Monday, 18 May 2015

Cover Reveal of Sunkissed: Effusions of Summer!


I am very excited to be announcing this cover reveal, as I believe it is a gem not to be missed and I'll explain why.
Is this your face when your lunch break is over and you haven't got to the HEA yet? Or if like me, you live in a Regency fantasy world; is this your face when you're in the middle of your favourite author's new novel and your mother announces that Mr Collins would like a private audience with you?!!

Well, fear not! Sunkissed: Effusions of Summer, is a short story anthology guaranteed to bring you a lunch time Happily Ever After, as for Mr Collins maybe you could hit him over the head with it!

Book Blurb


“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

As you can see, this is a gem not to be missed!!!!

The Authors
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.


Look out for the Blog tour 15-28th June!!!

23 comments:

  1. I love how the cover characters' clothing allows the reader to imagine them in many different eras, and the beach could be in my backyard or on holidays. The book blurbs make me want to read this NOW! Congratulations to everyone who worked to create this anthology for readers.

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    1. What an insightful observation on the cover :) I agree the little enticing hints to each story is enough to make you want it now! I hope you enjoy it!

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    2. Thanks, Suzan! Appreciate your support! And I, too, think Zory did a great job of making the couple seem from many different eras. She's got mad skills!!

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  2. How wonderful you had the first look, Tamara. Well done! I am excited to get this in my hot little hands. Any idea on a release date yet?

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    1. Hello Fellow Janeite how are you? Christine mentioned possibly 1st June but definitely June so not long :)

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    2. Yes, shooting for a soft release of June 1. Original date was July 1. Then pushed up to June 15. So I am hopeful for June 1. Crossing fingers! Thanks, Joy for your support. And best wishes to you on your own P&P 3 story anthology. I just bought it in paperback.

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  3. It's the Victoria Day holiday here in Canada; and my first glimpse of the lovely Sun-Kissed cover seems well-timed on this carefree, sunny afternoon.
    And now I've got the warm fuzzies.
    Thanks for the design, Zorylee; and thanks for the reveal, Tamara.
    Joanne

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    1. Happy Victoria Day! Congrats on the book I can't wait to get my hands on it to take on the plane, nothing like a paperback :)

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    2. J. MarieCroft-- I hoped you would like the cover! I think Zory did a terrific job translating a summer day that could be possibly Regency or Contemporary. Sun-kissed, indeed.

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  4. It is a lovely cover and so universal as Suzan pointed out!

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    1. Congrats Sophie!!! I hope this is the start of something, I would like to read more of your work!

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    2. Sophie-- you will get a kick out of the back cover, too!!

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  5. This sounds like such a great read. So happy for all the authors involved.

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    1. I do hope you get to read it! What a wonderful selection of stories to read :)

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    2. Mary, It was a remarkable group of authors to work with over several time zones. I hope you enjoy the book!

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  6. Sounds like an ideal summer read. Looking forward to the release. A marvellous collection of authors and stories.

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    1. Indeed Angela! Where my reading time has been dwindling, this is ideal.

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    2. They are a talented group of authors! And this is perfect especially to get your HEA fix.

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  7. I agree with others...the cover is mysterious as to era and this sounds perfect for summertime. I like short stories as it is easier to get your HEA when bedtime is nearing. This will be on my TBR/Wish List.

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    1. Exactly Sheila! I hope you get your hands on a copy and they'll be giveaways on the blog tour!

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    2. Oooh, I hope you get a chance to read it, Sheila. I know you read and review a lot--so it would be awesome if you added this to your MUST READ pile!

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  8. Thank you, Tamara, for hosting the cover reveal. Glad you liked it--I think Zory did a fabulous job capturing a perfect summer read. And all the authors were such gems to work with--totally professional and respectful of the craft. I'm really proud of this effort. I hope readers enjoy it. Like a box of chocolates, I think everyone will find their own favorites!

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    1. I am looking forward to taking it on holiday this summer!! The 8 hour plane journey will fly by :) Thanks for letting me participate in the cover reveal it has been fun.I know readers will enjoy it and as you said there is something for everyone.

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