02 March 2015

Celebrating Debbie Lynne Costello's Debut Novel!



Welcome to our party to celebrate Debbie Lynne Costello's release of her wonderful new novel! As you can see, our knight has just ridden in, looking for his fair lady! Will he find her?


I think he has spied her! What is she wearing? Go to our Facebook party page to post a picture of your own attire for this event!

Make sure to leave a comment on this blog post, though, to enter for our drawings.

Medieval times were not for the faint of heart, and our heroine goes through many trials in the course of her story!
Medieval Apple Tart we are serving this on the OvercomingwithGod.com blog for @Debbie Lynne Costello's party!

We're serving an apple tart all day long (see Tartys in Applis on Medieval Cookery website). To accompany it, I'm serving mulled apple cider.  Also have an egg custard to go with it and crusty bread covered in honey butter.

Serve yourself or wait on the table wenches to bring you around your food. Remember there is no silverware (this is Medieval times, remember?) but we'll bring around some towels for you to clean up with. Meanwhile, have some hot mulled cider!


Author Debbie Lynne Costello
I had the privilege of reading Debbie Lynne's wonderful new book, Sword of Forgiveness, which has already hit the Hot New Releases category PLUS gotten onto the main Christian  historical romance lists on Amazon! Congrats to Debbie Lynne!
Sword of Forgiveness by Debbie Lynne Costello

You can purchase Sword of the Spirit at Amazon. Only $3.99 so buy now!!!

Available in ebook and in paperback soon!







Isn't Lord Royce handsome? And Lady Brithwin is so lovely! Great cover!




Would you like to write an old-fashioned love letter?
We have just the thing for you--vellum sheets and a quill pen.
While parchment was made from cow hides (ew!) in medieval times, I thought we'd stick with the new-fangled stuff! And who
wouldn't want a hot pink quill pen? Seriously?

I feel pretty sure Lady Brithwin would have enjoyed this.
Since only the privileged, and usually not women, could read
or write in medieval times, I suspect Lady Brithwin would have
had to have snuck around to learn how to do so. She's a lady of
many talents and certainly not bound by convention--one of her
traits I really enjoyed!
Slow Cooker Hot Spiced Apple Cider - With just four ingredients (okay, five if you decide to spike it with your favorite rum) this Crock Pot mulled cider recipe couldn't be any easier to make.

Coming up for our evening menu - the cooks are busy in the back!!!
Doesn't the food smell amazing?  Not so sure if I'll have any of the, er, pork, though--don't want to make a pig of myself!
A knight and his squire preparing for joust

Ah, I see the jousting tournament is about to get underway! 


Gauging by the crowds' reaction there seem to be some favorites already
























Giveaway: A pair of silver equestrian earrings (Debbie Lynne owns a number of horses and of course horses feature prominently in the novel!) Another reader will win our parchment and quill set. Debbie Lynne is also giving away a copy of her new release! Meanwhile, make yourself a Medieval party hat (click here.)

126 comments:

  1. Good morning, ladies! Debbie, I'm so happy for your book! And it's #3!

    The Apple tart and cider smells and looks delicious! Hot apple cider sounds good, it was a chilly ride! I think I will mingle for a bit then have someone show me to my chamber.

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    1. Congrats, DEBBIE LYNNE! We're so proud of you here at OWG!

      Tis a handsome brave knight in shining armor to be sure! REGINA, how nice to see you, my lady. What a lovely gown! Please come sit with me a bit whilst we drink a cup of hot apple cider and share the latest gossip, er, news that is. ;)

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    2. Ladies, it's so wonderful to be here! Thank you so much for celebrating with me on my release. Hot cider sounds delicious!

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    3. Lady Regina, I'm so happy you could travel all the way from the Dakotas! Snowy and chilly here, too, and we are not used to this in Virginia! But with a handsome knight here I'm sure we'll all be distracted!

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    4. Lady Diana, you look lovely! We're so happy to celebrate with Lady Debbie Lynne and Lady Brithwin, aren't we!!!

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    5. Thank you, Lady Carrie! I love your gown as well, and that color brings out the lovely glow in your cheeks. Very happy, but I certainly hope Lady Brithwin doesn't mind if I steal some time with her knight. I just want to find out if he has an equally charming brother. Perhaps that's anther story. ;)

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    6. Hello, Lady Diana. Yes, let us share some news. This apple cider is very delicious, it warms you right up! Yes, it was a long ride from the Dakotas. But I'm so happy to be here for Debbie!

      Carrie, such a delightful party! Thank you!

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    7. Hello, Lady Diana. Yes, let us share some news. This apple cider is very delicious, it warms you right up! Yes, it was a long ride from the Dakotas. But I'm so happy to be here for Debbie!

      Carrie, such a delightful party! Thank you!

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  2. Congratulations Lady Debbie Lynne on the release of Sword of Forgiveness! Lady Carrie, thank you for hosting another grand party. This morning I am caring for my neighbors two little ones. I will be back after lunch to join in the festivities. Ladies have a marvelous time!

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    1. Thank you for coming out so early, Carly! I requested a day off from keeping the grandkids so I could come to my grand release party! Its wonderful seeing you here!

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    2. Enjoy the little ones! BTW, it isn't hard to make a ladies hat for them if they are little girls! Just take a long piece of cardboard and roll it into a cone and secure it (I don't recommend staples!) You can also use flexible craft foam. Then place a pice of cloth or lace or preferably an old chiffon scarf works great and shove that through the top of the cone and tie a knot underneath so it doesn't pull out.

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  3. Congratulations on your book and it being so high on Amazon! The food smells delicious, I will have to go help myself. I don't think I can wait long enough to be served!

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    1. Good day to you, Becky! Thank you for coming by and celebrating with me and all these wonderful ladies! Surely it is time to break our fast!

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    2. The scullery maids are keeping busy in the kitchen, Becky!

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  4. This is the third time I am trying to leave a comment. I hope they don't all show up!

    Good morning and Congratulations, Debbie Lynne, on your debut release! I haven't read a book set in this era in a long time. Sword of Forgiveness sounds like a great book. I look forward to reading it.

    Ill have some of that bread slathered in honey butter, if you don't mind, along with a cup of hot mulled cider. It's gloomy and cool here today.

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    1. Oh no, Anne, I'm so sorry! I wonder if Blogger is having a fit? Yesterday, it tried to destroy the whole post! Glad you are here. The apple cider is really yummy! Going to go make some more!

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    2. Anne!!! Thank you for coming by! I'm so glad you persevered! It's good to have you here celebrating with us!

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    3. Well, random.org is making it worth your while, Anne, because you are one of our winners!

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  5. Good morning ladies! It is so good to see you again Lady Carrie and to meet you Lady Debbie Lynne. I so enjoy our gatherings. I love the beautiful gowns everyone is wearing and such a variety of steeds out in the pasture, so mine won't be lonely. It was a chilly ride here, a cup of that hot mulled cider will take the chill off as well as the warm fire. The crusty bread with honey butter smells heavenly. I see some friends over by the fire, I will visit with them awhile.

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    Congratulations on your book, Sword of Forgiveness Debbie Lynn. It sounds wonderful.

    Blessings,Tina


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    1. This is a lovely book, Tina! It will be on my best of 2015! How do you like my sparkly pink conical hat? Is it too much?

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    2. It is a lovely sparkly hat!

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    3. Nice to meet you, Tina! I don't believe I've ever had such a wonderful tea..er...cider party thrown for me! Thank you so much for celebrating with me!

      Carrie, I think your hat is divine!

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  6. Many thanks, Lady Carrie for the invite. Tis a lovely day to be inside where is it warm and where friendship is warmer! Heartiest of congratulations Lady Debbie Lynn on the debut of your book, especially that is sits so high in the ratings.
    I do believe I will go visit with the ladies close to the fire and have a little of the lovely cider. The tart looks wonderful and I will be sure and sample some before I take my leave. Truly is a wonderful day!

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    1. The apple tarts smell so good. Here's a nice plate of it with some custard, Betti! And a mug of cider. Yum! Even better is a read--so open the cover and read Lady Brithwin's story!!!

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    2. Betti! Thank you for coming! Carrie does put on quite a party does she not? I'm so blessed to have such wonderful friends, new and old to come celebrate this time with me!!

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  7. I enjoyed the book and a mug of cider sounds delish!

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    1. Such a super book! Yes, a mug of cider coming up. We have some roast meat, turnips, carrots, and potatoes on the fire for later, Lady Deanna!

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  8. Congratulations Lady Debbie Lynne on the release of Sword of Forgiveness! So glad to get to be a part of your opening day celebration.. May it go to #1 :)

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    1. Bless you, Deanna! Wouldn't that be a wonderful sight...#1! Thank you for being a reviewer and for helping me get the word out about SOF.

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  9. Lady Debbie Lynne I want to tell you congratulations on the debut of Sword of Forgiveness. What a pleasure it was to lose myself in Lady Brithwin and Lord Royce's story. I can truthfully say it's been awhile since I have enjoyed a story as much as their enchanting tale! It took me to a place I didn't want to leave. :-)

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    1. Teresa! Thank you! What a lovely compliment. (I admit, I'm grinning ear to ear!!) It is such a wonderful feeling to know my book has truly been enjoyed. Thank you so much for sharing that with me and for coming by to celebrate with us!

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  10. Oh I actually arrived on time for lunch! Mmmm, the apple tart and cider both sound splendid, I think I will sample them. Debbie, the book captivated me from the first page. I love in-depth medieval romances and yours was very detailed and suspenseful. I highly recommend it to anyone here who hasn't read it yet!! In fact, I might just sit here on a bench and re-read it while everyone else takes their lunch. Don't mind me. :)

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    1. Thank you, Susan! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and feel its worthy of a second read! Thank you for coming to the party and celebrating with me.

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  11. (Chappy enters the room and is totally swept up in the times.)
    Hello everyone! Thanks so much for the invite to this wonderful party. Everyone looks so beautiful...and handsome. Congrats on your new release, Debbie! I absolutely love the cover...totally draws you in.
    May I have some cider, please? I am parched.

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    1. Here you go, Lady Chappy! Thank you so much for taking time to come out on this chilly day! Lady Carrie has out done herself, hasn't she?

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    2. Yes, she has! Of course I would expect nothing less than wonderful from Carrie.

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    3. Yes, she has! Of course I would expect nothing less than wonderful from Carrie.

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    4. Sorry, didn't mean to post the same thing twice.

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  12. Congrats on your book. I hope it does well for you. The book sounds great. Love the spread of food you are making me hungry. Good luck and God bless.

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    1. Thank you, Lady Tammy! Tis good to see you come by today and celebrate with us. Enjoy the food, Lady Carrie spent many an hour overseeing it.

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  13. Congratulations, Debbie Lynne. Beautiful party, Carrie. And what a sumptuous feast! A very joyous occasion. :)

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    1. Ah, my dear friend, Kathleen, whom I could not have put this story out there without! Thank you for taking the time on your VERY busy schedule to drop in. It truly is a joyous occasion and I thank you dear lady for all your help with my story!

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    2. Kathy, you are SO very missed as critique partner and reading your wonderful writing! Hugs and love and thanks!!!

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  14. This was such a good book! I am having fun looking at all the beautiful dresses. And the horses. And the food. And the escorts....

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Susan! I'm thrilled you enjoyed the book! Carrie has outdone herself on the food. And everyone has shopped around to find lovely gowns and steeds that are to die for!

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  15. I would love some of that roast duck and the potatoes smell heavenly, Carrie dear. But as you so aptly put it, I wouldn't want to make a pig of myself either. Probably never again. Oh dear. :o

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    1. Lady Diana! Thank you for coming by. Tis a lovely party here at OWG.

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  16. Hello Ladies, you look lovely. I had a wonderful time with the little ones. So good to return to this wonderful celebration of Lady Debbie Lynne! The food smells divine. I hope I didn't miss too much of the party.

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    1. You're timing is perfect Caryl! And I want to tell you, I loved your question on the other blog!

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  17. Has the jousting begun? I'm looking forward to seeing our knights in action.....

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    1. Oh Jousting! I love that sport. Let me go find my arm band to give to my favorite!

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  18. I'm loving seeing the beautiful horses & knights.. the dresses are stunning!
    Had lunch, I ready for some of that beautiful apple pie...

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    1. Speaking of horses, sorry I disappeared, I'm afraid my horses had to be taken care of for the evening and unfortunately they are at our farm which at the moment does not have a house on it!

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  19. Did someone say jousting? Show me the arena, I'm all for watching that! I just need to bring my cider with me.

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    1. This way, Susan! Have you chosen your knight yet? I have a favorite but I'm not saying. And I'm sure Lady Brithwin is voting and cheering for Lord Royce!

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    2. Rumor has it she is! However, he has a fine looking brother who needs to wear a ladies ribbon.

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  20. Good afternoon, Ladies! I just woke up from a delightful nap, feeling refreshed and ready to party on!

    The evening meal smells amazing!

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    1. Hi Regina! I'm just starting to feel better from my foot procedure on Tuesday. So glad we had the party set up for Monday! It was so fun!

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    1. Thank you, Jackie. This has been an amazing few days.

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  22. Hello Ladies. Ooops! My dress is like Lady Debbie Lynn's except in purple. I want to Congratulate you on your new release and so highly thought of already. Lady Carrie, as usual it is a lovely party. Think I will have a sample of that Apple tart and some of the tea. Sounds good on a cold day. Later I will be very glad to enjoy that wonderful sounding meal. I do love pork, and all of the fixings. It is always nice to see so many lovely Ladies. Lady Maxie
    > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. So nice to see you here today, Lady Maxie. Your dress is lovely in purple. We must have the seamstress.

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    2. Thank you for you kind comments, Lady Maxie! Not sure how I missed this comment on Monday but it sure was a lively event, wasn't it? Love your gown, too! Purple is a pretty and royal color! Hugs!

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  23. It is nice to see so many beautiful dresses with the beautiful ladies. Lady Maxie > mac262(at)me9dot0com <

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    1. Aha, I found your comment, Lady Maxie! Am wondering if Blogger didn't post at first because this is anonymous comment. But we know who you are! Blessings!!!

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  24. Salutations and best wishes!! I'm so happy for you, Lady Debbie - watching Lady Brithwin's tale climb right up to the top of that Amazon castle!! I'm excited to see that so many friends could attend our party - I think I'll chat with some of them, by the fire, as I savor my apple cider and tart.

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    1. Nothing like a lovely fire as the evening settles in. And thank you, Lady Bonnie. It has been quite an event that I'm so very thankful for! All of you ladies have made this dream come true.

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  25. Not in your contest
    Please have a wonderful, terrific, God-blessed day

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    1. Thank you so much, Chris! You have a blessed evening.

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  26. Congratulations Lady Debbie Lynne! I am so excited for your book, and I cannot wait to read it myself. (I may have convinced a local monk to teach me to read and write. Shh. ;) lol) And Lady Carrie, thank you so much for this lovely party. The refreshments are very delicious. :) I am so terribly sorry that I am late; sadly my son required some extra attention this morning, but I am so very glad that I made it. :) And did I hear correctly that there is to be a jousting tournament?

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    1. Karen, yes indeed, you are correct. The jousting tournament is about to commence!

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    2. Lady Karen, Thank you for coming. I'm sorry I was missing. My steeds needed tending to and I had to depart temporarily to care for them.

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  27. What a lovely Medieval Party!!! Don't enter me, I just came by to congratulate my good friend Debbie Lynne on her new book! It's exceptional and I'm sure you all will love it! Who doesn't love a handsome knight? This book has been a long time coming, and I'm so happy to see it finally hit the stores!! Hugs to you, Debbie Lynne!

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    1. Thank you so much, MaryLu! As I have said many times, this book and I would not be here if it weren't for you and all your help and support!

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  28. Good afternoon ladies,

    CONGRATULATIONS LADY DEBBIE LYNNE !!! This is a wonderful debut party !!! I will be sticking around a little bit and then going to check out the jousting tournament. I love the pictures of the knights and the food and the hot mulled cider and tart are delicious.. I am so looking forward to reading SWORD OF FORGIVENESS !! This is a wonderful party Lady Carrie !!! thank you for inviting me !!! :-) Chicki

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    1. Good afternoon Lady Chicki! Our snow piles are melting quickly but the horses are kicking up lots of mud! Thank you for your kind words!

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    2. Carrie always puts on a party to be remembered. I am blessed to have her as a friend!

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  29. I'm really enjoying this medieval party and it brings back precious memories of my husband proposing to me at our local Renaissance Festival, right in front of the queen, herald announcer and a large crowd! elise_jehanATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Oh. my. goodness!!!! Elise! What an awesome place to be proposed to at! How fun is that??? Thank you for coming by and celebrating with us.

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  30. Hello everyone, I hope that I did not miss the Jousting Tournament! Congrats to Lady Debbie on her debut! I'm so excited to read it! Thank you Lady Carrie for the invite! Everyone looks fabulous!
    Lady Grace

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    1. We are so glad to have you in attendance, Lady Gracie! This tournament is so much fun!

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    2. Lady Grace! WE are honored to have you. The jousters are in rare form today. Looks as all are determined to show off for their ladies.

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  31. I wanted to stop by to encourage Debbie Lynne and say, CONGRATULATIONS on your book! Oh, and I am definitely ready for some mulled cider. Thank you so much.
    Blessings...

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    1. mulled cider - coming up, Kay!!! Welcome!

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    2. Lady Kay! Thank you for coming by and for your encouragement! Blessings to you. I hope you enjoyed the cider.

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  32. Well, I wanted some of that delicious evening meal, but no one has even talked to me so guess I will just be going. (pouting) Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. LOL, they haven't greeted me either, Lady Maxie - I think everyone is too busy watching the jousting, listening to the minstrels and eating that delicious banquet of food. Isn't it magnificent?? Congrats, again - to Lady Debbie on her beautiful novel!! Eat up, Lady Maxie, before it's all gone!!

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    2. Dear lady Maxie, I'm terribly sorry! I am afraid I had to leave to feed my steeds right before you arrived. I'm just returning and do apologize for being gone longer than I had planned. I shall get your food now, Maxie. Would you like custard with your meat? Lady Bonnie, Thank you so much for making Lady Maxie feel welcome! And than you for your kind words.

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    3. Hi Maxie! The party was winding down at 7 pm We are glad you came by but I am afraid I was tidying up in the kitchen!

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  33. Thank you my ladies for an interesting and entertaining post. What fun!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you for coming by Lady Melanie. I hope you have gotten plenty to eat!

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  34. What an awesome post. Loved seeing all the gowns, knights and horses. It has been a blast from the past!
    CherylB1987 AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. Lady Cheryl, Tis fun to dress in our finery and watch our chivalrous men battle for our hearts!

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  35. What joyful, fun Ladies I've seen today! It was certainly fun.. I'm off to listen to the Minstrel's and relax
    with my brave knight :)
    dkstevensneAToutlook DoTC oM

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    1. Sounds like a great way to end a wonderful day.

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  36. Debbie Im so proud of you......God bless you

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  37. Good evening, Debbie and all of the OWG Ladies! I'm finally here. Congratulations on the release of your new book, Debbie! It looks SO intriguing! I'm putting it on my wish list. :) I'm really enjoying all of the lovely gowns here and my goodness, but the knights are handsome! I'm going to see if there's any of that yummy apple tart left and some of that mulled cider. Then off to watch the jousting!

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    1. Angi, Thank you for coming! I'm so happy that you are putting it on your wish list! I hope you will be able to read it. Enjoy the jousting!

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    2. Oh my, I was so tired I ended up off to bed early on Monday night, Angi! BUT I'm here today and I did the drawing per random.org and you won the parchment and quill!!! Congrats!!!

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    3. Hmmm, I just realized you write western and the horse earrings might be better for you, Angi, so let me give you a holler on FB!

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  38. I really enjoyed seeing all the pictures. How very fun. Your new book looks great. Wish I could dress up and join you at the feast.
    Blessings,
    ohiohomeschool at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh you can, just pop by the Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/events/846243012088212

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    2. Hello Ohio!! Thank you for coming by. I hope you were able to find the right gown.

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  39. Oh that apple tart looks delicious! :D And those pictures are awesome, and those prizes are pretty awesome to! ;)

    Blessings, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Thank you for coming by Amada! I'm glad you made it!!

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    2. Thanks, Amada! Blessings back to you!

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  40. Sorry I am late to the party. Congrats on your release! I love medieval times! I will add it to my list of must reads!

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Nancy! I hope you get a chance to read SOF!

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    2. Yes, pick up a copy, Nancy and read it soon and post a review!!! Blessings and thanks so much for coming by!

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  41. I'm also late for the party, but what a spread! That table is fit for a king! I love the photos and the horses, and the hot apple cider with apple tarts! I hope that you saved a wee bit for me! Happy release, Debbie!!! Looking forward to reading this new hit on the Christian reading lists!

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    1. Thank you Nancee! And of course we saved food for you! Thanks for coming by and enjoy the jousting and activities!

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    2. Now I'd like to make some apple tarts, gluten free, Nancee! With pecans and brown sugar would be good. It was a fun party for Debbie Lynne!

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  42. Uhh I think I'm beyond tardy for this grand celebration so please do forgive me Carrie and Debbie! However I've picked up a treat for myself from the party Debbie, in the form of your book (from Amazon), and can hardly wait to read it!! :-)

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    1. Noela!!! THANK YOU!!! I'm so excited that you bought my book! And thank you for coming by to celebrate. Carrie did a fabulous job. And it is never to late to jump over and see all the lovely gowns, knights, and steeds.

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    2. Hi Aussie Angel, and we are glad you were able to swing by! It was indeed a fun party!

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  43. This looks like such a good book. Congrats, Debbie!

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    1. This is a lovely book, Christy! Thanks for coming by the party!

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    1. Delightful read, Melissa! Pick up a copy of Sword of Forgiveness and enjoy!

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  45. Congrats, Debbie! I'm always saying there isn't enough Christian medieval fic in the world ... =) LOL, the hat's cute, but I'll be wearing my new *first* corset, though it's more Elizabethan than medieval. ;-)

    https://www.facebook.com/TheArtistLibrarian/photos/a.279569135562951.1073741827.277497069103491/365291250324072/?type=1&theater

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    1. Oops, and thanks for the chance to win!
      jafuchi7[at]Hawaii[dot]edu

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    2. Thanks for coming by the party, and welcome! We sure had a great time on Monday past!

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