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Well apparently my brain went on vacation when I was writing DREAMWEAVER TRAIL. I substituted "Strasbourg" for "Salzburg" in reference to The Sound of Music. I know better. I've been a huge Sound of Music fan all of my life! The biggest disappointment of my Europe trip when my daughter was going to school in Germany was our decision not to try to visit Salzburg. It's on my bucket list ever since.

               Strasbourg, France                                                  Salzburg, Austria

Sometimes my brain does really stupid things when I'm writing, so I understand how I made the original mistake. Just the other day I wrote “Grace Montgomery” instead of “Hope Montgomery” (from MIRACLE ROAD). Uh, duh! I only spent 6 months with Hope when I was writing that book a year ago. What I can't believe is that the error slipped through! That's the sort of thing copy editors are supposed to catch. I once had a copy editor that caught that I had summer-blooming wildflowers bloom in the spring. That was a good copy editor. How did they not check a Sound of Music reference?

I’m horrified that this didn’t get caught before the book went to print so consider this my apology to any readers who catch this mistake. I hope to have it fixed in subsequent printings of DREAMWEAVER TRAIL so if you purchase a copy with this error, hang on to it—it may become a collector’s edition!

Have you ever found a mistake like this in a book you’ve read?

20 comments (Add your own)

1. Bev Sten wrote:
I caught one sort of like what you did and I messaged the author who argued with me that she was right and I was wrong about a landmark in San Francisco. I live here she doesn't but I was still wrong. She unfriended me

Thu, June 5, 2014 @ 6:38 PM

2. Diana Gould wrote:
I didn't even notice that and I usually catch mistakes in books. Don't sweat it! Loved this book.

Thu, June 5, 2014 @ 7:23 PM

3. Jamie Steadman wrote:
I really didn't know you had made a mistake of misspelling a word. I don't think I could have pronounced it correctly. I'm not bothered by mistakes in any author's book, I just want to read the story.

Thu, June 5, 2014 @ 8:02 PM

4. Karen wrote:
I read a book once by a famous author and he had the exact same back story for two of his characters. When I read the second character description I went flipping back through the other chapters to make sure I really was reading the same description. I wrote his publishing company and really expected to hear back "good catch", if nothing else, but my letter was never even acknowledged.

Thu, June 5, 2014 @ 8:28 PM

5. Marilynn Layden wrote:
As I told you a few days ago, your books are way above average for being perfect. So, if one or two things slip by once, just chalk it up to life happening. Thank all of your editors for the wonderful job they do.

Fri, June 6, 2014 @ 12:22 AM

6. Sharyn wrote:
One of my very favorite authors (who shall remain nameless) once had a radiator overheat in an old VW Beetle. :-)

Fri, June 6, 2014 @ 11:51 AM

7. Patty wrote:
Loved the book and didn't notice it!! Can't wait until the next one!

Tue, June 10, 2014 @ 9:28 AM

8. Marguerite Guinn wrote:
I have noticed small things in books, like an extra letter added to a word or something similar. Earlier this year a writer whose blog I regularly read, shared a very hilarious bit that made it through all editing. The odd misspelled word totally changed the sentence from something serious to something very funny (and a little off color!)

Tue, June 10, 2014 @ 9:57 AM

9. Marilu Mann wrote:
My favorite error ever? "He rolled over then pulled up the sheep."


I had a set of stairs go completely missing in my first book. No one caught it until a family member pointed it out. Uh oh. Guess I need to have that family member as beta reader. :D

Love your work, Emily. Very emotionally fave!

Tue, June 10, 2014 @ 10:23 AM

10. Donna wrote:
One of my favorite authors had a character that drove up to a scene in a white LandRover and when she left it was white Jeep!
I may have this backwards so this was either a real let down or a huge upgrade.
Another one recently switched twin brothers. That was awkward.

Tue, June 10, 2014 @ 10:35 AM

11. Diane Sallans wrote:
I was in Salzburg years ago - what a lovely little city! Went on the Sound of Music tour to see the various filming spots. They have a Marionette Theatre there too that was very entertaining. I think I would probably have caught that error, so I volunteer to pre-read your next book - just want to help out!

Tue, June 10, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

12. Gale S. wrote:
Sure, it happens all the time! This wasn't so worries! We understood the intent! I just read a book where the hero was given "six months" to accomplish something and ten pages later, it was "thirty days". When folks told the author, she sent posted a head thunking -- hers, on her desk. So no problem! We all loved Dreamweaver Trail!

Tue, June 10, 2014 @ 11:53 AM

13. TrishMc wrote:
I read a book several years ago about a fictional hockey team coming to town to play the Detroit Red Wings. The heroine of the story traveled with the team and was sitting in her hotel room overlooking Lake Michigan. I could not let that mistake go unnoticed and sent an email to the author who, in turn, sent a very snarky reply blaming everyone but herself. Needless to say I no longer read that author.

Tue, June 10, 2014 @ 12:38 PM

14. Virginia Horton wrote:
We all do things like this you are human. No one is perfect. I just kind of look over mistakes in books.

Wed, June 11, 2014 @ 3:15 PM

15. Kate Shadock wrote:
Years ago a Nora Roberts had a scene with the main characters chatting across the hood of the car while pumping their own gas - in Oregon. I lived there at the time and knew pumping your own gas was illegal. She was very gracious when I sent her a note about that "oopsie".

Ps. I was in Salzburg last month. You DEFINITELY want to visit!

Thu, June 12, 2014 @ 11:25 AM

16. LeeB. wrote:
Just finished your book yesterday and totally noticed the error. Was reading along and enjoying the mention of The Sound of Music and then "what?!?!?!?" ; ) Definitely surprised it wasn't caught by the publisher.

And have noticed errors by other authors many times.

Went on the Sound Music of Tour many years ago. Loved it!

Sun, June 22, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

17. Nikki H wrote:
I did not notice that, probably because I didn't know that bit of info. :) I will say that your books seem to be very well edited, not to mention that I simply love your storytelling. My only complaint? Please write faster.

Tue, November 11, 2014 @ 6:09 PM

18. BarbaraJean wrote:
When I was in school I worked at the county newspaper as a proofreader so mistakes glare out at me. Job security for

Tue, November 11, 2014 @ 10:46 PM

19. Catherine wrote:
Totally didn't notice or just don't remember the Sound of music error but definitely have seen a few. My favorites are when in a library book someone has "fixed" the error normally spelling or grammar. I can't wait for Rose's story to come out. I love Eternity Springs! Wish I could live there!

Tue, November 11, 2014 @ 10:50 PM

20. Courtney B wrote:
I thought it was really cool that "Jack" and "Sarah" are characters from the Geralyn Dawson books! it makes for interesting reading, especially since you don't see much of the "Sarah" story in the Cedar Dell books!

Tue, November 11, 2014 @ 11:41 PM

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