Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday Favorite: A Novel Idea for Sonia Gensler's The Revenant

Last Friday, The Inklings celebrated our dear friend Sonia Gensler's soon-to-be-released novel The Revenant.

The Revenant is a gothic ghost story that takes place in Indian Territory in 1896 at the Cherokee Seminary, a boarding school for young, mostly privileged, Cherokee women.

Table setting

The girls of the seminary called themselves "rosebuds," so the table was set with red roses, sparkly silver, an Inklings tiara, and the invitation (which showed the castle-like structure of the seminary under construction).
 Lisa made an amazing meal using a family recipe. My mouth waters just thinking about it. 

party favors!
The students in the novel expressed excitement about going into town (now Tahlequah, OK) because of the various items that could be purchased.  Party attendees took home delicacies of a bygone era with stick candy and salted peanuts. The fans and stick candy were purchased at the Murrell Home , another location that served as inspiration for the author.
A photo album to keep pictures from her book tour and visits.

more party favors!
 Shel and her hubby made Christmas tree ornaments with the title of Sonia's book. The best part? She made one for all of us. With the hopes that one day we'll have trees dedicated solely to our critique group's published novels, she also distributed Glamour ornaments. So sweet!

We're so proud for Sonia. Congratulations!
FR: Shel, Sonia, Lisa. BR: Kelly, Karen, Dee Dee, Brandi, Martha
Who will be the next guest of honor at A Novel Idea party?


  1. What a fun party! You guys are such great support systems for each other that it'll be no time before someone else gets published:)

  2. I need to study this because when your turn comes around I'll have A LOT to live up to in terms of party planning!

    Such a wonderful night!

  3. Great pics and wonderful memories. I don't have an inking who will be next, but glad we have started the tradition!

  4. Jenna, I certainly hope so. I have a list of ideas for everyone's works in progress!

    Sonia, Pshaw!

    Lisa, I'm so glad you came up with the idea. Being published is definitely something to celebrate.