Monday, November 24, 2014

Emma Blooms at Last by Naomi King: Interview with Excerpt


What has been the best compliment youve received as a writer?

After I turned in the manuscript for SUMMER OF SECRETS, my Kensington editor compared the book to Jan Carons “Mitford” series and rhapsodized over how wonderful she felt it was! I floated on that compliment for days (and I treasure her compliments every time I turn in a new book). Equally precious are the letters I receive from readers who tell me I’ve touched their lives--or just made them stay up all night reading because they couldnt put my story down. Those kinds of compliment, when readers take the time to write or email me, are really gratifying.

Any weird things you do when you’re alone?

            Depends on your definition of weird, doesn’t it? I’ll admit to talking to myself, sometimes at home, sometimes in the car—but usually when I do that, I’m talking out plotting points for a story that’s stalled. I bet most of you reading this are saying, “oh, but I talk to myself, too.”

            A lot of people think I’m weird because I get up at 5 a.m. (ok, maybe 6 on the weekend) but that’s just the way I’m wired. The other end of the spectrum on this is that I’m sitting in bed with a book most nights by 8:30 and my light goes out by 9:30. Neal ribs me about this at times, yet his alarm goes off at 6 on weekdays (he still works) and he’s in bed by 10:30 or 11. Not a lot of difference in sleep time, just a different start and stop point.

            I don’t watch TV, either. But we have bought the first 4 seasons of Downton Abbey, and we’re enjoying that. I just have a lot of other things I’d rather do than sit and stare at the tube.

Emma Blooms at Last
by Naomi King


Romance is in the air during the fall wedding season in the Amish community of Cedar Creek. But while one loving couple prepares to tie the knot, Amanda and Wyman Brubaker’s large family faces a threat from outside their happy circle…and must learn to pull together.

Recently wed Amanda and Wyman Brubaker are thrilled that their children from previous marriages have blended together to form a strong family. But when the construction of Wyman’s new grain elevator is delayed, making the project more expensive than anticipated, Amanda’s determination to rally the kids into taking on work to improve the family’s finances comes into conflict with Wyman’s sense of responsibility as head of the household….

Meanwhile, as James Graber and Abby Lambright prepare for their long-awaited nuptials, folks gather from far and wide. Amanda’s nephew Jerome has long been smitten with James’s sister Emma and wants to seize this chance to woo her. But Emma’s been burned once and is twice shy of trusting the fun-loving, never-serious Jerome. As Emma and Jerome struggle to understand each other, and find the courage to make a leap of faith, the Brubakers face a bigger challenge than they first anticipated and begin to discover just what it means to fight…the Amish way.


Emma slipped into her coat and bonnet and crossed the snow-packed road. The mercantile’s parking lot was jammed with cars and buggies, and when she stepped inside the store she was amazed at the number of folks who’d come to Cedar Creek to shop. As she made her way toward the yard goods section, Emma paid close attention to what the kids and teenagers were wearing on their heads. To her surprise, even a few young men sported the kind of knit hats with earflaps and pigtails that Abby had mentioned—and none of the caps were in the dark, dull colors that filled her yarn bin.

Emma found an instruction booklet for earflap caps that included a couple of other styles, as well. What a treat it was to shop for yarn in such fresh colors! The basket on her arm was soon stuffed with variegated and solid skeins in neon pink, lime green, aqua, lavender, and bright white. She hoped Abby was right about people wanting her homemade hats, because she’d have to make several of them to earn back what she’d be spending.

“You’ve got quite a collection of colors here!” Gail remarked as she rang up Emma’s order. “I bet I know what you’ll be doing this weekend.”

“Jah, you guessed it,” Emma replied. She didn’t want to reveal her plans for these flashy colors, because everyone who crocheted had met up with patterns that didn’t turn out the way they looked in the pictures. Even so, just imagining the different styles of hats she wanted to try made her itch to start one right now, instead of eating supper. And wasn’t that something?

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Naomi King writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her Home at Cedar Creek/One Big Happy Family series. Like her series heroine, Abby Lambright, Naomi considers it her personal mission to be a listener—to heal broken hearts and wounded souls—and to share her hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and frugality are hallmarks of her lifestyle: like Abby, she made her wedding dress and the one her mom wore, too! She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, Naomi loves to travel, try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Naomi, whose real name is Charlotte Hubbard, now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie, Ramona.

One Big Happy Family, Book 2
NAL Trade (November 4, 2014)
ISBN-13: 9780451417886 •• ISBN-10: 0451417887

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