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Christmas in September!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on September 1, 2012 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Santa Hates Seattle is free at Amazon today, September 5, 2012!!! Snag a copy right away! Here's the link: Santa Hates Seattle at Amazon

Santa Hates Seattle has arrived exclusively at Amazon in e-book format. Let's celebrate Christmas in September!

It's only a few months early!

Why does Santa hate Seattle? Read on...

"Santa hates Seattle," a television news reporter declares after airing an interview with an inebriated gentleman who stumbled from Polanzky's Pub, slipped on an icy patch of snow and told reporters Santa Claus hit him with his sleigh. Eight-year-old Samantha Kinsey can't believe her ears. Her mother reassures her that Santa could never hate Seattle, but Sam is not convinced. She decides to send Santa an e-mail and make him a gift to show him how much she loves him. When Christmas rolls around the following year, Sam asks for an intangible gift. A wish even Santa will have difficulty granting.



This short story is approximately 15,000 words.

Now I'm in the Christmas mood. Is it too early to put up Christmas tree lights? Maybe just a bit. Then again, aren't we supposed to keep the Christmas Spirit in our heart all year long? I wonder where those lights are...

Blessings of the Season of Love!

When Love's on Vacation is now available!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on February 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

When Love's on Vacation (Sequel one of the Embracing Love Trilogy) is now available in e-book format exclusively at Amazon.

The She Musketeers are back! 
Purity, Meg and Courtney are gathering up the men they love and heading for a vacation they've dubbed "California Dreamin'." While they're enjoying fun in the sun, a sinister plan begins to unfold that finds them in harm's way at every turn. They join together to turn the tables on their attackers and even manage to spend a few days in Las Vegas.

For those of you who have been sending me messages asking when the first sequel would be available, wait no longer! :D

Here's a link to the Amazon page for When Love's on Vacation:


It was twenty years ago today...

Posted by Merri Hiatt on September 28, 2011 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (2)

Okay, so it wasn't twenty years ago today. It was only one year ago today that my mom fell in the middle of the night and slashed her arm on the sharp edge of a dresser. Luckily, she had a Life Alert button, pressed it, and help was on the way in minutes. The blood scared her, as it would have scared me, and she wasn’t able to get up off the floor.

We didn’t know then that she wouldn’t be returning to her home again. She now lives in a long-term care facility where she plays Bingo, gets her hair “done” every week, and receives physical therapy.

She has good days and not-so-good days. Some days she is able to walk, other days she is much too shaky. Some days she remembers everything and can follow a train of thought all the way to the station door, other days, not so much.

Mom has yet to learn the lesson I learned years ago when I was diagnosed with cancer: you can’t do all the things you used to be able to do the same way you used to do them. It sucks, but that’s the way it is.

Mom fights it and continues to do things the way she used to do them. Now, those things are unsafe. Lifting her arms up over her head to place a small box on the top shelf of her closet causes her to lose her balance and fall. Bending to pick-up an item on the floor makes her woozy and unsteady. Some days even standing without holding on to something is out of the question.

We’ve had the conversation about doing things in a new way, many times. Many times.

I went through the same thing for several months. I would fight through the pain and the lack of breath, gulping air as I stubbornly stuck to my plan to clean the entire apartment in one fell swoop.

I gave in.

It was much too difficult. I found little ways to make it easier. Yes, you can Swiffer your kitchen floor while sitting in a chair. Yes, you can climb stairs by taking one step up, then counting to ten so you can rest a bit, then taking another step up. Yes, you can vacuum your living room floor one 6’ x 6’ area at a time. It takes more time, but seriously, what is the rush? Where are we in such a hurry to get to?

I live my life at a slower pace now.

Maybe someday mom will join me.

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