Wednesday, April 12, 2023

A Novel-Tea Evening with Authors + GIVEAWAY

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for A Novel-Tea Evening with Authors including Lynn Austin, Susie Finkbeiner, Jocelyn Green, Laura Frantz, Kate Breslin, Amanda Barratt, and Joanna Davidson Politano, sponsored by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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A Novel-Tea Evening with Authors
September 2, 2023 at 7 p.m. 
Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago

Join us at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, at Chicago’s historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel for a tasteful evening with tea and talk of books, writing, history, and the power of story. Emceed by Chris Jager of Baker Book House, seven novelists will share what inspires them, tales from the research files, what they’ve learned on the journey, and their hope for readers.

Learn More about A Novel-Tea Evening with Authors

Check out my interview with Laura Frantz! You can also read my full review of The Rose and the Thistle!

1. If you could transport yourself into any of your books for a day, which one would it be and why? I’ve always been fascinated by the hero in Courting Morrow Little. Since the novel is only written from Morrow’s perspective he was quite an intriguing character to me. He wasn’t even wordy, just communicated through his actions for the most part. I’m thinking of that dangling scalp in one scene! I’d love to take a look at the unspoiled Kentucky frontier in the novel’s 18th-century setting. 

2. What country and time period would you like to write a book in that might surprise your readers? I would absolutely love to write a medieval novel set in Scotland. My Scottish ancestors were the bad boys of the Borders back then, the bloody dividing line between Scotland & England. So much history to delve into & fictionalize though it was a very dark, distressing time. A curse was even put on my clan and fellow Border Reivers by an archbishop.

3. Which actor and actress (from the past or our current time) would you cast to play Lady Blythe and Everard in a movie? Actually, I’d cast the real life royal, Lady Gabriella Windsor, in the role as Lady Blythe Hedley & former Calvin Klein model Michael Bergin for the laird, Everard Hume, when he was young back in the 90’s. 

4. What are the qualities you find most important to make sure your main characters possess? For example, one of the things I loved about Everard is that he was steadfast and he didn't play games. Honestly, that's one of the absolute top things I love about the men in your stories.

Absolutely love your insights – thank you! Truth is what I value most in my main characters. They must speak truth & act with integrity, especially heroes. Since I spend a year or more with fictional people in each book I need to like them foremost, at least the principals. And I need to respect them, too. 

5. Which of your women main characters (from all of your stories) would you like to have afternoon tea with? My heroines do love tea😊 I would probably sit down with Liberty Lawson in The Lacemaker. Her riches-to-rags story is set in one of my favorite historical places, Colonial Williamsburg. She knows a thing or two about tea!

6. What do you like about writing the villains in your stories? I identify more with the villains in my novels than my heroes & heroines. And though I’ve had to kill one or two on the page it’s never a pleasant experience as I see all of them as redeemable! Villains, both male & female, are a great foil to the hero & heroines if done right. Their badness shines light on the goodness, so to speak.

About the Authors

Lynn Austin

LYNN AUSTIN, whose titles include Long Way Home, Chasing Shadows, and If I Were You. Connect with her at

Amanda Barratt

AMANDA BARRATT, whose titles include Within These Walls of Sorrow, The White Rose Resists, and My Dearest Dietrich. Connect with her at

Kate Breslin

KATE BRESLIN, whose titles include In Love’s Time, As Dawn Breaks, and Far Side of the Sea. Connect with her at

Susie Finkbeiner

SUSIE FINKBEINER, whose titles include The All-AmericanThe Nature of Small Birds, and All Manner of Things. Connect with her at

Laura Frantz

LAURA FRANTZ, whose titles include The Rose and the Thistle, A Heart Adrift, and Tidewater Bride. Connect with her at

Jocelyn Green

JOCELYN GREEN, whose titles include The Metropolitan Affair, The Windy City Saga series, and The Mark of the King. Connect with her at


JOANNA DAVIDSON POLITANO, whose titles include The Lost Melody, A Midnight Dance, and The Love Note. Connect with her at

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(1) winner will receive a tote bag, one bag of Pride and Peppermint Novel Tea, plus a $20 egift card to!

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Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight April 12, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 19, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Carrie @ JustRead Tours said...

thank you, Mimi!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the stories you tell.

Laura W said...

Wonderful interview! Thank you for sharing.

I would love to read a medieval story penned by Laura. Oh, that would be a joy!

I wish I could attend the event in Chicago. It sounds like it is going to be an amazing gathering.

Cornelia said...

Thank you for sharing.

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