The Fortunes of Ruby White
Ruby White has been pushed too far; she quits her job as a secretary to the worst of the Knobbes at Knobbe & Sons.
With nothing else to fill her time, Ruby soon finds herself at a seminar for those who are Hyper-Audio-Aware, a condition she never knew existed, run by the Jaasmyn Empire, a company she’s never heard of. To Ruby’s surprise, she is offered a job.
Providing everything from meditation CDs, candles and “specialised sleeping aides” (otherwise known as “pillows”) to private classes with a psychic therapist (a parrot), the Empire offers solutions for every physical and metaphysical problem ever conceived, and many that haven’t been.
Ruby swiftly gains a reputation within the Empire for possessing extraordinary abilities even though her ‘talents’ are in fact no more than a lucky combination of guesswork and sarcasm. Attracting the attention of the charismatic head of the Empire, Ruby ignores her misgivings about the Empire’s ethics and enjoys fitting in somewhere for the first time in her life.
When the reactions of those outside the Jaasmyn Empire become more cynical and a promising new relationship wavers, Ruby starts to keep her job details secret. As her training progresses, her parents become even more concerned; the girl who used to eat chocolate for breakfast and salted pretzels for dinner now won't touch anything that isn't organic and harvested by hand. The further Ruby penetrates the Empire, the more her behaviour begins to change.
As Ruby disappears into the mire of mind, body and spirit, her friends and family try to lure her back but their efforts only push her further into the arms of the Jaasmyn Empire and its mysterious leader. A showdown is on the horizon, however it’s not the kind that anyone expected...
Filled with biting humour, sharp wit and a fresh voice in women’s fiction that is long overdue, The Fortunes of Ruby White takes the reader on an hilarious adventure that comes back to the old question of figuring out who we are, and keeping the people we love in the process.