Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Healing Power of Tea

By: Merry Wynter
From: Merry Muffin Mysteries
Title: Death of an English Muffin
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Pub. Date: July 7th, 2015
Website: http://www.victoriahamiltonmysteries.com

My grandmother was an amazing woman. She, my mother and I lived in a little Village apartment during my formative years. While my mother worked - hard - to make a living, and spent much of her free time protesting one thing or another, my grandmother was always there. She doled out cookies, muffins, wisdom and... tea.

Tea was her cure all. Have a headache? A cup of tea would fix you right up. Have a broken heart? Miraculously, that same cup of tea could fix that, too. Now I see that it was the wisdom she dispensed with the tea that really cured all ills. But now, almost twenty years after my grandmother left me bereft, if I have a headache I still reach for the tea canister rather than the pill bottle.

I find myself doing that a lot, lately - reaching for the tea - as I deal with the scourge that is The Legion of Horrible Ladies. Who are THEY, you ask? I'll tell you all... in fact I'm writing down every detail, because I don't want to miss a thing. I'm often so mad I can't even think straight, and I just hope that if I keep reaching for that cup of tea I won't reach for a weapon. Mrs. Cleta Sanson, queen chief b__tch of the Legion, is the most difficult, infuriating, irritating...  you get my drift.

So, out of curiosity I'd like to know... what is your go to when things get tough? Brownies also work for me, but since I am zaftig already, I can't afford to eat those every time I'm irritated lately or I won't be able to fit into my wardrobe.

That's where I hide from the Legion, my wardrobe.

A little humor also helps, and fortunately I have darling Pish to help me laugh.

So... what helps you feel better when the going gets tough?

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Okay, folks... a great big beautiful ginormous giveaway! 

But first, a message from our sponsor...

From the national bestselling author of Muffin but Murder, baker Merry Wynter returns with a fresh tray of muffins and a case that has authorities stumped…

They say one’s home is one’s castle, but when it comes to Wynter Castle, Merry would like it to belong to someone else. But until a buyer bites, she could use some extra dough, so she decides to take in renters. The idea pans out, and Merry’s able to find a handful of tenants eager to live in a real castle. The only problem is most of them are crumby, tea-swilling old biddies.

The Legion of Horrible Ladies, as Merry calls them, is led by the terribly nasty—and fabulously wealthy—Cleta Sanson. The abrasive Englishwoman keeps everyone whipped into a frenzy—until she meets an embarrassing end behind a locked door. Evidence reveals that Cleta was murdered, yet no one is privy to how the deed was done. Merry knows she must quickly find the killer before another of her guests gets greased…
  

GIVEAWAY:

Open to residents of the US and Canada!

Comment before midnight, June 21, for a chance to win a prize package including:

Death of an English Muffin, Amanda Cooper's Shadow of a Spout, a copy of The Cozy Cookbook, AND 10 teabags, The Wynter Castle Blend from Design a Tea, a special black tea and caramel, Merry's favorite! 

AND a Cozy up to a Good Mystery! book tote bag!

Merry Muffin Mysteries Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MerrysMuffinsMysterySeries


79 comments:

  1. My go to in times of stress is M&M peanuts. I love this giveaway and am keeping my fingers crossed that I win it!

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  2. The Legion of Horrible Ladies (I'm smiling) - I can't wait to read about them!

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  3. I've been drinking tea for as long as I can remember. Always had sweet iced tea at the dinner table growing up. And there are times that nothing can comfort like a cup of hot tea. Wonderful giveaway! Thank you for the chance!

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  4. Tea is my go to for headaches. Love a chance to try this tea and read about these lovely ladies. Thank you for the chance. lady.janel@hotmail.com

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  5. We always have tea after dinner.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  6. I, Lois can't think of not starting the day without my morning tea.

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  7. I drink a couple of cups of tea a day—I've read that tea in which hibiscus is a major ingredient serves as a natural way to lower blood pressure. At the very least, it tastes great!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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    1. You're the winner... check your email!

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    2. Thanks so much, Victoria—I'm thrilled and shocked to have won! I hope you received my email response!

      skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  8. My go to for when I'm stressed is tea and chocolate. Though like Merry I try to stick with the tea and not so much chocolate. In later years, I've found that walking is great for my mood, too. But, you can't always get up and walk out for a walk when dealing with really horrible people.

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  9. I love this series and I drink hot or cold tea year around.

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  10. I like a good cozy mystery to take my mind off of things. I should try tea along with those, right?

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  11. I can't start the day without a big cup of tea, and my favorite way to end the day is curled up with a good cozy for a couple of hours! Thank you for the opportunity to win such a wonderful assortment of goodies!!!! kimdavishb@gmail.com

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  12. I always reach for tea, but a bite of chocolate soothes the mind and soul almost as well. Thank you so much for the giveaway! Dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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  13. A hot cup of tea and a cozy mystery to read are my comfort go to ! kathambre@yahoo.com

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  14. Black tea and caramel! That sounds so good it could become a new "go to". Peanut butter on toast is probably my quick fix when a comfort food is needed. Looking forward for more "comfort reads" from you. Cozies provide much comfort when the Horrible come to visit. Hharra at bsu dot edu.

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  15. Curling up on the couch with our 7month old German Shepherd, Abby and a great cozy book:)

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  16. Chocolate. Always chocolate. Thanks for this great giveaway.

    flash29@sympatico.ca

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  17. Tea in the morning, coffee in the afternoon, and cozies anytime.

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  18. Coffee with cream, and it's even better to add a Hershey Almond bar! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  19. My stress reliever is to escape into a good book. Usually that gives me time to see a new perspective.

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  20. When the going gets tough I get lost in a book with a cup of tea!

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  21. Ok I don't think my last post went through so going to try again. My go to for when things are tough are butterscotch discs and Twizzlers.

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  22. I love a good cup of tea to calm down in the evening after a rough day.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  23. Hershey's silver bells/kisses! They take me back to my childhood and a great aunt who always had a dish of them on her coffee table. ~ Donna E.

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  24. Lemon Chamomile tea soothes my soul and warms my heart. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. A lovely mug of tea with toast always gives me a calming effect. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  26. These books have become an addiction for me...look forward to a good sit down with a cuppa, coffee, tea or just me!

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  27. Great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I reach for dark chocolate Turtles. Yum. Pecans, Carmel, and dark chocolate....

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  28. A hot cup of coffee, with cream and sugar always starts the day off right.
    This book would go with that cup of coffee. Sounds like a winner to me.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    cenya2 at Hotmail dot com

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  29. I agree with grandmother, tea is a cure all. Fantastic giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity. patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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  30. I would say I lose myself in a book. (Usually with a side of some sort of sweet treat and an ice cold Coca Cola.) :D

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  31. Usually for me, a large diet coke! But the fountain diet coke not the bottled! Thats an amazing giveaway! I havent read any of those books. I have read all of your vintage kitchen mysterys, I love them! I also read Tempest In a Teapot. And I've had my eye on the cozy cookbook. Thanks sooo much for the giveaway!!!!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  33. what a fantastic giveaway! thanks for the chance to enter! excited! ellenrusson@comcast.net

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  34. I drink tea, hot, black with milk and a smidgen of sugar. I prefer the Assams but occasionally wander through the Nilgiris, in particular the Tiger Hill Estate 2nd flush, which I consider the best from that region.
    I'm an avid reader, especially of cozy mysteries, although I do find some fantasy fascinating - the Terry Pratchett Discworld series in particular. I like mysteries with some humor included.
    I read at least four books a week, often more and I re-read my favorites.
    I also have a large collection of teapots.

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  35. I try to lose myself in a good book when I need to regroup, usually with a cold drink (juice, soda, iced tea), munchies optional. Thanks for the great giveaway and congrats to the lucky winner! Book__wyrm@sbcglobal.net

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  36. I prefer chocolate ice cream. It is even better if it has fudge, brownie bits or peanut butter pieces in it. Then drenched in chocolate syrup and if I have any available this concoction is topped off with cool whip. This is my poison.

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  37. What a great giveaway musecbs@gmail.com my go to drink is ice tea.

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  38. Love everything about this!! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!
    Bski92@gmail.com

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  39. My mother and my grandmother always drank tea! I have such wonderful memories of sitting around the table chatting over a cup of tea. I miss those days so much!! I don't have a particular "go to" thing, but it would definitely be a sweet of some kind. Thank you for the chance to win!!

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  40. kat8762@aol.com. I love cozy mysteries, and connect it with tea! Priceless!

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  41. What an utterly fabulous give away. Thanks for offering all these goodies.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  42. Thanks for the chance to win!!!! Love the cozy mysteries.. My go to is chocolate....
    steeletrukin@ yahoo.com

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  43. Can't wait to read the latest one, zschults@comcast.net

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  44. Hope I win...fingers crossed. :-)

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  45. Tea first, but in case of emergency-Chocolate!! Good luck all, this is a great series!
    gingermom25@gmail.com

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  46. Please please please really would love to win this fantastic generous giveaway. Now I will go have a cup of constant comment tea to calm down and wait to see who wins

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  47. I love to drink basically any kind of tea and my mom loves green tea!

    Thanks for a chance to win an awesome giveaway!

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  48. A cup of tea and a good book helps me to feel better. And a cookie or two with the tea is even better. What a great giveaway opportunity!
    Lauigl [at] carolina [dot] rr [dot] com

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  49. I would really like to win this giveaway!

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  50. Thanks for the giveaway. I like the idea of tea to cure everything.

    kvmatlock@gmail.com

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  51. Looks like another good one from Victoria Hamilton. Thanks for the opportunity to win. choirlady27@hotmail.com

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  52. Happy Father's Day!!! Wow so many good books.

    xzjh04@ Gmail.com

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  53. Awesome giveaway. Wishing all Fathers A Happy Father's Day. Love tea with my English Muffin.
    Carol Smith
    penelope223(at) yahoo(dot) com

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  54. I really enjoy this series. I'm looking forward to meeting the Legion of Horrible Ladies. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great prize package. cking78503@aol.com

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  55. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  56. Sounds like a great series, thanks for the chance to win.

    lauralbert@hotmail.com

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  57. A cup of tea, a good book & some cake. ツ

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  58. Love these books and what a great GIVEAWAY!!!!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  59. Straight up hot English breakfast for me. Thanks for the give away.

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  60. What an awesome giveaway! I don't know this series but would love to get started on it. Cozies are my favorites. I start most mornings with a cup of tea and a good book. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

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  61. Tea is soothing when times are heavy. I love experimenting with different blends but mostly fall back on Chai tea for my favorite. The giveaway is wonderful and I would love to be the lucky individual. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  62. Okay, I will try tea instead of water or merlot while reading this book. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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  63. Fantastic giveaway - thanks for this chance!!
    catslady5@aol.com

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  64. Chocolate

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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  65. My go to in times of stress is cheesecake, any type will due.
    frybbe@gmail.com

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  66. Chocolate! Thanks for the chance!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  67. Chocolate is my favorite stress release (and yoga). Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. Tea. Tea cures all. Itsacatslife17 at Yahoo (dot) com

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  69. Tea. Tea cures all. Itsacatslife17 at Yahoo (dot) com

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  70. I love tea or Ice Cream, thanks for a chance to win. weluvdopey@sc.rr.com

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  71. Tea is my favorite drink and it does pretty much cure all...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  72. Either...thanks...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  73. Ice Water and a good book. Chocolate is nice if there is any around.

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