Random Ramblings (Blog)

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

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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.

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Just $0.99 for 5 Days!

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Happy Reading & Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tina

 

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.

Giveaway: Two Autographed Book Bundles of Ruby Among Us and Rose House

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To celebrate the launch of Bloom, an exclusive readers group started by the Tall Poppy Writers, I wanted to do a giveaway featuring autographed copies of my first two books, Ruby Among Us and Rose House. Rose House even has a rose on the cover, so I thought this series would be perfect to celebrate my involvement with Tall Poppy Writers and with Bloom.

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**Prize: I’m giving away 2 autographed bundles of Ruby Among Us and Rose House**

(I’m so sorry! United States entries only for this one.)

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BLOOM is an exclusive group for book lovers and fans of Tall Poppy Writers. You are welcome! Look for more giveaways at Bloom too!

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Click Here to Learn More About Ruby Among Us and Rose House

These two books, the La Rosaleda Series, are close to my heart, especially because they were my first published novels.  Ruby Among Us released in 2008 and Rose House in 2009. I can’t believe my debut novel has been out for almost 9 years! First novels are always close to any author’s heart, and Ruby Among Us will always be my “baby” when it comes to my  books. Since a lot of you are new readers of my books, you may not have heard of my earlier novels, so this is also a chance for you to check them out. I hope you like them! Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to win one of the two bundles I’m giving away.

Good Luck!

Tina

My Top 10 Books of 2016

The thing about favorite books lists is that inevitably a few great books are going to be left off. I wish I could include every one of my favorite authors on this list, but it would be way too long. Plus, I’ve had to leave a few good ones off simply because I couldn’t remember if I read them in late 2015 or in 2016. It doesn’t matter though. I love this list.

What do I love about the list? I love that it includes a number of Young Adult books, which I was asked by my teenage daughter to read. Reading is an experience, and I love the YA books on the list as much because they were my daughter’s favorites as for the books themselves.

So, tell me. What were your favorite books of 2016? What are you looking forward to reading in 2017?

Top Books of 2016

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The Far End of Happy, by Kathryn Craft

What a lovely, heartrending, powerful, and important novel Kathryn Craft has written. The Far End of Happy was the first book I read in 2016. I knew the novel dealt with depression and the topic of suicide when I started it, so I admit that a tiny part of me was reticent to get going, but my worries were completely unfounded. Craft takes a very difficult topic, one that she knows about firsthand, and brings it home to the reader with a gentle, but honest message that was both jolting and freeing to read about.

 

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Lies and Other Acts of Love, by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Lies and Other Acts of Love kept me glued to the page. I don’t know who I loved more, Lovey or Annabelle, but Kristy Woodson Harvey doesn’t make readers choose. The story weaves both of their narratives, grandmother and granddaughter, together into one beautiful tapestry. The story touched me deeply, making me think of the women in my own family, especially my own grandmother, and the first time my heart was broken.

 

 

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The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster, by Scott Wilbanks

I loved The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster. It was such a breath of fresh air. The book’s intriguing title, gorgeous cover, and all the good things I’d heard about the author made me excited to read this novel, but it was even better than I expected. The characters were the best part of the story. Annie and Christian were altogether adorable, quirky, and refreshingly honest. The rest of the characters were just as intriguing.This would be a great novel for your book club.

 

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The Selection, by Kiera Cass

This is one of the Young Adult novels that my daughter asked me to read. I really loved it. It was a mix of post apocalyptic fiction with a little bit of The Bachelorette. I was surprised at the depth of the story and enjoyed it immensely. I read all three books and now am waiting on my daughter to read the next one, so I can read it after her.

 

 

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The Secret to Hummingbird Cake, by Celeste Fletcher McHale

I loved this book! It was suggested to me by one of my best reader friends and she thought I would love it. She was right!

“In this spot-on Southern novel brimming with wit and authenticity, you’ll laugh alongside lifelong friends, navigate the sometimes rocky path of marriage, and roll through the outrageous curveballs that life sometimes throws . . . from devastating pain to absolute joy. And if you’re lucky, you just may discover the secret to hummingbird cake along the way.”

 

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The Promise of Forgiveness, by Marin Thomas

I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely Women’s Fiction story from Marin Thomas for its story of family. I appreciated the mother-daughter, father-daughter, and father-granddaughter stories that were all expertly woven together. Also, it just so happens that I grew up in Oklahoma and The Promise of Forgiveness is set in Oklahoma. I loved this beautiful story.

 

 

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The Siren, by Kiera Cass

Okay, yes. I am obviously a fan girl of Kiera Cass, both as a reader and an author. If I were a Young Adult writer, I would want to write as well as her. I also love the story of how The Siren came about. It was the first book Kiera Cass wrote and before The Selection series came about, it got very little attention. I always love a good author success story.

“Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.”

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The Fifth Wave, by Rick Yancey

This is another novel recommended to me by my daughter. It took me awhile to get started because I just didn’t know if I would enjoy another post apocalyptic book, but loved it. I can see why my daughter did too. It had a strong female protagonist and a new spin on the genre. You should definitely add it to your list, even if you don’t have a teenager.

 

 

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The Maze Runner, by James Dashner

I saw the move, The Maze Runner, before reading the book, but my daughter assured me that the movie left a ton out and I’d really enjoy it. I did like it even better than the movie. It is a bit more violent than the movie, which of course annoys the momma in me, but I really enjoyed the story and the complexity of the characters. I mostly enjoyed that my daughter enjoyed it. I loved seeing the story through her eyes.

 

 

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A Very Merry Christmas, by Cathy Lamb

I ended the year with this  wonderful book by Cathy Lamb. A Very Merry Christmas was such a pleasure to read over the Christmas season. It was light and funny, but also heartfelt and surprisingly smart. I loved this fun read from one of my favorite authors, Cathy Lamb. Add it to your list right now. No need to wait until Christmas to read this one.