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{Book & A Cuppa #5} Wednesday’s Book & Tea

It’s Wednesday! Another day to share with you what I’m reading and what’s in my teacup! 


So the other night I decided to start a new book when I went to bed. I was reading four books and had finished two that day, so it made TOTAL sense to start a new one, right?

Yeah, I don’t have a clue how far I made it into the book AND I can’t even remember what the book was. I was reading it on one of my book apps on my iPad and closed it when I got up. Needless to say, I don’t think it was the right time to read that book.

Last night I decided I should start a new book (again) and decided to go with an old stand-by series I’ve been working my way through. It goes well with my new mug AND my old stand-by tea that’s in it.

In my cup today is one of my favourite teas, Earl Grey de la Creme:

Earl Grey de la Creme

I’m sure we all have those amazing teas where when we just can’t make up our mind on what kind to have, this is the one we go for. Why? Because it’s always amazing and it just warms us up.

Earl Grey de la Creme is one of those teas I could drink ALL day. I love the taste, the smell, the look of it … whether I have it black, or with a splash of milk and sugar, it’s always perfect. Whenever I do tea parties, I always highlight this tea because it’s just so amazing. Everyone usually falls in love with the smell and if I’m doing a tasting of it, I can guarantee a few bags will be bought.

Today’s book, like I said, goes perfect with my tea, since they’re both favourites. I’ve loved this series since I started reading it and every now and then I can’t decide what to read, so I’ll grab the next book in the series and fall in love all over again.

destined for an early grave

This is the fourth book in the series, and I totally recommend starting at the beginning if you want to read it, but here’s the synopsis:

Her deadly dreams leave her in grave danger.

Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.

Gregor believes Cat is his and he won’t stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who holds her heart, only Cat can break Gregor’s hold over her. She’ll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she’s ever faced . . . even if getting that power will result in an early grave.

Last week’s book was a Christian romance and this one is FAR from that. Does anyone read vampire books anymore? It felt so strange diving back into a world like this! And I haven’t read a sexy book in SO LONG. Really, my new mug fit so well with the book! 

I love Cat and Bones and I know whenever I go to read a new book in this series, I always hesitate because I think I won’t be able to get into it again, but I’m already about 50 pages in and it’s freaking awesome. I have the next book in the series, but might have to pick up the next one after that … you can never be too prepared.

Have you read any books in this series? What’s in your tea cup this morning? Want to participate in Book & A Cuppa? Share what’s in your teacup and what you’re reading by linking below! 


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{Book & A Cuppa #4} Wednesday’s Book & Tea

It’s Wednesday! Another day to share with you what I’m reading and what’s in my teacup! 


The nice thing about being in the tea business AND about being a mom who now has to try and get things done on her own since it’s getting cold out and traveling with a child sucks when it’s cold out, is that I can listen to more audiobooks! Not only that, but when I listen to an audiobook at home, I can both read AND get other things done. Like organize my bookcases, or make tea samples, or just sit and crochet. Fun stuff!

In my cup today is a blend of teas, Macchiatto Dream and Vanilla Cupcake:

macchiatto dream and vanilla cupcakeI love rooibos teas! They’re naturally sweet and naturally caffeine free, so they’re wonderful to have when you don’t need any caffeine … perfect for an after dinner treat! These are two of my favourites and they’re perfect mixed together. Yeah, there are coffee beans in the Macchiatto Dream, but they’re whole beans so the added caffeine would be miniscule.

I also love the look of rooibos tea. I remember long ago when I’d buy any tea that sounded good at the grocery store, I loved the red teas, which I’m now assuming were the rooibos teas. It’s so much fun finding delicious new flavours!

Today’s book was on my wishlist and I didn’t actually intend on listening to it. I was trying to find a good Canadian book on Hoopla but was having a heck of a time finding anything (they really have to make their browsing options better) and somehow I ended up on this one, Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck.

once upon a princeHere’s the synopsis:

Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.

Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess—just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.

Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s a ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation. It’s the ultimate choice. His kingdom or her heart? God’s will or their own?

Rachel Hauck writes Christian fiction and while I’d originally shy away from the more religious books, I find that Rachel writes super romantic stories that have me falling in love within the first chapter. This one is no different. And I love that it’s a story about a prince in a small town falling in love with a girl who was recently dumped … kind of like the Princess Diaries or something.

This one is a lot of fun and I’m having a great time listening to it! Already I’m looking forward to the second book in the series and I’m happy that Hoopla has it available!

Have you read Once Upon a Prince? What’s in your tea cup this morning? Want to participate in Book & A Cuppa? Share what’s in your teacup and what you’re reading by linking below! 


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{Book & A Cuppa #3} Wednesday’s Book & Tea

It’s Wednesday! Another day to share with you what I’m reading and what’s in my teacup! 

20141105_094644Last week it was gloomy and snowing and this week the sun is shining through the windows! Canada is a strange place sometimes, but I love it. There’s a glorious crispness to the air! The babe is asleep, the dishwasher is softly running in the kitche, my teacup is full, my book is new … it’s the perfect morning!

In my cup today is a special tea, Chocolate Pumpkin Chai:

chocolate pumpkin chai

This tea is a special tea because it was a limited release from Steeped Tea, in celebration of their 8th anniversary. Naturally, I snatch up anything pumpkin, so I ordered a few (*cough*8*cough*) bags of it to enjoy.

It’s super yummy! The perfect blend of pumpkin, chocolate, and chai … not too sweet, not too spicy. Just right. Plus, it smells amazing!

Now, onto today’s book!

Last week it was all about the scary books, but this week I find myself wanting to get lost in all things CANADA! I know, it’s November, not July, but I was updating my list of Canadian books I own (listed by province, so I can be sure I’m tasting ALL of Canada’s glory) and I just felt compelled to read more books from it. Not only that, but I’ve been searching for more wonderful authors from across the country to add to my bookshelf.

Today’s book is a little bit different for me since I actually know the author! I’ve owned Marie’s books for quite some time, but hadn’t gotten around to reading them and finally decided to jump in today with her book, The Game Changer.

the game changer

Here’s the synopsis:

Melody Cartwright has never had a problem with change, but for the first time in her life the changes are beyond her control—she suddenly has a niece she never knew, but has to prove herself to; her best friend is making huge life changes of her own; and she has to deal with her ex and his crazy new girlfriend who has stalker tendencies.

When Melody meets confident, sexy Julian, she’s not interested in a relationship. He tells her it’s possible for a man and a woman to just be friends, and despite his ultra-charming ways there’s something about him that makes Melody believe he could be right.

During a time of change and turmoil, it doesn’t take long for Julian to become everything Melody never knew she needed in her life. But is it possible for them to remain ‘just friends’ or will Melody be a game changer for Julian the playboy?

I haven’t gotten too far in, just 3%, but based on what I’ve read so far AND the snippets I caught from the synopsis (since I like to go in blind when starting books), it looks like it’s just my kind of book — the perfect read after all of last week’s horror! I already love Melody’s character and I love how the story is already playing through my head like a romantic comedy. I can’t wait to read more!

Have you read The Game Changer? What’s in your tea cup this morning? Want to participate in Book & A Cuppa? Share what’s in your teacup and what you’re reading by linking below!