Thursday, May 20, 2010

Win a Copy of my Debut Young Adult Novel RUBY RED!

Today I am giving away a copy of my debut novel Ruby Red. To enter, just leave a comment here on my blog or on FB (be sure I know your email address). This will run through Saturday  May 22 when I draw the name. The more comments you make the better the chances of winning.

Background: Homeless children roamed the streets of New York City from the late 1800s through the 1930s. Death and disease were heaped upon poverty and overcrowding, causing thousands of children to be abandoned and left to fend for themselves. Adding to the malaise, boatloads of European immigrants flooded our shores and soon succumbed to the same adversities leaving thousands of their children parentless. Accounts have been written of the Orphan Train that carried white-skinned children out into the heartland of America to find new families, but history is totally silent of what became of the dark-skinned children.

Ruby Red is a fictionalized tale of a true event. It's the end of the Orphan Train run in the mid-nineteen-twenties. The story is told through Ruby Red’s eleven-year old eyes. After Ruby is taken in as a maid, she finds she has little hope of being anything more and makes a risky move by faking insanity. After being expelled from the household, she sneaks onto a train heading west where she finds adventure, danger, and renewed hope.

and now a quick blurb from chapter 1

Ruby didn’t know she sparkled with beauty like the gem whose name she carried. Her skin was the color of lush earth darkened by the heat of summer’s noonday sun. But it wasn’t the green of summer it was the white of winter and Ruby had no place to call home.

Ruby was medium boned with impish brown eyes. Always dressed in brown, she felt she belonged here among the potato filled pots and spice scented kitchen. Ruby held her plain skirt pinched between her fingers as if it were a party dress and danced toward the kitchen where a sink load of pots and pans waited to be washed.

Chilled by early morning winter, Ruby happily obliged to clean the breakfast dishes and plunged her arms into the heated sudsy water, clear up to her elbows. Ruby looked out the window at the halo sun looking down on her with its lemony color seeping down from the bright cerulean sky. She considered this the best part of the day.


Linda said...

This sounds like wonderful book. I've always wondered what happened to the kids shipped over here.
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soklad said...

This sounds like a great book.

soklad said...

this looks like a book that my daughter and I will be fighting over reading. I have just recently gotten my teenage daughter as interested in reading as i have always been...and this excites me to no I will cave and let her read it


soklad said...

homeless sad, yet it happens everyday..can't wait to see what happens in this book.

soklad said...

Ruby Red looks like a heartwrenching book, to say the least....I love reading books that are so believable and true, so close to the heart, because you just know that stuff like this happens way more oftten than we would like to think, and often closer than we'd ever think.


soklad said...

So sad that the white children rode a bus out to find a new home, but who really cared what happened to the darker children? SO sad, and even sadder that so many still are predjudiced these days. It's horriblely sad to think about.


Susan Hollaway said...

Congratulations! You, go, girl!
I'm so happy and proud of you! It sounds like a wonderful book. I'd love to be entered in your drawing!


Robin Bayne said...

It sounds great! I wish you all the best with it : ) (I am on Facebook if I win)

Beth Bence Reinke said...

This book sounds fascinating, Robin. Many congrats to you!

sandra said...

The book sounds SO wonderful! I love the excerpt you shared!

Sharon Ball said...

I'd love to win a copy of Ruby Red! I'm off to help spread the word on Facebook. :-)


Grace Bower said...

As soon as I saw the blurb I thought of Katherine Patterson and her book Liddie and Jacob have I loved etc. It sounds a great read for a wide range of readers. If I am blessed enough to win and New Zealand is too far to send it I know a mother-daughter pair I would like it sent to in OK. BUT - I would love to be the first in NZ to read it!!

Delia Latham said...

Robin, I'm already captivated with your character, Ruby Red! I love your style of writing - at least, the glimpse of it you allowed in your excerpt. I hope you sell a million copies - it sounds like a story that should be read by at least that many people. Blessings!