Who Says You Can’t Buy Happiness? Coupons R Us

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Bargains R Us.

I’m always delighted with a bargain.  I love Ebay.  I regularly salivate over reduced yarn and fabric I really don’t need, as well as the colorful emails that announce them. When I can’t shop locally I love online bookstores, where I can combine orders to qualify for free shipping, especially in these tumultuous economic times.

Last year I was delighted when my publisher designed a coupon for the hardcover release of Sister’s Choice.  I must have thanked them profusely, because this year, without asking, they’ve done it again for Happiness Key.

So beginning with the launch and continuing through the month of July, you can receive $1.50 savings on your purchase.  And remember, the book’s already a bargain because it’s published in trade paperback, which has the benefits of larger print and design and a lower price than hardcover.

All you have to do is click the following and print: 
Happiness Key coupon.pdf

To avoid disappointment, be sure to ask your bookseller if the store takes coupons. Most are more than happy to.  But don’t wait and don’t go too early, because the coupon begins on June 30th and expires July 31st.

Who says you can’t buy Happiness (Key).  Not me.


  1. Debra Guyette on June 28, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I printed a coupon forme to use. Thanks so much. that does make me happy. I love ebay. You can find so many different things there. it is great!!

  2. Evelyn Ferguson on June 28, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Oh my! I just finished reading Happiness Key and wish I had the coupon before buying it on Friday although I had used my Barnes and Noble discounts. Great book! Read The Accidental Bestseller also after it was mentioned on this blog.

  3. Emilie Richards on June 28, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    I’m sorry you couldn’t use the coupon. I didn’t post it sooner, though, because it’s not good until the 30th. The book’s not even supposed to be out yet! I tried warning people to wait, but there is SO much to read on the Internet, what are the chances everyone would see that? Hope you enjoyed it and glad you had the B&N card.

  4. Mary Hodge on June 28, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I love shopping for books in the local discount used bookstore. I have taken enough books there that I keep a credit balance, and I take back the books when I am finished. It’s the ultimate recycling for book lovers.

  5. Tammy Garcia on June 29, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Happiness is…
    Not to long ago I became a member of Book Mooch. We list books we will give away, Receive request who want our books, mail them out and ask for books others have listed to give away. I’ve found a lot of books I’ve been looking for and have received from other members. The only cost to me is the shipping when I send out books to someone wanting one of mine.

  6. Marla Alleman on June 29, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Sitting on my front porch with a good book makes me happy.

  7. Lisa on June 29, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Thanks so much for the coupon, it’s great. What makes me happy: laying in the grass on a summer night and watch the lighting bugs light up our yard while our children try and catch them.

  8. Ann Blake on June 29, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Nothing makes me happier than reading and gardening……except maybe a great sale on flowers.

  9. Marsha Hanzel on June 29, 2009 at 7:06 am

    I am very happy to be able to sit and read a book and have quiet time for myself. I am looking forward to reading your new book.

  10. mazie mayes on June 29, 2009 at 7:11 am

    I wish to be entered in the contest for the gift basket.
    Happiness is feeling at peace with myself, relaxed, feeling good about who i am, confident within myself.

  11. Karen Burshnick on June 29, 2009 at 7:13 am

    I find happiness when I spend time with our children and grandchildren. It makes me happy to listen to all of their activities. I find happiness if I can ever find time for reading, and I find happiness as my husband recovers from back surgery when I see new accomplishments each day. Little things make me happy like getting up and seeing that the deer have not eaten my flowers. I find happiness in random acts of kindness. Happiness is everywhere if we just use our positive attitudes to look for it.

  12. CrystalGB on June 29, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Thank you for the coupon. Happiness to me is spending time with family and friends.

  13. Allison McCullough on June 29, 2009 at 8:19 am

    I would like to enter the contest for the Beach Tote!! Happiness is not just a great feeling, it’s also a state of mind for me. It can be getting a wonderful deal as in the coupon that is available for the book “Happiness Key”, or even those we get in the Sunday paper. Knowing that I’ve taken the time to save on something is a great feeling. Being happy also keeps me in a positive state of mind. In this state of mind, I can get more accomplished in my personal life as well as at work. Sitting on the porch in a rocking chair or a swing is another thing that I enjoy. The list could go on and on, but I think my true happiness begins within myself. Knowing that I am happy shows to everyone that knows me and meets me. That happiness spreads to others just like a virus, but in a good way!!

  14. Kathy Reese on June 29, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Happiness is reading a book by Emilie Richards! Happy Monday to you!

  15. Kathy Reese on June 29, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Happiness is reading a book by Emilie Richards!
    Happy Monday!

  16. Laura R. on June 29, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Happiness is………a safe and healthy family.

  17. Patti Levine on June 29, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Happiness is: Being with my family and our menagerie of pets. Can’t be without them. A perfect day is warm sunshine, reading a great book or sewing ’til my hearts content. When not at home my heart longs to volunteer at our local animal shelter or working with kids who struggle to read. Without the ability to read, what can their future hold? It’s a great feeling to help those who really need our love and compasion.
    Love all your books Emilie!
    Patti Levine in N.Y.

  18. Susan Lathen on June 29, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Emilie thank you for the coupon I certainly will use it. I feel ignoring a coupon is throwing money away and the kids sometimes call me a coupon queen and don’t understand the happiness they bring ne,

  19. Kate Mutch on June 29, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Happiness is popcorn and a good book surrounded by silence…
    Keep the books coming – we sure enjoy them here in Wyoming!

  20. LuAnn Morgan on June 29, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Unless the book is so awful I can’t stand it, reading always makes me happy. I love to read. And I’m a very eclectic reader, so I enjoy just about every genre. There are a few I haven’t tried yet, but those books are sitting on my TBR shelves and I’ll get to them eventually.
    I admit I haven’t read your book yet, but I do plan to!

  21. Penney Wilfort on June 29, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Hi Emilie
    Your new book sounds great, have a great summer. I’m happy with being with my 2 daughter’s and hubby at the seaside watching the kids play in the water and sand.

  22. Dena on June 29, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I love bargains and coupons because I live on a limited budget since my accident and I get a little SS check. So anywhere I can save money is great thanks for the coupon. For your contest I am happy when I see what an amazing young lady my daughter has grown into. She just became the manager at the Dog salon she works at and I’m so proud of her. For a twenty year old she is very put together for her age.

  23. Cathy Allen on June 29, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Many things make me happy, like reading a good book, but what makes me the happiest is being with my husband, children and grandchildren.

  24. Linda Henderson on June 29, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Please enter me in your contest. Happiness to me is being with my family. And when I can’t be with my family I read a lot.
    Linda H.

  25. Ellie Herman on June 29, 2009 at 9:28 am

    What makes me happy? That’s an easy one, time spent with my granddaughters. 2 of them are avid readers, like their grandmother, and we sit on the deck or at the beach, with our favorite book of the moment and read together. At ages 8 and 10 they take delight in reading favorite passages to me. I have also taught all 3 of them to knit and we also enjoy spending time in the kitchen baking our favorite cookies and brownies.

  26. Kimberley Coover on June 29, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Thank you so much for the coupon. This makes a good book even better. Happiness is so many different things. From a glimpse of a child to the winning of a prize..God have enabled His children to find happiness in so many places, all you have to do is look!

  27. Cheryl on June 29, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Happiness if finding out about a great new book to read!!

  28. Pam Reed on June 29, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Happiness is having my son “home”. Emilie – I’m referring to our email banter of last July regarding “Wedding Ring”. He is doing well (as well as can be expected) and I just found out my other son will be making me a Grandma this Christmas. So I feel my family is whole again.

  29. Diana Huffer on June 29, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Happiness — things that make me happy:
    family – kids (9), grandkids (13), and great-grand babies (12)! very prolific bunch! ~LOL~
    my husband
    playing with my dogs, Max – Lhasa Apso and Minnie – Shih Tzu*
    waiting for Happiness Key (and using the coupon — thanks, Emilie!)
    socializing, online (facebook, etc) and off
    Have a great holiday week!
    *You know why they call them Shih Tzus? Because they make you say “You little sh*t, you!” all the time… ~LMBO~

  30. Karen Haney on June 29, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Happiness will be when my copy of the book gets here so I can get my review done. I HOPE it comes today as I know you have told me it is coming so I am hoping for this afternoon so happiness will be reading it in one sitting as I usually do your wonderful books! Thanks you! Karen H.

  31. Sara on June 29, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Happiness is sitting on my deck in the summer, listening to the birds singing happily and watching my cat sitting on the rail, aglow in a halo of sunshine.

  32. Jean Thut on June 29, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I love your books and can’t wait to get my hands on Happiness Key. Thanks for entering me in the contest!

  33. Carolyn Hawkins on June 29, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I’m happy because I spent Saturday night with friends I’ve known since high school – XX years ago. 🙂
    I’m also happy about the coupon. 😉

  34. Pat Willoughby on June 29, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Happiness is enjoying my granddaughters, Mackenzie and Madison for the month of July every summer!! Happiness is sitting on the dock at the lake and READING.

  35. Ruth on June 29, 2009 at 10:36 am

    For me happiness is sitting in my sunporch w/ a cup of tea, knitting, and an audiobook while hearing my step daughter playing and the fella busy doing his own thing. Or having them in the porch with me, sometimes she and I just sit and quietly read together 🙂

  36. Karla Vernon on June 29, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Something that makes me extremely happy is playing with color. It might be a quilt I’m designing and choosing fabric from my stash for. Or, it might be embroidering and seeing little images on my linen appear before my eyes using my beautiful silk threads. I love using variegated threads because you never know what the end product will look like!

  37. Mandie Johnson on June 29, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Happiness to me is the unconditional love from my dogs. Their always happy to see me and ready to kiss me no matter how I’m feeling or how my day was! Plus they don’t care how I look they love you no matter what!

  38. Dale C Rodberg on June 29, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Happiness: Per your request, this is what happiness means to me. Happiness is my Husband Alan and his love. Happiness is our love of Jesus and the love that is returned to us. Also, happiness is our “4” legged children and our Grandchildren and when we see them, we are happy. Happiness is looking into the face of any child.
    I hope I win this contest and that everyone can experience HAPPINESS!

  39. Meyrill Lancaste on June 29, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Happiness is sitting on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta for the winter months and enjoying the Mexican culture and meeting new people and reading a great book by you
    Thanks for the good read

  40. sandy haber on June 29, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I am so ready to read this book after reading all about Tracy. Right now I’m home-bound due to elective surgery but will get out as soon as possible to get this – thanks for the coupon! every little bit helps these daze!

  41. Roberta Valentino on June 29, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Happiness is children and animals curled up by your side while reading a great new book!!!!

  42. CAROL on June 29, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Happiness is going to a Taylor Hicks concert!
    And happiness will also be if I win your gift basket!

  43. Mary Jane A. Holt on June 29, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Happiness is walking my dogs, Cleo, Lucky and now my daughters dog (back from college) Rufus. Lucky was rescued when he was a puppy, his mom was a tiny beagle and he is a not so tiny beagle he is a wonderful dog who has brought great joy for the last 12 years. Cleo was rescued from a home with small children, she was in her third home and she was only 3 mo old, her problem? She is a basset hound, at three months she was huge I say she is big bonded. Rufus was a college students pet in a dorm room, he is part lab and part Rottweiler. When he was tossed out of the dorm he went to live in the shelter, where he was rescued by HEART and brought to Northern Virginia where my daughter found him, love at first sight. I have children and grandchildren and they make my life happy, but nothing compares with the day to day happiness that my trio give me.

  44. Peggy Aront on June 29, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Happiness to me is sleeping late on a day that I’d normally get up to go to work and listening to birds chirping outside the window….
    Then I’d like to have my breakfast on the deck and just enjoying eating, reading the newest Emilie Richards book then take a nice walk…
    I’m very easy to please….
    I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new book. I have a 3 day weekend coming up…
    Peggy in New Jersey

  45. GladysMP on June 29, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Boy, just seeing the word “HAPPINESS” is a blessing today. Our mayor is having a street in our neighborhood turned into a cut-through street and it endangers our house slabs, way of life, even our lives. Work started today, so this is a sad day around here. We fought the action for three years, but the mayor has hopes of becoming a U.S. Senator and his biggest financial backer is the developer wanting the street opened. We couldn’t beat them both.

  46. Denise on June 29, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    My dogs make me happy. They are always loving, no matter what. It’s unconditional love that can’t be bought.

  47. Theresa Buckholtz on June 29, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I sit on my sofa with your latest book, my pugs surround me snorting and snoring. This is my Happiness.

  48. Cindy on June 29, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I would be happy if all my children were home visiting at the same time. My oldest son is in the military. He has deployed once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. My daughter just graduated from college and is job hunting. My younger son is at college in summer school. It’s been three years since we’ve all been together.

  49. Christy H. on June 29, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Things that make me happy? . . . a good book, chocolate and a cold iced tea on a hot summer day.

  50. Nancy in Idaho on June 29, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Happiness is seeing my children mature with grace, wit and joy. And I really would be happy if I win the gift basket.
    I printed the coupon and will use it shortly. Thanks.

  51. B. Meier on June 29, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Happiness is contagious!!! Spending time with my family is my greatest source of happiness!

  52. deb on June 29, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Happiness is a cup of coffee on a cold raining day and a good book to read.

  53. Beth Miller on June 29, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Happiness now has become the more simple things in life. Spending time with hubby & son (& with family & friends). Don’t waste a minute of this great life, enjoy all & any opportunities that come your way. You never want to miss anything great!!

  54. Patsy Nelson on June 29, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I can’t wait to read the book. Too ome happiness is reading and saving money.

  55. Martha Troxel on June 29, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Happiness is lots of chocolate! And good books to read!

  56. Debbie Reaves on June 29, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Completing my first quilt was true happiness. Your books are the reason I even tried to make a quilt.
    Today… happiness is moving into my new craft house that we had built in our backyard. Now I have room to cut out fabric, stamp or paint to my hearts desire. I’m so blessed and fortunate to have this wonderful dream come true.
    I’ve got to make curtains and it’ll be ready for an open house.
    Take care and thanks for a chance to win.
    Debbie Reaves

  57. Teresa Roberts on June 29, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Happiness is sitting on the beach in the shade listening to the waves come in while reading a good book. (can’t wait to read Happiness key sounds
    like a great beach read).

  58. Deborah D on June 29, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Happiness to me is every day that I can spend with those I love. It doesn’t have to be a perfect day in a perfect setting. Happy is enjoying the most valued people in my life.

  59. Cheryl Fernandes on June 29, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    “Happiness.” What makes me happy is being around my family and friends. Doing things I like to do.

  60. michele mallette on June 29, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Happiness has just come to me recently when i was once again diagnosed with cancer and found out that this time it did not go into the lymph nodes. I have a 10 year old daughter and I thank God and am so happy that it didn’t spread anymore then it did. I also pray that there is not a third time–I may not be so lukcy and I need at least 20 years to take care of her until she can take care of herself. That is my happiness-my little girl!

  61. Jean Blythe on June 29, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Happiness is so many things, large and small. Reading a good book on a summer afternoon, Dove dark chocolate, taking my granddaughter to the park to play, time together with my children and husband, putting together a quilt, shopping for fabric! spending time with my friends, seeing a baby being born and its father and mother crying for joy. Those are just the start of the list.

  62. Patricia De Lucia on June 29, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Being with my husband and our good friends makes me very happy. Other happiness bringers include reading, photography, crafts/sewing, walking, swimming — in short, life is good.

  63. Janetta Whitson on June 29, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Happiness is getting through treatment for breast cancer and playing with my granddaughters at the beach. Can’t wait to read the new book.

  64. June Morgan on June 29, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Happiness is waking up every morning, being able to hug my grandchildren, & being a 7 yr. breast cancer survivor!

  65. Linda Davis on June 29, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Happiness is having a “reading weekend” – no computer, TV, or newspaper – with my wonderful hubby at a mountain cabin in North Georgia. It’s perfect family time, as our Jack Parson Terrier, Sadie, comes with us!

  66. Cheryl Barkdoll on June 29, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Happiness is the dawn of a new day, a grandchild running to you when they were playing since they were so happy to see you, being greeted at the garage door by our two dogs with tails wagging since they too are happy to see you, emails from friends afar, coming home from a long day at work and getting time to sit down and read Happiness Key that I purchased the day prior to receiving my coupon in the mail. Happiness is sending the coupon to a friend to use.

  67. Barbara Pletcher on June 29, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Happiness comes to me when I get that e-mail that tells me that yet another Emilie Richards novel is coming off the presses. Next to my quilting, reading is my love. Emilie is one of my favorites, and I wait impatiently for the next one to come.

  68. Linda Fernandes on June 30, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Happiness..a small word with so much meaning. For me happiness is time spent with my grandson. A walk in the park. Running through the rain drops. Working in my garden and the beauty of the flowers surrounding me. A beautiful sunny day, seeing a rainbow I could go on an on. I guess the true meaning of happiness is family and friends and being able to share the things that make us happy with them.

  69. Debbie Haupt on June 30, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Got it yesterday in an email Emilie, thanks I’m putting off buying it until next week when I go on vacation. Something to look forward to.
    Thank You for doing it!!

  70. Sherry Windle on June 30, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I married and moved away from home in 1965. I have never had family here in GA except for my husband and 3 children (add 4 grandchildren now)
    In January of this year my mother and step-dad, my sister (my only sibling) and her husband moved here. Happiness is having my family back in the same town with me!!!

  71. conniemelancon on June 30, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Happiness to me is spending time with my family. still thankful to have my mom!

  72. Patricia J. on July 1, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Thank you (and your publisher, of course) for the coupon!
    Happiness is spending quiet time on the beach with my husband and my beloved corgi. There is nothing like the smell of the sea!

  73. Patricia Barraclough on September 6, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Thanks for the generous offer to your readers. Unfortunately, I didn’t see it soon enough. Not to worry. I work at a small library and am always looking for books to recommend and order.

  74. Patricia Barraclough on September 6, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I’m happy there are good authors out there and generous publishers.

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