by Emily Mims
GENRE: Romance/romantic suspense
The widow of a lying drug dealer, dulcimer-player Kylie Barstow Richards finds herself struggling to see through the mist of the Smoky Mountains to the truth-about her life, about the nightclub where she works, and about the bluegrass-playing musician who has arrived to steal her heart.
Kylie looked Ren in the eye. “How much of that is the truth and how much of it was bullshit?”
Ren’s lips firmed. “It’s the truth, every damned bit of it. And that’s also why I did what I did. The DEA honestly thought you were guilty. A drug dealer took out one of my best friends, Kylie. I’ve missed Jerry every day for the last two years.”
“And that justifies what you did to me? Sorry, Ren. Not buying it. And I don’t care what your reasons for lying were, a liar is a liar. And I can’t stand liars.”
“I get that, Kylie. Look, obviously we blew it, and I’m just as sorry as I can be that I hurt you.”
“If you can be believed, which I seriously doubt.”
“I do mean it. I’m sorry. I’m really sorry.”
“I am, too, Ren. I was just beginning to have a little bit of faith and trust again and you very effectively managed to take that away from me. Congratulations. I will probably never trust another man as long as I live.”
“Aw, Kylie, no.” Ren leaned forward. “Look, I know there is no way I can take back the lies I’ve already told. But I can promise you this. I will never, ever lie to you again about anything.”
Kylie shrugged. “And now I’m supposed to believe that? Ren, I’m sorry. The damage is done. The trust is broken. Kind of like Humpty Dumpty.”
“I understand. But Kylie, I’m going to tell you the truth from now on whether you believe me or not.”
“Knock yourself out.”
What is your writing environment?
I have two. In the city I have a quiet corner in my bedroom looking out the window to the oak tree in my back yard. At the lake I have a computer station looking out the window at the lake.
Who is your perfect hero/heroine and why?
Nora Roberts’ Eve Dallas and Roarke-flawed but so likeable!
What authors have caught your interest lately and why?
I am enjoying a number of my fellow Boroughs authors-Nancy Sartor, Stacey Purcell, Brooklyn Ann and L.P. Maxa to name only a few.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I am writing the kind I like to write-romance with a bit of suspense thrown in.
Top 3 things on your bucket list?
Three things I have planned for next year-cruise to western Mexico (themed ukulele cruise), cruise to Alaska, road trip to the Florida Everglades and Key West in conjunction with the RWA convention in Orlando. Three things on the list I haven’t planned yet-Europe, South Sea Islands, northern continental US.
How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
I play the dulcimer and love to go to dulcimer festivals and listen to really good dulcimer players. I also play the ukulele. I am using a lot of the music and atmosphere from those activities.
What is your favorite scene in your new release?
Ren’s scoping out the drug scene at the festival camping ground-don’t ask me where I got it! I’ll never tell.
What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?
The second and third books in the Smoky Blue series-‘Smoke’ and ‘Evergreen’-are out now. I’m starting ‘Indigo’ next week.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I play four musical instruments-piano, organ, dulcimer and ukulele. I play in two musical groups. My husband and I travel a lot and run around occasionally in our Miata.
What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?
I spent 39 years teaching science in an inner city high school and have heard the four worst words a teacher can hear-‘You taught my mother’.
Author of twenty six 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 and grandmother of three, she and her husband Charles live in central Texas but frequently visit grandchildren in eastern Tennessee and Georgia. She plays the piano, organ, dulcimer, and ukulele and belongs to two performing bands. 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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