By Emily Mims
When I wrote ‘Solomon’s Choice’
back in 2012, I had no idea that it would become the first book the nine book ‘Texas
Hill Country’ series, set around the fictional lake community of Heaven’s Point
of Verde County, Texas. I had a wonderful time with those stories. I drew
deeply from my own lake community and quaint charm of the Hill Country of
Texas. I used my own house in the story, and sent my heroes and heroines on the
same moonlit boat rides and eagle watching trips I had been on. I wrote about a
place and the people that I loved.
At the same time, as a writer I
recognized that series have, or should have, a finite lifetime. As long as two
years ago I was already thinking about my next series and getting to know the
characters as they developed in my imagination. But at the same time, I didn’t
want to just drop the Hill Country series cold, leaving my readers wondering
what had happened to that series and those settings and characters. So I
decided to do something I’ve seen done a few times but not often enough in the
world of series romance. I decided to tie the two series together, by
introducing a couple of characters in the last book of the Hill Country series
that would travel to Tennessee. They would become two of my heroes in the ‘Smoky
Blue’ series, set in the folk and bluegrass music world of the Appalachian
Mountains. Hopefully, my readers would be eager to travel with these characters
and join them in their new setting.
My readers have already met Ren
Navarro, the hero of ‘Mist’, in the last two books in the Hill Country series. He
and his friend Sawyer Ellison both find themselves in Appalachia, again
investigating drug dealing associated with a music club. Ren and Sawyer were
both mysterious characters in ‘Once, Again.’ Although Ren’s true nature and
Sawyer’s true mission are not revealed until the end of that book, I wrote both
characters with the subsequent series in mind, making sure Ren had the traits
and talents he would need as the hero of ‘Mist’ and laying the groundwork for
Sawyer’s continuing development as a character and his role as an eventual
hero. As cousin to the heroes of the last two Hill Country books and a part of
the family business, through Ren we will see Alex and Misty again, and the
series will continue to have ties to Texas and the characters we left behind
But not too many ties. The Smoky
Blue series has its own characters and stories. And it is set in a part of the
country that in many ways is very different from Texas. This time the story is
set not around a community, but around a bluegrass nightclub called Acoustics,
and the heroes and heroines are in some was associated with the club. Many of
the characters are musicians. This time, I’m drawing deeply from my experiences
as a musician and avid lover of mountain music. The jam sessions depicted are
modeled after those I’ve played in. My dulcimer-playing heroine, Kylie, plays
the same songs on her dulcimer that I do on mine. The ukulele-playing heroine
of the third book, ‘Evergreen’, plays the same music I play on my uke. The
festivals-I’ve been to every one of them. Even the dulcimer on the cover
belongs to me. These stories are coming from a very different
place than the others. They call for fresh characters in this new setting, with
new challenges to face as they find the man or woman of their dreams.

About the Book

Title Mist
Genre Romance/romantic suspense
Author Emily Mims
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Someone is distributing drugs out of the nightclub
Acoustics, and musician and undercover operative Reynolds Navarro has come to
Bristol, Tennessee to find out who. His prime suspect is the beautiful dulcimer
player Kylie Barstow Richards, whose drug-dealing husband was gunned down and
who has an unexplained source of money feeding into an offshore account. As
part of his investigation, Ren must gain her trust-and access to her home. What
better way to do that than to become her lover?
Kylie hates liars-she has been lied to all her life and she
vows never to be lied to again, especially by the appealing Ren Campbell. But
with danger drawing nearer and everything Kylie’s ever wanted about to be lost
to her, can Kylie put her faith in the man she loves but knows she cannot

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Publisher Boroughs Publishing

About the Author

Author of twenty-eight 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 six grandsons, she and
her husband Charles live in central Texas but frequently visit grandchildren in
Tennessee and Georgia. 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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