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Kissing Frogs (Volume 1) Paperback – July 22, 2017
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About the Author
I was born and raised in a tiny town in the wilds of northern New York, a pretty little college town called Potsdam. I grew up in a family of lawyers and teachers and bucked all the traditions by wearing combat boots in the US Army. I spent most of my time in boots working as a Signals Intelligence Analyst and a linguist. I also worked as a tech writer, an entirely different kind of writing, for Corning Glass Works. Now, I'm an Army wife and a mom to four sons. 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. Now we live in Hawaii, just minutes from the beach.
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To say I was in a dry spell would be an understatement of epic proportions. It was a lot like calling the Sahara “a little bit sandy.”
Life in a convent was once again looking pretty good. Besides, at this point, I was an expert at the celibacy part.
Black boxers with the Jolly Roger all over them. Oh, my God! Is this like the pirate version of Underoos?
My own grandmother smacked my boyfriend’s ass and had a healthy squeeze, too. Are you really going to deny me this? I should be allowed to drown my sorrows in raspberry turnovers.
The snort that emanated from her was less than ladylike, even worse than my cow-farting noise. She obviously didn't buy my claims of virginity and purity. I felt like I should be offended by her reaction, but it was best to just be amused. One never knew what else would come out of her mouth if challenged.
I didn’t know how it was possible for an intelligent chick to be so stupid, but I did it. When I got nervous, I got dumb and way too outspoken. Neither of these were terribly good survival skills.
I absolutely adored 75% of this creative and entertaining storyline that was packed with clever humor, meddlesome family members, a cursed sexy pirate, a murderously enraged fairy, and a once jilted frog-kissing jeweler with abysmal luck with men. The first half of the book kicked off an inventive and unique tale loaded with amusing and snarky inner musings, humorous descriptions and introductions of the quirky and eccentric characters, clever plot lines, and a sweet and steamy love story. But the tale took a rather sobering and angsty turn into the complicated rules of fairy lore and magic with a period of tension and turmoil that I was eager to put behind me before it picked back up into a more pleasurable and interesting cat and mouse stage that lead into the final showdown with the scorned magical creature. I greatly enjoyed Ms. Deister’s clever and inventive plotting as well as her engaging humor and enticing characters. I look forward to reading many more of her innovative stories.
Cassidy is ready to marry her longtime boyfriend. She has been planning up until the last day. But then, a note and a returned tux have ruined everything she has wanted and worked so hard for. She is devastated but her meddling family is bound and determined to find her another man. She becomes Operation Marry Cassidy. Everyone knows someone who would be perfect for her. Or so they think. It leads to some pretty bad dates and stalkers. She is tired of her family getting involved but that does not stop them. The only family member on her side is her adorable niece Kyra, but she is too young to help. Being the favorite aunt to Kyra (really her only aunt), Cassidy would do anything for Kyra. Anything including taking on Kyra’s beloved frog Finn. So now Finn the frog is Cassidy’s new confidante. She tells Finn everything not thinking he understands her. But what a surprise she has when in a single moment, she plants a kiss on the blue eyed frog. Her life is about to change. What happens next is the stuff of fairy tales, with a few choice words mixed in. Cassidy is about to get a very real lesson of her Irish heritage and the Seelie. A tale over three hundred years in the making.
This story was so much fun to read. I laughed through a lot of it and wanted to throttle certain relatives of Cassidy. But in the end, I wanted more. I can’t wait to see what Kim Deister comes up with next. Kim Deister, you have a new fan. Congrats on your first book. Much success. Thank you for giving me the chance to read it.