Friday, March 4, 2011

Win a copy of Laura Childs' "Scones & Bones"!

Today, I am celebrating two importation occasions: 1) The release of Laura Childs' newest tea shop mystery, "Scones & Bones" and 2) my four-year blogiversary! I didn't have a clue what I was doing when I began blogging four years ago (some days, I still don't), but I will say I've learned a lot and I could not have imagined the many wonderful friends I would make as a result. That has been the greatest pleasure for me! Because I was given a book to read as well as one to give away to a reader, I decided today was a great day for a celebratory giveaway! You can just leave a comment to this post anytime between now and Monday at 7 a.m. and you'll be entered to win the newest tea shop mystery.

As always, Childs has me eager to find out what's been going on with Theodosia and friends at the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston. This time, the action begins at a Heritage Society show on pirates, where a famous "skull cup" rumored to contain Blackbeard's skull is stolen and an intern is murdered in the process. Naturally, Theodosia is called on for her sleuthing abilities. With modern-day pirates in the news so much lately, I found it very timely to be reading about pirates of yesteryear and those who study them. And this is really a minor subplot in the book, but after seeing Theodosia for so long paired with some gentleman callers who seemed nice but not quite worthy of her, I was simply delighted to see a new romance unfold. I hope this goes somewhere!

Of course the tea and foods in these books are almost "characters" unto themselves, and I love that. One of the special events hosted by the tea shop is a Tea and Cheese pairing, and since I'd like to host such an event myself I was especially interested in reading that portion of the story. This book also has lots of great recipes, and I want to try the Goat Cheese Truffles, Couscous Salad and Lemon Chess Pie in particular. I always hate finishing a new tea shop mystery, though, because the next one can't come out fast enough for me. If you feel that way as well, be sure to leave a comment and maybe you'll win this book!

32 comments:

  1. Tea and Reading! Two of my favorite things! Thank you for the opportunity to win the new book.

    Happy Blogiversary, Angela. I for one have enjoyed reading about your adventures and reports on all of the lovley things you share.
    Thank you and I hope you enjoy a lovely pot of tea to celebrate your success.

    Have a happy day,
    Mary Jane

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  2. This book sounds like it is a fun read. Please throw my name into the ring. Happy Anniversary and I hope you continue as I enjoy your posts and am a big fan of your photos. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

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  3. Congratulations Angela!! tammyp

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  4. Love your blog-Happy Anniversary-you have certainly brightened and enriched my life! I'm a huge fan of all Laura Child's mysteries-esp. the tea shops!

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  5. melissa.miller@fmc-na.comMarch 4, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    Love your blog! Congratulations, Angela!

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  6. I do love this series. You can't beat the mix of tea and reading. You are right, tea becomes a character in her books. Thanks for the chance!

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  7. Happy Blogiversary, Angela.
    I, too am a fan of the Laura Childs' Tea Garden mysteries. I love reading about all the teas and recipes. And the mysteries, of course.
    Having the latest book to read as I recuperate from shoulder surgery would be wonderful.
    Thanks for the chance. R

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  8. Happy Blogiversary Angela! I look forward to reading your blog every day, and loving the tea sandwiches on Saturday. Please enter my name to win Laura Child's new book. Just wondering what tea I'll have while reading it! Thank you for a great give away!

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  9. I've never read one of these mysteries but I love tea & mysteries so I'd love to read it.

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  10. I've read and have each book in this series and would love to have this one!

    Happy anniversary. I know what you mean about starting out with very little knowledge about the world of blogging. Thank goodness I have support from my daughter and her new fiance. (I get to help plan a wedding--I have to remember the word HELP. Teachers tend to take charge!)♥♫

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  11. Happy Blogiversary--
    I, for one, cannot start my day without you. I often talk about you to friends, family and co-workers as if you live next door. I have learned so much, tried many new and interesting recipes and enjoyed every word of every blog! Thanks for enriching my life-- May you continue for many years (at least until you open your tea room)! God bless you.

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  12. Happy anniversary for you and your blog. I always enjoy reading it every morning.
    Would also enjoy reading "Scones and Bones".

    Sandra
    duke62@aol.com

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  13. Congratulations to you!!!! ;-)
    I just requested this book from the library, and there were over 30 holds on it! Popular.

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  14. like minded about concluding one book and the waaaiiit required til the nxt is published!
    but thank you for offering your 2nd copy ! would look fwd to rcvng that pkg in the mail !! :)

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  15. HUGE ConGrats!
    on 4 yrs of blogging, Angela! WoW!
    well done...

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  16. you have such a lovely blog! happy blog-anniversary! andrea

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  17. Tea is the Elixir of life and Reading is the thread, Writing is sharing. So happy Blogiversary.

    Thank you for all.

    Christy
    Lil Bit Brit

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  18. I haven't heard of this series- I'll have to check it out!

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  19. Laura Childs is one of favorite cozy authors. I would really love to win this mystery. Hmmm! I feel like having a lemon scone.

    Happy Blogiversary1


    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  20. Oh I am a HUGE fan of Laura Childs Teashop Mysteries..I LOVE them,,and cant wait to read the newest one. So please enter me into the drawing,,,and happy blog anniversary...
    Devon
    hanna_563@msn.com

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  21. A BIG congratulations on your 4th blogiversary!! You are a tea-riffic blogging friend! I look forward to reading about your tea adventures and tea finds every day. I love your Saturday sandwich series.

    *Do not enter my name in the drawing

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  22. Congratulations on the anniversary! My Mom has a few books in this series and she would love to receive this. Have a good weekend!

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  23. Happy Anniversary, Angela!
    You have such a wonderful blog, I so enjoy it and have learned so much from it (laughed so much too!)
    It's always entertaining - I appreciate all that you do!
    Have a great weekend & thank you,
    Joanie

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  24. Happy Anniversary Angela! Your blog is always a bright spot in my day.Thanks for all your neat information and lovely tea things. Love, Carol B.

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  25. I'm so excited the next one is out, I have read every single one. My sister and my niece read them too, so we have a tea party & talk about them. ellie520@comcast.net Thanks for the chance to win.

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  26. always enjoy your blog & your giveaways!

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  27. Happy Anniversary! I enjoy your blog and look forward to the next 4 years.

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  28. Congratulations! I'm excited to start this series. Would you recommend starting with this particular book or another?

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  29. TEA-RIFFIC !!!!!!

    Congrats on the 4 years. I found Tea With Friends while doing a google search in early 2010 and immediately added the blog to my favorites. It is my tea bible.
    BTW your shopping trips get me in trouble as I always run out to Michael's , Marshall's or Cracker Barrel to pick up the latest fashion in tea.

    Laura Child's new book would be a great excuse to whip up some "Tea and Scones" and curl up under a cozy blanket and have a mysterious adventure.

    Kudo's Angela for being you!

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  30. Please enter me into your drawing for this book. Thanks Angela! Lynn

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  31. The world is perfect when it's just reading and tea, luv it! :) Congratulations on your blog, I read your blog everyday. :)
    Terry, PA tcaplingers@verizon.net

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  32. I would definitely love winning this, as I never know where to find them around here. The last one was so good, I just think they get better and better.

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