Sunday, July 19, 2020

The Start of Something Wonderful

Sweet Romance Reads welcomes our newest member
Merri Maywether!

This could be the start of something wonderful! I didn't realize how frequently I said that in my stories until I starting making memes for my characters.

The situation was the same.  A mentor-type character would buddy up with the hesitant female protagonist and say something along the lines of, "I know this is scary. But let's look at it differently. This could be the start of something wonderful." Of course, the conflicts made it look like the mentor character may have missed the mark. But the happily ever after validated the wisdom. 

What I love about the start of "something wonderful" is it happens all the time.  And it starts with a small moment.  My new beginning started with baking. After five years of failures, I decided it was time to make a homemade cinnamon roll that couldn't be used as a weapon. This meant going to Pinterest and getting help from the experts.  

One pin led the next. The bunny trail took me to a Sweet Romance Readers group. The one thing I love more than homemade cinnamon rolls is reading sweet romance books. 

In 2019, I declared 2020 was going to be a good year. With that in mind, I asked if I could join the group. You know, sit at their lunch table and listen to what they had to say. This was a big deal for me. These authors had written books that I read and loved. 

I expected a polite maybe. 

image of cinnamon rolls
What I received nothing short of wonderful. The day after my request, my inbox was full of notes.  Authors who had written stories that touched my heart took a minute to say hello and welcome to the table.   Which I loved. What happened next floored me. They asked me to share something about myself. This was more than looking into their world and sharing them. They were interested in my story,  too.

My something wonderful is two-fold.  I have a cadre of friends who enjoy the sweet romance genre as much as I do, and  I finally learned how to make homemade edible cinnamon rolls.

So, keep an eye out for wonderful moments. They come when you least expect it in the most unusual ways.  🍪

I'll close here wishing you warm, sweet tea on the porch summer days. 

Christmas Wishes book cover
Is Susan Waters ready to experience the Paradise Hills magic?
When Susan makes a wish for Santa to bring her a special present, she sets off a chain of events she never expected. She has helped other people find their true love. It only makes sense that her friends would try to repay the kindness. There is one little hitch to their plans. They're trying to match her with Hunter Lane. The same Hunter Lane she'd rather avoid for reasons she'd rather not disclose.
Hunter is the oldest of the Lane brothers and the only one of them who is single. When Hunter sees Susan, he knows there's something special about her. As he gets to know her, Hunter learns two things. They have a shared past, and he sees Susan in his future.
When Susan finds herself in a situation that demands Hunter's help, they discover it takes more than a wish to hold on to love.
Christmas Wishes is available for 99¢ at Amazon and Kobo

Meet Merri Maywether

Twenty years ago, Merri Maywether went on a date with a very sweet man from Montana. Three weeks later, they were engaged and they have lived happily ever after. 


If you are looking for a feel-good, happily ever after, small-town experience, I have a story for you. When I write my romance novels, the characters are inspired by the people I see on a day to day basis. Up here in what I like to call the far, far north, people work hard, live fiercely, and love knowing that they have a community behind them. When I'm not writing, I'm testing out an adventure that will end up in a book or trying a character's favorite recipe

If you're looking for more titles or quick reads visit my website Small Town Stories 


  1. Welcome, Merri. We're glad you've joined us.

  2. Welcome to Sweet Romance Reads, Merri! We're so glad you've joined us.

  3. Welcoming to the blog! We are so happy you’re here.

  4. Merri, We're so glad you've joined us and we look forward to getting to know you! Love Small town stories!

  5. I'm glad the cinnamon roll search led you to us, Merri!