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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, November 7, 2014

November New Release Tea Party with Jennifer Hudson Taylor, Kelly Long, Roseanna White, and Carla Olson Gade


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Welcome to tea party to celebrate the releases of Jennifer Hudson Taylor's third book in the MacGregor Legacy, For Love or Liberty, Carla Olson Gade's Christmas short story, "The Memory Shop" in volume 3 of the 2014 two book set of A Cup of Christmas Cheer, and Roseanna M. White's A Soft Breath of Wind, the long-anticipated sequel to her debut biblical novel.

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We are serving some Scottish tea and  shortbread and a cup of Christmas cheer to get you ready for the holiday season! So please do come in and join us and be sure to leave a comment to enter our giveaways.




A Cup of Christmas Cheer (volumes 3 & 4) is a two book, hard-cover gift set of sixteen Christmas tales offered exclusively from Guideposts Books. "The Memory Shop" is featured in volume four, Heartwarming Tales of Christmas Present. Carla also had a story in last year's A Cup of Christmas Cheer (volumes 1 & 2) along with CQ founder Carrie Fancett Pagels.

Carla takes a turn from her historical writing to pen her first contemporary story, albeit with a nostalgic twist. "The Memory Shop" takes place in present day Woodbine, Iowa. The proprietor of a revitalized downtown Main Street memorabilia shop finds his own cherished memories rekindled and relationships renewed at Christmastime.

 
Carla Olson Gade is the author of Pattern for Romance (Abingdon Fiction) and The Shadow Catcher's Daughter. Her novellas "Carving a Future" and "'Tis the Season" appear in Colonial Courtships and best-selling Mistletoe Memories and forthcoming novella "Proving Up" in Homestead Brides (2/15). She lives amidst the tall pines and plentiful lakes of rural Maine. Carla loves to connect with her readers socially and on her website.

Carla is offering one copy of the new A Cup of Christmas Cheer, volume 4, as a giveaway.


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Jennifer here - Hope you are enjoying the tea party, and please, have another piece of shortbread! I love the festivities of the holidays. It's such a joyous time of the year for so many people, and since joy is contagious, it eventually catches up with the rest of us.


For Love or Liberty
She wants to live in the past. He wants to step into the future. 

Will either of them recognize the love between them now?
Coast of NC to Lake Erie, Ohio (1813)


Grieving over her sister’s death, Charlotte Morgan leaves the Carolina coast for the shores of Lake Erie, Ohio, to help care for her niece and nephew. Conrad Deaton is also there to assist his brother after this devastating loss. Soon, Conrad and Charlotte are locked in a battle of wills as the War of 1812 rages around them.


While Conrad criticizes Charlotte for her interest in politics, lectures, and lack of domestic skills, she faults him for his insensitivity, rigid schedules, and harsh discipline. The two just can’t seem to get along. But could all their bickering be a sign of something more—an attraction between the two? Afraid of loving a man duty-bound to war, she ignores the growing affection between them.
Battle breaks out on Lake Erie. As U.S. Naval officers, Conrad and his brother attend their posts. Charlotte turns to fervent prayer and wills her faith to grow strong as she learns to wait upon the Lord. When neither returns, Charlotte fears the worst. 

"Taylor channels Jane Austen as Conrad's and Charlotte's bickering fuels their attraction to each other, in a manner reminiscent of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. Charlotte struggles with trusting the man who left her for the sea, and Conrad fights to show his affection without further alienating the woman he loves."  Publishers Weekly

Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an award winning author of inspirational fiction set in historical Europe & the Carolinas. She provides keynotes and presentations on the publishing industry, the craft of writing, building an author platform & digital marketing.

Both her debut novel, Highland Blessings and Highland Sanctuary, received a 4 1/2 star review from RT Book Reviews. Highland Blessings won the Holt Medallion Award for Best First Book and she has had reviews appear in USA Today, Publisher's Weekly & the Library Journal. Jennifer's work has appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, RT Book Reviews, and The Military Trader. Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Communications/Journalism. When she isn't writing, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, visiting historical sites, parasailing, horseback riding, cycling, long walks, genealogy and reading. 


Jennifer will be giving away one package of all 3 MacGregor Legacy novels, includes "For Love or Loyalty" book 1, "For Love or Country" book 2, "For Love or Liberty" book 3. 

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Thanks so much to everyone for coming! My characters wouldn't likely know what shortbread is...but they'd invite you to try one of Dinah's famous honey cakes! And oh, would they have some traditions to tell you about, that they celebrate with the Church of Rome at their Italian villa...
A Soft Breath of Wind

A gift that has branded her for life

Zipporah is thirteen when the Spirit descends upon her, opening her eyes to a world beyond the physical goings-on of the villa outside Rome she has always called home. Within hours, she learns what serving the Lord can cost. Forever scarred after a vicious attack, she knows her call is to use this discernment to protect the Way. She knows she must serve the rest of her life at Tutelos, where the growing Roman church has congregated. She knows her lot is set.

Yet is it so wrong to wish that her master, the kind and handsome young Benjamin Visibullis, will eventually see her as something more than a sister in Christ?

Samuel Asinius, adoptive son of a wealthy Roman, has always called Benjamin brother. When their travels take them to Jerusalem for Passover, the last thing he expects is to cross paths with the woman who sold him into slavery as a child the mother he long ago purged from his heart. His sister, Dara, quickly catches Benjamin s eye, but Samuel suspects there is something dark at work.

When Dara, a fortune-teller seeking the will of a shadowy master determined to undermine the Way, comes into the path of Zipporah, a whirlwind descends upon them all.

Only the soft wind of the Spirit can heal their scars...with a love neither divination nor discernment could foresee. 


Roseanna is offering winner's choice of paperback or digital copy of A Soft Breath of Wind (US addresses only for paperback, but everyone is eligible for the digital).

Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two small children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of 9 historical novels and novellas. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.



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Kelly Marie Long's new releases are the novella "A Christmas on Ice Mountain" in  An Amish Christmas Quilt and The Amish Bride of Ice Mountain. Both are part of a series set in Pennsylvania. The story line in the series revolves around the natural marvel/phenomenon of Ice Mountain.  Amish Mennonite live there and some of their customs are different from other American Amish.

This novella collection is published by Zebra, a Kensington imprint. All of Kelly's books have been published by Christian publishing houses up until now and this is her first foray into the secular market.
The Amish Bride of Ice Mountain by Kelly Long


Here are the blurbs:


Like most Mountain Amish girls, Mary King has always dreamed of her wedding day. But she never imagined that a sudden, irresistible kiss would result in marriage to the handsome Englischer professor studying her unique community. Or that doing the truly honorable thing means keeping their relationship chaste so both she and Dr. Jude Lyons can someday go their separate ways.
But when Mary accompanies her husband-in-name-only to Atlanta to meet his wealthy, overbearing family, she's tempted more than ever by Jude's kindness, humor--and vulnerability. And when a wrenching misunderstanding causes her to return heartbroken to her remote Appalachian home, she's certain she's lost the real love they have found...and the shared future she's come to want so much. But a crisis of more than faith will work surprising miracles--and show Mary that love is strong enough to make the impossible come true.


A Christmas On Ice Mountain
By Kelly Long


Matthew Beider and Laurel Lapp's secret wish to marry is a gift their feuding fathers definitely won't accept. And trying to settle their dats' long-standing quarrel is making their holiday anything but merry. Can rediscovering the joys and friendships of Christmas past finally turn their families' futures bright?



Bio:
Kelly Long is an award winning multi-published best selling Christian fiction author.  She is giving away a copy of the Christmas book An Amish Christmas Quilt, which contains her novella.



Do you have any family traditions that come from your family heritage? What are they?


118 comments:

  1. Welcome, everyone! Do have a cup of tea and a slice of that delicious sweet--and don't forget to show us your gown on the Facebook event page at:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/772430949471676/permalink/779339325447505/

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    1. Thank you Roseanna, Tea would be lovely on this chilly day. I must say everyone looks lovely!

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  2. Good Morning Roseanna! Looking forward to seeing everyone today. Ready for a warm cup of tea.

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    1. Morning, Jennifer! So good to see you. =)

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  3. Scottish tea sounds wonderful for a cold morning like this. I'd like 3 lumps of sugar, please.

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    1. I'd have been in trouble back then, Tammy, because I like sweet and low in my tea!

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    2. Same here Carrie. I like it better than reg. sugar, which is a good thing, because I like my tea sweet, and being a diabetic...yeah--I use sweeteners. (I actually prefer, 1 pink, & 1 blue-- perfect!

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  4. About the only holiday tradition from my heritage that I can think of at the moment is that we stuff our turkey with prunes and apples, (Danish heritage) All of these books look so good! I've read "An Amish Christmas Quilt".

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    1. Hey Miss Becky,
      How did you like the book? There really is a Possum Johnson shotgun....

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    2. Oh I'd love that recipe, Becky! I really enjoyed An Amish Christmas Quilt, too!

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  5. Dear ladies, such a lovely tea party and a PLETHORA of enticing new books!! Congratulations to Jennifer, Carla, Roseanna and Kelly! I know that each of your novels were birthed through many hours of research, writing and editing to get each word just right. A job well done!

    So after so much hard work, I hope you can put your feet up and relax—even if just for a few moments. ;) I know that I would so enjoy some of the Scottish tea and shortbread. No sugar, if you please. :)

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    1. Wonder if they have some gluten-free shortbread around here somewheres. Yup--right over there! It seems like the moment an author has a release and goes to relax they have another deadline!

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  6. We use to all get together Christmas Eve, now we are scattered & jobs won't let it happen anymore. Always try to have Mom's stuffing though :)
    I'm ready for cinnamon apple tea with 3 lumps of sugar :) .. smells delish...

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    1. I'll join you in a cup of that apple tea, Deanna! And I'm sharing the gluten free shortbreads I found!

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  7. I think I will be Charlotte Morgan in For Love or Liberty by Jennifer Hudson Taylor, a lack of domestic skills but right there to help, and well, maybe just a touch of that debating side could describe me.... And my warm gown will protect me from the chilly winds off shores of Lake Erie.

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    1. Charlotte does indeed struggle with her lack of domestic skills, much like me. You definitely described her character very well. Thanks for joining us.

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  8. Congratulations on your new releases, Jennifer, Carla, Roseanna, and Kelly! They all look fascinating! I'd love some hot Scottish tea on this cold morning, along with a bite of that delicious shortbread. I'm afraid I can't stay more than a few minutes as I'm heading out to Ohio Territory, but I just had to drop by to enjoy a moment with this wonderful company.

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    1. I'm heading through Ohio territory in story world, Joan! Praying for travel mercies!

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  9. Good morning, ladies! Would like to say Congratulations to Jennifer, Carla, Roseanna and Kelly on your new releases. They all look and sound wonderfully intriguing! My, but it's chilly this morning! Scottish Tea and that yummy looking shortbread sound divine on such a cold day. I think I'll pull up a chair next to that lovely roaring fire and warm up a bit while enjoying the sweet treats.

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  10. Good morning everyone. My name is Debra Dawn. Congrats to the the ladies of the books we are celebrating. I think I will take off my shawl, and go mingle. " Ooh shortbread, yummy!" *Walks over and grabs some shortbread."

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    1. You look so lovely Miss Debra Dawn Smith! And everyone has enjoyed your witty banter. The shortbread is a lovely endless supply!

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  11. My sweet little grandson is sleeping in my arms - it's a perfect time to read a new book. Which will I choose? They all sound wonderful!

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  12. Such great books! I want them all. Some of my ancestors came from Scotland, so that probably explains my fondness of Scottish accents and shortbread. :) What a lovely, lovely tea party. Best wishes, ladies, for success for each of your novels.

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    1. Ahh, Scottish accents! I grinned when I saw Jennifer's book was another in her Scottish series. My current heroine is Scottish, from 1912. =)

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  13. Good morning, ladies. What a lovely party. Congratulations and blessings of success to all the authors today! The books all sound so good. I would love to sit down with any of them and a cup of tea!

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  14. No particular traditions. Just happy to celebrate Christ's birth with my husband and his family!

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  15. What delightful offerings in fiction this month! I'd love to read them all, knowing the quality of the writing, and now a peak at the story lines!

    I'm stopping in for a wee bit of shortbread. Nothing like it! Congratulations, ladies. you all look so lovely in your dresses. I admit to going with all wool today, and an excellent excuse to wear a lovely tartan cape. Now I'm off for the highway and a weekend with family and friends. Stay warm and dry!

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  16. (Chaplain Debbie enters all flustered)
    Good morning lovely ladies, I can't believe that I forgot to attend a special event yesterday and almost forgot about this tea party, too! Where has my mind gone?!
    Oh, but my everyone loves so nice. Congratulations to the ladies having book releases...I wish I could win them all! I am famished, so I believe I will get some refreshments. Does anyone have any memory pills? *winks*

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  17. Chaplain Debbie, let me know if you find any of those memory pills, will ya? I really need them, too!

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  18. Good Morning, Ladies! It's almost noon here and I've already had my lunch, but I am ready for some tea and shortbread. Congratulations to each one who is celebrating a new release! All the books sound wonderful! They have lovely covers, too. I am especially looking forward to reading A Soft Breath of Wind, as Roseanna's first novel, A Stray Drop of Blood, is one of my favorite reads ever :)

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    1. Thanks, Anne! And so good to see you. Love the burgundy gown you posted to the Facebook page!!

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  19. Wow! Ladies, these books all sound fascinating.My Scottish roots are always intrigued by stories of immigrants from Scotland. Congratulations Carla, Jennifer, Roseanna, and Kelly on the release of your new books.

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    1. Thank you Miss Janet....My family's Scottish crest reads (oddly and sadly) "Learn to suffer" Ah well, carry on!!!!

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  20. Hello Ladies! I'm sorry I am late for tea. I had a difficult time choosing my party dress. Congrats Kelly, Carla, Jennifer and Roseanna on the release of your new books. How is every one on this lovely Friday? :)

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    1. We had a rough start to the day, Caryl, but it is ending up nicely! And what a lovely party the ladies have had.

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  21. Congratulations, ladies, on your new releases! Wishing you much success!! Thank you so much for the lovely party. I am eager to try some Scottish tea and shortbread.

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    1. Thank you Miss Britney--I appreciate it!!!!!

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  22. This Scottish tea and shortbread is to die for.... Thanks so much for the lovely party. Every one looks SO beautiful in their dresses!

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    1. I'm doing an imaginative of Colonial Amish but feel rather mentally restricted by the undergarments!!! Thanks for writing Caryl!!

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  23. Afternoon ladies. A hot cup of Scottish tea sounds heavenly. Will wait on the shortbread, just finished brunch.
    Congratulations ladies on your books!
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Drinking tea right now...Thanks so much, Tina!!!!

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  24. Hello everyone! I apologize for my tardiness today! Everyone looks so beautiful and the treats look so divine! I think I will grab myself a cup of that wonderful tea, and, perhaps a sweet treat! It's an honor to be able to meet and talk with these wonderful Authors and friends, old and new. Congrats Ladies on the wonderful novels!!!

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    1. One of these days we should do a tally of just how many books all the CQ ladies have published since we started this blog several years ago, Gracie! So good to see you here!

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  25. What a wonderful turn out for the tea party! I can envision you all in those beautiful gowns that you posted on our fb page. Lovely women!! Now to have a few of our dashing heroes to pay us a call!

    Thank you all for the warm congratulations on our releases. It truly means so much us.

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    1. We are the ones who are blessed by your incredible talent! Thank you. :)

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  26. Hello ladies! So glad to be here on this beautiful day! Congratulations Carla, Jennifer, Roseanna, and Kelly on your new books. And thank you Mrs.Taylor for inviting me to this splendid event. Everyone looks wonderful and the food and tea are delicious!

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    1. Rebecca, You are most welcome! So glad you could join us.

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  27. CONGRATULATIONS Ladies!!! Those books all look amazing! We are just back from spending the morning at the dr.'s and the drugstore. Very happy to be here at the Tea Party now instead! Oh I'd love tea and cake.

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  28. All the gowns are lovely I must say. And the shortbread is quite delightful. I've just enough time for a spot of tea then I must be on my way. Lovely party ladies, thank you. And an outstanding selection of books to read, too!

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    1. I've had two big cups of the tea today, both were wonderful--black tea and green which I am finishing up now. So great to see you here. Blessings!

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  29. Congratulations to Jennifer, Carla, Roseanna and Kelly
    Neat! You did it! Published! God bless all of you on that
    Amazing how different each book is........Have a terrific, God blessed day
    Chris Granville

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    1. I think it is cool, too, Chris that although we all love colonial fiction we also love to write in other eras too and all so different in style! Hugs!

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  30. A quick check-in to the tea, but I have to leave in a short time for my return trip to Oregon. Congrats to all the authors with new books coming out. Exciting times ahead! Lovely gowns ladies--I always enjoy seeing everyone's gowns. I chose a lovely purple gown, with a matching purple hat, with a plume of yellow feathers--I was inspired by all the lovely fascinations I saw everyone wearing around town here in Australia for the horse race festivit

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    1. Sorry--it cut me off. I was saying the horse racing festivities. Have to go catch my trip home. Enjoy everyone!
      Vicki

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    2. Safe travels, Vicki! You are the winner of volume 4 of A Cup of Christmas Cheer!

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  31. Oooh, lovely-sounding stories, and party! I cannot stay long, either--working to get the last of our autumn harvest here in the remote Dakota territories--but it's wonderful to see you all and share a quick cup of tea and slice of shortbread. (Yum!!)

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  32. Thank you for the invitation to tea and for introducing Jennifer, Kelly, Roseanna, and Carla, Carrie. Ladies, I pray blessings and favor on your stories! The new books sound awesome! Half the fun in coming is to see all the beautiful dresses! :)

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    1. i do think our guests enjoy showing off their lovely gowns over on FB, Caryl, as do I ;)

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  33. Good afternoon ladies! Congratulations to Carla, Jennifer, Roseanna, and Kelly on your new books!! Thank you for sharing with us all about them. Now I shall have to add them to my to-be-read list. So far, I have only read one book of yours(For Love or Loyalty), Jennifer, and I loved it. Scottish accents are a favorite of mine as well (my family has some Scotch-Irish roots). I would adore a cup of tea with some shortbread! Since today has turned out to be a rather chilly, snow-filled day, I believe I'll just keep my wool coat on for now. I do so hope that the weather warms up because I wore my favorite red dress. I'm afraid that I cannot stay long as my family is preparing to journey to my sisters house in Maryland. I hope that you all have a lovely day!! ~ Blessings, Juli

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    1. So glad you enjoyed For Love or Loyalty. Hope you will like the other 2 books in the series. Thank you for joining us!

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  34. What a great turnout! These tea parties always coincide with my granddaughters visits.....popping in when I can.

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    1. You have a lot of grand blessings, Debbie, which is wonderful! Always great to see you!!! Hugs!

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    2. Hugs to you, too, Carrie! Yes, a lot of blessings!

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  35. Ok, I have tried this THREE times and all three times it told me no! Hopefully, this one will work.
    I just finished reading An Amish Christmas Quilt. I really enjoyed it, in fact, I reviewed it, too.
    Congrats, ladies.
    Thanks for the invite to the tea-though I am a little late, I must say everything looks SMASHING!
    Good luck to everyone.
    God's Blessings!

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    1. Robbye I am SO sorry! I think Blogger has been having issues. Will go check the Blogger panel and make sure it didn't go to spam. I loved An Amish Quilt, too!

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  36. SO excited to attend your lovely tea, ladies - thank you!!

    I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to chat with you - Jennifer, Carla, Roseanna and Kelly - and learn more about your wonderful books and your writing journeys. The books all have such wonderful story lines, I haven't read any of them and would love to read each of them!! I love biblical novels and Christmas stories and am particularly interested in Jennifer's MacGregor Legacy novels - as I am a MacGregor descendant.

    Congrats to all of you on your masterful book releases and thank you for the delicious Scottish tea and shortbread!!

    Our family has numerous holiday traditions, however, none that come from family heritage, per se. I look forward to attending special church programs, sharing get-togethers with others, and participating in various charitable events, and am honored to share my birth date with the celebrated date of my Lord's birth - however, am thankful the entire year for his birth and resurrection, my salvation, His blessings to me, and the opportunity to share Him with others!!

    Shared post!!

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    1. TY for coming by, Bonnie! And we are SO excited to have you joining the OWG blog! You sound like you keep plenty busy in KY over the holidays!

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  37. Phew I made it! Finally home after two doctors appointments along with shopping. Very tired and sore! It's to bed I go!

    Congratulations, ladies, on your newest released! I'm reading Roseanne's book now, then Jennifer's book. I have a lot to read but I love reading!

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    1. Okay, I'm really tired and it shows! I'm missing words! I hate doing that! Argggh!

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    2. We had our two accidental dr. visits this morning after Clark dropped a heavy plate on his toe, poor thing! So relieved his toe isn't broken. Hope you are doing well after the hip surgery, Regina! Hugs!

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  38. Sorry to be late. I just finished making some pumpkin spice cookies. I brought a few to share. I know you will want the recipe, because it is so easy. I'll just sit down and sip a cup of tea.

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    1. Kay, I'd LOVE that recipe!!! Can you post it here or on the FB page and tag me? Pumpkin spice cookies, yum!

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  39. Wonderful selection of books to read about. I think I'll go for some of that tea & cookies now. Enjoying the comments :)

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    1. The green tea is great and goes wells with the shortbread, Deanna! TY for coming by! I am hoping we'll dance some Virginia reels or Scottish reels tonight!

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  40. What a delightful tea party, so glad to be here. Congratulations on the books ladies! (Said in my best southern belle accent:)What charming selection of books, some of them are already on my to read list;) I'm off to enjoy my tea.

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  41. Hi Everybody! So excited to be here! We always put up Christmas lights and decorations as a family............This is my favorite tradition! We also ride and look at Christmas Lights.......Another fun tradition!

    Everything looks so festive...........all of you did an awesome job decorating. I think I will get me some shortbread and tea and greet some of the guests! All the ladies look lovely in their gowns.

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    1. Hi Janet! Don't those shortbreads taste delicious? I agree, the books all look amazing. I've had the privilege of reading Kelly's Christmas book so far, which was great, and I'm hoping to buy the other books as a little Christmas gift to myself! TY for coming by!

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  42. Congrats ladies! On my way to pick up my copy of "A Soft Breath of Wind"! Can't wait to get into it!

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    1. I am so sorry that I have not joined you this evening. You all have such lovely gowns! I am keeping my grandchildren this evening so my son and daughter in-law can go to the theatre. Enjoy yourselves. Tammy

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    2. Hi, Tammy! Glad you stopped by, even if you "had nothing to wear." ;-)

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  43. I'm sorry I can't stay. I just popped in to offer my congratulations to the ladies on their releases! Happy reading, everyone!

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    1. Hi Sandy! Am looking forward to reading your best selling Christmas story! Thanks for coming by and congrats to you, too!!!

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  44. Hi Everyone, I am a little late stopping by. I love Roseanna's new book! It is SO GOOD! And the others look really good. I am really excited about Jennifer's For Love or Liberty! I enjoy reading about this time in history.

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    1. =D Aw, shucks. Thanks for stopping by, Nancy! And I know Jennifer's book will be great!

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  45. Roseanna M. White These are quite interesting names, Is there somewhere special you came up with them from??

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    1. Zipporah was the wife of Moses--I actually came up with the idea because her mother's name (from the first book) was Miriam, so I thought I'd continue with the Moses theme. =) It means "sparrow," which plays a role in the book.

      Samuel and Benjamin were chosen rather randomly, LOL, but Dara popped out at me when I was looking up Hebrew names.

      For my biblicals, I usually either just pick a name from the Bible or look up "Ancient Hebrew names" in Google.

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  46. This party has been really nice. Hope everyone has a great afternoon. :)

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  47. All the books sound wonderful. The party is a great Idea.

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    1. We always have such fun. =) So glad you could join us!

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  48. Popping back in again. I'm watching my 18 m/o grandson today so it's been a busy day. We went to Tractor Supply for him, and now I'm delighted to relax a bit while he's playing with his new toy and have a cuppa tea and shortbread. Ah, it is so nice to kick my feet up beneath the pleated hem of my tea party gown! Life is good.

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  49. Hello, the tea is delicious!!! Thank you so much!

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  50. Finally made it back. Wow! Looks like you ladies have had a great turnout. Love seeing all of the familiar faces. The Tea Parties are SO much fun! Is there any of that delicious shortbread left? *checking the table to see if there's any shortbread left* ;)

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    1. Always! Our supply of Scottish shortbread never runs out! Enjoy!

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  51. I suppose the tea party is over...I had to work and facebook is blocked...I work in a public high school. I am sitting here relaxing drinking chai tea. G-d bless you all.

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    1. So glad you could join us, Kristine! Not sure why Facebook wouldn't let you go the event page, but you're always welcome to the shortbread and tea here. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  52. Good conversation, getting to dress up & have a special tea party with some really nice people, Yes it's been a lovely day...

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    1. There's nothing quite like dressing up and chatting is, there? So glad you could join us!

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  53. Nice party, ladies! Love the shortbread! The books look great this month. The Christmas books are really appealing to me right now. I love everything Colonial.

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    1. I always love a good Christmas book to get me in the spirit. Thanks so much for joining us!

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  54. Good evening ladies. I am finally home from work and ready to sit down with a cup of tea, some shortbread and some wonderful conversation. We have few traditions that have followed us through the years, as there weren't that many that had survived my parents fleeing from Russia after the revolution there. One thing we have always done and continue to do is read the Christmas story together before opening any gifts.
    I look forward to the opportunity to reading some and hopefully all of these books. I lived in the Niagara peninsula for a number of years, so Lake Erie was visited regularly.

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    1. Oh, what history your family has though, if they had to flee the Russian revolution! My new series has a vague tie-in to that, so I perked up when I read it.

      Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed your tea and shortbread. =)

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  55. Good evening, ladies, and congratulations on your new novels and stories. They will make fabulous Christmas gifts for my family and friends (for me, too!) One of our family traditions started when our two children were young. I would purchase (or make, sometimes) matching Christmas pajamas for all of us. After my daughter married, our son-in-law and eventually our granddaughter joined in the tradition. The pjs were always kept top secret until Christmas Eve when I would hand them out. All six of us would each go to a different room, put on the pjs, and at my signal, would meet in the kitchen for our fashion show. Some years were funnier than others, like the year I purchased red longhandles (unit suits), or the year we wore plaid night shirts and looked like a gaggle of Scrooges. After the pj show, we’d eat Chinese food for dinner and sing “Deck the Halls…fah rah rah rah rah rah rah rah rah!” The children have grown and moved away, so we haven’t had the tradition for three years, but we still have the wonderful memories.

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    1. Love the A Christmas Story sing-along. =) And what a fun jammie tradition!! I always get my kids new ones for Christmas Eve, but not matching. That would be hilarious. =)

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  56. Ladies, thank you for the lovely party! It was a pleasure meeting ALL of you. Congrats on the new releases. Have a wonderful evening. We must do this again soon. :)

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    1. You can count on it! Thanks so much for stopping by, Caryl! Can't wait to see what dress you choose next time. ;-)

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    2. First Friday in December, Caryl, and we'll have a Christmas party. Hope to see you there! Thanks for celebrating with our authors!

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  57. I'm loving hearing about all the traditions! Thanks so much for joining us at the party! It really makes our book launches very special.

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  58. I'm probably too late, but not midnight so going to comment anyway. Sorry I missed all of the fun, but my computer wouldn't work. Finally after letting it sat so long and calling my grandson, finally started again. Still don't know what happened. Congratulations to Carla, Roseanna, and Jennifer . Good job. All of these books would make the winner lucky to have won. Had a call from my brother in NY tonight and he has some serious medical problems and we would appreciate all of your prayers. GOD bless each of you. Maxie
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    1. Praying for your brother, Maxie!

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    2. Praying, Maxie, and glad you could hop by. We always love to see you!

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  59. Congratulations on your new releases! I wish you all the best as your stories go out into the world and bless readers far and near. I love that you're celebrating with a tea party. What fun. I helped myself to a cup of tea and piece of shortbread. Since it's virtual fare, I chose a great big piece of shortbread. :-)

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    1. Absolutely! And feel free to have a cup of chocolate too, since the calories remain online! =) Thanks so much for stopping by, Keli!

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