Introducing Debut Author Regina Rudd Merrick!

Regina MerrickDebut Author Regina Rudd Merrick

Congratulations to Janet Estridge, winner of a
Kindle version of CAROLINA DREAM!

***Book Giveaway***
See Details Below

There’s little more exciting that celebrating with friends’ successes on this road to publication, so I’m heels-over-head excited for my talented friend, Regina Merrick!!!  I met Regina several years ago when the Inkspirational Messages blog began, and we’ve been in each other’s cheering section ever since.

Before you get to know Regina with her Either/Or answers, here’s the blurb for her excellent debut novel, CAROLINA DREAM, a Southern Breeze Series ~

Carolina DreamSarah Crawford wants more from life than to attend the wedding of her ex-fiancée. An unexpected inheritance in South Carolina comes at the perfect time, just as Sarah is willing to use any excuse to get out of town.

When she meets potential business partner Jared Benton and discovers that a house is part of the inheritance, she is sure than God has been preparing her for this time through a recurring dream. But will a dream about an antebellum mansion, many rooms to be explored, and a man with dark brown eyes give her the confidence to take a leap of faith, leaving friends, family, and her job behind?

Regina’s Either/Or

Loud or Quiet – Quiet, unless I’m listening to music, and then I want the music loud and everyone else quiet! Lol!

Milk chocolate or Dark chocolate – BOTH. Milk, semi-sweet, dark, intense, chocolate with coffee beans . . . you get the idea. The spectrum of chocolate is my friend!

(Oh, absolutely! All chocolate is good!)

City or Country – Country, definitely. I grew up on a gravel road in a rural community. Now I live smack-dab in the middle of the city. OK, so the city only has 3,000 people in it . . . 🙂 My daughter lives in Brooklyn, NY. I love to visit, but after about 4 days, I’m ready to head south!

Cat or Dog – Both. I love dogs for their unconditional love and good humor. I love cats for their warm snuggles and hi-jinks.

Country or Rock ‘n Roll – Depends on the mood. I like classic country – the old stuff, and I like classic rock ‘n roll. I guess you could say, “I’m a little bit country, I’m a little bit rock ‘n roll.” And yes I was a BIG “Donny and Marie” fan in my tween years . . .

(I’m still a big Donny fan!!!)

Book or Movie – depends. Most of the time the book is better. You get more info in a book, but sometimes, as in the case of stories by Clive Cussler or Robert Ludlum, I get more out of the movies because the books have TOO much information for my small non-technical brain!

Introvert or Extrovert – Outgoing Introvert. Yes, it’s a thing. As long as there is someone in a crowd I know well, and once I get to an event, I’m fine. It’s the dreading it ahead of time. Plus, I revel in any “alone time” I can get!

Northern states or Southern states – Southern all the way. Sorry, Brenda, but as much as I enjoyed my trip to Lake Superior and the Mall of America, the MOSQUITOES!!! Plus, having to use heat in July is just not natural to this Southern Belle!

(Yes, Minnesota does have a terrible population of mosquitoes! Guess that’s the price we pay for having all the beautiful lakes. And using heat in July? You must have been up here during an unusual summer cold snap – our July’s are usually 80 – 90 degrees with stifling humidity. Bleh!)

Question for Readers:
Do you prefer the Northern States or Southern States? Why?

About Regina ~

Regina Merrick began reading romance and thinking of book ideas as early as her teenage years when she attempted a happily-ever-after sequel to “Gone With the Wind.” That love of fiction parlayed into a career as a librarian, and she is currently the director of a small public library in Marion, KY. She began attending local writing workshops and continued to hone her craft by writing several short and novel-length fan-fiction pieces published online, where she met other authors with a similar love for story, a Christian worldview, and happily-ever-after. Married for 30+ years and active in their church, Regina and her husband have two grown daughters who share her love of music, writing, and the arts. Visit Regina on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or on her website at

Connect with Regina ~

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Purchase Carolina Dream ~

Amazon Paperback | Kindle

For more purchasing information, Mantle Rock Publishing LLC can be contacted by email at or by calling 270-493-1560, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Carolina Dream~ Book Giveaway ~
Regina has graciously offered to give away one Kindle version of Carolina Dream. To enter, in the comments below answer the question,
“Do you prefer the Northern States or Southern States? Why?”

This contest ends Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST. I will post the winner on Monday, May 1, 2017. Winner will be chosen via

Comments 22

  1. I must make a qualification to the “northern v. southern” states. Definitely a north-westerner, but I loved visiting the south. I’ve only gotten to see a little of Texas and a little of Louisiana in the fall when the heat and humidity felt good as our temperatures up here were embracing the briskness of autumn. I love the left coast (not the politics!) for its rugged beauty. I’m a born and bred city girl who loves (and has always preferred) the country and now has the privilege of living in it!

    Beautiful cover, Regina.

  2. Hi Nicole! Thank you for stopping by! I’ve never been to the west coast, and it’s definitely on my bucket list! I find that the older I get, the more I like warm! Lol! I was very pleased with my cover. Diane Turpin designed it for me, as she does for all the books with Mantle Rock Publishing. She’s awesome!

  3. I will southern states since I have lived in the South all my life. I have visited a couple of northern states and they were nice, but I prefer the warmer weather of the south.

  4. Loved all your Either/Or answers, my friend. You know, since the question doesn’t allow for “middle” as an answer, I have to say I’m a northern girl, but I do love southern books like yours!

    1. Lorna!!! Welcome, my friend! You do know that I probably wouldn’t BE here were it not for YOU! I seem to remember a phone call that came at just the right time! 😉 For you, I’ll accept “middle!” LOL!

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  6. Both! Love my northern state (PA) for weather (except winter) and history. Love visiting the south–so friendly and slower pace.

  7. I prefer Northern because that’s where I’ve lived – well really in the middle. I like the seasons – leaves falling off trees, snow, etc. (I know some southern states have some of these.) But I do enjoy visiting the southern states.

  8. I grew up in central MI so the northern states definitely hold a special place in my heart.
    I have spent all of my adult years in SC, I met my husband here and most of my family is here, so it is home to me now. I certainly don’t miss the cold winters.

    1. Ah, SC . . . I seriously would move there in a heartbeat. The area where my book takes place is so special to me, and I really don’t know why, except that it just felt “right.” I love the history of the east coast, as well as the COAST itself! 🙂

  9. I have lived in south-west MI pretty much my whole life. The seasons are beautiful, but now that I am in my 50’s, I really don’t enjoy the cold winters. I’m a summer girl and like sunshine and warm weather. My husband and I have been talking about someday moving south to a warmer climate. So, I guess you could say I’m a northern girl with longings for the south 🙂

    Carolina Dream sounds like a wonderful read. Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway!

  10. Can I say North Southern, lol. I live at the very bottom of Indiana. Right across the river from Louisville, KY. So we get both weather and temps from the North and South. Love the change of seasons here. Like warmer weather most, but like that the cooler weather stops the flying insects for awhile. Also get only about 3 inch snows or less, so that’s good. Thank you for the opportunity to read your book! Robin Bline

  11. I am proud to be a Native Floridian. So you might say, I am Southern through and through. All I have to do is open my mouth and you can tell right away where I come from.

  12. The South is winning, apparently. 🙂

    I’m definitely Northern. Born & raised in Minnesota, and having lived here all my life, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I LOVE the winters, so much more than the summers! And, yes, I do love cold.

    When hubby retires, we actually plan to move further north, along Lake Superior, which can be even colder.

    That said, I do enjoy visiting Southern states as long as I can live in Minnesota. 🙂

  13. I prefer southern states because my body doesn’t tolerate the cold very well. Although, I would love to travel north during the heat of Texas summers.

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