It’s always an exciting time when bestselling author, Camille Di Maio comes out with one of her intricately researched historical novels. THE FIRST EMMA (WyattMacKenzie), being published tomorrow focuses on Emma Koehler, whose tycoon husband Otto was killed in the crime-of-the-century murder by one of his two mistresses.

Emma Koehler was a smart entrepreneur who was her husband’s right hand at their  brewery in San Antonio. THE FIRST EMMA takes us back to when the fight for and against prohibition was strong. The fictional character of Mabel is created to tell Emma Koehlor’s story. Emma Koehler was a great matriarch and businesswoman. When Otto is murdered by one of his two mistresses, Emma Koehlor keeps the business flourishing.

The narrative sparks romance, betrayal and ambition. Emma Koehlor was smart, clever and certainly deserves her own place in history.


Camille recently left an award-winning real estate career in San Antonio to become a full-time writer. Along with her husband of twenty-three years, she enjoys raising their four children. She has a bucket list that is never-ending, and uses her adventures to inspire her writing. She’s lived in Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California, and spends enough time in Hawai’i to feel like a local. She’s traveled to four continents (so far), and met Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II. She just about fainted when she had a chance to meet her musical idol, Paul McCartney, too.

Camille studied political science in college, but found working on actual campaigns much more fun. She overdoses on goodies at farmers markets (justifying them by her support for local bakeries) and belts out Broadway tunes whenever the moment strikes. There’s almost nothing she wouldn’t try, so long as it doesn’t involve heights, roller skates, or anything illegal.

She is an Amazon Bestselling author as well as a Romance Writers of America Honor Roll Inductee. Her books have won: The Beverly Hills Book Award, the Golden Quill, and been a Holt Medallion finalist several times over. They have been translated into French, Hungarian, German, and Estonian.

Thanks to Camille, we have one signed copy to giveaway. Just tell us what your favorite historical novel is and why. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

Giveaway: USA only please

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41 thoughts on “THE FIRST EMMA by Camille Di Maio – GIVEAWAY CLOSED

  1. My favorite book of all time is My Dear Hamilton. Not only are there phenomenal quotes in there that I would love to decorate my house with, but the story of what Eliza endured and ultimately chose to overcome and still love Hamilton is something that makes you stop and think about your own relationship and what’s truly important in life. Those little arguments aren’t worth it. I’ve never read a book that hit my so deeply and made me stop and consider my own life so intricately. It’s definitely a book that shaped me and one everyone should read.

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  2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a book I read years ago which has remained forever in my memory. It is a story that inspires hope during hopeless and challenging times. The book enchanted me while teaching me about an unknown place (to me) in history.

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  3. I still love Gone with the Wind. There are SO many good ones but this was probably my first and I still can remember sitting in study hall in HS not wanting to stop reading it and go to class!

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  4. I loved Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen because I admired Elizabeth Bennett ‘s strength and determination to marry for love in spite of prearranged marriages that were so common during that era. My more recent favorite has to be The Nightingale by Kristan Hannah because it provided such an in-depth insight into the horrors of World War II, Hitler and the strength and courage people endured to survive. I felt as though I was transported back in that time when reading that book.

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  5. Captive Bride
    by Johanna Lindsey been so many years was in the 90’s I read it and couldn’t put it down till finished

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  6. I really loved Camille DiMaio’s book The Beautiful Strangers because it was set at the beautiful Hotel Del Coronado and the story was wonderful!

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  7. The Long Flight Home by Alan Glad was wonderful. I learned that pigeons were used to carry secret notes with information about the enemy troop movements.

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  8. If The Clan of The CaveBear counts, it is my Most favorite one, if not then I will have to say the Little House On The Prairie series. Thank you for the chance. Have a Great week.

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  9. Wow, I’m not sure that I could pick a favorite historical novel. It’s my favorite genre! I did love The Nightingale. If you want to go way back into undocumented history, I very much like the Earth’s Children series by Jean Auel.

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