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Sue Merrell

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in St. Louis, Mo. , The United States




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What a charmed life I've led, working for newspapers in four states, covering breaking news and world class entertainers. And I've saved the best for last, writing mystery/thrillers from the Florida Keys in the winter and a Michigan lakeside in the summer. Life is good. Thank you God.

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Sue Merrell I worked for newspapers for almost 40 years and whenever we would get a strange phone call or have to cover a series of unusual events, someone would…moreI worked for newspapers for almost 40 years and whenever we would get a strange phone call or have to cover a series of unusual events, someone would always blame it on the full moon (even if the moon wasn't full) . Full Moon Friday, the third book in my Jordan Daily News Mystery Series, is about a day when the full moon coincides with Friday the 13th and everything goes wrong. Crazy phone calls and strange happenings are running rampant. (less)
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One Shoe Off (A Jordan Dail...
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James Madison For many genealogy researchers the goal is finding the connection to royalty. Although I haven't found any crowns in the closet, I have stumbled upon the American equivalent: a relationship to not one but two Presidents.
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Great News Town One Shoe Off Full Moon Friday
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Do you want to be part of an institution or a movement? That got my attention. But it turns out being part of a movement isn't as easy as it sounds, even for an institution like the Methodist Church that has ridden the wave of movements before. Rendl ...more
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I needed a book for the car and selected this one because I'm currently researching the colonial history of my ancestors and am interested in the period. It was slow in the beginning but eventually I was sitting in the driveway after I got home liste ...more
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Just wanted to let you know that the kindle version of One Shoe Off will be available for 99 cents starting at 8 a.m. Friday (California time,
" The Kindle version of One Shoe Off is having a countdown sale. It will be 99 cents starting at 8 a.m. Friday for two days. Then the price will go up a ...more"
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“Losing a mate to death is devastating but it's not a personal attack like divorce. When somebody you love stops loving you and walks away, it's an insult beyond comparison.”
Sue Merrell, Great News Town

“I don’t know what makes people start wanting each other any more than I know what makes it stop all of a sudden. I just know that when you lose it once, you’ll never take it for granted again”
Sue Merrell, Great News Town

“Never trust a man who dresses too well or stays too clean. It ain't natural and whatever he's up to probably ain't legal.”
Sue Merrell, One Shoe Off

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“Reporters can't douse flames or soothe burns. They have no control over the horrors they witness. But if they can overcome fear and physical obstacles and wrestle the monster to the page before the sun comes up, it's a victory -- not just for the newspaper staff but for all those sleeping soundly who will find the facts at their fingertips and all those victims whose suffering won't go unnoticed.”
Sue Merrell, Great News Town

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
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“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
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“The most exciting acting tends to happen in roles you never thought you could play.”
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“You can’t save others from themselves because those who make a perpetual muddle of their lives don’t appreciate your interfering with the drama they’ve created. They want your poor-sweet-baby sympathy, but they don’t want to change.”
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message 1: by Sue

Sue Merrell Thought my book reading friends might enjoy today's poem from Writers' Almanac

Used Book
by Julie Kane

What luck—an open bookstore up ahead
as rain lashed awnings over Royal Street,
and then to find the books were secondhand,
with one whole wall assigned to poetry;
and then, as if that wasn't luck enough,
to find, between Jarrell and Weldon Kees,
the blue-on-cream, familiar backbone of
my chapbook, out of print since '83—
its cover very slightly coffee-stained,
but aging (all in all) no worse than flesh
though all those cycles of the seasons since
its publication by a London press.
Then, out of luck, I read the name inside:
The man I thought would love me till I died.

"Used Book" by Julie Kane, from Jazz Funeral. © Story Line Press, 2009. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)

message 2: by Sue

Sue Merrell Take a leap of faith, today, friends and download Great News Town, absolutely free at the Kindle Store. Today only, February 29. An opportunity like this only comes once every four years!

message 3: by Sue

Sue Merrell I've decided to release my book, Great News Town, as an online serial. I call it a Serial Killer Serial.

The first installment will be posted June 26 on a dedicated website
You can go to the site now and sign up to receive your installments by email or check the site out after June 26. Enjoy!

message 4: by Sue

Sue Merrell Great News Town
Great News Town will be available as an online serial starting tomorrow.

message 5: by Sue

Sue Merrell Just wanted to let everyone know that the first chapter of Great News Town is now posted on the serial site. I'm taking a tip from the time-honored serialized books of Dickens and others.

message 6: by Sue

Sue Merrell Friends, the giveaway for One Shoe Off is now open. Just go to giveaways and click enter to win. I'll be sending out five copies. Why shouldn't you receive one?

message 7: by Sue

Sue Merrell My new book, One Shoe Off, is featured in the Next Big Thing Blog Chain. Check it out on my blog, The chain will give you links to other author blogs so you can see what they are up to as well.

message 8: by Sue

Sue Merrell I'm surprised that less than 400 have signed up to win a free copy of One Shoe Off. Last year, more than a thousand registered for Great News Town. But there are lots of books available for giveaway, including "Kinsey and Me" by one of my favorite authors, Sue Grafton. How's that for competition?

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