Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Liza hosts TJ Brown -- Summerset Abbey: A Bloom in Winter

Howdy peeps! Today we have T.J. Brown pimping her fab book A Bloom in Winter.

Proper Peep: I don't think you should say 'pimping' to a nice young lady who likes tea sets.

Liza: That does indicate a preference to propriety. 


Welcome peeps. The lovely and proper T.J. Brown is here to discuss her delightful book and provide one lucky commenter this beautiful tea thingy.

A unique gift, stolen from her 101 year old great-grandmother.

Proper Peep: Liza! This is a 4 piece Whimsical Butterfly Tea set, handcrafted by artist April Cook. Made with white stoneware slip and painted in an unique, whimsical design of a butterfly in lime green and plum glaze. It is both dishwasher and microwave safe. The set includes a 32 oz. tea pot with lid, creamer and sugar bowl. (Sadly, only US commenters are elgible to win it)

Liza: How do you know all that?

Proper Peep: I know everything about tea sets...And I'm a fan of T.J. Brown.

Liza: Well, let's check her out and see why you like her so much.

Liza: Hold on, there seems to be two covers for this book. Proper Peep, can you explain why?

Proper peep: I'm an expert on tea sets, not book covers, although both are quite lovely. 

Liza: Well, I'm going with the red carpet.

Investigative Peep: Good choice. That's the cover of the first book of the series. The other is the cover for the entire series.

Liza: Ha! I just spoke to the author and she says
the cover with the Brunette is the cover for the 1st book and the red carpet cover is the cover for the second book. So sorry, Investigative Peep, you're fired.

Investigative Pee: Crap, it's back to Foxlike News for me.

Summerset Abbey: A Bloom in Winter
by T. J. Brown



After Prudence’s desperate marriage and move to London, sisters Rowena and Victoria fear they have lost their beloved friend forever. Guilt-ridden and remorseful, Rowena seeks comfort from a daring flyboy and embraces the most dangerous activity the world has ever seen, and Victoria defies her family and her illness to make her own dream occupation as a botanist come true. As England and the world step closer to conflict, the two young women flout their family, their upbringing, and their heritage to seize a modern future of their own making.

Victoria Buxton

With her delicate constitution but strong, unflappable spirit, Victoria has never followed societal conventions, the rules of fashion, or the pursuit of a husband. Instead, she finds herself drawn to the controversial—and dangerous—fight for women’s suffrage. But her dream is compromised, and her heart divided, when her struggles for equal rights collide with unexpected love.

Rowena Buxton

After yearning to no avail for a certain young pilot to fly back into her life, Rowena fears her chances for happiness have been jeopardized by recklessness and scandal. Burdened with guilt for bringing her sister Prudence to Summerset Abbey as a lady’s maid while she herself led a life of privilege, Rowena hopes to one day make amends. But her desire to set things right is complicated by her passion for flight and a sudden engagement…to the wrong man.

Prudence Tate

Raised like a sister to Victoria and Rowena, then banished to the servants’ quarters when their father passed away, Prudence has seen both sides of life, upstairs and down. But once the truth about her parentage was revealed, Prudence forged a new life for herself, married to a penniless veterinary student. Living in poverty in a shabby London flat, she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake—and there’s no turning back...


 Victoria sat impatiently, her fingers skittering across the shining top of her lovely round desk, once used by an ancestor who would no doubt be completely scandalized by the plan she had just proposed to Kit.

“Let me get this straight,” he frowned at her, his dark red brows furrowing like caterpillars. “You want me to help you to sneak into London for a week?”

She glared at the mocking tone of his voice. “You know, you’re usually quite handsome, but right now, you look more like an ogre from a Grimms’ fairy tale than a human, so you can stop glowering at me.”

His head came up and he looked at her, his eyebrows unfurrowing and shooting up on his forehead in such a comical way, she couldn’t help but giggle.

“You think I’m handsome?”

Victoria shrugged. “Yes. Sort of like a fox, with your ginger hair and sharp eyes. But don’t let it go to your head; Sebastian and Colin are far better looking than you. Now back to my plan.”

 He rolled his eyes at that and got back to the matter at hand. “The only way it would work would be to bring Elaine into it. There is no way your aunt would approve of your traveling to London on your own, and she certainly would never let you drive off alone with me.”

Victoria shook her head, frustrated by the fuss. “These people do know I’m of age, right? Why may Cousin Colin come and go as he pleases, yet Elaine and I are required to inform everyone where we are at every moment of every day? How is that fair?”

“Do you know you’re rather lovable when you act like a suffragette?” he teased.

She threw a fountain pen at him and missed. It exploded on the mantel. “Oh blast! Now see what you made me do.”

He laughed. “Made you do? No, leave it,” he said when she stood to clean it. “No one comes back here and we’ll call it art, much as that crazy art nouveau crowd calls their stuff art.”

“Oh!” She stamped her foot. He knew she loved art nouveau.

“Now don’t get your petticoats in a bundle, kitten, and let’s figure out how to get you to London so you can meet with…whom?”

“Harold L. Herbert, the managing editor for the Botanist’s Quarterly,” she said, sitting back down.

“Ah yes, so you can meet with Hairy Herbert. And what do you hope to gain from this meeting?”

For a moment, Victoria drew a blank. “Well, he said he wanted to meet with me. He finds my writing thought-provoking. He not only paid me for an article, but is also interested in more of my work. So, more assignments, I suppose.” She tilted her nose up in the air, waiting for him to make fun of her.

To her surprise he didn’t. “So you’ve never met Hairy Herbert. Have you spoken to him on the telephone?” He took the seat across from the desk and crossed his long legs. His eyes regarded her gravely.

Victoria shifted uneasily. “No.”

“So he doesn’t know that the author of the scientific article he paid ten pounds for is, in fact, an eighteen-year-old girl?”

Victoria opened her mouth, but no sound came out.


Liza: That does sound good. Oh look, there's lots of places to buy, so no excuses peeps.




AUTHOR Bio and Contact Links:

TJ Brown is passionate about books, writing, history, dachshunds and mojitos. If she could go back in time, she would have traveled back to England, 1910, Paris, 1927 or Haight-Ashbury, 1967. She resides in the burbs of Portlandia, where she appreciates the weirdness, the microbreweries, hoodies, Voodoo Donuts and the rain.






Liza: Well, thanks for stopping by.
TJ., Proper Peep and I have enjoyed having you.

Liza: Listen up peeps!  To increase your chances for the beautiful tea set, after you comment on my blog and leave your email address on this site. (You may also follow me if you like), click on the link below and stalk the tea set all over blogdom, leaving comments everyplace it settles.

This link takes you Goddess Fish Blog. When you arrive, page down twice and you'll see TJ's tour links. Go get em peeps!


  1. This sounds like a wonderful series. I love Downton Abbey and this seems to be close to the same era. Lovely! Definitely throw my hat into the running for the tea set. I adore tea! I'm putting this Abbey series on my TBR list. 1jennajaxon(at)gmail(dot)com.

  2. Love the premise of your books, and what gorgeous covers too! And what a cute idea for a prize! I've always been a lover of tea sets too.

    I also like the names of your heroines. Did you search for feminine names that fit that time period?

    bicknellbrown @sbcglobal.net

  3. OMG that tea set is gorgeous! And I love, love the covers on this book/series. I'm buying today. The book looks fabulous. Thank you Liza for introducing me to a new author.

  4. What beautiful covers! Very eye-catching! I'll have to check them out.

  5. What gorgeous covers! And what a delightful prize. I think that could be the beginning of a new hobby for me! Definitely adding this series to my TBR pile. :). Heather.sharpe at ymail dot com.

  6. The series sounds interesting. Congratulations with your release, TJ. I tweeted.

  7. Thanks so much, everyone! And thanks for having me, Liza! How much fun is this! The cover with the Brunette is the cover for the first book, the red carpet cover is the cover for the second book... And they are GORGEOUS:) And I am drooling over that tea set myself. So hard to give it away.... see how much I love my readers? LOL!

    Faithe, I did research names for that period. Some were so bad I couldn't possibly use them and I wanted names that somewhat fit their personalities:)

  8. Sorry about the misinformation concerning the book covers. I have fired Investigative peep publicly for his failure to actually check facts.

  9. Love the Tea set. Would love to win it.
    Love reading Teri´s books. Can´t wait to read book 2 and 3.

  10. Lol...that was a hilarious commentary by Liza and Proper Peep.....lol

    Thanks for the excerpt - I've added both books to my tbr ...

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  11. Liza, not Investigative peep's fault. I'm sure he tried to check with me and I just scanned and gave him permission. He is probably in the corner crying right now. Dry his eyes and give him tea...

    1. Oh, all right...unless. Do you work for Foxlike News and simply don't want him back?

  12. Love the cover, the book description and the excerpt! Definitely will have to add this one to my list

  13. The covers are gorgeous and I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks :-)

  14. fun interview


  15. Lol, I love the dialogue going on there, very funny. And Teri, I'm glad you're giving away the tea set because I totally want it, lol :)


  16. I'd like to wish all you luck on winning that beautiful tea set. Glad you had a fun time at my site and be sure to buy Teri, aka TJ's book.


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