My, you all do look so festive on this crisp fall day! Many of you have strolled over, dressed in your virtual tea party finery, from our Facebook event page where we began our celebration. If you care to, you may go there and post photos and pins of your gowns. Its just a quick carriage ride over, and the driver will wait so you can promptly return for the main festivities. Our featured authors will be visiting there and offering some giveaways, as they will right here in our tea parlor.
Please make yourself comfortable and our hostesses will be happy to serve you some our our delicious refreshments. Now let's begin by having our authors tell you about their new releases, shall we? Please join our conversation to be eligible for our giveaways, and check back for replies.
New from Carrie Fancett Pagels
The Substitute Bride
A Christmas Carol meets It’s A Wonderful Life
Giveaway: An e-book copy to THREE of our visitors!
New from Carla Olson Gade
The American Dream Romance Collection
9 Historical Romances Grow Alongside a New Country
Carving a Future, Connecticut, 1753 ~ Ship figurehead carver Nathaniel Ingersoll has apprenticed for many years under his Uncle Phineas and hopes to become a master ship carver in his own right. Constance Starling was spirited away from England to the Connecticut coast as an indentured servant, arriving too ill for anyone to accept her. When Nathaniel takes pity on her, he purchases her contract. Has he jeopardized the future he has worked so hard to achieve for the welfare of a weakly servant?
View the Pinterest Storyboard for Carving a Future.
Boston, 1769 ~ Honour Metcalf’s quilting needlework is admired by a wealthy customer of the Boston Mantua-maker for whom she works. In need of increasing her earnings, she agrees to create an elaborate white work bridal quilt for the dowager’s niece. A beautiful design emerges as she carefully stitches the intricate patterns and she begins to dream of fashioning a wedding quilt of her own. When Honour is falsely accused of thievery and finds herself in a perilous position, merchant tailor Joshua Sutton comes to her aid. As he risks his relationships, reputation, and livelihood to prove her innocence, the two discover a grander plan.
View the Pinterest Storyboard for Pattern for Romance.Listen to sample at Audible.com.
Giveaway: One audio copy of Pattern for Romance and one large, deckled-edge paperback copy of The American Dream Romance Collection with her novella "Carving a Future."
New from Shannon McNear
A Pioneer Christmas Collection
9 Stories of Finding Shelter and Love in the Wintry Frontier
(updated release Sept 2015; original release Sept 2013)
Defending Truth, western North Carolina (later east Tennessee), 1780 ~ Truth Bledsoe keeps her family fed while her father is away fighting the British. When she discovers a half-starved, fugitive Tory, she’s not above feeding him, but to go past simple Christian charity to forgiveness seems impossible. To love would be unthinkable.
Micah Elliot has fled capture after the massacre at King’s Mountain, heartsick, battle weary, and ashamed of the cowardice that sent him westward over the mountains instead of eastward to home. Groping his way through a crisis of faith, he must discover and embrace what might finally be worth laying his life down for.
Visit the Pinterest Storyboard for Defending Truth
Giveaway: One updated edition and one original edition of Pioneer Christmas (original is the large, deckled-edge paperback), featuring the RITA-nominated novella Defending Truth.
New from Rita Gerlach
After the Rain
It's 1908, a year in the Edwardian Age, the year J.M. Barrie’s play 'What Every Woman Knows', premiered in Atlantic City and the first Model T rolled off the assembly line in Detroit. It is a year when the world faced one of its worst disasters in history, when the New Year would heal the wounds of loss.
Louisa Borden lives a privileged life in Chevy Chase, Maryland, a new and thriving community on the outskirts of Washington, DC for the well-to-do. Against the wishes of her domineering grandmother, she retreats from the prospects of a loveless marriage and instead searches for what she hopes is her calling in life.
When her horse is spooked along Rock Creek, she is thrown from the saddle—an embarrassing situation for any affluent young lady. Soaking wet, bruised and humiliated, she is carried up the muddy bank to safety by Jackson O’Neil, a stranger to the city, who changes the course of everything, including the lives of all those around her.
Giveaway: One winner will receive choice of After the Rain ebook or an audio set for the Daughters of the Potomac series from Audible.com.
New from Gina Welborn
Now out in AUDIO BOOK format!
Also available in paperback and ebook.
After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs. Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him. Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?
Visit the Pinterest Storyboard for Masterpiece Marriage
Listen to a sample at Audible.com
Giveaway: Gina is giving away one audio copy of Masterpiece Marraige to one of our readers!