In this Pride & Prejudice meets Orange is the New Black contemporary romance/women’s fiction tale, Dr. Emma Edwards is desperate to protect her inmate brother, even if it means taking a job as the new prison doctor and hiding her identity. Prison Warden Maxim Chambers is a hard man, a man tormented and toughened by his past, a man who cannot stop thinking about the beautiful new prison doctor. What is it about her that makes her so enchanting, and why is she so interested in one of his inmates? When Emma and Maxim uncover their burning desire for one another, will their secrets survive the fire? Or will what they’re keeping locked away make them prisoners in their own hearts? Song of the Blackbird is a dark but optimistic, emotional tale that proves even within prison walls, love knows no boundary.


“There are plenty of romances on the market and plenty of novels about prison experiences; but combining the two under one cover in a prison romance is a different approach, indeed, and so Song of the Blackbird provides a powerful saga of the unexpected…” Click here for full review.

Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review



“With compelling characters, a unique setting and a sweet love story, Michaels introduces her debut series, Albatross Prison. The characters are skillfully crafted, drawing readers in with their opposing opinions, belief in their actions and strong familial values…this is a gratifying tale of forgiveness, compromise and love.”

Romantic Times Review Source



Title: Song of the Blackbird

Series: Albatross Prison Series #1

Author: DB Michaels

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, Medical

Release Date: June 21, 2016

Publisher: Dream Tower Publishing

Print Length: 331 pages

Format: Digital and Paperback

Digital ISBN: 978-0-9972798-0-1

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9972798-1-8



Healing must start from within…

Desperate to reconnect with her half-brother, Emma Edwards takes her new medical training and secures a doctor’s job at the prison where he’s serving a sentence. But what she finds there is worse than she ever imagined…tough rules and even tougher men, gangs powered by drug money and corruption. Emma must find a way to keep her brother alive until he’s freed even if that means lying to the one man she should be able to trust…

Unless you find someone to share your pain…

Warden Maxim Chambers doesn’t believe a woman should be working in a penitentiary, especially one like Emma – a woman even a hardened man like him can’t get off his mind. He’s spent too many years building walls around his heart to let himself care about anyone. Yet when Emma is almost hurt in a prison assault, Maxim can’t deny his feelings for her. But what is the connection between Emma and the prisoner named Sam?

And accept your past.

When secrets are revealed, danger and death run through the prison. Only the truth can save Emma and Maxim…if it’s not too late.

Song of the Blackbird immerses you in a whole new world – a gritty, violent world where things you have always believed turn out not to be true. It is a compelling story of sorrow and loss, of hope and second chances, and most of all, of the power of love.


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“What’s up with him?” Dr. Brown pointed his large shiny head toward the patient.

“Elderly inmate beat up by one of the staff here,” Emma said. “Vitals stable, getting fluids. Probably shot some heroin too.”

“Custody beat him up?”

“Custody?” Emma asked.

“The guards. That’s what they’re called here. You know, the men and women in green.”

“Oh. I’m not sure if Chambers is Custody, but the man is way out of control.”

“Chambers?” Dr. Brown asked with a quizzical expression.

“Yeah,” Emma said. “Tall, rude brute. Really rough around the edges. You know him? Who’s his supervisor?”

A delicate cough came from the nurses’ corner. Dr. Brown’s face changed into a peculiar shade of red as he stared at the open entranceway.

No, it couldn’t be. Emma groaned to herself. She turned around and sure enough, the big brute from earlier stood glowering at her from the doorway. Two men in green Custody uniforms flanked his side.

“I assume you two have met,” Dr. Brown said in a strangled voice.

“Dr. Edwards, nice to see you again.” A pair of familiar silver eyes flared at her. “If you have a complaint about me, call the governor.”

“Of California?” Emma asked, her spirits dwindling as fast as air from a popped balloon.

“Of course. What other state would we be talking about?” The man extended his hand. “Maxim Chambers. Your warden.”

Emma closed her eyes and prayed it was all a dream. But alas, the gods were not on her side. Of all the luck. He had to be the warden. No wonder the guards kowtowed to him. Suddenly she found her tiny hand swallowed up in a warm paw. “Emma Edwards, nice to meet you,” she squeaked out.

Chambers shot her a nasty look before dropping her hand like a hot potato.


About DB Michaels:

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DB Michaels is a life-long reader who fell in love with the field of medicine during college. Double boarded in internal medicine and emergency medicine, she enjoys using her skills to help those in need. Working as a doctor in the prison system inspired her to write Song of the Blackbird, the first installment in her Albatross Prison Series. Though the book is fictional, it illustrates the power of love, hope, and second chances.

DB’s first passion has always been books and she is happiest when she is absorbed in a great novel or writing. When she has time off, she likes to watch old movies, dally in the sun, and spend time with her family.


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