Monday, October 31, 2016

Book Promotion!

Hi folks,

I just wanted to let everyone know that I am currently running a book sale on three of my novels or booklets. 

They are: 

Prolonged Uncertainties
Living and Loving With Divine Mercy
Train Trekking With a Capital "T"

All three of these books are available at a special reduced price on, until Saturday, November, 5.  You can check them out by going to and entering my full name
(Susan Lapp-Mellott) into the search block on amazon.  All of the novels and booklets that I have written will come up for your perusal.  Just click on the one you'd like to read, electronically. 

Did your know that you can read electronically, on all most any electronic device.  You can download the app for free, choose the books you want and read away.

Have a great day everyone!

Friday, October 28, 2016

The weekend is here!

Hi everyone,

I'm sure that many of you are very happy that the weekend is upon us.  I understand from the weather report for York, Pa., that tomorrow's temperature is to be up in the low 70's.  That's just for one day, but at least it's on a Saturday so everyone can, hopefully, get outside to enjoy it.  I'm sure there won't be many more days like that this year and that's okay with me.  I'm ready for a bit cooler weather, not freezing, but just in the low to mid 60's.

Can you believe that Christmas is in less than two months.  As for me, I can't wait!  I love the Thanksgiving and Christmas Seasons.  I think that most people are a bit happier during that time of the year.  At least I hope that's true! 

I think that the folks who don't look forward to the Holidays, could feel that way because they don't start planning for Christmas until the last minute, whether it's a money issue or not.  First of all, the true meaning of Christmas isn't about how much money you spend.  It's about the birth of Jesus Christ.  Yes, we do give gifts in my family, but I don't put the focus on the gifts. 

We invite family to share Christmas Eve with us.  We also share Christmas Eve supper with them.  As for the gifts, I make a lot of the things we give as gifts.  As for the things I purchase and the things I hand make, I start in January.  The reason for doing this, is that you are not so rushed, frustrated, or tired like when you wait until the last minute. 

Just imagine being completely ready, except for last minute food preparation, two weeks before Christmas  arrives.  Now, you can actually enjoy your family throughout the holiday season.  Wouldn't that be a better solution than rushing around and being irritated at the last minute?  Why don't you try it starting this January. 

This week was an exciting week for me, as my newly published novel, "Returning Home," arrived at my home.  It's always exciting for me to see the actual book and to hold it in my hands.  I use DiggyPod for my publishing and I think they do a wonderful job.  It is now also available for electronic reading at:  Just put my full name into the search block and all of my novels and booklets will come up for your perusal.

I wish you all a good weekend.  Stay safe and have fun.

*** Here's a photo of my novel:

Monday, October 24, 2016

I'm getting excited!

Hi everyone,

My title refers to the fact that I'm excited to finally see my newest novel, "Returning Home," in print.  It should arrive by the end of the week.  It's always very fulfilling for me to see my hard work in finished form. 

I think it's so sad that so many people, who are up in age, feel that there's little they can do anymore.  If I can do things, then so can they!  I may be sixty eight years old, and have chronic congestive heart failure and live a sedentary lifestyle, but no one will ever convince me that I'm useless.  As long as you still have a half-decent mind, brain and memory (remember I said half decent), you can do what every you set your mind to do, within reason, that is! 

I just received an email from my publishers saying that my novels shipped today.  So, yes, I'm happy about that.  Yes, I wrote the book and designed the cover, but even knowing what it looks like and what the story is, isn't the same as actually holding the finished product in my own two hands.

After it arrives, I'll post a copy of it on here, so you can get to see it.  I will be selling both the physical copy and it will be available on for electronic reading devices.  If you are interested in purchasing the actual book, let me know.

I hope you had a good Monday.  I remember how Monday's were when I was working a full time job.  They were always busy, but they also usually flew on by so quickly.  I loved that part of Mondays.  Have a good week and may God bless each of you.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Is God in your life?

Good evening everyone,

Yesterday I submitted my newest manuscript and front and back covers for publication.  I'm excited to see the finished novel when it comes.  It's been a year since I published my last novel.  No, I'm not a famous writer, in fact, I'm not well known for anything in particular.  I write because God gave me this ability and a love of books, reading and writing.  I don't make any money off my books, in fact, I sell them at a little below my cost.  The money isn't important to me.  What is important, is my love of writing.  It's just one way that I can give back to God for all His many, many blessings. 

You see, He bestowed this creative ability upon me and for that, I am so very thankful every day of my life.  If I didn't have the ability to do creative things while sitting on the couch with my feet up, I would probably be in a deep depression.  Being chronically ill isn't easy, but since God chose to let me live almost eleven years ago, when I was very close to death, I thank Him with all my heart. 

Since mornings aren't too bad for me, I do my handmade greeting cards during the morning hours.  Well, for about an hour and a half or so.  By that time, my back is aching me so much that I need to get my feet up and a cushion behind my back.  I'm not complaining about any of my health issues.  I'm just so thankful for my life, however I have to live it.

So, to answer my own question about God, yes, He definitely is in every hour of every day of my life.  I am alive because He still had other plans for me.  I can't begin to tell you how very grateful to Him I am for this gift of life and for all my creative abilities.  So what if I need to do them while on the sofa with my feet up.  Where there's a will, there's a way!  I have a strong will to do what I am doing. 

I've hand crocheted nineteen afghans as Christmas gifts this year.  I've also already crochet about 25 scarves and taken them to a local nursing home.  I'm now making about 25 more for another nursing home.  The people I've given them to don't know me and I don't need them to know who I am.  I have a very intense need to give back for all my blessings.  This is just one way  that I can do this. 

So, I'm reaching out to all of you, to do something nice for someone else that has no payback.  We all need to be thankful for what we have in this life and that we're still alive and breathing.  Unfortunately, way too many folks today, have a sense of entitlement.  In all honesty, we are not entitled to anything.  We need to earn things for ourselves, starting with the respect of other people.  We do that by showing kindness and concern to them.  We should expect nothing in return!  Remember that Jesus was crucified, hung on a cross and died to save us.  I'm not saying that anyone needs to even come close to doing that, just be a kind and loving person, expecting nothing in return for your good deeds. 

I know there are many, many good and kind people in this world, but we usually don't hear about them in the news.  All we do hear about is the corruption, violence and death that occurs, usually for no good reason at all.  So much of it is out of hatred for someone else.  We don't have the right to take another human being's life.  Only God has that right and He's more than happy to grant us His mercy and blessings. 

I do hope that you'll consider some of my words.  Perhaps you will find something you too can do to help someone else, just out of the goodness of your heart.  I do hope so.

Have a great evening and a good day tomorrow and everyday.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

What's Up?

Hello everyone,

I hope your Saturday is going well.  And, if not, perhaps your Sunday will be a better day.  Mine is going just fine.  I haven't done anything special today.  My husband took me to the craft store this morning so I could purchase some more yarn.  I've already made approximately 25 or so scarves and handed them out at a local Senior Center.  I decided that I'd make some more because the way those folks reacted to this very simple gift was very touching to me. 

I've been thinking about how very little personal things the people in nursing homes really have.  My friend as all of her belongings in 4 small drawers, a small closet and a night stand.  When I stop and think about all my personal belongings that I have in my home, it makes me very sad to think about how different our lives are. 

As I handed the scarves out, some of the ladies were asking me if I had one to match their top or sweat shirt.  I did my best to accommodate each of them.  I thought that after I have completed another twenty-five or so scarves, I'd wrap them in tissue paper and add a Christmas card to each.  Then I'll deliver them to a nursing home before Christmas. I hope it will bring a smile to someone elses face. 

Have you ever wondered what you can do to make someone else's life better or perhaps just give them something to smile about.  I have been blessed over and over again.  I may not be rich or have a big mansion, or a fancy car, or loads of money, but I have everything I need to live each day.  All those things are just unimportant to me.  I have a family that I love very much and am so proud of each of them; I have an wonderful extended family and some friends.  What more do I need?  I have enough food to eat, and enough money to pay our bills, and clothes to keep me warm in the coming winter.  Mostly, I have a God who watches over me and my family and loves us unconditionally. 

If a person has all those things, what more do they need?  I can't think of one thing more I need.  Being alive is the greatest gift God has bestowed on me.  I am so thankful for this gift.  How about you?  Do you give thinks for all the small things in your life? 

Well, I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and I also hope you will give praise to God tomorrow for all your blessings.  Be safe always.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy Monday!

Hi everyone,

How was your weekend?  I hope you all had a pleasant couple of days off of work.  I surely hope that the rain is out of here for a while now.  It's nice to see the sun shinning once again, at least for most of the day.

I've been listening to the news lately regarding the storm that swept up the Eastern coast of the United States.  The devastation is truly horrible.  The fact that over 800 people died in Haiti is heart breaking.  I understand that over 20 people died from North Carolina, also.  They are expecting more damage in NC as the week progresses.  Most of the rivers and streams are to overflow between now and the end of the week. 

I know there was also damage done in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and elsewhere along the Eastern coast before the storm turned out to sea.  I feel so bad for all the folks who were in the storms path. 

Has any of you wondered what is happening here in the United States, with our weather conditions during the last two years or so?  Well, I have.  I truly believe that God wants us to know that things, here in the United States, and throughout the world, have to change.  I can truly say that I am very worried about this land I live in.  Aren't you? 

I don't fear so much for myself, as I am older and will probably not live too many years into the future, but I do worry about my family and all my extended family members.  Especially the younger generations to come. 

There have been so many wonderful things that have happened during the last twenty five years, but I fear the bad things outweigh the good ones.  I am so thankful for modern medicine and all the advances that have been made during that time.  Doctors are saving lives because of these advances in the medical profession.  Hopefully these things will continue saving lives in the years to come.

I hope you will put your trust and faith in God, as I do, so our children and grandchildren have a good place in which to grow up, just as we did.  I realize that things were very different back in the fifties and sixties, when I grew up, but things were much simpler then.  I'm not saying that all the inventions and changes in our lives were bad, not by any means.  Back then, the only electronics we had was a transistor radio, and we didn't get those until we were in our teens.  It saddens me to see everyone walking around with their phones to their ears or texting.  There doesn't seem to be any direct communication anymore. 

Can you remember how good you felt when someone mailed you a greeting card, or wrote you a letter?  Very few folks do either of those anymore.  Personally, I think that's quite sad.

One last thought:  I'm finished proofing my newest manuscript and today I completed the front cover for it.  Yeah, I'm smiling!  I'm anxious to eventually see it in print.

I hope your week goes well and that you take some time for yourself just to do something creative.  It will surely lift your spirits. 

Here's a beautiful sunset photo.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Is it dark already?

Hi everyone,

How are you all doing this evening?  I hope everyone is as good as can be expected.  That should about cover it, at least I think so.

It's only 6:45 pm here, and it's almost dark outside.  It's been a little overcast this afternoon, so I suppose that's why it's getting dark out so early this evening.  I am glad for the fall weather to be upon us, but I don't like it getting dark so early.  Before we know it, it will be dark by 5:15pm.  Oh well, there's no use complaining because it's not going to change until next Spring.

Can you believe that it's already October 5th?  I can't!  This year has passed by so quickly, at least I feel it has.  Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be here and then it's the start of the Christmas Season.  To tell you the truth, I am anxious for those two events to come.  I truly love the Thanksgiving and Christmas Seasons. 

If you haven't already started Christmas shopping, now's the time to start.  I say this because the earlier you start, the quicker you will be done shopping and wrapping gifts.  This will allow you to actually slow down and just enjoy the Christmas holidays.  It truly is a time of joy and thanking God for the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ. 

I'm almost done with all my shopping and hand made items.  I work on them starting in January of each new year.  I love the season of Christmas and I can enjoy every day of it, because I start so early.  There's really no reason why you have to wait and then run around like a chicken with it's head cut off, two weeks before Christmas Eve.  I just can't figure out why anyone does that!  Even it money is a problem, wouldn't it be easier to take a small amount from your pay check each week and use it towards the gifts you'd like to purchase.  Please remember that the joy of Christmas isn't about the gifts you receive or how much you pay for them, it's about the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. 

I'm almost finished with my second proof reading of my manuscript.  I am anxious to finally be done and then I can get to work on the covers for the book.  I will never be, nor do I want to be, a famous writer or famous at anything.  I write because I need to use the abilities that God has truly blessed me with from childhood.  I am so thankful for all of my creative abilities and I love being creative.  I do love writing very much.  Are you using your creative abilities?  If not, perhaps you should entertain the idea of starting to use them.  You should not let them go to waste.

I hope the last two days of your work week go well.  Stay alert and stay calm.