Read an excerpt of RUBY by Emily Mims | Goddess Fish Promotions Presents Contemporary Romance

The book blast tour for RUBY, The Smokey Blues, Book 8 by Emily Mims stops at Readeropolis today. The contemporary romance is available now from Boroughs Publishing Group.

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Emily will be awarding digital copies of books one and two in the Smoky Blues series, Mist and Smoke to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Forty years ago Lexi Barstow and Collins Wentworth thought they had made the biggest mistakes of their lives. Heartbreaking choices and bitter tears cemented a pact that would shape who they were and what they would be. But now so much has changed...except the passion they share and the differences between them. But some things are fixable, and with forever staring them hard in the face, they learn all their decisions brought them to this ever after filled with love.

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The club was even more crowded than it had been earlier and the audience was lively for a Sunday evening, clapping and stomping and answering Lonnie’s quips with boos and catcalls. There was electricity in the air. They were a fun crowd tonight.

Lexi’s eyes danced as they sang their first song. She was in her element.

They were about halfway through their second set when the front door opened and a familiar figure stepped into the club. The hostess’s eyes widened and the bartender did a double take. It wasn’t all that often a United States Senator darkened their doors.

Lexi’s curiosity burned as the flustered hostess showed Collins to the last vacant table by the front window. There was a bit of a stir as a good percentage of the audience recognized the man who had joined them, and then realized Lexi was performing for her old lover.

Whatever was he doing here tonight? This wasn’t his kind of club. It wasn’t even his kind of music anymore. She’d overheard him tell Danny he loved listening to him and his mother on their dulcimers, but that given the choice he was fonder of the classical music Chessie and Isabel played.

Had he come to hear Lexi sing? Had he come to repeat his invitation to join him on an evening out?

The thought sent chills up her spine.

She tore her eyes away from him. No way could she concentrate on her singing if all her attention was on Collins. Ever the professional, she didn’t miss a beat in the song they were singing, or the next, or the one after that. If anything, her voice became sultrier and her smile wider. Collins had come to hear her sing. She wanted him to know that she still had it, and she wanted to rub in what he’d missed all these years.

About the Author:
The author of over thirty romance novels, Emily Mims combined her writing career with a career in public education until leaving the classroom to write full time. The mother of two sons, she and her husband split their time between central Texas, eastern Tennessee, and Georgia visiting their kids and grandchildren. For relaxation Emily plays the piano, organ, dulcimer, and ukulele for two different performing groups, and even sings a little. She says, “I love to write romances because I believe in them. Romance happened to me and it can happen to any woman—if she’ll just let it.”


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Author Q&A ft Judy Higgins | UNRINGING THE BELL by Judy Higgins | Goddess Fish Promotions Presents Mystery

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for UNRINGING THE BELL by Judy Higgins, a mystery available now from Gossart Publishing.

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Unringing the Bell
by Judy Higgins


GENRE: Mystery



In the small town of Goose Bend, Pennsylvania, people don't forget. Especially something as sensational as 12-year-old Jacob Gillis burning down the town. Nineteen years later, Jacob returns, hoping for redemption. Instead, he finds himself entangled in a murder investigation. The prosecutor, taking advantage of Jacob's involvement with the victim's beautiful sister-in-law, threatens Jacob with loss of career and reputation if he doesn't play by his rules. Only by outwitting the prosecutor can Jacob save his future.


Excerpt One:

When Jacob Gillis was twelve years old, he burned down the town of Goose Bend, Pennsylvania. The fire didn’t actually consume the entire town – only two blocks of the four-block business section went up in flames – but when the folks in Goose Bend spoke of the incident, they persisted in saying that Jacob Gillis, abetted by his friend Charlie Garrett, burned down the town.

Jacob watched Laskey walk back to the Sequoia, his limp barely detectable, and for the thousandth time he wondered why his friend kept what had happened to his foot a secret. But there were some places Laskey didn’t go – formidable Laskey with his gruff manner and hard-muscled body. He was a private person and sometimes a grizzly bear, but he had a goose-down heart which he tried like heck to hide. But Jacob knew.

Laskey grasped the arms of his chair and pushed his feet hard against the floor to contain himself. For a brief moment, the thought had rushed through his head that a jail term for assaulting a DA would be worth enduring for the pleasure of smashing Inglehook’s head against his desk.

Laskey squared his shoulders, turned around, and looked Jacob in the eyes. “Don’t get yourself in a mess, Jake. Extrication isn’t always possible.” He started for the door.
“Give back the painting,” he called over his shoulder. “And Jake,” he paused and twisted around. “Don’t ever mistake pretty wrappings for the quality of the gift inside.”



  1. If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?
Astral-projection! The ability to spiritually separate from my body and travel vast distances with the mind alone. No jet-lag, no security lines, no unpacking suitcases and doing laundry afterwards. No long rides on airplanes without room to even cross your legs. No need for money. I’d travel first to Manchu Pichu, and then to a nice warm beach somewhere. I’d travel along the tracks of the Trans-Siberian Express. I’d explore jungles. I’d . . . . Jeez, this could be really great!

  1. What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
Maybe the same thing my friends are surprised to learn: that I’m an introvert? My friends never believe me when I tell them that I’m not an extrovert, even when I swear on a stack of Bibles that it’s true. I can be merry, and party, and carry-on, but there always comes the time when I need to go home to an empty, quiet house and turn inwards.

  1. When writing descriptions of your hero/ine, what feature do you start with?
Gestures and mannerisms tell a lot about a person’s state of mind, self-confidence or lack of self-confidence, as does posture. And hands! They can tell a story all by themselves. One of my new year’s resolutions is to pay more attention to these things instead of hair and eye color.

  1. Do you plot out your stories ahead of time?
What I know ahead of time is the following: the problem, what will happen in the end, the setting, and the main character(s). So far, I haven’t managed to outline an entire plot before starting. My next book (after Unringing the Bell and Bride of the Wind) is a historical novel about Naomi in the Bible. The basic plot is already there, but I still have to expand. Unringing the Bell gave me nightmares. Because I hadn’t spent enough time on plotting before I started, I had to keep re-writing. There is an upside and a downside to working out every detail ahead of time. Unringing took me twice as long to write as it would have had I plotted it out in its entirety ahead of time. On the other hand, a very important character, Detective William Laskey, wouldn’t have “walked into the story” had I planned every scene and action at the beginning. I know one person who plots every detail ahead of time. One day she told me that the following afternoon she was scheduled to write a scene describing a certain location. I was amazed that anyone actually wrote like that.

  1. Did you learn anything from writing the book? If so, what?
With every book I write, I hone my writing skills and learn more about the writing process. I had to spend a couple sessions with an attorney while writing Unringing the Bell to learn about certain legal procedures that affected the story. I also visited a gun shop because I know nothing about guns. My grandson, Jon, is my sports consultant. Periodically, I disturb him at school with a question such as “Can you help me out with an exciting play in a football game? I need one as backstory for my book?” He always obliges me. Jacob Gillis in Unringing the Bell threw the winning pass when his high school team won a state championship, so Jon told me what I needed to have him throw a “Hail Mary” pass. I thought hail Mary’s had something to do with praying, not football.  In Bride of the Wind, the second book in the Bucks County Mysteries series, I learned a lot about the Viennese artist, Kokoschka. Talk about a crazy artist! When you read Bride of the Wind, I promise: everything I wrote about Kokoschka is true!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Judy Higgins was born in South Georgia where she grew up playing baseball, reading, and taking piano lessons. To pay for her lessons, she raised chickens and sold eggs to neighbors. She attended Mercer University for two years, and then Baylor University from which she graduated with a BA in German. She received her MA in German literature from The University of Michigan. After teaching German for several years, Judy decided to become a librarian and earned an MA in Library Science at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

Judy’s life took an exciting turn when she left her teaching job in Pennsylvania to be Head of Library at the Learning Center School of Qatar Foundation. She lived in Qatar for eight years, enjoying the experience of living in a different culture and traveling to exotic places during every vacation. Recently, she returned to the United States and lives in Lexington, KY. Judy has two children, Julia and Stephen, two children-in-law, Jim and Erin, and four grandchildren: Kyle, Jon, Karina, and Addy.

Judy’s first book, The Lady, was a finalist in the 2012 Amazon Break-out Novel Award. The first two novels of her Bucks County Mysteries, Unringing the Bell and Bride of the Wind are available March 1, 2018. The series is set in an imaginary small town in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Call me Mara, the story of Ruth and Naomi, is scheduled for publication in March, 2019.

In addition to writing, Judy’s passions include travel, tennis, elephants, and playing the piano.

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One Last Heist by Dahlia Donovan | Book Tour | Silver Dagger Book Tours Presents M/M Romantic Suspense

One Last Heist by Dahlia Donovan is on virtual book tour. The romantic suspense stops at Readeropolis with an excerpt. Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $5 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

One Last Heist
by Dahlia Donovan
Genre: M/M Romantic Suspense

One last heist.

It should’ve been easy. Crack a safe, steal from a villain, and go on vacation. The last thing Mack and Toshiro expect is to descend into a nightmare of betrayal.

Mack Ueda-Easton loves three things: his husband, heists, and his odd family of friends. He lives life on the edge. The only cloud on his horizon is the degenerative disease stealing his sight.

Toshiro Ueda-Easton tries to juggle his husband, his autistic sister, his interfering mother, and all of their heists. He knows they’re spiraling out of control and the journey they’re travelling can’t last.

What neither of them expect is to get catapulted straight into a dangerous conspiracy. They’re now in a race to come out on top. If they fail, the consequences are unimaginable.

Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress. She prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters. An autistic and occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.

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“Would you just admit you can’t see in the dark?” Toshiro snapped in pure frustration. “Mack. Are you listening to me?”
“I’m fine. My ears work perfectly.”
He’s fine.
Fine, my arse.
Well, my arse is fine.
“You walked into the table.” Toshiro watched in the darkened room through the night vision on his camera while his stubborn husband stumbled around. “And into the sofa—oh, and the wall. Classic. You’re supposed to crack the safe, not take a header into it.”
“Toshi,” Mack whispered his nickname sharply. “Couldn’t you yell at me in Cantonese or Japanese or any one of the hundred languages you speak? It would still be distracting, but I wouldn’t understand a word of it.”
“I speak thirty languages—not a hundred.” Toshiro grinned even though Mack couldn’t see it. “I suppose the point of a timed run-through of cracking the safe might require your full attention. Oh, look, you tripped over the carpet again.”
Toshiro Ueda-Easton.
Gregor Tempest Mackay Ueda-Easton. Fine, fine. I’ll be quiet. Continue walking into the wall, but I’m not explaining your concussion to the others.” Toshiro continued to ramble about the idiotic stubbornness of his husband in Portuguese, one of the many languages he’d picked up over the years. “Idiota.
“I understood that one.” Mack tossed one of the drill bits of his safe-drilling rig in his husband’s general direction—missing him completely. “Keep cussing me out in Spanish.”


Don't Call Me Cupcake by Tara Sheets | Book Tour | Silver Dagger Book Tours Presents Supernatural Romance

Don't Call Me Cupcake by Tara Sheets is on virtual book tour. The supernatural romance stops at Readeropolis today with an excerpt. 

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Don't Call Me Cupcake
The Holloway Girls #1
by Tara Sheets
Genre: Supernatural Romance

Most families have a favorite recipe or two, handed down through generations. The Holloway women are a little different. Emma Holloway, like her grandmother before her, bakes wishes into her delicious cupcakes, granting the recipient comfort, sweet dreams, or any number of good things. It’s a strange gift, but it brings only happiness. Until gorgeous, smooth-talking newcomer Hunter Kane strolls into her shop, Fairy Cakes—and Emma makes the mistake of selling him not one, but three Sweet Success cupcakes. 

Hunter, it turns out, is opening a fancy new restaurant and bakery right on the waterfront—Emma’s competition. To make matters worse, the town committee has decided to split the upcoming summer festival contract between the two, forcing Emma to work with her nemesis. But she can’t afford to split her profits. The solution: create a recipe that will make Hunter leave town permanently.

The Holloway charms are powerful. But there are other kinds of magic in the world—like red-hot first kisses, secret glances, and the feeling that comes with falling truly, madly, inconveniently 
in love . . .

Tara Sheets is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and women's fiction. Her debut novel, Don't Call Me Cupcake, won the 2016 Golden Heart® award sponsored by Romance Writers of America. Tara began her career as an author in the Pacific Northwest, inspired by the rain and the misty mountains and the rivers of Starbucks coffee. She now lives in the warm, wonderful South where she can stand outside with no coat on, and she finds that pretty inspiring too. When not writing, Tara enjoys life with her book-loving family and a book-eating dog named Merlin.

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“We should probably get back,” she said quietly.
“Probably.” Hunter didn’t move. He still held the wild rose in one hand, his other hanging loose at his side, fingers
itching to touch her.
She took a shaky breath.
Their eyes locked.
With infinite slowness, he closed the gap between them and reached his arm around her waist, settling his hand on
her lower back. He felt as though he were in a trance, like everything else faded around them and the only thing he
could see clearly was her. She was warm and soft, and touching her felt right. A thrill shot through him when she didn’t resist. He pulled her body flush against his and she exhaled on a tiny sigh.
Emma tilted her head back, her eyes half closed, her breathing shallow. The scent of chocolate and honeysuckle
surrounded him and the urge to taste her was so strong, he almost groaned out loud. The rose fell to the ground, forgotten, as he wrapped both arms around her and lowered his head.
Her eyes fluttered shut.
When he lowered his lips to hers, she grabbed fistfuls of his shirt, pulling him closer. For the briefest, most blissful of

moments she brushed her lips against his. The whisper-soft touch of her mouth on his was intoxicating. He was drowning and he never wanted to come up for air. This was heaven.