Fiction Friday: A Sneak Peek at No River Too Wide

Peeking OutWelcome to Fiction Friday, your opportunity to read along with me and with my friends.

Last week’s Fiction Friday was a quiz and a giveaway, and I’m happy to say that within minutes of posting the blog, Kay Myhrman-Toso submitted the correct answer. The books were: A Truth for a Truth from my Ministry is Murder series, Whiskey Island, and Fortunate Harbor from my Happiness Key trio.  Congratulations, Kay. And thanks to everyone who took the time to play along.

Each Friday here is a bit different, and today is a first.  Since I want to make this fun for myself and you, today I’m giving you a SNEAK PEEK into my work in progress, No River Too Wide, the third book in my Goddesses Anonymous series.  In fact you’ll get to see this before my editor even gets the manuscript.

Why a sneak peek at a book that won’t be out until next summer? Because I’m living and breathing this book as I approach my deadline to deliver it. Since I’m living with it, I think you should, too.

Of course since this is still a work in progress, who knows if this excerpt will even make it into the final cut?

One of the characters here will be familiar to you if you’ve read One Mountain Away and/or Somewhere Between Luck and Trust. In fact she’s one of the goddesses. Another won’t be familiar. The “studio” is something new, as well. But I’ll let you find out more about that when the book comes out.

Enjoy this short look at what’s coming in July 2014. Next week, a look at Casey Daniels’ brand new Chili Cook-off series.


Adam arrived just minutes after Taylor called to tell him where to pick up his car. In the interim she had satisfied herself that Maddie was not only fine but basking in the joys of being home alone for a full half hour. She had also combed her hair and shed her clunky sneakers for sandals, telling herself as she did that she would have done both even if Adam Pryor wasn’t on his way.

Sandals, maybe, hair, most likely not. But she could pretend.

When he knocked she called for him to come in. She was putting the finishing touches on iced tea when he opened the door.

He filled the doorway but didn’t enter. “How did you know that was me? For that matter, how do you really know that ‘me’ is a safe person to let inside?”

“I read your resume. Even if I didn’t think you were safe, you could batter down my door in a matter of moments.”

“If that’s true we need to work on your locks.”

“As it turns out, you don’t need to worry. I have a security guy coming in a couple of days to turn my house into a fortress.”

He didn’t even take a breath. “And a resume is just a piece of paper until you’ve checked to be sure it’s legit.”

“Duly noted. A glass of tea is just a waste of ice and tea bags until it’s been drunk. Will you join me?” Taylor held up the two glasses. “A thank you for helping.”

“Sure. I’ll pillage and vandalize later.”

“I like a man with priorities.” Taylor inclined her head toward the sofa and carried the tea in that direction to place it on the coffeetable. “I have cookies, too, or I can rustle up something else if you’re hungry.”

“Thanks. I ate before I came over to the studio.”

Taylor thought a guy Adam’s size probably ate more than three meals a day, but how would she know? She was seriously uneducated about men and their needs.

All their needs, actually.


  1. Stefani on September 27, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Looks like another great book!! Can’t wait to read it!!

  2. Deb Tyson on September 27, 2013 at 7:57 am

    I really enjoyed reading One Mountain Away and Somewhere Between Trust and Luck. I am looking forward to the release of the third book in the series.

  3. Lori Halfhide on September 27, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I have loved both of the Goddess books so far – can’t wait to lay my hands on this one! Thank you for writing such great stories!

  4. Dorothy Schreyer on September 27, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Just starting book two and can’t wait for book 3!

  5. Julie Parrish on September 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Ill have to add this to my winter reading list. Thanks for the giveaway

  6. Lucy Reynolds on September 27, 2013 at 11:55 am

    You have me hooked…want to read more. I have only read the books you have in paperback that my library has, but love your books.

  7. Janet Warren on September 27, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I have enjoyed all of your books and I can’t wait for the next one!!

  8. Holly Moon on September 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Waiting patiently. (Lie) I’m on pins and needles. A whole year to wait, UGH!

  9. SueAnn Beer on September 27, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    This looks different, and really interesting… me food for….what will be…?!!!

    • Emilie Richards on September 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Excerpts are fun. I chose one that wouldn’t spoil the major story, so what you see here is just a side glance. But I thought it might be fun to introduce Adam here.

  10. Helen on September 28, 2013 at 8:31 am

    It’s going to be so hard to wait until next year.

  11. Wilma Frana on September 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

    This sounds like another great book. I’d love to read it.

  12. susan geneva on September 28, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I can’t wait to read your new book. I love all your book. I wish Oprah would make a movie from Iron Lace & Rising Tides as a mini series. It would be awesome series. Love the quilt series in Va I live in WV. Happiness key Series made me want to vacation in Florida. What can I say about Between Luck & trust reminds me of home in WV mountains. WV Libraries are having a read a thon challenge. To read 150 books for the 150 year anniversary of the state. I have read 93 so far. I would love to add the new one to my list. If I won the books I would donate them to our local Craigsville Public Library. They have a small budget for buying books. Very little funding. But Joanne the librarian always buys your books because they are always read many times. If you ever want to send her some of your new ones she would really appreciate them. Thank you for the many hours of great reading that you give me in every book you write. You are one of my favorites. I know I will enjoy anything you write. I love the depth you give your characters.

    • Emilie Richards on September 30, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Susan, my fingers are crossed that you win these for your library. I am contacted frequently by libraries in need of books, and I wish I could donate to every single one of them. It breaks my heart that funding is such a major problem that they have to make these kinds of appeals.

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