Ruby Montalvo is a former English Teacher and school librarian. She was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, the setting of her first novel "A Song for Jessica". Ruby blogs and features a weekly installment of "Mindset Monday", meant to offer readers a message of positivity and encouragement. Her website is rubymontalvo.com
About A Song for Jessica:
When Allison Deleon's younger brother was killed in a car accident fourteen years ago, her family was changed forever. Her parents dealt with their grief by cutting themselves off from each other and from her. As a young girl, Allison dreamed of singing onstage, but with little support from her parents and her own inability to fully embrace her musical gift, Allison eventually gave up on her dream.
Now, twenty-eight-year old Allison feels stuck.
Her best friend, Jessica - the only person who has always been there and still encourages her to pursue her music - will soon be married and moving across the country. Allison worries she's losing her friend forever.
With Jessica urging her on, Allison sings live onstage and she falls in love with music all over again. Maybe it's not too late to pursue the dream she abandoned long ago.
But when her estranged father files for divorce, her emotionally unstable mother needs her more than ever.
Allison wants to do the right thing, but she's not sure what that is. Her sense of obligation to her family or her desire to forge her own uncertain path?