• World's Fair Romances

    Read the First Chapter of IN ST. LOUIS WITH YOU

    Do you remember In Charleston With You, from all the way back in April of 2021? In Chapter Six of that book, the heroine, Genevieve, mentions her childhood friend who moved to St. Louis before the book takes place. That friend’s name was Katherine, and I’m pleased to tell you her story is next. And boy, is it a story. Since the events of In Charleston With You, Katherine has been widowed. Her husband’s dying wish was for her to marry Lawrence Knightley, their best friend, for financial security, et cetera. Where it gets complicated? Lawrence is in love with her. It’s that aching, haunting kind of love you have for someone…

  • Daphne Cole,  Emma Fontaine,  Story Talk,  World's Fair Romances

    Announcing a 2022 Release from Megan Fuentes

    Let me sum up my 2021 really briefly for you: there was not a whole lot of the flow I set out to have. Clearly. If you are subscribed to one or more of my newsletters, it may have felt like I dropped off the face of the earth. Sorry about that. Surprise! I’m alive! And I am feeling renewed after attending Orlando Reads Books 2021. By the way, I attended Orlando Reads Books 2021! I was safe, of course—masked up and distanced as often as I could be—but I did get to meet a few readers and I got to set up my table for the first time. (An…

  • Story Talk,  World's Fair Romances

    Read the First Chapter of IN CHARLESTON WITH YOU

    I’m pleased to announce I’ve successfully done what I secretly wanted to do for my past two books and never got around to doing—include the Victorian language of flowers! Yes, In Charleston With You—which will take place in part at the South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition of 1901–1902—stars a British man with a ne’er-do-well brother, both of whom inherited a love of floriography from their late parents. Across the pond, a beautiful, spit-fire pen pal will challenge everything the brothers have planned for themselves. And now, without further ado, you can read the first chapter for yourself… Chapter One Jacob Jacob blew air into his gloved hands as…

  • Musings

    FLOW: What to Expect from Megan Fuentes & Emma Fontaine in 2021

    I’ve never been one to make—okay, fine, keep—new year’s resolutions. I’ve made goals and set deadlines, sure, but year-long ones? What am I supposed to do when I get distracted by something shiny, as is my nature? This was such a problem that my mother called me “magpie” when I was a little girl. That, and I used to walk around Macy’s picking up the straight pins that fell from the mannequins. (I wanted to be a fashion designer, so I collected them. I’m in a slightly different field nowadays, as you can see.) The nickname still applies today—I love to hop from one project to the next, and I…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Where I'm Writing,  Writer's Atelier

    NaNoWriMo, Weeks 3–4: Giving Up & Never Giving Up

    After the fifteenth—and, if I’m being painfully honest with myself, a little before then— it was made abundantly clear to me that there was no path to 50,000 words for me this year. Between a six-day workweek at my day job, the promises I made to critique others’ work, and having written past the point I’d planned out, I struggled to form words even for this blog post (which is why it’s so late!). But I won’t count this week as a loss. Progress is progress, right? Every day of NaNoWriMo teaches something new, and I’ll sum up those lessons and share those for you now. Word Counts Don’t get…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Where I'm Writing,  Writer's Atelier

    NaNoWriMo, Week 2: Not Enough Hours & Three Sunflowers

    Writers—and avid readers, too, I’m sure—will be familiar with the term “the soggy middle.” It refers to the part of the book that drags on after the enticing beginning and before the triumphant (or tragic) end. In a great book with tight editing, there’s nothing soggy about the middle. But life’s arcs aren’t always so neatly plotted, are they? All this to say, “Hello, and welcome to a week I did not nail.” Welcome to my soggy middle of a November week. Sunday, November 8 I had to make a quick Target run before work, which killed my attempts to write in the morning. I did manage to get out…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Where I'm Writing,  Writer's Atelier

    NaNoWriMo, Week 1: Disney Springs & My First Sprintings

    Some writers fly by the seat of their pants, never putting more than a few moments of thought into what they’ll write until the very start of National Novel Writing Month. Some plan things out down to the tiniest detail during what’s become known as “Preptober”—which is either part or all of October depending on your school of thought. Me? I’ve known what I was going to write for months. Under the pen name Emma Fontaine, I’m penning a short story and a sequel novella taking place in the world of Once Upon Academy. Those are my main projects, though they won’t add up to 50,000 words combined. There are…

  • Where I'm Writing

    Come Along on My Pandemic-Safe “Writing Retreat” to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

    National Novel Writing Month—a challenge to write fifty thousand words within November’s thirty days—will be here in just over two weeks. I’ve participated “seriously” thrice in the past, and so I recall with perfect clarity how it completely flips my life upside down. And you know I do so love the chaos. One thing I’ve learned during my attempts is that I must be prepared if I’m going to succeed. I know this because I haven’t been as prepared as I could’ve been in previous years, and I’ve never won. That’s why I’ve taken at least one out of my two free days every week to organize a little writing…

  • Story Talk,  World's Fair Romances

    Read the First Chapter of IN BUFFALO WITH YOU

    Happy Book Birthday to my novelette, In Buffalo With You, which is available now! This book gave me headaches and butterflies, anxiety and elation, but I’m so happy with how it turned out. I hope you will be, too! This book was more rich with history than the last—the Newsboy Strike of 1899, real-life soprano Nina Morgana, and a particularly memorable event from the Pan-American Exposition that shocked the nation. I learned so much! And, of course, the romance is sweet and meant-to-be. Just as I did with In Barcelona With You, I’m sharing my first chapter with you right here on my blog. Enjoy! Chapter One Tommy In Tommy’s…

  • Interesting History,  Musings

    History Has Its Eyes on You: Glossed-Over Historical Events in HAMILTON

    If you’re as obsessed with Hamilton as I was when it first came out, you might’ve watched interviews with the cast, picked up that famous biography by Ron Chernow, or geeked out when Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared on Drunk History. (Note to self: I need to write an entire blog post on that show…) You probably also know that Hamilton has inaccuracies, and that some major historical events were left out altogether. Far too many blogs and news outlets have reported on this to list here. You couldn’t have missed them. And I understand the frustration. Though details are left out—intentionally or unintentionally—every time a story is retold, their absence is…