Winter Tea Party winners: Angela's book,THE SCARLET COAT, will go to: Print copy- Andrea Stephens; e-book copy - Catherine Wight!

LUCY REYNOLDS has a table topper quilt on the way, and winners of the Valentine Ebook Collection are: Deanna Stevens, Caryl Kane, Anne Payne and Winnie Thomas. With thanks to all who joined in!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Tea Party for Kelly Long, Dina Sleiman, and Gina Welborn

Coat of Arms at Kings Arms Tavern


We are hosting this event (virtually of course!) at the Kings' Arms Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg.  We hope you will find it as welcoming and as comfortable as we do!
Waiting area at Kings Arms


 Do come in and have a seat in one of these lovely chairs.  Aren't their seatbacks so pretty?  I don't recommend the bench, though, as it looks uncomfortable (below.)



And also take a look at the lovely china and creamware in the built-in cabinets! I love the pieces with the cutwork on them. There are porringers, mugs, and other lovely pieces to view!

Cranberry tarts, spiced tea, mulled cider, crumpets, honey-roasted ham, sweet potatoes, corn fritters and other tasty treats will be served up for this Tea Party featuring Colonial American Christian Writers members Kelly Long, Gina Welborn and new member Dina Sleiman.  Kelly and Dina have joined us as CQ contributors, also!  I see you eyeing the dessert table!  Best go upstairs with us and have your lunch first. Take the stairs up and hang onto the rail!







An Amish Kitchen
Kelly Long has THREE(!) releases: Her brand new upcoming release "An Amish Kitchen"  (December 2012, Thomas Nelson, available for pre-order now) is a combination trade length fiction/cookbook.  There are several novellas and fifty Amish recipes.  Kelly’s novella contribution is entitled “A Taste of Faith.”  Kelly also re-released "Hart’s Truth" as an ebook. 



“A Marriage of the Heart” just published by Thomas Nelson, combines three previously released Kelly Long novellas into one book and is available as audiobook, also (and is excellent!)




Lobr in Three-Quarter Time
Dina Sleiman's inspirational early American novel is the first release in Zondervan First. In "Love in Three-Quarters Time,"An impoverished young lady conspires to make a way for herself and must rely on her wits as she introduces the then-scandalous dance, the waltz, into Virginia society.   





Gina Welborn has a Christmas novella entitled "All Ye Faithful"in the collection "A Cascades Christmas" just published by Barbour.


A Cascades Christmas

This message is from a special helper I have today: We hope our guests will enjoy this party as much as we CACW members always do! My name is Shadrach Clark and I am hoping to meet some of the pretty ladies attending this tea, which is why I agreed to serve!  I am a widower, but at only three and twenty, I do believe my wife would have wanted me to remarry. 

Come in.  Sit by the hearth and visit with us a while!  One of your hostesses is Carrie Fancett Pagels and she and the lovely ladies being celebrated here will check on you to be sure you've gotten a drink and a plate of our good food.  Kathy Maher will also don a serving wenches's apron as will Lisa Norato, throughout the day. Don't forget to tell them how fetching they look and to keep any of the male patrons from disturbing them!  I imagine Andrew Jackson will be around to defend our visitors if the need arises!  Andy always loves a good party!
Dina Sleiman
Gina Welborn at Kings Arms
Kelly Long

Please introduce yourself in character and give us your setting.  Today you are in Virginia just after the War of 1812 has ended. Visitors from modern day are welcome, too!





Giveaways: As part of our Frontier Forted Holiday Anthology, we will be announcing winners for Laura Frantz's "The Frontiersman's Daughter", Susan F. Craft's "The Chamomile", and Carla Gade's "Colonial Courtships" today.  Don't miss out on our anthology collection which will continue on Mondays through the middle of January.

We also have giveaways of Gina's, Dina's, and Kelly's books for three different winners.

We have a goody basket (including chocolate) for someone who comes in character and comments.  That always makes these tea parties a lot of fun!  WELCOME!!!

227 comments:

  1. Good day, Ladies! I am Mrs. Lorena Talvis of Duxboro, MA, 1815. I am most excited, as I also live in the time period just after the War of 1812. Traveling here to Virginia was a bit of ride, I just had to visit this lovely spot for some tea and refreshment and fellowship. Best wishes to Kelly, Gina and Dina on your lovely new releases!

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    1. Mrs. Talvis, so wonderful to see you! I'm afraid your hostess failed to hear the rooster crow this morn! Welcome and I see cook has prepared you a strong tea and there's a pot of honey there or use the nippers if you prefer sugar--some right under the glass dome. Fresh pork sausages, biscuits and gravy, and hot spiced apples should be tasty. If that is too heavy for you, perhaps Mr. Talvis will partake?

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  2. Andrew Jackson here. "Did I chase off everyone? Because I am UNARMED this time! I might challenge the person who told everyone I was coming to a duel for tomorrow, though. Confess, you coward!
    Oh, HELLO MRS. TALVIS, what a beautiful dress you are wearing. Do you know who told everyone to run when I appeared? What fine weather we are having. What lovely food we've been served."

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    1. I always love having our frequent visitor, Andy Jackson here, as he is so colorful. Thanks son, er, um, I mean Andy for you comments which I have taken directly from you to share.

      Please don't challenge anyone to a duel. We're so glad the War of 1812 is over. Why not wait and dance the waltz later tonight when we clear the floor? And use up your energy?

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    2. I failed to introduce myself, my name is Cornelia Gill, and I live in Charles City, not far from here, next door to Shirley Plantation. You surely know of this fine place do you not?

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    3. Andy says, "How lovely it is to see you here Miss Cornelia. I am trying to start a new political party called the Democrats. Have you heard of us?"

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    4. I'm here! I'm here! Well, what a lovely little place to have a tea party. Eh em, sorry.....I am Chaplain Debbie and do excuse my tardiness. (time zone differences and all) When I saw the handsome Andrew Jackson, I just had to come over and say hello. Miss Cornelia, it is so nice to see you. Yes, I know of the Shirley Plantation, a gorgeous place! How are your prize winning hounds doing?

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    5. Greetings, Miss Gill. I must have missed you as I dashed from kitchen to table. I've brought you out a slice of my apple pie with iced whipped cream. It is quite delicious.

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    6. Why hello, Mr. Jackson...yes, I do believe I have heard of the Democrats, but honestly, politics give me a terrible headache. You are looking mighty handsome this day, sir, and I pray you do not have to duel anyone today.

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    7. Mrs. Talvis! So lovely to see you here as well! You ladies look so lovely today. I must say that the smells here are divine! I must go sample so of the foods that are calling my name!

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  3. I am not sure what to do so I will post here and see!
    Debbie curto

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    1. Hi Debbie,

      Feel free to make up a fictional alter ego for yourself and play along. We're flexible and easy to get along with, other than that insufferable Mr. Jackson of course. I suggest you don your best Regency era gown and join the fun.

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    2. Andrew Jackson says, "So this is what I get when I come unarmed? You must admit I only challenge men and am always attentive to the ladies.

      Welcome Mrs. Curto, and don't go along with that gossip about me. Enjoy the meals here--because they are fine."

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  4. Greetings all, I'm Constance Cavendish. Good morning to Mrs. Talvis and Miss Gill. Forgive me if I avoid Mr. Jackson. He strikes me as quite overbearing.

    Before the war I would have been known as Gingersnap, daughter of a rich plantation owner over in Prince George county, not too terriby far from here. But alas, tragedy has struck our family. I rarely travel these days as my mother, sisters, granny, and I are all struggling through genteel poverty and working our fingers to the bone in Richmond. So I must say this lovely party is a quite a treat for me today. I apologize that my gown is several years out of fashion and a bit worn at the edges, but I hope it's still lovely enough for this auspicious occasion.

    I'll let you in on a little secret. I've about had it with this dreary life in Richmond. I've heard of an opportunity to work as a dance instructor in the frontier town of Charlottesville. I was once the belle of the ball, you know. And since our former President Jefferon resides there, I fancy it must be a blossoming new civilization. I just hope I can talk my family into this crazy scheme of mine. I do have a tendency to get myself into a heap of trouble ;)

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    1. Miss Cavendish, we've prepared a hearty breakfast for an ambitious and talented young lady. We've heard of your dancing skills even here in Williamsburg. We're prepared to offer you a tidy sum to teach our guests the waltz, this evening, after dinner hour. And I have a gorgeous blue silk gown that will set off your beautiful coppery hair and should fit well. If not, our friends here in Williamsburg will adjust it for you. More tea?

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    2. Andy says, "Miss Cavendish, with all your beauty and hard work, you don't deserve to live in poverty. In fact, I know a former privateer who has been making eyes at you lately and I shall arrange introductions. And he is rich."

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    3. Oh, a waltz!!! How wonderful and what fun we shall have. The gown sounds lovely. Thank you so much.

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    4. Mr. Jackson, I'm afraid I've had my fill of spoiled, rich, arrogant fops. No, I've resigned myself to a life of spinsterhood, thank you very much. I'll earn my own way in the world.

      (Although I'll not mention to Mr. Jackson that this decision is the result of a broken heart at the hand of my former fiance. As I can't seem to get over him, and I will never forgive him, marriage is no longer an option for me.)

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    5. Pardon me, ladies, sorry to interrupt. Miss Cavendish, I am Chaplain Debbie, so nice to meet you. I would so love to learn the waltz. I've never been much of a dancer, but I've always dreamed of floating around the dance floor with a handsome man....oh my! My thoughts got away from me there a bit, so sorry, forgive me. I am sure that if my husband were here, he would dance with me, but alas, he is out at sea once again...

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    6. I'm sure we can find someone for you to dance with, Chaplain Debbie. And I've been told I'm quite an exceptional teacher, so I shall have you floating gracefully in no time.

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    7. Miss Cavendish, thank you so much! It would be lovely to learn to dance, then I could teach my husband. Your reputation precedes you, my dear, so no worries!

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    8. CHAPLAIN DEBBIE, Mr. Jackson says, "I will dance with you this eve if my wife permits. I don't want to be subject of a major scandal."

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    9. *blushing* Thank you so much, Mr. Jackson, it would be lovely to dance with you. I am sure that your wife will not have a problem with you dancing with me...I am a Chaplain after all.

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  5. A hot cup of tea sounds grand on this chilly morning. I didn't need to travel far and always enjoy a good walk on Duke of Gloucester Street. Congratulations on your new releases Kelly, Gina and Dina.

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    1. Andy says, "Mrs. Grunst, you are the only lady who doesn't have a bad word to say about me, besides Miss Cornelia. So good to renew our acquaintance--I think I met you in Newport News. What lovely shoes you have on today."

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    2. Hot black tea coming up--or might you prefer ginger and green tea? Pumpkin custard tarts just came out of the oven!

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    3. Thank you so much, Mrs. Grunst. Yes, I've hear that my story has been fictionalized with quite a lovely result.

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    4. Thank you all for visiting. I am black Friday shopping oh no!

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  6. A late good morning to all. I do hope you will pardon my tardiness as my carriage had a mishap on the way. I am Virginia Purchase, at your service for this lovely celebration. I have a lovely and aromatic tea brewing and the cakes and pies have been cut and await your selection. I shall be at your table anon with creamer and sugar cone and scones.
    Wishing my most heart-felt wellwwishes to Madames Kelly Long, Dina Sleiman, and Gina Welborn. Curtseying to General Jackson and scurrying over to Mrs. Talvis to see what I might bring to her.

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    1. Bless you, Miss Purchase, for assisting today! I shall retreat to the back lawn, where we've set up tables this fine day to dry vegetables and fruit for our pies and tarts. It is lovely weather here in Virginia and I pray you will join me later for a chat and to rest out of doors and partake of the fresh air. Gets rather smoky inside with the kitchen fires going all day.

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    2. Andy says, "Now I know the benefits of not bringing weapons to a party. Because I've had a beautiful woman curtsy to me! What a fine pearl necklace you have on Miss Purchase."

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    3. Thank you so much, Miss Purchase. Tea sounds lovely.

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    4. Why, Mr. Jackson, you mustn't flirt with the help, good man. But I thank you kindly!

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    5. Hello Miss Purchase, I pray you were not harmed during your carriage mishap. All of the ladies look so lovely today. I do hope that my simple dress does not offend anyone. I am a lady of little means and have so small a wardrobe. I am not complaining, mind you, the Good Lord has blessed my life in many ways.

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    6. Mr. Jackson says "Don't tell my wife!"

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    7. CHAPLAIN DEBBIE, We could never be offended by you. In fact you have so blessed me, Miss Cornelia Gill, that I am quite indebted to you. In fact, since I am in Williamsburg to retrieve several more gowns that were being altered, I feel certain there is one that would suit you. Come along with me and we'll hasten right back for you to change, if you wish!

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    8. Oh, Cornelia, you are always so gracious! Yes, I would love to try on one of your gowns. I am sure I will feel like a princess! Let us not wait any longer!

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    9. (A SHORT WHILE LATER):

      Oh,I feel absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you ever so much, Miss Gill, you are so gracious and kind. I will never forget this thoughtfulness of yours. I really must walk around and allow others to see this most gorgeous dress; simple, yet so elegant. Do come with me, we shall mingle together. *huge smile on face*

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  7. Good Morning Ladies,
    I am Mrs. Hezekiah Weatherby. I have come from a long distance and am in need of some refreshment. The chairs look so inviting especially after a long day of traveling.
    A hot cup of tea and some of those lovely scones would be ever so nice. Thank you for your kind invitation.

    Thanks for entering me in the contest. I had fun and enjoyed being someone else for a change.
    Janet Estridge
    von1janet@gmail.com


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    1. Do relax and enjoy, Mrs. Weathervy. You might enjoy observing the dancing, and once you've been refreshed, feel free to join in.

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  8. Miss Cavendish, my how lovely you look! You must take some refreshment between showing us your dancing steps. Please allow me to being you a dish of syllabub--it is light enough not to impede your grace on the floor, and yet will give you a burst of energy. I've not seen such a dance before. I do hope I shall have occasion to learn.

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  9. Mrs. Weatherby, how good of you to come. Please take your rest here by the hearth and allow me to pour your tea.

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  10. Indeed, Miss Purchase, I've always wanted to sample syllabub. I hope you won't find the waltz "scandalous," although I'm afriad many do. We shall try to maintain the proper twelve inch distance between the torsos and keep it respectable today.

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    1. 'Scandalous'!!! Oh my, I do pray that the waltz is anything but that. As a Chaplain, I must uphold a certain appearance. Wouldn't want my flock to think of me in a bad way. I do hope that there is a nice, respectable man here who would be willing to dance with me, since my husband could not attend.

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    2. I am not sure how respectable Andy Jackson is, but I quite enjoy his honesty! And he has vowed to dance with you this eventide, with his lovely wife's permission!

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    3. What a gracious man and a very understanding wife!

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  11. Good day, Miss Grunst. This tea should take the nip out of the air on this crisp autumn morning.

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  12. Coming from the hills of Ky I have traveled to this party, The inn is quite nice and I appreciate being able to stop for a spot of tea with all the beautiful young ladies, I am Julia Chinn, who was born seven-eighths European in ancestry. I lived with Col Richard Johnson a prominet fellow from "Beargrass" Jefferson co, Ky for many years as his common-law wife, I beleive you now call it.
    Richard and I have two daughters and we adore one another though some are not happy with our relationship, I hope none here feels this way. I have bought a new gown for the occasion and am so proud to make new acquaintances..

    Love the books mentioned above and love the idea of this Forted Frontier holiday...

    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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    1. You are welcome here, Mrs. Chinn. I do understand your dilemma. I for one am a supporter of all races. I hope to someday visit the Indian villages. I think I will find much in common with them. Your gown is indeed lovely. Make yourself at home.

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    2. Hello Mrs. Chinn, I am Chaplain Debbie. So nice to meet you and all of these wonderful ladies...and gentlemen. The hills of KY sound so lovely. I also have 2 daughters and 1 son. My girls have given me 2 wonderful grandchildren.

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  14. Welcome Miss Chinn. Allow me to pour your tea and show you where you can rest and refresh after your long trip.

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  15. Good Afternoon Ladies

    Let me introduce myself I am Teresa Mathews and I am so sorry to be late in coming but it has been quite the ride, you see I am from South Carolina. I want to say I am delighted to have been invited to this lovely event. This Inn is quite magnificent and all you ladies are dressed quite beautifully. I am so glad my friend Constance invited me to attend.

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    1. Ah yes, my dear friend Teresa, I'm so happy you can join us today. South Carolina, goodness, you must have been on the road for weeks. Do relax and enjoy yourself.

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    2. Allow me to show you to your party, miss Mathews. You aren't late at'all. Why we'll be having this party in honor of our esteemed guests all day. You haven't missed a thing. Tea and scones, dear?

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    3. Miss Mathews, I am sitting out back in the sun if you care to join me at some point. I got Andy to come out and help, too, can you believe it? I don't know how his mother ever handled him as a child--he is indeed very strong willed as Miss Cavendish noted!

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    4. Miss Mathews, I am Chaplain Debbie, so nice to meet you! I was just about to visit with Miss Gill and Mr. Jackson. Would you care to join me?

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    5. Cornelia, how are fairing this fine Autumn day? I see you have been keeping a watchful eye on young Mr. Jackson here.

      Mr. Jackson, I've been hearing rumblings about you. Nothing bad, rest assure, it's just that you are catching the eye of several young ladies here. You do look quite handsome today...Oh if I weren't already married and SEVERAL years younger.....

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    6. Andy says CHAPLAIN DEBBIE that, "You are just as beautiful as all the other women here. And I have permission to dance with you and a few other ladies and my dance card is filling up."

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    7. Thank you, kind sir, I appreciate your gracious words. I cannot wait to have that dance!

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  16. Oh my, I am a little tardy this morning. I do smell something heavenly in the air. I hope lunch is as good as it smells. I do so love the beautiful china and oh those chairs are so devine! I dare say I ran into Mr. Jackson and he was a little flirtatious. I wonder just who he thinks he is, after all I am a married lady and happily so. Pardon me I did forget to introduce myself. My name is Martha Stanton and I traveled but a short distance. I must say it was well worth stopping in. It was wonderful meeting Mrs. Weatherby we have so much in common. I must say ado now and move on.

    Respectfully,
    Martha Stanton


    Fun! Fun!
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for coming, Miss Stanton. It was a pleasure making your acquaintance!

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    2. Andy says, "Well, all I do is speak the truth!" So if he notices a lovely lady MARTHA STANTON then he will compliment them!

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  17. Whew, all these guests are enough to send a girl's head spinning. Welcome everyone.

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    1. I've just now caught up on serving, so I'll go into the kitchen and check on the bread in the oven and slice a wedge of cheese. We have a barrel of fresh mulled cider being brought in by our stout helper Mr. Jackson, bless his soul. I do hope our guests take a look at the wonderful publications that you talented ladies have on display under the bright chandelier.

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    2. Hello Mrs. Stanton, it is so nice of you to attend today. I am meeting some of the most marvelous people. I am so sorry that Mr. Jackson is a concern for you. He can be quite the flirt, but I am sure every lady here today can handle him quite well.

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  18. Well, I do declare. What a lovely party indeed. I am DIANA FLOWERS from South Carolina, distant (VERY distant relative of which I am so glad) of Captain John Flowers of England. Those British! If I wasn't a lady -- well nevah mind.

    Did I heah CARRIE PAGELS speaking of a handsome privateer in attendance? I bet that TERESA MATHEWS is batting her eyelashes at him already, before I evah get a chance to be introduced. She was supposed to wait for me and went on ahead leaving me to travel alone in that drafty coach. Some hot tea and lemon squares, please. Yoo hoo, TERESA, where are you, dahlin? I hope she didn't wear the same gown as me again. Oh deah!!

    P.S. I have Dina's book but would love one of Kelly's! :)

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    1. I have your tea and lemon squares, Miss Flowers. What a lovely name! that privateer doesn't stand a chance with you two in attendance!

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    2. Do come out back, DIANA, and sit in the sun with me. Andy Jackson has already found distraction and has left us. The beautiful TERESA is back here, too, with a privateer who won't give us his name, only says he has "buckets of loot" from running the blockades during the last war. (I don't believe him--look at his tatty clothes. But Mr. Jackson doesn't notice things like a woman does!) Here is another gown to change into, as indeed you are wearing the exact same color as she is!

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    3. Whay thank you, my deah KATHLEEN! MISS PAGELS, us genteel southern ladies must watch our white skin, so allow me to fetch my bonnet. Oh deah, I hope I didn't distract Andy -- I have been blamed for distracting before. :) I knew that TERESA would be wearing almost the exact same gown -- only hers has extra ruffles at the bottom. Well, I nevah!

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    4. I'm so pleased to make your acquaintence, Miss Flowers. I hope you enjoy my adventures :)

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  19. My name is Mary Latrobe. My husband, Ben, has been busy designing and pricing materials to restore the Capitol. All of his prior work has gone to ruins. Since my dear friend, Dolley, is wanting her home ready for teas, I have encouraged Ben to again continue his work and not be destroyed in melancholy for what is lost. Dolley has a beautiful red velvet dress she is wearing to a soiree in her honor. I so want to go. Ohhh, will Ben never stop his restlessness jumping up yet with another idea, so I can get a full night's sleep. "What, my dear?" "Oh, yes, I would love more of those wonderful cranberry tarts. They are quite divine. I will need an extra lump of sugar though to go in my tea. That will go quite nicely."

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    1. Greetings, Mrs. Latrobe. Allow me to assist you with the sugar cone. The nippers can be a mite fractious at times.

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    2. "Yes, if you please. If you would just put some on the edge of the saucer, please. Miss Purchase, you have been so attentive and your ankles must be feeling tender after your long trip. Maybe you could apply some ice to soothe them."
      Now, where is that Kathleen; she is tardy coming from Lane Hill House. That happens sometimes with this half-Irish attendant of mine! She leaves when she should be already there. I have tried for years to suggest she just set her clock back a little so she is on time for once! "A message you say? What a splendid idea. You can remit it to lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net."

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    3. How considerate of you, Mrs. Latrobe. I am sure Kathleen, your servant girl, will be along anon.
      Meanwhile, those stories these ladies have written look divine! I do hope you get a chance to read one or all of them!

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    4. Yes, actually after my replenishment I was shown to the library! It is quite refined, and the gentlemen do not frequent it until evening when their work day is complete. Quite splendid, indeed! I do have Laura Frantz's "The Frontiersman's Daughter" in my own library room at Lane Hill House, but not the others. I would love to have a copy of Miss Long's Amish Kitchen with her two friends! I am interested in the cookbook section along with their stirring comments and stories. The Kings' Arm is quite exquisite, and I love the embellished architectural millwork. I will need to tell Ben to visit! He will love it too.

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  20. My oh my, I am going to have to stop mingling for a moment to take in the sights of this lovely tavern. So many lovely pieces here and the food smells wonderful. I really must sit down somewhere and refresh myself. I do believe I might swoon if I do not eat something. And the writings that these ladies have penned sound absolutely wonderful. They would make great additions to my library.

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    1. Please allow me to bring you something, My dear lady. Would you care for something sweet? We have pies, cakes, scones, and tarts. I can bring you some cheese and bread to nibble on while you decide.

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    2. That would be lovely, dear, thank you. I would so enjoy some cranberry tarts. I did see some earlier, did I not? And some cider would be wonderful. I shall wait right here for your return.

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    3. Yes, cranberry tarts and fresh mulled cider with a sprig of cinnamon. Enjoy, Chaplain!

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    4. Thank you so much, Miss Purchase, but you must be exhausted by now. Perhaps you should sit a spell and enjoy some of these lovely refreshments. We can't having you fainting away, I insist that you join me for a moment.

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    5. I shall. Thank you kindly! And mayhap we will peek at these ladies' book together as we sip our tea.

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    6. These writings look wonderful! I would so love to have copies for my library.

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  22. "Is Miss Long upstairs? I must try the ham and sweet potatoes. Should Kathleen finally arrive, please send her up. I have a message to Dolley for her to deliver.
    "Oh, no, she doesn't mind being on the street unattended. She is quick-witted, that one is! Must be that blarney she inherited."

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  23. Julia exclaims with tongue in cheek, the beauty of this inn makes me wonder why I have not visited before ..and everyone is so friendly, I do believe that was Mr Jackson I saw a little earlier and he was wanting all the new about Richard-oh my I do not like to talk politics. I think I will sit here with Mary and get refreshed. Now tell me Mary about the redecorating Dolly is doing. I myself like to change things.

    Paula O

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    1. Oh, Julia, it was so disastrous! Here were the headlines! "The British Burn Washington, DC, 1814," EyeWitness to History, eyewitnesstohistory.com. All that remained were the burned out shell of the Capitol!
      "...When the detachment sent out to destroy Mr. Madison's house entered his dining parlor, they found a dinner table spread and covers laid for forty guests. Several kinds of wine, in handsome cut glass decanters, were cooling on the sideboard; plate holders stood by the fireplace, filled with dishes and plates; knives, forks, and spoons were arranged for immediate use; in short, everything was ready for the entertainment of a ceremonious party. Such were the arrangements in the dining room, whilst in the kitchen were others answerable to them in every respect. Spits, loaded with joints of various sorts, turned before the fire; pots, saucepans, and other culinary utensils stood upon the grate; and all the other requisites for an elegant and substantial repast were exactly in a state which indicated that they had been lately and precipitately abandoned.

      You will readily imagine that these preparations were beheld by a party of hungry soldiers with no indifferent eye. An elegant dinner, even though considerably overdressed, was a luxury to which few of them, at least for some time back, had been accustomed, and which, after the dangers and fatigues of the day, appeared peculiarly inviting. They sat down to it, therefore, not indeed in the most orderly manner, but with countenances which would not have disgraced a party of aldermen at a civic feast, and, having satisfied their appetites with fewer complaints than would have probably escaped their rival gourmands, and partaken pretty freely of the wines, they finished by setting fire to the house which had so liberally entertained them.

      ...Of the Senate house, the President's palace, the barracks, the dockyard, etc., nothing could be seen except heaps of smoking ruins."

      Ben and I had to run for our lives! I almost turned my ankle. Poor Dolley! Her dinner guest dispelled in every direction. And some had come from quite a distance, prepared for months ahead. Fortunately, the dear, has been living in temporary quarters. She likes things nice and my dear husband has been striving day and into the night, setting things aright for them! Oh, dear, it sets me faint to talk about it!

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    2. Oh my, such a frightful recount, Mrs. Latrobe! I am so grateful that this war is finally over, so many innocent lives lost.

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    3. Yes, Chaplain Debbie, it has been so discouraging to my husband that all of his work was lost and he must begin again. He so enjoys his work and wants those he serves to be comfortable. But he has begun again! I must not be trivial by pointing to those closest to me. I hope none of your loved ones were lost in the war.

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    4. I am thankful that no one close to me was lost, but there were so many who were killed and it breaks my heart. I am happy to hear that your husband is beginning again!

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  24. (THE DOOR TO THE TAVERN OPENS AND AN OLDER, DISTIGUISHED MAN ENTERS.....MR. JACK MITCHELL)

    Mr. Mitchell says: Hello, good ladies, has anyone seen my wife, Chaplain Debbie? I do wish to surprise her with my attendance.

    Chaplain Debbie says: Oh my! Jack, what a wonderful surprise, I am so happy that you could join me here. Everyone has been so gracious to me and just look at the wonderful gown Miss Cornelia Gill has given me to wear! I feel like I am on cloud nine, especially now that you are here, my dear husband. Mr. Jackson graciously offered to dance with me, but I am sure that he will understand that my dance card is filled now. Shall we go mingle, dear husband?

    Jack says: Why yes, my dear, let us go meet some of these most wonderful people. I especially wish to meet Miss Gill and Mr. Jackson. And I do hope to run into Miss Adalia as well, although I do recall you telling me that she married that young man, Morgan, did she not?

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    1. Ah, Mr. Mitchell. Please take the seat by your lovely wife. I'll fetch you some warming cider or tea, if you prefer.

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  25. (Am I supposed to put OWG here? Don't want to miss out on more opportunities to win! Although, just attending these parties is a reward in itself!)

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  26. CONGRATS to the winner of a Laura Frantz book (I recommended my very fav "The Frontiersman's Daughter" and KAREN LANGE wins a copy!!! Congratulations KAREN, who read my serial anthology section and left a comment.

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  27. What fun to read all the comments. So glad to get some new book suggestions even if I don't win.

    Time traveling back to my ancestor's time.

    Whew, that's hard on a body.

    I am Miss Childs, from the Childs family of Jamestown, VA. They were rich enough to own their own ship and have the first brick house in the settlement. But women of fine breeding don't discuss such matters.

    May I have some tea?

    Peace, Julie

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    1. Miss Childs, it is so fine to make your acquaintance, I am sure. My name is Mary Latrobe. My husband is an architect. Brick houses are so pleasant to the eye and cool in the heat of the day. How fortunate you are are, indeed! May I recommend Twinings Earl Grey tea, my dear? Even with the times, I find it is a superior blend.

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  28. Oh, I've been to Jamestown. Lovely place. I do believe I've seen your house.

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  29. Although I prefer to remain incognito, you will find that I am hiding from my wealthy husband, somewhere deep in the Low Country of SC. There are plantations aplenty here and I am a guest of a man-about-town, he knows my secrets, and I am safe. For now.

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    1. Miss Loretta, your story sounds quite intriguing, to say the least. Do sit down a spell and have some refreshments. No fear of being discovered here, so glad that you are being cared for. I am Chaplain Debbie and this is my husband, Jack. He is usually out a sea, but he was able to join me here today.

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  30. I do declare, ladies, you had me at "cranberry tarts" ... :)

    My name is Scarlett O'Connor Robillard of Charleston, great grandmother of Ellen Robillard O'Hara, mother of one Mrs. Scarlett O'Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler, and although I cannot stay for tea, I did want to drop in to congratulate Kelly, Gina and Dina on their lovely new releases! I look forward to perusing them soon.

    Sadly, I must take my leave, but would not argue if you were to have Cook package a few of those cranberry tarts to go ... :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Madame Robillard, how I wish my dear friend Suzanne Richelieu was here to greet you! I shall package you the tarts myself, as I am assisting in the kitchen today. You see, my father, the overseer at Shirley Plantation has died and they needed some help with this wonderful party. And I had to come to Williamsburg to pick up some dresses (given to me) that have been altered. So all has worked out well and so wonderful to meet such a charming lady. And here--a tankard of hot tea for you to take with you!

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    2. So sorry you cannot stay awhile, Madame Robillard. It is such a lovely party. You will truly enjoy those tarts; how can you not, they have cranberries in them! Safe travels to you.

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    3. So pleased to meet you, Miss Scarlett. I'm Constance Cavendish, formerly of Prince George County. I've heard my story referred to as a "Scarlett O'Hara meets Jane Austen" novel, so I suspect we might have much in common.

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  31. Miss Gill! How fascinating. I, myself, purchased this volume on your own recommendation several months ago! My hardy agreement with you, Miss Lange, for your appreciation of this gifting! I do not believe we have met personally. I am Mrs. Benjamin H. Latrobe, but please call me by my given name Mary. I am most joyful for you for this new acquisition for your library!

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  32. Mrs. Robillard, how splendid to have your great-granddaughter in tribute honoring her daughter as your namesake! The cranberry tarts are delightful. I had them earlier today and know you will enjoy them.

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  33. I love a tea party! :) I am looking forward to checking out these books. Thanks so much for the info!

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    1. Oh, we would so love to share our stories with you, Karen. Do stay awhile and peruse the book table.

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  34. Hmmm...I do declare, I've yet to meet this Mr. Clark I've heard so much about. I wonder where he might be. So young to be a widower. I heard he was serving today, yet I've not seen him. I am guessing he is making his way through all of the lovely, young single ladies here. Bless his heart, I pray he is able to find love again soon.

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  35. Good evening to this fine company! I apologize profusely for being so late to join in celebrating the release of the captivating adventures penned by Ms Sleiman, Ms. Long,and Ms. Welborn. I am Elizabeth Howard, a spy for General Washington, and since my fiance General Carleton is gone at Saratoga, I decided to seek the lovely diversion Ms. Gill's invitation offered and travel all the way here from Philadelphia to join you. And what a pleasant gathering spot the King's Arms is!

    On arriving in Williamsburg an hour ago, I delayed only long enough to freshen up and don my best Spitalfield silk gown before rushing over. It's a delight to see all my good friends here, along with so many new faces, including General Jackson--whom I've not had the honor to meet before today. How beautiful your gowns are, dear ladies. You're all quite the toast of Williamsburg society, and the gentlemen are most handsomely attired as well.

    Miss Gill and Miss Purchase, I do believe I'll have a cup of that wonderfully fragrant black tea with a cranberry tart as a restorative. I am in great anticipation for the dance to begin, but alas, my energy is flagging after the long carriage ride from Philadelphia in this cold. Thankfully, although we came through several light snow showers, we left them behind after passing through Baltimore.

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    1. It is a pleasure to meet you Miss Howard. I am Chaplain Debbie and this is my husband, Jack. (Jack bows in greeting) Yes, everyone is lovely, aren't they? And don't you just adore my gown? Miss Gill was gracious enough to give it to me for this festive occasion. I, too, cannot wait for the dancing to commence. My husband has promised to learn the waltz with me.

      Jack says: Yes, nice meeting you, Miss Howard. I will try to not step on your feet too much, my dear wife.

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    2. Oh, I spy. I've always wished to be a spy. How romantic. I'm Constance Cavendish, and I hope we find time to chat during your stay.

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    3. Andrew Jackson says, "Miss HOWARD, I am glad to meet you, too. What a lovely gown. Is Philadelphia as grand as they say it is this season? I haven't been there in a short while."

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  36. Great Tea Party! And congratulations on all the great new books.

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  37. Good day to all!

    How do you do? My name is Hannah LaLoup; my husband Antoine and I have stopped in to say hello to authors Kelly, Gina and Dina and to wish them well on their newest releases--'Tis quite an honor to meet them! And the Mistress Gill and Andrew Jackson, of course!

    I believe 'twill be a good experience for my husband as well, for he is part Shawnee, and like most men men enjoys hunting or a good game of lacrosse rather than a lovely event such as this. It took a bit of coaxing to get him into the fine suit he's wearing, but he absolutely refused to cut his hair for the occasion. Thus he still wears it drawn back.

    Indeed, you have large crowd here today-- and have made a lovely presentation. Thank you Ladies of Colonial Quills and guests who have assembled--you've quite outdone yourself!

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    1. How lovely to see you, Mrs. LaLoup, you look so nice in your gown. I must say, you and your husband make a fine looking couple. Shawnee, you say, how interesting. My husband, Jack (gestures to Jack talking with some people across the room) is not much for dressing up either. But, as you can see, his hair does not need cutting. I do believe his head is actually causing the lights to bounce around the room....I kid, my dear. *wink, wink*

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    2. I'm Constance Cavendish, pleasure to meet you. Oh, and I suspect your husband must be quite dashing. How interesting. I would love to visit some Shawnee and learn more about their culture. Please do send your husband over to chat with me.

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    3. Andrew Jackson says, "Mrs. LALOUP,it is lovely to make your acquaintance. I brought some of my children here and one is an Indian child I adopted. And your husband looks a little like a Creek Indian ally I met at a fort out west of here. Would you like me to have a spot on my dance card if your husband permits?"

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  38. Good evening all, we are a little late to the tea party, having recently arrived in Virginia by ship. I am Constance Ingersoll, and this is my handsome husband, Nathaniel. His brother, Captain Jonathan Ingersoll, could not make it as he is tending to matters aboard his ship and seeing to his crew. What a delight it is to be on land at last. Your invitation is most welcome!

    How exciting it is to see Mistress Welborn, Mistress Sleiman, and Mistress Long as published authoresses. What an honor it is to meet them. I recently removed from England where there are only a few women in print, Hannah More among them. And of course, cookbook authoress Hannah Glasse, of whom I have recently become acquainted since moving to The Red Griffin Inn in Connecticut.

    Pardon me, my husband just whispered in my ear. He would like to learn that new dance, The Waltz. It is rather hot in this room, isn't it? Where did I lay my fan?

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    1. Hello, my dear Constance, you look lovely today! Your husband is quite the handsome man. I am sorry to hear that his brother will not be able to attend. But, I do understand why he can not. I was lucky that Jack was able to get away from his duties on board his ship, so that he could surprise me here. It seems like there will be a lot of us learning this new dance.

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    2. Welcome Mrs. INGERSOLL! So good to see you here. Welcome again to Virginia. We so enjoyed your company when last you visited Williamsburg! I will set two plates of food for you. Relax and enjoy your dinner before the dancing begins downstairs.

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    3. Dear Miss Ingersoll, have you heard of this exciting new lady who has written Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensitiblity. Her name is as yet unknown, but I do believe she is quite talented.

      And I look forward to teaching your husband the waltz. Please join us as well.

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  39. Greetings from Charleston! I am Adalia Winston.. on my. I mean Adalia Rutledge. I seem to forget I'm recently married.. though if you knew my husband, you'd wonder how I could forget such a man. Oh, here he is... Do forgive our late arrival, but my husband, Morgan, insisted on traveling by ship and we happened upon a suspicious looking vessel which he suspected might be of British origin. He fears they will start up hostilities again, you know..those devilish Brits, and since he was a privateer, he is always on the lookout.
    My, my, my what a lovely Party!! And here at the King Arms! I have heard so much about this charming place and the descriptions have done it no justice.
    Might I offer my sincere congratulations to Kelly, Gina, and Dina for your new book releases!! So much talent here in one party.
    Oh, I do see so many people I'd love to meet and so many other dear friends.
    What is it, dear? Oh yes.. do pardon us, Morgan is famished from the journey and has spotted the honey roasted ham.
    We shall talk later... ;-)

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    1. Adalia, my dear! So good to see you and Morgan here. You remember my husband, Jack? (Jack nods) We have been having the most wonderful time here. Everyone is so nice and they look so beautiful! Mr. Jackson is being his usual self, so be warned. I sure do pray that the hostilities do not start up again. It has been so relaxing here, just mingling with Jack. I am so grateful that the Captain of our ship allowed some time off. We thought that Jack would have to stay aboard, but our good Captain Tyndall let him join me here. She is the best Captain ever!!!! I will have to introduce you sometime. I think the two of you would get along wonderfully! Well, I will not keep you two from getting some refreshments. We shall talk later.

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    2. Oh my dear Chaplain, of course I would allow you and Swabbie Jack some time off! You are my best crewmen ever! I'm so glad to see you are having a grand time here! Thanks for the warning about Mr. Jackson. On my.. Yes, dear.. we shall talk later

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    3. Mr. Jackson has been a dear all afternoon. He eagerly awaits the evenings' entertainments. Please make room at your table for your dinner, after which we shall dance downstairs!

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    4. And I fear I did not properly greet you, Adelia, that is Mrs. Rutledge. And so glad your handsome husband could join you here, too! So much to celebrate!

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    5. Adalia, my dear, I've read so much about you!!! I do believe we are sisters of the heart, as I feel myself being drawn towards the abolitionist cause of late. I'm Constance Cavendish, and I'm so looking forward to getting to know you better this evening. I hope you and your handsome husband are enjoying your new life aboard his ship.

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    6. Oh my dear Mrs. Rutledge, I shall make room for your delicious supper, and look forward very much to the dancing. My Morgan excels at the dance.
      And dear Miss Cavendish, I have heard so much about you. What a pleasure it is to finally meet you. I just know we shall be good friends. Let's do make time to talk about abolition. I have many ideas. ;-)

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  40. Hallo my dear ladies. Sorry I am late. The horses were scared by a huge rattlesnake right in their path, and almost turned our carriage. It took awhile to settle them down. Really shook us up. I must look a site. I do hope no one else has a lavender dress on. I don't want to make anyone uncomfortable. But, I do love lavender. I am Miss Maureen O'hare from S. Carolina. It was a long trip and I am famished. Oh my! I see dear Scarlett is here.
    ( was so busy reading about everyone that I missed getting my comment in for the frontiersman daughter.)

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    1. Oh dear! What a frightful thing for you to endure, Miss O'hare! I am so glad that you are alright. Please sit down and have some refreshments. I love lavender as well, my favorite color actually. I pray that your journey home does not take you by those dreadful rattlesnakes.

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    2. Welcome MISS O'HARE, and yes one of your relations was here earlier. But she has since departed. Perhaps she has returned. I shall check.

      Shad Clark is coming through with apple cider, tea, and later with coffee. And your dinners are before you now, I see--very good!

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    3. So many South Carolinians here today. Goodness! It must have taken you all weeks to travel here. Welcome.

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  41. I hope I have not missed he delicious ham and sweet potatoes. I do believe that is my favorite.

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    1. Yes, that is exactly what I had to eat earlier today! The cooks are absolutely wonderful! The food is delicious. Try the flaky biscuits too. My name is Mary Latrope. What may I address you as, please? Have you come alone or with another guest to this fine establishment? We are dancing after dinner! They have spared no expense for our enjoyment and to fill their coffers I am told.

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    2. Miss MARY, we shall have dancing after dinner is completely sreved, but do rest your feet.

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  42. Miss Cavendish, I hear you have risen from your rest in preparation for your long evening ahead. Will you be giving the new dance instructions before or after dinner this evening? I do hope we ladies will learn where to place our feet so our slippers are not stepped upon. Oh, dear. I hear laughter from down below stairs. I hope the gentlemen will be agreeable to try these new steps!

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    1. Perhaps we can begin the instruction now and have a formal ball following dinner. How would you feel about that plan. I've given a quick introduction to a few of the guests throughout the day. And never fear, the gentlemen will quite enjoy the new steps. They allow ample time for, shall we say...conversation ;)

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    2. Oh, yes, I am eager to learn. My husband will be so glad to have a new step, as long as I learn to follow.

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  43. Thank you ChaplainDebbie. It was very unsettleing! But, I think I will be fine when I get some food. And, hopefully there will be a good book from the library to take to my room when I retire.

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    1. I've heard that the library here is wonderful. I will have to stop by there myself.

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  44. Coming through with platters, make way!

    Fried pork chop, onion and celery cornbread stuffing, yam casserole with pineapple (all the way from the Caribbean!), buttered and salted green peas, green bean casserole, and hard rolls! Save room for pecan pie and whipped cream for dessert. Shadrach Clark is right behind me to pour. Ignore his tomahawk, I believe it is purely decorative.

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    1. Thank you so much, Miss Gill, we are famished. I will try to round up my husband...where has he gotten himself to now?....I cannot wait to partake of such a wonderful meal!
      Mr. Clark, it is so nice to finally meet you. I am Chaplain Debbie. I am here with my husband, he is around here somewhere. It is very nice of you to help out today.

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    2. Oh, my! Mr. Clark, was this man a relative of yours or just a coincidence of name?

      "Pvt. Shadrach Clark of Stamford was also wounded and died later of his wounds on November 1, 1814."

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  45. Mrs. Talvis here. Sorry to have been gone for so long, but I have returned to help with the serving and what a feast! And I see, my what a busy day you've all had. Such a party! And Andrew Jackson. An honor to meet you, sir. Please, Miss Gill and Champlain Debbie, pass me some of those platters so I may be of assistance. Oh and thank you, Miss Gill, for your kind compliment of my dress. It is new.

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    1. Mrs. Talvis, I am so glad to hear of your return. I was concerned about your whereabouts. I was watching for you this afternoon. I had a delightful, enlightening quiet rest in the library earlier today. So many interesting stories, I quite forgot myself! I was so engrossed. I was told you also enjoyed visiting this morning and I was hoping to speak with you. Mrs. Mary Latrobe

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    2. MRS> TALVIS, welcome back! I am going to sit and watch Miss CAVENDISH teach the waltz. Since we've set out pitchers and tall glasses, I feel the guests might well fend for themselves, dear. So feel free to dance or to rest as might suit you.

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    3. Mrs. Latrobe, forgive me departure; it has been a busy day. But I quite resolved to sit down with a cup of tea and perhaps something sweet to relax and chat. Won't you join me?

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    4. Miss Gill, so happy to be back! And just in time for the dancing. Perhaps I will watch for a bit and then join in later when my husband arrives. This is such party, Miss Gill. My compliments; you have outdone yourself!

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  46. Miss Constance Cavendish, dance instructor extraordinaire, has returned as well. We have a lovely crowd now, so let's commence those waltzing lessons.

    And (sigh) I fear I must beg forgivness of Mr. Jackson. I believe we got off on the wrong foot, but many of the guests have assured me he is quite charming. Perhaps I shall dance with him and his privateer afterall.

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    1. Oh, yes, I heard you were resting. I am excited to learn this new dance. I hope I am able to follow. My husband tells me sometimes I try to lead. Goodness, I am just following the music! Sometimes I just get dizzy!

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    2. Welcome back, Miss Cavendish! Jack and I are ready to learn this new dance! I pray he does not step on my feet too much.

      Mr. Jackson, thank you so much for your offer to dance with me, but as you can see my husband has come and I will be dancing with him. I am sure your dance card is full.

      Come, Jack, let us learn this new dance. And please, do be careful, my dear, my toes are quite sensitive. (Jack bows, takes his wife's hand and leads her to the dance floor)

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    3. Mary, you are too funny, my dear! I can just imagine the enjoyment we will all have watching you dance!

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    4. Yes, I rather relax in it! Oh, if only my husband could hear the music I hear. You can just float!

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  47. This is Maureen O'hare. I am sorry. I forgot to to include my pen name. It is Maxie

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  48. Clap, clap, clap. Students gather round. It's time for you waltz lesson. I will begin by demonstrating via a scene with my former fiance. The memories are bitter sweet for me, but alas, I think you shall enjoy it.

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  49. “Gingersnap” Cavendish waltzed her way through the scandalous steps, tilting her head back to giggle prettily as she’d practiced in the mirror. If all went according to plan, her copper curls would bounce and catch the firelight just right.
    “It doesn’t look so scandalous to me.” Robert Montgomery, the man of her dreams, leaned against the rich mahogany bookshelves of Papa’s library as music seeped in from the enormous marble foyer beyond.
    “That’s because you haven’t joined me yet.” Humming along to the tune, she continued to glide and twirl, brushing her stocking-clad feet against the plush carpet. She lifted the silken, rosy skirt of her high-waisted gown for him to better watch the pattern. “One, two, three. One, two, three. Down, up, up. Are you grasping it? I’ve never attempted the man’s part, but you are an expert dancer. I’m certain you’ll manage.”
    “All right. I shall give it a try if you insist. We can’t hide here much longer. How did you persuade me of this?”
    “Excellent!” She clapped her hands and rocked on her toes to set her curls bouncing once again. “Come close.” As if he needed such an instruction.
    “Gladly, my princess.”
    Pleasure bloomed warm in her chest. She loved when he called her princess, as she certainly planned to reign over Robbie’s kingdom at the Montgomery family plantation soon enough.
    He stood before her, toe to toe, and she reveled in his nearness. His twinkling blue eyes, the glossy black hair waving over his forehead. Had ever such a beautiful man walked the earth? She took a deep whiff of his spicy scent and raised her arms to him.
    Robbie raked his fingers through his hair. “You’re a heap of trouble. You know that, don’t you?”
    She wrinkled her nose. Of course she did. She’d heard as much every day of her life.
    “Now put your right hand here.” She took his sculpted fingers and placed his palm on the back of her rib cage. The skin beneath her gown tingled at his touch. Draping one arm on his shoulder, she took his free hand in her own. She’d abandoned her gloves hours ago, and sparks ignited between their bare fingers.
    “That’s my little hoyden. I think I could grow accustomed to this.”
    “We must strive to maintain a twelve inch distance between our torsos.” She took a step back, although he drew her like a magnet.
    “Twelve you say, Gingersnap?” He tugged her near, using her parents’ pet name, as did most of their friends.
    “Well, approximately twelve. It’s not as if I’ve brought a ruler.”
    “Nor I.” He pressed in tighter, leaning down to nuzzle her neck.
    “Now stop that.” She smacked his shoulder. “We cannot dance that way.”
    “We could try.” His masculine chuckle and the twitch of his lip caused her own lips to ache as her body turned warm and fluid in his arms.
    She had not felt his mouth against hers since that first ball months ago when she convinced him that every young lady deserved one kiss upon her coming out. “I’m serious.” She attempted to right their position.

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    1. Oh.... glide and twirl. I can see that. “One, two, three. One, two, three. Down, up, up." Ahhh... breathless. I hope I will be able to breathe! I love to twirl!! [giggle]

      Oh, my. My mother had a debutante ball and my father was a piano player. I wonder if they met that very first time. Oh, goodness.

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    2. Do try to not fall, my dear, seeing as you love to twirl so much! I think I may take it a bit slowly. Not quite sure if Jack can catch me should I get dizzy.

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    3. Glad you're enjoying the demonstration :)

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    4. Ha ha, yes do take it at your own pace, Chaplain Debbie.

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    He stood up straight and snapped his heels together. “Yes, serious.”
    Of course, one kiss that night had turned to five, and he had forbidden them to imbibe since. He declared their kisses far too combustible, much like her fiery personality. She’d managed to sneak a few from her other beaux, but they were not at all the same.
    She led him through the waltz steps, two times, then three. The dance had grown popular in France and Italy but remained forbidden in the respectable ballrooms of England and the colonies. They rocked in and out towards one another, gazes locked. Then performed the swirling series of underarm passes. Before long he caught on and took over the lead.
    “Is this correct?” He looked down into her eyes.
    Her stomach performed its own little flip.
    “It’s perfect. Now direct me around the room. Use your fingers against the small of my back to guide me, light tugs and pushes on my hand.”
    And he did it perfectly, gliding her across the floor like magic. “You’ve done this before.” She turned down her bottom lip.
    “If so, I’m never telling.”
    “You can spin as we go.”
    He reeled her in closer to him and threw in a twirl. The force of the rotation left her dizzy. Before long they both giggled as he spun her again and again. She tossed back her head, not in artifice, but in delight. A giddy buoyancy overtook her, as if she were drunk on love.

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    1. Oh, goodness! "He reeled her in closer to him and threw in a twirl. The force of the rotation left her dizzy."

      I wonder if I've danced The Waltz before? I know that feeling e-x-a-c-t-l-y.

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    2. I just read this very scene not two days ago, in preparation of our event. Lovely, too, MISS CAVENDISH!

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    3. Well, Lane Hill House, it might have been more than the rotation making me dizzy ;)

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    4. I'm so glad you gave us a glimpse, Dina. I was taken right in with the magic of it all.

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  51. For video demonstrations of the waltz and its predecessors, visit http://www.inkwellinspirations.com/2012/10/early-19th-century-dances.html

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    1. You're very welcome. C.J. Chase, who also writes books set in this time period, did a great job with that article.

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  52. Also see the article my authoress wrote for Colonial Quills about this forbidden dance. http://colonialquills.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-forbidden-dance.html

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  53. I'm sorry my dear ladies but I must retire for awhile, tho this is a lovely party.


    Maxie

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  54. Oh my! What a wonderful instructor you are Miss Constance Cavendish! Your 'demonstration' was beautiful and gave me goosebumps. Thank you for sharing your information with us!

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  55. I need to exit for a breath of fresh air. The activity is so overwhelming. I will be back shortly to continue to partake of the activities.

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    1. I fear the weather is expected to take a turn for cooler tonight. But for now it is quite comfortable out of doors. Feel free to take a tart with you or a mug of cider!

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  56. Well, I suppose my Robbie and I weren't the best example of a "respectable" waltz, Chaplain Debbie. I'm glad you enjoyed it nonetheless. Oh, but those are delicious memories for me. The videos are a bit less "scandalous."

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    1. Well, since Jack and I rarely dance, I enjoy watching anyone dance. I will make sure I watch the videos! And your book sounds wonderful.

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    2. Lovely, and I must say that I appreciate Andrew Jackson stepping in when Shad Clark gave up, mumbling something about "not as good as a Scottish reel." I believe he likes a lively dance with loud fiddle music and raucous laughter. But I quite enjoyed learning the steps of the waltz on the gracious Mr. Jackson's arm!

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    3. Well, then, I suppose I must forgive Mr. Jackson for his earlier offenses. He is quite a quick student and a splendid dancer. Although, you must tell Mr. Clark that I enjoy a lively reel as well.

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    4. What fun watching everyone enjoy themselves so much! This tea party is a definite hit, ladies!!!! So happy Jack and I were able to attend. Might I inquire as to when the festivities will be ending. I have a tendency to stay a bit longer than necessary, I'm afraid. So, do tell, when will this party wrap up, sweet ladies?

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  57. These books look absolutely wonderful! Would love to read one!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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    1. Greetings, Melody, and welcome! Hopefully you will win one of our many drawings.

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  58. Just popping in for a few moments. Greetings from this South Carolinian. Loved all the comments. So sorry I missed General Jackson. The food must have been heavenly, and , oh my, the company -- so many diamonds fo the first water at the same inn. Dina, two days ago I finished your novel, Love in Three Quarter Time. Amazing story with some unexpected twists. Enjoyed it very much. Kelly and Gina, I look forward to reading your books soon. I can't stay, am spending time with family that I don't get to see often. Maybe we'll put on some waltz music. One, two, three. One, two, three....

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    1. Lovely to visit with you, Susan, even if just for a bit. Do go and enjoy your family and have a wonderful evening!

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    2. Susan, so glad you could stop by, if only for a short visit. I pray you are enjoying visiting with your loved ones. Aren't holidays wonderful? Your comment really makes me want to read Dina's book! All of the books sound wonderful....so many books, so little time!

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    3. Congrats to JUDITH ROBL on winning a copy of Susan Craft's "The Chamomile" and thanks for reading our second story in the serial anthology, too!

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    4. Congrats Judith!!! Enjoy your new book!!!!

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    5. Yay! I'm so excited to hear that you shared and enjoyed my story.

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  59. Well, my dear husband, shall we take a stroll in the brisk evening air? I do believe it is getting a bit warm in here.

    Jack says: Yes, my dear, let us do just that. Here, take my overcoat, for I fear it may be a bit too cold out there for you in that lovely gown.

    Thank you, Jack, could you grab me a couple of those cranberry tarts? I do love them so! I must get the recipe. (Jack leaves and returns with some tarts to share on the stroll) Presenting his arm, he says: Shall we?

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  60. JUDITH ROBL, I'll be sending you a copy of The Chamomile ASAP. I do hope you enjoy it.

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    1. JUDITH has been sent a copy via Amazon, a modern day marvel!

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  61. I do believe it's getting quite late for a "tea" party, but everyone feel free to stay as long as you like at our impromptu ball.

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  62. I'd also like to mention that "Love in Three-Quarter Time" is only $3.99 for ebooks, which is quite expensive in 1817, but a steal in 2012. LOL.

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    1. Indeed--a grand idea!!! Thank you so much for being such a delightful celebrant!!!

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