Thursday, August 30, 2018

A Delightful Evening with My Readers...and Tea!

by Karen Rose Smith

I have done book signings for my two cozy series before.  With my Daisy's Tea Garden series, I've been invited to tea rooms for book signings.  This book signing at Sweet Remembrances/Rosemary House in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, was a little different.

When I arrived at the tea room that evening, I went into the gardens.  There were flowers, herbs, benches, a tea totem and other teapot decor in out of the way corners and on arches.  Oh, and there were cats, too!  The day couldn't have been more beautiful at sunny and 80 degrees.  A table had been set up for me on the patio.

I had the book signing first.  The guests, coming for the signing, the sit down tea and my author presentation, lined up.  About 35 women had come to meet me and have their Daisy books signed.  Some were from nearby and others had driven a ways.  I felt so honored.  All of the women were friendly, sharing and many loved cats and dogs, which we could talk about endlessly as well as converse about tea.

When we sat for tea service, I noticed the menu.  Nancy, the tea room chef, had developed a few treats based on recipes in my books, lemon tea cakes and carrot salad crostini included!  Everything was delicious.

I always try different teas when I visit tea rooms.  This night I chose Shakespeare Tea which was a blend of herbs and mint as well as a Peach-Apricot herbal tea. After tea service, Susanna Rebert who runs the tea room pinned a microphone on me and I gave a presentation on Life As Inspiration.  Afterward, I answered questions from these women who were all avid cozy readers.  Believe me, this tea room and peaceful garden will inspire me for a long time

The garden at Sweet Remembrances/Rosemary House.

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One of the garden cats!

The dessert course!!!

Cheesecake with lemon curd, Lemon Tea Cakes and chocolate cake with raspberry cream cheese icing.

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