Random Ramblings (Blog)

I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around

I recently read a novel by Ann Garvin called I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around. It was funny, sad, hilarious, heartfelt, absolutely real, heartbreaking, inspiring, and did I mention funny? I can’t even explain what this book did for me, and I’m supposed to be good with words, but Ann Garvin understands me!!! Don’t you love when an author digs so deep that you know they really get it? Sometimes an author really gets life in all its glorious complication and shows you the beauty, love, and humor in it all. That’s how I felt after reading I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around.

Another cool thing about reading I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around is that it was my chosen book for staying in and supporting #Read4Refugees. If you want to learn more about the cause, as well as the other authors who support it, follow the page on Twitter (@gojanegive) or go to this link: https://gojanegive.org/read4refugees/

Finally, one more cool thing about reading I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around (I’m getting so good at typing that!) is that the author Ann Garvin is the founder of the Tall Poppy Writers, a group that I am so humbled and happy to be part of. I can’t imagine my life as a writer, or a woman, without this amazing group of authors. To get some great book ideas and chat with authors and writers, check out our group called Bloom over at Facebook: http://bit.ly/areyouinbloom

Be sure to grab your own copy of I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around. You’ll love it!

Happy Reading!





The Real Thing hits the Subway Today!

I’m so excited that The Real Thing is being dropped on the subway today by the Books on the Subway Fairies! Books on the Subway describes what they do as being like a public library, but on the New York Subway. I’m honored that they selected The Real Thing and hope some lucky readers enjoy the read, and the ride! Follow them at @BooksSubway on Twitter and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bookssubway

Learn More About Books on the Subway Here.


Learn More About The Real Thing Here. If you aren’t in NYC, check your local library or purchase or order from your favorite bookstore.

The Real Thing, by Tina Ann Forkner [Southern Born Books/Tule Publishing 2016]

Happy Reading!


This Is Home: Guest Article at MTL Magazine


I couldn’t be more proud of the article published this month over at MTL Magazine. I have never written much about the humble home I grew up in before now. Finally, I knew it was time, because not only am I proud of the home my parents gave me, my brother, and sister, but there are people who need to hear this story…

Please click over and read about how my parents created a big feeling of home out of a little bitty house: This Is Home



Happy Valentine’s Day: Nashville by Heart is $0.99


It’s true! I love my readers more than chocolate. That’s why my publisher and I are offering you the ebook of my sweet romance, Nashville by Heart, for just $0.99 for the next 5 days. Get it while you can and tell your girlfriends about it!

Treat yourself to a sweet romance on Valentine’s Day. You deserve it.

Click Here to Purchase

Just $0.99 for 5 Days!



Happy Reading & Happy Valentine’s Day!



Interview About Nashville by Heart

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share this short interview my publisher did with me about NASHVILLE BY HEART. Enjoy! 🙂 

What was your inspiration for NASHVILLE BY HEART?
My sister moved to Nashville when she was twenty something. She worked in the music industry, met her true love, and fell in love with Tennessee. She let me sit in on music recordings and took me to the best music spots in Nashville. A few years ago, we brainstormed the idea of romance novels set in Nashville featuring a Southern girl as the lead.

What is the novel’s steam factor: sweet romance, sexy romance, or hot & steamy romance?
As a women’s fiction author, I’m afraid I’m never going to be considered hot & steamy except by my husband. NASHVILLE BY HEART is a love story that falls somewhere in the mild to medium heat categories.

How does setting play into this Southern romance?
Nashville is this mecca for country music where you can order grits & fried chicken and visit antebellum homes while also enjoying a fast-paced urban lifestyle. At night, the down-home feel and the liveliness of show business converge, and that’s what my heroine loves about Nashville. But it also overwhelms her, and she gets homesick for the small town where her roots run deep. She’s trying to make it as a female musician, a girl with a guitar, but doesn’t want to lose who she is.

Do you believe in happily ever after?
Of course! That’s why romance fiction is fun to read. We can focus on the romantic side of the relationship, and after the end we feel like the couple will be happy. It reminds us that we can find forever love and be happy too.

How is NASHVILLE BY HEART different from your other books?
I mainly write women’s fiction, and readers of THE REAL THING and WAKING UP JOY enjoy the drama and struggles of the characters I’ve created. NASHVILLE BY HEART is different—it’s a fairy tale romance that takes place in the bustling music scene of Nashville. I’m hoping that romance readers who like happily ever after stories will enjoy my sweet romance story!

What do you enjoy reading?
Lately I’ve been reading a lot of YA with my daughter. I also read a lot of book club fiction & women’s fiction.

About Tina Ann Forkner: Award-winning author Tina Ann Forkner wrangles words on the pages of her Women’s Fiction and Romance novels and kids in the classroom as a substitute teacher. Her novel Waking Up Joy is a Virginia Romance Writers 2015 HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Recipient – Romantic Elements.

Tina grew up in Northeastern Oklahoma and currently lives in Wyoming with her husband, who knows when to wear a cowboy hat, and three teenagers who never do (even if she thinks they should). Learn more at TinaAnnForkner.com.