Yet again, months have gone by since you heard from me: I’m so sorry! The good news is that I can offer you one of my best-known and best-loved books for free. Yes, that’s right: Earth Bound is included in today’s RomanceBookworms.com promo, and can be yours for zero dollars. There are more than five hundred other books included, and so the browsing is incredible.
Earth Bound is about two intense engineers who stumble into a secret affair during the 60s space race. I co-wrote it with Genevieve Turner, and by a country mile, it’s book I’ve had the most reader emails about. So if you haven’t read it, or if you’ve been trying to get a friend to take a risk on a historical set in the 1960s, now is the time.
I’ve been just bonkers busy the last few months. I finished drafting the second book for Montlake (and everyone so far has LOVED it), and then I wrote a third of a secret project. For this, I will take any and all good vibes. I was like Leslie Caron in Gigi crooning, “Say a prayer for me tonight” as I clicked send on that email to my agent today.
And we’re getting into the swing of summer here, which somehow feels just as cram-jammed as the rest of the year. So if it’s the same for you, I do hope that Parsons and Charlie for free (did I mention free?) will help ease the sting.
So I meant to post about this yesterday, but I’m tired and sniffly and didn’t get around to it, and then it EXPLODED. It being the Romancing the Runoff Auction.
I donated an annotated copy of Earth Bound, plus Apollo Over the Moon and some space swag, and now it’s going for so much money, I’m almost embarrassed to link to the listing. (It’s here.)
There are still many wonderful items with few or no bids, and the auction has, as of now, raised more than $100K. It’s a wonderful cause, and the generosity and awesomeness of the romance community never ceases to amaze me. If you’re interested, get bidding fast. The fun ends on November 24, and the prices are getting steep.
If you’re self-isolating like seemingly everyone else on earth, and you need some Emma Barry content to watch, read, or listen to, this is the post for you.
I had a fabulous conversation with Andrea Martucci from the Shelf Love podcast about KJ Charles’s novel A Seditious Affair, which is one of my all-time favorite romances. You can–and should–listen to our conversation here. This episode is Not Safe for Work or, if you’re working from home, Not Safe for Delicate Ears. It is also not safe for my parents. (Dad, I mean it: don’t you dare press play!)
In the fall, Andrea had the amazing Kate Clayborn on, and they discussed A Midnight Feast. So you should totally listen to that episode too.
I just realized I never mentioned the Not Your Mother’s Romance Bookclub podcast did an entire episode on Earth Bound last year, and it was delightful. If you use Apple Podcasts, it’s here, and Google Podcast listeners can find it here.
But maybe video is more your thing. When my friend Olivia Dade was in the region over the summer, she and I taped a long conversation about writing romance, and you can watch it here. It’s basically the equivalent of hanging out with us for 90 minutes, and we are super entertaining. We also don’t mention Covid-19 a single time.
And if you’d like to hang out with Olivia and the wonderful Ruby Lang, you can do that too.
As a reminder, Olivia, Ruby, and I will join Cat Sebastian and Adriana Herrera in the He’s Come Undone anthology in May. I’ve been editing “Appassionata” in the last few days, and I’m so excited for everyone to read it soon.
Last but not least, if your TBR needs some more books from me, remember you can get my collection of short political romance Dispatches and my motorcycle club romance Free for free if you sign up for my newsletter. That’s 80K of happy endings, just for you!
That’s so much Emma Barry (and friends!) content–enough to brighten a day or two of quarantine at least. Stay safe and healthy, dear readers!
Binge on Books is doing a month-long Sounds Like Halloween celebration of scary stories, and I recorded myself reading the mission sequence from Earth Bound for it. It’s more suspenseful than spooky–and obviously very spoiler-y if you haven’t read the book!–but you can listen to it here.
Also, I talked to Rachel Kramer Bussel from Salon for an article on resistance romance. A lot of my favorite authors are quoted and are name checked, so it was incredibly cool to be included.
Finally, I started an author newsletter. I promise I won’t send too many of these, but if you want to keep up with my new releases and sales, you can sign up here.
Happy book birthday to Earth Bound, which released a year ago today!
I’m not certain if writers are supposed to admit which of their books is their favorites, but Earth Bound is one of mine (the other is Party Lines), and I have spent more than a small amount of time wondering if I’ll ever write a couple I like as well as Parsons and Charlie. But rest assured I’ve been trying. I’ve been writing LOTS of words in the last few weeks, both on my own and with Genevieve, and I should have some fun news soon. But in the meantime, I’ll be celebrating with a re-read of everyone’s favorite grumpy engineer.
It’s finally here! Charlie and Parsons have finally arrived. This book, y’all, this book. Gen and I wrote the first draft Earth Bound in about six weeks over the winter holidays. Once we started working on it, the words poured out.
It’s a workplace romance about two grumpy, brilliant people who are so smitten, but so bad at feelings. Erin from Binge on Books described it on Twitter as a cross between Mad Men, The Martian, and Pride and Prejudice. It’s dark, but funny. It’s about early computers, but it’s sexy. I just love it, and I hope you will too. (And for anyone who hasn’t read Star Dust or A Midnight Clear, you can start the series with Earth Bound no problem.)
Our not-quite-romance book club on George Gissing’s The Odd Women (1893) starts on Monday. Here are the details. I’d love to see you there.
We’re less than a month away from the release of Earth Bound. It isn’t going to be available on Netgalley, so if you’re a reviewer and you’d like to take a look at it, please email me at author.emma.barry (at) gmail.
Star Dust is in a promo celebrating Sassy, Sexy, Smart historical romances. Seriously, these books are so good. (I’m trying to keep all my squee inside about this and it isn’t working.) You can get all eight for FREE here. This deal is only good through April 25 though, so click fast.
ETA: and I forgot one! Carina Press is running a 30% sale on all the books at their site, which includes The Easy Part series (my DC-set political romances). The deal is good through April 30; use the code RT3016 when you check out. These books rarely if ever go on sale.
I’ve been staring at it for a month now, so I’m thrilled to finally share it with you. And it fits the book perfectly. To wit:
Houston, Texas, 1961
Eugene Parsons requires perfection from his staff. Anything less would be an unnecessary risk—and Parsons hates both risk and distraction. Nothing is more distracting than the brilliant, beautiful computer scientist on his team, but he’s determined to ignore his attraction since he needs her to get America to the moon.
Charlie Eason is used to men underestimating her. It comes with being a woman in engineering, but anything is worth joining the space race—even if she can’t figure out what’s behind the intense looks one tightly wound engineer keeps sending her. But life isn’t as unemotional or predictable as code, and things soon boil over with the intriguingly demanding Parsons.
With every launch, their secret affair grows thornier. The lines between work and play tangle even as Parsons and Charlie try to keep them separate. But when a mission goes wrong, they’ll have to put aside their pride for the greater good—and discover that matters of the heart have a logic all their own.
We’re aiming for an early May release, but we don’t have preorder links yet. There are some answers to frequently asked questions and an excerpt here and you can add the book on Goodreads, check out its Pinterest board, or join the series mailing list. Now I have to return to the editing cave so you can have this book in your hands in three months!
This is an announcement…of an announcement, but first the fanfare: As of today, Genevieve Turner and I have a complete first draft of Earth Bound, the next book in the Fly Me to the Moon series. We’re going to reveal the cover, the blurb, and the anticipated release date on the series mailing list next Thursday–and this will include telling you the identity of the woman in the hotel with Eugene Parsons. So if you’re not on it, get on the mailing list here!
If you don’t want to sign up for the emails, don’t worry. We’ll do the public cover reveal on our blogs and social media streams on Friday.
Here’s a teeny, tiny Earth Bound teaser to tide you over.
I’m cackling with delight about this one, cats and kittens; it’s so deliciously twisty.
So, we’ll have news next week. In the meantime, don’t forget that A Midnight Clear is still free if you haven’t read it. And check out this fantastic review of Star Dust by the wonderful Miss Bates.