The Last Rose of Summer by Mary Austin / #Extract #BlogTour @RABTBookTours @MaryAustinBooks


While working independently as a pre-med student at Cleary University, the soon-to-be physician, Mary Austin, discovers a remarkable, non-toxic drug that could offer tremendous hope to cancer patients. Her work is headed for publication in a top medical journal until a drug company begins negotiations with her bosses from which she is mysteriously excluded.

Amid egregious sexual harassment, Mary’s materials are blatantly sabotaged. As death threats follow and her work becomes impossible, she is accepted at Whitehead College of Medicine despite evidence that her bosses tampered with her application process. After becoming a pediatrics resident, she shares her story with her beloved mentor, Dr. Daniel Taylor, who allows her to temporarily leave her residency training to reproduce the work. Her joy turns to sorrow and then determination when she learns that Dr. Taylor is battling terminal pancreatic cancer. Even as a chain of events prompts the sabotage of Mary’s drug stock and leaves her seemingly without any choice but to permanently leave academic medicine, the story of her drug is not over yet.

In this novel inspired by a true story, after a young cancer researcher discovers a breakthrough drug that could change chemotherapy, the drug industry suppresses the breakthrough and transforms her life and career forever.




St. Elmo’s Fire

St. Elmo’s fire is a beautiful natural phenomenon that occurs in highly electrically charged atmospheres around violent storms. St. Elmo is the Italian name of St. Erasmus, the patron saint of sailors; when the violet light licked up over the surfaces of a ship, sailors in bygone eras felt it was an omen that their patron saint was with them in the storm.

The truth I was investigating was beautiful beyond belief, but dear God, was there a storm around it. Still, I was not going to reverse course unless I died, and thank God Dr. Taylor, my protector, was still with me.

Thank you, Mary Austin and RABT Book Tours


About the author

Mary Austin is the pseudonym for a physician who, in order to publicize a suppressed discovery in cancer research, had to sacrifice first her academic career, then a career as a board-certified pediatrician, and then her personal safety. She would do it again.


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