My name is Emma and I like politics.
Like with the fundraising and the flag waving and the filibustering and the voting and the endless running of campaign ads? Okay, not so much the campaign ads, but everything else, yes.
If you’re like most people, this is the part where you pat me gently on the hand and change the subject, but hear me out: at its best, politics can be a place where we work out our differences. Where we say, “This is who I am and this is what I believe. What about you?”
I am not naïve. I realize that politics isn’t only that. I’ve seen it up close. I know about the money and the corruption, the lying and the dishonesty. But underneath it all, politics makes me hopeful because it suggests when we recognize our common humanity and work together, we can achieve great things.
It’s a lot like love.
Every romance is, at some level, about two people finding common ground. Romance novels are about power imbalances, about individuals and society. Romance is about politics.
During the summer of 2012, during the heat of a very intense presidential campaign, I started writing a book about two political aides, a book that became Special Interests. I finished it during National Novel Writing Month in November of that year and pitched it on Twitter in April 2013. (Here’s that story.) And today, it’s available at fine retailers like Amazon, B&N, Carina, Kobo, and All Romance.
What do you say? Want a side of politics with your romance?
Union organizer Millie Frank’s world isn’t filled with cocktails and nightclubs…until she’s turned into an unwitting minor celebrity. As if being part of a hostage situation wasn’t traumatizing enough, now her face is splashed across the news. But Millie’s got fresher wounds to nurse—like being shot down by the arrogant bad boy she stupidly hit on.
Parker Beckett will do whatever it takes to close a deal for the senate majority leader, including selling out union labor. Charming and smart on the surface, he’s also cynical and uncommitted—an asset on the Hill. But something about Millie has stuck with him and when negotiations bring her to his office, Parker breaks his own rules and asks her out.
Parker can’t understand how Millie has retained her idealism in a place like D.C. Millie can’t believe what Parker’s willing to sacrifice in order to pass a budget. But as they navigate their political differences, what grows between them looks a lot like a relationship…and maybe even a little like love.
Emma Barry is a novelist and full-time mama and graduate student. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves hugs from her toddler twins, her husband’s cooking, her cat’s whiskers, and Earl Grey tea. You can reach her on Twitter: @AuthorEmmaBarry or on the web at authoremmabarry.com.