CONGRATULATIONS

Roseanna M. White IS A CHRISTY FINALIST!!!

Roseanne M. White's winner is . Elaine Marie Cooper's winner of a $10 Amazon gift card is Nicole Wetherington. Carrie Fancett Pagels’ winner of choice of ebook or paperback of Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter goes to Deanne Patterson and the White Rose teacup set goest to Lena Nelson Dooley . Angela Couch's winner of Threads of Love e-book is Melissa Henderson and Marguerite Gray is the winner of Mail-Order Revenge print. Denise Weimer's ebook of Redeeming Grace winner is Ashley Penn. Congrats all!!!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Tea Party Carrie Fancett Pagels, Kathy Maher, and Joan Hochstetler

Charles City Tavern Sign

Welcome to the lovely Charles City Tavern, known throughout the region for its wonderful food! Having enjoyed Cate McKnight's hospitality on many an occasion, I know our guests will NOT be disappointed today in the wonderful Tavern fare we will be enjoying all day!

Front entrance to Charles City Tavern!

We are celebrating mere miles from Shirley Plantation, which is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year!


Partial view of building on Shirley Plantation, Left view

We are celebrating my story "Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance" as well as Kathy Mather's upcoming release of "Bachelor Buttons" and Joan M. Hochstetler's Heritage edition of her novel "Wind of the Spirit."

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Kathleen L. Maher
Kathleen L. Maher debuts with Murray Pura’s Civil War collection. She won ACFW’s 2012 Genesis contest and is represented by Terry Burns of Hartline Literary.

Bachelor Buttons: Rose Meehan longs for a better life than the tenements of Manhattan. She must choose between two suitors while the city explodes in the 1863 Draft Riots.

Website (blog): kathleenlmaher.blogspot.com

I'm giving away a copy of Bachelor Buttons, and a $25 Olive Garden gift certificate.




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Book 3 of J. M. Hochstetler's American Patriot Series, Wind of the Spirit, released in the new Heritage Edition April 1.

With the patriot cause on the verge of extinction, rebel spy Elizabeth Howard is drawn into the very maw of war at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, where disaster nearly ends the American Revolution. But her heart is fixed on Jonathan Carleton, whose whereabouts remain unknown more than a year after he disappeared into the wilderness. Can her love bridge the miles between them—and the savage bonds that threaten to tear him forever from her arms?

An award-winning author and editor, Joan is the daughter of Mennonite farmers, a graduate of Indiana University, a professional editor, and a lifelong student of history. Her American Patriot Series is the only comprehensive historical fiction series on the American Revolution. Joan's contemporary novel One Holy Night was the Christian Small Publishers 2009 Book of the Year and finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Carol Award. She is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary Agency.

The American Patriot Series
American Patriot Series Blog
J. M. Hochstetler

I'm giving away a box of authentic Boston Harbor tea from the Mark T. Wendell Tea Company. This delicious tea is the same kind the rebels threw off English East India Company ships into Boston harbor during the Boston Tea Party in 1773, one of the incendiary acts that sparked the American Revolution. The winner will also receive a copy of one of the volumes in the American Patriot Series, at their choice.



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Book Blurb: Abducted against his will, Matthew Scott is conscripted into the Confederate army because of his Copperhead father’s political leanings. After being injured at Malvern Hill, Matthew is taken by the Union army to Shirley Plantation in Virginia where he is tended by seamstress Angelina Rose, a freed slave. Although given an opportunity to leave the South and start a new life for herself, Angelina remained for the sake of her sister’s orphaned twins who are still enslaved. Will Matthew’s return to Shirley Plantation settle a mystery concerning his father’s past? And help Matthew find the family he longs for.


Return to Shirley Plantation By Carrie Fancett Pagels

Carrie Fancett Pagels

Bio – Carrie Fancett Pagels

Carrie Fancett Pagels (www.carriefancettpagels.com) writes “romantic” historical fiction. Carrie’s debut release “Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance” is a Kindle best seller and part of a multi-author anthology headed up by Murray Pura. Carrie is represented by Joyce Hart. 

Giveaway: Choice of one teacup set from Shirley Plantation. Do you like the elegant schooner tea cup set or the crackle-finish set?


Come in and take a seat in the interior of the Charles City Tavern:

Charles City Tavern interior front left dining area.
There are multiple areas of seating both out on the gorgeous wraparound porch and on the other side of the tavern--a large room.

Side and Dogwood at Charles City Tavern
Isn't this dogwood gorgeous?  This is such a great place to have our Tea Party and celebrate!

Fabulous Shirley Plantation is a short jaunt up the road!  Angelina and Matthew say "Welcome" and come on in and enjoy!!!






THREE Giveaways:  If you are a CQ follower put CQ, Helping Hands (HH), Overcoming With God (OWG), Carrie's author page on FB (CFP), Kathy's blog follower (KM), Joan's (JMH).

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  1. Good Morning ladies! Gracious what a day! I am so happy for three new releases! First - for more of Joan's amazing series and also for these debut releases by Carrie and Kathy!

    What a lovely setting. I must grab a fresh scone and run out the door. I'll stop in later when the festivities are in full swing!

    The Charles City Tavern is just as lovely as I'd suspected! Will there be a fiddler later?

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    1. Hey DEB, great to see you here! Thanks for visiting with us! Crab cakes and everything here --just wonderful!!!

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  2. Good mornin' lass! Miss Rose Meehan at your service. I'm so glad you asked about a fiddle player, Miss Debra. One of my suitors plays divinely, and I'm sure 'twouldn't take much to convince him to share a tune or two.
    Thank you to our lovely hosts here at the tavern. Tisn't often I get to put my feet up and enjoy a bit o'tea.

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    1. Matt prefers banjo! Am playing "I will wait for you" by Mumford and sons on YouTube! my inspiration song!

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    2. I've returned, thirsty and tired.

      Miss Rose, does it concern you that multiple suitors might choose tonight to vie for your affections? It is a full moon after all.

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  3. Charles City Tavern sounds like the perfect place to dine! Your contest gifts sound like perfect choices too.

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    1. good morning, Miss Caroline. Pleased to make your acquaintance. *cursteying* Tis a loovely place indeed. I'm so used to brewing me own tea for my sister and me, I feel like a princess!

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  4. Greetings, Ladies and a very good day to you from Mrs. Lorena Talvis. I'm so pleased the tea party has started, as I've been looking forward to visiting in this lovely setting. Mmm, southern cooking and tavern food--my mouth waters! But first, let me congratulate Carrie and Kathy on their debuts and Joan on the 3rd book in her wonderful series. I see have some reading to do and look forward to it! I have read Carrie's story and can't praise it highly enough. Kathleen, your setting of the tenements of Manhattan sounds very appealing to me. And, Joan, your latest sounds like an amazing, historical adventure. I do love all your covers. Best wishes and much success to all you talented authors!

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    1. Good morn, Mrs. Talvis. I enjoy a good book m'self, it helps me escape the worries of war and the tedium of chores. The only thing I like better is William Lee's fiddle playing. T'would be grand to have him here today!

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    2. I do hope he will be joining us later, Miss Rose. I would so love to hear him play.

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    3. Thank you so much for your wonderful endorsement of my novella, LISA!!! Your kind words were such an encouragement to me. So great to know that someone whose writing I love also enjoyed mine!!! Great to see you here!

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  5. Morning ladies. This is a lovely place for a Tea party. I love the Dogwood trees. Ms. Maxie Anderson here. Was a long trip. Think I could use a scone and tea. And then will take a look around. Congratulations to the ladies and their new accomplishments. The stories sound ever so good.
    (OWG) (HH) (CQ) (KM) (JMH)(CFP)

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    1. We're delighted you joined us, Ms. Maxie! Let me pour some tea for you, and please do take one of these scones. I believe you'll find it quite delicious.

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    2. I love dogwoods, too, Maxie, which is why I had to get that pic!!! So great to see you here! I smell biscuits and country ham and strong coffee--yum!

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    3. My dear Ms. Anderson, you are too kind for all your support. I'm ever so grateful you made it safely here, and look forward to sharing a pot of tea and a plate of scones!

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  6. MAXIE: Maybe while I am here, I could also take a look at Shirley Plantation, before returning home.

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    1. Maxie, since I'm going there after luncheon, you are most welcome to ride with me in my coach. We can visit on the way!

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  7. Good morn to you all, dear ladies, from Elizabeth Howard, stopping in on my way from Philadelphia to take a tour of Shirley Plantation. I've heard so much about the plantation and have longed to visit for quite a while, and what a lovely start to the day to first enjoy tea and your most pleasant society. I especially congratulate Carrie and Kathy on their debuts. Well done, ladies! I can't wait to read your delightful stories!

    Thank you, dear Mrs. Talvis for your very kind words about Ms. Hochstetler's portrayal of my story. You are most gracious indeed. My fiance Jonathan Carleton and I have had exciting times to be sure as these are tense days for us patriots. I do hope Jonathan will be able to stop by later and play the fiddle with your suitor, Ms. Meehan, before he must lead his Rangers north to Albany. I believe they'll be a perfect match for each other when it comes to the fiddle!

    I must say, the delectable scents drifting from the kitchen have my mouth watering. Charles City Tavern is a most pleasant setting for our party. I'll have a cup of tea with a helping of that lovely tea cake, if you please.

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    1. I have heard of your delightful stories of the Revolution, of lady spies, of Natives both savage and friendly, and even of your stay in New York City, Miss Elizabeth. I'm sure twas a grand sight in the days of the Dutch settlers.
      William would love to play a duet with your Mr. Carleton, I'm sure! How delightful that will be. I might be persuaded to dance a jig, m'self, I'm so excited about our story being told. :)

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    2. Ah, Miss Rose, the Dutch indeed made New York a most pleasant place and very grand. Aunt Tess and I took much delight in living there until the Great Fire did so much damage. With the British occupation conditions there are now exceedingly harsh.

      I would love to join you in dancing a jig to celebrate your story! Let us see if we can find someone to relieve William and Jonathan of their fiddles long enough for them to accompany us!

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    3. You are so clever, Miss Elizabeth! T'would be grand to have a dance with my Mr. Lee.
      Your Aunt Tess sounds like a sensible and fine lady. please tell her if she is ever in need of a lady companion in Manhattan, I would be honored to serve.

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    4. Miss Rose, I know Aunt Tess will love to have your charming company! How dear of you to offer! When we return to New York, we'll get together as soon as possible and make all the arrangements. :-)Bless you!

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  8. LOVELY pics! I'd love to win something--everything looks interesting. I'm CQ, OWG, and FB (CFP). Thanks for this opportunity, ladies!

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    1. Hey, Heather! West Virginia chose to separate from Virginia because of the conflict between the states. I shall tarry here in Charles City until God orchestrates my next move! I dare hope that Matthew will be part of God's plan for me. My name is Angelina Rose.

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    2. hi, Heather! 'Tis pleased I am that you've come to celebrate Miss Angelina, Miss Elizabeth and me. You're a dearie!

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  9. Ms. Hochstetler, thanks for the invitation to ride with you in your coach. I will take you up on that. :)
    Thaank you very much. Ms. Maxie

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    1. The Carter coach from Shirley Plantation will transport us, Maxie. I hope you don't mind riding with a freed woman.

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    2. Of course I don't. But I did tell ms. Joan I would ride with her. Are we going together?
      (Maxie)

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    3. Oh, indeed, let's all go together in the Carter coach, Miss Angelina and Miss Maxie! I can't think of more pleasant company! Anyone else who wishes to accompany us for a short outing between luncheon and dinner, is most welcome too, and my coach is available to accommodate any overflow.

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  10. Lovely ideas to celebrate...let's have a tea party..RHONDA
    rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net
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    1. Miss Rhonda, tis a pleasure to make your acquaintance. Any time is tea time with friends.

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    2. Rhonda, I've just finished my second cup of hot peppermint tea. The breeze from the James River near Shirley Plantation is a bit cool today, despite the sun! Welcome!

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    3. Rhonda, fancy seeing you here...now we can enjoy a cup of tea together while we rest up from the tour and then head home....have a safe journey home....
      Blessings, Tina

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  11. Thank you Kathleen, it's easy to love you ladies and I am glad to support you. Carrie, my dear, do we need to put these initials on each comment?
    MaxIe.

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    1. No, ma'am, you do not! Oh, those crab cakes are smelling delicious! Yesterday Matthew ate two right here at this restaurant!

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    2. Crab cakes are my favorite, and I've heard the Tavern makes the very best. Please do pass some this way!

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    3. What a loovely party this is turning out to be! So thankful for all the kindness and support here!

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  12. Carrie, I think you are right about the smell of that country ham. the scone was good, but believe I must have some of that ham and biscuits. And, maybe a bit more tea. (Maxie)

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  13. The Charles City Tavern looks so lovely!

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    1. This is the most pleasant setting for our party, isn't it, Liz? I'm so glad Miss Angelina chose it. She is so knowledgeable about the area and the best places to visit.

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  14. Good Morning Carrie, Kathleen and J.M. , I just had to pop over here and Enjoy a hardy brunch with you ladies. Ham would be so good with biscuits and butter... Oh I would so love to be entered in your giveaways and I just saw J.M.'s books lastnight when I was on Amazon and had not seen them before. They sounds so good ! The sun is shining and its a lovely day !
    ~Linda Marie Bradt Finn~

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    2. I would recommend any of the luncheon choices. Crab cakes are wonderful. The chicken salad is marvelous. Welcome!!!

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    3. Good afternoon, Mistress Finn. Begorrah, do I hear a touch of Irish in that name? I've been beside m'self deciding among all of these dainty dishes. Such a foin place, I'm glad I wore me best dress today, without me customary apron!

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  15. Congratulations on your publications, ladies. Carrie, I'm reading your story now and look forward to reading Kathleen's. I've got your books on my to be read pile, Joan. I'm so thrilled for each of you. One of these days I need to get to Shirley Plantation.

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    1. Thanks so much, Janet! You need to come out with me!

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    2. We're so delighted you've joined us, Janet! You might want to join us for our excursion to the plantation this afternoon, though it will be a short one. We certainly must plan a longer visit later when we have more time!

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    3. Ah, Miss Janet. Tis so kind of you to join us. I do hope we can see the sights form that loovely carriage. Tis my first time in Virginia--my first time anywhere but New York City, and I am overwhelmed by all the graciousness. Tis splendid to meet all of you ladies.

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  16. Wow! What a great offering. I'm familiar with Joan's series and I've heard of Carrie's and Kathleen's book just recently. I've never visited either of these places, but I would love to. No other history lovers in my house. :(

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    ccmal(at)charter(dot)net
    CQ, OWG and JMH

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    1. Both novellas are debut books--first fiction releases! Hope you will enjoy them!

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    2. Cheryl, I'm so sorry to hear you have no other history lovers at home! Thankfully the pages of a book are a wonderful way to visit all those marvelous times and places in your imagination, and we do have many fine authors in this group. :-)

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    3. Hi, Cheryl. IT;s been such an honor to work with Carrie on this novella collection. I appreciate your interest. Good luck on the giveaways!

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  17. Thank you for hosting and for the giveaways.

    Congrats on your book releases. They all sound wonderful.

    CQ, OWG and CFP

    Blessings
    -Janella

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    1. JANELLA, I am Angelina Rose and I stitched my own gown. Sure isn't like Charleston (shudder--I was enslaved there) nor like Richmond where I enjoyed life as a freed woman living with my wonderful sponsor. But I enjoy being near my niece and nephew! I hope you will enjoy my story!

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    2. Janella, what a pretty name! Welcome, and so pleased to meet you. I am Miss Rose Meehan, and I am delighted to be sharing my story to a lucky winner of the novella today. Wishing you the luck of the Irish!

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  18. Just a quick stop in to say Congratulations to the authors and their new releases! I've read Carrie & Murray's (LOVED THEM!!!) and I can't wait to read Kathleen's :-) My grandson & I just picked some pretty Bachelors Buttons the other day and took photos of them.

    Carrie, you know I love tea. I can't wait until I can visit Shirley Plantation! One of these days...

    Love to all. I'm off to spend the day with the grands! Have a great time sipping tea and eating cake.

    CQ, CFP, OWG

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    1. THANKS, ANNE! You are so sweet! Oh, I want to see your pic! Yes, I think it is a nice drive up for u and your hubby! Thanks and enjoy your sweeties!

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    2. Ahh, Miss Anne. We share a loove for God's gardens, don't we? Bachelor Buttons are one of the easiest things to grow--so easy in fact, that I have a small patch of them next to my fence in the middle of Manhattan. A sure sign in New York that summer's come.
      I hope you'll enjoy my story, dearie.

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  19. Good day to you and yours!
    Congrats to all!
    Still is a bit chilly here in Northern Michigan. We still have patches of snow. Some hot tea is always welcomed.

    wendyshoults(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Wendy, I am heading home mid June! I have heard it has been cold there! Thanks for visiting! As Angelina Rose, freed woman, I feel sure I'd be welcome in this Union state!

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    2. Michigan must be a beautiful place in the summer, with its sparkling lakes and emerald forests. But it must take the patience of Job to wait for the warmth of summer. I don't mind the snow m'self, with a cozy fire in the hearth and fresh bread bakin'. This Virginia climate has me spoilt for everyday life now.

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  20. I've so enjoyed my visit with you, Miss Carrie. I'm especially glad you asked me to stay over and attend your tea party. My grandfather, Colonel Kelly, asked me to send you his best regards, and hopes that he'll be able to travel to Virginia to visit with your family once his obligations end in Philadelphia. You will have to come to our home for a visit once the British leave.

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    1. Oh, dear Miss Cynthia, it must be a trial to have the enemy at your doorstep. Living in New York I felt safe from the battle front, so it came as a shock to see the battle brought to the streets of Manhattan with a draft riot in me own back yard. It taught me to have faith in the Lord's provision and protection. A fine day like today, the worries seem a million miles away.

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    2. So great to see you yesterday and Matthew, of course, loved you, too!!! I do hope Colonel Kelly might come partake of refreshments at the Charles City Tavern and come to Shirley Plantation, too. However, Matthew Scott and I may be in Ohio by then. Blessings!

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  21. Good morning, ladies -- what a lovely day for a tea party and a MOST excellent reason as well with the release of three stories that I love (Carrie's) and am sure to love (Kath's and Joan's)!!

    Peppermint or Chamomille tea would be LOVELY as I need the calming effect with a daughter getting married in ONE WEEK!!! And much as I hate to, I must pass on all pastries so I can fit into a VERY tight-waisted mother-of-the-bride dress WITHOUT stays!!

    Kathleen, LOVE your cover and title, my friend, and am chomping to dig in and, Joan, I have you on my TBR list because I have heard SO many wonderful things about your work, so maybe today will be my lucky day!!

    No, wait -- my lucky day was when I met Miss Carrie Pagels at ACFW and it has been a friendship that has blessed me over and over, especially getting to know all the wonderful friends she knows who quickly become friends of mine as well. Carrie, I get goose bumps every time I see a picture of Shirley Plantation, so I would say that novella (and the ms. I read) have impacted me greatly.

    Hugs and Happy Tea Party!!

    Julie

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    1. Oh, Julie, here, do have a cup of chamomile tea to calm you! I can't imagine how much you have to do with only a week until the wedding! I most definitely understand your concern about the pastries. I'm certainly doubt you'll have time for reading until the happy event is past, but afterward hopefully you'll be able to relax and delve into that TBR pile. :-)

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    2. Miss Julie I can see that you and I would get on just foin. I hear you write about Irish lasses like me, and t'would be a dear thing to read all of their stories. You've got the gift of Blarney, a gilded tongue and pen, a gift of the Irish, to be sure!
      Wishing your daughter a loovely wedding day, and if you see a blue Bachelors's Button that day, just know its your friend Rose Meehan thinking of you, dear, and praying for a blessed union.

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    3. JULIE!!! I was feeling a little sorry for myself over a tricky proposal but your WONDERFUL comments cheered me right up!!! You are so kind and such a blessing. We'll have a server bring you peppermint tea (just about to have them pour me a cup with honey, too!) LOVED your new book! You are one of a kind! Hugs!!!

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  22. Good Morning Ladies! Celebrating and rejoicing with you, Joan, Kathleen, and Carrie, over the new releases.

    May God continue to equip and inspire you as you write, and bring all needful resources right to your fingertips (or your feet to their doors!). May He bless and increase your tribe of readers. May He deepen you in your understanding of Him and His gracious working through the ages in the human hearts of all nations, tribes, tongues and times, and give you words to spill that fullness into your stories to bless thousands more. May He keep your backs, shoulders, wrists and hearts strong!

    Can I get an AMEN? :)

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    1. A very loud AMEN from me, Lori! I'm praying the same for you, dear sister, with your upcoming release, too, and can't wait until our tea party in celebration of it! Readers are in for a very great treat with this amazing story. Just the cover alone draws one right to the book, and the contents are so compelling it's impossible to put it down!

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    2. My heart is full. Thank you, Lori, for that blessing. May the Lord also return the blessing upon your own head, three fold!

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    3. AMEN!!!! Wow, what a blessing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks, LORI!!!

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    4. Oh yes, an amen from me, Lori! That is a beautiful prayer for some beautiful ladies!

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  23. Wow, just have to add my AMEN to the above comment by Lori Benton! What a wonderful prayer/benediction! Loved it.

    Please don't enter me in any drawings, I happen to have all these books by these lovely writers. Just wanted to drop in and say hello, I'm excited for all of you! This was such a fun post. Enjoy the ride!

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    1. Jocelyn, we're so glad to have you at the tea party. I want to congratulate you also on your latest release! With so many excellent historicals coming out this spring, we all have much engaging reading to look forward to.

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    2. Oh, Miss Jocelyn. What an honor to meet the brilliant lady who wrote about my newest friend Ruby! Tis a loovely thing the way you told of her plight and the beautiful redemption the Lord worked for her. She's a dear girl. As an Irish lass from the lower East Side of Manhattan m'self, I notice most don't bother with us, but you have a good heart, and you tell a fine story. Thank you for coming to the tea party!

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    3. Hello Jocelyn. Good to see you. Better enjoy some of this good food. I think I'm having Chicken salad. Sit a spell with us. Ms. Maxie

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  24. AMEN Lori Benton !!!!

    Good afternoon !!!!

    Please enter me into the drawings, I read Return to Shirley Plantation ~ great job Carrie, I enjoyed it so much !!! now onto the others....such great reviews !!!! I hope I'm not too late !!!!! such a wonderful day !!!!!!!!!!! sun is shining !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you !!!!

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    1. Good day, Miss Rosemary--I am Rose Meehan, the heroine of Bachelor Buttons, Miss Kathleen's novella. So pleased to meet another Rosemary--tis my full name, too. I'm drinking in the loovely atmosphere and delightful company. Hope you will enjoy a cup of tea with us and perhaps a carriage ride later.

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    2. CHICKI!!!! You are so sweet! Great to see you here! It is gorgeous out here!

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  25. Good morning ladies! I love tea parties. I especially love tea. Last night I unwisely drank several teacups of Mountain Thunder and was unable to fall asleep. I was still awake, when the clock struck two. I hope (To myself: I don't nod off during the party).
    (OWG), (CFP), (KM), (JMH)
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    1. Oh, Kay, I've done that myself a time or two as well! lol! I hope you'll have time for a nap later this afternoon. You might want to have some of this punch instead of the tea, and let me serve you some of this marvelous chicken salad so you won't grow faint.

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    2. Yes, Miss Elizabeth is quite right. you must take some refreshment to keep your constitution. So kind of you to come. We shall have to take a stroll in the sunshine together. Tis so grand a view, and the country air is sure to refresh.

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    3. KAY, I've not heard of such a tea being served in Virginia. My, it sounds as though its effects are potent! Welcome to the Charles City Tavern and you can be seated anywhere in this lovely restaurant, plenty of good food and good company!

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  26. Congratulations to Joan, Carrie, and Kathy, on the releases of your newest novels. Sorry, I cannot stay for tea. I have a busy day ahead with a new book release of my own. But I'll grab a scone and take it with me.

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    1. Miss Rita, I just finished reading your tale about the sweet Cornish girl, and I was so happy to see things work out for her in the end. Gives me hope that the Good Lord will bring about a happily ever after for my William Lee and me. Thank you for your visit here today.

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    2. It's so good to have you stop by, Rita! We wish you all the best with your release. Oh, my, we have so many wonderful books to add to our TBR piles!

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  27. Chiming in to support a dear friend of mine <3 Mrs Kathleen Maher... Im sipping on my homemade iced tea... lifting it up to toast you ladies! Keep up the great works!
    Sincerly...and much love
    Tara

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    1. Tara, I am touched! Thank you, sweetie. <3

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  28. (Chaplain Debbie enters with a huge smile on her face)
    Hello everyone! It is so wonderful to finally be able to come here. *achoo* Do pardon my sneeze, you see I have allergies and I am afraid that the gorgeous dogwood is doing a number one me. But, if I stay inside, I should be just fine. Oh what a glorious celebration. I had the pleasure of reading Carrie and Kathleen's books, but I've yet to read Joan's.
    The weather is so perfect, aside from the pollen. *smiles*
    So, what refreshments do you ladies have for us today? I am parched and could use something to quench my thirst.
    I think I will mingle for awhile, see who is about. God bless.

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    1. (correction: I meant to write 'number ON me, not ONE me. LOL)

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    2. Waving and smiling at you, Chaplain Debbie. Wonderful to have your company on this gorgeous afternoon. Allow me to pour you a refreshment. I hear there is lemonade to take the edge of the sun's heat. It looks delicious.

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    3. So enchanted to have you visit with us today, DEBBIE, and so glad you enjoyed the story about me (Angelina Rose) and Matthew Scott who is simply one of the most wonderful young men I've ever met. Sigh... Do come in!

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    4. Oh, I did so enjoy your story, Angelina! Matthew Scott is such a dear man, you are so blessed!

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  29. (Eyes wide) Did I hear someone say crab cakes? Yummy! May I please have one (or two) of them? ;)

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    1. and I shall add a few of those golden cakes that smell so delicious to a plate and bring them over anon!

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    2. I can vouch that the crab cakes are especially delicious today, Chaplain Debbie, and the lemonade is quite refreshing. I'm so sorry to hear of your allergies, but we're delighted that you stopped by nevertheless! Do sit with us here inside and visit a bit. Hopefully your symptoms will quickly subside.

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    3. Thank you so much Kathleen! Sounds wonderfully refreshing. Lemonade is just what this body needs...and those crab cakes. *wink wink*
      This is such a beautiful spot for the tea party and these ladies really deserve to be celebrated!

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    4. Thank you so much, Joan, I am sure my allergies will subside as long as I stay indoors. I really need to get my hands on one of your books, they sound really good. Which one of your books would you recommend I start with? If I win, I will go with whichever you suggest. :)

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    5. With our recent rain and the unusual weather we've had, our pollen is less than usual here DEBBIE. So after dinner you likely will have relief. I recommend you start with Joan's first book in her series, about "Oriole" the spy--such a lovely girl!

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    6. Oh, sounds intriguing. Thanks for the recommendation, Carrie! Perhaps I will go onto the porch later in the evening, for some fresh air.

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  30. Just stopping by to see what is going on around here. The chatter sounds absolutely delightful and the tea most delicious! I would love an outing with you great ladies this afternoon but 'fraud I must decline at this time due to a few physical ailments at the moment but hoping to heal up quickly and join up with all of you at another time. In meantime, enjoy your afternoon ride.

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    1. Oh, do take care of yourself! Praying you feel better!

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    2. Come and sit by the hearth and the light of the window, and see if that helps some. I wouldn't want you to catch a chill now that the winter is past. I'll pour you a warmer on your tea, and soon you will be set to rights.
      Lovely to have your company, indoors or out. :)

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    3. Mr. Carter is very gracious and I feel sure he'd allow usage of his carriage whenever you are able to visit again!

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  31. Ladies, the Carter coach has arrived right on time to take us to Shirley Plantation for a quick tour. We'll be back in time for a late tea, so if you'd like to join Miss Angelina, Miss Maxie, and me, we'll have a grand time. And I just received a message from Jonathan that he plans to stop by for a cup of tea and to greet you all before he must ride north with his Rangers. Oh, I hope William Lee will be able to join us then also for a bit of fiddle playing and dancing, Miss Rose! Have you heard from him?

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    1. Well, I am not sure how my allergies will be affected, but I am certainly not going to pass up the opportunity to visit the Shirley Plantation! I've heard so much about it and it sounds gorgeous! Count me in!

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    2. I aaam ready to go Ms. Hochstetler any time. I'm anxious to visit the Plantation.(Maxie)

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    3. Mr. William Lee and his sweetheart had to transport her sister to a physician this afternoon but they shall return for dinner. Those crabcakes smell heavenly as does the pulled pork and the fish!

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  32. I don't think I am dressed appropriately, but I am happy to be here! :) I thought I would stop by for a spot of tea. I hope I haven't missed out on the fiddle playing!

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    1. Welcome, Stacey, and you haven't missed the fiddle playing and dancing. We're waiting for Mr. Lee and General Carleton to arrive and play for us. I don't know about you, but I'm thrilled at the prospect of an evening of such delightful entertainment after weeks cooped up in Philadelphia, fearing the arrival of General Howe and his army!

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    2. STACEY, There will be some banjo music, too, if Matt has his way. I told him to wait until after dinner.

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  33. Congrats to you both on all the good things happening! So excited for you and what God will do through you. Hugs!

    Diane :o)

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    1. I pray that many people will find Angelina's story of obedience to God to be an inspiration to them. Thanks so much, DIANE!!!

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  34. Wow! This is a great post and great giveaways! Great idea! I am very excited to learn more about the two authors I was not familiar with (Joan and Kathy) and very excited for Carrie's new release! Thank you for putting this together.

    CQ; OWG; I wanted to "follow" Joan's blog but I didn't see an option to ... ; KM; CFP

    Thanks!

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    1. Rhonda, the option to follow is down near the bottom of the blog. I apologize that you have to hunt for it! I'd better move it up higher so people can find it, and I'll do that asap. But for now, if you scroll down, you'll find it toward the bottom of the right-hand sidebar. :-)

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    2. I just popped over there and moved the blog followers up toward the top, so you should be able to find it easily now, Rhonda.

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    3. RITTY, Great to see you here! Angelina and Matthew both welcome you! No hoops skirts of course, for me--I'm a seamstress not a belle. But I will surely enjoy the wonderful supper about to be served here! Come sit down with us!

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  35. So excited for both of you! You both are wonderful writers and I'm so glad that the fruits of your hard work is finally paying off! Have a cup of tea for me!

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  36. Our white dogwood tree at the end of our lane is in bloom too! Would love the exciting offer of a tea cup and saucer, Carrie! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    CFP

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    1. KATHLEEN, So great to see you here and welcome! Love our dogwoods! Come chat with me on the porch!

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  37. Do forgive my tardiness, but alas I'm finally here! I shan't stay long, however due to a rather nasty deadline approaching on May 1st. Oh, I do hate it when these deadlines interfere with parties!!
    My fondest greetings to all!! I've read two of these charming books and they were superb! I can't wait to read Joans!!
    Anyway, I do believe I'll grab a cup of tea before I leave.. and maybe a small snack, though my corset has been rather tight lately! ;-)

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    1. Great to see ye here, Cap'n! But, don't be stayin' too long, ye need to be meetin' yer deadline. ;)
      I be joinin' ye fer some refreshments before ye have to be goin', Cap'n.....wow, it sure feels nice bein' able to speak me pirate talk when ye be around. I dare not do that to any of the guests, lest I cause some of them to faint away. *giggles*

      Ehem...well, MaryLu, it is lovely to see you again. Mayhaps..er maybe I will be seeing you again soon. (leans in and whispers 'back on the ship')

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    2. An' a hearty ahoy t' ye too, Chappy! Tis great to see another crew member here. I agrees wit ye, though, we needs t' be temperin' our pirate speak fer the other more genteel guests. I be sure they would be havin' a hard time understandin' us!

      But I mean, Greetings, Chaplain Debbie, what a pleasure to see you here! It's been ages, has it not? Oh what a lovely gown. Wherever did you have it made? Now, for that tea, dear, I'm quite parched. (wink)

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    3. MaryLu, it's wonderful to have you drop by, especially with your deadline looming like a British man o' war! lol! Do have some tea and some of these delicious petits fours!

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    4. MARYLU, So glad your sloop could make it up the James River on this fine afternoon. I imagine you anchored at Harrison's Landing. Just yesterday I dined here at Charles City Tavern with a descendant of the Justice's who originally owned the land for Berkeley Plantation. Small world! Thanks again for your wonderful review of my story! Blessings with your deadline, too!

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    5. Thank you, MaryLu, my dress isn't much, just something I threw on at the last minute. (leans in...and it is killing me!) I pray that your book is going well. I can't wait to feast my eyes upon it.

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    6. Joan is your book released yet? where can I get a copy? Oh Oh.. I didn't see those petits fours!! Yummy. I do believe I'll have one.. or two.. or...

      Carrie, my pleasure on the review.. and you are so blessed to live so close to so many historical sites!! Nothing out here in California.

      Chappy.. just a few more hours and we can put our breeches back on!!

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    7. Oh, sounds great, Cap'n! I do believe I will have some of those petits fours as well and some more lemonade...my, I should stop drinking this stuff, but it tastes so good. I think I will ignore my scale in the morning. ;-)

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  38. What a wonderful party - and equally wonderful giveaways!

    CQ, CFP, JMH

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    1. It's lovely to have you with us, Kate! Let me get you a cup of tea. Would you like some of this fabulous tea cake?

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    2. KATE, Welcome, and be on the lookout for the menu for the dinner meal, which is scrumptious!!!

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  39. Congratulations, me lovelies! So excited for Carrie and Kathy's novellas, and Joan, I really love the look of this new edition of your series.

    And what a lovely location for our party! Even the thought of food makes my flu-bitten self shudder, but I'm enjoying the beautiful pictures of the tavern. ;-)

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    1. Aww, Roseanna, are you sick? So sorry, I will be praying for you to feel better. Perhaps you can handle a cup of tea?

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    2. Roseanna, you know I'm delighted with the new design of the series! I agree with Chaplain Debbie--what you need is a bracing cup of tea to temper those flu symptoms. Please sit a spell and refresh yourself!

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    3. RO, I have been praying for you! My daughter has flu, too. Maybe we can find you some crackers and ginger tea! Hang in there!!! And thanks for coming by! Hugs!

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    4. I'll steep a bit of mint in your tea to soothe your stomach. Perhaps a bit of fresh air? I'll walk with you to the balcony.

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  40. Congratulations, ladies on all the wonderful reading I must do!! The location for this party is simply divine. I do believe I will sit on the wraparound porch and have a scone with my tea! However, I must extend congratulations again on your hard work! I have read Carrie's novella and look forward to reading the other two.
    I so greatly enjoy being part of all of the blogs listed! It is such a treat to learn more of the history of our great country!
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    1. Hello Betti, it's nice seeing you here for the tea party. Didn't the ladies do a marvelous job..as usual? :-)
      I am afraid I cannot join you on the porch, because of my allergies. Do have a pleasant visit, my dear!

      Wait a minute..am at the Tavern or still at the Shirley Plantation? I am so confused!!! *wink wink* But, seriously, where am I? I guess since this is all 'virtual', I can be in both places! LOL

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    2. Oh, you're so funny, Chaplain Debbie! We're back at the tavern, of course. Didn't you love our tour, even though it was somewhat hurried so we could return in time for tea? We simply must go back when we have time to stay longer.

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    3. BETTI, I recommend ANY of their meals here at Charles City Tavern!

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    4. My oh my, yes! The tour was quite lovely. Now that we are back, I believe I will stay inside for awhile, to let my nose recover a bit. Maybe a bit more lemonade will make me feel better.

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    5. Betz, I am sorry I missed your arrival. I was attending to my daughter who is sick with a head cold. So good of you to come!

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  41. Hello to you MaryLu. Who's holding down the ship while you are partying? you could come for awhile. (Ms. Maxie)

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    1. Ms. Maxie, no worries, the ship be doin' just fine. While MaryLu works on her book, the crew is takin' care of everything else.

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    2. You should see the dinner menu at Charles City Tavern, ladies!!! Let me see if I can get an image of it up or a link!

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    3. You're making me hungry, Carrie!

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    4. Good evening ladies.....this is a marvelous tea party. Shirley Plantation is beautiful. And the food smells wonderful from the Tavern. I would enjoy a hot cup of Chamomille tea with you.

      Congratulations on your books. I love to read Christian historcial fiction and this setting is perfect.

      Thanks so much for inviting us to join your tea party.

      Many blessings, Tina Rice
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    5. TINA, Welcome! Thanks! Chamomile with sugar or honey? Blessings back!

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    6. It was great visiting Shirley Plantation. Truly a wonderful experience. Thanks for the ride ladies, and your company. (Ms. Maxie)

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  42. ooooh, so crowded in here, but I do believe I'll rest my feet over at the table in the corner! Roseanna, hope you are feeling better! Maybe just a spot of tea?

    Carrie, Joan, and MaryLu - such a nice tea party to celebrate your novels! I loved the plantation tour! Great fun! I feel in such good company here :o) Thank you for inviting me!

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    1. Really looking forward to your release, REBECCA! There are many corners to choose from in here but I must confess most guests do not rest but mingle quite a bit and roam through the tavern looking at the lovely colonial prints hung from the walls! Welcome and thank you!

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  43. These books look wonderful! I can't wait to read them and hope to receive one. :) I'd love to join this tea party. The tea and treats look wonderful and taste rather yummy as well.

    Nice to meet you all, I'm Bianca Gibson.

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    1. Good evening, Bianca. What a lovely name. I'm passing by with a pot of tea and a plate of sliced ham and warm rolls. Allow me to fix you with some refreshment. Dessert trays are circulating, too. So pleased to see you in your lovely evening gown. Did you crochet your shawl?

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    2. Greetings, Bianca! Doesn't my friend, Rose, look lovely tonight? I must admit that other than a few soldiers I've not had much contact with Irish folk. She's right nice!

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  44. Hi, Rebecca, Let me get your tea for you. My name is Rose Meehan and my story is Bachelor Buttons. Being the daughter of working class Irish, I know my way around the kitchen. So pleased that you have come!

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    1. You're a sweet lady, Rose! My masters in Charleston had that as their last name, which is why I am named Angelina Ross. But I hope to change my name soon. You are just as pretty as a flower!

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  45. Why, thank you, Rose - please do! I'm looking forward to reading your story! I'll pull a chair close to the fire tonight and treasure every word!

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  46. Good Evening, Ladies!

    Thank you once again for welcoming me, Tess Howard, to another one of your lovely tea parties! I've had a trying day, some difficulty with transportation, (at my age I can no longer ride like the wind as my niece, Elizabeth does, and had a late arrival home before stopping in here) but I am finally glad to make it. What lovely surroundings here at Charles City Tavern an excellent choice for your tea party! And the table settings are beautiful!

    I have had the pleasure in reading both "Return to Shirley Plantation" and "Wind of the Spirit" and now look forward to reading "Bachelor Buttons"! What a treat to have all three books --and their authors-- together to take tea with. Yes! Thank you--I should love to have a cup of chamomile; I'm sure it will calm me after this eventful day. Now I shall find a place to sit and chat with all these guests. Quite over one hundred, I should say! What a turnout!

    The Lord has certainly blessed you with this lovely spot to hold your party, ladies, and for the wonderful stories He's laid upon your hearts to write!

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      You look so nice this fine day, my dear. You are going to love "Bachelor Buttons", it was very good! These ladies really know how to pen interesting stories. Do sit down and tell us all of any new adventures you've been about.

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    2. Aunt Tess, I'm so happy you've finally arrived! I was growing worried about you, but in this day and age, reliable transportation is difficult to find. Let me bring you a cup of tea and some refreshments, and please do share your adventures with us!

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    3. Miss Tess, welcome. There's a platter of crab cakes just out from the kitchen. Do sit a spell!

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    4. Why Miss Tess, I was just hoping to have an introduction. How delightful. Sorry I am that you had an eventful day. We'll settle you in with a bit of refreshment and I am eager to hear of your journeys with Miss Elizabeth.

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  47. Greetings, ladies. First Mate Bowen of the pirate ship, Akantha, at your service. Just passing through with a message from Lilyan Xanthakos. Wait, where did I stow her missive? Ah, here 'tis, under me hat -- what do ye think about the big red feather in me hat? I'll get on with it then -- Mrs. Xanthakos offers profound congratulations to Carrie, Joan, and Kathy and sends regrets that she cannot attend your party. She's tied up -- Ha! That's a good one. She's tied up aright, a prisoner of the most dastardly brethren of the coast, Captain Galeo. That's Greek for "Shark," you know. A truer name was never given. I'll pass on the tea till I can head to someplace with a stronger brew. I'm 'waying anchor as I am on guard duty for Mrs. Xanthakos and her daughter, Laurel. Beauties they both be. More of our story is being written tonight. Mayhaps I'll show my metal in a sword fight. It's quite a yarn, can't wait to see what I'll do next. Farewell, and fair sailing to ye all.

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    1. Oh my, First Mate Bowen, is it? You do have a presence about you. Ye make me pirate what to be comin' out...but I digress. Kidnapping, Captain Galeo? Oh dear, what a story that is. I would so love to hear more. I do hope that dear Lilyan is fairing okay. I can only imagine what she is going through. Please go easy on the stronger brews, as they can impair your better judgement.

      Happy sailin' Matey! Oops, sorry....I mean, have a safe trip. ;)

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    2. First Mate Bowen, I love your feather, and you're well arrived. I believe we're all surfeited on the delicious refreshments the tavern has supplied, and we're ready to hear of our adventures and those of my Aunt Tess. If there's any way I can be of service to Mrs. Xanthakos, by the way, you've only to say the word. As you may know, I have some expertise in daring rescues!

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    3. Welcome, Sir, and we're quite happy to meet your acquaintance here at the Charles City Tavern. Come relax!

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    4. I am Rose Meehan, and my Irish mither would be saying to you, sir, to take off yer hat in the presence of ladies! As my red hair would attest, I am not afraid of the likes of you or any hooligan who imposes his boots on a table top. And if it be in your power to let that young lady go free, I am prevailing upon you to do so with haste, if you know what;s good for you!

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    5. ;) (thanks for coming, Miss Susan. Miss Kathleen has advised me to be more cordial to guests. )

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  48. I need to be going for a bit, ladies. Can you tell me when this lovely tea party will be over. I will check back in a bit later...going to spend some time with the hubby. :-)

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    1. Chaplain Debbie, I believe we're winding down. I've been called away for a minor emergency, and I must bid you all adieu. Dear Aunt Tess, there's room in my coach if you're ready to leave and would like to share a ride. I'd love your company!

      Have a lovely evening, everyone! It's been a most delightful party, and I thank you all very much!

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    2. Safe travel! I must retire to my room at the Old House at Shirley Plantation (in the Flanker house) and get some sleep. Good night to all!

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    3. Chaplain Debbie, thank you for making our party sweeter with your presence and gracious spirit. I look forward to seeing you again soon! Godspeed.

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  49. Sorry I'm late. I spent the day hunting rattlesnakes.

    Lovely tea party even though all that's left is crumbs. Congratulations, ladies, on the new releases. They all look like delightful reads.

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    2. Bedad, Miss Gina! Do no' tell me you're after playing with such wretched creatures all day? I pray you're unharmed! It's fashed I am to think of what might have become of you. Thank the good Lord you're safe and I'll fix you a pot of tea and a bit of honey cake.

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  50. Sorry for being late to the party as I haven't been well today. But I didn't want to miss the opportunity to wish congratulations to Carrie, Kathy, and Joan! What a wonderful celebration for you all and such a grand party with a glorious setting. These tea parties are such a special way to celebrate and I hope you know that I am so proud of you all!

    P.S. I'm drooling over that schooner tea cup!

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    2. Cate has just (ver kindly!) shooed the last of our CQ Tea Party guests from the front porch (a few slept on the porch--the weather was so mild!) Good to see Mrs. Gade here and thank you so much for your felicitations! Blessings!

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  51. I'm late, I'm late for a very important date..... guess I might be too late for tea but if you have a drab I'd appreciate it most kindly, ladies. I have a small collection of tea cups and either of these are lovely. The schooner is beautiful and delicate to hold such a lofty vessel. But whatever you have is fine with me. And the tea sounds utterly lovely. Just don't let anyone toss it overboard.

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    1. We shan't be wasting our good tea by throwing it today, my dear Miss Vera. Me Irish mither would have a fit for spoiling such good food. :) I'll pour you a bit of tea and I've saved some biscuits and a scone or two. So happy you have come by with well wishes.

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    2. Those who departed from Harrison's Landing would have had a chance but we've quite a few in carriages heading toward Richmond and Williamsburg. Boat is quicker, to Richmond, but... Thanks for coming by Vera!

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  52. Congrats ladies! I enjoyed the tea it was delicious...thanks for the chance to win..what a wonderful collection of goodies!..I Must go but we'll see you next time. truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com
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    1. Thanks once again, Miss Eliza. Twas a wonderful day spent in the company of all of you dear ladies. I shall not be forgetting it soon!

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    2. Love your name ELIZA (my grandmother's name and the name of the heroine in my upcoming Christmas story for Guideposts!) Thanks for coming by!

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  53. Well, good night to one and all! I had a wonderful time at this tea party and I thank you for the invite. Congrats again to the ladies and their books! Looking forward to the next party! Hugs and God bless!

    (Chaplain Debbie exits with a big smile on her face, waving to all of her tea party friends)

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    1. I shall walk you to your carriage, Chaplain Debbie. My Mr. Lee will escort us to our accommodations. My Da and sister await, also. Thank you for attending our party, and a great deal of thanks to Miss Angelina and Miss Carrie for their gracious hostessing, plus congratulations to the same, and to Miss Elizabeth and Miss Joan as well.
      Good night all!

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  54. looks like you had fun (I was sleeping, napping or enjoying the sun). Mum has a lot of what they called crazy tea cups (one cup, saucer, plate but all different patterns) I dont drink tea or coffee but have the tea cups still (my favourite one lost its saucer).

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    1. CAN"T WAIT TO SEE YOU!!! Your ship will have traveled so terribly far to America and you'll be accompanied by a great many passengers, but it shall all be worth it! I think it is pretty to mix patterns! I just broke a brand new saucer for a gorgeous dogwood set. I have lilacs in the teacup! Love lilacs!

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  55. This sounds like a wonderful party. The Tavern and the Plantation would be lovely to visit. Thanks for the giveaways. rttl@mosquitonet.com (CQ)

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    1. They are wonderful to visit! Thanks for coming to the party! I'm afraid it has now ended and the owner has wished us well and to be on our way! Blessings!

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  56. CQ follower this is wonderful post thanks for sharing

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  57. Oh, dear. I'm late again.... Just too much to do and too little time to do it in. Sounds like you all had a marvelous party. I've not read the other novels, but Wind of the Spirit is a wonderful read. I'm so glad Elizabeth could join you. I did so love her story.

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