Author Q&A + Giveaway – Emily March (Eternity Springs Series)

Posted by Ing on 17 February, 2011 // ★★ 42 Comments ★★

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Please help me welcome Emily March to As the Pages Turn todayLike thousands of other
Texans, author Emily March grew up fleeing the summertime heat at home for the
beautiful Colorado Rockies.  The daughter
of Colorado natives, Emily spent her summers at the rustic, 1930’s era family
cabin in the mountains west of Denver, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and
availing herself of the facilities (an outhouse) only when she could no longer
avoid it.
 


As an adult with a family of
her own, Emily continued the tradition of spending summers in the Rockies, and
she insists that her sons were not permanently damaged when she made them wear
matching Oshkosh red-and-white-striped overalls with coordinating caps to ride
the narrow-gauge train from Durango to Silverton at ages 6 and 3, respectively.  Emily still visits the mountains every chance
she gets, and she’s happy to announce that the family cabin now sports indoor
plumbing.

Writing as Geralyn Dawson,
Emily is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels.  She is a three-time finalist for the
prestigious Romance Writers’ of America’s RITA award and a recipient of their
Top Ten Favorite Books of the Year award. 
She received Romantic Times magazine’s Career Achievement award and its
Reviewer’s Choice award.  In 2009, the
American Library Association named her romantic suspense novel, ALWAYS LOOK
TWICE, as one of the top ten romances of the year.

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



I discovered Emily’s book one day while browsing Amazon.  I love the cover and I love small town connected stories.  I read Angel’s Rest and love it.  I had to have Emily on and pick her brains a bit!  So thank you Emily for answering all my questions.  So without further ado enjoy!

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Ing:  Welcome Emily to the blog!  Your first book in your Eternity Springs
novels just recently released this week. 
Can you tell us a bit about Angel’s Rest and what can readers expect
from this book? 
  
Emily:  Thanks for the invitation, Ing.  Here’s the quote that Susan Wiggs gave
Angel’s Rest—I think it answers your question better than anything I could
say.  “Emily March has penned a heartfelt
story of family, community, second chances, and the power of love to heal the
deepest of wounds. Throw in a charming small town, dogs, romance and quilting,
and it all adds up to feel-good fiction at its finest. Don’t miss it!”

Ing:  Gabriel Callahan is our hero in Angel’s
Rest.  Can you give us some information
and background on Gabriel?  Why do you
think the readers will love him?  Why do
you love him?

Emily:  Gabe is a tortured hero—in every sense of the word.  He’s a strong man brought low, having  weathered one blow after another, mentally
and physically, and it’s simply too much.   
Readers will root for him.  I know
I did!
Ing:  Nic Sullivan is our heroine in Angel’s
Rest.  Can you give us some information
and background on Nic?  Why do you think
the readers will love her?  Why do you
love her?

Emily:  Nic is practical and proud and nobody’s doormat.  I especially love her because she’s a great
friend.
 

Ing:  Why are Gabriel and Nic perfect for each
other?  What about them individually
draws them to one another?  Why do you
think the readers will fall in love with this couple?

Emily:  They’re perfect for each other because they are NOT perfect
for each other.   That’s what makes the
journey of their romance so much fun.

Ing:  I won’t go into details and spoil it for
everyone but there were several scenes in Angel’s Rest that just had me feeling
some pretty strong emotions!  What was a
scene that stood out or was memorable for you when writing Angel’s Rest?  Why did this scene stand out for you?

Emily:  The scene in the beginning with Gabe on the mountain is most
memorable for me.   This is a man at rock
bottom, a man who has lost everything—or so he thinks.
  
Ing: Gabriel is a
character that your readers wanted a story for after meeting him from three
previous books (Give Him the Slip, Never Say Never and Always Look Twice) that
you wrote under Geralyn Dawson.  Do you
feel the readers will need to read these three books before reading Angel’s
Rest?  

Emily:  No, not at all.  
Angel’s Rest and the Eternity Springs series are definitely independent
of the other books. 

Ing:  Angel’s Rest is the first book in your new
contemporary series Eternity Springs, what was your inspiration for Angel’s
Rest?  How did this book and series come
about?  Why did you decide to write under
a new name for this series?  How many
books are you planning for this series?

Emily:   The answer to this question is long and would take up a whole
blog just by itself.    To keep it brief,
this series is the result of the sabbatical I took from writing a few years
ago.  I’m writing it under a new name
because it’s a new start for me—and there’s not a Bad Luck Wedding to be found
in Eternity Springs.  I’ll write as many
books in the series as readers—and my publisher—want.

Ing:  You have two more books coming out in this
series one in March (Hummingbird Lake) and another in April (Heartache
Falls).  Can you tell us a bit about the
next two couples and what the readers can expect from these two sets of books?



BTW I love that Heartache Falls is about a married
couple.  I can’t wait for that one!

Emily:  Hummingbird Lake is a wounded hero book, too, except the
wounded character is the heroine.  I
loved this plot because the hero knows he wants her almost from the first and
he doesn’t take no for an answer. 
Heartache Falls is a marriage in jeopardy story.  I love those, too, and I enjoyed writing
about Ali and Mac.
 

Ing:  Now on to questions about you.  We want to know more about Emily March.   Who are some auto buy authors that you read
now?

Emily:  All my friends, of course. 
Christina Dodd, Lisa Kleypas, Teresa Medeiros, Connie Brockway, Mariah
Stewart.  I love Robyn Carr, Susan Wiggs,
Catherine Anderson.  And of course, Nora.

Ing:  I love your “Dear Readers” note on your
site.  What struck me most was your quote
on the note stating “this writer has finally found the place where she was
always meant to be”.  I love that you
wrote that.  I have to ask you why is it
with this series under your new name of Emily March do you feel like you’ve
finally found this one place that makes you like you’ve come home per se?    

Emily:  Because I took time away from the business of writing to find
my way back to the joy of writing. 
Eternity Springs grew out of that joy.

Ing:  Will there ever be more novels from you under
Geralyn Dawson or will it just be from Emily March now?

Emily:  One thing I’ve learned about this business is to never say
never. (Is that a great book title or what?) 
If I write historical again, I’ll probably publish those as Geralyn
Dawson.  I suspect Emily will stick to
contemporaries.

Ing:  The popular trend lately is small towns with
connected characters.  Why do you think
readers are so drawn to these kinds of books?

Emily:  I think it’s not so much small towns/connected characters as
it is heartwarming and uplifting.    As a
reader, love dark paranormal books, but I also need the light and bright.

Ing:  Which of your heroines would you say you are
the most like and why?  If you could be
one of them for a day which heroine would you be?  

Emily: Hmm…probably Ali
Timberlake in Heartache Falls.  For a
day, I’d like to be Sage from Hummingbird Lake. 
She’s an artist and I’d love to be able to paint.

Ing:  Any movies you’ve seen lately that you would
recommend? Or TV shows that you love right now and don’t ever miss?

Emily:  Loved The King’s Speech. 
I don’t watch much TV, though, other than sports.  I love college sports and I’m waiting for
March Madness.

Ing:  You are a big animal lover and a foster
parent for a local rescue group!  You can
tell that you love dogs since one in particular plays an important role in
Angel’s Rest.  BTW I love Tiger aka
Clarence.  How did you become a foster
parent and how many pets do you own?

Emily:  We adopted our beloved boxer, Doc, from a rescue group.  Then we were on their mailing list and they
sent around heartbreaking pictures of dogs about to be euthanized and we had to
step in and foster.  The dog in Angel’s
Rest is our Doc, by the way, crooked tail and all.  We only own one dog, but our house stays full
of fosters.



Ing:  If you could go back to your younger self
when you were first starting out in the writing industry, what would be the one
advice you would give yourself?

Emily:  Write faster.

Ing:  If you weren’t writing what else would you be
doing right now?

Emily:  Pruning my roses.  Got
to get that done this weekend.

Ing:  Emily thanks so much for stopping by
today!  I really appreciate you answering
all these questions.  I am happy you
stopped by today and spent some time here! 
Congratulations on your newest release and I wish you all the luck!  I really enjoyed the first book Angel’s
Rest.   Any last words you want to say or
any questions you have for the readers?

Emily:  Thanks for having me. 
I hope your readers will visit Eternity Springs.

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So what did you guys think?  Are you excited about this new series?  I know I am.  I’m offering 2 copies of Angel’s Rest to give away.  If you are interested then HERE ARE THE RULES:
  • Giveaway is open to US and International residents where Book Depository ships to
  • Leave a comment with your e-mail address if it’s not on your profile so I can contact you if you win.
  • Also answer this questions: Do you like reading books with connecting characters?  If you do why if you don’t why?
  • Be sure to say “HI” and leave any questions you might have for Emily
  • Contest ends Feb. 23rd 
To Learn More About Emily and her books click on the following links:
Here are the books in the Eternity Springs series:

Book 1 of Eternity Springs series (available now)
Cover Blurb:


John Gabriel Callahan has lost everything that mattered.  All he wants is solitude on an isolated mountain estate.  Instead, he gets a neighbor.  Vibrant, no-nonsense Nic Sullivan is Eternity Springs’ veterinarian, and she has an uncanny plan to lure this talented architect back to the world of the living.  First with a dog, next with a renovation project, and, finally, with a night of passion that ends with a surprise.

Now a man still raw from tragedy must face the biggest struggle of his heart.  Can he forgive himself and believe in the power of second chances?  Dare he trust in the promise of a future and brand-new family here in Eternity Springs?





Book 2 of Eternity Springs series (available 03/22/2011)
Cover Blurb:


Shattered after her experiences in war-torn Africa, pediatric surgeon Sage Anderson gives up medicine and moves to Eternity Springs.  There she finds a place to call home, but even her newfound success as a gifted artist isn’t enough to keep her nightmares at bay.  Colt Rafferty is about to change all that.

Eternity Springs is a refusge for Colt, a place to ground himself when the stress of investigating tragedies takes its toll.  He has come here for a little R&R, but instead of relaxing, he finds himself fascinated by the mysterious redhead whose secrets beg to be discovered–a beauty running from her past, a heartsick woman in desperate need of the sweet sanctuary of a devoted man’s embrace.  And he is just the man to show her the true path to peace–by offering her the healing pwer of love.





Book 3 of Eternity Springs series (available 04/26/2011)
Cover Blurb:


Married for more than twenty years, and with her children out of the nest, Ali Timberlake has come to Eternity Springs alone.  She’s looking for answers to hearbreaking questions and searching for something that’s missing deep within herself.  Taking a lease on the Bristlecone Cafe in pursuit of a lifelong dream, Ali feels revitalized as she becomes part of this charming mountain town.  But a big piece of her is still back in Denver with her husband, Mac, a successful judge–and a man who isn’t going to let the woman he loves leave without a fight.


When Mac shows up in Eternity Springs–sexy, seductive, and determined to win his wife back–he experiences the wonder of the place that has given Ali such feelings of happpiness and belonging.  He wants that for her, but even more, he wants that with her.  Ali has found a special place for her heart.  But is there still enough room left in that heart for him?

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42 Responses to “Author Q&A + Giveaway – Emily March (Eternity Springs Series)”

  1. Anonymous

    lovesthemets@yahoo.com here – lol.

    I think the cover is beautiful and do very much love connected books.

    Like the other ladies have been waiting for this book and series.

    As for a question: How did you celebrate when you were told you would have your first book published?

    Karen T.

  2. Hi Emily and everyone!
    I
    do love series or connected books; most times they take place in a small town, where everyone knows everyone else and they always lend a helping hand. Nice to go back and see “old friends” – & what they are up to.

    Would love to win this book

    Joanne V.
    jvigma@gmail.com

  3. Hi Emily, thank you for the generous giveaway!

    I LOVE connecting storie, I find it so satisfying to revisit some characters I came to know and love in previous books and now see what’s happened to them. With books readers get to befriend and fall in love with some of the characters, so it is always hard to say goodbye to them, and if we never see them later, then it is really painful. Like losing a good friend 🙁

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. Anonymous

    Hi, Emily.
    gmapeony at yahoo dot com

    Have been looking forward to this. Adore connecting stories.

    Count me in.

    Who is your favorite author, Emily.

  5. Anonymous

    HI! just recently I was introduced to a romance novel where the characters were all connected and I LOVED it!!! Would be nice to win a copy of Angel’s Rest….I’ll let you know how many tissues I go thru with our tortured hero! and I like the fact that its a guy that’s got the heart-ache! That’s a switch from what I usually read!
    No questions for Emily just a “THANK YOU” for coming back to writing and putting out a story that will continue!
    mickey3214 at aol dot com

  6. Thanks for the giveaway! Angel’s Rest looks beautiful 🙂

    P.S. I love connecting characters! To me, I feel that there is more character development if we knew about the characters beforehand 🙂

    Email: yiliang0124[at]hotmail.com

  7. Anonymous

    Hi, everyone.

    lynnLR2@optonline.net

    I have been waiting to read this book; it sounds so good. Love stories with 2nd chances and to really love good series reads. Chances are if the first one is good, so will the rest be and it gives me something to look forward to.

    Lynn R.

  8. I’ve discovered I really like books with connected characters! Thank goodness, authors of these series seem to be publishing them close together ’cause I can’t wait to read them!

    This series sounds like one I’d like.

  9. Hi again,
    Sorry I didn’t get back here to answer questions yesterday. Note to self. Do not be on deadline again when you have three books coming out in a three month period! 🙂

    Okay, book I never forgot: Flame and the Flower–it introduced me to romance novels when I was sixteen and changed my life!

    Good Luck Grooms: Probably not anytime soon. HQN was my publisher for those books and
    I’m no longer writing for them. But, one thing I’ve learned in this business is to never say never. 🙂

    Do I put myself in my books? Yes, I am very much a family & friends anchored individual so that’s what I like to write about. I think it’s what makes my work genuine.

  10. I really like books with connecting characters, especially if it’s well executed, because then you just NEED to read all the books in a series 🙂 !

    danaan at gmx dot at

  11. Hi, Emily and ING – I love the coveres of the books and look so forward to reading them. And I love contemps and especially series books; just nice to revisit old friends.

    patoct @ yahoo dot com

  12. Hello Emily –
    I have never read any of your books but would love to.

    My question: Do you ever include elements of your own life into your books?

    dancealert at aol dot com

  13. Great interview. I have to say I absolutely love books with connecting characters. I love a goood series, I love the anticipation of waiting for another book in the series to come out!

    dancealert at aol dot com

  14. Anonymous

    I’m very interested in these new books. Haven’t read any of your previous books but am happy to have found these. I really love books with connected characters. They make me want to see what happens next.

    Harriett
    hkabrick@yahoo.com

  15. This series sounds like something I will really like. I enjoy series with connected characters. I especially like series about small towns.

    EleanorCol at aol dot com

  16. Jacquie Biggar

    HI Emily, I have to confess I haven’t tried any of your books yet but after your interview, my interst is peaked!! I love books with connecting charactors because then you get to KNOW them,as if they were people you actually had in your town. It helps me connect with the story more, so I’m definately going to give you a try, Thanks!! My e-mail is jbiggar@telusplanet.net

  17. Hi Ing and Emily. Thanks for the great interview. As for your question, Yes I love when characters reappear in a series. It’s like staying in touch with and old friend. I think it helps make a series more interesting and familiar. and I agree that “Never Say Never” would make an excellent book title.

    rjofus(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. I enjoyed the interview and am excited about the Eternity Springs series.

    I love connected books/series. I enjoy following characters as life and circumstances change, aiding in their development.

    I plan to indulge in this new to me author.

  19. Carol

    HI Emily and Ing! Great interview and I’m looking forward to reading the Eternity Spring Series. I love series because you know these people. You didn’t mentioned where the book takes place so I’m looking forward to discovering that too. It’s great to have an opportunity to win your book!

    Carol

    choco1950(at)netins(dot)net

  20. I love books with connecting characters because it makes the story line seem to continue. (You just don’t want to loose some characters.)

    I have been waiting for Geralyn Dawson’s fourth book in The “Holy Terrors of Texas” Series — finally it’s here — only as “Angel’s Rest” by Emily March.

    Will be so happy to get Angel’s Rest, so can finally read the series.

    Ing. Thanks for the interesting interview and the giveaway.

    Question for Emily: Is Geralyn Dawson going to make a re-appearance — for instance to complete The “Good Luck Grooms” Series?
    –Vonda
    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net

  21. Thanks for the congratulations! I’m very excited about these new books, though having three come out in such a short time period along with a deadline on the fourth is about to drive me crazy. 🙂 Way too much to do.

  22. Great interview – thanks ladies! I love books with connecting characters (as you well know Ing!)This series sounds wonderful and I am so looking forward to reading it.

  23. Congrats on the new release and series, Emily. I love tortured heroes, so I’m sure I’ll fall in love with Gabe.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  24. Hi Emily! Yes, I do like books with connecting characters. I feel like you already know them going in.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  25. Wonderful and very insightful interview! I’ve not heard of this series, so it’s great you brought it to my attention. These books definitely sound like stories I would enjoy.

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