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Sunday, May 23, 2010

"One Night in Rome" tour updates

The book tour continues from Tucson this week. Where have I been so far? The trip started on March 31st at the send off party that my friends held for me at Stonegate Rocks Pizza in Tacoma, Washington. On April 1st, I visited my hometown, Winthrop and reconnected with friends from high school at the iconic Three Fingered Jack's Saloon. April 2nd I visited Omak then spent time with my cousin, aunt, and old friends in Brewster. Then it was on to Spokane where I reconnected with more old friends and had the pleasure of spending Easter Sunday with my best friend from elementary school at her home outside of Priest River, Idaho. Driving out through northern Idaho, I was stopped by herds of big horn sheep on the highway. Missoula was just an overnighter before I drove on to Butte and had the pleasure of spending the night in a home full of college students who graciously opened their doors and gave me a tour of the historic mining town. Then there was the white-out driving conditions on I-90 through western Montana. And the vast open spaces of North Dakota with rolling hills dotted in buffalo. In Minnesota I stayed with a second cousin and visited my grandparents' graves. Forging on through Wisconsin and into Illinois, I stopped for an impromptu visit at Oprah's studios. That was a bit of a bust, but fun. It produced one of my favorite videos of the entire trip - so far.

In updating this blog, I'm realizing that I should spend more time describing all of the places this tour has taken me. After all, I'm in Arizona now and there were 22 states between home and here. And ITALY - with 3 more states to go before I get home again. So that will be on my list of things to write about - details of this insane book promotion - if it could be called that.

How are book sales going? A bit slow to say the least. I've given away more books than I've sold up until now, but that will change very shortly. One Night in Rome: And the end of life as I knew it is a wonderful story full of love and adventure. I know that. Everyone who's read it know that. Now, I just need more people to buy it and spread the word. "Breathe and believe" - I tell myself while wondering when the next door will open.

So back to press releases and work on making that happen. Hollywood, here I come!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


style='font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black'>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


Local author
sets off on unconventional tour


Merritt takes her book, One Night in Rome
and the End of Life as I Knew It
across America.


Wash. – Many authors set off on book tours, but what makes this tour
unusual is the way that local author, Michelle Merritt, decided to publish and
promote her new memoir,
One Night in Rome
and the End of Life as I Knew It


most first time authors wait years to get published, Merritt took the
self-publishing route with, found her own editors, and sought
feedback from followers and fans, finishing the memoir in a 6 month period of
time. Her book cover design was chosen by a vote of friends and acquaintances.
She formed a �Book Maven� group and modified some of the book�s content at the
request of her readers. And when an opportunity to be a featured guest at the
launch party for
Over 40 Females in
New York City presented itself, Merritt jumped at the chance.


knew that the audience fit my market demographics,� Merritt said, �and I knew
that I had to go.�


of flying, Merritt hatched a plan to �couch-surf� her way across the USA with
the help of friends. Nearly halfway through the 8500 mile, 28 state road trip, she
has already visited 14 cities and broadcast the adventure via her youtube
channel, website, facebook, and twitter. Merritt has ridden horseback in Idaho,
stayed with college students in Montana, visited her grandparents� gravesites
in Minnesota, dropped in at Harpo Studios in Chicago, met new friends in
Indiana, and signed hundreds of books in New York City.


wrote this story in the hopes that it would inspire others to overcome their
own personal tragedies and learn to live again,� the author continues, �and the
people I�ve met on this trip have made every mile matter.�


and family are already planning a welcome home party for Merritt upon her
return to Tacoma sometime at the end of May.


One Night in Rome and
the End of Life as I Knew It
is available for sale online at and other channels and will soon
be available at bookstores around the globe.





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Monday, April 19, 2010

One Night in Rome's press release


New memoir recalls author�s unexpected romance in Eternal City

 One Night in Rome and the End of Life as I Knew It by Michelle Merritt shares the author�s story of romance and redemption in southern Italy

TACOMA, Wash. – One Night in Rome and the End of Life as I Knew It, a memoir by Michelle Merritt, follows the author on a life-altering vacation to Italy where she hoped to recover from tragedy. Instead she found romance and rediscovered her passion for life.
Reeling from the tragic loss of her parents and suffering from empty nest syndrome with the departure of her children, Merritt planned a therapeutic getaway to Italy with her stepsister. However, a series of unexpected events intervene to transform her trip. After meeting a handsome stranger named Angelo in Rome, Merritt ventures to Spain but decides to embark on a solo adventure back to Italy to rendezvous with him. Intrigued by the possibilities and free from the responsibilities and expectations of home, Merritt rediscovers romance and learns valuable lessons about life.

�The death of my parents shattered many of the plans that I had for my future,� Merritt says. �Out of that experience, a new and unexpected life became my reality. I wrote my story with the hope that it would inspire others as they face life's challenges.�

Merritt goes on to describe her whirlwind romance with Angelo and their tearful goodbye at the conclusion of the trip. The separation would only be temporary, the beginning of a new life with frequent returns to the country she learned to love so much. Intended to entertain and inspire, the book features detailed descriptions of Italian food, art, architecture and society from the perspective of a first-time visitor enchanted with all that she sees.

One reviewer on states, �Simple and down to earth about the heartbreak of an everyday person, then showing that dreams can come true�Such a wonderful book on the journey of a lifetime, the ups and the downs showing us ends can be new beginnings.�

One Night in Rome and the End of Life as I Knew It is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author
Michelle Merritt is a writer and frequent visitor to Italy. She is the proud mother of two grown sons who miraculously survived her parenting but missed the discipline so much that they joined the military. A three-time college dropout, Michelle intends to complete her academic education one day but not before she has visited every country where her parents traveled.

Michelle Merritt    
Phone:                         (253) 444-7019