Star Dust Free!

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Exciting news: Star Dust is currently free. You can obtain it all fine e-book retailers, including AmazoniBooksB&NGoogle 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.

Happy holidays, friends!

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The Books that Write Well…and Those that Don’t

book cover reading "Private Politics, Emma Barry." It shows a door opening into an office. A couple in profile is having a heated argument in front of a window.

Last month was Private Politics‘ second book birthday, and next week is Star Dust‘s first. They’re a tale of contrasts. It took Genevieve and I approximately nine months to write the first draft of Star Dust. In contrast, while I started Private Politics during the summer of 2013, I wrote most of it in 6 weeks in September and October of that year. I don’t think I’ve ever written a book so well, so painlessly.

But does that mean Private Politics is better than a book with which I struggled?

There were moments when I didn’t think I’d survive Party Lines, for example. Of the four manuscripts I’m working on–by myself and with Genevieve–one of them is going splendidly. The other three…aren’t.

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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.

Star Dust Freebie Offer!

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.

eleven book cover, including star dust's, on a gray background. all the books are currently 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.)

Happy reading!

Seven Days of 60s Food: Million-Dollar Fudge

Once I started with this 60s food thing, I found it hard it stop. You’ll note, for example, that this is actually the ninth recipe I’ve posted. Now you know why Gen and I are writing a series and not just a one-off.

The main source text I’ve used is Helen Corbitt’s Cookbook, which was first published in 1957. While she’s obscure now, as a professor and then as a chef at several prominent hotels and department stores, Corbitt shaped food ways in Texas between the 1940s and 1970s (you can read about her here and here). My mom and grandma still use her cookbook on a regular basis. When I ordered myself a used copy, I was surprised to find a dedication from Ms. Corbitt herself scrawled in the front cover and a recipe that she’d typed for the recipient on Neiman Marcus stationary. Clearly I had to make it.recipe typed on 60s stationary

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Seven Days of 60s Food: Grape Jello

cover for star dust. at top, a couple embraces. in the middle in a field of stars, the title appears. beneath the horizon, at the bottom of the cover, are the author names: Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner.

First things first, Star Dust is here! It’s available wherever fine ebooks are sold, including AmazoniBooksB&NGoogle Play, and Kobo, and you can even order a paperback at Amazon. It’s a space-race rom-com about a divorcee looking to start a new chapter and an astronaut reaching for the stars. I truly love this book, and I’m not just saying this because Gen and I had so much fun writing and editing it (though we did). But if you’ve been enjoying these retro food posts, you should give it a try.

To celebrate Star Dust’s launch (I had to, y’all, I had to), here’s the one you’ve been waiting for: Grape Jello Salad.

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