Bio: Marji is a homeschooling mom of four, with the oldest working in the mission field in
Africa. She spends her days transporting to and from
volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local co-op, and directing the
children’s music program at her church. With decades of leading worship,
directing and performing in theatre productions, and script-writing, Marji took
the plunge to creating scintillating Christian romance and romantic suspense
novels with a side of
sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper
knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all. Texas
Welcome, Marji, your collaborative novella, A Ruby Christmas, started a stir this week. But it’s not available from Amazon just yet?
No. This is a cool thing that Write Integrity Press did last year with The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt. The chapters of A Ruby Christmas are posted on the publisher’s blog, one per day, until the final two chapters. They will be available only when the book releases on Amazon next week.
So the end of the story is only in the book?
Yes, but it gets better! A Ruby Christmas is actually FREE for the first four days. That way, anyone reading along can finish the story without interruption.
I see. So how does the collaboration work? How do so many different people write a cohesive story?
I don’t think it would be possible without the Lord’s guidance. Seriously. We’re all looking at the project from different perspectives, and we’re spread out all over the world. But we were united with the desire to draw Ruby forward, helping her realize her heavenly Father’s truth along with many truths about herself. Because of that unifying focus (and some amazing editors!) the story just folded together and gave Ruby life.
So how did you get involved?
Oh, I love that question! I was blessed to win the contest last year that allowed me to take part in The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt. That was their first collaborative novella. It soared, catapulting all of us to Amazon Bestselling Authors list for over a week. This year, I found myself even more blessed to be invited to participate. Whee!
This time you got to participate as one of the authors?
Yes! And I had a short story included in their Valentine’s book, Heart Bouquets. I even get to be involved in a special novella this February.
All from just one contest?
The contests happen all through the year, so anyone – published or not – wanting to take the challenge should follow the Write Integrity Press blog.
Please tell us about the story.
Here’s a little about A Ruby Christmas: Ruby Joy Buckner, cowgirl, has never left the
but at her father’s request, she takes her faithful canine companion and
travels the world in search of Nativity pieces. As Ruby collects the pieces,
she also collects a few unexpected surprises, including an awareness of the
beauty in other cultures, and quite a menagerie of new friends, thanks in part
to Yippee Ti Yi Yo who charms everyone they meet. Lone Star State
Ruby’s budding awareness of life outside
opens her eyes to a world of whimsy, and the Nativity pieces she collects are
unusual. Will her father approve her eclectic collection … and the changes that
travel brought to Ruby’s life? Texas
It sounds like a real fun read. I did read the first chapter, but I'll finish when I have the whole book. How can my readers find you on the Internet, Marji?
Links, in order of preference. Use only those you want to use:
Readers, here’s a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.A Ruby Christmas
Actually, the book will be free for 4 days starting on December 13, but the author would love to interact with your comments anyway. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)
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