal is relative.

Witch Jayce Bonheim has packed away her candles, crystals and cauldrons. With her boyfriend recovering from a hex, she’s determined to build a sane and magic-free life for them both.

But when a horde of troublemaking gnomes invades the small town of Doyle, it’s up to Jayce and her magical sisters to send them packing.

After the gnomes lead Jayce to a murdered employee from her own café, she’s plunged into an investigation that lands her in the sheriff’s crosshairs. And Jayce must catch a killer before the sheriff’s brewing witch hunt nets a very real witch.

Fey is book 5 in The Witches of Doyle cozy mystery novels. Buy Fey and start reading this quirky witch mystery today!

Spells included at the back of the book.

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Meet the Author…

Kirsten Weiss has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking red wine. The latter gives her heartburn, but she drinks it anyway.

Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes genre-blending cozy mystery, supernatural and steampunk suspense, mixing her experiences and imagination to create vivid worlds of fun and enchantment.

If you like funny cozy mysteries, check out her Pie Town, Paranormal Museum and Wits’ End books. If you’re looking for some magic with your mystery, give the Witches of Doyle, Riga Hayworth and Rocky Bridges books a try. And if you like steampunk, the Sensibility Grey series might be for you.

Kirsten sends out original short stories of mystery and magic to her mailing list. If you’d like to get them delivered straight to your inbox, make sure to sign up for her newsletter at

Feel free to follow her on Twitter @KirstenWeiss, on Tumblr at kweiss01, on Pinterest at KirstenWeiss, or on Bookbub (, get in touch on Facebook (,  post a picture of this book to Instagram and tag her @kirstenweissauthor, or send her an email. She’ll answer you personally…which may be a good or a bad thing, depending on your perspective.

Book Series: Sensibility Grey Steampunk Suspense, the Pie Town cozy mysteries, the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum cozy mysteries, the Doyle Witch and Doyle Cozy mystery novels, the Riga Hayworth witch mysteries.

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 28, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween – Halloween Fantasy Coloring Book For Adults

On the twenty-eighth night of Halloween…

Halloween Fantasy Coloring Book For Adults by Molly Harrison

Halloween Fantasy Coloring Book by Molly Harrison contains 26 single sided Halloween and autumn themed illustrations for you to color. Witches, vampires, fall fairies, fancy ladies in an atmosphere of autumn. Each page is blank on the back side. This coloring book is suitable for adults and older children (I recommend no younger than 9, but abilities among children vary). Recommended mediums include colored pencil, alcohol markers such as Copic markers or Prismacolor markers (there are many other brands, such as Michael’s brand Artist Loft which are great too). Pastels and gel pens also work nicely. Some people even use eye shadows which gives a nice effect. Don’t be afraid to combine mediums for a lovely effect.


Meet the Artist…

I live in the northern California valley, about 90 miles north of Sacramento, overlooking a beautiful canyon with wildlife abounding all around. I am married with two kids, both teenagers now, two indoor cats and a shih-poo (shih-tzu – poodle mix). They are the loves of my life.

I have been an artist all my life, for as far back as I can remember, always more comfortable with a pencil or coloring device in my hand. Doodling, drawing, writing, painting….it’s just something that I love and that is a part of me. And I am lucky to be able to do art for my job!

I have a BA in Illustration Design from CSU Chico. But I am mostly self taught. I began selling my work in 2003, on eBay, and now I sell mainly from my Etsy shop and my website.

My influences and inspirations come from many places, nature, emotions, other art. I create my works using mainly watercolor and ink however I also enjoy acrylics, and other mediums too. I also love crafting – making things is deeply satisfying. My latest venture has been creating coloring books.

I owe a very big thank you to my fans and customers for enjoying my work enough to buy it. It has allowed me to stay at home with my kids while they were growing up. I am honored that you want to bring some of my work into your home and I truly hope it brings a good feeling to you for years to come.

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