Summer Winds and Winter Blizzards

Winter Blizzards

I truly wasn’t expecting the storm that began last night.  First, the Washington DC area, which has somehow managed to dodge all east coast blizzards this year, is suddenly under siege.  We woke up to a white world, no telephone, television or internet.  Our neighborhood was lucky, because despite that, we still had power.  This means heat, and in the scheme of things, worth trading for the Today Show and the daily flurry of email from correspondents who can’t spell but still insist they can help me find a publisher, employer, college degree or sexual fulfillment.  While I am, of course, properly grateful for their concern, I enjoyed my brief vacation.  I hope my readers are all warm and snug and their sidewalks shoveled.

Summer Winds

Winter storms in January are no surprise, but I was surprised by the number of people who emailed or Facebooked after I blogged on Monday to see if they could write my publisher and express their support for the Shenandoah Album series and the publication of the sixth book, Summer Winds

Publishers make decisions based on many factors.  While I understand some of them, I don’t pretend to understand all.  But why not make one of them a number of reasonable requests for another Shenandoah Album novel?  So please, do go ahead and write if you would like to.  Short letters from you and your book-buying friends will let Mira know that the books mean a lot to you–as you’ve told me so many times–and you would like at least one more tying up the series.  Then we’ve all done what we can. 

Some Good News

Ahem, in the meantime?  I finished Treasure Beach this weekend!  It begins right here on February 8th and every Tuesday thereafter until Sunset Bridge is on your bookshelf, too.  I’m officially switching my blogging days from Monday and Thursday to Tuesday and Friday so Pat Sloan and I can coordinate the novellini and the block of the month quilt that will go along with it.

And, of course, there’s a new series in the planning stages.  Plus two new books going up on Amazon, B&N and other ebook stores, or rather I should say two out of print novels which will be reincarnated as ebooks.  I have always loved these books and am SO glad they’re about to have a brand new life.  (Much like the women whose stories they are.)  You’ll see covers soon, right here.

Planning to Write That Letter?

Now, the address.  Please write if you feel like it.  This is your chance to be heard.  And know that no matter what comes of this, I am so grateful you care this much.   The characters in the Shenandoah Album novels came alive for you.  That’s a wonderful gift for an author to receive. 

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

And in Canada:

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

And a late breaking addition.  Here’s an email address you can send your comments to:


  1. HeyJudee on January 29, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Emilie, just wondering how TB will be made available each week. Will it be just posted on your blog or will it be a PDF we can download. I can read PDFs on my ereader so am curious. I’m at Ch. 10 in FH so gonna get that finished so I’ll be ready when TB starts. Many thanks for joining up with Pat and writing TB for our entertainment. So excited and waiting for it all to start. 🙂

    • Emilie Richards on January 29, 2011 at 11:36 am

      That’s a good question, Judy, and I’ll give it some thought and talk to Pat. Right now, though, my intention is to publish it on the blog, a post every Tuesday, then possibly put it up on Kindle very cheaply for people who want to read it in that format. But I need to look into that.

  2. HeyJudee on February 1, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Well I’ll be reading it no matter what method is used…LOL
    Thanks for replying.

    • Emilie Richards on February 1, 2011 at 11:13 am

      If I can master the pdf format with links–and I’m pretty sure I’m up to that task–I’ll post a pdf at the end of each chapter for those who want to wait and get the whole chapter in one chunk. Thanks for this suggestion.

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