Friday, May 30, 2008

Ruby Among Us by Tina Forkner

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Ruby Among Us

(WaterBrook Press May 20, 2008)


Tina Ann Forkner


Tina Ann Forkner writes contemporary fiction that challenges and inspires. Originally from Oklahoma, she graduated with honors in English from CSU Sacramento before ultimately settling in the wide-open spaces of Wyoming where she now resides with her husband and their three children. Tina serves on the Laramie County Library Foundation Board of Directors and enjoys gardening, spending time outdoors with her family, and works as a full-time writer.


Sometimes, the key that unlocks your future lies in someone else’s past...

In Ruby Among Us, Lucy DiCamillo is safely surrounded by her books, music, and art─but none of these reclusive comforts or even the protective efforts of her grandmother, Kitty, can shield her from the memory of the mother she can no longer remember. Lucy senses her grandmother holds the key, but Kitty seems as eager to hide from the past as Lucy is eager to find it.

From the streets of San Francisco and Sacramento, to the lush vineyards of the Sonoma Valley, Lucy follows the thread of memory in search for a heritage that seems long-buried with her mother, Ruby.

What she finds is enigmatic and stirring in this redemptive tale about the power of faith and mother-daughter love.

“What an incredible story. As both mothers and daughters, Ruby Among Us struck a special cord in each of the four of us. Tina writes in a way that makes us feel like we’re there; from the first line, we were captivated and drawn into an intricate weaving of the precious and fragile relationships that define us.”
~Point of Grace~

“Reading is a passion of mine, and when I find myself identifying with the characters, anxious to get to the next page to find answers to my questions, I know I’m into a good book! The daughter-mother-grandmother theme in Ruby Among Us pulled me in. Wonderful story-telling.”
~Jordin Sparks~, 2007 winner of American Idol

“Highly recommended. If you’re a mother or daughter, you’re going to love Ruby Among Us. Forkner does an extraordinary job…. I look forward to more from this author.”
~Ane Mulligan~, Novel Journey

“Don’t miss this one! Tina Ann Forkner is a strong new voice in fiction and Ruby Among Us is an amazing story of trials, regrets, and, ultimately, redemption. Lucy and her family history in the historic wine country of Sonoma bring to life the Scriptures about the Vine and His branches.”
~Kristin Billerbeck~, author of The Trophy Wives Club

If you would like to read the first chapter go HERE

Margie's comments: I met Tina two years ago in a women's bathroom at Denver International Airport. *smile* I was with a group of four or five other ladies, all writers and members of the American Christian Fiction Writers. We were on our way to Dallas for the annual conference. Tina was alone, but she quickly identified us as going to the same conference she was headed to . . . and we quickly determined we were all on the same flight. She'd just received her contract with WaterBrook for Ruby Among Us, and I've been waiting this long to read it! I've gotten a good start on it . . . but the review will have to wait until next week. I saw Tina most recently two weeks ago at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. It was good to renew our friendship and to see how excited she was at the release of her long-awaited debut novel. So . . . stay tuned!

Daily Bible reading (a few days late):
Tuesday, May 27—2 Kings 15–16; Matthew 14:22–36
Wednesday, May 28—2 Kings 17–18; Matthew 15:1–20
Thursday, May 29—2 Kings 19–21; Matthew 15:21–39
Friday, May 30—2 Kings 22–23; Matthew 16
Saturday, May 31—2 Kings 24–25; Matthew 17
Sunday, June 1—Hosea 1–4; Matthew 18:1–20
Monday, June 2—Hosea 5–8; Matthew 18:21–35

Today I'm headed for Sargent, Georgia, where Roger is working now. (It's about 20 minutes southwest of Atlanta, or so I'm told. *smile*) It has been a hectic two weeks preparing to be gone for the next almost four weeks. Anyway . . . I'll catch up with everyone on Monday. Have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

Wonderful post! But the book says WaterBrook Press not Navpress!

Margie Vawter said...

Oops! You're right. :) Thanks for pointing it out. I was going from memory, and obviously it's not reliable! LOL I've corrected it in the post.