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Autumn Tea Party winners: Carrie Fancett Pagels' giveaway of Mercy in a Red Cloak goes to Michelle. Denise Weimer's print copy of The Witness Tree goes to Roxanne C. Janet Grunst's winner of a print copy of The Highlanders is Alison Boss. Naomi Musch's winner of an ebook copy of The Highlanders is Sally D. Angela Couch's winners for ebook copies of choice of the Hearts of War series are Linda Palmer and Judy (heyjudybat). Congratulations, all! Please private message your e-mail or mailing address to the authors.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Autumn Tea Party for CQ Authors' New Releases!


Welcome to our Colonial Quills Autumn Tea Party for our authors' new releases!!! Come on in and take a place by the fire as we serve you tea and treats!

Carrie Fancett Pagels:


Mercy in a Red Cloak audiobook



I'm delighted that my colonial-era suspenseful romance is available in paperback, ebook, and now audiobook! Set during the time of Pontiac's War, after the French-Indian War, it took me about seven years to finally have this story released. The audiobook narrator is Bill Anciaux, at fine narrator and he brought Shadrach Clark's and Mercy Clarke's story to life.

Storyline: Famed colonial scout, Shadrach Clark, is sought out in the Straits of Mackinac, when he has gone missing. His dear friend, Mercy, whose circuit-rider father is also missing, joins in the search. Set during the time of Pontiac's War, can love still blossom?

GIVEAWAY: An autographed paperback copy!



Four lovely stories in this collection from Barbour Publishing. I was delighted to write another Mackinac Island-set story. This novella begins right before my Maggie Award winning story My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island. I had so much fun writing this story because I got to hang out with some of my favorite characters again, such as little Jack Welling.

In Desperate Straits by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Mackinac Island, Michigan, 1894

Desperate for work, Margaret Hadley dresses as a young man to secure a dray driver’s position. When soldiers at the fort threaten her, Mackinac Island’s newest teacher, Jesse Huntington, intervenes.


Denise Weimer:

Today I'm celebrating the release of The Witness Tree, my historical romance set in 1805 Cherokee Territory. 




Past betrayal has turned John Kliest’s passion to his work as a builder and surveyor in the Moravian town of Salem, North Carolina. Now, to satisfy the elders’ edict and fulfill his mission in Cherokee Territory, he needs a bride. But the one woman qualified to record the Cherokee language longs for a future with his younger brother.

Clarissa Vogler’s dream of a life with Daniel Kliest is shattered when she is chosen by lot to marry his older brother and venture into the uncharted frontier. Can she learn to love this stoic man who is now her husband? Her survival hinges on being able to trust him—but they both harbor secrets.


The Witness Tree on Amazon

I'll be sharing more about the Moravians and Cherokees during my 5:30 time slot on the Facebook party, when I'll also be giving away e-book copies of both The Witness Tree and my new contemporary romance, Fall Flip (Fall Flip on Amazon), plus a Moravian-themed goody pack. If you'd like to win a PRINT copy of The Witness Tree, leave a comment here on our blog (U.S.).


Janet Grunst:

Janet Grunst here. Thanks for joining us for our fall release party.

I’m privileged to be a part of THE HIGHLANDERS, the second Smitten Historical Romance Collection that releases November 15th. While the four stories are all about men from the Scottish Highlands, two are set in America and two are set during the Colonial period. They are all quite different from each other. My story The Year Without Summer takes place in 1816 in the Scottish Highlands and Northern Ireland. At the party, I'll share some fun details about the book's cover and more about the stories.

I will be giving away a signed copy of The Highlanders to one USA commenter on the blog. Enjoy the party. 


Naomi Musch

Hi there, Colonial Quills Readers! Everyone finished brewing their tea yet? I’ll just stir a dollop of honey into my cup while I tell you about my upcoming release, also in THE HIGHLANDERS collection, available for pre-order and going live on November 15th

In this novella collection spanning two centuries and featuring Highlander heroes, my story A TENDER SIEGE is about grieving widow Lachlan McRea of his Majesty’s 42 Highlanders wounded during Pontiac’s War in the Battle of Bushy Run. Begging God to take him, and longing only to see his lost wife and child again, Lachlan is discovered by Wenonah, an Odawa widow living on her own precarious edge of safety and need. In aiding one another, Lachlan and Wenonah’s perils increase, but if he can let go of the woman he once loved, he might yet find healing for both body and soul.

The Highlanders Collection is four novellas spanning two centuries, with four distinct authors’ voices, settings, and story styles. Pre-order is available, and by signing up for my newsletter, you can get a sneak peek at the complete first chapter of A TENDER SIEGE.
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Another recent release of mine isn’t Colonial, but I hope you’ll take a peek. THE BRIGHTEST HOPE concludes my Echoes of the Heart WWI and post war series. 

Holly Allen is a well-adjusted war widow who’s developed a knack for running the family press. Her world is turned upside down when she hires “front man” Hugh Phelps to give customers the man-in-charge image they want. With the ghosts of his past, Hugh is anything but a white knight riding in to sweep her away from her cares. Yet when new beginnings finally do seem possible, old heartaches from the war come calling. Now it might only be in letting go of everything dear that they both discover what real love is.



Want to enter to win a signed, full paperback set of the series? Copy and Share the image below on social media and tag me in the post, and I’ll add your name to the drawing. (If it’s easier, you can go to my FB author page or Twitter profile page and share it from there.)

https://amazon.com/author/naomimusch

Angela Couch 

Nothing like a tea party to warm spirits. Not that there was much time for tea or parties in the middle of the war for American freedom. After three years, my Hearts at War series is complete:




It started deep in the Mohawk Valley with the Battle of Oriskany, where Rachel Garnet looses her father and stumbles upon (quite literally) a wounded British captain. They don't expect him to last the night, but when he starts to recover, how will they keep his presence a secret?

 Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility meets the wilderness of Colonial America.



Book two took us south with Daniel Reid. After three years service in the Colonial Army, and he's still not ready to go home to the Mohawk Valley. He takes a message to the legendary Swamp Fox, and finds himself in a tangle of spies and intrigue, where he can't be certain who he can trust.




Book four brought us home. Burying his wife is the hardest thing Joseph Garnet has done, until he's called to leave his young son and baby daughter to fight Iroquois raiders. When one of the marauders tries to steal his horse, the last thing he expects is to end up tussling with a female. The girl is wounded, leaving Joseph little choice but to haul her home to heal—an act that seems all too familiar.


And finally, it all comes together.
The war for American freedom is over, and the British have gone back to England. Not knowing what has become of his family since he was forced into the Continental Army nine years earlier, Myles Cunningham wants to go home as well. He returns to the Mohawk Valley with the understanding that he is believed to have been shot for deserting—fiction that might be made real if anyone recognizes him as the son of a Tory and a King's Ranger.
Everything is wonderful in the growing community along the Mohawk River, except Nora Reid is still alone. With her brother happily settled and both her younger sisters starting families of their own, Nora feels the weight of her twenty-four years. A long walk leads her to the overgrown rubble of the Cunningham homestead where a bearded stranger begins to awaken feelings she'd lost hope of ever experiencing.
With secrets abounding—including whether Myles even cares for her—Nora must determine what she is ready to give up and how far she will go to secure his affections. She begins to break through his defenses, but Myles can't risk staying. Not if he loves her.

Read more and find buy links on my website: www.angelakcouch.com 

Between here and the facebook party, I will be giving away an e-book of each of these stories!
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Our Facebook Party begins at 5 pm Eastern Time tonight, October 30th, 2019.

Comment here on the blog for giveaways associated with this post and come by the Tea Party tonight for more fun and giveaways! As always, thank you so much for celebrating with us!

147 comments:

  1. This is a great list of books! I've read Mercy in a Red Cloak and Lessons on Love. Wonderful books! looking forward to reading the others. See you at the Facebook party!

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  2. Hi, Joy! We look forward to chatting with you.

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  3. Oh my word - so many good books!

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    1. Thanks Stacey! Good to see you here. Would you like some tea?

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    2. I hope you'll enjoy the party, Stacey.

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    3. Right? I wish I could read faster.

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  4. Great lineup of books! Will be in an out today, due to family concerns. Thanks for the opportunity to see all these at once.

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    1. Thank you for coming, Pat. I hope all goes well with you and yours.

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    2. Thanks for joining us today, Pat. Hopefully you can pop in later.

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    3. Take care, Pat! Thanks for popping in!

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  5. Oh my gosh - what an incredible group of fabulous books! I appreciate the opportunity to win one or maybe two..lol. I’ll have some coffee if I may, with a treat before I head back to continue packing. We are moving on the weekend. Will try to stop in tonight, but have obligations one last time at church.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Let me pour that coffee for you, (after all, since splitting from the British, tea has lost it's popularity. ;) ) Hope all goes well with your move!

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    2. If you're moving this weekend, you must be busy. Thanks for stopping by, Betti.

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    3. Sounds like you have your hands full and busy. God bless on your move!

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  6. I love reading historical books and there's such a great variety written by a group of talented authors. Today is a good day to stay indoors in Michigan and drink my peppermint tea. It's 36 degrees, rain turning to slush and then snow by tomorrow morning.

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    1. Hi Judy! Can I refresh your tea? Also would you like some pumpkin scones? They are delicious! Thanks for joining us!

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    2. I would enjoy some pumpkin scones! Thanks!

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    3. My husband is from MI, Judy. It's only misting here in VA but the temperature is 64 degrees.

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  7. Thanks for hosting this party! May I have one of those delightful-looking scones?

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    1. Please do, and save me from loosening my own stays! So glad you came.

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    2. I made Maple scones yesterday, Melissa. Don't ask how many are left. Virtual scones are much easier on the waistline.

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  8. all the books look great and sound great!

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  9. Denise, I have an Rocky of The Witness Tree, but would love a paperback copy to share with my family.
    Carrie, love the cover of Mercy in a Red Cloak!
    Janet, who doesn't love a handsome highlander? Sounds like a great collection!

    We are having a rather dreary, rainy day here, so a nice warm cup of tea sounds wonderful.

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    1. Hi, Patty and all - thank you for stopping in for a lovely visit. It's dreary and rainy here in Georgia. I'm about to fix my cup of tea as well. I need it after the Wal-Mart - oops, I mean the market - run. :)

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    2. A rainy day, Patty, is the best to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee or tea.

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  10. I am looking forward to this now that I am back in The United States for awhile so I can come. What a Wonderful group of Aithors excited to see their new books. It will be Wonderful for something to read when I go back to South Africa.

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    1. What a long way to travel. I hope you enjoy the stories, Tina.

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  11. I thought I had already commented but don't see it.

    All these books look so good! I haven't read many books on colonial times and am intrigued now. ;)

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  12. Hello ladies! I feel terrible about missing so many online parties. With being sick, working day and night on a baby quilt (new grandbaby due in December) and a new furbaby to take care of, I have no energy. My cold is much better, however. Please know that if I attend shortly or not at all, it's not because I am not interested. I adore all of my author friends and I will always spread the words about your wonderful books! Hugs to you all!

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    1. Chappy Debbie, I'm sorry that you've been so sick. Prayers that you feel better soon.

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    2. Praying that you feel better soon Chappydebbie. You're such a wonderful encourager for us.

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    3. Yes, what Janet said! May the furbaby comfort you.

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  13. These all sound so good! Congratulations to all in your latest releases. I am reading Lessons on Love now. It is a great read, so far.

    And while all the others sound really good, I am particularly intrigued by The Witness Tree. I lived in Kernersville, NC for a few years until I recently moved back to my childhood home out of necessity. My boys and I visited Salem many times. They have a Candlelight Tea at Christmas time that is a fun way to learn about the history of the Moravian Star. I look forward to learning more.

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    1. It's a terrific story, Carrie.

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    2. Hi Carrie! That Candlelight Tea sounds lovely! Great to see you here!

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    3. Carrie, I'm so glad The Witness Tree sounds up your alley. I wish I could attend the Christmas services at Old Salem. Maybe next year! I did include some Christmas traditions in my story. :)

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    4. The Christmas service is also a pretty cool thing to attend. We did go one year. (I can't remember the official name. But they are held in Moravian churches all over the area.)
      The Candlelight Tea is something different. It is held in the Single Brother's House.

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  14. Carrie, congratulations on having Mercy in a Red Cloak released in so many formats. I am looking forward to reading it and Lessons on Love. Denise Weimer, I would love to win a PRINT copy of The Witness Tree. Janet, a signed copy of The Highlanders would be wondeful and Angela, so would your ebook! Naomi, I shared your special book sales on Twitter & Facebook. Thanks, everyone, for a great blog and I'm looking forward to the party!

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    1. Thanks Connie! You’re a blessing! So glad you could swing by to celebrate with us! Would you like some chocolate torte and coffee? Or tea?

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  15. Congratulations ladies on these awesome books! I have read several of these (working on reviews as much as my hands will allow) and hope to read the others soon.
    I'll try one of the scones please.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. So glad you can join us. Mrs. Tina. You're a gift we always appreciate.

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    2. Hello my sweet friend! We love having you as our CQ reader/reviewer and look forward to your upcoming reviews when you feel better! Hugs!

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  16. So many wonderful books to celebrate! Congratulations authors!
    I am blessed to have read many of your books.
    Have a wonderful party!

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    1. Thanks for your support and encouragement.

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    2. Thank you! And we hope to chat with you soon.

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  17. Ladies, congratulations on your releases! The CQ Tea's are a highlight on my social calendar.

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    1. What a sweet thing to say, Caryl.

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    2. Hi, Caryl, that's so encouraging to hear. I hope you get a nice dinner and settle in for the party.

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  18. So many amazing books to add to my ever growing reading bucket list!!

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    1. I know what you mean, Abby.
      So many books ... So little time.

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  19. I always look forward to these tea parties! They are always so much fun! Thank you for doing this! All of those books sound really good! See you in the Facebook part of the party!

    - Kailey Bechtel

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    1. Hi, Kailey. Looking forward to it. It's always our pleasure.

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Kailey.

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  20. Congratulations on this great line up of books. I've read a couple and thoroughly enjoyed them. Looking forward to the tea party!

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    1. Thank you for coming, Anne! You're always a delight to hostess. :)

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  21. Congrats to all of you on your new books! They all sound awesome! I love these parties! I think I will get some tea and cookies and sit and catch up with friends! I love to read this era and it’s fascinating to see how far we’ve come with modern conveniences!

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  22. Ladies, all these books sound so good! I hope I get a chance to read them all. Thank you for sharing and have a great day and evening! Blessings...

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  23. Sounds like a great collection of stories. Can’t wait to learn more about them and the authors that wrote them. Congratulations to the authors on their books.

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  24. There are several books on the list I want to read. They all sound sooooooo good!
    I won't be able to make the party tonight, but wish I could. We won't be home. I'm so sad about that, too.

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    1. We will miss you, but perhaps you'll be drawn for something special here from the blog. :)

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  25. Hi Beverly! Glad you could stop here on the blog, though! Let me too off your tea before you go!

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  26. So many great authors and books at this event! Staying signed into FB. :)

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  27. Wow!!! Congratulations, Ladies on so many good looking books! I especially like the cover on The Highlanders. ;) Plus all the stories sound good too! I've read Carrie's, of course. Hope y'all have a great evening.

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    1. You, too, Anne! I hope you get to read Naomi's post about the cover of The Highlanders. It's really neat.

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    2. Thanks, Anne! In case you missed it, the fellow on the cover is my middle son Cade. He graciously helped us out when we couldn't find a modestly donned Highlander image. :)

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    3. Naomi, That was mighty nice of him to do that for you! It's nice to occasionally see a hero on the cover (modestly dressed, of course).

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  28. What a fabulous array of books from such amazing authors!! Carrie, congratulations on Mercy in a Red Cloak and the new release of Lessons on Love! Denise Weimer, I have an e-copy of of The Witness Tree and am looking forward to reading it! Janet (and Naomi) I am eagerly awaiting the release of The Highlanders!!! It sounds sooo good!! I would be THRILLED to win a signed copy of it!!! Angela, Congratulations on completing your Hearts at War series! Naomi, congratulations on the new release of The Brightest Hope(and The Highlanders)! Your daughter is so beautiful on the cover, and your son makes the perfect Highlander on the cover of The Highlanders book! :) I shared your special book sales on Twitter & Pinterest. Thanks, everyone for another fantastic Colonial Quills Tea Party and the chance to win one of these books! Hopping over to the FB party now! :) ~ Alison Boss

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    1. Thank you, Allison! I hope you will enjoy The Witness Tree. Should your name be drawn by me, we can chat about a print copy of another of my novels.

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    2. Thank you so much, Alison! We appreciate your wonderful encouragement! Wish you well in the drawing!

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  29. It's six o'clock and time for me to share a bit about The Highlanders.

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  30. I would love to be entered into the print copy of the books offered. The Witness Tree, & The Highlanders. I love this group!

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  31. I always love seeing the historical fashion on the book covers

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    1. Ah, yes, from a lovely lady who has been on a book cover in CW fashion herself. :)

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    2. I agree, Marie. They are fun to see.

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    3. It is fun! Had a BLAST with the photo shoots on my books. Both my kids. :) Weird, bug glad it happened.

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  32. My story begins where my hero works on the Caledonian Canal in Scotland. He’s from Tullochgorum in the Cairngorm Mountains.

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  33. Congratulations ladies. I see some new faces. I would love to read their books too... PP. Hello Carrie. Love these tea parties! �� Deanna Stevens.. dkstevensne@outlook dot com

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  34. My heroine lives in AchAghadowey, County Londonderry in Northern Ireland.
    Both of these villages have a special place in my heart since that’s where my ancestors’ come from

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  35. I had wanted to comment earlier but had a low phone battery. All the books look great. I like historical romance stories.

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  36. The books sound awesome and the covers are pretty. Thank you forcthe party! rose blackard at gmail dot com

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  37. Congratulations on your new release!

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  38. All of these sound great! Congratulations to all of you!

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  39. Wow! These look great! It would be hard to choose which one to read first. I wonder, just for fun, what is on your nightstand? moma3homeschool(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. As for me, research for a future story.

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    2. Our book for SS is on mine ... If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat.

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    3. I am finishing up the last story in the Lessons on Love collection!

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    4. A great big stack! Right now I'm reading Danielle Thorne's THE PRIVATEER. It's good!

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  40. I have Lessons on Love, but would love to read and review the others.

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    1. You're such a faithful reader, reviewer Mary. Blessings!

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  41. These all sound so great..Congrats!!

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  42. Can't come to the party. These books look great. I will check into ordering some of these books if not all.

    I am still recovering from my shattered knee cap. Yesterday I broke my toe on the other leg.

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    1. Oh no, Wilani! So sorry to hear that. Sounds so painful. Good luck in the blog drawing, and hope you feel better soon.

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    2. Oh, Wilani! Prayers for your healing. What a bummer!

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  43. I see my TBR growing. In fact I’m glad winter is almost here. Time for more reading. 😄

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  44. Lovely site and what a lineup of good books! I need more eyes, the better to read more books!

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  45. I love the variety of stories and authors that wrote them. They all sound very interesting historically and from a variety of authors. I look forward to reading these!
    perrianne (DOT) askew (AT) me (DOT) com
    Perrianne Askew

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    1. One last cup of tea, Perrianne? Maybe chamomile after FB acted up on you? Thank you for stopping by the blog.

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  46. The books sound great!!!

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    1. We enjoyed chatting with you tonight, Trudy.

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  47. I shared the post but it won't let me tag you, Naomi. :( Sorry! I tried.

    arletta(dot)boulton(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. Wow!! All of this books sound awesome!
    Would love to read them!

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  49. My winner of a signed copy of THE HIGHLANDERS is Alison Boss.

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    1. Thank you so much once again, Janet!!!

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  50. These books all sound like awesome reads!

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  51. These books look amazing!! Can't wait to read them :)

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  52. Roxanne C. is my print copy winner of The Witness Tree. Roxanne, if you could message me your mailing address from FB or my website https://deniseweimerbooks.webs.com.

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  53. Many great looking reads. Congratulations to all and best wishes with the books.
    Marion MarionMPC@aol.com

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