Monday, July 21, 2014

Of Tempests, Teapots and Tangled Emotions

Characters: Sophie Taylor and Merry Wynter
Books: Tempest in a Teapot and Muffin but Murder
Series: Teapot Collector Mysteries (as Amanda Cooper) and Merry Muffin Mysteries
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Publication Dates: Tempest in a Teapot - June 3rd / Muffin But Murder - July 1st 

Hey, Merry Wynter here. I've been thinking about this a lot lately; sometimes you make friends in the most unexpected ways! Isn't that true?

Here's what made me think of that today; for a very special wedding at Wynter Castle, one of my gifts to the bride is going to be her wedding favors. Weddings can get expensive, and they don't want to spend a lot. The venue is my castle in upstate New York, so that's free, but there are always more expenses than you think there are going to be. I remember my wedding ten years ago... but that's another story, one that ended in tragedy, as some of you know.

Anyway... I was talking to my friend Gogi Grace, and when I asked her what she thought I should do for wedding favors she mentioned unique heart shaped teacups, with tea that was blended specially for the bride and groom. She and some girlfriends had gone on a day trip to a town called Gracious Grove, not too far from here near the Finger Lakes, and came away with the tearoom's own blend of tea, done up in cute packages with the tearoom's name - Auntie Rose's Victorian Tea House - on the packaging.

Maybe I could have the same thing done with the bride and groom's names and date of the wedding on it. What a great idea! Anyway, I got the phone number and made a call to the tearoom to find out who their tea source was, and had an interesting conversation with a young woman working there who is also 'Auntie Rose's' granddaughter, Sophie Taylor. After we talked about her tearoom, the tea, and a lot of other things, we discovered that we had both recently been too close to a murder and had to do a little investigating on our own.

We had other things in common, too. We've both most recently lived in New York. And we both have a man in our lives that we just can't figure out. In her case it is an old flame, a teenage love who she hurt many years ago. Now she can't figure out how he feels about her. She's afraid to dig too deep in case he wants nothing more to do with her beyond friendship, tho' her feelings have reawakened.

I explained about the handsome Sheriff Virgil Grace, and my own confusion over whether I was ready for a new love when I still feel like I'm in love with my late husband, Miguel.

"So what are you going to do, Merry?" Sophie asked. "How do you handle it when you're just not sure?"

I wished I had a solid answer for her. "I guess I'm going to go forward with caution. At least in your case you know he once felt deeply for you. With Virgil I just don't know how he feels."

"It's worse, in a way, for me," Sophie said. "We had something special and I hurt him. He might be so far over me there's nothing left."
Thanks to Karen Owen for the lovely photo!

"Aren't we a couple of sad sisters," I said, with a laugh. "I think you should just talk to him, acknowledge what you did, explain how young and confused you were, and ask if there's any hope."

"Easy for you to say! I think you should confront Virgil, tell him you know there is something between you, and ask him out for coffee."

"Or tea?" I asked. We both laughed. "And then there is the whole murder investigation thing," I added. "He thinks I'm a bit interfering."

"Sounds like you and I are cut from the same cloth, as my Nana would say," Sophie said. "Let's talk again in a  few months and find out what we've done about our love lives. That's barring any more trouble like murders happening."

"That's not likely to happen again," I said. "Autumn Vale is a small town! Yet another murder would just be too big a coincidence."

"Gracious Grove is smallish, too. You're right. It's not going to happen again, so we can get on with business and our love lives."

And that's where we left it. She's going to try to figure out how Jason Murphy feels about her after a dozen years apart, and I've promised I'm going to tackle Virgil Grace... perhaps quite literally. He makes my cheeks get warm and my heart beat faster. I'm nervous, though. I'm not used to making the first move. Any ladies out there who made the first move on the man they loved? How'd it turn out? And gentlemen... did a lady ever tell you outright how she felt? Did you like it?

I'm just not sure how to go about it, and would appreciate any suggestions you may have.

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Calling all cozy mystery readers!!

It is the Cozy Days of Summer Killer Characters giveaway!! And I have a SUPER prize package for you! 

Comment before midnight to enter to win a super package that includes Tempest in a Teapot, Muffin But Murder, AND Bran New Death, book 1 of the Merry Muffin Mysteries! You'll get one Cozy Up to a Good Mystery book tote, a pen, and a handcrafted bookmark in every package, a little bonus!!

Please Note: for the purpose of today's drawing ONLY, entries can come from both the US and Canada!


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Victoria Hamilton Mysteries: http://www.victoriahamiltonmysteries.com
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Blog: http://vintagekitchenmysteries.blogspot.com
Twitter: @MysteryVictoria

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96 comments:

  1. Great post. I love tea and would love to visit that tea room.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. What a great conversation! Wouldn't a cross-over be fun? Anyway, I'd say it's fine for the woman to broach the subject. Especially with all the murders happening, you never know how much time you'll have, so don't waste it! :-)

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  3. WOW!What a great post! Would love to win the prize package!! shelleyreadsandreviews40@yahoo.com

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  4. what an awesome giveaway!!!
    I LOVE 1st books of a new series..........

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  5. I asked my husband out for our first date. We have been married 22 years so it worked out just fine.

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  6. I found dating to be a difficult time and most guys didn't seem to want the lady to be first in telling them how they felt. Of course, guys are hard to read. What one guy doesn't like, another guy does, so who knows. Looking forward to reading t his new series. dbahn@iw.net

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  7. So fun excellent post love your books. Maybe there is a crossover book in the making. lhxp73@yahoo.com

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  8. I have no suggestions for you. I'm just glad this contest is open to Canada. :-) I enjoyed "Bran New Death" and am looking forward to reading more of your books.

    flash29@sympatico.ca

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  9. Oh my, two of my favorite characters getting together for a chat. I love this post!

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  10. Love the give a way
    Keep up the great work
    Karen

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  11. What a wonderful idea! The book sounds really good, love the cover!
    lynn@tangledyarn.com

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  12. Thanks so much for the generous giveaway!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  13. I would love to win this. I asked my husband out first and we have been together for 20 years. So I think it works out great

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  14. I've enjoyed reading your work. suefoster109@netzero.net

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  15. My husband and I were pen pals while he was deployed for Desert Storm. I say that I asked him out first and he says he asked me out. What I really think happened is that our letters asking the other one passed each other in the mail. :) We've been together ever since then. Love the muffin series and the tea shop series is on my TBR list. I agree with someone else who said a crossover book would fun.

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  16. Lovely giveaways! I think you need to go with what feels right. If you feel like making a move, do it. Then again if you are not comfortable there are ways to get him to think it is his idea...

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  17. My husband and I met through mutual friends at a wedding. Turned out that we have a lot of mutual friends, so we double dated a lot. I wish I had a suggestion for you, but I don't. Love the book crossover!!

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  18. A great post. I love that one of Karen Owen's photos was used! She uses them on her blog and they are always so beautifully done! I love all of Victoria Hamilton's books. And that of course includes Amanada Cooper.

    Thank you KC blog for a great summers giveaway! I am in love with the tote! lisaksbookreview@aol.com

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  19. Wow! Now that is some kind of prize package. Thank you for offering these great books. Good luck to everyone.

    DelAnne
    InspirationalAngel@hotmail.com

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  20. What a great giveaway.

    vikiwilson@outlook.com

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  21. Great post - I love the heart shaped teacup and the specially blended tea as a party favor idea for a wedding - or really any party - would be great for a bridal shower or even a baby shower - Thanks for the great giveaway

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

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  22. That's a great bundle of prizes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed because I want to read these books. They are right down my alley!

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  23. Great Books, waiting for the next ones to come out. Thanks for the chance to enter in the contest.
    Hamilton.theresa5@gmail.com

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  24. Oooh, what a great list of goodies. I hope I win. Would love to read these!!
    dty66@md.metrocast.net

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  25. What a great giveaway! Love the books offered. As for the dating suggestions, my husband asked me out first and I refused. Months later after some thought, I asked him out and we've been married over 16 years. Worked out well in the end!

    Sandra M
    sa7mrt@aol.com

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  26. The man I was interested in happened to be my friend's good friend. When I met him I let my friend know that I liked him and he relayed the message. Well, he felt the same about me. What was the result? We're married 20 years in September!! Life's too short to let a good thing pass you by. If you are interested in someone you should find a tactful way to let the person know.
    And, I LOVE the heart shaped teacup. I wish I'd thought of that for my own wedding favors.

    Lauigl [at] carolina [dot] rr [dot] com

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  27. What a wonderful giveaway! My husband and I met when I went to work where he already worked. We were friends for 4 years before we decided to go out. So, I can honestly say that I married my best friend. We got married 2 years after we started dating and have now been married for 10 years. I never thought that I would be so happy. (I am in my 50's and he is in his 60's). So proud to be his wife. :)

    I can't wait to read these! Hope I win (fingers and toes are crossed) :)

    bubs(dot)girl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. Great book adventure to read in which i can read in my book chair and sip some tea. Love the giveaway prizes. Elisanabby at gmail dot com

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  29. Thanks for giveaway. Love cozy mystery .

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  30. I was the first to tell my husband I loved him... but I waited for him to ask me to marry him. ;-) We've been happily married for almost 24 years.

    The heart-shaped teacup is precious - where on earth did you find it? And the conversation between your two heroines is delightful - as are both characters. I agree with an early comment: a crossover mystery could be a lot of fun.

    jkpekar AT crosslink DOT net

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  31. I say do what feels right for you. I haven't read any of these books but Bran New Death has been on my to read list For a while.
    Cmkeck311@aol.com

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  32. What a delightful giveaway. So special. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. What an opportunity to read from a great selection of books. Photos on site are a bonus I enjoy. Do not like posting email address publicly as results in huge amounts of spam but know only way to get in winning line. laughlincat@gmail.com

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  34. What an amazing opportunity. I love Krista Davis' s books and haven't read either one of the giveaway books! Thank you so much for the chance!

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  35. No suggestions

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  36. Would love to win. The books all look wonderful!

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  37. I want that heart-shaped teacup!

    I claim that I made the first move because I invited him to my 13th birthday party and he claims he made the first move because he invited me to go bike riding the next morning (hey, we were young!). Whichever, it worked. We had kind of a force field around each other in high school - the young, possessive mine, mine, mine. Kind of morphed into a more adult mine. We just celebrated our 45th anniversary in June. 3 children, 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren with 2 more on the way.

    What a great prize package. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  38. Thanks for this tea giveaway which is close to my heart since tea is my daily drink all year long. Soothing, calming, warm and wonderful.Perfect and ideal prize. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  39. I would cook him a fabulous meal. They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  40. I Love Tea and I Love to Read! So of course I need to enter this Great Giveaway :) Thank you :)

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  41. I made the first move and my husband and I just celebrated our 33rd anniversary together earlier this month.
    scarletbegonia5858@gmail.com

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  42. Love the teacup. Would be great win and can't wait to read.

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  43. I say...Just bite the bullet and say how you feel.

    kvmatlock(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. I am a huge fan of Merry! So looking forward to reading her next adventure. Clearly judging from the conversation, Tempest in a Teapot is next! Would love to win the goodies!! BTW, huge fan of the Vintage Kitchen series.

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  45. I love the muffin series and I know I will also love the teapot series! Thank you!
    mishy325@gmail.com

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  46. I am a big fan of cozy mysteries and this is a wonderful giveaway. Thanks. kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

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  47. I love cozies! Looking forward to the new publications!

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  48. Wow, what a great cozy giveaway - count me in!

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  49. A very generous giveaway. Thanks
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  50. I've read all of the vintage kitchen mystery books. And I would LOVE to read these other series! Awesome prizes by the way!!! :)

    abbyloveskats@yahoo.com

    P.S. no spaces or capitals. And its kats with a k

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  51. I enjoyed the conversation and ideas for bridal favors - especially the heart shaped teacups and a special blend to reflect the relationship of the bride and groom. What a unique idea! This is a wonderful giveaway. Good luck to everyone and congratulations to the eventual winner!

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  52. I'm loving the Vintage Kitchen series and both the Merry Muffin series and the Teapot Collector series are pretty high on my TBR list. I have a feeling I'll be loving them as much as Vintage Kitchen. Thanks for doing this awesome giveaway.

    robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  53. What a out standing give away, thank you.
    CABWNANA1@bellsouth.net

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  54. Thanks for the giveaway! I love tea and muffins so these books are right up my alley!

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  55. I asked my sweetheart out on our first date. It was an overwhelming success!

    jenne(dot)turner(at)unt(dot)edu

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  56. sherrylrae1@aol.comJuly 21, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    wow what an awesome give away anyone would be very lucky to win any of these books.

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  57. This is a FABULOUS new series--can't recommend this enough!

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  58. Love the tea cup shape. Great giveaway.
    Lynn
    lhallson@shaw.ca

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  59. Thanks for sharing your talent. I'd love to win.

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  60. Well, hubby and I met at work, he initially asked me out but was a slow mover so I usually did the calling and asking out, after about 6 months I gave the ultimatum that he either step up and take a little more initiative or take a hike and here we are 26 years later...yes, he stepped it up, LOL.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  61. I have never been in that position, but I have observed friends pushing.

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  62. Sounds like a great stack of books!

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  63. I miss Google Reader where I'd receive notice from all of you wonderful authors and your websites!!! So many of these books looks awesome!

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  64. That heart shaped tea cup is just too cute! I'm halfway through Tempest in a Teapot, hoping I can find out whodunnit before it's do back at the library tomorrow. :-)

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  65. awesome post!
    lisa.coker@remingtonpark.com

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  66. Maybe I'm no one to ask.I tried to make a first move on one fellow who immediately gave me a lecture on bacon; he had just gotten a job as a bacon inspector...that was almost the most interesting except...I did tell my one male friend that we were under mistletoe.(we actually were), and that landed me the kiss of a lifetime. He's the one I married...after a couple of separations of feelings and geography.It was a long road but we are nearing our 32nd wedding anniversary.

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  67. I don't drink tea, but recently attended a baby shower with an Alice in Wonderland theme. They had wonderful decorations, including lining the center of the long tables with teapots. My sister and her 3 1/2 year old granddaughter had a wonderful time pretending to drink tea!

    Karen94066 at aol.com

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  68. great post, can't wait to read all these books

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  69. This looks so awesome!! Oh, please be mine!!
    misstree1963@gmail.com

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  70. Recently enjoyed "Tempest in a Teapot" and would love to win this prize package! Thanks! angelamcrae at charter dot net

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  71. I love tea! Great post. Good luck all! dalubbert at Hotmail dot com

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  72. Purchased BRAN NEW DEATH from Amazon and loved it. Pre-ordered MUFFIN BUT MURDER so it was delivered as soon as released, but I haven't been able to get to it to read yet. :(

    Should I win this prize package, I would certainly share those 2 books with my daughter &/or a reading friend -- I'm not willing to loan them my original copies ye ( lol ). And I would love to read TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT.

    These daily posts and contests are fun! Thank you for doing them.

    donna dot durnell at sbcglobal dot net

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  73. I've made the first move a few times. None of them worked. Of course, waiting for him to make the first move hasn't worked for me either, as I'm still single. So...good luck!

    cozyupwithkathy at gmail dot com

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  74. What a prize! Thanks for the giveaway! Raquel36m(at)gmail(dot)com

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  75. I would love to win this as my Birthday present, which is today!

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  76. I made the first move with my hubby----he was so shy that he never would have done it.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  77. What a great prize package!

    We have been married for more than 40 years now. I don't really remember who made the first move, but I am pretty sure he did. He asked me to clean his apartment, and paid me, and after I was done we went to a movie. I have been cleaning for him ever since. ;-)

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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  78. I'm not used to making the first move but some times I think you might have to. Guys might need the push.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  79. I remember the first and only time I asked a guy out. I got tried of wait for him to make the move.
    Carol. (At). Carolbee. (Dot) com

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  80. Wow, would love to win this prize package!!! I met my husband when we worked at the same bank. There's an 11 year difference between us & he thought I was too young for him, so I had to do the pursuing. I didn't drive & he went in the general direction of my house, so I was constantly asking him for a ride home. Then I got the idea (from my Mother) to send him a funny valentine. Anyway, he finally asked me out in April or May & got married in November of that same year! We've been married 43 years!

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  81. GREAT giveaway!!!
    now i want a heart shaped teacup!
    woofmew@aol.com

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  82. I asked my husband to marry me 32 years ago:)
    Kim
    Kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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  83. I love this Article. Please enter me.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  84. Sorry, I haven't any suggestions.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  85. I managed to turn a comment into a marriage proposal. My husband is probably still wondering what he said.

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  86. I was and am way too shy to make the first move.
    Thank you for the awesome giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  87. I'm very old school when it comes to making the first move...I believe a guy should ask a girl out not the other way around. Sounds sexist, but it's not, just old fashioned. Thanks for the great giveaway. I'm a huge tea drinker and look forward to reading your tea series and the other ones.

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  88. Oh I would love to win. Tea and cozies and muffins make me happy. :) And I'm old fashioned~I'd be too scared to make the first move.

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  89. I met my husband on a blind date, but I would still like the guy to make the first move. This is an amazing give away - tea, muffins and mystery - what else is there? You rock :0

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  90. I made the first move with my husband and it turned out great!!! I would love to win your books!!!
    Lisa
    hseaside5@aim.com

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  91. Great giveaway. Looking forward to reading it.
    dotkel50 at comcast dot net

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  92. I love tea and I love to read. Awesome giveaway!
    vabedel@aol.com

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  93. Wow, I love love tea and of course to read ! kphans08@gmail.com

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  94. The heart-shaped teacups are sweet. Perfect for Merry's bridal shower teas. Would love to start reading the muffin shop series! Jeaniedannheim(at) ymail(dot)com

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  95. My goodness what a wonderful giveaway! I drink tea and read cozies every day , so this prize is right up my alley ! kathambre@yahoo.com

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  96. Thanks for the win! Can't wait to get my package!

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