Then Comes Winter, a collection of holiday themed short stories, embarked on a trip to visit each of its hometowns, those of the talented authors who contributed to its making. Along the way through three countries, the traveling copy of Then Comes Winter collected autographs, visited special places in each region, and collected souvenirs.



The book's final stop is Cambridgeshire, UK where the only paperback of the anthology signed by all the authors and the editor will grace Mira's shelf. With this final stop, our journey is now complete.



  • Pacific Northwest, Washington State, US
  • Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Alberta, Canada
  • Ontario, Canada
  • Michigan, US
  • Maryland, US
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • South Carolina, US
  • California, US (3 stops)
  • Oregon, US (2 stops)

March 21, 2016

Cambridgeshire, UK with Mira

Then Comes Winter has traveled over the Atlantic Ocean to its final home in Cambridge with Mira. Mira has been so kind as to participate and share with us all a little about her hometown where this unique trip comes to an end. It seems appropriate that this journey ended with the first day of spring.



This picture is in front of King's College, probably the most famous landmark in Cambridge.



The next photo is very Cambridge-esque. Punting in the back with the Mathematical Bridge in Queens' College. I'm a proud member of the Cambridge Group of Jane Austen Society which holds its annual JA birthday lunches here and actually it has a connection with Jane, that's why I had a picture there.
The story in nutshell: John Papillon was a Queens' College fellow. Jane wrote about him a few times to Cassandra. Mrs Knight (who adopted Jane's brother, Edward) suggested that Papillon would be a nice husband to Jane.



Here is the whole kit and caboodle of souvenirs which accompanied Then Comes Winter as it made its long meandering journey to Mira.





 Congratulations, Mira! 

March 8, 2016

Wilsonville, OR with Natalie Richards

Then Comes Winter has arrived in Wilsonville, Oregon! This is its penultimate stop in its trip around the world and back. Its next stop will be its permanent new residence. Before that, however, we are paying a visit to one of my favorite places: the local library.

As well as being filled with books, the library is surrounded by interesting artwork, like this butterfly carrying a heart.



And here we are hanging out with Aslan, who guards the children’s room.



A locally-made lace headband is my contribution to the collection of goodies. It reminded me of something Marianne Dashwood or Emma Woodhouse might wear.




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 fan-fiction. Her writing can also be found on Figment and in TeenInk magazine. Midsummer Madness, included in the Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer anthology is her first published short story. A Man Whom I Can Really Love is her contribution to Then Comes Winter. 
And now where will Then Comes Winter make it's final stop?
Cambridgeshire, UK with Mira, who is the winner of the drawing and who gets this unique copy of the book with a complete set of author autographs and so many goodies from along the way.

February 29, 2016

Portland, OR with Beau North



Portland, the home of weird, eccentric, different is the next stop as the Then Comes Winter road trip arrives in the Willamette Valley in the Pacific Northwest. We're just a hop away from coming full circle.



Portland celebrates being different, whether it's a fashion statement, a life philosophy, or artistic trend.  Once a hub of racketeering, Portland is now the bastion of counterculture. This is also one of the most green and environmentally conscious places in the country.



 Old Town Chinatown with it's historical brick architectural style is a great setting to experience the spirit of Portland, from voodoo doughnuts, to Chinese gardens, to the arts and crafts of the Saturday Market.
And here we have some of the souvenirs to join the stash of goodies TCW is collecting.
The penultimate stop is coming next with Natalie Richards. The final destination will be announced afterwards. Who will it be?



11108283_1591631144438589_3664781466838191002_n Beau North, southern transplant to the Pacific Northwest, co-wrote Holiday Mix-Tape with Brooke West included in Then Comes Winter. Her debut novel, Longbourn's Songbird set in the post war South has become a fan favorite. Beau also creates the #JaffCast podcast on Rhymes With Nerdy. The latest episode can be found here.

February 25, 2016

Sacramento, CA with Anngela Schroeder



Welcome to Northern California, one of the last stops on the TCW book adventure. Today Anngela Schroeder, author of Winter's Awakening, shares a few locations from her home city of the State's Capitol, Sacramento, home to the NBA's Sacramento Kings.


California is not only filled with beaches and celebrities, it's also one of the leading agricultural states in the country. Sacramento is surrounded by open farm land and dairies.
In 1924, Sacramento became the #1 Agriculture state with the introduction of refrigerated train cars. The California State Railroad Museum is a special field trip for every 2nd grader in the county.
In N Out Burger is a California favorite with locations in only 6 states in the country. It is often the first stop for those who have moved out of state to help them feel right back at home.
Anngela has included an In N Out hat, Sacramento King's memorabilia, and postcards from her self-published novels, Affections and Wishes, and The Quest for Camelot.



anngelasquareAnngela Schroeder lives in California with her husband of 15 years and her three rambunctious sons.  She has a degree in English with a concentration on British Literature and a Masters of Education. She has a slight obsession with Jane Austen and all things British. Visit her blog at

February 15, 2016

Erin Lopez in Silicon Valley

Do you know the way to San Jose? Come on, sing it with us as Then Comes Winter visits Erin Lopez in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Also known as the Santa Clara Valley, this is the birthplace of that technology that makes geeky gadgets possible and is home to too many technological companies and startups to count.


Perhaps one of the most famous denizens of the Valley is Apple Inc., with it's awesomely punny address.



One Infinite Loop.

So what is more appropriate than to include an Apple Inc. pen as a souvenir? Sorry, an iPad would have been too hard to bundle.





elosquareErin Lopez is a reader, writer, wife and mother—although not in any particular order. While she reads and writes in a variety of genres, she has a special place in her heart for Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice fan fiction. Her story, The Unexpected Gift, is included in this anthology. Erin shares what it's like to be a stay-at-home writer in this blog post.

February 6, 2016

Maureen Lee in So Cal

Every road tripper dreams of ending up in a paradise of warm sands and palm trees and Then Comes Winter is no exception. It's a little ironic to see this book basking in the sun, kind of like a penguin on tropical island, but who can say no to an invitation to visit Maureen Lee who happens to have such a paradise in her back yard.




Here we are at Maureen's favorite beach spot in Redondo Beach, CA--a major surf hang-out in Los Angeles County. With this visit to the beach, Then Comes Winter has travelled from the Pacific Northwest coast, to the Mid-Atlantic shore, and back to the warm Pacific touched sands of Southern California.


The Point Vicente Lighthouse in Palos Verdes, CA stands as a sentinel over the northernmost point of the Catalina Channel. Catalina Island sits on the horizon.


At Terranea Resort lookout point in Palos Verdes, CA.

And so we are left with warm thoughts in the middle of Winter.


Maureen Lee wrote The Food of Love included in this anthology. She has written for Turner Classic Movies, Ms. InThe Biz, @ This Stage magazine, and more. You can find her previous holiday romance story, “From Keats with Love” in a Christmas Nookies anthology.

January 27, 2016

Brooke West in Columbia, SC

A turn south brings Then Comes Winter to Columbia. Maybe it was the call of Southern comfort food, or the prospect of warmer temperatures that called for a visit with Brooke West.


This is the South Carolina state house which has a long history.

It's a beautiful old building that survived a shelling by Sherman. He set up his cannons across the river and used the Statehouse for target practice to see how far his cannons would fire.

Brooke is standing feet away from the spot where the Confederate flag was taken down in 2015. "I was at the rally when it came down and it was one of the most thrilling moments of my life. I wanted to share our Statehouse with the readers because it's a symbol of how far we have come in this country towards creating a healthy, equal society, and a reminder that the fight for civil rights is never over."

One lucky winner of this special book giveaway will also get a South Carolina cookbook and a Carolina wren magnet along with all the rest of the goodies from each stop so far.



brookesquareBrooke co-authored Holiday Mix Tape with Beau North. While writing fiction always has been her life's passion, Brooke also finds joy in silversmithing, sculpting, and costuming.

January 19, 2016

Denise Stout in Baltimore, MD

Then Comes Winter hit the east coast at Baltimore, MD where it took in views of the Inner Harbor as it visited with Denise. It sits on the Chesapeake Bay and was once the second largest landing place for immigrants. Now it's the home of Johns Hopkins University and the largest city in Maryland.




Denise also gives us a glimpse of what's she's added to the stash. Some lucky winner is going to get a yummy Chesapeake Bay Crab Cake recipe.

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denisestoutsquare  Denise Stout is the author of Christmas Miracle on Oyster Bay included in Then Comes Winter. She is also a frequent contributor to and reviews books, movies, and products. 

January 11, 2016

Sophia Rose in Detroit, MI

Sophia and Then Comes Winter hung around Monroe, MI where they braved 9 degree F weather as winter has indeed finally come.



Here they are with the General George Armstrong Custer Statue in Monroe, MI (Home of Custer)


TCW at the 1812 River Raisin Battlefield Nat'l Park in Monroe, MI


A picture of a sled cannon from the River Raisin Battlefield in Monroe, MI

Sophia Rose is the author of North for the New Year included in this collection. She also had a winning submission printed in Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer. Sophia is also known for her blogging and reviews of Romance and Jane Austen related books at Delighted Reader

At the turn of 2016

Lory Lilian in Bucharest, Romania


Between Canada and the US, let's hop over for a quick holiday to Romania with Lory Lilian who is from Bucharest.

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This is the Parliament House built by the last dictator of Romania back in the 80's.  It is the second largest building in the world, only beat by the Pentagon.


This Neoclassical architectural gem is the Romanian Atheneum opened in 1888. It is the main concert hall and home of the Philharmonic. It is also the place where in 1919 Greater Romania was voted into existence when Bessarabia, Transylvania, and Bukovina united with the Romanian Old Kingdom.

Bucharest University 1

This is the University of Bucharest founded in 1864 from what was the Saint Sava Academy with roots going back to 1694. In 1989, it was the site of many riots and protests against communism and the dictatorial government. Today it has 19 faculties with a broad spectrum of fields like natural sciences, humanities, and 3 kinds of theology.

Christmas Tree in Transilvania2

This lovely tree is located in Transylvania, land that foreigners often think of as a mythical home of vampires, but as you see is much like every other home that celebrates the holidays.

And yes, we realize that the copy of Then Comes Winter Lory is holding is just a twin of the traveling book due to traveling logistical concerns, but rest assured, her autograph will be in the book.



Lory Lilian
Lory Lilian

Lory Lilian is the author of The Perfect Choice included in the Then Comes Winter collection. Lory has also written other popular variations of Pride and Prejudice including Remembrance of the Past, Rainy Days, His Uncle's Favorite, and Sketching Mr. Darcy (currently on a special sale at Amazon).

December 23, 2015

Linda Gonschior in Dunnville ON, Canada


Then Comes Winter made its way east and reached Dunnville, Ontario just before Christmas.




Dunnville is the home of Muddy, the mudcat. Read below to learn more about the mudcat traditions of Dunnville.

LindaG1Linda Gonschior is the author of The Clock Doesn't Lie included in the Then Comes Winter collection. Linda has also written the popular Reflections series.

December 6, 2015

Melanie Stanford in Calgary AB, Canada


Then Comes Winter overlooking the Calgary skyline- you can see the Saddledome (where the hockey team the Calgary Flames play) as well as the Calgary tower.



Just outside the stampede grounds in front of a chuckwagon. The Calgary Stampede is a famous rodeo that happens every summer.



A Sway bookmark and a Canadian toque are added to the souvenirs that will accompany Then Comes Winter as it continues on its journey. And of course, the author's autograph on her story page.

melaniestanfordsquareMelanie Stanford is the author of Becoming Fanny and has a recently published novel, Sway. 

December 4, 2015

Somewhere in Alberta



The Traveling Tales from Then Comes Winter has arrived at it's next stop. Stay tuned to see where and who's backyard it's visiting.



November 26, 2015

Suzan Lauder in Victoria, BC, Canada


"Then Comes Winter" stops at Mile Zero of the Trans-Canada Highway on November 28, 2015 as part of the "Flat Stanley" book tour. Author Suzan Lauder, with the strait of Georgia in the background.


Author Suzan Lauder and "Then Comes Winter" anthology at the Terry Fox memorial statue in Victoria, BC, Canada on November 28, 2015 for the Flat Stanley book tour.


A Victoria, BC postcard, a bookmark for "Alias Thomas Bennet" by Suzan Lauder, and an embroidered handkerchief in honour of the Thrift Shop Regency Costume Experiment are tucked into "Then Comes Winter" at Suzan Lauder's "Delivery Boy" for the Flat Stanley Book Tour.

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 Suzan Lauder is the author of Alias Thomas Bennet and the creator of the Regency Thrift Experiment. Her latest story is featured in Then Comes Winter. 

November 25, 2015

Christina Boyd in Washington State

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Are you going to be the one lucky reader to win the only "Then Comes Winter" paperback to travel the world collecting signatures by all twelve authors of the holiday anthology? Follow link to enter. Enter every day from now until February 14, 2016. Worldwide paperback giveaway!
This is me with the book before I sent our "Flat Stanley" across the Salish Sea to Vancouver Island to be signed by author Suzan Lauder.
Christina Boyd has long collaborated with Meryton Press as an editor. Her latest contribution is the Then Comes Winter collection of sweet holiday romances.

10 Responses

  1. Sophia Rose
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    Love seeing the neat places that dear TCW has visited along the way to its new home.

  2. christina
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    I wish I was the book to travel and visit the amazing authors I was fortunate enough to work with on the project!

  3. tgruy
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    Wonderful idea!! We get to travel along with the book!

  4. Glynis
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    Unfortunately I’ve only just seen this so am too late to enter but I have really enjoyed this journey round places I’ve never seen so thank you so much 😊

    • Meryton Press
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      Hi Glynis, I apologize for not updating the post, but the rafflecopter has been extended until February 14, so please, do go and enter!

  5. Glynis
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    Thanks for letting me know, at least I am now in with a chance as I would love to win this – so much talent in one book! 🙂

  6. Suzan Lauder
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    Lory! You’re so pretty! A little Liz Taylor going on there. My MIL is from the Ukrainian side of Bukovina, and speaks Romanian, as I’m sure many Carpathian Romanians and Ukrainians are bilingual.

  7. Denise
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    Loving all the pictures!

  8. Suzan Lauder
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    (Whines) I wanna go to Portland, OR!

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