Unringing the Bell by Judy Higgins + giveaway

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Unringing the Bell
by Author Judy Higgins


GENRE: Mystery



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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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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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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 Br
eak-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.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JudyHBooks

Amazon author page URL: https://www.amazon.com/Judy-Higgins/e/B00FZQOZPU
Barnes and Noble Author URL:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unringing-the-bell-judy-higgins/1128014473

One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.


  1. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the excerpt and giveaway. I appreciate the opportunity to win.

  2. Good morning to everybody. Whoever gets the free giveaway, I hope you enjoy my book. I had lots of fun writing it! William Laskey was my "walk-in" character. One day, he was just there and I liked him, so he'll be appearing in all the Bucks County Mysteries books, including number two in the series: "Bride of the Wind."

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

  4. Thanks for sharing the great post, I enjoyed reading it!

  5. Congrats on the tour!!๐Ÿ’‹
    Loved the post & excerpt!๐Ÿ˜
    Definitely TBR'D & Wishlisted๐Ÿ’‹
    Thank you for the chance!!๐Ÿ’‹xoxo๐Ÿ€

  6. I really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

  7. I enjoy reading the excerpt! Thank you for hosting.

  8. Sorry I couldn't be here the day of the party. I got sidetracked now I'm playing catch-up!

  9. Happy Easter and thanks again for the opportunity to win.


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