Miss Mannequin: Author’s Note

Miss Mannequin, a thriller suspense novel by A. L. Merriman.

A string of murders. An unraveling company. A mysterious dollmaker. Will Echelon and the utopian lifestyle survive?


Dear Reader,

Finally I have published my latest novel, Miss Mannequin! This is the first novel that I have written that I am very excited to share. It is a story that I have been pondering since graduating design school but wasn’t sure how I wanted to present it. Completely starting over after years of mundane, dull romance novels that I have yet to appreciate, I decided my style and content needed a major shake up. Not because the genre was terrible- I spent years reading a book a day just for entertainment- but as a writer I became restless, bored out of my skull, and wanted an action packed story inspired by my favorite pastimes. Design. Technology. Horror. I also wanted to create characters that could evolve, characters inspired by my whimsical drawings. While loving this novel, it is not a fairytale, nor empowering. Will not woke you, break the internet, throw shade, clap back, and has not been endorsed by an amazing celebrity, though I’m certain it’ll be another epic failure. While time consuming, it required no bravery, courageousness, or heroics. Perhaps a few beers- I am 1/1024 Irish… It’s not another remake, reboot, or reunion. Not a superhero inspired story or live action. Best of all, it’s not another lecture… Miss Mannequin is raw, entertaining, and 100% fiction.  Of course, if fiction offends you, read at your own risk. Sarcasm aside, thank you for supporting my frivolous ambitions that seem to dwindle stitch by stitch. And I apologize if one of my little monkeys unintentionally clipped my keyboard as I was formatting or editing my editions! SHOP MISS MANNEQUIN

Sincerely, A. L.

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Graduating from The Academy, Slay couldn’t wait to join Onyx Brands, the wealthiest, most admired fashion entity in the world. Born on Echelon Island, Onyx is a way of life and design is the envy of social media. When a wealthy elite is found brutally mutilated, suspicion falls on Onyx and the peculiar chain of operations that associates are required to follow. Dismayed by her assigned location- the Recycle Bin- where old, dismembered oModels are sent to be sorted and discarded, Slay notices that Onyx Brands isn’t the luxurious, environmentally conscious enterprise that they claim to be. As a threat looms over Echelon, and their utopian lifestyles, no one sees the danger hiding behind those silver eyes and scarlet lips.


Published by Aryn Lane

Aryn Lane is the creator of Paperwaif, a shelf featuring contemporary novels, digital publications, and style ideas. As a child, she ran around the family farm and was given the opportunity to work at a young age, offering her plenty of sunshine and inspiration. Always one to stay busy, she's always tackling new projects and trying to figure out how to move forward while prioritizing the daily chaos. Combining her ideas and passions, she dove into fashion design and enjoyed designing collections for her paper muses, but quickly realized that she prefers the quieter environments and country aesthetics. Honing her skills from college, she has actively pursued writing and digital designs while continuing to admire the evolving industries. Paperwaif has offered her a place where she is able to combine her favorite pastimes like digital designs and whimsical stories, pressing them into one setting that can be shared with an audience.

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