Monday, March 30, 2020

Stress Baking and a Book Giveaway


By Lily Roberts from the Tea by the Sea mysteries by Vicki Delany

When I’m stressed, I bake. When I’m bored, I bake. When I’m busy, I bake. I bake for a living, so it’s a good thing I still enjoy it.
Like many of you I’m under lockdown right now. For some reason, the powers that be don’t consider afternoon tea to be an essential service.  ????, I know.

I’m doing some catering, so that’s good. My assistants are driving all over the Outer Cape dropping off scones, cookies, macarons, cupcakes, tea sandwiches, packets of tea, and other goodies, so people can have a tea party by themselves or with their family.  It helps to keep the spirits up and I’m happy to keep working.
I’m sure we’ll all be back to normal soon and I can throw open the doors to Tea by the Sea, my tea room, and invite you all for afternoon tea.

In the meantime, other than baking, I like to read.  I bet you do too, so I’d like to offer one lucky commentator an advance copy of TEA AND TREACHERY, the first book in the Tea by the Sea series from Kensington.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me your special place to go for afternoon tea. Never been? That’s okay too. Even if you’re a coffee drinker and your favourite place is your house, let us know.




Contest open to US and Canada residents. Contest closes Thursday April 2.

63 comments:

  1. I’ve never been to tea and honestly I’m the coffee drinker you mentioned who just likes to have my coffee while checking Facebook and emails in the morning 😊 thanks for the entry! barbie17 (at) gmail (dot)) com

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  2. I can no longer drink black tea due to allergies (tannins). But I used to enjoy going for a high tea in the garden with the ladies at the Billings Estate National Historic Site here in Ottawa. Very posh.
    grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

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  3. I have not been to tea, but know that I would enjoy it, especially the sweets and sandwiches. Thanks for offering the giveaway.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. The tea's important at afternoon tea, but the food is just AMAZING. There's a recipe for proper English tea time scones in the book.

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  4. We live in a very small town (less than 2600) so I've never had the opportunity to go to an afternoon tea. I do love citrus green tea and have it often in the afternoon at home. I'm hoping to some time when we go to visit friends in the St. Louis area that my BFF and I can slip away from the menfolks and go have tea and enjoy some of the delicious treats associated with an afternoon tea as well.

    Thank you for the fabulous chance to win an ARC of "TEA AND TREACHERY"! <3 I would love the opportunity to read this wonderful book and review it. Love the attention to detail in the cover from the lighthouse in the background to the tipped over tea cup in the forefront. Most definitely on my TBR list. Shared and hoping to be the fortunate one selected.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  5. I’ve never bern to a teaand am still working on liking iced tea. I just don’t have the palate for hot tea, I guess, because on those very rare occasions I have any, all I taste is hot water. Uff. However, I *do* enjoy your books and am currently working my way through your Sherlock Bookshop mystery series. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. We visited friends in England and they took us to a teahouse in Whitby. It was amazing.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  7. I'm not a tea drinker but the cover and the story looks great. Thanks for your great generosity. Stay well and safe. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  8. I’ve never been to afternoon tea, but I hope to someday. I drink coffee every morning in my cozy recliner with a blanket and a book. :)

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  9. The most memorable tea that I attended was a bridal tea shower. It was held at a hotel in Phoenix who is noted for their tea room. lthouselucy@msn.com
    Neva

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    1. A tea is a lovely way to celebrate a shower.

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  10. I have been to a tea which was memorable and special as it was my engagement tea held at Eaton's restaurant on the 9th floor in Montreal in a private room 50 years ago in May. what a lovely experience being served delectable goodies. I drink tea morning, noon and night. Thanks for your lovely feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. With this pandemic going on we just drive through Carribo Coffee. They have good green tea and it gets us out and about in relative safety.

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  12. Having tea at the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath, England was a wonderful experience that I will never forget - both for the setting and the cream tea! bobandcelia (at) sbcglobal (dot) net ~

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  13. I have discovered BAM bookstore as the only place to quietly enjoy a cup of coffee.

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  14. I've only been to afternoon tea a couple of times but it was quite the experience. When my granddaughter turned 9 we had tea for her and her friends and several of the moms declared they were free, too. Great time.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. Attending a tea for a friend was a delightful experience. Since I am a very avid tea drinker from way back this appeals to me greatly. Teas are so soothing and give me a warmth I need. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. I have been to an afternoon tea once. It was a birthday celebration gift from a special friend. I enjoyed everything except an onion tart. It was an enjoyable experience.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Maryann

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  17. I love going to Cuppa Cheer Tea Room for tea and tasty treats! My book club has even had a few meetings there. It's wonderful!
    Heidiark@yahoo.com

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  18. We have a very small tea room in our city but it is very hard for me to catch it open. It was fun to go to a tea when Amanda Flower introduced one of her first books. She held it at Twinsburg's library I think and everyone was given the tea cup and saucer she/he were given to take home. It was most enjoyable. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. I've only been to a Tea Room once. There aren't too many in my area. It was really
    a nice time, very relaxing. We got to pick out our tea and had an assortment of sweets. I really like tea and drink a lot of ice tea. Looking forward to reading your new series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Oh I love going to tea. So many goodies & such fun. My favorite place was in Los Angeles. I can't remember the name of it & sadly it closed years ago.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  21. Not a tea drinker but have to have my coffee at home every morning! tWarner419@aol.com

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  22. When I drink coffee I like to do it at my local Barnes and Noble book store. There is just something wonderful about reading a good book, drinking my favorite coffee and being surrounded by all those books.

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  23. I’ve never to be to afternoon tea, and I’m not really a hot tea drinker. I do like iced tea.. I know I would love the sandwiches and sweets, though. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  24. My little town of 400 doesn't have any tea or coffee places. I'm not much of a tea drinker but I do like the sound of the food I hear they have at teas. I'd like to find a place that has it.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  25. My favorite tea room was in Saranac Lake

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  26. I've never been to a tea. I think one overlooking the ocean or a lake would be lovely. This book sounds very good. Thanks for the chance!! mcastor07 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  27. The Lizzie Rose Tea Room in Tuckerton NJ is my favorite

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  28. Having tea is so much fun and a favorite activity of my friends and myself. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  29. We don't have a tea room anywhere near me, but I have tea every day, usually when I'm reading in my living room.

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  30. I have never been to a tea but would love to go once. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. Never been to a tea! I'm strictly a coffee drinker! I love to drink my coffee after work at my computer playing games. I've also been reading a whole lot!!

    marthalawson8 (at) gmail DOT com

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  32. I'm looking forward to reading this! I don't go to tea...prefer coffee, but I am fascinated by what I've read about afternoon high tea events and foods served. Congrats on the new series! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  33. This book cover is beautiful with all the pretty colors! My favorite is afternoon tea on a cruise ship! I love orange spiced tea best! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. I've gone to afternoon tea a few times but the places aren't near where I live. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  35. Favorite place for tea would be Murchie's in Victoria, whenever we visit there. I also love coffee, and my husband makes the best lattes with a stovetop mocha pot and foams milk in a pot on the stove. Every 4 pm is latte time at home, so that's my favorite place!
    gnluciow ( at ) gmail ( dot ) com

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    1. Oh, yes, Murchies. I did a lot of my tea research at Murchie's in North Vancouver.

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  36. My beverage of choice would be coffee (although, I do like hot tea every now and then). My favorite place to drink it is in my comfy recliner, with a great book and my doggie laying beside me. Ahhhh..... bentleyboy22(at)comcast(dot)net

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  37. I don’t have one near me but I would love to go. Thanks for the chance! Jess
    maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. My book club, Murder by the Book, has an annual English Tea as one of our meeting programs. This takes place in June. The Tea is held at the Cramer-Kenyon House in our City, which is a historical house and very appropriate for an English tea. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  39. I do not live near a tea room but would love to go to one! I only usually drink coffee in the mornings. I would love to read Tea & Treachery! Thanks for the chance! almaj80(at)suddenlink(dot)net

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  40. Currently I curl up in my chair on my front porch and enjoy tea, weather and book. Phoenix in March!!!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  41. I love jasmine green tea with honey and while I've never gone out for tea, I love drinking it at home, curled up with my puppy and reading a book.

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  42. I've never been any where for tea, but do enjoy a cup at home.
    Theresa Norris
    weceno at yahoo dot com

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  43. I have never been to a tea but would love to go. I usually just sit on my back patio with my book and tea.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  44. My favorite place is in my comfy chair by the front window. Right now I am looking at my gorgeous Dogwood tree. It is breathtaking. I love peppermint tea and a good book. North Georgia is so beautiful in the spring.

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  45. My favorite place to have tea - the Orangery in London. (Is it still there.) I had Darjeeling tea with a piece of ginger cake that I can still taste all these years later.
    I'd love to read this book!
    teabird 17 $$at$$ yahoo dot com

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    1. The Orangery at Kensington Palace? Yes, it's still there. When my daughter and I were in London a couple of years ago we had afternoon tea at the National Portrait Gallery restaurant.

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  46. I am a coffee drinker for in the morning. But I do like tea (only at home) in the afternoons. I love to drink tea while reading.

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  47. I love to drink tea (both hot and iced) on my screened-in porch. If it is hot tea, it has to be Celestial Seasonings! mdfitz85(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. In England, love a tea at home or in any little tea shop.

    When in states, tea at home or in a lovely little shop my friend token to....it’s serving good tea...

    LaFonRC@aol.com

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  49. I haven’t been to a tea room in many years, but I like having tea and cookies at home. Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  50. Unfortunately, there is no tea room in my area. I enjoy drinking tea in the winter (too hot the rest of the year in Florida) and have my own brown betty teapot from England. I also have a small collection of decorative teapots. I am looking forward to reading Tea and Treachery. Doodlesink(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  51. What a wonderful thing you are doing for others. In the winter I love to have my tea in a glider with a book. In the summer I love to have my tea outside on the patio with a book. Hmm I see a theme here. LOL. quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

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    1. Congratulations, Lori! You win! I've sent you an email asking for your postal address.

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  52. I've loved tea since I was 9 years old. Hot tea, iced tea,any kind. But I have never been to a tea.
    kathyclugston3@gmail.com

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