CONGRATULATIONS

Carrie Fancett Pagels' "The Substitute Bride" in O' Little Town of Christmas collection is a 2016 Published MAGGIE AWARD FINALIST in Romance Novellas!!!


Tea Party winners: Tamera Lynn Kraft's winner is Sherida Stewart, Debra E. Marvin's winner Deana Dick for Ebook of Starlight Serenade, Debora Wilder for Winner's Choice (movies or cookbook), Carrie Fancett Pagels’ winner of choice of ebook or paperback of Tea Shop Folly goes to Teri DiVincenzo and ebook of Love's Sporting Chance goes to Becky Dempsey. Carrie's special unannounced pink heart shaped cup and saucer goes to Melissa Henderson who attended both parties! CONGRATS and thanks for partying with us, colonial style!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Lisa Norato Book launch party - Out to Sea with our Federalist Gals!


This is Lisa Norato's inspirational fiction debut! Congratulations, Lisa!  And she is joined by Federalist era friends Roseanna White and MaryLu Tyndall for this tea party aboard HMS Quiller!!!  Scoot into the bench at the captain's table and tell the cabin boy what you care to drink - only tame stuff for the ladies, please!


What a lovely doll Patricia Iacuzzi has brought to the party to offer as a giveaway to one of our guests!  Dressed in federalist era clothing, she is a pretty lass.




MaryLu will be giving away a copy of one of her books!


Roseanna is  happy to give away a copy of  Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland!


Lisa will be giving away a copy of Prize of My Heart. Watch for our upcoming review of this lovely book, here on Colonial Quills!












Dolls by Pat Iacuzzi, Federalist Lass

Dolly recommends that you read Lisa Norato's interview from last Monday.

Have you ever sailed on the open sea?  


Do share!!!

130 comments:

  1. This is so exciting to be onboard with you lovely ladies! Congrats Lisa on your new book!

    avonmathews(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Teresa! Good morning and welcome.

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    2. Mrs. Mathews, I suggest gingerbread with black tea and honey.

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    3. Welcome aboard, Teresa! Please excuse the mess. It tooks us awhile to clean up after the sailors went ashore. Thank Goodness, Lisa and Carrie brough a varieties of teas on board!

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  2. Ahoy! Let me be one of the first to greet you aboard and make your welcome merry to the captain's table. Accommodations aboard the Quiller are quite comfortable, I assure you. One advantage of gathering on board a merchant vessel is we have the finest selection of imported teas to be had. And I don't mind saying, I envy the lady who shall go home with the loveliest of prizes-a federalist lass doll crafted by our most talented seamstress, Pat Iacuzzi. So come inside and let us talk stories of love and adventures at sea.

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    1. What a lovely day frock you are wearing! Lemon or ginger cake? Afraid there are no eggs and sausages as we had in town.

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    2. Congratulations, Lisa. What a lovely cover and this is not a gathering to be missed! Nothing like the sound of the wind and water, even if the table tips on occasion!

      I'm afraid I'm dressed out of place today, so pretend you don't see me (I'm just going to grab a snack).

      Pat, another beautiful doll! You are so talented!

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    3. Greetings, Debra! I don't care what frock you've chosen to wear, I'm just so glad to have you here among us. Thank you for your words of congratulations. Yes, please grab a bite, and here, have a cup of tea. I believe the more savory pastries are coming out now....

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  3. Aye, I have sailed on the open swa before. Thankfully, I not prone to motion-sickness.

    Thank you for the giveaways!! Maybe this is my chance to finally read Love Finds You is Annapolis, Maryland.

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    1. Sorry, my e-mail is:
      ks4readin@yahoo.com

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    2. Always a possibility! And I admire your tenacity, LOL. =) Welcome aboard the Quiller!!

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    3. Watch your step, 4readin, navigating around a ship can be quite daunting. Take it from me.. I spent months imprisoned aboard a Royal Navy Frigate! Oh, what a trial that was. I do believe I'll try some of that ginger tea!

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    4. Welcome, 4readin! Good to have you here among us.

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    5. I thank you for inviting me! Everything looks lovely.

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  4. Temperance here. Mama is almost ready to serve. I am praying the cabin boy is well enough to serve. He said being on land made him queasy!

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    1. Cabin boy is still asleep. He did so enjoy his time visiting our charming seaport home. And I suspect he over-indulged on Mama's good cooking whilst he was in port!

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  5. Mrs. Alice Mattimore here, and I would much appreciate a cup of that fine tea, with one lump, if you please.

    I have never myself been a seafarer, but my husband spent many a year as a merchant sailor. He now captains a ferry between Annapolis and the Eastern Shore, which keeps him closer to home--and gives me and our children a chance to sail with him more often. Always a delight! There is something undeniably charming about the open water.

    Congratulations, Mrs. Norato, on this lovely book of yours! My friends Lark and Sena would no doubt love to get their hands upon it, as they are both great readers--something I have had little time for since the babe joined us.

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    1. Oh dear, Mama and that little boy haven't arrived. Bohea, green tea from the Orient, or Mama's peppermint blend?

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    2. I green tea from the Orient, please. You see, that is where I am from.

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  6. Congratulations on your new book, Lisa!

    Carole Towriss

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    1. Thank you, Carole! Thank you for stopping by and good luck with drawing(s).

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  7. Thank you for allowing me onboard.

    What a lovely doll and please enter me in the drawing. Thanks for allowing an opportunity to win something from such talented group of ladies :)

    Janella

    arieljo12@hotmail.com

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    1. Welcome aboard, Janella!! So happy to have ou! Please sit down and enjoy some tea and sweet cakes--not your normal fare when out to sea, but we wouldn't dare serve those hard biscuits with weevils in them to our wonderful guests!

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    2. Hi Janella! So good to have you join us. I wish you good fortune in the drawing.

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  8. Ahoy fair laides, I am Mrs. Marianne Brenin hailing from Baltimore. But when I heard about Miss Norato's book launch, I simple knew I had to make the journey. In fact, I just started this great book last night and can't wait to get back into it!! It reminds me of the time I was kidnapped by a British Royal Navy Frigate and made to scrub floors and do laundry and all sort of horrid tasks far beneath me. Thank the Heavens I didn't get sea sick..or shot by a cannon, but I digress. I'm happy to be here! I do believe I'll have some cake and tea as well.

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  9. Thank you for your words of congratulations, kind ladies! Special thanks to Mrs. Alice Mattimore and Mrs. Marianne Brenin for leaving their handsome husbands to join me for the day. Congratulations and blessings on the babe, Alice dear. And Marianne, I remember your misadventure very well.

    My especial thanks also to Mrs. Culliford and Temperance for hosting the event. We'll have no sea sickness aboard today. The waters are calm and the the stern windows draperies are opened to a lovely, quiet view of the Atlantic. But just in case, I hear ginger tea is quite good for a queasy stomach. I think I'll have a cup myself....

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    1. Ginger tea, a slice of gingerbread (and thanks so much for baking your famous recipe and bringing it aboard!) and we are preparing Brunswick stew and ham biscuits (no weevils!!!) and have fresh fruit for our luncheon.

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    2. Indeed, Ms. Norato, this is a far cry from my previous time aboard a ship! I do say, this tea and gingerbread is simply divine and I'm quite enjoying taking a turn about the Captain's quarters in my lovely taffeta gown with lace trim, gazing at the azure Atlantic sea. Ah, how relaxing!! I'm so glad I made the trip!

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  10. Oh to say I have set sail on a ship!

    But I tend to get a wee bit seasick. Think green with a touch of yellow. The only time I get on a ship is through MaryLu Tyndall's books. Been in sore need of a good sale come to think of it...

    Don't hate this land-lubber! I'll be preparing the tasty deserts for all you sea faring lovers. ;-)

    Pat, WHAT a beautiful doll--you have great talent!

    I'd LOVE to be entered, Lisa's book is absolutely lovely!

    caseym.writer(@)gmail.com

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    1. Hi Casey! Landlubbers are welcome; thank you for visiting with us this morning. I can't wait to see what tasty sweets you've prepared. I wish you fortune in the drawing!

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    2. Dearest Casey, thanks for joining us! And never fear about the seasickness.. we are the calm waters of the bay and have plenty of ginger tea on hand to calm your stomach. So, take a seat in one of the captain's leather chairs and enjoy the way the sunlight oscillates in sparkling rays over the bulwarks. Ah.. so pretty!

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    3. Well spoken, Mrs. Brenin. You have such a way with words. Pretty, indeed!

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  11. This is such a happy day for Lisa and all of us who have read her book or can't wait to do so!! I'm sorry I'm late but my ship didn't make landfall till now;) I just posted her beautiful cover and such on my blog so am all set! I'm not a good sailor so am glad the seas are calm - and ginger tea is on hand. LOL - no weevils, indeed! Heartfelt congrats, Lisa, on your new release!

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    1. Laura, I couldn't resist a visit to your lovely blog to see what you've done. Thank you, dear lady!!! You are too kind and your words warm my heart. I'm so glad you are here with us. The party wouldn't be complete without you. May every blessing attend you!

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    2. Welcome aboard, Laura! You'll get used to the rolling of the sea in no time!!

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    3. LOL, the company is so fine I do believe seasickness is the farthest thing from my mind;) You and Lisa are the best, MaryLu!!

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  12. Congrats to Lisa! How exciting! I'll have some tea as well. What an exciting cruise!

    gwen[dot]gage[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thank you, Gwen! It's a pleasure to have you join us. You'll love the tea and cakes. Welcome aboard.

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    2. Ahoy Gwen!! Come aboard and join the fun! We've got sweetcakes and tea and I do smell some delicious fare being prepared for lunch. Explore the ship and make yourself at home!

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  13. I just wanted to say Pat's doll is just beautiful!! Love the colors and that hat - and sweet face!! I envy the winner though I know I'm not supposed to!! Thanks so much, Pat, for giving of your time and talents. I feel blessed just from the photo!

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    1. Perfectly understandable, Laura. Who could not help but feel envy for the winner of federalist lass? I feel I must join you in thanking Pat for sharing her kindness and talents with us! Huzzah, Patricia! God bless you.

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    2. Hear, hear! Three cheers for the most excellent craft of Mistress Patricia!

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  14. Wish my RL was this exciting! Guess that's what my imagination is for...:) Congrats to Lisa on her brand new book-love the cover-and to the other fine authors as well. I really love colonial history, so look forward to spending more time over here. Happy Monday all!
    hammyflirt@hotmail.com

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    1. Happy Monday, Christina! So happy to see you. Thanks for joining us and your kind words of congratulations.

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    2. Welcome Christina!! Glad you could join us! Have you ever been on a ship before? Never fear, we've sent all the sailors and the captain ashore so we could have this "ladies" party. Indeed, there were many famous women sailors throughout history, so we shouldn't feel out of place. I, for one, miss my time aboard the Royal navy Frigate.. and especially when my brave Noah came to rescue me! But my goodness.. how I can go on about him. :-)

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  15. I have a copy of Lisa's book and am looking forward to reading it as time allows. It's hard to see from shore through this little spyglass, but is there a blurb or the cover image posted somewhere? I'm prone to sea sickness so I'll just wave to you ladies and spy with my glass. We can bellow back and forth. :)

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    1. Oh do come aboard, Lori! We promise not to take you out to sea!

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    2. Hail, Lori! See me waving to you from the quarterdeck? Thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book. I raise my teacup to you in salute! You are a dear, and we'll be sure to save you a hearty slice of the gingerbread. See you on shore!

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  16. Oh Dear! Oh Dear! What a morning! I fear I've been caught up in tutoring a little friend of Drew's! Thank yuo Temperance, dear heart for keeping the Quiller--how shall I say it--"afloat", until I returned home from the morning's work!
    But, I'm sure she is a worthy ship. My, that plate of gingerbread you have under the shoo-fly looks delectable! And the peppermint tea sounds good, too. May I pour another cup for anyone?

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    1. Please, I am enjoying our tea time together.

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  17. Lori--
    I am good at bellowing! (Little Drew and Lorena can attest to that!) It was a delight to read your story, Lisa! And I must offer a greeting to the Misses MaryLu, Laura and Roseanna! So nice to see you aboard. Your dresses are lovely by the way, and perfect for the spring weather that we seem to be blessed with early on.

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  18. Oh--it is Alice Mattimore and Marianne Brenin--welcome ladies! I am Mrs. Culliford. May I encourage you to taste the lovely lemon cake?
    Mrs. Norato--Have you ever been out to sea on a ship before? I cannot say I ever have; but I've occasionally taken a day cruise on one of our nearby lakes with friends, on what might be deemed a "boat". Again, I enjoyed your book and its attention to the father and son relationship.

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    1. Yes, Indeed, Mrs. Culliford, I would dearly love some lemon cake! I must say it won't take long for me to get my sea legs.. I spent months at sea during that dreaded War of 1812. Quite terrifying at first, but God sent my hero Noah Brenin to rescue me. We have only been married now for a few months. He sends his greetings to all you lovely ladies.

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    2. Bless you, Mrs. Culliford! I will have some lemon cake, thank you. My compliments to you again for your amazing needlework! I'm so pleased you enjoyed the book; thank you for reading it. I have been aboard anchored, square-rigged ships in Newport, RI and in Mystic, CT, but have never sailed out to sea, so this party is just my cup of tea, lol.

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    3. Oh, lemon cake! One of my favorites. Pass a slice of that this direction, if you would, dear Pat.

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    4. I had a perfectly scrupmtious lemon cake last week. I am sure that this one will be just as good.

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  19. I am typing this for Carla Gade, whose arm is still broken.

    Her character Constance, in "Carving a Future" has sailed on the open sea (reluctantly!) but is glad to be here to visit with all of us on board the Quiller. I am looking forward to reading Prize of My Heart and congratulations to Lisa! Your dolls are adorable, Pat!

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    1. Thank you, Carla, for your kind message! My prayers and best wishes go with you for a speedy healing. Congratulations to you also, on your new release. I wish you much success, and happily welcome Miss Constance on board to tea with us!

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    2. Welcome Constance! Sorry about your arm!! Will be praying.. .do come aboard. The seas are calm and there should be no injuries aboard today. Although, have you seen how quickly those topmen can scramble to the tops of the masts! My goodness.. it is astounding they all don't fall down.

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  20. Welcome aboard, Constance! (and Carla--know that I am praying for your quick recovery) Thank you Carla, Lisa and everyone, for your lovely comments about the Federal Lass.
    I love it, Carrie--That's the title from now on for any more made in that style!

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  21. Fun fun stuff! I missed the earlier giveaway for Prize of my Heart so please enter me for this one. :-) I love books set in the 1800s and I'm so excited to read this, I'm sure it's a FANTASTIC debut. :-) Way to go Lisa!

    XOXO~ Renee C.
    steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com
    P.S. I'm hosting an interview with Lisa this Wednesday on my blog if anyone wants to stop by. It's my 3 year blogiversary. :-)
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    1. Hi Renee!!! So nice to see you aboard the Quiller! Have a seat and stay awhile. We have plenty of delicious refreshments for you to enjoy. I started Lisa's book last night and am already highly intrigued!! Looks to be a great adventure!

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  22. Hi Renee! Great to see you here. Thanks for stopping by for our tea and good luck with the giveaway. I can't wait to party with you on Wednesday! Blessings,

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  23. Oh my, Lemon Cake, please pass a slice to me. Love lemon sweets. A cup of tea would be delightful, green with sugar, just a spoonfull.
    The only sailing I have done was on cruise ships which I loved. I do love water and my dream has been to live on the ocean and walk the beach and listen to the tide roll in and waves breaking. It is so peaceful and relaxing to listen to the sounds of water moving.
    Love your doll Pat and really loved your book Roseanna.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Ah Welcome aboard, Miss Kallie! We are thrilled to have you with us! You sound like a lady after my own heart.. so please make yourself comfortable and enjoy the sound of the sea lapping against the hull. It's so relaxing!

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    2. I share a similar dream, Miss Kallie. Thank you for joining us and welcome.

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  24. Oh, Mrs. Brenin--I do recall you telling me about your dreadful time aboard that enemy ship, and your wonderful Noah who came to your rescue!
    I daresay with the delicious teas and cakes here aboard the Quiller, and Mrs. Norato's hospitality we shall make a lovely day of it. And it's so good to see Laura! (thank you for your kind remarks about my my little venture into doll-making; and welcome Renee. We have plenty of those delicious teas brewing, so please make yourself at home.
    I have already gotten used to the gentle sway. I must say, if we are to have a book launch--what better place than aboard a merchant ship!
    And with handsome captains aboard--though they do spend their time on deck or in the captain's cabin discussing their adventures on the high seas!

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    1. Yes, I daresay, my dear Noah has now come aboard to assist the captain.. something about a damaged binnacle or something like that. Perhaps you'll get to meet him later. At least we have some protection should there be any pirates in these waters!

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  25. Congratulations, Lisa!

    And my, what a to-die-for cover you have. That pink dress is making me envious. Time to break out the spring clothes (even if nothing I own is so elegant).

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  26. Thank you very kindly, CJ and welcome aboard! I'm feeling a touch of spring fever myself. Maybe we should open a window let in a nice ocean breeze.

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  27. I found my way aboard from Laura's blog. It was that first sentence that had be hooked. It's just wonderful. I can't wait to read the whole story. Congratulations Lisa.
    I actually live on a boat and love all stories about the sea. I'm sure this one will be a pleasure to read :)

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    1. Welcome aboard, Hannah! You live on a boat? Do tell. I'm intrigued.

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    2. Thank you, Hannah! You speak so kindly of my work and it warms my heart. Welcome aboard and sit with us, for it sounds like we could learn much from you about life on a boat.

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    3. Thanks for the great welcome. My family and I bring aid (medical supplies, clothes, bibles, shoes.) to the islands in the Caribbean with our 47 foot sailboat. I love every moment of it. It's a great life.

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    4. You are our WINNER Hannah! What an awesome ministry!!! I just checked out your pretty blog, too, and am now a follower. You are the winner of a MARYLU TYNDALL book and since most of hers are set at sea, this should be familiar territory indeed for you. Congrats!!!

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  28. Good evening everyone; welcome C.J. & Miss Kallie! We certainly have taken this party into the evening hours! Enjoy!

    And for the moment, let me step out of character...

    Another word on that cover Lisa--I had a new student (for real) sign up for tutoring and I sat with her for the first time last Friday (for language arts/english)once a week. For some reason she looked familiar, though I'd never met the young lady before....
    Until I got home and spotted the cover of your book again! She could be a twin to the model who represented Lorena on Prize of My Heart. Can't wait to show Joelle!

    For as long as I've been in Duxboro Mistress Marianne, I've not heard of a binnacle. Of course, I'm never aboard ships...is it anything like a barnacle...or carbuncle, perchance? :)

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    1. Ah.. sorry.. A binnacle is a wooden stand that houses the ship's compass. I forgot we had landlubbers aboard. :-)

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    2. Oh, that's great story, Pat! Are we going to get to see a picture of Joelle sometime? She's a lucky girl to have you for a tutor.

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  29. Welcome Hannah! That's so interesting--If you have the opportunity, tell us something about your living arrangements; (a houseboat?)and how you happened to choose to live on the water.

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  30. They all look like wonderful books!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  31. Oh can't wait to read Lisa's new book! =)

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  32. Oh my what a grand ship this Quiller is, and I like the looks of the table hung from the ceiling swaying as the ship rolls along. I have never been on a ship, there was a "Duck tour" in Galveston one year where the boat had wheels as it went along the streets and then up they went as we glided into the Gulf waters for a brief run on the waters. Breezes from that tour of water and land were so nice.
    I want to read MaryLu's book, pick me...
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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    1. Marissa, Mandy and Paula, welcome! Thank you so much for joining us, and I wish you good fortune with the drawings.

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  33. Temperance here - finally have gotten the cabin boy, Clark Jeffrey, into his bunk. The poor little chap was sick the past several days and when I went to check on him he brought out all the latent motherly instincts in me. He had his appetite back and convinced me not only to serve him lunch but dinner as well and to entertain him with stories about life on shore. Clark did tell some wonderful sea tales in return.

    I have brought in a platter of lemon squares, chocolate ganache cake slices, raspberry tarts and a pitcher of cool sweet tea.

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  34. Good evening Temperance!
    So very glad to hear Clark is doing better. It is so hard on children to get through illness that lasts awhile. Give him a hug for me.

    And what a delightful selection you have brought! Hmm-m, I believe I shall have a raspberry tart. I have had hot tea these nights through the winter...but it just may be getting warm enough now to enjoy some cold tea. Thank you!

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    1. 70 degrees on this lovely sunny day out to sea. You must be exhausted after this long day. Come take a rest and let the ocean waves lull you to sleep. I fear the children will wake you early in the morning if Drew demands his lessons!

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  35. Greetings Marissa, Mandy and Paula! What a pleasure to have you on board! Do stay awhile and enjoy the lulling motion of the sea. I guarantee it will relax you. Besides, it looks like Temperance has just arrived with all the goodies! I would love some sweet tea and a slice of that chocolate ganache cake! Though I doubt both will do good for my figure. :-(

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    1. You will find that the tea as well as the cake "virtually" add no calories to your diet! I fear the little cabin boy has exhausted me. I may be following him off to bed shortly!

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    2. Ah. sleep tight dear Temperance!

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  36. Mistress MaryLu--

    I must say, I have to agree with you about living on or near the ocean. I would imagine it is one of the best things to be on the sea and rocked to sleep in a hammock, with an endless, starry sky overhead.
    Or the peaceful sounds of ocean waves lapping against the shore and seagulls calling in the distance. It seems a fine alternative to medicines. God's creation is so awesome!

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    1. Amen! I quite agree.. that's why I have a CD with the sounds of the ocean playing while I'm writing or sometimes while I'm resting. Ah.. if only I could live right on the beach. .or better yet.. sailing across the seas! Well, perhaps in the millennium! Join me anyone?

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  37. I always want a book if there is a castle on the cover, and now I'm thinking I might have a weakeness for boats or brigs or however the sailors will correct me for insulting their mode of transportation.

    My father in law sails, has several sailing boats, but I've yet to be on one, hope to this summer though!

    rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

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    1. 'Tis a lovely experience. You simply must try and go sailing sometime.

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    2. I agree on both counts, Melissa. I am drawn to books with castles or ships! (never say boats to an 18th century sailor, by the way!) A brig or a tall ship will do! I hope you get to experience the thrill of sail soon on your FIL's boat. :-)

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    3. I know what you mean, Melissa. I too am attracted to ships on the cover of books and also horses. I've loved horse stories since I was a child. Thank you for joining us!

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  38. I'm taking our dear Temperance's advice and turning in. I believe we will have another lovely day tomorrow. Sleep well Ladies...God bless you; and much success with Prize of My Heart, Lisa.

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  39. It looks like I'm a little late to the party, but I just read Laura's post on her blog, and here I am! Congratulations on your debut novel, Lisa! The cover is beautiful, and I have no doubt that the story inside is just as lovely. : )

    If the contests are still open, I'd love to be entered.

    Michelle
    scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

    P.S. I have been out at sea once when I was sixteen. My parents took our family on a Carnival cruise to Mexico. Would love to go again someday with my hubby. : )

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    1. Michelle, thank you for your kind words of congratulations! I hope you do get to take that cruise with your husband someday; it sounds very romantic, and we here love to combine travels at sea with romance!

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  40. My apologies for being so late, it's a LONG sail from Australia :)
    Congratulations Lisa on your debut! I read the blurb and it sounds so intriguing - I haven't heard of anything quite like it before. I've added it to my to-read list :)

    I have sailed on Sydney harbour many times - it's glorious, truly. Night or day. You all need to come here and do it!

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  41. Good morning, ladies! I trust you all had a fitful rest last night with all the refreshing sea air we breathed yesterday. Shall we start the day with a cup of tea?

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    1. Might I sit down and join you in a cup? I'd love to hear more about your story!

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  42. Carrie, I hope Clark Jeffrey is feeling much improved this morning and you got your proper rest, being such a doting mother.

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  43. Sounds like a great party! I have honestly never been sailing on the high seas, nor have I seen the ocean. Though I can always go there through the pages of a book!

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

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    1. Well, Faye, I have had some good experiences and some not so good experiences out to sea. When my daughter was two years old, twenty years ago, I went out to Washington state to visit with a friend. We wanted to go over to Victoria, Vancouver in Canada. We ended up out in the worst storm in 50 years on a boat. I was never so sick in my life but the worst of it was that I was certain we were going to die. The boat kept heaving up out of the water (it was a passenger boat, oh I DK how big but big) and then SLAMMING down on the water over and over and over again. And all I could pray was that I would get back to my little girl and my husband. When I was in my first year of college, at Lake Superior State, the Edmund Fitzgerald, an ore boat, huge boat, was out in a gale and it sank. This was the next bay, Brimley, from Sault Ste. Marie where the ore boats go through the locks. It was devastating. I kept imagining when I was on that boat between Washington and Canada that we were going to break up and sink like that, too. Praise God we didn't. Well, that was TMI, but cathartic for me, lol - have a great day!

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  44. No tea for me. I was so sea sick that I was put in the infirmary. I missed the whole trip. ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  46. The only "sailing" I've done is on a cruise ship to the Caribbean! The open sea was such a cool experience. Blue blue blue as far as the eye could see. We even saw dolphins peeking out of the water. :)
    I only experienced sea sickness the first night and after that it was smooth sailing.

    Beth
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  47. Hi Everyone--

    Wow Carrie-- I didn't know there had been an actual Edmund Fitzgerald--and that it was an ore boat. Thought it was a Lake Superior folk tale. I loved the song; but always got chills when I heard it!

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  48. Lisa, so sorry I missed your debut party. I was battling the stormy seas of life, but have reached a safe harbor and enjoying the calmer waters. Hubby bought me a Kindle Fire yesterday and I'm trying to learn how to use it. Yours will be the first book I read on it! Wishing you much success.

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    1. Thank you, Susan! I'm glad the seas are a little calmer for you, bless you. Enjoy your Kindle Fire. Wow, nice gift, but well-deserved. I hope it brings you many hours of peaceful enjoyment!

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  49. Congratulations Lisa! Hey Roseanna and Marylu. Great to see you two here. Hey Carrie. thought I'd drop by. I have sailed out in the middle of the ocean a few times. 3 to be exact. Once on a cruise ship. and twice on a Navy carrier. The first time was just a one day trip, but the second time was 3 days on a tiger cruise for family of Navy men. Hubby my two youngest boys and I went and spent 3 days on my oldest son's ship with him. The USS Bataan. So much fun! We got to shoot one of those big guns that are fixed to the ship. Hubby teases me that go my nickname machine gun Debbielynne that day. But that is another story...but in my defense, I don't read hand language real well. heehee

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  50. have not sailed on the open seas, but have been aboard a gorgeous tall ship!
    wonderful new release party and great new reads for us!
    well done authors :)

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    1. Went out on a tall ship a few years back and was shocked at how slow it sailed in the river. So glad you could come by!!!

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  51. I've always had a deep love for the Federalist era. As for the open sea, no, I've never sailed on it. It's been a fear that I would be the one that an iceberg finds, even in the Caribbean, or sharks!

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    1. DAPHNE, We live near the Atlantic, Chesapeake Bay, and York River and of the three I'd take the river!

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  52. Alas, I have never sailed upon the sea. My father was in the Navy so he did, and my son was in the Scouts and went on a High Adventure trip on a sailing vessel so it is in the family. I have a collection of ship plates depicting the China tea trade vessels. I love gingerbread and tea made from ginger root and honey! Thanks for sharing your debut in this beautiful way. Blessings, Janice jsmithg(aat)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I love those blue ship plates showing Chinese boats. JANICE, you will love this book by Lisa!!!

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  53. I've never been to any ocean, thus no sailing out to sea. I always wonder if I'd be one to get seasick if I did.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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    1. LOL, Linda, I never knew what sea sickness was until I was out in a typhoon on a commercial transportation pontoon boat. Those poor colonists coming across the oceans, yikes!

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  54. Many years ago my husband and I sailed on a small 2 person sailboat, a catamaran and a 40 foot sailboat in the Pacific Ocean around Hawaii. Beautiful days!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  55. Our first WINNER was Hannah Miller, who will receive a copy of one of MaryLu Tyndall's wonderful books. Congratulations!

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    1. Oh WOW!!! Thanks SO much ladies. I can't wait!!

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  56. CHRISTINA B - You WINNER you - Random.org selected you for Roseanna's new release! CONGRATS!

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  57. FAYE - Our faithful follower and WINNER you - Random.org selected you for LISA's new release! CONGRATS!

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  58. CJ CHASE!!! With those two strapping boys at your house you might be surprised that you were selected by random.org as the winner for Pat Iacuzzi's Federalist lass doll!!! This is even more awesome because your fall release was set during Regency. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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  59. I have never sailed on the open seas.
    I would love to win any and all of the books mentioned. I loved the doll.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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