Thursday, May 4, 2017

Author Interview & Giveaway - Smoke by Emily Mims

by Emily Mims

GENRE:   Romance/Romantic suspense



A concert violinist and musical prodigy, Francesca Giordano is internationally acclaimed and always in the spotlight—right where she doesn’t want to be. Not after she’s witnessed a murder. Suddenly on the run, she finds her way to Bristol, Tennessee, and to the music club Acoustics. There, as “ Chessie Hope,” she can hide out in the open. But with this newest gig comes a different kind of danger. Older and impossibly sexy, bluegrass singer Cooper Barstow is everything she’s ever wanted in a man, and his daughters are just as easy to love. Yet Francesca cannot enjoy the luxury of such a relationship, not even if he could protect her from the men on her trail or if she could be honest with him about who she is. Cooper is as wounded as he is strong, and he needs someone who will stay by his side for the rest of his life. Just as Francesca does. And the smoke on the mountains and the haze of desire almost make her believe that could happen.



“No, it was more than that.  You’re wise for your tender years, Chessie.  How did you get to be so smart?”

“I’m not all that smart.  You’d eventually have figured it all out.”

They stared into one another’s eyes for a moment.  “I was jealous.”  Cooper was abrupt.  “Of Jeremy.  When he came on to you.”

Chessie cupped his face between her hands.  “Cooper, why?”

Cooper put his good hand on Chessie’s shoulder.  “He’s young and he’s cute and he has both his arms.”

“If I were into boys, I might have been impressed.  But I’m not into boys, Cooper.  I’m into men.  One man, in particular.  And you know what?  I’m going to kiss that man, right now.”

Cooper stood, not moving, as Chessie went up on her tiptoes and placed her lips against his.  She held his face in her hands and nibbled, touching and seeking in the gentlest of caresses before deepening their embrace.  At first Cooper let her take the lead, but as hiss torment became unbearable he crushed her to him, her soft curves fitting just right into his hard, muscled body like a cool drink of water in the parched Arizona desert.  She wrapped her arms around his body and held him even closer.  Her nipples stiffened with desire and poked into his chest.  Cooper was overcome with longing.  He wanted this woman so badly he could taste it.

Talking with author Emily Mims!

What is your writing environment? 
In San Antonio, I work in a quiet corner of my bedroom.  At the lake house, I have a computer desk looking out the window at the lake.

What is your writing process?
I write a detailed synopsis of each chapter.

What authors have caught your interest lately and why?
Paige Tyler-does great paranormal work
Nancy Sartor-new author with an interesting take on the paranormal
(I love paranormal but couldn’t write it if you put a gun to my head.)
Carolyn Brown-Nobody does cowboys any better!

What was your inspiration for this particular novel?
I love both Appalachia and old timey mountain and bluegrass music.  Although I don’t play the fiddle, I play some of the instruments and all the songs mentioned in the story.

What is your favorite scene in your new release?
Cooper’s dressing down by Francesca’s mom

What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?
The next one in the series, ‘Evergreen’, is out now.  The fourth book in the series, ‘Indigo’, is with my beta reader.

What do you like to do when you are not writing? 
Make music!  I play in a dulcimer group and a ukulele group.

What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?
I wrote the Astronomy curriculum for the San Antonio Independent School District.  I’m a retired science teacher.

Top 3 things on your bucket list?
See Alaska (scheduled for June of this year)
Drive the causeway from Miami to Key West (scheduled for July of this year)
See Europe (next year I hope)
Please note: This does not mean that I intend to die in 2019!  I have lots more stuff on that list.  I want to see the rest of the US (I’ve seen 31 states so far and will add Alaska to that list in June.)  I want to see the islands of the South Pacific, or at least some of them.  I want to see more of the Caribbean, sail the Panama Canal, see fall (I’m 65 years old, live in San Antonio and have never seen real fall foliage)…well, you get the picture.  And I also want to write more books.  Lots more books!!!!!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Author of 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 and grandmother of six, 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.”




Emily Mims will be awarding a  $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour


  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. I'm looking forward to reading this!

  3. Thank you for having me today! Readers, do you have any questions for me?
    Best, Emily

  4. Great post - thanks for sharing the excerpt.

  5. Look forward to reading your favorite scene.

  6. What was your favorite book of 2016? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com