It’s a treat for me to welcome my friend Jill Kemerer back to Inspired by Life and Fiction! When Jill visited last time, I mentioned that she wrote 12 novels before finally receiving her first publishing contract. This month, her third novel releases! Jill has released THREE NOVELS in one year. Praise to the One who is, “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:20 Amen?
Stay tuned at the end of the post for a wonderful giveaway that Jill put together for you, Inspired by Life’s community. -Becky
Tea traditions have always fascinated me. I remember being a young girl of seven or eight, sipping tea from a beautiful teacup and saucer at our dining room table. My mom owned three sets of pretty china, and she allowed me to drink tea from them. I would hold my pinky finger high as I took a dainty sip, and I’d set the cup oh-so-carefully on the matching saucer. Let me tell you, I felt pretty grown up!
Living out in the country in mid-Michigan got boring, so I would read. I still remember a book about an apartment building with two little girls. One was American and the other was from Japan. One day the American girl was invited for tea at the Japanese girl’s apartment. The tea ceremony and apartment decorations were described in such detail that I decided then and there I was making my own Japanese dollhouse. I found an old cardboard box and half a roll of leftover wallpaper and spent the entire day creating the rooms and accessories described in the book. I even made the tea set! I think I used a pop bottle cap for a bowl, and I know I cut up one of my mother’s Lipton tea bags to make a teeny-tiny teabag. It was such fun!
My grandmother occasionally babysat me when I was young, and she loved telling me how she’d get me to nap by promising a party when I woke up. These parties usually involved tea and windmill cookies. Years later, I’d visit her in her apartment, and she’d lay out a tea party with a lovely teapot and cookies for me and my daughter who was about five at the time. My daughter still remembers her as “tea grandma.”
My daughter has always been charmed by tiny things. Itty-bitty dolls, animals, and of course, tea sets. For a few years we lived in a cute town with a tea shop, and I found the most adorable wicker basket full of miniature tea cups, a tea pot, and little plates and silverware. She loved that set! Hey, I loved that set…
Needless to say, I still love tea. And coffee. And hot beverages in general! I drink tea all year long. Usually I heat water up in a mug, but my mom bought me an electric teakettle for Christmas. I keep it in my office and refill my mug often. I’m thinking about buying a pretty teacup and saucer to make it special. Because life is special. And sipping tea from a delicate cup forces me to slow down and savor the moment.
To celebrate the release of Her Small-Town Romance, I’m giving away a tea-themed prize to one reader!
Thank you, Inspired by Life and Fiction, for letting me be your guest today.
Jill Kemerer writes Christian romance novels with love, humor and faith for Harlequin Love Inspired. Jill loves coffee, M&Ms, fluffy animals, magazines and her hilarious family.
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