Fiction / Romance / Historical 

Date Published:  July 26, 2022

Publisher: Elite Online Publishing

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Secrets are cruel challenges.

Especially a secret God gave Sandra that not even He can accept and refuses to tolerate. Sandra is a Mormon girl, but this story is not about Mormons. It is about an explosive secret, racial bigotry, superstition, and bias toward uncommon people-a mixture with the power to transform humanity.

Humorous, thoughtful, sensual, and a gripping page-turner to the end, Sandra's Syndrome gives readers a beloved heroine at a time when humankind needs one like never before. June 8, 1978, a historic date for an entire church that attempted to end racism. For Sandra, it was the first day of battle to end separation and segregation for all special children of God ... and you won't believe the miraculous conclusion.

A love story of true-life fiction.



It is easy to take over from those

who have not thought ahead.



“In the beginning . . .” The first millisecond of what is mistakenly referenced as the Big Bang, God’s voice, third-person omniscient, was heard. It is the voice that speaks to you now. It speaks throughout this story. God’s narration is its own personality in literature. A character in stories. To guide readers through worthwhile journeys. Is it male or female? You choose.

The voice informs readers. Occasionally, to make a point. The omniscient voice is possessed with emotions, just as you. The voice always intends to share broader considerations. Pertinent sources are footnoted. While reading, challenge the omniscient voice. Conclusions are your own, especially when discussed with other readers. Nonreaders of the story are irrelevant; don’t waste your time. Self-inflicted ignorance cannot be praised. Readers expect meaningful endings for those deeply in love—so greatly in love they climb heights never thought achievable.

Please climb. Explore higher elevations. Discover meaningful insights. The love to be felt is a quality unknown to most.


About the Author

Mark Merkley is an author and retired university instructor. He has a MA and BA in Organizational and Interpersonal Communication from Brigham Young University. Mark was trained formally as a technical writer and has recently delved into the world of creative writing. He believes that humor within creative storytelling possesses greater emotional opportunity to provide readers personal understanding of characters and their experience with complex issues.

An avid reader, Mark first got his inspiration for Sandra’s Syndrome from a character in Kathy Reichs’ bestselling novel, Bones Never Lie. After spending several years cultivating the idea in his head, he decided to start writing it down two days after his retirement. It is controversial. However, religion and science must engage common ground to understand the misunderstood and accept the uncommon. That common ground is the battlefield for the victory of social acceptance and inclusion.

When Mark is not behind a computer, he spends his time playing softball and basketball, and enjoys puzzles and decision-making problems. He is also known for hosting parties and game nights for his friends. They bond over their love for travel, new experiences, fine tastes, and adventure. Love and acceptance are consistent.

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