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Waking The Merrow
     

Waking The Merrow

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by Heather Rigney
 
PRAISE FOR BOOK 1 OF THE MERROW TRILOGY:
WAKING THE MERROW

"A prickly and memorable protagonist fights to protect her family from wily merfolk in this promising debut contemporary fantasy."
- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"You know what's great about Rigney's horror-ific (that's horror-filled and terrific), hysterical debut novel? Besides the

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PRAISE FOR BOOK 1 OF THE MERROW TRILOGY:
WAKING THE MERROW

"A prickly and memorable protagonist fights to protect her family from wily merfolk in this promising debut contemporary fantasy."
- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"You know what's great about Rigney's horror-ific (that's horror-filled and terrific), hysterical debut novel? Besides the bloodthirsty merfolk, our antihero protagonist is an overweight, drunk, subpar mother, who also happens to be a funeral director. I can't even describe the premise of this book without getting giddy, because how many times does a plot involve both vicious mermaids and Rhode Island colonists?"
- Nicole Hill, Barnes & Noble Book Blog

"Rigney has struck gold with her first novel. It's humorous - hysterical at times - descriptive and has a nice flow to it."
- Bobby Forrand, Motif Magazine

"WAKING THE MERROW is a horrifying, addictive, and intriguing twist on the mermaid legend, and takes the reader on a bone-chilling ride through colonial and current times in Rhode Island. This is a fabulous debut novel by Heather Rigney.
Read it if you dare."
- Penny Watson, Bestselling Author of APPLES SHOULD BE RED

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In 1772, angry Rhode Island colonists set fire to a British ship, sparking the American Revolution. Taxation without representation was a motivator. So was the vengeful, man-eating mermaid who had it out for the commanding officer.

That was then. This is now.

Mermaids, or merrow, still hunt in Narragansett Bay, but these days they keep a lower profile. At night, centuries-old Nomia seduces smutty frat boys, lures them into icy waters, and feeds them to her voracious kin. By day, she and her half-breed daughter attempt to blend in at the coastal Village Playground. But Nomia slips up. She makes a friend. Then she makes that friend disappear, and someone notices.

Thirty-something Evie McFagan just wants to make it through working motherhood. But she's a blistering stew of issues-snarky alcoholic and a friendless funeral director who just witnessed Nomia dismembering a guy at the nearby yacht club. When Evie believes a mermaid stole her baby, who will help? The merrow of Ireland? Or maybe anti-hero Evie will surprise everyone, including herself, and summon the strength to save her own family.

Intertwining the stories of two primordial families with the colonial history of Narragansett Bay, Waking the Merrow is a dark historical fantasy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/07/2015
A prickly and memorable protagonist fights to protect her family from wily merfolk in this promising debut contemporary fantasy. Evie McFagan is a barely functioning alcoholic with an 18-month-old daughter and a husband who’s running out of patience. Evie’s troubles are annoyingly public in the Narragansett Bay shore town of Pawtuxet Village, R.I., but the spotlight shifts when gorgeous Nomia arrives. With Nomia comes the creepy sound of voices in Evie’s head, and a string of mysterious disappearances. Little do the villagers know that Nomia is a centuries-old merrow who’s able to change into human form, and the leader of a rapacious merrow clan. Evie struggles to stay sober and learn the truth about Nomia; when the merrow targets her family, Evie has to find new strength. Rigney’s protagonist is appealingly stubborn and vulnerable, but the other characters remain thinly drawn. Scenes set in the town’s colonial past tend to slow the story rather than enriching it. With the foundations laid, it will be interesting to see where Rigney takes her warring merfolk next. (BookLife)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781499114256
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
05/23/2014
Pages:
346
Sales rank:
1,153,788
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

Writer, artist, and underwater fire-breather Heather Rigney likes to make stuff. Stuff with words, stuff with paint, stuff that's pretty, and stuff that's not. Heather's stories reflect her childhood spent alone in the woods of northern Rhode Island. She now lives in historic Pawtuxet Village, (still in Rhode Island) with her chosen and created family.

For more on Heather Rigney:
www.heatherrigney.com www.facebook.com/heatherrigneyAuthor
Twitter: @yourFAVmermaid www.goodreads.com/author/show/6542620.Heather_Rigney

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Waking The Merrow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Honestly, this is my second time reading this book and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time! Can't wait for the third one to come out. I've got my whole family reading these! Thank you Heather Rigney for writing the books I didn't even know I needed!!!
Suzy_Turner More than 1 year ago
WOW... I mean, seriously WOW. I could not put this book down – even though at times it:  1. scared the living daylights out of me 2. has probably made me even more ocean-phobic (and swimming pool phobic, for that matter) than I already am 3. made me cry 4. made me laugh out loud 5. almost made me wet my pants (through both fear and laughter) I just loved the fact that the lead character was so flawed - overweight with a bit of a drink problem and speaks the kind of language that makes the air turn blue. But she is just so likeable. In fact, she's just like you and me. An everyday thirty-something woman who just happens to witnesses something so terrifying that it leads her even further down her scary path. There were moments of sheer genius that literally made me spit out my tea / wine (depending on whether I was reading morning or night!) while I choked on my laughter.  I usually try and find something critical to say about the writing or the story itself, but I can honestly say there is not a single negative thing I can offer about Waking the Merrow. It's an absolutely brilliant novel and I can't wait for the next book by this truly amazing author.