April Tea Party Winners

Six Year Blog Anniversary WINNERS: Carla Gade - Pattern for Romance audiobooks go to Andrea Stephens and Megs Minutes and winner of Love's Compas is Terressa Thornton, PEGG THOMAS's signed copy of The Pony Express Romance Collection is Debra Smith, Janet Grunst's debut book goes to Kathleen Maher, Carrie Fancett Pagels' winner's choice goes to: Connie Saunders, Denise Weimer's print winner of, Angela Couch's winner's choice goes to Susan Johnson, Debra E. Marvin reader's choice of any of her novellas or a paperback of Saguaro Sunset novella -- Teri DiVincenzo and Lynne Feurstein, Jennifer Hudson Taylor's "For Love or Country" go to: Lucy Reynolds, Bree Herron and Mary Ellen Goodwin, Shannon McNear's winners are Becky Dempsey for Pioneer Christmas and Michelle Hayes for Most Eligible Bachelor, Roseanna White's winner for Love Finds You in Annapolis is Becky Smith.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Tea Party for Rebecca DeMarino, Lisa Norato, MaryLu Tyndall and Jennifer Hudson Taylor


Thank you for joining us for a summertime tea party at historic Gurnet Light along the shores of Duxbury Beach.


 

Gurnet Light is located in Plymouth, but is accessible only by passing through the Town of Duxbury, Massachusetts. The first lighthouse at Gurnet Point was erected in 1768. When light keeper, John Thomas, went off to fight in the Revolutionary War in 1776, his wife Hannah took over his duties as keeper.

Our door is open. Welcome!  Careful on the steps leading inside, ladies. We don't want you tripping over the hem of your lovely gowns. The table has been set, tea is steeping, lemonade is chilling, and there's fresh fruit and savory scones.  So have a seat and enjoy a relaxing view of the east coast. 

There will be book giveaways and other delightful prizes, so please partake of some refreshment and enjoy while we introduce you to the authors whose latest novels we share with you today.


Chocolate peanut butter cake
Today we celebrate four new releases! Rebecca DeMarino's debut, A Place In His Heart; the long-awaited third book of MaryLu Tyndall's Escape to Paradise series, Abandoned Memories; Jennifer Hudson Taylor's For Love or Country: Book 2 of The MacGregor Legacy; and Lisa Norato's, The Promise Keeper, a Sea Heroes of Duxbury novel.


Ahh, the gentle call of the sea...

If you have worn a special gown for the occasion, please describe it for us.

Lisa Norato, author of The Promise Keeper, is wearing a floral, printed cotton of the federal era with puffed upper sleeves, the same gown as worn by her heroine, Iris Moon, on the cover of her novel.

Duxbury, Massachusetts, 1825
Danger reunites a sea captain's daughter with her childhood protector-who is now a reclusive lighthouse keeper on an island across the bay.

THE PROMISE KEEPER by Lisa Norato

The new keeper has manned Pilgrim Light for a year now, and though her father recruited him for the post, Iris Moon has never seen the fellow nor will anyone discuss him. Rumors circulate he was once a pirate and had been imprisoned. Lured by the secrecy, Iris rows out to the light to meet the solitary keeper. He's a curmudgeon who remains as mysterious as ever, until confusing dreams haunt her, causing Iris to suspect they share a past connection.

Jonathan Mayne sailed with Captain Moon's family as a young cabin boy during the earliest years of Iris's life. A grown woman, Iris holds no memory for her childhood friend, who now guards the bay from a lonely lighthouse tower. When a shipwreck survivor bent on revenge washes up on the shores of the Moon family mansion, will Johnny be able to protect Iris from her dead mother's secret while keeping a promise to her father never to expose it?
 

GIVEAWAYS: Lisa will be giving away a copy of The Promise Keeper (winner's choice of a signed paperback or ebook--foreign addresses available for ebook only). Lisa is also giving away a pair of (pierced) monarch butterfly crystal earrings by Rhode Island-based jeweler Kirk's Folly.






From Massachusetts all the way to Brazil, MaryLu Tyndall's third book in her Escape to Paradise series is an adventure not to be missed!  The civil war has ended and a group of disgruntled Southerners have fled the Reconstruction and headed for Brazil in the hopes of recreating their Southern Utopia (minus the slavery)  Their journey is recorded in Forsaken Dreams, book 1. The settling of their colony outside Rio de Janeiro is the topic of Elusive Hope, book 2, and now the real reason God lured them to Brazil is finally revealed in Abandoned Memories, book 3!  All three stories are full of adventure and romance in an exotic location.


It is 1866 and the fledgling Confederate colony of New Hope is Angeline Moore’s last chance at a normal life. Running from the law, she longs to make a fresh start in this new Southern Utopia. But a series of strange disasters threaten to destroy everything the colonists have worked for, and strange visions threaten to reveal a past Angeline is desperate to hide.



James Callaway failed at both doctoring and preaching, but he hopes that his move to Brazil will give him another chance to become the spiritual leader he so desires. He longs to create a world free from the immorality that plagued every street corner back home and ruined his life. And he believes Angeline is just the sort of refined woman he needs to keep him on the right track.



But something is amiss in New Hope: haunting visions, the discovery of crypts beneath an ancient temple, and an archaic Hebrew book, set the colonists’ fears on edge. When one of their own is murdered, a series of disasters leads them to believe God has brought them to Brazil to defeat an evil that, if unleashed, could wreak havoc on the entire world.

If you haven't read the first two books in the series, no worries, The Ebook of Forsaken Dreams is FREE right now on Amazon and the Ebook for Elusive Hope is only 1.99!!!!  

Giveaways!  MaryLu will be giving away a signed copy of Abandoned Memories along with a Brazilian Nut Shea Body Butter!









A Place in His Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

She could cross an ocean, but could she ever win his heart?

Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved wife, but he knows his two young sons need a mother. And yet these two very different people with very different expectations will take a leap of faith, wed, and then embark on a life-changing journey across the ocean to the Colonies. Along the way, each must learn to live in harmony, to wait on God, and to recognize true love where they least expect to find it.

This heartfelt tale of love and devotion is based on debut author Rebecca DeMarino's own ancestors, who came to Long Island in the mid-1600s to establish a life--and a legacy--in the New World.


Giveaway: Carrie is giving away a child's size mob cap from Colonial Williamsburg.

A courageous colonial spy. A daring British captain. Will they risk all to win at love?
At the height of the Revolutionary War, Tyra MacGregor is successful at thwarting the British Army with her colonial spy efforts. But her sleuthing ways come to a screeching halt when Captain Donahue "Hugh" Morgan puts her under house arrest.

Hugh is intrigued by this courageous spy the natives call "War Woman." She's more daring than most men and is intelligent in defending her convictions. Even more impressive to Hugh is the strength of Tyra's unshakeable faith in God.

When Tyra saves his life during an attack, Hugh vows to return the favor. Before he can intervene, however, she is caught by his superior officer and imprisoned. Soon Hugh's honor, faith, country, and love are all on the line. Can he risk it all to gain everything?
Book 2 of The MacGregor Legacy by Jennifer Hudson Taylor.

Giveaway! Jennifer will be giving away one copy of For Love or Country







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    1. Good morning, Cheryl! We've got to get together. I could take our sloop over the river to Gloucester! You don't have any military encamped there now, do you? Tea?

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  2. I love tea parties! You meet so many wonderful people! Bless each of you!
    Wendy
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    1. Wendy, so great to see you here. Green or black tea? Yes, four wonderful new novels!

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    2. And blessings to you, Wendy, thank you! So lovely to have you with us on this beautiful summer's day.

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  3. Congrats, Ladies, on your delightful new releases. I cannot wait to read them all!! I've had the pleasure of starting Lisa Norato's new release "The Promise Keeper" and it is WONDERFUL!!! I am so proud of our Colonial Quills staff and all of their hard work. I salute you with a mighty "Huzzah!"

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    1. I need to pull out my quill and pen a review of Lisa's new novel. I'm going to listen to your new story, too, Elaine. Huzzah indeed!

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    2. Thank you, dear Elaine. Yes, huzzahs to all the CQ-ers and congratulations to my fellow authors today! I'm excited you're enjoying my book, Elaine. Thank you for reading and thank you, dear Carrie!

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    3. Enjoyed your novel a lot, Lisa! I appreciate you sharing it with me!

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  4. Congrats on some wonderful book releases! Mmmm, I would love some of that peanut butter cake for breakfast. I won't tell if you don't! It is beautiful by the shore, listening to the water.

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    1. So far the seagulls are cooperating and leaving our breakfast food alone, PTL! Coffee or tea with that peanut butter cake?

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    2. Good morning, Susan! Nothing like greeting the morning by the shore, esp. with a chocolate cake breakfast. I love listening to the seagulls, too.

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    3. Oh yes, tea please, Carrie! Thank you. :)

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    4. I've got black tea now--a hearty English brewed tea. And cake for our mid-afternoon snack.

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  5. Congrats to all on the book releases!

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl! Have you had something to eat and drink? What can we get you?

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  6. Sounds like a lot more books I need to put on my stack. I'm looking forward to doing lots of fun reading. Have a great Tea Party, Ladies.

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    1. Morning, Janet! Thank you for stopping by and blessings!

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    2. Happy birthday, Janet!!! Hope it is a great day!

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  7. Good morning everyone! Forgive my tardiness, but it's a long way from Brazil! However I wouldn't miss this party for the world. I simply adore light houses and of course, the sea! Congrats to Lisa Norato, Jennifer Hudson Taylor and Rececca Demarino ! Such wonderful looking books! I wish I had more time to read. Congrats to all our CQ authors. We have such a plethora of talent among us. I do believe I'll have some of that peanut butter cake!

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    1. MaryLu, peanut butter cake coming right up, and what would you like to drink with that? Thank you for the good wishes and congratulations and success on Abandoned Memories!!

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    2. Coffee if you have it, Lisa. You know us Americans. LOL. I'm anxious to read your book! Is it out already?

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    3. Here's a nice hot cup for you, MaryLu, after your long journey. Yes, my book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, thanks for asking.

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    4. You're looking mighty fine, MaryLu, after your sea journey~
      I am all anticipation for your newest exotic descriptions !

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    5. Thank you! You look pretty magnificent yourself! ;-)

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    6. MaryLu, as usual I was fashionably late as well. SC is a far piece to travel, but nothing like Brazil! I do believe one of those terrible jungle mosquitos bit you right on the tip of your nose. But as I'm from SC where the mosquitos are so big they carry one away, I'll fix you right up if you'll follow me to the powder room. But you look lovely, deah, as always...mosquito bite or not! You must stay out of those jungles, my deah!

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    7. You look delightful, MaryLu. DIANA, great to see you up and around!

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  8. Good morning Ladies, I found a beautiful pink dress with dainty shawl to wear today and hope I fit in...I heard that Carrie has green tea and love to drink it with a splash of lemon. I enjoy the authors and books mentioned above and just hope to find time to read some during the busy summertime..the garden is starting to produce and we need to find helpers to help harvest and eat. Everyone looks so festive in their beautiful dresses thanks for the invite....

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    1. Paula, I did get to see your dress and it looks lovely on you now! Mmm, fresh produce right from the garden, yum - I could help you eat that! Let me go get you that green tea with lemon.

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  10. MaryLu, hope the trip from Brazil wasn't too rough on the high seas! Beautiful tea party. Glad to be a part. Extra sugar please, and no cream. Love chocolate cake for breakfast. Ingenious. Love everything MaryLu! (Had to edit--left out punctuation!)

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    1. Chocolate cake and coffee, here you go, Rebecca. Nice to have you with us. We all love MaryLu!

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    2. Hi Rebecca! Thanks for joining the party! No rough seas on the way here, but I've heard there may be a storm on the way back! Enjoy the party!

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    3. Rebecca, I can't imagine sailing from Brazil.

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  11. Oh my, all the way from Brazil? I hope the seas were calm for ya, MaryLu!

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    1. Indeed they were, Susan. :-) It's the way back I'm leery of. I hear there's quite a storm brewing over Brazil!

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  12. Warmest Congrats to each author entertaining and inspiriting us with exotic tales that take us away to foreign lands and times! I am all anticipation... Thank you for sharing your gift of writing with us!

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    1. Thank you, Sharon, so glad you could join us! Something to drink?

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    2. Yes, please .. and ty!
      I was enjoying the setting with a seashore walk before stepping inside, I'm ready for a spot of restoration =) Cake and a cuppa sound just right!

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    3. Wonderful! Nothing like the seashore to help a body relax. Here you go, dear. A nice big slice of cake and a steaming cuppa, enjoy!

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  13. What a lovely location for a tea party! I'd love a cup of tea, please. I'm looking forward to learning all about these exciting new novels and their lovely authors! Thank you for inviting me, Carrie.

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    1. Welcome, Vicki! Thank you for coming. Tea coming right up.

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    2. Greetings Vicki! I hope you enjoy your time here. These are the best ladies in the Colonies! :-)

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    3. Vicki, you are such a world traveler. We're so glad you could make it to the party! I agree with MaryLu, the CQ ladies and our guests are so wonderful!

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  14. I thought I would stop by for a spot of tea and the best company in the whole world. Congratulations to the authors who have new books. I had better get back to work and then to pick up some medicine for my daughter and drop off my carriage to have the brakes fixed. I hope I can swing by again this evening.

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    1. Glad you could stop in, Jennifer. Congrats on your newest!

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    2. Congratulations to you, Jennifer! Don't work to hard!

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    3. We'll keep a spot ready for you, Jen. Congrats on your new release! Best wishes on your carriage repairs!

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    4. So glad you stopped by, Jennifer, blessings on your weekend and big time congrats on the new release :)

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  15. I thought I'd commented already but didn't see my comment. So here I go again! I love MaryLu's books and Jennifer's, haven't read Lisa's but looking forward to it very much.

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    1. I had the same trouble, Susan - wrote a lengthy intro and 0 posted!
      Here's an extra slice of cake for your trouble ;)

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    2. Good morning, Susan! Sorry you had trouble posting, but glad you are here now. Enjoy that cake!

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    3. Hi Susan!! So good to see you! Please try the chocolate cake. It's to die for and we certainly don't get such delicacies on board the ship!

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    4. All of these authors do such great writing, Susan! A real privilege to celebrate with them and our guests!

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  16. I'm woefully behind. After eye surgery this summer, I hope to be able to read my print books better. Lovely to see all you ladies in your finery and enjoy the view. Nothing like the ocean (I'm especially fond of a rocky shore).
    Congratulations ladies and all the great new releases!

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    1. Thank you, Debra. So glad to have you here and prayers for your surgery and recuperation. Blessings!

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  17. (Chaplain Debbie enters, trying not to trip as she comes in....staring at the gorgeous view!)
    Ahoy everyone! My, but it is such a gorgeous day, is it not? Everything looks wonderful....I can smell the coffee and cake as I enter the room. I have a long day ahead of me, so I will be needing some of your great refreshments, if you please.
    Do excuse my tardiness, but this California lady slept in a bit.
    Congrats to the lovely ladies who have books coming out...I am currently reading Abandoned Memories and loving it! *waving to me Cap'n*

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    1. Wavin' back to ye, Chappy! Thank you for coming. Praying your long day turns out to be full of blessings!

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    2. Thanks, Cap'n! Right now, I have me grandson, Tate, for a few hours. And this be the day when me daughter and granddaughters usually visit...although they may stay home today, seeing as they just got back from the shores of Oregon. Hugs to you, my friend....I am really enjoying Abandoned Memories!!!

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  18. You look lovely, Debbie! We have plenty of refreshment so eat your fill. We never run out. It's like Jesus with the loaves and the fishes. Thanks for your good wishes to the authors.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! You look very nice in your gown, too. And thanks for the refreshments. I pray your day is blessed beyond measure!

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    2. Thank you, dear Debbie, so sweet of you!

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  19. Ladies, congrats on your new releases! They all sound so wonderful! I'll take a cuppa and a slice of that delicious peanut butter cake. :-)

    gwen(dot)gage(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thought I'd sit next to you as we enjoy this cake, beautiful Gwen, hugs my friend!!

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    2. Gwen and Kara, lovely to have you join us and do enjoy that cake! Thanks for your good wishes.

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  20. Ladies, I beg your pardon, but I have an errand or two to run.. I shall return presently.

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    1. No worries, Cap'n, these ladies will take care of everything and everyone....they are the best hostesses ever!!!

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  21. Friday, June 27th,
    "Good Morning, ladies ... one and all".
    How nice of you to invite us in ... and yes, I'd love a plate of fresh fruit. (It's very hot here in Canada today .... so thought it would be a good day to make a trip to the east coast, and enjoy the cool breezes comin in off the Ocean.)
    So happy to be celebrating "all" of these acclaimed Authors, and their newest releases. Each and every book sounds wonderful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    MaryLu Tyndall's book - "Abandoned Memories" (3rd book in the 'Escape to Paradise' series) I'm very much looking forward to reading. Will soon be getting a copy of this one, so I don't need to be entered into a draw. Loved MaryLu's first two in this series -- "Forsaken Dreams", and "Elusive Hope".
    However ... for Rebecca DeMarino's newest release "A Place in His Heart"; Jennifer Hudson Taylor's - "For Love or Country" (Bk 2); and Lisa Norato's "The Promise Keeper" .... I would love to be entered into the draw.
    I own and thoroughly enjoyed "For Love or Loyalty (Bk 1) by Jennifer Hudson Taylor.
    Well, it's been so nice visiting with you all -- Great job, ladies !!! Keep up the good work !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And, try to stay cool.
    Take care, and, God Bless, In Him, Brenda Hurley
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    1. Blessings, Brenda! Thank you for joining us. Sit back, relax and enjoy the fruit platter.

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    2. Hi Brenda--I agree these are all great sounding books and we'll make sure you get entered in the drawings!!! Blessings and welcome!!!

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    3. Thanks, ladies ! And yes, the fruit platter is delicious !!!

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    4. Oh, and ladies ... I forgot to mention, "should" I be the blessed winner of one of the new novels, I do have a "U.S. Postal Station address" .... just in case you were concerned by the fact that I live in Canada.

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  22. Hello everyone!! I'm "seeing" a lot of names I recognize here today :) *waving to everyone* Congrats ladies on these fabulous new releases, this is a great celebration going on and how wonderful to see such a fun party :) Much love to Carrie, Jennifer, MaryLu, and my other friends here!! Hugs and blessings :) *helping myself to tea and cake*
    Kara
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    1. Kara, I love your charming gown to match your charming personality! It's so wonderful to finally get to see you in person, my dear. ;)

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    2. Why thank you, Diana!! I really didn't know what to wear and I wanted something purple. This dress looked the most comfortable and I love bringing a little flair to the party :) Same to you, my friend, love celebrating this wonderful party with you :)

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    3. Always love to see you here my friend, Kara. And you and Diana both look lovely. Let me refill your tea cups, ladies!

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    4. Thanks Carrie, cheers my friend!

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    5. Thank you for the tea, Carrie, and Kara we look lovely side by side since my gown is lavender!

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    6. Hi Kara!!! Welcome. So good to see you! :-)

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    7. Thanks Diana, I was thinking the same thing!!
      Thanks MaryLu, always a pleasure ;) I'm glad I'm not the only one who wanted coffee (versus tea)!

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    8. We're happy to get you coffee, tea, lemonade and even some cider if you want, Kara! We love seeing you!

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  23. I have been enjoying a lovely cuppa tea and viewing all the pretty dresses, Nice to see you Kara it has been awhile. I expect you have been busy reading all those books you read. I hope you get a chance to try the peanut butter cake, it is to die for...so good. I wanted to catch MaryLu but looks like she has left for awhile, oh well maybe later...

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    1. I've been eyeing a peanut butter pie recipe this afternoon! Tomorrow is our daughter's 25th birthday and I'm making cake for that.

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  24. Hello everyone! I am delighted to find this party, as I love everything about it--lighthouses, Christian fiction, the Colonial and early American time period! I have "Forsaken Dreams" and am so excited to find more books to add to my list! Blessings to all of you! litteraegaudium(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Welcome, Sarah! Blessings back to you and happy reading. So glad you could join us...and just in time for Carrie's delicious lunch.

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    2. You are in the right place then, Sarah! Welcome!

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  25. Coming through with lunch! Starting with a savory chicken soup and refills on tea. We've found a good store of ice in the ice house so we'll make sure the drinks are cold for those who wish it! Also we'll be offering an assortment of sandwiches and vegetable "Salats" for those who wish. Watch for a server and tell her your preference.

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    1. Chicken soup sounds wonderful. Especially with the health issues I have been having lately. But I HAD to brave the trip here for this grand occasion! Everything is so lovely.

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    2. You're so thoughtful to bring this wonderful lunch, Carrie, thanks so much! I'll try some sandwiches, Yum :) *hugs and high fives to Diana* It's not the same without you, Diana, so glad you came!

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    3. I am SO sorry about failing to make the soup as savory as it should have been. Hanging my head in shame. I got distracted! But this afternoon tea with sugar cookies should be good.

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    4. Thank you, Kara, and hugs back your way! And Carrie the soup was quite delish! You underestimate yourself, my dear!

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    5. I love soup and enjoyed yours very much, Carrie, but now I think I could do with one of those sugar cookies!

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    6. I missed luncheon being served but still enjoying seeing everyone here throughout the day. And so many lovely gowns on display!

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  26. Oh, so many good books! I'd like to read all day long sometimes! I mean I know reading a book doesn't solve all your problems, but housework doesn't either! :) Congratulations, on your new releases, ladies. Carrie, thank you for having the tea, I've so enjoyed visiting with all your guests and especially your SPECIAL guest authors! Hugs and blessings from Texas!

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    1. Hi, Caryl! I love your philosophy. So glad you could make the trip all the from Texas to join us. Thanks for all the good wishes.

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    2. Thanks so much for coming by, sweet Caryl! Texas is a long trek! Sit down by me and tell me about your travels. And try a sugar cookie.

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    Afternoon ladies! It is great to see "old" friends and making new friends at these tea parties. I adore the sea and light houses, perfect setting for this get together. I see I missed our Cap'n, hope she returns before I have to depart. I see fellow ship-mate Chaplain Debbie.

    I traveled from Maryland by coach. Perfect traveling weather today. I found this lovely gown and could not resist it...it is a lovely striped Antoinette blue and embroidered gold cotton....trimmed with ivory and gold Venise laces, beige Chantilly lace and satin ribbon....paired with an ivory brocaded petticoat or underskirt which is also trimmed in gold Venise lace...a matching ivory chiffon fichu or neck scarf....plain 18″ flat crown straw hat decorated with matching fabric, ribbon, Venise lace and one ivory ostrich feather.

    The savory chicken soup sounds wonderful. I'll have a bowl please and a cup of hot tea to go with it.

    Congratulations ladies on your new books! I love reading a good book and these sound wonderful.

    Blessings, "Seamstress" Tina

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    1. Ahoy Tina! Good to see ye here, Matey! Aye, the Cap'n had to step out fer a bit, but I am sure she will return as soon as she can. Enjoy yerself and fill up on all of the lovely refreshments! And may I say that your gown is stunning!

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    2. If there is any of that delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter cake left, I would love to take a slice home to my husband. He loves chocolate!
      Blessings, Tina

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    3. I shall do that Chaplain Debbie! Thank you. Yours is beautiful too
      Blessings Tina

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    4. Thank you for coming out today in your beautiful gown, Tina. We appreciate all your good wishes. Enjoy that soup. There is a bit of a breeze coming off the ocean. A cup of tea is just the thing to warm you.

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    5. Thank you Lisa. It is good to meet you. The breeze feels so good.
      Blessings, Tina

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    6. I am so embarrassed that the soup wasn't savory after all. I'll instruct the kitchen to make sure the evening meal is seasoned properly.

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    7. Pleasure to meet you, too, Tina! Hope you enjoyed the cake.

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    8. Miss Carrie, the chicken soup was delicious! Seasoned just right.
      Blessings, Tina

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    9. Lisa, the cake was delicious too.
      Blessings, Tina

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  28. Good Morning, Ladies! All the books sound good but I want to enter to win THE PROMISE KEEPER by Lisa Norato. That one REALLY has me intrigued :) Even though I already had my breakfast of a Nutella covered waffle and coffee, I would love a soothing cup of tea and some of that delicious looking Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake. Getting dressed is a challenge today as there are so many lovely tea dresses to choose from but I think I will wear a light colored silk fabric embroidered with silk thread. It's a little dated but, oh, so pretty! I posted a picture on the FB tea party page :)

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    1. What a lovely gown, Anne. It's so wonderful to see you here! My carriage ride here was awfully bumpy; I do so hope yours was much more comfortable!

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    2. it's such a pretty gown, Anne, wonderful choice! forgot about the carriage rides, hope the seats are cushioned :) i'm on my second cup of tea/coffee so I'll join you as you have that cake Anne! You and Diana look wonderful!

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    3. I was hoping for a bit of danger but alas, it was relatively peaceful ;)

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    4. LOL Anne! Maybe you'll see some on the way home :) Ya never know!

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    5. Welcome, Anne! I saw your gown on FB and it is very feminine, very lovely. Love it. Chocolate cake coming right up with a nice cup of tea.

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    6. Do be careful of those highwaymen on your way home, Anne dear. They have been known to steal many a woman's heart, er, rather purse I meant to say with their handsome looks and sneaky ways! ;)

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    7. I can only hope, at least only in a book! ;)

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    8. The only place we can let our imaginations run amuck! hehe

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  30. As usual I am fashionably late. Fortunately no rain in SC so I didn't drag the hem of my new gorgeous lavender gown in the mud this time. My stuffy old physician warned me against traveling so far in my condition, but how can I miss such a grand occasion with my favorite authors and friends! Oh my, did I hear the lovely Anne Payne mention Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake? I had best loosen my stays, for I must have a piece!

    I simply adore lighthouses and am eager to read Lisa's story of a lighthouse keeper and simply any one of these wonderful novels, save for A Place in His Heart which I have read and reviewed! Congrats to all!

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    1. you're not late, you're perfectly on time :) sooo happy you wore lavender, VERY nice!! time for fun, friendship, and good food :)

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    2. Diana, you look gorgeous in lavender. Let us pamper you, venturing for a journey north against your physician's warning. An extra big piece of cake for you! So happy to have you here!

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    3. You look fabulous. Just relax and enjoy before that nasty old physician takes all your enjoyment away!

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    4. Thank you, Lisa, Kara, and Carrie! Yes, I do believe that dr simply wants to take my fun away and my money! Well he shan't have both!

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    5. Oh, so good to see you, Diana!! Sit and rest and enjoy the delicious refreshments! Perhaps the sea air will do you good. :-)

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    6. The sea air should really do me a lot of good, MaryLu. Especially if Pirate Earl just happens by. ;)

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    7. LOL Diana, would love to see the Pirate Earl! I just love Captain Jack Sparrow, but I do believe that Alexander Hyde brings the proper pirate competition :)

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  31. Ahoy Chappy! *waving* The scenery IS just perfect and the lemonade is just right. I love tea parties! I think I'm going to just settle in this rocking chair and watch everyone mingling.

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  32. My sincere apologies for being late! I had work and then had to change my attire for this tea party. I am not wearing anything fancy. I was too tired after a long week of work to wear something fancy. I am just wearing a plain blue short gown with a floral printed skirt, a lace apron and shawl, with my hair pinned back into a lacy cap.
    I think I will just sit down on one of these rocking chairs and take a load off my feet. They look pretty comfortable.
    I might grab some lemonade first. It looks delicious!
    Oh, and did someone mention chocolate peanut butter cake?
    This is magnificent! I shall have a piece. Don't mind if I do.
    Oh, and the book I hope to win is For Love or Country by Jennifer Hudson Taylor. I just love the American Revolution!!

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    1. Fans of the American Revolution are very welcome here, as you might expect! You ensemble sounds perfect for an afternoon at the shore. Enjoy the chocolate peanut butter cake!

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  33. I would like to learn of the lightkeeper's promise ~ I have been walking along the water's edge this morning with the salty air ~ cleansing. I have a light shawl over my day dress of simple spun cotton. Delightful to enjoy the sun and water and the sounds. What a fine day! My husband is helping a neighbor today while they are gone to the city, painting their porches. He is such a dear. His birthday was yesterday. He is so giving. I am indeed blessed. I would like the sandwich tray, if I may ~ I am sure they are all delicious! I would like a chocolate scone, especially after the description! Oh, yes, tea with ice and lemon, would be a wonderful cooling drink. I have found at home, when I have let my tea cool, I quite like it this way.
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    1. Kathleen! Welcome, so nice to see you looking so well. Don't you just love the shore? I do! Happy birthday regards to your dear husband. Have a seat and I shall fetch your iced tea and sandwiches and scone.

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    2. I am excited to check out the reading materials, especially The Promise Keeper, as I have the debut novel, Prize of My Heart. I would dearly love to add it to my library giftings. The history of the times and such a dreamer I am! Thank you; indeed, the fare is very tasty and refreshing. Kathleen
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    3. Welcome Kathleen!! I pray you enjoy your time with us today. :-)

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    4. Thank you. I love to visit lighthouses and the stories they would have to tell. I am in fine company today with our likes and reading interests! I am enjoying visiting with each other today.

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    5. Hi Kathleen! Great to see you here! I'm bringing around chamomile tea for the evening brew. And we have plenty of desserts left, too!

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  35. My, we are serving up quite a lovely array of delicious new novels today!! I wore my pretty green and peach gown since it's cheerful colors match my happy mood as I join you all to celebrate! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/1759287327257633/ What a lovely location, at the lighthouse in Plymouth! I think of each of these books as lighthouses as they will brighten the readers hearts and minds and also enrich their spirits! Congratulations to all! I so enjoyed reading the descriptions of each of the novels and look forward to reading the books.

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    1. Carla, what a beautiful thing to say about the novels. Thank you for being here and for your good wishes. I'll have to go look up your gown now. :)

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    2. Carla, you look lovely as always! :-)

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    3. That is a lovely comment, Carla and you look so pretty!

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  36. I look forward to reading these new releases!

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    1. Thank you for stopping in to join us! Blessings!

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    2. Hi Bookishqueen, love your name and so glad you came! *not trying to rhyme, oh well* Please get comfortable and thanks for celebrating with us and these fabulous author friends :)

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  37. Congratulations to all the authors on your newly published books. They look very interesting.

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    1. Thank you so much, Connie! :-)

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    2. Thank you, Connie! So nice of you to join us!

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  38. Hey there MaryLu .... nice to see you. You had stepped out for a bit, when I had just stepped in. Hope you are keeping well, and SO excited about "Abandoned Memories" July 1st !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Hi Brenda! Yes.. you know how life gets in the way. ! Thank you so much for your excitement about Abandoned Memories!

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  39. Good afternoon Ladies!! I'm so sorry to be dropping in so late but my husband has been very sick and he was receiving treatment today. Thank you so much for the invite to this lovely Tea Party in honor of all these outstanding Authors. I could barely contain my excitement when I read over each of these titles! I am looking forward to reading them. :-)

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    1. Welcome, Teresa! Thank you for your kind words. I am keeping your husband in prayer.

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    2. Hi Teresa, I've been praying for your dear husband and hope he is doing better. Thanks for coming by.. hugs..

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    3. Teresa, you look lovely, my dear. But oh my! Are we wearing the same gown again!? I mean wearing the same gowns to chapel is one thing, but to a gala such as this? Oh, my stars! Maybe if we stay on opposite sides of the room no one will notice. We'll have to visit when we get back to SC. ;)

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    4. Lisa and MaryLu thank you for your prayers...Diana thanks for the giggle....you know we think too much alike!! It's doesn't matter who makes our clothes we ALWAYS end up with the same dress!! That's the trouble with TWINS! ;-)

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    5. Yep, the price we pay for being the Bobbsey Twins. :P

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    6. Teresa, so glad you came :) Big time love and prayers to you! I would love to sit by both you and Diana, you both enhance the room tremendously and it's so fun to be in your company :) hugs my friend!

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    7. Teresa, you look gorgeous, as usual! Let me refill your tea cup--this time with the chamomile tea. After your hectic day you are no doubt tired and need a relaxing beverage. Cake?

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  40. Well, I do believe I spy some yummy lemonade. Might I have a glass with ice, please. I am so very parched. *waving at me Cap'n, MaryLu*
    All of these books sound really good...anyone would be lucky to win them. And I just adore the monarch butterfly crystal earrings! Those will look so pretty on one of these lovely ladies attending today.

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    1. Wavin' back at ye, Chappy!! The lemonade is to die for...

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    2. Those butterfly earrings are so pretty, Debbie! Wishing you luck!

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  41. Enjoying the breeze off the sea - perfect cooling temps with this brilliant sunshine today!
    I've been enjoying the sneak peeks at the books and the lovely giveaways that will keep us accessorized to perfection whilst enabling our escape to worlds beyond! Warmest appreciation to the talented authors sharing their generosity and creativity with us =)) !

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    2. oh, my pleasure, MaryLu !
      had a wee nap to put me to rights after all my seashore strolling and extra large slices of cake from that generous Lisa ;)
      {photo on FB page} someone caught me !!

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  42. Are any authors pursuing recording your novels for release as audiobooks?

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    1. That's up to my publisher, unfortunately, and they've never put any of my books in audio. I hear that's becoming quite popular. :-)

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    2. dynamic with the right narrator! all that suspense and atmosphere...
      l'd luv it!

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  43. Hello ladies. You all look so beautiful. So sorry to be so late. Hope not too late for some good tea. The lighthouse is so pretty. Glad to see so many here. I want to congratulate these sweet ladies on their new releases. Their books look so enticing. I must read them. Would love to win one today. I feel m,y dress is a little plain after seeing so many gorgeous dresses. It is pink with lacey top, straight sleeves trimmed with lace and a full swing skirt. Light material for this hot day.
    Might have have a nice glass od iced tea please? MS Maxie

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    1. Plain? No, Maxie. You look simply stunning! What a pleasure to see you... running off to get your iced tea!

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  44. Congrats on all four releases ladies!
    They all sound great!

    Thanks for hosting the party and for the lovely giveaways!

    Many Blessings
    Janella

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  45. Oops, I spilled a little lemonade on my gown! People watching with Chappy is just full of giggles and smiles. I need to be more careful. :)
    *waving to all the ladies I know*
    Still praying for your family Teresa! I loved your positive post the other day.
    And congrats once again to MaryLu, Lisa, Jennifer and Rebecca on their books! Can't wait to read them. :)

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    1. Chappy is quite entertaining, isn't she? No worries about the lemonade.. it doesn't stain. So glad you're enjoying yourself!

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    2. *giggling* This is a great party! Loving all of the different gowns and personalities! I simply love that I can be myself when I attend these tea parties....well, I do try to tone down me pirateness a bit....hmmm, is that even a word? Anyhoo! Happy that I could attend today....I only had my grandson today...tomorrow I get to see my granddaughters! So, mayhaps I should fuel up a bit more, so that I have the energy for them tomorrow. ;-)
      Oh my, did you just see that? Haha! I can't believe it...that cat just snatched up a scone! Reminds me of Stowy from Abandoned Memories. :-)

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    3. Oh that darn Stowy!! Always stealing food. It was probably him since he traveled here with me. :-)

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  46. I would also like to have the sandwich tray passed and a slice of cake. Looks delicious. Love being with so many friends. MS Maxie

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  47. Great party......I want to wish all of you a terrific day
    God bless all of you
    Chris

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  48. Good afternoon, ladies! Or maybe, I should say good evening! I'm finally here after a long journey from the Midwest. My, but doesn't everyone look splendid. It's been so wonderfully warm that I decided to wear one of my favorite gowns. It's blue (my favorite color) and the sleeves are short, which is perfect for this kind of weather. Offering my congratulations to MaryLu Tyndall, Lisa Norato, Rebecca DeMarino, and Jennifer Hudson Taylor on their new releases! They all sound wonderful! Now, can anyone tell me where that cool lemonade is? I'm parched.

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    1. Hey Angi! Come sit with Susan and me and enjoy some refreshing lemonade. We are just relaxing and enjoying the day!

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    2. I'd be careful of those two, Angi. They've been stirring up trouble since they arrived. ;-)

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    3. Haha! Who? Little ole us? *giggles* We just be quiet little ladies, enjoyin' the festivities, Cap'n....*winks* Ye know ye want to join us. *Big Grin*

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    4. *grinning* I'll be careful, Cap'n, but I'll have to admit, it does look like Chappy and Susan are having a bit of fun. :)

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    5. *winks* Yes, we are having some fun...and ye are more than welcome to join us. Here, let me get ye a chair......hmm....where are the spare seats? Oh, I spy one, hang on a minute..........(leaves, dodging gowns of all sorts, to grab a chair resting in the corner) Here ye be, Matey, sit a spell and have some delicious lemonade.

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    6. Thank ye, Chappy! Don't mind if I do. :)

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    7. Yes, they are entertaining. And their giggles are catchy. Smiles..
      Glad I saw you Cap'n MaryLu before I left. I received Abandoned Memories today...can't wait to read it.
      Must depart. Enjoyed the tea party, visiting with such charming ladies and fantastic hostesses.
      Safe travels home and calm seas.
      Blessings, Tina

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    8. Angi, hi there! LOOOVE your dress, it's so beautiful :) Enjoy the lemonade, so glad you came!

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  49. All of these books look great but the one I'm really looking forward to is MaryLu's Abandoned Memories. The first two books in this series were hard to put down. I read them one after the other but now have had to wait awhile for the final book. I think I need a pirate's treasure to buy all the books I want to read! I would love to be the winner of the book MaryLu is giving away.

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    1. Welcome Pam! I am currently reading Abandoned Memories and let me tell you, so far it is totally worth the wait! Enjoy yourself at the party!

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    2. Thank you so much, Pam! That's sweet. (And Chappy too!)

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  50. Wow, all these new releases sound fabulous! I have been a big fan of MaryLu since I started reading Christian fiction, and I am already a proud owner of Jennifer Hudson Taylor's second book, thanks to Carrie! The other two releases sound great and are new authors to me. And that chocolate peanut butter cake looks delicious! If only that was also part of the contest, hehe. Cake and good books...sounds a little bit like heaven.

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    1. Hi Emma!!! So great to see you! Yes, in Heaven, there will be lots of cake and good books, that's for sure! :-)

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  51. Hello, ladies!!

    What a wonderful gathering at quaint Gurney Light - so many familiar faces and such a beautiful view of Duxbury Beach and the sea!! Any beach near a sea is one of my favorite places. Green tea for me, please, and I do hope there's a piece of that delicious chocolate peanut butter cake left - two of my favorite foods, chocolate and peanut butter.

    I'm so honored to be in the attendance of four marvelous authors and the celebration tea of their newest novels!! I have MaryLu's Forsaken Dreams and Elusive Hope and can't wait to uncover the mystery and evil of New Hope in her latest, Abandoned Memories. I'm sure to enjoy Rebecca's debut novel A Place in His Heart as I love stories of the colonies and novels based on one's ancestors. I haven't read any of Jennifer or Lisa's novels but loving the sea as I do, Lisa's The Promise Keeper is sure to entertain and those Kirk's Folly earrings are "to die for" (I have several of their pieces, they're all exquisite!!). I also love stories based on any of the wars and Jennifer's For Love or Country sounds like an exciting story with an unusual Colonial female spy I'd love to become acquainted with.

    Thank you for being the "hostess with the mostest", Ms. Carrie!!

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    1. Hey Bonnie and welcome to this wonderful celebration!! We do have incredibly talented authors here to party with and I completely agree, Carrie is the hostess with the mostest indeed :) Enjoy the party and do have something to eat as I believe there is plenty of food (I had sandwiches earlier)!

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    2. Hi Bonnie!! Yes, chocolate and Peanut butter! Are there anything two things more delicious in the world?? So nice to see you here! Hugs

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  52. MaryLu, nutella is the best! What great bpoks and authors! I love reading historical fiction!

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