The Devil’s Ruse

Set against the backdrop of WWI, the novel pits the brightest scientific minds of the day against a deadly secret. In an effort to bring an end to a war that has been raging for four years, Dr. Nicholas Wareing takes on a risky research project for the U.S. Army. He struggles to unravel the mystery of influenza at a time when viruses were not understood. The novel ends in a bizarre twist of fate.

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…the manuscript is wonderful and the research impeccable.
Roz Greenberg, Tekno Books, Five Star Pubishing

I’ve just read Ruth’s book and it is a fine story – she is a clever storyteller who managed to have me understanding far more microbiology than I’d ever imagined was possible. Highly recommended.
Bruce Batchelor, Agio Publishing House

…Welburn manages to tell the story without letting the research bog down the narrative or the plot momentum. This is often one of the hazards of historical fiction, and she succeeds here admirably…
Writer’s Digest

Won a 2011 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book award for Mainstream/literature Fiction and is mentioned in the March/April 2012 issue of Writer’s Digest and BC Book Review

Bedbug’s Big Adventure –
Children’s Picture Books



This is to be a series of six creative non-fiction children’s books for the early reader. The first book is completed and book#2 is coming in 2018. Both follow my pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied-de-Port in France across northern Spain.

Night Duty Room at the Hospital

The blood bank technologist has stayed overnight in the night duty room at the hospital because of a big snowstorm. She gets a call in the early morning hours to cross match blood for a car accident victim. She is alone in the basement laboratory when strange things begin to happen in the morgue and up in the emergency department.



I really like the story because it is full of suspense and adventure and I can’t put the book because it is that good. ~ Debbie M. Serjeant

Dance with a Spanish Lady

On September 18, 1918, Dr. Nicholas Wareing attends an autopsy at Camp Upton Army Training Camp on a young private who has died from the influenza pandemic. As he leaves the camp to bike the three miles to Upton Train Station, he gets very ill with the grippe himself.




The Bubble

At the height of the 1918 influenza pandemic, bacteriologist, Dr. Nicholas Wareing worked tirelessly in his infectious disease laboratory at the Rockefeller Institute. The story brings the full horror of 1918 to life and deals with the various ways people coped with a world shattered by war and disease.

Honorable Mention  Writer’s Digest 78th Annual Writing Competition 2008