In quarantined Colorado, where hundreds of thousands of people are dying from an unstoppable disease called the red death, insomniac Kate Cummings struggles to find the courage to live and to love. Her new love, investigative reporter Greg Pullman, is determined to discover the truth behind the red death until the cost -- Kate's life -- becomes more than he can pay.
This is a story of survival in the face of brutality, government cover-up, and public hysteria. It is also a story of love: lost, found and fulfilled. --Lazarus Barnhill, author
"Bertram's characters are heartbreaking and real. I love Kate. Absolutely love her." --Rachael Wollet, freelance editor
"As lame as it sounds to say it, this book is a page-turner; it's the kind of story you find yourself reading at 2 a.m. because you couldn't stop yourself from reading just one more chapter. A native if Colorado, Bertram knows the territory, the kinds of facts that give the reader a true sense of place. She also knows how to make an "it-can't-happen-here" disaster story so real, that by the end of the book, the events sound down right probable. And if it happens, what will you do then? There are heroes in the book who make "A Spark of Heavenly Fire" a very compelling story and, should the need arise, who will also serve as very good role models." --Malcolm Campbell, author of The Sun Singer