Available July 29, 2008 Fiercely independent and seriously lacking in social graces, ad copywriter Michaela "Mike" Edwards doesn't do sugar and spice. Mike avoids other women altogether, preferring the company of her hotshot boss, and her only friend—an Australian journalist named Gunther. But when mishandled office politics force Mike out of advertising, she finds herself doing the unimaginable: moving back in with her dad and substitute teaching for 6th grade girls.

Suddenly the men in Mike's life are changing the rules: her father is in love, her ex has made her the subject of his comedy routine, her mentor is in a tailspin, and Gunther is looking like more than a friend. Mike is lost and searching for answers in all the wrong places. But whether she likes it or not, a classroom of kids who need her and a family of women she didn't know she wanted are about to help Mike discover the mother she never knew, and the woman she'd like to be...

"Shanman's second novel is a gem of razor-sharp wit and impeccable timing...a great anytime read that comes just in time for summer vacation."--Publishers Weekly

Outspoken playwright Liza Weiler left Yale with everything she thought she needed to make her mark on the New York stage. But nearly a decade later, she's answering phones in a convent, hovering in the shadows of her legendary actress aunt and firebrand best friend, and still waiting for her "real" life to finally begin. So when a professional break and an irresistibly arrogant corporate raider, present themselves and refuse to disappear, Liza is forced to contemplate actual adulthood, if only she can keep her fears—and her mouth—in check...

"[A] hilariously witty debut novel…" –Seattle Times
"Shanman's madcap debut unfolds in a New York rich with bawdy immediacy." –Publishers Weekly
"Genuinely amusing, simply excellent…" —Booklist
"…funny and moving…Right Before Your Eyes should not be missed!" –FreshFiction.com