“Tea With the Author” at DeBary Hall Historic Site

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DeBary Hall Historic Site

If you live in the central Florida area, you are cordially invited to attend a catered luncheon and tea at historic DeBary Hall, on November 12, 2016. I’m  excited to say I’ll be the featured guest that day, and I can’t wait! Here are all the details .

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Tea With the Author

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Marcia Meara

Saturday, November 12, 2016 11:30 AM
***Ticket Includes***
Catered Luncheon with Custom Blended Teas
A Reading from My Latest Book
A Question & Answer Session & Book Signing
And an Autographed copy of Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3

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Limited Space Available.
Reserve Your Seat Today!

For Tickets,  Call DeBary Hall at 386-668-3840
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Think about it, folks! A yummy catered lunch of tea sandwiches and delicious desserts, served by staff members in period costume. Piping hot cups of custom blended teas, named for characters from my novels, such as Sarah’s Favorite Earl Grey, Willow’s Raspberry Cooler, Gunnar’s Assam Blend, and Hunter’s Mango Green.  A free, signed copy of Harbinger. And, tada . . . me! Such a deal! 😀

I’ll be doing a reading and there will be plenty of time after lunch for a Question & Answer session and a signing. And I promise there will be lots of laughter and fun. It’s my number one rule at these things.

 A $20 ticket gets you all of the above, and since book alone sells for $10, that’s really a super deal! Call today to reserve a seat.  You KNOW you want to, and I can’t wait to see your smiling faces!

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Promo Ideas for Signings: Attention Tea Lovers!

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I have to thank Jennifer Melzer for turning me on to the Adagio Teas website. Not only do they have absolutely delicious teas of their own, but they have a set up where you can combine teas, flavorings, and inclusions to produced your own custom blends, and your own labels! It’s so much fun.

Being the hard-core tea drinker that I am, I’m partial to writing a bit of it into my books. In the case of Willow Greene in Swamp Ghosts and Finding Hunter, it’s a bit more than “a little.” She’s a little New Age in appearance and dress, and loves her herbs and teas. (Not to let that fool you, though. She’s a clever business woman and a very strong character, in spite of it.) And Willow loves tea as much as I do. She has one for every mood or ailment, I think.

It was on my first visit to Adagio Teas that I decided my characters would be great inspiration for some custom blends I wanted to try for myself. For you folks who enjoy a good cuppa as much as I do, I hope you’ll stop by and check them out. I now give away sample tins of these teas at signings and presentations, and they’ve gone over very well. Plus the little tins serve as a nice bit of promotion for my books, since the labels include portions of the title graphic, and my name. 🙂

I now have ten custom blends, including: Sarah’s Favorite Earl Grey, Ruth’s Berry Apple Blend, Gunnar’s Assam Blend, Maggie’s Tropical Green, Willow’s Raspberry Cooler, Willow’s Soothing Chamomile, Lester’s White Cranberry, Maggie’s DECAF Mango Surprise, and DECAF Orange Mango Blend, and Christmas on Wake-Robin Ridge.

Hope you’ll check some of them out. You can order them in various sizes, including a small sample package to see what you think. I don’t get paid for this, per se, but any orders at all will earn me points I can use on my next purchase, including my own. So far, just my own orders keep me from ever paying shipping, and usually give me a few dollars off on my purchase as well. (This is a big help when you have over 32 different teas in little cannisters on your counter! 😯 )

If you stop by the site, be sure to look at all the wonderful teas they offer, AND you might consider making your own custom blends, as well. It’s so much fun. You can create them for you own use, or try using them as promotional giveaways at events. The cute little sample tins run about $2 each if you order 10 or more, so you don’t want to give away thousands of them, but a bowl full of freebies on your display table is a nice touch, and not totally prohibitive for most events I’ve been to, so far.

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Robins, Goldfinches, and Earl Grey Tea

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What a wonderful couple of days in my yard. Robins crowding my birdbaths, grooming themselves for the rest of their long journey north, and today, goldfinches at my feeders. They’ll hang out for several weeks, unlike the robins, and by the time they head north to nest, the males will be almost completely molted into their bright yellow and black plumage. They are happy, chirpy little guys, and so much fun to watch. I had to grab a cup of Adagio’s Earl Grey Bravo, my favorite Earl Grey tea, and sit on the porch for a while, just to enjoy their antics. Which made me remember that I had planned to post about the custom tea blends (with labels) you can put together on Adagio’s website.

Jenny Melzer introduced me to this website in an earlier post here, and I’ve been totally hooked. Not only do they have some delicious teas of their own, but you can blend custom mixes yourself, which is just so much fun! I’ve created blends for five of my characters, so far, and they have been a big hit at signings and Meet the Author events. You can buy your blends in various sized packaging, but for give-aways and the like, I recommend the sample tins. I order them 20 at a time, which drops the price from $4 a tin to $2. It might be even less for larger orders. Continue reading