Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Forget Me Not Release Day and Interview!

Happy book (well novella) birthday to Em Shotwell!

I'm happy to help launch another of Em's stories! I can't wait for everyone to love Forget Me Not as much as I did when I first read it.

The special thing about this novella is that Em is donating all of her royalties from this novella to Operation Homefront.

Maybe falling for the good guy isn’t so bad?

When Rex Somersby’s family matchmaker sets him up with the famous Evelyn Cadeau, he can’t believe his luck. Evelyn is the woman with the perfect Gift—the woman every man wants—while Rex’s own magical ability leaves much to be desired.  He travels from Missouri to meet his dream girl in her rural Mississippi home, where Evelyn makes it clear that winning her heart won’t be an easy task. Good thing farm-boy Rex has never been afraid of a little hard work.

Evelyn Cadeau is used to getting her way. As the woman with the most powerful Gift, she knows she can have her pick of anyone she wants. And who she wants is slick, handsome, and off-limits Guy McCallister—not gawky, buttoned-up Rex Somersby. Yet, after an arranged date with Rex takes a dramatic turn, leading to a bottle of wine and sneaking to the creek for a late night skinny dip, she realizes there may be more to by-the-rules Rex than meets the eye.

Just as the young couple start to think their family’s tradition of matchmaking isn’t quite so backward, Rex is drafted to Vietnam. With war threatening to tear them apart, will love be able to save them? Or will it take a bit of magic?

Order your copy today here! If you want the ebook, you have to wait until August 22nd, but you can pre-order here.


With a new novella, I figured it was time to catch up with Em. Here's a little about how she's been doing since the last interview...

It’s been over a years since BBS came out, have you found anything has changed for you?

Yes. I understand so much more about publishing, and have been quite busy with projects. When Blackbird Summer came out, it was my only focus. I kind of miss that.

What’s been the most unexpected thing you’ve dealt with since releasing BBS?

I have been surprised by people I know who have read the book. I knew friends and family would pick it up, but I have received messages from people who I knew when I was a kid, or who are friends with my Grandma, who have told me they have enjoyed the book. That support has been terrific.

What are you working on currently?

I am currently working on both the third book in the Blackbird series as well as a novella series about a family of witches and all the trouble that ensues when they try to use their magic. The witchy stories will be released in an anthology with authors Sara Dobie Bauer and Wendy Sparrow from Pen and Kink Press in 2018.

Why did you choose to tell the story of Evelyn and Rex?

Because I just love them! I wrote a love letter from Rex to Evelyn as part of a blog series I ran in 2015. The story had been brewing in the back of my mind ever since.

Why did you choose the charity you did to donate to?

Operation Homefront has a stellar reputation. They are accredited by the BBB and have a five star rating from the organization Charity Watch. I wanted to give to an organization whose focus was on helping military families and vets, and I think I found a good one! 

When do we get the next installment of BBS?

Hopefully there will be two books coming your way in 2018, as well as (hopefully) another short story.

How many more books are planned for the series?

Right now there are four books plus novellas and short stories. Who knows. It could grow—that universe has endless possibilities.

Do you have any advice for those looking to get published?

Be open to feedback but also don’t lose sight of your goal.  Most importantly, never stop growing, learning, or writing.

Don't forget to grab your copy of Forget Me Not (print or ebook)!

And if you haven't yet...pick up a copy of Blackbird Summer. You'll thank me later!