Emily March – Friendship & Romance

Hi friends!

Welcome to the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate this awesome genre!  Come back every day to read all three “Power of Romance” posts. Check out the full calendar of authors here. You can also find links to the last four years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook.

Happy August!

#LoveRomance #ThePowerOfRomance

Powerful Romance, Powerful Friendship

As I sit down to write this, I’ve just returned home to Fort Worth after speaking to the West Houston RWA chapter. My talk to them was meant to be inspirational, to remind them of those feelings that brought us to the point to write page one of book one as we find a place for ourselves in the changing landscape of publishing. After the speech, they invited me to join them for lunch—and I never turn down Mexican food—and a group of about ten or twelve sat and visited for over an hour.

 Little did I know at the time that I was getting the idea for this blog.

 You see, “the power of romance” takes my mind in a different direction from most people’s. For me, “romance” defines my career.

 My first book—a historical romance novel—was published twenty-five years ago. Since then, I have written thirty-five more novels in a number of different sub-genres, but each of them was a romance.

Releases Feb ’18

 I joined RWA—Romance Writers of America—in 1988 and it was through that organization that I made my closest friends, women who are still my friends today. They are the women who root for me when a book comes out, the women who help me figure out the plots of my stories. They are the women I call when I’m happy or hurting, when one of my children is happy or hurting. They are the women whose calls I always answer so that I can listen to their hurts and happiness, too. They are the women who have been part of my life for almost half of it. Wow, I’m getting old. For me, the power of romance means the power of friendship.

 I saw that yesterday at the West Houston chapter meeting. The professional and personal friendships that mean so much to me are being supported and forged at meetings and at conferences all across the country. How lucky are we to have found this common interest that can last a lifetime if we nurture it?

 The power of romance. The power of friendship.

 You know, I think I might write a book about it.

 

Emily recommends:

Nicole Burnham       –         www.nicoleburnham.com       –       @Amazon

Chris Keniston        –        www.chriskeniston.com       –        @Amazon

Teresa Medeiros      –       www.teresamedeiros.com        –         @Amazon

(And check out Teresa’s publishing page, too:  www.amberhousebooks.com )


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment when you felt or were aware of the power of romance.

It was after my first book came out and the second was about to publish. RWA was in New York City and my publisher was having a party at their building on Broadway near Times Square. This was my very first trip to New York City. The publisher was flashing the covers of their party attendees on the huge light signs. This small-town girl from Texas looked up and saw her book on a sign in Times Square. It was a surreal moment.

The romance market was and still is a powerful force in the publishing industry.

Tell us about an object that has powerful memories for you.

My Aggie ring. My husband and I got married while we were students at Texas A&M University. All three of our children are Aggies. Earning your Aggie ring is a big deal for Aggies and I still wear mine all these years later.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Family. It’s my world. Our family “place” is our lake house. 

Tell us about a powerful book you read this year (or one that’s so powerful you’ve never forgotten it).

Right now I’m reading THE HANDMAID’S TALE for the first time. Wow, how have I missed this book before now?

Tell us about a person who’s had a powerful influence on your life.

I believe the reason I’ve been successful as a writer is because I’m a good storyteller. I learned to tell a story from the greatest storyteller who ever lived–my dad. He didn’t write his stories down, unfortunately, but his verbal storytelling was beyond compare. I grew up sitting at his feet listening to his stories of growing up in Denver during the depression, of panning for gold in the mountains, of his experience as a soldier in World War II.

He was so proud of me when I sold my first book. Though, he never read one my books. I was his little girl, he was an old-fashioned man, and they were romance novels, you know. The power of romance. <g>

Main Drawing:

Emily is generously giving away a basket full of Emily March goodies to one lucky reader. To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 18, 2017. (US only)

She’ll also be giving away another two more books  as part of the US bundles. (more info. below)

There are many more drawings too—including international book bundles! See the bottom of the post for more information.

 

 


Emily March is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a “master of delightful banter,” and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Romance Writers of America.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.

 

Learn more:

www.emilymarch.com    |    Facebook     |     Twitter @emilymarchbooks

 

Buy Emily’s books:

availableon-amazon       availableon-nook    availableon-kobo

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

#LoveRomance   #The PowerofRomance    #ReadARomance


MORE DRAWINGS!

Each RARM post will have one main drawing each day (posted above). Authors are also contributing to weekly (US only) bundles, which will be drawn at the end of the week. Each bundle will consist of at least five books and the amount of bundles will depend on the amount of books the authors contribute.

(Emily is contributing to the US bundles and the cup/tote combo.)

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week2@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “Bundles” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

International friends!

Rather than individual drawings off posts, this year we’ll do sets of books, 3+, depending on how many authors contribute. To enter, send an email to Week2@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

Week 2 contests are Aug 9 through Aug. 16

For the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month, many of the contributing authors  are supporting an extra-special drawing – high quality tote bags and mugs printed with a fun, pro-romance image (see below).

Read-A-Romance Month, through the generous support of many of the authors, is giving away at least 30 mug & tote combos.

Plus, at least two lucky winners will win a Read-A-Romance Month “Month of Books” Mega Bundle, consisting of 31 books!

To enter these exciting drawings,  send an email to August@ReadARomanceMonth.com (US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month.

(US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month. I may include an international cup/tote combo.)

You will not be automatically added to a newsletter, and I promise not to sell or give your email addresses to anyone. I do reserve the right to send you an invitation to sign up for my newsletter, which will also have opportunities to win more prizes and great romance reading tips!

 

Check out all three great posts everyday in August at ReadARomanceMonth.com.  Or you can find the posts on the RARM Facebook page.  Also consider joining the Read-A-Romance Book Club page, where we discuss romance of all kinds and will have drawings and events throughout the year.

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading  #ReadARomance

  • Audrey

    I didn’t know you were an Aggie! Gig ’em, Emily! Great interview and congratulations on your successes. I’m especially excited to read A Stardance Summer.

    • Emily March

      Thank you! Gigem right back at you. It’s almost That Time of Year!!! 🙂

  • cheryl c.

    I have read and enjoyed many of your books. 🙂

  • Jodi B

    I love your books!

  • Ren

    I can’t say I’m excited that your an Aggie because I’m a Jayhawk lol. Love your books because you are a great story teller. Thanks for sharing your story

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I love your books!

  • Hi Emily! Were your ears burning yesterday? I had breakfast with two friends I met through my love of reading romance and was telling them about your books – way back to the beginning – which is, as you know, about how long I’ve been a fan. I’m not an Aggie but, like you, I love college football. Eleven days and counting until the first kick-off! 🙂

  • Kathy Campbell

    I have read all your Eternity Springs books. Each one has a special place on my “keeper shelf”. I enjoy your books not just for the romance but because of the friendships and family.

  • Pamby50

    I understand about how did I miss this. I won a copy of Teardrop Lane from a contest that you ran with the lovely Christina Dodd. I quickly devoured that and went looking for more.

  • I am a huge fan of Emily March and read all the Eternity Springs books. (Not entering contest)

  • Dawn Anderson

    I love how you talk about your dad. Your love for him is evident in that paragraph.

  • Sue G.

    How fun to see your book in Time Square! Unreal!

  • Ellen

    I enjoyed your post. Thanks for sharing.

  • Patty Vasquez

    In my opinion, it’s especially important right now to have a “romance ” with a strong, supportive group of friends.

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    I am a huge fan of yours and agree that you are a wonderful storyteller. Family is very important to many of us.

  • Nicole Marie

    I really enjoyed your post, thanks for sharing your story!

  • Glenda

    Gig ’em, Emily! I married an Aggie and we’ve sent both our kids to College Station. 🙂 I am a firm believer in the friendships romance can bring about. I also believe that you have to be friends for a romance to last!

  • MaryC

    Fond memories of the Bad Luck Wedding series – they were the first books I read.

  • Kezia King

    Thank you for sharing! I look forward to reading your books in the future. 🙂

  • Tori Valenzuela

    Love your books!!!! I actually live in North Texas!! And visited Aggie College when I was college scouting in high school!

  • Booklover

    Great interview, especially the part about your dad!