My Life as a Star
Available in e-book, print, and Kindle Unlimited. Top Comedy, 2020 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition and Quarterfinalist, 2021 Screencraft Cinematic Book Competition!
A STAR IS BORN meets BEYOND THE LIGHTS
After finally quitting her radio station account executive day job, Marla Goldberg pursues her dream of being a working actress in Chicago. As a tap dancing zucchini, she meets hot, famous movie director Scott Sampson.
Scott, aka Great Scott, finds himself falling for quirky, smart Marla despite his vow to never date or trust another actress. The pressures of their profession and the glaring public eye threaten to tear them apart as she learns be careful what you wish for when her career and feelings for him skyrocket.
“Compelling and fun. I loved the way this story was written, it had me laughing, broke my heart & had me not wanting for the story to finish. This is a first read for me of a story written by Ruth Kaufman. I’m looking forward to reading more.” 5-Star Amazon review
“I loved this book. In my opinion this is the story of a woman’s journey to self discovery. … Unexpected twists in the plot, and beautifully well written characters. I think this is a must read!” 5-Star Amazon review
My Life as an Extra
After an unexpected divorce, Marla Goldberg yearns to believe “someday is now” and pursue her dream of being a working actress in Chicago. But how can she quit her frustrating radio station account executive job when she’s only booking work as an extra?
When she dips her toes into the daunting dating pool, her first “date” wants to meet in a pet store parking lot. Other forays, such as speed-dating, yield equally unfortunate results that make her friends laugh out loud. And as she seeks a talent agent and speaking roles, it’s one step forward, one step back. When told to take a huge bite of a muffin at a commercial audition, her mouth is so dry she can’t spit it out in time to say her line.
Dealing with overachiever siblings, judgmental parents and longing to make her dreams come true, she struggles to learn the hardest lesson of all: how to feel special when you’re not the star.
Honorable Mention, 2017 Launch Pad Manuscript Contest
“In fact, most of My Life as an Extra cracked me up. Choking hazard! Eat first and carve out some time for reading.” Roses & Thorns Reviews
“”My Life as an Extra” is a delightful book about the struggles a woman faces, and the obstacles she has to overcome to finally be able to live the life she intended to all along. … It is about finding yourself again, learning to trust your instincts, and follow your passion, regardless of what others might think. And while our heroine keeps looking for love, she is demonstrating that being single is a great thing when it comes to being able to pursue your dreams. … I was rooting for her, the whole time. 5-Star Amazon review
My Once & Future Love
Unsung Knights of the Round Table Book 1
When a lady on the run aids an imperiled knight, can love thrive?
Morgan ap Myrddin must rescue his father, Merlin, from imprisonment. But enemies have wounded him, draining his powers. Annora of Amberton flees her castle to seek proof that she’s not a lunatic as her uncle declared when claiming wardship over her and her lands.
Morgan stumbles upon Annora’s cottage and enlists her aid. As he helps her in return, undeniable desire ignites. But he won’t succumb to the lure of a mortal woman as his father did. She’s wary of caring for a man who won’t discuss his past. When he finally does, she fears he’s the lunatic. They confront danger and destiny until each learns the power of love.
The Bride Tournament
Wars of the Roses Brides Book 3
The Gone with the Wind love triangle meets The Bachelor in late medieval England. Who will win his hand in marriage…and his love?
On her wedding day, Lady Eleanor de la Tour learns she must wed the new earl, recipient of her betrothed’s title and lands. Richard Courtenay is intriguing, but she wants the man she loves. And Richard pursues alchemy, anathema to her.
Richard needs to uncover her father’s alchemy secrets. He vows to win her even as she arranges a bride tournament to find him a better, and willing, wife. Can they attain what they most desire?
Follow Your Heart
Wars of the Roses Brides Book 2
Unforeseen passion draws them together…will his secrets tear them apart?
England 1460: Joanna Peyntor sees the world through the jewel-like windows she creates. Striving to succeed in a man’s world, her only goal is to save her glass-painting workshop from ruin.
Sir Adrian Bedford will do anything to redeem his family name and estate.
When irresistible passion makes their marriage of convenience inconvenient, will they be able to follow their hearts?
RT Book Reviews’ national American Title II Contest Runner-up
At His Command
Historical Romance Version
Could she defy her king for love?
England 1453: King Henry VI sends Sir Nicholas Gray to protect the recently widowed Lady Amice Winfield from undesirable suitors. Though Nicholas intrigues her, she yearns to run Castle Rising without a man’s control.
Nicholas has no interest in marriage, but can’t deny he’s attracted to Amice. He’s surprised to finally find in Castle Rising a place he feels at home. A kiss sparks desire neither can ignore, yet serving opposing factions seeking to govern England threatens to pull them apart.
At court, the king and queen reject Amice’s pleas and choose a new husband for her, a highly-ranked lord who’ll provide connections and coin for the king’s depleted coffers that Nicholas cannot. How can she follow the king’s command when she’s a scribe for his rival? How can she marry another man when she’s falling in love with Nicholas?
2016 Booksellers Best Award Winner: Best Historical and First Book
At His Command
Note: This version of At His Command is inspirational, with a faith element and closed bedroom door.
Can love and faith surmount duty and royal commands?
England 1453: Sir Nicholas Gray planned to go on a pilgrimage after fighting the French, but King Henry VI sends him to protect the recently widowed Lady Amice Winfield from undesirable suitors. Though Nicholas intrigues her, Amice yearns to run Castle Rising without a man’s control. Mutual interest and affection grows, yet serving opposing factions seeking to rule England threatens to pull them apart.
At court, the king and queen reject Amice’s pleas and choose a new husband, a highly-ranked lord who’ll provide political connections and coin for the king’s depleted coffers that Nicholas cannot. How can she follow the king’s command when she’s a scribe for his rival, who she believes should rule? How can she marry another man when she’s falling in love with Nicholas?