Fiction / Romance / Historical
Date Published: July 26, 2022
Publisher: Elite Online Publishing
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.
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
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.