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Next Tea Party Friday March 4th

Friday, January 25, 2013

Tea Party for Jennifer Hudson Taylor and Elaine Marie Cooper


Mendenhall Plantation (used by permission of Historic Jamestown Society)



Welcome, all, to Colonial Quills’ virtual Tea Party, being held today at the historic Mendenhall Plantation in Jamestown, North Carolina. Elaine Marie Cooper hostessing here, along with Kathleen Maher. The very special event we are celebrating today is the release of Jennifer Hudson Taylor’s newest historic romance, Path of Freedom, which is set in this very locale in the year 1858.



Jennifer’s exciting new missive journeys with the brave men and women of the pre-Civil War era who, at the risk of their own lives, attempted to help the African American slaves escape to the north through the Underground Railroad. Her novel involves a young Quaker man and woman who decide to put their personal differences aside to save the life of a pregnant slave couple. With only a quilt as their secret guide, the foursome follows the stitches through unknown treachery. It is a novel of love, faith, and forgiveness.

Here at the Mendenhall Plantation in North Carolina, there is no official documentation of it being a station for the Underground Railroad. But according to Shirley Haworth, President of Historic Jamestown (NC) Society, “we knew that the activity was all around our area.” Ms. Haworth explains that the likely reason there were no official records was the danger: Smuggling slaves was illegal and you were either fined, imprisoned or both.



Jennifer Hudson Taylor is pictured here at the plantation doing her research for this wonderful novel published by Abingdon Press. She is photographed in front of one of the specially designed wagons that were fitted to hide slaves in a special compartment. This wagon is just one of the many museum artifacts at the beautiful Mendenhall Plantation. (All photos used by permission of Historic Jamestown Society)

Jennifer, Kathleen and I would be honored to have you as our guest today. On the menu is the food fare of the Underground Railroad travelers who needed to eat late in the day or early in the morning, resting all day while they journeyed by night. The food is hearty and simple: Homemade biscuits, ham, bacon and eggs. And don’t forget a generous dollop of strawberry jam on those mouth-watering biscuits. Fresh coffee, anyone? Or how about some hot tea with a bit of sugar to sweeten?



Speaking of tea, we have another release to celebrate at out Colonial Quills Tea Party today: A romance anthology entitled I Choose You, published by OakTara publishers, featuring 38 short romance stories, both contemporary and historical. My particular chapter is entitled, “The Tea Set.” It is set in New York City in World War I, involving a young widow, a soldier, and a lonely four-year-old. Somehow the tea set brings it all together. I hope you enjoy.

Be sure to leave comments on our post today with your e-mail address. You will be entered in a drawing to win either a copy of Path of Freedom or I Choose You.

In the meantime, pull up a chair and enjoy your tea!

For more information on the plantation, visit: http://www.mendenhallplantation.org

All photos of plantation used by permission of Historic Jamestown Society

139 comments:

  1. Hello Lades. I think I might be a bit early for the Tea Party. I am so glad to be invited to your party. I think I would love to have a cup of your tea with lots of sugar while we wait for others to arrive. Maybe I could just rest here with one of your nice books while we wait for the others to arrive. What time do you think they might start arriving? Oh my, forgive me I seem to just ramble on and on!

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    1. Early is great! My husband will say I've never been early to anywhere in my life. So thank you for visiting us. Hope you enjoyed your tea!

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  2. Forgive me, but I don't know one of you ladies. I am Ms. Maxie Anderson.

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    1. Welcome, Mistress Maxie! So happy you can join us for this lovely party! And do not concern yourself about the sugar—we have an abundant supply. Do sweeten that tea to your heart's content and enjoy!

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    2. Hi Maxie! And congrats to Elaine and Jennifer!!! What a lovely party. so glad to find some hot food here after I've returned from Florida early this evening!

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    3. Hello Carrie! Welcome home! Have some tea to warm you up and the biscuits with jam are delicious!

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  3. Well hello Ms. Maxie, I am Chaplain Debbie. So good to see that I am not the first to arrive. I do believe that I will have some of that fresh coffee and a biscuit with jam. No, no, don't get up, I can get it for myself. My oh my, but this is a lovely establishment. I do believe I will look around a bit. Do have a nice visit with whomever arrives next. I shall be around....somewhere. I have a tendency to come and go at these tea parties. Nice seeing you, dear, I'm off!

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    1. Welcome, Chaplain Debbie! And yes, the Mendenhall Plantation is a lovely museum, don't you think? I'll brew up some more coffee for you and I so hope you enjoy the jam and biscuits!

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    2. Thank you so very much, Elaine, you can't go wrong with coffee and biscuits! I took a look around and yes, very lovely indeed!

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    3. DEBBIE, I had to draw again, via random.org, for a winner of ELAINE's book (our first winner didn't leave an email address.) CONGRATS!

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  4. Well, at least this time I'm not the last to arrive. Somehow my invitation seems to get lost in the piles of post I get and my arrival at these tea parties is delayed.

    Ms. Maxie, it's delightful to see you here. I'm Judith, not a hostess, but a frequent visitor. These ladies are so generous with their time and knowledge. I do hope you'll stop by often so that we may get better acquainted.

    I'm fascinated by this lovely plantation and intrigued by the history of the underground railroad. Having Quaker ancestors, I believe some of my family might have been a part of this noble endeavor.

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    1. Dear Judith, so lovely to have you here and, as you can see, you are one of our first visitors! Welcome! And how interesting that your ancestors were Quakers. I imagine you would love to visit this plantation in North Carolina. I know that I would! Thanks for coming and do enjoy the tea and biscuits!

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  5. Good morn, ladies. The tea is steeped and the biscuits are warm. And there are stories to tell! So good of you to come, Mistress Judith and Maxie and Chaplain Debbie.
    A hale and hearty congratulations to Missus Jennifer and Elaine for your grand accomplishments! I should love to read both of these.

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    1. Thanks so much, Kathleen! And so happy the biscuits are warm on this cold morning!

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    2. Thank you, Kathleen! It has been so cold lately, that I cannot get enough coffee. I pray that everyone is keeping warm this very cold winter...and may I add my congratulations to Jennifer and Elaine!

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  6. Good Morning! So glad you could join us. Elaine thank you for such a delightful post and congratulations on the release of your anthology. It looks most interesting!

    Welcome, Mistress Judith, Maxie and Chaplain Debbie. I hope you are enjoying your tea? As for me, I'm going to have a dollop of more strawberry jam on my biscuit. Love this treat!

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    1. Good morning, Jennifer! And you are very welcome—your book looks most enticing. I think I would love another dollop of that strawberry jam as well... :)

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    2. good morning, Jennifer! I can't say enough about your book--the cover is lovely and the setting is so beckoning. This is going on my TBR pile.
      Wishing you every blessing on its launch.

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    3. Good morning, Jennifer and thank you for being here! Your book sounds intriguing; I hope to read it one day. While you are in possession of that jam, could I possible bother you to allow me to take some more for my biscuit? Blessings.

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  7. What a wonderful tea party! As always, the refreshments are so enticing! So happy for Jennifer and Elaine. I love the photo of Jen in front of the wagon. This is an important story and a great read. I love it that her Quaker ancestry shines through.

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    1. It is an amazing picture, isn't it? I can just smell the old wood and hay, and imagine the perilous journeys made in that conveyance. So brave of the people in those days to rescue the captives and risk their lives and reputations. So very like Patriots, risking all for freedom!

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    2. I so agree, Kathy! I was thinking such similar thoughts!

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    3. Thank you, Carla and Kathleen. In my story, the wagon my characters used had a cover, but the one in the photo doesn't show one.

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    4. I can only imagine how cramped they must have been, all huddled up in that wagon. And it must have been so hard to keep the children and babies quiet....did they transport children and babies? I've only recently really gotten into history. I used to think it was boring, but thanks to some wonderful historical fiction authors, I am coming to love history!

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  8. Good morning, ladies! I love early morning parties, and the smell of coffee is heavenly. I also love Jennifer's plot in this story about the Underground Railroad. Such bravery of the slaves as well as the smugglers who transported them. They were all putting themselves at great personal risk. I hope to get my hands on this novel soon.

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    1. Elaine, congratulations on your anthology story. It sounds delightful! Thank you for such a lovely post, and I wish you and Jennifer every blessing today.

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    2. Thanks, Kathleen. I personally love the story in the anthology because it is a fictional account of a true romance: my grandmother and step grandfather. :) Thank you for being such a lovely hostess!

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    3. oh, family stories make it that much sweeter. And that tea set is gorgeous!

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    4. Elaine, I think it is wonderful that we both included our ancestors in our stories. The heroine in Path of Freedom is named for my great-grandmother.

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    5. Yes, Elaine, Congrats on your anthology, it sounds great! You have me intrigued by saying that the tea set brings everything together. Thank you for being here today and giving us a chance to get to know you.

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    6. Thank YOU, Chaplain Debbie! You are always welcome. :)

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  9. lovely post. thanks for sharing.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. thank you for visiting, Apple blossom. Blessings on your journeys today.

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    2. Thanks so much for visiting! Enjoy your tea. :)

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  10. What a frightening experience it must have been to be an escaped slave or those aiding them to travel on the Underground Railroad – a true legacy of courage. I can only imagine the stories you must have come across, Jennifer, as you did your research for your book.

    Your anthology sounds charming, Elaine. So many different romantic stories all in one volume will be such fun.

    Congratulations ladies on your new releases.

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    1. Good morning, Janet! So good to see you here so bright and early. Pouring you a cup of tea. Isn't Mendenhall Plantation lovely?
      These stories are certainly inspiring.

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    2. A legacy of courage, indeed, Janet. It makes me wonder how brave I would be in a similar circumstance. I pray that I would always do the courageous and noble thing, despite personal risk.

      And thanks for the kind words about the anthology. The story is actually based on my grandmother and step grandfather. And the tea set? It is real. You can see it in the photo above. :)

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    3. Wow! I love the way you write about your family stories, Elaine. What a gift, not only for your readers but also for your family.

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    4. Janet, You bring up an excellent point. In my research, I discovered some cruelty that made me cry. But then, I also discovered some brave souls who were real life heroes.

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    5. It must be scary looking into your family history. You never know what you may find. I don't know if I am that brave. :)

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  11. Hello to Jennifer & Elaine! Both books sound interesting. Jen, my father's house may have been part of the Underground Railroad also. At the northern end of the line :-) It's a big old Colonial farmhouse in central MA. When he gutted it to fix it up (unfortunately, he did not restore it - the interior is all modern) we discovered a room in the basement that while not exactly hidden it wasn't easily recognized. There were other hints that led us to believe escaping slaves may have stayed stopped over there.

    It must have been terrifying to be in the heart of slave country participating in helping these slaves. Bravo to the brave men and women who risked their lives to help fellow humans!

    Best wishes to both of you for continued success with your writing!

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    1. Welcome Mistress Tammy! May I bring you a plate of breakfast? We have a lovely ham and eggs with tea.
      How fascinating about your father's house. WE had active routes on the underground railroad through Elmira, and many houses still show the secret places where they hid the freedom seekers. I agree--it involved an extra measure of risk for those in slave territories.

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    2. Good morning, Tammy! So lovely to have you here and what a fascinating history about your father's home! Yes, there was little put in writing about the homes of participants in the Underground Railroad. No one wanted a paper trail that could lead them into trouble. I love the quilts that were secret maps—such a clever idea and a practical one. Enjoy a cup of coffee, my friend! :)

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    3. Hi Tammy, So glad you could make it! If only the walls of those old historic homes to talk and tell us the true stories of what happened there.

      Speaking of the heart of slave country, here in NC, we were considered that part of the country. Near the end of my story, Flora is surprised at how different the Quaker community in PA was compared to the Quaker community in NC. They were openly eating and working together, and befriending former slaves. Even though Quakers may not have believed in slavery, in NC they could not do that without risks. One of my characters points out that this is how it should be everywhere.

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    4. Sometimes I regret living over on the West Coast. So much more history happened on the East Coast, than here. Yes, California has it's history, but nothing as exciting as over there!

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  12. Good MOrning! WOuld love Coffee first...tea later! ummmm ummmm and ham n biscuits sound yummy! Snuggled up under a quilt? sounds devine! Can't wait for the chatter to begin! Ohhhh...the story those walls could tell in the homes of the underground rail!
    mandn@wisper-wireless.com

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  13. Coffee it is, m'lady. And our delicious Virginia ham with warm biscuits. Thank you for joining our celebration today. Yes, I wish I could put a stethoscope to the walls to hear all of its whispered secrets. What a bounty of writing material that would be!
    Stay warm on this chilly January day. Blessings!

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  14. Good morning, ladies, and congratulations to Jennifer and Elaine for your new releases--which both sound like quite engrossing reading for this cold, snowy time of year! And the covers are lovely indeed. I'll have a helping of those delectable biscuits, ham, bacon, and eggs, Elaine, along with a dollop of the strawberry jam. Please do pour me a cup of coffee too. What a delightful company we have today, but then our tea parties are always such fun!

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    1. Greetings, Mistress Joan! How lovely of you to brave the winter weather and celebrate with us! I pray your warm coffee will restore you from your journey, and the vittles, too. Your company always brings the light to the table.

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    2. Mistress Joan, even here in the south we are dealing with freezing rain and sleet. I think I would prefer the snow! I agree, I might need some Hazelnut coffee.

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    3. Indeed, the coffee has worked its wonders in this cold weather, Kathleen, and so has this lovely celebration. Jennifer, having lived in the south for a number of years and endured the ice and sleet, I must say I do prefer the snow. At least when it piles up high enough, we can simply choose to admire it from our window. lol!

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    4. Joan, I am so happy you could make it to our tea party, what with all this "weather!" Enjoy all the warm victuals and stay a bit. You are always so welcome!

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  15. Congrats to Jennifer and Elaine! Jennifer, I just shelved your book at the Christian Review the other day--looks great! =)

    Now, I would love a cup of tea on this cold winter's day. And perhaps a sweet to go along with it... =)

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    1. sweets for the sweet, Roseanna! And tea, too. Thank you for stopping in. I need to add these books to my goodreads list of "want to read". Good inspiration!

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    2. Thank you, Roseanna! So glad to know when it's shelved somewhere. Enjoy your tea and sweet snack!

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    3. Thank you so much, Roseanna! Stay as long as you like for tea. And don't forget some jam & biscuits. :)

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  16. I'm having white, pomegranate, hibiscus tea with two grain and sugar free peanut butter cookies. Enjoy sharing tea will enjoy even more sharing the story! Congrats!

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    1. Curtseying to you, Mistress Linda. Thank you for joining our tea party. It is a grand celebration for two wonderful stories. So glad you could make it.

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    2. Linda, my mouth is watering with the thought of white, pomegranate, hibiscus tea! Thank you for sharing your preferred brew. And welcome to the party!

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  17. I have Quaker ancestors who participated in the Underground Railroad so I am very excited about this giveaway. Reading historical fiction makes your ancestors come alive for you!

    Thank you for this giveaway.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You are so right, Carol. These talented ladies make the past three dimensional and full of life. And how awesome to have such noble ancestors! Welcome to the party, and good luck on the giveaway.

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    2. Carol, That is so exciting! I hope someone in your family has been able to preserve your family history for generations to come.

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    3. Carol, what an awesome heritage! And yes, reading historical fiction truly can bring history alive! Thanks so much for coming!

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  18. Good morning, all. Cannot wait to read Path of Freedom and The Tea Set. They both sound intriguing, and I already know what wonderful writers Jennifer and Elaine are. I read somewhere that women who particpated in the Underground Railroad would hang different quilts on their clotheslines to signal danger or safety. Is that in your book, Jennifer? What brave people to act on their convictions despite the consequences. Elaine, I love that your story is based on your family. It adds another dimension. Could I have a cup of tea? A biscuit and strawberry jam would be lovely. The weather is turning cold and dreary, and a cup of tea and this cordial company will brighten my day.

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    1. of course! your tea madame Susan. Pull up a chair by the cozy hearth and let the winter drearies pass. :D
      You are right--there were many ways that conductors could signal that they were a safe house, and yes, quilts were one way, along with candles in the window.
      Thank you for joining the party this blustery afternoon. Lord bless!

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    2. Greetings Mistress Susan! I have heard the same stories, and believe it may be true, but there is no historical evidence to prove it. Of course, how could there be if they were afraid of getting caught? In my book the quilt was actually a stitched map called the Midnight Star quilt. It was made by someone in Flora's family from a previous Underground Railroad experience.

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    3. Mistress Susan, so delighted you could join us. Have all the warm tea and biscuits that your heart desires. So much lovely company today—it is a spot of warmth on a dreary day!

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  19. I'm always thrilled to sit down with you ladies over a cup of tea! Good morning, Elaine, Kathleen and Jennifer. Congratulations and blessings on the new releases, Elaine and Jen! I now have more books to be added to my reading pile. Both stories sound wonderful, and I wish you both much well-deserved success!

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    1. Amen to that, Lisa. Thank you for celebrating with our ladies.

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    2. Thank you, Lisa! Hope you are enjoying your tea.

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    3. Thank you so much for coming, dear Lisa! Enjoy your tea and warm yourself!

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  20. Good morning ladies. The menu sounds great, as I haven't had breakfast yet and I'm still a southern girl at heart, even though I went west with my husband in a modern day wagon twenty years ago. I'll never forget those country ham biscuits. Congratulations to Jennifer and Elaine!

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    1. Good afternoon, Mistress Lori. Thank you for coming by and celebrating with our ladies. *pouring tea from that lovely tea set*

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    2. Indeed, we still enjoy our country ham biscuits. Mmm...

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    3. I may be a New Englander, but I freely admit there is nothing better than ham from the South! Welcome, Lori and so happy you could join us!

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  21. I would love to read some more of Jennifer Hudson Taylor's books. I read Highland Blessings and really loved it!

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    1. Greetings, Brittany. So glad to have you come by. Good luck on this giveaway--both books look so good!

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    2. Brittany, I'm so glad you enjoyed Highland Blessings. If you get a chance, you might want to read the sequel, Highland Sanctuary. I modeled the heroine after my daughter. She has a seizure disorder in 15th century Scotland when they didn't even know the word seizure. Of course, I had to go further and create a whole Village of Outcasts in Caithness, Scotland under the protection of Laird of Braigh Castle.

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  22. These sound amazing! I can't wait to read them!

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    1. Thank you, Virginia! Hope you enjoy them.

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    2. I second what Jennifer said. So happy to have you stop by, Virginia!

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  23. so nice to see you here, Virginia! Thanks for coming by!

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  24. Congratulations, Jennifer, on another fabulous novel!

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    1. Thanks, Rita! Your current series looks fabulous!

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  25. Well, it looks like this tea party is in full swing! You ladies have outdone yourselves once again! Thank you so much for putting this together to introduce two great authors and their books. It is always so inviting with you ladies. I am sorry that my hubby Jack could not attend, but he is working hard to support us. If I may, I would love to take some of these goodies home with me, to give to Jack. He will be needing something to go along with his coffee later tonight.....Oh My! Would you look at that sky! So gorgeous and mesmerizing....I think I shall go look out the window for a bit and send up a prayer of thanks to our Lord for such a beautiful day and for such wonderful company. Do excuse me, ladies........

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    1. Of course, my dear. Please give Jack our best and I'll put together care package for him. Your company makes every celebration grand! <3

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    2. Thank you so much, Kathleen, you are always such a gracious hostess!

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    3. Chaplain Debbie, it is always such a pleasure having you as a guest at our tea parties! I wish you could stay longer but I sincerely hope that Jack is blessed by the delicious biscuits and jam! Enjoy. :)

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    4. Miss Elaine, I never leave for too long....I always seem to come back, these tea parties are like magnets to me. Hahaha....

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  26. A tea party, how wonderful! Glad I stopped by. Congrats on the book releases! :)

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    1. We are blessed that you came by, Mistress Karen. Do refresh yourself with some tea and biscuits.

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    2. Karen, Thank you for visiting with us. Have a blessed day!

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    3. Thank you, dear Karen! Always a pleasure to have you as our guest and we hope you can enjoy the company and the delightful, hearty menu today! And thank you for your kind words. Stay warm!

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  27. Hi Ladies! Hope ya'll are enjoying the tea party. At the moment, I am snowed in. Fine by me though.
    Looking forward to both of these ladies releases. Jennifer, I have both of the Highland books on my Kindle waiting to be read. Hoping to get to that soon.
    Have a great weekend!
    Amy C
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    1. Hope you stay warm and cozy despite the weather, Amy. Thanks so much for coming by and wishing our talented ladies well. Good luck on the giveaway!

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    2. Amy, Snowed in means more reading time by the fire. Hope you enjoy my Highland series.

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    3. I would rather have snow with this cold weather, than rain. Snow makes everything look so clean and pure....

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    4. I hope you are staying warm, Amy, and enjoying a good book and cup of tea! Thank you for stopping by!

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  28. thank you for inviting me to your wonderful tea party, ladies...

    karenk
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    1. thank you for attending, Lady Karen! Good luck on the giveaway

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    2. Thank you for coming to our party, Karen! You are just in time for "Tea." Have a cozy spot by the fire to warm yourself.

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  29. Chaplain Debbie, I would be brave enough to find out about my Ancestors, even if there was bad things in there with the the good. But, it takes big money to do research, so I will never know any further back than great-grandparents on Daddy's side and less for my mother. I need to check out this beautiful plantation before I leave. And, the tea set is lovely. I think I just must have some of that Virginia Ham. I do love ham. Thanks Elaine and Kathleen for hosting this Tea Party. It has been great fun but I think I'd best get hold of my ride home. It is a good days ride. Have really enjoyed visiting with all of you ladies.

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    1. And we have so enjoyed your visit! And I must agree with you about Virginia ham—it is too good to resist. So happy you are enjoying tea from my family's tea set! Stay warm on your journey home. And do come again. :)

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    2. Safe travels, my Dear, thank you for stopping by. Be sure and take some of the goodies home with you for a late night snack. Until the next tea party......

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  30. This is Maxie saying goodbye for this time. Forgot to say this before.

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  31. It would be lovely to join you ladies for tea! Maybe some English shortbread would be a nice addition. ;) Jennifer Hudson Taylor’s newest historic romance, Path of Freedom from the Quilts of Love series is next on my list of reading. I'm looking forward to it! I'm a quilter myself, and have done a lot of reading and research regarding the underground railroad, so this book will be twice as nice for me to read and review. Thank you for allowing me to come in, and join in your conversation!
    Nancee
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    1. Hey Nancee, I see you are a late comer, too! I just got her. Just back home. Both Jen's book and the anthology that Elaine is in look great! And what a great post. Would love to visit Mendenhall!

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    2. Good evening, Nancee! Waving my pearl fan from beside the tea tray. So pleased you came and celebrated with our resident scribes. Such a talented bunch! Its good to have you here. Good luck on the giveaway!

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    3. Carrie and Kathleen, thank you very much!

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    4. Hi Nancee, I saw your comment on FB. So glad you could join us here as well. Have blessed weekend!

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  32. Good afternoon, Ms Nancee, welcome to the party. Do partake of the wonderful food these ladies have prepared. Everything is so delicious! They have some nice tea and freshly brewed coffee as well. Isn't it a lovely day? I keep going to the window, just to enjoy God's beauty. Please enjoy your visit.

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  33. Can't wait to read this new release, Jennifer! I've been looking forward to it. This tea party is a great idea. Colonial Quills is such a lovely place to visit.

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    1. I totally agree with you, Ann, the ladies always make me feel so welcome. As I walk around and listen to the conversations, I can't help but jump in now and then. I do hope I am not stepping on any toes when I join in.....I mean that figuratively...and I guess literally. My feet aren't very dainty. :)

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    2. Debbie, I always enjoy seeing you here at that parties, which I love!

      ANN, so glad you like visiting!!!

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    3. I love getting to know all the guests at the parties and to learn about new books that are coming out. These books sound great! So happy you are home safely, Carrie, I've enjoyed seeing the pictures you posted.

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  34. So sorry to be late to the party! My carriage threw a wheel, my driver ran off with my ladies' maid and my escort stopped at a gambling hall. I was left to fend for myself, can you imagine? Thankfully, I'm used to such hardships and have at last managed to arrive. I'm simply famished and would love some eggs and biscuits! And coffee! What a lovely party!
    Jennifer, your book looks so very interesting! I cannot wait to read it. I can't imagine how difficult it was to research something that everyone at the time desperately tried to hide!
    Anyway, it's so good to be here. Looks like the party is in full swing!

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    1. Hello there, MaryLu! (leans in and whispers: 'I'd call ye Cap'n, but I didn't know if ye were in disguise today')...straightens and acts normal: Sounds like you had quite the adventure getting here. How ever will you get back? If you need a ride, I would be more than happy to take you. In the meantime, please go feed yourself, before you waste away.

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    2. Leans in to the Chaplain (Nay, I'm in disguise today. I fear the authorities be lookin' fer Captain Tyndall on some technicality about anchorin' me ship in the wrong spot!) Anyway, I would love a ride home! Thank you so much! And what a pleasure to see you here!

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    3. *no worries, Cap'n, it be our secret*

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    4. So sorry to hear of all your troubles, Mistress Tyndall (er cap'n). Hope you enjoyed the sweet strawberry jam and tea.

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  35. I have been out at the barn looking at the false-bottomed wagon. How interesting with the thin layer of hay. Enough to feed the horses. I have just returned from the library at the community house. I was moving books all day. When I got to the quilting books, I had to stop and look at them awhile. I am certainly glad everyone is still stopping by for tea. Excuse me while I chat with the other guests! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Welcome Kathleen! So glad you could make it for the tea party. This place is amazing, isn't it? I cannot go into the barn, because I am allergic to hay, but the wagon sounds fascinating!

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    2. Welcome Mistress Kathleen, I have spent quite a bit of time out in the barn studying that wagon. When you have a chance to look at the secret compartment closely, it makes one wonder how in the world someone could have stood being in that space for such a long distance, especially several people crammed in there.

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  36. I'm very late to the party. Love the photo of Jennifer at the plantation and I'm looking forward to this new Abington book. Isn't it a great collection - so many authors and genre's and styles. I definitely want to grab this one.

    Thanks for the lovely 'spread' you put out to celebrate!

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    1. Better late than never, Debra! Welcome and enjoy the wonderful food and drinks. Enjoy yourself!

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  37. Both books sound interesting but I must admit that Path of Freedom sounds especially good. I'd love to read more about the underground railroad.

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    1. Hello Cindi, yes both books sound wonderful. Welcome and enjoy yourself. Have some tea or coffee; I highly recommend the biscuits with jam. Very yummy.

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    2. Cindi, So glad you could join us. After I began researching the Underground Railroad, I became even more fascinated. So many lost their lives trying to escape, but just as many survived. I've seen various estimates from 30,000 to 100,000 slaves who escaped to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Historians often debate the estimated numbers, but there is no doubt that it was a significant number considering the odds and circumstances they faced.

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  38. I'd LOVE to have both of these books! I will be adding them to my to buy list! Thanks for giving us a chance to win them!
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you for joining us Megan, I hope you enjoy both books!

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  39. Well, this has been quite lovely. But I do believe that I need to be going. I am sure MaryLu would love to be getting home as well. Good night ladies and thank you for a wonderful tea party. I will just grab my treats for Jack and be on my way. God bless.

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  40. oh, I love tea parties!! thanks for inviting me! what yummy treats!! It's so cold out and the hot tea and warm treats are warming me up!
    Rhonda
    rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

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    1. Rhonda, I hope some of the hot tea warmed you up. Where I am in NC right now, ice is covering everything outside. I suspect it will all start melting today. Have a blessed weekend!

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  41. Hello ladies, I thought I would drop in to see if anyone is still lingering at the party. I never know when these parties end, so I pop in now and then to check. I pray that everyone has been enjoying themselves. Jack enjoyed the goodies I brought home for him. He sends his thank you. Speaking of which, I could use a cup of that delicious coffee....the air is quite crisp outside. I think the marrow INSIDE my bones are chattering. Brrrr.......now for that coffee. Please do excuse me.....

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    1. Per Random.org, you are our winner of a copy of Jennifer Hudson Taylor's new release, Debbie!!! Congrats!!! I think most folks had to get home through the snow! Brrr, very chilly here, too! Blessings!

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  42. Congratulations, Debbie! Please send me an email at jt4novels@yahoo.com with your mailing address and I'll pop a signed copy of Path of Freedom into the mail. Have a blessed day!

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  43. Wow! Thank you so much, ladies! I will get an email out to asap, Jennifer! Can't wait to read it! God bless.....see you at the next tea party!

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