It’s that time again: stuff your e-reader day! Just go to RomanceBookworms.Com, and you’ll find links to more than a thousand free books, organized by subgenre. This time, I decided to include The One You Need, a friends to lovers romance in which an every guy blogger helps a socialite non-profit fundraiser clear her name in a money-laundering scandal, and they fall for each other in the process. If you’ve been looking for romances that feature gentle male main characters with dad bods, this may be the book you’ve been searching for. It’s one of my favorites, and it’s never been free before. So click fast!
I quickly skimmed through the list, and I would especially recommend checking out the titles by Jeannie Lin, Carrie Lomax, Jackie Lau, Chace Verity, Zoe York, Lucy Eden, and Genevieve Turner.
I’m writing my year end posts, and trying to revise a book, and recording podcasts and writing promo columns for Chick Magnet‘s impending release, but let me just drop a quick post to tell you to enter this giveaway. The lovely folks at Amazon Publishing are going to give away 100 digital copies of Chick Magnet. All you have to do is click.
Also, while I have your attention, The One You Want (the book formerly known as Special Interests) is currently FREE at Amazon. So if you haven’t read it, or you want to recommend it to a friend who hasn’t, click fast. It will revert to regular price at the end of the day on December 27, 2022.
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!
Back in May, a group of five authors released a collection of semi-anonymous romances called Sight Unseen. Our names were on the cover, but they weren’t on the individual pieces. This week, we’ve been revealing who wrote what: Erin Satie authored Lost that Feeling; Meredith Duran’s was A Clear View of You; and my entry was Free. That’s right, I wrote the motorcycle romance. (ETA: JA Rock wrote Chariot of Desire and Sherry Thomas’s was The Heart is a Universe.)
You can read interviews with Erin here, Meredith here, me here, and JA and Sherry here. The only thing I’ll add is I utterly adored this project. I can see how readers might feel frustrated that we wandered out of our niches, but Free is so far beyond my wheelhouse, I don’t think I would have finished writing it let alone marketed it without Sight Unseen. From an author point of view, the freedom and anonymity were wonderful.
If you want to a peep into my head, here’s my Pinterest board for the book (I had to finally answer that important question, “what is a Metallica?”), and the passage I’ve screenshotted above is one of my favorites I’ve ever written.
Exciting news: Star Dust is currently free. You can obtain it all fine e-book retailers, including Amazon, iBooks, B&N, Google Play, and Kobo. (For the record, there is a Star Dust paperback, but it alas is not free.)
It’s part of the OMG Reads Stock Up for the Holidays event. There are some amazing titles here. I particularly recommend Tamsen Parker, Melissa Blue, Zoe York, and Lyn Brittan, though they’re all friends, so I’m biased. Some of these deals are one-day only, so click fast.
Plus the December Midnight Kiss box from Ever After is going to include download cards for Round Midnight, which we’re really excited about. To celebrate, Genevieve and I are giving away a coupon that’s good for that box. (Which is shipping next week!)
To enter, follow this link to Rafflecopter and click away. Please note that the contest is open to US residents only as Ever After doesn’t ship internationally.
The first installment of A Midnight Kiss will be hitting inboxes on Wednesday. It’s very swoony and romantic, and if you want to read it for free, make sure you’re signed up for the Fly Me to the Moon mailing list.
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.
If you’re anything like me, you’re trying to pick the prefect Friday read. Something smart and hilarious would be ideal; if had cocktails and astronauts even better (or maybe dirty, sexy geeks or hot exes locked in an erotic encounter or love in a snowstorm)… but where to get it? Well, April’s no longer the cruelest month because I’ve got eleven books for you, and all of them are free.
That’s right: eleven contemporary romances–including Star Dust–free for this weekend only. Check out the full list and the links at Zoe York’s blog. But you’d better click fast: this offer expires Monday. (And note that Star Dust has a new cover, and it’s gorgeous.)