Posted by: Jackie | May 2, 2008

The Big Picture is HUGE!

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Big Picture
(NavPress Publishing Group April 15, 2008)
Jenny B. Jones

Jenny B. Jones is the author of A Katie Parker Production series. The other books in the series are In Between and On The Loose. Though now an adult, she still relates to the trauma and drama of teen life. She is thrilled to see her writing dreams come true, as her previous claim to fame was singing the Star Spangled Banner at a mule-jumping championship. (The mules were greatly inspired.)

Jenny resides in Arkansas, where, as a teacher, she hangs out with teens on a regular basis.


Sometimes there’s a fine line between comedy and tragedy—and Katie Parker is walking it.

School is winding down for the summer but Katie Parker is having a bad day. After leaving the drive-in, where her imploding love life was the main attraction, Katie arrives home to a big surprise on the Scott’s front porch.

Her mother, Bobbie Ann Parker, a former convict and recovering addict, wants to take Katie away from her family, friends, and church. Now Katie’s life will be changed by a series of dramatic choices as she struggles to understand what family and home really means.

Katie is forced to walk away from In Between, leaving behind a family who loves her, a town drive-in to save, and a boyfriend who suddenly can’t take his eyes off his ex. When the life her mother promised begins to sink faster than one of Maxine’s stuffed bras, Katie knows she needs to rely on God to keep it together.

But where is he in all this? Can Katie survive a chaotic life with her mother—and one without the Scotts? And if God is there, will he come through before it’s too late?

A Katie Parker Production series offers teen girls real-world fiction balanced by hope and humor. The The Big Picture helps us realize that the difficult chapters in our journey are only part of God’s big story for our lives.

You can read the first chapter HERE

“A heroine to love. Jones just gets better with every book, and The Big Picture is her best one yet.”
~BARBARA WARREN, author of The Gathering Storm

“Such inspiration in a package of fun and faith!”
~EVA MARIE EVERSON, author of the Potluck Club series

Ok, I have to put my two cents in here about this series.

I. Love. Them.

When I got the first book, I gave it to my 15 year old daughter who was searching for something to read. I said, “Try this out and let me know if it’s any good.”

The next day, (no kidding) she comes into my office, holding the book close to her chest as she says in her best “Drama Queen” impersonation: “I loved this book. This is what I want. Why can’t there be more books like this out there?”

Hey, no kidding. She went on so much about it that I snatched it from her hands and said, “Let me have a look at that.” Then I read it and haven’t laughed so hard over a book in a long time. And yes, even shed a few tears which just doesn’t happen. It doesn’t. Not to me.

So now, we are both big fans of this series and fight over who will read the next one first. Of course, she got her hands on it before I did this time. And now all I hear is “Where are you? Oh man, that was so funny. Just wait until you get… uh, never mind. I don’t want to spoil it for you. But tell me when you get there.”

Yeah, that’s how it is around here.

This is a series you’ll want to get into if you have any teens around. As a parent, I find them refreshing and simply a fun read.



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