The two novels, “Cross Road” and “Legacy,” extend and finish the story begun in her 2008 debut novel, “Traveling Through.”
In that book, readers meet Carlie Geraldson, a pastor’s wife who is moving to a new city where her husband will be leading a church. Despite her desires to be a dutiful wife and mother to their two very different children, Josiah, 11, and Emily, 4, events of her past still cast a shadow over their lives. She is looking for something more in her life. She finds it, but will it exact too great a cost to her family and herself?
“Cross Road” picks up six years after the end of “Traveling Through,” with its focus on Carlie’s husband and children. They now have their own struggles and demons to face. Jeff has started a new career as a college professor and wonders if he is hiding in academia to avoid facing his life. Worse, he is lonely, and has decided now is the time to change that. Josiah is a young medical student at Vanderbilt who meets an intriguing fellow student, Anh Marshall, who was born in Vietnam, but brought to the U.S. by activist parents who are raising five adopted children in the mountains of northwest Georgia. Emily is struggling to find her own way as a young teenager, feeling that the rest of her family has left her behind.
In “Legacy,” the story continues with unexpected twists and turns in relationships and revelations.
According to a media release, the books involve questions of faith, politics, purpose, love, hard choices and adjustments. Local readers may also like that the books involves characters and settings in the Chattanooga, Atlanta and northwest Georgia areas.
Tucker is a 17-year resident of Catoosa County and an associate professor of communication at Dalton State College. She began writing the first novel in the late 1990s. Like most first novelists, finding a publisher was a major obstacle until she was contacted by Ramona Tucker and Jeff Nesbitt of OakTara. Ramona and Jeff, veterans of the publishing world, began OakTara in 2006 as a way to get new voices into the fiction market, especially those who write inspirational fiction. In the last six years, OakTara has published more than 200 books available at all online booksellers in traditional and e-book (Kindle and Nook) formats, as well as in audio versions.
The author will be reading, selling and signing books at the Brainerd Baptist Church BX Café on Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. and at the Catoosa County Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22. She can be contacted at email@example.com or through her blog, partsofspeaking.blogspot.com. The novels will soon be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online booksites in traditional and e-book formats. All proceeds from the novels go to World Vision to dig wells in developing countries.