Sharon Gerlach was in training to be a ninja, but a dismaying lack of physical grace and balance—not to mention the inability to keep her big mouth shut—ended her ninja career before it had really begun. Now she writes. She doesn’t write about ninjas because that’s obviously a sore subject. But she writes about other really cool things and figures someone else will cover the ninjas. Life’s really not all about ninjas, anyway. Sharon lives on the dry side of the Pacific Northwest with her husband (who must really be fond of her as he hasn’t left her yet despite her ninja failings); two of her three kids (none of whom possess ninja qualities either); and a Border collie who suffers the presence of seven cats. Yes, you guessed it—ninja cats!
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Tools that relocate themselves. Shadows glimpsed from the corner of one's eye. The feeling of being watched when no one's there.
It's all in a day's work for the crew renovating Bayview Manor, a dilapidated mansion overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the Olympic Peninsula.
(Book 2 in The Devil's Mansion series - see Running Ink Press's website for information on Book 1, The Wyckham House)
The Wyckham House has stood for centuries, its origin unknown, its history black and bloody. When Kimberly Owens’ father disappears in Aaron Schaefer’s town, all evidence points to the Wyckham House.
Only one man has gone there and returned alive. But even if Aaron could remember what happened to him, he doesn’t want to.
For there are worse things than death.
Sarah-Jane Quinn has many secret dreams, not the least of which is capturing the elusive Coleridge “Collie” Tate, on whom she has an enormous crush. Then the handsome HR director confuses things by showing an interest in her. But when Sarah is brutally attacked by a stalker, she must re-evaluate her priorities and decide which man reaches deepest into her heart – and let the other go forever
Malaria is nothing quinine can’t handle. So thinks Frannie Freeman when her vile office manager Malia—aka Malaria—marries their boss Sam, who Frannie has loved for years. Now she must let Sam go forever or fight for her heart’s desire. She prepares for battle with a woman’s three best weapons—a loyal heart, a willingness to fight dirty, and the strongest margarita money can buy.
By Sharon Gerlach
Published: April 8, 2011.
(4.60 from 10 reviews)
He hunts, silent and unseen. The string of mutilated bodies points to a madman, but biological evidence yields no DNA--human or animal.
Suzanne Harper had once been the lover of an angel. The murders point to him and tell a terrifying tale: he's working his way to her.
Now she must reconcile her longing with justice and honor, and she must do it fast...for the next murder could be hers
In Leah's Wake
on June 26, 2011
This story was superb. This could just as easily be titled "Deconstructing the Perfect American Family." Giuliano Long creates the perfect storm in this family: take an already strained marriage suffering the long-term after-effects of infidelity, the colossal parental mistake of living vicariously through your children and pushing them toward your own unrealized goals, and a rebellious teen unable to handle the pressure, hellbent on racing toward every unhealthy thing she can, and you have this book.
Having been a rebellious teen, and having raised a rebellious teen, this story is dead on. When you hear about someone's child spinning out of control, you don't think about the ripple effect. You simply see the destruction the child is wreaking in his or her own life. But the effects throughout an entire family--sometimes even through an entire community--are far-reaching, and Giuliano Long captured that aspect perfectly.
There are no perfect people in this story who did exactly the right thing at exactly the right time, every time. Instead, there is a flawed husband and wife, both trying to stay faithful despite the tremendous stress of their daughter's behavior, trying to stay patient, worried out of their minds. There is a younger sister, as different from super-athlete Leah as she can be, desperate for her sister's approval, desperate to make her parents see their mistakes, desperate to hold everyone together. And then there is Leah herself, the anti-heroine, her logic tragically unsound, colored by immaturity and angst, whose splash in the rebellion pond causes a tsunami through her entire family.
I think every parent should read this novel--whether you're through your teen's rebellion and undergoing triage, or whether you're in the midst of your own perfect storm. And if you plan to be a parent, read this first. It's a succinct guide of what NOT to do.
admit I read this twice to fix the allegories in my mind. The references to life spinning out of control and worship of a material nature rather than a spiritual nature were subtly and rather brilliantly rendered. From the Aimless Girl to the Toaster People to the Party Couple, Gould presents a believable representation of humanity and the struggle to motivate people, while in astrophysicist Helen he shows the constant care the world needs to thrive.
A very enjoyable story.