Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Mist by Emily Mims

Please welcome Emily Mims author of Mist.

Emily Mims will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




by Emily Mims


GENRE: Romance/romantic suspense



  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I wrote my first book on a dare. I had thrown a romance novel across the floor, claiming I could do a better job. My husband dared me to do so…and the rest is history.
2. How did you come up with ideas for your books?


Anywhere and everywhere. I used to think everybody drove down the street making up stories in their head and was shocked to find out that it was not so.
What expertise did you bring to your writing? On the job training by my old Candlelight editor Lydia Paglio. My college creative writing instructor told me I had no talent and to go back to the science department. (I invited him to my first autograph party and he came.)
3. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

I had another life as an inner city high school science teacher. I heard the four worst words a teacher can hear. “You taught my mother.”
4. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I have three more books plotted for the Smoky Blue series. (Three are already out.) Maybe one or two more after that. And then I am thinking of planting characters to go to NOLA and be part of the music scene there.
5. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

Either Kylie Richards from ‘Mist’ or Leilani Mahuiki from ‘Evergreen’. They play the same instruments I do, only so much better!
6. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

Complete unknowns. You bring in a star, they bring every role they have ever played with them.
7. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I belong to San Antonio Romance Authors but not a critique group as such. I do have two wonderful beta readers (Stacey Purcell and Nancy Sartor) who are not afraid to tell me the truth!

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

I submitted my first attempt to Candlelight in 1982. I was still operating under the ‘I’ll show him’ mode, but by that time I too thought I could do it. They didn’t buy that one, but they did buy the second, ‘Portrait of my Love’.
9. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

Best advice-write it! Worst advice was listening to a couple of agents back in the 80’s after Candlelight had gone under when they told me the spark was gone. I was almost 30 years trying again.
10. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I write a chapter by chapter detailed outline. Writing that outline is torture, but after that it prevents writer’s block because I know exactly where that story is going. I do retain the right to make changes in that plot, however.
11. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

Yes! I play the piano, organ, dulcimer, and ukulele, and play a lot of the same music that my characters play in the Smoky Blue books.
11. Do you have an all time favorite book?

No way I can pick just one! It’s probably the delicious unread download just waiting on my I-pad.
12. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

I have three more books in the Smoky Blue series plotted in detail. I start on ‘Indigo’ next week.
13. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

Charlton Heston and Elizabeth Taylor
14. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

Not without giving away the plot…but it does involve an inability to trust.

15. What is your favorite reality show?

Fixer-upper. I love Chip and Joanna and I love seeing what they can do just up the road from me! They’re based in Waco and I live in San Antonio
16. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

This is actually my second series. My first was the Texas Hill Country series, and I didn’t start it with the thought of making it into a series. There was no prior planning, and characters that popped up a couple of times suddenly had their own stories. With Smoky Blue, I knew ahead of time I was writing a series, and the stories are perhaps a bit more cohesive and flow together better.
18. Anything else you might want to add?

Just that I encourage anybody who thinks they have a story inside of them to sit down and write it!



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.”





AUTHOR Bio and Links:


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.”













Emily Mims will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




13 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Mist by Emily Mims

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai Tran
    January 17, 2017

    What gave you the most trouble with this story?

    • Emily W Mims
      January 17, 2017

      Writing the initial detailed plot. That is always the hardest part.

  3. achristay
    January 17, 2017

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

    • Emily W Mims
      January 17, 2017

      Thank you for having me today. I love to visit with bloggers and readers.

    • Emily W Mims
      January 17, 2017

      Thank you for having me!

  4. Lisa Brown
    January 17, 2017

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  5. Courtney Haas
    January 17, 2017

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Emily W Mims
    January 17, 2017

    Thank you for having me today. Readers, I love to answer questions. Fire away!

  7. Cali W.
    January 17, 2017

    Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. 🙂

  8. Victoria
    January 17, 2017

    This sounds like a great book – thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Ally Swanson
    January 17, 2017

    Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

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