Savoring the moment!

“A life is measured by moments like these” 
― Maggie StiefvaterShiver


Teatime for the Firefly is now available in bookstores and online.



Shona Patel


“Patel’s remarkable debut effortlessly transports readers back to India on the brink of independence, with intriguing details about the tea industry in Assam while Patel deftly incorporates into the story add yet another layer of richness…enthralling characters, exotic setting, and evocative writing style.”Booklist, starred review

“Debut author Patel offers a stunning, panoramic view of a virtually unknown time and place—the colonial British tea plantations of Assam—while bringing them to life through a unique character’s perspective.” Kirkus Reviews

“The historical detail makes this debut novel a rich reading experience.” Library Journal

“With lyrical prose and exquisite detail, Shona Patel’s novel brings life to the rich and rugged landscape of India’s tea plantations, harboring a sweet love story at its core.”Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter





  1. So thrilled for you, Shona! I opened my email today and there was Teatime in Bookpage. Your publisher is doing an awesome job for you, and your novel is so deserving. You worked a long, hard time to get to this moment – enjoy it! 🙂


    1. teabuddy says:

      Thank you, Cynthia! Yes, Harlequin does excellent marketing and I have a terrific publicist in Emer Flounders. I feel very fortunate.


  2. Woohoo! Many hearty congratulations, the reviews have been great, you must be chuffed to bits. Well done!


    1. teabuddy says:

      Many thanks,Lorna.


  3. anitra says:

    The UPS truck pulled up to my door and rang the bell, and unceremoniously plopped it on the doorstep; then was down the street before I could answer the bell. My new future treasure sat indignantly on the doormat shrouded in of very battered bubble envelope. When I freed it from the ravaged trappings I was most surprised an elegant paper cover surrounding pulp fiction pages. I was expecting an acid-free paper; I don’t know why I should it is a Harlequin after all. I had such high hopes, I must put aside for a few days so I can approach it with a neutral mind and a cup of tea.


    1. teabuddy says:

      Hahaha Anitra!!
      You are too funny! That “pulp fiction” sloppy edge is deliberate. It’s called a deckle edge and it’s actually supposed to be cool. Hope you won’t judge the inside by that. Don’t forget to drink some tea when you read the book.Shona


  4. OMG, I LOVE deckle edges! When I was a child, at least, only the most expensive, most literary books had them. I just got back from a three week trip out of the country – SO sorry, Shona, to be so out of the loop lately. I cannot express in words how very proud of you I am, proud to know you — you can bet I will get to work and sing praises of Teatime to the rooftops. I am just goosebump-happy right now and hope you can feel my hug over the miles.


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