Winter Tea Party winners: Angela's book,THE SCARLET COAT, will go to: Print copy- Andrea Stephens; e-book copy - Catherine Wight!

LUCY REYNOLDS has a table topper quilt on the way, and winners of the Valentine Ebook Collection are: Deanna Stevens, Caryl Kane, Anne Payne and Winnie Thomas. With thanks to all who joined in!

Friday, September 4, 2015

September Tea Party - Susan Craft, Roseanna White, Joan Hochstetler, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Gina Welborn

   
Cassia by Susan Craft        
         The Xanthakos family’s sea voyage from South Carolina to the North Carolina Outer Banks turns ugly after they pressure their ship’s captain to rescue a pregnant woman thrown overboard from a slave ship. When the slave contracts smallpox, the captain maroons her, Lilyan and Nicholas and their children, Laurel, Paul, and Marion, on an island.
        After Nicholas and Marion leave to seek help, Lilyan and her children and the baby, whom they have named Cassia, are captured by pirates and taken to their island hideout under the command of the vile Captain Galeo (The Shark), but Paul escapes along the way.
        Galeo is attracted to Lilyan and orders her and Laurel to dine with him where reveals his plan to make Lilyan his own and auction Laurel to the highest bidder and where he forces them to witness a mock trial and a hanging. Heartsick to see her child exposed to such evil, Lilyan rekindles her long-dormant courage and forges an escape plan. Meanwhile, Nicholas faces his self-perceived failure to protect his family. He must abandon the life of a vintner and once again call upon the skills he honed as a captain in Francis Marion’s militia. Together they face the hardest challenge to a parent, watching as life tests the mettle of their highly sheltered and beloved children. Bolstered by their faith, they realize their strength isn’t enough to see them through and that God is in control.
        Will the Xanthakos children withstand their trials and learn to be as tough as their parents? Will the family be united and return to their peaceful Blue Ridge Mountain home?  

     Cassia is the third novel in my historical romantic suspense series, The Xanthakos Family Trilogy. The first is The Chamomile and the second is Laurel.
Cassia in Hebrew means to bow down the head. An aromatic bark, it was known as the poor man’s cinnamon because it had a similar fragrance to cinnamon, but was not as costly. It was an ingredient of holy anointing oil used to anoint priests, kings and their garments, and will be the aroma of Christ’s robes when he returns to us (see Psalm 45:8 and Exodus 30:24). The ingredient of cassia reminds us of the suffering servant who in his body was the sacrifice for the world. The brokenness of his body was the sweet fragrance to the Father that he had won the human race back to himself (Ephesians 4:8).
     I will be giving away a copy of Cassia and I'll be giving away a second prize of a cinnamon candle and a box of Cassia notecards. 
Amazon link to Cassia (pre-order):  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1941103731/

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The Lost Heiress

by Roseanna M. White
Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she's British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook's friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.

The mystery of her mother's death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook's life is threatened do they draw close--but their loyalty may come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother.

As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that what began as friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?

And then, for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of
the very rare treasure in her possession--and this time only the servants of Whitby can save her.

Giveaways!

One signed copy of The Lost Heiress will be given to a Colonial Quills commenter ~

PLUS, you can enter Roseanna's big giveaway... 

Roseanna's huge giveaway of BROOK'S TREASURES is going on right now on her website, featuring coffee, chocolate, Brook's heirloom necklace, a leather journal, CD, a copy of Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman, and a signed copy of The Lost Heiress!
Enter on her website | Enter on Rafflecopter

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Valley of the Shadow
Book 5, American Patriot Series 
by J. M. Hochstetler

Can he save them both from the Valley of the Shadow?

Following a humiliating defeat at Philadelphia and a rival’s stunning victory at Saratoga, Washington’s army faces yet another bitter winter, this time at Valley Forge. Meanwhile, General Jonathan Carleton races to save Elizabeth Howard from the horrors of the prison ships in the British stronghold at New York, while British General William Howe plots to execute them both. 

From heart-pounding battles on the high seas, to the rigors of Valley Forge and the Shawnee’s savagely fought wars to preserve their ancestral lands, Valley of the Shadow continues the thrilling saga of America’s founding in an inspiring story of despair, courage, and triumph. 

The American Patriot Series is the only comprehensive, accurate, faith-based historical fiction series on the American Revolution.

~Two Giveaways~

A copy of Valley of the Shadow or any one of the previous books of the series—Daughter of Liberty, Native Son, Wind of the Spirit, or Crucible of Warin either print or ebook edition.

A Blue Willow 16 oz. teapot with a ceramic brewing infuser, along with a tin of Gunpowder Green Tea.The teapot’s classic Chinese Blue Willow pattern illustrates the Chinese legend of Kwang-se and her lover Chang. Pursued by her father as they sought to elope, the young couple were transformed into turtle doves and flew away to hide from the world. The traditional China gunpowder green tea, popular since colonial times, is commonly known as Pearl Tea because of its round, tightly rolled, grayish-green leaves that unfold when brewed to give a sweet fragrance and delightful taste.

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Lilacs for Juliana now available in paperback by Carrie Fancett Pagels

During the colonial times, Michigan's straits of Mackinac area was occupied by the French. Step forward to 1891, when a French descendant, Juliana Beauchamps, is about to meet eye-to-chest with the imaginary folk hero Paul Bon Jean (later immortalized as Paul Bunyan in print) when 6'6" Richard "Moose" Christy shows up in her library story circle! But as their affection grows, will a Milwaukee beer baron, or her love of lilacs, come between them?

Book 3 in The Christy Lumber Camp Series is a story about the youngest Christy sibling, Richard, as he assumes responsibility as the boss of a new lumber camp in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula.

Giveaways: Carrie is giving away two paperback copies of Lilacs for Juliana and an E-book copy of Christmas Traditions a #1 Best Seller on Amazon for Anthologies and Short Stories! Also a complete Kindle Ebook set of The Christy Lumber Camp Series for one reader who hasn't read any of the stories yet. Extra giveaway credits for those who sign up for Carrie's newsletter (which will also get you a free short story from her!) Email her at CFPagels(at)gmail(dot)com and put newsletter in the subject line.


Christmas Traditions Eight-in-One Collection (August, 2015) released with novellas by Gina Wellborn and Carrie Fancett Pagels (as well as authors Angela Breidenbach, Jennifer AlLee, Patty Smith Hall, Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, and Niki Turner who are not CACW members.) This ongoing #1 Amazon Anthology Bestseller (PTL!!!) is also available in paperback. Carrie's Selah Award Finalist and Family Fiction Book of the Year Finalist The Fruitcake Challenge is one of the novellas in this collection. Gina's wonderful novella, Holly Daze, is also included.

Giveaway: Gina is giving away TEN (YES, TEN) ebook copies of Christmas Traditions and we are also giving away a paperback of the entire collection. 

232 comments:

  1. This should be a GREAT party!!! Excited to be here at Nags Head, North Carolina (virtually!) as JULIANA BEAUCHAMPS. My dear Mrs. Xanthos, I have some Greek ancestry but I fear we've lost those records after all these centuries. I've brought some books from 1891 back in time with me to the 18th century. I'll have to tell you about one of my favorite poets--Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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    1. Nags Head is one of my favorite places to visit. Great memories!

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    2. Haven't been back to Nags Head since our honeymoon 33 years ago but it is a gorgeous place!!! Have fun ;)

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  2. What a wonderful tea party this is going to be !!!! Have a blessed day !!! I will be back if I'm don't have to work ... :-) Chicki

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    1. You have a blessed day, too, Mrs. Foley!!! I shall have to go pump water for my bath before the party gets really rolling!

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    2. Rosemary, I'm torn between hoping you don't have to work and hoping you do, unless you have one of those jobs you get paid regardless. I need one of those jobs. Enjoy!

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  3. A very good morning, Ms. Beuchamps and Ms. Foley! Elizabeth Howard here, stopping in from Boston on my way to Valley Forge to see my dear General Jonathan Carleton. I hope you're both well on this warm day. I'm looking forward to another lovely celebration!

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    1. Miss Howard, we met several years ago, or should I say--I made your acquaintance in my personal library? Your story is so exciting!

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    2. Welcome, ma'am! Might I inquire as to how is General Carleton?

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    3. Miss Beauchamps, yours is entirely engrossing as well, and I'm delighted to have a chance to chat with you again. Miss Welborn, General Carleton is doing quite well and returns his most sincere compliments to you.

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  4. Wow! What a great line-up of books coming out!

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    1. Thanks, Pegg! Have you read Roseanna's Culper Ring trilogy? I loved them!

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    2. I've yet to read any of Roseanna's books, but I just received her latest and am sooo excited to begin!

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  5. Wow! What a great line-up of books coming out!

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  6. I love these parties! And such a great line-up today! Thanks, Carrie. Looking forward to a good time!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping in, Kate! Have another crumpet. In fact, take a basketfull. We may have baked enough for two tea parties.

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    2. Thank you. I'm happy to indulge!

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  7. Bon matin! What a lovely day for a party! I see I finished my petticoat just in time. I concur with PEG - a great line-up of books!

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    1. Bon Matin!!! You sound like my Papa--Pierre Beauchamps! We have many French in these parts. I'm putting my water on to heat, for my bath. I fear I am behind in my ablutions.

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    2. Welcome, Rachael! What a lovely petticoat...

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  8. Congratulations Ladies on your September releases! We readers are in for a treat. I am looking forward to celebrating with you.

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    1. Thanks, Caryl, for joining the party! Do try the raspberry tea.

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    2. I love raspberry tea! It's so refreshing.

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  9. Sounds like a wonderful tea party with great giveaways!Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I'm happy you found your way here, Shelia! Giveways are wonderful. In fact I have a few guinea pigs and rabbits I'd like to give away.

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  10. Such a beautiful setting, a lovely tea party, and some exquisite new books from some awesome authors - can't wait to meet them, read their wonderful books, and partake of the delicious tea and food delicacies!! I'm heading out for a day of adventure, but will be back. Congrats, ladies!!

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    1. Good morning, Mrs. Roof. I have a parcel I'm toting to the local post office here before I transport down to Nags Head! I wonder if I shall see Miss Angi Griffis there today?

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    2. Bonnie, these are the best kind of teas and delicacies. No calories. No carbs.

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  11. Wow! What a great party this will be. So many wonderful books by some great authors. See you at the party!

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    1. Giveaways here. Plus giveaways during the Facebook tea party from 3-6pm EST.

      https://www.facebook.com/events/1482170292098601/

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  12. Wow, congratulations on your new releases ladies. I am so excited. I know a great time will be had by all. Have a blessed day friends !

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    1. A great time for all, indeed. (Although what happens in the kitchen stays in the kitchen. Let it be known I wasn't involved. At all. Nor do I have any videos on my phone.)

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  13. It's such a long carriage ride from Maryland. I love Nags Head, North Carolina, it is perfect for a tea party. Thank you so much for inviting me.
    I see so many friends here already--Ms. Juliana Beuchamps, Ms. Foley, Elizabeth Howard--I shall go mingle a bit. Your gowns are lovely.

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    Wow! What a great line up of authors and books! Congratulations ladies!!
    Blessings,Tina

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    1. Look at the size of those shrimp!!! The Beauchamps family are fishermen but I've never seen anything like these! And the crab cakes smell scrumptious! Let's try a bite!

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    2. Seafood?! Why didn't anyone tell me there were crab cakes? Oh, are they not gluten-free? That's probably why. Curses to my wheat allergy!!!! I will live another day without crab cakes!!!

      My apologies for going all Scarlett O'Hara there.

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    3. The shrimp is delicious! My compliments to our chef. :)

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    4. You're looking lovely as well, Mrs. Tina! It's so good to have you in attendance. Have you sampled those scrumptious crab cakes and shrimp yet? Do sit here beside me and let's chat.

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  14. I'm so looking forward to this party!

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  15. Ladies, now being served -- lemon blueberry bread!

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/120400990015023946/

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    1. Oh, my, Miss Welborn, I'll definitely have some of that!

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  16. Stopping by real quick to say Hello, Ladies! And congratulations on all the gorgeous book covers and new releases!!! Can't wait to have time to read a couple of them that I already have.

    Busy, busy with my oldest son just getting home yesterday on leave from the USAF, and my husband and I are also planning a move to VA this month! I will be real close to Carrie and look forward to spending time with her and touring some of the fantastic history in the area! I've already been to Shirley Plantation once but am anticipating another visit soon. :)

    Have a blessed day~ Anne

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    1. Anne, how blessed you are to move to VA, one of the most beautiful states in the Union. We lived there for ten years. Loved getting to tour Colonial Willamsburg with Carrie.

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    2. ANNE!!! The Christy family can't wait to see you again (nor can the Pagels!) So happy for you to be moving nearby!!!

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  17. All these books sound amazing and I will be adding them all to my TBR shelf. What fun giveaways too! I am excited to be joining the teaparty in a few hours! See you all there! :D

    sydneyjames68 [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. Thanks for stopping in, Sydney! May the giveaway odds be ever in your favor.

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  18. Waving hello from the old Appalachia Virginia.

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    1. Hi, Amy! Doncha just love saying App-uh-lach-uh?

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    2. Love your gown, Amy! My mother grew up in Appalachia Kentucky. That's my real life mother! Juliana Beauchamps', my heroine's, mother was Irish.

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  19. Less than four hours to the Facebook tea party! We're serving food there too!

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    1. I love the FB tea parties but this has been a crazy day and I'm not going to make it back over there. So sad.... :(

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    2. I love the FB tea parties but this has been a crazy day and I'm not going to make it back over there. So sad.... :(

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  20. I love these tea parties. I'm really looking forward to attending, for at least part of it. These all look like wonderful prizes that are being given away this month. Thanks for having these.

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    1. Hi Debbie, hope you can make part of the tea party

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  21. I love your tea parties, but I fear that I may not be able to stay for long. All the books look lovely and I look forward to chatting with you all!

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  22. Always a fun tea party here at Colonial Quills! I would love to have a new teapot.. I broke mine :( The books all sound wonderful & I'd love to read them ! Congratulations to all on your new releases!

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    1. Good luck in the drawing, Deanna. Isn't that teapot precious. Love the blue willow pattern!

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    2. It's lovely! My baby and I would have such fun with tea parties! I can't wait until she's old enough to do that. She's 8 months on Sunday...I might be waiting a while.

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  23. I'm serving grilled shrimp caught right off the Carolina coast. Enjoy!

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  24. Julianna, Deanna, and Walani . . . welcome!!!

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    1. Thank you I am glad to be here among friends

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  25. Love all the dresses on the Facebook page :) All the books sound so good.

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    1. They do, they really do! Welcome, Robin!

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  26. Excited! Party time is almost here!

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    1. Welcome, Joy--would you join me in some tea? This green tea has a lovely scent to it! I'm here from 1891, how about you?

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  27. (Chappy Debbie enters)
    Hello ladies, sorry if I am late in arriving....I lost all track of time. Everyone looks so lovely and the refreshments have my mouth watering.
    (She heads for the smell of something yummy...)

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    1. Hello Chappy! So happy to see you again! You are looking lovely.

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    2. Why thank you, Miss Caryl. I just love the tea parties here...always so festive and fun!

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    3. Did you partake of the seafood spread, Mrs. Mitchell? Delicious!

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  28. Hi ! Just stopping by for a few minutes!

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    1. Mrs. Morgan, welcome, I pray you didn't miss out on the lovely seafood luncheon!

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  29. Thanks for the heads up, Carrie! :) I haven't yet attended one of the Tea Parties, so I am very excited. The books being spot-lighted are spectacular and I already have a few of them on my TBR, pre-ordered or on my Kindle.

    Susan, I always love your covers! Cassia is no execption.

    See you later, ladies.

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    1. Welcome, Terrill! We are so blessed to have you here! Mrs. Craft is indeed talented and her book covers have been superb. However, in 1891, where I as Juliana Beauchamps am librarian, our covers tend to be leather or a solid cover, which is rather boring--but it is what is between the covers that has to matter. We do have some embossing and engraving on some!

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  30. A friendly reminder that the CQ Tea Party on Facebook will be starting in 30 minutes!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1482170292098601/

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    1. Thanks for the reminder. I will try to pop in. :)

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  31. May I say that ALL of these books sound great! Congratulations to you all!

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    1. Thanks so much Mrs. Mitchell! They do all look great! I can't to read those I've not yet gotten to. As the Head Librarian I am responsible for making sure we have plenty of edifying books in our community!

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    2. Well, I love the covers of these books. I want them all.....to touch, to smell, to read!

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  32. Question : When the party begins on Facebook, does this party end? Just need to know if I need to go back and forth.

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  33. Just got home from a time of prayer with my church and thought I'd pop in to say, "Bonjour!" here as the Facebook party kicks off too! Lady Brook Eden, Baroness of Berkeley, is so very glad you all came by to join her in this celebration--and she's an avid reader so very much looking forward to those other wonderful books displayed too!

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    1. Bonjour! I'm so glad you are able to attend this fabulous celebration. :)

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    2. Bonjour, Lady Brook! French was my Papa's first language! But my Irish mother never spoke it, so I guess the Beauchamps men had other ways of communicating ;) Papa was brought up speaking both French and English! As a librarian, I love to read, too!

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  34. What a lovely party! Congratulations, ladies, on your latest releases! So many wonderful stories to look forward to!!

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    1. Mrs. Adams, so lovely to meet with you here! Richard was just asking about whether you enjoyed his story. I had to remind him that he is NOT the real Paul Bon Jean!!!

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  35. Question : When the party begins on Facebook, does this party end? Just need to know if I need to go back and forth.

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    1. Readers can leave comments here all tonight, Chaplain Debbie, but I believe the authors will likely be off after 7 or so. Great question, thank you! I know I have to get back to 1891 for a Beachamps and Christy family get together around 7 pm. Mr. Christy still has a lumberjack's appetite, despite no longer being one!

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  36. Congratulations authors. What an exciting line up of books we have. I look forward to meeting and talking to all the authors today. I know it's going to be so fun. I see all my friends are here too !

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    1. Hello Mrs. Patterson! Do try some of the seafood--it is amazing even though PIRATES caught it and cooked it!!! Susan Craft has some interesting friends. I have to say the Beauchamps family has never had quite this kind of assortment of friends, spanning so many centuries--it quite boggles the mind!

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  37. A 2-cup Blue Willow teapot!!! Let the party begin!! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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    1. My mother loved Blue Willow and I don't know why I did not. It is SO appropriate for our party since we are spanning a few centuries, as has this dishware!

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    2. The pattern has certainly been around for a long time, Miss Beauchamps. Blue and white is also a very popular color combination, I've found.

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    3. I'm holding out for that teapot! It is lovely. So enjoying this tea party. Half-Irish Kathleen

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  38. Ladies, it's been a delight to visit with you today! I'm about to host the tea party on Facebook. After that my kids will be home and we're heading across town to have dinner with my parents. Keep leaving comments! We have lots of giveaways here and at the Facebook tea party.

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    1. Have a lovely evening and thank you for being such a lovely hostess, Mrs. Wellborn! Enjoy your parents--we Beauchamps have only Mother left with us now! Blessings!

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    2. Glad you are invited out for dinner, Gina. Have a blessed family time. A fun first week of school and a long weekend. Kathleen

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  39. The party is so lovely! Thank you so much.

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    1. Mrs. Kane, so lovely to meet you "in person" as Moose, er, rather Richard had remarked how charming you are!

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  40. Hi! I just got here. I am going between here and Facebook!

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  41. So, have any pirates been spotted? Lots of lovely ladies here....keeping my eye out.

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    1. Chappy do be careful in the lookout...

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    2. I shall...no worries, Cap'n MaryLu has taught me well.

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    4. Well, I am sure that they have everything under control here...but if not, I am at the ready! I just don't want to ruin my dress.....I have another party to attend next week. I won't be climbing any poles today. *wink wink*

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  42. What a splendid party! Congrats on new releases and fabulous books!

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  43. Hello ladies! All of your books sound awesome! I am enjoying the scones very much. :)

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    1. Hey, daughter! Is your head spinning like mine.....going back and forth from party to party? Stop the world, I want to get off! LOL

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    2. Hi mom. The party was a lot of fun. :)

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  44. Oh Chappy, my head certainly is spinning along with yours! I'm trying me hardest to keep up. :)

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    1. Tell me about it! This is definitely a party day!

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    2. Great start to the holiday weekend! ;)

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    3. I do agree, Caryl. I can recuperate for the rest of the weekend. ;)

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    4. Indeed....until the grandkids show up on Sunday. Then, me rest be over.

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    5. Oh yes, they are quite entertaining....but they do wear this Grammy down. I call them my Little Dancing Phalanges.

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    6. Cute! Enjoy your time with them while they want to be at Grammy's...

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    7. SUSAN, were you at the Seven Author event in June? That was the wildest one I have participated in yet and I set it up with Carrie Turansky, who was a trooper! It made our CQ parties seem tame!

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    8. CARRIE, I think I was! If I remember correctly. :) You are correct, this one is more laid back. The perspective makes it nicer. It's always a blast!!

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    9. This party would have been jumping if the FB party wasn't going at the same time. I did my best to go back and forth....my head's still spinning. LOL

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    10. Yes, that party probably had everyone's heads spinning, lol - but it was so much fun, and so informative!!

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  45. These books all sound wonderful! Joan M. HOCHSTETLER - have you watched the mini series call TURN? It is all about George Washington's Spies! Wonderful can't get enough!!

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    1. One of the homes is actually Shirley Plantation, which is the setting for one of my books!

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    2. Glad we had a chance to talk on the FB party, Tina. It is an exciting show, but for me it would be better if it were historically correct. Not everyone cares about that, but I'm kinda a stickler when it comes to history. lol!

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  46. I have that on my "to watch" list. I have heard great things!

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    1. It is filmed, partially, at Shirley Plantation, where my first novella was set! Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance. I love that place!

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  47. I am having a lovely time at the FB chat party!! :D

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  48. (Chappy Debbie walks around the room with a watchful eye......)
    Hmmm.....I wonder what those two over in the corner are up to. A tall gent with a beard and a smaller gent.....they seem to be eyeing the women over by the refreshments.

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    1. That's Moose/Richard and he's simply wondering if I shall bring him some dinner. I think he should help himself and go sit down with the men. He's far too handsome to be milling around out here!

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  49. I'll go introduce myself to them and see if they need any refreshments....

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    1. I have prepared black beans to go with the fish, Caryl, for dinner--if you have never tried that combination, you should. It is a Cuban twist and since we are dealing with pirates, I imagine they'll enjoy the Caribbean flavor! Can you take that tea pot around? Thanks!

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    4. Chappy, thanks for your help in serving! Carrie, I love black beans. This dish sounds so yummy!

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    5. Carrie, That sounds delicious!!!

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    2. Chappy brings great entertainment to these tea parties! *wink wink*

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    3. Aww, shucks....now I am blushing. Not really, but thanks... *bows gracefully* LOL

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  51. Having a wonderful time at the tea party! Thought I'd stop in for a cuppa!
    I should make a GF black bean chocolate cake ! It would go great with a cuppa tea!
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  52. Thank you for a great party and all you do!

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  53. I had such a great time at the party. All the dresses are gorgeous and all the food delicious. Met New authors and enjoyed all the chatter.

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  54. The Tea party is always such fun! Thanks for having them! Shelia Hall sheliarha64@yahoo.com

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  55. Got to the party a bit late, but able to participate a little. Thanks so much!!#

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    1. I was late too, Tina. So good to see you here. I had carriage problems on the way here, but they are resolved and I'm already enjoying the fellowship.

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  56. Decided to drop by before I visit my bed for a power nap. Even though I am so much better after being ill, I just can't make it without a nap yet. See you all later

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    1. Wilani, I'm happy to hear that you are feeling better. I retired a few months ago after working fulltime 45 years. I love an afternoon nap around 3 p.m., and sometimes have a nap around 1 p.m., which I call a "pre-nap"! :-)

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  57. How fun to joint the tea party today! Thanks to all of you ladies for sharing about your books. I enjoyed it very much.

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  59. I had a wonderful time. Thank you so much. I look forward to reading these books.

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    1. Lucy I believe you are my first winner of a set of ebooks with the complete set of The Christy Lumber Camp Series! I hope you'll enjoy it.

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  60. It has been so fun being at the tea party and hearing of all these new stories. Thank you for intermingling with all the attendees, and for the delightful-looking treats. So gracious, decked out in lovely gowns. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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  61. Wonderful time - thanks for hosting us again, would love to win some of those wonderful books :)
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. Best wishes, Betti! Mr. Yost wishes to continue to build up his library as well! That's why I've had to travel to Wisconsin recently! But this has been a much longer journey to North Carolina, indeed!

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  62. Ladies congratulations on your September releases! I had a wonderful time celebrating with you. I look forward to reading your books. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. No way, Chappy. I just arrived and I'm having tea with Janet (mine's laced with rum) and telling her about my harrowing journey here. Come join us.

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  63. I cannot find my post from earlier today :(. But, it was wonderful to be here among all these wonderful and talented women! As always Carrie, the Tea Party's are also a huge success! It is so wonderful when we all come together to share and fellowship!
    Blessings to everyone!!

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    1. Gracie, my library assistant!!! So lovely to see you here! I am so glad you were able to come. I feared you missed the train that was to transport us back in time!

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    2. Bless you, MammaG. I came late to the party - carriage problems and perilous circumstances on the way here. No Indians, but did see some pirates.

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  64. Hi Everybody! I am so excited to be here! All of you look gorgeous in your beautiful dresses! I think I will get me a cup of tea and some tea cake and mingle so I can catch up on how everyone is doing! I love tea parties! These books sound awesome!

    dowelljanet@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi, Janet. I'm having a cup of tea also. Come join me and I'll be "mother" and pour for us. I'm whispering when I say this, but I'm putting a little tiny bit of rum in mine. I've had an exciting and frustrating day and am finally catching my breath. The gowns are lovely!

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    2. Welcome, Miss Dowell! So lovely to see you. I'm afraid I have to stick with toast this evening but their bringing around some trays with Beaufort Boil! I love that Low Country food but alas I partook of too many sweets at the party!

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    3. I adore Beaufort Boil! Did you know that North Carolinians pronounce their city of Beaufort as Bowfort, and South Carolinians pronounce it as Beeyoufort? I found that out when I visited the Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC. Wonderful place to do research!

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  65. This was a lovely tea party today and I made some new friends! Thank you for inviting me. Sorry if I didn't comment a lot but I had a huge dinner I had to prepare. Sadly, sometimes reality tends to come in and pop our fantasy balloon. However, it was a great time. Wishing everyone a nice evening and a safe holiday weekend.

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    1. Connie, sorry I wasn't here to meet you. Had a terrible time getting here through the torrential rain, and a carriage breakdown. All is well now. Have a nice evening.

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  66. I know I'm late, but we had trouble with our carriage. You wouldn't believe the things we saw on our four-hour trip -- torrential rain, lightning, other carriages broken down along the way and of all things, pirates! Nasty looking men carrying kegs of rum. Wouldn't mind lacing a cup of tea with that rum after the day I've had. All the ladies look fabulous in their dresses! Mine got a little rumpled in the carriage, but thank goodness, my slippers weren't ruined by the mud!

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  67. What a wonderfully great time I had a the tea party today. Congratulations authors on your new releases. Your books all sound so exciting !

    Book1lovingmomma at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks so much, Deanne, for coming to the tea party. I had a time getting here, but won't spoil the good time with details.

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  68. Time to relax with a cuppa tea and a great book !

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  69. Well, this has been fun ladies. Chappy needs to rest her spinning head. Hugs to all and congratulations again to all the authors.
    (Chappy heads to the door, waving at everyone...stopping for a hug here and there )
    CHAPPY HAS LEFT THE BUILDING

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    1. SO fun to celebrate with you, Chappy! you are the best!!!

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  70. Uh oh! I hear that Blogger is acting very much like my Library Supervisor, Mr. Hatchens, who is always hatching up a plot to get rid of me!!!

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  71. I am so glad you were able to get here safely, Susan.

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    1. Thank you, Deanne. These Tea Parties are always great fun. It's nice to take a deep breath, sit down with friends, and enjoy the fellowship - especially with ladies who enjoy reading and history.

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  72. Well, this has been fun ladies. Chappy needs to rest her spinning head. Hugs to all and congratulations again to all the authors.
    (Chappy heads to the door, waving at everyone...stopping for a hug here and there )
    CHAPPY HAS LEFT THE BUILDING

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    1. Good evening, Chappy. Make sure you have your pistols at the ready as I saw some pirates on our journey here. Be safe. This is me waving back!

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  73. What a fun evening! The gowns and hats were amazing! Night!
    jennydtipton at gmail dot com

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    1. Goodnight, sleep tight, Jennifer. Do you know where "sleep tight" comes from? People used to have ropes for bed frames on which they laid their straw covered mattresses. A series of screws were turned to tighten the ropes to make the mattress firmer. How about that?

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  74. Loved the tea party Carrie Fancett Pagels! Thank you so much for all you do to make these parties so fantastic!
    And thank you authors: Susan Craft, Roseanna White, Gina Marie Welborn, Joan M. Hochstetler, Carrie Fancett Pagels and Shannon McNear.....you all make these tea parties great. Thank you for sharing your gift of writing with us!!

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  75. You ladies had WAY TOO MUCH fun today!

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  76. Hey, bestest buddy Susan Craft! Congratulations on the upcoming release of Cassia. It's a wonderful adventure and excellent story. I know readers will love seeing Lilyan and Nicholas again.

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  77. I am back. Susan Craft, I am so glad you made it to the party safely. What an ordeal! I now have some great books to add to my wish list. Have a great evening everyone.

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