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About Kim Deister
My name is Kim and my last name, Deister, is pronounced “Die-ster.” I always tell my husband I should have kept my married name, Ingram. So much easier to to pronounce!
I am a writer thoroughly in love with words. Reading them, writing them… I love that words can take you outside of your world and let the unimaginable become imaginable. I love them so much that I decided I needed to create some worlds and stories of my own!
Besides being a writer, I am an Army veteran (and Army wife) and a mom to four sons. I grew up in northern New York in a tiny college town called Potsdam. Over the years, our Army life has taken us all over the place and I have been lucky enough to work and live in some pretty amazing places. Right now we live in Hawaii on the island of O’ahu, minutes from the North Shore.
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Mad Cruel World
As the world began to recover from a global pandemic, an unknown event caused the planet to go dark. No phones, no cars, no hospital equipment, no electricity whatsoever. The world is now a wasteland through and through. Disease, famine, and war spread like wildfire. Some are lucky enough to have found refuge, and some have been left to fend for themselves.
Some have lost their husbands, their wives, their best friends…
Will they ever see them again?
Mad Cruel World asks the question: what happens to love in a world gone dark?
All of the stories featured in the Mad Cruel World Anthology are meant to be read as complete standalones and are not continuations of each other.
When Harper meets Kai, it's as if every box was finally checked for her, this time in a good way. He is everything she never knew she wanted. And he loves her like no other.
Everything should be perfect.
But even in paradise, there can be darkness.
Somewhere in Hawaii, there is someone who doesn't want Harper to have her happy ending. But who is it? And why?
Nico is that guy for Holly, the guy she fell for the very first time she laid eyes on him. It didn't matter that she was too young to know what love was. She just knew. But that's the thing about crushes, about love... sometimes they go unrequited. And what happens if you find out that the fantasy was just that, a fantasy? Some things are better left unexplored. Are her feelings for Nico one of those things?
Eclipsed is a story about second chances...
Terrifying visions torment Starra. Lost moments of time and flashes of images too horrific to accept fill her with icy fear so complete she can't escape it. With too many unanswered questions, she needs answers. Now. It's her only hope if she wants to save what's left of her shattered mind and soul.
Unlike Starra, Mina cares nothing for her soul. Damned long ago, she's too scarred for redemption. There are people meant to enjoy lives of love and family and friends. Mina isn't one of these people. Her life is in the shadows, unafraid of the dark... until she realizes that something lurks in those shadows, something that wants to tear her apart.
One never knows what the darkness hides...
And she has set her eyes on Sparrow. But does Nix?
Finneas O'Malley is not a man built for love. He could never love a woman more than he loves the adventure and danger of a life at sea, the freedom to chase the wind wherever it takes him. The lure of a foreign land, the danger of a battle at sea, the exotic lasses he beds... how could any man turn away from that?
But when Finn wrongs Siofra, all of that changes. Curses. Magic. Centuries of being beholden to a vengeful fae who wants nothing more than to destroy him. Can he find a way to break the curse? Will he find the very thing he once scorned?
NOTE: This book should be read after Kissing Frogs.
To say that Cassidy's love life has been a hot mess would be an understatement. Bad boys have been just that... bad. Love and fairy tale romance? She's over it. But her family won't give it up, so Operation Marry Cassidy is born, throwing one guy after another at her. So Cassidy has kissed a lot of frogs and not one of them turned into a prince.
But when Cassidy agrees to take care of her niece's beloved pet frog, little does she know just how much her life is about to change...