Treasure Beach: Who, What, Where, How and Why

Note on March 8, 2012If you’ve just discovered this post, you’ll find it provides the background for a novella I wrote for this blog entitled Treasure Beach,  which debuted here with the following post and continued for every Tuesday all the way through July.  You’ll see I announced midway down the page that I would remove Treasure Beach  from my blog at the end of 2011, but instead, I gave my readers a year and a month to enjoy it, removing it today on March 8th, 2012.  If you weren’t able to read it, stay tuned for information about other unveilings in other places and for brand new novellas at Southern Exposure in the future.  The Happiness Key quilt is still on Pat Sloan’s website, with a link to it in this post.

Welcome to the housekeeping details for the unveiling of my brand-new “novellini”, Treasure Beach.  Each future installment will have a link back here for instructions, just in case.

Treasure Beach is a sequel to my novels Happiness Key and Fortunate Harbor and a “prequel” to the final novel of the trilogy, Sunset Bridge, which will be at your favorite bookstore in July 2011.  The story takes place between Fortunate Harbor and Sunset Bridge and doesn’t appear anywhere but here, on this blog.

Each Tuesday through July, I’ll publish a section, completing one chapter each month.  If you miss a week, don’t worry.  You’ll find the story logged in “Categories” (to your right) under “Treasure Beach.”  The most recent installment will always be at the top, so you’ll simply have to scroll down to find what you’ve missed.  Each will be clearly labeled by chapter and part.  Additionally each individual chapter will have the same photo to help identify it.

I’ll make a pdf available on the final Tuesday of each month with the entire chapter, for those of you who prefer a seamless read on your computer or eReader. 

Treasure Beach will remain here on my blog through the end of 2011.


But that’s only part of the fun.  To go along with the story, the fantastic Pat Sloan, quilt designer and good buddy, has designed a Happiness Key mystery quilt, to be unveiled right along with this story, a piece at a time on the first Tuesday of every month. 

You don’t have to be a quilter to join in the fun.  Watch the quilt unfold, along with those who are participating, by going to the Flickr folder, as well as Pat’s blog.  Pat is offering kits to make it easier, and the fabrics are gorgeous.  I’ll be making a quilt, too, and I can hardly wait to get to my sewing machine.  The quilt is absolutely charming, and well represents the novels.  Pat, being Pat, didn’t stop there, so she’s planned fun projects and other extras to go along with it every Tuesday and prizes each month.  

Tuesday, February 8, the fun begins, and on Friday the 11th I’ll  be blogging about why I chose this particular story among the many possibilities.  An insider’s look.  So check back then.

Thank you for reading along with us.  And thank you for quilting with us.  If you’re a newbie quilter and don’t know what to do, Pat’s solved that, as well.

Most of all kick back and enjoy. Let us entertain you.


  1. Sandy K on February 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Can’t wait! I want to hear about those gals at Happiness Key!

  2. Shirley in Canada on February 8, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Loving it and following along with you and Pat!! Thank you!!

  3. Deb Fox on February 8, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Yay! so excited to continue the story of Wanda, and all the other HK residents. Thanks so much Emelie and Pat for a midwinter boost!

  4. Carol Cockerham on February 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Very excited to get started! I’ve already ordered my quilt kit and am excited to follow along with the story!

  5. Lee Ann on February 10, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Best thing ever, next to pie!

  6. Judy in Idaho on February 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Love your writing style. Love Pat’s quilt designing style.
    Love this “coming together” of two very talented women with
    a fun project for all the fans of both. Can’t wait for Sunset Bridge. Wanda is my favorite but I love all the gals.
    Can’t help but put Kathy Bates as Wanda in a movie!!!!
    thanks for the enjoyment and fun……………..

    • Emilie Richards on February 10, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      Wouldn’t Kathy Bates be amazing? Wonderful idea.

  7. Judy in Idaho on February 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    A book is never too long for me. Shortening Happiness Key
    by cutting little Olivia’s thoughts and points of view is
    sad, to say the least. I am glad Olivia is the subject of
    choice for Treasure Beach. As I near the end of a book that
    I loved, I read slower and slower making the last 20 pages
    last for a week! It is so hard to say good-bye to incredible
    characters. This novelinni idea is so good, just wish it
    could be written everyday!! thanks again………..

  8. Kathie in Ohio on February 15, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Love the fun Pat brings to my days! This should be great! Love to read, love to quilt * perfect!

  9. Cheryl on April 18, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Will Treasure Beach come out as a book soon?? I really hope so.

    • Emilie Richards on April 18, 2011 at 8:08 am

      It’s so short it’s at most, a novella, but I may put it up at Amazon in 2012 for people who didn’t find it on my blog. I’m glad you’re enjoying it.

  10. Theresa on April 18, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I guess I must be stupid because I’ve not been able to find the pdf files of previous chapters. I’ve clicked on the link at the right side of my screen and it takes me to the blog entries containing the chapter entries, but no pdf to download to my ereader. What am I missing? I really would like to be able to read this offline.

  11. Theresa on April 18, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Got them, Thanks! I knew I was just looking in all the wrong places. And thanks for replying so quickly!

  12. Kathleen on April 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I cannot wait for the next book to come out. It will be great summer reading..

    • Emilie Richards on April 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      No sweeter words to an author’s ears. I think you’ll enjoy it.

  13. Kathy on April 19, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I finished Fortunate Harbor today and was so sad to finish it….a great read. So I was just THRILLED to see that you have this novella up and third book coming out (which I just pre-ordered!!) These characters are wonderful and both Happiness Key and Fortunate Harbor were just a delight. Thanks for continuing their stories!

    • Emilie Richards on April 19, 2011 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks, Kathy. I’m glad you found Treasure Beach. I love writing about the women of Happiness Key so this was great fun for me.

  14. pam on April 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Loved Fortunate Harbor and Happiness Key and now Treasure Beach and soon to be Southern Exposure. I love these gals! Can’t stop reading about them. Have you thought about having a section of recipes for Wanda’s pies? They sound sooo yummy. What a treat! I have such a taste for pie when I read this series!

    • Emilie Richards on April 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      I am so glad you mentioned that. We definitely need just that. And I believe we need a contest to go along with it. Luckily, I have the prizes. 🙂

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