Baby’s First Birthday & A Foreshadowed Change

Effective this past Friday, March 26th, The Sword & Shield has been available to the public for a year. It is officially one year old, which hardly seems real but apparently it is so I can deal with that reality in a future therapy session.

So many amazing opportunities and experiences have opened up to me courtesy of this debut novel and I would not be where I am without the love and support of my friends and family.

I had hoped to go to more than the three events I was able to attend in 2020 before COVID happened which has left me with a rather large inventory of physical copies. If you would like a signed copy of your own my venmo is ‘Emkho’, it is $18 inluding shipping, and I mail next day! If interested, go to the Contact page on and send a message with your venmo username (so I can verify it’s you who sent payment) along with the address where I will be mailing it.

On a related note I have some sad news followed immediately by some fantastic news. My agent, the wonderfully marvelous Alyssa, is stepping back from life as a literary agent to follow pursuits more in line with her dreams. My initial thought was panic (as per usual) but then practical Emma took over. I reached out to Amy, a contact I made at the Writer’s Digest Conference I attended in Cincinnati a few years ago and asked if she knew of any literary agents who might be willing to take me on as a client.

She rapidly and vehemently responded stating that she herself was interested in being my new agent. This, dear readers, was essentially my best case scenario and I was overjoyed. After a ‘getting to know you’ Zoom call she sent me a contract and I signed it.

Emma Khoury is currently under new representation and ready to take the literary world by storm!

Bye for now!

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