TITLE: Truly A Miracle
SERIES: The Innkeeper Series
AUTHOR: Derrick Knight
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
LENGTH: 251 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 25, 2016
BLURB: Dustin Hurst and Nathaniel Schmitt were happy when Nathaniel’s sister Natalie agreed to be their surrogate. Both men were elated finding out that she was pregnant with twins. Their dreams of becoming parents finally coming true, until one day, Natalie goes into preterm labor.
Diana and Niles Hurst-Schmitt enter the world over two months premature. Immediately they’re transported to a nearby children’s hospital where doctors soon discover both twins have life threatening complications requiring surgical intervention.
During their children’s hospitalization, Dustin and Nathaniel grow fond of the many talented healthcare professionals working to heal their newborns, including the attractive dietitian Matt Bachmeier. They think it’s only a matter of time before their babies are well enough to come home. Unfortunately, fate has other plans for the tiny infants resulting in Dustin and Nathaniel unexpectedly embarking on a terrifying journey witnessing their children fighting for their lives.
As their medical crisis continues to unfold, Dustin and Nathaniel pray for a miracle their family so desperately needs.
Dr. Perry, Dustin and Nathaniel’s family physician, was already gowned up and masked. Dr. Perry walked over to the bed and began examining his new patient.
Natalie let out more groans, causing Dustin’s body to flinch.
Again, Dr. Simmons positioned herself between her patient’s legs.
Natalie’s eyes were closed, her face scarlet red as she pushed as hard as she could. “Aaaarrrggghhh!” She clamped down on Ray’s hand. He winced, gritting his teeth.
“This child doesn’t want to come out.” Dr. Simmons glanced at a nearby nurse. Then she peered at both Dustin and Nathaniel.
Knots formed in Dustin’s stomach. This can’t be good.
“The infant is breech.”
Dustin’s heart stopped, his entire body numb. He held his breath as Dr. Simmons continued. “I’m going to try and rotate the infant. Damn it! I’m going to have to perform a C-section. We need to move her to a surgical suite.”
Fuck! Dustin gazed up at the ceiling. Please God, let my baby be all right. His mind spun out of control as doomsday scenarios flashed inside his head. My child will be okay.
Dustin stepped back, allowing the team to transport Natalie into a surgical suite. He gazed at Nathaniel, who was pale. They both watched in shock as the events unfolded in front of them, like spectators at the scene of an accident. This scene wasn’t what he had envisioned when they’d agreed for Natalie to be their children’s surrogate. He thought becoming a parent would be a magical experience, not chaotic.
Dustin peeked over his shoulder as they left the room, seeing Dr. Perry working on their daughter. His chest tightened, the guilt tugging on his heart. Don’t fret, little princess, Daddy will be back soon, I promise.
Derrick Knight was born in Janesville, Wisconsin. Growing up, he always dreamed of becoming a writer. His grandmother got him hooked on reading mystery novels. It was in December 2011 that he purchased his first M/M romance novel. Instantly, he became hooked on the genre. After reading his first gay romance novel, he knew what type of books he wanted to write.
Derrick earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from University of Wisconsin- Stout, and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. He has worked in the healthcare field as a dietitian for over twenty-three years. For the past nineteen years, he has functioned as a neonatal nutritionist for a large Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Central Illinois. Currently, he lives in Peoria, Illinois.