After 22 years of service to her beloved United States Air Force, Bailey Barker decides to retire. She does so with trepidation. Upon the recent death of her mother, Clarissa, the young Lt. Colonel decides that she must focus on the estate which she inherits. The fortune entails a significant amount of money and land. As she walks across the airfield in Mobile, Alabama, Bailey bemoans the loss of her officer status and position as a registered nurse. Fear assaults her when she realizes that she has never enjoyed the luxury of wasting time. How does one waste a day? Her last deployment to Afghanistan inflicted a severe case of post-traumatic stress syndrome upon this dedicated soldier who sacrificed so much. Finally arriving at the swanky mansion, which her mother named Sunny, she realizes many more challenges other than settling the massive estate await her. Bailey's refusal to visit her mom for the past five years now brings incriminating thoughts. What kind of daughter never checks on her dying mother? Immediately on arrival at the swanky mansion, Sunny, the soldier learns that her mother lived with a handsome, much younger, famous author for the past five years. This stranger loved her mom, filling her final days with excitement and joy. Where was she when her mother died of cancer? The entire town of Fairhope, Alabama, claims to have loved the woman with platinum hair and her famous lover, author Oliver Greene. Now, the village is hesitant to welcome the child who spurned the belle of the town. Bailey quickly discovers that Oliver Greene is not only kind. He is gorgeous. In no time, the arms which once held her mother now embrace her. Shame that she would dare to entertain her mothers lover assaults her as well as the symptoms of post-traumatic stress from her last deployment to Afghanistan. The young woman has no time to regret her decision of retirement as circumstances pull her into the bizarre life of the beautiful Clarissa Barker. Award-winning author Linda Heavner Gerald recently received the silver medal from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association for her work in fiction. She also received international acclaim from NovelUnity and was voted One of Fifty Great Writers You Should Be Reading. Linda lives with her husband in Florida where she writes each day.
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Have you ever considered the repercussions from one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the US? Such an event magnifies not only the loss of lives, fortunes, possessions, but everyday stresses. Flushing the commode, finding food and gas, everything becomes a challenge when life changes overnight. How do people survive all of these trials as they watch common occurrences become impossible challenges? How is it possible to maintain one's sanity? Table 36 describes the assault of Hurricane Michael, as it raped the land, carving his path inside two small coastal towns in Gulf and Bay Counties, Florida, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. This monster hit at 2 pm on a typical steamy day. One of the restaurants, Sunset Coastal Grill which was annihilated in Port St. Joe, Florida, relates this horror. It may sound strange to think of a table sharing an event. Where is life more fluid and diverse than a restaurant? Imagine, if walls could talk inside any of our favorite dining establishments? Lovingly told through fiction and fact, you will never forget the two towns which survived a monster not once, but two times in their long history. Never, did residents lose faith in God or love for each other as the towns worked to rebuild. This remarkable tale of survival is told through contributions from the communities of Port St. Joe, Mexico Beach, and Table 36 inside the once beautiful, Sunset Coastal Grill.
©2019 Linda Heavner Gerald (P)2020 Linda Heavner Gerald
Rosemary Lewis divorced her husband after she discovered him with another woman. Suffering from depression at her loss, the young woman threw herself into work as a registered nurse. Then, she met Malcolm Beach, who represented her dream. Together, they did enjoy a perfect life. Devotion from her new husband thrilled her as they traveled all over the world. Sailing became their pastime until the sudden death of her beloved husband. Once again, Rosemary found herself devastated and alone. Suddenly, an unknown foe threatens her very life. Why did this begin after the death of her husband? Slowly gleaning bits of information, she discovers that Malcolm's previous lover was insane. Is this the one who constantly makes her life hell? Now a wealthy widow, Rosemary must fight to survive in the beautiful home named Rosemary's Beach House.
©2019 Linda Heavner Gerald (P)2019 Linda Heavner Gerald
Brilliant, handsome, and wealthy Benjy Tafeen thinks he is smarter than most. He believes one woman can never complete him. It would take two of them to satisfy his need for perfection. There is only one perfect woman, Arjana, whom he received from his father on his 13th birthday. The beautiful family maid from Africa transformed him from a boy to a man, but the damage done to him created many problems later. He could never love another woman because he believed Arjana to be the only "perfect" one. When he is attracted to Lila, he realizes she can never complete him. Then, he meets the lovely Miriam. Maybe, if he can devise a plan so they can live together as one, he can, at last, find the perfect love. What these exceptional students discover, as they begin life at the University of Florida, is there is no escaping the proven rules of life. Benjy, Miriam, and Lila create devastation that they can't repair. Living with the consequences of bad choices is their fate. Yes, Aids, betrayal, lies, and cheating are only a few of the dilemmas they face due to poor choices and a feeling of entitlement. Even death takes one of them early as the other two are left to deal with her loss.
©2020 Linda Heavner Gerald (P)2020 Linda Heavner Gerald
Trouble surrounds the woman with blue-black hair as she stands alone in the Metropolitan Museum of Art; this is the only thing that she knows about herself. No one else can tell that she needs help. Realization of her problem grows like cancer. This beautiful, young woman does not possess a memory. Eventually, she searches offices upstairs, until she discovers a man standing alone. Fearfully, she approaches with an unbelievable story of distress. This recent widower is very wealthy but lonely. He is not stupid. The strangers tale stirs deep sympathy in this kind man. He invites her to stay for a few days in one of his guest cottages. This thoughtful invitation presents the first ray of hope to the woman with no memory. A story of trust slowly develops as two damaged souls strive to find joy again. Traveling on luxury ships, the Orient Express, and the best hotels in the world presents many challenges for the two. Mr. Grover realizes that this stranger may remember her life at any moment. He must safeguard his heart as he cares for this stranger, until her family finds her. She must not allow herself, or this kind man, to be destroyed by the secret that she carries. This beautiful stranger possesses two lives.
©2016 Linda Heavner Gerald (P)2019 Lime Pie Publishing
Becky Connors lived in the same place for most of her life. An old southern town, one of the oldest in her home state of Florida. Even though she traveled extensively and lived in many places, Becky returned home to her "slice of Heaven" located on the beautiful Gulf Of Mexico in the Forgotten Coast. All of her group had remained close since elementary school and later in their university days at Auburn University. Now, this group of beloved friends faced growing older. This tale of life is told with humor and tears as conditions change for each one as they age. True to reality, many decisions faced the devoted ensemble. Share in their joys and sorrows. Things never remain the same for long. Now, these friends face the countdown together.
©2019 Linda Heavner Gerald (P)2019 Linda Heavner Gerald
What is wrong with some men? They believe they love women while they say inappropriate things. Maybe in their mind, there are thoughts of violence or depravity. These individuals are misogynists. Misogyny is the hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women or girls. Misogyny is manifested in numerous ways, including social exclusion, sex discrimination, hostility, androcentrism, patriarchy.... Lauras twin brother was one. The family knew for years that he harbored mean feelings toward his sister. Lars father had talks with him as he begged that he change his ways, but the boy couldnt do it. Eventually, he was sent away to Phillips Academy. Keeping the twins apart helped but when they were together, the same behavior surfaced. What was the answer? Laura loved Lars deeply even though he treated her with disrespect. Eventually, his actions demonstrated the most depraved and extreme misogyny on record. How could a twin brother hate his sister this much?
©2018 Linda Heavner Gerald (P)2019 Linda Heavner Gerald
Beautiful Catherine Carnegie had it all. Life was golden and right on track - that is until he showed. An old college acquaintance continually entered her life. He seemed to know everything about her. She felt uncomfortable in his presence. Her attempts at avoiding him did not work.
Frank appeared to hold power over all of her friends. His preposterous claims of belonging to a secret government agency caused her to snicker. Eventually, the acquaintance wore her down after wowing her at a fancy Washington gala attended by the gorgeous and wealthy. The handsome man offered her a chance to privately meet his "group." Why not end this? She would agree to his crazy enticements. Maybe then he would leave her alone?
The government agent was not lying. There was such a group. As she understood the importance of this group's actions to the country, her desire for entry became strong. The beautiful young woman proved herself to them by exercising wisdom and skill at their challenges. Finally, they offered her entry. Excitement and danger worked as a drug. The beautiful girl was hooked. When she realized her mistake, it was too late. Frank's group would never let her go.
Years later, they agreed that if she assassinated her final mark, they would grant her freedom. Could Catherine possibly murder the man they set as her victim?
The allure of Bali, Indonesia is the perfect backdrop to this tale of betrayal and espionage.
How many others are lured by the government games of cat and mouse? Could it be that this behavior is more prevalent than we think? A modern story filled with romance, allure, danger, and murder. It will keep you up listening until the end.
©2017 Linda Heavner Gerald (P)2018 Linda Heavner Gerald
Caroline Emma Corbett Reid and her husband Thomas hail from Charleston, SC, but move to the estate of Alladale in Scotland when a nasty family lawsuit ruins their reputation. After five glorious years living at Alladale, the beautiful Caroline awakens tied to her bed inside her favorite suite, the Willow. After three days without food or water, she realizes her end is near. This story features flashbacks of her life in Charleston, SC, and Inverness, Scotland, and her struggle to remember what happened in the final days before finding herself shackled. The listener is quickly drawn into this tale of greed and murder as the lives of this couple are detailed. Historical facts mingle with the appeal of a mystery in this whodunit will keep the listener engaged late into the night. Castles in the Snow is based on Paul Lister, a true ecologist and the actual founder of Alladale, a 23,000-acre wilderness reserve in the Scottish Highlands. Pauls goal is to create a controlled wolf reserve within his beloved estate. This great conservationists story has received media attention from 60 Minutes and other sources in the US and the UK. The importance of philanthropists like Paul Lister and their impact on our world challenges us to take the fate of our planet seriously.
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