From These Ashes

“There’s this beautiful nostalgic feeling about America – both the land and the people – in her work. The open road, traveling,  and a search for self are huge themes in Ritter’s writing.”
 —A.J. O’Connell  author of  “Beware the Hawk”

 AshesFinalPRINTCoverFRONT5.375x8.25inch300dpiFrom These Ashes

Release Date: March 12, 2013

Publisher: Battered Suitcase Press

Summary: From These Ashes chronicles the journey of two siblings looking for “home,” while searching for themselves, each other, their heritage and their destiny.

In a center for cult recovery in Phoenix Arizona, 16-year-old Native American Naomi West refuses to talk; instead she writes — about her life, about her brother, about the prophecy, and about the fire that nearly destroyed it all.
Meanwhile, her half-white brother, Tim West, awakes alone in a forest, without memories of his past, only an unconscious urge to head west. It is on a Cascade mountain top where he once again gets too close to a fire, and what starts as a horrifying nightmare wakens him to the truth of his past and a devastating choice that cost him everything.



Word Vagabond:

This is the best book I’ve ever hated reading. It ripped my heart completely out of my chest.  I defy any reader to come away from this story without an intense emotional connection to the characters, and an equally intense empathy for their circumstances.

Ritter’s writing is beautiful, expressive and flawless.  She paints urban and rural settings with equal skill, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the story.

This is a book you can’t afford to miss, but be sure to have a box of tissues with you when you crack it open!


Prince William Living:

This tale of suffering, separation, redemption and healing is not just engaging—it is riveting… It is realistic, at times brutal, at times wistful, but always effective as it moves between the worlds of dysfunction and a vision of an ideal existence.

Tamela Ritter has written an important and touching book. It deserves reading by a wide audience…


Author Cheryl Holloway:

This book was an emotional page-turner. I cried, I got angry and I wanted to get even…throughout the book to the very end. I enjoyed how each character’s story—although similar, but so very different—was told from their point of view. Ritter is indeed an astonishing storyteller.


Author Kate Ressman:

It’s a heartbreaking and beautiful story. It ends with hope, but not glib answers and a neat bow.


Jan the Author and Reivewer

“From These Ashes,” by Tamela Ritter, is one of those unique stories that you will remember for a long time.  Ritter is a master storyteller as she weaves this tale of searching, and wandering through family issues… I continue to ponder some of the issues raised in this powerful story of sibling connection and family. It is a book unlike any other!