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Ah... Christmas

Posted by Merri Hiatt on December 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (2)

Christmas is coming, whether we are ready or not.

 

I have experienced 48 Christmas' since my birth. This will be the first one without my father.

 

Before that tear starts to well in your eye, let me say that it's okay that he won't be here this year in physical form.

 

Dad was ready to be done with this life. i am certain of it. There is comfort, and yes, even joy in knowing that he is whole and complete now.

 

No more illness. No more pain. No more existing just to be existing.

 

I believe every day is a gift, but some days, well... life is hard. Some days, weeks, months, and indeed years, wear down thin places in your heart.

 

I have thin places in my heart, too.

 

Sometimes the veil descends and we see the Season of Love and Light as a shimmer of mist in the distance.

 

Close, but just beyond our reach.

 

That is okay, too.

 

Not every Christmas is a Norman Rockwell painting, nor should it be. Each has a flavor and feel like no other.

 

Some shimmer like that One Star on that One Night. Others are dimmer, a hushed whisper on a cool night. Still others are filled with laughter, or a scrooge or two.

 

It is all a gift.

 

I think of Christmas as a vision of presents under the tree. Different sizes, colors. Some with ribbons and bows. Others wrapped in midnight, laced in fog.

 

We mark another year of our journey as the clock continues to tick relentlessly.

 

It's coming, whether we are ready or not. Christmas is coming.

 

Be well, my friends.

 

Blessings!

 

Merri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving! Ugh!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on January 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year!

Mine is starting with a move and I'm feeling overwhelmed. Actually, that's an understatement. Boxes being packed, details to take care of, money to scrape up to pay for things I hadn't even thought about before deciding to move. Does it ever end? Say yes, please! :D

The biggest annoyance? Limited internet access. I am having serious withdrawals. I had no idea how much time I spent on the internet doing research for books, writing on message boards and, let's be honest, looking at Pinterest photos. What did we ever do without unlimited access to the world via all our electronics?

Sorry I've been so sporadic lately. When I get settled, you can be sure writing will be at the top of my list. I'm almost finished with a first draft of Runway Romance, Book one of the Love in the Air Trilogy. I'm beyond excited for this release!! Then, it will be a trip back to write Sequel two of the Embracing Love Trilogy, When Love's Gone Country. I've been having some wonderful dreams about story lines, so be sure and stay tuned!

Wishing you all a year of new adventures, good health and lovely surprises.

Blessings!
Merri

Joyous Christmas!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on December 20, 2012 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Christmas Joy and Blessings of the Season!

I'm always amazed at the way time seems to speed up around the holidays. I know it doesn't really tick by any faster, but it sure feels that way.

I wish you and yours a delightful holiday and a time of rejuvenation, a bit of rest, and eyes of wonder.

All my best,
Merri

Giving Thanks

Posted by Merri Hiatt on November 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (2)

Happy Thanksgiving!

How did Thanksgiving sneak up on us so quickly? It feels early this year, even though I'm sure it's coming at the same time as last year. Life just seems to be so filled up these days.

Holidays used to seem very far away from each other when I was a kid. Now, I can barely keep up! Halloween turns to Thanksgiving to Christmas, all in the blink of an eye.

When I was young, Thanksgiving meant family members gathering around the table to eat turkey and mashed potatoes. Olives held center stage for me. On my fingers, of course! Ten would be slipped over my fingertips and then eaten one by one with great zest! :)  Later, the olives would be eaten with a fork or, when no one was looking, my fingers.

Other dishes graced our table and became family favorites: my niece's sweet potatoes, my mom's orange Jell-o salad thing (you know, the one that has cottage cheese in it -- makes me gag every time, but I try it every year in hope that this might be the year I fall in love with it).

The last few years have been very different. After my father's stroke in 2006 and my mother's balance issues, they now live in separate places (Dad in an adult family home and Mom in a long-term care facility). It's a challenge to get the family together. Especially after my sister died in 2009. Things haven't really felt "right" since then.

It's been my personal tradition for well over ten years now to spend Thanksgiving weekend writing Christmas cards. I start playing Christmas music the week of Thanksgiving to get in the mood. I ignore Black Friday in favor of sappy Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, a warm blanket, and a stack of Christmas cards, address lists, stamps and red and green felt tip markers.

Once the cards are done, they will sit on the counter until December 1st (no premature mailing, the postmark must say December 1!). I love getting the cards done early as I know my loved ones will just be starting to think about Christmas. What a great way to begin the Season of Love!

This Thanksgiving, I wish you a quiet moment to drink in the joy of all the reasons you have to be thankful. The simple things, such as breathing, as well as the more elaborate things, reconciliation with loved ones, forgiveness, humor and passion.

Blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving!
Merri
 

4,501!!!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on August 11, 2012 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (2)

Color me excited today when I realized I had just sold my 4,501st title! My head is spinning a bit. Wait while I find something solid to hold onto. Okay. That's better.

THANK YOU! :D

I have all of you to thank for taking a chance on an unknown self-published author. The water is deep and there are many authors trying to get their books noticed. 

Sales ebb and flow. Overall, I've been fortunate to sell an average of thirteen books a day for the past eleven months.

Yes, I haven't been at this for quite a year yet. Mid-September will mark my one-year anniversary. I must find a way to celebrate that milestone. Remind me to do that, will you? :lol: Something free would be a lovely way to celebrate! You know how I love free stuff.

I'm currently writing Santa Hates Seattle (Christmas short story) and then I'll be starting on When Love's Gone Country. Can't wait to see what kind of trouble Courtney, Meg and Purity will get into when they visit a real working ranch.

2013 will be bringing two books in the horror/suspense genre, Shadow's Edge and Mirabella's Rosary. Also, the final sequel in the Embracing Love Trilogy, When Love's Gone Camping. 

I am continuing to work full-time through the fall and winter and have been trying to carve out more writing time. It is such a joy to share words in written form.

I hope everyone is able to breathe in a few of our last summer days before school begins again and life ramps up into high gear for the holidays.

Blessings and thank you, again, for your support and encouragement.
Merri

Spring is here!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on July 26, 2012 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Yes, the Seasons of Love Series is complete now that Spring Love is available in e-book format exclusively at Amazon. The paperback version will be available in about a week.

What's the book about?

Spring McDonald is an observer. While she’s active in behind-the-scenes church activities, she finds it easier to blend into the wallpaper than draw attention to herself. Having Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of nineteen altered her dreams. An unexpected encounter brings hope that maybe one of her dreams can come true, finding someone who looks past her illness to discover the woman that lies within.

I'm already missing Winter, Summer, Autumn and Spring. It's nice to know I can visit them now and again in e-book and paperback format.



No matter what season it is, there's a romance novel just waiting for you to read it.

Enjoy!
Merri


Summer Love is available now!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on April 17, 2012 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (2)


The first of four books in the Seasons of Love Series is now available in e-book format exclusively at Amazon. The paperback version will be available in about a week and a half.

Summer Lansing is used to reading about love in books, keeping her at a safe distance from heartbreak. Mike Duncan doesn't know the meaning of the word safe. He's spontaneous and thrives on taking risks. When the duo cross paths, searing kisses soon follow and Summer finds a real-world passion she never knew existed.

Books in the Seasons of Love Series may be read in any order.

Autumn Fieldstone
works as a receptionist at a recording studio during the day and sings at weddings, birthday parties and any paying gig she can get during her off hours.


Winter Montgomery
has been known as a tomboy as long as she can remember. Working as a mechanic at Charlie’s Garage hasn’t helped her shed the title. With three older brothers, she knows how to hold her own.


Spring McDonald
can whip up an espresso in record time, is active in church activities and finds it easier to blend into the wallpaper than meet new people.

All four women meet at the Port Townsend Book Club every Monday night. Pull up a chair and join them as the Seasons of Love Series carries you away on the winds of romance.

All books in the Seasons of Love Series will be available in 2012!


Spring is in the air

Posted by Merri Hiatt on March 15, 2012 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Can you feel it? Spring seems to be bounding forward and bringing hope with it.

I realize we have a way to go before spring actually arrives, but it's so close now. Reminded me of a poem I wrote a few  years back.


Love is in the air!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on January 15, 2012 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

  

Yes, I'm all about the love! My newest works, the Celebrating Love Trilogy, will be out in the next few months starting with 14 Love Letter Lane, which will be released in February.

I'm excited about these three books about three friends who've known each other since grade school. They work at Revive, a local coffee shop just off the boardwalk in the small seaside town of Lexington.

Andrea, Darcy and Ginny are more than ready to meet the men of their dreams. The trouble is, they can't seem to find them.

One day, Andrea receives a love letter from a secret admirer. The three co-workers sharpen their sleuthing skills to find Andrea's secret love.

Meanwhile, Ginny meets a man who just moved to town and sweeps her off her feet and Darcy has the dress and the red leather boots ready and waiting for a fabulous Valentine's Day, if she can only find a date!

Join these three caring friends as they travel the oftentimes choppy waters of love. As always, a happy ending is guaranteed.

Join with me in Celebrating Love!



Mama Lives in My Hair FREE at Amazon 1/3-1/6/2012

Posted by Merri Hiatt on January 2, 2012 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)



Mama Lives in My Hair (an e-book short story) will be FREE at Amazon January 3-6, 2012. Download your free copy at the link below! http://www.amazon.com/Mama-Lives-My-Hair-ebook/dp/B005QUQXFU/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1325553752&sr=8-12

Four-year-old Celia Johnson is counting down the days until her mother returns from the Middle East where she is serving as an Army nurse. Even when Cee hears the news of her momma's death, she insists she'll still be returning on the day circled in red pen on the calendar. This short story by Merri Hiatt reminds us all that our spirit does not die; it lives on, sometimes even in the toes and hair of the ones we love.


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