April Tea Party Winners

Six Year Blog Anniversary WINNERS: Carla Gade - Pattern for Romance audiobooks go to Andrea Stephens and Megs Minutes and winner of Love's Compas is Terressa Thornton, PEGG THOMAS's signed copy of The Pony Express Romance Collection is Debra Smith, Janet Grunst's debut book goes to Kathleen Maher, Carrie Fancett Pagels' winner's choice goes to: Connie Saunders, Denise Weimer's print winner of, Angela Couch's winner's choice goes to Susan Johnson, Debra E. Marvin reader's choice of any of her novellas or a paperback of Saguaro Sunset novella -- Teri DiVincenzo and Lynne Feurstein, Jennifer Hudson Taylor's "For Love or Country" go to: Lucy Reynolds, Bree Herron and Mary Ellen Goodwin, Shannon McNear's winners are Becky Dempsey for Pioneer Christmas and Michelle Hayes for Most Eligible Bachelor, Roseanna White's winner for Love Finds You in Annapolis is Becky Smith.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Laura Frantz and Joan Hochstetler - Tea Party - and giveaway!

This week on Colonial Quills we're celebrating the release of Love's Reckoning and Crucible of War with authors Laura Frantz and Joan Hochstetler!

Love's Reckoning by Laura Frantz
Publisher: Revell

On a bitter December day in 1784, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of blacksmith Liege Lee in York County, Pennsylvania. Liege endeavors to keep him in Lancaster by appealing to an old tradition: the apprentice shall marry one of his master's beautiful daughters. Which one will claim Silas's heart--In this sweeping family saga, one man's choices in love and work, in friends and enemies, set the stage for generations to come. This is the Ballantyne Legacy.


Crucible of War by J.M. Hochstetler
Crucible of War
J.M. Hochstetler
Publisher: Sheaf House

When she returns to New York, Elizabeth Howard is drawn ever deeper into the intrigues that swirl around British General William Howe. Brigadier General Jonathan Carleton is transferred to Gates's army in the upper Hudson Valley where his old nemesis, British General Burgoyne closes in on Saratoga. With decisive battles looming on both fronts, Elizabeth and Carleton face a crucible of war that tests their mettle, faith, and the very limits of their love.


Please join us in celebration of these two releases at the Golden Plough Tavern in York, Pennsylvania. And if you like, come in one of the characters from either book, or someone from the American Revolutionary period.




Golden Plough Tavern Placard




Enjoy the delectable treats offered at the cozy Golden Plough Tavern; twice as delicious when served on these beautiful dishes!


GIVEAWAYS:  Leave a comment and your email to be entered in this week’s contest.   Winners' choice of choice of format* for a copy of  Love's Reckoning and Crucible of War. Void where prohibited by law. *International winners will only receive the book in ebook format not as a paperback. Drawing for books will be Tuesday evening 9-11-12.  


An 11"x17" print of "Rose and Lantern" by Pat Iacuzzi will also be given away. 


"Rose and Lantern"
Copyright: Patricia Iacuzzi 2012


And a lovely colonial pocket, filled with soaps from Colonial Williamsburg, will be given away. These latter two gifts will be drawn late Saturday 9-14-12 (winners within the United States, only, for these two gifts.)

WELCOME to our Colonial Quills Tea Party for these two lovely ladies, who helped get the Colonial American Christian Writers started, two years ago!  





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  1. I'm most honoroed to join you today at the Golden Plough! I am Elizabeth Howard, and my dear friend Isobel Vander Groot recently wrote me that with her family and fiance she had a lovely luncheon there recently on their way to Lancaster when they fled Philadelphia. General Howe was poised to take the city, and you can imagine that all was in the greatest distress and confusion.

    Of course, the Vander Groots pressed Aunt Tess and me to join them at dear Mr. Lamb's estate, but we have other obligations until it becomes too dangerous to stay. And then my journey will take Caleb and me north of Albany, New York, to Jonathan, and I am most eager to see him again! The separations we have endured throughout this war have tried us most painfully.

    Please do pass me a cup of tea, and I'll have a slice of that delightful Providence Cake. How is everyone doing today? Quite well, I hope!

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  2. Wow what a great thing to do. thanks you. I would love too win.

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    1. Welcome, Pat! Thank you for joining us. You are most certainly entered in the drawings. May good fortune attend you!

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  3. Both of these books sound wonderful! I appreciate the info. My family is from PA, not too far from the York area, so family visits and field trips took us to York on occasion. I love that whole area.

    Can't wait to read these books. Thank you for offering the giveaway!

    Have a great week,
    Karen
    klange61AThotmailDOTcom

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    1. Karen, so pleased we could hold our tea party in a locale so near and dear to your heart. These are indeed wonderful novels, and I can assure you, you will enjoy them. I wish you the best of luck in the drawings. Would you care for a cup of tea?

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    2. Would love one! Thanks so much. :)

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    3. KAREN Lange you are our second winner and will receive a copy of Laura Frantz's "Love's Reckoning" - congrats!

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    4. I am excited! Thank you so much! Can't wait to read the book. I love Laura's books. :)

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  4. A very good day to you! I am Mrs. Lorena Huntley-Talvis of Duxboro, MA, and I shall be one of your tavern hostesses today at the Golden Plough. As you can see from the fine china and delectable sweets, this is no ordinary tavern, so please join us. We are most especially pleased to welcome the talented J.M. Hochstetler and Laura Frantz. A copy of each of their amazing novels shall be given away in a drawing and that I can tell you, dear friends, is the greatest treat of all!!

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    1. I'm delighted to meet you, Mrs. Huntley-Talvis. I don't believe we've met before. Thank you so much for serving as our hostess today! You've set a delightful table. The tea is bracing after the long ride I've had in the cool air this September morn, and the sweets are amazing! I shall be well fortified for my long journey to Albany by the time I leave here.

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    2. Dear Elizabeth Howard, the pleasure is all mine. I look forward to reading of your exploits in CRUCIBLE OF WAR. Perhaps I shall sit a moment and join you. I am considered quite the sweet-maker, so I hope you will enjoy.

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    3. Oh, Mrs. Huntley-Talvis, your sweets taste as amazing as they look! And thank you for your gracious words!

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  5. Good morrow, ladies! I have both of these books and just finished reading Laura's--oh my. BREATHTAKING! I so enjoyed getting a look at life in early Pennsylvania, the border of which is a mere mile from my Maryland home. Now to take a tour of this tavern...

    Do pass me a slice of that delectable-looking chocolate cake, if you will. ;-)

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    1. A very good morn, Roseanna! Thank you so much for joining us in this lovely setting. I'm not quite finished with Love's Reckoning myself, but I totally agree with your assessment. It's so hard to put it down when I must! Tea and cake coming up. :-)

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    2. Good morrow, Roseanna! It's always a pleasure to visit with you. Please enjoy this extra big slice of cake, just for you.

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  6. Pat and Karen, it's so good to meet you! Thank you so much for stopping by and entering the contest!

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  7. I just LOVE that there are more books being released in this time period. Early Americana. I love it! Enter me. :)
    Blessings~
    Naomi

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    1. Hi, Naomi! Thank you for stopping by and entering our drawing. I'm so glad to see more readers becoming interested in our very fascinating period. Do help yourself to some of this delicious tea!

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    2. Naomi, you are most welcome here! It is wonderful to hear you enjoy our exciting time in history as much as we do.

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  8. Oh, to eat on those plates! Ladies, both these books sound fabulous. Congratulations on the new releases. :-) xoxo g

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    1. Thank you for joining us, Gina, and I see Mrs. Huntley-Talvis is passing you a cup of tea. Be sure to sample the array of sweets she's provided for us. What a lovely treat for a cool autumn morn!

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    2. Welcome, Gina! Thank your for your kind words. We all here extend our congratulations to these two talented ladies.

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  9. What a beautiful post. Those pictures are wonderful. The cover art for both books is stunning.

    Wishing you both much success,

    Cheryl

    ccmal(at)charter(dot)net

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    1. Good morn, Cheryl! Thank you for joining our circle!

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    2. So good of you to join us, Cheryl. Welcome! Would you care for a cup of tea as you admire these lovely book covers along with the rest of us?

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    3. Tea is most definitely in order.

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  10. Congratulations on your new releases! I'm a native Pennsylvanian, too, from the Valley Forge area, not too far from York.

    Many blessings on your writing!

    MaryAnn
    A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING
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    1. MaryAnn, welcome, and do sit down. So good to a have a local townsperson amongst us. Most of us have traveled to be here today. And may I extend my blessings and good wishes for your upcoming release, as well!

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    2. My congratulations on your upcoming release too, MaryAnn! We're all delighted to meet you. Thank you for joinging us today!

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  11. Mrs Huntley-Travis, I must say you are as beautiful in person as I have heard, and so accomplished a hostess. Forgive my wandering eyes but is your husband about?

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    1. Dear Debra, thank you for your kind words, bless you. Yes, my husband has traveled here with me. Brogan?

      Captain Talvis here. I heard you were asking for me, Miss Marvin. Good day, dear lady! As you know, I never turn down an opportunity to enjoy my wife's sweets, especially those of the chocolate variety. Won't you join me in a slice of cake?

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    2. I find the cake sweet and the company sweeter, so before I make a fool of myself I bid you two goodbye!

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  12. Would love to win! Thank you for the chance
    likesmusic2@consolidated.net

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    1. Debbie, you are most assuredly entered in our drawings. Best of luck to you!

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  13. I have The Crucible of War on my new reading device (it's hard to explain how it works and I'm afraid to show it might land me in the pillory. But I have yet to read it as I want to read them all in order.

    As for the Ballantyne's... I so look forward to reading the first book about that family and I'm sure it will please!

    thank you all for your hospitality and the food is as good as the company!

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    1. Deb, So good to see you here:) You're always a bright spot. Joan's books are one to savor - again and again! Reading them in order like you said is wonderful and I'm so glad there are several books in this series. In fact, I wish she'd never stop! Happy Monday to you, my friend.

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    2. Thank you for your kind words, Laura! I'm truly savoring Love's Reckoning, and finding it terribly hard to put it down. Oh, for more time to read!

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    3. Debra, we're all delighted you stopped by to join in our fellowship! I share your feelings about the new reading devices. We'll keep that hush-hush between you and me--and Laura as I know she has one secreted too. lol! I do hope you enjoy my story in the American Patriot Series. :-) I know you will enjoy the Ballantyne Legacy Series!

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    4. I'm truly at a place of having far too many good books to read. What a trial?
      thank you all, ladies. Such a pleasant place to be, with so many of my favorite characters and their creators!

      Waving at Pat. Another beautiful creation from you. It's lovely!

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  14. I love this time period, and look forward to reading these works of fine literature!

    Sherry-puckett@att.net

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    1. Thank you for joining us and expressing kind words for our time period. You are sure to enjoy these wonderful novels, but until then, would you care for some tea?

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    2. Good morn, Sherry! Thank you for dropping by. Be sure to try a slice Ms. Huntley-Talvis's delectable cake--it is to die for!

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  15. Hello, Ladies! Laura, always wonderful to see you and Joan, it's so nice to meet you - The Crucible of War looks like a wonderful book!

    The 18th Century is such a romantic time period - I love reading books set in this era, especially because Patriotism ran high and people lived and fought for God and Country. It's so important that we keep this histroy alive as a means of planting those seeds into the hearts and the minds of this current generation and those to follow! Thank you for doing that, ladies. :)

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    1. Good morning, Gabrielle! On behalf of the ladies we honor today, may I say thank you for your kind and inspiring words. Huzzah!

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    2. Oh, my day is made when Gabrielle appears! Thanks so much for being here after what I think must have been a whirlwind weekend for you:)

      You've said it so beautifully - highlighting the very reason we love this time period and want it to stay alive in reader's hearts and minds - so generations to follow won't forget.

      Thanks so much for your encouragement and support - it means more than I can say!

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    3. So good to have you with us, Gabrielle! You've touched on a subject near and dear to my heart, and because you've expressed it so well, I'll resist taking a turn upon the soapbox. lol! I greatly appreciate your encouragement and support as well!

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    4. GABRIELLE MEYER is the winner of our colonial pocket filled with soaps from Colonial Williamsburg! CONGRATS, GABRIELLE!!!

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  16. Good morning! I have set about posting placards about this event! And I am dipping my quill into the inkpot this morning for an upcoming post for Happily Ever After (a romance book blog for USA Today) in which I shall report upon these two guests and some of the other lovely CACW ladies' books.

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    1. Perhaps I should have edited that previous comment to say - our featured two authors, Laura and Joan, but they also are the guests of honor today and we celebrate their new releases!

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    2. Good morning, dear Carrie! We all know how busy you are and yet you always find the time to help out. Blessings!

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    3. Thank you for being such an excellent hostess this morning, LISA!!! My fingers are tired from grasping the quill too tightly. Perhaps I'd better sit and partake of tea and some of the goodies being offered! Thanks!

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    4. Lisa is truly the hostess with the mostest! Very gracious and welcoming. I can just imagine her wearing the gown of her heroine! I can't wait to see the cover of her next book!

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    5. So good to visit with you this morn too, Carrie! We certainly have an embarrassment of riches in the books of our members and friends! Oh, for the leisure to savor each one with a cup of this fragrant tea and a plate of sweetmeats on such a lovely autumn day!

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    6. Lisa?! Who is this Lisa? I, Mrs. Lorena Talvis, am here doing the hosting and this Lisa gets the credit? :o) But truly, ladies, your kind words are most appreciated! Blessings to you all.

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  17. Oh, wow, what a great giveaway! I've just recently seen Crucible of War around, and I've been hearing such wonderful things about Love's Reckoning that I couldn't help but enter! Thanks for the chance to win both of them!

    lubell1106(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by the tavern to join us, Elyssa! You have been entered in our drawing, and I wish you good fortune on winning one of our many giveaways.

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    2. Good fortune, Elyssa, and thank you for joining our fellowship today!

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    3. Waving at dear Elyssa! I'd so love for you to win:) Thanks so much for being here!

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  18. So happy to see friends old and new here! Finally finished with my barn chores about the farm and can sit down for a spot of tea:) I think I'll be Eden with a full day of spinning and cooking before me. I'd love to wear that cover dress!

    It's wonderful to be here, especially so because we're celebrating Joan's release. I read a lot of books but this series of hers takes precedence on my keeper shelf. Her covers are SO beautiful - even moreso in person - very vibrant and glossy and fitting for her high-action stories. And I mustn't forget to mention the ROMANCE:) She has a way of writing about things of the heart that tugs at your heart and makes you turn those pages faster and faster. I could go on and on - and I haven't even started on her stellar research!!

    Thanks to Carrie and all the Quillers for hosting us here. This is a wonderful blog with great info and fellowship. I'll be back after I finish a skein or two:)

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    1. Laura--or shall I address you as Eden, one of your most heart-tugging heroines--you are my dearest and best promoter! Thank you for your generosity, and let me return the compliment, for I look forward to each of your stories with the greatest anticipation. The cover of Love's Reckoning cannot be outdone, and yet it pales in comparison to the story! I just finished The Colonel's Lady--oh, my! I am not yet finished with Eden's story, and already I'm longing for the next book in Ballentyne's Legacy. Please write fast!!

      Elyssa, if you win Love's Reckoning, I promise you will find it hard to put down until you reach the end. :-)

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  19. Good Morning, Ladies.

    Thank you for inviting me to your tea party. I am honored to be a guest. And the tea (and conversation) is lovely. I'm from the Pittsburgh,PA area...there is a little bit of history here in this corner of the state :)

    Would LOVE to read both of these novels...thanks for the chance.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. We are so pleased you have joined us, Karen! I do hope you get a chance to read both these fine novels. Rest assured you have been entered in the drawing. Would you care for some cake to go with that tea?

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    2. Waving at Karen who is such a blessing! And being from Pennsylvania, both these books (Joan's entire series) will really resonate! Thanks for taking time out of your busy day for us - have a blessed Monday!

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    3. Good morn, Karen! Please enjoy the tea and cake, and we wish you good fortune in the drawing!

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  20. I am Mrs. Abigail Iddings of the area. Please sweeten my tea and give me a HUGE piece of cake. What a lovely tavern. I must visit again soon.
    My 4 times great granddaughter would love to read these fabulous releases. :)
    Amy C
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    1. Amy, So happy you're here and have a heart for that grat grand! Wonderful to know she's a reader of history and you're looking out for good books:) Yes, the Golden Plough is quite nice, especially when a certain fiddle player is in residence! Not to mention all that tea and dessert! Bless you for being here and taking part.

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    2. Good morn, Amy! We're so glad you've joined us for tea and cake while we enjoy many sweet airs from the fiddle of a certain Mr. Ballantyne. How stirringly he plays, putting me in mind of the Scottish Highlands, which I long to visit as Jonathan hails from there as well. Although he promised that one day he would take me there, alas, I fear it will ever be far too dangerous for either of us to set foot on the British Isles since we are both now deemed traitors to the crown.

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    3. Mrs. Iddings, we are honored to have you join us and have saved an extra large slice of chocolate cake just for you. I do hope your granddaughter gets a chance to read Laura and Joan. She won't be disappointed, to be sure. Now, I don't know about you, but can't wait to hear that fiddler.

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  21. Good morning, Ladies. Forgive my late arrival but I fear tis a long way from Charleston! However, I simply wouldn't have missed this party for anything. There's been much ado about this beautiful tavern and I do say the stories were true. It's quite lovely inside and very romantic.. and something smells rather delicious. I have yet to read either of these books, but I have read both ladies' prior books and I can honestly say they are some of the best authors out there in the genre. And in my favorite time period! I do believe I'll go get some tea and cake now.. and oh.. here's Morgan finally, my fiance. Of the Rutledges of South Carolina. By the by.. I shall chat with you all later.. and Congratulations on such fine literature!

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    1. We're so delighted you dropped by, MaryLu! I know how busy your schedule is, and we're honored to have you join us even for a little while. The inn is delightfully romantic, isn't it? I've never visited before, but I shall certainly do so again. I do hope you can join us later in the day and stay for a good chat!

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    2. Welcome, welcome! and thank you for bringing your handsome fiance, Morgan. We ladies do appreciate a fine-looking gentleman in our presence.

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  22. Hello Laura and Joan, I hear there is a tea party going on over here -the news is out on facebook....I like this print with the lantern and Rose, so pretty. and a book by Laura I would love to win. I have been seeing this book in many places lately.
    Those plates looked too pretty to eat off of, I think I would hang them on a wall. Good to see so many folks at the party today.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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    1. It's so good to meet you, Paula! Thank you for joining us for tea, cake, music, and fellowship. Good luck in the drawing!

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  23. Good afternoon Ladies,

    Congratulations to Laura and Joan on your new releases. I just received a copy of The Crucible of War;-), which I am looking forward to reading once I finish the preceding books in Joan's series. Be assured I am looking forward to reading Laura's Love's Reckoning also. Thank you ladies for sharing your gifts with all of us who love our rich history.

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    1. Good afternoon, dear Janet! Do have some tea; it's so lovely of you to join us. I second your sentiment about Joan's and Laura's writing.

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    2. Oh, Janet, it's so good to see you here! Thank you for coming by!

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  24. Congratulations, Laura and Joan! Both books sound wonderful.

    I love the tea party. Those dishes are gorgeous!

    Please enter me into the drawing. srdietze at sbcglobal dot net

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    1. Suzanne, welcome! You are indeed entered in the drawing and what a treat you are in for should you win! Best wishes and good luck.

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    2. Good afternoon, Suzanne! It's so good to have you with us today too!

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  25. My, my, my, what a lovely home! Hello everyone, I am Chaplain Debbie and I am so honored to be invited to this wonderful tea party. My husband, Jack, could not attend I am afraid. He is on the ship 'Redemption' doing his sworn duty. I, however, could not stay away! I have yet to read these fine books, but they do sound wonderful. I am presently reading Mrs. Huntley-Talvis' story and I am so enjoying it. Well, something smells delightful, I must make my way over to that fabulous cake! I pray that everyone is having a great time.
    (please, do enter me to win: debsbunch5@jesusanswers.com)

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  26. Welcome, Champlain Debbie! A generous slice of cake has been reserved just for you, so enjoy! It is a pity your husband could not join us, but I do understand the trials of loving a sea-faring man. Thank you for reading the story of my own romance; and may I say, I am overjoyed to hear that you are enjoying it. Bless you!

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    1. Yes, I am enjoying it, yet I am in the early chapters thus far. So, please do not be giving any juicy secrets away. Thank you ever so much for reserving the cake for me, I will grab it post haste. I must admit, I am not much of a tea drinker, so I do hope there are other choices for me.
      Yes, it is difficult having my husband away at sea for months at a time, but I knew that coming into our marriage. It does make for a great reunion when he returns, however. *blushing*
      Well, I am off for that cake now, my regards to your husband, Captain Talvis.

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    2. It's so good to meet you, Chaplain Debbie! You remind me that I also need to read Mrs. Huntley-Talvis's story. I greatly sympathize with having a husband away for long periods of time and the happy reunions on their homecomings. Jonathan and I are also often separated for months at a time, and those periods are fraught with both longing and fear. How dear it is to see our loved ones return! Although we are forbidden to marry for the time being, I hope and pray that one day that joy shall be ours as well.

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    3. Huzzah to happy reunions (wink-wink)! Thank you for your kind words, ladies. I believe we also have lemonade and cool raspberry water, Chaplain Debbie. Let me pour you a cup...

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    4. Oh, I love lemonade! Thank you so much, dear, I am absolutely parched. So nice to meet you, too, Elizabeth. This is such a nice turnout, so happy to be a part of it. When, one day, you are permitted to marry, I do hope to receive an invitation. I adore weddings!

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  27. I just can't wait to read Love's Reckoning!!!!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for joining us, Marissa. You are sure to enjoy Laura's novel. We will enter you in the drawing. Blessings!

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    2. Marissa, you'll not be disappointed! Love's Reckoning is destined for my Keep Forever shelf. :-)

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    3. Waving at Marissa - thanks so much for being here! Love Joan's "Keep Forever" shelf - I feel that way about hers, too:)

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      And it will definitely stay on my keeper shelf!

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  28. Good day, ladies! I'm Louisa Howe, fresh off the boat from England, and I'm very happy to be here at the "Golden Plough Tavern". It's a lovely place, and the tea and chocolate cake is heavenly! Eden, it's so nice to meet you in person. You're dress is so beautiful! I've heard you and Silas have quite the romantic tale, and I can't wait to hear all about it.

    I'm very pleased to meet you, Elizabeth, and I hope that you will accept my apology for any grief my uncle may have caused you and the citizens of Philadelphia. He and my father have endured much criticism over the war, and I and my sisters have had a hard time finding suitors because of it. But all of that is in the past, and John--dear John, he saved me. One day you and Eden will have to come and visit us in Ireland. I'll plan a tour of Westport for us, and we'll watch plays in the new theatre.

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    1. Welcome, Louisa, and good day to you! My-my, you have traveled the furthest of us all. Do sit down and enjoy some tea and sweets. It is so nice to have you here among us.

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    2. Louisa, how good of you to join us! I well know the pain of divided allegiances. My dear friend Margaret Gage, with whom I'm sure you are acquainted, was also deeply torn between her loyalty to her American relations and her husband, General Thomas Gage, which led her to an unwilling betrayal. How I agonized over her plight, but the intelligence she provided gave the Sons of Liberty invaluable aid. So I am glad to hear that you and your dear John found happiness at last!

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    3. Ah, Lady Louisa - only I want to call you Lady Gwen:) SO happy you're here with all this tempting talk of Ireland and much more! Love, love, love Margaret Gage and the way Joan portrays her. She is a character after my own heart!

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  29. Hello! I am Jennifer and I love anything and everything colonial! Those desserts are making me hungry! Both of those books sound so exciting! Oh! An exciting piece of news, there is a Christian action-adventure movie being filmed at this moment called Beyond the Mask.....and it is set in the colonial era!! Be sure to check out their website www.beyondthemaskmovie.com and their facebook page! As a history major, I can't get enough of historical fiction! Huzzah!


    galensiweien@flash.net

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    1. Good afternoon, Jennifer! Thank you for joining us and sharing your very interesting news. I will be most certain to check out Beyond the Mask. Best of luck to you in the drawing of these two wonderful novels. Now, how about some tea and cake?

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    2. Jennifer, thank you so much for telling us about Beyond the Mask! I can't wait to see it! There are so few movies set during the colonial era, so it's a real treat to find a good one!

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    3. You are so welcome! It is such a pleasure to be here in the company of so many great people. This tea party was a splendid idea!

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    4. Oh! I actually registered to have a profile so I can follow many fun blogs such a this lovely one! Thank you all for opening my eyes to the wonderful world of blogs.

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    5. Jennifer, Bless you for being here and adding so much to the party:) The more the merrier is certainly no lie! Huzzah, indeed! Off to check on those links - bless you for sharing them!

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  30. Good Day Ladies!

    So very happy to be here! The trip took an unexpected turn as we had problems with the coach this morning; stuck in mud. The autumn weather in New York has taken a cooler--and much more rainy turn these last few days. I believe Mrs. Marvin can attest to that!

    Mrs. Huntley-Talvis, I am so grateful to you for your patience in so many things; you are such a gracious hostess!

    I was quite beside myself when Elizabeth and I were invited to this lovely gathering! But she is used to her Aunt Tess by now. I know the dear girl has arrived well ahead of me, as we left in separate coaches--she thought it better to do so considering such uncertain times.

    I would like to congratulate both ladies on the release of such well-written books as Love's Reckoning and Crucible of War-- It will be a pleasure to read both series!

    I see so many familiar faces....Adalia and Morgan. So very glad to see them all the way from Charleston. And she is wearing that lovely strand of black pearls! And how is it that General Carleton could join us? I'm quite pleased indeed...

    I see Eden... and Jemma...and it seems Margaret has torn herself from her duties at Hope Rising too! Why it looks as if everyone has managed to come by. How delightful! Does anyone know if Elspeth has decided to stop in?

    I will mingle, but I must find my niece Elizabeth, and should like to speak with Eden. But it will be difficult to avoid the temptation of that delicious looking cake. I must have a cup of sassafras tea first!

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    1. Oh, Aunt Tess, I was so worried about you! I'm so sorry to hear the coach got stuck, but with this rainy weather I'm not surprised. I'm so relieved that you've arrived safely. Do sit by the fire and have a cup of tea and slice of cake to restore yourself. Silas Ballentyne has taken a brief break, but I believe he'll be back shortly to play the fiddle for us again. And how I wish Jonathan were here to join him! The two of them play more sweetly than any mortal I've ever heard. It's surely the music of heaven!

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    2. I am very grateful for Mrs. Huntley-Talvis's hospitality to our guests this morning. And I thank the innkeepers so much for allowing me to lie down in one of the back chambers and rest.

      Hoping to be more sociable this evening and get to chat with Eden, Adalia, and all the other lovely folks at the tea party!

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    3. I agree with you, Carrie, and I'm glad you've been able to get a good rest!

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    4. Hope your rest does you good, Carrie, and you are feeling much improved come evening. We'll keep the tea warm for you...

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    5. Welcome, Mistress Pat! I was so hoping you'd come:) If Elspeth appears, we will evacuate the premises and party elsewhere. OH MY! Silas will see to that:) He has no great fondness for loose, conniving women... But I digress!

      How kind of you to mention Margaret Hunter! Yes, she is here in Quaker gray but wearing a celebratory smile, nonetheless. Sigh. I think we are all in need of a party this rainy September day!

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    6. Yes, I had to go around and close all the windows today in anticipation of cooler weather!

      Makes for particularly good reading, don't you think?

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  31. Dearest Tess, I sorry for your difficult journey by coach, but alas you have arrived safely, and we are most happy to have you now here among us. Let me pour you that cup of sassafras tea...

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  32. Oh you are angels all, ladies! Aye, 'twas wishful thinking on my part Elizabeth, that I believed I should see your dear Carleton here.

    I hope you shall recover soon, Mistress Carrie. Indeed, the innkeepers have been more than hospitable!

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    1. I'm joining in your wishful thinking, Aunt Tess. lol! Jonathan is unfortunately very engaged in the campaign to stop General Burgoyne from taking Albany and moving down the Hudson to New York to split our colonies in twain, so he cannot get away for more pleasant pursuits. I'm traveling directly to join the Rangers at Bemis Heights when I leave here. Indeed, I also promised to attend Blue Sky when her and Charles's baby is born, so I must hasten to reach them soon as she is due to deliver very shortly. Should my parents and Abby arrive at Boston before I do, please do give them my deepest love and assure them I'll be on my way home as soon as possible!

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  33. These books sound great! My daughter and I love reading Christian historical fiction. Would love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks! DeVon S. (ddsadowski@yahoo.com)

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    1. Good afternoon, DeVon! We're so glad you joined us!

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    2. How lovely that you share a love of reading with your daughter! You have been entered in the drawing and we wish you both good fortune.

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    3. DeVon, I second Joan and Lisa. Wonderful that you have a heart for your daughter and Christian fiction. We'll all try to write faster:)!

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  34. I have heard so many things about these two books! It seems that so many people are excited for them! I have never read any books by Laura Frantz or J M Hochstetler myself, but Katie McCurdy (Legacy of a Writer) says they are both very excellent. Theses books sound very intriguing, especially Love's Reckoning.

    Thank you so much for the announcements and giveaways! :D

    ks4readin@yahoo.com

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  35. Both of these sound great, I'd love to read them! I really like the "Rose and Lantern" print too!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  36. would love to come and have tea, the cake looked decadent. Wish I could be there but Nebraska is a long way off. The books both sound awesome. thanks for a chance to win one. God bless you guys.

    Glenda Parker

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    1. Glenda, so sorry your couldn't travel to PA for tea and cake with us, but perhaps you will win a little something to be sent to Nebraska. Blessings!

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  37. I just LOVE to read Christian books of any genre!!! tammyredd@gmail.com

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  38. I do apologize sweet ladies, but I must leave a bit early today. You see, my daughter and granddaughter are going to be visiting soon and I must go meet them at the docks. I will try to return as soon as possible.

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    1. Oh, we'll say goodbye for now very reluctantly but have been blessed by your time with us:) Enjoy every minute with that daughter and grand. Those are the moments life is made of!

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  39. Constance Starling here at last. I do apologize, but I have been tending a guest at the inn who has had headaches for three days now. Giving her Meadowsweet tea and keeping the drapes on the tester bed closed mostly, poor lady. You may know her, she is visiting us on the Connecticut River all the way from the province of Maine in Massachusetts. ;)

    Wishing the best to Laura and Joan!!! Much Love!

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    1. Love the name Constance! And I do hope that headache you're tending isn't Mistress Carla! Meadowsweet tea sounds wonderful, headache or no. I imagine Maine is glorious in early autumn:) Much love to you and prayers, too, dear Carla.

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    2. Constance, I do hope your guest is relieved of her headache and much improved by now! Much love to you as well. :-)

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    3. Constance I have some advise about how to cure headakes rap a towel with ice around here head and maby leches mite do the trick if that flails

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  40. I love Laura's books and Joan's book looks just as good. So excited for them on their releases.

    psagens at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, Sandy! You're in for such a treat with Joan's books! And since they're a series, you don't have to mourn just the one:) Thanks so much for your kind words about my books. I'm really blessed to think of you reading and enjoying them and then for taking time to stop here and say so:)

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    2. SANDY, You are our first winner on Colonial Quills for the Tea Party book giveways! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Which one of Joan Hochstetler's books would you like to receive and in what format? Check your email and send me a reply!

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  41. Hope I'm not to late. Would love to win this book. I haven't read either. I review all I win.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Not too late, no:) Thanks for being here and wanting these books - we sure appreciate meeting new readers who share our love of history. And bless you for reviewing, too!

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  42. My son has requested permission to participate in the party as Governor Light-Horse Harry Lee and I gave him permission. Here he is: me and my regiment have stopped here for camp and I thouht
    I would drop by and the furit punch and the cookes taste wonderfull

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    1. Governor Lee, we are most honored by your presence and delighted that you're making camp here! May all your endeavors for our beleaguered country be blessed!

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    2. Gov. Lee was very excited about this party--remaining up past ten o'clock, in fact. Since he is a dandy, he was quite elegant in attire. I will share your comment with him when he awakes and heads out to school, um, er, to Richmond for his duties.

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  43. What a delightful tea party we've had ladies! I'm so grateful for every one who could stop by, even if only for a little while. I'm as excited to see who will win the books and Pat's lovely print as you all are. :-)

    Now I also will bid you adieu as I must prepare to leave early tomorrow morn to journey to the Hudson River, then north beyond Albany to the Rangers' camp. Times are so uncertain, and we know not what the future holds for our country in the war against Britain, and also for Jonathan and me and Charles and Blue Sky as they await the arrival of their babe. Aunt Tess, godspeed on the road to Boston, and God willing, I'll meet you there soon. Blessings to everyone!

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  44. Elizabeth, Eden and dear ladies...

    It was such a treat to spend time with you in such a delightful place. Truly it drew quite a crowd, which makes it all the better! I shall follow soon Elizabeth, and meet you in Boston if all fares well. I have taken quill in hand and penned a missive to your dear parents. I hope it reaches them safely.

    Eden, I have been absolutely charmed by your graciousness; and I do wish Margaret lived closer--she is a woman after my own heart--as you both are! God richly bless and keep you and Silas both.

    Laura and Joan--THANK YOU!!! Your books are amazing!

    And thank you for inviting me to join you today Mrs. Huntley-Talvis and Mistress Carrie-- (I'm a bit puzzled by visitors not being able to at least leave their calling cards after reaching 100 guests, however. Certainly the Golden Plough has held more!

    And good night to you, Governor Lee! (And I hope Mistress Carrie is feeling better soon too.)

    Hugs and God bless you all!

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  45. Oooohhh...I LOVE Colonial Williamsburg. Honeymooned there and there's no July fourth celebration quite like in the village. Love Philadelphia...and both of these books sound fantastic.

    julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. JULIA, I am fortunate to live near CW. Sounds like those special soaps might be calling your name, lol! We visited Philly last year in the historic district and it was amazing. Thanks for coming by!

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  46. Winning one of these books would be grand, both of them, even better! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. PATTY, you'll be entered in the drawing! Have a blessed day!

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  47. Whatever that chocolate cake is, it looks divine. I would drive from Michigan just for that :)
    Super excited about this giveaway! Thank you so much for hosting it.
    Tiffany

    kohlert at mail dot gvsu dot edu

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    1. TIFFANY, it certainly is tempting! We love having these parties on CQ--they are always so much fun. Unless you are sick, that is, lol! Have a blessed day!

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    2. So good to see Tiffany here - and Patty and Julia and others. Oh, to have some cake and tea in the flesh instead of the spirit:)

      Carrie, hope you're feeling better today. Lots of folks under the weather lately. Praying for you. This has been a wonderful party!

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  48. Both of these books look amazing. Thanks for offering them in this giveaway!

    Tori Hauxwell
    torihauxwell@yahoo.com

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    1. TORI, sorry you (and I!) missed the fun yesterday--but make sure you look back at all the neat comments! One drawing down and one more book drawing to go tonight. Then two other drawings on Saturday.

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  49. A little late to the party as usual! :)

    Thanks so much for the chance to win!

    Beth
    bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Beth, great to see you here! Am getting ready to do the first drawing, but there are more! Yes, sorry you missed all the action yesterday, but you are still in for the giveaways!

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  50. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of one of these books.

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  51. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of one of these books.

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  52. Isn't it nice to be able to pretend in our head that we are these characters....or am I the only one?

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    1. That is why we write, Melody--to give the characters their voice! So you are in good ccompany!

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  53. lovely giveaway thanks for chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  54. I've enjoyed this site for many months now - and I agree the give-away is lovely.
    sjlewis@suddenlink.net

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    1. Thanks! We love doing CQ!! The parties are so fun! Keep coming back. Are you a follower? Blessings!

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  55. OMIGOSH!!! I go on vacation, and look what I missed!! Sooo sorry to be late to the party -- looks like it was a blast!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. JULIE, I was sick and missed most of it, too! We've got TWO parties coming up this next month, though, so come back. You can even come in character if you want! Hope your vacation was awesome!

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