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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
 

Book Signing at Holiday Festival Bazaar - November 10th

Posted by Merri Hiatt on October 8, 2012 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 

I'll be signing books at a Holiday Festival Bazaar on Saturday, November 10th, from 10am to 4pm at Marysville United Methodist Church (5600 64th St. NE, Marysville, WA 98270). I'll have paperback books available for purchase, as well.

The event will be filled with vendors of every kind, so stop by for a few minutes or a few hours!

The Holiday Festival Bazaar is sponsored by the KLOZ 4 KIDZ program at Marysville United Methodist Church. A wonderful resource for local children to receive a pair of shoes, jacket and everything in between.

I'm really excited to be part of the Festival and hope to see you there!

Blessings!
Merri

 

 





Love in the Air Trilogy

Posted by Merri Hiatt on September 8, 2012 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (3)

 


Join Jenny, Patricia and Kate, three flight attendants searching to find

Love in the Air


in the current trilogy I'm writing. You can read snippets from each of the books as I write them by following Merri Hiatt on Twitter or Facebook.


 I haven't written the complete blurbs for the books, but here are a few teasers. :D


RUNWAY ROMANCE
Jenny falls for a man who almost runs her down on the tarmac as he delivers luggage to an airplane holding cargo. Kisses on the runway ensue as their romance blossoms.

LOVE ON THE FLY
Patricia meets a passenger on a flight to the Lone Star state. They find a long distance romance difficult to manage.

PASSION AT 30,000 FEET
Kate has a thing for pilots -- all of them. She hops into bed with each one she works with, until the day she finds one man who satisfies all her needs.

Makes me want to head to the airport and take a trip on the wings of love!

Blessings!
Merri

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!
Merri

Two free paperback copies of Spring Love available!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on August 16, 2012 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Two paperback copies of Spring Love (Seasons of Love Series) are being given away at Goodreads. Click on the link below and sign up. You could be one of the winners!  Goodreads - Spring Love 

Good luck!
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


July Summer/Winter Sale at Smashwords

Posted by Merri Hiatt on July 4, 2012 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

July Summer/Winter Sale of e-books at Smashwords! Enter the code SSW50 at checkout and receive 50% off my e-books (excluding short stories)!

Smashwords offers a wide variety of downloads that are compatible with Kindle, Nook, Apple (to name a few), as well as a .pdf file. There's even a way to read an e-book in a web browser.

The link below will take you to my page at Smashwords where you can see all the e-books I have available on the site. Saving money and reading a good book, it's a win-win! http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/88084

The July Summer/Winter Sale is good for the entire month of July! Don't be left without a book to read, stock up now.

Changes

Posted by Merri Hiatt on June 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (2)

Last December, I quit my day job to pursue writing full-time. I was scared to death and also very excited. :D I have been incredibly fortunate to have spent the last six months spending hours and hours a day writing. What a joy!

I knew in May that I needed to supplement my income, so began looking for a day job again. I was delighted and suprised to find that a church I used to work for back in the 90s was looking for an Office Manager. I applied for the job and within a week I was back to work.

It has been great fun reconnecting with the members of the congregation. Though many procedures have changed, the basic job is the same. I feel blessed to be "home" again.

My writing has slowed considerably. I can no longer spend hours and hours a day blissfully writing long into the night. Now I need to go to sleep so I can get up early and head for work. My body was confused for a few days there. Ha! It really loves the whole "night owl" way of life.

After a few weeks, I assume I'll develop a rhythm again. The same thing happened when I first quit my job and had so many hours available to me. I had the reverse issue then, not knowing what to do with myself all day when I didn't have a job to go to.

Transitions are often full of challenges. I'm reminded that the only constant is change. We can run from it or embrace it. The choice is ours.

May July bring you and yours an abundance of blessings and maybe even a transition or two.
~ Merri

Winter Love FREE on June 1st!

Posted by Merri Hiatt on May 31, 2012 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)



Winter Love is ready and waiting for you in e-book format exclusively at Amazon! Tomorrow, June 1, 2012, it will be available FREE! Ya'll know how much I love free stuff. :D

This is the third book in the Seasons of Love Series. I began working on the final book, Spring Love, today.

Here's a description of the book and also a link to the book page at Amazon.

Winter Montgomery has been a tomboy as long as she can remember. Working as a mechanic at Charlie's Garage hasn't helped her shed the title. Form the moment Rory Walters pulls his custom convertible into the bay, she dislikes the man. He is over-confident, filthy rich and has a swagger that sets her teeth on edge. If he didn't have the sexiest blue eyes, she'd almost be able to forget him. Almost.

Happy reading!



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