About: Emlyn

Writer and book publicist. Emlyn Chand loves to hear and tell stories and emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story)

Recent Posts by Emlyn

Review & Giveaway for Mother’s Curse by Thaddeus Nowak

Mother’s Curse is a fantasy novel for reluctant readers of the genre–like me. Usually when reading a fantasy book, I get mired in the world, race, and language-building details and give up before the story even gets started. While Thaddeus Nowak has created a rich world with his Heirs of Cothel series, he never sacrifices character or plot to tedious descriptive narration. I was hooked!

Our hero Stephenie is a strong,

Izzy the Inventor: Release Day & Ducky’s Review

Today's a huge day. My 7th Bird Brain Book is officially here, and it launches my new prehistoric bird trilogy. You heard me right--my love of birds meets everyone's love of dinosaurs for three fun, new kids' books! Izzy the Inventor is about an archaeopteryx (the very first bird) trying to learn how to fly and accidentally making some very cool discoveries along the way. 

To celebrate this momentous occasion,

Finding Favor: A New Take on Jane Austen + Why Ms. Austen Rocks

Today, I've got a whole mess of awesomeness for you with a book review (and recommendation), a giveaway, and a guest post... So read on!


True, it's been awhile since I've indulged, but many of you know I'm a huge fan of the classics. Among my favorites are Les Miserables, Ulysses, Jane Eyre, and Love in the Time of Cholera. I also have a

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In publishing, few subjects raise more ire or elicit more distrust than book reviews. The New York Times story “Swarming a Book Online,” says reviews “on Amazon are becoming attack weapons, intended to sink new books as soon as they are published.” Author David Streitfeld writes:

In the biggest, most overt and

Learning to Believe in Happily-Ever-Afters: A Guest Post by… Me?

As many of you know by now, I've fractured myself to create a-whole-nother writerly identity (I think it happened through mitosis or something). Well, today marks the official birth of my romance-writing alter-alias, Darby Davenport, with the launch of her (read: my) first romance novella, Walk Away with Me.

To celebrate, I have two awesome giveaways running on Darby's blog (

Open Heart March Giveaway ~ Don’t Miss This Awesome Swag Pack!

I love putting together special swag packs for fans of the Farsighted Series. Last month, we celebrated Farsighted, so naturally, this month it's time to put Open Heart in the spotlight. And, man, let me tell you, this giveaway is so cool. Hmmmm, what will I come up with for Pitch next month? Luckily, I still have time to figure it out. Now, on with this month's giveaway. Let me tell

Bird Brain Book March Giveaway ~ Honey the Hero Autographed Hardcover & Plush Toy

Ready for an amazingly awesome giveaway for the kiddies? Wouldn't it be fun to read a story book while cuddling with your very own stuffed animal version of a character from that story? I think so! That's why this month I'm giving away an autographed hardcover copy of Honey the Hero along with an adorable plush koala bear.

Read on for more details...  

About Honey the

Announcing the BIGGEST giveaway I’ve ever done for fans of Farsighted!

I've been teasing you all about a pretty huge giveaway for a while now. Luring you in with the promise of autographed copies of the entire Farsighted Series (which even includes getting added to a special mailing list to receive yet-to-be-released titles on their publication days). What's more, anyone can win, and any number of people can win: 1, 5, 5,000! Yeah, and that's just the big prize. I have a bunch

Sun Conure says, “Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy.”

Your good friend Ducky here, and I’m back for another installment of my blog for kids. Check back every weekend as I discuss real issues that real kids face—hey, we birds have to face them, too!

Today, I'm going to talk about a difficult subject—losing a loved one. Hopefully, most kids won't have to face the death of someone they love until they're much, much older.