Justice, a novel

The love of a lifetime, a quest for justice, and redemption that can only be found by faith.

Jake thought he was meant to marry Brooklyn, but now she's pregnant, and he had nothing to do with it. Brooklyn can’t bring herself to name the father as she wrestles with questions about what her pregnancy means and how it will affect her relationship with Jake. If Harold Keen, the man who owns the bookstore across from Jake's coffee shop, has anything to do with it, the baby will ruin them both. Can Jake and Brooklyn overcome the obstacles thrown in their path, and finally find the truth in God's love and in each other?

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Justice Review, Author Guest Post, and Giveaway!

on Rachel Scott McDaniel's blog 

Achingly-tender from the first chapter, this story captured my heart in a tangible way, stamping my memory with brilliant strokes of grace.

The giveaway winner will be announced 3/21/18.

Read the full post here.

Justice (Emily Conrad) - Review

Thoughts on Justice from Fiction Aficionado

Emily Conrad has chosen an emotionally charged premise for her debut novel, and it’s one that cannot help but engage the reader—all the more so for the way in which she handles it. Pregnancy is life-changing no matter how or when it occurs, but Brooklyn’s circumstances take life-changing to a whole new level. Add a bitter and competitive business owner into the picture and you have a situation ripe for character growth and meeting some of the big challenges to living out your Christian faith head-on.

Read the full review here

Justice Book Review

by Sara Beth Willams

This book was….phenomenal. Courageous. Romantic. Thought-provoking. Unapologetic. I was immediately hooked. Tough issues are handled with class. It’s so encouraging to see a Christian Fiction book and author (and publisher for that matter)  willing to deal with these issues.  I  am so impressed with this story. It’s one of my favorite reads so far this year. (Ok, it’s only February.) It’s definitely one of the best I have read in a long time.

Read the full review here.

Thursday Thoughts

A guest post on Pam Thibodeaux's blog.

My sister lived and worked in China for a few years, and toward the end of her time there, I made it over for a visit, not realizing the impact the trip would have on me.

The night I arrived in Beijing, rain washed the smog from the air, resulting in blue skies for the rest of my visit—a rarity according to my sister. Still, air quality was an issue as evidenced by the people who went about their business in face masks.

I'm sharing about how this impacted Justice over on Pam Thibodeaux's blog on Thursday. Join us!
Erendira Ramirez-Ortega took some time to put together some thoughtful questions.

You recently wrote that hope does not rest in how people treat us. That it doesn’t depend on our immediate circumstances. Hardships do not necessarily mean we’re on the wrong path. How have hardship and doubt challenged your writing, and the endeavor to publish your novel?

Hardship and doubt have led me to consider quitting writing altogether. I’ve experienced delays, harsh feedback, recommendations to cut large portions of manuscripts–or shelve it altogether. In the moment, these experiences have often led me to wonder why I’m doing this. If this were God’s will, wouldn’t it be easier? What’s the point? Do I really have a gift, or am I trying to force God’s hand? Wouldn’t my life be better spent on something that’s actually achievable?

These hardships are common to writers, and I’m convinced the doubts are, too.

Find our full exchange here


A guest post on Jerusha Agen's Fear Warrior blog with a giveaway that went through 3/18.
Because we’re called to good works and a life of following Jesus, it can be tricky sometimes to sort out which action is prompted by right motives and which is perfectionism rearing it’s overly-made-up head (because perfectionism’s head would never be ugly—that’s the whole point!).

Thankfully, perfectionism has symptoms that can help us recognize it for what it is.

Read the full post and comment on it to enter a coffee giveaway here.


Author Spotlight: Emily Conrad with a Giveaway

a guest post on A Baker's Perspective about my bookshelf! 3/12 was the last day to comment for this giveaway.

You might expect me, a writer, to be proud of my bookshelf. You’d be partially right. I do have a stash of books that I’m in love with.

But my bookshelf also has some additions that could spark a few rumors, namely the week-by-week pregnancy guide.

I’ve never been pregnant, and I didn’t want my family getting their hopes up, so I was quick to explain the book’s presence: “I have a pregnant character. Oh, and the baby name books are for naming characters.”

Read more here.

Justice: Author Interview with Emily Conrad + Giveaway

a video interview with Christina Hubbard of Creative and Free! (Just note that the giveaway has ended.)

Novelist Emily Conrad releases her debut book Justice today. Emily is my poetry buddy and friend, and this interview is the first time we met face to face, sort of…virtually. Justice is fabulous for so many reasons, my favorite ones being: 1. Emily is a master of writing romantic tension and dialogue, 2. She tackles tough topics with grace, 3. This book is set in a quaint small town coffee shop and I could smell the deliciousness the whole time I was reading.

Check out the post here.


Justice by Emily Conrad - A Review

Angela Arndt shares her thoughts on the novel.

Emily Conrad’s debut novel, set in a coffee shop, is a wake-up call. It’s easy to be a Christian when everyone around you follows the same small town norms. But what if someone didn’t? What if someone you loved said she was innocent when all the evidence (and gossip) said she wasn’t? Would it change the way you felt about her? Would it change the way Christ felt about her?

Continue reading here.

Justice - Emily Conrad

an excerpt from the first chapter and a review from Clare Revell!

My review:
I signed up for the subscription service that the publisher do and received and advanced copy of this. All I can say is WOW.
Well, the official review I put on Pelican, Goodreads and will do so on Amazon UK once the book is released will be as follows.

Read the whole post here.

First Line Friday-Justice

a glimpse of Justice from Jessica Baker on A Baker's Perspective

Read the 1st line of Justice and find out why Jessica wants her daughter to read the book, too! 

Find the post here.

a guest post on Allie Crume's blog We Are New Romantics

I may have titled my debut novel Justice, but it’s forgiveness that keeps popping up in the notes I’ve received in response to the advance reader copies I sent out.

Among them was Allie’s sweet email, quoting her pastor, who said, “Forgiveness doesn’t necessarily mean reconciliation—but it is required for redemption.”

Continue reading here.


Writer Wednesday: Emily Conrad

an interview with Susan Baganz

When did you decide that you would be an author? Was it something you fell into, felt called to… ?

I started writing short stories in eighth grade English class, and by the end of high school, those stories had lengthened into novels. Sometime in there, I decided I wanted to be a writer. In that way, it was something I fell into, but the decision to pursue it as a full-time endeavor in 2014 was more of a calling. I felt God had orchestrated just the right events to make it clear that it was time to give this writing thing my full effort at least for a time.

Continue reading here.


Top Ten Tuesday

on A Baker's Perspective

A mix up of Christian fiction quotes and authors--can you match them up? Yup, my name and a quote from my book are in the mix! Even if you haven't read it, you have a shot at this one, as the quote has been in a meme I shared and a rather obvious word is in it... :)

Try here!

Author Spotlight: Emily Conrad

an interview with Amanda Wen

Jesus doesn’t shy away from facing the ugliness of life head-on, so I always rejoice when Christian novels are willing to confront it in a similar manner. What inspired you to address the issue of sexual assault in the pages of Justice?

I don’t remember what inspired me to write about sexual assault—I started my first draft of the story that would become Justice seventeen years ago—but that’s really just the inciting incident, and from there, the story goes on to focus on things we all have to deal with: revenge versus forgiveness, people failing us, and conflict in the church. These show up in my fiction because they’re in my life, too. Believers are forgiven, but still flawed, and I think it’s important for fiction to reflect that.

Continue reading here.

Book Review: Justice by Emily Conrad

thoughts from Robyn Hook

I became an Emily Conrad fan when I read a pre-published novel inspired by the Biblical story of Joseph. In fact, if you know me in person, you may have heard me praising it and her writing style. Emily has a way of phrasing and crafting characters that makes me want to prop up my feet and become immersed in her world. So when I learned she had an earlier story inspired by Mary and Joseph, I had to get my hands on it!

Continue reading here.


An interview (complete with pictures of my dogs in their winter boots) on Heart"Wings"
FYI - there was a giveaway on this post, but that has already ended.

I’m happy to introduce my friend Emily Conrad as she releases her debut novel –Justice! Welcome, Emily! Tell us what inspired Justice?

I started writing Justice about 17 years ago as a teenager, but had trouble ending the story in a satisfying way. About four years ago my then-agent suggested writing a modern twist on a classic story for my next book. Right around that time, I was also invited to hear Liz Curtis Higgs speak, and I read her book, Unveiling Mary Magdalene, which includes a modern retelling of Mary’s story.

Inspired, I noticed the similarities between Jake and Brooklyn’s relationship and a biblical relationship that intrigued me—Mary and Joseph.

Continue reading here.

on Stitches Thru Time 

What is your favorite thing about being an author?

My very favorite thing to do is write stories, and I’m so thrilled to get to spend my time doing that! There are hard parts, of course, but when I wrap up a good day of writing, I have that just-walked-out-of-a-movie-theater feeling.

Continue reading here.


There are also some Justice blog posts on my own blog. See them here.