The Greening

The Green Man Series | Volume 1

It wasn’t just the surreal great, green, angel figure of the Green Man appearing to her, Sylvia Ash had a lot more excitement to infiltrate her quiet life when she inherited her grandmother’s house at the head of the Chesapeake Bay. She certainly didn’t expect to start falling in love with the handsome scientist, Owen Anderson.

Mayhem follows when Sylvia finds the murdered body of a colleague. Even worse, Owen is indicted for the murder and she cannot decide whether or not to trust him or her instincts. With the Green Man as a guide, Sylvia’s talent for seeing auras awakens. With the Green Man’s guidance, Sylvia helps resolve the murder and an ecological mystery.

Paperback, October 2014, ISBN: 978-1497544925

  • Loved it!

    It is a great read! Can’t wait to read the Leafing!

    D Lover

  • Sharon Brubaker must have a great aura.

    She has written a fun mystery/love story with a great sense of place and awareness of environmental issues. I will be slowing down to watch for Greenman!

    M O

  • This is an excellent author. A very intense book.

    There is so much action, sadness, love, fantasy, so many emotions while you are reading this wonderful book. Someone had been murdered, I can’t wait for you to get the whole story. I highly recommend this book. You will not be disappointed, I promise.


  • Well done!!

    Ms. Brubaker has taken a classic mythological theme and updated it for modern readers. This book was rather like an American Agatha Christie with the addition of the Green Man.

    Marcia B

  • The Greening who-done-it had me guessing from chapter to chapter.

    I liked the characters and how my opinion of them changed over the course of the book. Sharon Brubaker’s description of the chemical company’s impact on the environment was chilling. The second book, The Leafing, came today. I can’t wait to get started!

    Now F

  • Great Book.

    Fast paced and hard to put down. Can’t wait to read the next one.

    Mary Jane

  • Congratulations to the author for an exciting first novel.

    The Green Man comes alive in this complex mystery and romance tapping our conscience about the environment. It is well written page turner leaving us anxiously awaiting the coming sequel. 

    Sara D

  • Can not wait for the next book in the series.

    The story line was very good and kept you wanting to read. The mystery was very interesting and was as good as any known author.

    Barbara L

  • Can't wait for the rest of the series!

    The spirit of the forest, in the form of the Green Man, and an independent contemporary young woman are an intriguing combination in this new mystery. The author’s skilled descriptions make the reader feel part of the action and the settings are richly detailed.

    Alice L

  • I could not put this book down

    This mystery involves a young women who is starting life after college. She starts her first job, deals with death, meets a guy, and deals with the folklore of the Green Man. Eveytime I thought I knew what was going to happen the story took a different turn.

    Busy Bee

  • This story takes you away to a place that is quaint yet full of mystery and romance.

    The pacing of the story makes it difficult to put down and leaves you anxious for a sequel. I love a mystery that has a surprising twist at the end and this one does the job. If you like mystery romance novels I highly recommend this author!

    Mary Beth F

  • Loved it!

    A sweet, exciting, enjoyable story about a young woman finding her place in life with the unlikely help of The Green Man. Just the right amount of romance, mystery and excitement. I can’t wait to for the sequel to come out.

    Barbara P

  • This book was an enjoyable book to read.

    Full of fantasy, romance, and mystery. Very easy to read, the story unfolded seamlessly. Likeable characters, which left me wanting to know where their lives went after the book ended. Kudos to Brubaker for a great first novel. Keep them coming.

    Dewey Girl

  • I'd love to meet the Green Man.

    I enjoyed this book very much. It has all the elements of a good book – romance, murder, and intrigue. I can’t wait for the sequel. Ms. Brubaker’s writing does a good job of painting pictures in my mind.

    Barbara T

  • This was a very unique book full of magic and love.

    LOVED IT! I loved how historical facts collided with fantasy.

    Carol S

  • The imagery in the Greening is outstanding.

    This mystery makes you laugh,probe, and ask the question. Is it man vs woman vs mother nature or it the reverse? The novel left me anxiously awaiting more from the author. I HOPE ANOTHER BOOK IS IN THE PROCESS.

    Mary Lou T

  • I loved Sharon's book!!!!

    I live near the bay and Lancaster, Pa and from her wonderful descriptions, can imagine the places and feel myself going to the place of my imagination that match her descriptions! Can’t wait for the next one. Learned alot about folklore!! Fascinating!

    Carol Y

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where did you get the idea for your books?

The Green Man idea has been with me for many years – actually, since I’ve been a freshman in High School. In my early adult years, I learned the Green Man was an archetype and I began researching about him. I always knew there would be a story about him.

What’s your writing background?

I’ve written all my life. I remember writing stories about my favorite Troll doll, Anne and her family in second grade. I took creative writing in high school and wrote hundreds of poems and prose pieces. Later, I wrote and published curriculum for several publishers. I have files full of children’s books and a young adult book that have not been published…yet.

The Green Man Series is my first venture into adult fiction.

I have more stories in my head than lifetimes to live.

Why should someone want to read your books in particular?

The Green Man series are heartwarming, cozy books you can read on the beach, by a pool, or curled up in your favorite spot with a hot or cold beverage. The books have mystery, murder, romance and just enough fantasy to create a sense of wonder. The Green Man figure offers us hope.

Where can a person find your book?

The books are available at:
The Palette & The Page in Elkton, MD
Kathy’s Corner Gift Shop in North East, MD

Major retailers can order the book via Baker & Taylor.

How can I share your books with others?

If you’re a fan of the Green Man Series and want to share it with others, please consider purchasing copies of the books as gifts for friends or family. If you’re part of a local book club and you want to share any the novels with your group, then please fill out the “For Book Clubs” contact form. If you’re a business owner and you would like to Sharon to appear to do book signings, book talks, or a meet and greet with the author, please fill out the “For Book Signings” contact form.