Dark Divinations Party – Facebook, Saturday, May 23rd

Come join Emz and the whole cast of authors at the
Facebook Book Party!
Readings, Games, Prizes, Fun, Trivia!
This Saturday, May 23rd, 2020
starting with a
WatchParty @ 1pm PDT
and a
Facebook Party @ 2pm PDT

Dark Divinations
Edited by Naching T. Kassa

Authors: Stephanie Ellis, Michael Fassbender, Alan Fisher, H.R.R. Gorman, Ash Hartwell, Hannah Hulbert, Naching T. Kassa, R.L. Merrill, Joe L. Murr, Jeremy Megargee, Jon O’Bergh, Emerian Rich, Rie Sheridan Rose, Daphne Strasert

“Rich and dizzying.” ~ Alyson Rhodes

“I enjoyed every story. Who wouldn’t want to read this?” ~ The Book Lovers Boudoir

“The stories are extremely well written and very engaging.” ~ Horror Madam

It’s the height of Queen Victoria’s rule. Fog swirls in the gas-lit streets, while in the parlor, hands are linked. Pale and expectant faces gaze upon a woman, her eyes closed and shoulders slumped. The medium speaks, her tone hollow and inhuman. The séance has begun.

Join us as we explore fourteen frightening tales of Victorian horror, each centered around a method of divination. Can the reading of tea leaves influence the future? Can dreams keep a soldier from death in the Crimea? Can a pocket watch foretell a deadly family curse? From entrail reading and fortune-telling machines to prophetic spiders and voodoo spells, sometimes the future is better left unknown.

Choose your fate.

Available now in Print and Kindle ~ Dark Divinations



New Reading and a Raffle!

Meant to Be…KISSED is available as an ebook on Amazon.

Meant to Be Press announces the release of Meant to Be…KISSED (Love Notes Book 2). This is the second collection of sweet of stories from Meant to Be Press authors. This heartwarming collection is themed around winter kisses. The two primary stories are historical romances, with a bonus contemporary flash fiction piece from Meant to Be Press’s newest author, M. M. Genet.

“Miss Montague’s Winter Kiss” by Emmy Z. Madrigal turns sadness into hope. Grayson is a man who has lost everything, but Cecelia saves his life and rekindles his belief in love. Broken ice and traumatic losses give way to the start of something new, if only the hero can give up past hurts. As Emmy writes, “It was more of a feeling that, if the flame between them was fanned, they could be happy for the rest of their lives. He’d endured so much grief, she longed to bring him joy.”

Meant to Be Press is celebrating the release with sales and raffles!

November 22-25th: For five days only, Tempo of Temptations by Lela Bay and Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe by Emmy Z. Madrigal will be on sale for $0.99 each!

November 19-30th enter to win free Meant to Be Press ebooks. Prizes include the Meant to Be…MINEanthology, Tempo of Temptations by Lela Bay, Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe by Emmy Z. Madrigal, and The Harpist by M. M. Genet and Michele Roger.

Enter the raffle!

About Meant to Be…KISSED

Love sweet romance? Meant to Be…KISSED is a collection of short stories to sample Meant to Be Press romance authors.

“The Grand Gesture” by Lela Bay, takes a public humiliation and turns it into an act of heroism. Rosamund Windham, daughter to the duke, literally drops herself into a pool of filth to save an innocent and in the process befriends the girl’s brother. His sister quotes him as saying, “You can’t just throw two people together and expect sparks. It takes the right sorts, like flint and steel. They may not look like they go together until they hit up against each other. Then, sparks.”

“Miss Montague’s Winter Kiss” by Emmy Z. Madrigal turns sadness into hope. Grayson is a man who has lost everything, but Cecelia saves his life and rekindles his belief in love. Broken ice and traumatic losses give way to the start of something new, if only the hero can give up past hurts. As Emmy writes, “It was more of a feeling that, if the flame between them was fanned, they could be happy for the rest of their lives. He’d endured so much grief, she longed to bring him joy.”

Finally, as a bonus, check out the contemporary romance flash fiction from Meant to Be Press’s newest author M. M. Genet, “A Year and a Day.” Behold of the promise of the future.

Like the seasons, love has many variations, so let these stories inspire you to discard what holds you back and welcome new opportunities.

Meant to Be…KISSED is available as an ebook on Amazon.

Read it for free through Kindle Unlimited, and remember to enter the raffle for other Meant to Be Press romances!

Author Reading, Come Meet Emz! April 21st

Come Meet Emz!

Friends of the Palo Alto Library’s

80th Anniversary Local Authors Event!

FOPAL invites the community to meet published authors of
different genres as they take the microphone &
read selections from their work!

Saturday April 21, 2018 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Mitchell Park Community Center – Adobe Room

3700 Middlefield Road Palo Alto, CA 94303

Award Winning Podcaster – Emmy Z. Madrigal aka Emerian Rich will be reading from her Regency Novella, Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe.

Other featured Authors:

Legendary Hip-Hop Artist, Entrepreneur, MA – Suga-T
Poet Laureate of the City of East Palo Alto – Poetess Kalamu Chaché
Award Winning Journalist – Minu Dave
FOPAL Event Organizer – Tina Gibson
Prized Poet, Actress, Author and Educator – Venus Jones
President of the California Writers Club, SF Peninsula Branch – Lisa Meltzer Penn
Award Winning Writer – Patty Somlo
Award Winning ‘Hall of Fame’ Journalist – Doug Sovern
Audio Fiction Prize Winner – Dave M. Strom

All ages welcome! Refreshments will be served!

For more info on the Palo Alto Library, got to: https://www.fopal.org

Guest Blog: Meet the Hero of Virtue’s Temptation by Lela Bay

Guest Blog- Meet the Hero of Virtue’s Temptation  by Lela Bay

Thank you for having me on your blog, Emerian Rich. I admire your range and how you’re not afraid to try anything.

Ruined Reputations is my first romance novella, and contains two very different stories. In the first, “The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons,” the hero is unconcerned with propriety. He has larger matters to deal with. Others cannot so easily overlook convention, however, especially when it leads to ridiculous scenes such as him grabbing the fake fruit off the top of a woman’s hat.

In contrast, the hero of “Virtue’s Temptation” is concerned with weightier matters and his arrival is not nearly as humorous.

When we first meet Mr. Stinson Eleanor has already rescued a naive girl on the threshold of a hotel room with an unsuitable man. Taking charge, Eleanor is determined to chaperone her youthful charge home, but Bitsy is uncooperative. Forced to wait for someone to come after the girl and reveal where she lives, Eleanor spends an uncomfortable afternoon in the lobby with the innkeeper who had so easily turned a blind eye to Bitsy’s predicament.

She hears someone arriving in the courtyard.

“Will ye be sitting there until the devil comes for me soul? Are you sent to see justice done?” The innkeeper squawked, unable to bear her gaze a moment longer.

Eleanor did not deign to answer. Straightening her narrow skirts, she checked the angle of her cocked hat and walked toward the desk.

The innkeeper shied back, as if she really were an agent of infernal retribution. Rather pleased that he might consider his immortal soul, and perhaps improve his conduct in future interactions, she measured her steps with the wavering shadow outside. She arrived at the desk at the same moment the door slammed open, smashing into the wall. A long-legged force of nature swept into the room.

The innkeeper cried out and crouched away from Eleanor, who turned toward the stormy gentleman. At the sight of him, her own heart leapt, for he more greatly resembled an avenging angel than she could ever hope to. His hair, mussed from the ride, swept back in golden waves from a tanned forehead and gleaming brown eyes. The greatcoat made black wings on his back, giving him an ethereal magnitude that blotted out the rest of the room as he bore down on them.

Eleanor stepped back, a hand rising to her throat. Yet she squared her shoulders, standing in his way and sending him to a jarring halt that threatened to squash her as his mass wavered and the layers of fabric around him snapped toward her with a final clap like an animal’s jaws.

She held out a hand and placed a smile across her smooth lips. Eyes meeting his, searching, she spoke as if they chatted in an elegant ballroom. “I believe we are acquainted.”

He took her in with one incredulous sweep of brown eyes, jaw tightening, prepared to dismiss her like an ant before an elephant, but his eye returned to her, a faint frown flirting with the golden sweep of his eyebrows as he reevaluated.

She tilted her head, trying to convey with her body all she dared not say.

The first story, “The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons,” is a sweet and lighthearted story. “Virtue’s Temptation” is darker and full of Eleanor’s longing to get to know Mr. Stinson yet adhere to the rules of propriety. In contrast to Eleanor, the girl she is attempting to save runs into trouble and Eleanor and Mr. Stinson become allies attempting to save her.


Lela lives in a modest house with her husband, children, and pets. Despite living in the far north, she requires a certain amount of sunshine each day or she gets grumpy. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys strolling, gardening, reading, and tea time with friends.

She enjoys stories with intimacy and humor.

Blog: http://lelabayblog.wordpress.com
Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/lelabay

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bay_lela


“A tantalizing pair of Regency tales.” ~Emmy Z. Madrigal

“Ruined Reputations is a love letter to high romance of the Brontes with the meticulous eye for detail that readers crave like oxygen itself.” ~MJ Sherry-author of the Back Page Babylon series

–The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons–

Rumors of Mr. Aarons unconventional ways are confirmed when he nearly yanks the bonnet off Emmaline’s cousin’s head. Drawn by his charm and good looks, Emmaline finds herself assisting him in his mysterious mission.

His obscure search appears to lead to her cousin, beautiful Catherine Connersfield. She is the more sensible choice, but will she have him? More to the point, will Emmaline let her?

–Virtue’s Temptation–

Experience has taught Eleanor it’s better to be practical than passionate.

When she discovers Bitsy eloping with her French tutor, scandal threatens to ruin the girl.

To keep her reputation intact, Eleanor reluctantly chaperones the rebellious heiress.

Eleanor’s spotless character protects Bitsy, but behaving respectably proves difficult when tempted by the dangerously attractive Mr. Stinson.

If she fails it will end with … Ruined Reputations.

BayCon 2016 Schedule – Come meet Emz!


I’m happy to announce my BayCon Schedule for 2016! Hope to see you all there!

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

San Mateo Marriott

The New Adult Coloring Fad

Saturday 10:00 – 11:30, Connect 4 (San Mateo Marriott)

Artists who have created coloring books discuss how to go about creating and producing them.

Emerian Rich (M), Beth Barany, Beckett Gladney, Sumiko Saulson

Horroraddicts.net – Once Upon a Scream Release Party!

Saturday 13:00 – 14:30, Connect 1 (San Mateo Marriott)

The most horrible people we love come together to get spooky! Join us as we explore the darkness of fairy tales and our book release Once Upon a Scream. Come to win door prizes, favors, and goodies!

Mrs. Laurel Anne Hill, Emerian Rich (M), Sumiko Saulson, Jason Malcolm Stewart, Dan Shaurette

Publishing Wishlists

Saturday 16:00 – 17:30, Connect 6 (San Mateo Marriott)

What editors of magazines, blogs, and indie publishers are looking for or NOT looking for. How to wow us and get your story/article published.

Emerian Rich (M), Sumiko Saulson, M Christian

Five Misconceptions About Authors

Cover by Masloski CarmenRecently, I’ve been getting a lot of questions in email. I love hearing from readers and listeners, it means someone is enjoying my work and man, that feels good!

However, I don’t know why readers are interested in me as a person. I began writing to escape my own boring or depressing existence and go to a world where I could make cool things happen. So, my real life, the one where I have to go grocery shopping and clean the bathroom, just doesn’t seem interesting to me. Writers are normal people with mortgages, bills, and four a.m. screams for “Mom!” as their kid throws up on the new rug.

Here are a few misconceptions readers have about us authors that I want to clear up.

  1. 144x212NKWe’re all rich. Okay, so my last name is Rich, but yeah…not rich. Writing doesn’t exactly pay what you might think. Although all the press surrounds the big stars who sell movie deals and become teenage obsessions, most authors actually have to scrimp and save just like everyone else. And the amount we spend on just one text alone would have us set for life if we got paid by the hour. Unfortunately, we are paid very little compared to the amount of work that goes into our text. Which is why misconception #2 is on this list.
  2. We don’t have day jobs. Almost every single author I know has a day job, including me up until about a year ago. I can now write full time, but only because life required I stay home to take care of my special needs child. Even for the authors who stay home, it is rare to find one that is actually writing 24-7. Usually we have to take other jobs in our field (editors, columnists, bloggers) to supplement the fiction we love writing.
  3. AnimeGirlCoverFinal copyWe all know each other, especially in the same genre. I know a lot of authors…A LOT! But even with all the authors I’ve connected with, there are thousands I don’t know. So just because we both wrote a vampire novel, doesn’t mean I’ve got her on speed dial. Stephanie Meyers and Anne Rice don’t know what I am. Stephen King couldn’t pick me out of a crowd, and no, Neil Gaiman still hasn’t invited me over for dinner. So while I appreciate you thinking I run in such high society, I don’t. In fact, knowing what it’s like to be a writer, I would guess they keep their acquaintances close and limited to those they absolutely trust.
  4. We know every series in our genre. I would never get any writing done if this were true. If I read every vampire series, for instance, I’d just be doing that full-time. There are so many! And to tell you the truth, I purposely don’t read vampire fiction when I’m writing vampire fiction because I’d rather not be swayed by the other author’s storyline or series ideas. I might read research on vampires, or relationships, or weapons, but I don’t want to taint my own vision of what will happen in my series by accident, subconsciously.
  5. tlsmallWriting comes easy to us. Ideas, stories, characters, come easy. Writing is HARD. Very hard. Why do you think we have editors? Why do you think we post FB and Twitter messages about our obsession with this or that text with expletives on the ones talking about editing? We love what we do and so we deal with that part of it, but it’s just like serving a lavish dinner. Creating and serving it up to our guests is the fun part. Clean up is a bitch!

So next time you read a book from an author you like and feel enjoyment from the story we’ve told, please remember us, the little people, trapped under piles of text, drowning in edits and rewrites. Tell us how much you’ve enjoyed it. Leave a review to show you care. Tell your friends about it and get them to read it. Spread the love so that we can continue to bring you fun, exciting works to fill your day.

2015 Baycon Recap

A lot of you have been clamoring for a BayCon recap and so here goes…


Bacon at Baycon

As I’ve said many times before, BayCon is my home con. It’s where I started and where I first had an early glimpse of the Hall Costumes, or what now has been come to be called cosplay. Seeing real live Klingons as a young goth was quite an experience, and since I wasn’t really exposed to the Comic/Anime lifestyle before, a first for me. That first con I will remember always. My hubby and I were only dating then and getting a long-haired, goth-metal dude to dance in Renaissance style, let me tell you it was a feat never to be attempted outside of fandom walls. But the magic of BayCon causes you to do things you never thought you’d ever do like Belly dance (I miss you Mary Nancy Cordero!), see live sword fights with real weapons, and meet some of our writing heroes. So from that first glimpse of a Klingon, to attending as an aspiring writer, to being on staff, to now paneling as an author, publisher, and horror host, I feel like I’ve run the full gambit and I’d really like to see this con survive the downfall that so many of our fan-run cons have succumbed to.

This year at BayCon was different from a lot of other years. It felt like attendance was down (I don’t have the official numbers, so I may be wrong on this), we were missing a few of our key elements, and because the main guests were all women, I think we might have (unfortunately) lost some of the attendees. I thought the Women of Wonder was a great idea, but with only women headliners, I’ve heard from some male attendees, they felt the programming was swayed too feminine. I have to say, you guys might have felt that way, but for years the speculative fiction genre cons have been dominated by males and male-friendly programming, so suck it up for one year, will ya!? There is also the controversy over so many cons being held in the same area on the same weekend. I don’t know why BayCon should have to change their dates—we’ve had Memorial Day since ever—but if they do, I hope I can still attend.

Despite all the drama around attendance, there were still lots of people there and I had a great time. That being said, I really hope this con rallies and continues to provide an outlet that so much of us living amongst the NORMS in our daily lives need.

So what was so fun? Well, it all started for me and my husband when we arrived Thursday afternoon. I love arriving at the hotel early. Not only do you not have the crowds of check-in, it also affords me a relaxing launch into con life. This is the time to switch from 24-7 solitary writer mom life to social butterfly fun time. I was excited to have dinner with a couple of friends I never get to see in person because they live so far away. I was able to organize the massive amounts of swag and books I’d brought for the Horror Addicts Guide to Life release party happening the next day, and…I got to watch cable TV for once. Although watching TV, I remembered why we decabled long ago after a few commercial breaks when my hubby and I had turned to our phones for entertainment during the commercial breaks and forgot to look up when the commercials were over.

Friday, May 22nd, 2015


Emz attacking Heather at the HorrorAddicts.net table. She doesn’t look too scared.

Officially World Goth Day, I was reminded of my freedom to express myself by setting up our HorrorAddicts.net fan table. This is where I spent a good portion of the day meeting new people, joking with the other fantable sitters, and promoting the fact that we were giving out tons of swag that night at the release panel. This was also a big year for one of my close friends, Heather Roulo, whose first zombie novel released…Plague Master. So proud!

Meet the Guests


Meet the Guests panel.

Although I was spending most of this time rallying the troops and drumming up excitement about the Horror Addicts Guide to Life release party later that evening, I was able to sit for a few minutes to hear about our guests. Was really exciting to see them all. During the con, I was especially impressed with the comments Amber Benson made at several of the panels I was able to attend. She is really so much more than just “that chick who played Tara on Buffy” and I enjoyed seeing her in the writer capacity.

HorrorAddicts.net BOF & Horror Addicts Guide to Life release party

What can I say, this is always my favorite panel of the weekend. To be with my peeps and discuss horror, what better way to pass a couple hours? This year we had so many more panelists to enjoy the fun! We also had a great turn out and gave away lots of swag. We even got a serenade by Dr. Horrible! Thank you to all the authors who came. Through the wonders of Sumiko’s video camera and a VERY helpful addict (thanks Chad!), you can watch a clip of the first part on YouTube.


Lft to Rt: Laurel Anne Hill, Sumiko Saulson, J. Malcolm Stewart, H.E. Roulo, Loren Rhoads, Emerian Rich, (not pictured) Lillian Csernica.

Also at the HAGL Party, I was awarded a Mixy Award from Steve Mix. At the time, I had no idea what it was or why I was getting it, but I was excited to receive it. It has since been revealed that Steve is awarding these to “people who are wonderful” and also to “celebrate the use of imagination”, which is the part I truly love. It’s about time someone awarded me for asking those “what if” questions. Hhehee. Thank you Steve!

I still can’t believe that all of this happened on the first day!

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Writer’s Workshop

Saturday started off with some scholarly pursuits. The annual BayCon Writer’s Workshop is something that I enjoy participating in. I submitted a story in 2008 (?), before anything of mine was published, and now I always feel it’s my duty to pay back to the program by mentoring other aspiring authors. As a plus, in these meetings, I always learn something myself. For how are you to learn more about your own skill and improve it, if you aren’t willing to look into others work, see the faults and realize you do them as well? Crit-ing is truly something every author should do on someone else’s work. We’re all still learning and we should all be in service to our fellow authors in some way or another. I joined Sandra Saidak and Arianne “Tex” Thompson as one of the pros. We had two lovely manuscripts to talk about and two talented young authors to help out. It’s interesting to me what the writers take away from the experience. It is not the most comfortable situation to be in…it might even feel like an attack, but we are all there to help. With completely different stories and strengths, I hope these two get their books ready and published! I’d love to see them on the shelves someday.

Vendor Room


The Winner Twins – These firecrackers gonna take over the world!

I took advantage of a little free time on Saturday to visit the vendor room, which I always love. While there, I spoke with several authors, saw some friends, and met the Winner Twins. These two young authors are so cute. Full of energy and eager to share their stories, I see them going far!

World Goth Day Panel


Sumiko Saulson, Jean Batt, A.E. Marling, Sarah Pugliaresi, Emerian Rich

Although a day late, we celebrated what it is to be Goth in the World Goth Day panel. It felt a little strange to be having a panel on “being a Goth” since Goths generally scoff at the title and for many years I would have flipped someone off for calling me one. After the initial introduction though, we all kind of settled in and just chatted about the funny misconceptions many people have and the weird experiences we’ve found ourselves in. We touched lightly on the misconception that goths are all out to kill and convert. What a funny concept. The lackadaisical aspect of our personalities really make organized killing a drama we’d rather not have to endure and as for converting, we’d rather not have you dressing like us thank you. It was great getting to hang with the very few dark souls haunting the halls of this very SciFi/Fantasy con.

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Signing in the Dealer Room


Man…note to self: Sunday morning, not the best day to do a signing at con. Very little traffic in the dealer room early and the people who did walk through seemed half-asleep. I did, however have the chance to meet some people and chat with a few old friends.

Mini Crocheting


Yes, I taught a mini-crochet class. No, there are no pics. Why? We were busy crocheting, damnit! This was probably the funest panel I was on. To get to hang out with other crocheters who are experienced enough to understand crocheting with thin thread and microscopic hooks was really fun. We had a good turn out and I loved seeing what these creative ladies did with my initial design…how they changed it to their will and made something they could call their own. Thank you ladies! I’d love to do it again. Maybe at Convolution!

Theme Reading – Pop Culture in SF/F/H


Sumiko Reading


This reading panel surprisingly only had two panelists, and we were both speaking from the horror genre. Sumiko and I read quickly from our planned readings and then had more time to read more. I read SoulTaker 2.0, which is a piece of flash centered around a computer game programmer on Halloween. For my second read, I pulled out my phone and read from Anime Girl 2 on my Kindle app. This was the first time I ever read from one of my romance books and it just proved to me, I need to do it more!

Marketing and Branding for Writers


Emily Jiang, Sinead Toolis, Emerian Rich

This was the last panel of con for me and was very well attended. I loved seeing all those writers’ faces…old and new…thirsty for help in this matter. It’s changed quite a bit from when I started doing cons. At that time, there were very few self-pub authors and no one ever talked about marketing your own books. It was something the publishing houses were supposed to do and social media had not blown up like today, so there was really no outlet for authors to do it themselves. I had a great time chatting with the crowd and listening as the other ladies on the panel shared their knowledge with us.

Sunday night, after much of the hub-bub was over and we went to our room, I crashed. Exhaustion had finally set in.

Overall, I had a great time at BayCon. Thank you Sally, Kathleen and all the staff that worked hard to make it wonderful!
I know BayCon has their issues as all con organizations have had, but I have faith in the fans not letting this one die. Hope to see you all there next year. 🙂








Meet Emz at Post-Holiday Book Reading & Signing

Come hang out with us a the post-holiday book reading and signing in Vallejo, California.

Sunday, Decemeber 28th


Sumiko Saulson, Emerian Rich, and Serena Toxicat will be reading from their selected works and signing books. Come meet, take pics, and get your burning questions answered!


Sumiko Saulson – Happiness and Other Diseases
Emerian Rich – Artistic License
Serena Toxicat – Ghost in Bones

Vallejo Bookstore
628 Marin St
Vallejo, CA 94590

See you there!