Monday, November 20, 2017

Dear Reader, Love Emma Hartley

Dear Reader…

Have you ever wondered why you fall in love with certain people and not with others?  Have you ever wondered whether the concept of the soul mate is real, and if it is, then how does it work?  Are we connected to other humans at an elemental level?  Could physics someday explain the force of love in the same way it has explained the force of gravity?  Can art help us find meaning in our lives?  These are just some of the questions I was thinking about when I wrote The Nature of Entangled Hearts. 

Please allow me to introduce you to Elwyn and James, two strangers who meet for the first time after they lock eyes in the public market, who feel compelled to figure out why they are so drawn to each other.  Elwyn, a feisty professor of ceramics at the local art college in Portland, Maine, initially resists the lure of the handsome James.  She quickly realizes, however, that there is something deeper pulling her towards him.  James, a successful businessman, has always been plagued by nightmares of a dying woman.  When he sees Elwyn, however, his hope for a normal life is kindled.  As the characters overcome their personal fears and hesitations, they come to understand their connection, just as an unforeseen threat, in the form of a disturbed art student, threatens to tear them apart.  The book follows Elwyn and James on their epic journey through the past and present, uncovering the nature of their deep love for one another, and imbuing them each with courage and hope.

I am passionate about writing books that combine romance, mysticism, art and science.  I have always been inspired by these topics, and I am a sucker for a good love story.  My father and I used to have great conversations on the subject of physics and mysticism, many of which fed my inquisitive nature.  I now believe that there is far more to the universe than meets the eye.  For instance, where did consciousness come from?  What biochemical, evolutionary mechanism could have formed something as complex and esoteric as the nature of consciousness?  What makes us love or hate?  How can we tap into the great energy of the universe to help us create?  These essential questions are what drive me as a writer.  I am always looking for answers through my characters and my plots, and The Nature of Entangled Hearts is no exception.

Art plays a central role in all of my fiction, just as it does in my life.  I have been teaching art for 20 years, and I have studied ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, digital media and metalsmithing.  This expertise allows my characters to develop in a very authentic way, as my interests and experiences permeate their personae.  I also understand the struggle to create meaningful artwork first hand – the same struggle that my character Elwyn works through during the novel.

If you love excellent writing but are a sucker for a romantic story, if you find yourself wanting more substance from your romantic novels, and if you have ever stared at the stars and wondered about the nature of the universe, then this is definitely the book for you.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Emma Hartley

About the Author

Emma Hartley is an author and artist living in picturesque Maine. She has been writing and making art since childhood and has been insatiably curious and industrious her whole life. Emma was a double major in English and Fine Arts and she received her Masters in Art and Design Education. She is a specialist in ceramics and includes much of this expertise in her novel The Nature of Entangled Hearts. Her other interests include playing drums, making art and exploring every square inch of the Maine coastline. The Nature of Entangled Hearts is her first novel.



About the Book:

Author: Emma Hartley
Publisher: Satin Romance
Pages: 277
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Paranormal Romance/Thriller/Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction


The Nature of Entangled Hearts is a fast-paced, edgy, romantic thriller, with a subtly supernatural twist.  Enter the story of Elwyn and James, two strangers entangled by their past-life experiences, who are mired in an unquantifiable present.  Throughout the novel they work to understand the bonds that hold them together, just as an unforeseen danger threatens to tear them apart. 
Elwyn “Derrin” Derringer is a ceramic artist and a professor at the local college of art in Portland, Maine.  She has always felt insecure and disconnected, unsure of how or why she fits into the world, seeking through her art to fill in the missing pieces of herself.  When Elwyn’s eyes lock on those of a stranger across the market, everything she has taken for granted as reality is thrown into question.  Understanding blooms in fits and starts, interrupted by her fears of attachment and eventually by the unwanted attentions of an obsessed and disturbed art student.

Throughout the novel, Elwyn discovers reservoirs of strength and independence as she faces these challenges, endearing the reader with her feisty nature and her fierce desires to create authentically, to love intensely and to transcend the destructive links to her past.  “The Nature of Entangled Hearts” takes us on a thrilling ride through past and present, through love and dread, through loss and reclamation, leaving us thankful that we don’t understand all the mysteries of the universe just yet, and reminding us never to take our lives - or our loves - for granted.


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