She can cure the sick. She can give life to the dying. But can she save herself? Penny Chaney was a living miracle. The victim of a lethally sudden virus, no medicine could help her, and no doctor could bring her back. Then, in the realm between this world and the next, she was given a choice: enter the hereafter, or return to her life with the extraordinary ability to heal others -- but at a great personal price. Penny chose life. When her exceptional power is discovered, the world's reaction ranges from reverent awe to outraged disbelief. Penny and her family find themselves besieged by devoted followers as well as crass opportunists -- two of whom are seeking her out, each for personal reasons. One, driven by warped fanaticism, wants to kill her. The other will try to show her why she was chosen, and help her face the final, terrible cost of PENNY'S GIFT
Edna Ventre-Auerfeld earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Binghamton University in 1989, and a master's degree in elementary education at SUNY Brockport. She lives in upstate New York and is the mother of two children. Penny's Gift, her first novel, was born from a lifetime of daydreaming, imagining ordinary people who have extraordinary circumstances thrown their way.