Author’s Randall Kenneth Jones teams up with Mark Victor Hansen on debut fiction novel

Author Randall Kenneth Jones teams up with Mark Victor Hansen, co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul®, on debut fiction novel

Mark Victor Hansen, celebrated worldwide as the #1 New York Times bestselling author and the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® book series, is launching a new fiction book series on September 23, 2022, that represents a refreshing change in the publishing industry. To date, Hansen has been associated with over 800,000,000 books sold.

“Despite the number of new fiction books published annually, those of us over 55 rarely see ourselves represented in print, much less in the principal roles,” explained Hansen. “We still live, laugh, learn, and love, yet our stories seldom see the light of day. At Mark Victor Hansen Library, we are changing that with the release of the Savannah Valley Book Series.”

Naples, Florida, author, speaker, podcaster, actor, and communications pro Randall Kenneth Jones is one of the lucky six launch novelists. His holiday-inspired book, Ruby: Magic Comes from the Heart, has been enthusiastically endorsed by Janet Evanovich, Erin Brockovich and Peggy Post, director emeritus of The Emily Post Institute, among others.

Brockovich described Ruby as evoking memories of The Golden Girls, Harry Potter and Peyton Place before adding, “Everybody seems to be up to something!”

A playful mystery, defined by Jones as “more of a ‘who is she’ than a whodunnit,” Ruby follows an appealing cast of mature characters who not only rediscover and reinvent themselves but reshape our view of the words “holiday spirit” in the process.

“Randy has an uncanny gift for perceiving what the reader is hungry for, and delivering it,” said Crystal Dwyer Hanson, CEO of Mark Victor Hansen Library. “His rich life experience in media and his ability to connect to people makes him the perfect voice to transport us into the world of Savannah Valley in a way that leaves us asking for more!”

Savannah Valley, a fictitious, 55+ affluent retirement community outside of picturesque Savannah, GA, will come to life in not just one but six books—all released on the same day.

Jones has two upcoming public appearances. Both events are FREE, with guests seated on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations required.

Fort Myers – Tues., Oct. 4 at 6 PM

Laboratory Theater of Florida

1634 Woodford Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Naples — Thurs., Oct. 6 at 6 PM

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

300 Tower Rd.

Naples, FL 34113


For more on Jones’ book, visit or search for it at your favorite online bookstore.


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