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Thursday, June 27, 2019


Emily March Blogger Q&A JACKSON

1. You wrote a book! That’s pretty awesome. Why don’t you tell us a bit about what inspired
Jackson and the rest of the books in the Eternity Springs world?

The saying “Write what you know” says it all in my case. I’m a small-town girl and my family
and friendships are center to my world. I write about love and family and friendships. I have
roots in both the Colorado Rockies and the Texas Hill Country, so it was natural for me to set
Eternity Springs and Redemption there. The idea for JACKSON grew out of my interest in the
music currently being written and performed in Texas. I’ve always thought singer/songwriters
are romantic figures so I was excited to create a hero with this background. Unfortunately, I’m
not a musician and I’m definitely not a singer, but I am creative so it was fun for me to explore
that aspect of a character.
2. Introduce us to your main character!
Okay. Well, Americana singer/songwriter Jackson McBride is a bit damaged when the book
begins. His famous, talented and wealthy ex has won a custody battle that severely limits his
access to his six-year-old daughter, so Jackson goes home to the Texas Hill Country to nurse his
broken heart. He finds solace in Enchanted Canyon hiking the trails with the dog he rescues and
working to bring a historic dance hall back to life. The last thing he expects is to find love again
with a woman whose heart is as battered as his own.
3. Walk us through a day in the life of Emily March.
Ready to be bored? Now that my daughter’s and niece’s weddings are behind me—they
consumed me for months—I’m boring and happy about it. I split my time between Fort Worth
where we have a condo downtown in a 1930’s passenger train station and our lake house in the
Texas Hill Country. I recently gave up my office in town because I’m spending more and more
time at the lake. My husband also offices out of our condo, so on days when we are both working
in town, I’ve started riding the new TexRail train that runs from our building to DFW airport. It’s
quiet and comfortable and I don’t have Internet to distract me. And at $5 a day, it’s much
cheaper than office rent. :) When I’m at the lake I’m either working or doing yard work. My new
favorite toy is my power washer.
4. Lots of aspiring authors out there. Any advice for them?
I’ve always thought that one of the most important things you can do for your writing is to read.
And read. And read some more. Read across genres. You absorb so much about pacing and
plotting and character development when you read. Plus, you get to READ! :)
5. How is the Jackson trilogy different than your other series?

I don’t think it’s necessarily different from the rest of the Eternity Springs series. I write about
love and family and friendship—that doesn’t change. Readers will still see old friends from
Eternity Springs and a few scenes in JACKSON are set in Colorado. What’s new is we get to
spend some time in the Texas Hill Country and meet a few new characters—Celeste’s cousin,
Angelica, for example.
6. I know asking someone’s all-time favorite book is a loaded question so what’s your current
favorite read?
I’m a big fan of Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series and I’m reading her latest right now,
7. Alright, the ultimate question: why should we read your book?
My goals as a writer are to touch a reader’s heart, to entertain her and make her laugh, to maybe
cry a little and sigh with satisfaction upon reaching the end. With JACKSON, I believe I’ve
achieved those goals.
8. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Family. Family. Family. :)
9. What is your most embarrassing memory?
Walking out of the junior high school cafeteria in seventh grade, not realizing that my very short
dress—it was the 70’s—had gotten hung up in my underwear and I inadvertently flashed my rear
end to the entire cafeteria—including the tables where the football players sat. Thinking about it
even today gives me the hives.
10. Favorite quote or scene you wrote in JACKSON?
I love the ending. Jackson is a songwriter who has lost his music and when he finds it
again…the song he sings to Caroline…just makes me melt.
11. What is one piece of advice you would tell everyone?
Call your mother.
12. What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always loved to read, so that is part of it, but my father was my primary inspiration. He was
a fabulous storyteller. I grew up sitting at his feet and listening to him tell stories about his youth
and his experiences in Europe during World War II. Listening to him tell his stories was my
favorite thing to do. I didn’t inherit his talent for verbal storytelling, but I think I learned from
him how to tell a good story on the page.

13. Do you have any interesting writing quirks or habits?
Like I mentioned before, I’m pretty boring. My perks and habits are always evolving. The train
writing thing is new for me. I usually write on a laptop and edit on a desktop. I listen to movie
soundtracks when I write and always finish a book with The Last of the Mohicans.
14. What has been one of the most surprising things you’ve learned as a published author
I’m always a little surprised and honored that readers are excited to meet me. Like I said…I’m a
boring person.
15. What is your favorite state to visit? Colorado, of course, because I must keep returning to
Eternity Springs. :)
16. What are hobbies or interests do you have?
We are lake people, so I love waterskiing and boating and fishing. As I write this we’ve just
finished Memorial Day weekend at the lake, so I sort of feel like chief cook and sheet-and-towel
washer, too. I love, love, love hosting big holiday gatherings of family and friends at the lake
house, but I will admit I do tire of the mountain of laundry in the aftermath.
17. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next after this for you writing wise?
I’m writing Tucker’s story. Fun fact for this—as part of my research I attended a survivalist
training school for a weekend. I searched long and hard to find one where I could return to town
to spend the night in a comfy hotel rather than sleep on the ground—I’m only willing to go so far
for my art. I did learn to start a friction fire, though, something I’me VERY proud of. :)
18. How can readers connect with you online?
My website is I’m active on Facebook. My Facebook page is You can also reach me by email at

From New York Times bestselling author Emily March comes Jackson, the newest novel in the critically
acclaimed Eternity Springs series.
Sometimes it takes a new beginning
Caroline Carruthers thinks she buried her dreams along with the love of her life…until a stranger named
Celeste dares her to chase a dream all on her own. Moving to Redemption, Texas, is chapter one in
Caroline’s new life story. Opening a bookstore is the next. Finding love is the last thing on her mind as
she settles into this new place called home. But when she meets a handsome, soulful man who’s also
starting over, all bets are off.
to reach a happily-ever-after
Jackson McBride came to Redemption looking only to find himself, not someone to love. Ever since his
marriage ended, he’s been bitter. Sure, he used to believe in love—he even has the old song lyrics to
prove it—but the Jackson of today is all business. That is, until a beautiful young widow who’s moved to
town inspires a change of heart. Could it be that the myth of Redemption’s healing magic is true…and
Jackson and Caroline can find a second chance at a happy ending after all?

Author Bio:
Emily March is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the heartwarming Eternity
Springs series. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe
for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.

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Chapter One Excerpt

Nashville, Tennessee
Bang. The judge’s gavel fell and officially crushed Jackson McBride’s heart. He closed his eyes. Bleak
despair washed over him. Up until this very moment, he hadn’t believed she’d take it this far.
He’d thought she’d come to her senses. He’d thought she would recognize that this proposal
was not only nonsense, but truly insane. He’d believed that somewhere deep inside of her, she still had
a spark of humanity. That she wouldn’t do this to him. To them. He’d been wrong.
Damn her. Damn her and the yes-men she surrounded herself with. Damn them all to hell and back.
The enormity of what had just happened washed over him. Oh, God, how will
I survive this?
On the heels of his anguish came the rage. It erupted hot as lava, and it fired his blood and
blurred his vision with a red haze of fury. He’d never hit a woman in his life. Never come close, despite
plenty of provocation from her direction. In that moment had she been within reach, he might have
lived up her accusations.
It scared the crap out of him. That’s what she’s brought me to.
Abruptly, he shoved back his chair so hard that it teetered, almost falling over. He strode toward
the courtroom exit. “Jackson? Jackson, wait!” his attorney called, hurrying after him.
Jackson waved her off and didn’t stop. There was nothing left to be said. Nothing left to be
done. No place left to go.
No little girl waiting at home to hug and cuddle and kiss good night.
The tap on the toes of Jackson’s boots clacked against the tile floor of the courthouse as his
long-legged strides ate up the hallway. He shunned the elevator for the stairs and descended three
flights at a rapid pace, then headed for the building’s exit. In a foolish bit of positive thinking, he’d driven
his SUV to the courthouse this morning. Now the sight of the safety booster seat in the back seat made
him want to kick a rock into next week.
He didn’t want to go home to a quiet, empty house. He shouldn’t go to a bar. Alcohol on top of
his current mood could be a dangerous combination. Somebody probably would get hurt.
He got into the car and started the engine. For a long moment he sat unmoving, staring blindly
through the windshield, his hands squeezing the steering wheel so hard that it should have cracked.
When his phone rang, he ignored it.
A couple of minutes later, it rang a second time. Again, he ignored it. When it happened a third
time, he finally glanced at the display to see who was calling. His cousin. Okay, maybe he would answer
“Hello, Boone.”
“How did the hearing go?”
Jackson couldn’t speak past the lump in his throat, so he said nothing.
Following a moment’s silence, Boone got the message. He muttered a curse, and then said, “I’m
sorry, man. So damn sorry.”
“Well, it is what it is.”
“You can take another run at it.”

“Yeah.” In three years. Three years. Might as well be three decades. He cleared his throat and
changed the subject. “So, how are things in Eternity Springs?”
“Good. They’re good. My friend Celeste Blessing visited my office a few minutes ago and spoke
of her granite-headed cousin. Naturally, I thought of you.”
“Naturally,” Jackson dryly replied. But he felt a little less alone.
“Do you have plans this weekend? I could use your help with something.”
Pretty convenient timing. Knowing Boone, he had a spy in the courtroom. But Jackson wasn’t in
the position to ignore the bone he’d been thrown. “I’m free. Whatcha got?”
“I’d like you to meet me at home.”
Jackson straightened in surprise. “You’re going back to the ranch?”
“No. Not there. I’m never going back there. However, I am talking about Texas. The Hill Country
in particular. A little town west of Austin called Redemption.”
“Redemption, Texas?” Jackson repeated. For some weird reason, his heart gave a little skip.
“Why there?”
“It’s a long story. Too long for a phone call. I’ll give you the entire skinny when I see you. When
can you get there?”
After today’s debacle, Jackson had absolutely no reason to remain in Nashville. “When do you
want me there?”
“I’ll be in later today. I’m in Austin now. I’ve been helping a friend with a project. I have a flight
back to Colorado Sunday evening. The earlier you can get here the better, but I’ll make anything work.”
Jackson figured the distance and the drive time. “I’ll meet you tomorrow afternoon. Where?”
“Great. I’ll text you the info when we hang up. Bring camping gear.”
When a sound behind him had Jackson glancing up into the rearview mirror and the booster
seat caught his notice, he made an instant decision. “Can’t. I’ll be on my bike.”
“You’re gonna ride your motorcycle all the way from Nashville?”
“Yes, I think I am.”
“Okay. I’ll bring stuff for both of us.” Boone hesitated a moment and added, “Hang in there,
Jackson. It’ll get better.”
No, I don’t think it will. “I’ll see you tomorrow.”
Jackson ended the call and finally put his SUV in gear and backed out of the parking place. With
the distraction of the call behind him, fury returned, and by the time he reached home, he felt like a
volcano about to explode.
He threw a handful of things into his tail bag, filled his wallet with cash from his stash, and ten
minutes after his arrival, he fired up his bike and took his broken heart and headed out of Nashville. He
left behind his home, his work, and his one reason for living, his six-year-old daughter, Haley.

From Jackson. Copyright © 2019 by Emily March and reprinted with permission from St.
Martin’s Paperbacks.

My thought: 
Would I recommend it? yes
Would I read anything else by this author? maybe
Will I go on with this series?yes
This is my first book by this author and I can see why a lot of people like her work ,because this one was a slow burning romance , while they both felt the heat towards each other , they was both scared to make a move , and scared to trust their feelings once more, I liked how they took their time been friends before moving towards a relationship. With that said I would like to thank Netgalley and the Publisher for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

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