Hard Harvest

Three Kinds of Wicked: Book 7

Hannah is a stubborn midwestern farm girl who needs love. Her government-appointed husband is under orders to make a baby, but he isn’t interested in the emotional stuff. Or is he? It takes a handsome, mysterious stranger from parts unknown to show them “literally” how to meet halfway.
Hard Harvest is a post apocalyptic paranormal romance novella that successfully walks a fine line between sci-fi, fantasy and romance. Author Selah March creates likeable, multi-dimensional characters within a complex futuristic world where women capable of childbearing are a national resource, and everything west of the Rockies is a ghost town. At the same time, the society she creates in the hardscrabble existence of the Midwest, where Hannah works her family farm and cares for her younger brothers, has an American pioneer feel.
Think “Little House on the Prairie” meets “The Science Guy”. In the hands of a less-talented author, the blend of genres could be awkward, but March makes it work.
The love story is beautifully rendered and the mysterious Trey best of all remains a mystery till the end.

Book Blurb for Hard Harvest

In twenty-second century America, war, disease and pollution have wiped out three-quarters of Earth’s population and left most women sterile. Scientists are battling the specter of human extinction. Now they’ve devised a DNA test and built a database to help each of the remaining fertile females find her perfect genetic counterpart, thereby ensuring healthy, hardy offspring.

For Midwestern farm girl Hannah Jenkins, this means accepting a stranger as a potential mate. Unfortunately, the handsome Dr. David Cabot isn’t everything she’d expected. Distant and humorless, he spends all his time in the makeshift laboratory he’s set up in the family barn. He and Hannah use more energy sniping at each other than communicating their wants and needs. After a few months of passionless monthly encounters with no pregnancy to show for it, Hannah is certain David will abandon her at the end of their trial marriage.

Then a stranger saves Hannah from robbery at gunpoint, and Hannah hires him to work as a farmhand. The mysterious Trey intrigues both Hannah and David, but can he show them how to make love without making war?

To My Readers: This story is an experiment for me. I enjoyed the challenge of writing a romantic love story against the background of a bleak future. The “threesome” aspect added another layer of intricacy in creating believable characters and plot. I can’t wait to see if my readers love the end result as much as I do!

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2010 4.00