TITLE: Truly A Miracle
SERIES: The Innkeeper Series
AUTHOR: Derrick Knight
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
LENGTH: 251 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 25, 2016
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.
children fighting for their lives.
As their medical crisis continues to unfold, Dustin and Nathaniel pray for a miracle their family so desperately needs.
Natalie’s roar caused a shiver to run down Dustin’s spine. He looked over at her lying on her side in the fetal position as the anesthesiologist attempted to place a large needle into her back. Dustin’s knees knocked together watching the physician. For a second, Dustin thought he was going to collapse but regained his composure.
After the anesthesiologist finished placing the epidural, he went over to talk to Dr. Simmons. A cluster of masked healthcare professionals hovered over Natalie while the two doctors seemed immersed in their conversation. Dustin couldn’t hear what they were saying, which he thought might not be good.
After the epidural took effect, the team rolled Natalie on her back again. The mechanical sounds of monitors and human chatter echoed throughout the confined area. Oh my God, this is really happening. I’m going to be a dad. Soon Nathaniel and I will be parents? Holy shit! How frightening. He checked the clock on the wall—eleven fifteen. Then he heard someone call out a number.
“She is dilated to ten. It’s time.”
Dr. Simmons positioned herself between Natalie’s thighs while Ray stood next to his wife, holding her hand.
“All right, everyone, we’re ready to begin.” Dr. Simmons peered over at Dustin and Nathaniel. “Gentlemen, you can move closer.”
Dustin stirred. While nervous about the health of his babies, at the same time, he couldn’t wait to see the little faces of his bundles of joy. As he moved closer, Nathaniel hesitated, gawking everywhere then in the direction of his sister.
“What’s wrong?” Dustin asked.
“I haven’t seen my sister naked since we were five-years-old.” Nathaniel spoke in a lowered voice. Beads of sweat accumulated on his forehead. “Like I said before, I don’t want to see my sister’s muffin!”
Dustin looked over at Natalie. Her entire face flushed. Squinting, her lips curled up as she glared at her brother.
“Nathaniel, get over here now! I’m not going to hear for the rest of my life how you missed seeing the birth of your children because you were too scared to look at my private parts. If you want, after this is all over, you can show me your wee-wee--then we can both be scarred for life.”
Dustin covered his mouth and laughed, watching Nathaniel move closer, like a snail.
“I feel like I have to push!” she shouted, breathing faster, clenching Ray’s arm. “Aaarrghhh!”
Dustin grabbed Nathaniel’s hand. They were so close to having their dreams come true. This was one of the proudest moments he had ever experienced. Better than the day he’d completed his doctorate. He swayed back and forth in anticipation.
“I see the crown of the head,” Dr. Simmons said. She and the healthcare team worked in unison delivering the first infant. “Just one more push!”
Natalie clenched her teeth, letting out a loud piercing scream.
“It’s a girl!” Dr. Simmons announced, lifting the baby up. She turned to Dustin, “Would you like to cut the umbilical cord?”
Dustin froze. What if I cut the cord wrong and my daughter bleeds to death? Dustin cleared his throat.
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.