Roeing Oaks
A novel by Kristina Emmons

Now available as an e-book!

     Posted on Mon ,02/05/2011 by kristina

I’m so happy to announce that not only can you purchase Roeing Oaks through and, but Roeing Oaks is now e-reader compatible for just $4.99! The e-book is available through the BUY THE BOOK link on the bar to your left, and there you can also access all sizes of the book, whereas at Barnes and Noble and Amazon you can only get the 6 x 9 paperback, per their regulations. I am still working on getting a description of the book on Barnes and Noble, but a reader has graciously written one for me in the comments. Thank you, Lisa!

Thank you to those of you who have left comments about the book here on the site. Unfortunately, I seem to have deleted them by accident! I would urge you to go to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble to leave any commentary you have about the book, where it can be more widely seen (and where I can’t accidentally delete it).

Thank you everyone for your support and patience with the sequel. It is still on its way.


Soon to Come!

     Posted on Sat ,18/09/2010 by kristina

In the following week or two Roeing Oaks should be available to purchase by major online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble!  Due to regulations only the 6 x 9 soft cover will be offered through those outlets, but if you still desire a hardcover or a smaller paperback, you can still order them through this site under the “Buy the Book” tab at the left, or go directly to and type in into the search engine either my name or the title, Roeing Oaks.

The sequel is coming along nicely as well, and it should pick up speed now that school is back in session for the little ones.  I can’t wait for you all to read it!



Book Review at The Eclectic Reader

     Posted on Sat ,18/09/2010 by kristina

It had been a while since I’d checked my email here at the site, and when I did I was so pleased to find a new book review had been posted for Roeing Oaks!  Shame on me for being so neglectful.  Here is the review, posted at the Eclectic Reader.

Thank you Teddyree!

Guest Post at the Brooklyn Scribbler

     Posted on Thu ,22/07/2010 by kristina

This week I was privileged to be asked to write a guest post in a series of posts from Indie authors about how we’ve handled life after publishing.  What happened next?  How have we promoted our book?  It was a fantastic experience and I learned a lot from the other guests.  The article is found here at the Brooklyn Scribbler blog, hosted by Lisa J. Yarde. 

Lisa has become a friend after she posted my first review at the Historical Novel Review, and she recently published her own novel, On Falcon’s Wings, which I was happy to have a part in naming, a story set in medieval England around the time leading up to the Battle of Hastings.  For now it’s available only digitally.  As I don’t currently have a digital reading device I haven’t read it yet, but I am anxiously awaiting her to make it available in paperback.  I can’t wait!

Please take a peek at the article, as well as Lisa’s book.

Westward Progress

     Posted on Wed ,31/03/2010 by kristina

After much consideration our family decided it was time to move on from Miami, FL to somewhere more fitting with our desired lifestyle.  We enjoy cool temperatures,  green grass and trees for the kids to run in and under, a creative, progressive culture, reasonable cost of living, and close proximity to good friends and family.  Our home state of Wisconsin, with its frigid temperatures, lost out.  Seattle, WA won.

So, though our time in Miami was thrilling and afforded us quite the cultural learning curve (as well as enough material for a juicy novel), we took the major leap of faith that is moving 4,000 miles away.  And ahhh, this is more like it!  The forest outside our window, a latte, and a down comforter are just what it takes to put me in writing mode.  Welcome home!

For those of you that have read and enjoyed Roeing Oaks, look for its sequel later this year!  There is an unrelated novel in the works as well, which I will discuss in the future.  In the meantime, please check out the Press page for the latest publicity for Roeing Oaks, and sign my guestbook, particularly if you have a comment about the book.  I’d love to hear from you!

Blessings and happiness to you all,


An Interview with Kristina Emmons by Lisa Yarde

     Posted on Thu ,31/12/2009 by admin

Please tell readers about yourself and your background.

I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and lived there until recently, when my husband and I and our two children transferred to Miami, Florida for a job offer and to be near family. I am quiet and observant, and I’ve always been attracted to books and the written word. I first recognized myself as a writer when I noticed that I think in prose. I often define the world around me in concise little sentences!

Roeing Oaks is your most recent release. Please tell us about the story.

Roeing Oaks is set in 1870 England. It is the story of a girl named Kate who is trapped in a life of poverty on a remote farm, though her parents were of noble birth. At age sixteen she learns her true heritage, and that her real father committed an unthinkable act: he auctioned off her mother, while barely pregnant with Kate, at a public market, abandoning her to the highest bidder. Kate must decide what to do with this information, and the opportunities that arise to confront her bloodline. Along the way a mysterious man named Mr. Roeing weaves himself into her world, and he has a secret of his own.

How long did it take you to write Roeing Oaks?

It took me nine years to pen Roeing Oaks. There was quite a bit of research to be done on the time period, and learning the process of writing a novel took time. I was also occupied with starting a family.

What inspired the tale of Roeing Oaks?

My faith inspired Roeing Oaks. I adore a good romantic story, but at the end of the day there is no real Prince Charming. In my walk with God I’ve had many intimate moments on a soul level and I wanted to dramatize that sort of romantic, unbelievably compassionate aspect of Him that I don’t think is stressed enough, and how He has intervened in my life during difficult times. I felt Victorian England was a good place to stage the story, given the rigid class distinction of the time and the presence of royalty. The story and the characters really took on a pulse of their own to make Roeing Oaks a living breathing tale that I really love.

Were there any interesting places, literally and figuratively, where your research for the book may have taken you?

So many figurative places, none literal as yet, unless we speak of the library! Figuratively, I learned so much about myself as a woman, and all of the things we modern women take for granted in the form of freedoms. As part of my research I read many works of fiction that were either based in the time period or written during the time period, so I journeyed in that way.

If Roeing Oaks were made into a movie, whom do you envision as the main characters?

•Mr. Roeing: I can’t overlook Hugh Jackman! Alternatively, maybe Noah Huntley.
•Kate: it would have to be just the right person—someone soft who could really transform on screen. I haven’t put a face on her yet.
•Kate’s mother: Cate Blanchett (as a brunette).
•Madam Braithwaite: Helen Mirren, or even Meryl Streep.
•Lord Percy: Daniel Day-Lewis please!
•Jonathan: Reid Emmons, my talented nephew!
Wouldn’t it be something to see all of those actors on screen together?

What are your future writing plans?

I am in the midst of writing the sequel to Roeing Oaks, which I am very excited about. In the periphery I am also working on another historical novel and a present day novel. I guess my writing plans are to continue writing! I enjoy using unusual topics in my work.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Of course, never stop perfecting your craft technically, but above all, immerse yourself in your characters. I think it’s the only way for them to become authentic. Join a local writer’s group if you can.

How can readers learn more about you? Please share your website, social media sites, blogs, etc.

I can be found at or on Facebook.

Any closing thoughts you’d like to share?

I am so excited to hear feedback for Roeing Oaks! I hope it gives the reader as much of a thrill to read as it did for me to write it.

Thanks for your time, Kristina, and best of luck with Roeing Oaks. Thank you!

please visit for more and thank you to Lisa Yarde for featuring Roeing Oaks!

Welcome to

     Posted on Mon ,14/12/2009 by kristina

Welcome to the launch of the Roeing Oaks website! I am so pleased you are visiting! Roeing Oaks has been in print for just over a month, and the response has been phenomenal thus far. Here are the first reviews:

“It’s totally mesmerizing. What an incredible story. It hooked me from the beginning. I sincerely hope Kristina intends to write another book, perhaps a sequel to this one.”

Suzanne DeWilde, former newspaper reporter, editor and teacher

“I am one of several reviewers at the Historical Novel Reviews blog, and among my selections, I chose Roeing Oaks. I’ve been fortunate to read several books this year that have made me engrossed, racing through the pages to get to the end, and I’ve added Roeing Oaks to this list. The story was riveting, suspenseful and well-paced, and I really had to force myself to slow down and enjoy everything as it unfolded.”
Lisa Yarde, historical fiction author

Stay tuned, as I’ve been offered a spot as a featured author on the Historical Novel Reviews blog. The upcoming interview will be added to the site when it has been made public. In the meantime, you may click on the link to order your copy of Roeing Oaks.

Happy Holidays!

Kristina Emmons