1--What is the title of your latest release?
THE REBEL, Emerson Pass, Book 8
2--What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book?
The Rebel is the eighth and final installment in the bestselling Emerson Pass Series. American historical romance meets family saga in a series that spans thirty years. The Rebel is the youngest sister’s story and is set during WWII.
3--How did you decide where your book was going to take place?
This series is set in a fictional mountain town in Colorado. The first book of the series is set in 1910 and I wanted a frontier setting for my family.
4--Would you hang out with your protagonist in real life?
Absolutely. I’d love to hang out with any of the Barnes sisters. There are five of them and they each have unique characteristics that would make them fun to spend time with.
5--What are three words that describe your protagonist?
Feisty. Resilient. Loyal.
6--What’s something you learned while writing this book?
I learned a lot about campaign in Pacific Rim during WWII. I was more familiar with the fighting on Western Front, as there’s so much written about it, especially in fiction.
7--Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done?
I usually wait until I have a full first draft, but it depends on the book. Sometimes I change my mind about a plot point and go back to fix it before moving on.
8--What’s your favorite foodie indulgence?
Macaroni and cheese made with fancy cheese! My daughters introduced me to all kinds of wonderful cheeses (they’re both total foodies). We experiment with all different combinations. Our latest was made with smoked gouda and was delicious.
9--Describe your writing space/office!
I just moved into a new house and the office is spectacular. It has these beautiful built in bookcases and white wainscoting, high ceilings and windows on every side, as well as French doors that lead out to a small patio.
10--Who is an author you admire?
Beatrix Williams. She has such a unique voice and I love her romantic sagas and dual timelines.
11--Is there a book that changed your life?
Probably Little Women. I can remember crying like a baby when Beth died. In general, all the books from my youth have influenced me a great deal.
12--Tell us about when you got “the call.” (when you found out your book was going to be published)/Or, for indie authors, when you decided to self-publish.
I can remember the ‘call’ very well. It was in 2011 when I learned a small press had picked up my first book, Riversong. It was thrilling but also terribly nerve-wracking. I can remember hanging onto my kitchen counter because my legs were shaking so much during the call.
13--What’s your favorite genre to read?
Romance and historical fiction.
14--What’s your favorite movie?
A River Runs Through It
15--What is your favorite season?
Autumn. I love the crisp air and colorful leaves.
16--How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
A decadent dinner and good bottle of wine with my sweetheart.
17--What’s a recent tv show/movie/book/podcast you highly recommend?
I just finished all three seasons of Emily in Paris. It was so much fun—light but filled with romantic drama, amazing costumes, and brilliant shots of Paris. My favorite city on earth!
18--What’s your favorite type of cuisine?
19--What do you do when you have free time?
20--What can readers expect from you next?
I have a new historical series coming out in March and April. I’m releasing the first three books in the series twenty-one days apart, so readers don’t have to wait too long between installments. The series is a unique spin on mail order brides and matchmakers. The Mystery Matchmaker of Ella Pointe. The first one is called A Match for a Bookish Bride and releases March 23rd.
Emerson Pass Historicals #8
She watches helplessly as the man she loves leaves to fight with the Allies overseas. He promises her he will return to her alive and well. Will he be able to keep his promise, or will he be yet another lost soldier in a war against tyranny?
After four years at a university, Delphia Barnes returns home to Emerson Pass as America prepares to join the war. Determined to resist a conventional life of marriage and children, she fights her attraction to her old pal Jack Depaul. However, her heart won’t listen to reason and falls in love anyway.
Jack Depaul is the proud second generation of horse breeders in Emerson Pass. With no desire to do anything else with his life, he happily works alongside his father and brother on their farm. His old friend, Delphia Barnes, is the last one he’d thought he’d miss. Yet, she quickly becomes a passion that burns brighter than his love of horses. How can he leave her when they’ve found each other at last? But when America joins the war overseas, he feels he has no choice but to enlist and leave her behind
Will Jack survive the war? If so, will Delphia recognize the man who returns? Can family and community sustain them during troubled times?
American Historical Romance meets family saga in this final installment of Tess Thompson’s bestselling Emerson Pass Historicals. A tale of survival and bravery by two young people torn apart by war will be sure to satisfy fans as we say goodbye to the beloved Barnes family.
Romance Historical [Self Published, On Sale: January 24, 2023, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781960288158 / ]
Hometowns and Heartstrings
Tess Thompson is the USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary and historical Romantic Women’s Fiction with nearly 40 published titles. When asked to describe her books, she could never figure out what to say that would perfectly sum them up until she landed on, Hometowns and Heartstrings.
She’s married to her prince, Best Husband Ever, and is the mother of their blended family of four kids and five cats. Best Husband Ever is seventeen months younger, which qualifies Tess as a Cougar, a title she wears proudly. Her Bonus Sons are young adults with pretty hair and big brains like their dad. Daughters, better known as Princess One and Two, are teenagers who make their mama proud because they’re kind. They’re also smart, but a mother shouldn’t brag.
Tess loves lazy afternoons watching football, hanging out on the back patio with Best Husband Ever, reading in bed, binge-watching television series, red wine, strong coffee and walks on crisp autumn days. She laughs a little too loudly, never knows what to make for dinner, looks ridiculous kickboxing in an attempt to combat her muffin top, and always complains about the rain even though she chose to live in Seattle.
She’s proud to have grown up in a small town like the ones in her novels. After graduating from the University of Southern California Drama School, she had hopes of becoming an actress but was called instead to writing fiction. She’s grateful to spend most days in her office matchmaking her characters while her favorite cat Mittens (shhh…don’t tell the others) sleeps on the desk.
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