Top Ten Facts about The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright + Giveaway

The Heir and the Spare
by Emily Albright

Release date: January 18th 2016
Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
Genres: Romance, contemporary
Age category: Young Adult

No. of pages: 288 pages (hardcover)
ISBN/ASIN1440590109 (ISBN13: 9781440590108)
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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. Originally it was titled The Spare. Evie’s voice quickly took over and I knew I’d have to rethink the title.

2. In the original version, the ending was longer and there was a lot more about their time in Seattle. It got cut because it wasn’t really needed and I was over my allotted word count.

3. While my kidlet was in preschool, since it was only about three hours long, I’d sit in the parking lot and write. Much of THATS was written while sitting in my car.

4. While not the first book I wrote, The Heir and the Spare was the first book I ever queried. It took me about eight months to find my agent.

5. In my first draft there were two additional characters in the group of friends. But they got cut early on as they weren’t adding much value to the overall plot.

6. It took almost exactly a year to go from signed contract with a publisher to an actual book on the shelves.

7. I researched a lot about Oxford and their education system, but in the end I had to cut most of it to meet a word count goal. Plus, it really wasn’t adding much to drive the plot forward.

8. Thusly, the Oxford in my book is more an amalgamation of my imagination and the real place.

9. My favorite scene to write had to be the Paris scenes. Especially the scene on the Eiffel Tower. :)

10. I’ve written a story for Preston. Hopefully, he’ll get published and I can share him and Maggie with the world. There may even be a clue as to the future of Evie and Edmund in his story.


Check out the places mentioned in the book
Evie & Edmund's playlist for The Heir and the Spare
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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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