She was exhausted from the culmination of uncontrollable events that had taken over her life: personal loss; escaping her demanding, life-consuming career in the city; and making the final decision to move and completely change her future. At that moment, she had no idea how much change there will be in her new life. Was she doing the right thing?

"Shadows of Lake Élan" (published by Xlibris) written by Mary A. Olito tells the story of a woman who, without conscious consideration of what may lie ahead, makes an irrational life change when stress and circumstances become unbearable. Her name is Leah Adler and she prefers to settle in on the cabin located along Lake Élan. It was her late Aunt Kathleen's place. The cabin had been closed up since her aunt's death and it was the only one on that side of the lake.

Leah had no idea what lay before her. She needed the peace and quiet for as long as she could handle it or afford it. Later on, she finds herself a different person discovering challenges and tranquility, entangled with mysterious messages that lead to deceit and murder.

People's real lives usually become hectic and stressful. "Shadows of Lake Élan" takes readers to a different way of life, both rewarding and challenging but with unsuspecting changes. This story shows that making changes in one's stress-filled life can have its challenges but somehow, there are ways to better the everyday drudgery to peace and a happier life.

"Shadows of Lake Élan"
By Mary A. Olito
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 388 pages | ISBN 9781499052381
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 388 pages | ISBN 9781499052398
E-Book | 388 pages | ISBN 9781499052374
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
As a child, Mary A. Olito's imagination was vivid. Through life's challenges, raising children and working, her imagination went stagnant. While helping her husband build a roof on their garage, a strong image popped into her head while she sat on the roof. When her husband returned home, she had to write it down. That moment was an awakening of an old dream of writing. Her husband's encouragement gave her the confidence to go after her dream and never give up.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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