Saturday, October 1, 2016

Emma's Match by Franky A. Brown



Franky A. Brown started writing her Jane Austen retellings in May 2015. She started with Pride and Butterflies, then None But You. Now she's published Emma's Match a retelling of Emma by Jane Austen. In Franky's retelling, Emma is a designer who's business is struggling, but she's never failed at anything and she doesn't plan to fail here either. Can she walk the line between friendship and love or will she lose the only man she has ever loved?

About the Book

Emma Wallace has a plan up her sleeve to save her struggling design business, but not a clue what do to about the man who has her heart. 

Stealing a kiss from Will Knight years ago ended in an embarrassment she didn’t want to repeat. But when a popular new designer in town starts taking her clients and has eyes on Will, too, Emma decides it’s time to fight for what she wants. The perfectly irritating designer she wants to shove into a hole isn’t the only one who can be down-to-earth and likeable. After all, Emma’s never failed at anything...except walking the line between friendship and love. Crossing it again could mean losing Will’s friendship for good.



About the Author

Franky A. Brown has always called the South home and loves to write about it. She holds an English degree from the University of South Carolina and can’t seem to stop reading. She is the author of women’s fiction and chick lit about life, love, and Southern women.   

Excerpt

With a sigh, I take a notepad and pen from my purse and scribble on the paper for a moment.

How does one compete with the woman who can do everything and warms everyone’s hearts in the process? People are lining up for her design services, not mine.

I don’t make homemade crafts out of used goods, or know how to shoot a gun, or make my own curtains…

Of course, I’m also not desperate enough to follow Will wherever he goes. Nevertheless, it may be time to make some change in my life.

I scribble out my list of goals.

1.      Learn PowerPoint and how to make a killer client presentation with it.
2.      Buy jeans. Wear them for at least twelve hours. Around other people.
3.      Learn how to shoot a gun. And don’t freak out.
4.      Visit a dollar store.
5.      Take a sewing class. Maybe learn how to make curtains?
6.      Go camping. For real.

Maybe these things would help me gain some useful perspective. Trying new things is definitely something my mother never did. 

Interview with Will Knight

1. What do you like about Emma?

Some people who don't know her very well see her as snobbish and spoiled. No one is perfect, and she does have her flaws, but Emma is my best friend, we have a lot of great memories together growing up. She has a big heart and is close with her family. She takes care of her father and is a favorite with her nieces. Plus, she's funny, strong, and independent. She never had to work, since she had a large inheritance from her father, but she wanted to build her own business and is determined to make it a success.

2. What makes Emma a good designer?

Emma is a very talented designer. She's creative with her renovations and can see a dilapidated house and envision the possibilities. All I could see was a disaster, and she turned it into showroom. She's got a way with colors I'll never have.

3.  Which one of Emma's flaws annoys you the most?

What absolutely drives me crazy is how she gets into everyone's business. She's convinced she knows who is right for her single friends. She won't stay out of it and is obsessed with matchmaking.

4. How has your friendship with Emma changed over the years?

Emma and I have known each other so long, it's hard to pinpoint when it started. My little brother was always enchanted by Emma's sister, Olivia, and the four of us were always hanging out together. Being seven years older than Emma, she was like a little sister to me. We had an easy, comfortable family-like relationship until one Christmas party at her father's house when she was 17. She grabbed me where I stood, not realizing there was mistletoe above my head, and kissed me rather passionately.  Being 24 at the time, I was shocked by two things: the fact that she kissed me like that and the fact that it didn't feel like kissing my sister at all. Before my feelings could run away with me, I pushed her away and reminded her that she was only 17. Things were awkward after that, to say the least. I left for grad school after that and we didn't speak for 2 years. It was during this time apart I realized how much I enjoyed talking with her and I would think of her every time I heard a song on the radio from a concert we all went to. My brother married her sister and there was no way to avoid each other forever, despite the discomfort, so we worked through it and became friends again. I did my best to help advise her on the new design business she started and eventually she moved out of her father's house and into my condo building. Since we're down the hall from each other, we watch a lot of movies together and chat about our careers. She tells me about the latest fashions in the design world and I tell her about my days as a financial advisor. I'm sure we bore each other equally, but we usually agree on a good movie to watch and an excellent snack. What gets harder all the time is listening to her talk about how she's given up on dating and never wants to get  married. And while I admire her independent spirit and don't relish the thought of another man stepping into the picture...it hurts to realize she no longer wants to be more than friends, and to realize I do. Our friendship  isn't something either of us want to lose.

5. What do you like about where you are in life?

I live a comfortable life as a successful financial advisor. I love my work and the people I associate with.

6. What would you change about your life?

Though it's a happy life, there are days I wish a certain woman would share it with me. More than just the friend who lives a few doors down.

7. Where do you see yourself in five years?


In 5 years, I see my business growing, my investments taking off...and maybe I could even let go of Emma long enough to be interested in a woman who is interested in me.

Giveaway


Franky has generously offered a paperback of Emma’s Match! Use the Rafflecopter to enter. The giveaway will be closed at midnight on October 5th and the winner will be announced around 6AM on the Bookish Orchestration blog on October 6th.

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Tour Schedule

Saturday, October 1
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction
Rachel Rossano's Words- Excerpt and Character Interview

Sunday, October 2

Monday, October 3
Crystal Walton- Excerpt and Book Review
Laurel's Leaves-Guest Post

Tuesday, October 4
Ramblings- Guest Post
Once Upon an Ordinary-Author Interview

Wednesday, October 5
Rachel John Reviews- Book Review

Thursday, October 6
Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner
 

2 comments:

Franky said...

Thank you so much!

Rachel Rossano said...

My pleasure! I enjoyed reading your character's interview.