In the graveyard overlooking the city of Stonetree, a petrified oak broods. It's a monstrous thing, not just because of its size, but because of who was murdered there. When Ruby Case limped into church that spring morning, she was not thinking about haunted trees. Mother of two young boys and wife to a backslidden believer, she faithfully prays for God's visitation upon the city. Yet when she inexplicably raises a boy from the dead, Ruby gets more than she bargained for. The resurrection creates uproar in the quiet coastal town, turning Ruby into both a celebrity and a scapegoat. When Reverend Ian Clark joins Ruby in a search for answers it leads to a collision with unspeakable darkness. Together, they quickly realize that Ruby woke more than a dead boy, and the secrets she unleashed now threaten to destroy them all. Can they overcome their own brokenness before they become victims of an insidious evil?
Mike Duran was a finalist in "Faith in Fiction"'s inaugural short story contest and was chosen as one of ten authors to be published in "Infuze Magazine"'s 2005 print anthology. He is author of the short story "En Route to Inferno," which appeared in "Coach's Midnight Diner: Back from the Dead "edition, and received the Editor's Choice award for his creative nonfiction essay titled "The Ark," published in the Summer 2.3 Issue of "Relief Journal." In between blogs, he also writes a monthly column for "Novel Journey" and has served as editor on the "Midnight Diner's "editorial team. Duran is an ordained minister and lives with his wife of 29 years and four grown children in Southern California.