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, February 3, 2017

Winter Tea Party





Welcome 1777 in the Mohawk Valley and our winter Tea Party to celebrate some recent releases! Our location is a little more rustic than usual, but I assure you we have lots of firewood to keep us warm. And lots of refreshments, too! Despite the ever increasing raids by the Iroquois and Tories, harvest was good. 



With winter there has been a pause in the fighting, but rest assured we are always prepared for our Loyalist neighbors and their red-coated friends. 



The location for our party comes from Angela K Couch's debut novel, The Scarlet Coat, the first of her Hearts at War series. She will give away both an autographed print copy and ebook to one of our guests today. 

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A Woman Compelled by Christian Charity
Surrounded by the musket fire of the American Revolution, Rachel Garnet prays for her family to be safe.  When the British invade the Mohawk Valley, and her father and brother don’t return from the battle, she goes in pursuit of them. She finds her brother alive but her father has been killed at the hand of the enemy. Amidst the death, how can she ignore a cry for help…? Rachel reluctantly takes in a badly wounded British officer. But how long can her sense of Christian duty repress her hatred for his scarlet coat?

A Man Lost to the Devastation of War
Passages of Scripture and fleeting images of society are all Andrew Wyndham recalls after he awakens to the log walls of his gentle prison. Even his name eludes him. Rachel Garnet insists he is a captain in the British army. He mourns the loss of his memory, but how can he hope to remember war when his “enemy” is capturing his heart?

A Scarlet Uniform Holds the Power to Unite or Divide
Andrew’s injuries are severe, his memory slow to return, and the secret of his existence too perilous to ignore. As Rachel nurses him back to health, his hidden scarlet coat threatens to expose the deeds of her merciful heart, and Andrew is forced to face a harrowing decision—Stay hidden and risk losing the woman he loves or turn himself in and risk losing his life.

Available at:       Barnes & Noble           Indigo/Chapters         Amazon


Angela K Couch is an award-winning author for her short stories, and a semi-finalist in ACFW’s 2015 Genesis Contest with The Scarlet Coat. 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

 Moving farther west... I'm celebrating the Valentine Matchmaker collection from Forget Me Not Publishing. Included is my novella Why Not? which is set in February 1914 at Grand Canyon Village. It might be Arizona, but it's also cold and wintry!



The Valentine Matchmaker Collection includes nine sweet novellas, contemporary and historical, from Authors Mary Alford, Brandi Bobbie, Martha Rodgers, Niki Turner, Jennifer Vander Klipp, Jennifer Collins Johnson, Sherri Stewart and Gail Gaymer Martin. And me, Debra E. Marvin.



Here's the 'scoop' on WHY NOT?

Love Puts These Two On the Edge!

Grand Canyon, 1914


Society girl Amber Wynott’s wintry escape to the Grand Canyon provides a chance to pursue her dream and prove she has what it takes to be a successful architect. It doesn’t take long to realize the incredible scenery can’t hide the simmering anger between ‘railroad money’ and the struggling locals. 

Which side is master builder Stone Morrison on?

Amber has met her match in the handsome, hard-headed man. He’s been directed to keep an eye on her, but when iron meets iron—oh the sparks! As their unlikely old matchmaker tells them, pride goes before a fall, and this is a bad place to fall. Will danger finally knock some sense into the pair?

Like many of you, I'm a history fan and I enjoyed digging into Grand Canyon history, including the 'real heroine' of my tale, famed architect Mary Colter who designed many of the historical treasures known as National Park Architecture as well as hotels and train stations for the Sante Fe Railroad and the Fred Harvey Company.






"BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!"

new subscribers to my newsletter will be eligible for a $25.00 Amazon gift card. To do so, visit my website or click the SIGN UP link here.  or email me directly at debra (at) debraemarvin.com. If you're already a subscriber, send someone over and tell me via the above email, and you'll be in the drawing as well!

And because it's Valentine's Month, and we're romance writers and because Carrie loves pink, I'm giving away a Valentine Table Runner that I created just for this party!  Please note in a comment if you'd like to be in the drawing. 


Connect with Debra on: Twitter   Facebook  Website  Pinterest   Amazon Author Page.

77 comments:

  1. Congratulations ladies! And what a lovely party!

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    1. Thanks, and welcome! It wouldn't be a tea party without you here. :)

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    2. Hi Carrie! It's nice to get together with our readers again, and to honor your leadership with a pink themed giveaway!

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    3. That is a gorgeous runner, Deb! Love the pink and chocolate theme for Valentine's Day too! I think I need another cup of tea. Wish I had a cupcake! Maybe a gluten-free brownie will have to do!

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    4. Or how about some chocolate covered cherries to match the runner, Carrie!! One of my favorite candies.

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  3. Welcome everyone! I hope you all can see the second half of the post as I'm looking forward to getting this table topper out in the mail!

    Meanwhile...I'm at work today so I'll pop in a few times and catch up with you all this evening!

    And congratulations to Angela for such a great release sure to please COLONIAL READERS!!! hip hip hooray!

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    1. Would love to have the beautiful table topper, Debra - thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

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    2. I'm going to grab all the names of those who expressed an interest and pick a random number first thing tomorrow! I'm excited about giving it away!

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  4. Book sounds like it is full of history along with a love story..looking forward to a chance to win a copy of Scarlet Coat

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    1. Thank you! So glad you could come. Would you like any honey to sweeten you tea? :)

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    2. Thank you for commenting! Have a great weekend!

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  5. Angela, your book is on my - admittedly rather long - list of books to read this year. Love the premise. :) And that table topper is gorgeous, Debra. You made it? Wow. Very nice.

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    1. Thank you, Pegg! There are so many great books out there, it is pretty easy to build that list. :) I'm in love with Debra's table topper too. So pretty!

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    2. Thanks Pegg and Angela. Yes, it's one of the table toppers I made recently. I do this to relax, and thought this would be a great time to give one way, so I picked the pink and brown fabrics.

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    3. You did a wonderful job, Debra!! I have no sewing talents at all, those stitches I had to rip out when taking Home Ec. in school did me in, LOL. My sister-in-law knits, crochets, quilts, and made her 4 children's clothes (including coats) when they were young.

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  6. What a lovely party! The plot lines of these stories are intriguing :)

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  7. Would love to read your book Debra.. signed up for the newsletter :)
    I enjoyed your book Angela :)
    dkstevensneAT outlook DOT(com)

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    1. Thanks, Deanna! you've been a consistent friendly face throughout my writing journey!

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    2. Thank you. It always means so much to hear. :) Hope you enjoy the party!

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  8. Beautiful table topper. Putting these books on my TBR list. Thank you ladies.

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    1. I love the colors she chose for the table topper. It really is lovely! So glad you could come!

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    2. Thanks, Lucy! My Why Not is part of the collection of nine, so it's a STEAL at 99cents!

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  9. Congratulations, Angela and Debra. Love NYS history! And the Grand Canyon--would love to learn about its history. Will have to check both of these out.

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    1. Hope you do. :) And thanks for coming. What warm beverage is your preference?

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    2. I tend to pick a setting where I can be assured there's conflict built in, and the tension between big money and the locals was perfect. Thanks Kathy!

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  10. Congratulations Angela and Debra! I love reading historical novels.

    Debra, I signed up for your newsletter.

    Stay warm ladies!

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. WOO HOO! thanks Caryl! I found out that I can easily tell all the new names because they come in with a date on my newsletter subscription details. That makes life easier, which is a nice switch! I appreciate your comments, Caryl, and your support!

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  11. Thanks! Not bad inside by the fire, but don't want to go anywhere. :)

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  12. The fabrics were a small set of pieces found at Walmart! I was looking for something for Valentine's Day, and these are darling. They have a bit of a French theme, but I couldn't stop thinking about chocolate covered cherries. And it gave me a chance to play with some free motion quilting. It helps to have a relaxing hobby. Writing is not always relaxing, right? ha ha!

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    1. Not always. :) Makes me want to go to walmart...and dig out my sewing machine. Also makes me want our next baby to be a girl so I can make a full baby quilt with those colors. :)

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  13. Hello Ladies, I'd nearly forgotten the tea party today.Congratulations on your debut Angela! I have all the books on my wishlist. Thank you for the chance to win one.
    Congratulations on your novella Debra, I love the title.
    The table runner looks lovely too, sadly I haven't a table to use it on.
    I did sign up for your newsletter. andreastephens (at) yahoo dotcom
    Have a lovely day. Perhaps I will see you on Facebook later.

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    1. Thank you Andrea. Exciting times. So glad you could join us! I'm sure the table runner would look great on a dresser or other furniture as well.

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    2. WHY NOT is one of the phrases on conversation hearts! Even as far back as the 20s! All the titles in the collection are conversation hearts! Thanks a lot. Sorry about the table! I bet it would be good to put over the back of an upholstered chair like an antimacassar!

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    3. That's cute that the novella titles are conversation hearts. I've been to the Grand Canyon and would love to read about it in your novella - an interesting storyline!!

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  14. Congratulations Angela and Debra! Both of your books sound amazing and the table runner is beautiful!
    So happy to have you here for a CQ tea party, come sit by the fire and have a cup of tea and warm up.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Thanks! WOuld you like any honey with your tea?

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    2. Mrs. Tina has a seat of honor! thanks so much for your kind words!

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    3. Yes, honey please. Thank you for those kind words Debra.
      Blessings on you both.

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  15. Hi Ladies! I just stopped in for a quick cup of tea. I'm having Vanilla Chai with cream. No thank you to the honey. Both of these books sound like ones I would enjoy. Thank you, Debra and Angela for writing Christian fiction. It's such a blessing!

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  16. Hi Kay! I do hope you get a chance to read them as well!

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  17. We're 'sort of' live over on facebook now (5pm EST) for our Tea Party. See you soon!

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  18. Hello, ladies! Lovely party! I'm heading over to FB! (Deb...your table runner turned out beautifully!)

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    1. Thank you! I have a few more on the sewing machine, just waiting for me to sneak away from my laptop!

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  19. Congratulations Debra and Angela on your new releases ~ Very exciting.

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    1. Thanks, Janet! One of these days I'll release a colonial! (They're waiting for me...) so I appreciate the chance to talk about the current books. And it was great to be paired with Angela and her awesome book!

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  20. Congrats on the your new releases. Nice books.

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    1. Thank you Tammy! Now that I know more about Angela's story and the fact she has a whole colonial series, I'm eager to read it and spread the word!

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  21. Congrats, Deb! So happy for your success!

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  22. Congratulations, Angela and Debra! I think it will be interesting to read about the Grand Canyon and some of its history. I've always wanted to visit there. Thanks for the giveaways and the opportunity to win books or the table runner. It sure is gorgeous and perfect for February :-)

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    1. Thanks Anne! I loved the feel of the architecture and the 'solidness' of it. Big, hefty buildings that feel like they are part of the land. Learning more about the architecture and history of the area from the time it was first a national monument, and then a national park was fascinating! And thanks for enjoying my 'chocolate covered cherries' quilt topper!

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    2. My mom loved chocolate covered cherries! She would think this table topper is just the cutest. She was an occasional quilter and she could sew anything.

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    3. I don't think I've eaten one in decades! I'm sure she and I would have gotten on well, dishing about fabric and such.

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    4. Oh yes! She made all our dresses when my sister and I were growing up, our daughter's dresses, and even made my sister's wedding gown.

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  23. Congrats on your releases, Angela and Debra!! Thanks for the wonderful tea - glad I wore my yax trax for the trek through that snow, LOL!!

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    1. Glad you made it through all that snow. If any more comes down we might all be stuck here. good thing there's lots of good food. :)

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    2. Yes, those boots and the lovely Colonial frocks are quite the combination, Bonnie! Even though we haven't had a lot of snow, we have mud, so it's been a long time since I wore shoes when going out the door.

      Even so... that cabin in the snow is a lovely setting (thanks to Angela!)

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  24. Congratulations ladies! That runner is beautiful and would look lovely in my kitchen. It's blue with pink accents!

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    1. I'll cross my fingers for you. :) Thanks for coming out!

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  25. The picture of the snow and the cabin looks like the area around here. Lots of snow. Congrats to Angela and Debra on your new books. They look wonderful. Debra, the table runner is so beautiful. I'd love to be in on the drawing if it's not too late.
    Winnie Thomas whthomas13 at yahoo dot com.

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    1. Thanks Winnie. No, you're not too late! I'm doing the drawing on Sat to make sure all of Friday's visitors are eligible!

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    1. Angela's portion of our facebook tea party (earlier this evening) was a great way to learn more about her book and the series. I was really impressed! There's a great review over on Reading is My SuperPower!

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  27. Three a.m. is a little late for tea, but I enjoyed seeing some familiar names again. The books sound wonderful. I'll need to live to be 145 to get to all the books on my TBR list. Oh, and chocolate covered cherries are one of my favorite sweets. They are beautifully represented in that table runner. Wow!

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    1. Thank you for stopping in, Judith. You're not late, you're dedicated! You know, I love your name and it's one of those older ones we never see in kids anymore.

      I agree about the TBR pile!

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  28. I would like to be entered in the giveaway for the table runner and chocolate covered cherries. I think the runner is beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone. princessdebbie1_2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I regret to say that it's one and not the other. I call the quilt Choc.covered cherries because of the colors! I'd hate to send chocolate in the same box as the quilt, though it would smell nice!! thank you Debbie! I appreciate your support!

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  29. I came out of my cave (ya'll wore me out AND I'm plotting my next novella...and I'm way behind). But I have used the lovely random number generator rather than the names in a hat, and I have winners.

    LUCY REYNOLDS wins the table topper!
    Deanna Stevens, Caryl Kane, Anne Payne,and Winnie Thomas win Ebook gifts of The Valentine Matchmaker Collections.

    And, I hope more of you took a chance on our books! And if you like them, please remember to review or give word-of-mouth. You don't have to be a fancy dab-hand at words or writing. Short and sweet reviews help authors as much as those amazing ones from established reviewers !!

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  30. I'd love to be in the drawing! Love Colonial books. jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  31. Sorry I didn't get the notification until this morning after you drew the winner! Your post was in the middle of the night my time but didn't reach my inbox til mid morning . I really enjoy the history stories on Colonial Quills! paulams49(AT) sbcglobal(DOT)net

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    1. We're sorry you missed out, Paula! I hope you can get in on the next party! Thanks for being a loyal CQ reader! Blessings!

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  32. I'm so excited to have won a copy of Angela's book! Thank you! Thank you!

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