Book Announcement: Chick Magnet

So I have some career news.

Emma Barry's CHICK MAGNET, pitched as a pop culture mash-up of The Chicks' Gaslighter album and a grumpy, modern-day James Herriot, featuring a social media starlet who gained a following thanks to her flock of backyard chickens and who is seeking a fresh start post bad break-up when she has an unfortunate run-in with her new neighbor, a handsome yet broody local veterinarian, to Lauren Plude at Montlake in a two-book deal, by Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost literary agency.

That’s right: you’re going to get more books from me! I can officially tell you that Chick Magnet, my sunshine-y chicken keeping influencer + grumpy small town veterinarian romance, is coming soon. I don’t have a release date yet, but I cannot wait to put this book into your hands.

I’m massively grateful to my agent for believing in me and in my book and to Lauren Plude and everyone at Montlake for having an amazing vision for Chick Magnet.

As you probably know, my self-confidence and I took a long midnight walk. I didn’t write anything except novellas for literally years, I split with another agent, and I seriously contemplated quitting. But what stopped me was the hankering to write something I liked again. If I was going to quit, I wanted to go out with a book that was just for me, so I wasn’t leaving writing from a place of fear. That book turned out to be Chick Magnet.

I’m so grateful to my friends who believed in me, even during those years (and years and years) when I could not write and was basically a sentient existential crisis. So many people have been generous with their time and expertise, and I’m just awash in feelings.

Anyhow, I can’t wait for you to meet Will and Nic and the chickens—so many chickens. If you need to plug Chick Magnet into your veins (and ear drums), here’s the playlist.

Project Announcement: Rogue Desire

Back in April, I outlined a book on Twitter. Well, not really a book, more of a plot bunny about two people admitting they were in love against the backdrop of a global crisis and a debate about the Twenty-fifth Amendment.

It festered, and I started emailing and direct messaging with friends who had their own resistance romance ideas. All of that turned into Rogue Desire, which is releasing next week. You can see the cover over on the Happily Ever After blog at USA Today. I have the blurb and preorder links below the fold.

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Book Announcement: Sight Unseen

If you read Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (and if you don’t, do you hate good things?), you might have seen today’s announcement about Sight Unseen, an anthology project from Sherry Thomas, Meredith Duran, Erin Satie, and J.A. Rock. Oh, and me. Which is clearly some sort of mistake.

The concept is that we all wrote novellas outside of our normal mode. Experimental, risky, different, strange, sexy, smart, challenging novellas. (I know of what I speak; I’ve read them all.) But here’s the catch: we aren’t telling you who wrote what. While Sight Unseen will be out June 6, the authorship of the individual stories will remain a mystery until September.

Intrigued? You should be!

Sight Unseen is available for pre-order at Open Ink Press. The cover reveal and more preorder links will be out in two weeks.

So pop over there, read the blurbs, and come back here and tell me which one you think is mine. I won’t answer you, of course, but I’m dying to know what you think.

Cover Reveal: A Midnight Clear

Don’t say Gen and I never gave you anything.

a man and a woman embracing against a starry sky with snow and a street lamp in the foreground. the title (A midnight clear) and author names (Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner) appear

Annapolis, Maryland, 1948

Frances Dumfries is the perfect admiral’s daughter. She runs the household, hosts the parties, and never falls for the midshipmen surrounding her. Having fun or putting herself first is definitely not on her schedule. And she doesn’t want anyone—particularly not a man too handsome and kind for his own good—to point that out.

Midshipman Joe Reynolds sympathizes: ever since he tumbled headlong into love with Frances, life hasn’t been much fun. With only so much time until he ships out from the Naval Academy, he’s racing the clock, and her refusal to give him a second look, to secure her affection. But this sailor isn’t surrendering in the campaign to win her heart.

Torn between duty and selfishness, it will take a Christmas miracle to show Frances and Joe that love is rare, precious… and worth fighting for.


There won’t be preorder links for this one. We’re wrapping up edits and hope it will go live in the next week. If you want to know as soon as it’s available, join the Fly Me to the Moon mailing list.

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Cover Reveal: Star Dust

As promised, here is the cover for Star Dust.

cover for Star Dust. The text reads: Star Dust, Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner. It shows a couple embracing in front of the Milky Way star field.

The cover designer was none other than my amazing critique partner and co-writer Genevieve Turner (did I mention that she’s amazing?). But maybe it’s even better with a blurb:

Houston, 1962
Anne-Marie Smith wanted normal: a loving husband, two beautiful kids, and a well-kept house. But when she catches her husband cheating, she decides that normal isn’t worth it. Now in a new city with a new job, she’s trying to find her new normal—but she knows it doesn’t include the sexy playboy astronaut next door.

Commander Kit Campbell has a taste for fast: fast cars, fast planes, and even faster women. But no ride he’s ever taken will be as fast as the one he’s taking into orbit. He’s willing to put up with the prying adoration of an entire country if it will get him into space.

But Anne-Marie and Kit’s inconvenient attraction threatens both normal and fast. As the space race heats up, his ambitions and their connection collide and combustion threatens their plans… and their hearts.

The book is available for preorder at Amazon, iBooks, and Kobo (more links coming soon!). You can also add it to your Goodreads shelves, join the mailing list for the Fly Me to the Moon series, or check out the book’s Pinterest board.

I’ll put up an excerpt later today (ETA: you can now read the prologue/first chapter), but in the meantime, I can’t tell you how excited I am for the book’s release in October!

Coming Soon

image/text promo for Star Dust. it reads: dukes have curricles. bad boys have motorcycles. these guys have big rockets.

Star Dust is the project Genevieve Turner and I have been working on for a while. It’s with the copy editor and we’re very excited about it. We don’t have a definite release date, but we’re shooting for early October.

If you want to be the first to know when Star Dust is live, you can sign up for the Fly Me to the Moon mailing list. And if you want a sneak peek, check out the book’s Pinterest board.

Special Interests On Sale!

Good news: from now until June 22, Special Interests is only 99 cents! This price should be live everywhere it’s for sale in both the United States and Canada. In the year since its release, this is the first time Special Interests has been on sale. If you’ve been waiting to buy it, now is the time.

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If you need them, here are the buy links: Amazon | B&N | Carina | iBooks | KoboGoogle Play.

Since my books aren’t on sale often, and I’d like more people to check out the series, I’ll be obnoxious about this on social media in the next two weeks. I apologize in advance!

Also, there are three complete or nearly complete things on my hard drive, two of which I’m planning to self-publish this year. So if you’ve been waiting for new words from me, they’re coming.

ETA: I scheduled this to go up over the weekend, but as of Monday morning, the sale price isn’t live yet anywhere except Amazon Canada. I’ll let you know when it shows up.

ETA2: Okay, the sale price appears to be up most places and should be everywhere soon.