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Name the coffee shop contest!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on January 3, 2012 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm writing a new romance trilogy (yay!) and I need your help. The main location where all three women in the trilogy work is a coffee shop. I need a name for the coffee shop.

What's in it for you if you help me out? I will give the winner a paperback copy of the first book in the trilogy FREE. You can submit as many names for the coffee shop as you like. I will choose the one I like best on January 10th.

A little background... the location is a seaside town and the coffee shop is located fairly close to the main boardwalk in town. The coffee shop serves coffee (obviously), but also espresso, tea, bottled juices and specialty drinks, as well as pre-made deli items (sandwiches, salads, muffins, doughnuts, cookies, etc.).

Post your suggestions at the Merri Hiatt Books Facebook page. Here's a link: http://www.facebook.com/groups/256462447725304/

Thanks for participating!

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.

Happy New Year Inspirational Poetry

Posted by Merri Hiatt on January 1, 2012 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)



Happy New Year! I wish you a 2012 filled with love, joy and just enough adventure to make things interesting.

I've posted four poems above that I have written. Many folks are setting forth this new year with aspirations of making life changes. I have a few of my own I'm working on! I wish you all good luck with your endeavors.

Blessings to you and yours!
Merri

Marayah's Return is FREE in e-book format!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on December 27, 2011 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Marayah's Return (Book one of the Mangadarth Trilogy) is available FREE at Amazon as an e-book through December 28th. Pick up your FREE copy today! Here's a link: http://www.amazon.com/Marayahs-Return-Mangadarth-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B006POWV4I/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1325028647&sr=8-12

FREE e-book - The Magical Christmas Cookies - five days only!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on December 23, 2011 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)


The Magical Christmas Cookies short story e-book is available exclusively through Amazon for the next five days FREE! Here's a link:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Magical-Christmas-Cookies-ebook/dp/B005VY6YIW/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1324679502&sr=8-9

Loss seemed to surround the town of Maple Valley, until they were blessed by cookies, Magical Christmas Cookies.

When Laura Davidson and Holly Robinson teamed up to sell the sweet treats, wondrous things began to happen, even the weather changed.

As Holly’s ten-year-old niece, Vanessa, said, “Maybe the magic of the Christmas cookies isn’t so much in the cookies themselves, but the way people act after eating them.”

A nibble of compassion here, a taste of forgiveness there, and icing made of hope did what nothing else was able to do. It brought Christmas Magic to Maple Valley.

Happy Holidays to one and all!

Enjoy!
Merri

I think it's time for another contest, don't you?

Posted by Merri Hiatt on December 6, 2011 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)



It's always time for a contest! :)

Visit the Merri Hiatt Books Facebook Page or leave a comment below this blog post and share a favorite Christmas memory.

When you share a memory, I'll place your name in a bowl and will draw a winner on Monday, December 12, 2011 at noon.

The winner will receive a paperback copy of The Magical Christmas Cookies, as well as another little fun item that I'm keeping mum about. You'll have to play to find out what it is.

And, yes, you can share more than one memory. Your name will be entered for each memory you share. The more memories, the more chances to win!

Good luck!

I love a good deal, don't you?

Posted by Merri Hiatt on December 2, 2011 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

My paperback books are listed at Barnes & Noble as much as $1.00 less than at Amazon or CreateSpace. If you're thinking about purchasing a paperback book for someone for Christmas (or for yourself), check out the lower prices. Also, if you place an order for $25 or more, you receive free shipping. What a deal! Here's a link: Barnes & Noble


FLASHSHOT

Posted by Merri Hiatt on November 5, 2011 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (2)

A month or so ago, I submitted three flash fiction stories to FLASHSHOT. I learned today that all three submissions will appear on their website in November (November 6, November 13 and November 19 to be exact). Here's a link to the site: FLASHSHOT

I also subscribe to their posts via Facebook. Another link: FLASHSHOT ON FACEBOOK

Flash fiction is a term used for a short story (usually between one hundred and one thousand words) that tells a complete story with four components: character, setting, conflict and resolution all wrapped up in a frozen moment of time.

Flashing

Posted by Merri Hiatt on October 24, 2011 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (4)

Flash fiction is a term used for a short story (usually between 100 and 1,000 words) that tells a complete story with four components: character, setting, conflict and resolution all wrapped up in a frozen moment of time.

Here are three "Flashers" I've written (100 word limit).

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CHEF GEORGE by Merri Hiatt

“The Food Network is George’s religion,” Betty said to her next-door-neighbor, Alice.

“Does he cook much?”

“All the time.”

“Lucky woman.”

Betty put her hand on her hip and raised an eyebrow. “Watching the Food Network makes you a chef as much as watching the Medical Channel makes you a doctor.”

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PALE THIN LINE by Merri Hiatt

The first thing I noticed, his eyes. The color of Fall leaves before they disappear with a crackle underfoot.

Next, the pale line around his ring finger.

A few bit-too-long glances and a bare leg crossed just so brought him to my table.

I pushed the chair out with the toe of my scarlet stilettos.

He sat and lifted my hand to his lips, lightly grazing my flesh.

“Sorry.” I gestured to his hand with the inviting pale line.

“Lost the stone last week; it’s being repaired.”

Yanking my hand back, I said, "Stilletos are perfect for crushing Fall leaves."

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LOOKING FOR A VICTIM by Merri Hiatt

“Come here often?” I asked, knowing the line was lame as hell.

She dismissed me with a cool stare.

Turning my attention to the dance floor, I noticed a leggy blonde. Right height, slight build, three-inch heels; she’d do.

“Can I buy you a drink?” I asked when the band took a break and she headed back to her table.

“Sure.”

We talked; inconsequential.

Forty-five minutes was all I needed. Jared gave me a nod. We were set.

“What do you look for in a woman?” she asked.

I wasn’t looking for a woman. I was looking for a victim.


 



 




When Love's at Work e-book available free online

Posted by Merri Hiatt on October 18, 2011 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)



When Love's at Work is now available online free at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Here's some linky goodness.

AMAZON
http://www.amazon.com/When-Loves-Embracing-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B005MH4UH0/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1315852793&sr=8-4

BARNES AND NOBLE
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-loves-at-work-merri-hiatt/1105811312?ean=2940011511936&itm=1&usri=when%2blove27s%2bat%2bwork

SMASHWORDS
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/88084

If you don't have an e-reader (Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc.), click on the Smashwords link as it will allow you to download the book as a pdf, in plain text, or even read it online in your web browser!


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