Interview with Judith Keim, Author of A Summer of Surprises

What can you tell us about your new release, A Summer of Surprises?

A Summer of Surprises is a stand-alone novel that takes place at The Seashell Cottage. It is the third book released as part of the Seashell Collection. It is what is known as romantic women’s fiction in that romance is present but the story is really about the women’s growth. Readers are loving it 4.8 out of 5 star ratings on Amazon.

Here is the blurb:

Jill Conroy is tricked by her sister into becoming the housekeeper and cook for the summer at Seashell Cottage where Greg Campbell and his nephew, Brody, have been hired to do maintenance projects on the house. Annoyed at first, Jill soon realizes how wonderful it is to be away from her home in New York and the memories of her deceased, emotionally abusive husband.
Soon the magic of the beach heals Jill enough for her to decide to move to Florida permanently to make a new life for herself. Her part-time work at a summer camp and the promise of a new job as a third-grade teacher in the fall make it seem as if her future is set. But a visit from her sister, followed by her mother, reveals secrets that surprise them all. Jill learns to accept the idea of love not only from Brody but from his daughter, Kacy, as the summer brings even more surprises.

While it is a sweet story, it deals with emotional abuse for not only Jill, but for Brody’s daughter Kacy. Readers have reported back to me that they really connected with the aspect of the story.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I grew up in a household where books were read. My mother read at least 2 books a week. As a child, I played librarian with my sister and later, I loved to write stories of my own.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Not in any particular order and only for the impact they had on me as I was growing up: Barbara Taylor Bradford’s Women of Substance, Alan Paton’s Cry, The Beloved Country, James Clavell’s Shogun, James Michener’s Hawaii, and as a young teen I read Mary Stewart and Phyllis Whitney books.

I see a theme here and realize these are books I read sitting on the porch in my small town, learning about different parts of the world when the level of communication was extremely low compared to the ease of communicating today.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love being able to take an idea and turn it into a story, even though I don’t outline and don’t always know how things are going to turn out. I love when I know what the next scene is going to be because I’m in my character’s head and I’m letting the story play out.

What is a typical day like for you?

The first thing in the morning, I check all my numbers, answer emails, catch up on reader news, do marketing tasks. That usually takes a couple of hours. My writing work begins after that. I work every day and stop at 5 or 6, unless a promo party or some other reader group activity is taking place in the evening. During the pandemic, I’ve been trying to take a two-hour break in the afternoon to watch a movie or read a book, just to relax.

What scene from A Summer of Surprises was your favorite to write?

I loved writing the scene where Jill finds Kacy. It was a sweet, tender scene between the two of them, showing how close they’d become and how much they’d grown.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

• I always try to treat other people as I would want to be treated. Kindness is so important on many different levels.

Judith Keim is the author of the new book A Summer of Surprises.

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Interview with C.J. Foster, Author of A Seaside Story

What can you tell us about your new release, A Seaside Story?

This is a compelling and touching story of family, responsibility and love. I first started writing the “A Seaside Story” during one of my military deployments oversea years ago. I was missing someone very close to me and was inspired to write a story that touched on our love. While this is not a military story in any way, the feelings of belonging and the deep meaning of love between two people and responsibility to family are very much a part of the story.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I was inspired by telling stories to friends and family, encouraged by them to put these words to paper.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

How about my top five authors instead: Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Tess Gerritson, Henry David Thoreau, Edgar Allen Poe

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Creating realistic scenes where the characters emotions come through.

What is a typical day like for you?

Get up a few hours early before work to write, then spend the evening with my family after work.

What scene from A Seaside Story was your favorite to write?

Towards the end, there is a very emotional letter written from one of the characters to another. It was very cathartic for me to write, as it echoed the deep feelings I have for my spouse.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Never quit, never give up on your dream.

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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | June 30

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Karen Robards, Kevin Kwan, J. Courtney Sullivan, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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The Buzziest Books of June | 2020

The Buzziest Books of June | 2020

The month of June was a great time for readers with a host of exciting releases from bestselling authors. There were so many page-turning novels that captivated us from cover to cover this month. If you want to catch up on the books everyone was talking about, here are our choices for the buzziest books of June. Happy reading!


The Guest List

by Lucy Foley

Release Date: June 2, 2020

A Reese’s Book Club Pick from the bestselling author of The Hunting Party… Guests are gathering on an island off the coast of Ireland to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom is a rising television star and the bride is an ambitious magazine publisher. The cell phone service may be spotty but every detail of the wedding has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed… Then someone turns up dead.

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28 Summers

by Elin Hilderbrand

Release Date: June 16, 2020

When Link receives deathbed instructions from his mother, Mallory Blessing, to call a number on a slip of paper in his desk drawer, he’s not sure what to expect. He definitely didn’t expect Jake McCloud to answer on the other end. Jake’s wife is the frontrunner in the upcoming presidential election, how do Mallory and Jake know each other?

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A Curse of Blood and Sea

by Jocelyn Fox

Release Date: May 31, 2020

The 7th book in The Fae War Chronicles by bestselling author Jocelyn Fox…”Awesome book! Definitely the storyline I’ve been waiting for. If you are a fan of sea-going adventures, this is the read for you!” In the world of the Fae, the Seafarers, Merrow, Sidhe, wolf-warriors, and not-quite mortals who fight alongside them have a new enemy beyond the horizon of the Known Seas. As the Wolves of the North choose their first battle-partners since the war, and the Seafarers set sail, a deadly curse is set loose.

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The Summer House

by James Patterson

Release Date: June 8, 2020

The latest novel from New York Times Bestselling Author James Patterson… The Summer House used to be a luxurious southern getaway on a rustic lake. It was then reduced to a dilapidated crash pad. Now it is a grisly scene of mass murder. Eyewitnesses point to the Night Ninjas, four Army Rangers that recently returned from Afghanistan. The Army sends Major Jeremiah Cook to investigate. But the Major and his elite team had no idea their grim jobs would be made exponentially harder by local law enforcement.

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The Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett

Release Date: June 2, 2020

An instant New York Times Bestseller and Good Morning America Book Club Pick… The Vignes twins will always be identical. But after growing up in a small, southern black community and running away at sixteen, it’s not just their daily lives that are different as adults. Their families, their communities, and their racial identities are different.

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The Room Where It Happened

by John R. Bolton

Release Date: June 23, 2020

John Bolton was President Trump’s National Security Advisor for 453 days. This is his account of his time in the room where it happened… In this White House Memoir, you will get one of the most comprehensive and substantial accounts of the Trump administration. It is one of the few to date by a top-level official.

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Never Walk Alone

by Willow Rose

Release Date: May 29, 2020

The fourth book in the Harry Hunter Mystery Series by bestselling author Willow Rose… The world is on lockdown and a woman has been kidnapped from her apartment. Detective Harry Hunter is on the case. At the same time, his sister shows up after not seeing each other for a year. It seems Harry’s sister knows more about the virus than she lets on. Soon he starts to think the virus is connected to the missing woman.

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A Reckless Note

by Lisa Renee Jones

Release Date: June 23, 2020

The first book in the Brilliance Trilogy by New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Renee Jones… Seduction, passion, and my family’s secret that could change everything. I was searching for my missing brother but I found Kace August instead. He is dark and dangerous… and he makes me want things I can’t have. He brings me into a world of forbidden seduction.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | June 2020

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! June had a great selection of bestselling books to check out from thrilling mysteries to enthralling literary reads, and insightful biographies. Pick up these latest paperback books by bestselling authors Louise Penny, J.D. Robb, David Baldacci, John Sandford, Colson Whitehead, Rainbow Rowell, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction


Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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Black-Owned Bookstores You Can Support Right Now

Here at NewInBooks, we believe that it is incredibly important to support black-owned businesses and black authors in the literary industry. Last week we brought you a list of some amazing Black Authors to Support in Your Favorite Genres and now we’re continuing our series of resources with a list of black-owned bookstores that you can support right now. Happy reading!

Shelves Bookstore in Charlotte, NC

MahoganyBooks in Washington, DC

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books in Germantown, PA

Hakim’s Bookstore in Philadelphia, PA

Harriett’s Bookshop in Philadelphia, PA

AfriWare Books in Maywood, IL

Semicolon Bookstore in Chicago, IL

Pan-African Connection Bookstore, Art Gallery, and Resource Center in Dallas, TX

The Dock Bookshop in Fort Worth, TX

Eso Won Bookstore in Los Angeles, CA

Ashay by the Bay in Vallejo, CA

The Lit. Bar in the Bronx, NY

Pyramid Books in Boynton Beach, FL

Detroit Book City in Southfield, MI

Harambee Books and Artworks in Alexandria, VA

Turning Page Bookshop in Goose Creek, SC

The Key Bookstore in Hartford, CT


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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | June 23

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Daniel Riley, RaeAnne Thayne, Jane L. Rosen, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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Black Authors to Support in Your Favorite Genres

“None of us alone can save the nation or the world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.” – Cornel West

Here at NewinBooks, we are committed to the work of making a positive difference in our community and the world around us. As a company, inclusiveness and equity are tantamount to our vision to support and uplift the voices that do not always get to be heard.

Over the next few weeks, we will be releasing a series of resources you can use to join us in helping to uplift and amplify Black voices in the literary industry.

To kick things off, we’ve compiled a list of amazing Black authors to check out in your favorite genres!

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Romance

Literary Fiction

Nonfiction

Fantasy/Science Fiction

Young Adult/Children’s

Check out our growing list of Black authors to support right here!

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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | June 16

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Elin Hilderbrand, Emily Temple, Meg Mitchell Moore, Catherine Adel West, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Releases by Black Authors to Add to Your Reading List

At NewInBooks and Written Word Media, we believe that no story is complete if it does not include all voices. As such, and in light of the recent weeks’ events surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement, we recognize that it is crucial now more than ever to amplify the experiences and voices of Black authors. Below, please enjoy a handpicked selection of new releases by authors from the Black community.


Literary Fiction

 


Nonfiction

 


Young Adult


Romance

 


Fantasy & Science Fiction

 

Children’s Books

 

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