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, February 22, 2013

Tea Party for Rita Gerlach, C.J. Chase and Kelly Long and a Celebration of Washington's Birthday!

Welcome to our Tea Party in honor of Rita GerlachC.J. Chase, and Kelly Long, three amazing authors!

This is George Washington's birthday!

Come in and have a seat!  We have an assortment of teas that have come from the Netherlands!  And terrific desserts and sandwiches for our guests!


Rita Gerlach
Rita will give away one copy of a book of a reader's choice. Her titles are Surrender the Wind (stand alone)
From the Daughters of the Potomac series, book 1 Before the Scarlet Dawn, book 2 Beside Two Rivers, book 3 Beyond the Valley.

C.J. Chase
C.J. will be giving away a copy of "The Reluctant Earl" to one commenter.
C.J.'s dad would have been 75.  He died when he was only 40.

THE RELUCTANT EARL
Caught in the Act 

Alone in a gentleman's bedchamber, rummaging through his clothing-governess Leah Vance risks social ruin. Only by selling political information can she pay for her sister's care. And the letter she found in Julian DeChambrelle's coat could be valuable-if the ex-sea captain himself had not just walked in. 

As a navy officer, Julian knew his purpose. As a new earl, he's plagued by trivialities and marriage-obsessed females. Miss Vance's independence is intriguing-and useful. In return for relaying false information, he will pay her handsomely. But trusting her, even caring for her? That would be pure folly. Yet when he sees the danger that surrounds her, it may be too late to stop himself...



BEYOND THE VALLEY
Book 3 in the Daughters of the Potomac series
When Sarah's husband Jamie drowns, her young life if shattered and takes a turn that she never expected. Pregnant and now widowed, she reaches out to Jamie's family for help but they are unwilling. Instead they devise a plan to have her kidnapped. She is deceived and taken aboard a ship headed for the Chesapeake to be sold as an indentured servant, bound to unspeakable hardship and forced into the same harsh world she left.

Caught in the talons of servitude, she falls in love with a young conscientious doctor, Alex Hutton, who has arrived in Virginia to care for his widowed sister in law and two young nieces. Called back to serve in Washington's army, he promises he will return for her, gain her freedom and wed her. Yet other plans were made for Sarah when her bankrupt owner sells her. Will she make her way back to Alex and freedom as he searches for her? Or will her hopes be crushed at the hands of the man who deceived her long ago in Cornwall when she faced destitution?

Beyond the Valley is a delightful escape of adventure and romance and a sweeping saga of tragedy and hope that you won’t want to miss! (5 Stars)
MaryLu Tyndall, author of the Surrender to Destiny Series 

Review in RT Book Reviews Magazine - 4 stars
(Creating characters with intense realism and compassion is one of Gerlach's gifts. Her books typically involve dramatic situations, giving her characters a chance to rise above their adversity. Beyond the Valley is a shining example of that, reminding us that we are never forsaken. This is the third in the Daughters of the Potomac series. Sarah's character was introduced in the first novel, Before the Scarlet Dawn, and now she has her own heart-wrenching story that takes us from England to Virginia and Maryland. The historic setting is vividly descriptive, bringing the story to life, almost becoming a character unto itself. You may shed some tears, but you'll come away with deep contentment and satisfaction of a story well told.)

READ THE OPENING CHAPTERS FOR FREE: http://tinyurl.com/ang2ygn

Rita's website: http://ritagerlach.blospot.com

Reproduction pieces of George and Martha Washington's China

Kelly Long's "Threads of Grace" also just released from Thomas Nelson. We're giving away a copy of this book, choice of format (ebook only for international winners.)
Threads of Grace
Threads of Grace by Kelly Long

Come in on this wintry day, put your feet up to our virtual fire in the hearth,  and have a good old chinwag with us.  Note: Feel free to come "in character" if you wish, and tell us about where you are from! 

Question: Do you have a favorite tea and do you have a special colonial "treat" that you enjoy?

Four piece tea cup with strainer and cover.

Giveaways:  In ADDITION to the copies of Rita's, CJ's, and Kelly's books, we have some special tea for one of our readers and a lovely teacup from the Yorktown Victory Center museum!  Leave your email address.  

Note from Rita: In celebration of the release for Beyond the Valley, my publisher is offering Book 2, Beside Two Rivers, for free in Nook and Kindle today.
FREE IN NOOK -- http://tinyurl.com/afqtbze
FREE IN KINDLE --
http://tinyurl.com/au5mu73 

In some parts of the US it is very cold today. So sit by the fire with us, will you? For a proper tea here are two essential recipes.
 
Cream Scones Recipe & Video
http://www.joyofbaking.com/scones.html

Devonshire (Clotted) or Devon Cream
http://www.joyofbaking.com/DevonshireCream.html


Please feel free to ask the authors questions about their books, writing, or anything to liven the conversation. So glad we are all gathered here today.
 

209 comments:

  1. Delighted to pour you all a spot of tea and cut a slice of General Washington's birthday cake for you! Congratulations, Rita, C.J. And Kelly on your gorgeous new book babies. What wonderful giveaways we have today.
    Come one come all and celebrate with us today!

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  2. I will happily take a break from my embroidery to accept your kind invitation to tea. I don't know how long I can stay at the tea as I am awaiting word of my uncle, Colonel John Kelly, who is expected to arrive at our home any time. He will be partcipating in the Constitutional Convention. Because you asked, I have recently taken a liking to Bohea tea, and raisin teacakes, so poplular here in Phildadelphia, will surely be my undoing.

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  3. Lovely of you to drop in and savor a cup of Bohea with us, Lady Cynthia. Do take an extra raisin teacake home for your distinguished guest. It is the least we can offer such a noble patriot.

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  4. Good rainy morning! I enjoy Plantation Mint tea with chocolate chip muffins. You cannot imagine such a delightful flavor as the two combine. My tea would taste extra delicious in that tea cup you're giving away.

    I read The Reluctant Earl and can highly recommend that all must get a copy. Also, I hear Rita's books are desired by all who enjoy romance and history combined. With three of them in my library, I should be well set for a few days.

    homesteading at charter dot net

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    1. Good morn, Miss Anne. I must agree with you that chocolate and mint are divinely inspired flavors. As your tea steeps, let us discuss what lovely cover images these books have. Any tale about a gallant man on a horse has my attention.

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    2. Good day, Miss Kathleen. I must say that Julian is a more than sigh worthy hero. I had not read any of CJ's previous works but was delighted beyond measure by this charming and romantic story. It has a perfect amount of mystery to make it as delicious as my tea and muffins.

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    3. Anne, thank you for the gracious compliment. It's still a bit surreal when people tell me they enjoyed my book--and I hope it stays that way so I don't take readers for granted but instead keep trying to find new ways to improve.

      Kathleen, this man is actually more comfortable on a ship than a horse, but he's been on land long enough he's gotten, er, back in the saddle, so to speak.

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  5. Love to curl up with a good bood and tea with lemon of coarse.

    CherylB1987@hotmail.com

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    1. Tea with lemon you shall have, Miss Cheryl. Thank you kindly for coming by and celebrating with us today.

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  6. i'm actually a coffee lover, but love to drink tea with you! And that Bohea sounds lovely! i'll have some. Not fussy for cooked raisins (or any raisins in my baking) but these sound too good to pass up! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    mitziUNDERSCOREwanhamATyahooDOTcom

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    1. I'll pour your Bohea and set out a sampling of our tea cakes for your pleasure, Madame Barkman. Lovely to have you join us on this fine February morning!

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  7. Good morn, ladies. I am so glad to join you all today. There are stormy skies and snow is expected in my town, historical Frederick, Maryland. My fair city dates back to 1745, and we have beautiful buildings and churches, Rose Hill Manor and Prospect Hall, and lots of history. We are a short carriage ride (provided it is a nice day and no rain) to the Potomac, the setting for my series, 'The Daughters of the Potomac'. As you see, the final book in the series has been released and is receiving rave reviews --- to God be the glory. I hope you have a chance to read it. Sarah is quite a lady in her own right, brave and kind.

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    1. Good morning to you Mistress Rita. Pouring you a spot of tea to take the chill away. I have always wanted to travel to Frederick and learn its history. I shall have to travel in your book and take in the sights and sounds through your words.

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    2. Good morning, fair lady. I hope my letter arrives in time for your tea party celebration. I so miss Mama and Papa as I sit here in the wilds of the Tennessee. The weather has been lovely, but I do so miss the society of feminine fellowship. I received your book Beyond the Valley and read two chapters before my light waned. It's a delicious story, and I cannot wait to find out how our dear Sarah survives the loss of her husband Jamie. Oh why didn't he listen to her warning! But men will be men. May the grace and peace of God be with you, dearest Rita. I will think of you as I pour a spot of tea and enjoy these coarse corn cakes sweetened with honey.

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  9. good morning everyone. would love to come to your tea party. Thank you for the chance to read these wonderful novels. PS: I take my tea w/ lemon :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Another tea with lemon for you, Miss Karen. So good of you to come, and I do hope you get a chance to read these lovely stories. It certainly makes the winter days warmer to lose oneself in a good romance.

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    2. KAREN, I have green tea with lemon from the Netherlands. Just about to have another cuppa myself--will pour you one, too!

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  10. I would actually like to scuba dive in Boston Harbor & find the old broken crates & see what was written on them - I like Irish Breakfast Tea a lot - also mint tea - also green tea - also prince of Wales tea - anyways, great to see so much robust writing, ladies - all the best with your books - luvly blogspot - and I love anything to do with tall ships so y'all know which cup I think is better than good - all the best

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    1. Curtseying to you, good sir! Thank you for joining our celebration today. 'Tis a joy to serve you a cup of your favorite tea and tempt you with our pastries.

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  11. I love all kinds of tea and would love to win your giveaway.
    Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com
    I also love shortbread cookies with my tea.

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    1. Lovely to have you today, Miss Janet. Thank you for your attendance.

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  12. I am a coffee drinker but I do enjoy a cup of Green Tea every so often... thanks for the chance to win one of these lovely books!

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    1. I am sure we can arrange to brew you some coffee, Madame Michelle. It is a pleasure to have your company this morning.

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  13. If you haven't caught the announcement I just shared on the post, my publisher, Abingdon Press is offering Book 2, Beside Two Rivers, for free in Nook and Kindle today. And if you acquire it, you may want to acquire Book 1, Before the Scarlet Dawn, and Book 3, Beyond the Valley.
    FREE IN NOOK -- http://tinyurl.com/afqtbze
    FREE IN KINDLE -- http://tinyurl.com/9pth4u7

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  14. Oops..forgot my email...michelle@destinationamish.com

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  15. If you'd like to see my book covers, front and back, here's the link.
    http://inspire-writer.blogspot.com/

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  16. Good morning friends. It's a chilly day here in Williamsburg, but I'm keeping warm by the hearth enjoying some beef tea and biscuits. We are no longer able to bring English tea into the colonies so we get creative with various herbs and plants.

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    1. Good morn, Madame Grunst. The beef tea sounds hearty and warming. I'll add another log to the fire. So good of you to make it in this inhospitable weather.

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    2. JANET, it is so dismal and overcast lately. But it is PARTY time, so let's smile! Pass me your cup!

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  17. I really like hot tea, most any kind but do not care for iced tea so pour me a cup of your favorite and I'll try it.
    I love Rita's work. I've read Before the Scarlet Dawn and Beside Two Rivers so I am ready to be on to Beyond the Valley!! :D
    I would also like to read The Reluctant Earl by C.J. Chase. Kelly Long is new to me but I love Amish books. Thanks to you for hosting the giveaways. Here is to our great First President--my his legacy live forever!!!!!!! Blessings! Darlene
    spangldlady[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Amen, Darlene! The good General Washington's reputation as a godfearing man has traveled abroad, and we do well to honor him today. Pouring you some lovely piping hot tea. Do you take cream, dear?

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  18. Just got the book Beside two Rivers. Looking forward to reading it. I to would love a spot of tea. The tea cup is beautiful. I would love a chance at winning. Most of all reading the book.
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. Good morning, Lady Diana. Do come sit by the hearth and enjoy your refreshment. May I tempt you with a bit of tea cake or a scone?

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  19. So many wonderful books ~ love those covers:) Tea sounds very good today though I must say I'm headed out the door to a party at Mt. Vernon tomorrow for General Washington. Martha is hosting and I cannot wait! Not everyone turns 281 and still has parties;) Just our illustrious George!

    Beautiful books - beautiful tea set! Bless you all!

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    1. Doesn't the General look wonderful for his age? :) Thank you for stopping in for tea and do send our warmest regards to the Washingtons.

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  20. Laura, if General Washington is 281 years, then Mrs. Washington isn't far behind. Time certainly flies.

    He spoke so eloquently of his mother. Quote: My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.

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    1. I hope my children think as highly of me, Rita, though they may not express it quite so eloquently! ;)

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  21. It is cold, rainy, and gloomy today in SC, so a cup of hot tea would be marvelous! Did Madame Marian Baay send you some of her special teas from the Netherlands?

    Fabulous authors above whose books I already have except for Kelly Long's new book, which I would love to read! So thankful to the good Lord who gave us books to snuggle up with on cold, rainy days!

    dianalflowers[at]aol[dot]com

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Miss Flowers. Thanking the good Lord for tea and talented authors who share their work with all of us.
      I believe Madame Marian did indeed supply our fare today. We are blessed by such good friends.

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    2. It is the same here, DIANA. I have a large assortment of teas from the Netherlands, many with fruit essences. Would you like to try one? I just finished listening to Kelly's latest book and it was wonderful!

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    3. The tea sounds wonderful, CARRIE. Just pick one of your favorites and I'm sure I'll like it, too! After all, we do seem to have the same tastes. :) Looking forward to Kelly's!

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    4. DIANA, Green tea with lemon from the Netherlands right now. Will pour you some and add a spoonful of honey--although you are so sweet you don't need it!

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    5. Are you talking about me or my teas?

      BTW - madame is mevrouw in Dutch. :)

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  22. How fun! I'd love to win one of the books -- and especially the tea package! I love tea in any flavor - and drink it most of the time.

    vernetlh(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Then you are in the right place today! Good luck to you and thank you so much for joining our celebration.

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    2. Me, too, LAURA!!! And those wonderful teas that Marian Baay sent from the Netherlands are just the thing today. But the giveaway is for colonial era teas! We'll put you in for the drawing!

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  23. I like this quote from Martha Washington.
    'Steady as a clock, busy as a bee, and cheerful as a cricket.'

    I would add, don't be tightly wound. Only use your stinger when it is in self-defense. And sing in your darkest hours like a cricket in the night.

    Kind of sappy?
    I think I need another cup of tea!

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    1. I love the sentiment of singing in your darkest hours. Very Biblical. Isn't it wonderful how the Lord gives us ensamples in nature to show us how to rejoice even in hard times? Not sappy at all!

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  24. Good morning ladies-congratulations on your new books. Thank you for offering this contest with such wonderful prizes. I would thrilled to win a copy of any of these books.

    I would love to join you with my cup of Earl Gray decaf tea and shortbread cookies.

    I live in Frederick MD too and as Rita says it is full of history.

    I love to read christian historical fiction and Rita certainly pulls you into the stories. I have not read any by C J Case, but her book sounds like something I would enjoy. Kelly Long's book is sure to be very good too as her books are.

    Blessings, Tina Rice
    tfrice@comcast.net

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    1. Lord bless you for coming, Mrs. Tina! Warming your cup with some fresh hot water, and an extra dose of tea leaves for your tea ball. Lovely to see you for the General's birthday party celebration and we are so glad you share our love of reading. Do come see us again!

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    2. Thank you Kathleen, I am enjoying our tea party very much.

      Blessings, Tina

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  25. I love tea ,hot tea are cold tea it dont matter, i would love to win books and if i won the tea set i would be thrilled as i collect blue and white glass ware
    Shirley Blanchard
    jcisforme@aol.com

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    1. Greetings, Miss Shirley. I'll bet your collection is lovely. Best of luck to you on winning. All three of these stories are terrific!

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  26. Good morn, Rita. I have settled down on this dreary day with my last cup of blackberry tea and cornbread before the morning' fire. I thank you for your company even if you are just the author of my book. My neighbors are far and my husband is out on a hunt, you are the closet thing to a friend I have this blessed day.

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    1. You are among friends here, Mrs. Peacock, and most welcome to warm yourself by the fire and sip all the tea you desire. It is true that authors make wonderful and ready companions. Some of my dearest friends have been met inside a book! Lovely to have you here with us today.

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  27. So true about God giving us examples in nature to help us through our darkest hours. There was a time last summer when our family was going through a difficult moment, and Paul and I sat out in the backyard looking up at the stars all night and singing. It was so healing.

    We live in some hard times. People in Colonial days faced hardships we could not imagine, but clung to their faith and each other to get through. That is why I write historical fiction the way I do. They are romances, yes, but they are inspirational dramas. You won't find a fluffy read.

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  28. Tina, it's good to see you here. Let's hope the icy rain and snow stays away.

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    1. Hi Rita....Don't know if you saw, but it has been flurrying off and on since 11...we now have a winter weather advisory for light sleet/freezing rain-drizzle for this afternoon/evening...hope you are home enjoying your tea and keeping warm, snuggled up with a good book...
      Blessings, Tina

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  29. Anonymous, I collected blue and white china for years. I have a set of Currier & Ives blue and white in my kitchen cupboard my aunt gave me, and some Blue Willow pieces from my mother. My favorite is a blue and white soup tureen and platters that go back to my great great grandmother Margareth Horan.

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  30. Ah, dear Roxe Anne. I'm honored to be your friend and welcome you to our tea party. My husband is out with his fly rod at one of the mountain streams in hopes of catching trout.

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  31. If I may, please post on your Facebook page and Twitter the Tea Party book launch for me, C J, and Kelly. Invite your friends.

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  32. I am half-Irish Kathleen, Mrs. Mary Latrobe's servant girl when she attended Miss Kelly Long's November 23 Kings' Arms gathering. She and Master Ben Latrobe are away from our fair city today and she sent me over to assist. She does request that I ask about Ten Width estate manor from Miss Rita Gerlach. I am no longer Mrs. Labrobe's servant girl, however. They have had a wee one and I now am overseeing the nursery staff! He is a dear one. May they have a sweet journey today.
    "My favorites," you ask? Yes, I would recommend Earl Grey and scones! Our favorites at Lane Hill House, to be sure.
    "Recommendations." No, I don't believe I will be leaving Mrs. Latrobe any time soon. The contact is lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net and I would be happy to recommend one of the serving staff as they rotate days.

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    1. Earl Grey and scones, coming right up, Kathleen! So good of you to come. Please give Mrs. Latrobe our warmest regards. How delightful that they have been blessed with a wee one. I am to be a grandmother this summer--a boy if the old wives tales are correct. Such joy each new life brings!

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    2. How joyous for you, Miss Kathleen. My, didn't our families have a delightful design when they named us! May you be blessed with many desires of open arms! In the quiet of a summer night among the soothing sound of crickets to deliver your grandbabe cooing with a fresh nappy to mama. The little Latrobe babe has been such a delight!

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    3. KATHLEEN! Good to see you! Earl Grey tea coming right up! Thanks for the update, too, since our last parting at Mistress Long's previous party!

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    4. Delighted to be here, Miss Carrie!!

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  33. (Enters Chaplain Debbie, carrying a bouquet of wildflowers)

    Good morning to all! I do apologize for being a bit late. (that pesky time zone difference) I brought these flowers for our lovely hostesses, for all the hard work they have done putting together this tea party. I am afraid I cannot shake hands or give out hugs this day, for I am nursing a cold. I do not wish to spread my cold about.....(she lifts her hankie to her mouth and proceeds to cough a little bit)
    I would simply love a hot cup of tea to soothe my sore throat. I am not much of a tea drinker, but I fear coffee will only irritate rather than soothe.
    Now.....(she looks around)...where do I put these flowers? They are quite heavy and they seem to be blocking my view of this lovely room.
    Oh, could I get some lemon in my tea? If it's not too trouble.

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    1. How, considerate of you to bring these lovely flowers. It will be months before we see their like here in Upstate New York. Let me put them in the cut glass vase on the mantel for all to enjoy. Then I will scurry off and fetch your tea with lemon. No trouble a'tall.

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    2. Thank you ever so much, dear lady. I do have a chill about me, so that tea will feel wonderful. And may I say Bravo to you ladies for such wonderful tea parties. I truly adore coming to them and meeting all the fascinating guests.

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  34. Good morning Rita, lovely tea party, but alas, I must leave early to get ready for work. But when I come home, I adore a cup of hot green tea as I relax. Congratulations on your new book, your writing sweeps me away. Have a blessed day, Mary

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    1. Good afternoon, Mistress Mary. Welcome to our gathering! Fresh tea brewing and just taking some sweet rolls from the oven, so you are just in time.

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  35. I will be happy to answer any questions regarding Ten Width Manor.

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    1. I would delight in winning a copy of said Surrender the Wind! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
      lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net and I will direct you to our postal!

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  36. Oh, do feel better, Chaplain Debbie. I nursed a sore throat and a sinus cold this month, and hot cups of lemon zinger tea with honey, and peppermint tea with honey, did the trick.

    Hello, Mary! So glad you have stopped by.

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  37. Hopefully I didn't completely miss the tea party - have been out and about the cobblestone streeets of Nicaragua, searching for a carriage to deiver me to the market. It would seem tea is not of the essense in this quaint country. Fortunately though, a small little shop just around the corner has enticed me by creating a lovely gem that has been named...the Melodiva, after myself. As I sip, pinky up, the whimsical heart design etched into the froth, enlightens my heart.

    I rush to bring my laundry in off the line so that I may have afternoon time to read - I would love to add any or even all of these books to my assortment!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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    1. Greetings, Melody dear. How delightful of you to send your regards from Nicaragua today. I hope that your afternoon read is enjoyable. So good to see you here today.

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  38. What a wonderful feature and giveaway! I'll take a cup of Earl Grey green tea in a bone china cup with matching saucer. A couple of small pieces of shortbread would be a nice addition. Ta ta!

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    1. At your service, Miss Nancee. This cup and saucer is especially lovely next to your pretty gown. So good of you to come and help us celebrate.

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    2. NANCEE!!! Lovely shorbreads including some dipped in dark chocolate, just for you! And a cuppa Earl Grey! Hugs!

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  39. Melody, so glad you could stop by all the way from Nicaragua. I imagine it is sunny and warm there, unlike Maryland where it is cold and I am watching snowflakes fall outside my window.

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  40. Hello Nancee. I'm glad you have come by to have tea with us. I like the lovely way you spell your name. Earl Grey green tea is so good! Even better in a bone chine tea cup.

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  41. Ladies, if you won the china tea cup we are showing today, where would you place it? In a china cabinet, on the mantle, in your kitchen cupboard, or somewhere else?

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    1. Dear Rita, if I won that lovely tea set, I would find a place where everyone could feast their eyes upon it, yet where small hands cannot touch it. My grandchildren frequent my home, so I would be protecting it.

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    2. Oh dear, I do believe I have neglected to leave my email address. Where is my head? I guess because I am nursing a head cold, I am not quite there today. So, before I forget again: debsbunch5[at]jesusanswers[dot]com

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    3. I would put it amidst my Blue Willow collection, Miss Rita. Or... the four piece tea cup with strainer and cover indeed by Miss MaryLu's novels! Yes, that would be fine.
      I, myself, would like to obtain a copy of your Surrender the Wind to find out about Ten Width, for I do not know what questions to ask about it. Mrs. Latrobe bid me mention it and I didn't want to forget. Kathleen

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    4. Rita, a lovely tea cup. I would place it in my dinning room hutch where I have other tea cups and dishes; it has a glass front and would be easily seen. My husband-Russell's grandfather made the hutch many years ago and Russell's aunt gave it to us before she went to her heavenly home.

      Blessings, Tina

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    5. Oh, I'd place it on a shelf above the stove, where I keep the teapot/sugar/creamer set my mother gave me for Christmas. Always at the ready for a spot of tea!

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  42. Above my kitchen sink where my mothers Bluebirds of Happiness sit, so I could enjoy them the most often.

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  44. If you check the post above the comments, I've added two recipes. My UK readers tell me these are essential for a ladies tea --- cream scones and Devon cream.

    Did you know that on October 19, 1774, Annapolis, Maryland had their own Boston Tea Party?
    The cargo vessel, 'The Peggy Stewart', was burned down to the waterline for bringing tea into the harbor against the boycott on tea imports imposed in retaliation for the siege on Boston. I write about it in my novel 'The Everlasting Mountains', which will be reissued this summer along with the prequel 'Thorns In Eden' in a 2-in-1 collection.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggy_Stewart_%28ship%29

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    1. I did not know that, Rita, The Peggy Stewart you say? I imagine there is quite the story behind that vessel. I will have to check that link you posted to learn more. Thank you ever so much!

      (Looking about) I really must mingle a bit, to see who is attending this tea party. Have a marvelous day, my dear!

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    2. Thank you so much for the referral to these fine recipes. My cousin Marsha and her husband Patrick have an import and tea shop ~*~ should one be in the area, they serve clotted cream with their scones! Visit them online

      http://www.legacyhouseimports.com/

      You will enjoy viewing warming photos and menu of their tea room. Tell Miss Marsha her cousin, Kathleen, has sent you! There is a fine article on their About page. I have enjoyed fine tea times there, and... my first sampling of clotted cream and jam with scones!

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  45. Good Afternoon Ladies
    Thank you so much for inviting me to this fine party. I've traveled all the way from the Carolina's. I am not much for hot tea but since it is such a cold day today I just might be persuaded to partake of some.

    I hear a huge congratulations is in order to Rita, C.J. and Kelly for all their hard work in getting their fine manuscripts published, this is such an accomplishment in this day and time.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR FINE PRESIDENT WASHINGTON...I so wish he could be President forever, I have a premonition that the year 2013 will be in dire need of a good man in the White House.

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    1. Hello, dear Teresa, good to see you! Thank you for reminding me......A hardy Happy Birthday to the wonderful President Washington.
      (turns her head, hankie covering face and sneezes)
      Do excuse me, dear, I am nursing a head cold. My mind is all muddled right now.....no excuse for now wishing President Washington Happy Birthday, but what can I say?
      You do look lovely today, Teresa, I pray you have a wonderful visit!

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    2. My dear Mrs. Mathews, so good to see you here. I have just the perfect thing to take the chill out of the air. Come and sip some of this tea blend I have brewed. Bohea with a hint of chamomile. Very mild and soothing.
      I second your notion about keeping our beloved General as president forever. If only we could have a man of half his integrity running things. . . Oh, but I digress.
      We are celebrating today for all three of our ladies and their new books. Such a delightful occasion. And equally delightful to have you here to share our joy.

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    3. TERESA, so good to have you join us! George and Matha's tea service is so gorgeous! Yes, we are so happy for our lady authors! So talented!!!

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  46. Hi!
    I tea party on a snowy day is just the thing! I will be coming with a cup of my favorite, Peppermint, and maybe later I will switch to my 2nd favorite, Spearmint.
    I don't have a favorite Colonial treat that I know of, but as a child (and I still do) like to make Pomander Balls with oranges. I read about them in my American Girl Felicity books when I was about 10, the recipe was easy and so much fun! Who knew a doll/books would get me started in a love for all things Colonial, and who can beat those gorgeous dresses?

    Thanks for sharing the Kindle book link, Rita! I have your first book in print and have been anxious to read it :)

    Jasmine A.
    montanamade(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Orange Pomander balls sounds like a wonderfully aromatic recipe. How fun! So good to have you join the conversation, Jasmine.

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  47. Thank you to everyone for making my day by reading your comments - just like when I was a little girl and having a tea party by myself. Sometimes it's just good to pretend!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

    Happy Birthday to all & thank you for using your talents to write for us!

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  48. For your reading pleasure, Google Books has the opening chapters for Beyond the Valley. So if you aren’t sure whether to invest your good coin and precious time into such a novel, you may want to sample the story. But beware, ladies. You will want to read on as you come to care about what becomes of poor Sarah Carr. The question is, will she be rescued from a life of servitude and find love at last?

    http://tinyurl.com/ang2ygn

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    1. Thanks for a peak into your new book. The name "Carr" jumped out at me. My mother's maiden name was Carr, I have been doing a bit of genealogy and have found some interesting information about our family.

      Blessings, Tina

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  49. I do not like tea yet. I have just taught myself to like coffee. Tea is next as I so love tea sets. The one offered today is very pretty. I also don't have any favorite colonial treats, I like sweets so I would try many. I have two of the books already but I would be interested in a copy of Kelly Long's. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. Greetings, Miss Amy. It took me a long while to take my tea without sugar, but now I drink it no other way. Perhaps that would help make it more palatable to you? And you are so right--nothing is more romantic than a pretty tea cup and saucer. I have my mother's tea pots, and they are a few of my favorite possessions.
      Thank you for coming, dear. Good luck on the giveaway.

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  50. Well, I can't see the comment I wrote this morning before I had to go out. It seems to have landed in comment purgatory.

    What to do? I just know if I type the same thing, the other one will decide to make a belated entrance. So, let me just thank Carrie and all the wonderful people at Colonial Quills for a great tea party.

    And congratulations to my release mates, Rita and Kelly.

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    1. Good day to you Miss C.J.! Delighted to make your acquaintance. Dear C.J., my mother died when she was 41, a month before I was six. So miss her and the influence she would have had on my life. I did receive a wonderful memory. At age seventeen, I visited a schoolmate. As we were in their entry, I was laughing; an elderly grandmother in the next room said, "Sally is here."
      "No, Mother. Remember Sally died."
      "I hear her laughing."
      I thank our Lord for this gift received 11 years later from a beloved memory of one so dear.

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    2. ha! Comment purgatory! I've been sent there a few times, but I must have gotten out on good behavior. :)
      Congratulations, C.J. I ADORE your cover. Best one ever in my opinion. :)

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    3. Lane -- How wonderful to learn you had inherited your mother's laughter.

      Here's a cute story for you. My dad had one sister, 8 years younger than he. When Nancy was in first grade, the teacher asked (on February 22) if anyone knew whose birthday it was. Nancy raised her hand and proudly told the teacher it was her big brother's birthday. Not the answer the teacher was looking for, but it was true.

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    4. Kathleen, we don't have total control over our covers, but we do have to send in suggestions to the art department. All my suggestions this time had a horse (or two). I figured I couldn't be the only horse-crazy girl who now lives in a grown woman's body.

      My first stories (those ones I wrote in elementary school) always had a horse or dog as the main character. Ah, the good old days.

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    5. Miss C.J., Miss Leah doesn't appear to be riding side-saddle? Some days we ladies can't even get an early morning ride in without notice. Monsieur DeChambrelle appears to be quite taken with her. --Inquiry from half-Irish Kathleen at Lane Hill House

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  51. Interesting tidbit ~*~ "Washington took the oath of office in New York City, and he and Martha lived and worked there until they moved with the government to the nation’s second temporary capital, Philadelphia. Though Washington helped determine the site of the White House, construction was not completed during his presidency and the Washingtons never lived there. Following Washington’s second term as president, the couple returned permanently to their estate in Virginia located about 16 miles south of Washington, D.C."

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    1. Yes, I was just reading about the fact that Washington took his oath of office in NYC. I read it in that popular book The Harbinger, and I also read it because I am researching NYC for my work in progress right now. I always have my ears attuned for NY history. Fascinating!

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  52. OH my, I'm always so late to these parties! I do hope there's some tea left!! I prefer decaf cherry/vanilla tea, though I doubt that's been invented yet. ;-) Anyway, it's so wonderful to see so many in attendance. This will be a marvelous party!! I've read all of Miss Gerlach's books and they are FABULOUS. I haven't had the privilege of reading CJ's or Miss Kelly's, however, but they look wonderful. I am, however, in love with that tea set with the tall ship on it! My goodness.. I simply shan't survive unless I can add that to my collection!! LOL Anyway, I see several friends here so I shall leave you and go mingle.

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    1. Ahoy, dear Cap'n MaryLu, so nice to see you here. Do try some of the wonderful treats these ladies have to offer. The teas have done wonders for my cold. I am still a bit chilled, but that is to be expected when one refuses to stay home while not well. Pardon me while I go sit for a spell.

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    2. MARYLU, I happen to know where just such a cup can be procured! They know me well at the establishment in Yorktown. It is adjacent the York River and a lovely ride in the Prius...er carriage!

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    3. Oh I do pray for your quick recovery, Chaplain! Please get some rest, but I don't blame you for missing such a lovely party!
      Mistress Carrie.. if only I weren't so far away!! Perhaps on my next visit, you can take me to this lovely establishment. We could make a day of it!!

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    4. I will try to concoct this vanilla tea of which you speak so fondly, Captain Tyndall. Perhaps if I steep a dried cherry in with it, it will enhance your enjoyment of the brew. The teacup seems to have been made for you with your love of ships and all things nautical.

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    5. Oh thank you so much, Lady Maher! You are too kind! What a lovely hostess you are!

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  53. I'd love to enjoy a cup of tea with all of you. I really don't have a favorite blend and am willing to try just about any flavor.

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    1. CINDI, Green tea with lemon is being poured this very moment. Honey or sugar?

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  54. My favorite tea was a type of Rooibos I had once in a little tea shop in Old Town Pasadena, CA once...I've tried to find other teas that tasted as good to no avail...but have come close. It think it might have had raspberries included. It was yummy.

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    1. JACKIE, I have Rooibos, original blend, by Pickwick via the Netherlands. Looks like it has cinnamon in it. will brew it right up for you!

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  55. I have to give a hearty hello to my friend and fellow author MaryLu!
    I am looking forward to attending your tea party in March for your newest novel. MaryLu's books are so good!

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    1. Greetings Rita!! I can't wait to have our tea party in March!

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  56. Nothing like getting good news on a rainy Friday afternoon.

    ChristianBooks.com is gracious to offer The Daughters of the Potomac series in a set. In this economy, as it was to the Americans when they were burdened with heavy taxes and high prices, it is a fine thing they offer readers a discount of 35% for all three books.

    http://www.christianbook.com/daughters-of-the-potomac-volumes-1/rita-gerlach/pd/267267?event=CF

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  57. Well lovely ladies, I must be on my way. I believe I must get back home and tend to my cold. I had a lovely time and I pray that everyone stays warm and healthy. Good bye and God bless.
    (leaves the party, very happy that she attended and saddened by having to leave so soon)

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  58. I must bid adieu for the afternoon, ladies. My children are surrounding my table and threatening mutiny if they are not fed. It was lovely to celebrate with you all today. I wish Kelly, C. J. And Rita every blessing on their new books.
    Good day ladies!

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  59. Since my earlier comment seems to have disappeared into the ether forever, I'll say that I was hoping to have someone pour me a cup of Lady Grey. I realize his lordship has his own blend, but I find the bergamot a little heavy.

    At the moment, I'm having chocolate in a Delft cup with similar blue/white designs to one being given away.

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    1. Lady Grey served pronto and some scones. Lamb dinner for you, too? Should be on the table shortly! Congrats on your new release, Mistress Chase--it is my favorite of 2013!

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  60. To all you ladies who are avid readers, please feel free to ask me, C.J., and Kelly, any questions you might have in regards to our novels or writing.

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  61. C.J.
    Bergamot is a bit heavy to swallow at times but it makes me hyper so I write more...which is good!

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    1. Hmm. I've been struggling forevah to get this partial done. I do have some Earl Grey in the house, so I may have to test that. I could use a bit of energy.

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  62. I am a coffee drinker, but would love to join you for tea and scones. I really am very partial to scones.
    These giveaway's sound quite wonderful - I am so looking forward to reading MaryLu's "Forsaken Dreams" and would love to add one of these to my reading pleasure.
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. BETZ, I am about to serve lamb dinner, so please pull up a chair by the table. I just got a copy of ML's book today, a signed copy from the author--I was so touched! Blessings!

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  63. Are there any scones left? I've enjoyed catching up on the conversation and I'd be happy with tea... but I better make it Lady Grey as well.
    I've enjoyed The Reluctant Earl --just wonderful!

    It looks like I'm going to read Rita's back-to-back one of these days...which is nice. More fun than waiting for months for the next book.

    As my character Tempest is stepping out of a story where women are few, she is admiring all the lovely dresses and female chatter.

    Congratulations to all! Kelly, I look forward to hearing more about your story.
    I must run--but I'll leave Tempest here and return for her later if this heavy snow doesn't slow me down.

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    1. Our hostesses have so genuinely treated us with their scones and tea today, Miss Debra. So good of you to come and bring Tempest. We will have a good chat I am sure as the fires are splendid and toasty warm.

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    2. DEB, Lady Grey tea is perfect to got with tRE!!! Great book! I love your character's name! We are SO looking forward to you joining us here on CQ!!! Congrats on coming on board! Scones on their way!

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  64. I drink coffee more regularly than tea, but I do keep Earl Grey tea at home for when I'm craving it. Green tea with lemon is nice when my throat is sore :) I've also been partial to English Breakfast and vanilla chai, as well.

    I'm currently reading Lilly's Wedding Quilt, which came highly recommended to me by a dear friend. I've added Sarah's Garden (which is the first book, I believe) to my to-read list. I didn't realize a third novel was coming out too, how nice! Since I am already reading the 2nd book, I would love to win Threads of Grace primarily, but would be happy to win any of them. And I adore coffee mugs & china tea cups. I have a set that belonged to my grandmother & use them all the time.

    Thank you for the invitation to the party! :)
    Beth
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    1. I would love to read An Amish Kitchen!

      I have not read the first two books in A Patch of Heaven series ~ may they be read as stand-alones, or would it spoil them reading out of order?

      I am so enjoying our afternoon tea. Will there be an evening soirée? akin to Old Irish sír long, lasting and perhaps to Old English sīth late? I have not been advised of the time.
      Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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    2. BETH, I have loved all of KELLY's books so far. This is the last one in the series and her last at Thomas Nelson as she has moved to B&H. We adore tea cups here, too! How wonderful to have your grandmother's!!!

      KATHLEEN, would you care to join us for a lamb dinner? You can read the books out of order but I would recommend you read the other two first.

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    3. I would love to join you for a lamb dinner! An Irish feast at best. I am, as we speak, enjoying a salad, and that sounds wonderful. You may start your other guests first, and I will follow in as a table is clear. Blessings! Kathleen

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    4. I see a place by the window is opening! I would love to sit there as I will be able to see the comings and goings below. I love that you have the dining on the upper floor. So grand of you to extend our stay here today for this meal together!

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    5. How did you enjoy the mint sauce with the lamb, KATHLEEN? My hubby and son enjoyed it as did I. We have some Red Velvet cupcakes left,would you care for one with a decaffeinated tea?

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    6. The mint and vinegar steeped so well, I believe. Quite the accompaniment. Yes, how thoughtful of you for the decaffeinated ~ I have been enjoying the library so much. I will try not to leave crumbs from the cupcakes ~*~ two please, if there are still a couple left. Thank you.

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  65. Cozy tea party ladies. I have plenty of Dutch tea myself, so I'd like a cup of colonial tea please. Do you have a piece of pie too?

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    1. MARIAN!!!! So glad you came by! Absolutely, I will serve you up some gunpowder tea and a piece of apple pie. Maybe we should make it cherry in honor of George Washington.

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  66. Popping in for a quick cup of tea to wish you all the best with your new books! Congratulations!!

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  67. I've been buried under copy edits and other work today, ladies, but taking a little break now to wish you each the best and God's blessings on your book launches!

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  68. How did each of you (the authors) get started in your particular genre(s)? And congrats on these latest releases!
    Jasmine A.
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  69. Hi, Jasmine. I always loved history, so writing in an historical time period was a no-brainer for me. I've written a couple contemporary settings, and while they are fun, I don't think they fit my "voice" as well. And I love mysteries (all the way back to my Trixie Belden days), so I wanted to combine the two. I've written in a number of different time periods and settings, and it was really just a matter of which one fell on the right editors desk.

    Turned out the one that got my first sale involved a War of 1812 plot and was set in London. And that meant my next few books have British settings since editors like an author to stay in one setting for a while. Someday, I'll come back to my early colonials and Civil War and Reconstruction Virginia and Victorian Pennsylvania and ... well, you get the idea!

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  70. Oh, my, so happy that everyone is still here. We've been readying our carriage for a trip to Charleston,SC, tomorrow. It's been drizzling rain all day and I was caught out in the inclement weather. Would you be so kind as to hang my wool coat out and away as it smells of an opossum that's slept under the porch too long. I love Earl Grey tea with cherry and chocolate chip shortbread cookies. But then there is a tea plantation just outside of Charleston. We might visit there tomorrow and make some purchases. CJ, I read the Reluctant Earl last week and found it intriguing. Enjoyed it very much. Rita, I'm reading Rebel's Pledge. I'm about a third of the way through. Well done. I have your other books on my to read list. What accomplished ladies. I'm humbled to be in your company.

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    1. SUSAN, we have a close friend that my husband has referred to as the "possum killer" from SC, since her carriage ran over one enroute to our home in Charleston! Welcome! Hope you enjoy your tea tray and do put your feet up, dear!

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  71. Historical fiction is my very favorite genre. I appreciate the research the authors do to place their characters within the events/happenings. So much more than we learned in school!
    I am enjoying the library here! How kind of you to refresh us and there is still plenty of cherry offerings available. The biscuits are so tasty.
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. KATHLEEN, our book piles overfloweth! Thank you, glad you are enjoying our food! Refill?

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  72. My favorite tea is green tea. I also like mint and peppermint tea. I love the looks of the tea set ad historical fiction books. Thank you for the chance to win.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. ANGELA, I like strong black tea but I like green tea, too! Blessings!

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  73. French Vanilla is my favorite tea. Thank you for the chance to win this contest.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. WENDY, I love vanilla tea, too!!! Will pour you a cup right now. I have Red Velvet cupcakes, too!

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  74. I was at a Bible study so I just came in. Wanted to say that I would love to read these books and I love green and black tea with biscotti.

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  75. Enjoying a late cup of tea with all you ladies and so excited for your new releases. CJ, your missive sounds intriguing! Kelly, your book cover is so beautiful! The colors draw me in like a warm cup of Earl Grey! And Rita, I have FINALLY completed BOOKS 1 and 2 of the Daughters of the Potomac and am just starting Beyond the Valley. Great series! Congrats to you all! I am honored to be in the company of such fine authors. Blessings and best wishes!

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    1. ELAINE, it amazes me how the graphic artists come up with such beautiful covers! Great to see you here.

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  76. I am having a nice cup of English breakfast tea with cream and a cranberry scone before retiring for the night.all the books sound wonderful. I never have a shortage of good books on my reading list with all you wonderful authors. Bless you all.

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    1. KIM, I love strong English breakfast tea, too! Some right here for you. Would you like a biscuit this morning? Butter and honey?

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  77. I am so sad because I think everyone has just about gone home from the party. I sure would like some of that tea. Just found my invitation in the junk box. ((tears)). Bet I missed all sorts of stories! Now it will be a long ride home.I would love to have one of these lovely books. I like Raspberry tea. Delicious! Had a lot of rain. Maxie mac262(at0me(dot)com

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    1. MAXIE, but we have some other guests whose journeys home requires a night's lodging nearby. They'll be trickling by, too. Scroll up to read the stories! Raspberry tea coming right up!

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  78. Love tea parties - thanks for the invitation, & thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway!

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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  79. I'm so sorry to have missed the party. It sounds as if everyone had a really good time. I have Rita's books, but would love an opportunity to read C.J.'s.

    jrlight620 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. You have not missed it, JUDITH! We have day two of our guests who have stayed nearby at the inn! CJ's books are wonderful, too! As are Kelly's! Rita is so talented and I am sure this new release will be fabulous! Tea?

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  80. Oh wow! What a great giveaway. These books would be great as birthday presents for me seeing that today is my birthday. Thanks for letting me be a part of it. I am not sure what my favorite tea is as I love different teas.

    deamundy at gmail dot com

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    1. DEANNA, welcome! I am about to get up from ye olde settee and make myself and our newcomers a pot of tea! Will bring you back a selection.

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  81. Oh Missus Pagels, I am absolutely delighted to see I have not missed being with you sweet ladies. I have a few favorite teas which I have been enjoying immensely this winter. Constant Comment is always a favorite. Taylors Christmas Tea is a good bold tea with a very slight spice hint, and Lady (Earl) Grey are my most favorite.

    I little teapot has been especially busy this year as I have had the good fortune to have one of those new inventions called a microwave. Did Mr. Washington have one of those? Well, ladies, I don't even have to boil my water! I just put 2 teabags (are they not so cute) and the teapot of water in the microwave for 5 minutes, let steep an additional few minutes, sweeten it with that wonderful white grated sugar and I have such a wonderful spot of tea at the ready.

    Why, did you know that after I pout mine in my little "heart cup" I just put the whole teapot back in the little microwave box and it stays warm for ever-s0-long. Did you ever hear of such a thing?

    I'll have to decline the shortbread today, ladies, my unmentionables simply are not letting me breath!

    I love that little teacup you have and the book about the poor lady sold into servitude! Why, I'm appalled and would so love to read her whole sweet story. Please count me in!

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    1. VERA!!! I love your post, lol. I confess I have succumbed to placing my mason jar, filled with water and tea bags, and entering the magic numbers on the microwave to bring about a perfect brew (Shhhh, no teapot involved, lol!) And I should pass on the shortbreads, but the lovely little Girl Scout just dropped off $49 worth of cookies at the door, including Trefoils--yum!!!

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  82. I'm headed to town but thought I would say 'Good Morning' to you ladies. Blessings to all of you!
    Jasmine A.
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  83. A great book and a good cup of tea is the perfect combination :)
    Hannah Peasha
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  84. Sorry to be late to the party, but I had an unexpectedly busy day yesterday and time just slipped away from me. My congratulations and the very best of wishes to such three talented authors! Each novel sounds like a wonderful historical, and their covers are beautiful. I would love to try a cup of that Dutch tea if there is any left. Blessings to all!

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    1. I have lots of Dutch tea! And I'll be returning to the shop to get a couple more of those teacup sets for two special ship-loving gals at CACW! blessings!

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  85. Sorry ladies, I just noticed some glaring typos and then, too, I left off some contact information
    godleyv [at]yahoo{com}

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  86. (Chaplain Debbie enters)
    Hello again! So, what have I missed? So sorry I had to leave early yesterday, but my cold has really done a number on me. Today, I am battling a bad headache, but I am still here....if not for just a short while.
    Carrie! So lovely to see you! I saw you wondering about yesterday, but alas I never had the opportunity to say hello....so Hello! I do believe I will be having coffee today, my dear. The tea was lovely yesterday, but I am not much of a tea drinker.
    Isn't it wonderful about the new releases? And they all sound so great! I have a lot of books to read, but there is always room for more. What is a home without books? I'll tell you what it is, it's boring and uneducated.
    Well, I think I will be getting that coffee now, I do believe I need a little caffeine kick. I will catch up with you later.
    (Chaplain Debbie walks away, holding her head, because it is pounding BIG time) :)

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    1. My spouse has brewed some wonderful strong coffee this morning. Have a cup! Yes, we are so proud of our CACW authors!!! Praying for you, DEBBIE!!!

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    2. Thank you, sweet Carrie. And do thank your spouse for me.

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  87. I enjoy peppermint tea and would gladly try any of the treats mentioned here! Congratulations on your new books! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  88. good books and a cup of hot tea, what could be better? thanks! Rhonda
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  89. Greetings, dear ladies and gent,
    I am checking back in for the library gift winners! Blessings to you today. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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