eARCs and Promo for Special Interests

Guess what I am in possession of? The final files for Special Interests!

If you review contemporary romance and find the idea of the book interesting at all, please let me know. (For more information about Special Interests, look here.) 

It should appear on NetGalley in the very near future, and I’ll update this post when it does, but if you have a problem with your NetGalley request, or if you don’t use NetGalley, or if you just can’t wait to get your hands on it, please email me at author.emma.barry (at) gmail.com with a link to your blog and your preferred format. While I’m limited in how many I can give away and can’t give one to everybody, if you want to review it, I want to help you get it. All I ask in return is for an honest review.

Also, if you blog about or review contemporary romance and are interested in featuring the book, doing an interview with me, running an excerpt, etc., please send me an email and we’ll see if we can work something out.

ETA: If you want to sign up for the review tour via Goddess Fish Promotions, you can do so here.

ETA2: It’s on NetGalley now!

Brave in Heart: Opening

My American Civil War historical romance novella Brave in Heart will only be on sale at Amazon for only a few more days (until the end of February). If you need any enticement to buy it, the prologue and opening chapter are below.

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Cover Reveal: Special Interests

After months of waiting (at least that’s what it feels like), here is the cover for Special Interests.

Special Interests Cover

Do you love it? It captures so much of the mood and setting of the book. I can’t stop looking at it.

Seeing the cover makes my book release seem real. I’ll post some excerpts in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, here’s the blurb.

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One-Sentence Pitch: Special Interests

I had to write a one-sentence summary of my forthcoming book Special Interests and it turned out pretty well so I thought I’d share.

A shy labor organizer and an arrogant congressional aide clash over the federal budget but find love the more difficult negotiation.

Is it April yet?

More Brave in Heart Features

Some more lovely people have reviewed or featured Brave in Heart in the last few weeks. In case you missed it…

The In Love with Romance blog ran a very nice review (yay recruiting more readers for American historical romance!).

At Indie Jane, I discussed writing American historical romances and National Treasure.

Amanda Schalaby, author of Rhianna and Audra, interviewed me on her blog.

Thank you so much everyone!

Reviews and Spotlight Round-Up

Our vision of a writer working alone in a garret, the solitary genius producing art on his own, couldn’t be more wrong. And not just the genius part, at least not where I’m concerned: books simply aren’t produced by one person working alone, not in one in a hundred instances. While I may have drafted on my own, I wouldn’t be able to write and to polish without the support of my critique partner, the lovely Genevieve Turner, the editors at Crimson, and my beta readers (particularly Kimberly Truesdale).

But if writing and revising a book require the efforts of dozens of people, marketing and promoting takes a smallish army. For Brave in Heart’s release week, the book was featured and reviewed all over the place. In case you missed any of these…

Over at the Crimson Editors blog, I blame Ken Burns (the documentary filmmaker) for my career as a romance novelist.

Jamie and Kati at Romancing the Rake spotlighted the book.

Long Ago Love ran an excerpt.

USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog noted Brave in Heart in its round-up of new historical releases.

The book was reviewed at Chick Lit Reviews and NewsBadass RomanceRomantic Historical Lovers, Romance Reviews Today, Reading with Analysis, and The Reading Cafe. While some reviewers have loved Brave in Heart, others were more circumspect — but all have been thoughtful about a book that I know isn’t the typical historical romance fare, from the heavy setting to the non-alpha hero. I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who read and supported the book in its first week of release.

Thank you all so much!

Brave in Heart Launch Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Brave in Heart — it’s here! it’s really here! — I’m giving away a digital copy of the book plus a $15 gift card (either to Amazon or Barnes and Noble) to one lucky winner. Entering is easy — follow me on Twitter, Tweet about the giveaway, add the book on Goodreads, or follow the blog (or all of the above). If you’ve already purchased the book, because you could just sense its awesomeness and couldn’t wait, you can still enter and gift the digital copy to someone should you win.

For complicated reasons Rafflecopter and WordPress don’t get along, so I can’t embed the widget, but here’s the link: Brave in Heart Rafflecopter Giveaway. Enter early and often, my friends, and thank you for supporting me and the book!

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Why Should You Read Brave in Heart?

“So, Emma, I see that you wrote a book,” you say.

“Yes indeed. Funny you should mention it. It’ll be out in two weeks.”

“But why should I read it?”


  • It’s a second-chance-at-love story. As I’ve discussed before, this is one of my favorite tropes. It is almost as close as it’s possible to come to a universal experience. In the back of all our heads is that nagging little question, “What if?” Brave in Heart explores that scenario.
  • After a prologue, a postcard from the past if you will, Brave in Heart starts with a dance. There is almost always a ball in historical romances, but the dresses? The music? The subtext? How can you not love a novel that opens with dancing?
  • One word: angst. “The course of true love never did run smooth,” Lysander says in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. And for Margaret and Theo, this statement is practically etched in sky-writing over their heads (if of course there had been planes in the mid-nineteenth century). But their stumbles toward happiness are all the more rewarding for the difficulties along the way.
  • The stakes are high. There’s a war on. A deadly, terrifying war that the characters care deeply about. Every kiss, every conversation could be the last one.
  • Love letters that burn up the page. Or the, um, Kindle. You know that you’ve read Wentworth’s letter over and over again. In the course of Brave in Heart, Theo and Margaret spend a lot of time apart. The letters they exchange are their only contact for months at a time. It’s in the letters that you see them fall in love. Beta readers and earlier reviewers have consistently told me that the letters were some of their favorite parts of the book.
  • The book features an accurate, compelling historical voice. If you’ve ever complained about wallaper historicals, then Brave in Heart is for you. I wanted it to read like it could have been written in 1863 (except now with sexytimes and faster pacing), including the diction and grammatical forms.
  • Also, if you’ve ever complained about how narrow the scope of historical romance has become, give this a try.
  • It’s a little book, meaning it’s short (41,000 words) but also it’s done in watercolor. It’s about quiet moments between adults who want to love each other and just can’t figure out how to given their historical circumstances.

If this sounds interesting, you can pre-order the book on Amazon, add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads, or find out more about it here.