It’s rerelease day for the books formerly known as Special Interests, Private Politics, Party Lines, and Dispatches. Welcome to the world, Political Persuasions!
These are the books of my heart. While I hope to write dozens more love stories, I can still feel myself finding my voice in this series. I’m so excited to re-release them in an updated form and in paperback. And I cannot adequately express how pretty the physical books are in person; the covers are by the AMAZING Zoe York.
If you’re interested, you can pick up your copies at:
I do have one request–and asking this makes me feel like a dweeb–but if you reviewed the books in their previous forms, will you consider copying your old review into the new entry on Goodreads or at a retailer? When I changed titles and covers, all the old reviews stayed with the original versions, so the new books are just, well, bare. Even a handful of reviews can make a massive difference in terms of visibility and in getting other readers to take a chance on a book. So it would mean the world to me if you’d consider writing a few lines about the Political Persuasions books.
I’m going back to my writing cave now, but I’m so glad that Millie and Parker, Alyse and Liam, Lydia and Michael, Molly and Gavin, Cadence and Graham, Brynn and Drew, and Maddie and Adam are in the world–and on my bookshelves–again. I hope you’ll consider adding them to yours.
Happy release day to Olivia Dade, Adriana Herrera, Ruby Lang, Cat Sebastian, and, well, me. I’m absolutely thrilled that He’s Come Undone is finally out in the world.
Brennan and Kristy’s story might be the most personal thing that I’ve ever written, and it took me almost a year to get it right. I’m enormously grateful to my critique partner Genevieve Turner for reading many, many drafts; to Kristi Yanta who did an amazing developmental edit for me last fall; and to Olivia Dade and Ruby Lang for beta reading the revision. (And it was a MASSIVE revision.)
“Appassionata” is a story about losing your voice and about fear, but it’s also about hope. About how art and love make us vulnerable–and give our lives meaning. And I hope if you pick it up, you’ll love it.
I really can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the other four stories in the anthology. They’re funny and poignant and angsty and sexy and wonderful. I’m so honored to be in the company of these incredible writers.
You can buy He’s Come Undone at almost all the online retailers. We pulled it from B&N after they delayed paying royalties recently. I’m sorry for any inconvenience that causes.
But when you’re reading, I’d highly recommend listening to the Spotify playlist I put together for “Appassionata,” which includes all the music Kristy plays and some contemporary pop that I listened to when I was writing it.
Today we have not one but two Fly Me to the Moon releases, which means I have double Jell-O molds.
First up is Free Fall, a marriage of convenience romance between a reticent space cowboy and a vivacious sorority girl against the backdrop of the first American space walk. It’s a little bit angsty, a lot romantic, and the funniest book in the series (I think). You can buy your copy at Amazon, iBooks, B&N, Kobo, and Google Play, as well as add it to your Goodreads shelves and check out the inspiration board on Pinterest.
I should warn you that Free Fall is a turning point in the series. We’re moving into the back half of the stories we want to tell and introducing readers to new characters and technological challenges. We’re in the late 60s now, and the push to the moon is very real and very dangerous.
Second is the Volume One Box Set, which includes Star Dust, Earth Bound, A Midnight Clear, and a book club supplement. All that–170,000 words of space romance romance–can be yours for just 99 cents until August 15, when the price will go up. You can get it at Amazon, iBooks, B&N, Kobo, and Google Play. Earth Bound has never been on sale before, so it’s the perfect time to get everyone you know into the series.
It’s release day for Rogue Hearts, a collection of six resistance romances by Suleikha Snyder, Stacey Agdern, Kelly Maher, Amy Jo Cousins, Tamsen Parker, and myself.
My story is about a woman running for the state legislature and falling for her campaign advisor. It’s set in Montana and it’s packed with cross-x debate references. Elements of it have been floating around in my head since I was working on Party Lines many years ago; I just had to wait for the right moment to tell it.
My three Rogue novellas work together as a group. “Kissing and Other Forms of Sedition” is about choosing hope over fear, “The Fourth Estate” is about persisting when you’re exhausted, and “Run” is about taking risks for the right reasons. I’m thrilled to share this final piece in my Rogue puzzle with you.
You can get Rogue Hearts at Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Google Play, and Kobo, add it to your Goodreads shelves, and check out my story’s board on Pinterest. But click fast because while it’s 99 cents now, that price will go up to $3.99 next week.
Note I don’t have a story in this one. I started three different novellas for it, and I just couldn’t click with any of them, so I’m taking a little break. But the seven stories here are awesome. I love the writers who’ve contributed to the series so much, and I love how all of the stories are about believing in the power of human relationships to overcome the awfulness in the world. They’re idealistic and hopeful and sexy and smart–and you should read them.
It’s the anniversary of the 2016 presidential election and also release day for Rogue Affair. It’s a collection of ten political resistance romances featuring me and Tamsen Parker, Ainsley Booth, Olivia Dade, Kris Ripper, Amy Jo Cousins, Adriana Anders, Kelly Maher, Stacey Agdern, and Jane Lee Blair.
I am crazy proud of my novelette, “The Fourth Estate.” It’s about two reporters who work for competing papers fighting over stories about White House corruption and, oh, falling in love. Brynn and Drew’s enemies to lovers, banter-y relationship was so fun to write. If you’ve been enjoying all those 5 p.m. breaking news stories–this little boomlet of resurgent journalism–this book is for you. It’s my favorite contemporary project since Party Lines. If you need more convincing Heroes and Heartbreakers had ten exclusive excerpts here.
Also, I have a deleted scene and an alternative POV scene. You don’t know it yet–because you haven’t read Rogue Affair–but you might need these. I’ll be sending them out in my newsletter in a month or so. So sign up now if you haven’t.
It’s release day for A Midnight Feast, a book that could be subtitled the Mitch and Margie Thanksgiving angst-fest. So of course I made Jello to celebrate, specifically this simple orange fruit salad. Even though it was a pain to get out of the mold (the same one I’ve used before), it turned out very pretty. (Note to Jello aficionados: plastic molds are awful.)
Enough about the food, though; what about the book?
On my own or with Genevieve, I’ve never written a character who elicited as much fan response as Margie Dunsford. “When will she leave her husband and get an HEA?” began many emails and Tweets.
But did she have to leave Mitch? As we filled in their backstory, we found twenty years of frustrations resentment, passion, laughter, misunderstanding, and, eventually hope. So that was the story we told: about rediscovering love and reimagining a marriage.
I know we only announced Rogue Desire last week, but it’s here already! You can get your copy at Amazon, iBooks, B&N, Kobo, or Google Play and then you can add it to your Goodreads shelves or check out my inspiration board on Pinterest. Paperbacks are coming too, but remember the 99 cent price is only good for a week.
We also have a super-cool release giveaway that includes a paperback copy of Rogue Desire, a Kindle Fire, a crocheted hat, a mix CD, and a donation to the ACLU, so be sure to enter.
The anthology includes eight new novelettes. We wrote out of anxiety and fear. We wrote about reclusive hackers and civic-minded Park Rangers and saucy protestors and pre-school teachers who want to make a difference and frightened legislative aides and foul-mouthed pastors. We wrote about love, the force that gives our lives meaning.
I believe in the stories we told, and they soothed some anxious part of me. It’s a book about now, about this crazy moment, but also about the future, and if you pick it up, I hope you’ll love it.
I feel like I haven’t talked about Sight Unseen enough because I can’t tell you about my novella. What I can say is writing it was amazing because I was able to just write. I didn’t have to worry about where it “fit” in my brand or how I would make it into a series. The characters, the words, the story: that was what mattered.
When I received the ARC, I devoured it. Then I went back and read it again more slowly. The pieces are radically different from each other and from everything the five of us write. Leave your expectations at the door on this one. In fact it might be better to approach them as five separate pieces with a hard reset between each, because they aren’t a cohesive collection. It’s five different experiments running simultaneously.
I’m biased, but I think the novellas each work on their own terms, with their own rewards of narrative and writing, but they also work within the game. Who wrote what? Can you guess? Does it matter?
I can promise it’s a unique reading experience–and I can’t wait to talk to you about my novella after the reveal in September. In the meantime, if you read Sight Unseen, let me know if you have any guesses either here or via the hashtag #SUWho on Twitter.
And if you’re here going, “who the heck is this Emma Barry person?”, it’s nice to meet you. I write contemporary romances about political staffers on my own and historical romances about the Space Race with my friend Genevieve Turner. I wrote a sort author mission statement a while ago, my bio is here, and you can find out more about my books here. Star Dust is currently free, and may I also recommend Earth Bound and Party Lines? They’re my favorites.
Star Crossed is the story of Geri Brixton, an ambitious pilot who’d like to be the first American woman in space, if only she were better with numbers. Reluctantly, Geri agrees to be tutored by Beverly Fox, a mathematician whose work has been getting rockets off the ground and who dreams of love and honesty but has been denied both. Geri and Bev develop a friendship and eventually become lovers, but secrets tear at what they’ve built and threaten everything they hold dear.
As has now become Fly Me to the Moon tradition, I’m celebrating release day with a Jello mold. This one is cranberry orange and courtesy of Martha Stewart.