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May 22 , 2009

Waking the Merrow


“A prickly and memorable protagonist fights to protect her family from wily merfolk in this promising debut contemporary fantasy.” 

“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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Synopsis: 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.

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