Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett | Giveaway, Facebook Party, and Blog Tour

Don’t miss the debut book, Out of the Ruins, in Karen Barnett‘s new series, The Golden Gate Chronicles. Set against the backdrop of early 20th century San Francisco, Out of the Ruins will remind readers that no matter who we are or what we’ve done, God is still as close to us as our next breath.

Karen is celebrating with a fun giveaway and Facebook author chat party.


One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 19th. Winner will be announced at the Out of the Ruins Facebook author chat party on June 19th. Connect with Karen for an evening of fun book chat, games, and prizes. Karen will also be answering audience questions and giving an exclusive look at the next book in The Golden Gate Chronicles series!

So grab your copy of Out of the Ruins and join Karen on the evening of June 19th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 19th!



{More about Out of the Ruins}

Out of the Ruins | The Golden Gate Chronicles, Book 1

Abby’s shattered faith in both God and man is challenged when the terrible earthquake hits 1906 San Francisco.

While her sister lies on her deathbed, Abby Fischer prays for a miracle. What Abby doesn’t expect, however, is for God’s answer to come in the form of the handsome Dr. Robert King, whose experimental treatment is risky at best.

As they work together toward a cure, Abby’s feelings for Robert become hopelessly entangled. Separated by the tragedy of the mighty San Francisco earthquake, their relationship suddenly takes a back seat to survival. With fires raging throughout the city, Abby fears for her life as she flees alone through burning streets. Where is God now? Will Robert find Abby, even as the world burns around them? Or has their love fallen with the ruins of the city?

Learn more and purchase a copy at Karen’s website.

Karen Barnett

{More About Karen Barnett}

Karen Barnett is the author of “Beyond the Ashes,” “Out of the Ruins,” and “Mistaken.” Named the 2013 Writer of Promise by Oregon Christian Writers, Karen lives in Albany, Oregon, with her husband and two kids. When she’s not writing novels, she loves speaking at women’s events, libraries, and book clubs.

Find out more about Karen at http://karenbarnettbooks.com.

Press Kit

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Audra Jennings
Litfuse Publicity Group
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Press Release

In Our Weakness, He is Strong

Karen Barnett’s Out of the Ruins shows that nothing we do can make God leave our side.

Seattle: Whether because of grief, guilt or a feeling of inadequacy, many of us find ourselves pushing God away during the time we need Him most. Abby Fischer, the heroine in Karen Barnett’s new novel, Out of the Ruins (Abingdon/May 6, 2014/ISBN: 978-1-4267-8057-8/$14.99), comes face to face with grief and anger that causes her to question her faith, something the author herself has done for similar reasons.

“There was a time in my life where I pushed God away, but it was because of guilt rather than grief,” Barnett says. “I knew God would never approve of the choices I was making at the time, so I played Jonah and hid from Him, thinking I could return once I fixed all my problems. The result? I continued falling further into sin because I was incapable of changing myself. It took a time before I realized I needed God’s strength to overcome my weakness.”

Now Barnett has taken those experiences and built a story that will leave readers with the understanding that no matter who we are or what we’ve done, God is still as close to us as our next breath.

Abby Fischer has always lived in her sister’s shadow. The shy, socially awkward and stubborn heroine envies Cecelia’s beauty and talents while being completely blind to her own. When Cecelia becomes ill, however, Abby draws on a well of inner strength she never realized she possessed. God answers her prayers for a miracle in the most unexpected way—in the form of the handsome Dr. Robert King, whose experimental treatment is risky at best.

Reeling by the tragedy of the mighty San Francisco earthquake and the resulting fires around the city, Abby’s feelings for the doctor become hopelessly entangled, but their relationship takes a backseat to survival. With fires and chaos raging throughout San Francisco, Abby fears for her life as she flees alone through burning streets. Where is God now? Will Robert find Abby, even as the world burns around them? Or has their love fallen with the ruins of the city?

Out of the Ruins is the first in Barnett’s new Golden Gate Chronicles series, which brings to life the world of the early 20th century, when technology was changing faster than people could keep up. Automobiles, telephones, electricity affected people’s daily lives, and the discovery of X-rays altered the face of modern medicine. Many of these advancements are what bring the characters of this series together, giving readers a unique and memorable peek into a world so different, and yet so similar to our own.

Join Karen Barnett on June 5, 2014, at 8:00 PM EDT for a live Facebook chat. Watch for more details on her Facebook page (KarenBarnettAuthor.

To learn more about Karen Barnett, visit karenbarnettbooks.com, become a fan on Facebook (KarenBarnettAuthor) or follow her on Twitter (KarenMBarnett).

About the Author

Inspired by God’s devotion to His people and her own passion for research and learning, author Karen Barnett creates historical romances that explore her characters’ faith and how their experiences impact the way they view God.

A graduate of Valparaiso University and Oregon State University, Barnett’s debut novel, Mistaken, was released in 2013 and earned her the Oregon Christian Writers “Writer of Promise” award. A former park ranger, she loves getting out into God’s creation. She spends her free time taking photographs, dragging her kids through dusty history museums, decorating crazy birthday cakes and watching movies.

Karen, her husband and their two children live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

To learn more about Karen Barnett, visit karenbarnettbooks.com<, become a fan on Facebook (KarenBarnettAuthor) or follow her on Twitter (KarenMBarnett).

Suggested interview questions

— How do you decide the setting — both time period and location — for your stories? When and where are readers transported to in Out of the Ruins?

— In Out of the Ruins, your heroine’s answer to prayer comes in an unexpected way. How has God answered one of your prayers in an unexpected way?

— In this novel, you explore the idea that even when we push Him away, God never leaves our side or stops loving us. How have you experienced this truth in your own life?

— Was there anything especially interesting or surprising you learned in your research for Out of the Ruins?

— Tell us a bit about your heroine, Abby Fischer. What will readers love about her, and how is she challenged throughout the course of this book?

— How about your leading man, Dr. Robert King? Is he patterned after anyone you know in real life, and what will make readers fall in love with him?

— Are you an author who draws on real-life experiences to create your characters or is this work of fiction entirely from your imagination?

— Out of the Ruins is the first in a series. What can readers expect as the series continues? Will you pick up with the same characters or will readers meet new characters in each book?

— Both Out of the Ruins and the next book in The Golden Gate Chronicles series touch on medical research at the turn of the 20th century. How did that element come about, and did you learn anything interesting in your research?

— This is your second novel but your first time writing a series. How does that change the way you approach the writing process?

— What do you hope readers will walk away with after reading Out of the Ruins?

— How does a former park ranger become an author? Can you tell us a little something about your “former life”?

Karen Barnett is available for interviews to promote the release of Out of the Ruins. To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com


“One of my favorite cities during one of my favorite eras. Out of the Ruins is a historically rich and heart-wrenching glimpse into the San Francisco earthquake and the resilient faith, love, and spirit that rises from the ashes—both in the city itself and in the hearts and souls of a man and woman destined to fall in love.”

~ Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series

“Out of the Ruins, set in San Francisco in 1905 and 1906, is a shining example of historical romance. I was right there with the characters, breathing in the smoke and dust, shaking and falling with the earthquake. In this her second novel, Karen Barnett is an up-and-coming author, writing quality historical fiction that is realistic and grappling with faith issues woven in intrinsically. I’m pleased to be able to endorse Out of the Ruins.”

~ Lauraine Snelling, best-selling author of the Red River of the North series

“An earthquake, a medical drama, inner turmoil, and a touching romance! Karen Barnett masterfully weaves these together with heartfelt emotion, believable characters, and impressive research. I couldn’t stop flipping pages. Out of the Ruins is a story to savor!”

~ Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of On Distant Shores

“From the optimism of medical breakthroughs to the tragedy of the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, Out of the Ruins immerses the reader in the hopes and fears of unforgettable turn-of-the-century characters.”

~ Regina Jennings, author of Caught in the Middle

“Karen Barnett’s exquisite touch with emotional interplay and romantic nuance shines in Out of the Ruins, thrilling readers with a powerful story set during San Francisco’s most enthralling and heart-wrenching moment.”

~ Michael K. Reynolds, author of the acclaimed Heirs of Ireland series


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