Holiday Free Book Friday #5: The Merman!


Yes, you guessed it. I got my author copies of Deep Blue early! And I’m in the mood to celebrate! For the final Holiday Free Book Friday, there will be FIVE winners who will each receive an autographed EARLY copy of Deep Blue!!

Time to play Three-Word Story! How it works: I start the story with three words. Follow up with three words at a time of your own to continue the story! Participate as often as you like Friday, Saturday and Sunday but not twice in a row. In the case of simultaneous comments, just pick which one to follow up and go on with the story. Winners will be chosen by comment number drawing (based on the total comment numbers on Monday morning) and the more often you play, the more chances you have to win! Winners will be announced in Monday’s blog! :yes:

And now, the Three-Word Story (let’s make it a merman story, of course!):

The merman tied……….. (Get your minds out of the gutter! He’s probably just tying his shoes…. I don’t know. You tell me!)


  1. Kim says:

    The merman tied

    the smallest imaginable

  2. Cheryl S. says:

    knot in the

  3. Cindi says:

    whole wide ocean

  4. Carol says:

    because he wanted

  5. Estella says:

    in a blue

  6. Carol says:

    sky dark as

  7. Melissa says:

    his piercing eyes

  8. Carol says:

    he saw a

  9. Cheryl S. says:

    ship on the

  10. Beth says:

    horizon. Too bad …

  11. Carol says:

    far distant horizon

  12. Melissa says:

    while carrying a

  13. Shari C says:

    he should look

  14. Sue C says:

    in the book

  15. Shari C says:

    while trying to

  16. Sue C says:

    mend the hole

  17. Carol says:

    in his gloves

  18. Marcy says:

    In the ocean

  19. Sue C says:

    or he might

  20. Jennifer says:

    lose his concentration

  21. Sue C says:

    just when he

  22. Melissa says:

    saw a gigantic

  23. Sue C says:

    trident and followed

  24. Angie says:

    the dancing tuna

  25. Sue C says:

    to the ocean’s

  26. Cheryl S. says:

    perimeter, he spied

  27. Sue C says:

    another glimpse of

  28. Jennifer Yates says:

    a great big

  29. Jennifer Yates says:

    tiny yellow dog

  30. Cheryl S. says:

    at the helm

  31. Stacey115 says:

    who stood near

  32. Jennifer Yates says:

    a pretty woman

  33. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    blonde secret agent

  34. catslady says:

    a gorgeous mermaid

  35. Jennifer Yates says:

    with big, beautiful

  36. catslady says:

    blue eyes and

  37. Jennifer Yates says:

    luscious red lips.

  38. Sue C says:

    tear stained cheeks

  39. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    unaware she’s being

  40. Jennifer Yates says:

    also adorned her

  41. catslady says:

    watched from afar

  42. Sue C says:

    she struggles to

  43. Jennifer Yates says:

    come to grips

  44. Sue C says:

    with being tied

  45. catslady says:

    and also gagged

  46. Jennifer Yates says:

    by a pirate.

  47. catslady says:

    with blue eyes

  48. Sue C says:

    who hasn’t seen

  49. Jennifer Yates says:

    After his shock

  50. catslady says:

    he decides to

  51. Jennifer Yates says:

    approach the barge

  52. Laurie says:

    take advantage of

  53. Angie says:

    trident in hand

  54. Jennifer Yates says:

    his defenses are

  55. Laurie says:

    armed and dangerous

  56. Laurie says:

    seizes the mermaid

  57. Jennifer Yates says:

    and dives into

  58. Angie says:

    the deep blue

  59. Jennifer Yates says:

    sea. She struggles

  60. Angie says:

    to no avail

  61. Maureen says:

    is suddenly struck

  62. Jennifer Yates says:

    kisses her to

  63. Laurie says:

    overwhelm her senses

  64. Jennifer Yates says:

    She stops struggling

  65. Stacey115 says:

    and falls in …

  66. Angie says:

    love. Suddenly she

  67. Jennifer Yates says:

    remembers the pirate

  68. Sue C says:

    but, gagged she

  69. Jennifer Yates says:

    worry that he

  70. catslady says:

    will find them

  71. Sue C says:

    catch them with

  72. Jennifer Yates says:

    a fishing net

  73. Angie says:

    then she remembers

  74. Alyssa says:

    he’s kissing her

  75. Jennifer Yates says:

    and the merman

  76. catslady says:

    reminds her that

  77. Alyssa says:

    it’s lovin’ time.

  78. catslady says:

    and she responds

  79. Jennifer Yates says:

    rather violently. She

  80. catslady says:

    pulls away quickly

  81. Shari C says:

    she is safe

  82. Jennifer Yates says:

    The merman is

  83. catslady says:

    none too happy

  84. Alyssa says:

    ready for action.

  85. Cindi says:

    and rather confused

  86. catslady says:

    yes or no?

  87. Jennifer Yates says:

    Who is she?

  88. Cindi says:

    She looks familiar

  89. catslady says:

    and what about

  90. Jennifer Yates says:

    Have we met?

  91. catslady says:

    those blue eyes?

  92. Jennifer Yates says:

    They reach safety

  93. catslady says:

    so they thought,

  94. Jennifer Yates says:

    as he releases

  95. catslady says:

    his amorous hold

  96. Jennifer Yates says:

    and unties the

  97. catslady says:

    attached to the

  98. Jennifer Yates says:

    around her hands.

  99. catslady says:

    she immediately tries

  100. Angie says:

    tiny yellow dog

  101. catslady says:

    a magical dog

  102. Alyssa says:

    (At this rate, the mercouple is not going to get any water nookie.)

    It casts a

  103. catslady says:

    roflmao (how’s this)

    sexual spell that

  104. Alyssa says:

    makes them want

    (LOL! I love it!)

  105. catslady says:

    to never stop

  106. Alyssa says:

    kissing and touching

  107. Jennifer Yates says:

    swimming in the

    (LOL!!!! this is fun)

  108. catslady says:

    depth of blue

  109. Jennifer Yates says:

    intense desire. Suddenly,

  110. catslady says:

    without warning, she

  111. Alyssa says:

    thought about contraception

  112. Jennifer Yates says:


    “Don’t worry.” he

  113. catslady says:

    but promptly forgot

  114. Jennifer Yates says:

    sly grin. We

  115. catslady says:

    shouldn’t worry about

  116. Alyssa says:

    don’t need any.

  117. catslady says:

    besides, a merchild

  118. Angie says:

    the salt water

  119. Shari C says:

    acts as protection

  120. Jennifer Yates says:

    She laughed at

  121. catslady says:

    her silly nerves

  122. Jennifer Yates says:

    by the face

  123. catslady says:

    and passionately said

  124. Angie says:

    thats one big

  125. Shari C says:

    sexy bad smile

  126. Jennifer Yates says:

    Meanwhile, the dog

  127. catslady says:

    a combined wish

  128. Jennifer Yates says:

    the mercouple thought

  129. catslady says:

    long and hard

  130. Jennifer Yates says:

    wish for a

  131. catslady says:

    postpone the wish

  132. catslady says:

    agreed upon their

  133. Jennifer Yates says:

    desired outcome. Suddenly,

  134. catslady says:

    and tragically they

  135. Shari C says:

    suddenly saw a

  136. Jennifer Yates says:

    giant fishing net

  137. Shari C says:

    dropping over them

  138. catslady says:

    which already contained

  139. Sue C says:

    a treasure chest

  140. Shari C says:

    magical bright colored

  141. Jennifer Yates says:

    The pirate must

  142. Sue C says:

    be really strong

  143. Angie says:

    really want them

  144. Alyssa says:

    but luckily, they

  145. Jennifer Yates says:

    swim away before

  146. catslady says:

    temptation lures them

  147. Sue C says:

    The pirate chased

  148. Jennifer Yates says:

    on his barge

  149. catslady says:

    closely behind them

  150. Sue C says:

    The merman grabbed

  151. catslady says:

    the magical dog

  152. Sue C says:

    and let go

  153. Jennifer Yates says:

    of the mermaid

  154. Jennifer Yates says:

    said, “Let me…

  155. catslady says:

    make the wish

  156. Jennifer Yates says:

    The mermaid said,

  157. Sue C says:

    I wish for

  158. catslady says:

    the pirate’s imprisonment

  159. Jennifer Yates says:

    Then the pirate

  160. Sue C says:

    With a blinding

  161. Jennifer Yates says:

    flash of light

  162. catslady says:

    flash of light

  163. Sue C says:

    diappeared into the

  164. Jennifer Yates says:

    treasure chest. Then

  165. Angie says:

    the merman turned

  166. Sue C says:

    King Neptune emerged

  167. catslady says:

    watery depths and

  168. Jennifer Yates says:

    said thank you

  169. catslady says:

    that pirate preyed

  170. Sue C says:

    for ridding the

  171. Jennifer Yates says:

    sea of that

  172. Sue C says:

    $$!!!@@ piratical menace

  173. catslady says:

    my daughter was

  174. Sue C says:

    turned into a

  175. Jennifer Yates says:

    giant crab with


  176. catslady says:

    huge blue claws

  177. Jennifer Yates says:

    then she became

  178. catslady says:

    a menace to

  179. Jennifer Yates says:

    our tiny dog

  180. Sue C says:

    so reclusive she

  181. catslady says:

    disappeared until now.

  182. Jennifer Yates says:

    She’s the dog!

  183. Sue C says:

    She can magic

  184. catslady says:

    for others only

  185. Sue C says:

    and will never

  186. Jennifer Yates says:

    The Merman said

  187. catslady says:

    transfor back unless

  188. catslady says:

    (that was transform)

  189. Jennifer Yates says:

    the pirate disappears

  190. Sue C says:

    unless, unless, unless…

    (I’m in the UK so I’m off to bed now.

  191. catslady says:

    and/or mercouples mate

  192. Jennifer Yates says:

    Wow, the mermaid

  193. catslady says:

    blushed with pleasure

  194. Jennifer Yates says:

    Were you watching?

  195. catslady says:

    Yes, anticipating that

  196. Jennifer Yates says:

    you would mate

  197. catslady says:

    saving my child,

  198. Jennifer Yates says:

    Too bad you

    (this is getting addicting…lol)

  199. catslady says:

    stopped but now

    (good thing i have to go out later lol)

  200. Stacey115 says:

    it’s time for

  201. catslady says:

    the continuation of

  202. Cheryl S. says:

    my secret mission

  203. catslady says:

    which immediately means

  204. catslady says:

    together the two

  205. Alyssa says:

    found an underwater

  206. Jennifer Yates says:

    cave and went

  207. Shari C says:

    but, then suddenly

  208. Jennifer Yates says:

    the dog barked :rotfl:

  209. Shari C says:

    calling attention to…

  210. Jennifer Yates says:

    another merman who

  211. Shari C says:

    has his eyes

  212. Jennifer Yates says:

    fixated on the

  213. Mary says:

    many replies she

  214. Cheryl S. says:

    silently forms before

  215. Jennifer Yates says:

    fainting to the

  216. Jeanette Jackson says:

    touch of his

  217. Jennifer Yates says:

    long slender fingers.

  218. Cheryl S. says:

    As he approaches

  219. AJ says:

    The other merman

  220. ruby55 says:

    she opens her

  221. Jennifer Yates says:

    big eyes and

  222. AJ says:

    licks her bottom

  223. Jennifer Yates says:

    lip. “Where are…

  224. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    :rotfl:(how many stories are going on here?)
    very very slowly

  225. AJ says:

    we?” The merman

  226. catslady says:

    we going to

  227. Jennifer says:

    strokes her coconuts

  228. catslady says:

    approaches her slowly

  229. Jennifer Yates says:

    Then suddenly there

  230. Jennifer says:

    is a crabbypatty

  231. catslady says:

    i’m seeing things

  232. Kim says:

    Is it really

  233. catslady says:

    what i think?

  234. Jennifer says:

    a waiter with

  235. Kim says:

    a very big

  236. Jennifer says:

    tray of wet

  237. Jennifer Yates says:

    tray of appetizers

    (LOL…I think our story took a turn:rotfl: )

  238. Kim says:

    including one yummy

  239. catslady says:

    i’m just halluciating.

  240. Jennifer says:

    cupcake, so he

  241. Jennifer Yates says:

    snaps his fingers

  242. Kim says:

    could lick it

  243. Jennifer says:

    and make wishes

  244. Jennifer Yates says:

    that reality would

  245. Kim says:

    for her to

  246. Jennifer says:

    fade away and

  247. Kim says:

    never come back

  248. Jennifer Yates says:

    Meanwhile, the mermaid

  249. catslady says:

    and the merman

  250. Jennifer Yates says:

    could not decide

  251. catslady says:

    whether or not

  252. Kim says:

    to escape away

  253. Jennifer Yates says:

    and leave the

  254. catslady says:

    mysterious cave and

  255. Jennifer Yates says:

    merman stranger behind.

  256. catslady says:

    but scared of

  257. Kim says:

    what would happen

  258. Jennifer Yates says:

    what might happen

  259. catslady says:

    kept her hesitating

  260. Jennifer Yates says:

    She knew that

  261. catslady says:

    it was unsafe

  262. Sue C says:

    she loved the

  263. Jennifer Yates says:

    handsome merman, but

  264. Sue C says:

    she didn’t want

  265. catslady says:

    was that enough

  266. Kim says:

    to see his

  267. Sue C says:

    was she ready

  268. catslady says:

    and was he

  269. Sue C says:

    really in love

  270. catslady says:

    and willing to

  271. Sue C says:

    create a merbaby

  272. Kim says:

    and live the

  273. catslady says:

    the mercouple life.

  274. Sue C says:

    The magic spell

  275. catslady says:

    brought them together

  276. Kim says:

    and will always

  277. Sue C says:

    without magic would

  278. Jennifer Yates says:

    make her wonder

  279. catslady says:

    did he really

  280. Sue C says:

    love her? How

  281. Jennifer Yates says:

    could she know

  282. Sue C says:

    would the dog/crab/princess

  283. catslady says:

    bless their joining

  284. Sue C says:

    unmagic the spell

  285. catslady says:

    but the pirate

  286. Sue C says:

    would return. Dilemma.

  287. catslady says:

    Times running out.

  288. Sue C says:

    Merman remembers tying

  289. TeresaH says:

    something, but what?

  290. LindaT says:

    It’s panic time!

  291. Sue C says:

    The knot reminded

  292. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    Then he remembers

  293. Sue C says:

    the black book

  294. Laurie says:

    where is it?

  295. Cheryl S. says:

    He left it

  296. Melissa says:

    on a seashell

  297. Cheryl S. says:

    along with his

  298. Jennifer Yates says:

    handy underwater phone

  299. Melissa says:

    covered in pink

  300. Kim says:

    plastic to protect

  301. catslady says:

    it from spells

  302. Kim says:

    useful to the

  303. catslady says:

    merman and mermaid

  304. Kim says:

    in case they

  305. catslady says:

    needed to save

  306. Kim says:

    themselves from the

  307. catslady says:

    dangerously mean, evil

  308. Kim says:

    red haired lady

  309. catslady says:

    desiring the merman

  310. Cheryl S. says:

    and his powers.

  311. catslady says:

    It was time

  312. Sue C says:

    He sees the

  313. catslady says:

    the chance to

  314. Maureen says:

    escape to his

  315. Sue C says:

    seashell at the

  316. catslady says:

    bottom of the

  317. Sue C says:

    cold, dark ocean

  318. Laurie says:

    beautiful azure sea

  319. Sue C says:

    where danger lurks

  320. Laurie says:

    inside a cave

  321. catslady says:

    our merman can

  322. Sue C says:

    be in deadly

  323. catslady says:

    peril from the

  324. Sue C says:

    red-haired lady

  325. Laurie says:

    quick, deadly assailant

  326. Sue C says:

    Risking Neptune’s wrath

  327. catslady says:

    but definant always.

  328. catslady says:

    (that was defiant)

  329. Sue C says:

    He leaves the

  330. Laurie says:

    hard shell shelter

  331. catslady says:

    with his precious

  332. Jennifer Yates says:

    mermaid on his

  333. AJ says:

    (ignore the prev. post)

    big strapping back

  334. catslady says:

    the journey started.

  335. AJ says:

    Over tall hills

  336. Angie says:

    The mercouple swam

  337. AJ says:

    into the depths

  338. AJ says:

    through crystal waters

  339. catslady says:

    whirling swirl of

  340. Shari C says:

    grey shadowy shapes

  341. Alyssa says:

    that separated them

  342. Shari C says:

    further and further

  343. Alyssa says:

    until they couldn’t

  344. Sue C says:

    hear each other’s

  345. catslady says:

    cries of despair

  346. Sue C says:

    only the sound

  347. catslady says:

    uses a spell

  348. Sue C says:

    that lights up

  349. Alyssa says:

    that immediately reunites

  350. Sue C says:

    them and scares

  351. Alyssa says:

    other sea creatures

  352. catslady says:

    and evil beasties

  353. Sue C says:

    and grey shadows

  354. catslady says:

    and glowing spheres

  355. Sue C says:

    “the book,” he

  356. catslady says:

    must have the

  357. catslady says:

    and secret notations

  358. Sue C says:

    and diagrams and

    (Just seen in the New Year in the UK. Happy New Year!)

  359. Shari C says:

    strange unknown symbols

  360. AJ says:

    printed in blood

  361. Shari C says:

    that will lead

  362. TeresaH says:

    cave beneath the

  363. Laurie says:

    hard rock ledge

  364. Maureen says:

    where he will

  365. Sue C says:

    containing treasure beyond

  366. Cheryl S. says:

    renew his strength

  367. Sue C says:

    so that he

  368. Shari C says:

    can continue his

  369. Sue C says:

    quest. Shadows crowded

  370. Shari C says:

    the walls where

  371. Sue C says:

    the opening narrowed

  372. Shari C says:

    and he needed

  373. Sue C says:

    cold darkness to

  374. Cheryl S. says:

    mask the sounds

  375. Sue C says:

    of magic unleashed

  376. Shari C says:

    upon all the

  377. Melissa says:

    creatures of the

  378. Kim says:

    deep blue sea.

  379. Shari C says:

    Mysterious things started

  380. Cheryl S. says:

    from the moment

  381. Jennifer Yates says:

    to happen. What

  382. catslady says:

    wonderous sights and

  383. AJ says:

    beauties he beheld

  384. Melissa says:

    but he heard

  385. Cheryl S. says:

    unfamiliar and unnerving

  386. AJ says:

    moans coming from

  387. Alyssa says:

    beyond the horizon

  388. Shari C says:

    where unknown perils

  389. Alyssa says:

    immediately threatened him

  390. Kim says:

    and made him

  391. Cheryl S. says:

    Our merman prepared

  392. Alyssa says:

    to defend himself

  393. Shari C says:

    to defend and

  394. Shari C says:

    necessary to escape

  395. Alyssa says:

    But then something

  396. Shari C says:

    exciting and wondrous

  397. Alyssa says:

    occurred, and it

  398. Shari C says:

    moved him to

  399. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    was his true

  400. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    ignore previous post.
    hunt for the

  401. Shari C says:

    magical and powerful

  402. AJ says:

    stone of love

  403. Sue C says:

    that he wanted

  404. Sue C says:

    need to prove

  405. Shari C says:

    his constant and

  406. Sue C says:

    enduring love for

  407. Shari C says:

    his sweet and

  408. Sue C says:

    beautiful mermaid. He

  409. Cheryl S. says:

    placed his hand

  410. Shari C says:

    gently on her

  411. Jennifer says:

    left foot and

  412. Shari C says:

    tickles her toe.

  413. Kim says:

    Then moved to

  414. Shari C says:

    grasp her ankle

  415. ruby55 says:

    and kiss her

  416. Jeanette Jackson says:

    milky white calf

  417. ruby55 says:

    that began to

  418. Cheryl S. says:

    to grasp her

  419. Shari C says:

    full curvy hip

  420. ruby55 says:

    Suddenly, she cried

  421. Cheryl S. says:

    out with passionate

  422. catslady says:

    cries of extasy.

  423. Eve says:

    Chicken of the Sea.

    (okay – four words – couldn’t help it – I got the book last week – it’s on my bedstand now)

  424. catslady says:

    lol Eve.

    The End (maybe).

  425. Laurie says:


  426. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    That’s so true

  427. Cheryl S. says:

    Wait, there’s more! :rotfl:

  428. Kim says:

    He hasn’t finished

  429. Sue C says:

    proving his love

  430. Cheryl S. says:

    and eternal commitment

  431. Sue C says:

    to her before

  432. Melissa says:

    he found Suz! And, read her book about him. OK, so that’s more than 3 words but I just had to say it. 😀

  433. Sue C says:

    LOL Melissa

    After reading Suz’s

  434. Cheryl S. says:

    exceptionally accurate portrayal

  435. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    Found Suz more

  436. Sue C says:

    attractive. Unheroically he

  437. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    chose Suz instead

  438. Cheryl S. says:

    submitted to his

  439. Kim says:

    deepest desires and

  440. Cheryl S. says:

    pledged his life

  441. Sue C says:

    as a hero

  442. Kim says:

    to help her

  443. Sue C says:

    dive into the

  444. Cheryl S. says:

    undersea world that

  445. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    would change her

  446. Melissa says:

    underwear to blue.

  447. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    then change her

  448. Sue C says:

    so that she

  449. Cheryl S. says:

    could cope with

  450. Suzanne says:

    I’m here! I’ll be right back with the numbers! They’re being selected for me now!:bananadance: