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I am SO pleased to announce that Wedding Ring, Endless Chain, and Lover's Knot, the first three books of the Shenandoah Album series, will be re-released starting in late March with beautiful new covers and a reasonable price.  These are trade paperback editions with easier-to-read print due to the slightly larger size.  Really, what more could I ask for?  Oh, I know, a chance to do the sixth book of the series.  But this is a great step in that direction.

Tomorrow is my final day of training to become a certified Proliteracy volunteer. I've been assigned my first learner, a man who needs a little help with his English language skills.  I very much look forward to being a literacy volunteer for a long time.  Imagine not being able to read?  Or communicate?

Have you been following Crazy Cottage Capers on my blog?  We're renovating an 1895 Victorian cottage in NY and we have the photos to prove it.  Just click on Renovations under categories to watch the progress.  So far the only real progress has been demolition.  It's a wreck.  Scary.

Let It Snow is all finished and in the capable hands of my editor.  And the new project?  Book Three of the Goddesses Anonymous series, No River Too Wide. I'm told that's really going to be the title and I can count on it.  Love the sound of that.

Happily moving into my new home in Osprey, Florida.  Can't say enough good things about the view out my study window.  A lovely natural waterway and preserve, as well as a couple of alligators who cruise by regularly and myriad water birds.  I am blessed.

If all continues to go well I'll be a Florida resident by Thanksgiving.  Wonder if I can find Wanda's pie shop in time for a little Happiness Key pumpkin pie?

I'm working on a novella to be published at Christmas time 2013. An interesting experience to write a blizzard scene when Hurricane Sandy was blowing along the coast.  Takes a lot of imagination.  Let It Snow was more like Let It Blow.

Come visit me, along with Casey Daniels, Karen Harper, Serena Miller and others at the Buckeye Book Fair in Wooster, Ohio on November 3rd.  See Events page for details.

Just saw the first cover concepts for the book in progress, Somewhere Between Luck and Trust.  Fun to see the possibilities before the first book is even at bookstores.  Very glad I had a chance to comment. 

Almost ready to write "The End" on my first draft of Somewhere Between Luck and Trust.  Thinking that writing a book in the middle of a move is not the easiest or best scenario, but I'm happy with it anyway.  That's ALWAYS good news.

Title change: Somewhere Between Luck and Trust.  Not my idea, but I liked it well enough to agree.  It's growing on me.

Are you following my 70 Book Giveaway at my blog to celebrate the publication of my 70th book?  There's still time to enter and win.  

Right now I'm hard at work on the second book in the Goddesses Anonymous series, tentatively titled At the Crossroads of Luck and Trust.  I hope we keep that one.  And guess what?  Luck and Trust are real-life places near Asheville, NC.  Bet you didn't know that.

Novelists Diane Chamberlain, Sandra Dallas, Sherryl Woods, Barbara Bretton and Catherine Anderson have all read One Mountain Away (first book in a new series at bookstores in August) and given me wonderful cover quotes.  Will share them closer to pub date.  I feel blessed to have colleagues like this, and blessed they liked the book.

I continue to blog every Tuesday and Friday, plus on Sunday's tune into my blog for Sunday Poetry, a new poem to consider each week from the world's outstanding poets. 

New Sunday night movies in Germany on ZDF, from my novels, From Glowing Embers, Aloha Always, and Rainbow Fire.  I had the fun of traveling to Germany to do promotion for Rainbow Fire and meet the male stars.  Not sure which part of this was the most fun.

In preparation for the launch of Sunset Bridge, please visit my contest/giveaway page and enter to win one of four pie-related gift boxes each Friday in June, plus a grand prize on July 1st. Details right here.  Enjoy.

Readers are writing my publisher in support of the Shenandoah Album series.  If you'd like to join them, the addresses are: 


Mira Books
c/o Reader Service
P.O. Box 9049
Buffalo NY 14269-9049


Or in Canada:

Mira Books
c/o Reader Service
P.O. Box 616
Fort Erie ON L2A 5X3

To go along with Treasure Beach--see below--Emilie will be blogging on Tuesdays (Treasure Beach excerpts) and Fridays.  Please visit and share a comment.

Have you heard about Treasure Beach?  Every Tuesday beginning February 8th, I'll be publishing a portion of this original novella on my blog.  And just as exciting?  Fabulous quilt designer Pat Sloan has created a Happiness Key quilt block of the month pattern to go with it.  So tune in to get the story and the links to the quilt pattern.  Treasure Beach takes place between Fortunate Harbor and Sunset Bridge (coming to your favorite bookstore in July) and is only available on my blog.  Read along and enjoy.

Emilie is now blogging twice weekly, on Mondays and Thursdays.  Come visit Southern Exposure.

The final book in the Happiness Key series, has been edited and a new cover created.  Sunset Bridge will be out next summer.  Stay tuned for dates.

More television movies in Germany this fall, including the one adapted from Sweet Georgia Gal, one of Emilie's earliest romances, which she saw being filmed last February in New Zealand.

Two Florida booksignings this winter.  Check out the listings under events.

Fortunate Harbor has gotten some fabulous reviews and Emilie was interviewed on two dozen radio stations to promote the book.  Did you hear her?  Let her know.

Prepare for another murder. . . mystery.  A Truth for a Truth will be available on October 5th in the mystery section of your favorite brick and mortar and online bookstores.  Read Emilie's blog in September for an interview with Aggie Sloan-Wilcox herself, plus a poem composed by one of Aggie's fans.  Enjoy.

Enjoy the reissue of my very first single title release.  Iron Lace has a brand new cover and it's now in trade paperback with larger print.  Look for the sequel, the reissue of Rising Tides, in January.

Fortunate Harbor is now on sale at your favorite bookstore.  Don't forget to print the $1.50 coupon to use during the first week of sale.  Find it here:

Authors in Motion, a three day, eight stop book tour with authors Rachel Vincent, Gena Showalter, Carla Neggers and Susan Mallery was a delight.  Read about the "Glamorous Life of the Touring Author" on Emilie's blog.

Publisher's Weekly had a great review of Fortunate Harbor (July 2010):

"A juicy, sprawling beach read with a suspenseful twist, Richards's sunny sequel to Happiness Key reveals the next life step for Tracy Deloche and her tenant friends in Florida. . .  Secrets, friendships, and the Florida gulf coast all come into play in Richards's engaging latest."



Happiness Key is now available in mass market paperback format.  Fortunate Harbor debuts on June 29th in an easy to read trade edition. 




Emilie and her husband traveled to New Zealand for ten days in February as guests of Polyphon and ZDF to see her novel Sweet Georgia Gal turned into a film for German television.  For photos, see her Facebook page.  For more details, check Southern Exposure, Emilie's blog.  More movies to come, too.



Iron Lace and Rising Tides will be reissued in September and November with brand new covers.

A Stranger's Son, one of my most popular novellas, will be reissued with novellas by Linda Howard and Sherryl Woods in a Mother's Day anthology, A Mother's Touch, in May.

A Truth for a Truth, the fifth book in the Ministry is Murder series, will be out in October of 2010. 


Emilie will be appearing at the Virginia Festival of the Book on March 20th.  See the events list for details.


What a great signing in December at the Sanibel Island Bookshop in Sanibel, Florida.  Happiness Key was a local  bestseller for two weeks thanks to Hollie and her dedicated staff.  Interested readers can contact this great independent store in January, too, to get a signed and personalized copy while Emilie's still in town.

Worried you won't find another novel on the shelves about Aggie Sloan-Wilcox and the town of Emerald Springs?  Worry no more.  Emilie's hard at work on book five.  What's the obvious title after A Lie for A Lie?  Easy.  A Truth for a Truth.  Stay tuned for pub date.

Visit my Quilt Studio Show and Tell to see photos from one of my favorite quilting readers and her family, inspired by the Shenandoah Album series.

Thanks to all my wonderful readers who turned out for the Buckeye Bookfair in Wooster, OH on Saturday, November 7.  It was wonderful to see old friends and meet new ones.  Buckeye is such a great event.

Join Emilie at Chautauqua Institution in Western NY for a Special Studies class on writing the mystery novel.  The class runs from August 17-21, at 2:30-3:30 in the Alumni Hall ballroom.  We'll discuss basic skills and the particular requirements of the traditional mystery.

Visit Emilie's Facebook page for up to date news and comments.  You can even become her "fan."

Visit Emilie's Quilt Studio "Block of the Month" page for the new July stocking pattern from Sister's Choice.  Join quilters all over the country and sew along with Emilie and pattern/fabric designer Pat Sloan.

Visit Emilie's blog to print a coupon for a $1.50 discount on your purchase of Happiness Key.  Coupon valid until July 31st at the discretion of your favorite bookseller.

Visit and enjoy their "Christmas in July" celebration.  Emilie is one of the authors offering a gift giveaway for one lucky reader.  Enter to win Emilie's J. Crew straw beach bag and a Bath and Body Works "Fun in the Sun" gift set, along with your autographed copy of Happiness Key


Read all about Emilie's latest contests, including a fun new Facebook quiz to help you find out which Happiness Key character you're most like.

Emilie will be autographing at the Romance Writer's of America Reader's for Life Literacy Event on July 15th.  Come meet your favorite authors and have Emilie sign Happiness Key.

Visit to "see" a video excerpt of Endless Chain.  It's a preview of the new audiobook from BBC Audiobooks America, and the reader is wonderful.

Sister's Choice, the fifth book of the Shenandoah Album series, is now available in mass market paperback at your favorite bookstore as well as in audio download.  Details on the download at BBC Audiobooks America.

5.4 million people watched the debut of Sehnsuch nach Neuseeland on German television.  Das Paradies am Ende der Welt debuts on May 10th.

Emilie and Pat Sloan, quilt designer, now have four patterns to enjoy in their Season of Grace block of the month quilt.  It's not too late to join in and work on your own version.  Visit Emilie's quilt studio and click on block of the month to get started.  Anyone making the quilt and posting a photo on the Season of Grace Flickr page, is automatically entered in a grand prize giveaway.

Gumshoe Review has a great review of A Lie for a Lie in their May edition, including the quote: "Part of the joy of reading Richards comes from her quirky and fully rounded characters."

Sehnsuch nach Neuseeland, the German made for television movie based on Emilie's novel Smoke Screen debuts on German television on May 3rd.



May is the last month to enter and win the delightful Noah's Ark musical water globe on Emilie's contest website.  Just answer one simple question about A Lie for a Lie. Then, beginning in June, watch for a brand new contest to celebrate Emilie's upcoming novel, Happiness Key, along with four mini-contests, leading up to publication.


Out of the Ashes, one of Emilie's Silhouette novels, is now being filmed in New Zealand for a German television movie which will be seen by millions there.  A recent online newspaper tells the story.  The star hopes to raise awareness in Germany for protection of the yellow-eyed penguin.  Read all about it here.

A Lie for a Lie was number 6 on the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller list.  Yay Aggie.  Go get 'em girl.

Block of the Month patterns debut for your enjoyment.  Emilie and Pat Sloan, quilt and fabric designer, are hard at work on free block of the month patterns for 2009.  The first month debuted on Pat's website in February, and the second will be posted on Emilie's during the first week of March.  Emilie and Pat are taking turns with the blocks on their websites.  Stop by Emilie's quilt studio to see the fun in progress.  The finished quilt is based on one in Emilie's novel, Sister's Choice, and suitable for even the newest quilter.

A Lie for a Lie from Berkley Prime Crime is at bookstores near you.  Visit one to find your very own copy and discover what Aggie's up to now.

Emilie's new contest is up and running now.  Enter to win an adorable Noah's ark musical water globe.

Mira will issue Emilie's next novel, Happiness Key in trade paperback in July 2009.  So those of you who prefer to buy and read paperbacks won't have to wait a year.  Mira will follow this with a mass market paperback version in 2010.

With Happiness Key still months from publication, Emilie has already agreed to write the sequel, tentatively titled The Treasure of Happiness Key. She's looking forward to a new adventure with the women who live there. 

Emilie's novels From Glowing Embers and Smokescreen are being filmed for television by a German production company.  The movies are set to debut in May.

Sister's Choice and Wedding Ring are both available from BBC Audio at your favorite library, so ask them to order if they haven't already.  Find Sister's Choice at, and Itunes, too, followed soon by Wedding Ring.  Watch for the other Shenandoah Album books in 2009. 

Mira Books has donated multiple copies of Sister’s Choice to cancer centers throughout the Shenandoah Valley after a reader pointed out how much she wished the book was available to breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Thanks, Mira, for so graciously stepping up to the plate.