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The Smoky Blues Book 9
by Emily Mims
Genre: Contemporary Romance
CAN’T GET HER…
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.
OUT OF HIS HEART
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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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.
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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Interview #3-Stuff about Writing and Reading-Emily Mims
How long have you been writing?
I sold my first book in 1982. I wrote eighteen for Candlelight Ecstasy in three years and couldn’t get on with another publisher when they closed. I took a loooong hiatus before selling my next book to Boroughs in 2012. I’ve since written eighteen? Nineteen? More stories for them.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Most of the time my characters are already planned. Once in a while a supporting character pops up out of nowhere.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
It depends. For the Texas Hill Country series, I did a lot of research on wartime injuries and PTSD. I sort-of lived the Smoky Blue series as a musician. And the folks of San Antonio’s Woodlawn Theatre have opened their doors and their hearts to me for the upcoming Durango St. Theatre books.
Do you see writing as a career?
That’s a hard one to answer. I treat it like a job but my main source of income is a generous teaching retirement.
What do you think about the current publishing market?
It has its good points and its bad points. The numerous publishers and the availability of self-publishing makes it easier to get a book published. The reader has many, many more books to choose from than she used to have. But the pie is being sliced so thin that only the superstars can make a living from their work these days.
Do you write with noise or in silence?
In silence so I can hear myself think.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I plot four or five at a time in a series and then go back and write them one at a time. I am a serious plotter and write out detailed synopses before I ever write a word of manuscript.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I wrote my first book on a dare. I had thrown a romance across the floor and declared I could do a better job. My husband picked up the book and thumbed through it, said I probably could and dared me to do so! Was it the right decision? Absolutely!
Advice they would give new authors?
Spend less time going about the business of being a writer and sit down and write.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Yes to both. I think readers want something original…not to say that some of the more popular tropes, well done, shouldn’t be revisited.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I wrote four last year and will do the same this year. My rough-draft record is thirty-six days. When I am in writing mode I write quickly, but I take off a lot of time to travel. I was gone fifty-three days in May, June and July and was gone for fifteen days in October…and still managed to write two full length novels and a novella since January. I am starting book number four for the year and should have it finished by Christmas.
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