Merrie Axemas: A Killer Holiday Tale

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Little Merrie Callahan is all grown up now.
She doesn't believe in Santa anymore.
But she still has an axe to grind with the man in the red suit...

MERRIE AXEMAS is an intense sampling of the novel IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER. It brings you to the edge, taunts you with unanswered questions, and hangs you with an alternate ending. More
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About M. R. Sellars

A member of the ITW (International Thriller Writers), M. R. Sellars is a relatively unassuming homebody who, in his own words, considers himself just a “guy with a lot of nightmares and a word processing program.” Legend has it he started making up stories to entertain a stuffed bear during his single digit years, then began writing them down sometime around his early teens when the growing catalogue of fiction started causing him to experience migraines. Although he had several short stories and newspaper articles published during his early adult life, it wasn’t until 2000 that his first full-length novel, Harm None: A Rowan Gant Investigation, hit bookstore shelves, officially launching the acclaimed paranormal thriller series.

Sellars says that the biggest adjustment he has had to make with his writing career is coping with the time spent away from his family while traveling on promotional tours. Still, he approaches the necessity of public appearances with the same humorously deadpan and satirical wit that he applies to life in general, stating, “As long as I have an RC Cola and a bag of peanuts, I’m all good, Bubba.”

All of the current novels in Sellars’ continuing Rowan Gant Investigations saga have spent several consecutive weeks on numerous bookstore bestseller lists as well as a consistent showing on the Horror/Occult top 100. In 2010 a short e-novella featuring a supporting character from the RGI cast spawned a new series, The Special Agent Constance Mandalay Novels, the first in the spinoff being IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER, which hit the streets November 2011.

Sellars currently resides in the Midwest with his incomparably amazing wife, equally fantastic daughter, and a pair of felines he describes as, “the competition.” At home, when not writing or taking care of the household, he indulges his passions for cooking and hanging out with friends. In order to satisfy his lifelong dream of being a satirical humor columnist for a major metropolitan newspaper, twice each week he removes his glasses, dons blue tights and a red cape, then blogs about the incredibly bizarre world that is his life as a writer, husband, and father. It has been said that his blog articles sometimes blur the line between fiction and reality. To that Sellars responds, “What line?”

M. R. Sellars can be located on the web wherever there is a virtual bar serving virtual single malt Scotch, single barrel bourbon, good Irish whisky, and decent beer. In other words, look for him on the major social networking sites.

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Reviews of Merrie Axemas: A Killer Holiday Tale by M. R. Sellars

Cassandra Moore reviewed on June 4, 2013

I enjoyed the story and the ending was pretty great too.
(review of free book)
Tanya Wemett reviewed on May 18, 2012

Merrie Axemas by M.R. Sellars, was a wonderful story, but than how can anybody go wrong with anything written by Mr.Sellars. Every book that I have read by him has been great.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Mike Gleason reviewed on Feb. 19, 2012

Merrie Axemas by M. R. Sellars © 2010 WillowTree Press e-Novella Free

M. R. Sellars decided to do a short story in the space of a couple of weeks. But he suffers from a serious problem. His nightmares (er...umm...I mean inspirations) don't necessarily pay attention to what he wants to accomplish in a given time frame, and the short story grew into a novelette, and then morphed into a short novella. Now, it might not seem that 41 pages is a lot to write, but a lot more goes into writing than most people are aware of.

This isn't a Rowan Gant story, although it does center on FBI Special Agent Constance Mandalay, with a cameo appearance by Homicide Detective Ben Storm, both of whom are mainstays in the Rowan Gant universe. Rowan does NOT make an appearance, although there are enough paranormal aspects to make you expect him to show up.

Sheriff Addison Carmichael seems to be stuck, like the town and townspeople of Hulis, Missouri, in a time which the rest of the world has passed through. There were horrible events which occurred in 1975; and which have been repeated for each of the past 7 years. In 1975 a ten-year-old girl was kidnapped, tortured and brutalized. She escaped from her abductor after hacking him apart with an axe. For the past seven years that killing has been re-enacted. In every case, the victim's fingerprints match those of the original perpetrator, although the individual men are never actually identified.

But, who is killing these men? Several FBI agents have attempted to solve that mystery. The case file is missing some crucial information; Agents don't return calls; and the townspeople are protective of Merrie Callahan.

The solution to the murders is easy to see, but more than difficult to comprehend. Constance vows to find an answer, even if it involves spending more than a single Christmas in Hulis. Maybe next time she'll bring along Ben, or Rowan, or maybe even Felicity. Rowan or Felicity would bring a better knowledge of the supernatural aspects, but Ben would bring some serious grounding for her.

Enough of the speculation. This is an excellent story, and I highly recommend it (as well as any of the other works by Mr. Sellars). Go to the website and download this novella. Then sit back and enjoy.
(review of free book)
justmax reviewed on Sep. 9, 2011

What a terrific little story! A great little Xmas tale! Loved it and couldn't put it down. I will definitely be looking for more by this writer.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Christina Sullivan reviewed on Aug. 22, 2011

What I read left me wanting more. I couldn't stop reading until I got to the end of it.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
Ronda Bordeau reviewed on April 29, 2011

I loved this. I could not stop reading it! Can't wait for the rest of it!
(reviewed 53 days after purchase)
deeogee reviewed on March 24, 2011

I really enjoyed this story, I couldn't sleep till I finished it! I'm looking forward to reading more of MR Sellar's books...just FYI I learned about this author & book on the Bitten By Books website. They offered a certificate to get the book for free...I'm really glad I checked it out.
(reviewed 61 days after purchase)
Patricia Reid reviewed on Jan. 17, 2011

This was a great story, a real page turner and a big surprise ending.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
D S reviewed on Jan. 15, 2011

Great Story
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
tracy willoughby reviewed on Jan. 13, 2011

Fabulous and attention grabbing as usual. I wasn't ready for it to be over.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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