Hi readers! I’m so very excited to be participating in Meryton Press‘s Dear Friend Event this month! I’ve been a longtime admirer of Meryton Press and can say I honestly LOVED everything I’ve read from this lovely publishing press!
For those who may not know what I’m talking about, here is some info about the Dear Friend Event:
“Mrs. Collins welcomed her friend with the liveliest pleasure, and Elizabeth was more and more satisfied with coming, when she found herself so affectionately received.” – Jane Austen
Jane Austen describes a fine friendship between Elizabeth Bennet and Charlotte Collins. One friend welcomes another with ‘the liveliest pleasure,” and the other is pleased to share in that. We at Meryton Press know from your words that you, our fans, receive our books with pleasure and affection. It makes our authors warm inside to know that.
In the month of April, we want to show our appreciation to you, our most steadfast supporters, our dear friends. Good friends give each other gifts. You have given us the gift of your affectionate reception, and we want to reciprocate by giving some of you gifts in return.
As much as we’d like to, we can’t give everyone a gift, but at each hosted blog post during this event on the schedule listed below, an opportunity will be given to enter to win a surprise gift. Each person who comments can enter a Rafflecopter drawing to win. Although a person can enter multiple times (once on each blog post and tweet daily on each blog post), they can win only once. One winner will be chosen at each blog. Five gifts total will be awarded.
Doesn’t that sound great?!? How lovely to win a special surprise gift! I’m so thankful to Meryton Press for publishing so many stellar Austenesque works. They truly do a top-notch job and I am so glad that they have been encouraging authors to publish all these years! Since I love looking at stats I thought it would be fun to provide some for my own personal relationship with Meryton Press!
(Feel free to share yours in the comment section below!)
- First Meryton Press Book I Read and Reviewed ~~~ My BFF by Ruth Phillips Oakland in November of 2009, my second was 1932 by Karen M. Cox
- First Meryton Press Author I Hosted on my Blog ~~~ Karen M. Cox in April of 2012
- Total Number of Meryton Press Books I Have Read ~~~ 38!
- Total Number of Meryton Press Authors to Visit My Blog ~~~ 26 visits from 14 different authors!
When I think of all the hours spent enjoying these stories I cannot help but feel so grateful for all the terrific books Meryton Press has brought into my life! I’m not one to read WIP in forums and such, so a lot of these stories would remain unknown to me unless someone decided to publish them. I’m so thankful for the wonderful reading experiences Meryton Press keeps providing for us Austenesque lovers year after year!
And here to share a little bit of how special these reading experiences are to her is Meryton Press author, KaraLynne Mackrory!
Asking me why I like to read is like asking me why do I like to breathe air. Isn’t it essential to human life and happiness?
Reading for me has always been a wonderful way to experience again the pangs and pleasures of falling in love, or having an adventure through a land I am not familiar with, or to expand and stretch my emotional world for the day. Isn’t it wonderful that just by picking up a book we can disappear into that alternate world and see through someone else’s eyes?
My days pretty much melt into each other these days. They involve children, more children, cleaning, shopping, exercising, errands, and more children. The gamut of thoughts that cascade through my mind usually consist of a running ticker tape of lists; schedules, to-dos, events, needs, plans and goals. I once explained it to my kids by saying that in my head I have a list for each of them – a mix of all the things above only I cannot close out a list for them, or check something off just like that. The lists are evolving and streaming at different paces for each of them. And here we come to the core reason I love to read.
When I read, the lists go silent for a little while. I don’t hear entreaties from one list, a reminder from another, flashing signs from one more list going through my conscious thoughts. I see the words of the page, the characters of the book and the scene of the story. My eyes become the eyes of the character and I get to look through their lens. The ticker tapes of lists go quiet giving my mind a break. It’s become almost the only way I can go to sleep at night some nights. I can read and have the day float away into a stolen embrace, or a dangerous flight from a villain, or simply the everyday lives of someone else.
That’s not to say that I don’t love my own everyday life. But everyone needs a change of pace now and again. For me, reading provides that.
Thank you so much, KaraLynne! I so know what you mean about enjoying the escape that reading provides. My mind is always working, even when I don’t want it to! But it definitely helps to get wrapped up into a good story, that is one way to, like you said, give your mind a break!
~ GIVEAWAY TIME ~
In conjunction with this special event, Meryton Press is giving away a Surprise Gift each week to 1 lucky winner (US residents only). (Even I don’t know what the prize is, but I am sure it will be awesome!)
To enter the giveaway, fill out the rafflecopter form below. The winner for this blog will be announced April 14th. Make sure to check back or check your email to see if you won after April 14th!
- All Winners will be contacted via social media or email and announced on the Meryton Press website, Facebook, and/or Twitter.
- In the event that a winner or winners do not respond within 5 days, a new winner will be drawn.
- Winners may not be Meryton Press employees, contractors or authors.
- An entrant can enter once per Dear Friend Event blog post and multiple times on Social Media, but can win only once.
- This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter.
~ Check out the rest of the Dear Friend Event Schedule ~
More Agreeably Engaged – April 1st
~*~ Austenesque Reviews – April 8th ~*~
So little time… – April 15th
Diary of an Eccentric – April 22nd
Just Jane 1813 – April 29th
My thanks to Janet Taylor and the lovely team at Meryton Press for putting this fun event together! I’m honored to take part!