Launching ‘A Spot of Sweet Tea’ and a giveaway! — 32 Comments

  1. What a lovely giveaway! I have the pleasure of owning Sweet Ginger and Last Dance, so I would like to be entered for A Spot Of Sweet Tea. I love Sweet Ginger a great deal, and I love that you have taken some often overlooked characters and breathed new life into them. It is always a joy to see a new side to an old character. It is like meeting them for the first time again, and I am delighted with the introduction. I haven’t had the chance to read Last Dance yet, but reading this vignette has whetted my appetite for more, so I will be reading that today. I managed to catch a virus that is going around, and although it is a nasty one, I do believe that I will enjoy my day more than anyone else who has it. I can’t think of anything more pleasant than tucking into bed with a cup of tea, a fluffy blanket, and a wonderful book. Thanks Maria!

  2. Love the short stories! Fun, sweet and a perfect short read during a lunch break or to read before bed! I’ve already purchased and read Four Days in April and Sweet Ginger – both great reads! Started reading Not Romantic last night – enjoying it so far. Thanks for sharing these with us!

  3. Maria
    Thank you for offering a “sweet” giveaway. I would love to have a copy of your short stories. I enjoy sitting on the front porch with my tea and a liitle Austen!

  4. I do love really long books although some of them cause me to lose sleep when I can’t put them down. So occasionally a short story is best to start at bedtime then I can at least get some sleep! I do usually only read Darcy and Elizabeth books but these do sound intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. wow!! I can’t wait to read this especially about Harriet Smith. Mrs Parris sounds very interesting. I’m excited about this new book!!

  6. I would love to have a copy of “A Spot of Sweet Tea.” I enjoyed the excerpt of “Last Dance,” and am dying to see how it all works out in the end.

  7. Loved ‘Four Days in April’ and reading the excerpt for ‘Last Dance’ has me wanting more! I enjoy short stories, however, I always want more! Thank you so much for the giveaway and I have signed up to receive your newsletter! Looking forward to Friday’s posting too!

  8. So little has been written about Mary, the all too-often overlooked middle sister. I am so glad you have made her a central character in her own story, “Last Dance”. I will have to get this one to find out who wins Mary’s heart… Mr. Parris or Mr. Lacey and I am sure one of them will. My bets, after reading this vignette, is Mr. Parris.

    I would very much like to have a copy of “A Spot of Sweet Tea”…thank you for allowing us to throw our names into the hat to win a copy – so to speak.

  9. I usually prefer full-length novels to short stories because I thrive on character development. But with characters as familiar as these, a short tale is most welcome. 🙂

    I just blogged over the weekend about my preference for television series over most films because I adore seeing characters develop over a long period–years, in fact. There is nothing like delving into a set of characters when one watches them an hour a week for 12 to 24 weeks for the season vs. a two-hour movie (or even a four-hour miniseries). My favorite television shows usually combine solving mysteries/crimes with deep character development and interaction.

    I’d love an e-copy of either the whole collection of of “Last Dance.” Your stories are always a delight, Maria, and I especially love stories about Mary, the unsung Bennet sister. 😉

    Have a lovely week, and thank you for the except; I can’t wait to read more about Mary’s interactions with the two gentlemen!!

    Susanne 🙂

  10. I love short stories, especially involving anything P&P. Glad you were able to provide Mary with a story. She never gets enough time on pages…

  11. I devoured these stories and absolutely loved them. Maria did a beautiful jib with these secondary characters. The Last Dance and Sweet Ginger were my favorites and so was Not Romantic. Lovely short stories.

  12. ‘Not Romantic’ was a great story well told. I’m a fan of secondary character stories, and I look forward to reading more of yours.

  13. I love short stories, as when reading long stories I have been known to burn the dinner. I’m sure these books will do really well.

  14. I usually don’t like short stories because they end too soon and I’d want them to last longer. But your Last dance has taken me in! I hope to win the e book and start reading it.

  15. i love short stories. I tend to read them in bed or with a nice cup of hot coffee at my bay window. I have been reading short stories more often since i just started a new job and i recently just moved, then with all the unpacking, i need something short and sweet to de-stress.

  16. These are perfect short stories with a cup of tea. I wonder if Elizabeth’s reply letter is a change of heart? I like that you have short stories involving other characters – what a delight! Thank you for the giveaway.

  17. I read Four Days in April and enjoyed it very much! Would very much like to read more of these short stories like the one posted here; they are charming!

  18. I love short stories as it is quicker to finish reading them compared to novellas and novels. Please write more short stories based on other Jane Austen’s novels like Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility if you can.

  19. It is funny to read “spurred the flutter in her heart and a quickness in her breath” about Mary. It is actually very sweet 🙂

    I have read “Four days of April” and it is just lovely. The other short stories are very interesting, maily the one where Charlotte may betray a friend!!! O_o

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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