It’s Friday and my tea parties are technically supposed to be on Thursdays. However, I have been Mrs. Cah-razy-pants this week so I hope y’all forgive me for the late post. My mommacita flew into El Paso to visit me for a couple days. Nothing does you like a little momma love. So she’s here now, sitting beside me as I virtual tea party. Gilly is getting the royal snuggle treatment from his grandmama. She’s spoiling him so rotten, he may never be satisfied with my simple head nuzzles again. But that’s what grandmamas are for, right. Mine does the same to me and I love her for it.
It being Friday, I thought I’d make this a #FridayReads Tea Party. A little shoutout to the Friday Reads gang. If you don’t know, click here and get familiar. I adore the fine literati who created this program. It’s such a great way for readers to connect and share their “right now” reading. So what is my #FridayReads?
I hope I don’t disappoint by saying it is not a book but a heap of blank Valentine cards I intend to pen as soon as I get a free hour. Yes, yes, many view Valentine’s Day as a big “Hallmark” holiday and perhaps they’re right. But Hallmark = words on paper, and I love words on paper! So I’m partial to enjoying the sending and receiving of these single page booklets (i.e. cards). The very first “book” I ever penned at the age of five was of a similar style.
A quick THE BAKER’S DAUGHTER reading roundup:
“This is my first ‘favorite’ read of the year. Great character development, picturesque historical descriptions, and skillful balancing of past and present are gracefully woven together like a cozy afghan that I wanted wrap myself in for extended periods of time.”
– Heather Schmitt-González, Girlichef
”The Baker’s Daughter is, hands-down, the best book I’ve read so far this year, and I am confident that it will be on my ‘best of’ list for 2012… a perfectly crafted novel…”
–Anna Horner, Diary of an Eccentric
“The story in turns melted my heart and broke it… McCoy adds her beautiful and gentle prose to make it seem almost like a love song.”
–Sandy Nawrot, You GOTTA Read This!
“…will go down as my favorites of the year and it’s not even the middle of February. The latest terrific novel that I’ve completed is The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy… an outstanding book club discussion…The Baker’s Daughter is sure to be huge… It’s a wonderful story with wonderful characters and it’s not to be missed!”
–Julie Peterson, Booking Mama
“The Baker’s Daughter is vividly written and highly entertaining; I couldn’t put it down…Whether you read this for a book club or just for your own pleasure,The Baker’s Daughter offers plenty for you to munch on.”
–Melissa, The Feminist Texan Reads
Tea Forté’s Orchid Vanilla. A black tea with a vanilla and coconut blend. I received this incredibly generous gift from a reader/writer friend so it is my tea of choice today. I’m continually astounded by the unexpected kindness of people I’ve never even met. I am blessed to know you, Ms. HS. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And may I add, thank you. My mommacita is a coconut fanatic. (She is 100% Puerto Rico, hello.) So she’s threatening to steal the canister and run off to Virginia with it.
Sarah’s Sipping Summary:
Given that my Valentine writing and reading is a tribute to old-school ways of saying, “You’re on my Mind” and “I care about you,” I believe this cuppa vanilla coconut from a distant but dear friend conveys those sentiments to perfection.
Next Thursday, I’ll be at A Real Bookstore in Dallas touring for The Baker’s Daughter! I hope all you Dallas readers come out to the event. Perhaps we’ll even find time for a brew and sip together. Take a look at my schedule of city stops: I may be coming to yours soon!
Yours truly, Sarah