I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Welcome Lisa Karon Richardson

Welcome Lisa Karon Richardson to Tea and a Good Book today!

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A recently unearthed "letter to the editor" sheds light on her new release, The Peacock Throne.


Caclutta Gazette

3 November 1802

Dear Sir,

At your request I interviewed those persons commonly believed to be connected to the return of the great Peacock Throne.

I began with Miss Lydia Garrett, believing that a young lady possessed of grace and charm would find it delightful to be mentioned positively in newsprint. She accused me of working for the French and then told me an outlandish tale that began with two murders in London and devolved into a hunt for what amounts to pirate treasure. To hear her tell it, with a bit of cunning and luck a single English frigate can best a French ship of the line. Even more incredible, she believes French agents infiltrated Calcutta and kidnapped friends of the Lieutenant-Governor in an attempt to extort the throne from him. Either she is a bit mad, or as I suspect, she was making sport of me. I was unable to obtain a single publishable fact from her.

I next approached Mr. Marcus Harting. As you know, he is of good family, being the youngest son of the Marquess of Wiltshire. Looking back on the conversation, I’m not quite certain where it veered away from the topic, but although I spoke to him for nearly an hour, by the time it was done I had the most dreadful headache and I’m fairly certain I was the only one who ever even mentioned the Peacock Throne or how Mr. Harting came to Calcutta.

Finally, I called upon Anthony __, the Earl of Danbury. He socked me in the nose and threatened to shoot me if I came about again. As preposterous as it sounds, I think he actually meant it.
All in all, it was a most trying day. You described this as an easy assignment which an infant could perform. This was not my experience I have come to the conclusion that I am not at all cut out to be a reporter, I must therefore resign effective immediately.

Yours, etc.
Gavin Greenleigh


The Peacock Throne releases Jan 27. 
Here's a peek:

When Miss Lydia Garrett's guardian is murdered, and the authorities refuse to investigate the odd circumstances, she vows to catch the culprit. The same night the Earl of Danbury is murdered in his bed. Against all odds it appears that the murders are related - and Anthony Douglas, the new Lord Danbury, is bent on revenge. 

The clues point to the former Earl's first naval command. In 1758 the Earl spirited away and hid the magnificent Peacock Throne at the behest of the Indian royal family. To draw out the murderer, Anthony and Lydia agree that they must locate the throne. However, they are not the only ones interested in the Peacock Throne. 

Marcus Wiltshire, agent of His Majesty's intelligence services, has received hints that Bonaparte intends to return the throne to India and leverage its mystical significance to foment rebellion and cut England off from her most important trading partner. When the amateur sleuths join forces with the professional agent, the quest for the throne leads them around the globe on an adventure steeped in danger, treachery, and romance.

Fun fact: Although she's multi-published, this is the first book Lisa wrote. 

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Phew! Party's Over! Let's Relax with Hot Buttered Yum

Congratulations to Betti, who won the One Word From You Prize Package!

Thanks to all who entered and helped me celebrate!


Last week was a blast, promoting the release of Austen in Austin, Vol I. I was on five blogs, met a lot of new e-friends, hosted a giveaway and a quarter of the author giveaway, and read a few reviews of the book. Too. Much. Fun. I could get used to this!

But it's time to come back to earth. Good thing, as I'm under a deadline. I have three contracted novellas to write quickly.

So today I'm going to make a delicious, wintery drink to celebrate, and I thought I'd share the recipe with you. I modified it from a Susan Branch recipe (she's so awesome!).

It's actually a Christmas drink, and an alcoholic one at that, but my version has no alcohol.

Heard of Hot Buttered Rum? This is a Hot Buttered Yum.

Yep, it's full of butter and sugar. Nope, that's no health food. Which is why I'm drinking a cup to celebrate.

Hot Buttered Yum:

  • 1/2 lb butter (not margarine), softened
  • 1 whole pound of brown sugar
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. pumpkin pie spice -or- nutmeg
Cream together. Store in refrigerator up to 2-3 weeks. When you want a drink, add a tablespoon of the mix to a mug and add 6 oz boiling water. (If you were adding rum, you'd add an ounce.)


Monday, January 11, 2016

Austen in Austin Release Week! Win, win, win!

I'm so excited for Austen in Austin, Volume I, to release this Friday, January 15! All the stories are re-tellings of Jane Austen novels set in historical Austin, Texas. My novella, One Word from You, is Pride and Prejudice with a Texas twist!

Visit my website this week (click here) to enter for a One Word From You prize package. It includes a copy of Austen in Austin (paper or ebook, winner's choice) plus a Jane Austen Devotional by Steffany Woolsey and a cute little pink notebook.

I've also listed the blogs where I'm appearing this week and included links to their sites. Karen Lange, Debbie Lynne Costello, Angela Breidenbach, and Jaime Jo Wright all host me--thanks, ladies! Leave a comment on one of these blogs for an extra entry into the drawing!

You can also pop by Inkwell Inspirations (click here) to enter to win a prize package with goodies offered by all four Austen in Austin authors. Deb, Gina, Anita and I all had fun putting it together.
Look at all the goodies!
Thanks for celebrating with me!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Multiple Ways to win The Austen in Austin Collection, Volume I!

It's almost release time for my newest novella collection!

The Austen in Austin Collection, Volume I, contains four historical Texas-set novellas based on Jane Austen's novels (Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, and Northanger Abbey)...and it releases Friday, January 15 from White Fire Publishing!

To celebrate, I want to share some ways you can win the book and other related prizes.


Get ready for a One Word From You giveaway prize pack! Prizes include the paperback Austen in Austin Collection, Volume I; a Jane Austen Devotional; and a notebook to record your thoughts or prayers. Contest will be offered through Rafflecopter on my website, www.susannedietze.com, January 10-15, 2016.

Entry with Rafflecopter is easy. Your email addy is required for notification purposes only: I will not share it nor will I use it for anything other than notifying the winner. You earn entries just by visiting my facebook page and/or tweeting and/or being a newsletter subscriber--the number of entries you get is up to you. Be sure to check my website in the New Year for more info and to enter!


Mega Prize Pack from the Authors! 

The authors are giving away a prize pack, too! Prizes include the paperback Austen in Austin Collection and other goodies tied to either Austen or Austin (well, cowboys, at least). My contributions include a Jane Austen Pocket Post Puzzle Book and a Cowboy dish towel. Visit www.inkwellinspirations.com January 11-15.


Do you subscribe to my newsletter? I only send an issue when I have a release, and every newsletter includes a cheery hello, a bit of news, a recipe, and a prize for one or more subscribers. The Austen in Austin winner has been announced already, but there will be a new prize with the March newsletter...a copy of The Cowboy's Bride Collection coming from Barbour. To sign up, click here or click the button to the right.


If you're interested in purchase...Austen in Austin, Volume I is available two ways! The first is the complete first volume in paperback, containing all four stories based on Jane Austen's Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, and Northanger Abbey (photo at the top of the post). Or, if you prefer, each story is also available individually in  ebook format (photo of mine above!).