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

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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