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Tea Party Winners: Carla Gade's winner is Becky Dempsey, Andrea Boeshaar's winner Caryl Kane, Gina Welborn's winner Jasmine A., Carrie Fancett Pagels' winners book copy -- Lynda Edwards, teacup and saucer -- Wendy Shoults

Friday, October 11, 2013

Tea Party for October Releases - Elaine Marie Cooper and Tamera Lynn Kraft

Buckman Tavern
Welcome to the Colonial Quills Tea Party to celebrate Elaine's October release, Fields of the Fatherless and Tamera's release, Soldier’s Heart. Today we are gathering at the historic Buckman Tavern in Lexington, Massachusetts. Built in 1690, this tavern was the favorite gathering place for the local militia in 1775 when they practiced on the Lexington green in preparation for war.

The interior of this tavern remains much as it did in 1775, when the first shots of the American Revolution were fired nearby. The historic front door is on display here, complete with a bullet hole—possibly from a British musket!

In keeping with the attitudes of the Colonial Patriots of 1775, some of you may prefer coffee rather than tea! Let your server know. But do join us as we serve some delightful coffee with fresh cream (if you so desire) or tea, gingerbread, and blueberry scones.

About Elaine's new historical:

Fields of the Fatherless
Fields of the Fatherless by Elaine Marie Cooper

In the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, eighteen-year-old Betsy Russell of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by the British troops. Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land—yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take their land as well?

Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems almost a certainty. Jason desperately wants to protect his family—his wife, children and grandchildren—and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst. But not even the American militia could have predicted the bloody massacre that was about to occur—right on the Russells’ doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the colonists endangered? (Based on a true story.)

When I was a young girl living in Arlington, Massachusetts, my brother and I walked by the Jason Russell House on the way to school. Like most older brothers, Bob enjoyed scaring me. As we approached the house on the corner, he’d say in his most frightening tone, “There’s blood on the floor in there, you know.”
I was a bit unnerved, but mostly I was curious.
What had happened there? And why was there a sign that said it was a historical landmark?
I knew there must be a story. But I didn’t learn—until I became an adult—the full depth of the tragedy that occurred there. 
It is such an honor to be able to tell this story of my hometown during the American Revolution. While everyone knows about Lexington and Concord, few have ever heard about the battle of Menotomy Village (the original name for "Arlington"). Yet more troops—both militia and Redcoats—were killed in my hometown on that first day of war than anywhere else.
It was a story that begged to be told. And I am most grateful that I get to be the storyteller.
Elaine Marie Cooper
Bio: Elaine Marie Cooper is the author of The Road to Deer Run, The Promise of Deer Run and The Legacy of Deer Run. Her passions are her family, her faith in Christ and the history of the American Revolution, a frequent subject of her historical fiction. She grew up in Massachusetts, the setting for many of her novels.



We're also celebrating Tamera Lynn Kraft's debut fiction release. Tammy is a newer member of CACW and CQ.

Soldier’s Heart also released in October.
 Short blurb: 
After returning home from the Civil War, will his soldier’s heart come between them?
Noah Andrews, a soldier with the Ohio Seventh Regiment can’t wait to get home now that his three year enlistment is coming to an end. He plans to start a new life with his young wife. Molly was only sixteen when she married her hero husband. She prayed every day for him to return home safe and take over the burden of running a farm.
 But they can’t keep the war from following Noah home. Can they build a life together when his soldier’s heart comes between them?

Soldier’s Heart is available in e-book from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Reader, and Barnes & Noble Nook. It will also be available in paperback in the future.

Tamera Lynn Kraft




Bio: Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction because there are so many stories in history. Tamera has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.
You can contact Tamera online at these sites:Website: http://tameralynnkraft.net




Giveaways:  Elaine is giving away a copy of Fields of the Fatherless to one of our readers. To be in the drawing, just leave a comment with your e-mail address and answer Elaine's question: Have you ever heard of Menotomy Village and its role in the Revolution before reading this post? And have you ever visited any historic sites in Massachusetts?

We also have a giveaway of Tammy's ebook.  Leave your email address.

And we have a little gift bag for one of our winners with a cute floral jewelry or pill box, money Colonial currency--reproduction!) and an adorable little colonial Gentry couple! Tell us why you visit CQ to enter that giveaway.

107 comments:

  1. Welcome, all, to the Buckman Tavern for our coffee/tea Party! Betsy Russell, here, and I am delighted to make your acquaintance! I have managed to slip away from my family home in Menotomy to visit with all of our lovely guests. Do sit down and have a scone or gingerbread. I am brewing up some coffee—tea is forbidden you know—but perhaps I might find a small stash of tea to brew in the backroom if you cannot abide the coffee. But please do not tell anyone that we are serving Tory tea. ;-)

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    1. Yes, shh, Mrs. Russell, I've brewed a pot of gunpowder tea for those who'd like some. They simply need to inquire very softly and I shall bring the teapot around!

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    2. Oh, Lovely, Mrs. Pagels! It shall be our secret! And I must beg your forgiveness in not introducing myself properly. I am Miss Betsy Russell, daughter of Jason and Elizabeth Russell. I am terribly sorry to have caused confusion. I believe I am somewhat nervous, what with the gunpowder tea being brewed and all. One never knows when a neighborhood committee man might appear...

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    3. Hi, Betsy. This is Mary Warren from Ashfield. I've brought my great-great-great-great granddaughter, Carolyn, along to meet you. We would love to share some of your tea and scones. Thank you for inviting us to this most delightful party. We thoroughly loved "Fields of the Fatherless". It tells the story of the battle in Menotomy so well, we felt that we were with you. Thank you so much for sharing your story and giving many generations a glimpse into the horror of a war that occurs on your own land.

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    4. Hello, Mrs. Warren, I am delighted to have you here with your sweet granddaughter! And thank you for the kind words about my painful memories. 'Twas a day none of us shall forget. I am so pleased that you were captured by my tale in "Fields of the Fatherless." I am certain my scribe will be pleased as well. :) Thank you so much for stopping by and please rest a bit whilst you enjoy a scone and some tea...er...coffee. ;-)

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  2. What a delightful party for two of our fine scribes. I must say, ladies, I read each of your stories and I was deeply moved by the heroic journeys of each of your characters, both going from fear to triumph through faith and help form their communities. Well done! I hope this is a wonderful turnout for you both today. Heartfelt congratulations to Tamera and Elaine.

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    1. Hello, Kathleen! So happy to have you join the party and I am so very blessed that Tamera's tale and my own have blessed you! I am deeply grateful and hope you can stay for some refreshment!

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    2. Thanks, Kathleen. I'm so glad you liked Elaine and my stories. I can't wait to read Elaine's.

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  3. Good morn, ladies! I'm Elizabeth Howard, and since Lexington is so close to my home in Boston, I simply had to join this lovely company today. I do believe I'll have one of those delectable scones and a cup of that wonderful gunpowder tea, Ms. Russell. My role as a spy, courier, and smuggler for the Sons of Liberty does allow me to indulge in drinking tea, as drinking coffee might actually place me under suspicion!

    On that fearful day recounted in Fields of the Fatherless, I spent some anxious hours in this very tavern waiting for General Gage's troops to appear. Unlike today, of course, I was in masculine dress at the time, and I spent some anxious hours here at Buckman tavern waiting for General Gage's troops to pass through on their march to Concord. None of us knew what might happen, but I ended up fighting with my uncle and cousins on the British retreat to Boston, and well remember the horrors you and the residents of Menotomy experienced, Ms. Russell! It was a day none of us will forget, and I know you'll agree that it changed us all forever.

    Ms. Kraft, Soldier's Heart also sounds quite intriguing, and I will have to seek it out as well. I already have much experience of the difficulties soldiers experience on returning home, both in relation to myself and to my fiance, General Jonathan Carleton. As your story is set quite after my time, it will be quite educational, to be sure! Congratulations to both of you ladies on your new releases!

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    1. My dear Miss Howard, how incredibly brave of you to act as a spy for our brave militia! I fear I would not have had your courage! Thank you for helping our cause under such frightening circumstances. And yes, none of us shall ever be the same after that fateful day in April. Please do sit for some refreshment. I pray it shall serve as a welcome respite from your distress.

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    2. Dear Ms. Russell, thank you so much for the refreshments. They are quite restorative. I can tell we are indeed kindred spirits, and your story tugs at my heart! We, and Ms. Kraft as well, must spend some time visiting and sharing our hearts. Do sit here beside me. Bless both of you ladies, and I pray your stories meet with great success!

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    3. Honey for your gunpowder tea? Also, I have some lovely fresh roast venison with potatoes and carrots!

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    4. Miss Howard, I understand your penchant for tea. I too drink tea, but I'm still very patriotic. You're very brave being a spy. I believe soldier's heart has always been around, although it wasn't talked about as much in the Revolution as during the War between the States.

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    5. Mrs. Pagels, I am famished and would love some of your delightful victuals! And Tamera, I very much look forward to reading "Soldiers' Heart." Yes, PTSD for soldiers has been around as long as there have been wars. My main character in "The Promise of Deer Run" suffered from it after serving in the Revolutionary War. At least now, they understand it and try to help our brave soldiers recover from it.

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    6. Sounds like a great story, Elaine. The Promise of Deer Run is now on my TBR list as well.

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  4. I love the idea of a tea (or coffee) party at an old tavern! I visited your blog to support my fellow writer and friend, Tamera Kraft, for her debut novel. Looking forward to reading Soldiers' Heart!

    Sandra Merville Hart

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    1. Sandra, welcome to our tea (coffee) party! And we are quite excited about Tamera's release, "Soldier's Heart." I am also looking forward to reading this touching story that tugs at one's heartstrings. Thank you for visiting!

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    2. Tea or coffee. Just whisper if you want tea!

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    3. Thanks so much, Sandra. Welcome and have a cup of tea.. or coffee. I'm looking forward to what you think of Soldier's Heart.

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    4. And we are VERY glad you decided to visit CQ because of Tammy, SANDRA!!!

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  5. Good morning, ladies, and congratulations to both of you on your new publications.
    I can't stay for coffee or gingerbread as I have an appointment in Richmond. I found Fields of the Fatherless a powerful page turner. I'm looking forward to Soldier's Heart, though it may be difficult for me to read since it hits close to home. I hope you have many visitors today.

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    1. So sorry you cannot stay for some gingerbread and coffee, Janet, but we are so blessed that you stopped by to say "hello!" And thank you for your kind words. :) Have a blessed day in Richmond!

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    2. Praying your carriage meets no impediments enroute, Mrs. Grunst!

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    3. Thanks for stopping by, Janet. I do hope you enjoy Soldier's Heart. Have a great time in Richmond.

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  6. Good morning ladies! I'm so excited about these two releases, and I'm thrilled to be invited to this marvelous tea party. Though, I'm wondering if you are offering any chocolate this morning for me to enjoy with your delicious gingerbread?

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    1. Miss Perry, I see that you are a woman after my chocolate-loving heart! I shall find my hidden stash and share it with you forthwith! And welcome to the party, however, I must ask that you pretend that your tea is really coffee—just in case any gentleman should inquire... ;-)

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    2. Sugar and cream with your gunpowder tea, er I mean coffee? Also, I have some lovely fresh roast venison with potatoes and carrots!

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    3. I'm with you, Amber. Some hot chocolate would be lovely. Fortunately there's no tax on chocolate.

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  7. No I have never heard of it before. angelachesnut246(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Angela, I am delighted that this blog has been informative about an amazing event in our history! Thank you for stopping by and you will be entered in our drawing. :)

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  8. I am enjoying this visit and the next one where I will replace my avatar and explore this inn and area in person!

    I know you are both going to have great successes with these stories and they will both entertain and touch people's hearts! I made scones yesterday so I will just stick to coffee today. One must watch their waistline or it means having to alter some clothing! And I am far too busy with my quill to sew new stays!

    Welcome Tamera!

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    1. I completely understand your "sewing" concern, Debra! New stays are such a bother! Do sit a bit for some coffee and relax from your hard work with the quill.

      And I hope that you share about your visit to this lovely tavern! We would love to read about your personal impressions. Have a delightful time!

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  9. What a delightful "coffee" party! I must say that this Buckman Tavern is quite splendid. Just look at those draperies!
    Congratulations to Tamera and Elaine. Both of the books look wonderful, and I will add them to my TBR list. I do love historical fiction!
    Great job, everyone! Joy Ross Davis jessarb@aol.com

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    1. It is splendid, Joy, and we are so blessed to have our party here! And thank you for your kind congratulations—we are honored by your words. Do enjoy some coffee, if you like. I do believe that Mrs. Pagels has a unique "coffee" blend in her teapot as well... ;-)

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    2. Thank you, Joy. I'm enjoying the Buckman Tavern as well.

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  10. Miss Cooper! You must forgive my blunder. I meant to inquire after some chocolate for drinking (didn't they drink "hot chocolate" then? I might be wrong...) because I am most definitely not a tea drinker--I'm a Whig and not afraid to say it. ;)
    Again, so excited for you both! Congratulations on your marvelous stories!!

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    1. Oh, yes, Miss Perry, forgive my misunderstanding! We certainly have a bit of the chocolate for a warm brew as well, although 'tis getting more difficult these days to obtain from Boston. But I believe my brother might have a small supply in his store in Menotomy. And I am delighted that you are unafraid to pronounce your Patriotic loyalties! Hear, hear!

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    2. I shall bring some around forthwith Mrs. Perry and will even give you a cloud of whipped cream atop!

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  11. Enjoyed reading your article. I am sorry to say I know very little about this period in America's history. the book sounds interesting and I would love to read it.
    JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. We are delighted you joined our merry party, Joye! And we will be happy to enter you in the drawing for one of these books. Our American history is filled with stories of bravery and sacrifice. I know you will be blessed!

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  12. 'Tis the nooning hour and we have some lovely fresh roast venison with potatoes and carrots to serve for our guests who have a bit of an appetite. Any takers?

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    1. Venison and potatoes sound lovely. You do know how to take care of your guests.

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    2. Yes, she does, Tamera! Mrs. Pagels, I am holding my empty trencher in anticipation of your generous offering!

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    3. Waves to Tamera... Hello Dear ... I have your book loaded on my kindle and am so looking forward to reading it very soon... I feel like time just must be flying right on by us.... Civil war, Revolutionary ....Oh my, I can hardly keep up.... Venison Carrie now that is totally divine Dear ! I was just telling my Dear Husband that we needed to secure some for the deep freeze and be set for winters coming... Dear friend, I have told the children your giving away money and they are so delighted to think that we may get actual things of value to hold and learn from in our studies... They do so like it when I win things that are good for everyone... Mind you , you know where my chocolate went from the pink box !!!! lol But be assured I am the only one allowed to use my cup, my washcloth and my bath puff ! Speaking of Vittles , well my dears I must run down and speak to to the cook and make sure that tonights supper fixings are underway.... I have so enjoyed our afternoon and look forward to more in the very near future ...

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    4. Thank you so much, Linda. I have enjoyed the warm reception.

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  13. Afternoon ladies,
    Popping in for some light lunch of those wonderful blueberry scones and that, shh, tea.
    Along with visiting you lovely ladies.

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    Congratulations on your new books ladies. I love to read historical christian fiction.
    I have never heard of Menotomy Village or its role in the Revolution.
    It is my dream to one day visit Massachusetts and the historical sites there.

    Blessings,Tina Rice
    tfrice@comcast.net

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    1. Tina, we are SO delighted that you've come by! "Tis not surprising that you've not heard of Menotomy Village before as the story of my hometown has lain dormant for so many years. It does not help that the town became known as "West Cambridge" for a time, then (after the Civil War) was renamed "Arlington" after the National Cemetery. I hope that, one day, you can visit the MANY historic sites in my home state of Massachusetts. If you visit the Jason Russell House in Arlington next Patriot's Day (in April), I will be there signing books. :) You will be entered in the drawing, Tina!

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    2. Elaine, I would love to visit in April and meet you, but I don't drive and would need someone to bring me. Will see if I can get someone to bring me.
      Thanks for entering me in the contest.
      Blessings,Tina

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  14. Hot chocolate and whipped cream for me as well, please.

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    1. Aren't these blue and white china cups adorable? Here you are ladies--enjoy!

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  15. (Chaplain Debbie enters, searching for Miss Russell.......)

    Good day lovely people, I am so sorry to be tardy to this lovely party. Dear Miss Russell, I've not just come to simply enjoy the party. I've also come to tell you how brave you are! I have heard your story and it simply made my heart faint and then it gave me a new lease on life. Very inspiring and yet so sad because of all the devastation an loss. You have had to deal with so much more than a girl of your young age should ever have to deal with in a lifetime. I wish to give you a hug and praise God that you are alright. I just know that your future will be bright and joyful!

    Congrats on the release, Elaine, Fields of the Fatherless is a wonderful book and I truly loved reading it. Even though I read the PDF already, I would love to win a signed copy of the actual book! So please put my name in the hat!

    Congrats to Tamera as well! I have yet to read your contribution to the Cry of Freedom series. It does sound very interesting.

    Well, this Chaplain is a bit tired, so I think I will sit down and enjoy some nice hot coffee with some of those delicious scones. I do pray that both you ladies do well with your releases!

    debsbunch5[at]jesusanswers[dot]com

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    1. Thank you for such kindness, Chaplain Debbie. My faith in God has been strengthened in my weakness. Pray, how does anyone survive the torments of this life without the Mighty hand of God carrying us through?.
      I am so grateful for His love. Bless you!

      Debbie, your name will definitely be put in the "hat" to win one of our books! I know you are so busy and Tamera and I are honored that you would take the time to come by. It's always such a pleasure to "see" you! May the Lord refresh you in your busy life. :)

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    2. Thank you so much, Elaine! I try not to miss any of these great tea parties, even if I can only drop in here and there. My head is still spinning from all the excitement of having two new grandbabies join our family within the past two weeks! A little girl and a little boy! Things should start calming down now and get back to normal.....whatever that is. :) Hugs and God bless!

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    3. Thank you so much, Chaplain Debbie. I'm so glad you stopped by.

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    4. TWO grand babies? Felicitations to you Mrs. Mitchell! I shall bring you round some victuals to fortify you!

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  16. I had not ever heard of it before now. Grew up in Upstate NY so the only historical places I have been are here in NY or the Bennington Battle Monument in VT and a few smaller places in NH. Although my out loves , live in MA in Belchertown. I would love to read both books , Carrie the sweet things you choose are lovely too. I think I shall stay and have a spot of tea... Carrie, I sorta sent you lots of recipies via pinterest for your tea parties ! Hope I didn't over load you with those and pictures ? smile
    Blessings to you fine ladies
    Linda
    faithfulacres7@gmail.com
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    1. Welcome, Linda! Many have never heard of the Battle of Menotomy so you are definitely in the majority! I would love to visit the historic sites in your area—I've not had the pleasure before.

      Do sit any enjoy some of Carrie's "Unusual Coffee" in her teapot. ;-) And we'll be delighted to enter you in our drawings! Blessings to you, Linda.

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    2. LINDA!!! Great to see you here! Oops, we colonial types are supposed to be a tad more sedate! Must check out the special Pin cushion you refer to as we always love new receipts for cooking! :)

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    3. Hey, Elaine we share a middle name, how sweet, I just noticed this... Here when I was growing up we went to Fort Ontario in Oswego NY, Fort Stanwix in Rome NY, the Erie Canal Village in Rome and Oh let see there is the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn NY and Seward Mansion in Auburn also... There is a Salt Museme in Liverpool NY at Fort Saint Marie I think it is called. Of course the Canal runs from Albany to Buffalo and there is probably alot more that I have never seen myself, but Kathleen Maher from Elmira area knows all about her neck of the woods... CARRIE !!! All that jumping and hollaring my name, we I feel downright honored your happy to see me today ! Elaine she is usually a bit more composed ! That RA must not be bugging you today as much as it has... I can relate all to well though Sister ! Unusual Coffee...dear, what kind of coffee are we having ? I serve Creamy Carmel , Jamacin Me Crazy or Carmel Capachino !

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    4. Giggling... I have six grandbabies, but I don't dare take them more then one at a time, less their mammas are here to help me ! Still have three of my own at home that I homeschool...wooooo !!! Talk about Tired ! Elaine Dear, Call me totally dense, It dawned on me that as I saw the cover for Fields of the Fatherless, that you are the same dear heart that wrote Deer Run... I must be doing too much or my petticoats are too long, I am tripping over things and not comprehending it all... I know Carrie its that dadvern new corset under this dress that is not allowing enough oxygen to the brain ! Next time I am sewing my own and my own dresses.....smile Well I am just flushed and red as a cherry ! ( Lin, fans her face with her lacy white fan ) DH Mark says I must take it easy.... Did you know that I was once asked to sew Reenactment Clothing , I was, right there in the middle of this Mercantile they call Walmarts several years ago... A couple passed me and the man came back , dragging his poor wife to me, saying Excuse me.... but did you make your dress ? Well I surely had and though it was but a denim peasant day dress, he was downright impressed...smile I cannot tell you how flattered I was , but given that I already sewn for my two girls and myself, well I was hard pressed to accept the work he was aiming to offer me. Kathleen and I are discussing this venture for a darling dress someday for her daughter... I told her I would consider it... With the RA it isn't as easy as it was 20 years ago.... I am not all that sure that 49 is that easy and sailing through that dispensation of pausing from men, gracefully...Well I am not all that sure of how graceful it is going to be... !!! Well you know what I mean... And as I told my girls, they need to be well versed in the finer elements of the home duties and apt to teaching my future grandchildren of the Bible and the customs and manners that will keep them in fine standing , as well as able to teach them historical value in all that has been in the past and repeats itself in the future.... Here I am prattling on... Elaine Dear , I am sure I shall fully enjoy your book and do look forward to reading not just one but all of them in the near future.... Historical Fiction just has taken hold of me and I don't believe it shall let go anytime soon...smile

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    5. My dear Linda Marie, I am all astonishment! Where, pray tell, do you glean such liveliness of spirit? And you are such a busy mother and grandmother! I am speechless! :) I do so hope you enjoy my several volumes set in our great American history. The Deer Run Saga is three parts of a series starting in the Revolution. Fields of the Fatherless is a standalone. So lovely to make your acquaintance, dear Linda! Blessings!!

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    6. LINDA, I don't know how you do it all! Has to be God doing it for you. I hope your homeschooling is going great this year!

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  17. what a precious idea..'a coffee party' most likely with a secret handshake, a wink and a nod for the 'tea' service…lol ;) a sweet time together for 2 incredible authors. i do love all my authors blogs and posts as i do learn quite a bit of information and little snipers of American trivia! Like Ms Finn i was born in Western/Upstate NY and our travels only took us further West into Canada or down South to warm up in Florida :) Such wonderful and meaningful giveaways in this contest! I've not heard of Menotomy Village nor of its role in the Revolution before reading this post; and again our 'family' trips were to the 'falls' or Florida to warm up (and Disney Park of course!). As far as our historic visits they were primarily outdoor areas in which to hike, camp and canoe - sadly none to any historic sites in Massachusetts?
    Blessings to you both and all the fellow followers!
    Michele

    michele_speer@yahoo.com

    And thank you again to Tammy and Elaine for another great opportunity to participate in another fun contest-where there is always learning involved :)

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    1. You're welcome, Michele. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed your tea.

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    2. Michele, we are delighted you've joined us! All the writers at CQ are passionate about faith, our American History, and being historically accurate in our work. I am so pleased that this post has been educational‚ as well as fun! Blessings!!

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  18. I had never heard of Montgomery Village, nor have I been to Massachusetts.
    I look forward to reading about both.
    mmlshomeschool@yahoo.com

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    1. I look forward to reading about them too. Thanks for stopping by, Valerie.

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    2. Hi Valerie! I hope you get a chance to visit the historic sites in Massachusetts. If you want to visit Menotomy Village, you'll have to look for "Arlington" on the map! Blessings and best wishes in the drawing!

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  19. Surely? I would be pleasured to attend. "Coffee" with cream and gingerbread for me. Please allow me to sing for ye. Tis what I do best. I am afraid that I cannot stay long though as I have to return to me chores. I cannot run the risk of being caught away for long. If I am, I risk more than me own life. Tis only a cover and that is all I dare say. Thank ye for the lovely time. ~ Julia Whitling

    emeraldelena@hotmail.com

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    1. Julia, your voice is positively heavenly! Thanks so much for sharing your God-given talent with us here at the party! Huzzah!

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  20. Nay, I have ne'r heard of the place or been to Massachusetts.

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    1. Dear Julia, we are so pleased you could join us for a cup of "coffee" and some gingerbread! And sing us a song??! I would be delighted. Which song will you choose?

      I hope you can visit the fine state of Massachusetts and visit the site of my home one day. :) Blessings, dear Julia!

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  21. Well, ladies, I am sorry I could not pop in more often this time. I must leave this lovely party (will check in later if I have the time) and get ready for a visit from 2 of my grandchildren. The Lord has truly blessed me with some precious bundles of joy! Congrats again on the new releases and know that I am praying that both books are received well! Hugs!

    (Chaplain Debbie departs with a smile on her face)

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  22. Good day lovely ladies and my warmest congratulations to Elaine and Tamera! I wish you both much success and may your stories be a blessing to many. Sorry I could not get here sooner, busy day. I would love a cup of coffee with cream in honor of Elaine's wonderful novel and to show my Yankee patriotism. If I have not said it before, welcome Tamera to CQ. So lovely to have you a part of us! Your novel sounds like a beautiful love story. Blessings to you both!

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    1. Thank you, dear Lisa, for your kind words AND your patriotic fervor!! I shall brew you a fresh batch of coffee beans for your pleasure! You must be tired from your long day so, pray, sit and rest awhile. :)

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  23. Congratulations to Elaine and Tamera!! Your stories both sound very intriguing!

    A spot of coffee with cream, and a small scone, would be just lovely, thank you ... :-)

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    1. Dear Shannon, I've just now brewed a fresh pot of coffee so I shall serve you forthwith, with the spot of cream, of course. And the tavern owner has just taken a fresh batch of delicious scones out of the hearth oven. Oh, my mouth is moist with the anticipation! Thank you for coming and sharing the scones so that I do not eat them all!

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  24. Hi!

    I come with my cup of Patriot permissible tea - Peppermint.

    Congrats ladies on the release of your books!

    Jasmine A.

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  25. Menotomy Village rings a very faint bell but for the life of me I can't remember where or why. If I am even right that I remember something, it was probably something I read, I was homeschooled and read a lot of history.

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    1. Ah, lovely Peppermint tea! The perfect solution to the black tea dilemma for we colonists! Come, let us brew a cup with your leaves and we can all enjoy the odor wafting to our senses! Yummmm!

      If you read much history, Jasmine, you likely ran across the name of my village somewhere along the way. Now you can know the full story in "Fields of the Fatherless."

      Thank you so much for coming and entering our giveaway!

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    2. A refill of Peppermint or would you like our perfectly permissable Chamomile tea, JASMINE?

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    3. A mug of Chamomile might be good as well, I'll try some please.

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  26. Oh dear, I know I'm terribly late to the party but wanted to poke my head in and say CONGRATS to Elaine and Tamera on your new releases!!! They both look yummy! Coffee with sugar and cream is my beverage of choice.. though my British ancestors would roll in their graves!

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  27. Thanks for stopping by, Marylu and Jasmine.

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    1. You are always welcome, any time, MaryLu! Cream and sugar in your coffee, it is! I am certain my British ancestors would definitely frown at my choice as well. ;-)

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  28. Your books sound fantastic, Tamera and Elaine. Congratulations! I can't wait to read them. Coffee with lots of cream and a scone would be appreciated after my long day at work. Is there an available footstool and an extra shawl? I feel a sight chill and I'd love to put my feet up.

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    1. Thank you so much, Susan, but pray, draw close to the hearth. Let me find you a warm shawl and set your feet on this stool. Some warm coffee should help warm you right enough! And let me heat up the scone as well. There now—I hope that is better. You must have had a long and difficult day. So happy you were able to come!

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  29. I'm traveling but my coach stopped by the tavern just in time to say a quick hello and congratulatons!

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    1. My dear Mrs. Gade, the tavern doors are ALWAYS open to you! Thank you kindly for taking the time to stop in on your journey! And Godspeed!

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  30. I'm buried under edits this week and weekend, but just wanted to poke my head out from under to congratulate you both, Elaine and Tamera, on your new releases! Blessings to you both, and I pray these stories touch many hearts.

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    1. Mrs. Benton, we all completely understand your editing chores! ;-) We are so grateful you could come to our Coffee Party. And thank you kindly for your words of encouragement and blessing. Both Tamera and I pray that many hearts will be touched.

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  31. Hello all. I am so late may have missed most everyone. Was unable to be on here till past bedtime. Sounds like it was a great fun time. Congratulations to Elaine and Tamera on their new release. I think both will be very interesting to read. Carrie do you happen to have some of that venizen left. Surely sounds good to me. No, Elaine I have never had a chance to go to Mass. and never heard of Menotomy Village. Bet your book is good tho. All of you authors are making me like history for the first time for you all make it so interesting. sory to say I can not use Tamera's ebook, but would love the chance for Elaine's. I really must go now. Have company and a busy day ahead. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. MAXIE, great to see you here. Yes, here is venison stew for lunch, sweetie, with some biscuits and gravy. Looks like it will just be a few of us today, cleaning up! Many blessings!

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    2. Dear Maxie, we are so blessed that we are creating an interest in history for our readers! And my, you must have been up late, my dear; do sit and have some tea...I mean, coffee!

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  32. Well, it looks like you ladies had a nice turnout for this tea party. I pray that everyone had a great time. I, personally, had a wonderful time visiting with my new grandson. Congrats again to Elaine and Tamera! Good night and blessings to all!

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    1. Hugs, Debbie! And enjoy that new grandson!!!

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  33. I do enjoy a tea party thank you.

    I have not heard of Menotomy Village and am yet to visit Massachusetts. One day I hope.

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    1. I hope you can visit the land of my ancestors one day, Mary! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  34. Thanks for sharing about the books! I always like hearing about new releases.

    The setting is lovely. I have been to Massachusettes once before and it was to take a ride on the U.S.S. Constitution.

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  35. It seems I am a late arrival but none the less I have enjoyed the post and catching up on comments. I have not read either of these and would love to win. What a great post and I didn't know about this town and it's role- very interesting. I visit CQ to catch up on the newest books I just HAVE to read! Thanks for the visit - have a great night.
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