A GIVEAWAY & a HUGE thank-you

happy friday, my friends! what a full and fulfilling week this has been. starting tomorrow or later today i'm about to dive headlong into edits on The Blood Race book 3, but to kick off the weekend i wanted to take a moment to thank every single one of you who has participated in the blog tour for worlds beneath, helped me spread the word, and of course, READ the book! 

you guys don't even know how much you mean to me, and how much i love you all. below, i'm going to list every single person (and their blogs) participating in the tour. please take a moment to go check out their posts and show them some love - they're all so awesome, and such a great bunch of writers themselves. 

i also wanted give you a heads up - i just kicked off a giveaway over on my instagram - There will be 3 winners: 1st prize includes everything you see in this photo - signed copies of BOTH my books (the first two in the trilogy), one handcrafted, 'The Blood Race' watercolor book marker (graciously donated by the brilliant McKenzie!), a vintage-style journal, a "Book Lovers Kit" (which includes a place-marker, a 'from the library of' stamp & slips, and a quote book), and a box of Tazo sweet cinnamon spice tea (because who doesn't love a hot cup of tea with a good book??) 2nd & 3rd prize include one beautiful hand-painted 'The Blood Race' bookmark, and digital copies of both books. 


1. Follow me (@emmonswrites) and The Blood Race series account (@thebloodrace)

2. Comment on the image with your FAVORITE THING about The Blood Race, or WHY you're looking forward to reading it AND tag a friend who might like to enter the giveaway! (They will also need to follow/comment/tag to be entered.) You must do ALL of the things listed, or you're not going to be entered.

I'll be announcing the winner on Saturday, September 15th

and now, a GREAT BIG SHOUT-OUT to the amazing bloggers without whom I could never have successfully launched worlds beneath:

^ that smile on my face?? YOU GUYS PUT IT THERE. <3 and i can't thank you enough. can't wait to write you another book!!

if you didn't get a chance to participate in the blog tour, but still wanted to do a post of some kind, no worries! just shoot me an email (you can find that on the about page up top.)

stay stoked!

wandering: versailles

versailles was spur of the moment. it was remembering how much i had always wanted to see it on one of our last days in paris. it was dashing down the rainy gray sidewalks and buying tickets at a tour office. it was so exciting.

versailles getting up early and missing breakfast and filling ourselves with chocolate croissants and mini cream-filled doughnuts instead. because why wouldn't you? what else does one do when they are in love and in paris?

it was taking a bus and watching france pass the window in pastel blurs like marble and sunlight, all dressed up with rows of cottage like townhouses with beautiful architecture that seemed a little german-influenced to me. it was quickly eating the rest of my croissant because you can't bring food into a palace but you can't throw away a chocolate croissant either.

versailles was crisp morning air and sunlight as clear and sweet as nectar. it was crystal and gold and and mirrors mirrors mirrors. hallways marie antoinette once walked. golden walls warm with the sunlight. wide eyed me, trying to hear everything our tour guide was saying through my earbuds.

the hall of mirrors was the best part (google it because my lens didn't do the enormity of the room justice) and i wished i could stay until after closing and just lay in the middle of the floor and look up the the twinkling chandeliers and pretend they were stars in the dusty moonlight reflecting off the sheer glass walls.

versailles was roaming the gardens and weaving among the topiaries and snapping pictures and laughing and striking yoga poses and running around like two children in the warm sunlight.

and of course it was crepes after that.



it's a relief to finally take a quick break from desk work to post this fun little sketch of versailles, (which is well worth visiting if you find yourself in France) because it's something i've been wanting to post for quite a while. if you've been hanging out with me here on the goodness revolt for a bit, you know that traveling is in my blood - i love grabbing my backpack and heading out on adventures (and writing about them!!! that's one of the best parts!!)

wandering will forever be part of the goodness revolt, and you can expect 'wandering' posts just as frequently as i've been endeavoring to post them. however, as my husband and I travel more and more, i begin to find myself longing for a larger space to facilitate my madly-scribbled chronicles of our adventures and globe trots.

all that said, after lots of dreaming, planning, and encouraging discussion with Tyler, I decided now was as good a time as any to branch out and create a little extra room to share about travel, wanderlust, trips, and all things wandering. i've started a new chapter - a companion blog, as i like to think of it - a sweet little online space called An Adventure Called Us.

I'll let it speak for itself, but in a nutshell - yes! I've started a travel blog! I'm very excited to share more about our adventures (aaaand have a place to dump all my many, many, many travel photos, haha!).

So if you like my wandering posts here on the goodness revolt, you may just like what i'm blogging about over on An Adventure Called Us. ;) (hit up our instagram account here, I'll be posting LOTS of adventure shots.)

Alright, you know the drill! Tell me about the last BEST adventure YOU had below in the comments! was it close by?? thousands of miles away??? did you get there by pane, boat, car... space shuttle? (if you say space shuttle, pls take me with you next time)

stay stoked,

process (cannot happen alone)

deep breath. stretch. don't want to get up yet-- have to. shades, twist, sunlight.

mmmm. good morning.

sunlight on my shoulder blades.
coffee. sunlight. sunlight. sip.

desk chair, flip screen. tap, tap, tap-- fingers flying.


retractable pen: click, click, click.
drawing pine trees. thinking. getting in on my hands.

sip. pour. sip. think.
tap, tap, tap.

crack; eggshells. toast.
potatoes and rosemary.
more coffee, more words.



licking my lips, staring into space,
fingers fly.

trees, so many trees.

sunlight in the window as i tap
and sip.

every day.
feet under the desk. butterflies in my belly.
what's going to happen next
what's going to happen


more coffee
more words


it's not the gush of water that breaks the rock, it's the steady: drip, drip, drip.

it's the every day.

it's the



that was this morning for me. today is part of the process and tomorrow will be too. sitting here in the sunlight, sipping my coffee after letting loose some words on the page, it feels surreal that Worlds Beneath is OUT THERE. like... whoa, man.

and here's the thing about process: you can't do it alone. i couldn't do this alone. this whole launch has been so extremely humbling because of that fact alone. i couldn't do this without you, the reader. the commenter. the betas. the team. my family. my mom reading and leaving me sweet notes in the margins. my sister who is pure brilliance and everything. my husband. my editor. my proofreader, formatter. every single on of you who have read an arc, posted on social media, or written a blog post.

i could not do THIS without YOU.

please know how much you mean to me. please know how important you are to me. please know.

book two is here because of you guys. <3