We Interrupt the Previously Scheduled Blog for Prizes and Fun. . .

Where is everybody? 

No, you didn’t arrive at the wrong place, and this IS the day when Chapter Four, Part One of Treasure Beach should be here to entertain you  But this year May has five Tuesdays, and Chapter Four demanded (bossy ol’ chapter) that I divide it into only four parts, so each would be rich and meaty.

With that in mind, instead of Chapter Four, Part One (which will debut next Tuesday) today I’m announcing an exciting new giveaway in honor of the upcoming publication of Sunset Bridge, Treasure Beach’s big sister, as well as the final full length novel of the Happiness Key trilogy.  

Your mission:

Between now and June 30th 2011, your mission is to send me any one of the following:

  1. An original or family pie recipe. 
  2. A link to an online pie recipe you’ve enjoyed making or eating in the past and the reason you chose it 
  3. Any other pie-related link, story, or feel-good moment, and the reason you’ve included it.  Tell us about your first try at making a pie, watching your grandmother roll out pie crust, a pie that just didn’t work out or one that really did, etc.

Some Things To Consider:

  1. I’ll be posting some of the entries, so by entering, you are giving me permission to share your contribution with my readers, properly attributed to you, of course. 
  2. Respect copyright, if applicable, by simply linking, if your entry isn’t original, to the original story or recipe. 
  3. Be sure you add an original sentence or two about why you chose your entry.  Emails with nothing except a link will not qualify for the giveaway. 

Some Things You Must Know: 

  1. There’s a limit of one entry per person, although you are welcome to share more often. 
  2. Because of the rising cost of postage, you must have a North American mailing address to receive a prize. 
  3. You must also be willing to have your first name and hometown published here if you are a winner.

Prizes (the Fun Part):

Each Friday in June, random.org will pick one winner to win an assorted box of prizes, for a total of four. 

What kind of goodies?  Costume jewelry watches, Happiness Key T-shirts, aprons from Wanda’s Wonderful Pies, autographed novels, special soaps, pie charms, a vintage china pie plate, two unique pie servers, pie cookbooks and more. 

Then to top off the fun, on July 1st, to celebrate the arrival of Sunset Bridge at your favorite bookstore,  I’ll choose the winner of a grand prize, a choice of a Breville Pie Maker from Williams Sonoma, or a Kindle from Amazon.  The choice will be yours, unless one or the other of the prizes is no longer available.

Please email your entry through my website

Winners will be announced here each weekend of June and on July 1st, so check back often.

Let the fun begin.  And please return next week, when Treasure Beach resumes. 

Meanwhile, if you’re making the Happiness Key mystery wallhanging designed by quilt designer extraordinaire Pat Sloan, visit her website for the next, beyond-cute installment.


  1. Linda P. on May 3, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I am totally speachless!!!! What a super duper fun month!!! Even if we don’t “win” we win!!! Is there a place to view all of the submitted recipes. FUN, FUN, FUN!!

    • Emilie Richards on May 3, 2011 at 8:52 am

      Linda, My plan is to publish some of what I receive on blogs all month and into July. Can’t wait to see what my wonderful, creative readers do with this. And collecting the gifts has been so much fun.

  2. pat sloan on May 3, 2011 at 8:29 am

    you are making this such a FUN event this year… thank you my dear friend!!!!

    • Emilie Richards on May 3, 2011 at 8:53 am

      Thank you, Pat, for the gorgeous Happiness Key mystery wallhanging. Now to add my house.

  3. Kathlene on May 6, 2011 at 3:00 am

    My Pie Story

    Many long years ago, when I had three little daughters and of course a wonderful husband, pie baking was one of my favorite pastimes. My husband’s favorite was Lemon Meringue. And then one day I happened to buy a new cookbook. It was a collection of recipes from the annual ‘Pillsbury Bake Off’ contest. It was 1960 something. I was intrigued with a recipe called ‘Slice O Lemon Pie’. Did I dare substitute hubby’s ‘birthday pie’ with this one? I took a chance and it was a HIT! It became a family favorite. The kids grew up, I ‘got a job’ and quit the kitchen. Now we’ve retired and I suddenly have the urge to do some creative things in the kitchen again. MY PILLSBURY COOK BOOK IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND.

    • Emilie Richards on May 6, 2011 at 7:13 am

      I entered you in the contest from this comment, and loved your story. I bet somebody out there has this recipe. Gang?

  4. Evelene Sterling on May 6, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Oh this sound like so much fun I just have to find some good pie recipes that I’d like to try.

  5. TheaM on May 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    my great grandma taught me to bake pies when I was 14 – she was also a wonderful storyteller!
    great giveaway idea – love your blog and stories.

    • Emilie Richards on May 31, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      Just be sure, Thea, to email me at my website (Get in Touch) and tell me about your great grandma’s pies so you’ll be entered in the giveaway if you aren’t already. So glad you’re enjoying the blog and stories. Thanks for letting me know.

  6. Karen Pollard on June 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    No one taught me how to make pies, because my mother and grandmother were both cake people. I’m not sure exactly why pies are my favorite dessert, because we sure didn’t have them often while I was growing up. They really are though. I think it’s because they’re so moist.
    The most difficult to learn is how to make a scratch pie crust. Over the years, I bought special rolling pins, some were hollow and you put ice water in them, some came complete with a stretchy sleeve you put over them to prevent the crust from sticking and some were great big wooden ones or metal ones that were supposed to be the BEST! What it actually boiled down to though, was learning how to mix the crust without overworking it, using plenty of flour on the counter top and handling it correctly. There are no guarantees, it’s just practice and more practice!
    I love almost any kind of pie, but my favorite has to be Coconut Cream!!! Or is it Pecan…hmm…love Dutch Apple too…Geez! Too many decisions!!

    • Emilie Richards on June 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      I feel your pain. Both on making crusts and making choices.

  7. Audrey Bonnell on June 22, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Oh my goodness Emilie, I had to comment here as when I click on the link it goes nowhere for me says my outlook is not working.
    I only make pies with bought crust. I have tried and tried but they never come out and even in high school home ec. it just didn’t work for me. it is always too tough and not flaky. I do want to tell u about the time we were at a church supper, my mom made pumpkin pie and brought Redi Whip to put on it. One of the male member came and got a piece and mom asked if he wanted whipped topping, he said yes. Mom shook the can then proceeded to put topping on his pie. Instead of coming out like it should it shot out is different directions and topping and pie went flying across the table at this man and he had whipped topping every where. My mom w as so embarrassed and she still remembers this . Thanks Emilie, can’t wait for Sunset Bridge.

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