Apples & Embers

A Plots & PossibiliTeas Box

After a long, oh-so-hot summer, we were craving a book that embodies everything fall – the changing of the leaves, apples, warm spices, and of course, a little magic and mystery. This book checks every single box.

And while Saoirse Island isn’t a real place, you’ll swear it is by the end of the story. It’s the kind of place that calls to you whether you were born there or not. The kind of place that makes you want to put on a pair of boots and your favorite scarf and take a walk under the changing fall leaves where the scent of apple cider and pumpkin spice dances on the breeze. And just like every small town we know, it’s got a history of secrets…some worth dying for.

  • An opening scene that sets the tone for the rest of the book
  • A mystery that unravels over multiple timelines
  • The subtle but ever-present layer of magic throughout the book
  • All of the fall in this book!
  • Sarah Penner and Emilia Heart
  • Contemporary mystery with all the fall vibes and magic
  • Small town fiction


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What's Inside This Box?

The Book

Emery Blackwood’s life changed forever the night her best friend was found dead and the love of her life, August Salt, was accused of murdering her. Years later, she is doing what her teenage self swore she never living a quiet existence on the misty, remote shores of Saoirse Island and running the family’s business, Blackwood’s Tea Shoppe Herbal Tonics & Tea Leaf Readings. But when the island, rooted in folklore and magic, begins to show signs of strange happenings, Emery knows that something is coming. The morning she wakes to find that every single tree on Saoirse has turned color in a single night, August returns for the first time in fourteen years and unearths the past that the town has tried desperately to forget.

August knows he is not welcome on Saoirse, not after the night everything changed. As a fire raged on at the Salt family orchard, Lily Morgan was found dead in the dark woods, shaking the bedrock of their tight-knit community and branding August a murderer. When he returns to bury his mother’s ashes, he must confront the people who turned their backs on him and face the one wound from his past that has never healed—Emery. But the town has more than one reason to want August gone, and the emergence of deep betrayals and hidden promises spanning generations threaten to reveal the truth behind Lily’s mysterious death once and for all.

Genre: Magical Realism/Romance/Mystery

Published: September 2022

The Story-Inspired Goodies

Elderberry Tea

Emery has memories of stirring pots of elderberry tea with her grandmother. And we’ve no doubt it’s the kind of tea they’d sell in their shop. These pretty purple berries combine with hibiscus and ginger in this comforting and tasty herbal tea.

Spiced Apple Pie Tea

On an island where everything revolves around an orchard, you know the pie has to be good. This rooibos blend combines the flavor or orchard fresh apples with all the warm, cozy spices you expect in an apple pie.

Spiced Apple Pie Caramels

With the changing of leaves and apple harvest come all the apple goodies, including these decadent apple cider caramels. Bright, sweet, and perfectly creamy. We dare ya to try to eat just one.

Pumpkin Spice Almonds

You can’t have fall without some pumpkin spice! This delicious blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger combine on a tasty treat that just screams fall has arrived!

Rosemary Garlic Almonds

A little rosemary is good for warding off bad spirits, and makes a might tasty snack, especially when combined with a bit of garlic. Enjoy the whole bag knowing you’re safe from bad omens, vampires, and hunger pains.

Smoked Turbinado Cane Sugar

The devastation from orchard fire is felt across the island. This smoked turbinado sugar is a nod to the fire and nature’s ability to renew. Sprinkle on your favorite baked good or add a spoonful to your tea for a sweet, smoky flavor.

The Good Cause

We will donate a portion of the profits of this box to The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, an award-winning international charity dedicated to planting fruit, nut and medicinal trees to alleviate world hunger, combat global pollution of the environment, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water.

Their programs strategically donate orchards, training, and aftercare where the harvest will best serve communities for generations — including public schools, city parks, community gardens, food banks, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations, international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries.

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