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KB Review: Mist by Emily Mims

The Music of the Smoky Blue Series

A Blog Post by Emily Mims

mediakit_bookcover_mistMusic is an integral part of my life.  Ever since I sat down at our brand-new piano at the age of nine with a simple song in front of me, I have been making music in one form or another on five, hopefully soon to be six, different instruments (piano, organ, guitar, dulcimer, ukulele and hopefully I can nail down the bowed psaltery).  It is inevitable that my love of music finds its way into my stories.  In my first series, The Texas Hill Country series, my characters either sang, danced well, or played an instrument.  But I wanted to take it further than that.  So when I was thinking about writing a second series, I decided to set the stories in the world of Appalachian mountain music and bluegrass music and have as my centerpiece a bluegrass music club in Bristol, Tennessee, with my characters the professional musicians performing there.

Kylie Richards, the heroine of ‘Mist’, plays the mountain dulcimer.  I play the dulcimer-not as well as she does, but I do play it.  I bought my first dulcimer in the summer of 2012 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  The vendor was demonstrating how to play one and it looked interesting, so I sat down and gave it a test run.  I was hooked!  I bought one on the spot and brought it home to San Antonio, where I found a tiny but thriving dulcimer group called the Riverpickers.  The mountain dulcimer is the only instrument that was ever developed in the continental United States and is a bit deceptive in that at first it seems easy, but playing it well requires a great deal of skill.  Normally a dulcimer is held flat on one’s lap or on a table in front of the musician and played flat like a steel guitar, but I prefer a ‘music stick’ or banjo dulcimer that I hold like a banjo or a ukulele.  Most dulcimers are made by specialty luthiers, and they are hard to find outside Appalachia or the Ozarks.  Some of the characters in ‘Mist’ play the hammered dulcimer, a large triangular instrument played by hitting the strings with small hammers.  I don’t play one of those and have the utmost admiration for those who do!  I also have Kylie’s amputee brother playing a bowed psaltery, an instrument that can be played one-handed.  It’s another instrument that is deceptive in that it’s laid out like a piano and would theoretically be a quick study for a pianist, but that again requires skill and practice to play well.

A good musician can play anything on a dulcimer (either kind) or psaltery, but the music that’s made for them are the old folk songs and ballads that were brought over by the English and Scots that settled Appalachia and passed these songs down as the years passed.  I was careful to have my characters play actual old mountain songs to the point that I had my Riverpickers music book on my desk as a ready reference.  Most of the music in that book is hand-written, as much of the mountain music has never been formally written down or published.  When I needed a song for my characters to play, I would ask myself ‘What are the characters doing with the music?’  If they are accompanying the young cloggers, I have them play something that would be suitable for clog dancing, as opposed to singing a love ballad.  However, I was also careful to have them play other kinds of music as well.  The Barstows sing and play bluegrass, which developed in the 1940’s as a musical genre and is an outgrowth of the old mountain music, and my musicians are seen playing modern songs as well.

As the Smoky Blue series progresses, more musicians will star as my heroes and heroines and more instruments will be featured.  Some of my upcoming heroines play the fiddle, the ukulele, and the banjo, and I also have a song writer and a pole dancer in the works.  Where will the series go after that?  I’m not sure, but wherever it goes, my characters will be making beautiful music in my stories.


Mist by Emily Mims

GENRE: Romance/romantic suspense


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.”

mediakit_authorphoto_mistAUTHOR 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.”



Twitter @EmilyMimsAuthor


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KB Review

mediakit_bookcover_mistThis was a different kind of read for me, full of unfamiliar landscapes and sounds. Being a city girl from Michigan whose favorite band is AFI, reading a story about a bluegrass band with a dulcimer-playing heroine that takes place in eastern Tennessee was definitely something new, but I enjoy learning about new places and new things.

Funny sidestory: My parents just moved to his area, and their neighbor complained first thing about the meth problem in the area. My mom freaked out (having also just been diagnosed with cancer) because they’d bought the house sight unseen and it’s a drug neighborhood (which it isn’t.) The second time I hear about this area (Kingsport/Bristol,) the fictional DEA is setting up a sting in a bluegrass music place. I did NOT tell my mom about this book because she’d freak out even more, though I do like to pass on titles of books I think she’ll enjoy–like this one.

Back to the review: This story is about Kylie, a widowed musician whose husband had been a cheater and a liar. She’s tender and doesn’t trust easily, so when Ren, a man working with the DEA steals her heart while investigating her, it’s understandable when she shows him the door. The plot here is nothing new, but the writing style brings these characters and the story to life. There were a few things that bothered me, mostly Cooper’s attitude (he’s Kylie’s brother.) At one point, he spouted off about his mother being a whore, his sister being a bastard, and his father being a queer. Those judgmental, old-fashioned prejudices pissed me off, but then I reasoned that there are people like that in every family–mine included–who we love but want to smack over the head. Kudoes to Ms. Mims that her story engaged me enough to make me want to shake a character. (I’m pretty sure Cooper is the focus of the next book, so hopefully someone teaches him to be more open-minded and less judgmental.)

Overall, I liked this book. The writing style was engaging, and the story was good. Mist has it all–jams, intrigue, love, heartbreak, and forgiveness.


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Kissing Bandits Interview: Moonlight Market by Aidee Ladnier

The Setting of THE MOONLIGHT MARKET by Aidee Ladnier

nbtm_tourbanner_themoonlightmarketWhen I set out to write THE MOONLIGHT MARKET, I knew I wanted to write an “up all night” story where the characters stayed awake into the wee hours of the morning, tired and unable to censor themselves, vulnerable and honest. So I looked for things that people do in the nighttime. I came across the night markets or night bazaars of Asia while looking on Pinterest. Usually these are places where you can leisurely stroll through an open-air market, eating and shopping under the stars. The pictures I’ve seen have tents all illuminated, making for a carnival-like feel with bright colors and light. They are slowly gaining a foothold in the US as well, and I’ve seen advertisements for them pop up all over the country, some even naming themselves “moonlight markets” instead of night markets.

So I had my place but I wanted to build a little magic into the mix. I decided to populate my place with people that are there one minute and gone the next. I thought of performers on a circuit, of circuses and carnivals, with spangled costumes that dazzle the eyes and leave a retinal burn behind. So I added performances to my market. The Moonlight Market would inhabit the fictional town of Kindle Bay up the coast. But it would only be there for a single weekend, and then all the people in it would leave.

As the Moonlight Market is made up artist’s stalls, performance areas, and food vendors, I thought about the shape of the field it would occupy. Fairgrounds can be asymmetrical but rarely in a regimented way. However, I wanted my market to be special, so all the stalls and tables and tents were laid out in the shape of a crescent moon. This would allow for a long throughway and a big dark field in the center. I needed that dark space in the story to give my two heroes a place to pause. And it was also a convenient way to sneak a shortcut into the field.

I love the setting of my Moonlight Market, where anything is possible. You can find vintage toys from travelers to the Far East. You can buy food that will soothe your soul. You can meet your future while looking for your past. And you can meet strangers that are friends. As the flyer to the Moonlight Market encourages, experience the thrills under the cover of darkness! Have an adventure! But I’ll also leave you with a warning—keep to the lighted path.

The Moonlight Market by Aidee Ladnier

GENRE:  LGBTTQ, Fantasy & Paranormal, New Adult


mediakit_bookcover_moonlightmarketCollege senior Cory Long tracked his missing sister to the magical Moonlight Market to bring her home. Instead, he found a disorienting world of performers and hawkers, bizarre sights and sounds, and one very familiar showman, Sanderson Beets. Like a drowning man, he latched onto Sanderson, trusting him to navigate the twists and turns of the Market as unerringly as he had steered Cory to passion in their furtive trysts on campus.

But Sanderson was tired of being the quickie in the alley.

Sanderson Beets had escaped the Moonlight Market to attend college, hoping to settle into a normal life, maybe meet someone and fall in love. To obtain that new life he made a dangerous bargain. And when the sinister woman known as the Weaver of Dreams is involved, second chances always come with strings attached…and sacrifices. Sanderson’s debt has come due, and the only payment he has to offer is Cory, and their chance at a relationship.


He almost ignored it.


Tiny bells tinkled nearby.

They sounded closer.

His skin tightened with goose bumps.

Niari glided into the pool of light cast by the lantern hanging on the back of the tent. Her long, inky dress brushed the bells on her ankles and pulled the shadows forward with her.

“Your debt is coming due.” Her trilling, accented voice floated over the noise from the fairway beyond. In front of the tent children giggled and laughed, the calliope blared out its joyous concert, and the lanterns burned away the darkness. But Sanderson stood in the shadows behind…with her.

Sweat coated his palm, and it slipped from the curtain. He swiped at the bead of perspiration on his upper lip, the pit of his stomach icing into a lump.

“I found someone.” He blurted out the words. “A lost soul. Someone who’s lost something.”

Panic bloomed in Sanderson’s chest. Was he actually going to offer Cory to the Weaver? Cory who just wanted to find his missing sister. Cory of the soft hair, bitable nipples, and beautiful, slim cock. Who made Sanderson feel normal. Like a regular guy.

“Good.” Her smile widened, filled with too many tiny teeth that gleamed bright in the lantern light. “Are they tasty and ripe?”

“Madame?” Sanderson’s gut twisted at the hard glitter in her eyes. A chill crept down his spine. She looked…hungry.

He blinked. Niari stood before him, still and silent, waiting, just a woman again. The malevolent flash must have been a trick of the dim light. He shrugged off the unease and shook the numbness from his fingers.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

mediakit_authorphoto_moonlightmarketAidee Ladnier, an award-winning author of speculative fiction, began writing at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee’s to write both romance and erotica with a little science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.

You can find her on her blog at or on her favorite social media sites:








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Kissing Bandits Guest Blogger: Jason Pere #Callingthereaper

Balancing life and writing by Jason Pere

authorpictureThe balance of life and writing is one of the big questions that comes up all the time for indie writers and apprising authors. Other artists, as well as close friends and family ask me how I find the time. I will tell you that holding down a full time job, the joys of homeownership, being a worthwhile spouse and guardian of several little fur creatures is already a taxing demand. Adding to that, being an author with all the accompany dreams of publishing a best seller and you can quickly see that twenty four hours in a day just feels inadequate.

I am fortunate that I have a supportive circle of loved ones who are willing to afford me the needed time to shut out the rest of the world and pound away at my lap top when I have to make a writing deadline. Even with people that will let me comment some time to my art I still need to log some extra hours in order to tell my stories. I think that is the crux of the issue, in that you actually have to go out of balance in some aspects of your life if you want to pursue your passions outside of family and vocation. I take my computer with me to work and scarf down my meals when I have a few stolen moments so I can actually write on my lunch break. They say that 3:00a.m is the hour or writers and poets and they are not wrong. Many times I will tuck my wife into bed or get up extra early so I can creep down stairs and put some words on the page. Being an indie author is by and large about stealing moments from the daily grind and putting them towards your craft. I say that if I can produce 1,000 words a day then I am happy with my progress and can sleep soundly.

I think that in the short term, if you want to seriously pursue art as a profession then you need to be prepared to have the scales tip far out of your favor for a time. It means taking on a lot of stress, anxiety and heartache so that you can start building a foundation. I think that, like anything else, writing is as much about paying your dues as it is about being a good. It is my hope that the world can only ignore a formidable artist for so long and that years of passion and dedication shall eventually bring a happy balance for those who stay the course.

Check out Calling the Reaper


mediakit_bookcover_callingthereaperThe time of the Unity has ended. Now, the realm of man is stranded between Paradise and Purgatory. The Valkyrie and Reaper battle over the fate of all who pass from the land of the living and into the afterlife.

Eight mortal spirits from vastly different worlds tread the same, inevitable path toward their last, crucial decision. Within them all exists the defining conflict every man must face—to look upon the end of their life with glory and honor, or to give credence to their baser longings, calling the Reaper to their own demise.

In this rich, harrowing tale of pride, deceit, honor, vengeance, and redemption, each individual must battle their inner turmoil, facing the sacrifices they have made before their unavoidable end in the land of the living.

But their last day in life is also their first day of death amidst the terrors of the underworld. Lord Master Death wants them all…and the real battle has only just begun.


Aristo reached far within and blocked all the pain shooting through his being. I am mediakit_originalartwork_gates-of-purgatoryPraetorian, my flesh does my bidding. Again, he commanded his eyes to open. When he finally managed to force them open, the agony consuming his head must have felt very much like staring straight into the blazes of the sun. He felt the tearing of skin as his world instantly turned from the darkest black to a moment of brightest white. His eyes watered heavily and he blinked, trying to clear away at least some of the dried blood which had sealed his eyes shut. For several moments, everything was a blur, but then he could distinguish colors and shapes again.

He nearly wished that he had in fact been blinded; he would have at least been spared the image before him. Aristo had been wounded in battle before, but never like this. His body lay covered in a blanket of dried crimson. No one would have known that he bore the deep purple uniform of the Praetorian Legion had they even bothered to look at him. It was confounding that he had bled so profusely and could still draw breath, still feel the beat of his heart within his chest. A moment of warrior’s pride overtook him when he studied his twisted form and realized the excruciating pain was not unwarranted. Then he remembered.

Captured, he thought. I’ve been captured.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jason Pere is a born-and-raised New Englander. He always had a passion for the arts and creative storytelling. At the age of thirteen, Jason took up the craft of acting for film and theater. He pursued that interest for over a decade until refocusing his medium of expression into writing.

At first, Jason took a causal interest in writing, starting with poetry and journaling. Over time, he honed his direction and finally began writing larger works. In November of 2012, Jason self-published his first book, Modern Knighthood: Diary of a Warrior Poet.

Since then, Jason has continued writing on his own, mostly short stories and poetry. Calling the Reaper was his first experience committing to a full-length Fiction title.

In early 2015, Jason became affiliated with Collaborative Writing Challenge (CWC). Since then, he has joined many other writers on numerous collaborative projects. Jason is a regular contributor to CWC and is scheduled to have multiple pieces of his work appear in their publications throughout 2016.

You can find out more about Jason Pere’s involvement and publications in collaborative fiction at:

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Jason also writes fanfiction for Team Covenant on their Blog of the Pheonixborn, dedicated to the new game by Plaid Hat Games, ‘Ashes’. Go to to read Jason’s flash fiction work.

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Kissing Bandits Guest Blogger: Ashish Malpani #TenDaysInOctober

Kissing Bandits Welcomes Ashish Malpani


Ten Days in October

Significance of the title ‘Ten Days in October’ and Navratri

The story of this novel unfolds over ten days in October, but that is not the reason behind the title. The ten days have great significance not only from mythological and religious perspective but also for the plot. The first nine days of the story line happen over Hindu festival of Navratri, which literally means ‘nine-days’. Navratri is the celebration of feminine divinity in the form of universal mother, Devi (Goddess). The first three days celebrate the Devi in the form of Durga, second set of three days honor the Devi as Lakshmi, and final three days are dedicated to Saraswati. Riding a lion, armed with weapons of Gods Goddess Durga is destroyer of evil and epitomizes valor. Lakshmi is goddess of wealth and prosperity. Not just material but also spiritual wealth and purpose are the blessings of this form. Saraswati is celebration of knowledge and wisdom. She is often depicted sitting on a rock, symbolizing the knowledge that stays with us always. Following the nine days of rituals and worship, the 10th day is celebrated as Dussehra, which is also known as Vijaya- Dashmi. It is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Rama over the demon, Ravana.

Even when so much emphasis and respect is given to the mother form of God, India is still trying to combat the growth in crime against women from female feticide and infanticide to harassment and dowry deaths. With just 10% women representation in government and parliament the laws that deem everyone equal don’t always do justice and fall short. The perpetrators get away because of lack of political and enforcement will power, misuse of power and corruption.

The novel is inspired by one of the dark incidents that happened around my home town in India. The ten days unfold a trail of bodies that the protagonist Inspector Shivaji Chavan is forced to chase. As the story progresses, we find out that victims are hardened criminals who graduated from petty crimes to the more serious ones. The only question that demands an answer is that ‘Does the victims’ past catch up to them?’ If yes then what was so dark about that past and how does Navratri relate to it?

I do believe that my choice of the title not fits the writing style but also gives the first clue to the readers.


Print5 a.m. phone call broke Police Inspector Shivaji Chavan’s sleep informing him that local jeweler Anil Kokate, was found hanging from a tree on the banks of Pravara River in a small town of rural India. Although the signs point to an open and shut case of suicide, Chavan suspects foul play. While trying to find the missing pieces of the story he finds more hidden skeletons and comes across astonishing & cruel past of the victim. What begins as a routine investigation quickly turns darker, ruthless and pressing. Can Chavan handle the pressure of his superiors, local media and frightened masses? Can he navigate the system to reach the killer? Can he solve the moral dilemma when he comes face to face with the killer?

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_TenDaysInOctoberAshish Malpani is an Indian-American freelancer and blogger. Born in Sangamner, a small town in rural India, he spent much of his adult life in Austin, Texas. A technology product marketer by trade, Ashish earned his MSE from Purdue University and MBA from the University of Texas.

Ashish fell in love with reading and traveling at a young age. As a kid he had two dreams in life: to write a novel and to travel around the world. Thirty eight countries and counting, Ashish has explored various cultures and captured the world through the lens of his camera with his wife Samta and son Ayan.

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Guest Takeover: Kathy O’Rourke

Kathy O’Rourke is an independent writer. I had the pleasure of reading chapters of Knowing Beth as Kathy posted them in a private FB group. If you love alpha male MC stories with sweet, emotionally strong submissives, check, out Knowing Beth

cover  eBook (Final)Knowing Beth by Kathy O’Rourke

Book One in the Men of Nirvana Flats Series.

I was always a closeted writer who wrote stories and poems but would never show them to anybody.  After a bout with cancer I made a bucket list. What can I say, I saw the movie and it inspired me. At the top of my list right under winning the lottery was write a novel. Since winning the lottery was a crapshoot, I moved on to writing my novel. People ask me where I got my idea for Knowing Beth, the answer is crazy simple… the character Beth came to me in a dream and gave me her story and then sat on my shoulder as I wrote the book.   Ask any writer and they will tell you that their characters become real to them. Mine did and I love them. As I was writing Knowing Beth it became apparent that this needed to be a series because all of the characters want me to tell their stories too.  I titled the series “The Men of Nirvana Flats” after their motorcycle club’s name which is  the Nirvana Flats Motorcycle Club (NFMC). Each book will have a HEA for one of the men but all the characters will be seen through the series.


Beth: A young submissive in trouble.

Parker: A Dom with a sad secret.

Was it just an accident that they met? Or something else?

Can Parker and his crew help Beth handle her past demons? Can Beth help Parker deal with his painful past?


Amazon Reader Reviews:

“This is a must read that will melt your panties, make you sweet, bring tears to your eyes and have your heart racing”

“A refreshing take on romance.”

“Really liked this book. Loved the different characters points of view.”

“I must say she had me hooked by the third chapter. Her characters were well written and the story-line held my interest to the very end.”

Book Two: Thanking Stars releases Christmas 2014.

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Author Bio:

Kathy O’Rourke is a writer of woman’s romance with an erotic twist.  She grew up in East Rockaway New York, went to college in Utah but has been a resident of Los Angeles California since she was 24 years old. She was always a closeted writer who took an early retirement to try her hand at being an author. She self published “Knowing Beth” this past August. It is her first novel and book one in her Men of Nirvana Flats Series.

Writing is not her only love. She loves reading, gardening and her dogs Yogi and BooBoo.


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Win a Signed Copy of KMG and a $20 Amazon Gift Card

Would you like to win an autographed copy of Kiss Me Goodnight and a $20 Amazon gift card to help support your reading habit? I’m four stops in on a virtual book tour. You can visit anytime and enter each week for a chance to win! The first four links below are direct links to the interview/post/review. At each stop, I discuss something new, whether it’s a topic related to KMG or an interview. I hope to see you there!

April 16: Illustrious Illusions
April 23: One World Singles Magazine Blog
April 30: The Book Review
April 30: The Talent Cave Reviews
May 7: Rachel Brimble Romance
May 14: Zee Monodee – Author’s Corner
May 14: Books and Other Spells
May 21: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
May 28: Reviews By Molly
May 28: Long and Short Reviews
June 4: Booklover Sue