Christmas Kisses by Judith S. Keim


Christmas Kisses

By: Judith S. Keim
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 176
Series: Soul Sisters at Cedar Mountain Lodge #2
Publisher: Wild Quail Publishing
Published on: October 1, 2020
Christmas Kisses by Judith S. Keim

Random circumstances brought them together. Love made them family.
Hailey Kirby plans to spend a wonderful Christmas holiday at the Cedar Mountain Lodge with her family, celebrating her sister’s wedding as Maid of Honor. Things go awry when the wedding is called off. Hoping to comfort her sister, her mother and three sisters decide to go ahead with their winter vacation plans at the Lodge.
Hailey works in town as the children’s librarian, and under the pen name of Lee Merriweather is secretly the author and illustrator of picture books. Young children adore the stories of Charlie and his dog, Zeke, including Regan, the niece of Nick Hensley, a rock star musician who’s recently moved back to Granite Ridge. When he reaches out to the author to seek permission to write songs to go with the stories, Hailey is forced to confess who she is and the painful reason why she’s been hiding behind a pseudonym.
As Hailey and Nick put their creative minds together, they form a friendship that quickly grows to much more. Hailey learns to trust and discovers some chances in life are worth taking.
If you’re a fan of small towns, heartwarming holiday stories, and second chances, along with a few furry friends, you’ll fall in love with Hailey and her soul sisters in CHRISTMAS KISSES, Book 2 of Soul Sisters at Cedar Mountain Lodge, from bestselling author Judith Keim.
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Book 1: Christmas Sisters – perma-FREE prologue bookBook 2: Christmas Kisses by Judith KeimBook 3: Christmas Wishes by Tammy L. GraceBook 4: Christmas Hope by Violet HoweBook 5: Christmas Dreams by Ev BishopBook 6: Christmas Rings by Tess Thompson

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I have known author Violet Howe for four years now. So when she let her readers know she was going to be part of a series, I couldn’t wait. The first book in the series, which is perma-free is a great introduction. Each author wrote a section to introduce you to the main characters. Christmas Kisses by Judith Keim is the first book that is based on one character and the second in the series.

 

If you haven’t read the first book that looks at all of the sisters and the mom, you should, because it is good. However, each book has a good overview of how they came to be a family. So you can pick up the second or even fourth and understand what is going on. Each book also mentions Maddie’s back story and how she came about taking care of four young women one fateful Christmas season.

 

This story spotlights Hailey, the book worm of the family.  She works for a library and is an author under wraps. It makes it hard when you live in a small town.  You don’t want people to know that you are that person. It keeps grocery store visits better that way.  Every Christmas is a family affair for the Kirby Sisters. this year is even more so because their sister Alissa was due to marry her fiancé. However due to the last minute cancellation of the wedding, the family chose to still stay at the lodge. If nothing else to support Alissa and celebrate Christmas together.

 

Right before her vacation was to start she met the uncle of one of her young readers. He had just come home from a successful music career who wanted to slow down. Hailey felt an attraction, but his mention of her alter ego was met with a pause by her. What would he think when he finds out that Hailey has been living a double life.

 

I really liked this story because I had read the first book and so for me I knew the characters. However, I wanted to know more about them on an individual level.  Maddie took it upon herself to raise them the best she could. I wanted to know if she was successful with the risk that she took. I know that some people didn’t like the speed of the story. For me it is a contemporary romance and so you expect some parts of reality to pause. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen. In fact their story isn’t that far from real life stories.

 

 

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About Judith S. Keim

Judith Keim enjoyed her childhood and young-adult years in Elmira, New York, and now makes her home in Boise, Idaho, with her husband and their two dachshunds, Winston and Wally, and other members of her family.

While growing up, she was drawn to the idea of writing stories from a young age. Books were always present, being read, ready to go back to the library, or about to be discovered. All in her family shared information from the books in general conversation, giving them a wealth of knowledge and vivid imaginations.

A hybrid author who both has a publisher and self-publishes, Ms. Keim writes heart-warming novels about women who face unexpected challenges, meet them with strength, and find love and happiness along the way. Her best-selling books are based, in part, on many of the places she's lived or visited and on the interesting people she's met, creating believable characters and realistic settings her many loyal readers love. Ms. Keim loves to hear from her readers and appreciates their enthusiasm for her stories.

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Hangry as Hell, A Freaky Florida Novella by Ward Parker


Hangry as Hell

By: Ward Parker
Publisher: Mad Mangrove
Hangry as Hell, A Freaky Florida Novella by Ward Parker

 

What happens to those humans who become vampires later in life? I don’t mean middle age, I mean those humans who are 79, 80, or even older who find themselves now a vampire. Do they continue to hunt out in the towns. I mean can you imagine that? A 80 year old who is stumbling along trying to attack a much younger person? Sure they still have their speed, but do they also have the weaknesses that come with age?

 

Ward Parker details just this in Hangry as Hell. In this novella, a retirement home of sorts exists in Florida that caters to elderly vampires. Again not those who are 1500 years old in a 20 year old body, but those who are 1500 years old in a 90 year old body. Not only in this story about the retirement community, but also what happens when those who are too old to fend for themselves and rely on blood. What then happens if that blood is taken forcefully from them?

 

For a novella there is a lot going on in this story, but it all comes together. Even when it adds in werewolves, witches, and some normal run of the mill cats. At least I think they were normal run of the mill. I really enjoyed this fast paced story. It has character builder which you lose sometimes with a novella. There are also characters in it that you grow to like or in some cases feel bad for. All in all a solid story with solid characters and a solid plot, honestly this story could be happening in any retirement community in the world, but knowing Florida the way I do, I would say that it would likely start in Florida.

 

One thing to note, this is a novella for the awesome “Freaky Florida” series that is all about paranormals in Florida. From Werewolves to Vampires and everything in between.

 

 

About Ward Parker

I’m a rare species in Florida: a resident who was actually born here. However, at the age of two I was brought north by parents who mistakenly thought I’d remain small and cute like the baby alligators Florida tourists bring home.

After growing up in Connecticut, I attended the University of Pennsylvania and Kings College, London. I have worked for TV Guide Magazine, a Colorado newspaper, an Arkansas TV station and advertising agencies in Dallas, Miami and New York City. At one time, I lived in a funky cottage community that had formerly been a pineapple plantation. It was on Florida’s Indian River, in a place once called Eden. That town has disappeared from the maps, but has been resurrected in Pariah, the first of the Zeke Adams series of mystery novels.

I’m a founding partner of Brown Parker & DeMarinis, a South Florida ad agency that works with hospitals. My admiration for the people in healthcare is reflected in the character of Missy, the home-health nurse in the Freaky Florida urban fantasy series, and in Dr. Follett of The Teratologist historical paranormal suspense series.

I’m a member of the Mystery Writers of America and an Active member of the Horror Writers Association. My short fiction has appeared in numerous genre, literary and mainstream publications. I enjoy reading, photography, beachcombing, kayak fishing and spending time with my wife and cats.

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Montana Marine by Debra Parmley


Montana Marine: Brotherhood Protectors World

By: Debra Parmley
Genres: Romance, romantic suspense
Publisher: Twisted Page Press LLC
Published on: June 6, 2017
Montana Marine by Debra Parmley

Marine Recon Gunnery Sergeant Jack “Gunny” Barr has retired and returned to Texas when he’s hired by The Brotherhood Protectors bodyguard service in Montana. His job is to protect the volatile actress Angelica Glory. She’s a bombshell and an obsessive stalker has fixated on her as a target. Lucy Wood, her shy assistant, has her hands full watching out for her. When the women are sent to Montana to lay low until the stalker is caught, Angelica has nothing to do but lay by the pool drinking rum and cola while trying to seduce the hunky bodyguard set to protect them or die trying. Jack and Lucy are drawn to each other, but working for Angelia leaves little time to see where their desires might lead. A dangerous stalker with a love obsession is determined to have the woman of his dreams.
Note: This book was previously published through Amazon Kindle World.

I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

You all know that one of my secret, okay maybe not so secret vices is romance. I will read almost anything. When I am not feeling well though, a good romance helps. Especially a well written and well thought out romance. It isn’t about the sex because not all the romances I read have sex in them, I think it is the usually quick nature of the romance, and that I can eat through one in a couple of hours. Another issue or maybe not issue is that I will stay up way too late to finish reading one, especially one that pulls me in with intrigue, action, or mystery.

 

That all leads me to Debra Parmley’s Montana Marine. I am traveling to florida, or by the time this is published will likely be in Florida for BOBASE and Debra is one of the signing authors.  She reached out to us asking if we would be interested in reading one or more of her books. I have been in a pretty bad slump lately, really busy, not a lot of self care time and so I was like ‘you know why not?’ force myself to get out of it. Montana Marine did just that.

 

So this story is actually in another authors world, one that I have not read any of so it was all new to me. A famous actress is being stalked and the only way that her agent, PA, and the security force hired to help her could do was to take her away from Hollywood and all of the parties. Putting her in Montana on a ranch is the last place that a stalker would think that this actress would go, but then why is the stalker just showing up? Still sending messages? It will and does take the security force all that they have to collectively not only turn the tides when the stalker takes their victim. But to save the one person that may make a Marine whole again.

 

This story is a slow burn in that it didn’t immediately start with the action. Once the action started, it didn’t let up until the end.  The twist I saw coming a little. I didn’t want to assume because this wasn’t an author I knew. You know what they say about assuming?  It did turn out the way I thought. But not in the manner I thought or the timing I thought. I will give it to the author for surprising me even to the end.

 

I really enjoyed it, and I stayed up way to late one night to finish it. Which meant that the next morning came really early. I am glad that I did because it was definitely worth it.  Now I can’t wait to meet Debra at BOBASE, which if you live near St. Augustine and you have some free time this weekend, you should definitely check it out.

 

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About Debra Parmley

Hello book lover!! Welcome to my GoodReads page. I'm a multi-genre author. Back in 2007, my agent sold my first book and it came out in 2008 in eBook and 2009 in print. So I started traditionally before I went Indie. I used to write for 5 small presses.
You may find those my books with the same title but different covers. The titles have remained the same and I have a book list which will help.

Here on Goodreads, you can see what I'm reading, what I've read, and what I've written. I was on Goodreads as a reader before I was on as an author, and I keep up with what I have read using the app on my phone. I also keep track of the books my three grandchildren have, so I don't buy duplicates. You'll see River's bookshelf. Books make great gifts for all ages. It's just a matter of finding the right book.

I do the readers challenge. Do you?

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