Katie Mettner is releasing the third book in her Bells Pass Series today! Jam & Jingle Bells is now available on Amazon, so to celebrate, I’m hosting a speed dating round between Addie and Ellis, the two biggest dating disasters of Bells Pass this Christmas.
Looks: Tall, ginger, and curvaceous
Favorite Food: Jam
Status: Single, but secretly in love with a Bell’s Pass yoga instructor
Looks: Lanky, white, and thin
Favorite Food: Tater Tot Hotdish
Status: Single, but secretly in love with Bell’s Pass’s premiere cosmetologist
Addie and Ellis now hold the title for biggest dating disasters of Bells Pass. Each afraid their differences are too much to overcome, they pretend friends will be enough for them forever. It will take a broken window, a broken leg, and a magical sleigh to convince them that their differences are what make them unique together. This Christmas everything will change in Bells Pass, and no one will be untouched by the magic of old Saint Nick.
Speed Dating with Addie & Ellis
Where is your favorite place to eat?
Addie: Nightingale Diner
Ellis: What she said
What is your favorite food?
Addie: Oh, man. I knew you were going to ask me that! I love food, all food, every food! I’ll go with Melissa’s Blackberry pie with raspberry jam
Ellis: Pie with jam? That’s… I’ll say tater tot hotdish.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Addie: Reading erotica.
Addie: Dude, there’s nothing wrong with a little erotica every now and again.
Ellis: You’re going all Fifty Shades on me now?
Addie: *Snorts* That’s not erotica. That’s *waves hands around* not what I read. I’m talking real romance with a little naughty mixed in. I love a good romantic erotic story.
Ellis: *Blushing* Right. Romantic and erotic. Noted.
Addie: You didn’t answer the question.
Ellis: I’m not sure I can top that…
What is your favorite animal?
Addie: Reindeer? Is that a thing?
Ellis: Yes, they are real things.
Addie: And they’re your favorite animal of all animals.
Ellis: I run a business called Rudolph Yoga Express. You do the math…
What is your favorite season?
Ellis: Christmas! I love Christmas. I breathe Christmas year round. I AM Christmas.
Addie: So, you’re saying you like Christmas? *giggle snorts*
What is your favorite movie?
Addie: Home Alone! But only the first one. The rest were *points thumb down*
Ellis: *Puts hand over heart* Oh my gourd, I love that one too! My favorite is The Santa Clause though. I just love those movies.
Addie: Oh my gourd?
Ellis: *Shrugs* I work with kids all day. It makes them laugh.
Addie: So, The Santa Clause, eh? *Eyes his white hair and beard* Noted.
How do you like your coffee?
Addie: I like my coffee hot, black, and bottomless.
Ellis: I could make a joke here but it would be inappropriate so I won’t. I don’t drink coffee. But I take my hot chocolate hot, creamy, and topped with whipped cream.
Addie: Hold up. You don’t drink coffee? Maybe we aren’t compatible and we should stop here…
Ellis: *Waits with white brow raised*
Addie: *Waves hand* I can accept it.
What do you do for work?
Ellis: I teach ten-year-old’s how to do the downward facing dog.
Addie: Oh my gourd, tell me that’s a yoga move…
Ellis: You really don’t know anything about yoga, do you?
Addie: I know that you look amazing in those yoga pants you wear around town. That’s about the extent of it.
Ellis: *Grins* Noted.
Do you exercise? What form of exercise?
Addie: Exercise? No, but I do like extra fries.
Ellis: *Rolls eyes* I teach yoga for a living, so I’m going to go with yoga. You should definitely come to the studio.
Addie: *Motions down her body* This is not for public consumption
Ellis: *Giggle Snorts* Well, I could give you a private lesson in your living room. I’m nice like that.
Addie: *Evil Grin* We might be able to arrange that…
When is your birthday?
Addie: January 1! I’m a New Year’s baby!
Ellis: December 13. I’m a boring middle of the worst month to have a birthday baby
Are you close with your family?
Addie: Yes! My mom is just wonderful. She raised me alone when my dad took off for parts unknown. Her name is Loretta and last year she started dating Stan who is the father of my friend Melissa’s fiancé Mason who is the chef at the Nightingale Diner!
Ellis: Well, that made my head swim.
Addie: You’re new to town. You’ll catch on. You didn’t answer the question.
Ellis: *Scrunches eye closed* Mostly because I can’t remember my own name now.
What is your typical, everyday outfit like?
Addie: Leggings covered in hair and an old t-shirt I should have thrown out years ago covered by my apron.
Ellis: Well, there’s a sexy image swirling through my head. I’m so turned on right now.
Addie: *eye roll*
Ellis: *Grins sheepishly* Yoga pants, a yoga shirt and yoga socks.
Addie: *Rubs temple* So, you’re saying you do yoga?
Where did you grow up?
Addie: Bells Pass
Do you plan on staying here for the long run?
Addie: Of course! I’ve lived here all my life and I’d never leave Bells Pass. This is where my home and my family is.
Ellis: I just opened a business here so as long as that remains viable then yes, I’ll be staying for the long run.
Addie: But the question is, do you like it here? *Anxiously awaits answer*
Ellis: *Grins widely* I love Bells Pass. It’s idyllic in ways you don’t find much anymore. The sense of community is amazing, if not overwhelming at times, but always so welcoming. I’ve never felt more at home in a place that’s not home.
Addie: *Does fist pump* Welcome to Bells Pass, Ellis.
Foot rub or back rub?
Addie: Are those the only two choices for rubbing?
Ellis: *Points* What she said…
Peanut butter and jelly or ham and cheese?
Addie: Ham and cheese
Ellis: Peanut butter and jelly
Addie: *Raises brow*
Ellis: What? I work with kids all day. It’s eat it or be eaten.
Flowers or chocolates?
Addie: No brainer, chocolate!
Ellis: I’m a guy, so I’ll say chocolate, hot chocolate.
Addie: *Hooks thumb at yoga boy* He’s Chocolate, Hot Chocolate…
Ellis: *Giggle snort*
Beer or wine?
Ellis: I don’t drink.
Addie: *sighs* Dude, things were going so well.
Ellis: *Goes palms up*
Addie: I’m kidding. I respect the not drinking thing. I don’t drink a ton of wine or anything. It’s not like I’m sitting in my apartment like a depressed 40-year-old mother of three teenagers sloshing back an entire bottle of wine while watching romance movies on Netflix.
Ellis: Oddly specific.
Addie: Have you ever been on Facebook? Extremely accurate.
Bowling or mini-golf?
Addie: Bowling in the winter and mini golf in the summer
Ellis: What she said
Hotdog or hamburger?
Addie: Oh my gourd, win!
Pie or cake?
Ellis: If it’s pie from the Nightingale Diner then it’s definitely pie but you can hold the jam on mine.
Addie: *Puts hand on hip* Have you ever had pie with jam on it before?
Ellis: Nope, cause it’s weird.
Addie: Then you don’t know what you’re missing and you also can’t say you don’t like it if you haven’t tried it! *Stands up and grabs his hand*
Ellis: Are you kicking me out?
Addie: No, we’re going to the diner for pie with jam!
Ellis: Um, okay, but what about speed dating?
Addie: Speed dating is all well and good but pie is better. Besides, we can talk on the way over, and over pie. There’s no point in sitting here answering dumb questions without pie. We can answer dumb questions with pie. I’ll even buy you some hot chocolate, Hot Chocolate.
Ellis: *Laughing while being dragged down the street then whispers* I think I’ll keep this one…
About The Author
Read about more of Katie’s adventures as an amputee writer on The View From The Other Side