Here is a new lovely collection to celebrate the festive season with great reads and the right mood. I posted about a writing contest back in June and maybe among the winners there may be one who entered it through FLY HIGH! and is now among the debuting authors published in "Then Comes Winter"! I'm really glad for all of them on their achievement. Congratulations and to greater success! The blog tour to promote this new Meryton Press anthology starts right out from our blog, here and today. To open it, a lovely guest post by the editor of the collection, Christina Boyd. Enjoy and don't miss the chance to win your copy (to enter the giveaway use the rafflecopter form below this post - the contest is open internationally)
Thank you so much for kicking off the Then Comes Winter blog tour at your gorgeous site, FLY HIGH! I have been a facebook fan since the autumn of 2011 so I am especially thrilled to be here.
Like the Sun-kissed anthology (left), this winter/holiday anthology was comprised of short stories from contracted Meryton Press authors but also submissions from any writer—previously published or not—in a two-tier judging process. There was a team of volunteer judges (bloggers, reviewers, great readers, and writers) who read and rated the numerous contest submissions. Their first impressions were invaluable in narrowing down the submissions to eight. Then another set of judges read and scored the stories to cull the submissions again. Unlike Sun-kissed, however, the publisher included all of the eight top submissions to add to the initial four Meryton Press authors’ anchor stories. Our first place winner is Natalie Richards for her modern story, “A Man Whom I Can Really Love.”
Natalie was also published in Sun-kissed. Our 1st runner-up was the modern story “Becoming Fanny” by Melanie Stanford. In the end, we published eleven of those stories: four Regency romances including three inspired by Pride and Prejudice, one modern Northanger Abbey, one Sense and Sensibility-inspired modern story, one modern story inspired by Fanny Price of Mansfield Park, three modern Pride and Prejudice-inspired stories, and one modern retelling inspired by Persuasion.
All of the short stories are prefaced by a quote from a famous person to set the tone for the short story and hopefully make a cohesive collection. In looking for fitting quotes, I came across a line from an obscure mid-20th century American poet, Gertrude Tooley Buckingham. “Then comes Winter, with bluster and snow, that brings to our cheeks the ruddy glow…” and it struck a chord with me as I had been reading short stories filled with glowing cheeks from romantic interludes and, or the winter chill…and all it took was a few interested colleagues to like it and we had a title!
A book is rarely the consequence of a single person. Therefore, this editor would be remiss to not acknowledge a number of gifted and generous folks who supported this project from its inception: Michele Reed, publisher of Meryton Press for underwriting this project; Ellen Pickels, editor/proofer/art director extraordinaire; our ever talented cover designer Zorylee Diaz-Lupitou; and marketing lead, Jakki Leatherberry. Thank you to the brilliant authors who were such pros to work with: Lory Lilian, Linda Gonschior, Suzan Lauder, Beau North, Brooke West, Natalie Richards, Melanie Stanford, Maureen Lee, Sophia Rose, Denise Stout, Erin Lopez, and Anngela Schroeder. It’s not easy to submit a story, only to have initial edits returned and marked up in a blood bath of red with entire paragraphs slashed or with suggested re-writes. I have found only the most courageous professional can humbly accept, smartly defend, and trust that this editor has their best interest at heart. I am grateful for their confidence and dedication to the craft and commitment to get this done right.
I am proud to present this collection and have my name on the cover. Not only did I enjoy working with all the authors but I made a few new friends along the way. Each has a wonderful story, not only here in this anthology, but as well as in their remarkable lives. I feel blessed to have been a part of the process. I hope everyone who reads Then Comes Winter is uplifted and can find even a moments escape from the troubles of the day—and fill their heart with the Spirit of the season. Bob Hope says it so well, “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we wait for Christmas to do that?” Cheers!
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. On Twitter @xtnaboyd.
About the book
Then Comes Winter holiday anthology blog tour
Edited by Christina Boyd
Authors: Beau North & Brooke West, Melanie Stanford, Natalie Richards, Erin Lopez, Sophia Rose, Anngela Schroeder, Suzan Lauder, Maureen Lenker, Denise Stout, Linda Gonschior and Lory Lilian
“Then comes Winter with bluster and snow,
that brings to our cheeks the ruddy glow…” Gertrude Tooley Buckingham
If you long for a toasty snuggle on a cold winter’s night, this compilation of original short stories inspired by the magic of the holiday season—and more than a nod to Jane Austen—is fancied as a sublime wintertime treat. On the heels of the summer anthology, Sun-kissed: Effusions of Summer, and in concert with some of Meryton Press’s most popular authors, this romantic anthology introduces more promising writers. With a robust mix of contemporary and Regency musings, Then Comes Winter rekindles passionate fires with equal wonder, wit, and romance.
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12/2: Character Interview & Giveaway at More Agreeably Engaged
12/3: Excerpt & Giveaway at Jennifer Vido
12/4: Guest Post & Giveaway at Liz’s Reading Life
12/5: Excerpt & Giveaway at Best Sellers and Best Stellars
12/6: Guest Post & Giveaway at Delighted Reader
12/7: Review at Just Jane 1813
12/8: Review at Babblings of a Bookworm
12/9: Review at My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice
12/10: Review at From Pemberley to Milton
12/11: Review at Diary of an Eccentric
12/12: Excerpt & Giveaway at The Calico Critic
12/13: Review at Margie’s Must Reads
12/14: Author/Character Interview & Giveaway at Austenesque Reviews
12/15: Author Feature at Songs and Stories
12/16: Author Feature & Giveaway at Tome Tender
12/16: Excerpt & Giveaway at Chick Lit Plus
12/17: Author Feature at Skipping Midnight