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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Unringing the Bell by Judy Higgins - Book Tour - Interview - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Judy Higgins and her new book, “Unringing the Bell”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Judy and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Unringing the Bell
by Judy Higgins

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GENRE: Mystery

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BLURB:

In the small town of Goose Bend, Pennsylvania, people don't forget. Especially something as sensational as 12-year-old Jacob Gillis burning down the town. Nineteen years later, Jacob returns, hoping for redemption. Instead, he finds himself entangled in a murder investigation. The prosecutor, taking advantage of Jacob's involvement with the victim's beautiful sister-in-law, threatens Jacob with loss of career and reputation if he doesn't play by his rules. Only by outwitting the prosecutor can Jacob save his future.

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EXCERPT ONE:


When Jacob Gillis was twelve years old, he burned down the town of Goose Bend, Pennsylvania. The fire didn’t actually consume the entire town – only two blocks of the four-block business section went up in flames – but when the folks in Goose Bend spoke of the incident, they persisted in saying that Jacob Gillis, abetted by his friend Charlie Garrett, burned down the town.

Jacob watched Laskey walk back to the Sequoia, his limp barely detectable, and for the thousandth time he wondered why his friend kept what had happened to his foot a secret. But there were some places Laskey didn’t go – formidable Laskey with his gruff manner and hard-muscled body. He was a private person and sometimes a grizzly bear, but he had a goose-down heart which he tried like heck to hide. But Jacob knew.

Laskey grasped the arms of his chair and pushed his feet hard against the floor to contain himself. For a brief moment, the thought had rushed through his head that a jail term for assaulting a DA would be worth enduring for the pleasure of smashing Inglehook’s head against his desk.

Laskey squared his shoulders, turned around, and looked Jacob in the eyes. “Don’t get yourself in a mess, Jake. Extrication isn’t always possible.” He started for the door.

“Give back the painting,” he called over his shoulder. “And Jake,” he paused and twisted around. “Don’t ever mistake pretty wrappings for the quality of the gift inside.”

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INTERVIEW:

Good morning Judy!  Welcome to Fabulous and Brunette!  We are thrilled to have you here and can’t wait to learn more about you and your new book, “Unringing the Bell.”

What is your favorite TV show?
It used to be Foyle’s War, but then after I saw every episode twice, I moved on to Midsomer Murders. I try to tune in to the news two or three grimes a week just to make sure the Martians haven’t landed. While I lived in Qatar, we all watched Al Jazeera and we all liked it a lot. That channel simply gave the news without having to have a panel discussion or call in experts on every issue. And fake news wasn’t an issue! Here, I watch BBC or Public Television when I want to catch up.

I don’t spend a lot of time watching TV. My parents refused to get a television until after my brother and I left for college, and I’ve always been glad for that. We learned to entertain ourselves in other ways. For me, it was reading and playing the piano.

If I could be any character in a book, who would it be?
Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. Because she got Mr. Darcy!

What do I have coming out to look out for?
I have two books coming out March 1: Unringing the Bell and Bride of the Wind. These are the first two volumes of “Bucks County Mysteries.” I’ve begun work on Call me Mara, which is a historical novel about Naomi in the Bible. For almost twenty years, I’ve wanted to write this. Everyone knows the plot, but it takes more than a good plot to pull you into a story, and I didn’t know until recently what it was about Naomi’s story that fascinated me. A few months ago, it hit me! As soon as Call me Mara is done, I’ll finish up book three of the Bucks County Mysteries series, Death by Oboe. A xxxxx mother-daughter relationship is at the heart of this “dark” mystery.

What book or authors have most influenced your own writing?
The books that were read to me as a child have most influenced my writing because that’s where I learned to love books. Fairy tales sent me into raptures. I also loved all those other children’s stories: Ferdinand the Bull, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, the Bobbsy Twins series, Tikki, Tikki, Tembo, The Story of Ping.

Thank you so much for spending time with Fabulous and Brunette readers and sharing your exciting new book with us!  We wish you all the best on your book tour!

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AUTHOR BIO:


Judy Higgins was born in South Georgia where she grew up playing baseball, reading, and taking piano lessons. To pay for her lessons, she raised chickens and sold eggs to neighbors. She attended Mercer University for two years, and then Baylor University from which she graduated with a BA in German. She received her MA in German literature from The University of Michigan. After teaching German for several years, Judy decided to become a librarian and earned an MA in Library Science at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

Judy’s life took an exciting turn when she left her teaching job in Pennsylvania to be Head of Library at the Learning Center School of Qatar Foundation. She lived in Qatar for eight years, enjoying the experience of living in a different culture and traveling to exotic places during every vacation. Recently, she returned to the United States and lives in Lexington, KY. Judy has two children, Julia and Stephen, two children-in-law, Jim and Erin, and four grandchildren: Kyle, Jon, Karina, and Addy.

Judy’s first book, The Lady, was a finalist in the 2012 Amazon Break-out Novel Award. The first two novels of her Bucks County Mysteries, Unringing the Bell and Bride of the Wind are available March 1, 2018. The series is set in an imaginary small town in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Call me Mara, the story of Ruth and Naomi, is scheduled for publication in March, 2019.

In addition to writing, Judy’s passions include travel, tennis, elephants, and playing the piano.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Judy will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

9 comments:

  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  2. Book sounds very good, love mysteries. Thx for the chance!!

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  3. Great excerpt & interview, I enjoyed reading them :)

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  4. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  5. I really enjoyed reading your amazing interview, thank you!

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  6. Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the excerpt and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters and now my twin daughters who all love to read. We have found some amazing books for everyone. So, thank you!

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