2022: A Year of Peaks and Valleys

Both 2021 and 2022 have been filled with peaks and valleys, haven’t they? And now I have more for you.

Meet Peaks and Valleys, A Shenandoah Album Collection

Peaks and Valleys was published at the beginning of this month, and is now available as both an ebook and a paperback. Click on the cover to go to my website for bookstore links for both, as well as an excerpt and a peek into each of the three short novels included in the collection.

I’ll admit I’m not a whiz at promoting my books. I wrote the novellas over a period of years, at first for fun and later with an eye to sharing them with you. After all, because you enjoyed the series and asked for more, you have a stake in what happens to the good quilters of Toms Brook, VA. Yes, that’s who the collection focuses on, along with a few new characters to pique your interest.

So I wrote the stories, engaged a wonderful cover artist, and managed, with Proman’s help, to publish the books at all the major online stores. What did I forget to do?

Tell you!

Okay, I did announce the book in my newsletter. Check. And I did put it on my Author Facebook Page. Check. I even added it to my website book page under Shenandoah Album novels. Check. But did I put it here? Nope.

Now that I have, come meet Connor and Rebecca, Kate and Bejoy, Cathy and Alf. See why the Shenandoah Community Church Bee is creating a Peaks and Valleys quilt and find out how Helen Henry figures in (as she does in every Shenandoah Album novel because I love Helen.)

As in all the books in the series, the title of each novella is a quilt pattern that symbolizes the struggles of the characters.

I hope you’ll visit my webpage to find out more, but let me end with a snippet of a review from The Book Date on January 19th. (Check Kathryn’s other reviews while you’re there to find more books to try.)

I fell in love with all the characters – some already known, some new. It is not often I even read a novella and very rare for me to fall for three in a row and award five stars at the end. A winner. Shenandoah series fans will love this one and even if you have never read that series, this is quite a stand alone, so go try a sample of life in Toms Valley.

I hope you’ll take Kathryn’s advice.


  1. Thea McCurry on January 26, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Thanks for the extra notice! Having lived in the Shenandoah Valley, I promptly ordered the entire series! Hoping to visit there again soon, both in person and by way of your books.
    As a quilter, I enjoy reading about other quilters and their quilts.

  2. Judy Zell on January 26, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    Yes, Peaks and Valleys is a welcome addition to the wonderful Shenandoah Valley series. I’m not a quilter but love these stories about this quilting group and their minister. Endless Chain has become especially relevant again in the past two years because of the involvement of churches and pastors in Black Lives Matter, immigration issues. and Covid controversies. Touching Stars is my favorite.

  3. Kathryn Trask on January 26, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    Ah so happy I discovered you through a second hand book at a Book Fair. Personally I think you should be on every reader’s lips! I too love Helen Henry, I credit her for my now total passion for quilting. It almost supersedes my reading!! I love the whole series, although my next reread is going to be the Goddess Anonymous series because I love those women too. Thanks for writing and sharing your gift with us Emilie, giving us many happy hours of reading. I always marvel at the insight writers have into the human heart and psyche.

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