A (Virtual) Spooky Reading

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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.

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Happy Book Birthday, Earth Bound

new tag lineHappy 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.

Earth Bound Release Day (and Champagne Jello!)

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.)

If you’re so inclined, you can purchase Earth Bound in e-book (and print!) at AmazoniBooksB&NGoogle Play, and Kobo. You can also add it to your Goodreads shelves, join series’ the mailing list, or visit the book’s Pinterest board.

How else could I appropriately celebrate a book I adore this much? I’d already made a retro feast for Star Dust. But there was an new frontier: booze-y Jello.

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Odds and Ends

  • 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.

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  • 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.

Cover Reveal: Earth Bound

Are you ready for some gorgeousness?

at the top of the image, a man and a woman in mid century clothing embrace. the middle contains the book title (Earth Bound) floating above a sky full of stars. in the bottom are the author names (Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner)

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!

Coming Soon: Earth Bound News

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.

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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.