Ruby White has been pushed too far and quit her job as a secretary to the worst of the Knobbes at Knobbe and 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 'specilaised sleeping aids' (otherwise known as pillows), to private classes with 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 face no more than guesswork and sarcasm. Attracting the attention of the charismatic head of the Empire, Jaasmyn, Ruby ignores her misgivings about the Empire's ethics and enjoys fitting in somewhere for the first time in her life.
As Ruby disappears into he mire of mind, body and spirit her friends and family try numerous ways to lure her back but their efforts only push her more into the arms of Jaasmyn Empire and its mysterious leader.
Fortunately Ruby's friend at the Empire, DeDe, is onto Jaasmyn and orchestrates an unforgettable media expose. Finally Ruby begins to resemble her old self but will Damien continue to hold a candle for her as a bold 'new age' begins?
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 a hilarious adventure that comes back to the old question of figuring out who we are, and keeping the people we love in the process.
Lia Weston is the freshest new voice in women's fiction. Poised to be Australia's own Helen Fielding or Lauren Weisberger, Lia is set to release her first novel with Simon and Schuster in July. Her story is truly a publishing fairytale; she simply sent in a manuscript called Ruby White where it landed in the slush pile and was pulled, praised, passed around, and published.
Lia Weston was born in Sydney in 1974 and then found herself growing up in Adelaide, to her surprise. Surviving and adolescence spent at an all-girls' religious school instilled a curiosity about the numerous parallels between cults and organised religion, as well as a life-long hatred of berets. A move into publishing saw her marketing non-fiction books by day and practicing pagan rites by night. One high magic ritual too many finally saw her flee the New Age scene. The result was her first novel, The Fortunes of Ruby White. Lia currently resides in Adelaide with her husband, Pete, and their German Shepherd called Kif.
The Fortunes of Ruby White
Simon and Schuster Australia
Author: Lia Weston