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10 Year Anniverary & New Releases Winners: Carrie Fancett Pagels' Butterfly Cottage - Melanie B, Dogwood Plantation - Patty H R, Janet Grunst's winner is Connie S., Denise Weimer's Winner is Kay M., Naomi Musch's winner is Chappy Debbie, Angela Couch - Kathleen Maher, Pegg Thomas Beverly D. M. & Gracie Y., Christy Distler - Kailey B., Shannon McNear - Marilyn R.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Historical Christmas Party

 


All of us at Colonial Quills blog and Colonial American Christian Writers welcome you to our party! We also have a Facebook Event from 2-4 pm Eastern Time Wednesday, December 15, where you can show off your party gowns and interact with our authors even more! We're sharing that event with friends from the HHH blog, too, so one or more will join us in the afternoon! 


Shannon McNear

Greetings and salutations, gentle readers! I am so excited to get to share this story with all of you.

The daughter of a renowned English artist and explorer, Elinor White Dare journeys to the New World seeking a fresh start and a place to put down roots. What she finds will shake the very foundations of her faith and yet rebuild what she knows of God’s goodness and mercy, even in loss.

This "what if" historical explores the possible fate of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island, the first attempt at English settlement in America, 20 years before Jamestown.

To celebrate the release of this novel, I am giving away a small "Reader's Retreat" gift bundle, with a signed copy of Elinor (or any of my other books of your choice) accompanied by an "adventure" journal, cranberry rose candle, and two other books by friends of mine, which I had signed at this past July's Mississippi River Readers Retreat. For a chance to win, please comment with your favorite place to curl up and read!

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Pegg Thomas

Merry Christmas!

I'm showcasing my newest release, Maggie's Strength, for today's party.

Maggie Kerr is a survivor. Taken captive at age eleven during the battle at Fort McCord, she's learned to adapt and to trust no one. Promised in marriage to a Huron warrior she fears, Maggie risks everything in a run for her freedom.

Content to ignore the rising animosity between the British and the Ottawa villagers he calls his friends, Baptiste Geroux plants his fields, limping behind his oxen and waiting for his brother to return from the west. Until the day a woman in danger arrives on his farm.

When more tribes join Pontiac in an all-out war, Maggie and Baptiste take refuge at Fort Detroit. He’s distrusted for being French. She’s scorned for being raised by the Hurons. Together they forge a fragile bond—until Maggie's past threatens their chance at happiness.
Follow me on my newsletter for updates and announcements! 

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Naomi Musch

Many happy returns of the season to one and all! I'm happy to hang out with you here today and over on the FB event page. My featured NEW book that releases in just a couple weeks is called Song for the Hunter, and I'm giving away a Kindle copy here on the blog.

30% off through Dec. 16 at the
publisher's site with the
code BESTFRIEND
Song for the Hunter is a sequel to my 2019 Selah and Book of the Year finalist Mist O'er the Voyageur. Here's a brief description of the story:

MΓ©tis hunter Bemidii Marchal has never played his flute to court a maiden but considers the possibility at Fort William’s Great Rendezvous. However, when rescuing his sister causes an influential man’s death, the hunter becomes the hunted. Bemidii flees to Lake Superior's Madeline Island. Carrying a secret, Camilla Bonnet travels into the wilderness with her husband where tragedy awaits. Left alone, she fears Bemidii but is forced to trust him. Friendship grows and turns to deeper feelings. Then Bemidii discovers more about the man he killed. Now the secret he hides might turn Camilla’s heart away—and demand his life.

You can read the first chapter on the publisher's site here: https://shoplpc.com/song-for-the-hunter/ or if you want to listen to me reading, you can hear the first few pages (not the whole chapter) on my Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/qtogfNVqTsQ

To enter for an e-copy of Song for the Hunter, just leave a comment about your Christmas plans--what you're excited about, what you're reading, your favorite food, anything! And don't forget to mention your interest in Song for the Hunter!

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Gabrielle Meyer

Merry Christmas, to one and all! I'm thrilled to be back at Colonial Quills sharing in the Christmas festivities. I can't wait to join everyone at the live Facebook party.

Today, I'll be chatting about my upcoming release, When the Day Comes. It will release on May 3, 2022 with Bethany House Publishers. Here's a little more about the story.

How will she choose, knowing all she must sacrifice?

Libby has been given a powerful gift: to live one life in 1774 Colonial Williamsburg and the other in 1914 Gilded Age New York City. When she falls asleep in one life, she wakes up in the other. While she's the same person at her core in both times, she's leading two vastly different lives.

In Colonial Williamsburg, Libby is a public printer for the House of Burgesses and the Royal Governor, trying to provide for her family and support the Patriot cause. The man she loves, Henry Montgomery, has his own secrets. As the revolution draws near, both their lives--and any hope of love--are put in jeopardy.

Libby's life in 1914 New York is filled with wealth, drawing room conversations, and bachelors. But the only work she cares about--women's suffrage--is discouraged, and her mother is intent on marrying her off to an English marquess. The growing talk of war in Europe only complicates matters.

But Libby knows she's not destined to live two lives forever. On her twenty-first birthday, she must choose one path and forfeit the other forever--but how can she choose when she has so much to lose in each life?

In honor of my new release, I would like to give away an advanced reader copy. They won't be available until February, but the winner will be one of the first to get a copy in the mail! I will choose a winner from among the comments on this blog post. Merry Christmas!

Be sure to follow me on Facebook and subscribe to my newsletter!

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Carrie Fancett Pagels 

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas, as my English ancestors would say! 

Did you know that at the end of my colonial novella, Mercy in a Red Cloak, there is a Christmas scene? This book, like my two 2021 releases Behind Love's Wall and Butterfly Cottage, is set at the Straits of Mackinac and on Mackinac Island! I do have an audiobook of Mercy in a Red Cloak, also, and will be giving away reader's choice of format, including audio code if preferred! And in 2021 my pre-War of 1812 book, Holt Medallion finalist The Steepchase, released in audiobook and I have audiobook codes for Christmas giveaway, too!


From all of us at Colonial Quills blog, we would like to thank you for your readership! You're a blessing to us and we pray our blog posts have blessed you as well!

The wreaths pictured in the post are from Colonial Williamsburg. We hope you'll allow us to serve you a cup of tea, or a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and bring around some trays of Christmas treats for you to enjoy! 

The blessings of the season to you all!

146 comments:

  1. Good morning ladies! Best wishes on your party today. I will try to pop in but I have outside work to do today from the high winds we received and I have limbs and debris all over my yard. I worked out there yesterday for two hours but so much left to do. I pray y’all have a Blessed and Merry Christmas πŸŽ„πŸŽ.

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    1. Good morning, Lucy dear! So good to see you. Praying you have energy to get it all done! ❤

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    2. Ahoy Miss Lucy! It be quite windy here too. While walking me little dog, I feared he'd be swept up and become a balloon on his leash! All is good. He be safe. Enjoy yerself at the party!

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    3. Hello Lucy! The weather has been so fierce lately. Thank you for stopping by to say hi before you get to work.

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    4. Glad you didn't blow away, Lucy!

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    5. Lucy, dear, I hear the men folk sawing the tree limbs in my yard even at this distance. As a matter of fact, my entire oak tree will soon be a thing of the past! 😯

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    6. Oh, sadness, Diana! 😭 But we do what we must, after storms.

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    7. Hi, Lucy! I hope you manage with all the cleanup. I wish you a good Christmas.

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  2. I’ll do my best to pop in if I can…these parties are always the most fun! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Merry Christmas to you as well, Teri! ❤

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    2. Good morning, Teri! Thanks for sharing your beautiful gown over on the FB party page, too! We love having you with us. Would you like some tea or coffee?

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    3. Merry Christmas to you, too, Teri!

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  3. I love to curl up and read in bed!! Elinor looks so amazing!!
    Will try and pop in on the party!! I love parties!! Meeting authors are so fun and amazing!!

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    1. We hope you can make it to the party! It's starting soon.

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    2. Yes! Another bed reader! That's me too. Best place to crack open a book.

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    3. That is my second favorite place to read--when my back allows it! I love reading as a way to decompress before falling asleep. :-)

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    4. So enjoyed the party!! Thanks so much to all the authors who participated and put it together!! Merry Christmas to you all!!

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  4. Good day to all of ye festive people! It be cold and wet here in Northern California. Mayhaps ye could spare a spot of Chamomile tea fer Chappy, to warm up her chilly bones?

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    1. Good day to you, too! I heard talk of tea and cakes at the party later on...

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    2. I've got a teacup all warmed up for you and some Chamomile tea and cranberry and walnut scones, too! Plus lots of fudge!

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    3. Thanks so much Miss Carrie. Ye never let me down. I know I arrived a bit early, but I knew ye would be prepared.

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    4. It's cool and dreary in Northern Michigan. Not cold enough to our snow to stay, I'm sorry to report. :(

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    5. Miss Pegg, it rarely snows here. The weatherman keeps teasing snow, but it's yet to be spied by me eyes. Mayhaps I should get out me eyeglass, eh?

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    6. Great to see you here Chappy. Later you might want to try this one Christmas tea that has notes of pine, cranberry, and white tea in it!

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    7. Thank ye, Miss Carrie. Notes of pine? I be allergic to pine. Just hearing the word makes me eyes swell. I've tried lots of flavors, but only one has pleased me pallet and that be Chamomile tea with French Vanilla creamer added to it. So good! I don't even drink coffee anymore.

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    8. Carrie's fudge is most delectable! She gets the ingredients up North I've heard tell.

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    9. I must try this fudge. Bring forth the fudge! I apologize. Manners Chappy! Please bring forth the fudge.

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    10. Greetings, dear chappy! So good to see you. I have also brought Russian teacakes, AKA Mexican wedding cakes, AKA Danish teacakes, AKA whatever nut-filled shortbread cookies might be called in your local culture ... πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

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  5. Good morning ladies 😊. I would love a cup of coffee with one of those fabulous treats you are bringing around. Currently my favorite place to read is on my iPad so I don’t have to hold a book. However, otherwise I love to sit outside and read so I can enjoy the fresh air and the singing of the birds. I absolutely loved Elinor, Shannon!
    Naomi - my Christmas plans are still very much up in the air as we are waiting on the financing for our home and thus are residing in a motel. I am looking forward to reading Song for the Hunter!

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    1. Ahoy Betti! Ye be looking fabulous! I shall be praying about yer home situation. Have fun at the party!

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    2. Betti - you will love Song for the Hunter!

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    3. Miss Betti, Welcome! I have the ginger cake batter started. The scones, fudge, and ham biscuits are here and I'm happy to pour you a cup of coffee. Would you like some molasses to sweeten that? And we have fresh cream today, too! Straight from the cows in the pasture nearby!

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    4. Hello, Miss Betti, and thank you!!! ❤

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    5. Hi, Betti! Oh my, that's a tough time to be moving. I hope it goes well! Good time for reading though. :)

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  6. Don't worry about putting me in drawin's fer books. I'm just here fer fun. Me book reading has dropped a lot recently, so others at this here party will be more apt to read yer fine stories. I pray ye are all in good health these days. Chappy and Swabbie Jack be fine as a fiddle. Just stayin' ashore keeping warm.

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    1. Sorry to hear that your reading time is down. Hopefully it can pick up again soon.

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    2. No worries. Me eyes be getting tired lately, could be allergies or just old age. 🀷‍♀️ I usually just read whatever me favorite authors put out. Me grandchildren fill up a lot of me time.

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  7. Hello everyone! I’m watching the time. One minute to go before the party starts. 😁 My favorite place to curl up to read is in my bed at night after everything has quieted down. I’m not sure of Christmas plans yet. I haven’t even put up my tree yet. ☹️

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    1. I'm a bed reader too! And you're not the only one without a tree up yet. We plan to cut ours on Saturday.

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    2. Me tree has been up since late November. Me grandchildren love to see the lights and play with me musical snowmen. When I read, it be in me comfy recliner with full light. Me eyes, ye know.

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    3. Hello Miss Sherry! I like to read in bed at night--or rather I used to. But using candles to read by, in these colonial times, can be rather risky! ;) ;)

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  8. Hello Shannon, I just finished Elinor last week, and I loved this story! My favorite reading spot is my recliner that sits near our fireplace and across from windows that look out onto the countryside.

    Good afternoon, Pegg, Maggie's Strength sounds fascinating. I hope to read it soon.

    Hi Naomi, I look forward to reading your new book, Song for the Hunter. We were able to have an in-person Christmas program at church this past Sunday evening, and this was one of my wishes for this Christmas season. Last year, my family had Covid during Christmas but the program had already been cancelled because of health concerns. There's nothing like hearing the Christmas story at church!

    Gabrielle, I fell in love with the cover of When the Day Comes the first time that I saw it, and the synopsis fascinates me. Can't wait to learn more about Libby's adventures!

    Hi Carrie, I'm always excited to read your stories, and I haven't read Mercy in a Red Cloak!

    Thanks, ladies, for writing stories that allow all of us to be 'taken away'! I hope to join you on FB but I may be limited by time!

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    1. Oh my goodness, Miss Connie, we are so glad to have you here! I believe Shadrach and Mercy would love for you to read their story! I agree with you about all those lovely books by our authors! Come sit down and try this Christmas tea (shhhh but it is from a Downton Abbey inspired tea and not colonial --it tastes like it should be though!)

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    2. Ahoy Miss Connie! Wow, I love how ye describe yer reading spot. Sounds wonderful. Enjoy yerself at the party!

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    3. Hi Connie! Good to see you here.

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    4. Thank you, Connie! You're a dear. That's so true. I love being in church on Christmas. I hope you have a healthier new year!

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    5. Oh Connie, thank you so much! And that sounds like a perfectly lovely place to read. ❤❤❤

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    6. CONNIE congrats you are one of my winners! You can have a copy of Mercy in a Red Cloak in your choice of format! Blessings!

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  9. All of these books sound so enticing! It'd be an honor to win any of them.
    So glad to be here! Sipping on ice cold lemonade trying to flush out my sinuses. None of these colonial Drs seem to know what they're doing. Must ask the Indians for a natural remedy!

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    1. Pegg, I've not read one of your books yet. Love the cover & description of Maggie's Strength!

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    2. Ahoy Miss Diana! Good to see ye made it to the party. Ye look lovely. Sorry about yer sinuses, sounds painful. Just take a rest and enjoy yerself.

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    3. Diana ... *gasp!* 'Tis time, my friend, 'tis time. ;)

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    4. Diana--William Christy has prepared you a hot mug of apple cider with ginger and some molasses. He also wants you to try the ginger cakes I'm putting in the oven shortly. After that he says another cup of hot mint tea with honey!

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    5. Tis past time, Ms. Thomas! Alas there's so many books...so little time. Sigh... However I am caught up on review books till the end of the year so there is that! πŸ€“

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    6. Carrie, do bring him hither that I may thank him for his utmost kindness.

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    7. Ahoy, Miss Chappy! Such a delight to see you here & your gown is to die for! That color is so becoming on you!

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    8. Why, thank ye, Miss Diana. Not really me style, but when in Rome.....

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    9. Oooh, Diana, I'm so sorry! I could offer you a draught of good, strong yaupon tea like the Croatoan make it--that would perk you right up and you'd forget about your sinuses! 😁😏

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    10. Shannon, I'd probably forget all my problems. LOL!

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    11. I assure you it's non-alcoholic but it had quite the caffeine kick!

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    12. Hahaha Since I never use caffeine I'm sure it would give me quite the kick I need!

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    13. Pegg, I signed up for your newsletter, but I think I already had. πŸ€”

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  10. Sounds like some fascinating books.

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    1. Ahoy Miss Janet! Welcome to the festivities! Speaking of fascinating books, yers be so good! Definitely some of me top favorites! Enjoy yerself at the party!

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    2. Hi Janet! Good to see you here.

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    3. Hello, Janet! So good to see you. :-)

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  11. I am so enjoying the posts over on the party page and finding more books to add to my list of must reads! My favorite spot to read is in a nice, warm bubble bath with a chilled beverage ��

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    1. You must be much more graceful than I. I'd wind up with a wet book for sure!

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    2. Ahoy Janelle! I've never tried reading while in me tub. Too afraid of getting me book wet. Enjoy yerself at the party!

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    3. Miss Janelle! Now that sounds quite lovely, but our colonial tubs are more like a wash tub rather than something one could soak in! Perhaps the size of a large trough? Let me have a servant run down to the Ice House by the river to get something to cool your cider!

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    4. We are kindred spirits, Miss Janelle! I too love a good hot soak, a cold drink, and a good book. ❤

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    5. I'd be terrified of dropping my Kindle...er, book rather, in the water!

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  12. Shannon, I am intrigued about what she will learn. I live to curl up in the chair in my living room to read. I usually have the foot rest up so my cat will join me. That is the closest he gets to sitting in my lap. πŸ˜‚

    cagould13(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Ahh, pets with boundaries! I don't allow our dogs to sit on my lap either ... but German Shepherds are a little large for that. 😏 And I hope you enjoy the story!

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  13. Pegg, your book sounds good. I don't think I have ever read another book with Pontiac's rebellion as the backdrop.

    cagould13(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you! I hope you'll read it some day and learn a bit about that Indian uprising that seems to have fallen out of our history.

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  14. Naomi, A Song for Hunter sounds good. Those secrets, though...can't wait to see how this one affects his life.

    I am most looking forward to giving my boys their Christmas present-a trip to an NBA basketball game (CavsvsPacers).

    cagould13(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, that sounds fun! I love bball. Yes! BIG secret. :)

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  15. Gabrielle, a time hop!!!! I love those! What a decision she has to make. 😳

    cagould13(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Carrie, hello from a pal. I listened to Mercy in a Red Cloak on audible and enjoyed ot very much. Thanks for hosting the party here on Colonial Quills.

    cagould13(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Carrie! I am so glad you enjoyed Shad and Mercy’s story! Blessings!

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  17. I curl up in bed with a cup of herbal tea on the nightstand and read. Second fave spot is a "summer" place and that's on the back patio on my lounge chair. But since it snowed yesterday, forget that one!

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    1. Yes, no more outdoors reading here until at least May! LOL

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  18. Naomi, my Christmas plans are Christmas Eve at my house, with German food and then family time, singing etc and then the grandkids will open their presents. I am excited!

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    1. Whoops yes, I would love to read Song for the Hunter! The cover is amazing!!!

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    2. Dear Sonja, so delighted to see you, my dear. One question I've always wondered about. How does one read lying in bed? I either get a neck ache or fall asleep, so it's in the chair by the fire for me!

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    3. Oh, the German food! Anything particular? We often had German food at my grandparents' for Christmas. Can you say braunschweiger squares with olives on a toothpick? Lol!

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    4. I can't say it, nor will I try any! Lol

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  19. Gabrielle, I followed you on Amazon and subscribed to your newsletter!

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  20. Happy Christmas to you as well, Carrie. I enjoy your books so much. πŸŽ„πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you so much! Is this my lovely neighbor? I'll ask you tomorrow! Hugs!

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  21. Merry Christmas everyone. Beautiful party! Congratulations on all the lovely books ladies.

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    1. Great to see you, Kathleen dahling. Merry Christmas!

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    2. Ahoy Miss Kathleen! Good to see ye here! Pull up a chair and enjoy the lovely food and drink.

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    3. Thank you so much, Kathleen! So glad you could join us! ❤

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    4. Thanks, Kathleen! Merry Christmas, and thanks for dropping by!

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  22. Shannon, my favorite place to read is anywhere I have time and I have my book, often in the kitchen. Elinor will be a great read for me.

    Pegg, I am sooo wondering about what happens with Maggie and Baptiste. HEA doesn’t always happen the way readers expect.

    Naomi, Song for the Hunter will be included in my next book order. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your large family!

    Gabrielle, I am excited about your book, When the Comes. I enjoy dual timeline novels, but you have taken it to a new level with the time travel aspect.

    Carrie, your novella “Mercy in a Red Cloak” sounds adventurous. Mackinac Island is an interesting place, even if I only get to read about it.

    Merry Christmas, everyone! God bless you all.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Roxanne!

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    2. Thanks bunches and bunches, Roxanne! God bless you, and have a very happy Christmas!

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    3. "... anywhere I have time and have my book ..." Oh, absolutely!!! I am lost if I find myself out and waiting in an office somewhere and don't have my book ... yay for Kindle on my phone!

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  23. Well, Chappy's eyes be getting tired. No more screen time fer awhile. I had a lovely time. Unfortunately, I was unable to see any posts on Facebook. Not sure why. Have a blessed Christmas everyone!

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    1. Because Facebook was being a TOTAL BRAT this afternoon. I'm complain about it ... if I had any hope that anyone at Facebook would listen. And I don't.

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  24. Shannon, I usually read in my comfy chair in the living room

    Pegg, Your books sounds so interesting.

    Naomi, Song of the Hunter is going on the TBR pile!!

    Gabrielle, The idea of living two separate lives until you're 21 and having to choose would be so difficult. It would be so hard to choose knowing you'd be giving up things either way you chose.

    Carrie, Yay for Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City :D I love being a pal.

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  25. Merry Christmas! May the Lord richly bless you and your families!

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  26. I like to curl up by the fire to read. I need to get Elinor off the shelf and curl up w/ her and Maggie too.
    I'm looking forward to having my family all here for a few days after Christmas. And also indulging in our million dollar fudge we make at Christmas time (not sure why we don't make it any other time of year...hmmm, I might have to think about that one!) Song for the Hunter is now on my TBR pile!
    Gabrielle, your new book sounds so good. Can't wait to read it. And Carrie, you know I love your books.
    Merry Christmas, Ladies. And thank you for keeping your readers happy. We love your stories...keep 'em coming!

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    1. Fireplaces are the best. And I hope you enjoy the story! Merry Christmas!!!

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    2. Anne I want your recipe! Btw my ginger cookies came out great! Wa t to try some with hot chocolate?

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    3. Thanks for adding Song for the Hunter to your TBR list, Anne! So many good reads here today!

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  27. Shannon, in case you missed my comment which was attached to someone else's, my favorite place to curl up & read is by the fireplace in my comfy new recliner that took a year to get here! We paid for it in Sept 2020 & it was delivered in Sept 2021. We never got an explanation for it. Perhaps God was teaching us patience and appreciation because I sure do appreciate this long awaited chair! They did send us a lot of texts during that year saying it would be delivered, but it never was when they said. 🀷

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    1. Oh my goodness!! Wow, talk about a covid delay, huh? πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜ That's quite a story, though, and what a great place to read! (And I had you down, but thank you for making sure!)

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    2. That's what you call long hauling post Covid effects! lol I've never heard of it taking a year to receive an order! 😯

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  28. Shannon McNear: My favorite place to curl up and read is on the couch with a candle burning. Thank you for the chance to win your wonderful 'Reader's Retreat' gift bundle! ~ MERRY CHRISTMAS! :)

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    1. Oh, very nice! And you're very welcome--it's fun to get a chance to do this. Merry Christmas to you as well! πŸ₯°πŸŽ„

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  29. NAOMI MUSCH: I am currently reading '12 Days at Bleakly Manor' by Michelle Griep. I love reading Christmas stories and historical fiction! I have 'Mist O'er the Voyageur'. The sequel to it, Song for the Hunter, sounds so good! Thank you for the chance to win an ebook of it!! ~ MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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    1. I loved the 12 Days at Bleakly Manor! Hey, Alison, would you like a free novelette that fits between Mist O'er the Voyageur and Song for the Hunter? I can send it to you as a pdf. It's sort of an extended epilogue to Mist and a teaser prequel to Song. It's called The Long-Awaited Spring.

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    2. Yes, please! Thank you so much, Naomi! That is so kind of you! My email is: nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    3. Just FYI, I be the person Deborha Mitchell be named after in 12 Days at Bleakly Manor....that be me real name. I was so honored.

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    4. That is awesome!! I just started reading the book so I'll have to keep my eyes out for Deborah. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  30. GARBRIELLE MEYER: Your upcoming book, When the Day Comes, sounds very good!! I really like the story synopsis, and the dual timeline sounds wonderfully intriguing! I love reading dual timeline stories! I have it added to my TBR list! Thank you for the chance to win an advanced reader copy of this book!
    ~ MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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    1. GABRIELLE: I am also following you on Facebook and signed up for your newsletter! :)

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  31. CARRIE FANCETT PAGELS: I love that at the end of 'Mercy in a Red Cloak' there is a Christmas scene! I love reading Christmas stories and historical fiction!
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book!
    ~ MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  32. I tried leaving a comment earlier and for some reason I am not seeing it. I will try again!

    I love to read anywhere I get a chance to read, but I do believe my favorite place is in my recliner with the fireplace going.
    We will be spending Christmas at home this year and I am so glad that we are. It will be the first time in 5 years that I will have all 4 of my kids for Christmas. My momma heart is so happy about this!
    I see several new books coming out and I can't wait to read them!

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    1. Thank you for making sure! And what an AMAZING blessing--to have your entire family home!! I cannot remember the last time we could say the same. ❤πŸ₯° Enjoy!!!

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  33. I loved your Historical Christmas Party, ladies! Would love to read all your books. Am busy writing my fifth historical novel during these December days and would love to join your group whenever there's an opening. Hugs and a Merry Blessed Christmas to all is my prayer.
    Elva Cobb Martin, Anderson, SC

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    1. Welcome Elva! Great to see you here! Merry Christmas!!!

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    2. Thank you so much for stopping by, Elva! Blessings and Merry Christmas!!

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  34. Shannon, I mostly read in bed for a bit before falling asleep, but if I have a lazy, quiet day I definitely read in the recliner!

    Gabrielle, When the Day Comes sounds quite fascinating! It’s not a premise I think I’ve read before.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Reading to wind down is definitely a favorite! ❤πŸ₯°

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  35. All theses look amazing! Thank you for the opportunity!
    To get my name in the hat for Shannon's novel, my favorite reading spot is my sofa Chase!

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    1. Very nice! So glad you stopped by even if it's late and I'm getting ready to tuck away the leftovers and sweep up the crumbs. :-)

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  36. So many new books I would love to read.

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    1. Yes, I want to read them all but I really love audiobook format and even my own isn't in audiobook for this release! Will have to switch back to using a kindle fire now that I am inheriting hubs' big Kindle Fire as someone has bought him a new one ;) ;)

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  37. I love this group! Fantastic authors that become my friends!
    Merry Christmas to you all!

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    1. Hi Sally!!! I hope you are doing well! We are so glad you could come by. We've been blessed by so many fantastic writers here at CQ!!! Merry Christmas!

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  38. Happy Christmas ladies!
    This is an amazing list of books by such gifted authors!
    I'm currently reading Maggie's Strength (ebook) by Pegg Thomas and Elinor by Shannon McNear (signed paperback) and enjoying them both! I'm adding the other books on my ever growing TBR list.


    Sorry I couldn't make it to the party, I was caring for mom and couldn't pop in as I'd hoped.

    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Carrie, I loved your book, Mercy in a Red Cloak!

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    2. I want to read every single one of these books! Such great stories by amazing authors!

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  39. Congrats to Connie who was my winner and she will receive an autographed and personalized copy of Mercy in a Red Cloak along with turtle earrings to go with the setting (Mackinac Island!) And I've got audiobook codes going out to those who requested them for my audiobooks! Merry Christmas and thanks for attending!!!

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