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BookTrib Calls ‘The Real Thing’ Enchanting and Heartfelt

I’m so grateful for this book review from BookTrib by Katie Rose!


“Set against an authentic Western backdrop (the author lives in Wyoming), Tina Ann Forkner gives us loving families with troubled histories and an imperfect, adorable heroine who can handle it all. The Real Thing teaches profound truths: that love, parenthood, and marriage aren’t supposed to be perfect, and it’s the imperfections in life that can bring us the most joy. This is an enchanting, heartfelt book that you will remember long after you finish reading.”  – Katie Pryal for BookTrib (Read the Complete Review at BookTrib…)

Book Discount Alert: A Sweet Deal

The Real Thing Sale

I’m excited to pass this special savings from my publisher on to you! My novel, THE REAL THING, is on sale for 99 cents! Grab it up while you can!


“A heartwarming–and heartwrenching–story of moving on, The Real Thing deftly explores stepfamilies and Alzheimer’s disease with plenty of intrigue and a healthy helping of romance. Tina Ann Forkner weaves a tale of love, loss, overcoming fears and, best of all, discovering what it really means to be a cowgirl.” ~Kristy Woodson Harvey, Author of Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love

“An emotional and heart-rending story filled with humor, humanity, and hope. Tina Ann  Forkner’s writing is as hard to resist as an ice cream cone on a hot summer day!” ~ SusanSands, Author of Again Alabama

“Forkner’s writing shines with wit and wisdom in this beautiful story of love and family that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. The Real Thing is guaranteed to steal your heart.”  Kim Boykin, Author of A Peach of a Pair

“An endearing, modern tale about Cowboys, Rodeo Queens, and above all -the simple truth that love is both messy and healing – and worth coming back for again and again. One of my favorite reads of the year!” ~ Amy Impellizzeri, Author of Lemongrass Hope

The Real Thing rings true to its name. Tina Ann Forkner delivers with her latest beautifully nuanced rodeo-enlivened read. Unexpected twists lassoed me and pulled me deep into the plot. I had to know if Keith and Mandy’s love would endure the secrets that threatened to sever their bond. Forkner is skilled with creating realistic characters you can’t help but root for. The Real Thing is a powerful, thought-provoking not-to-be-missed story!” ~Wendy Paine Miller, Author of The Short & Sincere Life of Ellory James

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Poppies Featured on the Frances Ford Coppola Winery Blog

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It’s been fun to be part of the Tall Poppy Writers as the Books and Bottles partnership with Frances Ford Coppola Winery has launched. Earlier this month my novel The Real Thing was featured on the Frances Ford Coppola Winery blog. Click over to find out more:

Frances Ford Coppola Winery Wine & Book Pairings


Also, on the Frances Ford Coppola Winery blog is a great article by Susan Gloss about hostess gift suggestions. Check out this post and more here.

If you haven’t signed up to receive your first Books and Bottles Selection, I highly recommend it. I already received my first selection that included two great Coppola wines, The Truth About Thea, by Amy Impellizzeri, and I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around, by Ann Garvin. I have read and loved both books!!! Oh yeah, and the wine was great too!



Announcing Books & Bottles: A Club for Book & Wine Lovers From the Tall Poppy Writers and Frances Ford Coppola Winery


I have always been proud to be a Tall Poppy Writer, but today I’m even more excited. Why? Because we have a new collaboration between Tall Poppy Writers and Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Read the press release below to find out more, and Click Here to order the Winter selection of Books & Bottles from Frances Ford Coppola Winery


Organizations develop innovative way to connect with readers and book club members
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Nov. 28, 2017) – The Tall Poppy Writers is proud to announce its partnership with Francis Ford Coppola Winery and the launch of Books & Bottles, a new program developed for readers, book club members, and wine enthusiasts.

Founded in 2013, the Tall Poppy Writers is the only author-driven marketing cooperative in the U.S. that is exclusive to female authors who publish in a variety of genres. Through its collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Books & Bottles supports Tall Poppy Writers’ commitment to creating innovative ways for authors to connect with readers in an ever-changing publishing industry.

Books & Bottles is a quarterly offering of books from Tall Poppy Writers paired with two bottles of wine from Francis Ford Coppola Winery and a booklet featuring themed recipes, author bios, interviews, and more. Books & Bottles is an ideal gift for hosts who want to design the perfect book club night, a themed party, or an evening home alone.

The inaugural Books & Bottles will feature “I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around,” a warm comic novel by USA Today best selling author Ann Garvin, or the page-turning thriller, “The Truth About Thea” by Amy Impellizzeri. Consumers will be able to choose one book along with two suggested Coppola wines, red or white. The wine selection for this collection can include an assortment of awardwinning Diamond Collection wines, Sofia wines, Rosso & Bianco wines, or Votre Santé wines. Recipe
pairings will consist of entrées and desserts along with a playlist to match that features a wide array of music recommendations.

To celebrate the launch, Francis Ford Coppola Winery is hosting book readings and author meet-and-greets on December 6 and 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the winery’s upstairs gallery. Limited complimentary tickets are available and must be reserved. This event is for adults 21 and older. To register, visit https://www.francisfordcoppolawinery.com/en/visit/winery-events/

Each Books & Bottles shipment costs $49 and will be available for purchase online at

The first Books & Bottles release is also available on Amazon.com through the end of the year.

About Tall Poppy Writers 

Tall Poppy Writers is the first author-driven marketing cooperative in the U.S. that elevates the work of female authors, connects directly with readers, engages with the publishing industry, and supports domestic and international nonprofit organizations that foster literacy. For more information, visit www.tallpoppies.org.
About The Family Coppola
The Family Coppola encompasses all of the things Francis loves most – cinema, wine, food, resorts, and adventure – and embraces quality, authenticity and pleasure as a backbone to each of these vibrant business endeavors. Anchored in Sonoma County, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, known for the superior level of quality and integrity, is, as Francis puts it, “a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life: food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and
performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life.” Coppola’s second foray into Sonoma County came in 2015 with the launch of Virginia Dare Winery, American wines since 1835, ushering in a new era of elevated quality and vineyard-specific wines. The Family Coppola Hideaways are a collection of unique properties where adventure meets serenity. Drawing upon inspiration from his film career and travels around the globe to the far-reaching corners of the world, Francis created each resort embracing its
off-the-beaten-track location, making it an ideal destination for exploring the natural wonders of the area while relaxing in tranquil surroundings. Additionally, The Family Coppola operates a venerable film production company, American Zoetrope; the award-winning all-literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story; Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco’s iconic Sentinel Building in North Beach; and Mammarella Foods, an authentic line of premium organic pastas and sauces. http://www.TheFamilyCoppola.com.

Media Contact:
Kerstin March
Director of Public Relations
Tall Poppy Writers
612-  321-  6087

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