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THE MERROW TRILOGY 
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 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 will 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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"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.


"WOW... I mean, seriously WOW. I could not put this book down … 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." --Suzy Turner, author of THE RAVEN SAGA


"WAKING THE MERROW by Heather Rigney is a thrilling debut! Razor-sharp wit, sparkling prose, and a quirky, hard-luck anti-heroine make this fun, frightening, and completely unique twist on mermaid lore. A must-read."--Carolyn Crane, author of  THE DISILLUSIONISTS 


"I absolutely loved WAKING THE MERROW … Heather’s writing is very descriptive. Her female heroine, Evie, is someone I could be friends with. I laughed so hard at some of her quips my husband asked if I was all right. I am looking forward to more in this series.--JKROWYN, book reviewer for BittenByBooks.com


"This book contains several of my favorite things: monster lit, the ocean, a choice of monster that’s not like every other book or movie out there, mythology, Gaelic/Celtic stuff, and New England." --Bella, Boombabyreviews.com


"WAKING THE MERROW is a delightfully dark fantasy that stirs in colonial history and some eerily fun mythology. Heather Rigney is doing what she's meant to do, and her story will have you laughing all along the way even as the scariest of creatures stalk this plot. I cannot recommend this sassy, dark, intelligent book enough. It's not every day you find yourself rooting for a cantankerous heroine with a hangover, but I think Evie McFagan can and will win you over." --Emm Cole, author of MERMINIA


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Mermaids Are Not Nice:

Short Story included in DIVE: A Quartet of Merfolk Tales available on Amazon.com

Just so you know, all those stories about mermaids being perky and adorable like nautical cheerleaders are crap.

Just ask Evelyn "Evie” (rhymes with heavy) McFagan, alcohol-fueled funeral director, and all-around lousy mother. In a coastal New England playground, some crazy new chick, named Nomia just spoke to Evie telepathically…or did Evie put a little “something-something” in her coffee again?
Or maybe this time, despite her husband’s insistence that she seek rehab, Evie’s onto something—something fishy.

Snooty playground mom, Marla, has gone missing and Nomia was the last to see her.
Coincidence? Or does the village have a killer trolling around?

Evie is determined to get to the bottom of things…or the bottom of a nice bottle of bourbon; whichever comes first.

Maybe she should stick with the bourbon, because as Evie dives deeper into the mystery, Evie starts to discover that mermaids are not nice…



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There's Something, Sort of, Definitely Wrong With Marvin 

YA fantasy short story
Stonecrowns.com Issue #2
online YA literary magazine

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So, like, it’s not the worst thing in the world to have an undead cat, is it? But what if he sort of, turned your crab of a neighbor, Mr. Auburn, into a member of the geriatric undead?


What? That never happened to you?

Well, it happened to Zoe. She’s fifteen. Okay, really she’s fourteen, but like, a fourteen and three-quarters kind of fifteen, which is close enough.

And Zoe’s got issues. Her cat’s a zombie. Her undead neighbor, Mr. Auburn, turned all his granny-girlfriends into a legion of wrinkled brain-eaters. Her older brother Henry is in her Algebra class—and her mother expects her to help him with his homework, but like, Zoe needs Henry’s help with her accidental zombie horde.

Oh, and her math teacher has a secret that just might save the whole world--or at least the neighborhood.



Coming Soon:


JUNIOR HIGH IS HELL SERIES - MG Horror/Urban Fantasy
THE ZOMBIE LOCK-IN (BOOK 1)