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I survived launch day!

I’m delighted to say that yesterday A Family of Strangers went on sale. My husband bought freshly picked garden flowers at the farmer’s market to celebrate, and after a shopping trip for paint for our newly renovated bathroom (half-successful) and a bed frame with a simple headboard (not successful) we went out for the worst steak I’ve ever eaten. I still had a fabulous day.

So that’s what authors do when, after years of work, a book arrives at bookstores or is automatically transmitted to eReaders overnight.

The only thing left to do now? A bit of final publicity. That’s today’s mission. You’ve seen the book trailer if you’ve clicked above. Now just a little more.

A Few Review Snippets:

From Elyse at Smart Bitches/Trashy Books who gave it an A: “I absolutely loved A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards. It’s a beautifully executed mystery with a lovely second-chance romance subplot. It also offers a depiction of what living with chronic pain can look like, and as someone who has Fibromyalgia, that was really meaningful to me.”

From Nancy Lepri at New York Journal of Books: “Emilie Richards is well known for penning engaging tales. Three decades ago she began writing romance novels then segued into women’s contemporary fiction with in-depth characterization including subplots filled with mystery and suspense and descriptive detail sure to captivate her readers. A Family of Strangers falls into this category.”

From a New Zealander, Kathryn at The Book Date: “I slowly read the last pages of A Family of Strangers, reluctant to finish, because then I have to step out of the story web that Emilie Richards has woven and entrapped me in.”

Upcoming Book Signings:

June 28 at 1:00 PM: 

Chautauqua Institution Bookstore, 67 Bestor Plaza, Chautauqua, NY 14722.

July 10 at 7 PM:

A Likely Story, 7566 Main Street #113 Sykesville, MD 21784. Here’s the link to register.

August 7 at 7 PM:

Towne Book Center Wine Bar and Café, 220 Plaza Drive, Suite B-3, Collegeville, PA 19426. No need to register, but here’s the link for more info.

November 2 from 9:30 to 4:

Buckeye Book Fair, Fisher Auditorium, Wooster, OH. Here’s the link to find out more.

Bookstore Links:

I listed all the links in last Wednesday’s blog, but you can also find them here, plus more about the book.

And there you have it? Is my work done? Not exactly. Last week I promised to share some of the “secrets” behind the book. I’ll do that next week, including the real life story that started me down the road to this book back in 2002. Did you think I was kidding when I said that a book takes years of work?


  1. Nancy Lepri on June 26, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Thank you for posting a snippet of my review! I do love your novels. Keep them coming! 💙

  2. Bob Griffith on June 26, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Well done! Congrats to you – and to Michael for the flowers.

  3. Joan Leopold on June 26, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    My book arrived yesterday from Amazon. Excited to have time to sit down and get started. Thanks. Emilie

  4. Bev Magee on June 26, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Waiting for mine to arrive tomorrow…. Looking forward to it!

  5. Kathryn Trask on June 26, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    I am very impressed by Elyse’s review. I listen to her on the Smart Bitches podcast and she is always so insightful around books. They just talked me into wanting to read one of Nalini Singh’s books that normally I don’t look at. Thank you for including a snippet from my review. Now all that’s left to decide is whether I buy it in book format or audio. I love to reread your books on audio, still debating!

  6. Terry Guerra on June 27, 2019 at 7:13 am


    Loved it! Tried to stretch it out as long as I could!

    Now, to see if I can arrange to get to Wooster!


  7. Adelyn Grudier on June 27, 2019 at 9:43 am

    As Terry said, you try to stretch the reading of this newest Emilie treasure for as long as possible. It’s hard to do because you just want to read a little more and discover the latest secret in a long line of many secrets. Like potato chips, you can’t just eat one. Well, with a Family of Strangers you can’t just read a page or two. You want more and more and more. Well done authoress.

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