04 April 2024

even if nothing else is certain | excerpt + giveaway

about the book

Even if nothing else is certain… love still is.

Ruby Foster loves her job as a Pack Horse librarian, but secretly she dreams of being a nurse. Since there are no schools for nursing in the hills of rural Kentucky in 1937, Ruby contents herself with harvesting medicinal plants, delivering her beloved library books, and dreaming. Dreaming mostly of a life that doesn’t leave her living in the past. Until one day she discovers that “past” camped out by the Hell for Certain creek. Could it really be Cole, the one who left her heartbroken so many years ago? Just when she starts to believe in her dreams and hope for love again, Cole reveals his true colors. Or is the truth she sees only another illusion? When nothing else in the world seems certain, can the bonds of friendship bring one searching heart and one lost soul together again?

publisher: fireship press
release date: march 27, 2024

other books in the series



Love makes all the decisions where it counts. The want of it. The need of it. That longing in the heart. But sometimes the heart is a haunted house. Filled with dark corridors and tightly closed doors, cracked glass windows covered in cobwebs. The grass is overgrown and there’s a faint whispering of something rusty and squeaky off in the distance. Fear has its name on the mailbox. It’s scary in the heart. All our ugliness, our shame, our despair. It’s all there.

And for me, it was all there in Certain, Ky. Why on earth had I come back to the town that had run my family out on the rails fifteen years ago. Well, there were no rails, just a long and winding road out of town. I think my father would have ridden off and left me here had it not been for my mother. I wished now that she’d let him.

With nothing left and nowhere else to go, I’d come back to the only place that had ever felt like home to me. I’d been living along the Hell for Certain Creek for near about a week. Mostly my stay had gone well, but a storm was rolling in.

about the author

Amy Willoughby-Burle is an award winning fiction author living in Asheville, NC with her husband and five children. Her fiction focuses on the importance of family and friends and centers on the themes of forgiveness, second chances, and finding the beauty in the world around us. She is the author of the novels The Lemonade Year, The Year of Thorns and Honey, The Other Side of Certain and Even if Nothing Else Is Certain. Her short fiction has been published in numerous journals and in her collection, Out Across the Nowhere.

Connect with Amy by visiting amywilloughbyburle.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


(1) winner will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card, signed copies of The Other Side of Certain and Even if Nothing Else is Certain, and librarian & plant themed bookmarks, stickers and postcards!

(1) additional winner will win a signed copy of Even if Nothing Else is Certain!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight April 1, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 8, 2024. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

tour schedule


  1. thanks for spotlighting Even If Nothing Else is Certain today! :)

  2. Shelly Peterson5/4/24 12:25

    Sounds like a book I would love.