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Never Forgetting You

The Valley: Volume Five

A lighthearted mystery that tugs at your heart with each page turn. Featuring a father daughter relationship and an incident that forever alters their lives.

“One winter’s night a couple of phantoms vanish out of sight and a town is forever torn apart.”

ARYN LANE

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Rainbow Frames: First Look

A first look at Rainbow Frames, my latest lifestyle magazine featuring sunshine styles, whimsical tones, and happy home bubbles. My happy place is colorful paint splatters, tie dye collections, and casual aesthetics that highlight positive vibes, creative directions, and design intuitions. I am very excited for this edition, which will feature vintage palettes, a much needed roadtrip, and some of my favorite products that make my day that much better. Can’t wait to share! Until then, visit Style Files and get a glimpse of my other editions.

Images from Rainbow Frames, a digital publication from Paperwaif featuring sunshine styles, happy tones, and whimsical projects.

Smiling styles and positive vibes…

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Spring Slump


Ugh… So much for a productive week, month, or year. Talk about a doozy. Not sure if it’s my foggy nature or the truly awful allergies of this dry, desolate place but accomplishing anything while maneuvering educational duties seems impossible. Don’t even get me started on that nonsense. Unfortunately, little has changed since I was sitting in the icebox, wondering when I was actually going to learn something. Why create a system that caters only to a specific type of individual? Seems limiting and unproductive. Onto happier notes…

Looking ahead, I am busily altering my website, Paperwaif.com, to offer a shop, easier navigation, and a more visually pleasing design. I’m always amazed at the little things that I learn along the way. Every page is getting a new layout and overall update, so that viewing excerpts, previews, and background information will be simpler. In the meantime, check out my latest novel, Miss Mannequin, a thriller horror that was inspired by design, technology, and social engineering. Now that I am about fifty pages into my yet-to-be titled follow up, I can’t wait to design a lookbook that highlights the different characters and the world that they live in.


  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.
  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.
  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.
  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.
  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.
  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.
  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.
  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.

SPRING PUBLICATION

Featuring romantic tones, nineties vibes, a whimsical escape to a desert paradise, and an upcoming project from Paperwaif named Wallpaper Dolls.


sunshine on…

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Miss Mannequin: Excerpt

ECHELON FILES

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

“Entering the 41st level, Koah zipped to the far side of the garage and slammed the brakes. The car bumped the barrier. Cement tumbled forty stories below as the car grazed the edge. Koah checked Slay’s seatbelt, then his. “Lean over and cover your head,” he instructed.

The car lurched backwards.

Slay’s heart raced. What was he doing? Terrified, she leaned over and closed her eyes but not before noticing the mannequin in the sideview mirror. She hysterically shouted as the car revved forward. Realizing that they sailed through the air, and that the mannequin was also there, her eyes flicked open. A strange, malicious grin beamed from the mannequin as she gracefully soared like a dark swam. But the delight in her eyes vanished when she realized that she was falling fast.

Darkness loomed and the city lights glittered below.

Back cover of Miss Mannequin, a thriller suspense novel by American author, A. L. Merriman.

The mannequin fell forty stories to the ground as the Lamborghini tore into the skyscraper. The car slid uncontrollably as Koah swerved and braked, ultimately stalling dangerously close to the edge. The windows on the building collapsed, and the car began to teeter.

Koah unbuckled them and grabbed Slay by the arm. They leapt from the car and fell to the floor as the car slipped from the edge of the skyscraper. Forty stories below, the car plummeted to the street.

In shock, Slay breathlessly choked. Her heart faltered, and she couldn’t stop shaking. Noticing the blood on her hands, she frantically looked around, her eyes lingering on Koah’s shirt. Blood soaked his clothes. “You’re hurt!” she stammered.”  Learn More

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Teton Valley

Finally pressed paused on summer sales, digital mags that still haven’t been published but are days away, and designing brand new book covers for my floundering novels that desperately need a facelift so that they too can resemble Onyx mannequins:) One to never be satisfied with my own work, the barrage of to-do’s are endless and the trail of carnage never disappears despite accomplishing a few goals occasionally. New goals, needs, wants, and professional desires tend to get in the way of my do-nothing, lazy loon lifestyle. Taking a moment to walk away from my obsessive need to learn, even if it as minor as getting terribly excited that I just found the perfect color profiles, mountain views and teal cool lakes are so much better! Sixteen mile bike ride along the Tetons and a casual stroll around Jenny Lake! The perfection afternoon for a dwindling so-called writer/designer who wishes she could settle for a different obsession….

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Into the valley and beyound….

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Never Forgetting You

An entertaining romance novel based in the heart of Washington State where humble beginnings and mountain towns intertwine. Heartfelt and enduring, a mystery deepens as snow continues to fall.

As a young father, Mason Shaw had to grow up fast after enduring a questionable past. But when darkness comes knocking one winter’s night, leaving behind more questions than answers, his past resurfaces as the authorities begin to suspect something sinister at the Shaw residence.

An artist on the rise, Hattie Thatcher’s career as a glassblower is quickly garnering praise. When she receives a call from her ailing grandfather, she packs her belongings and heads back to the northwest to help. She then crosses paths with a disgruntled father who shifts her direction until the unimaginable happens. She is left questioning relationships, the love that intertwines, and the evil that slips through the cracks of a happy home.

Never Forgetting You is a heart wrenching, soul stretching, and emotionally fulfilling story that highlights the close bond between a father and his daughter.

For a limited time, Free digital edition available at the Kindle Bookstore.

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“Hattie felt numb. Hutch had thoroughly spooked her and her skin tingled. What he was insinuating was absurd. And where was the information coming from? The copper didn’t push unless he was fishing for more info. He had to know something significant. Agitated, she asked, “Why are you asking me these questions?”

“You’re close to Mason. You’re the only person who spends nights at his place, in his bedroom. Has he ever done anything that seemed out of character?”

“No…no, no,” she stammered in anger.

“Not even a little bit?”

“No. Never.”

“What about his daughter? Have you ever seen them argue or get physical?”

“No. He loves Lucca more than anything, and he would do anything to know what happened to her, even if that means remaining a suspect in what can only be described as a crime that hasn’t been officially declared a crime.” Hattie stood in frustration. “This is ridiculous. I’m done. I can’t believe you’re suggesting this.”

“What I’m suggesting is that you might know your boyfriend as well as you think you do,” Austin stated flatly.

“And you do? What is your problem with him?”

Austin leaned back. “My problem is that he has a shoddy alibi. No one can corroborate his story. There are no witnesses, no family, no phone records that shed any light as to what happened at the Shaw house twenty-four hours prior to Lucca’s disappearance. The only person who could have backed up Mason’s story- you- was told to stay home at the last minute. That’s convenient. Very convenient. The last time anyone saw Lucca was at swim practice the morning before the storm. Twelve to twenty-four hours is completely unaccounted for. That’s a very large window of time. Anything could have happened.”

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Clouding Around

little moments that inspire…

Since I have such a difficult time sharing, posting, and caring about social media at all, I’m going to make this super short and to the point- I would rather watch clouds shift than participate in such an unproductive lifestyle. Starting tomorrow my novel Never Forgetting You will be on SALE @kindle. Digital editions will be FREE for a limited time. Never Forgetting You is a lighthearted story with a mysterious tone, focusing on a father daughter relationship that is forever altered. A personal favorite of mine, this novel is the fifth volume from The Valley Series, a collection of romance novels set in the heart of Washington State where humble beginnings and mountain towns intertwine. Learn more

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Up Next: Rainbow Edition Book Covers & Rainbow Frames


skywriting into the night…

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Casually Wild

Into The Mountains

Some days I wish I disliked writing, designing, and art, just so I could road trip, capture moments, and snap photos without remembering that I have ten different endeavors that I’m trying to accomplish. Nowhere moments are so much more serene. Some days I wonder if there is anyone else out there who is simply two, two different personalities, two different lifestyles. Aesthetically, little compares to the middle of nowhere places that inspire, but professionally, there is little. Does no one else have this complication? Does no one else change their mind often or shift directions? Does no one else find standing still, boring, mundane, and just not that interesting? I suppose some of us are more like wild horses and enjoy roaming free. At times, I wish I was an individual who was content with the same small town from my childhood, the same style of house I grew up in, the same lifestyle that I once knew, the same friends from high school, but….happiness is more important I suppose. So while my time in the northwest will be over soon, I can’t wait to add more frames onto my home-away-home gallery wall. Happy to be able to call so many places home….

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Rainbow Frames: Sneak Peak

Cozy, winkly, lazy days…

Preview of Rainbow Frames :)…..

Almost finished with my summer publication and wanted to share a sneak peak of Rainbow Frames, a lifestyle lookbook featuring whimsical tones, cozy styles, and creative directions. Since my current abode is not so comfy and warm, I desperately needed a direction that is colorful, flowery, and inviting with sunkissed lines and casual vibes. With a split personality, it’s either full on smiles and rainbow files or black and white. This publication has been one of my favorites since I have been able to learn a few new things, and I love seeing the outcome when all of the hues, photos, and layouts are finally pieced together. Until then, enjoy my latest thriller fantasy novel, Miss Mannequin @Kindle. As always, sunshine on:)….

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In a world of blustery clouds, be the never ending rainbow that creates…

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Summer, Sunshine, & Sales

Need a summer book?

One winter’s night a couple of phantoms vanish out of sight and a town is forever torn apart.

aryn lane
Learn about Never Forgetting You, a contemporary romance novel by Aryn Lane.

FICTION ROMANCE

A mystery in the mountains of the west. Lighthearted and enduring, focusing on a close bond between a father and daughter.

As a young father, Mason Shaw had to grow up fast after enduring a questionable past. But when darkness comes knocking one winter’s night, leaving behind more questions than answers, his past resurfaces as the authorities begin to suspect something sinister at the Shaw residence.

An artist on the rise, Hattie Thatcher’s career as a glassblower is quickly garnering praise. When she receives a call from her ailing grandfather, she packs her belongings and heads back to the northwest to help. She then crosses paths with a disgruntled father who shifts her direction until the unimaginable happens. She is left questioning relationships, the love that intertwines, and the evil that slips through the cracks of a happy home.

Never Forgetting You is a heart wrenching, soul stretching, and emotionally fulfilling story that highlights the close bond between a father and his daughter.

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Dreadline


Ugh… I’m thinking it’s time to move on, possibly to butterflying catching or unicorn wrangling since this not so pleasant book adventure has turned into a disastrous nightmare that has had worse results than hunting dragons. Where are all of these individuals who love to read, love style and design, love creating? They are supposedly everywhere, at least social media claims so. I’ve read all the rules, all the things you’re supposed to do and yet was accomplishing more ten years ago twiddling my thumbs and counting the donuts stuffed in my cheeks. How is it that everyone loves the .00001% of products that are fortunate to have a lucky break, have the connections or the money, but others are completely ignored, trashed, and still invisible despite working twice as hard? And who in their right mind has the time? No other responsibilities? Why is it that after nearly fifteen years, I’m still the flake with no direction, no interests? Have I not loved the same industries since college, even if those interests aren’t shared or important to others?

Obviously, I’m frustrated like always since I’m on a road to nowhere despite moving every three years. Quite ironic really. Can’t wait until this merry-go-round finally slows, so I can walk out the door, go to work for the things I love, and not have to take care of everyone else 24/7. Good luck getting hired at 45 though. Isn’t life wonderful? Even more so when you work tirelessly and no one thinks you do. Always the invisible waif…

Coming Up:

Never Forgetting You Pop-Up Sale

Rainbow Frames: Styles That Smiles

Paperwaif Product Pages (If I can ever make up my mind)


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A Bloom Above

Into The Gardens

Illumination Begonia Rose. Rose Julia Child. Bergenia. Chives.

It’s that time of year again when you just want to pinch yourself because it’s so warm, so sunkissed, and so beautiful with whimsical blooms. If only every moment was a summer afternoon. The best part of growing up on a farm was wandering through the blossom-kissed rows of apple trees, walking through the humid greenhouses that bloomed every summer, and accidentally stumbling over snakes, rodents, and other critters who loved to take advantage of the natural habitat that the farm provides. At times I wished I loved horticulture and gardening just so I could surround myself with pretty blooms every spring and summer. Unfortunately, the green thumb did not get passed onto me and somehow I kill everything that I try to grow. Guess I will forever be designing crappy magazines and writing shitty novels that hit the burn pile once a year… In the meantime, enjoy the bloomy snaps provided by Jan’s Hanging Gardens.

A collection of images from Paperwaif featuring the prettiest flowers from a nursery in the northwest.

When you’re feeling blue and need a little sunshine, enjoy a floret farm in the northwest. Just a little beauty among the dirt…

Coleus Bench

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A Look Ahead

A first look Rainbow Frames, a summer publication from Paperwaif featuring lazy, whimsical styles, a road trip to Baja, and a collection of delicious drinks.

COMING SOON

Chill styles, happy tones, and sunkissed vibes.

A first look Rainbow Frames, a summer publication from Paperwaif featuring lazy, whimsical styles, a road trip to Baja, and a collection of delicious drinks.

RAINBOW FRAMES

A summer publication featuring yummy drinks, a whimsical road trip, and a collection of lazy, cozy tones that are perfect for those wrinkly, do-nothing afternoons. MORE PUBLICATIONS

Such a doozy of a day! I still do not understand the fascination with posting. Makes me want to vomit. And that is why I am now going to write five hundred letters for the next five years, just so I have a .01% at chance at getting an agent to represent one of my novels. Neither path is encouraging or promising. Either work tirelessly doing everything independently and love what you do, or receive another no, no, no, you’re story is awful- your work will never get published because it sucks and you’re a nobody with no followers. Ah… The important things.

Discouraging notions aside, I’ve chosen to follow the rainbow for my next digital magazine and can’t wait to share my creative directions. Happy tones. Sunrise vibes. Chill styles. My favorite lackadaisical everyday wear, wrinkles and all:) Unfortunately, yesterday was a very unproductive work day with kiddos filing through the house every hour, sounding like a bunch of monkeys on banana whack. An asthma attack then ruined what was left of the wonderful afternoon, so let’s forget mowing the lawn ever again! Fifteen years and not one issue, then I move back west… Never again. Into the immediate care I go. Of course, I am required to wear a mask (no problem, except if your throat is closing, the mask makes you feel like you’re choking to death). No one is in the waiting room, but twenty minutes later…. I’m glad I have been through this before and know not to panic! But this incident has made it very clear that I do not belong in the west. Time to pull up roots. Any amazing suggestions?

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