Monday, May 7, 2012

One Year Anniversary of Colonial Quills Blog


   

We are excited to have you join us for Colonial Quills' first anniversary celebration! We have been blessed with a great team of contributors who delight us with all sorts of information about colonial history. Our founder, Carrie Fancet Pagels, does a fantastic job of managing the blog and highlighting Colonial American Christian novels. She is also the founder of Colonial American Christian Writers Yahoo group which is associated with and inspired this blog. Carrie, you do a great job and we love you!
(CFP: I did not write that. Since I am the one showing as having posted this I thought I should mention that LOL! Thank you, Carla!)

May we offer you a cup of chocolate?
Image from History.org

What CQ Contributors' have been blessed with, in their writing careers, this past year:

In March of 2012, Lori Benton signed a two-book contract with Waterbrook/Multnomah, for two 18th century historicals. The first, to be released in summer 2013, is set in upstate New York, 1784. The second, release date 2014, is set in western North Carolina, 1787.  The New York book will be her debut novel.

Carla Olson Gade received her second colonial American book contract, this one from Abingdon Fiction for their Quilts of Love series.  Pattern for Romance is set in Boston, Massachusetts in 1769 and releases in June 2013. Her  novella, Carving a Future, in the Colonial Courtships anthology along with CACW friend Laurie Alice Eakes, will be out in October 2012.  Carla's debut novel, The Shadow Catcher's Daughter, Heartsong Presents/Harlequin, launched in February.

A rendezvous at Colonial Williamsburg with "Quillers"
Carrie (founder), Carla (webmaster), and Carla's Mom.

In February 2012, Rita Gerlach's first book in her 'Daughters of the Potomac' trilogy was released. USA Today Books gave Before the Scarlet Dawn a rave review. Opening in the Hope Valley of Derbyshire, England, and transitioning to colonial Maryland at the start of the American Revolution, Before the Scarlet Dawn is a historical drama that shows the hardships women faced in the 18th century wilderness. In October 2012, the second book and sequel, Beside Two Rivers, a story of redemption and forgiveness, will be released. The last book in the trilogy, Beyond the Valley, will wrap up the series in February 2013.


In August 2011, MaryLu Tyndall's final installment of her War of 1812 Destiny series was released. Set in Baltimore, Surrender the Dawn is a romantic adventure surrounding the battle for Fort McHenry. In July of 2012, her 11th published novel, Veil of Pearls, a story of forbidden love set in Charleston, SC in 1811, will make its debut!


Roseanna M. White celebrated the release of her first colonial, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland,in December 2011, which debuted to a 4 1/2 star Top Pick review from RT. She also signed a three-book contract with Harvest House for the Culper Ring Series, which will begin with Ring of Secrets, set during the Revolution, in January 2013.

On Thanksgiving Day 2011, Elaine Marie Cooper signed her contract with Sword of the Spirit Publishing for her third book in the Deer Run Saga, The Legacy of Deer Run. It will be released this month. Her second book in the series, The Promise of Deer Run, won first place in Romance at the 2012 Los Angeles Book Festival, and is a Finalist in Religious Fiction category in Forward Reviews' Book of the Year Contest.

Meeting up with the "Quillers" with Janet, Gina, Roseanna,
Rachel, Laura, and Carrie (behind the camera)
Susan F. Craft's Revolutionary War romantic suspense, The Chamomile, released in November 2011, won the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Fall 2011 Okra Pick, best novels of the season.


Last September, Lynn Squire's Joab's Fire released. A short novel set in 1906 Canada in the region now known as Alberta. Then in November for her church's Home Mission Conference, A Week of Faith More Precious than Gold was released. This is a collection of seven short stories with accompanying devotionals focusing on the need to stand fast in our faith.

Carrie Fancett Pagels has submitted two three-book proposals to CBA publishers. The current one has made it past the assistant editor at one large publishing house and prayers are appreciated for God's favor wherever this manuscript is supposed to be published. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to continue to moderate the CACW group and manage Colonial Quills and Overcoming Through Time - With God's Help.

Laura Frantz is writing a new four novel series for Revell Books. The Ballantyne Legacy, a sweeping family legacy set in Pennsylvania spanning from Colonial times through the Civil War. A Love's Reckoning will release in September 2012

"Quillers" Laura and Carrie at ACFW

Janet Grunst, Writer – Janet now serves as the co-hostess of the Yorktown Christian Fiction Writers, the northern branch of the Tidewater Christian Fiction Writers group. She attended her first ACFW conference this year, polished a full MS, and has made great progress on her current WIP. She has sought representation and her proposal sits with an agent this very minute. Prayers welcomed!

Pat Iacuzzi, Writer – Has had a breakthrough with her story, The Bondage Keeper (working title), and is now in the revision and editing stage. Pat is an active blogger at American Historical Christian Fiction and as with many other writers who are otherwise employed, she expects her work in progress to take her through the end of the year.

"Quillers" Janet and Carrie
In October 2011, Jennifer Hudson Taylor's medieval tale Highland Sanctuary released from Abingdon Press. She also received a contract from Abingdon for Path of Freedom: Quilts of Love Series #3 (2013). In February her colonial novella was published in Highland Crossings.  Another novella released in April, The Quakers of New Garden. Stay tuned for her first colonial novel coming in September 2013, The Forbidden Conquest, the book one in the MacGregor Quest.

This spring, J. M. Hochstetler released books 1 and 2 of her acclaimed American Patriot Series, Daughter of Liberty and Native Son, in a newly revised Heritage Edition featuring the paintings of acclaimed historical artist Don Troiani.

Rebecca DeMarino is our NEWEST CACW member and will be a contributor to CQ, also.  Rebecca just signed a three book contract for a colonial series with Revell. Welcome, Rebecca!

Please continue to visit the blog to see what our many Colonial American Fiction friends also have in the works.

From an 18th century handkerchief, at CW.

MaryLu Tyndall's Veil of Pearls releases in July. Two of our visitors, one today and one tomorrow, will have a paperback copy pre-ordered for them!

Order Veil of Pearls from Amazon, CBD, Barnes&Noble
MaryLu's Website:  http://www.marylutyndall.com/

Laura Frantz's The Colonel's Lady will go home with three guests this week!

Carla Olson Gade's Colonial Courtships, her October release, will be given away to two winners! This book can be pre-ordered from Barnes&Noble, Amazon, and CBD
Gina Welborn from CAFWs is giving away a copy of  Highland Crossings that features her debut novella, "Sugarplum Hearts", which also includes novellas from CACW members Pamela Griffin and Jennifer Hudson Taylor.

Elaine Cooper has graciously offered to give away a copy of The Promise of Deer Run to one of our winners as well!


J. M. Hochstetler will give away a set of the first 3 books of The American Patriot Series, Daughter of Liberty, Native Son, and Wind of the Spirit, this week. They are all available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and CBD in either print or ebook. Book 4, Crucible of War, which releases in September, can also be preordered!

Susan Craft is offering a copy of her novel The Chamomile as a prize for one blessed winner!

A copy of Surrender the Dawn,  signed by MaryLu Tyndall will be given away this week!  This is one of the ACFW Book Club picks for the month.  Carrie is the facilitator for that discussion which begins May 20th.

Rita Gerlach will give away one signed copy of Surrender the Wind, a historical romance and ACFW Book Club pick for a month, and one signed copy of book 1 Before the Scarlet Dawn in her Daughters of the Potomac Series (historical drama) to two special winners!  Included with the books will be keepsake bookmarks.


Thank you for visiting Colonial Quills
and make this a fantastic first year!

HUZZAH!

224 comments:

  1. A big huzzah to the CQ! I'm so blessed to be part of this amazing group. Now if someone would kindly pass me a cup of that delicious-looking chocolate . . . thank you. And now (lifting it in the air in lieu of champagne) here's to the Colonial Quill! May we have many, many more years as full of fun and history as we had this one past!!

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    1. And we are all so thankful that you are here as a part of this!! Afterall, if it had not been for you, I would have never have discovered this blog!

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    2. Here! Here! Thanks for the chocolate toast, Roseanna!

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  2. I could taste the chocolate we drank at Williamsburg in March. Thank you Carrie!

    May God bless you all and thank you Carrie and Carla for starting this blog. Pat and I are discussing some day trips to visit reenactments of the War of 1812 this summer so we hope to contribute with updates 'from the front line'.

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    1. Sounds fantastic, Deb! Be ye careful on the front line.

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  3. CONGRATS QUILLERS! This has been quite an exciting year! Can't wait to see what this next year will be like. :)

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  4. Some CW hot chocolate coming right up, Ro! And lucky for me, no milk in their colonial recipe!We are blessed to count you as part of the crew! I am raising my cup of coffee back in agreement with you toast and blessing and add - and even more!

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    1. Yes, thank you so much!! It is grealty appreciated! I love the insights I receive about the time period from this blog. Thanks!

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    2. Thank you, 4readin, we are so glad you enjoy CQ!

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  5. DEBRA, does that mean you are ready to come on board? We love having you in CACW and would love to see you on the CQ staff, too! Sounds like you and Pat will have a blast! Hot chocolate oatmeal with walnuts to go with your hot cocoa?

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  6. I lift my cup also to the group who have came through this last year with flying colors and look forward to the next year with anticipation of what they will come up with next....congrats
    The cake is lovely and so nice to see many of the authors I like to read in this post, Is that George sitting with the big smile at the end of the post with his lovely ladies.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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    1. Yes, he seemed quite happy to pose with two colonial loving ladies, Paula! Thanks for your kind comments! A slice of cake in lieu of breakfast?

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  7. Hot chocolate oatmeal??? Serious? WOWzers. What a wonderful bunch of ladies here. I REALLY need to come over here more often than just when Roseanna reminds me. ;) Guess I have one more blog to add to my list. And PLEASE enter me for ANYTHING on this list! joanne(at)joannesher(dot)com

    And happy first anniversary!

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    1. Yes, you do! Have enjoyed your FaithWriters posts, Joanne! Coffee with your oatmeal?

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    2. Welcome, Joanne! We hope to see you again!

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  8. Congratulations! Carrie and Carla, thank you for making this possible. Your hard work has pulled us all together and made it happen.

    I am thrilled to be a part of this prestigious group of writers, and truly grateful for the opportunity. You all are such a blessing.

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    1. We are so blessed by you and especially the wonderful devotions and all your great horsey advice, Lynn! And I love your posts "in character" when you put those up!!!

      Lord, we pray that you annoint and bless Lynn's work in the year ahead, Amen!

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  9. Happy anniversary CQ!! It's been a true blessing being a part of CQ and getting to know other writers and taking part in that wonderful research loop:) Love all that history floating round our heads and hearts!! Prayers with each one here today. So thankful for you all!!

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    1. Thanks for helping found this group, Laura. There would have been no group without you! I should put that up there in the post!

      May God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless you abundantly in the coming year! Amen!

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    2. Carrie, Bless you for even saying so - I forget about our founding days - lol! Actually, you and Carla are the ones who have made it all happen, not me. When I think of all the work you 2 have done, I quail!! Love your blessing. I pray the same for you and others here...

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    3. Thank you, Laura! As always, you are so gracious. We do appreciate your involvement. It wouldn't be the same without you!

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    4. Bless you, Carla. You always lift me up:)

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    5. Given that you all do the posts, um, no, Carla and I are not the ones making it all happen - the Quillers who contribute do! But thanks for saying so, lol! Here, have some cake!

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  10. I do enjoy this blog so much. I like the content but I love the contributors more. I am so glad The Lord saw fit to bring together authors who love to write historical fiction but more importantly, fellow sisters in Christ! What a great encouragement to each other you must be. I encourage you as your reader to keep it up! I love travelling back in time with you to places I would have like to have been. Thank you for making my world richer! Blessings to you all!!

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    1. Stacie, you are so right! An amazing blessing! Thank you and bless you right back!!!

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    2. Thank you so much Stacie. It's for readers like you the writers here do what they do and it's a blessing that you took the time to encourage us.

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  11. Ya'll have been busy-busy! I feel like such a slug in comparison. :) Congrats on the first year!

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    1. Thanks, Pegg, and we have enjoyed your guest posts!!! May God bless you and keep you and lead you to write a colonial fiction and join us, Amen! Are you laughing? Okay, if it is Your will and Pegg cooperates, Amen!

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    2. LOL! That's why we love Carrie!

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  12. Happy Anniversary to Colonial Quills! Congratulations on reaching this milestone, and may this be just the beginning of many more years of blessing us readers and writers and keeping the spirit of Colonial America alive! Best wishes for continued success to all the contributing bloggers - congratulations and keep up the good work! CQ has been a blessing to me, and I wish you all creativity and propertity in your second and future years!

    Lori, I never got a chance to formally congratulate you on your contract and first sale. I knew something was in the works, but this is the first I've heard of your sale. HUZZAH!

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    1. Thanks Lisa. God has blessed me in opening some doors this past year. It only took twenty years of writing and knocking for that to happen, so if anyone is waiting, knocking, praying about similar doors opening... don't give up. If it's part of God's plan, it will happen.

      And by the by, I started reading Prize of My Heart yesterday. Oh my, what a marvelous introduction of a hero, Lisa. My eyes nearly popped. :) Great conflict built into this story situation.

      That's Prize of My Heart by Lisa Norato, folks, published by Bethany House. Set just after the War of 1812.

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    2. We are SO happy to have you among our CACW members, LISA!!! See MaryLu's comments and maybe you'll be inspired to come on with staff of CQ ;)

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  13. Wow! What an impressive group. And all led by the extraordinary Carrie Pagels!!! Congratulations on all the wonderful things that have happened over this year. Looking forward to seeing more of God's blessings for you over the next.

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    1. I am a ligament here, too, I think, CONNIE rather than a brain directing the body, lol! Thanks for coming by and your blessings! LORD, touch Connie's work and give her favor. AMEN!

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  14. CONGRATS Colonial Quillers! Can't wait to see what's in store for you all in this coming year.
    The best is yet to come! :)

    CARRIE this is Teresa.

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  15. WHOO-HOO, LADIES, on your one-year blogaversary!!! This (and Carrie's Overcoming Through Time blog) are two of my faves because I simply LOVE all the ladies involved AND their books. To have so many of my favorite people and authors on one blog is just flat-out fun and exciting, so you go, girls.

    I ask for God's blessings and anointing on each of your careers and supernatural productivity and peace -- two things every writer needs in abundance.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Thank you Julie! Yes, yes, productivity and peace. I'm learning to pray that for my writer friends whenever I ask it for myself.

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    2. Thank you, thank you, thank you, JULIE!!! I love having all these wonderful writers in one place, too! Thanks so much for your blessings! Keep praying! LORD, we thank you for our sister, JULIE, and we ask you to pour out your blessings over her family and her work. Amen!

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    3. Yes, thank you so much! We really appreciate all that goes on here!

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    4. Thank you, Julie! And you are a blessing and inspiration to us.

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    5. Julie, *HUGS*!!! Miss you and hope we can connect soon - you're fun online but you're even better in person - lol!

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  16. Good morning fine ladies! I just got up here in California and would love a cup of that delicious chocolate! Last year when Carrie invited me to join this group, I hesitated because I already had so much going on in addition to writing, but I'm SO GLAD I joined! I've loved every minute I've been able to spare hanging out with you dear ladies! You are all so precious! Thank you, Carrie for all your hard work! And I pray the Lord blesses this group mightily! And supplies contracts for those who are seeking, that we may further bring glory to his name!

    Now, for that chocolate? :-)

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    1. Here's a mug and for lunch we have a tasty chicken vegetable rice soup. You might prefer tea with that, I am thinking! And a side of Sally Lunn with fresh butter. Yum!

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    2. Thank you, Carrie. It all sounds so delicious! What a lovely party! I'm so glad to see so many of our friends attending.

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  17. Happy Anniversary!!! This is such a cool blog! God bless you!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  18. I just love all the history I learn when I read the posts here and at OTT! And the books! Mustn't forget those!!! But, I must say that oatmeal sounds enticing, Carrie :)

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    1. ANNE, you are one of my favorite visitors both here and on OTT-WGH!!! Thanks so much for celebrating with us and come back again! How about soup, a ham biscuit, iced tea, and Sally Lunn bread with butter?

      LORD, bless your servant Anne. Bring about powerful changes in her life that will bless her. In Jesus's precious name, Amen!

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  19. HaPpY AnNiVeRsArY! :)
    Hot Chocolate? mmmmmm
    Wendy
    wdesirees[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. LOL, WENDY! LORD, bless Wendy today and always. Amen.

      Chocolate virtually served all week!

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    2. Wendy, you have won a copy of Colonial Courtships by Carla Olson Gade.

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    3. Thank you! I am excited and am looking forward to reading Colonial Courtships. :)
      Ohhhhhh this ChOcOlAtE is delicious! :)
      Many blessing to you and yours.

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  20. Happy anniversary! Such a wonderful group of authors who are writing things that are good for the soul and mind! Thanks to all!!!

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  21. Even though I'm not a contributor here, I have always been received with open arms (whenever I do a guest review), from all of you fabulous quillers. So I feel quite at home here now (I even have my own rocker with a goose down filled cushion provided by CARRIE);), but always ask myself, "What am I doing here amongst all of these talented ladies?"

    Congrats on your one year anniversary, and on all of the contracts and successes! To God be the glory! Did I hear someone say chocolate?

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    1. DIANA, thank you! We LOVE having you guest post on the blog! You are such a blessing and I would bring out an extra down cushion if you need one, lol!

      Chocolate or tea or coffee with your soup for lunch? And I have ham biscuits now, too.

      LORD, bless Diana in every way. Heal her dizzy spells. Bring about Your will in her life. Amen!

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    2. We are so glad you feel at home with us...consider yourself an honorary member!

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    3. Thank you, CARRIE and CARLA, for the prayers, the hospitality, the chocolate, and since it is so hot today, I'll pass on the soup, but the ham biscuit would sure hit the spot! You are both such a blessing to me, and I thank God for you!

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    4. Love you, Diana! Not a contributor? You contribute more than you realize. Quills wouldn't be the same without you. :-)

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  22. What an awesome and productive year for this group. Congratulations to you all! We have a lot to look forward to with Colonial and Federal period fiction. God is good.

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    1. We do, and it is so glad to have you with us on the journey, Lori! God is good, indeed!

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  23. Congrats for having such a wonderful and informative blog/website.
    Happy anniversary! Its such a blessing to read historical books from such a talented group of ladies.

    arieljo12(at)hotmail(dot)com

    -Janella

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    1. Thanks JANELLA! Have a blessed year ahead, too!!!

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  24. I just have to say that it has truly been an honor to be a part of CACW and CQ! It's been a great experience that has enriched my life. The CACW members and "Quillers" are such a special group. Godly, intelligent, creative, and great writers, of course!

    A special thanks to previous contributors as well: Rachel Wilder, Louise M. Gouge, Laurie Alice Eakes, Gina Welborn, and our guest contributors and reviewers.

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  25. What a wonderful turnout to celebrate this special day. It is a privilege and blessing to be part of this talented group.

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    1. We are blessed to have you with us, JANET! May the Lord lift you up and propel you in the direction of your heart as guided by Him. Amen

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  26. Happy anniversary! I love reading your posts, interviews and reviews Carrie and have even won a book here. Looking forward to reading more on your blog. I read Laura Frantz's The Colonel's Lady and loved the story. I love historical romance with a little suspense for spice.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Miss Kallie. Thanks for stopping by to comment and so glad you like the many posts here at CQ. I've been studying the 18th century for years and yet there's so much more to learn. These ladies teach me something new every week. Hope you come back for more in the coming months!

      And aren't Laura's stories wonderful? I love her writing!

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  27. Happy Anniversary to Colonial Quills!! It's just so pretty here! I found out about this blog through dear Laura Frantz and I see other familiar faces here too :-) Congratulations on all those blessings this past year brought you ladies! God is so very good. May He continue to bless you and the works of your hands.

    Will have to check out your books as some are just jumping out at me here! And thank you for the giveaway chances! Would love to read MaryLu Tyndall's Veil of Pearls :)

    Blessings,
    Amanda
    mrose608{at}gmail{dot}com

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    1. AMANDA, I met LAURA through ACFW a few years back when I was searching out comparable works of fictions that were being published. I thank God for putting us together. There would be no CQ without that connection.

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    2. Wow, that is so cool! Laura is the best and God has a way of bringing like people together :-)

      And I forgot to say please don't enter my name for her giveaway TCL, as I already have 2 copies - both from her, the first a gift and the second I won on her blog :-)

      Blessings,
      Amanda
      mrose608{at}gmail{dot}com

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    3. Amanda, You always bless when you show up:) Thanks so much for being here and taking part in our celebration. That makes it especially lovely reading your comments!

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  28. Happy Anniversary......great blog and great writers! I'd like to be in for any of the books.....esp. MLT newest since it is set in Charleston and dd lives there!
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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    1. JACKIE, I LOVED reading this new book that will be out in a couple of months. Veil of Pearls will launch MaryLu to another level I think!

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    2. Oh my goodness, Carrie, you're making me blush. Thank you! It's such a joy to see so many comments here and so many wonderful people! And how kind of you to bless everyone in the Lord's name. Blessings were such a huge part of the Old Testament and we need to remember to do that to each other more often. :-)

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  29. Happy Anniversary Colonial Quills!

    I love all the writers on here. I read Laura Frantz's book, Colonial Lady, and I absolutely loved it! I am anxious to read Veil of Pearls.

    My daughter and I visited Williamsburg in 2008. My daughter also loves the American Revolution era, she has done three reenactments with more in the future. For me, I love historical fiction!

    Ladies, congratulations on all your accomplishments. May the Lord continue to bless you.

    Blessings,
    Regina
    fujitanis3@gmail.com

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    2. REGINA, you mentioned Veil of Pearls...are you ever in for a treat! Oh, my! And treat yourself to Laura Frantz's other two books as well! Awesome!

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    3. REGINA, thanks for your kind comments. We have had difficulties with some folks posting comments today. Sorry! We have amazing authors in the group, most of whom contribute to the blog. Yes, you will LOVE VoP - MaryLu's best book yet! LORD, bless Regina and her family, bring her peace in difficult times and overflowing joy in the happy times. Amen.

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    4. Diana, I have read Laura's book Courting Marrow Little, and I have plans to read The Frontiersman's Daughter. I cannot wait to read her newest novel coming out.

      Carrie, Thank you for your prayer.

      I forgot to mention that my daughter that loves ARW has written a book on this time period. I hope she publishes because it is really great!

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    5. Regina, So great to have you here and to learn more about you - so happy, too, that your daughter is a writer and wants to publish!! And that it's set in our beloved time period:) Prayers with her - and you. Thanks so much for your gracious comments and for reading my books. I pray you enjoy Eden's story when it come out in a couple of months. Bless you!!

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  30. Hi Ladies....
    How absolutely wonderful to be able to join this group on such an auspicious occasion! The cake looks wonderful! Has anyone dug in yet and taken slices from that lovely design? I will have some tea please, and a slice. (Enjoy this so much as I don't usually put on weight when I attend a CQ party! :)

    Got home from work, and did a few things with my WIP; just talking shop a little while we're all gathered here: Would a male servant ever help a lady of the house put on her cloak? Or was that left to the Father or Husband? Thanks for any info.

    Also, I want to pass on my love, regards and sincerest prayers for this group and its members---(thank you, especially Carrie)-- and Authors: The Lord's richest blessings on your stories to come. May they glorify Him and satisfy your Joy in Jesus!

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    1. Time for cake!!! Let me know what you think, PAT. CARLA found that amazing pic for us! Bohea and honey? Thank you for your kind words. Thanks for the wonderful blessing!!! LORD, bless our sister, PAT, that her life and words will bring You glory and that you will elevate her and promote her and her work. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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  31. It's a blessing to see the joy and friendship here. I've appreciated the knowledge shared and always look forward to the lovely books to read! Happy first! ~ Amy

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    1. Thanks, AMY! We are blessed and hope this blog blesses you!

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  32. Happy one-year anniversary!! I'd love to win Veil of Pearls or Colonial Courtships (I've already read The Colonel's Lady - loved it!!)

    Thanks so much!

    Melanie
    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com
    Christian Bookshelf Reviews

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    1. Thanks, MELANIE! Will enter you! Lord, bless Melanie today and everyday and pour out your blessings upon her! Amen!

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  33. Congratulations, Carrie and all of you lovely Quiller ladies! What a great year for all of you, and for Colonial fiction. Blessings on another banner year.

    Kathy Maher

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    1. THANKS, KATHY and DEBBIE LYNNE! We so appreciate your new blog, Fiction Addiction, and the promos you do! Thanks for posting about this part over there! Lord, bless Kathy and bring her the special agent who is meant to represent her. Touch both her and the agent you've chosen and help them discern Your perfect will, Amen!

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  34. Happy Anniversay Quillers :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  35. Happy Anniversary, Colonial Quills! I appreciate the period history and inspiration you provide. :-) Don't enter me for Laura's book -- I have a copy of "The Colonel's Lady" and loved it. It's currently on loan to a friend. :-)

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

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    1. Bless you, Gwen, for sharing:) You're the best kind of reader (and writer!!). I'm so thankful we've connected and I need to put in a shameless plug in here for how much I love your blog!!

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  36. I feel so honored to have been a part of Colonial Quills. Happy Anniversary to everyone!

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    1. RITA, it has been such a blessing knowing you and working with you at CACW and on CQ!

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    2. It's so wonderful to see your new series taking flight, Rita!

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    3. Thank you, Carla. Congratulations on your successes!

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  37. What a wonderful year it has been on Colonial Quills, and I wish ya'll many more!

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

    Have a wonderful 1st Anniversary!

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  38. Happy anniversary! Sounds like a great bunch of colonial books coming soon!

    ecriggs199(at)aol(dot)com

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  39. Congratulations on a great year. So many wonderful books, so little reading time!

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. PAM, thanks! It is embarrassing that I haven't read all the books that our Quillers have had published this past year. Hanging my head in shame. Now if they had all been on audio... May God bless and keep you!

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  40. Hard to believe it's been a year!

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    1. Well, MELISSA, it has been kind of a long year for me. So it does seem a year! Wishing you a blessed year full of fun with your family and in your writing!

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  41. Wow.. so many comments and wonderful visitors!! What a party this is! Did I miss the cake? I'm on a diet.. going to Jamaica in July for my 20th anniversary,(TOTAL YEA!) but I'll make an exception for that divine-looking cake.
    Sending love and hugs to everyone!

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    1. MARYLU, It is virtually guaranteed to be calorie free! You can even have extra cream in your coffee and double sugar!

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    2. Then, I'll take an extra piece!! Yummy. Reminds me of how it will be in heaven. No calorie counting!

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      Are you taking a cruise to Jamaica? Beware of pirates!!

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  42. Congrats Colonial Quills on an amazing first year! Here's to many, many more!!

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    1. Thanks you, Sarah! And congrats on your newfound success!

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    2. Thanks Sarah! As God wills, one never knows what He has in store for us in each year to come. Blessings!

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  43. Pam, CONGRATS!!!You have won the first prize on our blog anniversary. You will be pre-ordered a paperback copy of MaryLu Tyndall's upcoming release "Veil of Pearls" It is an AMAZING book. Unfortunately it does not release for a couple of months. Trust me, though, it is worth the wait!
    Check your email!

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    1. Thank you, Carrie! And Pam, I hope you enjoy the story! Sorry you have to wait so long to read it. :-(

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  44. Colonial Quills is only a year old? What a wonderful blog! Thankful that so many of you have been blessed in your writing ministries this year.

    Any chocolate left at this late hour? Mmm... Thank you!

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    1. Elizabeth, I would recommend the chamomile tea with a slice of our delicious cake! Come back tomorrow and try the CW chocolate then with our breakfast food! Yes, God HAS been SO good to us. Many challenges from the enemy for all of us this last year, though, too. Please pray for us!

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  45. Happy anniversary Colonial Quills! And congratulations to all the contributors, an amazing year for you all :)

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    1. HELEN, WOOT!!! I think you are our poster who "traveled" farthest to get here!!! How are things in Australia today? Will be visiting with you on your blog today. THANKS for having me!!! GOD, bless Helen and her family, extended family as well, bring peace, sureness of purpose, blessings abundant and give her strength and wisdom and provision. In Jesus'precious name, Amen!

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      Australia - well, at least where I am, is going to have a beautiful day today. After a cool night, it's sunny and tipped to reach (looking up temp conversion) ... 77 Fahrenheit. Fairly warm for this time of year - perfect for your visit!

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  46. Thanks for coming by, Helen! We hope you enjoyed catching up on what projects the "Quillers" having been doing over the past year.

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  47. Great book giveaway! I'd love my name in the hat. I saw the link on facebook and will definitely be coming back to get some great info and learn more about some of my favorite authors : ).
    Blessings~Stacey
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    1. We put your name in our virtual colonial cocked hat! Glad you came over from facebook and we sure do hope to see you again.

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  48. So glad to have discovered all of you and this blog! Congratulations. Definitely put my name in the hat!

    Blessings on the next year!

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  49. This is a beautiful blog! I love the attention to detail in the posts and the graphics. And a wonderful group of contributors.

    Please put my name in the hat, too.

    julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. So glad you enjoy it, Julia!! We are very blessed to have such a great team of "Quillers" here contributing to CQ.
      I'm often awed by the interesting posts they all present.

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    2. Oh, so wonderful to see Julia here:) My day is made!!

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  50. Happy Anniversary! This is a favorite blog of mine! Books, history and great conversation, what more could a girl want?? Plus, I've discovered so many authors and new books to read :)
    Please put my name in the drawing!

    Beth
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    1. Thank you for saying so, Beth! We are so glad you enjoy the blog. Did you have some cake?

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  51. Carrie,

    Was the giveways drawn yet? :)

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    1. STACIE, yes, PAM won the first drawing last night but I am doing another one tonight for Laura Frantz's "The Colonel's Lady" and maybe you will be the WINNER!

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    2. Stacie is such a book loving friend!! And I love her to death:) So good to see you here, Stacie, and to have some drawings going on. JOY!!

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  52. Happy Anniversary. I enjoy visiting this site

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  53. There is still plenty of that chocolate refreshment and prizes will be given away a little bit later on. Thanks for coming!

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  54. Good morning Ladies! MaryLu here just getting my bearings from California! It's great to see so many lovely faces. What a great party this has become. Thank you, Carla, for hosting in Carrie's absence. I'm off to find some coffee and maybe a tea cake or two.

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    1. Chicken and broccoli for dinner with bread and butter. Simple fare but we are simple folk here in our Yorktown cottage. My husband is a master shipbuilder and supervises a crew that has kept him late at the Warwick River waterfront in Newport Newes tonight! Cake after dinner!

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  55. We are having a grand time, MaryLu. So glad you could join us today. Carrie has a busy day today, but I'm sure she'll pop by to say hello.

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    1. I have dinner going now and my hubby will be home soon. Clark is swinging outside. We had our story time already. Homework after dinner, then I will check back in and find another WINNER!!!!

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  56. Happy Anniversary!! I just found this blog recently and have enjoyed it immensely. Thanks for all you do!! Onward and upward... best wishes in the year to come!

    ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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  57. Just landing from so much travel and mayhem! Chocolate? Did someone say Chocolate? Happy Anniversary Colonial Quills! Such a lovely place to meet so many fellow-lovers of historical fiction—as well as lovers of chocolate. ;-)

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    1. Yes, Elaine, chocolate...of the liquid variety! Just like the colonial folks drank. Mayhaps the cake is chocolate, too! We are so glad you are part of our lovely group of contributors!

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    2. Thank you, Carla! Mayhaps I will indulge in the cake as well—if it is chocolate that is! Thank you for your gracious greeting.

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  58. Happy one year and going strong, ladies! So happy for you! Saying those prayers for you, Carrie.

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    1. DEBBIE LYNNE, THanks so much! Keep them coming, GF! I just got back from our awesome lunch and popped by before sweetie boy comes home and I saw this from you and wanted to reply. Lord, bless Debbie Lynne, give her Your awesome favor, rain down your blessings, extend her reach, promote her work, in Jesus's precious name, AMEN!

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    2. DEBBIE LYNNE you are the WINNER of The Colonel's Lady in paperback per random.org (what are the odds of both you and Kathy winning - must be a God thing!) CONGRATS! And I have your addy!

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  59. Happy Anniversary!! And my apologies for being late to the celebration.

    May God bless this endeavor, the founders, workers, authors and visitors.

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    1. JUDITH! We are celebrating all week long and taking comments on this post, so you are not too late. Can I interest you in chicken with BBQ or peach salsa, broccoli, curried rice with raisins, and some lemonade? Not a colonial menu but I live here in historic Yorktown, site of the last major battle of the American Revolution, so many that counts for something! And it is 78 out so we are eating outside!

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  60. KATHY MAHER, you are the next WINNER, Huzzah! You will receive a copy of The Colonel's Lady by Laura Frantz! CONGRATS!!!

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  61. So excited I finally made it to the celebration. I have been otherwise engaged, to my chagrin! Much drama going on in my life. Chicken with peach salsa, broccoli, curried rice with raisins -- oh, my! And lemonade after 90 degree temperatures at home. I so love being a part of this group who share wonderful information about colonial life, who write for God's glory, and who pray for one another.

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  62. I am excited to be the winner of MaryLu's newest book! I'm sure it will be well worth the wait. Thanks so much!

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  63. Happy Anniversary Colonial Quills!What a wonderful blog.PLEASE enter me.Thank you.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

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  64. Congratulations on your anniversary! Thank you for introducing me to new authors and their wonderful, inspiring stories. I have enjoyed getting to know you the past couple of months. And am grateful for the support and cyber-hugs these past few weeks.

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  65. Happy Anniversary. I wish you many more. I enjoy reading your blog very much! I'm a follower.
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  66. HELEN, I used random.org and your's is the comment that makes you a WINNER!!! You will receive a copy of MaryLu Tyndall's Veil of Pearls. It is pre-order so will not be available for a couple of months. But well worth the wait. If you have already gotten an ARC I will put you in for a different book. CONGRATS!!!

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  67. 11:10PM Central; I just found you!! So glad I'm only a day late. Looking forward to this week's posts during your anniversary.
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    2. You are fine! We are partying all week long! Carla and I are in our editing caves but a girl has to come out and have lunch with her guests. But there are lots of other Quillers here who can kibbitz, too! Lord, bless Lane Hill House in this year ahead. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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    3. Ah, the wonderfully cool editing cave. I love mine. But right now I'm in my writing sanctuary working on a new novel. Feeling a little distracted but, working nonetheless.

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    4. "Lord, bless Lane Hill House in this year ahead. In Jesus' name, Amen."
      Thank you, Carrie! My son, firstborn, passed away a year ago June 3. Our youngest daughter is coming for a week vacation with us that day this year. The Lord has carried us, and him! Love, Kathleen

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  68. Ya'll are having so much fun over here... no wonder you are celebrating 1 yr! I didn't get any chocolate the other day when I was here, thought I might sneak back and see if that cake really was chocolate. :)

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    1. Carla says it is, lol! Hot chocolate with that?

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  69. i haven't read any of the books but would love too.

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  70. i haven't read any of the books but would love too
    p_cowans@yahoo.com

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    1. Anon, Thanks for being here and loving books:) CQ is so good at giveaways - and tea parties!! Bless you.

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      http://ritagerlach.blogspot.com/

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  71. Happy Anniversary! I love the blog! I get to see all the new writers and get their books. I love that part of history.
    Linda Cacaci
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  72. Good day to you fine ladies! Although I'm heading out to a doctor's appt (nothing serious) I plan on choosing one of our guests' names later on this evening to win a Signed copy of my last release Surrender the Dawn!! So, tell your friends to come on by and join the party!! I'll announce the winner tonight. Oh, I do wish I could stay and have some more cake! But, I fear my doctor would scold me overmuch. After all, I believe I've indulged in three pieces already!

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  73. I just love Colonial American Christian Fiction! I will have to check out this blog COMPLETELY as I am always on the lookout for books I haven't read yet. And the cake and cup of chocolate look delicious!

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    1. KANDI, here is some cake and a cup of hot chocolate. And a blessing! LORD, bless KANDI in a mighty way so that she will know it comes only from YOU. Amen!

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  74. Like Susan, I'm getting in late to the celebration, and I'm so excited to be here! The refreshments sound just lovely, and it's a delight to read everyone's kind comments.

    In honor of our first anniversary, I'm offering a set of the 1st 3 books of my American Patriot Series this week--Daughter of Liberty, Native Son, and Wind of the Spirit--and I'll draw for the winner tomorrow, so be sure to check back. For more information on the series and the upcoming books, head over to my website at www.theamericanpatriotseries.com!

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    1. JOAN, I hope this is in the post. I'll go see if you put it there. Bless you for doing this, wow! Some fortunate reader will be happy!!!

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    2. Joan, Please include my name in the drawing. I would love to have these books. Love Historical Romance/Suspense and you are a new author for me.
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      misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  75. Congratulations on your one year blogoversary! Congrats also to all your writing successes! It's very inspiring. :) The giveaways look wonderful, and the refreshments look delightful!

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  76. Congratulations on your 1st anniversary, ladies! Your books all sound wonderful!!! I love to read books set in the colonial era.

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    1. CARA, May God bless you and keep you and keep His hand on you and your writing. In Jesus' name, Amen.

      You are in the right place to find some great colonial and federalist era reads!

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  77. Would love to win Joan's quote "1st 3 books of my American Patriot Series this week--Daughter of Liberty, Native Son, and Wind of the Spirit" she mentioned in her comment. I love historical romance.

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  78. I would like to announce that Marrisa has just won a signed copy of Surrender the Dawn by yours truly. :-) Congratulations, Marrisa!!

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    1. I hope she is a book club member! Then I will see her at the end of the month, too! CONGRATS MARISSA for being the WINNER!

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  79. Congratulations on your one-year anniversary and to everyone who sold or had a book release this year! That's exciting!! Oh and that cake is beautiful.

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    1. VICKI, Thank you! I know CARLA will want to comment since you have been her CPer!

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    3. Oops, I am sorry VICKIE! I have a friend who spells it the other way!

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  80. Thanks for coming by Vickie! Oops, Carrie got you mixed up w/ my critters...

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  81. I'll take the Irish tea since I'm half-Irish, Carrie! I would love scones, or soda-bread of course, to go with it please.

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