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Book Tour & Giveaway with Excerpt & Guest Post! Amethyst (The Smokey Blues #9) Emily Mims!






The Smoky Blues Book 9
by Emily Mims
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Deke Gregory has a type – petite, feminine, pliable. His ex-wife was his ideal, but she wasn’t his, obviously. Faced with the realities of joint custody and a family “village” raising his son, Deke sets out to find a woman who ticks all his boxes and thinks he walks on water. Enter Doctor Taylor De Witt: tall, strong, willful, opinionated, and too busy to be bothered with soothing his rough edges. Imagine his surprise when he falls for her – hard.



Taylor De Witt knew she would be a heart surgeon since college. Now a single mother with a schedule that requires roller blades, she has little time for her family, never mind a social life. When she meets Deke Gregory she thinks he’s a Neanderthal – yummy, but from a different era. Little does she know what their mutual attraction will bring, including examining her life to include an everlasting love.




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Amethyst is the 9th book in The Smokey Blues series


Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/series/202614-the-smokey-blues





1 Mist
2 Smoke
3 Evergreen
4 Indigo
5 Emerald
6 Mistletoe
7 Violet
8 Ruby
9 Amethyst



Amethyst is AVAILABLE in print or ebook

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Amethyst-Smoky-Blues-Book-9-ebook/dp/B07HB9P32P


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Deke found Charlie sitting by himself staring at his phone. The boy took one look at the dress and shoes and his shoulders sagged. “Brian’s in a bad way, isn’t he?”

Deke sank down beside him. “Yeah, he is. But your mom said she can fix him.” “She probably can. But sometimes…” He trailed off.
Deke choked back his terror. Charlie spoke the truth. There were no guarantees. “I know that. But let’s think positive. If anybody can fix Brian, it’s your mom. She’s the best. Okay, buddy?” “Okay.” Charlie nodded.

Deke looked down at the shoes. “Will your mother have to operate barefooted?”

“Nah, she keeps a change of clothes and tennis shoes in her locker.”
“Speaking of clothes, you need to call your grandmother to come get you and the dress.”

“I already did when I saw them hand the dress to the lady at the desk. Grandma’s pissed.” “Is she?”

Too damn bad.

“You better believe it. She said Mom’s letting Kelly down and that Kelly won’t ever speak to Mom again.”

“It couldn’t be helped. Don’t they know how sick Brian is?”
Charlie looked at him shrewdly. “That doesn’t always matter if you’re the one she’s letting down.”

Deke winced. At that moment Beatrice Gentry, dressed in a mother-of-the-bride outfit almost as gaudy as Taylor’s, blasted through the emergency room doors practically vibrating with fury. She looked around the waiting room, finally zeroing in on Charlie and Deke sitting beside him. She marched up to them and yanked the dress and shoes out of Deke’s arms. “Come on, Charlie, we’ve got to get moving. Damn your mother’s hide, anyway,” she snarled as Charlie stood up. “One damned day we asked for. One damned day she needed to have someone cover for her. One damned day for her little sister. Do we get it? Nooo, she’s buried in an OR and Kelly’s down her maid of honor. She’ll be lucky if your aunt ever speaks to her again.”

Deke rose to his feet, barely able to leash his ire. “Mrs. Gentry, that’s enough. I’m sorry about the wedding. But Brian’s in a bad way this morning and she’s in there trying to save him.
That’s more important than a wedding, I don’t care how disappointed her sister is.” Beatrice eyed him like a turd on her shoe. “Tough shit. We asked her for one day.”
“Damn it, don’t you understand?” Deke trembled with fury. He was almost yelling and didn’t care. “It’s Brian in there. The wedding’s not that important. That’s my son. She’s trying to save the boy I love.”

“I understand all too well.” Beatrice lowered her voice and looked at him with contempt. “It’s okay for her to miss Kelly’s wedding to save your kid, but when she missed your shindig to save Gina Harker’s life, she was all wrong and you broke up with her for it. That nameless, faceless single mother of three teenagers that Taylor stayed behind to help that afternoon is my best friend’s daughter. Taylor saved her life. Did you give a damn about that? No, you didn’t. You came out and said so. You told her you didn’t care who it was, that you were tired of never coming first. You decided you didn’t matter to her and you kicked her to the curb.”

Beatrice stopped and took a breath. “Yes, I’m angry and I’m disappointed. But Kelly and I will forgive her, which is more than you were willing to do.” She looked him up and down.

“How does it feel now that the shoe’s on the other foot?” Like crap. It felt like crap.

Deke stumbled backward as Beatrice’s tirade sunk in. Taylor had made the same decision the afternoon she was supposed to fly to Washington that she had today. She’d opted to stay behind and save a life. She’d chosen to do the best thing she could for her patient.

She’d chosen to put her patient first.

And he’d broken up with her for it. And yet today, it was perfectly well and good for her to do the same thing, because today it was his child whose life was in danger. And she’d asked him that very thing standing in his living room with tears in her eyes.

Yeah, he was a real shit.





Hello again, romance readers! This Stormy Vixen and I am so excited to have Emily Mims join us as she tells us how to create a believable villain.

Emily, welcome and thanks so much for joining us and sharing your insight on such a spectacular subject.


Creating a Believable Villain

Moriarty. Iago. Lex Luther. Hannibal Lecter. The Wicked Witch of the West. Just the sound of their names brings the thought of evil to mind. These are some of the more memorable of the numerous villains, or ‘bad guys’ if you will, created by skilled authors to pit against the heroes or ‘good guys’ of the story. Villains appear in many different literary genres, from political thrillers to science fiction to mystery to romantic suspense to serious literary work. They can be supposed friend or former friend turned enemy, an ideological opponent, a thug or a psychopath with a bone to pick. They can be a lone wolf or the tip of a much bigger iceberg.


They can be thieving or murderous or diabolical. Their ire can be personal or they can hate what the hero stands for. They can be out to destroy the hero personally, financially, or by destroying what our hero loves most. They all have one thing in common-they are up to no good. But they are a necessary foil to the goodness of our heroes and heroines, and a carefully crafted, well-written villain can be just as memorable as the hero or heroine they are created to challenge.

Back in the early days of my career I wasn’t overly worried about creating a good villain. Most of my books were straight romances, and while there was the occasional rotten apple I was not creating true villains in that genre. Even the books with a slightly suspenseful theme did not have a villain as such. But when I decided I wanted to add the elements of danger and suspense into my stories I had to sit down and think about what made an effective villain in literature and how to bring that villain to life. And then I had to figure out how to bring that character into the story in such a way that neither the hero, heroine, or reader knows until the end who their nemesis is nor why they are doing the things they do. This takes some careful plotting-no flying by the seat of one’s pants-and occasionally it takes going back into the story and adding hints and clues that were not included in the first draft.

So what makes a villain in a romantic suspense novel believable? I try to make sure that my villain first and foremost is a villain, not a hero who does bad things or antiheroes such as the Corleones in the Godfather series. My villains have to be doing something evil, something that is going to bring harm to my protagonists or others in the story and they are not to be admired for it. However, it is very important that the villain have a reason for doing what they do. Sometimes having them a thug or a greedy titan is enough, especially if our hero or heroine gets in the villain’s way, but it is infinitely better if the villain has a specific bone to pick with his or her victims. That issue might seem unreasonable to everyone but the villain, but it has to be reasonable to him or her. And it is never enough, at least in a suspense novel, just to declare the villain psychopathic or ‘crazy’. There has to be a reason the villain is what he is and doing what he does.

So what else do I include when I craft the bad guy of the piece? My villains are all smart-scary smart in some cases, and I make sure that they would have the skills to carry out whatever crimes they commit in the course of the story. In an early version of ‘Solomon’s Choice’ my villain Cissy was a vindictive but weak alcoholic dependent on someone else to carry out her nefarious plans. After it was pointed out to me that Cissy as I had portrayed her could not have carried out the crimes she is guilty of I turned her into a cunning, manipulative loner who by guile got others to do her bidding. I make sure the villain has the skill set to carry out the crimes they are perpetrating. (I would not, for example, have a mild-mannered chemistry teacher shooting someone from a hundred yards away or strangling them with her bare hands, but I could and did have her poisoning people with chemicals from her stock room.) A careful matching of character to skill set not only makes the story and the villain more believable but also provides valuable clues to the good guys trying to track them down.

Should a villain have a conscience? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. My villains in ‘Solomon’s Choice’ and ‘Daughter of Valor’ did not. They loved and they grieved and in their minds that made their heinous behavior acceptable. My villains in ‘Never and Always’, on the other hand, do have consciences. They know that they are hurting innocent people and even come out and say that to one another, but make the decision to go ahead and deliberately do things to innocent people in order to destroy the woman they hate. Either scenario works, depending on the context of the story, and in the hands of the right author it’s great fun to watch a villain with a conscience destroyed by his own actions.

A strong hero and heroine deserve an interesting, believable, bad guy, a villain worth besting in the end, and I always do my best to make sure that they get one.





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Author of eighteen romance novels under the pseudonym 'Emily Elliott', Emily Mims combined her writing career with a career in public education until leaving the classroom to write full time. 'Solomon's Choice' is her first romantic suspense and the first novel she has published under her own name. The mother of two sons, she and her husband Charles split their time between Central Texas and eastern Tennessee. For relaxation she plays the piano, organ, dulcimer, and ukulele. 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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review 2016-11-17 12:34
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Amethyst (Guardian #1) by Heather Bowhay
Amethyst - Heather Bowhay
Amethyst starts off with Lexi having a premonition, and dealing with it. You find out, as the story continues, that she ignored one premonition, and now feels the guilt of not saving a man. So she says she isn't going to ignore any more, and there we are. This is not a normal 'save' though, as there are other people there too, both good and bad as far as Lexi can tell. A while later, someone at work starts talking to her, a new friendship is born, and things take a turn for the interesting. 
This is an intriguing story, with lots of potential. I loved the Healer/Guardian/Amethyst side of things. I didn't like Lexi not knowing what was going on, but only because that meant that I didn't know what was going on either. The story moves along at a good pace, with a good amount of build up. It does end on a cliffhanger (sort of) so fair warning, but it is a continuing story!
The one thing that didn't work as well for me was the whole relationship with Ash. I just didn't get it, or him. I'm sure the reasons for him being in the story will become clearer in the subsequent books, but it just didn't do it for me. I'm not a big fan of the whole triangle thing anyway, but I honestly just couldn't see a connection between Lexi and him. 
It was well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. I would recommend it to all fans of YA Paranormal Romance.
* Verified Purchase - March 2013 *
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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/11/review-by-merissa-amethyst-guardian-1.html
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text 2016-09-10 17:04
A Little Jewel
The Amethyst Box - Anna Katharine Green

Anna Katharine Green (1846-1935) is considered one of the mothers of the mystery novel.  Her 1878 detective story The Leavenworth Case predated Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes by more than a decade, and she went on to establish series characters who were police detectives, elderly lady mystery solvers, and even young women sleuths well ahead of the creation Poirot, Marple, and the indomitable Nancy Drew.  (Is it possible that Elizabeth Peters's Amelia Peabody is a nod to Green's Amelia Butterworth, who would have been Peabody's contemporary?)


And of course we are lucky enough now to have virtually all of her works available for free from Project Gutenberg and digitized for Kindle (and probably the other platforms as well).


I had read The Forsaken Inn a couple of years ago, and while It was interesting and entertaining, it didn't quite grab me.  But it had sparked my interest in Green's work as one of those prolific and once-popular but now almost forgotten women writers.  Reading about her again in Deathly Women (reviewed here) encouraged me to try more of her works, and the Halloween Bingo provided a perfect nudge in that direction.


The Amethyst Box is a novelette published in 1905.  My free Kindle edition included The House in the Mist, but I haven't read it yet.  As you might guess by my avatar, the former held a special attraction.


The action all takes place from the late evening before to the early morning of the day Miss Gilbertine Murray is to wed young Mr. Sinclair at the ocean-front home of Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong in Newport, Rhode Island.  The narrator, Mr. Walter Worthington, is Sinclair's best man; Worthington is also secretly in love with Gilbertine's cousin, Dorothy Camerden.  The two young women -- orphaned we know not how -- have been raised by their wealthy but cruelly tyrannical aunt, Mrs. Lansing.


During the pre-wedding festivities, Sinclair displays a tiny box made from an amethyst to some of the young ladies.  The box contains a deadly secret, and when the box comes up missing and someone later comes up dead, the two young men must identify the killer, even though each of them suspects the solution will destroy his future happiness.


All told through Worthington's first-person narration, there isn't much discovery of clues, but instead a persuading of the principals to reveal what they know.  And of course they know more than they are willing at first to tell.  Though the style is dated -- those page-long paragraphs are a bit much -- the puzzle was intriguing enough that I read until my eyes just plain wouldn't focus any longer last night and I reached for the Kindle first thing this morning to finish before I got out of bed.


For the Halloween Bingo I've already re-read some old favorites, which almost feels like cheating, so I was delighted that this short gem took place in Newport and would fit snugly on the "Set in New England" square. leaving the "Genre Mystery" spot open for another new discovery!

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review 2015-11-06 00:00
Amethyst - Lauren Royal read a while ago but couldn't remember to review. rather forgettable story. i did not understand the appeal of the heroine. She was good at her trade and fell in love with the hero when he asked her to create a piece for him. I don't see the appeal of such a woman and have no interests in her love story.
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review 2015-10-26 22:47
Amethyst Flame (The Flame Series Book 2) - Caris Roane

Book two in the new Flame series by Caris Roane didn't stand up to what I expected after book 1.  It had moments where it was so melodramatic. The "Oh, we are doomed to fail"before they even started mentality that the characters kept coming back to got a bit annoying.  It was almost like they expected to fail, so why bother hoping for a different outcome. Then there were times when they were intimate that they wouldn't stop talking "Oh, how I love this about you" and "Oh, how I love that about you. It got a bit tiring. The final battle and resolution was good. But the plot was a bit flat. They kept going on about how they didn't have a future, so they didn't want to contemplate their feelings and thinking about how if only they could lock themselves away and hide they would be able to tell the other person how they truly felt.  I enjoyed the final battle in the maze and how they worked as a team and fought to survive. They spent most of the story saying how they were doomed to fail, but as soon as they committed to the final battle, they fought hard to survive and love each other. I enjoyed the world of Five Bridges, so I do think the series has potential, I just for some reason didn't connect with these two characters like I did the characters in book 1.  These two characters fell flat for me.

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