THE FINAL ACT  The First in the Straton Trilogy



 Suspense Thriller

Setting New York City (Broadway)

F.R. Merrill takes us into the life of an assistant producer just one step from her dream of bringing her Native American production to Broadway. As she inches closer to her dream, things start to fall apart.

Available now at Amazon www.amazon .com Paperback $12.95  Kindle: $2.99


CROSSROADS, A Camino Tale   Second in the Straton Trilogy



 CROSSROADS, A Camino Tale, is an easy-to-read, travel adventure, with a touch of suspense. As an unpublished manuscript it was the winner (in that category) at the Great Southwestern Book Festival a few months ago. Description: Mountain ranges, Ocean Breezes, And Revenge Seven women come together to journey across Spain. Unsuspected, one member arrives with hatred in her heart and revenge is her only mission. Lives are threatened, emotions peaked, and miracles abound on this physically demanding hike over 550 miles of Spain’s most beautiful countryside. This story will appeal to ages 16 to 70 who enjoy stories of determination, travel, history, and suspense. Note: Characters from a previous book mature in this book. The title of that book is THE FINAL ACT, From Woodstock to Broadway. It too is a short read. Genre – suspense. Setting Broadway. Description: Bright Lights, Curtain Calls, Cruel and Unsuspected Murder. The life of an assistant producer just one step from bringing her Native American production to Broadway finds forces beyond her control put her dream in jeopardy. There have been several books written on the Camino. Most are travel logs or have been written from one individual viewpoint. By traveling the Camino with seven imaginary characters the story is able to unfold from several different perspectives.


Available http://www.amazon.com/ $12.95 Paperback

Kindle: $2.99



MURDER IN MOSAIC  Final chapter in the Straton Trilogy



In MURDER in MOSAIC, before entrenching into a new life in Florida, Amanda Straton takes time to visit her parents in Washington, D.C. and visit a friend in Ravenna, Italy to study mosaics. Unprepared she again faces the dark force that pursued her in her youth. Evil returns with vengeance. At the end, the ultimate question remains, who will pay evil's demands? 


Murder in Mosaic
by F. R. Merrill
Red Fox Publishing

"We have an advantage. We know Harris is in Ravenna, and he doesn't know we know."

In this latest installment from noted storyteller and traveller F. R. Merrill, readers are drawn into the intricacies of a literary landscape overlaid with the simple elements of art, beauty, love, betrayal, murder, and revenge. At center stage is Dr. Ivan Harris, the man convicted of kidnapping Amanda Straton and killing her father. Incarcerated for thirteen years, an early release ignites his revenge. While Amanda pursues a new business venture in the Southeast, a suitor with his own vendetta against Harris quickly enters the picture. From NYC to coastal Florida, Washington D.C. and old world Italy, Merrill structures a well-paced narrative that keeps characters and readers on edge.

First time Merrill readers are easily brought up to speed with the events of earlier books pertaining to Harris' evils. Whether a hike on the Camino trail or a study of mosaics at the renowned Luciana Notturni School, these adventures are creatively incorporated as a temporary respite for Harris' victims. Intricate planning, manipulations, disguises, and severed tongues stored in a basement help unveil the sinister mind of this Hannibal Lechter-type character.

In fine contrast, Merrill has mastered the art of weaving beauty and the history of place into her writing. In the nation's capital, the author pays homage to her Native American heritage via characters, details, and a cultural stage performance. With an artist's eye, she brings characters and readers the experience of new surroundings, yet holds our awareness of impending danger. From the solemn Holocaust museum that evokes jarring memories, to the awe inspiring Galla Placida mausoleum with its domed star mosaic, these authentic settings bring this fictional tale to life.

The joy of reading an author's sequential work is often found in the connection to an enticing storyline and in catching up with memorable characters, whether good or bad. In Murder in Mosaic, Merrill artfully delivers on both levels.




How Silver Fox and Coyote Came to Color the Butterfly


Silver Fox and Coyote color flowers and birds in separate parts of the world. One day they meet, become friends and color together. Then one day they get into an argument and their growling frightens children playing nearby. To make the children happy again, Silver Fox and Coyote color moths bright colors and make butterflies.

8" X 10" 32 colorfully illustrated pages.

Ages 3 to 8

Price: $9.97

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Night Walk 

 Indian Princess: The loss of a grandmother (Native American)

The window: A friend's misunderstanding

Spring Break: Something Strange in New Orleans

Night Walk: Saved by a Prayer

The Secret: A secret is revealed at a funeral

The Bottomless Pit: Saved by a stranger

Sunday Afternoon: Death diverted

Wildfire: Story of wealth and wisdom (Native American)

Price $5.97


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Beautiful illustrations for each story. A gift to be treasured.
The Wind Cries

The Wind Cries
Copyright 2013 Red Fox Publishing, LLC
ISBN# 978-0-9826047-5-5
Illustrations copyright 2013 by Frances Rinaldi
All rights reserved.  No part of this audio book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical,
including photocopying, recording, or by any informational storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the Publisher.
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BUDDHA, CHRIST, and the EAGLE (Finding Happiness)

By Dr. Frances Rinaldi


They used to tell stories about Shangri-La, a land of peace and prosperity hidden in the heights of the Himalayas. In the adventure that lies ahead, Janet Locke doesn?t find the mythical city, but she does find a new, joyous existence up on the roof of the world.

It starts with phone call. An old friend wants to know if Janet wants to join her on a bicycling trip through Bhutan. Janet knows absolutely nothing about the small, central-Asian country. When she looks it up on the Internet, she learns that its gross national product is happiness. Janet, frustrated with life?s challenging moments, decides that this sounds delightful.  
After a quick stop in Thailand, Janet is on to Bhutan. She falls in love with the charming country. As Janet ventures out into the wilderness surrounding the awe-inspiring Himalayas, she learns lessons about the many worries she carries. Like so many others, this journey will change her life. 
In Janet?s adventure, author Dr. Frances Rinaldi mixes several spiritual traditions, including Buddhism, Catholicism, and Algonquin and Lakota spirituality. Together, they inspire Janet to let go of her worries and be happy and free.

Dr. Rinaldi based her work, Buddha, Christ and the Eagle on her own adventures while bicycling in the Himalayan Mountains of Bhutan. She  is an award-winning author, storyteller, and health coach. She has written a collection of short stories called Night Walk, a children?s book, How Silver Fox and Coyote Came to Color the Butterfly. Under the penname F.R. Merrill, she wrote The Final Act, Crossroads, and Murder in Mosaic, a set of suspense thrillers known as the Straton Trilogy. Crossroads was a prizewinner in the Southwestern Book Festival, and Murder in Mosaic won in the Amsterdam Book Festival.


Works by Dr. Rinaldi are available on www.Amazon.com paperback $9.25, kindle $2.99, and audible


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