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Author Q&A ft Bobbi Smith | FORBIDDEN FIRES Book Tour | Goddess Fish Promotions Presents Historical Romance

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for FORBIDDEN FIRES by Bobbi Smith, an historical romance avai...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for FORBIDDEN FIRES by Bobbi Smith, an historical romance available now from Montlake Publishing.

Bobbi will be awarding $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner.

Forbidden Fires
by Bobbi Smith


GENRE: Historical Romance



When Ellen Douglass saves the Union officer from the cold river, she doesn't think this one action will so alter her future. But as Price holds her is his arms, they try to forget that they fight on opposing sides and will be kept forever apart.



Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?

Anybody who wants to read a great story with a happily ever after ending should read my books. ☺ I believe in strong heroes and heroines who, together, can conquer whatever challenges they face.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

I learned early on in my career that my publisher had control over the titles and cover art. My very first book I titled ‘The Mist and The Dream’. When the book covers arrived at my house a month before the book came out, I discovered they’d changed the title to ‘Rapture’s Rage’. ☺ Forbidden Fires is the perfect title for the book I’m promoting on this blog for the story opens with the explosion of the steamboat Sultana back in 1865. Also, I wrote a series of books called ‘Women Who Were Ahead Of Their Times’. All these books had ‘lady’ in the title and featured courageous heroines who took on challenges and won. Our heroes were great in those books, too, of course!

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

In Forbidden Fires, I love my heroine. She is a strong-willed woman who saved our hero from the river after the Sultana exploded.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

My website is and you can check me out on Amazon.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Yes! For aspiring writers - never give up! Follow your dream! I was blessed to sell my first book and to have a career that’s lasted all these years. You can do it, too! Write what you love. Join a writer’s group so you have friends to brainstorm with. Have a proofreader to check your work before you submit it, because you don’t want to give an editor any reason to reject your story. You want it as perfect as possible when you send it in. Do your research. Go For It!

And for readers – never stop reading! I remember spending summer vacation reading all the time. It was so much fun as a kid, and nothing’s changed as a grown-up - except we can read all year! ☺ Books are wonderful!

And one last question – What can readers who enjoy your books do to help make them successful?

Please spread the word! Thank you!



On the Mississippi near Memphis

The sound of the Sultana’s explosion brought Ellyn Douglass upright in bed. She ran from her room to find her grandfather already in the hall.

“What was that, Grampa?”

“It may have been a steamer . . .”

They rushed out onto the observation area to see the sky glowing a fiery red in the river’s direction.

“I’ve got to get to town,” he told her.

“I’ll come with you,” Ellyn offered.

“No. Stay here. If I need you, I’ll send word.” He hurried inside to get ready to leave.

Ellyn looked out toward the Mississippi. The steamer was farther south, drifting with the current. She decided at first light she would go down to the river.

At dawn, Ellyn hurried up to the observation area and searched the river for some sign of last night’s disaster. It was then she noticed something caught in a tree. Rushing from the house, she sought out Franklin.

“We have to get on the river right away.”


“Did you hear the explosion last night? I was checking this morning and I think there’s someone trapped in a tree.”

They hurried down to the river dock where the skiff was tied up. They pushed off and headed toward the flooded grove of trees.

“It’s a man!” Ellyn was shocked by the sight of the lone figure stranded motionless in the treetop.

Franklin maneuvered them in close and awkwardly managed to get the unconscious man into the boat.

“Is he alive?” Ellyn asked as she knelt next to him.

“Seems to be, but he’s cut up pretty bad.”

Ellyn tore off a strip of her petticoat and started to bandage the man’s bloody head wound. Much of his clothing had been ripped away from the force of the blast and he had been burned in several places.

The man groaned softly, and she reached out to soothe his brow.

“Hang on, mister. . . . Just hang on. . . .”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

After working as a department manager for Famous-Barr, and briefly as a clerk at a bookstore, Bobbi Smith gave up on career security and began writing. She sold her first book to Zebra in 1982.

Since then, Bobbi has written over 40 books and 6 novellas. To date, there are more than five million of her novels in print. She has been awarded the prestigious Romantic Times Storyteller of the Year Award and two Career Achievement Awards. Her books have appeared on numerous bestseller lists.

When she's not working on her novels, she is frequently a guest speaker for writer's groups. Bobbi is mother of two sons and resides in St. Charles, Missouri with her husband and three dogs.

You can follow Bobbi on Facebook in the group Bobbi Smith Books.

Bobbi has been awarded the prestigious “Storyteller of the Year” Award from Romantic Times Magazine (New York) and has attained positions on the New York Times Best Seller List, the USA Today Best Seller List, the Walden’s Best Seller List, B. Dalton’s List, and the Wal-Mart and K-Mart Best Seller Lists.

The foreign rights to Ms. Smith’s books have been sold to China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Russia and Sweden. Smith’s current publisher is Amazon. Bobbi has written two faith-based contemporary novels - Haven ( and Miracles ( - using the pseudonym of Julie Marshall.

Copyright © 2018 Bobbi Smith.



Bobbi will be awarding $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Thanks for hosting this great, fun tour and letting us find out about terrific books to read. Thanks also for the great giveaway.

  2. I enjoyed getting to know your book and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2018 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:

  4. Congrats on the release. I hope that your book is a success. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  5. This sounds like a fantastic read.

  6. beautiful artwork on the covers. Thanks for sharing

  7. I've included the tour in the Thursday, Jul. 26, 2018 edition of Romance Row Weekly:

  8. The author is having trouble commenting and asked us to share "Hi, everybody!" and also to the host, "Thanks so much for hosting me."


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