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, March 22, 2013

Tea Party Roseanna White and MaryLu Tyndall


We are celebrating Roseanna White's and MaryLu Tyndall's new releases

Tea Party: Welcome to Poogan's Porch in Charleston, South Carolina. If you were following our Serial story last week "A Vow Fulfilled" you may have noticed that in Carrie's section on Roseanna's blog, the antagonist, Gaskins, references our hero chatting it up at "Poogins."  

Feel free to come in character. We've a lovely selection of teas, coffee, and desserts to tempt you. Draw in a deep breath and you'll smell Poogan's Porch's awesome shrimp!  Yum!  Don't be shy--we've plenty of room to mingle and chat. 
Now, without further ado, CQ features Roseanna White and MaryLu Tyndall--each with wonderful releases this month!



Love Has No Place in a World of Spies

1779—Winter Reeves is an aristocratic American Patriot forced to hide her heart amid the British Loyalists of the city of New York. She has learned to keep her ears open so she can pass information on British movements to Robbie Townsend, her childhood friend, and his spy ring. If she's caught, she will be executed for espionage, but she prays the Lord’s protection will sustain her, and Robbie has taught her the tools of the trade—the wonders of invisible ink, secret drop locations and, most importantly, a good cover.

Bennet Lane returns to New York from his Yale professorship with one goal: to find General Washington’s spy hidden among the ranks of the city’s elite. Searching for a wife was supposed to be nothing more than a convenient cover story for his mission, but when he meets Winter, with her too-intelligent eyes in her too-blank face, he finds a mystery that can’t be ignored.

Both are determined to prevail at any cost…and each is committed to a separate cause. Will God lead them to a shared destiny or lives lived apart?

Roseanna is offering a signed copy of Ring of Secrets to one lucky reader! The winner will be drawn from the comments, so to enter, just leave a note with your email address included!



They Left Everything Behind to Build a New Southern Utopia

Colonel Blake Wallace has seen enough death to last a lifetime. Weary and disillusioned, he slumps beneath the weight of defeat and loss. With his entire family murdered by the North and his name appearing on a list of officers wanted for war crimes, Blake organizes a shipload of southerners who, like him, long to escape the horrors of war and start a new life in a verdant land called Brazil.

Eliza Crawford can barely remember the days of her youth spent in opulence and comfort at her Georgian home. She can't help but wonder how different her life would be had she not met her late husband, Stanton Watts, a general in the Northern army. Now a war widow, Eliza is rejected by both North and South. Desperate to keep her marriage a secret and escape her past and pain, she longs to start over again in Brazil.

But once the voyage begins, troubles abound. Dangers at sea  and enemies from within threaten to keep Blake and Eliza from the new life—and love—they long for.
Tea cup set, with ship, Colonial style

GIVEAWAYS: We have another lovely teacup this month!  And a colonial goody basket! (Plus Ro's book, mentioned above!)  USA commenters only for the giveaway.  Extra entries for those who "Like" Roseanna's author page on Facebook (put RW on your comment) and MaryLu's author page on Facebook (put MLT on your comment).  If you have come in character, you also get an extra entry for the drawings.  

Come on to the porch--it is a balmy 77 degrees here and very comfortable.  What would you like to ask our party girls?

 

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  1. A balmy 77 degrees? Oh, that does sound like heaven! This Long Island girl is ready for the warm waves of summer. I thank everyone for coming by to support my story!

    ~ Winter Reeves

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    1. Brrrr, 'twas 32 degrees in Yorktown but a lovely sunny and warm day here on Poogan's Porch in Charleston. Miss Reeves, welcome! I'm Angeline Rose and my master has "loaned" me out to work at this event. Don't tell anyone, but I can read--Mrs. Roat, Master's sister, taught me in secret (your book has lots of secrets, too!) Welcome and I'll bring you a tray.

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  2. This Charleston climate would surely do wonders for my spirits. Upstate New York is still entrenched in cold.
    Good morning, Miss Winter. What a fascinating tale you have. Let me pour you a cup of tea and we'll greet a few guests together.

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    1. I'm happy to assist, Miss Maher. What lovely garments you serving girls from up north have. But then again, you are not enslaved. But I'll soon be free when Mrs. Roat carries me to Richmond soon. I've got Miss Winter's tray ready to go.

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  3. LOL I hate to burst y'all's bubble but is COLD here this morning! It's 39 degrees in Charleston and 26 in Clover! And it is supposed to get up to just 52 degrees both places. Brrrr!!! For some reason March has some of our coldest nights. And what is really strange is that many of our snows come in early March if we get them. But of course Charleston doesn't get the snow. Lucky people. I need to move closer to that lovely city. My favorite place to go. Hey MaryLu! Waving to you from SC! Hello Roseanna! Waving at you, too. I'm sipping on my tea right now (literally) and watch the fire in the fireplace. Nothing like a good cup of tea!

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    1. Debbie Lynne, I reject your reality and substitute my own, as the MythBusters would say. ;-) And what is it with March??

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    2. We call Charleston the "holy city" because of the number of churches here. St. Phillips is especially beautiful and not far from here.

      I've brought pecan tarts out from the plantation (shh! don't tell Mrs. Poogan!) Would you like some, Mrs. Costello?

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    3. Oh, give us Yankees some hope that somewhere exists a land of perennial warmth and charm. ;) 26 in Clover? REALLY? Egads.
      Those pecan tarts smell wonderful Miss Angeline. Thank you for your assistance to our guests. Your gown is lovely, too! It is obvious you are a skilled seamstress.

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  4. We've been awfully cold up in the Great Frozen North too. I'm ready for spring to make its appearance. How lovely to join you on Poogin's Porch and warm up before the fire with a cup of that delicious tea!

    Congratulations Roseanna and MaryLu for your newest releases! I know these stories are absorbing and thrilling, as usual, and readers are going to love them!

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    1. Good morning, Miss Joan. The fire is crackling to chase away the last of the chill form the air, and we have two wonderful books on the table to browse. So good of you to come all the way to celebrate with us! Tis a lovely party.

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  5. Good Morning Ladies
    I am so glad I decided to join you, I am from Columbia which about 100 miles from here and it is a very chilly 33 degrees this morning. I usually drink cold sweet tea but I might be persuaded to have a nice hot cup of tea this morning. Roseanna and MaryLu I am so excited to hear of your successful publication of your new books. I am sure they are delightful. Thank you so much for inviting me to this charming Tea Party.

    avonmathews(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Why Miss T, welcome!!! Here at our party it is 77 degrees all day long, so enjoy!!! Lemon with your tea? Welcome, and enjoy!

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    2. Ah, we are blessed to have your company, Miss Mathews. I'm sipping my tea warm this morning as well. Even if the sun is shining and the birds are singing gloriously from the live oaks. Your smile is the cheeriest of them all.
      So good of you to come!

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  6. Good Morning Ladies,

    I've been to Poogan's Porch, I had no idea it had been around that long!

    I do wonder where MLT came up with/heard about the Southerners heading to Brazil after the war... such an interesting tidbit of history!

    I would love a pecan tart=)

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

    RW
    MLT

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    1. Oh my goodness, Mrs. H., we don't discuss age around here (for buildings either lol.)

      Mama's tarts are the best. I hid it under the napkin--don't want Mrs. Poogan to see it. I'm going to go sneak a cup of that fancy hot green and peach tea Mrs. P. has in the kitchen. I suspect her real name is Pagels. Coffee or tea?

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    2. Miss Patty, I quite agree. MLT is a wonder the way she comes up with fresh plots and story twists all the time. I stayed up far too late trying to finish this riveting book last night, and I'm afraid my poor circled eyes show it. But oh, it was so worth it! You simply must read it. :)

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  7. Ummm, at a chilly 29 degrees here in Knoxville, TN I think it calls for a nice cup of tea! Now my greatest decision is which delicious flavor do I choose today? How about a nice darjeeling? A pecan tart would be lovely with it. Thank you! :-)

    1972booklover(at)gmail(dot)com.

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    1. Miss Sandra, your tea, dear. Thank you so much for making the journey, and I trust this pecan tart will refresh you.

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  8. Congratulations to Roseanna and MaryLu on the releases of their newest novels. They are both so talented, and give so much to their readers.

    I'll pass on tea or coffee. I just had a large cup of coffee and I'm wired for the day, off to work on my novel in progress. But a word before I go to all the ladies here. Please support Roseanna and MaryLu, and other CQ authors, by purchasing a copy of their books. After you've read them, post a nice comment on Amazon, mention them on your Facebook page, and on Goodreads.

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    2. Here here, Miss Rita. I couldn't agree more. My review for Forsaken Dreams will be up this weekend, God willing. I enjoy these ladies' work ever so much, and cannot wait to begin yours, too!
      Thank you for visiting. Do allow me pour you a cup of tea while you're here.

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    3. Hear, hear, Miss Rita! I fully concur! I have already purchased Miss Roseanna's wonderful tale and Miss MaryLu's will be next on my list to purchase! And it takes just a few moments to write a review which helps our authors tremendously! Thank you for the reminder. (And I loved your latest missive as well, Miss Rita, and happily posted your review. I am sad the series is now complete!)

      Now, where is some of that lovely tea.... :)

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  9. Roseanna and MaryLu, your books sound like some very good reads. I'm sure they will be enjoyed by many!

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    1. Good morning, Miss Janet. I am quite enjoying Forsaken Dreams by our very own MLT. We simply must discuss the handsome hero Colonel Blake over our tea cups. And that mysterious Bennett Lane just captivates me. They're both devastatingly handsome. What's a girl to do?

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  10. I am so glad to take a"breather" and have a cup of tea with you. Poogan's Porch is quite lovely - I have taken tea there before and quite enjoyed it. Blessings to both authors - I know writing can be such a hard occupation, but one that brings such joy when readers find an escape in your stories. How do you keep your imagination so fresh and ready for new stories?

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    1. How right you are, Miss Kim. I greatly admire Miss Roseanna and Miss MaryLu greatly.

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    2. Thanks, ladies. =) Imagination has always come easy to me--it's reality that I have a hard time focusing on, LOL!

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    3. Miss Roseanna, I quite understand about wanting to stay in your imagination, but I just find it a gift that you can weave your tales in such a way to make us all feel a part of it - keep up the great work :)

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  11. I'm going to come as myself, author Dina Sleiman, so I can say that I was Roseanna's critique partner for Ring of Secrets, and you all are in for a real treat!!!

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    1. Oh, do tell, Miss Dina! How does Miss Roseanna do it? No doubt it is a joy to experience her creative process first hand.

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  12. I truly enjoyed Miss MaryLu's Surrender to Destiny series. I really felt like I was "living" that time period. I like to read series because it is always hard to say goodbye to the characters at the end of a book :)

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    1. Yes, you are so right. The characters really become friends. Series is a wonderful way to extend the pleasure of their company.

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  13. Good day to you all!! Sorry for my late arrival but Colonel Blake simply refused to turn the ship around! We were halfway to Brazil when I remembered your kind invitation to Poogans! But how could I miss such a party? There will be nothing like it in the jungles of Brazil, I assure you. Besides, I long for my last sip of real tea and some of Charleston's famous shrimp and even a pecan tart... at least one last time. I hear the fare in Brazil is quite different. Oh my, how will I ever survive. Forgive my manners.. I haven't introduced myself to those who don't know me. I'm Eliza Crawford, pleased to meet you all. I was a war nurse in the Civil war. Such a brutal war, but I was happy to help where I could. Now, I and some other people are heading to Brazil to make a new life for ourselves! We are very excited!!
    Oh, I simply must have some tea, and I see some dear friends I need to speak with.. Until later...

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    1. Miss Eliza, how exciting! How ever are you brave enough to take off for such a land as Brazil. I fear it will be most different from what we are used to in Charleston!

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    2. Miss Eliza, charmed to make your acquaintance. I have read of your perilous journey, and have had my heart in my throat over you and your fellow passengers. But you handle it all with such grace and Christian charity. How do you do it?
      Please let me pour you a cup of tea and bring you a plate of these delectable shrimp and a pecan tart for dessert.

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    3. Greetings, dear Kim, I fear I had no choice! You see, I harbor a secret which has caused most of my Southern compatriots to dub me a traitor and hence I've been a castoff from society for far too long! I only hope and pray I can keep this secret from those aboard the ship! But they do say Brazil is much like our beloved South.. temperate, lush and good for growing sugar and coffee.. even cotton, I hear. I am fairly excited!

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    4. Ah.. Miss Kathleen.. so pleased to meet you! I'd love a cup of tea and some shrimp! Oh, you are too kind. I fear this will be my last such luxury for quite some time. Me? handle things with grace? Oh Fiddle, I'm flattered but I fear I so often fall short in that area. But with God's help I shall improve. :-)

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    5. Miss Eliza, are there other women on this trip with you? And I do not know Colonel Blake,is he a gentleman or as rough as most of the sea captains? I find it so sad that you have been treated as a castoff - society can be so cruel at times. I hope you find new life in Brazil and I will pray for you on your journey

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  14. I'm delighted that it is such a fine morning in my hometown of Charleston. A tea party sounds charming! I must say, I have never had the pleasure of dining at Poogan's Porch but considering the pleasing aromas, I am sure I will enjoy this fine repast that Angeline is serving.

    I am acquainted with Winter's story already and I must confess...I was captivated from the beginning. I mean really ladies, who doesn't like a little intrigue to bring a bit of excitement into one's parlor ;)

    ~ Abigail Jackson

    aka- homesteading at charter dot net

    (RW) (MLT)

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    1. Good morning, Miss Abigail. Oh, you simply must tell us all about our dear Miss Winter. I cannot wait to read of her experiences in New York City.
      I'm a first time visitor to Poogan's myself. My but it is lovely here.

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    2. You'll need to have your hand fan at times, as she gets into a few heated situations. Oh, and that Bennet, he is a charmer, indeed!

      Now I cannot stay but a while, as I already procured a copy of Miss Crawford's story and I long to discover what the attraction is in Brazil. Mayhaps it is that Colonel Blake?

      This exquisite tea cup has caught my eye, though. It would look lovely among my collection. Do you think the proprietor would willingly turn it over to me?

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    3. And do keep an eye out for Abigail Jackson--she's about to make an appearance in my great-granddaughter's story! Did you know, Mrs. Jackson, that you own an inn in the Appalachians? 'Tis true! And you will even get to save the life of a rather key person in the tale, along with your nieces and nephews (whose names I also gleaned from Mrs. White's spy name game).

      ~Winter

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    4. Oh, Miss Winter, I am squealing with delight that you picked my (shhhh...spy) name! And how appropriate to own an inn so close to my home in the Foothills of the Appalachians ;)

      ~Abigail

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  15. I would love some coffee! I have not any this morning and really should. Hopefully I will not spill any on my dress.
    (MLT)

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    1. And what a lovely gown it is, my dear. Sugar and cream?

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    2. Let me get you some, dear. I quite agree.. I must have my coffee in the morning. Thankfully, we brought several sacks of coffee beans on the trip. And we also hope to grow it in Brazil, so I hope I shall never be without.

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  16. What a pleasure to escape Rhode Island for a while to join you ladies at Poogan’s Porch and to celebrate the new releases of two talented authors. MaryLu and Roseanna, your books sound so wonderfully adventurous and romantic, I must add them to my reading list! I wish you both much success and many blessings! And now I think I’ll have a cup of tea and perhaps something sweet and visit for awhile.

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    1. Miss Lisa, what a joy to find you here in Charleston, also! I was captivated by your "Prize of My Heart" story and Brogan's journey to find his son. How thoughtful of you to support your fellow writers :)

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    2. Good morning, Miss Lisa. Bringing you your tea and pastries anon. So many wonderful books to choose from, aren't there?

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    3. Greetings dear Lisa! I'm so glad you could make it. I fear after we set sail, I won't be seeing any of you dear friends for a very very long time. Which makes me sad. :-( But that's for another time. Now, I must be happy and enjoy this party!

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    4. Such warm welcomes! What a wonderful party! Kim, your kind words bring joy to my heart! It's wonderful to know your enjoyed Prize. Thank you. Kathy, thank you for the tea and pastries. They are delicious. And you are always a most gracious hostess! Yes, there are so many wonderful books among our Colonial Quill authors. Makes me wish I could spend all my time reading. MaryLu, don't make me sad. What do you mean you won't be seeing us? Well, I am grateful I have your wonderful books to keep you close at heart.

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  17. Fantastic giveaway! Would love to win. :)

    MLT (liked MaryLu's Facebook Page)
    RW (liked Roseanna's Facebook Page)

    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com
    My blog: Christian Bookshelf Reviews

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    1. Greetings, Miss Melanie. You are such an ardent supporter of these talented writers. I do admire your kindness and enthusiasm. May I bring you something from the kitchen, dear?

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  18. 77 degrees sounds like heavenly:) It's A cold 17 degrees here and the news is expecting a snowstorm for this weekend. Alas where is spring:) I have recently put this book on my wishlist at CBD:) and I love Foraaken Dreams:)

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    1. I am quite enjoying this balmy southern climate, myself. Thank you for dropping in for our celebration! We shall all have spring together today. Tea or coffee?

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    2. Greetings Miami girl.. a girl after my own heart.. for I grew up in Florida! Talk about balmy weather! Thank you for joining the party!

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  19. Poogans Porch serves poached eggs on top of shrimp and grits, I hear? Poached eggs and grits for me with a little butter would be divine. I have not had shrimp with them in the same dish before. Mercy, what a lovely day it is. We have had our first fresh snow at home with 6.5 inches in one day! Last week it was 81 degrees mid-week. The birds were skittering at the feeder and must have known the snows were coming!
    I am half-Irish Kathleen and was tutor to Mary Latrobe's children up until recently. She and Master Ben have moved to New Orleans to work on a waterway project and lighthouse. He is an architect, as well as New Orleans architect and pirate, Barthelemy Lafon, whom he has met previously. What an adventure for Mistress Mary. Can you imagine! A privateer! He appears to have had a double life, as a respectable architect, engineer, and citizen but also as a privateer, smuggler, and pirate.
    I would love a hot cup of tea ~ Earl Grey, if you please, and are there any cranberry scones? Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

    RW
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    1. Good morning, Miss Kathleen. I will duck into the kitchen and see if I can scare up a cranberry scone or two. Very good choice, the poached eggs and grits. I'll bring a sampling of some with shrimp so you can see if it is to your taste. And of course, your Earl Grey.
      Can you imagine giving all of these amenities up in war time or undertaking a perilous journey to a new land? Misses Winter and Eliza a re so brave and sacrificing!

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    2. Two Kathleen's; aren't we blessed with our name! Thank you so much for the TWO cranberry scones. Interesting with the shrimp as I do so enjoy fantailed! And my Earl Grey in the divine cup with saucer. Keep it, I may? How gracious of you. I do hope I will be able to take it home with me. Blessings to you on your journey. The cup and saucer will indeed look wonderful with my Blue Willow ware collection. Yes, I quite agree. I have read Miss Winter's story and would love to read Eliza's. A copy, you say? I will visit the library study. How kind of you to mention it. Second door on the left? Oh, yes, I see it now. All those wonderful books! I need to finish my brunch. So kind of you to bring it.

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  20. Good morning mah deahhhhhhs from Chilly central MN, where it is a sunny but chill 9 degree's....the fireplace can not keep up and my knit stockings are in tatters, but I can sip tea like the gentry if you will.... What kind of scones are we partaking of today? I do hope there is no more sugar rationing, I surely could use a lump or two in mahhhh tea....

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    1. I'm certain the wonderful hostesses at Poogans will have sugar aplenty, as dear as it is. So pleased you could come today and join our celebrations. I'm pleased to offer cranberry scones, and plain with peach preserves. I believe there is some elderberry preserves, as well.

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  21. Oh I dearly needed this 70 degree weather! I am quite appreciative of you providing it for me. I have to agree with Roseanna, I use that expression quite often (mythbusters "I reject your reality...". Hmmm... what does that say about me?!
    I have had the blessed pleasure of reading MaryLu's book and what a seaworthy ride it sends one on! I highly recommend. :)
    As for Roseanna's I have put it at the top of the list.
    I would dearly love some tea and scones, if it isn't too much trouble?
    RW
    MLT
    farmygirl at hotmail dot com

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    1. no trouble atall, Miss Sue. I'll have them in a shake of a lamb's tail.

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    2. Best MythBuster's quote ever. =) A warmest welcome to you, Mistress Sue, and may you enjoy your tea and scones on this WARM southern morn. ;-)

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  22. Ah! I wish I could be there. At least I could shed myself of my heavy winter attire and be more comfortable in my lighter dresses, pettitcoats, stockings...you get the idea. Winter in Indiana has not been kind this year. Right now it is in the 30's and I need more than a light wrapper to keep warm. There is nothing like sipping a hot cup of tea on a day like this. Threats of snow are still in the air with the expectancy of the sky opening up and dumping another white, cold blanket on us. The tea cup set would be wonderful to sip my hot brew on this cold day. Goodies to eat with my tea and a nice book to read would surely do wonders for my spirits.

    deamundy(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. We have tea a'plenty and stories by the hearth, though the view from the veranda is also stunning and the sunlight feels so good on my shoulders and face. So pleased you've come today!

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  23. I have been wanting both of these books, and what a lovely tea cup :)

    This may have been asked already but what's your favorite tea to drink? And Sweetened or Unsweetened?


    I usually only like black, green, or mint tea and it depends on the mood I'm in whether I sweeten or not! LOL!

    Have a happy tea party!

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

    RW and MLT!!!

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    1. before I go, Miss Amada, allow me to pour you a cup of your favorite tea. I am partial to black myself, unsweetened, with a touch of milk. Mr. Maher knows how to steep mine to perfection. I am a blessed woman!

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  24. It's been so nice mingling with you all this morning. I shall return later this evening, but for now, I leave you with the charming Miss Angelina Rose.
    A hearty congratulations to Miss Mary Lu and Miss Roseanna on your new books. I hope to get better acquainted with Miss Winter and finish Miss Eliza's tale soon. Good day, ladies!

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  25. Congratulations ladies. I can't wait to read both of these! One of them is already sitting at the top of my TBR pile. :)

    Poogan's Porch. What a wonderful name for a place. My I raise my teacup and offer a toast?

    Blessings on these books, on you both, Roseanna and MaryLu, and the readers these novels will touch. May God use your words and the story worlds you've created to draw souls nearer to Him!

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    1. Let me refill your teacup, LORI! There really is a Poogan's Porch in Charleston, where we are enjoying our perfect 77 degree sunny day and looking out at the gorgeous azaleas. Some of us here are free (pun intended since I am not yet a freed woman) to stroll outside!

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    2. What sweet words, Lori, Thank you! I raise my tea cup with yours to join your toast. That is my prayer as well for our books. A stroll outside? Why I'd love to. Who can resist such fabulous weather?

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  26. I popped in at 5 am and found myself quite alone! A lovely spring day in upstate NY and we are seeing nothing but white. 77 in Charleston sounds like a dream--only more so at the lovely company and treats.
    Oh how I've looked forward to these two releases!

    Shrimp? Oh please!
    And I will echo the wishes for much success and many blessing for our authors and their readers.

    (Loved revisiting the serial story as well. That was delicious fun!)

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    1. Shrimp and rice with a side of broccoli salad for you! Tea?

      So glad you enjoyed the serial story--I so enjoyed participating in writing it with these talented ladies!

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    2. Good day to you Debra!! I see you are a shrimp lover like myself! Coconut shrimp is by far my favorite. Shall we go see what kinds they have?

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    3. The first time I had coconut shrimp was overlooking the gulf coast of Florida. Does that seem right to you, MaryLu?

      You are all making me anxious to return to Charleston. I have a lovely watercolor print of The Battery hanging in my bedroom and it brings back such lovely memories to 'visit' today!

      Thank you all for your fine hospitality!

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  27. Love tea & love the colonial era! Thanks for the opportunity to win the teacup & goody basket.

    Am a Facebook fan of RW & MLT - presently enjoying tea while clothed in a long dress, does that count as coming in character (lol)?

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh, tell us more, Bonnie, about your lovely clothes! I aspire to become a seamstress once I move to Richmond as a freed woman.

      Tea and lunch or just a dessert with coffee?

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    2. Welcome Bonnie! I'm so glad you joined us!

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  28. Oh, goodness, I have a tic in my eye -- two of my favorite writers with new books!!!

    Fortunately for me, I have already read MaryLu's FABULOUS Forsaken Dreams -- absolutely her BEST EVER, and a real tease for the next book in this incredible series.

    So ... that means my eye ticking is cut in half because now I only have to get my hands on Roseanna's book!! ;)

    And, Carrie, shrimp and rice with a side of broccoli salad sounds DIVINE!! A cup of peach tea to go along would be absolutely LOVELY!!

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    1. Best get that tic taken resolved, my dear friend. ;-) And I shall leave that seafood to you all and simply enjoy my sweets. I have a penchant for them, I confess, after several years of boycotts on Long Island.

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    2. LOL JULIE!! You are such a hoot! Enjoy your shrimp plate-it is our specialty! Honey for your peach tea?

      RO, I hope you enjoy them!

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    3. Ah.. with Miss Julie here, the party has now officially begun!! You bring sunshine wherever you do, dear!!! Won't you join me on the portico for some fresh peach tea?

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  29. Yay! I love tea parties!! MaryLu, where did you get your idea for Forsaken Dreams? MLT

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Welcome Marissa! In truth, a reader stopped me at a book signing and told me about the history of a mass exodus of Southerners from the US to Brazil after the Civil War. I kept the thought in the back of my head for several years and then finally did some research on it and found she'd been right. Nearly 20,000 Southerners fled to Brazil to start a new Southern Utopia. Their descendents still live there and celebrate American holidays!!

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  30. Ohhhh I cannot wait to read these too books! I would love some scones... However truth be told I am more of a coffee drinker if it isn't too much of a bother!

    RW
    MLT

    Lisa
    Deiselbuffs@gmail.com

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    1. A hearty "Huzzah!" for coffee! =) No bother at all, and we are so glad you could join us!

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    2. Coffee and scones (which hereabouts means biscuits drizzled with icing. Cream, Miss Lisa?

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  31. (Enter Chaplain Debbie...finally!)

    Hello ladies! I am happy that I could finally get over here today. I have had so much family things to tend to before I could allow myself any 'fun'. Hello my wonderful Cap'n...er..Madam MaryLu, you are looking quite lovely this day. I pray that all is well with you and yours. I just absolutely loved Forsaken Dreams, you truly outdid yourself with this series!
    And Roseanna, your book sounds quite fascinating! I believe I have been trying to win your book on other blogs.
    This is such a nice day and I am so happy to be able to come and sit and just enjoy the day. (RW & MLT)

    Well, I do believe I will mingle and see what some of these ladies have been up to lately.

    (she leans in, so only MaryLu can hear: Cap'n, I be tellin' the crew about this here tea, so some of them may be comin' by. I pray they will be behavin' themselves...ye never know wit' our crew....LOL...)

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    1. Oh dear, Chaplain, I'm so glad you made it! I feared you wouldn't come and wish me well on my voyage to Brazil!! Poor Colonel Blake waits in the harbor for my arrival even now. On my, I do hope the authorities don't find him.
      (An' thanks fer the warnin' about the crew. I'm hopin' they know how t' behave a' a tea.. ye know how rambunctious they be at parties!)

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    2. Me, not attend a tea party? And especially one in honor of your new adventure? That is just insane! No, I just had to take care of a few personal matters. My brother-in-law is still awaiting the word on the mass taken from his chest. Very scary stuff.
      As for your handsome Colonel Blake, I do believe he has the wits about him to elude any authorities.

      (Ye know, Cap'n, ye be lucky there be shrimp and broccoli at this here tea party! I be hatin' havin' to prove I be not a robot after every comment....ugh! I truly be hatin' those things...but ye be worth it. )

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    3. So sorry about the spam filter, DEBBIE!

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    4. Quite alright, Carrie, it's worth it for this blog. It's just always been a pet peeve of mine...no worries.

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  32. Oooh, I just love tea parties! May I please have a cup of vanilla tea? It is so nice to be invited to join in the fun!

    I have had the pleasure to begin Forsaken Dreams and I am
    thrilled so far. So exciting and makes me not want to sleep ever so I can finish the last word!

    I have to be honest and say that I have not heard of Roseanna
    White or read her books yet...but I see I will have to find her work....sure sounds wonderful!

    Congratulations to you both!

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    1. Greetings dear Johnette! So good to see you here. Isn't it just lovely here. The ladies are always so gracious and accommodating at these tea parties. I too lost some sleep over MaryLu's book...too good to put down!
      Do enjoy your visit and mingle, a lot of lovely ladies to meet and get to know!

      Oh My! Just look at all the wonderful goodies! I MUST go try some. Do excuse me dear.....

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    2. Welcome Johnette!! Vanilla tea coming right up! I'm so glad you could join us! You will not be disappointed with Roseanna White's books!! They are incredible!!

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    3. Why Hello Chap! What a pleasant surprise to meet you at this lovely tea party! Please let me know which goodies you like best. I am not so adventurous with new foods. I have tried the delicious coffee brought from Brazil though...and what a treat! This is something I would love to purchase and keep in my home.
      It sure seems like a wonderful party and many
      new faces for me. It has been ages since I've enjoyed a tea party!
      Chap, I have to say you look beautiful and I
      love your dress! I sure hope I don't spill anything on my dress. I can be a bit clumsy at times.
      Enjoy your time Chap...I am sure I will see
      you soon....

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    4. Why thank you, Johnette, and may I say you look quite lovely yerself...er....yourself. (Leans in close: Pardon me, Matey, but me pirate talk seems to come out now and then. But, we must be puttin' on an appropriate ruse fer the tea parties.)
      So, I would recommend the shrimp and broccoli, simply delicious!

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    5. MaryLu makes me blush--and admit that after reading her books, mine always felt so dull I had to resort to tales of espionage! LOL

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    6. JOHNETTE, you will love Roseanna's books, too, never fear! Great thing about having a group tea party! I am carrying some more platters from the kitchen now. and more vanilla tea on the way!

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  33. I am so very excited for the both of you! I have each of these books sitting on my coffee table right next to me as I type this. Once I get out of my writing cave (almost there) I shall be delving in. The only question is which one to read first! Maybe I will have to read them simultaneously!!!

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    1. Hi Carla!! So glad you dropped by! I do so hope you enjoy both the books!! But for now, please enjoy the party? Tea? Shrimp? Oh look, it's Colonel Blake.. oh my, he seems to be looking for me, if you'll excuse me.

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    2. Oh my, Carla, how can you stand it! Having to sit and stare at these two books and not be able to pick them up and read them! I don't have Roseanna's book yet, but I just devoured MaryLu's Forsaken Dreams....and now, I want more!
      By the way, you are looking lovely today. I pray all is well with you.

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    3. How well I understand the writing cave! I have MaryLu's book here too, and I had to put another on top of it to keep it from distracting me, LOL. Can't wait to dive in and journey to Brazil!!

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    4. I had a visitor who I loaned a few books to, and I sheltered your two books! I will not let them out of my sight!

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  34. Hi, just thought I'd stop by

    thanks for the giveaway..RW and MLT -such a huge
    fan!

    truckredford (at) gmail dot com

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    1. Hello, Eliza! You have a name fit for a novel..Eliza Elliott..love it! Please hang around and enjoy the wonderful company and refreshments!

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    2. Welcome Eliza.. that's my name too!! Or at least the one I'm giving everyone. ;-)

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    3. ELIZA, that was my grandmother's name--Eliza Jane and there is a song by that name! Was delighted to see our Eliza in ML's new book! Tea?

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  35. I love both these authors. I have reviewed books for Mary LuTyndall. I came here from facebook. So please please enter me.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Welcome!!!! Please come in and mingle. The ladies will be happy to answer any questions you may have about their books.

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    2. Hello dear, so nice to see you here!!

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  36. Hello all, I've been caring for a dear friend who had surgery this morning. Not to worry, she is recouping well, though she was feeling woozy earlier, so I put her to bed. We've been up since 4:30 this morning, and I would LOVE a cup of Bohea. Nothing stiffens the spine and reserve as a strong cup of tea. Though it's not as comforting as good, friendly company. Roseanna, I finished reading Ring of Secrets and found it exciting, full of intrigue and twists and turns. MaryLu, I look forward to reading Forsaken Dreams. Oh, I must be more tired than I realized. I just committed a faux pas by raising my pinky while holding my cup. Do forgive me. Oh, my, another faux pas, I clanked my spoon against my cup. During her tea etiquette instructions Mother always warned that clinking one's spoon makes unnecessary jarring noises that might interrupt the pleasant conversation. Carry on, dears, while I sit quietly drinking my tea.

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    1. Hello dear Susan, so happy you could join us. So sorry to hear about your friend, I will be praying for her. You are a true friend for being there for her. May God bless you.
      Please do not worry about etiquette, no one will look down upon you for an faux pas....I would be the last to ever say anything about proper etiquette. Your lucky I am here in a dress! Ooops, sorry, did I say that out loud? You are in good company, my dear. Perhaps I should join you in sitting quietly. :)

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    2. Dearest Susan.. so nice to have you here. I'm so sorry to hear of your ill friend and your long night!! How kind of you to care for her. As far as the pinky being raised, my mother taught me that was perfectly acceptable! My Word, now I must discover the truth!
      Chaplain, you caused a giggle at your dress comment. :-)

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    3. So glad you enjoyed it, Susan! And no worries, with the hum of conversation, we can scarcely hear any clacking of spoons. ;-)

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    4. You two gals sure have a passel of admirers! I'll get those dirty dishes to the back. Fresh biscuits on the way, too. And a newly brewed pot of mint tea.

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  37. I am so grateful to be in Charleston, having just arrived from Richmond. We've had quite a cold spell lately in Virginia, and the warm Carolina weather is balm to my winter-weary soul. I'm late arriving today, having needed to change out of my traveling clothes, but hoping there might still be some tea. I'm looking forward to seeing my friends, and to time spent reading several excellent novels.

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    1. The tea is still plentiful, so do pull up a chair and a cup and settle in!

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    2. Hello, Cynthia, welcome! Yes, the weather is quite nice here. And no worries about them running out of tea. These ladies always have more than enough refreshments to last all day and night. Trust me, I've been known to be the last one here. Do try the shrimp, it is delicious.

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    3. Welcome Cynthia! How lovely you traveled all the way from Richmond. You must be simply famished!! I do hope you enjoy yourself here. :-)

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  38. Good day my friends! I would love a cup of tea. It's chilly in London Kentucky and I'm excited to be here in Chareston. Ladies, your books sound wonderful! I can't wait to read them.

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    1. Hello, Gwendolyn! You are going to truly love Forsaken Dreams, it is a page turner and sleep depriver. (is that even a word?)
      I've yet to read Roseanna's book, but it sounds very good!

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    2. Dearest Gwen!! We are so pleased to have you here all the way from Kentucky. :-)

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    3. GWEN, Let me pour you a cup of tea. Shrimp etoufee?

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  39. Hi MaryLu! And Roseanna!
    I am here with a nice cup of Peppermint tea (the only kind I will drink besides Spearmint and Chai).
    I am enjoying my copy of Forsaken Dreams, it has been going everywhere with me ;)
    Roseanna's book looks so good! Not only is the cover gorgeous but the summary looks great!
    Jasmine A.
    montanamade(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hello dear Jasmine, so happy you could stop by. Peppermint tea sounds yummy, maybe I will try a cup myself. So happy that you are enjoying the Capn's....er....MaryLu's book. It is truly one of her best efforts so far! Yes, Roseanna's book does sound very good. Do mingle and enjoy the refreshments.
      (I will catch ye back on the ship, Matey....)

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    2. Perfect, Miss JASMINE, I just brewed up a batch. Honey?

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    3. Chai is one of my favorites too, Jasmine. =) And thanks! I have a feeling I may just have to curl up on the couch this weekend with Forsaking Dreams...Good thing I have it on my shelf!

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    4. Hi Jasmine! What a delight to see you here! Peppermint tea is also good for digestion... a good way to cure a belly ache. I'm so glad you're enjoying Forsaken Dreams!

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  40. Hello Ladies! Sorry I haven't been here earlier, but had problems to attend to. Am I so late as to just say hello and goodbye. The trip made me a might hungry. Could I have one of those pecan tarts and some coffee? Ms, Maxie here to those who might not know me.

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    1. Welcome, Maxie!! Better late than never, always say! Please come in and make yourself comfortable. We have plenty of Pecan tarts and coffee left for you!!

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    2. Coffee and pecan tarts on their way! Oh and our MaryLu AKA ELIZA also has a friend with a similar name to "mine"--Angeline (mine is Angelina but you can call me Angie!)

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  41. I forgot o end this properly with my initials for RW and MLT to say I liked both od these blogs Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. MAXIE!!! I have you covered! Shrimp etoufee? Mint tea?

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  42. Greetings, ladies. I see the Porch has been busy today. How wonderful! I am at your service ready to serve evening refreshments and greet guests.

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  43. Dear ladies, am I fashionably late? I fear I am just LATE! Pray, forgive me, but it is such a long journey from the colony of Massachusetts. I would partake of your coffee, please, as we Patriots from the north resist the gentle persuasion of tea that we cherish in memory only. Perhaps someday, we may partake again of the Bohea and Hyson.

    Miss Betsy Russell here. I can only remain here in the south for a brief visit as my widowed mother and my younger brother need my assistance back home. But I do so treasure this time of escape from the cold and the woes of the Boston countryside, in order to visit with you fine ladies. And I must say, I will treasure these lovely written works by Miss MaryLu and Miss Roseanna. (Such unique names!)

    Coffee, please? You are all so kind.

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    2. Hi, Miss Russell. You are right on time to keep the festivities going. I have your steaming coffee, and a tray with creamer and a sugar cone. Lovely that you made such a long journey to be here.

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    3. Welcome Elaine! I am so sorry to hear of your family's needs. I do hope your short respite here in Charleston refreshes you greatly before you return. :-)

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  44. I've heard of your lovely hospitality and have come a long way. May I come in and sit a spell?
    Bless You!
    Prunella Peabody
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Pleased to make your acquaintance, Miss Prunella. Allow me to pull you up a chair and set out refreshments for you. A long journey calls for reconstitution. A bit of oyster stew and a steaming mug of coffee? There are also pastries and tarts. So good of you to come.

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    2. Prunella Peabody, what an unusual name!! May I use it in one of my future novels? LOL PLease sit a spell and enjoy the refreshments!!

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  45. Good evening, Is the dinner hour past? So glad to be able to return. I actually am under the weather a little and snoozed in the library study! half-Irish Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. We have a pot of oyster stew warming on the stove, and some bene wafers, plus our shrimp etoufee for your dining pleasure. Or if you prefer, a dessert tray to tempt you.
      Welcome back, Miss Kathleen.

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    2. Miss Kathleen, so good to see you! I've a tray of Mama's hushpuppies she just snuck in for me by old Isaac. He'll tote me home to the plantation soon, where I'll sleep my very last night as an enslaved woman. But it will also be my last chance to eat Mama's cooking. But I'm happy to share! Hot tea?

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    3. Oh, Miss Carrie, how you will miss your Mama! Freedom isn't always free but we have Love to carry us. Yes, I would like your offerings, Miss Kathleen and Miss Carrie. Earl Grey tea for me, please. The dessert tray sounds grand, but don't bring it before my meal. Then maybe you could sit awhile before Miss Carrie goes. Wonderful to be here today with everyone.

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  46. Oh my gracious! I'm so sorry to be late to the tea party. *puts hand to the neck of her gown* I heard that my dear friend, Eliza, might be here, and wanted to drop by to say hello, and also to meet Winter Reeves as well. I think I shall wander over to the refreshment table to see if there are any more of those delectable desserts left, and maybe a bit of apple-cinnamon tea.

    MLT
    RW

    bookwarp(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Welcome Miss ANGI, and have a seat. Miss Reeves and Miss ELIZA are here. Sugar or honey with your tea? Hushpuppies?

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    2. Why thank you, Angeline. I believe I'll have just a tiny smidge of honey in my tea. And don't those hushpuppies look yummy. Don't mind if I do. This party is wonderful. So many friendly people here.

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  47. Well, I have been walking around watching everyone having so much fun. This tea party is a success ladies...once again you have outdone yourselves. I would have brought my hubby, but lately all he wishes to do is stay at home and relax. His new job has really been giving him a work out.
    So, what do we have for dessert, ladies? Perhaps you have something chocolate? *she looks around, licking her lips*

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    1. Okay, I just have to say that I just experienced something wonderful....I did not have to prove I was a robot!! Thank you, to whomever did that.

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    2. Miss DEBBIE, I have a bar of colonial Williamsburg chocolate here and shall slice you some. (Truly, Mrs. Pagels is very gracious to offer it to Poogan's straight from her kitchen!) It would go nicely with pecan pie. And hot tea.

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    3. Thank you so much, dear lady! It sounds delicious. I must say that this tea party has been a true delight.

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  48. Peppermint is wonderful for so many things, and it smells so nice!
    Its nice to see so many mates...eerrr...friends!

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    1. Yes, it is Jasmine. It seems to be getting a bit late for some of the guests here. I keep forgetting about the time change. I believe I will check in for the next couple hours, then call it a night. Do excuse me, my dear....

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  49. It snowed last night. The snow stuck around today, so it's been really cold here in Arkansas. Both of your books sound wonderful. I liked RW and MLT on Facebook. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    Rose
    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. MISS ROSE (which is also my name! Angelina Rose!) thank you so much for liking both of these wonderful authors on FB! Blessing! And tea is on its way!

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  50. Hello Rose! Wow, it is getting rather late where you are, isn't it? It is only a little past nine here in California. I may be the last one still around. Help yourself to some tea and goodies. I haven't read Roseanna's book yet, but I can tell you that MaryLu's Forsaken Dreams is fantastic. Enjoy your visit.

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  51. I have a few moments to stop in for tea. You see, I would like to enter your book giveaway but can not stay long I fear. I am also awaiting my husband's ship so I must run to the docks.
    twomainecats(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Welcome, glad you could stop in for a bit. Enjoy some lovely tea before you hurry off to meet your husband's ship. The tea party was quite lively earlier, but I fear most of the guests have retired for the night.

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  52. I would love to know when the next book in MaryLu's series will be out cos I cant wait. She left me hanging.

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    1. Hello Jenny! I can tell you that MaryLu's next book Elusive Hope releases in about 222 days, on November 1st. I cannot wait to get my hands on it. In the mean time, why not check out Roseanna's new release!

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    2. Is it a cliff hanger then? I am about 40% of the way through this great book! JENNY, if you have missed out on any of MaryLu's earlier books, read one of them while you are waiting or do like DEBBIE suggests and read RO's new release!

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    3. Not really a cliff hanger but it does set up for another book.
      I have her last book before this on the kindle. (I have 2 others on the go at present but tend to take a week or more time to read a book lately).

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  53. Well, it's a good thing I was given some chocolate, so I could stay awake to meet some of these late arrivals. I will check in a few more times before retiring for the night. Maybe I will help out by doing some of the dishes......

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  54. It is almost midnight here (MDT) and I am going to head off as well I think

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    1. Goodnight, Jasmine, sweet dreams! She you back on the ship, Matey!

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  55. Okay, I am calling it a night. If anyone else shows up, just help yourself to some tea and goodies...of course they may be a bit cold. Oh and if you do eat or drink something, please be kind enough to wash your dishes. These ladies worked very hard today and deserve to come back to a spic and span kitchen. Night all!

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  56. Well Ladies, where was everyone when I got here? Must have been looking around. Stayed a bit then left. (No activity and forgot to check back later to see if all were just taking a break. Looks like things picked up after I left. Maxie RW MLT

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  57. Mistresses Mary Lu and Roseanna,thank you for the invitation. We are pleased to have you visit our busy, Southern Colony, Charles Town. It took hours by coach to drive in from our Markham Hall Tea Plantation but I will stay overnight in our townhouse on the bay and drive back tomorrow. I have brought a gift to you of some of our best teas:Earl Grey Supreme, China Rose Petal, Yorkshire Gold,Cranberry Autumn, First Flush Darjeeling,and Peach Ginger Twist. My husband, former privateer Captain Lucas Bloodstone Markham, has had some success in developing our teas, flavors of which he has brought from his travels over the world. Now let me dismiss my coachman. As I am expecting our first child, I am somewhat weary from the journey. If you please, I am ready for a cuppa Earl Grey and some cucumber sandwiches.
    Love, Travea Allston Markham (alias author Elva Cobb Martin and wip) Anderson, South Carolina.

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    1. MISS ELVA, those teas sound delightful! Best wishes on the new Markham child. I do have Earl Grey here and afraid our cucumbers are not yet developed. But I have vanilla teacakes you might enjoy!

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  58. Oh dear, please have a seat Mrs. Markham. Your first child? How exciting. Let me get you some fresh Earl Grey and some sandwiches. Please relax and visit and I shall return shortly.....

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    1. Angelina Rose here, and happy to say I am a freed woman as of today and about to start a new life in Richmond. But I am happy to pour tea and bring a plate of tea cakes around. Miss Debbie, many thanks for your attention to our guests. I've packed up my meager belongings and now Mrs. Roat and I shall head North. No more head wrap for me, thank you very much!

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    2. So wonderful, Miss Angelina! May the Good Lord bless your travels, dear lady!

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    3. Thanks DEBBIE, you knew it all along, didn't you!

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  59. Uh oh, I'm late for the party! Oh fiddlesticks! Anyway, congratulations to both lovely authors and their new novels. Two of my favorites. it's regretful to miss the shrimp, tea and gorgeous weather. I'm crying in my own tea...not peach however, it's chai. Of course I'll read in any type of weather...and Texas hasn't made up it's mind yet. One day it was over 90 and the next back down to 40. Thaaa-aaa--tts Texas!! Thanks for both tempting giveaways and the chance to win. Oh yes, I've liked both gals FB pages!

    In Christian Joy,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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    1. BARB, so GREAT to see you here! We have a big plate of shrimp and rice for you with sausage and scallops mixed in, too. Biscuits hot out of the oven! Pull up a chair and I'll read aloud from MARYLU's new book and ROSEANNA's!!! Thanks for liking their pages!!!

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  60. Oh, it looks like I missed such a great tea party. Unfortunately I was traveling from Oregon to Italy, and then had some communication difficulties once I got here. I'm hoping maybe I can still get into the drawing, but if not, I still wish much success to both authors on their newest releases. In the meantime, I shall have a cup of tea with LOTS of sweetener (my husband says that I don't drink tea, but punch. I enjoy the nice fruity flavors myself. I am off to finish another book, written by a new author and personal friend, Emma Renner who is 90 years old! Then on to some other's on the top of my TBR list--sounds like there are 2 more to add to that list...
    Vicki RW, MLT
    vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

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