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We're launching the Book Tour for A MARRIAGE OF INCONVENIENCE by Amy Vastine!

We're launching the Book Tour for A MARRIAGE OF INCONVENIENCE by Amy Vastine!


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Note from the Author

Welcome to the tour for A Marriage of Inconvenience! I am beyond excited to share this book with everyone and introduce you to some of my favorite characters.

This is my third book in the Stop The Wedding Series. I think I’m starting to have too much fun ruining weddings. The stakes were super high in this book as the heroine happens to be the wedding planner! There’s nothing worse than falling for the perfect guy, only to find out he’s getting married to someone else.

Evan is getting married, but it’s not what everyone thinks. Marrying his best friend is all part of the plan to get Jaime’s uncle to turn the family company over to her instead of her insufferable cousin. Evan never imagined he’d meet the woman of his dreams after he got engaged!

I hope you enjoy the tour with all its excerpts and reviews, and you check out A Marriage of Inconvenience for yourself!
 
—Amy

A Marriage of Inconvenience
(Stop the Wedding! #3)
By Amy Vastine
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 213 Pages
April 1, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She’s met the perfect man…
But he’s engaged!

Wedding planner Sophia Reed never imagined she’d meet her perfect man during a bank robbery. Evan Anderson is handsome and funny and makes Sophia believe in love at first sight. There’s only one small hitch—he’s engaged to someone else, and Sophia is planning his wedding! But Evan’s wedding is purely a business arrangement…and true love might just turn this almost-perfect wedding into a beautiful catastrophe!

USA TODAY Bestselling Author

Stop the Wedding!

Book 1: A Bridesmaid to Remember
Book 2: His Brother’s Bride
Book 3: A Marriage of Inconvenience

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About the Author


Amy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read. Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart husband, three teenagers who keep her on her toes, and their two sweet but mischievous pups.


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One winner will receive (US only):
- $25 Amazon gift card
- “I love you to the bookstore and back” book bag filled with several of my favorite Heartwarming books
- Blackwell Sisters cleaning cloth
- Bookmark

Three additional winners will receive an ebook of the first book in the Stop the Wedding Series, A Bridesmaid to Remember (open internationally)

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We're launching the Book Tour for WOE IS US by D.K. Doulos!

We're launching the Book Tour for WOE IS US by D.K. Doulos!


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Author Interview

What inspired you to write WoE Is Us?

I observed a growing sense in our society that we can use technology to solve all our problems, even death. People dream of cheating death. One way or another, people are in search of a technological salvation, one achieved by humanity’s collective intellect and will. As a Christian, I think they’re looking in the wrong place.

Over the past few years, I’ve read several dystopian books and watched dystopian movies, and the thought occurred to me: “Jesus matters to a billion people on Earth, and many times people turn toward God when life gets hard. If these stories are set in a bleaker, darker future, why shouldn’t people be clinging to the hope found in Jesus?”

What do you love the most about this story?

I love the redemption story, for both Lyrian and Jacob. Hers is more pronounced, but each needs rescue and forgiveness in their own way. The scene with Jacob at the cemetery was one of my favorites to write. I also love the strong value of family represented in the book.

What challenged you about writing it?

Writing a main character that’s a different gender is always a challenge. Also, it’s incredibly challenging to envision and create a realistic future that accounts for the dire circumstances involved in the story. Also, while I wanted to portray a desolate, dystopian world, I also wanted to capture mankind’s resilience in the face of hardship and not paint people as hapless or incompetent. Keeping that balance was difficult at times.

Which character do you most relate to and why?

As a father, I can relate to Jacob, though I can only imagine his pain. I’d like to think I’m like him, but I’m probably more like Doc: a quirky nerd.

What do you hope readers will take with them after they've read it?

Whether yesterday, today, or in some dystopian tomorrow, Jesus is our hope and peace for now and eternity. As Christians, we can help and encourage one another to continue and persevere in our faith.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not writing?

I love long family road trips, particularly visiting national parks. I enjoy camping, though we aren’t backcountry campers. I prefer the mountains to beaches, and my heart stirs when I get to sit and stare at grand vistas.

WoE Is Us
By D.K. Doulos
Christian Dystopian, YA, Sci-Fi
Paperback & ebook, 267 Pages
March 30, 2021 by Ambassador International

Lyrian Wallace was only ten years old when the Malevolence struck on October 10, 2056. She thought the next decade had numbed her to the grief, the death, the bots, and the daily struggle for survival. She lost her parents when they became Sleepers, but like everyone else, she had pieced together a new family. Lyrian was almost content when the Alliance began taking them . . .

The world always took things away from her. She could only live for today and never dared to hope for any heaven. But when her circumstances change, Lyrian must choose how she might live for both this life and the next.

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About the Author


D.K. Doulos has written stories most of his life and is thankful he can use his talent in service to God. When he's not writing, he enjoys going camping, impersonating a grill master, and watching college football. Between epic cross-country family road trips, he lives in Texas with his wife and four children. Find out more about D.K. on his website (www.dkdoulos.com).


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One winner will receive (US only):
- A leather satchel (sized to carry a tablet, iPad, or Kindle) that’s similar to the one carried by the book’s main character
- Bluebonnet scratch-made soap, inspired by the book’s Texas setting
- Fredericksburg Juicy Peach scented wax melts, inspired by the book’s Texas setting
- A $25 Amazon gift card

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We're launching the Book Tour for IN YOUR EYES by Jayne Townsley!

We're launching the Book Tour for IN YOUR EYES by Jayne Townsley!


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Author Interview

What inspired you to write In Your Eyes?

The cover was the kick-off for me. I saw the cover and decided to incorporate my female lead learning to play guitar and have Crystal try out for a reality talent show to honor her friend who had been murdered at the beginning of Run to You, which is Book 1 series.

What do you love the most about this story?

Troy and Crystal. They are people I would want to hang out with. People I would like to know. My single favorite moment is when Crystal tells Troy that she won’t put up with substance abuse. At all. She can handle a lot, but not that. She is honest about it and doesn’t see it as her responsibility to rescue him. At the same time, she is offering support with boundaries. And love. Lots and lots of love. There’s love everywhere in this book.

What challenged you about writing it?

When my Beta reader, author Kimberlee Dodge, read the first few chapters, her biggest question was, “What makes Troy and Crystal Troy and Crystal?” She wanted their “why.” I could see it and feel it, but writing it took a bit of effort. Finding the words to express it what my biggest challenge here.

Which character do you most relate to and why?

There’s a bit of me in all of my female characters. With Crystal, it goes back to her setting boundaries in her relationship with Troy regarding substance abuse. It is also in her certainty that she’s a good communicator and gets frustrated when she’s not communicating effectively.

What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read it?

Hope. And light. And love. Believing in love at first sight and second chances.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not writing?

When I’m not writing, I spend a ridiculous amount of time entering giveaways and sweepstakes. I’m also currently on a binge-watch of Chicago Fire. I’m telling myself it’s research for a series.

In Your Eyes
(Seasons of Love #2)
By Jayne Townsley
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 127 Pages
January 5, 2021

Crystal Davis got her wish for the Crew’s long-awaited post-graduation trip. Sun and fun before focusing on her new career as a pediatric RN at St. Francis’ Children’s Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was just what she needed. Bonus? She met Troy Bennett, and she realized she wanted less frivolity in her life and a little more serious.

Troy Bennett is a man fighting the demons who tell him he is worthless every day of his life. Demons his mother conjured. He quiets them with alcohol and casual relationships, never allowing any woman to get close enough to him so he will never have to disappoint one. Then on the spur of the moment trip to Panama City Beach with his Ranger buddies, he sees the future he’s always been afraid to pursue exit a Jeep Wrangler at a local donut shop.

Just as Troy and Crystal are finding their footing, she gets the call she never thought she would earn: Crystal Davis is going to Hollywood to be a contestant on America’s Next Chart Topper. What started as a way to honor her murdered friend has now become her dream. Chasing her dream means leaving Troy behind for a bit, and she wonders if her absence will cause what they’ve built so far to come crashing down.

Chasing her dream also means she’s put herself in a place where she’s vulnerable to the side of Hollywood that no one wants to acknowledge. A place where people only care about her and Troy’s story for the audience while behind the scenes, evil, selfish people work to tear them apart.

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About the Author


Jayne Townsley lives with her multi-generational family in Northeast Oklahoma's aptly named Green Country. A transplanted Okie from the Chicago suburbs, she has grown to love this state and its people with a passion, happily calling it home for the past 15 years.

Jayne shares her home with a rescued Shollie named Maui and two cats called Gamora and Nebula. 

Jayne enjoys old-fashioned road trips and is in the process of planning one to tour Oklahoma's Route 66. 

She is also something of a Disney World addict.


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One winner will receive their choice of $15 in products from the Solid Rock Soap Company and a signed paperback copy of In Your Eyes (US only)

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We're launching the Book Tour for THREE MAKES A FAMILY by Cari Lynn Webb!

We're launching the Book Tour for THREE MAKES A FAMILY by Cari Lynn Webb!


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Note from the Author

Welcome to my blog tour with Prism!

I’m thrilled to be celebrating the release of my new book, Three Makes a Family, in my series City by the Bay Stories with Harlequin Heartwarming. Three Makes a Family is a sweet contemporary romance that brings together former rivals, Molly McKinney and Drew Harrington.

Lawyer Molly McKinney needs to be the best—now more than ever. Relocating to San Francisco means a chance to provide a stable income and home for her nine-month-old daughter. And defending former rival Drew Harrington against charges of witness tampering will boost her reputation. As they work to clear Drew’s name, their feelings grow. But does Molly have room in her life for love?

Happy Spring!

Cari Lynn Webb

Three Makes a Family
(City by the Bay Stories #7)
By Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 223 Pages
April 1, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can love for a child…
Make them a family?

Lawyer Molly McKinney needs to be the best—now more than ever. Relocating to San Francisco means a chance to provide a stable income and home for her nine-month-old daughter. And defending former rival Drew Harrington against charges of witness tampering will boost her reputation. As they work to clear Drew’s name, their feelings grow. But does Molly have room in her life for love?

USA TODAY Bestselling Author

City by the Bay Stories
Book 1: The Charm Offensive
Book 2: The Doctor’s Recovery
Book 3: Ava’s Prize
Book 4: Single Dad to the Rescue
Book 5: In Love by Christmas
Book 6: Her Surprise Engagement
Book 7: Three Makes a Family

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About the Author


Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She's been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent's 70 year marriage and her parent's marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn't always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.


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We're launching the Book Tour for MYSTIC INVISIBLE by Ryder Hunte Clancy!

We're launching the Book Tour for MYSTIC INVISIBLE by Ryder Hunte Clancy!


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Author Interview

What inspired you to write Mystic Invisible?

This whole thing came about in a really random way. Or it least it felt that way at the time. I never really intended to be an author. I love reading and I always enjoy a good story, but the thought of actually writing and publishing a book never crossed my mind, not consciously, that is. Here’s how it all unfolded: I was in a church meeting, trying to keep my baby entertained, and this name came to me. I could see the character pretty clearly in my mind and within seconds, details started to form around him (funny thing is it wasn’t even my main character, it was a Uncle Jarus). You can imagine the shock and excitement I felt as I dug through the diaper bag in search of paper and something to write this flood of ideas down with. The book would be my favorite genre, YA fantasy, and would be set in Scotland, where my husband was born and raised; a land that I love dearly. While the original story changed and developed over time, it was that initial surge of inspiration that started me down the path of writing Mystic Invisible.

What do you love the most about this story?

The characters and the world. There’s a lot of fun banter throughout and who can turn down the magic and mystery that is the Highlands of Scotland?

What challenged you about writing it?

Definitely trying to find balance between home life, responsibilities, etc. and attempting to write a novel. Scrounging up writing time (especially uninterrupted writing time, life with littles is always busy and loud) became a fine art for me. Another challenging thing was writing through pregnancy. I became pregnant with my third during heavy revisions of Mystic Invisible. If it wasn’t morning sickness and migraines then it was sore tailbones, heartburn, and insomnia. Fun fact: I signed with my agent just weeks before giving birth to my third child.

Which character do you most relate to and why?

Garrick, hands down. He’s the well-meaning and sometimes uptight older brother. He’s quite reserved but still has many ambitions.

What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read it?

A greater passion and excitement for reading, especially for our younger readers. I’d love for them to fall in love with the characters and the world just as I have.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not writing?

I love being out in the sun, naps, and yummy baked treats. An occasional Netflix or series binge on HBO is also appreciated for this often frazzled mom. Pre-pandemic life involved kid-free outings to Barnes and Noble, kid-free, and going to the movies. And reading, of course. Always.

Mystic Invisible
By Ryder Hunte Clancy
Young Adult Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 267 Pages
March 17, 2021 by Winter Goose Publishing

Scotland. Where fantasy, mystery, and folklore abound. A place of untold stories and forgotten paths.

A place where legends run awry.


Fifteen-year-old Monte moves to the mystically jeopardized Highlands of Scotland and discovers that life as a Celtic wizard is anything but easy. Whisperings of abnormal enchantments and vicious cat siths grip the small town he now calls home. Fear is at the helm and the instigator is unknown. An indefinite moratorium on magic is enforced. In a race against darkness, Monte and his friends must choose who to trust before time runs out, even if it means breaking some rules and facing danger head on.

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Ryder Hunte Clancy has lived most of her life in the desert but her heart belongs to the sea; her happy place, where brine and mist abound and allusive waves caress expansive stretches of compacted sand. A tried and true stay-at-home mom, she has just as much trouble keeping up with her fictional, teenage characters as she does her three small children. Mystic Invisible is her debut novel, the inspiration of which was gleaned from her husband’s homeland of Scotland, where fantasy, mystery, and folklore are rich and hints of adventure linger around every corner.


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Check out the Bookstagram Tour for THEIR SECOND-CHANCE BABY by Tara Taylor Quinn!

Check out the Bookstagram Tour for THEIR SECOND-CHANCE BABY by Tara Taylor Quinn!


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Find more information below or just head on over to our Instagram
page HERE to check out the tour and find out how to enter the giveaway.

Their Second-Chance Baby
(The Parent Portal, #6)
By Tara Taylor Quinn
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 208 Pages
April 1, 2021 by Harlequin Special Edition

Will a blast from her past

Bring her the future she dreamed of?


Lieutenant Annie Morgan is determined to have the family she wants more than anything. But fertility problems mean she must get permission from her JAG attorney ex, Seth, to use their embryos. Annie never stopped loving Seth, but his inability to deal with her dangerous job sabotaged their relationship years ago. Now that they’re realizing the dream of a family, is there any chance they can renew other dreams, as well?

From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.

The Parent Portal
Book 1: Having the Soldier’s Baby
Book 2: A Baby Affair
Book 3: Her Motherhood Wish
Book 4: A Mother’s Secrets
Book 5: The Child Who Changed Them
Book 6: Their Second-Chance Baby

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Tour Schedule

March 29th:
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@_emilyreads
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March 30th:
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@pickagoodbook
@tea.tiara.read.repeat
March 31st:
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April 1st:
@lynn_thoughtsofablonde
@sarahs.bookstack
@declarationsofafangirl
April 2nd:
@wishfulendings
@jhannabass
@marieedwards429

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About the Author


The international author of more than 90 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over seven million copies sold. A five time RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher's Weekly Bestseller list. She is a National Reader’s Choice Award winner and has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.


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The author is hosting a giveaway in celebration of this being her hundredth release! Enter to win 30 signed copies from multiple authors, including Debbie Macomber, Heather Graham, RaeAnne Thayne and Sharon Sala!

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Five winners will receive an ebook of Having Her Soldier’s Baby, the first book in The Parent Portal Series (open internationally)

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Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, April 4, 2020. Void where prohibited by law. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with or sponsored by Instagram. Winner(s) will never be asked to send sensitive information or click on links or fill out forms. Information, such as name, email and address will be sent through direct message through Prism Book Tours account ONLY.

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We're blitzing about EXPIRATION DATE by Mardine Perrins!

We're blitzing about EXPIRATION DATE by Mardine Perrins!


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Expiration Date
By Mardine Perrins
Medical Thriller, Dystopian
Paperback & ebook, 304 Pages
March 4, 2021 by Kat Biggie Press

A conspiracy theory no one would have guessed.

It’s 2168 and expiration dates have been a part of the human genome for the last hundred years. Society has grown accustomed to these birthmark dates, revealing the day you will expire. But suddenly, an exponential number of infants are being born across the globe with very short expiration dates, giving them only hours, days to live.

Elisa Quinn’s cousin’s baby is amongst these born with shockingly short expiration dates. Devastated over the rapid demise of the baby, Elisa begins to search for answers. Not satisfied by the response the global government is providing for the growing number of short expiration dates, she sets out to discover what could be behind this alarming trend. Aided by two scientists, Ashlei Quinn and Claude Monark, Elisa investigates the long-standing gestational supplement of nutriment injections as a potential source in the shortened dates.

While researching, the trio uncover an extremist group, Restituere. They learn of the group’s plot to control the growth of the population, potentially exterminating a large portion in the process.

Armed with their new revelations, Elisa and Claude travel to Boston seeking help from the one person they thought they could count on, only to find themselves fighting for their lives. Unable to trust anyone, they venture out on their own to interrupt Restituere’s plot. They soon find themselves in the middle of a deep global conspiracy, and in the crosshairs of those who would stop at nothing to see this plot through.

Unless they can prevent this deadly group’s plans, their loved ones will be lost and the human race altered forever.

If you love Dan Brown’s, Deception Point; Michael Crichton’s, The Andromeda Strain; and A.G. Riddle’s, The Atlantis Gene, you will love Expiration Date.

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Excerpt

Melissa Morrison put her feet up on a chair in the break room, resting her head on the table. The door opened slightly and June, a student nurse, poked her head in.

“She’s ready, ten centimeters dilated.”

Melissa lifted her head slowly and dropped her feet to the floor. The dark circles under her eyes told of the last eighteen-hour, three-day shift she’d been working.

Melissa entered the room as the laboring mother—Shauna, she re- minded herself—screamed with her next contraction. She watched the woman’s husband, David, get swatted away each time he tried to dab her head with a cool cloth, and wondered how much longer she would tolerate the attention.

One wall was painted with a mural of lilies, lupine, peonies, primrose and asters—an English garden to soothe the trauma of labor— while the other featured lambs and geese frolicking together in the countryside, washed over with a melancholy overtone contrary to its playful characters.

Melissa was happy to see the friendly face of the woman’s cousin, Elisa, who was standing by the birthing bed.

David was pacing. “Is the doctor coming soon? I think she’s ready!”

“He’s on his way,” Melissa said.

“I’m going to be a dad in like five seconds and I don’t exactly know what to do here.”

Melissa glanced at Shauna, panting and gripping the sides of the bed—she let out a grunt.

“Okay well, I’m pretty sure there’s not much for you to do here. I believe Shauna will do most of the work,” Elisa assured him. “Your job is to be supportive.”

Dr. Reed Frederick entered the room. “Elisa, I didn’t expect you to be here.”

“Hi Reed. I’m here for moral support.” She side-eyed David with a smirk.

“Great, the more the merrier.”

The room was set up for expectant moms to deliver on one side of the room with a half wall separating the newborn baby area. The baby’s nook was filled with baby supplies and brightly lit with white walls.

Melissa observed as June pulled the sterile drape off a covered table and began to prepare for baby’s arrival.

“Melissa,” Dr. Frederick glanced at the nurse, “informs me that you are completely dilated and ready to go.”

“I’m ready,” Shauna panted.

Elisa scrunched her face as Shauna contorted hers with a contraction. She let out a little scream and immediately resumed her breathing exercises.

Everyone assumed their positions, with David holding Shauna’s hand repeating, “Breathe, breathe.”

Elisa stood at her head as silent support, though occasionally giving words of encouragement. The only wall not adorned with animals or flowers was the one facing the birthing bed—it was a plain lavender.

Melissa smirked, glimpsing Elisa mouthing the screams with Shauna as she pushed with each contraction.

Twenty minutes later the shaky cries of a five-pound baby girl filled the room—Jessica, they decided. The anxious mother grappled for her daughter, rapidly searching for the birthmark, as the baby was whisked away to be inspected.

“I’ll have her right back to you in a moment,” June promised.

David turned back to his wife, while she lay back to rest, wiping the stray hairs away from her eyes and sweaty cheeks. He looked down at her, meeting her unsettled gaze.

Elisa backed away, not wanting to intrude.

In the baby’s nook, Melissa instructed June on how to examine the newborn infant using the Apgar score system—the practice of quickly assessing a baby’s health moments after birth.

She noticed June’s hands trembling, so she placed a reassuring hand on her shoulder. June closed her eyes for just a moment and took a deep breath in to block out any distractions before performing a second test, checking the baby for signs of anything less than healthy.

“Heart rate’s good—110 beats per minute,” she blurted out, talking herself through it. “Reflex response.” She gently let Jessica’s head drop into her hand. “Spontaneous movement, sluggish. Next check,” she flipped the baby slowly from side to side, “baby’s… color… is… good.” She looked again and lowered her voice. “Hands and feet, slightly discolored. Respirations… slow and irregular.” Melissa watched over June’s shoulder as she finally wiped Jessica down, while apprehensively searching her tiny body for the same string of numbers Shauna had so desperately tried to catch a glimpse of earlier. Finding them, the date was clear. The birthmark read, 7152168. She looked up at Melissa and grimaced.

June loosely wrapped Jessica in a blanket and carried her to Dr. Frederick, who stood at the end of the birthing bed. She gently slipped the blanket away, positioning the foot so he could see the numbers. His weary eyes looked up, then from father to mother. “I’m so sorry,” he said quietly, glanced at Elisa, and mournfully left the room. There’s nothing more he would do here.

Shauna cried out. “Nooo, not her!”

Wails echoed throughout the ward from room 701. David let out a bloodcurdling howl.

Cupping her mouth, Elisa stood silently waiting in the shadows now, allowing the distressed parents space to absorb their child’s fate. A fate that is always possibly looming with each birth, but never easy to accept. She wiped the tears from her cheeks.

His eyes red and swollen, David reached toward Shauna, trying to console her. She flailed her arms, rejecting his efforts.

“Please God, no, no, no!” she cried desperately. Elisa moved forward and placed her hand on her cousin’s shoulder only to get pushed away— she crossed her arms and again receded to her haven against the wall.

David continued to attempt to console his wife, though he didn’t really have the will to completely contain her. Her arms still pushing him away, she inadvertently hit him in the mouth, causing a trickle of blood to form on his bottom lip. He noticed, but didn’t care, though he stopped trying to hold her. Distraught, he wasn’t sure how to calm his wife or even sure if he wanted to.

June swaddled Jessica and carried her to her parents. The new mom’s gaze followed her as she got closer, as though her baby would disappear if she turned away. She took her in her arms and kissed her forehead; her dad bent down to do the same, nuzzling his cheek against his daughter’s as if to take a little bit of her with him when he retreated.

“Check again,” he whispered to her. “Check again, maybe they’re wrong, maybe it wasn’t clear. Check again.”

Shauna opened her eyes wide. Another chance. A small wrinkled foot popped out as she meticulously unwrapped the pale pink blanket Jessica was swaddled in. Inching closer, Elisa fruitlessly tried to steal a glimpse from across the room. Everyone waited in anticipation knowing the result, but maybe…just maybe there could have been a mistake?

They both looked so quickly–perhaps they didn’t see well! She unwrapped the last layer and looked away briefly, then turned back. She raised Jessica’s foot, searching as if trying to focus on the words on the page of a book. Her face scrunched up and distorted into what was an unmistakable answer; she sobbed. Unable to hold his stance, David collapsed onto the side of the bed, and this time she allowed him to throw his arms around her and they wept together as a family.

Silently, Elisa made her way over to join Melissa and June. “What’s the date?” she asked in a whisper.

Melissa somberly looked into Elisa’s eyes. “July fifteenth, twenty- one, sixty-eight.”

Elisa gasped and softly said, “That’s three days from now!”

Suddenly, David pulled away from his family, turned and hit the wall, crushing his hand. He winced, but picked up the chair he’d been sitting in moments before and hurled it across the room, nearly hitting June. Melissa raced to push a button on the wall, while Elisa rushed toward mom and baby to act as a shield of protection.

The hospital loudspeaker urgently announced, “Code orange maternity, 7th floor, Code orange maternity, 7th floor.”

On Elisa’s hip she heard her pager, “Beep, beep, beep…”

About the Author


Mardine Perrins is a writer and a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist in a Cardiac Catherization lab in upstate New York. Forever fascinated by the unknown and questioning the unexplored, you’ll find her curiosities displayed throughout her work. Her imagination is driven by anomalies in nature; bizarre creatures that live beneath the sea; underground caverns teaming with undiscovered prehistoric life. She’s captivated with the complexity of the human DNA, mind and body and is drawn to natures ability to overcome, adapt and persist. She investigates why these things exist and how she can bring them to their potential through her stories. She currently lives in East Greenbush, NY with her husband, children and two cats.


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We're launching the Book Tour for A DIVINE CONSPIRACY by Tom Bruner!

We're launching the Book Tour for A DIVINE CONSPIRACY by Tom Bruner!


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Author Interview

What inspired you to write A Divine Conspiracy?

This will be my third book. The first two I didn’t market at all because I had no idea of what I was doing and the books were so so. Those two were preparation for this book, A Divine Conspiracy. As a Christian, one of the most beguiling questions I have is how did Lucifer talk a third of the Angels in Heaven into overthrowing God? What could he possibly have said that would have them thinking they were not being cared for or whatever. That is my inspiration. I know it didn’t happen the way I portrayed it, but it did happen. I’m very happy with the outcome.

What challenged you about writing it?

Portraying Angels accurately was hard at first. I have a friend who is a Dean at a Christian University who was nice enough to read my first draft. He immediately pointed out some material that wasn’t biblical. I didn’t do it out of malice but out of ignorance. So, I was a lot more careful going forward. Describing heaven was fun, because nobody has any idea and I was free to create what I would like to see and do.

What do you love most about this story?

I finally get some resolution to what happened during that time! I know, not really, but it could have happened that way. Again, the whole thing bugs me.

What character do you most relate to and why?

The protagonist. I was constantly asking myself what would I do in that situation. Also, he wasn’t going to be denied. He was going to discover what was going on, even to the point of getting in major trouble.

What do you hope readers will take away with them after they’ve read it?

A sense of fulfillment. That feeling you get when you gone through an adventure and you know you’re at the end. I want them to love the story so much they can’t help but tell other people about it.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

I love to go to the beach and read books. Both at the same time.

What else would you like to share with readers?

In these days of uncertainty, take some time to be kind to one person today.

A Divine Conspiracy
(A Divine Conspiracy #1)
By Tom Bruner
Christian Young Adult Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 297 Pages
February 15, 2021

It’s a new world for the first fifty, ever-created, Angels.

They have been brought to life for one reason. To fight evil. But no one knows what evil is or where it's going to come from. The story takes place in Heaven another newly created estate, under construction as the Angels begin training, under the watchful eye of the Archangel, Michael, to become Guardians on a yet to be created planet called Earth. Heaven is something to behold. The Angels are mystified as they take their first tour through the new city. Incredible architecture (Skyscrapers made of seashells and white sand), birds of every color (Golden Eagles), and a city made of libraries (For those who like to read), are just a few of the sights the Angel's experience.

We follow Adlay, one of the Angels, from his first breath, through extensive physical training, his Humanities class with Jesus, and his Worship class with a beautiful Angel named Lucifer, who immediately gives Adlay a foreboding feeling. The Angels work hard for months to improve and graduate from training. Adlay excels above everybody else in training but quickly discovers Lucifer is planning something. What he finds out, makes him question if he actually knows what is right or wrong. As the Angels near their big day, Adlay must make a difficult choice. Does he care only about graduating and moving on or does he risk everything to discover if Lucifer and evil are synonymous.
 
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About the Author


Tom Bruner appreciates books. Over one thousand read. Really. Growing up in Southern California, Tom has had a passion for reading books since his early teens. It’s all about the story is what he believes. Tired of the same vanilla spoonful every time he opened a Christian Fiction book, he decided to write, A Divine Conspiracy. This book is set in the newly created estate of Heaven. It tells the story of the creation and training of the first Angels ever to be. We follow Adlay, a newly created Angel from his first breath, through physical training and classes with Jesus and Lucifer until the day Heaven falls apart. It packs a punch. There is not a dull moment.

Tom considers taking a motley group of boys from the 7th grade through the graduation of high school with Lifegroup a church program to be his greatest accomplishment so far. That and U.S. Air Force Basic Training. That and fraternity initiation. Oh, and running a marathon without training. The boys and Tom met once a week throughout each school year. Spending six years with the same boys going through that period of their life a great adventure. Tom, an avid Christian, volunteers on Sundays at his church in the junior high ministry. Please pray for him.

Tom is a Southern California guy through and through. He loves the beach and writing books. A Divine Conspiracy is the first book in a trilogy. Tom hopes to have the second book out in six months.
 


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