Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Cover Reveal - Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer from Meryton Press

You may remember, a while ago, that Meryton Press had a short story competition. The four stories deemed best by the judges would be included in a summer anthology. The finished book is due to be released sometime in June so to whet your appetite for it, here is the cover and a bit more information on the authors:

Book Cover: Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer
“So each had a private little sun for her soul to bask in…” —Thomas Hardy

If you desire a little heat, a summer flirtation, or an escape to bask in your own private sun, this whimsical collection of original short stories is inspired by all things summer. In collaboration with some of Meryton Press’s most popular and award-winning authors, this anthology debuts other promising and emerging talent. 

  • In KaraLynne Mackrory’s “Shades of Pemberley,” Mr. Darcy, with some fantastic assistance, discovers Elizabeth Bennet in a most unlikely place.
  • Karen M. Cox’s “Northanger Revisited” modernizes Northanger Abbey at a fictionalized Georgia seaside.
  • Linda Beutler takes us to Paris as a young gentleman is schooled in the ways of amour in “The Incomplete Education of Fitzwilliam Darcy.”
  • In “Spyglasses and Sunburns,” J. Marie Croft takes the Miss Bennets to the seaside where they chance upon handsome acquaintances.
  • In Abigail Bok’s “A Summer in Sanditon,” a little sea bathing seems just the thing to cure what ails Anne de Bourgh.
  • In Natalie Richards’ “Midsummer Madness,” an honest confession and a promise between strangers at a masque ball mend a misunderstanding.
  • Sophia Rose reimagines a modern-day Persuasion in “Second Chance at Sunset Beach.”
  • In Morgan K Wyatt’s “Dream Spinner,” a near-death car accident and an unlikely trucker bring new perspective to a young co-ed’s life and love.
Contemporary and Regency alike, each romance was dreamt as a perfect summer refreshment to bring a smile to your own sun-kissed face.

Stories by:
KaraLynne Mackrory ● Karen M. Cox ● Linda Beutler ● J. Marie Croft
Abigail Bok ● Natalie Richards ● Sophia Rose ● Morgan K Wyatt

Author Bios

Karen M Cox writes stories with romantic and historic elements. Her novels have garnered awards from the independent publishing industry, including two IPPY awards: a Bronze in Romance for 1932 (2010) and a Gold in Romance for Find Wonder in All Things (2012), which was also a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2013. Her third novel, At the Edge of the Sea (2013), won the Romance and Chick Lit categories in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Her favorite part of writing is readers saying her stories made them smile, or think, or remember. 

KaraLynne Mackrory is better known for her hilarious and ready wit than for her books, though they aren't too bad either.  She has published three books with Meryton Press: Falling For Mr. Darcy (2012), Bluebells in the Mourning (2013) and the 2015 Romance Bronze medal IPPY winner, Haunting Mr. Darcy (2014). In her spare time she likes to pretend she does not have chip crumbs down her shirt from when her kids ate their snack on her.

Linda Beutler has published three novels of Austenesque romance through Meryton Press: A Will of Iron (June 2015), Longbourn to London (July 2014), and the Silver IPPY Award-winning The Red Chrysanthemum (September 2013). She is also a garden writer, publishing through Timber Press, including the forthcoming Plant Lover's Guide to Clematis (March 2016), Garden to Vase (2007), and Gardening with Clematis (2004).

J. Marie Croft is a self-proclaimed word nerd and adherent of Jane Austen’s quote “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.” Her lighthearted novel, Love at First Slight (Meryton Press, 2013), bears witness to Joanne’s fondness for Pride and Prejudice, wordplay, and laughter. 

Sophia Rose, a northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes region of the U.S., is a quiet yet curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening, and is encouraged in her pursuits by an incredible man and loving family. Writing has been a compelling need of Sophia’s since childhood, and being a published author is a dream come true. 

Morgan K Wyatt is an author, mother, former special needs teacher, and avid gardener. She’s published seventeen books with four more coming out this summer 2015. She’s active on the blogosphere at Writer Wonderland, Lowcarb Believer, and Dating After Fortyeight--the last she started writing when dating her husband. While mainly a romance writer, she’s also working on a new cozy mystery series with her beloved husband.

Natalie Richards is a blogger, singer and writer. She started her book review blog, Songs & Stories, in late 2010 after falling in love with Jane Austen fanfiction. Her writing can also be found on Figment, the Darcy & Lizzy Forum and in TeenInk magazine. Midsummer Madness is her first published short story. She resides with her family in the Oregon countryside and currently works as a professional babysitter.

Abigail Bok is the author of a contemporary Austenesque novel, An Obstinate, Headstrong Girl, and of "A Dictionary of Jane Austen's Life and Works," published as part of The Jane Austen Companion. She is currently at work on a series, called Darking Hundred, set in England in the year 1800.

Christina Boyd wears many hats as she is an editor at Meryton Press, a contributor to Austenprose, and a ceramicist for the Made in Washington stores under her own banner, Stir Crazy Mama’s Artworks. A life member of Jane Austen Society of North America, Christina lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her dear Mr. B, two busy teenagers, and a retriever named BiBi. Visiting Jane Austen's England remains on her bucket list.

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This looks like such a wonderful line up! We have the authors and editor of some wonderful Austenesque reads, many of which I've reviewed here on my blog, and some authors which are new to me. I want to congratulate the winners of the Meryton Press competition, my dear book buddy Sophia Rose, who I have had many reading conversations with, but it came as a complete suprise to me that she wrote as well as being a voracious reader, Morgan K WyattNatalie Richards from the Songs and Stories blog, and also to Abigail Bok, who coincidentally has been visiting my blog this week and is sponsoring an international paperback giveaway!

I am really looking forward to reading this book. I hear there is a blog tour upcoming next month, so we can all find out more about it then!


  1. Ahhhh, thanks, Ceri!

    I have long thought of you as my dear book buddy, too. I've only written for a hobby and a stress reliever for years until I saw this contest and thought to try. Everyone has been so gracious with my rookie efforts. ;)

    Thanks for posting our book cover reveal. And didn't Zorylee design such a cute cover? :)

    1. I'm just amazed that you write, given how much you write already with all your book reviews, and how much time that must take.

      I'm sure your rookie efforts must've been very good to get into the anthology, I'm looking forward to reading it. I agree with you regarding the cover, I really like it, it just says 'summer' to me!

  2. Hi, Ceri.

    Thank you for featuring Zorylee's lovely cover design for our anthology.

    Spyglasses and Sunburns was great fun to write, and working with Christina was a pleasure.

    Now I'm just itching to read the seven other stories. Hopefully, you and your readers will enjoy all our effusions of summer.

    1. I'm really looking forward to reading this book. I like anthologies, and this one has a mix of writers whose work I've enjoyed reading in the past (such as your 'Love at First Slight) and some new authors for me to try out too :)

  3. I am so up for reading this book when it is released. The little blurbs were interesting and enticing. And, as said on another blog, the cover could be any era. Delightful.

    1. I'm with you on both points, the blurbs all look good and the cover is lovely!

  4. Thank you! I still cannot quite believe that my story made it into this lovely book, next to such wonderful authors. I can't wait to read the others! I don't know which one I'm most excited about, they all look so good. :)


    1. I know just what you mean about not knowing which story you're looking forward to the most. To me, an anthology is the book equivalent of a box of chocolates that I get to eat all of!

      Congratulations again to get published in such good company!


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