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Tea Party Winners: Vicki Talley McCollum's Never Say Goodbye, A National Park Romance novella goes to: Caryl Kane, Deanne Patterson, Deana Dick, Carrie Fancett Pagels' winners Beverly Duell-Moore and Cindy Pratt, Roseanna White's winners - Betti Mace, Gabrielle Meyer's winners -, Deb Marvin's paperback winner - Rachel Dodson

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Book Launch Tea Party - Kelly Long, Jennifer Hudson Taylor and Debut Author Carla Gade



Welcome to our Colonial Tea and Book Launch for Kelly Long's Amish Colonial Arms of Love!!!


We are discussing MULTI-Culturalism in Colonial America. Kelly has Dutch/German Amish and Carla's hero is Navajo-English while her heroine is half-Jewish from Germany. Jennifer's characters are Quakers.



This is Colonial American Christian Writers member and Colonial Quills' Webmaster, Carla Gade's debut.  She is contracted for two more colonials - one with Barbour in October 2012 and the other with Abingdon in 2013(see the link on CBD.)  Although this debut book is not colonial fiction, Carla does have one coming out soon.  CONGRATULATIONS, Carla!!!




Jennifer Hudson Taylor is giving away a copy of "The Quakers of New Garden" her new release April 2012, a collection of four novellas in one.

Join four Quaker women on a journey through the trials of faith and love. Ruth Payne’s bridegroom has cold feet. . .for the second time. Will their third try be the charm? Things get complicated for Underground Railroad worker Deborah Wall when she meets a bounty hunter head-on. Will love have them seeing eye-to-eye? Leah hopes to turn a marriage of convenience into a marriage of love. But will letters be a firm enough foundation? Christian Jaidon Taylor wants to win the heart of Quaker Catherine Wall. But will religion make them as incompatible as night and day?

Kelly Long is giving away some Amish treats!  CQ is also giving away a copy of her new release.


Carla Gade is giving away a paperback copy of her debut book "The Shadow Catcher's Daughter" which released through Heartsong Presents, though their book club in 2012.


We also have a colonial doll giveaway from Carrie Fancett Pagels.


We have Whoopie pie cookies and spiced hot tea, as well as coffee, hot chocolate, and other foods our visitors bring from different story world countries!


Please leave a comment and your email address for a chance to win.

81 comments:

  1. I apologize for the early release of this post on April Fool's evening, but I had sent an announcement to the lovely Fiction Addiction ladies and didn't want to disappoint any of their readers! Blessings!

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    1. Thank you Carrie for this tea party...sorry to be a late guest. My grandmother is very ill....been on the phone with nursing staff.....Still, this is a stress buster! Tea Party on!!!!
      Kelly Long

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  2. Well Carrie it looks like I'm a little early for the party, I guess early is better than late. Maybe I'll just take a little snooze while I wait. :) Sure going to be hard not to snatch one of those Whoopie pie cakes...yum yum!!

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  3. OHHH, great sounding books, thank you for hosting this contest, early or not, lol.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com
    wrensthoughts.blogspot.com

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    1. WENDY, for Fiction Addiction I was not supposed to send the announcement till the day this went "live" but I had time last night and just did it. LOL - April Fool on me! Thanks for coming by!!!

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  4. I'm not a fan of whoopie pies (can you believe that?!) but the books all sound great. :)

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    1. PEGG, I have never had one but they look delicious! Yes, I am 60% into Kelly's book - a deep and heartfelt story with her signature "zing" in it, which I love!

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    2. We get a wide variety of whoopie pies in my area. Pumpkin ones are a treat in the fall and winter! So I like them AND the books!

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    3. Deb, how far are you from Albany? I may be doing my own road trip if I can get pumpkin whoopie pies!

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    4. PEGG, random.org picked you as the WINNER of Carla's new release!Congrats!

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  5. In my neck of the woods we call whoopie pies "gobs." And boy do we love them! =) So much that I modified the recipe and made a pumpkin version for the fall, filled with orange cream cheese icing. YUM.

    Anyway, BIG congrats to all these awesome ladies! Such fun that they're all highlighting different cultures that, even from the beginning, helped shape our land and country. Such fun! I'm plotting a book now that has a Colonial heroine of mixed English, French, and Mohawk heritage, and I'm loving every minute of discovery. =)

    Now let's ignore the fact that I had cake twice yesterday and pass me one of those whoopie pies to go with my morning coffee. Looks like breakfast to me! ;-)

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    1. Hi...I have never head of GOBS...but I love the word play!!!!! Willuse it with my kids! Thanks!
      KELLY LONG

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    2. I have never had a whoopie pie before but the idea of a pumpkin whoopie pie makes the idea all the more appealing. They sound perfectly scrumptious! I love pumpkins and the fall season.

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  6. Thanks, Roseanna! Here in Maine those whoopie pies I think are the state snack. I love pumpkin ones! It sounds like you're having a great time researching your new book. When I researched The Shadow Catcher's daughter it was so fascinating to learn about the different cultures, and peoples responses to those of different cultures during various time periods. Yiska and Eliana ended up being the perfect match and she used her own Jewish ancestry to connect with him...the both have tribes LOL!

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    1. Good morning, Carla! Congrats on your debut release (colonial or not, lol)! I love your characters' names! Carla, in your other books, what are the nationalities of the characters?

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    2. Sounds so great! Can't wait to get the chance to read it, Carla. =) CONGRATS again!!

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    3. Congratulations Quillers! What a great party.

      Such an interesting history we have -- despite some obvious hostilities and fear/mistreatment, the colonies and US of A started out with the purpose of trying to promote tolerance of religion. It didn't always work but I love the inclusion in your stories, ladies.

      After a trip to VA I've been thinking a lot about it, and would love to see more books address the slavery issue.

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    4. DEB, it was so great to have you here in VA and to get to spend a little time with you at CW! You have to come back again!

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  7. What a bountiful spread, both for the mind and for the taste buds! The variety of Colonial America is astounding when one has done some research. I'd love to be blessed with one of these books. My girth cannot afford one of the whoopie pies (siiiigh).

    jrlight620 (at) yahoo (dot) com
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    1. How fortunate that digital whoopie pies are calorie-free, Judith! ;-) You can enjoy the thought of them and it won't affect the girth at all. =)

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  8. In Kelly Long's book she mentions her characters having been persecuted in the Palatinate of Germany, which is where my ancestor Johan Rousch came from. So I am curious about what Kelly found. I was researching the persecution of the French Huguenots, who fled to the Palatinate for protection. The people of the Palatinate were POUNDED on for decades by the French, because they sheltered the Huguenots. So it seems odd they persecuted the Amish.

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    1. Hi...yeah, the people of Palantine were predominantly NOT anabaptist (IN oter words, they thought infant baptism was the way to go) Then, along comes Jacob Amman, who says it should be an adult decision to be baptized and all hell breaks loose for the anabaptists!!! So, a tough time in history...Thanks, Carrie,
      Kelly Long

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    2. Kelly, I really did not see that when I was researching for mid 18th century Palatinate and prior to that time but I wasn't looking for it - you were, lol!

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  9. Congratulations, Kelly, Carla and Jennifer on your new releases! All three books sound like wonderful reads, with interesting characters and lovely covers. I wish you all great success! Mmm, that hot, spiced tea sounds good, and even though I just ate a scone, I wouldn't mind a whoopie pie either.

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    1. LISA, we are so blessed to have such talented authors, including yourself, in this group! Oh, ginger tea might be good with the whoopie pie, too!

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  10. SUPER CONGRATS, KELLY, JEN AND CARLA, on your new releases (and Carla, your debut and the two additional contract books -- WHOO-HOO, girl!!).

    Kel, got your book perched close to the top of my TBR, so I will let you know when I finish and Jen, LOVE your work, girl!! Carla, looking forward to reading you too, my friend.

    Thanks, Carrie, for the great tea party. Those whoopie pies (okay, just HOW exactly did they get THAT name???) look dee-lish, and sound like heaven with a cup of peppermint tea!

    HUGS,
    Julie

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    1. JULIE, thanks for coming by! I have peppermint tea, too! Yum - chocolate and peppermint sounds good to me, too! Have a blessed day!

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    2. JULIE,
      A PASSION MOST PURE IS TO DIE FOR...TIGHT WRITING, LACED WITH SENSUAL DELIGHT...LOVE YOUR MALE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT ESPECIALLY....WE MUST TALK MORE!!!!
      lOVE,
      KELLY LONG

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    3. Yes, you two have a lot in common in your writing, which is why I love both of your books!

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  11. I don't believe I've ever had a Whoopie Pie but I sure would be willing to try one with my hot cup of coffee :) I just can't wrap my head around all the research you ladies do for your books! It's such a blessing to be able to read and learn more about our country and it's multi-cultural inhabitants, especially the history of it all! I feel like I'm cheating on a test or something since y'all do all the work but at the same time, I'm thinking I like it that way ;)

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    1. Anne, welcome! I hope you will enjoy these calorie-free virtual cookies and check out the recipe (posted yesterday)!

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  12. Hi Ladies! I'm so excited for all of you! Huge hugs and congratulations to Kelley, Carla, and Jennifer!! the books looks as delicious as the Whoopie Pies. LOL Which I would love to taste. They look so yummy. And calorie free? :-) I'm so there.
    What I find amazing about our history is that so many, in fact, most people came here to avoid some sort of persecution...yet throughout history some Americans have continued to persecute each other.

    Huge blessings and success on your books, ladies!!

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    1. MaryLu, I find it interesting that although the Spanish and Dutch were here before the English, their stories don't often get told. Nor those of the Portuguese sailors who accompanied the Dutch and often sailed their vessels.

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  13. OOh, exciting, I haven't read any colonial fiction but I'm excited about reading this time period! Please sign me up--tweeting this for other fiction readers!

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    1. HEATHER! Glad to see you here! Carla's new release is after that era as is Jennifer's, but we love to celebrate our Colonial American Christian writers' releases! Especially one as important as a debut book for Carla. THANKS!!!

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    2. I left a reply early this morning, but it doesn't look like it came through. Thanks everyone and congrats to Carla on her debut and to Kelly as well.

      As for the dessert, uh, we Southerners NEVER turn it down!

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    3. You'll be fascinated, Heather! And there are so many wonderful colonial fiction authors (especially here at Colonial Quills). Thanks for tweeting!

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    4. HEATHER, you are the winner of the colonial cloth doll! CONGRATS!!!

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  14. I am liking the sound of Roseanna's pumpkin whoopie pie, I bet this is so good. the books sound great and I for one want to be in this drawing, thanks for sharing.
    Many parties around and I am running from one to another so have a happy day girls...
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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    1. I am thinking I will make some pumpkin ones in the autumn, PAULA!

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  15. These books sound like wonderful reads! I'm a huge fan of Kelly's books and have read all her Amish fiction.
    Congrats to Carla on her debut book. I hope you have much success with it!
    Jennifer's new release sounds great too!
    Congrats ladies on your books! Keep them coming. As a reader I love books, books, and more books!

    The Whoopie pies look so yummy!

    Blessings!
    Judy
    sweetpea.judy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. HEY JUDY,
      THANKS FOR READING! I APPRECIATE IT AND AM WORKING VERY HARD TO KEEP THOSE NOVELS COMING....HOPE YOU LIKE ARMS OF LOVE (AOL)!!!
      THANKS,
      KELLY LONG

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  16. Good Afternoon!
    Oh, the books all sound so interesting! Congrats to all the authors and thank you for putting on this drawing!
    Lynn (sgmintheozarks@yahoo.com)

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  17. Carrie asked what nationalities are in my other books. English, in the British American Colonies. One against her will and she is adjusting to her new surroundings, and people to her as an indentured servant (Carving a Future/Colonial Courtships) while the heroine in Pattern for Romance (Quilts of Love series)is treated unfairly by some as the tensions against England rise in colonial Boston. It may not seem like a huge cultural issue, but in the setting of the colonial period there were other issues at hand. How prejudice people are, protective, and holding to their own kind as we still are to day so oft. Sadly.

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    1. I agree. History must be remembered and retold. We should strive to learn all that we can from the past.

      Your other books sound intriuging! I shall have to keep a look out for them!!

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    2. I see you have a new blog, 4Readin, congrats! Don't forget to leave your email addy to enter this contest. Thanks for coming by!

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  18. Thank you to all for the nice comments on my debut novel! Your encouragement means so much to me. The Shadow Catcher's Daughter takes place post Civil War (1875) in Colorado and New Mexico. It is remarkable how much of the country was yet to be settled then. I was astonished to learn that the western slope of Colorado did not even have a church until 1876! What we take for granted. Yiska has some knowledge of Christianity from others when he was younger, but this story gives him new encounters where he explores his beliefs about the Navajo gods and the Christian God. Could something like that keep him from a relationship with Eliana? Has a faith issue ever complicated a relationship that you were in?

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    1. I know you must be THRILLED to finally hold your baby, er I mean book, in your hands!

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  19. Just discovered this site. I like reading about our country's early years. these books sound really good.

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    1. JOYE, glad you found us! We love reading and writing about this time period in our country, so you are definitely in the right place!

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  20. First congratulations to Kelly, Jennifer and Carla for the new Book, all three sound so wonderful. Also thanks for the invite to the Tea party, I love tea Parties, I had them with my Kids and now have them with my Grand babies (smile). I been hearing so much about these Whoopie Pies, i never had one before but they sure look good and I bet the Pumpkin ones are delicious.
    I love coming here and reading about America's History, I'm from Germany so i learn something new every time I come here. (smile).
    Please add me to your Contest as i would love to win.
    Blessings and Good Luck for all of you.



    ingrids62448(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. INGRID, welcome, and we are glad to have you here for the party. If you come back, tell us something about where you grew up in Germany!

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    2. Ingrid, you are the WINNER of Jennifer Hudson Taylor's new novella, in the collection just released. Thanks for coming to our party!

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  21. Congrats, Kelly, Jennifer and Carla! Carla I order a copy of The Shadow Catcher's Daughter this morning.

    I have a passion for multicultural stories. That's the hook where I've hung my writing hat for the present, stories set on the 18C frontier and in other places where Native American, European, and African peoples intermingled, willingly or otherwise.

    Carrie, I have French Huguenot ancestors too. My forebears in that line came to Virginia in the late 1600s. Their surname was Puryear. I'm also descended from the German Hites.

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    1. LORI, I love multicultural stories, too, and the same settings. Congrats again on your contract. I don't know if I have French Huguenots in my lineage or not. When I had trouble with the German housewife character I had created to go with Johan as a character, I prayed about it and since this is fiction inspired by real life, I turned Suzanne into a French woman whose father was a Huguenot. The Hites of the Shenandoah value were friends with the Rousches BTW. :)

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    2. Carrie, I knew if I mentioned my Hite ancestors we'd find a crossed path back there somewhere! My grandmother's maiden name was Hite. I was just reading that one of the Hites married into the Clark family (of George Rogers Clark and William Clark fame) back in the 1700s. Sarah Hite married the Clark brother Jonathan. I need to go comb my family tree to see if I can find her.

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    3. That is cool, Lori! I think I found my first Clark ancestors arriving in Canada in 1777 if the genealogy is correct. I am not clear if they were coming in from England then or were Tories who left. Will be fun to keep researching that when I have a writing break again!

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    4. Gah. How disappointing. That Amazon listing for Carla's book is wrong. They sent me an old Silhouette romance by Tracy Sinclair called The Harvest is Love, though it says right on the packing slip The Shadow Catcher's Daughter!

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  22. My daughter loves historical fiction and I would love to win a book for her! Thanks for hosting these giveaways! Congratulations to the authors on their new books!

    seventysevensusieq[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. SUSIEQ, thanks for coming by! Lots of great books. If you come back by, please share any family background you care to.

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  23. Ladies--
    The books sound GREAT--and so are the giveaways and the recipe. Congratulations, Carla, Jennifer & Kelly!

    I've noted some sharing of ancestry, their hardships and adventures, and since this launch has a multi-cultural theme today, be seated ladies, have a delightful cup of tea (the peppermint sounds wonderful) and share more of your stories about those long-ago relatives (no matter when or where they came from) who made contributions to family or country.

    I'll start off with my father's side: Irish; my maiden name is O'Brien and they came to this country either just before or after the civil War --need to find that out. I do know a relative (Daniel) was hanged in the nineteenth century for his part in the Easter Uprising. On my mother's side--Palatine German from the Mohawk Valley--1716. And since the N.Y. colony lost the highest number of population (2/3) during the Revolution, it's a blessing that generations of them still live there!

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  24. Love the posts on facebook. I'm hoping to win a book!!

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    1. I am SO glad! Don't forget to leave your email addy!

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  25. Thank you for having me here. Some if that spiced tea sounds lovely. Do you have some blueberry scones to go with that?
    These books sound intriuging and the chance to read them sounds equally good! I thank you.

    ks4readin@yahoo.com

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    1. good - there's your email, thanks!

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    2. KS4Readin You are the WINNER of Kelly Long's new Amish colonial release!!! Congrats! Check your email!

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  26. Welcome susanlulu and ks--

    I'm sure you'll enjoy the blueberry scones and spiced tea; there are so many delicious and unique treats offered at our CQ parties. And don't forget to take the recipe for the whoopie pie cookies to try sometime. Best of all though are those three fine books by our guest authors!

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  27. Carrie, it was so nice of you to feature my book today! The party has been such fun! Everyone has been so nice.

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    1. Ohmygoodnessgracious I just saw that you put your pic up with the PINEAPPLE book holder from me that I got for the CACW authors out at Berkeley Plantation! That looks GREAT!!!

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  28. Thanks everyone for coming by! As most of you know, I have lots of Scots-Irish in my line, but a great deal of English, as well as Welsh, German, and Cherokee.

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  29. So, you can't talk about pumpkin ANYTHING without the recipe. That's just rude!
    But thanks, Carrie for your whoopie pie recipe.
    Recipes, good books and a chance to win one? Thank you ladies for brightening many a day with such offerings! Love Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Long books. Looking forward to our new author as well, and this multi-cultural aspect! Very cool.
    Joleen
    tojoleen@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Joleen! I love pumpkin, too, as well as Kelly and Jennifer. Wonder if there is a correlation, lol?!

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  30. By the way, the "rude" part was tongue-in-cheek.
    :)

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    1. LOL, since my tongue is usually firmly planted in my cheek (which gets me in trouble!) I understand what you were saying, lol!

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  31. I've never read any Amish fiction before but I love colonial fiction and these books sounds really good. Those Whoopie pies are making me hungry too! Thanks for a really great giveaway!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  32. I have read several Amish books and find that lately the more I read of them, the more that I want to read. I also enjoy reading about Colonial times and these books sound quite interesting. Would love to read them.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  33. HEATHER Day Gilbert is are the winner of the colonial cloth doll! CONGRATS!!! Watch your FB or email for a message from me! I purchased this little poppet at a VA. reenactor's event in Yorktown.

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    1. How about is not are, lol! That is what I get for trying to copy, paste, and edit stuff!

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    2. Judith Robl is the winner of the Quakers of New Garden! Congrats! You'll be hearing from me shortly.

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