Some Q&A with the author... Everyday Magic by Emily Albright (Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway)

I get to welcome Emily Albright to my blog today as she answers some questions about her newest release. Check that and the giveaway out below...

Everyday Magic
(Untitled #2)
by Emily Albright
YA Contemporary
Hardcover & ebook, 336 Pages
December 2nd 2016 by Merit Press


For once, Maggie McKendrick just wants to control her own life. Her overbearing Hollywood director father has it all planned out for her: UCLA, law school, then working as an entertainment lawyer, preferably for him. But Maggie has other, more creative-spirit friendly, plans. Namely, Thrippletons School of Fashion and Design in England, and then onto becoming a designer, preferably a wildly successful one. The big snag in her plan? Getting it past her dad.

A movie shoot takes the family to the Scottish Highlands for the summer, and closer to Maggie’s dream school. While there, she runs into the charming Preston Browne. Maggie is intrigued and decides to bend her no guys rule—instituted after her ex used her to get close to her dad. Forced to keep secrets from Preston in order to protect the future plans she’s made, Maggie finds herself falling for the tall Brit. And for once in her life she knows that he’s interested in her, not her Hollywood connections. When Maggie's father blackmails her into dating his lead actor, she isn’t left with a choice. The biggest problem isn’t having to date hunky, mega-hottie, Ben Chambers. No, it’s praying she doesn’t lose Preston in the process.

Excelling at her dream school, Maggie’s personal life is a tangled mess. She needs to decide if living a lie is worth losing Preston or chance going against her father and facing his wrath. When the tabloids expose the truth of her fake relationship with Ben, Maggie's world is thrown into a tailspin. Ultimately, Maggie must find the courage to take risks and forge ahead on her own path.

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Welcome, Emily, to my blog today! Let's dive right in...

Q: What gave you the idea to have a Hollywood director’s daughter as your main character?

A: I thought it would allow me to put an interesting spin on Preston’s story. Preston’s always had a tough time in the romance department and to have a girl who has secrets and isn’t super open with him‒ thanks to all the drama in her life‒makes it a challenge for them to get together. I also liked the parallel between Maggie and Evie (From THE HEIR AND THE SPARE). Both are thrust into the spotlight through no doing of their own, but rather just by being born. Different spotlights, but similar lack of privacy and completely beyond either of their control.

It definitely does add an unique spin and create some challenges for these characters.

Q: What was your favorite part of having the story set in Scotland and England?

A: I love England and Scotland. I got to spend some time there in college with my husband and we’d love to go back. The thing that struck me the most was the history the UK has. Every building has a story or some fascinating history to it. Which is something we don’t get nearly as much of in the States. I definitely enjoyed getting to set EVERYDAY MAGIC in a place that I loved visiting and all the research has given me several more places to visit when I do get to go back there.

I have to say that I've never been, but I would love to go and visit. For now, I'll visit through your books. :)

Q: Did you find anything interesting in your research for the story?

A: A lot of my research for EVERYDAY MAGIC was centered on fashion. All the different names of styles (especially coats), fabrics, embellishments, colors, etc., it’s way more than I ever realized. Most of my research didn’t get used, but I now have very full, private Pinterest board all about fashion should I ever need to tap into that again.

Lol! I wouldn't have even thought about needing to research fashion, but it definitely makes sense for this story.

Q: What do you like most about Preston?

A: He’s fun to write. Even in THE HEIR AND THE SPARE Preston was one of my favorite characters. I love his sense of humor and how he’s just a good guy. He’s always there for his friends and loved ones and isn’t afraid to go out and have fun. He’s also not afraid to go after what he wants.

Sounds like a great guy to have on your side.

Q: How would you sum up the story in one sentence?

A: It’s about making your own path and not being afraid to do what’s right for you.

I love when stories show how a character (or more) does that and how they kind of come into their own.

Q: What’s next for you?

A: I’m busy working on my next book. It’s still a YA novel, a bit of a departure from my contemporary novels, more of a dark fairytale. I’m having a lot of fun writing it!

I love those types of stories too, so I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out. Thanks so much for answering my questions, Emily!

Other Books in the Series

The Heir and the Spare
(Untitled #1)
by Emily Albright
YA Contemporary Romance, NA, Chick Lit
Hardcover & ebook, 288 Pages
January 18th 2016 by Merit Press


Family can be complicated. Especially when skeletons from the past pop up unexpectedly. For American Evie Gray, finding out her deceased mother had a secret identity, and not one of the caped crusader variety, was quite the surprise. Evie’s mom had a secret life before she was even born, one that involved tiaras.

In this modern day fairytale, Evie is on a path to figure out who her mom really was, while discovering for herself what the future will hold. Charged with her late mother’s letters, Evie embarks on a quest into her past. The first item on the list is to attend Oxford, her mom’s alma mater. There, Evie stumbles upon a real life prince charming, Edmund Stuart the second Prince of England, who is all too happy to be the counterpart to her damsel in distress.

Evie can’t resist her growing attraction to Edmund as they spend more time together trying to unravel the clues her mother left behind. But, when doubts arise as to whether or not Edmund could ever be with an untitled American, what really ends up unraveling is Evie’s heart. When Evie uncovers all the facts about her mom’s former life, she realizes her mom’s past can open doors she never dreamed possible, doors that can help her be with Edmund. But, with everything now unveiled, Evie starts to crack under the pressure of new family responsibilities and the realization that her perfect prince may want her for all the wrong reasons.

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About the Author

Emily Albright's debut novel, THE HEIR AND THE SPARE, is releasing January 18, 2016 from Merit Press.

She's a writer, a major bookworm, a lover of romantic movies, a wife, a mother, an owner of one adorable (yet slightly insane) cockapoo, and uses way too many :).

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