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September Tea Party Winners: Janet Grunst's -- A Heart For Freedom for Chappy Debbie
audible of A Heart Set Free for Lucy Reynolds Roseanna White's is Wilani Wahl -- Debra E. Marvin's -- Kaily Behrendt paperback of Dangerous Deception, Carrie Fancett Pagels' -- The Victorian Christmas Brides collection goes to Nancy McLeroy!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

New Release Tea Party Time!



I’m Heather Stewart. Welcome to Stewarts’ Green, our ordinary located in the Virginia countryside. Please come in and help yourself to some scones, ginger biscuits, and Liberty tea made from local herbs. Coffee, cider, and water are also available.  
I'm excited to share about the October 1st release of A Heart For Freedom



By 1775, the conflict has escalated between Loyalists and Patriots throughout the colonies. The Stewarts’ ordinary and the surrounding Virginia countryside are not immune from the strife, pitting friends, neighbors, and families against each other. Matthew Stewart has avoided taking sides and wants only to farm, manage Stewarts’ Green, and raise his family. But political tensions are heating up and circumstances and connections convince him that he should answer a call to aid the Patriot cause … with conditions. Heather Stewart, born and raised in Scotland, has witnessed the devastation and political consequences of opposing England. Threatened by the prospect of war, she wants only to avoid it, and protect the family and peace she sought and finally found in Virginia. The journey the Stewarts take is not an easy one and will involve sacrifice, and questioned loyalties. Lives and relationships will be changed forever. Ultimately the knowledge that God is faithful will equip them with the courage to face the future

Janet Grunst’s novel, A Heart For Freedom, is the sequel to A Heart Set Free.
 Janet is a wife, mother of two sons, and grandmother of eight who lives in the historic triangle of Virginia (Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown) with her husband. Her debut novel, A Heart Set Free was the 2016 Selah Award winner for Historical Romance. Besides writing and reading, Janet enjoys serving in Community Bible Study and spending time with family and friends. 
You can connect with her at:
https://JanetGrunst.com                                                              
https://www.facebook.com/Janet-Grunst-Author-385405948228216/   
Leave a comment here on the blog for a chance to win a print copy of A Heart For Freedom. 
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Roseanna M. White is celebrating the release of An Hour Unspent, the conclusion to the Shadows Over England series! Comment below for a chance to win a signed copy! (To US addresses only)
Once London’s top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold.
Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancé to end the engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clockwork repair with her father, she can’t help being interested. But she soon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems.
As 1915 England plunges ever deeper into war, the work of an ingenious clockmaker may give England an unbeatable military edge—and Germany realizes it as well. Evelina’s father soon finds his whole family in danger—and it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape it.
 Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.


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Hi friends!  I'm back to celebrate my summer release, A DANGEROUS DECEPTION!
Jerome, Arizona Territory, 1899
When Andromeda Barr left her colorful past behind in pursuit of a normal—albeit solo—life, she didn’t exactly settle for the mundane. Performing is in her blood, and right now she has to believe she’s lying for all the right reasons—justice for the excluded, the overlooked of society—a debt she owes to the two unusual people who raised her.

Pinkerton Agent Connell O’Brien is on the trail of a wanted murderer holed up in ‘the wickedest town in the west.’ Hiding his identity is part of the job, but when he meets the surprising Miss Barrington, he begins to wonder how many secrets are too many.

Two close calls with disaster seem to suggest it’s time they both stop running from the guilt of the past and let mercy catch up, but will these two solo acts join forces before the danger of discovery becomes a matter of life or death? 


I'll be giving away ebooks and a paperback of A DANGEROUS DECEPTION today. I'm looking for fans of Western settings with surprises thrown in. I loved spending time with Andromeda and Connell and I hope you will too!  Find more stories, from colonial to contemporary, at my Amazon Author Page or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

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Carrie Fancett Pagels, Gabrielle Meyer, and Rita Gerlach are all contributors to this collection! Carrie had the privilege of hand picking some of her favorite authors for this Victorian era novella collection! The stories are the perfect length to read in the lead up to the holidays! 


The Sugarplum Ladies by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1867 Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and Detroit, Michigan
When Canadian barrister Percy Gladstone finds his aristocratic British family unexpectedly descending upon him for Christmas, he turns to American social reformer Eugenie Mott and her fledgling catering crew for help.

Carrie is giving away a paperback copy of The Victorian Christmas Brides to one commenter on this party blog post!

A Christmas Vow by Gabrielle Meyer
London, England, Christmas 1899

Lady Ashleigh Pendleton is hosting a houseful of guests for Christmas when railroad executive Christopher Campbell unexpectedly arrives from America with a mysterious agreement signed by their fathers before their birth.





The Holly and the Ivy by Rita Gerlach
1900. Small town along the Potomac near Washington DC
A glass ornament. Love letters tied in red Christmas ribbon. Lily Morningstar and British antiquities expert Andrew Stapleton are drawn into a family secret that binds their hearts together.
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CONGRATS to all the authors with new releases! 
A Big HUZZAH from Colonial American Christian Writers group!
Be sure to come by our Facebook Party today, Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 3 PM to 6 PM Eastern Time! (Click here to join the party!)

118 comments:

  1. Greetings, friends! I'm hoping we have sunny skies today as we gather around the hearth. I'm so looking forward to learning more about these great releases!

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    1. Good morning, Deb! Congrats on your new release! Would you like some sugar plums and some coffee or some tea?

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    2. I'm sticking with coffee today and no sugar plums until Christmas. There's too much of me to love these days... I'll be back at lunchtime to read comments. Thanks Carrie and Eugenie!

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  2. Looking forward to reading some of these books!

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    1. Hi Steph! I'm here as Eugenie Mott, today. She's my heroine in The Sugarplum Ladies in The Victorian Christmas Brides collection. I'll have the servants bring us a pot of tea and some breakfast goodies!

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  3. I’ll be honest - I hated history in high school. What was wrong with me??!! In the last couple of years just from reading Christian fiction I have learned more about history than I did in school. I have really enjoyed it. I read about an event or location and then have to research more about it. Also I have found some great new authors. My TBR list is overflowing and I just hope I can get them all read before God calls me home. Ladies, thank you for sharing your amazing stories.

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    1. I'm so glad you're enjoying learning more about history through stories, Sherry! Have some of these Sugarplums -- they are a more modern variation of the old time ones from Eugenie Mott's era!

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  4. Greetings to all of you. I hope to make it to the party. Still struggling with the after effects Florence did to my body. But the Lord is good. Hoping I can make it to church tonight

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    1. Hi Wilani! I'm also struggling after Aunt Flo's departure! The rheumatologist's office's parking lot was completely full yesterday! Blessings!

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    2. I wondered if you were affected too. Praying for you.

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  5. Good morning ladies. I would love to sit a little and hear more about your new releases. They sound so very interesting and I'm quite sure I would enjoy them as much as The Victorian Christmas Brides which I have already had the privilege to read. :) A cup of coffee and a scone would be lovely and certainly make my visit even nicer.

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    1. The Mott family's house maid is coming through with cinnamon coffee and sugarplums -- a Canadian recipe from Barrister Percy Gladstone's family! I bet scones will be coming through soon with the tea!

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  6. Congratulations ladies! Thanks Eugenie I would love another cup of your delicious tea!I enjoyed Jen's and Carrie's wonderful books. The others are in my wanted list! Have a wonderful day!

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    1. This herbal Christmas tea is delightful! And I see that plate of scones is on its way out, too!

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  7. Hi, I hope to be checking in for the party. Know it will be super fun.

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    1. Hi Robin! Thanks for popping in! See you at the online party as well!

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  8. These new releases make my heart go pitter-patter! Congratulations to all of the authors, and I’ll try my best to pop in during party time!
    Trdivincenzo (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thanks, Teri! Good to see you here! Thanks for the congrats! This Victorian Christmas Brides collection is so pretty and I'm so delighted with the wonderful authors in it!

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  9. Congratulations to all you ladies on your new releases! What fun to have so many wonderful stories to choose from! Blessings to all of you. :-)

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  10. Congratulations ladies! These books sounds great! I know Roseanna’s is! I’ve had the pleasure of already reading it. Great day for a party!

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    1. I am hoping to check and see if Roseanna's book is on audio, which I bet it is! It's lovely outside today in Virginia! Blessings1

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    2. Congrats, Nancy! You're a Sugarplum Lady name in the book and now you have a paperback coming to you! You won! Blessings!

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  11. New books and authors !!! Congratulations on the new releases ! I am so enjoying the Victorian Christmas Bride's Collection! Such wonderful stories!!! Now where did SarahAnn go, she must have gotten sidetracked and here we were heading over for some of those wonderful sugarplums you were serving up over here Miss Carrie... and Kathleen, wherever could she be ? !!!
    So enjoying the party Ladies I hope your all having a great time and enjoying the food. So loving all the beautiful gowns today!
    Linda Marie
    Faithful Acres Books
    www.faithfulacresbooks.wordpress.com

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    1. I think SarahAnn is having her hair curled! Let me see. Hmmm, I think she's over there flirting with Percy Gladstone! I'll be right back!

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    2. My My My... I wonder what will become of that? She can be sassy you know!!! I just so love her spirit!
      Not sure what I would do without her friendship...

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  12. Ahoy Mateys! Chappy has come ashore to tell ye all congratulations! I be enjoying history more and more through yer wonderful tales. This be a fine party and I be proud to know all of ye!

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    1. Greetings Chappy! Thanks for coming ashore to the party!

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    2. But of course! What pirate...redeemed pirate...wouldn't want to participate in such a party as this?! It be me pleasure being here wit these wonderful ladies and gents. I think I will partake in some food and drink. By yer leave, milady.

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    3. Chappy Dear, how lovely to see you today, totally my pleasure my lady, I hope you are enjoying the teas and pastry ? You must come and sit with me and we shall catch up... What have you been up to lately ? Oh yes Carrie throws the most heavenly teas and parties, they are my one chance to get out into society and dress up and enjoy the company of friends old and new!

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  13. Good morning authors and thanks to Heather for opening Stewart's Green to all of us today. I look forward to reading more of Heather's story in A Heart for Freedom by Janet Grunst and I would appreciate the chance to win a copy.

    Roseanna, your conclusion to the Shadows Over England series is another book on my TBR list and I would love the chance to win An Hour Unspent.

    Debra Marvin, I am one of your girl-fans so I also would love to win A Dangerous Deception!

    I have also been admiring the cover of The Victorian Christmas Brides. Congratulations Gabrielle, Rita and Carrie on your stories that are included and Carrie, I appreciate that you are giving away a paperback copy to one commenter on this party blog post!
    I would love to be the winner!

    Congratulations to all of you authors on your new releases. They all sound great and I look forward to reading them. I am also looking forward to the FB Tea Party later and I hope to be able to be there the whole time!

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    1. Thanks Connie! Hoping we will see Heather here soon! And how nice that these are some of your favorite authors!

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  14. I have always loved history. Your books just make me sooo happy! Thanks to a great group if my favorite authors! See you at teatime!

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    1. I have enjoyed history as presented in stories either fictional or true. Glad to make you smile! Tea coming around now!

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  15. I always love coming to these parties! I hope I can make it on time! Since I started homeschooling, my schedule during the week is rather... packed!

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    1. That’s lovely that you can homeschool! I tried it one year and it’s a difficult job! Blessings!

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  16. Congratulations Ladies! Your teas are the social event of the year! I'm looking forward to celebrating with you!

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    1. Hello sweet Caryl! We love having you here! Have you tried the Sugarplums?

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  17. Visiting for a bit all the way from Milan, Italy. I would love to try a sugarplum—silly me thought that was a fruit. 😊 And Christmas tea sounds heavenly.

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    1. My goodness! Thanks for taking a ship all the way here Vicki! May I presume your name is a diminutive of Victoria? There are lots of dried fruits in many of the recipes. Blessings!

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  18. I am looking forward to tea time with everyone! Thank you for the invite! I will be having a cup of Christmas tea with chocolate chip cookies, that I baked yesterday. See you all soon! :)

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    1. I've just been eating the chips, Joy :) No more cookies in my oven until the last of my overflowed batch is out of there. Day three of cleanup on that! Blessings!

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  19. Congratulations Authors! I've had the pleasure of reading something from each of you. I'm happy to attend the tea today. I'm looking forward to Janet's new book.

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    1. Hi Andrea! Come on into the parlor and have a seat on the velvet settee!

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    1. Hi Becky! Great to meet you in person this summer with your family!

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  21. Congrats to some of my favorite authors. Popping in to say high. Can't wait to read these books.

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    1. Hi Cheryl! Glad we can at least share a virtual glass of tea! Praying for your healing!

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  22. Some authors I love to read and some new ones to me!
    Oh, I love the Sugar Plums!

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    1. We're all glad to entertain you today! The Sugarplums truly are tasty! And we have several different kinds!

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  23. Congratulations, ladies. The books all look so good. I can't wait to read them. Carrie, I think I'd like to try a sugarplum or two and if you have any mint tea???

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    1. Thanks, Anne! I sure do have some mint tea. And do try some of the tasty sugarplums!

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  24. So much good food and drink! And the company be just as pleasin'. I wish to be congratulatin' ye wonderful authors. Yer writings inspire and take me to places I've never been before. Me imagination runs wild...like I be atop a high crest of wave on the ocean. Such a wonderful escape, to be sure! Keep up the great work, Mateys!

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    1. Some of my guests this Christmas had to take a ship down from Mackinac Island -- and in terrible weather! We were so glad they could get here safely!

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    2. I could only imagine those waves! Very frightening, to be sure! I be prayin' their return trip be worry-free.

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  25. Congratulations on your recent releases, ladies! I'm always up for a good tea party.

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Regina! Scones & tea seems just right.

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  26. Ahhhhh, me be done wit' me coffee and be quite awake now! Me eyes be jumpin' wit such happiness at the sites set before me. How do ye lovely ladies do it? Set up such wonderful parties and have such fantastic spreads?! I be quite beside meself today. This be quite spectacular....like yer stories! I think I will wander about and take it all in, Mateys! (walking around) Me head be spinnin'....how do they do it? So wonderful! Oh my, look at the gowns, the hairstyles...oh! I just adore that there parasol! (keeps walking and takin' in the sites and sounds of the party)

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    1. Be careful of the parasols especially if you are wearing your pirate's eye patch today, Chappy! We sure need a multitude of servants to help get us all dressed for these events!

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    2. No eye patch fer me, Matey! Good thing, too, since I would probably be walkin' into everything if I were. I believe Pat be wearin' her eye patch, so I best be on the lookout fer her, to keep her on a straight path.

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  27. Congrats on the new releases! I’ll see everyone at the tea party this afternoon.
    perrianne (DOT) askew (AT) me (DOT) com
    Perrianne Askew

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    1. Hi Perrianne! In about five weeks, your namesake will make her debut!

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  28. Afternoon ladies, I am so pleased to be here with you for this marvelous tea party. What a beautiful autumn day for this gathering. I am rather parched from the carriage ride here, so I think I will try a cup of tea and maybe one of those delicious looking scones.
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    Congratulations on your new book releases ladies! I have read The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection and am currently reading An Hour Unspent. I have A Heart for Freedom waiting on my kindlefire for me to get to it and A Dangerous Deception is on my ever growing TBR list. Again, congratulations!
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    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Thanks for visiting with us, Tina! We love our CQ reader! I hope you'll enjoy Roseanna's story, too, as well as Janet's and Deb's! Blessings!

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  29. Congrats on all the new releases! I’m looking forward to read them and enjoying the tea party with ya’ll!

    - Kailey Bechtel

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    1. Hi Kailey! Nice to see you here! Feel free to share your favorite tea cup over at the FB party, too, which starts officially in a couple of minutes!

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  30. Hello Ladies.
    I'm so sorry to be tardy. Two of the cows got loose and there were only a couple of us here to find them. I'm thankful Mistress Carrie has been entertaining you in my absence.

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  31. Congratulations to all authors who are celebrating the publication of your books today. They are sound wonderful. I hope I get a chance to read each one. Blessings...

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    1. Thanks, Kay! I pray you get a chance to read all of the new releases, too!

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  32. I'm delighted to be able to offer an audible version of A Heart Set Free to a commenter here today. A Heart For Freedom is the sequel to A Heart Set Free.

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  33. Looking forward to the party or for a chance to win one of you ladies lovely books..thanks so much for the chance. I love reading about all these wonderful books and the Virginia house..would be lovely to live in that house..thanks so much for a chance.

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    1. Hi Rory! Janet's setting is lovely, isn't it? Virginia is such a pretty commonwealth!

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  34. Chappy be spyin' the lovely books ye authors be givin' away at this party. They all sound quite intriguin' and excitin'! It be me hope that should I win, it be a paperback, since Chappy's eyes can't manage ebooks too well these days. If not, no worries!

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    1. Methinks a certain Sugarplum Lady named Deborah would want you have have a paperback copy, too!

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    2. Ye sweet lady. Ye already sent me a copy and I am very grateful to ye! I am so honored to be one of yer Sugarplum Ladies!

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  35. Thanks for the chance to win! I'm always up for a new book!

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  36. Ladies no rain today. It is such a lovely day. Thank you am sipping apple cider and eating ginger cookies. Congratulations authors on your new releases of such exciting books. I haven't read any of them but have them all added to my need to read list.

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  37. Hello from VA. Looking forward to a great party. Thank you all for taking time out of your busy schedules for us. God bless. Keep writing the awesome books that you do. You have no idea how thankful I am for good clean Christian books. Thank you for your hard work.
    Abigail

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  38. Oh, what an honor to get to hear all about all of you. I really love the Victorian era. I look forward to reading all the books.
    Blessings
    Kathy from Texas

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  39. Congratulations ladies on your releases. Thank you for the wonderful tea party. If my dress is mussed I apologize, but I’ve been canning sauerkraut to eat this winter. Blessings ladies.

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  40. Congratulations everyone on your new releases! This is my first time attending one of your tea parties and I'm so excited to be be participating! 😊

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  41. Thanks for the chance to win. The books sound awesome! rose blackard (at) Gmail (dot) com

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  42. Great books Looking forward to reading about them. Thanks Rose Albarado Denton

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  43. Congrats on the new releases, Ladies!!! The book covers are all so pretty, and the synopsis of each is intriguing. I'm looking forward to settling in with a nice cuppa and being swept away by each story.

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    1. Thanks my friend! BTW, I need to get that cake plate finally finished with the beading! Ack!

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  44. I'm excited for all your new releases! They all look wonderful! Thanks for the post and the FB party!

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  46. I am currently reading the Victorian Christmas Bride collection and loving it! Congrats ladies on a great book.

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy the Christmas herbal tea by Stash that will be coming your way, Shelia! Blessings!

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  47. My, but me feet be hurtin' from walkin' around so much. But, I could not help meself....so much to take in! Me thinks I should sit a spell and be refreshed. (sits within view of everyone and everything) Awww....this be nice. Yes, I do believe I will just sit here and rest me poor feet.

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  48. Congratulations all of you lovely ladies on your new releases! Beautiful covers, and the stories all sound wonderful!! Thank you for another wonderful tea party and the chance to win one of books! ~Alison Boss

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    1. Oops! I forgot to leave my email: nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. I can't wait to read this wonderful collection of stories from you equally wonderful ladies. I love collections.

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  50. Excited to read this collection of stories that you all have written it really looks great. Thanks for the opportunity. rose roackard (at) Gmail (dot) com

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  51. Was so great to join in...thanks for the opportunity!

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    1. Pat, your so welcome dear, I hope you have had a good time today !

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  52. I hope some scones and Liberty tea are still available!! Wonderful to finally arrive!! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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    1. Kathleen, so lovely to see you dear... the scones and Liberty Tea are such a nice combination... I am so glad that you came... Hugs

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    2. I even have some left over today, Kathleen. Pull up a chair and we'll enjoy the Irish butter on them!

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    3. I would love to pull up a chair together and with Anne and Regina! Love your tea time followings!! ~ and thank you for the Irish butter. <3 Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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  53. Well, Chappy needs to be gettin' back to 'er ship. I be havin' a wonderful time. Have a blessed evenin' and please be careful goin' home, especially ye who be sailin' these treacherous waters. God bless and hugs to all. (Chappy leaves wit' a smile on 'er face)

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    1. Well I got mixing and mingling dear Chappy, I bid thee god speed and a safe journey, thank thee for a lovely time of catching up today... Hugs to you my lady!

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  54. Congratulations !!! Love these stories!

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  55. Ladies, it has been so much of an enjoyable time, having tea with you all. I bid you goodnight... Hugs all around!
    Linda Marie Finn
    Faithful Acres Books
    www.faithfulacresbooks.wordpress.com
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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  56. What a great book! Can't wait to read it! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Melanie! It was so wonderful meeting you in person this summer with your hubs! Cassandra and I really enjoyed hanging out with you two! Blessings!

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  57. THANK you all for celebrating with us both here on the CQ blog and at our Facebook party! Many blessings all around!

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  58. I'm sorry to not individually respond to each of you. I had to sneak that FB party into a very tight schedule this week which made it impossible to comment as much as I'd like there and here. I'll be chatting with all my winners, though, and I hope to catch up on everyone's posts later!

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