Check out new release from 2017 FAPA Medalist, Linda Heavner Gerald
Linda Heavner Gerald
Award-winning author, Linda Heavner Gerald, recently received the 2017 prestigious Florida Authors and Publishers Award for Fiction. Her book, Confessions of an Assassin, was the recipient. She was also voted One of Fifty Great Writers You Should Be Reading by the public as well as voted a finalist in Novelunity which features authors from all over the world. If you love Mystery/Thrillers with a twist-of-Romance, her books will draw you into their story.
“Linda has already established a solid reputation as a writer of eight mystery thrillers, winning awards both in this country and abroad. Linda’s keen eye for evil in her books is matched by her conviction that ‘regardless of our actions, God is always ready to welcome us back with forgiveness.’ Rather than simply titillate her readers with superbly terrifying stories and psychological drama she offers a bit of a rainbow at the end – a sense of hope or encouragement for the characters of her books. Yet in ANNAPOLIS SUMMERS Linda turns her penetrating eye to the act of bullying as the theme – sustaining and surviving bullies in a story that is rich in color and the fine settings for which she is becoming highly respected.” (Review by Grady Harp)
Linda is retired with her husband. They live on the Gulf of Mexico.Her goal in writing is to demonstrate that regardless of our actions, redemption is possible. Her books are of substance with something to challenge or encourage. A medical background allows her to incorporate current facts which she hopes may cause a reader to seek professional advice for problems that may not have earlier seemed important. Linda believes that a book should be more than a “good read;” it should provide relevant information mixed with travel. This world traveler delights in transporting her readers, to a place they may never have visited, from the safety of home.
Does anyone ever recover from the pain of bullying? If you have ever experienced the agony, this tale of a wealthy, young girl who once held the world on a platinum cord will draw you into the story. Anna Polis had it all but during her thirteenth year when she was most vulnerable, the abuse began against her. The realization that life was not as “rosy” as her parents led her to believe hit home. It was aboard the beautiful yacht, Honey, as she “enjoyed” just another summer with her folks. The young woman already suffered from low self-esteem but the ridicule and meanness that the Vanderclift family leveled against her were vicious.
The attacks didn’t subside once summer ended. Kyle was a classmate who would not stop humiliating the girl whom he considered beneath himself. Anna bore the embarrassment until things went too far. Her private school rallied to her side. Not only did she win, she won big! You see, rich kids are also bullied. The meanness doesn’t care about your background or accomplishments.
Once again, life showed up at her door. As she studied at Duke University, she believed that she had things lined up for her life until another foe was born. This formidable opponent desired her very life. Anna fought again. She relinquished everything important to make sure her life was not cut short.
Anna learned a valuable lesson in her fights for happiness. It helps to have friends on which to lean. Even more importantly, the young woman discovered that a power greater than herself had always stood by her side.
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