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The Last Noel

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In the timeless struggle between science and faith, the stakes have never been higher . . .

When scientists on faraway Beddin decided to engineer an energy-rich explosion at the edge of our solar system, they were sure they had protected Earth from all possible fallout. Unfortunately, they thought of everything but the timing. The brilliant display is scheduled for December 24th - Christmas Eve. While the threat of any physical damage to Earth has been eliminated, the cultural damage of an explosion that could be construed either as the Second Star of Bethlehem or the coming Apocalypse is terrifying.

Realizing their mistake with only days to spare, they recruit two Earth experts to advise them on whether to scrap the experiment or just mitigate the effects. Astrophysicist Greg Martell is hot to go forward so he can study the dazzling event. Anthropologist Becca Kincaid is convinced it must be stopped. She predicts chaos on multiple fronts, religious and cultural. And on a gut level, she fears consequences she can't even begin to predict.

Now Becca and Greg must work together to reach a joint recommendation. They are adversaries, but whether from the high stakes or simple chemistry, they become lovers as well. Becca is determined to stop the project, and a frustrated Greg feels the opportunity - and the woman - slipping from his grasp. Too late, he realizes Becca's instincts were correct. The dangers are real, and could cost them everything - including their lives.

About the Author:

Kate Donovan spent her childhood in Ohio and Rhode Island, where she wrote mysteries with pen and paper and stashed them under her bed. When her family moved to California, she headed to UC Berkeley, where she met her future husband, Paul, and together they survived college and law school (UC Davis). They've been married and practicing law ever since while raising two great kids - a son and a daughter. She's had 18 novels and 3 novellas published in genres including fantasy, historical romance, legal thriller, romantic suspense and young adult science fiction. Most recently, her historical romances are being rereleased in electronic format; her first young adult sci-fi was released (MECH GIRL); and aliens have abducted her heroines (PERFECT SPECIMEN, PERFECT SPECIMEN: BRIETTA, and THE LAST NOEL). There's also a time-travel story in the works and some light horror on the horizon - hopefully in terms of genre only, not real life.

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November 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Last Noel
Author(s): Kate Donovan
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
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