Best-selling author Cynthia Ruchti will be hosting a webcast on June 11 at 8:00 PM EDT, where she will be introducing readers to All My Belongings (Abingdon Press/May 6, 2014/ISBN: 978-1426749728/$14.99). In her latest release, Ruchti tells the story of a young woman who feels out of place within her own family and must learn to live in the shadow of guilt and shame that haunts her as a result of her father’s crimes. A new life and a new identity can’t free her from a past that refuses to go away.
A central theme of All My Belongings, which will carry over to the webcast, is the role of care-giving. Ruchti’s main character, Becca, has the heart of a caregiver although she grew up in an emotionally detached family where she never received the love and affection she craved. However, Becca can’t help but care, even about those who have hurt her most.
Caregiving of some kind—for a sick child, an injured spouse, an aging parent—is a role almost everyone will face, and it presents heartwrenching and energy-draining challenges no matter who healthy the relationships. “Writing Becca’s story, watching her tender caregiving, changed me as a writer, a wife, a mother, a daughter,” says Ruchti. “I saw a clearer picture of the difference between ‘taking care of’ and ‘caregiving’ in its most beautiful form.”
During the live online event, Ruchti will discuss All My Belongings and preview her upcoming releases. Throughout the hour, readers will have an opportunity to chat with other readers and submit questions for the author to answer during the webcast. Discussion participants can qualify to win one of several prizes, including copies of Ruchti’s books and gift cards. At the end of the webcast, one of the participants will be awarded a grand prize of a $200 VISA cash card. The grand prize giveaway is in conjunction with the All My Belongings blog tour coordinated by Litfuse Publicity Group.
“As a reader, I've appreciated webcasts with my favorite or new-to-me authors,” muses Ruchti. “What a great way to interact with and to get a peek behind-the-scenes of the books that capture my heart. I'm looking forward to serving the author's role in the upcoming webcast, talking about All My Belongings, writing in general, and what resonates most deeply with readers.”
The webcast will be hosted on Ruchti’s Facebook page, as well as the Litfuse Publicity Group website for readers without a Facebook account. Leading up to the webcast, readers can RSVP for the event and sign up to receive an email reminder. From May 22 – June 10, fans can also enter the contest for the Grand Prize VISA cash card via the author’s Facebook page or the blog tour landing page.
“We’re thrilled with Cynthia’s new release because the story resonated with the entire Abingdon Fiction team in some way,” explains Cat Hoort, marketing and publicity manager for Abingdon Fiction. “Our hope is that the webcast communicates the hope-that-glows-in-the-dark message found in all of Cynthia’s books. If it does that, we know readers will fall in love with her, just like we did.”
In addition to a starred review from Publishers Weekly, All My Belongings is already receiving great reviews from readers since its May 6 release. The book is also a finalist for The Christian Author's Network (CAN) Fiction Book of the Year.
About Cynthia Ruchti:
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and novellas, nonfiction projects, speaking events and a history of 33 years of on-air storytelling through The Heartbeat of the Home radio broadcast
Her books have been recognized by Retailers’ Choice, RT Reviewers’ Choice, Family Fiction Readers’ Choice, ACFW’s Carol Award nomination and other honors. All My Belongings is her eighth release (including three non-fiction books). Ruchti has also written articles for numerous magazines and industry publications and currently serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers.
Ruchti lives in Wisconsin where she spends her days diving into words, worship and wonder. It is her delight to serve on her church’s worship team and creative arts team. One of her greatest joys is helping other writers grow in their craft. Cynthia and her husband have been married for 40-plus years and have three grown children and five grandchildren.