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Friday, May 31, 2013

May/June Releases by Rita Gerlach and Roseanna White and CQ Two Year Anniversary Party


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In celebration of Colonial Quills 2 year Anniversary we bring you our May/June Colonial American Christian Fiction releases. Our members and contributors also share their thoughts on CACW and CQ! Please have some cake and enjoy (the first piece goes to Carrie, our wonderful founder). Please comment below to be eligible for our giveaways!


Rita Gerlach

John Nash, has built a new life in the Maryland frontier, and journeys back to England to see his father before the first shots of the Revolution are fired. Rebecah, a young woman who has known little more than the solitude of an isolated manor, has lost her father and is now under the control of a domineering patriarch. As their romance unfolds, they become trapped in the schemes of her uncle and immersed in one of the most infamous Indian wars in Colonial history.

As the firebrands of Revolution grow hot, they marry and work together to build their estate, Laurel Hill. Facing a strange new world, Rebecah experiences the prejudice of being English, but finds friendship and acceptance in the wilds of the Maryland frontier. Joy reins at Laurel Hill when she announces she is carrying a child. Nash, known as Jack, is captain of a band of rangers who protect the frontier families from Indian attack. His friendship with Chief Logan has not prevented the Indian War from reaching their peaceful home along the lush hills of the last outpost.

Can he protect his wife from warring Indians and from a man who has no allegiance to any nation, tribe, or creed, wanted for robbery and murder, who has vowed vengeance? In Thorns in Eden and The Everlasting Mountains, love and faith are the sustaining forces that cannot be overtaken by the vines of adversity.

Amazon ebook: http://tinyurl.com/c6pwlzd
In Paperback:  http://tinyurl.com/bhvlqz3

Rita's Reflections

When Carrie first approached me two years ago about Colonial Quills, I was thrilled to have been asked to participate. I had just signed a contract with Abingdon Press for the Daughters of the Potomac Series, three books intertwined, set in the Colonial era along the Potomac. Being a part of this fellowship of writers has broadened my knowledge and love for the many people who played a role in the founding of our great nation. 

Writing for CQ has been a blast, and kept  me moving forward. I am currently writing an Edwardian era novel, and just received news I have been chosen to collaborate on a series about the Pilgrims with bestselling author Gilbert Morris. 

As you may know, we are a group of women writers dedicated to bringing readers many things that have been forgotten, and often sadly ignored or revised to fit the current politically correct agenda. I feel privileged to have been a part of CQ. 

Happy Anniversay, CQ! 

Roseanna White
 
Fairchild's Lady by Roseanna White

June 1, a fun, FREE bonus novella is being released (and is available for pre-order now!) in my Culper Ring Series! Fairchild's Lady is set at the beginning of the French Revolution and gives the love story of a character from Ring of Secrets, whose daughter is the heroine of the next book. Please download and share the link!

In 1789 General Isaac Fairchild travels across the Channel on a very special assignment. After surviving the American Revolution, he is now gathering information on life at King Louis XVI’s court. But he must also locate a countess and her grown daughter and escort them back to England before revolution explodes in France. He knows danger is in the task set before him, but when he meets the beautiful Julienne, a new peril beckons him deeper into the intrigue of Versailles.


Roseanna's Reflections

When I had the privilege of joining Colonial Quills at its start two years ago, I was still riding high from the sale of my first American-set historical romance to Summerside Press, still several months from its release. My previous books had been set in biblical times, so this was still pretty new to me...but I'd caught the bug. And I wanted (oh, how I wanted!) to write more about this era I'd fallen in love with!

Finding like-minded sisters with this group was amazing for me. I love being able to share joys, triumphs, and questions with the wonderful women who are so passionate about all things early American. The summer CQ was getting underway, I was hard at work on my second Colonial novel and hopeful about it's chances. Now, two years later, that second book is out from Harvest House too.


What a journey it has been! And what a blessing to watch this beautiful blog grow at the same time! I know I'm but a small part of it...but I'm so proud to be a little finger waving in joy for all we've accomplished.

Happy birthday, Colonial Quills!!

MaryLu Tyndall's Musing's


I'm so thrilled to be a part of this incredible group of talented ladies!!  I was asked to join about a year ago by Carrie and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Especially the camaraderie of the ladies here, the way they all support each other and care about one another. And I simply adore the Tea Parties!  My only regret is not having the tine to participate as much as I’d like.  I love Colonial times because they were filled with “newness” new lands, new countries, new ideas. I love the adventure th century!  I’m anxious to return to Colonial days, so I’m warming up my time machine. I’ll meet and wildness of our nation at that time. In fact I started my writing career with books set in Colonial times, A pirate series set in the Caribbean, but then my latest releases ended up way out in the last 19 you there!

I’d love to give away a free copy (paperback or e-copy) of either of my two prior books, Veil of Pearls or Forsaken Dreams. Please leave a comment with your email to win!  And tell us why you like Colonial times. To read about the books, click on their names above.


Jennifer Hudson Taylor's Thoughts

I was delighted to join Colonial Quills two years ago and I have been so blessed to be among such wonderful authors and historical enthusiasts who share this passion with me. At the time, I was in the midst of seeing my second novel, Highland Sanctuary, release after my debut, Highland Blessings. While not colonial, these books are set in late medieval Scotland. Over the next two years, I had two novellas release and another historical novel, Path of Freedom, set in 1858 regarding a Quaker characters who help a pregnant slave couple reach freedom. This year, I will finally see my first colonial in print, For Love or Loyalty, set in 1760, book 1 in The MacGregor Legacy. Book 2 in this series is For Love or Country, set during the Revolutionary War. Thank you for being part of this exciting journey with us!



Observations from Carla Olson Gade


Has it been two years? It has sailed by! How blessed I have been to have the support and companionship of the writers from CACW and the quillers! We have a special connection cemented in our love of Colonial America - the historical era as we tell it through our stories, and many of the values which we still hold dear. I love having the resources of so many ladies with such an immense wealth of knowledge of this period with access to it it via our email loop and here on the CQ blog. What a tremendous group of talented writers, and researchers! I know I am not alone in my appreciation of our beloved Carrie for everything she does for us in promoting Colonial American Christian Fiction and our authors (even if its set in another time period ~ Carrie, you are the best!)

Since I began at CQ my debut released and recently came out as an e-book. Although its a 19th century western I hope you'll check out The Shadow Catcher's Daughter.  My novella "Carving a Future" in Colonial Courtships was my first colonial, released last fall. Pattern for Romance (Abingdon's Quilts of Love series), a colonial novel, releases this August while 'Tis the Season, a Christmas novella (set in 1820) in Mistletoe Memories releases in September. My short story, Upon a Christmas Schooner, will release (alongside Carrie's) in time for Christmas in Guidepost's A Cup of Christmas Cheer. It has been an amazing time and I look forward to seeing how our CQ authors are doing by our 3rd anniversary!  I'd like to offer 2 copies of Colonial Courtships for my giveaway, so please leave a comment below!


Susan F. Craft

I love researching for my historical novels and when I discover a fascinating piece of history I have never seen before, I call it "my treasure."  Finding and becoming a part of Colonial Quills is one of my most valuable treasures. My talented sisters in Christ, each a gem in her own right, never cease to amaze me with their knowledge and their generosity in sharing that knowledge.
I'm working on a third in the trilogy that began with The Chamomile, a Revolutionary War romantic suspense set in Charleston, SC. The second in the trilogy is Laurel, and is about the daughter of my main characters. The third, Cassia, takes place in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with lots of adventure and pirates.

The Chamomile won the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Fall 2011 Okra Pick as one of the best novels of the season. Laurel is represented by Linda Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency.

I also have a contemporary inspirational novel ready entitled Promises Kept about three couples who face and overcome almost insurmountable situations in their marriages - the death of an adult child, sudden wealth and infidelity, and impotence.

My giveaway will be a copy of The Chamomile, a packet of chamomile seeds, and a mobcap.

J. M. Hochstetler

When Carrie invited me to become a contributor to Colonial Quills, I was absolutely delighted. I was already deep into my American Patriot Series, set during the American Revolution, and I knew being part of this group devoted to everything 18th century would be loads of fun, not to mention being an excellent research resource. And so it’s turned out to be. I’m deeply grateful to Carrie for offering me the opportunity to be a part of this enterprise.

Since CQ began two years ago, the first 3 books of my series, Daughter of Liberty, Native Son, and Wind of the Spirit have been released in an awesome, newly revised Heritage Edition. Book 4, Crucible of War, expanded the series last fall, continuing Elizabeth Howard and Jonathan Carleton’s epic adventure and romance as they seek to build an enduring legacy of love, hope, faith, and freedom. I had to take a hiatus from CQ during the winter to work on Book 5, Valley of the Shadow, but I hope to return to contributing regularly later in the summer.

Thank you, Carrie and all the members of this amazing group, for 2 years of fun, fellowship, and learning as we share our passion for the 18th century with each other and with our wonderful visitors to the blog!

I’m offering a copy of one of the books in my American Patriot Series in either e-book or print edition at the winner’s choice. For more information about the series, go to www.theamericanpatriotseries.com.


Reflections From Elaine Marie Cooper




I cannot remember a time when I did not love history. I grew up in New England surrounded by the monuments and tombstones of the Colonial Patriots who fought in the American Revolution. It stirred a love in me for our country's heritage and I wanted to discover even more about the courageous men and women who fought for freedom both in the homes and on the fields of battle.

This love of history and passion for writing blended in my award-winning series called the the Deer Run Saga. Book 1 (The Road to Deer Run) begins in the American Revolution, Book 2 (The Promise of Deer Run) follows the veterans of the war who suffered from post traumatic stress, and Book 3 (The Legacy of Deer Run) follows the next generation of Americans, still keeping the country safe from its enemies. My upcoming fall release, Fields of the Fatherless, is based on a true incident that occurred on the first day of the American Revolution in my hometown.

I am giving away a copy of The Road to Deer Run to one winner today. I hope it blesses you!

And HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Colonial Quills!! I am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful group of Colonial American Christian Writers!

To read more about my Deer Run Saga, go to my website here.

Lisa Norato

Lisa, author of Prize of My Heart says: I want to say Happy Anniversary to Colonial Quills with a special huzzah! to our founder and dear Carrie. Carrie invited me to join CQ a little more than a year ago and gently coaxed me into becoming a contributor. My experience with CQ has been a blessing and a joy as I have gotten to know the talented, sweet and wonderful ladies who make up Colonial Quills. During that time, I have enjoyed and shared their enthusiasm for stories set in colonial and federal times, and I have been exposed to and have read some truly wonderful novels. CQ has also been an invaluable source for my own writing, and I am proud to be a CQer!



Cynthia Howerter joined us this past year and has an upcoming release "God's Provision in Tough Times" co-authored with La-Tan Murphy. It contains twenty-five true stories of God's provision for the seventeen authors as they experienced unemployment and financial despair.  This title releases in July, 2013, and is available for pre-order now.




 
Kathy Maher is one of our newer members.  Kathy is the debut author of best selling Civil War novella Bachelor Buttons.









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Carrie Fancett Pagels says "whodathunkit?"  Her fiction debut was with a Civil War novella pulled from a proposal with earlier-set stories.  God is so good--the novella, like Kathy's, is a best seller in Civil War on Amazon. In the past two years, Carrie headed up CQ's popular serial story A Forted Frontier Christmas, wrote two novellas, completed and polished one manuscript, completed another that  she has set aside till next fall, has written the proposal for another story, and got to enjoy hanging out with all the lovely CACW ladies. Whew! We've been especially appreciative of Joyce Lamb's inclusion of our authors' new releases on the USA Today HEA blog.  So very happy to see our group growing!  And while we miss some of our founding members we are happy that some have had to depart because of how very busy they've gotten with their writing--which is a good thing for colonial authors!

Every time I look through the posts written by this talented group of ladies I think how blessed I am that they have joined together on CQ to share really cool colonial - Early American information with our followers.  And our readers don't know this but the CACW group itself is full of prayer warriors and we've had some amazing blessings come from praying for each other!  Every author is here by invitation and has at least one colonial work. These are writers dedicated to getting their history right!



Giveaways (including those mentioned above, one book per winner) - to be eligible, please leave a comment. Tell us why you like colonial times! Signed copy of God's Provision in Tough Times, Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance (2 copies), Bachelor Buttons (2 copies), Ring of Secrets & Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, Forsaken Dreams or Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall, the winner’s choice of 1 book of the American Patriot Series by J. M. Hochstetler, Colonial Courtships by Carla Olson Gade (2 copies).

Come have a seat and enjoy the lovely cake and your choice of beverage. Are you here in character? Your comments will count DOUBLE in the drawings! Twice as much fun for our two year anniversary!

169 comments:

  1. Colonial and revolutionary reads indeed, everyone!

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    1. Thanks for coming by, David! Can I offer you a piece of your mother's squash coconut pie with some coffee? Or do you prefer English tea? (The latter may brand you as a Tory, however--I won't tell since that is what I am drinking!)

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  2. Congratulations on two years! It's a wonderful milestone. Thanks for all the great info on these books and authors. I'm adding the ones I don't have to my wish list!

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    1. Karen, we're so glad you dropped by to celebrate our anniversary. Stay for tea if you can! And we hope you enjoy the new novels you discover today. :)

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  3. Happy anniversary. How wonderful. The Colonial period has always fascinated me, so I enjoy reading books set during this era. We recently visited Disney World and took in The American Adventure at Epcot. I've seen it numerous times, but it never grows old. Thinking of how this country was founded, how independence was fought for, and about the amazing rights we have been blessed with, makes me proud to call America home.

    Best wishes to many more years of books and blogging for all of you.

    Cheryl

    ccmal(at)charter(dot)net

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    1. We second your thoughts, Cheryl! And we are so grateful for readers like you who appreciate the beginnings of America as much as CQ writers do. THANK YOU for you wonderful encouragement!

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  4. Congratulations to everyone at Colonial Quills for two wonderful years highlighting our country's colonial period! What an honor it is for me to be included in this wonderful group of gifted writers. May the next year produce an abundance of beautifully crafted articles.

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    1. Cynthia, we are SO happy to have you onboard this ship called Colonial Quills! Thank you for honoring us with your presence and your talent!

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  5. Happy Anniversary, Colonial Quills! And now I, Miss Winter Reeves, would be thrilled to accept a piece of that cake. I do have a penchant for sweets, I must say. Moving from a Patriot farm on Long Island, where such things were boycotted, to the City of New York, where imported goods were the ONLY thing to be had, was a treat in that respect...for a while. Then, oh, what I wouldn't give for an apple!

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    1. Miss Reeves, word has it that your latest missive has received incredible accolades at Publishers Weekly! Thou art a most blessed writer indeed! Hear, hear! I raise my cup of Bohea to thee!

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  6. You ladies are awesome! So many books, and so little time. I wish I could take a vacation to my favorite place - Colonial Williamsburg - and read and write while soaking up the ambiance.

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    1. Suzie, I feel your passion for Colonial Williamsburg and I pray you will get to visit there soon! In the meantime, we hope that our novels can virtually transport you back a century or two to experience the ambiance of Colonial America! Thank you for celebrating with us!

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  7. I was delighted to receive an invitation to such a premier event. Celebrating two years of Colonial Quills is a treat, indeed! I would love a piece of pie and cup of tea. It was so hot yesterday here in the south, I couldn't enjoy a cup of hot tea but this morning brings a cool breeze with overcast skies, perfect for sitting on the veranda with all you lovely ladies. Oh, I see Miss Winter Reeves is here already! I wonder if she will remember me, Abigail Jackson ;)

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    1. But of course, Mrs. Jackson! I hear you were a tremendous help to my family in the third book in our saga. ;-)

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  8. Beautiful cake! I'd love a slice please, but first I want to say Happy Anniversary to Colonial Quills with a special huzzah! to our founder and dear Carrie. Carrie invited me to join CQ a little more than a year ago and gently coaxed me into becoming a contributor. My experience with CQ has been a blessing and a joy as I have gotten to know the talented, sweet and wonderful ladies who make up Colonial Quills. During that time, I have enjoyed and shared their enthusiasm for stories set in colonial and federal times, and I have been exposed to and have read some truly wonderful novels. CQ has also been an invaluable source for my own writing, and I am proud to be a CQer!

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    1. Lisa, enjoy another slice of cake! And thank you for all you do for us at Colonial Quills. You are a blessing indeed!

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  9. What a great collection of authors! Keep up the good work. Seems like life is leading me away from the Colonial period right now, but I'll be sure to visit.

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    1. Dina, thanks for stopping by! We look forward to whenever you come back to the Colonial period. But whatever period you write in, you are a blessing!

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  10. terrific! so terrific I shall cross the Delaware! BLESSINGS GALS!

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    1. Mr. Pura! We are so honored by your presence at the party! You can cross the Delaware or traverse down the Hudson—whichever way you decide to travel to your neighbors in the south—you are always welcome. I am certain the ladies will be most exhilarated by your presence. If anyone swoons, I am certain there will be a fainting couch...somewhere. ;-)

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  11. Happy Anniversay, CQ! I'm so proud to be a part of this group of writers.

    Ebooks are huge these days, and cannot be signed. Unless something has changed I don't know about. I am giving away printable signed book covers upon request. Here's a link so you can see them. They are full color, and will have a message from me to you at the bottom. You can save them, print them, and some of my readers have framed them.

    Shoot me an email if you'd like one, or two, or three....rpkg@comcast.net

    http://ritagerlach.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_7.html

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    1. Rita, we are the blessed ones to have you in this group! :)

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  12. Happy Anniversary and congrats on making it 2 years. I haven't read colonial books as of yet but after reading inserts about these books they are now on my to read list, especially the Legacy of Deer Run but all sound interesting. I like the colonial times because the people endured hardships but they made it through with the help of each other.

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    1. Dear Sharma, I am so touched that you are drawn to "The Legacy of Deer Run!" Thank you so much and I hope it blesses you when you get a chance to read it. It recently won 2 awards: Runner-Up in Romance at 2013 LA Book Festival, and Finalist in Romance at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. I get so excited when our colonial books receive acclaim when they are side-by-side with contemporary romances! Thanks so much for your comment. There are many wonderful novels here at Colonial Quills! And you are right about our colonial ancestors enduring amazing hardships. They truly left a legacy of helping each other! Blessings, Elaine

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  13. Congratulations on your anniversary! Hope you have many more years.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. =) Enjoy the celebration!

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  14. The past two years of fellowship and fun with this group of very talented authors has blessed me so much! I want to thank Carrie again for coming up with the idea of focusing on my very favorite historical period, and then bringing it to reality.

    Yes, please, I'd love a cup of tea and cake too. Thank you so very much. It's a delight to join this pleasant company!

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    1. Joan, I would share tea and cake with you any day! So happy to have you here in this group. :)

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  15. Congrats on the two year mile stone!
    Keep up the wonderful writing ladies.
    Now off for a tall glass of ice tea,
    another hot one here in VA.
    CherylB1987@Hotmail.com

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    1. It's sweltering in MD too--let's hope that cake doesn't melt! ;-)

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  16. I am interested in Colonial times because in school I did not get a lot of history. Regret that now. I do read a little non-fiction, but prefer to get more education through fiction. Would love to have a book and Happy Birthday. The cake looks yummy.
    josieringer(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Fiction has always been my favorite way of soaking up history. =) And the ladies here offer a lot of it in their wonderful books! Enjoy the cake. ;-)

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    2. Martha,

      You are the winner of a copy of The Chamomile, a packet of chamomile seeds, and a mobcap. I email you, but haven't received a reply. Hope to hear from you soon.

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  17. Congratulations on 2 years ladies! I'm not a huge tea drinker except when I am not feeling well and then a cup of hot tea always sems to hit the spot.
    As a Northerner transplanted to the South you would think I would at least drink sweet tea (iced of course) but I'm not a huge fan.
    Like MLT mentioned I like reading about the colonial era and the whole 'newness' idea. What an amazing time to be around, the founding of a new country and all that.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Patty! I am a fellow Northerner and though I love the South, I have tried sweet tea and CANNOT get used to the sweetness either! So happy you have discovered our novels set in Colonial America. And yes, Early America was a new, exciting, dangerous, and romantic time to read about. Blessings and thanks for coming to the party!

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  18. Wow that's awesome! Congratulations! I'm probably to late but I wanted to congratulate all of you and all your books sound and look great!
    What I like best about colonial times is that they all started from nothing and made something of themselves. Lots of faith was needed to venture into new lands and prayer. God has helped us all through rough times!
    jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Welcome and you are most certainly NOT too late for the party! We are delighted you are here and please do have some lovely tea and cake.

      And yes, it certainly took faith and the Lord's guiding Hand to bring this country about. God certainly does help us through tough times. I can attest to that in my own life.

      Blessings and thanks for coming by!

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  19. Happy two years!!!! I'm so excited for you all. I love this blog!! You do such a great job and because of you I have learned so much, thank you for everything!
    historicalchristianreview(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Aw, thanks, Amber. These ladies pour their hearts into it, so it's great to hear that it's being enjoyed!

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  20. Happy 2 years! That's so exciting! This site is so cool and I love how you talk about historical books on here. Those are definitely my favorite to read. :) Glad that I found this site!

    Congrats!

    biancarachele@gmail.com

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    1. We're glad you did too! Welcome, and help yourself to some cake!

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  21. Happy 2 year anniversary by the way!I would love some cake! Do you have any sugar cake or pound? I would just love some tea for now. I would also love to be in the giveaway as well! I really need some more books for my summer reading this year! I LOVE colonial times because I just love history period. However, colonial times are one of my favorite, maybe because I love what they wore during those times and how they survived in an crowded wilderness full of Indians, wild animals, and disease. Yet they still endured. I also loved the revoltionary period during the colonial times because that is when we earned our freedom for England!
    Again. Happy annivarsary! I hope you'll have many more to come! Also thanks for the sugar cake! It was delicious! Can I take some home?
    My email: hisprincessdaughter (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Take as much cake home as you please, my dear. No shortage!

      I agree on what makes this time period so amazing--and that history in general is just so much fun! I hope you have a lovely day--thank you so much for joining our celebrations!

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  23. Happy Anniversary! I have to pass on the cake, but I couldn't miss stopping by and sending my best wishes. I really enjoy reading everyone's posts. Keep up the great work.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jessica! We're delighted to have you join us!

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  24. Congratulations on two years ladies!

    I will have a very small piece of cake with a glass of cold water with lemon. Very hot day to travel, so something cold is welcome.

    A great selection of books, some I have read
    and others are on my to read list.

    I love colonial times and how our great country got started, so I love to read christian fiction set in that time period.

    Need to run for awhile, but will pop back in later.

    Blessings, Tina
    tfrice@comcast.net

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    1. So glad you could stop by, Tina! Sweltering today, isn't it? That cold drink sounds like just the thing. I'll get myself one while I get yours. ;-)

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    2. Thank you Roseanna, I am ready for another cold drink. You are right, it is sweltering for sure.
      Blessings, Tina

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  25. (Chaplain Debbie arrives walking very slowly, yet with a huge smile on her face)
    Coffee! I need coffee!....Oh, do pardon my rudeness, but I am in desperate need of some coffee to wake myself up. I have had quite a tiring week and it seems to be catching up with me.
    What a gorgeous day! Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary, ladies, I have been truly blessed by all of your posts all this time. *yawns* Do excuse me, but my body isn't as resilient as it used to be. The cake is so pretty! Almost a shame to cut into it.
    I love colonial times. Why? Fascinating people, places....and even though I am your basic jeans and tshirt gal, I enjoy reading about what the women wore back then.
    I love your list of books! So happy for those authors and their new releases.
    Well, I am afraid that I cannot stay too long, I am in the middle of moving and it is a tedious task. I will try to stop by a bit later. Do give my best wishes to all of the CQ ladies. Hugs and God bless.

    (Chaplain Debbie exits, in hopes of returning later and more awake!)

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    1. Moving--tedious indeed! So glad you could carve out a few minutes to stop in and visit. Yours has become a beloved name around the Quill. =)

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    2. Thank you, my Dear! I do so enjoy coming by just to relax with you ladies and forget the world outside for awhile...Well, back to the grindstone!

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    3. So glad to see you here, Chaplain Debbie! I knew we could count on you. You are such a great cheerleader.

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    4. Glad I could pop in now and then. No matter how busy I get, I will always try my best to come to one of your lovely parties!

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  26. Happy Birthday CQ! Thanks for all your hard work and taking time away from your own writing to post so many wonderful articles about the 18C, and highlighting so many wonderful stories.

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    1. So glad you took time to drop by and join us for a bit, Lori, when you're deep into work on several projects and also promoting Burning Sky, which releases in August. Can't wait until we're celebrating your debut novel here at CQ--and what a terrific story it is! Readers are in for a treat!

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  27. Congrats on two years! I have always loved history! I love the descriptions of the clothing! Thanks!
    rbgillihan@gmail.com

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    1. Welcome, Beth! Do help yourself to some digital treats (calorie free, those!) and settle in for a lovely visit.

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  28. Congratulations on two years!

    A cup of hazelnut coffee, a slice of celebration cake and a good Christian read set in the Colonial era...what a great way to spend my day. I loved our visit to Colonial Williamsburg and would really enjoy going back. Life was more simple and the times were hard but if I could choose another time period to live in that would be the one.

    Thanks so much for using the talents God has blessed you with to bless so many others.
    Tammy
    Lutteach@aol.com

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    1. So glad you could join us in our celebration, Tammy! It really is a wonderful time period to immerse oneself in. Enjoy your cake, coffee, and fiction. ;-)

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  29. Happy birthday! I'd love a coconut latte to go with my cake! There's nothing better than a warm drink, great books, and your site! This history buff loves learning from you!

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    1. So glad you could join us, Kate! And that latte sounds delicious. I shall pour myself a cup as well. =)

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  30. So fun to see all the lovely comments when I got up from a three hour stretch in bed. But now it is back to bed with me again. Will pop by again tonight and hope to catch up.

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    1. THANKS everyone who has come by so far! And stay well!!!

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  31. Thank you for the lovely cake. I'll just take ice water with lemon on such a hot day. Happy Anniversary! Thanks for inviting me to your celebration.

    I have always loved history and imagining how people felt as they were living what is history to us now. My particular interest is Colonial America and the Revolutionary War era. For 5 years I gave tours in Colonial Williamsburg to groups - most ofter middle school classes on field trips. Surely that fueled my interest. Enjoy the party!

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    1. Oh, Cindy, what a privilege to give tours in Williamsburg! How could you not gain great appreciation for our history when you spent time at such an amazing place? I so envy you! I've only been there once, but hope to return someday. Thank you so much for dropping by and joining our party!

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    2. Cindy, Awesome to see you here!!! Thanks so much for coming by. You and I need to go out to CW together sometime or Jamestowne! Blessings!

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  32. Happy Two Year Anniversary! That cake looks delicious, so I'll take a slice. Enjoy the day everyone!

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    1. Thank you so much, Marian! We're delighted you stopped by. Here's your slice of cake, and may I serve you some tea to go along with it?

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    2. Oh, my, the cake looks superb. I'll have a slice...and one to go, please! Congratulations on your two years of writing and sharing Colonial stories! Brightest blessings to each of you. Joy Ross Davis

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  33. Congratulations ladies. Ya'll are the hardest working writers I know. I'll gladly take a piece of cake and some punch, too.

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    1. Cake and punch it is, Lisa. Thank you for stopping by to join our celebration! Let me pull up a chair for you. Do stay a while and cool yourself on this warm day.

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  34. Yay!!! A huge Huzzah for Colonial Quills and all the lovely ladies who have become my good friends! What an accomplishment! I am so thrilled and honored to be counted among theses quillers. And boy, do these ladies know how to throw a party! I'd love some cake, though I may have to have my maid loosen my stays a bit! LOL. And did someone mention coconut latte?? Sounds perfect! Blessings to all!!! I'm off to mingle. :-)

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    1. Oh, MaryLu, we're honored indeed to have you as a part of our fellowship! Thank you so much for popping in. Let me hand you that slice of cake, and if betides it becomes necessary for your maid to ... um ... attend to your comfort, shall we say, there's a lovely bedchamber through those doors that will afford the needed privacy. More than one of us has already availed ourselves of it, I confess. Another coconut latte is on the way, and I do believe I'll try one myself. The aroma is simply too luscious!

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    3. Thank you so much, Joan! I must say that if I continue to attend these parties, my tailor will have to make an entire new wardrobe for me! LOL.

      Leaning toward Debbie, Aye, it be good to be seein' ye here, Chappy. Ye do look a bit tired. Perhaps another cup o' coffee would do the trick. I'll cover fer ye if ye needs t' get back to yer duties. ;-)

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  35. Oh that cake looks just divine! I believe I would love a piece.
    Happy two wonderful years to a fantastic group of women! What a God blessed talented group you are! Ya'll have just made my weeks and days of reading here a pure joy. I have learned so much and made many new friends. I think ya'll need extra credit just for the history I have learned thru here alone! High school history class doesn't stand a chance against the depth of ya'll's knowledge. :)
    I believe I will sit a spell and chat. First off though *raising my mint julep*(was that even around yet???) Here's to another 22 years and more!!
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    2. Wow, still partying? YOu ladies know how to have fun! I had forgotten to mention why I like the colonial era. Well, to be truthful I love any era before mine! I do love knowing how we all started here in this vast land, so that probably is a good reason. :)

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  36. Thank you so much for your kind words, Susan! Yes, and please do have a piece of cake! We are so glad for readers like you. Thank you for the cheers. I read that the mint julep was around since at least 1803, so that's almost colonial! ;)

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  37. What a wonderful tea party and a pleasure to be part of the Colonial Quills and CACW charter! I am accompanied by several friends of mine that you all helped encourage into being: Constance & Nathaniel from 1753 Connecticut (Colonial Courtships), Eliana & Yiska from 1872 Colorado (The Shadow Catcher's Daughter), Hounour & Joshua from 1769 Boston (Pattern for Romance), and Annaliese & Stephan from 1820 Schooley's Mt. NJ (Mistletoe Memories). I trust there is enough of that virtual cake to go around! You all mean the world to me! ❤

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  38. Carrie--sorry to hear you are under the weather--hope a little tea & cake & encouragement help! I can only check in real quick--hate to grab & run, but have to check out of the hotel & head to the airport...Maybe I can get a chance to check in again later, but in the meantime, thanks for a little nourishment and add me to the contests please!
    Vicki
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  39. To all your readers of CQ and our books: we appreciate you all so very much!

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  40. Laura AKA Loves 2 Read RomanceMay 31, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Hi everyone! I saw a link on facebook and thought I would check out the party. I always have loved historical romance since there are so many different time periods to choose from. I haven't read any colonial times recently but I love reading how this country got started plus the women's fashion. All the books mentioned above sound great and I will have to check a few out. Could someone please pass me a piece of that yummy looking cake?

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  41. I've always been facinated with this time period. I had several ancesters that fought for the counrty's freedom in the Revolution. I'm very proud of that fact. Would love to win the package!

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  42. I love learning about history and reading books set in that time! :) thanks for the opportunity to win... But even if I don't I just saw some great books to add to my TBR pile :) Congrats on 2 years!

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  43. Congratulations Quillers! Two years of super posts and successes!
    Thank you for allowing me to join the ranks and celebrate with you. I'm home and ready for some cake!

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  44. Congratulations! So happy for you. I am now pleased to meet yet another author whom I have never heard about before! All of your books look wonderful and I surely look forward in time to reading all of them . I, too, love the Colonial period and have always wanted to dress up like them and get a picture in their gowns. Maybe someday at Cedar Point in Ohio I can do that and not put it off anymore. I love historical romance. I would so love to win your package too! Please do consider me. Ever grateful, Mary Lou Kwiatkowski flowersmarylou85@gmail.com
    I also would like the printed copy if I win because I do not have an E reader yet. I am hoping....and "fingers crossed"!!!!

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  45. SWEET BISCUITS AND TEA, LADIES, WHAT A COLLECTION OF FABULOUS AUTHORS ON THIS BLOG!!! Almost makes me want to write Colonial so I could badger Carrie into letting me join the fun!!

    LOVE this blog, LOVE the authors, and LOVE the gal who started it all!! I honestly don't know how you do it all, Carrie, but you do and SO beautifully!!

    This is a wonderful party, although I must respectfully decline the squash coconut pie as neither appeals, but if you have any peach cobbler, I'll take it warm with cream. ;)

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, LADIES, ON A TRULY WONDERFUL AND UNIQUE BLOG!!

    Hugs,
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    1. Thanks so much, Julie!!! We are so blessed. I cannot possibly do it all. Have been in bed sick most of the day but the wonderful CQ contributors have been wonderful as have the guests. So great to see you here. You always cheer me up, Julie!!! Methinks I'll be back in bed again shortly. Hugs!!!

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  46. Wow, this is incredible what you have been able to do. I love any genre of literature that I can get my hands on.

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  47. OK, I had another blonde moment. They are becoming more frequent lately...ahem! I thought the party was tonight from 7-10 so I'm REALLY late and I DO apologize! :( Missed all the delish refreshments, but I didn't miss telling the Quillers HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! So many talented authors here it's almost overwhelming. And I have had the distinct pleasure of reading most of these authors' books. What a blessing! A wonderful blog and again, Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Have some Shepherd's pie, Diana, and some of the lovely cake! We've loved having you on as an honored guest and take your rocking chair right there by the table! Welcome!

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    2. I love Shepherd's pie and thank you for fluffing up my goose down cushion, Carrie. Ahhh...this chair feels great after today's labors. CQs...my home away from home. :)

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  48. Wow, what a collection of wonderful authors! I have already enjoyed a few of the new releases and hope to try the rest of them too! The cake looks delicious ;)

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    1. Kim, so nice of you to drop in. We are blessed with such talent here, and the dedication to historical accuracy is stellar. Allow me to serve you a slice of that delicious cake. :D

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  49. Thank you, Kim! So glad to hear that you have read some of our author's books. Enjoy the cake!

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  50. Congratulations on your anniversary! The cake is lovely.
    I've read books by several of your contributing authors. It is guaranteed I will learn more about history when I read books by these authors. I don't really favor the colonial time period over other times in history (sorry, just being honest!) but do find it interesting to learn about how life was when our country was just beginning. Thanks for all the research you do to make the books as accurate as possible. I also appreciate the faith elements in your books.

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  51. Are we suppose to post here or on the facebook page?

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  52. Special congratulations to Rita and Roseanna on their new fiction releases!

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  53. Happy Anniversary Colonial Quills. You are new to me so I enjoyed looking around your page. As a history teacher, I love the colonial period, probably because when I was a young adult I read some books set in colonial America and loved them. One was the Sherwood Ring, but I can't remember the others. Too long ago. That cake looks great too!

    elainecsc@aol.com

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  54. It is 10 pm in Maryland. I was out most of the day, but oh what wonderful comments. Much love to all of you.

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  55. Slipping in VERY late for a wave and smile before I dash off to greet family flying in. (Not very 18c, that ... :-D These modern conveyances ...) What a wonderful party! Thank you again, Carrie dear (and my fellow Quillers) for inviting me and the warm welcome! Looking forward to participating more fullyin the future! <3 <3 <3

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  56. Congratulations to all of you who have new releases this year, and to Carrie for her hard work. Wishing you all the best in the year to come!

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  57. What a rich heritage and treasure you ladies, all of you, are offering us! I have loved every book I've been able to read. The meticulous research and fascinating stories have give me much pleasure and whetted my appetite to finish my WIP.

    Thank you for these offerings and for your dedication to the era and the writing.

    Grace and peace to all of you.

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  58. Well, folks! Thank you all for coming to the party! It sure was a great celebration. Cheers and a big Huzzah to you all!

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  59. Congratulations on your second anniversary!!

    I'll take a cup of tea with my history thank you. I've always been interested in history & love historical reads.

    I've added to my reading list today thanks.

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  60. Wow! Congratulations on the two years! I enjoy reading he posts and learning more about history for the authors that post. I also like hearing about upcoming releases from Christian authors. I enjoy the opportunities (like this one!) to enter in giveaways and discover their talents (like Roseanna White's :D)!! Thank you for the posts, giveaways, and information!

    From a grateful reader,
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    1. I'm sorry! I forgot to mention why I so enjoy the Colonial time period. If you would be so kind as to pass me a cup of chai tea, I would be happy to explain.

      I enjoy reading from authors in this time period because I find that I learn a lot of history in the books. I learn about the cultures, customs, historical events, historical figures, and get a glimpse into the past and learn the idealogy of the time and the way they people thought in that era. This is especially true for Roseanna White's books. Writing a historical fiction book is more than simply taking a story and putting the characters in a certain kind of dress and putting them in a ballroom instead of a party hall. Most authors do a good job in conveying the time period and some of the major events of the day. Enough to give you a good feel for the setting. But White captures the culture with her words and takes you to the setting. She doesn't just incorporate the history into her fictional story, she weaves her story around the rich history of that day. With her talented pen (and others), you learn so much and gain a much better understanding of the past.

      Thanks for the hard work put into the blog!

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    2. Awwww. =) Thanks so much for those words! You'll find these other ladies here do that every bit as much as I do--I often read their books and think, "Now THAT'S what a book should be!" ;-)

      So glad you could stop by our party!!

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    3. You're welcome; you more than deserve any compliments and praise you receive. Your books, Roseanna White books, are always written in a wonderfully refreshing style with deep historical context and Christian meaning. The storyline is complex, believable, and detailed (which is awesome because I love details!).

      Though I have not had the opportunity to read a book by all of the authors here (sadly), I have read some of their works. Each time, the book contains a delightful and lovely story and the author always does a good job with the setting and historical context. The authors here always do a lovely job at writing a good, pleasant book. Colonial Quills is a unique blog with many talented authors.

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  61. Hello Ladies. Sorry but I was late getting my invitation. Good to see so many friends here, Such a crowd. Congratulations on your 2nd Anniversary. Time sure passes fast. Lovely gifts you are having. Hope I might be lucky today. (And, too slow typing.) I would love to have some coffee and cake. Then I must run. Been trying to find me a car to meet my money. Collided my car into a curb and they totaled it. Wish me good luck in finding a good one. Thanks to all of you CQ girls for the lovely party. Ms. Maxie all of the way from Texas. mac262(at)me(dot0com

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  62. I like the Colonial period because I love learning about our nation's history! That time period seems so different from now. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  63. I am quite late to the party ( I am currently out of town for my brothers wedding tomorrow!l but I had to stop by and check out what was going on. I must say that I truly appreciate the many blessings you all share with so many readers (myself included) and am thankful to the Lord for helping become connected with most of you. I really enjoyed reading the various articles in this post today. I am a history lover so what I love most about colonial times is uniqueness of that time period and imagining what it must have been like to live during that time. Was life simpler? More peaceful? I wonder...

    Also, if I am not too late I would love to be included in any of the giveaways. :-)

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  64. Huzzah and Happy 2nd Anniversary to all the authors at Colonial Quills. The cake was was as beautiful as it was tasty. You are doing such a great job here! I'm never disappointed when I visit and always learn something new. Keep up the good work!

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  65. Tea time ..how can another year have slipped by so soon? You ladies have so much fun that time just does not stand still....
    I may not always comment but visit from time to time and am quite proud of your work, you ladies make learning about history so interesting.
    one book stands out "Prize of My Heart" and indeed this blog is quite a prize to open and turn the pages..
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  66. Hi Carrie, did I hear you say "tea party"? I love Earl Grey and English Breakfast tea. Happy anniversary. My middle daughter was born in Williamsburg. Love colonial towns. RHONDA
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  67. I have really enjoyed Colonial Quills over the last several months. Your blog is always interesting and fun. I learn so many new things and love the stories. Thank you for your time and research. I love tea time, also. I would love to have a cup of Earl Grey with a piece of your lovely cake.
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  68. Black tea - Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Assam -it's all delicious! Must have at least one cup a day, if not three. It's exciting to see a few books here that I'd not heard of before - I shall have to get to work!

    I simply love the history, from the fashions to the recipes to the events that helped define our nation. I got hooked young, with American Girl (Felicity) books and others.

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  69. Happy Anniversary. I enjoy reading the posts on this blog. I am also a history fan so these books appeal to me. Thank you for the giveaways.

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  70. Happy anniversary. Hitting these milestones is always fabulous!

    Blessings,
    Andrea

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  71. Forgot to leave my email address. :)

    andrearenee2004@yahoo.com

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  72. Happy Anniversary! No need to enter me for a giveaway, I just wanted to pop by and say Congrats!!!

    Blessings, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)

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  73. a wonderful posting...I love history :)

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  74. Congradulations on 2 years ! I love old fashioned things, just the colonial way of life, perhaps slower but more work. One never went to bed unable to sleep. These books all look so good. Please enter me. I see more new authors I have never read.
    Many more years of blessings to you.
    Linda Finn
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  75. Carrie I forgot to answer the question. I love reading these books because they are interesting(not so in school) and I've learned many new things about our history. Girls, keep up the good work. MAXIE

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  76. Congrats on 2 year anniversary.
    I think I prefer Colonial times I love the dress and fashion of that era . thanks for the party

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  77. Greetings ladies, how do you all fare? Pray, pardon me for arriving so tardy.. I do hope it's alright to sit a spell in the shade and enjoy a little of what's left of that delicious looking cake and have a drop of tea?

    I love all Colonial era's... there's just something incredibly romantic about forging a nation with each other, all striving together. The forever changing fashion is equally fascinating! CONGRATULATIONS on your 2nd Anniversary!!!

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  78. Happy Anniversary! =)

    I really enjoy books set in the Colonial times, such a interesting time in our history!

    Melissa @ My recent favorite books

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  79. Thank you for stopping by, Melissa. We are glad to know that you enjoy colonial period books! It was, indeed, a fascinating time!

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  80. Winners names are posted at the top of the blog and will be notified through email.

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  81. Happy, Happy, Anniversary !! I would linger longer but have to make a quick getaway out of town due to a death in the family.
    Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
    Janet E.
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