Today as a participant of HER DARK CURIOSITY BLOG TOUR hosted by ROCKSTAR BOOK TOURS I have the most awesome guest post. Megan is sharing with me Juliet Moreau's guide to a monster tea party.  Please stay a bit, put on a pot of sumptuous tea, get a few hostess tips and don't forget to enter the contest for some amazing prizes. Check out the grand prize...it's awesome.

Juliet Moreau’s Guide to Hosting a Tea Party (for Monsters)


It is the goal of every hostess to provide a tea party upholding all the propriety of Victorian society. With this in mind, the job of a hostess is twofold: first, to provide one’s guests with a stimulating afternoon of refreshments and conversation. Second, to ensure none of the guests murder the other guests. Follow these simple guidelines for a tea that will be the talk of town!

Part 1: Etiquette

In preparation for the tea party, the tea table should be cleared of all blood vials, serums, poisonous powders, and dirty dishes. Invitations should be sent at least two weeks before the appointed date, as several of one’s guests might be planning to flee the country. During the tea, one’s guests shall look to the hostess to set an example of proper behavior. If the werewolf attempts to chew on the curtains, reprimand him with a firm slap on the wrist. Politely signal to the goat-man if he begins to drool. It is considered poor form to point out flaws among one’s guests, chiefly deformities or missing body parts.

Part 2: Topics of Conversation

It is one’s duty as hostess to find shared interests among one’s guests. This is the key to engaging conversation. Suitable topics of conversation include the weather, everyone’s health (though showing of scars and lesions is discouraged), and upcoming federal holidays. Unsuitable topics of conversation include guests’ fresh kills, plans for world domination, and in-laws. Above all, one must strive to banish arguments from the tea table, unless one wants a guest sent home in a body bag and the most disgraceful article in the following day’s society pages.

Part 3: Recipes

Every hostess knows that the hallmark of a successful tea is delicious refreshments. Follow this planned menu for a tea party guests will rave about for months to come. Serve tea in fine china cups (please note: not all of one’s guests will have opposable thumbs) with an excess of napkins for soaking up the inevitable spilled tea and bodily fluids. Recommended tea blends include “Sweet Madness” and “Dark Secrets.” To satisfy your guests’ insatiable hunger for blood, serve “Balthazar’s Madly Delicious Bear Paw cookies.” So delicious, guests won’t even notice the lack of raw meat!


  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 36 Hershey’s kisses
  • 180 mini Hershey’s kisses (either dark chocolate or butterscotch)
  • small bag of blanched slivered almonds


  1. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Mix in flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Refrigerate dough overnight (or at least three hours).
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls, place on baking tray lined with parchment paper. Use your finger to press the dough slightly flat and shape into a “footprint” shape by lightly pinching in one end.
  5. Bake for eight minutes total; after six minutes take tray out, add five almond slivers as “claws,” one large Hershey’s kiss point-down for the “heel print,” and five mini Hershey’s kisses point-down as the “toe prints.” Continue baking for the final two minutes. Let cool for five to ten minutes before serving. Makes 3 dozen.


Author: Megan Shepherd

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Pages: 432

Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it.
Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father's island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.

As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.

About Megan:


I’ve been many things, like a professional exchange student, park ranger in Montana, and LOST enthusiast, but what I am now is a writer.

I think it’s fair to say I was born into it. I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, raised behind the counter of my parents’ independent bookstore, Highland Books in Brevard. Ah, so many free books. But I never thought being a writer could be a real career. After college I thought I’d end up as a foreign service officer somewhere dashing and exotic, like Canada. I studied French, Spanish, German, and Russian and still speak a few of those. Then I joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Senegal, where I learned a few more languages I’ll never speak again and lived in a mud hut with no electricity or running water. You can probably imagine how that experience went, but if you’re curious, here are the dirty details

It wasn't until a chance aquaintance read something I wrote and said, "have you ever considered being a writer?" that something clicked and I realized it was possible. My husband encouraged me, and I quickly fell head-over-heels in love with writing and children's literature in particular. I started out writing articles, which have appeared in Faces, Appleseeds, and Calliope magazines, and stories for younger children. I soon realized I wasn’t sweet enough to write fiction for that age and found myself writing young adult literature instead, which doesn’t require nearly as many tender moments and includes a lot more cursing.

When I'm not writing, I can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. I love to hear from readers, so please drop me a line!

I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

Author Photo by Kristi Hedberg Photography

Giveaway Details:

1 grand prize pack a paper back of Madman's Daughter, hardcover of Her Dark Curiosity, a tea canister for both books, and bookmarks. US/Canada Only

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/20/2014- A Backwards StoryInterview

1/21/2014- Crossroad ReviewsReview

1/22/2014- Step Into FictionInterview

1/23/2014- Chapter by ChapterReview

1/24/2014- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Guest Post

Week Two:

1/27/2014- Mundie MomsGuest Post

1/28/2014- All Things Urban FantasyGuest Post

1/29/2014- Bookhounds yaReview

1/30/2014- Confessions of a ReadaholicReview

1/31/2014- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post


  1. Such a sense of humor! I love it ;-) And I'd love to take part in that tea party.
    It's a pity the giveaway is not international. The books and the swag are awesome!
    Thanks for the post.

  2. What an adventurous life Megan has led already! Definitely adding her books to my tbr.

  3. I would love to read an autobiography of Megan's life--it sounds like the plot of an amazing book (park ranger! time spent in Senegal!)/


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