Meet Author Emma Hart

I’m excited to host a friend and fellow author today! Meet Emma Hart, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and fellow mom! Here’s her official bio:

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies – usually wine – and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

Her new book, The Right Moves, comes out this week. To help promote it, Emma agreed to answer a few questions for me!6451162

In what part of the country do you live? From what part do you originate?

I live in southwest England and I’m a born and bred Devonian.

Do you have siblings? Where do you fall in the pecking order and do you think it’s influenced your life?

I have an older brother. There’s eighteen years between us, so he’s more of a best friend than a brother. We’ve never fallen out.

How did you meet your best friend?

He messaged me on Facebook saying “Fit as!”

We now have two kids.

When did you begin writing?

When my daughter was about one. I needed an outlet for my post natal depression, and writing became it.

What has surprised you most about the process of being published?

The amazing support of the indie community. The friendships built are definitely life-long.

Is writing your “day job”? If not, what else do you do?

It is my day job. If you ignore the two tiny people that take up the rest of my time.

What Jelly Belly flavor is your favorite?

I’ve never eaten a Jelly Belly in my life… Wait. What is a Jelly Belly?

If you sat down at a bar at this moment, what would you order to drink?

Zinfandel rose.

What was the last book you finished?

Writing – Late Call, my first adult erotic romance. Reading – Forever With You by Laurelin Paige.

What has been your favorite writing project to work on?

Hmm, probably Late Call. It pushed all my limits as a writer, and my MC Dayton, is a blast.

Are there any characters – yours or another author’s – that have stayed in your head after you’ve finished their book?

Yes. I still live with Abbi and Blake in my mind every day because their story is so close to my heart.

What performance would you drop everything to see if it came to your town? (Band, artist, opera, ballet, whatever…)

Really, I’m not sure. I’d like to see a real ballet one day.

Give us a couple of your favorite lines from your WIP…

From Late Call, since I’m revising:

“Your game is very, very dangerous, Miss Black.”

“And you get to play it for a whole six weeks. Aren’t you lucky?”

He curls his fingers around mine at his belt. “The only luck here will be if we leave Vegas without me f*cking you against every wall of our suite.”

Thanks, Emma!

Here’s the info for Emma’s book, The Right Moves, and don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom!

The Right Moves UK CoverHer past is wrought with demons.
His past is full of heartbreak.
Yet he’s the one person that can remind her what it means to live.

Abbi Jenkins never thought she would leave the walls of the mental institution that’s housed her for the last year. Now she has, but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten everything Pearce put her through.
She knows there’s only one way to deal with the depression that claws at her mind each day, and ballet becomes more than a hobby, a dream. Ballet – and Julliard – becomes a reason to live. Something to hold on for.

Blake Smith left London for one reason and one reason only. Running from the heartbreak of his past was never something he wanted to do, but with constant reminders everywhere he turned, it became his only option. When he arrives in New York City, he vows he’ll keep the promise he made to his sister and get into Juilliard.

But he doesn’t expect to be paired with Abbi in class, the girl whose eyes show a world of pain he’s seen before. Pain he knows too well. As each hour they spend together pulls them closer, Blake can’t fight his need to save her from herself.

Lines blur as their pasts are wrenched into the open, and they have to ask themselves whether they’re too broken to ever to be fixed, or if they’re the healing the other needs.

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Validation of My White Trash Roots

I have a feeling my mother will take offense at this title… I didn’t actually come up from white trash (although – does anyone who genuinely falls into this category believe that they are white trash? So maybe we are, Mom. Maybe we are…) Though since both my parents are pretty well-educated and made a point of ensuring that my brother and I valued things like travel and tax-planning… I’m thinking we’re not. ANYWAY, none of that is the point of this post. Damn, I get off topic easily. No wonder I can’t finish the book I’m working on.

The point of this post is simple: BOXED WINE.

I joined in a Facebook chat last night with some authorial types to promote Melanie Harlow‘s awesome upcoming book Frenched. And there were slanderous words bandied about (yes, that’s right, they were being bandied I tell you!) And these harsh and derogatory words had to do with something close to my heart. Boxed wine.

You know that I write about wine a fair bit. The Wine Country Romance series is my special little literary gift to the world (yes, this is sarcastic)… but I was a wine writer for a time and I sold wine for a French importer. (so I know just enough to be obnoxious, my husband says). And one of the things that I know — and pay attention because there are not many — is that sealing wine in a bag (inside your box) is a great way to avoid many of the problems that affect bottled wine (cork taint, for one, which affects 10% of bottles). Or as Forbes.com so succinctly put it:

boxed wine stays fresh a minimum of four weeks, it’s shatter-proof, portable, will never have cork taint, and is more environmentally conscious. In fact the total energy used to produce one box is about 1/3 the energy required to produce a glass bottle, leaving a carbon footprint one-half the size that of a wine bottle.

Now add to that the fact that many well-respected producers are putting wine in boxes, and it just plain makes sense. Forget that there are four bottles in one box and pay no attention to the simple glee that comes from pouring yourself a glass of wine from a little handy-dandy spout… Boxed wine can be darned good. Forget the Franzia and Gallo… we’ve moved on and if you’re not on board, I say you’re missing the boat.

Check out the Black Box wines – Chardonnay is decent and the Shiraz is pretty good. The old Bonny Doon Big House wines are in boxes now… I keep a box of Big House White around through the summer months as a rule. Anyway, no need to take my word… there are plenty of other people extolling the virtues of the box. Check it out.

So as I sit here, sipping a glass of fresh-from-the-box, I make a simple plea: Stop marginalizing boxed wine. Especially if you haven’t tried one in a while.

Thanks. 🙂 Cheers.