A happily ever after romance, Nashville style… Small-town girl Gillian Heart moved to Nashville to get a record deal, not end up on some playboy’s arm. She knows she shouldn’t get too personal with charming music agent Will Adams, who has broken plenty of hearts in this city. But Will is different around her, and neither of them can deny the spark.
As the spark turns to love and Gillian’s career starts to take off, she believes her Nashville dream is finally coming true. Until Will makes a move that brings back memories of the father who abandoned her and puts all she’s built in jeopardy.
Can Gillian learn to trust Will—and herself—and let her country music dream take flight? Or will the comfort of life in her hometown pull her back?
“I loved this sweet love story and the look inside the music industry where sometimes dreams do come true.” ~ Kaira Rouda, USA Today best-selling author
“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
“Brimming with vibrant, lovable characters, Forkner makes magic with her powerful story of a new bride challenged with finding her place in a family saddled with a difficult past. Amanda is everything I look for in a narrator: feisty, irreverent, and all heart–and Forkner’s rich descriptions and flawless dialog will have you cheering through your tears, and sure you have rodeo dirt to dust off your feet. Poignant and tender, The Real Thing is above all a deeply-felt novel of hope and faith, and the undisputed power of love to unite hearts when life gets messy.” ~Erika Marks, author of The Guest House
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WAKING UP JOY – 2015 Holt Medallion Finalist
“Fans of Cathy Lamb will love this novel.” – Author Kathryn Craft for BookTrib
(Random House 2008)
4 1/2 Stars from Romantic Times Book Review
Set in the lush vineyards of present and past Sonoma Valley, Ruby Among Us weaves a story of three generations of women and the memory that binds their hearts together. Journey with Lucy as she searches for a heritage long buried with her mother, Ruby, in this stirring tale of remembrance and redemption.
“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, Recording Artist
“Ruby Among Us is a haunting, beautifully-told novel of past secrets and present pain. Lovely, lovely voice and story. A remarkable debut by Tina Ann Forkner, an author to watch.” –Colleen Coble, Award-Winning Author
“A skillfully written, moving tale of women (and their men) who find that love covers a multitude of sins. Tina Ann Forkner weaves this story together with great detail and, like the quilts that are such an integral part of the novel, pieces it together with beautiful results.” –Debbie Smith, Songwriter with and wife of Michael W. Smith
ROSE HOUSE – La Rosaleda #2
(Random House 2009)
“In Rose House, Tina Ann Forkner brings us back to the beautyof California wine country and draws us into a story fit for the misty gothic moors. Just as the Rose House itself sits within a mass of beautiful, entwined roses and vines, so is the story nestled in a masterful weaving of secrets, betrayals, hope, and healing.” – Allison Pittman, author of Saturdays with Stella
“With Rose House, Tina Ann Forkner paints a breathtaking canvas of lush prose brushstrokes. Don’t get lulled into a sense of calm; the storyline casts suspenseful shadows on this masterpiece of women’s fiction. Delightful!” –Patti Lacy, author of An Irishwoman’s Tale and What the Bayou Saw