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, March 4, 2016

Tea Party for New Releases -- Angela K Couch, Debra Marvin, Carrie Fancett Pagels, MaryLu Tyndall, Denise Weimer,




Welcome to Williamsburg and to the Ludwell-Paradise house (located in Colonial Williamsburg but privately owned.) This house reminds me very much of one that might have been owned by the British-sympathizer antagonists in my story -- the Tarletons!! But for our purposes, this beautiful home will be a lovely setting for our party! It is conveniently located near several taverns, such as Weatherburn's, and they will be catering our event!

Can you see the name on the vent cover to the building? That is a subtle way of telling passers by that this is PRIVATE property and not part of Colonial Williamsburg. So don't knock on their door!



There are suspenseful elements in my story and even spies!!! I imagined a hotbed of Regency era English spies infiltrating our beautiful Tidewater Virginia.  So just in case there are any spies trying to sneak in the party, you can see by the photo above, the Ludwell-Paradise House is locked up!!!

Come in, enjoy Southern hospitality such as the spicy pumpkin soup my heroine favors! We always offer ham biscuits and gravy here in Virginia! And a Colonial Quills party is NOT a party without a complete tea service being brought around and fresh lemonade.

Can you tell we LOVE our tea here at Colonial Quills blog parties???

Now, come on in and see all the books being released by our authors!!!


The Steeplechase by Carrie Fancett Pagels


Blurb: Martha Osborne fears for her six-year-old brother, who was shuffled off to boarding school when his British mother departed to England. Set in Hampton Roads, Virginia, in the build-up to the War of 1812, expert rider Martha plans to substitute for her older brother in a “race to the steeple” to win the prize—and a bet with Phillip Paulson, equestrian trainer at Yorkview Academy, to help have her little brother returned home. When Phillip stumbles upon the real reasons behind the secret race he finds he may not be able to keep his end of the bargain. Can he save Martha and her brother? And will his heart be lost in the process?


Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance has re-released (January 2016) under new cover -- designed by Colonial Quills own Roseanna White!  She did a beautiful job with the new cover!  This novella was an Amazon Civil War bestseller for over seven months and a top-rated book for a year, Praise the Lord!!! Once again, the novella is back on the bestseller list, this time in Christian historical romance!

Blurb:
Theater manager Matthew Scott is abducted and conscripted into the Confederate army because of his Copperhead senator father’s political leanings. Injured at Malvern Hill, Matthew is taken by the Union army to Shirley Plantation in Virginia where he is tended by seamstress Angelina Rose, a beautiful woman who unbeknownst to him is a freed slave. Given an opportunity to leave the South and start a new life for herself, Angelina remained for the sake of her sister’s orphaned twins who are still enslaved. Matthew must use his acting skills to remain safe, not realizing Angelina is merely playing the role of being a member of the Carter family, owners of the plantation. Will Matthew's return to Shirley Plantation settle a mystery concerning his father’s past? And will he and Angelina find the family they long for?

Giveaways: Carrie is giving away autographed paperbacks (or ebook copy if preferred -- winner's choice, USA only for paperback) of each of these books, as well as a pair of horse earrings and horse-patterned ribbon bookmarks!

Bio: Carrie Fancett Pagels "Hearts Overcoming Through Time" is an award-winning, Amazon bestselling author of Christian historical romance. When this Tired Old Mommy isn't writing, she's beading, baking, researching and traveling (but not all at the same time!)


New from MaryLu Tyndall


Suspected of killing her husband, Charity Westcott flees on the first ship out of Portsmouth, England heading for the colonies. Loathing all men after her abusive marriage, she hopes to reunite with her family in Charles Towne, but she ends up in Nassau. When she spots her husband's brother, who is intent on seeing her hang, boarding her ship, she jumps overboard.

Elias Dutton, pirate turned preacher and son of the famous pirate, Rowan Dutton, must get to Barbados as soon as possible. His sister is in danger, and his parents have charged him with her safety. He cannot let them down--again. But after rescuing a madcap woman from the bay, he now finds himself tricked into masquerading as her husband so they both can procure passage to Barbados.

Pirates, storms, shipwreck and betrayal threaten to delay the couple in their journey even as sparks fly between them. With her brother-in-law in fast pursuit, the last thing Charity wants is help from a man, especially a religious one, but she has no choice. After Elias' heart was broken by a sordid woman who nearly ruined his life, he seeks a godly woman pure as the virgin sands of the Caribbean. He believes he has found such a woman in Charity. Until he discovers she is a murderer and is now faced with two choices: letting her go or turning her in to the authorities



Bio: Award winning and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida's Coast. After obtaining a degree in Math and working as software engineer for 15 years, she decided to test the waters as a writer. With now more than seventeen books published, she makes no excuses for the deeply spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. As a follower of Christ, her stories often reflect her own journey and walk with God. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure.  MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, two grandkids, and three cats on the California coast, where her imagination still surges with the sea.

Purchase from Amazon
Visit MaryLu's Website

Giveaway: MaryLu is giving away a signed paperback of Charity's Cross (US only) and an ECopy. 

And from Angela K Couch:


An anthology featuring the winners of the 2015 "Storming the Short Story - Dance Edition" contest, which was hosted by The Woodlands (Texas) chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). 

“When I'm Gone” by Angela K. Couch

First Place Romance 


Summer 1942. Just before the competition that could launch their careers as professional ballroom dancers, Elaine Mathews’s partner, James Larson, gets drafted into the army. Now, with her dreams and the man she loves hanging in the balance, Elaine must acknowledge what she’s most afraid to lose. 

Angela K Couch is an award-winning author for her short stories, and a semi-finalist in ACFW’s 2015 Genesis Contest for her Revolutionary War novel that will be published by Pelican Book Group. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in there, as well. Angela lives in Alberta, Canada with her “hero” and three munchkins.

Find at www.angelakcouch.com or follow on Facebook or Twitter

Giveaway: An autographed print copy and e-book copy of  Dancing up a Storm.

White: Book One of the Restoration Trilogy by Denise Weimer


As historic preservationist Jennifer and brooding bachelor Michael restore his ancestors’ historic doctor’s residence in a rural Georgia community, they uncover the 1920s-era prejudice and secrets that caused Michael’s branch to fall off the family tree. Recent graduate Jennifer is determined to fulfill her first professional position with integrity even if her employer lacks a proper appreciation of history. Far more challenging—and sinister—than the social landscape of Hermon are the strange accidents hinting that someone doesn’t want them on the Dunham property. Yet Michael’s and Jennifer’s own pasts pose the biggest obstacles to laying a fresh foundation of family and community.

Three stories - White, Widow, and Witch. Three centuries. Three lessons on the healing of the heart. And one buried mystery that threatens their redemption. http://www.amazon.com/White-Restoration-Trilogy-Book-One/dp/0990841685/

Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University.  She is the author of The Restoration Trilogy, The Georgia Gold Series, romantic novella Redeeming Grace, and numerous magazine articles about the Northeast Georgia region.  She's also a wife, a swim mom of two daughters, and for many years directed a group of mid-1800s dancers. http://deniseweimerbooks.webs.com

Giveaway: White's 1920 back story deals with family, followed by Widow (CW/1870 - forgiveness) and Witch (1790 - faithfulness). Between those three, or one from The Georgia Gold Series (see link above), which novel do you look forward to reading most, and why? Denise will give away a print copy (or e-book if preferred; print to US only) of White: Book One of The Restoration Trilogy, to a reader drawn from those who answer that question below.

New from Debra E. Marvin:
Alarmingly Charming by Debra E. Marvin is a novella in the Austen in Austin Collection. This fourth Austen in Austin novella is based on Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. 

Blurb: As travel companion to her condescending cousin, Philadelphian Kathryn Morton dreamily anticipates a week in the Wild West as the best cure for meekness. After a long rail journey and a steady diet of gothic dime novels, she shivers, despite the Texas heat, at the ghastly tales of the Austin Axe Murderer. Kathryn has little time to fret, given the competing attentions of quiet rancher Harmon Gray and elegant gentleman Jonathan Wellington. With her new-found confidence and her boundless imagination, she sets out to solve the mystery of Hyde Park Cemetery before another student flees Austen Abbey. Only then can she return home to her English-born parents as an independent American woman. A woman in love. But on the stormiest of nights, Kathryn learns that solving the mystery may destroy a future with the man she’s fallen for in a big Texas way. 

Austen in Austin (WhiteFire, 2016)
GIVEAWAY:
Debra E. Marvin is giving away an ebook copy and some wonderful soap.
Bio: Debra. E Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She'd like to live a wee bit closer to her grandchildren, but is thankful that God is in control, that He chooses to bless us despite ourselves and that He has a sense of humor. 

Other than writing light-hearted romances and gritty gothics, she has rather normal obsessions such as fabric, peanut butter, vacations, British dramas, and whatever mystery series she's currently stuck on. 


Celebrate Leap Year with a boy and a girl and a not-so-simple proposal... Gina Welborn's newest release!!!

Hotel chambermaid Felicie Richmond wants nothing more than to be the calligrapher for Wichita's prestigious Carey Hotel. She invests to look the part, but days before her job is to begin, an electrical fire damages the dress shop. Felicie envisions one way out: the Leap Day tradition whereby a bachelor who refuses a marriage proposal must purchase the rejected lady a new dress. Finding a few stuck-in-their-ways bachelors guaranteed to refuse her proposal will be easy. Three dresses should do. Figuring out how to overcome the humiliation of proposing marriage to multiple men...

Easy-going fireman Carpenter Yeary has no need for a wife, not with all the little ol' ladies in his church determined to find him one. When a strange woman proposes, Carp knows she's only after a free dress. In a moment of mischievousness, he accepts her proposal. Only their private conversation is overheard, and "Carp's getting married" spreads like wildfire, and soon his precious church ladies have a wedding planned. For Carp and Felicie, the only way out is to convince each other to call of the wedding...before love has time to bloom.


GINA’S GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment during today’s Tea Party for a chance to win your choice of either (1) an autographed copy the best-selling Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection featuring Gina's novella "All's Fair" or (2) an autographed copy of Austen in Austin: Volume 1 featuring Gina's novella, "If I Loved You Less."

1904 - Wathena, Kansas

No two people are more ill-suited than Miss Coral Davies and Dr. Jack Kent. Jack loves tradition and stability. Coral loves change. To top it all off, their orchard-owning families have hated one another for decades. When a mudslinging in the middle of town lands them—and a dozen family members—in jail amid the apple harvest, Coral and Jack have a choice. Marry and free everyone. Or all of them spend the next ninety days in jail for causing a public disturbance. Can Coral and Jack overlook the odd (and humorous to everyone else in town not named Davies or Kent) beginning of their marriage to see God’s blessing in disguise?

AUTHOR BIO: Gina Welborn worked for a news radio station until she fell in love with writing romances. She’s the author of eleven inspirational romances, including the ECPA-bestselling Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection. She serves on the ACFW Foundation Board by helping raise funds for scholarships. Gina is a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum and a founding member of the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club. She lives with her husband, their five Okie-Hokie children, two rabbits, two guinea pigs, and a dog that doesn't realize rabbits and pigs are edible. 









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  1. Great gals, great books, great giveaways!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! You are so sweet! Glad to see you here. Would you like tea? Cream? Sugar?

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    2. So glad you could stop by, Melanie!

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    3. Thanks for joining us, Melanie! Carrie, I'll have coffee if you have some...

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    4. Amen, Melanie - and what a beautiful house for the tea!!

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    5. Definitely coffee. Thanks ladies. Nice to meet you Melanie and Bonnie! Will you be able to visit during our fb party?

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  2. Greetings. I'll check in later when I get a chance to chat (from work)

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    1. Deb's story is utterly delightful!

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    2. Thank you. It was a nice surprise to have Carrie add a review, and I appreciate it!

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  3. Congratulations all authors! Just saying hello. Will be on the move today. Will check in periodically if I can. Have a great party!

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    1. Thanks, Annie, I think we are all busy with some unexpected chores here at the Ludwell-Paradise House. There are some visitors who need help with their bags. Many have travel issues. Carriages must be packed and unpacked!

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    2. Hi, Anne! Thanks for the check in ... even if periodic.

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    3. Love Carrie's attention to details!! Such a wonderful hostess is she!!

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    4. Hello Annie! It's so good to see you here! Hope you have a wonderful time. The Ladies at CQ know how to have a tea party!

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  4. Oh I am all over this tea party, ladies! Don't put me in to win, I'll happily buy books, but this is such a great idea!!! LOVE IT!!!! And huge congrats to every one of you on these wonderful releases! I'm happy dancing in the house because it's too cold to do it in the street today! But I'm still doing it!!!

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    1. We love doing these parties and have been having our Colonial Tea Parties since 2011 when we first started the blog, Ruthie! So glad you could come by here. Come sit by the fireplace and have some tea. The British owner of the house has a stockpile of scones and honey in the back and has offered them to our party!

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    2. Ahhh, Ruthie, you're so sweet. Now about those dance moves...

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    3. Nothing like dancing to keep you warm. :) Thank you for coming by! And do try the scones and honey--they are perfect for this time of day.

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    4. I daresay you ladies are doing the minuet in that fine home today. My skills might be a bit rusty, coming from the frontier in Georgia! I fear I am more acquainted with country dances and Scottish reels!

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    5. Would love to see so some of those dance moves, Ruthy!! Ladies, Ruthy is quite an accomplished baker - perhaps she brought some "goodies" with her??

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    6. Hello Ruthy! It's wonderful to see you!

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  5. Congratulations, ladies! What a wealth of great reading is in store for readers with this selection! I love our setting in the Tidwell-Paradise house and the spicy pumpkin soup and ham biscuits look amazing. I do believe I will indulge before I must run.

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    1. Thanks, Joan! Would you like some tea with your biscuits and pumpkin soup? These parties are always fun, aren't they? Blessings!

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    2. These parties are such fun indeed, Carrie! Yes, please, some of that delicious tea would be wonderful on this cold day.

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    3. Let me get that tea for you--Carrie has her hands full with the biscuits. Would you like anything in it? You look lovely, by the way. :)

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    4. Joan, when we moved to Virginia, I had no idea what a ham biscuit was. Pigs in a blanket? Deli meat on bread? Ham on canned biscuit? Ham on a home-made biscuit? And what kind of ham? How thick? And is there anything else on the biscuit in the condiment variety?

      After a week of fretting (I was asked to bring some to a church social), I had to overcome my pride and ask what a ham biscuit was.

      http://www.statelysandwiches.com/virginia/

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    5. Carrie, I brought some ham biscuits. Authentic, too!

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    6. Is there any provision for coffee drinkers? My cup is sitting beside me now. For a treat I go to ye olde Eagle Tavern here in Watkinsville (the dram drinkers are terrible at night, so one must go in the morning), and I fear I've grown quite accustomed to the stronger brew. ... I hear in Colonial times one had to visit a tavern for coffee because roasting beans was so time consuming at home, and most people did not have the necessary equipment!

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    7. Interesting info, Denise!! And Gina - no shame in not knowing what ham biscuits are. In a local restaurant here in the Louisville, Ky. area - I ran into a server who didn't know what sausage biscuits were. Yes, they had both sausage and biscuits, he said - but sausage biscuits, no!! Carrie, is the pumpkin soup hot or cold?? Sounds wonderful - my sister-in-law made a delicious cold pumpkin soup for a family Thanksgiving dinner.

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    8. Ah, I learned something new today as well. If you look up ham in the dictionary, you get (my granddaughter) and the state of Virginia

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    9. ham is as ham does ... especially when the ham is a child ... said from someone with a 9-yr-old ham

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    10. I would love to have a ham buiscuit with my tea!

      Bonnie, the idea of not knowing what a sausage biscuit is? This person has not really lived!

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  6. Wow, this is sure a great group to get cozy with! I'm enjoying some breakfast tea right now, cream only. Great group thank you!!!

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    1. Let me pour for you. Isn't our tea service beautiful, BreAnna? Love your crown!!!

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    2. Ohh, that is beautiful? Silver-plate or sterling silver? Did you polish it last night?

      Welcome, BreAnna!

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    3. I'd love some green tea with a smidgeon of lemon and honey please.

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  7. This all looks like GREAT FUN, but alas, I must clean the house before company arrives. It seems the maid took the day off. ;)

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    1. Here at the Tidwell-Paradise House I have become terribly short staffed. Shhh, please don't tell the party-goers! I'm ending up with maid duty plus housekeeping plus cooking and nurse duties!!!

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    2. I relate, Carrie - being the only one at my house. However, I'm blessed there is only myself to clean up after on a regular basis!!

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    3. So glad you could stop by, Pegg, if only for a moment. Bonnie, it sounds like we all need to improve our maid situation. :)

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    4. Agree, Angela!!

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    5. I need my maid situation improved.

      Welcome, Pegg! Feel free to come to my house when you're finished.

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    6. I have to clean up after 5 others beside myself.

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    7. If anyone is able to find a good maid, please share!

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  8. Wonderful party! I have time for a quick cup of tea and before I must leave. Hopefully I will be able to return later :) Lovely to see you all and thanks for the fabulous giveaways.
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    1. So great to see you Mrs. Mace. Come sit down with me and let's try the pumpkin soup. It is sleeting outside so we need to get warm. The fireplaces can't quite keep up with the weather, I fear!

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    2. Thank you Betti. Best wishes in the giveaway!

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    3. Ack! I missed Betti. Hopefully she'll be back. Although...when I think about it...those who say "I'll be back" tend to be either a Terminator or Jesus. I need more coffee.

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    4. I did make it back..lol Thanks so much for the pumpkin soup, Carrie, as it was snowing here as I headed out. I have no internet at the moment, so I can only pop in and out as I am working from a hot spot :)

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  9. Good morning ladies!! I have just risen here in rainy California and am on my way to the party! Don't you all look lovely!! I need coffee and will don my gown and be back shortly.

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    1. Good morning, Mrs. Tyndall! Congratulations on your newest novel! You know we all love colonial era fiction! Have some coffee (our British home-owner hides it in the back kitchen, but we know she prefers it to our tea, which I find fascinating.)

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    2. Good morning, MaryLu!! So glad you found some coffee for her, Carrie, however - I'll have some of that wonderful tea and a delicious scone, please!!

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    3. I'm happy about the coffee, too! I usually have a cup of tea in the afternoon ... around the time I'll be chatting with our guests. So glad I don't have to drink my tea alone today in Georgia. I look forward to hearing about your favorite tea flavors!

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    4. Good morn, MaryLu! I suggest you wear something similar to your heroine's gown on the front of your book cover! I love the dark red. What an eye-catching cover and an exciting synopsis. I am going to pop over to the Goodreads book shop to place it on my shelf to read!

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    5. MaryLu, you are one of a handful of authors who drew me back to reading Christian fiction, so I am thrilled to be sharing the teapot with you!

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    6. Welcome, MaryLu! I may have consumed more than my fair share of coffee. Sorry.

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    7. Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! I'm thrilled to be here sharing tea and goodies with such lovely ladies! And my, what lovely gowns too! Such fun!! I definitely took your advice and as you can see have my rather scandalous red gown on. LOL.

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  10. Good Morning Ladies! CONGRATULATIONS on your newest releases! It's a beautiful day for a party! You are ALL looking so beautiful. The refreshments smell yummy and the tea is delicious. Who would like to explore Tidwell-Paradise with me?

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    1. Oh Caryl, I would love a tour of Tidwell-Paradise, it is so beautiful!
      Blessings,Tina

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    2. Good morning, Caryl! Thanks! They actually do "Ghost Tours" (I don't believe in ghosts) where they drive by this house. It has a sad history but I have my own theories about what may or may not have happened there!

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    3. Thanks you Mrs. Tina for accompanying me on a tour. It will be good to stretch my legs after the long journey from Texas. Carrie, I would enjoying hear more of your theories.

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    4. I would love to join you on a tour!

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    5. Please do Regina! The more the merrier!

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  11. Good morn ladies, I simply adore these tea parties. Your home is breathtakingly beautiful! The ride here was a bit chilly as we had some snow over night. I think I will join the ladies and sit by the fire with a cup of your tea and one of those delicious looking ham biscuits.

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    Congratulations Angela K Couch, Debra Marvin, Carrie Fancett Pagels, MaryLu Tyndall, Denise Weimer and Gina Welborn on your new releases!
    blessings, Tina

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    1. So glad you made it, Mrs. Tina! Thank you! We had some snow in Georgia last night, also, closer to our mountains. It took me by surprise as my mother and I were shopping for a new frock. Thankfully, as we returned to the Oconee River area, it turned to rain, so our carriage made good time. I am getting quite hungry now hearing all about these biscuits!

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    2. Tina on one of your trips to OBX you need to stop and we'll tour together!

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    3. Oh yes, Carrie, I would love that!
      Blessings,Tina

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    4. It is a beautiful home! It's very generous of the owners to allow us to have a tea party!

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    5. Thank you! I am wearing 1810 dress in a Colonial house and giving away an 1887 novella with ties to 1810. So this lovely house is perfect!

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    6. It is a lovely house. Ummm, do stay out of the room to the left of the attic. Don't ask me what was in there. I adhered to the note on the door. "Stay Out or Else!"

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    7. Perhaps connected to some of Carrie Pagels' theories, Gina??

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  12. Congratulations ladies! I have a few of these books & they are wonderful..
    I think I'll go for a tea :)

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    1. I've had green brought around and black is coming next, do you have a preference, Deanna? Welcome!

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  13. Good morning, ladies (stretching like a wee kitten waking up)! It's such a lovely day for a party! I'm a bit of a late riser, I'm not used to the hour time difference. I'll grab some ham biscuits and tea, and join Tina and the other lovely ladies near the fire.

    Congratulations to all the authors on their releases!! Hugs!

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    1. Please join us Regina. Your gown is beautiful!
      Blessings,Tina

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    2. Here's some spicy honey mustard sauce for the ham biscuits! They are perfectly flaky, yum!!! Welcome!!!

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    3. I'll have some of that yummy honey mustard, Carrie - thanks!!

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  14. Excited for today's tea party! What a great line up of authors and books!

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    1. Hi Megan!!! Can't wait for your precious mommy AKA one of my BFFs will have one of her books on here! Welcome!

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  15. Would love to win any of these books

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    1. Would love for you to win, especially since you have been so patient with me Debbie!!! Hugs!~

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    2. Hi Debbie! I'll be giving away a paperback in the FB party as well. My autograph will up the value by at least a penny. I hope everyone gets to visit during our afternoon of fun, because we are able to be in two places at the same time in our virtual world as well as two different centuries!

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    3. We do have a Facebook tea party going on as well.

      https://www.facebook.com/events/945423048875530/

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    4. Would love to have a paperback, autograph or not, Debra!!

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  16. I love the party! The giveaways and books are fantastic. My fingers are crossed for a win!

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  17. Hi ladies! Super excited to be here! How's everyone?

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    1. busy! Thanks for stopping in Jennifer. We appreciate it :)

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    2. Welcome, Jennifer! I'm getting ready to take over hosting the Facebook tea party!

      https://www.facebook.com/events/945423048875530/

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  18. (Chappy Debbie enters)
    Hello all of you beautiful people! Everyone looks so wonderful. Congratulations to the authors and their new releases. So, how is everyone doing?

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    1. I'm sneaking out and going back to work. I have a feeling I'll miss a lot by the time I return... Lovely to see you!

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    2. Well, I have to leave early too, the Butler has doctor appointments. Good to see you!

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    3. Ahoy Gina! Ye be lookin' quite lovely today. Congrats on your new release.

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    4. Hello Chappy! You are looking quite charming! (((((HUGS))))

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    5. Hey girl! Good to see you! And you look great as well. Hugs back at ya!

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    6. Hi, Chappy!! Hope the Butler is feeling OK today??

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  19. Congratulations on the new releases!

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  20. I looked through the books looks like a lot i need to look up great authors. Awesome giveaways. I am so enjoying the party!
    Blessings
    Diana

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    1. Tea and some yummy lemon pie I snuck from the pantry, Diana?

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  22. I looked through the books looks like a lot i need to look up great authors. Awesome giveaways. I am so enjoying the party!
    Blessings
    Diana

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    1. A great bunch of guests and authors!!! Fun!!!

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  23. Congratulations on the new releases!

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    1. Thanks Marsha. Would you like some crab bisque soup?

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  24. Congrats to all w/ the new releases. Can't wait to read them. Best get back to work.

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    1. Thanks! I am time traveling and have electronic quill with me!!

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  25. Thank you for the invitation to this lovely celebration. Congratulations to each author who has a recent release. I'm looking forward to reading your books. I believe I will have a cup of soup and a sip of tea.

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  26. Great authors including a few new ones to me and I like that!

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  27. Congratulations on your releases, ladies!! They all sound lovely and thank you so much for the invitation to tea. I am delighted to attend.

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    1. Thank you Kulianna and we are delighted to see you here! Patriots punch is served in the back. Very tasty.

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  28. Congrats to all you wonderful authors!! The tea is delicious and the food is splendid.

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  29. Could someone offer me some coffee, please. I could use a cup right now. *sweet smile*

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    1. I got some from the back but I have to rush out now as I have a carriage departing and must accompany them!!!

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    2. Thanks so much Carrie....and you look so lovely today.

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    3. Oh hello, Chappy! So nice to visit with you here.

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    4. I am happy to offer refills, cream and sugar~!

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    5. Hey Susan, good to see you! You look lovely!

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    6. Thank you so much Denise. I prefer a little cream in my coffee, no sugar. You are sweet to offer.

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    7. You'll retain your tiny waist that way! :) Personally I am heating up a delightful concoction of caramel coffee. I go for full flavor. Teehee.

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    8. I love caramel....give me a bit of that as well, please. It's a party, after all, time to enjoy ourselves, right? *wink wink*

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    9. Most definitely! Don't tell ... I added some caramel hot chocolate to my half cup of plain coffee. I won't need a sugar cube!

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    10. Oh my, caramel concoction! I would love to try a bit. I have a weak spot for caramel.
      Oh Chappy, thank you, this is a new day dress.

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    11. I won't tell, Denise...our secret. And Susan, you are very welcome! I'm sure that Denise wouldn't mind getting you a bit of her caramel coffee.

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    12. I would be happy to share. I have just finished mine! Am feeling quite sugared up for the 3 o'clock hour when I hope to chat with everyone on FB!

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  30. What a wonderful party of books, tea, and presents.

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  31. I sincerely apologize to the guests who were misdirected to the Tidwells. While they are very nice people, our event is actually at the LUDWELL Paradise house! So sorry for the confusion!!! https://www.history.org/almanack/places/hb/hbludw.cfm

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  33. I must admit I enjoy sitting in a corner just admiring all the beautiful dresses and hats. Sipping tea and nibbling is keeping my hands busy. ;)

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    1. When you finish nibbling, perhaps you will tell us about yourself. I would love to better make your acquaintance. What is your favorite time period to read about, and do you write as well?

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    2. Oh how sweet. Well, first off I do NOT write. I have no desire to, even though I do actually have scenes and voices in my head. ;) I just like to daydream. I love to read many time periods, wild west, regency, anything before 1900.
      This is very enjoyable conversing with you!

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    3. You also, Susan! I would not be surprised if those scenes and voices don't work their way out at some point! :)

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  34. Congratulations to the authors on their new releases. The stories sound so marvelous. The tea is delightful today,Carrie. Is this a new brew you are trying out for today's tea party? Ladies you all look so lovely in your new spring fashions for today's tea party.

    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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    1. Hello, Deanne, I believe Carrie is dashing south in her carriage. Would you like a refill of tea? Or you are welcome to try my caramel coffee. :)

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    2. Deanne I am brewing gunpowder tea because...with spies in my story I may need the real thing!

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  35. What a lovely party! I brought my favorite tea flavors to share- raspberry and cinnamon. I recently had the pleasure of reading Charity's Cross and Austen in Austin and recommend them both! Congratulations to all the authors on your new releases! I'd especially love to win a copy of the Lassoed by Marriage Collection, I love novellas for a satisfying quick read at the end of a long day :)

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    1. Hi Heidi!!! I hope you will enjoy all the stories. So good to see you! Thanks for the tea!

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    2. Thanks for coming Heidi! I would love to try some of your raspberry cinnamon. :)

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  36. All of these books sound fantastic. What a great line-up of authors and books. I am enjoying the party over on FB, too.

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    1. Hi Carrie ! Try this chocolate torte! It is amazing with bones tea!

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    2. I would love some since I have already had one of Gina's ham biscuits.

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  37. All the new books sound wonderful.

    For Denise Weimer's giveaway - All of the books int he Restoration Trilogy should be great. I think I would be most interested in Book #1 - White, simply because it is the first one and where the research into the mystery has to start.

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    1. Quite right, Debbie! I chose to move backward in time rather than forward. But the modern suspense AND romance does begin in book one with a slow but sweet build!

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  38. Ladies, I do beg your forgiveness for not chatting with you all individually. Seems I have caught a chest cold and am under the weather. I believe I will sit a spell, enjoy some tea, and listen to all your delightful conversations... Thank you so much for coming to help celebrate my release of Charity's Cross as well as all these other excellent authors! It means the world to us!

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    1. So sorry, my friend. I will be praying for you. Please, do sit, and just enjoying people watching. I will join you for awhile, if you don't mind. My cold is finally slowing down. So glad the coughing has stopped, that is the worst!

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    2. So sorry, MaryLu. I hope you feel better soon. I'm looking forward to reading Charity's Cross.

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    3. Dear friends, may I offer an extra bit of HONEY for those colds? It works wonders. I am constantly plying my daughters with it! Kay, I can't wait to read about Charity, too! It looks so exciting.

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    4. Hello, Kay, you are going to love Charity's Cross...MaryLu at her best!

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    5. Thank you so much, Denise, honey would be nice....and Charity's Cross is fantastic!

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    6. MaryLu, sorry you have such a cold, my youngest son and dear husband have been suffering the same thing the past week. A bit of honey in your tea will help soothe your throat.
      Denise, Charity's Cross is a fantastic book!
      Blessings, Tina

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    7. MaryLu and Debbie, I'm praying you both feel better soon! Take care of yourselves. ((((HUGS))))

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    8. Good to know - it's next on my list!! Hmm, spring break is coming up!

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    9. Thanks Caryl....my cold is almost gone. Praying that I don't catch another one from yet another grandchild. They enjoy sharing with Grammy a little too much. LOL

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  39. Good afternoon, ladies! Just dropping in quickly to say 'hello' and to say CONGRATULATIONS to all of the authors on their new releases. Loving all of the beautiful gowns! Have a great time all! :)

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  40. I had a nice lunch today and I'm now checking back in. How was everyone lunch?

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    1. The handsome carriage driver made ham sandwiches and brought around a vegetable soup that was delicious.

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  41. Congrats on new releases
    Diane Rivera
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  42. Hello, lovely ladies! What wonderful stories to look forward! I congratulate you on your new releases and wish you all much success!

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    1. Thanks so much Britney. There are sandwiches and tea in the parlor where the piano forte is being played!

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  43. What a wonderful bunch of new books. I'll take some tea with honey, please. To answer Denise's question, I'd say I'd look forward to reading White most since it is the first one, but the other 2 sound intriguing as well.

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    1. Thank you, Becky! A separate lesson of heart healing is revealed in each historic back story as the modern characters restore the doctor's house, apothecary and log cabin - and each one builds on the one before as God takes Jennifer & Michael through their own internal restoration, making them ready for ROMANCE! :)

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  44. Hello, everyone! Sorry I'm late. Cleaning house and doing laundry. Wanted to stop in for a bit.

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    1. Hello, Lucy, we're glad you're joining us as you rest from your labors! I had to mop a bit myself before donning my tea gown! Shh, don't tell. I am not sure where my maid has got to!

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    2. Our help disappeared which is one reason I succumbed to temptation and slipped off to the carriage house!

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  45. Hey Y'all! I finally made it back from NC, so thought I'd pop in here and grab a cup of tea or coffee. Whichever you have is fine. I need a sweet too. What's being served, CARRIE?

    Huge CONGRATS to the authors on their new releases!!! ALL the covers are amazing! I'm visual so it better look good or I will probably pass it by.

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    1. Journey cake is being served. I am traveling by large carriage South with some gentlemen who are very quiet. The handsome driver caught my attention! His son is quite adorable too!

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    2. Oh, yay!!! Are you going to meet up with Princess Di?

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  46. Congratulations! I am quite enjoying the tea party. I bought my favorite tea to share,Chocolatey Chai. It has imported spices.

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  47. (Chappy heads for the door)
    Well, ladies, this has been fun! I enjoyed chatting with you, but I must run now. The Butler needs to eat his lunch and then we are off to a couple of doctor visits. I hope you all enjoy yourselves! Hugs to all!
    (Chappy has left the building)

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    1. You will be missed, Chappy. So nice you could visit for a while! I hope the rest of your day goes as well.

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    2. See you again soon, Chappy! I wish you safety in your travels.

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  48. Sorry for slipping out, ladies. There was some difficulty with the children and the "nanny" needed some direction. Just when you sit down and begin enjoying associating with other woman. But what can be done with three young'uns underfoot at home and good help so hard to find! :)

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  49. To answer Denise Weimer's question--I'm looking forward to reading White and then the following books. I think this trilogy sounds quite intriguing and I'd like to see how it all plays out.
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  50. I look forward to reading White Denise. Sounds good and has pulled me to want too.
    Blessings
    Diana

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  51. I want to read Denise Weimer's White Restoration Trilogy starting with book 1, White. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
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  52. I am looking forward to reading Widow by Denise Weimer because it deals with forgiveness.

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  53. Hello,

    I'm excited about all these books and can't wait to read them! I'm enjoying the party!

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  54. To answer Denise Weimer's question....I would feel blessed to read anything by you, as you are a new author to me.

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  55. Denise, I would like to read White, since it is book one of the series.

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  56. Denise, I would love White, but the Georgia Gold Series looks intriguing also. :)

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