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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Life Without Shoes by Emma Cyrus - Book Tour - Book Sale - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Emma Cyrus and her new book, “Life Without Shoes”!  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 $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Emma and to increase your chances of winning!

This book is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.

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

Life Without Shoes
by Emma Cyrus


GENRE: Mystery



In the great tradition of The Name of the Rose, the Brother Cadfael mysteries and Grantchester, Life Without Shoes confronts a modern-day monastic with a horrifying crime.

Father Ambrose has found a simple life leading a spiritual community in Northern California. He spends his days on guiding the farming and teaching meditation. Then, someone dumps a body in one of their orchards.

Now, the violence of the modern world has come crashing through the gates. He wants Sheriff Charlie Cormley to believe the body has nothing to do with them, but it’s not that easy. He must take on the role of sleuth to protect his community and find the truth. He finds himself moving out into the world in ways he never imagined, and life at New Life will never be the same.



“Please have a seat,” Cormley said. “You visited with Redmond after we saw you. How’d that go?”

“Well, probably not the way you’d like. He gave me more information, but he asked me not to share it with you.”

Gus slammed his palm on the table just as Ruth was putting down bowls of ice cream. The bowls sloshed and she jumped back, startled. “I’m sorry, Ruth. I’m just frustrated. Not with you. Not with this fantastic-looking treat. Just how this guy is jerking us around.”

For a moment, there was quiet. Is he talking about me or Redmond? Ambrose wondered.

“Gus...” the sheriff started. This was one of the reasons he tried to protect his wife. Tempers could flare in the department in a difficult case. He never wanted her to bear the brunt, even unintentionally. But, of course, she wasn’t naïve or thin-skinned.

“Detective, I appreciate this is a tough one. But, please, not at my table,” she said quietly but with firmness.

“I do apologize, Ruth. And to both of you,” Gus said, looking across the table at Cormley and Ambrose. “Totally uncalled-for. Please, Father. Continue.”

Ambrose nodded. “I think I can give you the big picture without breaking my promise to Redmond. His lawyer should be motivated to cooperate with you on looking at Golden. In a nutshell, there’s supposedly a financial connection between Redmond and Golden. Golden used that to get Redmond involved. The killing was unintentional. Golden definitely has a role.”

“That’s it? That’s all you can say?” Gus asked, still agitated.



Who Inspired My Love of Books?

Both my parents were great readers, so I think perhaps I inherited a reading gene. I started picking up books and magazines when I was three or four years old, demanding that my mother read them to me, so I could follow along with my finger and learn the words. By the time I got to first grade, I think I was already at third-grade level, so school was often boring. This was in the 1950’s, and teachers had no knowledge about how to work with a diverse group of students.

My parents had subscriptions to Life Magazine, Time Magazine, and The New Yorker, so I’d try to get through those every week once I got to junior high school. And, of course, by then, I’d already burned my way through lots of the Nancy Drew Mysteries, starting a lifelong involvement with the genre I write in. By the time I was in high school, I was reading Agatha Christie as my relief from jam-packed studying. There were assigned books like Shakespeare’s plays and Catcher in the Rye, but literature never grabbed me the way mysteries did.

I also started some fiction writing assigned by my English teacher. One story in particular seemed to bubble up from some place inside me that I didn’t quite recognize. It was a little spooky, and I got a taste for exploring the dark side of characters.

Once I got to college, I was so overwhelmed with the work, I don’t think I had time to look at any fiction at all. From that point on, through graduate school and out into the working world, I only wrote non-fiction. But as soon as I had some free time, I started reading mysteries again. I finished the Agatha Christies and went on to other authors under the generic umbrella of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction: Margery Allingham, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Georges Simenon, P.D. James, Mignon G. Eberhart.

Later in life, I picked up some new favorites—Elizabeth Peters, Elizabeth George, Anne Perry, Alexander McCall Smith, Michael Connelly, Jonathan Kellerman, Patricia Cornwell, Janet Evanovich, Christopher Fowler, Ben Aaronovitch, Harry Kemelman, Sue Grafton, Kathy Reichs, Gay Hendricks, Eliot Pattison, Tony Hillerman, Dick Francis, M.L. Longworth, Alan Bradley, Ann Cleeves, Laurie R. King, Donna Leon, H.R.F. Keating, Colin Cotterill. I’d also trade with my dad, who liked James Patterson, John Grisham and John Le Carré.

Yes, whenever I can, mysteries are what I pick up, although I have strayed to nearby pathways for Harry Potter, The Name of the Rose, An Instance of the Fingerpost, and, more recently, My Absolute Darling, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

So, I inherited the reading bug from my family (I can still see them sitting in the living room reading in the evening). But I learned to love books by being a voracious reader. And I learned to write mystery books by reading and studying the masters.



Emma was born in West Virginia and lived there until she was in high school, when her family moved to Pittsburgh. After high school, she went to Boston to go to college. She worked in different small and startup businesses until she moved into a yoga community in Pennsylvania. There, she’s worked on various projects and taught yoga.

She started the Father Ambrose series as a way of pulling together her love of good mystery stories with her deepening appreciation of the real-life magic and mystery of inner work. Father Ambrose has many characteristics in common with the leaders of her community, but his voice is probably hers, or at least what she thinks her voice would be, if she were living inside the parameters of his life.

She’s discovering the compelling nature of writing fiction and the surprises of working with what other writers have called their ‘muse.’ The creative process seems to have its own timetable and logic. The best results seem to come from stilling her own personal voice and allowing that ‘muse’ to speak.







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  1. Emma ~ It is great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

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    1. Thank you! Please be in touch via www.emmacyrus.com. I look forward to hearing your feedback.

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    1. Hi Victoria, Nice to see you again! Thanks for following the tour.

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    1. Thanks, Rita! I'll look forward to hearing your comments. You can receive my monthly newsletter here: http://www.emmacyrus.com/newsletter/. You'll get peeks into the world of the book and notices about sales and the upcoming publication of the second book in the series.

  5. Thanks, everyone for your comments. Sign up for my monthly newsletter to hear more about the world of the book, as well as notices about the upcoming second book and special price promotions. Here's the link: http://www.emmacyrus.com/newsletter.

  6. Thank you, Chelsey. I'm working on two longer-term projects about Life Without Shoes - an audiobook and a book trailer. Get on my newsletter list and you'll get notices about them: http://www.emmacyrus.com/newsletter/. I look forward to hearing your feedback.