Meryton Press was happy to share the cover reveal for Linda Gonschior’s newest novel.

Parallels is the third book in the Reflections series. The first book is Reflections, and the second one is A Tarnished Image.

Ellen Pickels designed the gorgeous cover for this latest book. Let’s take a look at the back cover copy. Then we will get to read the first excerpt that Linda is sharing. There will be more excerpts and posts coming up in the Parallels Blog Tour beginning June 7th.


Back Cover Copy


Love, heartbreak, and self-discovery

are life’s greatest challenges,

no matter who your parents may be. 

Will and Elizabeth Darcy faced those challenges twenty years earlier, yet marriage taught them patience, understanding, and most importantly, the irreplaceable value of one another. Now their children are about to embark upon that path, hopefully to learn those lessons more gently and avoid the mistakes of their parents. 

This third book in the Reflections series brings to a conclusion the story of a couple whose love drew them together in spite of themselves and continues to test them when least expected.


What do you think? Have you read the first two? If you have, let us know in the comments on the Meryton Press Blog for this post. 

For those who haven't seen it yet, it’s time to look at the cover! This one really stands out!

Wouldn't you like to know where this couple are, who they are...can we guess? Are they reminiscing and if so, what about? What about the season? Is it significant? Do you notice anything about the bench? I guess I will have to read the book to get the answers to my questions!

Isn’t the full wrapper eye-catching? And have I said gorgeous? The colors and contrast grab my attention and make me want to study it. I just love it! It all comes together so well.

From the author

I just love this cover Ellen designed for Parallels! A perfect fit with the covers of the first two books in the series. The autumn colours pop and capture the essence of this conclusion to the Reflections stories.


Remember the excerpt I mentioned at the beginning of this post? I think it is time to take a look at it!


The wine had flowed, the food was eaten, and Anna had opened her gifts. The evening was coming to a close with everyone relaxed and laughing. Anna was still admiring the beautiful ruby necklace she’d received from her parents and the matching earrings Ben had given her. The younger members of the family were now making their way upstairs to bed, leaving Anna and Ben with their parents and aunt to finish off the wine and cakes.

“Anna, have another one.” Ben offered her the plate.

“I couldn’t eat another bite!” she said, laughing.

“You finish them,” Elizabeth suggested with a smile. “You know you will anyway.” She glanced over at her husband, sitting quietly opposite her. “You’ve not said much, Will.”

He gave her a small smile. “I was just pondering the events of twenty years ago when Anna was born.”

Elizabeth’s smile faded slowly, and Georgiana’s gaze alternated between her brother and sister-in-law.

“Now, Will, don’t go getting all gloomy on us.” Georgiana poured him another drink and held out the glass. “It was twenty years ago, and you and Elizabeth have had many long, happy years since.”

Ben and Anna looked at each other questioningly, then both shrugged their shoulders. Will sipped at the glass his sister had given him.

“You were only twenty then yourself, Georgie,” he said wistfully. “Where does the time go?”

Elizabeth patted his leg. “Feeling old, my dear?” She chuckled. “Well, if you want to reminisce, I think you should choose something a bit more cheerful. How about my first visit to Pemberley?”

“Oh yes,” Anna exclaimed. “Would you tell us about that?”

Will cleared his throat. “I don’t think there’s much of that I’d care to tell or dare to repeat, Elizabeth.”

“Oh, you mean how you sent me flying into the rose garden?” Elizabeth looked at him in a way that said she knew exactly what he meant.

Georgiana smiled at them. “Oh yes, I remember that.”

“Thank you, dear,” Will said sarcastically. “I had wished to forget that particular moment.”

Anna leaned forward eagerly. “But I’d like to hear it.”

“Your father looked so handsome,” Elizabeth told her. “And so embarrassed!”

“But what happened after that? Where was this garden? Did you fall in love instantly?” Anna sighed.

“I can’t believe you’ve never told your children that story, Will,” Georgiana said before adding in a suggestive tone, “I should think Ben might be interested in it especially.”

Will stared at her. “I can’t believe you even know that story! I didn’t tell you.” He looked over at his wife who glanced away quickly.

Ben raised his eyebrows at his parents. “Is this something I would be interested in?” When his mother blushed and turned away, he grinned as he realized why they must have kept it quiet. “Ah, I understand.”

“I don’t.” Anna looked at them, puzzled. She met four pairs of staring eyes. “Oh.” She blushed.


What do you think about the excerpt? Are you ready to read more? Preorder is available with automatic delivery to your eReader on June 7th.



To celebrate the release of Parallels, Meryton Press is giving away:

Two eBooks of Parallels

One eBook of Reflections or one eBook of A Tarnished Image; winner’s choice

The giveaway is international and will end on the 6th of June at midnight Central Time. To enter, go to the Meryton Press blog for the Parallels cover reveal and leave a comment. Good luck to everyone.


The first two books of the Reflections series, Reflections and A Tarnished Image, are on sale at Amazon; US - $0.99 and UK - £0.99. The sale is from June 4th through June 7th. Get your copies today! Parallels, the third book, is available for preorder with automatic delivery June 7th.


 Skirmish & Scandal Series

Schemes of Felicity by Suzan Lauder, The Longbourn Quarantine by Don Jacobson, Play with Fire by J. Marie Croft, Reckless, Headstrong Girl by Grace Gibson, and A Consuming Love by Kelly Miller, are the five novellas of the "Skirmish & Scandal" Series that have been published as of March, 2021. There will be least three more coming. The release date of the remaining novellas will be announced on the Meryton Press Facebook page and Blog. If you haven't had a chance to read the five above, we hope you get to read them soon.



Audiobooks released to date in 2021 and late 2020 are available for your listening pleasure, and can be found at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

A Consuming Love - Kelly Miller, Narrated by Harry Frost

Accusing Mr. Darcy - Kelly Miller, Narrated by Stevie Zimmerman

Alias Thomas Bennet - Suzan Lauder, Narrated by Jacq Ainsworth

His Choice of a Wife - Heather Moll, Narrated by Katherine Anderson

Letter from Ramsgate - Suzan Lauder, Narrated by Ofelia Oliver

Play with Fire - J. Marie Croft - Narrated by Harry Frost

Reckless, Headstrong Girl - Grace Gibson, Narrated by Stevie Zimmerman

Schemes of Felicity - Suzan Lauder, Narrated by 

Silver Buckles - Grace Gibson, Narrated by Stevie Zimmerman and Neil Roy McFarlane

The Longbourn Quarantine - Don Jacobson, Narrated by Stevie Zimmerman


Watch for these new & upcoming releases

Upcoming Novels:

Old Boots - Grace Gibson

Captive Hearts - Kelly Miller

In Essentials - Helen Williams

The Grail: The Saving of Elizabeth Darcy - Don Jacobson

A Dutiful Son - Kelly Miller

Henry Fitzwilliam's War - Don Jacobson

The Exile: Kitty Bennet and the Belle Époque - Don Jacobson


Upcoming Audiobooks:

Perilous Siege - C. P. Odom, Narrated by Christopher Jarvis

Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley - Kelly Miller, Narrated by Christopher Jarvis

Determination  - C. P. Odom, Narrated by Christopher Jarvis

Interrupted Plans - Brigid Huey


Upcoming Novellas from the "Skirmish & Scandal" Series:

My Dear Mr. Darcy - Audrey Ryan

Spies of Our Acquaintance - Brigid Huey

Skirmish & Scandal - C. P. Odom


Novels and Novellas Released in 2021:

Determination - C. P. Odom

Reckless, Headstrong Girl - Grace Gibson

A Consuming Love - Kelly Miller

Interrupted Plans - Brigid Huey

The Predisposition of Miss Elizabeth Bennet - Hunter Quinn

Parallels - Linda Gonscior

Lessers & Betters - Don Jacobson

The Keeper: Mary Bennet's Extraordinary Journey - Don Jacobson



And Remember...

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